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A government test has determined that a red dye used in many lipsticks is a powerful herbicide capable of killing marijuana plants, prompting some Bush Administration officials to propose using the dye in an airborne offensive against domestic marijuana cultivation.
October 28, 2013 | Sandy Banks
They consider running a family thing. Jeri Dye Lynch and her three sons ran every chance they got - right up until the day her oldest boy, Conor, was struck and killed by a car as he crossed the street outside his high school on his way to cross country practice. It's only fitting that since he died in 2010, Lynch has used running as a way to memorialize her child. On Sunday, the Conor Lynch Foundation held its third annual 5K race to raise money for efforts to promote safety for pedestrians, runners, cyclists and young drivers.
September 8, 1994 | KATHY ST. IVES
Finding the best dye job in town is not easy. But a few cleaners and dye factories are willing to do the deed. Most of the people we spoke to were reluctant to quote prices over the phone. They said they prefer to see and feel the garment to be dyed, so they know what they are getting into. Prices are determined by fabric and thread count, and can vary widely.
July 9, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Jamie Jamison remembers her early introduction to woad. She was on a road trip with her parents, stopping at a Stuckey's shop and seeing a tiny souvenir Navajo rug that illustrated where the natural dyes came from. She has her own now -- blues, greens and yellows, all grown from her yard. Yellow is easy. Even onion skins will make a usable yellow. Blue, however, is another story. For that she is growing woad, Isatis tinctoria , a member of the mustard family. Woad originated in southern Europe and western Asia.
July 9, 1999 | GRAHAME JONES
Color them patriotic, this U.S. Women's World Cup soccer team that plays China for the world championship on Saturday at the Rose Bowl and that has captured the nation's imagination over the last three weeks. Defender Kate Sobrero, for example, has dyed her hair red. Goalkeeper Tracy Ducar has colored hers white. Midfielder Julie Foudy sports blue toenails. Saskia Webber, another goalkeeper, has gone all out with a stars-and-stripes hairdo.
He wasn't caught red-handed, but police have this much to say about a man who robbed a bank this week. He's probably red-handed now. The masked man, armed with a semiautomatic pistol, walked into the World Savings Bank on Monday afternoon, shoved an elderly woman to the floor, demanded money from a cashier and fled with a bag full of cash. But before he crossed the street, police said, a dye pack secreted in the money bag exploded and ruined his cutoff sweatshirt.
October 5, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A widely used blue food dye may have contributed to the deaths of three critically ill patients after it was used to color the liquid food pumped into their stomachs, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. The three had eaten food with FD&C blue dye No. 1 and their skin and blood turned a bluish-green hours before they died, said Dr. James Maloney of the Medical College of Wisconsin.
November 1, 1989 | Associated Press
The Food and Drug Administration, waiting for direction from Congress, on Tuesday extended its deadline for deciding whether to ban Red Dye No. 3 in foods, drugs and cosmetics on the grounds that it causes cancer. This extension pushes the deadline to Jan. 29, 1990. It had been today. There have been dozens of previous extensions in the 19-year-old controversy. The agency had been prepared to ban the dye when the House voted in July to require further studies before deciding on a ban.
October 24, 1987 | Associated Press
A federal appeals court on Friday declared unlawful the Food and Drug Administration's decision allowing the use in cosmetics of two dyes that contain traces of cancer-causing chemicals. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals here ruled that the FDA had violated what is known as the Delaney Clause that bars cancer-causing substances in dyes and food additives, even though the judges agreed with the agency's determination that the risk posed by dyes Orange No. 17 and Red No. 19 was extremely minimal.
January 24, 2004 | From Reuters
Women who have been coloring their hair for 24 years or more have a higher risk of developing a cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma, U.S. researchers reported Friday. They said their study of 1,300 women could help explain a mysterious rise in the number of cases of the cancer that affects the lymphatic system.
November 11, 2012 | By Janet Kinosian, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If you think of shibori as 1960s' tie-dye for adults, you'd be partly right. Many of the chaotic-looking, one-of-a-kind patterns splashed over fashion fabrics today are made by an ancient Japanese "shape resist" dying technique called shibori , which is basically a more sophisticated form of tie-dye as we know it from its hippie heyday in the 1960s and early '70s. More elaborate kinds of shibori are distinguished by complex techniques -- such as with stitching, gathering, binding, clamping, folding, plaiting, knotting, pinching and twisting -- to create a unique pattern.
August 23, 2012
When we asked writer Debra Prinzing to profile rising Los Angeles designer Kyle Schuneman , we also asked Schuneman to share three projects from his DIY decorating book due out next week. He kindly agreed, walking readers through yarn-wrapped picture frames, striped dining chains and, now, dip-dye curtains. Schuneman said he has done the project twice: once in a bathroom, where he dried the curtain over the tub, and once outside, where he hung the curtain from a tree. In his new book, the curtains make waves in a Seattle apartment with a little bit of urban grit.
August 17, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Researchers at Harvard University have created a robot that can change color in seconds, allowing it to blend seamlessly into a background like a chameleon, or stand out so that it is easy to see. It can even glow in the dark, and change its temperature. These are just the latest additions to a family of rubbery, bendable robots first described in a 2011 paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by the Whiteside Group, a Harvard-based research group.
April 20, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Starbucks has declared that it will no longer use cochineal extract, an insect-derived red coloring, in its wares. If anyone is imagining that the use of this dye is rare or new, they're mistaken. At a UCLA “economic botany” website we learn, among other things, that cochineal bug, or Dactylopius coccus , if you want to address it formally, is an insect that sucks the sap of prickly pear cactus and was used by the early Mixtec Indians of pre-Hispanic Mexico as a red dye for clothing.
April 19, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Your Strawberries & Creme frappuchino will no longer feature a splash of bug - enough customers didn't want to slurp crushed cochineal insects that Starbucks Corp. is ditching the red dye used in their making. The Mexican and South American tropical creepy-crawlies were dried and then processed into a coloring product that gave some Starbucks goods - including strawberry banana smoothies, raspberry swirl cakes, birthday cake pops, mini doughnuts with pink icing and red velvet whoopee pie - their rosy hue. But it wasn't vegan.
April 19, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Strawberries & Creme Frappuchinos at Starbucks Corp.will no longer feature a splash of bug - the coffee giant is ditching the red dye made from crushed beetles. The tropical, cochineal insects were dried and then processed into a coloring product to give that rosy hue to the Frappuchinos, as well as strawberry banana smoothies, raspberry swirl cakes, birthday cake pops, mini doughnuts with pink icing and red velvet whoopee pie. The insects, often found in a woolly-looking mass that covers prickly pear cactuses in Latin America, are also commonly used to color fabrics and cosmetics.
May 30, 2005 | Emily Singer, Special to The Times
Changing your hair color with the seasons may give you split ends, but it probably won't make you sick. A new large-scale analysis has found that people who dye their hair do not have a greater risk for most cancers. Previous studies examining the link between hair dye and cancer have had conflicting results, making the issue a confusing one for the estimated 40% of women and 5% of men who dye their hair.
September 8, 1994
"If you are tired of something beige, go ahead--dye it," says Donna Hartman, supervisor of the wardrobe department for ABC. She has done many dye jobs in her career, and coloring a garment does not intimidate her. Hartman darkens white shirts so they won't glow on television, overdyes costumes to make them look old, and dyes shirts, tights and simple garments to match more elaborate costumes. Often she will dye yardage before the costumes are made. "I would never do a jacket.
April 16, 2012
Murray Rose Swimmer won Olympic gold medals Murray Rose, 73, a four-time Olympic gold medal swimmer from Australia who also competed at USC while studying acting in the late '50s, died Sunday in Sydney of leukemia, Swimming Australia said. Rose became a national hero at 17 after winning three gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne Games, in the 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle events and the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Four years later, in Rome, he won the 400 freestyle, took silver in the 1,500 freestyle and bronze in the 4x200 freestyle relay.
January 29, 2012 | By Kavita Daswani, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For most men, it's about staying competitive in a youth-focused workplace. For others, it's a need to keep up with new young wives. And for some, well, they just like the sleek black tops on those "Jersey Shore" boys. These are among the reasons stylists say that more men - including those in their late 40s and older and those at senior corporate levels - are dyeing their hair, shedding the shame that was once attached to the practice. Hair salons across the board - from inexpensive chains to ritzy Beverly Hills places - are noticing a rise in the number of men coming in for color treatments, hoping that covering the gray will help them hang onto jobs or put them on the fast-track at work.
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