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July 13, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A teenager killed in the San Francisco plane crash a week ago was covered in fire retardant foam when a rescue vehicle ran over her, officials said. This detail comes as a third person on Asiana Airlines Flight 214 died Friday morning. This person was not immediately identified. Officials identified the two other victims as Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, both part of a group of Chinese high school students on their way to West Valley Christian Church and School in the San Fernando Valley for a three-week summer camp.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Hobie Alter, who shaped Southern California's signature surf culture by pioneering the mass-produced foam surfboard and later popularized sailing by inventing a lightweight, high-performance catamaran, died Saturday at his home in Palm Desert. He was 80. The announcement of Alter's death was posted on www.hobie.com , his company's website. No cause was disclosed. Full obituary: Hobie Alter dies at 80 A self-taught design innovator and entrepreneur whose “Hobie” brand earned him a fortune, Alter was nonetheless a reluctant businessman who eschewed suits for cutoffs and was guided by his imagination above all else.
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NEWS
November 20, 1986
A light-brown foam that blanketed Santa Monica Bay beaches for more than a month--prompting scores of complaints to local officials--has disappeared, local lifeguards said. The unsightly foam, which looked like dirty laundry suds, was caused by a large plankton bloom, marine biologists and botanists said. The bloom caused a massive discharge of protein, which created foam when it came in contact with the air, and eventually was deposited on local beaches by waves, they said.
SPORTS
November 5, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
"Marathon Jesus" made an appearance in New York City on Sunday. A man named Makoto Takeuchi from Chiba, Japan, according to the name registered under his BIB number, ran the New York City Marathon on Sunday (three days after Halloween) dressed as Jesus. Wearing only a loin cloth and a crown of thorns while running in bare feet, Marathon Jesus also had a huge cross ( reportedly made of either cardboard or foam) strapped to his back. There was a sign in support of the Boston marathon bombing victims attached to the back of the cross.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Several foam manufacturers have agreed to pay $30 million to settle lawsuits brought by survivors and family members of those who died in a 2003 fire at a rock concert in Rhode Island that killed 100 people and hurt more than 200. The settlement offers were disclosed in court papers filed Monday. More than $101 million has now been offered to victims of the Feb. 20, 2003, fire at the Station nightclub in West Warwick from several companies, including Home Depot and a maker of fireworks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1989
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter Wednesday proposed a citywide ban on foam packaging used by the food industry, and the elimination of at least half of other non-biodegradable food packing materials. Saying the lack of landfills in the city has created crisis conditions, Galanter pushed for a one-year voluntary reduction on the use of polystyrene foam used to insulate food. Under the terms of Galanter's motion, a mandatory ban on the material would follow the voluntary reduction.
TRAVEL
October 18, 2009
BUSINESS
July 23, 2009 | Ylan Q. Mui, Mui writes for the Washington Post.
Crocs were born of the economic boom. The colorful foam clogs appeared in 2002, just as the country was recovering from a recession. Brash and bright, they were a cheap investment (about $30) that felt good and promised to last forever. Former President George W. Bush wore them. Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler wore them. Your grandma wore them. They were mocked by the fashion world, but 100 million pairs were sold in seven years.
OPINION
November 28, 2005
Re "NASA Is Still Puzzled by Discovery's Foam Loss," Nov. 23 The humid Florida weather is a suspect. Moisture penetrates under the foam, into cracks and onto the surface. Then super-cooled oxygen fills the tanks under the foam, freezing the moisture, expanding it as ice and adding weight and pressure to loosen the foam. Rain delays are common, so more ice builds on the foam and in cracks. The shuttle launches need to be moved to California's high desert, where weather conditions are so much better.
NEWS
September 17, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
The decline of my 10-year-old refrigerator started with an unsettling wheezing sound and ended with a death rattle that would have cost $500 to fix. So I, like 10 million other Americans each year, dropped money on a new fridge and had the broken one hauled away. But I was nagged by a lingering concern: What happened to my hulking old Amana? The Pacific Sales where I bought my new Samsung offered a free haul-away service, but what did that company do with it? Where, exactly, was it hauled away to?
NEWS
August 3, 2013 | By Judi Dash
The market is inundated with newfangled stands for smart phones, many of them device-specific. How sweet it is to find a simple, compact stand that works with all models - and without clamps, plug-in ports or messy adhesives. The sleek universal NanoTek Stand from Bracketron has a slim curved aluminum profile with micro-suction foam pads that grip the back of the phone (vertically or horizontally) as well as at the desk top. An assertive tug yanks the stand from the desk and phone with no sticky residue.
FOOD
August 3, 2013
30 minutes. Makes about 2 1/2 cups jam 2 pounds blackberries 1 1/4 pounds sugar (a scant 3 cups) 4 teaspoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons lemon verbena leaves 1. Pulse the blackberries in a food processor or mash them up with your hands. You could even leave a few semi-mashed so the jam has a variety of textures. Add the sugar and lemon juice, and stir with a spatula to marry the ingredients. Pour into a large, heavy-bottomed pan. 2. Place the verbena leaves in a cheesecloth bag and tie the bag to the side of the pot, with the bag submerged in the fruit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Hailey Branson-Potts and Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated
Confirmation on Friday that one of the victims of the Asiana Airlines crash died after being run over by a rescue vehicle opened a new front into the investigation over what went wrong in the air disaster.   San Francisco County and San Mateo County officials acknowledged Friday that the victim, a 16-year-old Chinese girl, was alive on the tarmac when the vehicle struck her, giving her crushing injuries and internal hemorrhaging.  San Francisco...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A teenager killed in the San Francisco plane crash a week ago was covered in fire retardant foam when a rescue vehicle ran over her, officials said. This detail comes as a third person on Asiana Airlines Flight 214 died Friday morning. This person was not immediately identified. Officials identified the two other victims as Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, both part of a group of Chinese high school students on their way to West Valley Christian Church and School in the San Fernando Valley for a three-week summer camp.
HOME & GARDEN
June 29, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Wanted to warn that I'm not a particularly skilled surfer, but I think you would just assume that. Basically, I excel at nothing in particular, though I did win the father-son fantasy football league last season and am poised to repeat. I'm also a pretty good public speaker. Imagine a snarkier Winston Churchill. Remember that for your next company event. My fee is a mere $1 million, but for that I also clean up afterward and unburden you of all your leftover Leinenkugel. I also line a pretty good batter's box, though the umpire at last week's Pony League tournament kept smothering the back line with his shoe, believing it was a little too deep.
SCIENCE
May 11, 2013 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Bubbles are a serious business. While they're beloved as a childhood pastime and a bathtub luxury, the physics behind the delicate, iridescent clusters remains remarkably complex. Now mathematicians have pinned down the ephemeral physical processes that mark the life, and death, of these suds. Their findings, published this week in the journal Science, could prove useful to chemical engineers seeking to better understand all kinds of foams, from shaving cream to plastic insulation.
HOME & GARDEN
June 29, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Wanted to warn that I'm not a particularly skilled surfer, but I think you would just assume that. Basically, I excel at nothing in particular, though I did win the father-son fantasy football league last season and am poised to repeat. I'm also a pretty good public speaker. Imagine a snarkier Winston Churchill. Remember that for your next company event. My fee is a mere $1 million, but for that I also clean up afterward and unburden you of all your leftover Leinenkugel. I also line a pretty good batter's box, though the umpire at last week's Pony League tournament kept smothering the back line with his shoe, believing it was a little too deep.
FOOD
August 3, 2013
30 minutes. Makes about 2 1/2 cups jam 2 pounds blackberries 1 1/4 pounds sugar (a scant 3 cups) 4 teaspoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons lemon verbena leaves 1. Pulse the blackberries in a food processor or mash them up with your hands. You could even leave a few semi-mashed so the jam has a variety of textures. Add the sugar and lemon juice, and stir with a spatula to marry the ingredients. Pour into a large, heavy-bottomed pan. 2. Place the verbena leaves in a cheesecloth bag and tie the bag to the side of the pot, with the bag submerged in the fruit.
NEWS
January 10, 2013
William Haines Designs, the company that carries on the design legacy of the legendary Hollywood decorator-to-the-stars, fittingly chose Oscar season to bring back a classic: the Avalon.  The 1950 Billy Haines chair and bench designs are being reissued this month with some 2013 tweaks. Whereas the original Avalon chairs were painted with oil enamel, production manager Greg Bianchini said, the reissues will be zinc-plated and powder-coated for weather resistance. Modern, fast-drying foam has replaced 1950s foam rubber that eventually hardened or disintegrated.
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