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December 14, 2008 | Lori Kozlowski
Watch out for toxic toys: The Michigan-based Ecology Center tested more than 1,500 toys for lead, arsenic and other chemicals and found one-third of them contained medium or high levels of chemicals. Researchers purchased the toys at chains such as Kmart, Target and Wal-Mart, as well as dollar stores and independent toy sellers. The results from the study were posted at www.healthytoys.org. The Toy Industry Assn. was critical of the results, calling the findings "misleading to consumers at best."
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BUSINESS
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.
NATIONAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
HEALTH
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
WORLD
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1991
Chemicals that authorities may have seized from drug labs and buried in the 1970s were found Tuesday on the county jail site in Castaic, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The chemicals were found during routine soil testing in a remote canyon southwest of a landfill on the site of the Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho, Deputy John Ashley said. The chemicals have not been identified but are not considered an immediate health risk, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1993 | JULIE TAMAKI
About 20 barrels seized from a minivan during a routine traffic stop contained enough chemicals to manufacture $900,000 worth of PCP, a California Highway Patrol officer said Thursday. The van was on its way to Los Angeles from Northern California when it was pulled over Wednesday, just south of Templin Highway, Officer Steve Munday said.
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