November 17, 1989 |
More than 75 farm workers fell ill in a cauliflower field treated with a deadly pesticide and 11 were hospitalized overnight with vomiting, dizziness and breathing problems. The laborers had been exposed Wednesday to Phosdrin, a pesticide that attacks insects' central nervous systems. One woman in intensive care at a Tampa, Fla., hospital showed no improvement, "while the others have," a spokeswoman said. She said the woman's condition was considered life-threatening.
February 18, 1992 |
The AFL-CIO urged Congress to pass legislation granting temporary asylum to all Haitian "boat people." It said Haiti's military-backed government has killed, beaten or jailed several labor activists. The labor group's executive council, meeting in Miami, denounced the Bush Administration's policy of forced repatriation for most of the thousands of Haitian refugees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2004 |
It took Berdrigo Beltran 11 days to travel from Florida to Irvine, on a roundabout journey by bus and on foot, to deliver a straightforward message to Taco Bell executives: End the exploitation of him and other tomato pickers. The bus trip he and nearly 100 fellow farm workers took from Immokalee, Fla., was to protest Irvine-based Taco Bell's business ties with his employer and other tomato growers, whom labor activists accuse of exploiting workers.
January 21, 1991 |
Banks and stores in Atlanta refused to cash the final paychecks of Eastern Airlines employees after the carrier's shutdown, which also briefly stranded some military personnel trying to report for duty in the Mideast. "I have a wife, two kids, a baby on the way and no money," said Bill Snider, an Eastern mechanic who found that a check-cashing store would not take his $491.14 payroll check. "This is just ridiculous." Bank South Corp.
November 19, 2010 |
Digital Domain Productions Inc., a leading visual effects house partly owned by director Michael Bay, is bulking up ? but not in California. The parent company of the Venice-based studio said Thursday that it was acquiring Westlake Village-based In-Three Inc. and that it planned to move most of the 3-D conversion company's 70 employees to Florida. Founded in 1999, In-Three has been a pioneer in the field of converting movies into 3-D, a business that has taken off since the success of James Cameron's blockbuster "Avatar.
September 3, 2004 |
Nearly 2.5 million people were ordered to seek shelter inland in the state's largest evacuation ever as Hurricane Frances, a monstrous storm with sustained winds of 125 mph, set a course to ravage Florida over Labor Day weekend. If the storm continues along its projected path, Frances will make landfall Saturday along the populous southeast coast, perhaps between West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce, then head through the state north to the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and Alabama.