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June 7, 2013
Re "Get a film discount, then pay extra," Column, June 4 Those discounted AMC movie tickets purchased in bulk at Costco are definitely no longer the deal that they once were. Films in 3-D and Imax projections always required an extra charge above the Costco price, but I did not think AMC would tack on a $2 surcharge for ordinary screenings. AMC may be operating under the idea that the way to make up for the revenue lost because of declining attendance is to charge loyal, dependable customers even more.
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BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - Cars and light-duty trucks for the 2012 model year exceeded new federal standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The 2012 fleet averages 23.6 miles per gallon, up from 22.4 for the previous model year - one of the greatest improvements in fuel economy in 30 years, according to a report released Friday. And the cars and trucks pump out an average of 286 grams of carbon dioxide per mile, nine grams less than the EPA standard.
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NEWS
June 6, 1985 | JEFFREY S. KLEIN
What do you do when your laundry comes back from the cleaners with holes in it? If your dry cleaner loses your shirt or turns your purple silk blouse into a bright green cotton print, you may have a valid legal claim for damages--but only if the dry cleaner was unreasonably careless. So don't rush off to sue just quite yet. When you give your clothes to your local dry cleaner, you have created what is legally called a bailment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
Prosecutors on Friday added a child pornography charge against a Newport Beach pool maintenance man already accused of sexually abusing seven boys over more than a decade. Christopher Bryan McKenzie, 50, has been behind bars since December 2012, when Newport Beach police arrested him on suspicion of molesting two children. Since then, the Orange County district attorney's office has added accusations from other victims, including boys McKenzie allegedly met while he was a child-care volunteer at Rock Harbor Church in Costa Mesa, the Daily Pilot reported . Senior Deputy Dist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1996 | STEPHANIE BROMMER
Three Oxnard men were arrested Monday on suspicion of robbing an Oxnard cleaners. Charles Hendrick, 46, Richard Coronado 20, and Jose Gutierrez, 22, were taken into custody after Oxnard Police Cmdr. Jeffrey Young stopped the suspects' vehicle in the 700 block of Mountain View Avenue and pursued them in a brief foot chase. The 3 p.m. armed robbery took place at Cleaners at The Rose at 2051 N. Rose Ave.
OPINION
November 7, 2002
Re "AQMD Puts Off Ban on Solvent," Nov. 2: There's a chemical that could harm me every time I go into a dry cleaner. There are alternative ways to clean clothes that are safe for workers and consumers and profitable for cleaners. And the South Coast Air Quality Management District can't decide whether to phase the poison out ... 17 years from now? With this kind of leadership, no wonder L.A.'s air is still the dirtiest in the nation. I hope the clean-air board shows some courage and gets rid of perchloroethylene.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2009 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
About 580,000 H2O Mop Steam Cleaners are being recalled after complaints of the power cord on the cleaners unexpectedly wearing down and exposing wiring, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The exposed wiring poses a shock and burn hazard to anyone using the H2O cleaners, the agency said. Thane International Inc., based in La Quinta, has received 10 reports of consumers getting shocked while using the cleaners as well as eight reports of burns, the commission said. The recalled H2O mops are white with a purple water tank with the "H20" and "M" logos printed on the top of the appliance's cleaning head.
HEALTH
April 28, 2008 | Elena Conis, Special to The Times
The growing popularity of cleaning products that are -- or claim to be -- Earth-friendly is part of a larger trend, a wave of environmentalism that's been sweeping the country since Al Gore's 2006 documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," focused popular attention on the threat of global climate change. Just a few short years ago, so-called Earth-friendly items were largely the domain of specialty and health food stores. Today, even major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Target are selling organic towels and linens, reusable shopping bags, recycled garden hoses, solar yard lights, all-natural cosmetics and, of course, green household cleaners.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 1988
Regarding Iris Schneider's "What's in a Name and an 8x10 Glossy?" (May 1), I always thought that those autographed 8x10 glossies adorning restaurants and dry cleaners all over Los Angeles were available from restaurant and dry cleaner supplies . . . just another thing you ordered from some wholesaler when you set up business. WAYNE KENNAN Studio City
NEWS
August 2, 2010
Household-cleaning products may be injuring fewer kids than they used to ... but not few enough. That's the upshot of an analysis published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. From 1990 through 2006, more than 267,000 children age 5 or under were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for injuries connected to such products. There were 22,141 such injuries in 1990, researchers found, and 11,964 in 2006. Perhaps the American Academy of Pediatrics' poison-prevention advice is getting through.
SCIENCE
February 12, 2014 | By Amina Khan
It took 192 lasers and a building big enough to contain three football fields, but physicists have finally produced a pair of nuclear fusion reactions that created more energy than was in the fuel to start with. The reactions lasted less than a billionth of a second, and they released only a few thousand joules - enough to power a 100-watt light bulb for less than three minutes. But it marks the first time scientists have been able to harness the power of stars here on Earth. "This is really an important milestone," said Warren Mori, a plasma physicist at UCLA who was not involved in the effort.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Newport Beach residents may soon be one step closer to roasting marshmallows beach-side over natural gas-burning fire rings. City staff plans to recommend Tuesday that council members approve city participation in a pilot project with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to install natural gas fire rings in certain beach areas  while removing some of the existing wood-fueled fire rings, the Daily Pilot reported. There are 33 fire rings in the sand near the Balboa Pier and 27 at Corona del Mar State Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Walt Disney Concert Hall - quite possibly Los Angeles' most photographed building - didn't come with a complete list of care instructions prior to opening. Architect Frank Gehry, the mind behind the $284-million structure, didn't know how the building's swooping stainless-steel arches would stay spotless. "Not only Frank Gehry but the window-cleaning consultant … were unsure how to clean certain areas," said Zane Britt, president of the Burbank-based Sunrise Window Cleaners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
As state air pollution officials step up inspections of diesel exhaust from big rigs, some of their best allies are truckers themselves. They are pushing the Air Resources Board to enforce pollution rules more aggressively for trucks in advance of a Jan. 1 deadline. Truckers are also the No.1 tipsters, placing anonymous calls and sending emails to finger competitors they say are gaining an unfair advantage by not upgrading their engines or installing expensive filters that capture harmful diesel particulates before they are released into the air. Diesel exhaust is the worst remaining pollution source on roadways.
SCIENCE
September 12, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Consider this next time you're sitting in traffic on the freeway: You're in a zone where air pollution can be five to 10 times higher than in surrounding areas. Even inside your vehicle, you're probably breathing in pollutants through the windows or the air vents. After an hourlong commute, you've likely doubled your daily exposure to the harmful particles in vehicle exhaust. A new study says the single best thing you can do to protect yourself is roll up the windows and set your vehicle's ventilation system to 'recirculate.' Using that setting -- typically a button that shows a car with an arrow inside -- can cut pollution concentrations inside a typical car to 20% of on-road levels, scientists found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
Despite a threefold increase in people and cars in the last 50 years, California's strict vehicle emissions standards have managed to significantly clear the state's air, according to new research. The study also found that Southern California's air chemistry has changed for the better. The amount of organic nitrates in the atmosphere - which cause smog's eye-stinging irritation - has drastically fallen off, according to federal researchers. Ozone and other pollutants have been monitored in the state since the 1960s.
OPINION
June 7, 2013
Re "Two visitors killed in Yosemite," June 4 It is regrettable that another person has been swept over a waterfall in Yosemite National Park. But is raises the question: What was he thinking? Nature can be a beautiful place, but it can also be a deadly dangerous place. People need to respect nature far more than they do. A National Park is not Disneyland - there is no expectation of safety for people who do foolish things. Scott W. Hughes Westlake Village ALSO: Letters: Speaking up for the shark Letters: Taken to the cleaners by AMC Letters: What, and how, kids should learn
NEWS
February 11, 1987 | Associated Press
After 76 years of slovenly housekeeping, the New York Public Library announced Tuesday that it will spend $1 million to take vacuum cleaners and dust cloths to its 3.5 million books, thousands of which are crumbling from neglect. A team of about half a dozen Soviet and Polish emigres will devote the next five years to dusting the library's 88 miles of bookshelves--the distance between New York and Philadelphia.
OPINION
June 7, 2013
Re "Two visitors killed in Yosemite," June 4 It is regrettable that another person has been swept over a waterfall in Yosemite National Park. But is raises the question: What was he thinking? Nature can be a beautiful place, but it can also be a deadly dangerous place. People need to respect nature far more than they do. A National Park is not Disneyland - there is no expectation of safety for people who do foolish things. Scott W. Hughes Westlake Village ALSO: Letters: Speaking up for the shark Letters: Taken to the cleaners by AMC Letters: What, and how, kids should learn
OPINION
June 7, 2013
Re "Get a film discount, then pay extra," Column, June 4 Those discounted AMC movie tickets purchased in bulk at Costco are definitely no longer the deal that they once were. Films in 3-D and Imax projections always required an extra charge above the Costco price, but I did not think AMC would tack on a $2 surcharge for ordinary screenings. AMC may be operating under the idea that the way to make up for the revenue lost because of declining attendance is to charge loyal, dependable customers even more.
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