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September 24, 1998 | Reuters
Mattel Inc. said it will phase out the use of plastic-softening chemicals in teething toys for children younger than 3 because environmental groups have charged that the chemicals can damage the brain and other organs. The world's largest toy maker said there was plenty of scientific evidence supporting the safety of the chemicals, additives known as phthalates.
September 4, 1996
Six apartments were evacuated when fire destroyed an apartment at 1010 Yorba Linda Blvd. Tuesday night, because of chemicals found after the blaze was extinguished, authorities said. One second-story apartment was gutted and the apartment below suffered extensive water damage in the blaze, which broke out at 5:25 p.m. in the Terrace Apartments complex, said Matt Reynolds, a Placentia police services spokesman.
June 13, 1988 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times science writer Thomas H. Maugh II reports from the 3rd Chemical Congress of North America in Toronto. and
A new family of chemicals may be able to halt the progression of cancer without killing healthy cells and thus without the unpleasant side effects associated with cancer chemotherapy. The chemicals would work by shutting off the genetic switch within cancer cells that tells them to proliferate, said chemist Roland K. Robins of the Nucleic Acid Research Institute in Costa Mesa, a joint venture of ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Eastman Kodak Co.
September 24, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Chevron Corp., the fourth-biggest U.S. oil company, said it will double production of chemicals used in plastics and synthetic lubricants at its Baytown, Texas, facility to meet growing demand. San Francisco-based Chevron said it will build a new alpha olefin plant at its Chevron Chemical subsidiary's Cedar Bayou, Texas, facility, boosting total capacity in Baytown to 1.5 billion pounds annually from 750 million pounds.
May 23, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Chemist Corwin Hansch, who pioneered the field of relating a molecule's chemical structure to its biological activity, an approach widely used in developing new drugs and other commercial chemicals, died in Claremont on May 8. He was 92 and had suffered from a prolonged bout with pneumonia. Hansch was known as the "father of computer-assisted molecule design" for his development of Quantitative Structure Activity Relationships, known colloquially as QSARs, which allow chemists to modify drugs and other molecules in a predictable manner to achieve desired characteristics.
January 1, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A chemical reaction at a fabric-printing company in Pawtucket released a noxious cloud that forced the plant and the surrounding neighborhood to be evacuated for about 2 1/2 hours. The plume formed at Slater Dye Works when a delivery truck dumped sodium hydroxide into an outdoor tank containing hydrogen peroxide, Police Det. Lt. John Clarkson said. The cloud was not dangerous by the time it dissipated into the neighborhood, officials said.
July 29, 1994
Two men who illegally dumped chemical waste products down a hillside at a state park in Sunland were ordered Thursday to serve 30 days in jail or spend the same length of time working in a Los Angeles Police Department graffiti removal program, authorities said. Onik Damaryan, 42, of Los Angeles and David Azaryan, 40, of Burbank, were sentenced by Los Angeles Municipal Judge Barry Taylor, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office.
October 24, 1991
Three buildings at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster were evacuated Wednesday after a potentially explosive chemical was discovered stored in a laboratory there. There were no injuries. About 20 students were forced to leave between 3 and 4:15 p.m. while members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's hazardous materials team removed a small flask filled with crystallized picric acid from a laboratory storage area, authorities said.
September 10, 2001 | Associated Press
A chemical used to soften such plastic items as medical tubing and blood bags could harm young children, according to a Food and Drug Administration safety assessment released last week. "We are being specific here, suggesting to clinicians and the users of these devices that they consider devices that are made of alternate materials" in treating some patients, particularly male infants, said Donald Marlowe, director of the FDA's office of science and technology.
January 17, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Police in the northern Italian port of Genoa have seized 50 tons of U.N.-banned chemicals that can be used to make mustard gas, and the cargo was bound for Libya, a published report said. The chemicals were produced in Germany and were being shipped before Christmas by an unidentified Belgian company "with close ties to Muslims," La Repubblica newspaper said, without identifying its source. The Libyan business that was to get the chemicals said they were for pesticides, the report said.
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