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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2005 | Nicholas Shields, Times Staff Writer
Denouncing them as outlaws, Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo has announced the filing of criminal charges against the landlords of five apartment buildings for a slew of alleged health and safety code violations. A total of 72 counts were filed against the owners of the buildings in the Pico-Union and Mid-Wilshire areas, Delgadillo said. The case involves 188 rental units. The city attorney said the violations included cockroach infestation, defective plumbing and trash accumulation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman at a Wendy's restaurant bit into a part of a human finger while eating chili Tuesday night, Santa Clara County health officials said. She spit it out and warned other diners to stop eating, witnesses said. Officials said the fingertip was about 1 3/8 inches long. They believe that it belongs to a woman because of the long, manicured nail. Health investigators seized all of the ingredients at the restaurant and were tracing them back to their manufacturers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2005
The Orange County Health Care Agency can close food facilities for as long as the owners fail to correct conditions that pose a danger to public health. Here are the restaurants closed last month: *--* Name/Address Date closed- reopened Reason for closure *--* *--* China-West Restaurant 1/3-1/4 Rodent infestation 17585-A Harvard Ave., Irvine *--* *--* Magic Wok 1/3-1/5 Cockroach infestation 6731, #114 Westminster Blvd., Westminster *--* *--* Rain 1/4-1/5 Rodent infestation 1700 Placentia Ave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2005 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
Southern California's chief air pollution regulator filed a $184- million lawsuit Thursday against BP, alleging that the company had continually failed to fully inspect its Carson refinery for leaks of smog-forming chemicals. It is the second such legal action by the South Coast Air Quality Management District against BP in two years. Together, the suits seek $597 million in penalties from the company, formerly known as BP-Arco.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
W.R. Grace & Co., which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2001 amid thousands of asbestos-related claims, said it might be indicted in a probe of alleged environmental violations and obstruction of government proceedings in connection with a Montana mine. "The government is asserting that it has substantial evidence linking the company to the commission of a crime," Columbia, Md.-based W.R. Grace said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it fined two Ontario firms more than $58,000 for breaking federal pesticide rules. Cardenas Markets Inc. was fined $56,100 for the sale and distribution of two pesticides -- Cardenas Pine Cleaner and Pinol -- that were not registered with the government. Everkleen Enterprises was fined $2,381 for making Cardenas Pine Cleaner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
City officials Thursday announced the filing of 99 criminal counts against five Wilshire district landlords accused of being slumlords. The counts involve four apartment complexes with a total of 172 units, according to City Atty. Rock Delgadillo. The buildings were infested with vermin, lacked hot water and had leaky plumbing, officials said. The owners had been ordered to repair the problems, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2004 | Tracy Weber, Times Staff Writer
Government health inspectors plan to cite Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center for continued problems in its nursing care and for deficiencies in the upkeep of the public hospital in South Los Angeles, Los Angeles County officials said Friday. But the inspectors, who conducted a four-day review of the hospital this week, determined that King/Drew would remain eligible for federal funding as long as it fixed the problems.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2004 | From Reuters
A New York City hospital was fined $20,000 on Friday in the deaths of two patients, and sources familiar with the matter said Olivia Goldsmith, author of "The First Wives Club," was one of them. Goldsmith, 54, died after suffering a heart attack during cosmetic surgery on Jan. 15. Goldsmith, whose legal name was Justine Rendal, had gone in for an operation to remove loose skin under her chin.
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