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January 3, 1992 | LEE DYE, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
A metal canister used in a cold-fusion experiment at a major research institution near Stanford University exploded Thursday, killing one scientist and injuring three others. The explosion at SRI International in Menlo Park was described as a mechanical or chemical explosion--not nuclear--and occurred when one of the scientists was releasing pressure in a six-inch-tall cylinder, according to Menlo Park Fire Department spokesman Rick Reed.
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September 27, 1991 | Associated Press
A powerful propane explosion inside a house seriously burned four police officers as they tried unsuccessfully to keep a man from killing himself early Thursday. The blast blew one officer through a window and dropped him 50 feet away, and another was flung through a wall. All four officers were hospitalized in critical condition. The suicide victim, Bill Samuels, 42, apparently released propane in his boarding room after stuffing sheets under the door.
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June 1, 1990 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An anonymous letter writer, purportedly a Scriptures-quoting religious fundamentalist, has claimed responsibility for the car bomb that injured two Earth First! activists in Oakland last week.
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May 30, 1990 | From a Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors said Tuesday they will wait at least two weeks before deciding whether to formally charge two environmental activists accused by police of causing an explosion that nearly killed the pair last week. Supporters of the two said the delay indicates police have a weak case and renewed their charge that someone tried to assassinate the activists to stop their efforts to preserve old-growth redwoods. One of the activists, Darryl Cherney, 33, of Piercy, remained free on bail Tuesday.
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May 26, 1990 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Earth First! activists recovering from injuries suffered when an explosion tore through their car were arrested Friday by Oakland police for possessing and transporting an explosive device. However, Oakland authorities released no evidence as to why they believe the two suspects are to blame for the explosion Thursday that nearly killed them.
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May 25, 1990 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An explosion of uncertain origin tore through a car as it drove down an Oakland street Thursday, injuring two members of the radical environmental group Earth First! The two injured people, Judi Bari, 40, of Mendocino and Darryl Cherney, 33, of Piercy, had complained to police before the blast of death threats and general harassment in apparent retaliation for their efforts to stop the logging of old-growth redwoods.
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