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December 5, 1992 | From Reuters
A group claiming to be victims of Benlate fungicide poisoning urged consumers Friday to boycott products made by E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. Benlate Victims Against Du Pont, a group that includes farm workers, environmentalists, scientists and government officials, criticized Du Pont for its failure to compensate users of the company's Benlate fungicide. Du Pont said in a statement that its Benlate fungicide was not responsible for either crop losses or human health problems. On Nov.
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October 15, 2013 | By Elaine Woo
Chemist Malcolm Renfrew never imagined that his work would one day become synonymous with the nonstick frying pan. As a young man in the 1930s he dreamed of acting and joined a traveling tent show. The tent, however, burned down, which sent Renfrew back to studying chemistry and, in 1938, a job researching plastics at DuPont laboratories in New Jersey. When a colleague investigating refrigerants accidentally invented a substance resistant to chemicals and heat, DuPont gave Renfrew and his team the task of figuring out what to do with it. Renfrew, who oversaw the development of that compound - polytetrafluoroethylene resin, later trademarked as Teflon - died of age-related causes at his home in Moscow, Idaho, on Saturday, his 103 r d birthday.
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BUSINESS
June 30, 1986
Du Pont, which introduced cellophane to the United States in 1924, said it will be sold to its only American cellophane competitor--Flexel Inc. of Atlanta. Flexel makes cellophane at a plant in Covington, Ind., and will acquire Du Pont's cellophane plant in Tecumseh, Kan., in the deal. The price was not disclosed.
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September 4, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
With film festivals in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York all taking place this month, it seems nearly every movie with awards season hopes has already had - or has at least booked - its world premiere. But Hollywood's own AFI Fest was able to land a highly anticipated, still-under-wraps title to help kick off its November event: "Foxcatcher," director Bennett Miller's wrestling drama. The film, which stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, will play on Nov. 8, the second day of the eight-day festival.
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December 29, 1988 | From the Washington Post
The Justice Department Wednesday filed an $8.2-million suit against E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., charging that between 1983 and 1986 the company helped produce gasoline containing excessive levels of dangerous lead at a New Jersey refinery. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 2,200 tons of excess lead was injected into gasoline--and eventually released into the air--in the largest violation of the 9-year-old federal law that is phasing down the use of lead.
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November 6, 1986 | Associated Press
Du Pont Co. has announced what it called a breakthrough in plastics technology that could eventually replace metal, glass and other materials used in the automotive and electronics industries. Du Pont said it has discovered a process for making super-tough and heat-resistant polyarylate resins at prices up to 20% lower than current costs.
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November 28, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Du Pont to Sell Half of Coal Unit: Du Pont Co. said it has agreed to sell half of its coal business to a German company for nearly $900 million in cash and the German company's U.S. coal interests. Under the agreement, Rheinbraun AG, a subsidiary of RWE AG, will acquire a 50% interest in Du Pont's Consolidation Coal Co., the nation's second-largest coal producer, and Du Pont's other coal business. Du Pont said it will get just under $900 million in cash and Rheinbraun's U.S. coal interests, which consist of a 24% stake in certain Consolidation mining properties in southwest Pennsylvania.
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April 1, 1988
Hail to Du Pont! A company that can see through the almighty dollar to the big picture. LYNN ESCHBACH Carlsbad
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February 28, 1989 | From Associated Press
Four former Du Pont Co. employees were arrested Monday in Switzerland after an attempt to extort $10 million from the chemical giant in exchange for documents on the production of spandex synthetic fiber, authorities said. A fifth former employee remained at large.
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June 20, 1989 | BRUCE HOROVITZ
Most people who have seen Bill Demby's TV commercial remember him not so much for his face but for the two legs that he doesn't have. The ad for Du Pont--which has been airing for nearly two years--features the Vietnam veteran playing rough-and-tumble basketball in a pickup game. The voice-over in the ad says, "When Bill Demby was in Vietnam, he dreamed of coming home and playing a little basketball. A dream that all but died when he lost both legs to a Viet Cong rocket." Demby now wears two artificial legs made from a Du Pont plastic.
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October 30, 2012 | Times staff and wire reports
Tennis champion Margaret Osborne duPont, the winner of 37 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles from the 1940s into the 1960s, has died in Texas. She was 94. DuPont died Wednesday in El Paso while in hospice care, Mary Skinner of VNA Hospice said. The cause was not given. An Oregon native who grew up in San Francisco learning to play tennis on the public courts of Golden Gate Park, duPont won 31 doubles and mixed doubles titles at Grand Slam tournaments from 1941 to 1962. She also won the singles title at Wimbledon in 1947, the U.S. National Championship (now the U.S. Open)
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October 5, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
This post has been corrected, as detailed below. MONTREAL -- Channing Tatum has shown some serious versatility lately - he's played a devoted husband, a comedic cop, and a stripper extraordinaire, to name just three parts. But he says he's never been more daunted as he will be by his new role: as wrestler Mark Schultz in true-life tale "Foxcatcher. " "It's going to be the hardest acting challenge I've had to date," Tatum said of the movie, which is set to begin shooting this month.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2011
DuPont is buying Danish food additives maker Danisco A/S for $5.8 billion as it looks to beef up the products it offers to improve the taste and health benefits of food. The chemical giant wants to widen its reach as the world's population grows and demand for food increases. The deal also gives DuPont more exposure to alternative fuel markets, like ethanol, where Danisco products are also used. Danisco's compounds are used in a wide range of industries from bakery, dairy and beverages to animal feed, laundry detergents and bioethanol.
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November 30, 2009 | By Patricia Sullivan
Lester Shubin, the Justice Department researcher who turned a DuPont fabric intended for tires into the first truly effective bulletproof vests, saving the lives of more than 3,000 law enforcement officers, died Nov. 20 after a heart attack at his home in Fairfax, Va. He was 84. Shubin was working at the National Institute for Justice, the research and development branch of the Justice Department, in the early 1970s when DuPont came out with a...
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September 22, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Bank of America Corp. said it appointed DuPont Co. Chairman Charles "Chad" Holliday Jr. to its board of directors, effective immediately. The board also voted to reduce its size to 15 directors from 18.
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September 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
DuPont Co. named Ellen Kullman as its chief executive, replacing Charles Holliday Jr., who is stepping down after 10 years in which he shifted the company's focus toward biotechnology and away from basic chemicals. Kullman, a 20-year veteran of DuPont, will become president and director Oct. 1 and chief executive Jan. 1. She eventually will succeed Holliday as chairman. Kullman, 52, is executive vice president and a member of the company's office of the chief executive. She is believed to be the first woman named CEO of a major U.S. chemical company.
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October 5, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
This post has been corrected, as detailed below. MONTREAL -- Channing Tatum has shown some serious versatility lately - he's played a devoted husband, a comedic cop, and a stripper extraordinaire, to name just three parts. But he says he's never been more daunted as he will be by his new role: as wrestler Mark Schultz in true-life tale "Foxcatcher. " "It's going to be the hardest acting challenge I've had to date," Tatum said of the movie, which is set to begin shooting this month.
BUSINESS
April 27, 1989
Du Pont: First-quarter profit rose 25% to $736 million from a year ago. The chemical company based in Wilmington, Del., reported that sales rose 10% to $8.7 billion, compared to last year. The company said the improved report reflected strong worldwide demand, higher selling prices and higher crude oil prices. The company's major products are petroleum through its subsidiary, Conoco, nylon and other fibers, polymers and agricultural chemicals. Tables, Page 12
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January 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
DuPont Co., the third-biggest U.S. chemical maker, said fourth-quarter profit excluding one-time items rose as increased sales of seeds and chemicals in emerging markets more than made up for weak demand from domestic home builders and automakers. Net income fell to $545 million, or 60 cents a share, from $871 million, or 94 cents, a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, profit rose to 57 cents a share from 45 cents a year earlier. The results topped the 50-cent average analyst estimate.
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