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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Richard Winton and Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County officials said Thursday that they would begin their own checks of child-care facilities and foster homes after a state audit found 49 instances in which convicted sex offenders appeared to have lived at the same address as such facilities. The audit found that although child-care operators and employees must submit to criminal background checks, no such requirement currently applies to people who live in the same house or apartment where the facilities are located.
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BUSINESS
April 1, 2008 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Contractors renovating U.S. homes built before 1978 must take special precautions to avoid exposing children to lead paint under a regulation announced Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency. Many physicians and scientists have criticized the EPA's long-awaited rule as inadequate to protect children who live in the estimated 38 million homes that contain old lead paint. Every year, about 11 million renovations occur in U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2008 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
Many in the Central Valley farm town of Lindsay were shocked when a man was arrested after allegedly viewing photos of nude boys on a computer in the local library. But even more shocking was the dismissal two days later of the library branch's lone employee, who said she alerted police over the objections of her supervisor.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Safety officials announced a recall of 24,000 cribs and warned parents against putting their babies to bed with pillows and other soft bedding that could suffocate them. The Indonesian-made cribs, imported by Munire Furniture Inc., have improper brackets that don't allow their mattresses to be fully lowered. This could allow children inside the crib to crawl over the railing and fall. The recall includes the company's Majestic Curved Top, Majestic Flat Top, Essex, Brighton/Sussex and Captiva cribs with various model numbers.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Evenflo Co., a maker of baby-care and child-safety products, is recalling about 1 million of its Discovery model infant car seats, the company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Tests conducted by the car seat maker and the federal agency showed the seat could separate from its base in side collisions, they said. The recall affects Discovery models 390, 391, 534 and 552, produced beginning in April 2005. Owners can call the company at (800) 356-2229 to order a supplemental dual-hook fastener.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
MySpace says it can't guarantee that the people who sign up for its social networking site aren't underage or sex offenders. But it averted a potential legal battle Monday by agreeing to keep trying. A group of 49 state attorneys general probing safety issues at MySpace and other online social networks signed a deal with the Beverly Hills-based unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
HEALTH
December 24, 2007 | Elena Conis, Special to The Times
Childproofing for the holidays usually involves putting those showy, toddler-beckoning poinsettias beyond the reach of small hands. But the now ubiquitous Christmas plants have an undeserved reputation for being poisonous. A small child could actually eat up to 500 leaves with little effect -- if he could withstand the terribly bitter taste. Whence this fear of the holiday plant, then?
NATIONAL
December 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Roman Catholic dioceses nationwide have taught more than 6 million children to protect themselves from sexual predators and have conducted 1.6 million background checks on workers in response to the clergy sex abuse crisis, according to a report released Thursday. Auditors hired by America's bishops found that nearly all of the 195 U.S.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
U.S. regulatory advisors recommended strengthening safety warnings on GlaxoSmithKline's asthma drug Serevent amid new reports of deaths among children taking the drug. A Food and Drug Administration expert panel reviewed nine new adverse-event reports on children taking the inhaled treatment, including five deaths in about a year. At least two panelists said the data were so convincing that Serevent should be pulled from the market.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The popular but dangerous toy Aqua Dots was recalled but the fliers advertising it apparently were not. A Toys R Us flier distributed in some Sunday newspapers contains an ad for Aqua Dots, the popular toy beads yanked from U.S. store shelves nearly three weeks ago because they are coated in a chemical that can turn into the "date-rape" drug when swallowed. The circular advertises the Aqua Dots Super Studio for $19.99 -- a $5 savings.
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