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February 2, 2008 | From Reuters
A chain of retail stores in Britain has withdrawn the sale of beds named Lolita and designed for 6-year-old girls after furious parents pointed out that the name was synonymous with sexually active pre-teens. Woolworths said staff administering the website selling the beds were not aware of the connection to "Lolita," the 1955 novel by Vladimir Nabokov, about a man who becomes sexually involved with a 12-year-old girl.
July 1, 1989
About 50 water beds were airlifted this week from Los Angeles International Airport to the Soviet Union for use in treating people who suffered burns in the recent train disaster in the Ural Mountains. The beds were sent to Moscow's Vishnevsky Institute for distribution to burn centers, said Janet Bridgers, a spokeswoman for the sponsoring Waterbed Health Organization, a Los Angeles-based group that promotes the benefits of water beds.
September 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Supporting recommendations that all infants sleep in cribs, a new study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington found that an average of 64 young children die each year while sleeping in bed with their parents or other adults. Children risk getting their heads trapped or being rolled on by an adult when sleeping in adult beds.
November 19, 2000 | LUCY IZON
The Youth Hostel Assn. of England and Wales is offering five nights' accommodation this winter for the price of four when you stay at any of 28 popular locations. The qualifying nights do not have to be at the same hostel, and they do not have to be consecutive. Considering that a single night in a shared room at a Hostelling International location in London starts at $29, it's a substantial savings.
As they endeavor to overhaul their troubled health care system, Los Angeles County officials are quietly weighing a proposal to lease hundreds of beds from private hospitals, so they can build a dramatically downsized and less expensive replacement for the aging County-USC Medical Center.
November 25, 2002
"Crackdown Demanded on Skid Row Camps" (Nov. 19) states that some agencies that provide services to the homeless denounced our plan, saying that "it was merely another attempt to sweep the streets of homeless people who have nowhere else to go." In fact, our plan specifically calls for an anti-street encampment ordinance in conjunction with providing a shelter bed for every person removed from an encampment. Another so-called homeless advocate stated that "most addicts and mentally ill are not service-resistant," they just don't want to abide by the rules at shelters.
April 28, 1990 | Associated Press
A water bed extinguished a fire and probably saved a man's home from burning, fire officials said. An electrical short in a small oscillating fan started a fire Thursday in the bedroom of a mobile home owned by Ken Lloyd, fire officials said. Lloyd and three other occupants were sleeping in another room when they were awakened by a smoke alarm, and they fled. The fire spread to the water bed, causing it to rupture and douse the blaze, said Lt. Gary Pipes of the Arlington Fire Department.
December 1, 1990 | From Associated Press
Jailed crime suspects who don't get beds within 24 hours must be paid $150, and $100 every 12 hours after that until beds are provided, a federal judge ruled Friday. Prisoners in the city's overcrowded jails are subjected to "days on end in holding pens without beds or proper bathroom facilities, to real and substantial harm," U.S. District Judge Morris Lasker wrote in his opinion. "It is therefore appropriate that inmates detained in violation of the order be compensated."
July 31, 1989 | MARTHA GROVES
When it comes to California closet companies, Murphy Door Bed Co. just might be the original. The manufacturer of one of the earliest space-saving devices--the fold-into-the-wall Murphy bed--was founded by William Lawrence Murphy about 1900 in San Francisco under the name Murphy Wall Bed Co. of California Inc. Today, Murphy's grandson, Clark W. Murphy, is president of the company, which decades ago moved cross-country to Amityville, N.Y., and adopted the new name.
September 14, 1999 | ROBIN FIELDS, Robin Fields covers consumer issues for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7810 and at
The California Legislature has passed a bill that bans unsafe bunk beds and punishes violators with fines of up to $1,000. The measure has gone to Gov. Gray Davis for final approval. If Davis signs the bill, California would become the second state to make voluntary furniture-industry guidelines for bunk beds into law.
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