August 23, 2012 |
If you're among the the 21% of American adults who have tattoos, you might be surprised to learn that there's no law or regulation that requires tattoo inks to be sterile. The Food and Drug Administration, which has oversight over the inks, treats them like cosmetics and says only that ink manufacturers must use ingredients that have received pre-market approval. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now calling for higher standards. In this week's edition of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a group of public health experts writes: “Because tattoo inks are injected intradermally, CDC recommends that ink manufacturers be held to higher product safety standards, which should include production of sterile inks.” That might have spared about two dozen people some nasty skin infections with an organism called Mycobacterium chelonae . M. chelonae causes what are called nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM)
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August 11, 2012 |
The explosions came one after another, jolting a South Los Angeles neighborhood. "It felt like an earthquake, and then it was just raining fire," recalled Richard Gomez, who watched a metal recycling facility on Slauson Avenue erupt in flames one day in June 2010. A worker at the United Alloys plant was critically injured in the blaze, which started in a machine that ground titanium into highly flammable flakes. Gomez, who worked at a catering business nearby, said two of his co-workers suffered minor burns when their clothes caught fire.
August 5, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - On a chaparral-covered hillside 40 miles north of Los Angeles in June 2010, researchers from the Department of Homeland Security hid a device the size of a pack of cigarettes that emitted a safe pulse of low-grade radiation. It was a stand-in for a dirty bomb, or fallout from a nuclear meltdown. Nearby, a pilot toggled a joystick, and a gray drone with the wingspan of a California condor banked through the sky. As the plane's sensor sniffed for radioactive isotopes, law enforcement officers and firefighters watched a portable controller that looked like an oversized Game Boy. In minutes, a warning signal glowed on the screen.
July 20, 2012 |
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - After what took place here Friday in the second round of the British Open, one might theorize that Brandt Snedeker can walk on water. His golf swing isn't bad, either. But let's not deviate from the real heroes at this Royal Lytham & St. Annes layout. Sure, Snedeker mastered the 206 bunkers in the best way possible. He didn't land in any of them. That takes more luck than genius, which Snedeker acknowledged. And sure, Snedeker's 66-64-130 tied Nick Faldo's 1992 British Open record for the best 36-hole start, but Faldo's ego could use a little jolt, anyway.
July 13, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- Would-be homeowners must be told how to obtain information about potential safety hazards near properties, according to a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law, written by Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), responds to the deadly explosion of a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. natural gas pipeline Sept. 9, 2010, in the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno. The explosion killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. Bradford's law, which takes effect Jan. 1, requires property sellers and real estate agents to provide prospective buyers with directions about how to find out via the Internet whether a gas transmission line or hazardous liquid pipeline is buried nearby.
June 9, 2012 |
Every commercial harbor in the nation has its own pilots, and at the Port of Long Beach one family has been running the pilot operation for 90 years. It's the Jacobsen clan, whose roots stretch back to a Norwegian fishing village. Today they are responsible for shepherding ships as long as skyscrapers are tall. "My grandfather Jacob started doing this in 1922, when this port was pretty much just a mud flat," said Tom Jacobsen, the third-generation president of Jacobsen Pilot Service.
May 25, 2012 |
As San Francisco hosts a citywide birthday party for the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th anniversary, one thing that won't be celebrated is the fact that the bridge continues to be the world's top suicide site. Since it opened on May 27, 1937, there have been an estimated 1,600 deaths in which the body was recovered, and many more unconfirmed. The data for 2011 underscore this reality: 37 people died jumping off the bridge last year, according to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.
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May 6, 2012 |
State regulators found inadequate environmental safeguards at a Coachella Valley soil recycling company blamed for noxious odors that sickened children at a nearby school but said the mountains of contaminated soil do not pose a serious health threat. Western Environmental Inc., which operates a waste facility on the reservation of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians near Mecca, did not meet California hazardous waste standards "in a number of significant areas," according to a state Department of Toxic Substances Control report released last week.
April 14, 2012 |
Hollywood's full of interesting figures with dreams - struggling actors and writers who wait tables, walk dogs or sell insurance on the side. In the 1980s and early '90s, Leonard Mlodinow was likely one of the most unexpected: a theoretical physicist-turned-scriptwriter. When TV action hero MacGyver or the Starship Enterprise crew needed new dilemmas to solve, the UC Berkeley-trained scientist was there to supply them. "I just really loved films and thought I should be writing screenplays," said the bestselling science writer on a recent sunny afternoon at Caltech, where he's a lecturer.
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February 17, 2012 |
The fastest-growing county in California rejected a massive, mountaintop rock quarry Thursday that supporters called an essential source of the ingredients that fed the region's economic ascent. In the end, however, neighborhood objections to increased traffic, possible health hazards and environmental destruction won out, a rare outcome in the pro-development frontier of the Inland Empire. Fierce opposition in Temecula, a city known for its vineyard-covered valley and rock-ribbed conservative politics, persuaded the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to vote down the proposed rock mine by a 3-2 vote, despite the promise of hundreds of new blue-collar jobs to the recession-flattened region.