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April 27, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prosecutors opened their case Monday against self-proclaimed "Sausage King" Stuart Alexander by outlining the months the sausage factory owner allegedly spent flouting the law and threatening government health inspectors before he shot and killed three of them. Alexander, 43, faces three counts of murder in the June 2000 deaths of U.S.
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April 22, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two pieces of a highly radioactive fuel rod are missing from a Vermont nuclear plant, and engineers planned to search onsite for the material, officials said. The fuel rod was removed in 1979 from the Vermont Yankee reactor, which is shut down for refueling and maintenance. Remote-control cameras will be used to search a spent-fuel pool on the property, officials said. "We do not think there is a threat to the public at this point.
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April 15, 2004 | William Wan, Times Staff Writer
The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that it was investigating how two commercial jets came closer than safety standards allow during Monday's power outage at Los Angeles International Airport. The airport's control tower lost power for less than a second at 9:38 a.m., forcing about 70 planes approaching LAX to circle. But some radar and communications equipment remained out for up to five hours. About 10:10 a.m.
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April 15, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced a $400,000 settlement with an auto junkyard chain. In 1999, Pick Your Part violated federal rules at six junkyards around California, including one in Sun Valley, said EPA environmental engineer Lynn Kuo. The company agreed to pay $165,000 in fines and start a $235,000 program to remove and recycle mercury switches in its cars, Kuo said.
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April 8, 2004 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Serious deficiencies in emergency services, staff and management at Riverside Community Hospital contributed to the deaths of two patients within a one-month span, according to findings by state and federal regulators. A 52-year-old man who had been in a car accident died Dec. 22 from internal bleeding after the hospital failed to promptly locate a surgeon or angiography specialists.
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January 10, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State health and safety officials have given Trinity Hospital 15 days to come up with a plan for repairing damage from mold, dry rot and leaks, Trinity County officials said. Unless the hospital can find the estimated $1.5 million needed to fix the leaky roof, county supervisors may have to shut down the Weaverville facility, county Supervisor Billie Miller said. Rain and show falling on the hospital's flat roof haven't helped.
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November 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
New York's attorney general said Thursday he wants to take over investigations of possible clean air violations that stand a good chance of being dropped by the Environmental Protection Agency under new rules for older power plants, refineries and factories. "By saying they won't proceed, they're saying, 'Nevermind.' They're saying, 'Get out of jail free,' " Eliot Spitzer said in an interview with Associated Press. "I'm saying, 'We're happy to do your work for you.
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November 4, 2003 | Erika Hayasaki and Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo announced Monday that he wants the city and county to begin conducting surprise health and safety inspections of public schools, a move that took Los Angeles schools Supt. Roy Romer by surprise. Delgadillo said he felt a moral obligation to send inspectors to campuses to make sure bathrooms are clean, cafeterias are free from vermin and fire escapes are functioning.
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August 20, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
An Oxnard metal recycler under fire for years by environmentalists and government regulators faces up to $80,000 in fines after a jury Tuesday found it guilty of three misdemeanor counts for polluting the air near its shoreline plant. Jurors deliberated just two hours before returning verdicts against Halaco Engineering Co., which recycles aluminum and magnesium scrap.
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May 29, 2003 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
About 90 patients will be moved from a troubled psychiatric facility in Sylmar, according to the top mental health official in Los Angeles County. Marvin Southard, the county's director of public health, wrote in a letter to the Board of Supervisors that the Foothill Health and Rehabilitation Center is no longer fit to treat the county's mental patients. Foothill is one of two adjacent facilities in Sylmar that are run by Golden State Health Centers.
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