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March 10, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Police said they found nothing to suggest foul play in the death of a woman who was heard screaming from inside a building being fumigated. Linda Williams, 37, died at a hospital Monday after being pulled from her condominium several hours after the fumigation had begun. Police Lt.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Police in Westminster are trying to determine what a man found dead on the patio of a fumigated house was doing there. Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to a home in the 14400 block of Monroe Lane after a worker for a Southern California pest control company went to check on a customer's home and found the body of a man inside the company's fumigation tent. The unidentified man was shirtless and holding a black T-shirt and hooded sweatshirt, but had no identification.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Police in Westminster are trying to determine what a man found dead on the patio of a fumigated house was doing there. Just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to a home in the 14400 block of Monroe Lane after a worker for a Southern California pest control company went to check on a customer's home and found the body of a man inside the company's fumigation tent. The unidentified man was shirtless and holding a black T-shirt and hooded sweatshirt, but had no identification.
WORLD
December 16, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia - U.S.-funded anti-coca spraying in Colombia has been suspended indefinitely in the aftermath of the shooting down, apparently by leftist rebels, of two spray planes and the death of one of the American pilots, sources confirmed Monday. One fumigation airplane was shot down Sept. 27, killing the pilot, whose name was not made public. A second crop-duster was brought down Oct. 5, prompting the U.S. Embassy in Bogota to suspend spraying, according to one well-informed source who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2008 | Janet Portman, Inman News
Question: Roaches came into my apartment from the unit downstairs, and the manager has been fumigating. Now my apartment and furniture smell of pesticides. My landlady offered me another, bigger apartment, but I would have to pay more plus pay to transfer my phone and electricity bill, move my stuff and have everything cleaned. I've asked that she not charge me more for the new unit, and that she help with the expenses. She argues that she can't give me the apartment at the same rate because of the Fair Housing Act. Is this true?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1997
The mother of a 36-year-old Toluca Lake woman who fell into a coma and died after a building next door to her home was fumigated has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against firms that manufactured and applied the pest killer. The suit seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages from the death of Sandra Cornwall Mero, who died last month after she was discovered unconscious in her home March 8.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1989
A man has died in a hospital after he stopped to watch television and eat a snack while burglarizing a Sepulveda home that was being fumigated, police said Sunday. The man, who authorities have not been able to identify, was found writhing and partially clothed on the front lawn of a house in the 15400 block of West Labrador Street early Saturday morning, authorities said. He apparently entered a tarpaulin-covered house and removed a videocassette recorder, some liquor and other valuables.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2009 | Janet Portman
Question: We have recently been notified by our landlord that our apartment complex will be tented for termites for an entire weekend. Because we have no choice in the matter, I wanted to know whether our landlord is required by law to pay for hotel accommodations for the period that we will be displaced. If so, what are we entitled to: Motel 6 or a weekend at the Four Seasons? Answer: Do not pack your bags with your golf clubs and tux just yet. You are entitled to compensation for the two or three days that you cannot live in the rental.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A fire Friday afternoon inside a dumpster containing toxic fumigation pellets forced the evacuation of two businesses and the closure of a mile-long stretch of California 118, authorities said. The fire began shortly after 2 p.m. inside an industrial-sized dumpster at Griffith Ives, a 50-acre ranch at 3756 Somis Road where flowers are grown and dried, authorities said. As of 7 p.m.
WORLD
December 16, 2013 | By Chris Kraul
BOGOTA, Colombia - U.S.-funded anti-coca spraying in Colombia has been suspended indefinitely in the aftermath of the shooting down, apparently by leftist rebels, of two spray planes and the death of one of the American pilots, sources confirmed Monday. One fumigation airplane was shot down Sept. 27, killing the pilot, whose name was not made public. A second crop-duster was brought down Oct. 5, prompting the U.S. Embassy in Bogota to suspend spraying, according to one well-informed source who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins and Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
A years-long environmental battle ended abruptly when the company producing a fumigant for strawberries and other crops yanked it from U.S. distribution, bringing relief to activists and raising concern among growers. Methyl iodide, meant to replace an ozone-depleting fumigant being phased out by an international treaty, was believed to have little effect on air quality. But some scientists say it can cause cancer, brain damage and miscarriages among workers who handle it and can be a threat to ground water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2011 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A 95-year-old man was in stable condition Wednesday evening after being stung more than 400 times by bees in Redondo Beach, police said. "Most men would have died, but he's taking it in stride," Sgt. Phil Keenan of the Redondo Beach Police Department said. He said the man was expected to be released Wednesday evening from a local hospital. The bees attacked the man about 2:50 p.m. in the 1700 block of Ruxton Lane. The bees apparently became agitated by a private fumigator who was trying to remove them from a nearby apartment building, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2009 | Amy Littlefield; Bettina Boxall
Scientists and activists faced off with growers and the chemical industry at a California Assembly Labor Committee hearing about the fumigant methyl iodide, a known carcinogen under consideration for use on California fields. Growers of strawberries, ornamental plants and other crops want the chemical approved as a replacement for methyl bromide, an ozone-depleting chemical banned under an international treaty. But worker advocates are concerned that the fumigant may increase the risk of miscarriage, cancer and thyroid toxicity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2009 | Amy Littlefield
Facing accusations that they were fast tracking approval of a known carcinogen, state pesticide regulators have resumed a review of the fumigant methyl iodide for use on strawberry fields. A peer review of methyl iodide had been suspended during the state budget crisis, prompting concern from legislators and environmentalists that the agency and the governor were bowing to industry pressure to approve the chemical as a substitute for the banned fumigant methyl bromide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2009 | Margot Roosevelt
Public health groups have filed suit against the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to force stricter rules against fumigants that contribute to air pollution. The suit, filed last week in Sacramento County Superior Court, says state regulators failed to analyze reasonable alternatives to the chemicals or to minimize the effect of volatile organic compounds from treating strawberries and other crops. "Pesticides rank among the largest contributors to California's notoriously smoggy air," said Brent Newell, legal director of the San Francisco-based Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, which filed the suit on behalf of affected residents in Ventura County and the Central Valley.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2009 | Janet Portman
Question: We have recently been notified by our landlord that our apartment complex will be tented for termites for an entire weekend. Because we have no choice in the matter, I wanted to know whether our landlord is required by law to pay for hotel accommodations for the period that we will be displaced. If so, what are we entitled to: Motel 6 or a weekend at the Four Seasons? Answer: Do not pack your bags with your golf clubs and tux just yet. You are entitled to compensation for the two or three days that you cannot live in the rental.
REAL ESTATE
July 22, 1990
Ken Herman stated in a June 24 letter that after fumigation of a home for termites, "concentrations of pesticide inside the residence may actually increase for many years." This is simply not the case because after a fumigant tent is removed, any remaining fumigant dissipates into the air. No residue is left in the air or on surfaces. Moreover, California law requires that pest control operators use a special instrument to test the air inside structures after fumigation to ensure that the building has aired properly before it can be reoccupied.
REAL ESTATE
February 28, 1999
John Gleason is right when he talks about moisture causing rot (Letters, Feb. 14). However, he also stated that "when wood stays dry and well ventilated, it doesn't rot, and termites don't do any damage to it, even if they are present." What he fails to understand is that we have in the Southern California area a termite called the dry-wood termite, which does not need moisture to damage wood. This termite does not live in the soil but always lives in dry wood, except during its swarming season.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2008 | Janet Portman, Inman News
Question: Roaches came into my apartment from the unit downstairs, and the manager has been fumigating. Now my apartment and furniture smell of pesticides. My landlady offered me another, bigger apartment, but I would have to pay more plus pay to transfer my phone and electricity bill, move my stuff and have everything cleaned. I've asked that she not charge me more for the new unit, and that she help with the expenses. She argues that she can't give me the apartment at the same rate because of the Fair Housing Act. Is this true?
NATIONAL
July 11, 2008 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed tighter restrictions Thursday on highly toxic soil fumigant pesticides used in growing strawberries, tomatoes and other crops. Pesticide critics called the proposals "substantial improvements" but said they wouldn't fully protect farmworkers and the public.
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