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After years of despair over South America's burgeoning coca crop, the Bush Administration is studying a new option in the Latin drug war: unleashing swarms of tiny insects into the jungles of Peru and Bolivia to devour the shrubs that are the raw material for cocaine. At the urging of national drug control director William J. Bennett, the Administration recently more than quadrupled, to $6.
August 14, 1986 | TERRY McGARRY, Times Staff Writer
Until this year, there were no women riding bulldozers into brush fires in Los Angeles County. Then, along came Betty Jo Messinger of Lake View Terrace. Messinger, 29, the only woman bulldozer "swamper" on the county Fire Department, helped fight the fire that burned more than 800 acres north of Saugus in late July. It was her second fire in the year since she began training to be a swamper--a sort of co-pilot for the bulldozer driver. "I'm like an extra set of eyes for the driver," she said.
February 23, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A hormone is the secret behind the unusual ability of young swallowtail caterpillars to disguise themselves as bird droppings and then as the leaves they live on before becoming butterflies, Japanese researchers found. The researchers said in Friday's journal Science that a special juvenile hormone keeps larvae of the butterfly Papilio xuthus, common in Japan, in their black and white bird- excrement camouflage. Then levels of this hormone drop, triggering the green-leaf phase.
August 28, 1990
Alpharel Inc. in Camarillo said it received approval to begin installing an electronic imaging system at Caterpillar Inc., a contract valued at more than $1 million. Alpharel's products are used for scanning documents and placing those images in computerized data storage systems for future retrieval or transmission. Installation of its system at Caterpillar, a Peoria, Ill.-based maker of earthmoving equipment, should be completed by early 1991, Alpharel said.
January 22, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Caterpillar Inc. today reported fourth-quarter earnings of $11 million or 11 cents a share, down 90% from $107 million or $1.05 a share for the same period a year earlier. For the full year ending Dec. 31, 1990, earnings were $210 million or $2.07 a share, down 58% from $497 million or $4.90 a share for 1989. The heavy-equipment maker said the decline resulted from higher costs and a 3% decline in physical sales volume.
October 17, 1985 | DONALD WOUTAT
Caterpillar Tractor reported a $131-million profit for the third quarter, in sharp contrast to a $92-million loss a year earlier, putting the company in the black for the year to date. But the firm said the quarterly profit had more to do with tax credits and various one-time gains than with any big improvements in the company's business. On a pretax basis that more accurately reflects operating results, the Peoria, Ill.
Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," a picture book beloved by preschoolers since its first publication in 1969, is brought to memorable life as a glow-in-the-dark puppet production by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.
March 23, 1998 | From Associated Press
The United Auto Workers union approved a six-year contract with Caterpillar Inc. on Sunday, their first deal with the heavy equipment maker since 1991. The contract covers roughly 13,000 Caterpillar workers, most at plants in Aurora, Decatur and East Peoria in Illinois and at the company's Pontiac, Mich., plant. It also covers smaller numbers in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Tennessee. The vote at Local 974, the largest local covered by the contract, was 55% to 45% for the deal, UAW officials said.
February 17, 2004
The Feb. 3 issue included articles on the remarkable history of Anna's hummingbird and the beauty in hiking the open desert. Juxtaposed was Susan Carpenter's cover story, "Throttle Rockets," extolling the "stench of hot exhaust pipes" and flattening of plants. Is Outdoors about appreciating and connecting with our natural world or ignoring and destroying it? If it is the latter, may I suggest Carpenter next write about fun-loving folks at the controls of bulldozers removing mountaintops in Appalachia.
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