CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2009 |
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.
August 11, 2009 |
Pushing around a cart filled with steamed corn, sliced cucumbers and other street food, Omar Castillo is the embodiment of what has become a third rail in the healthcare debate. The 19-year-old, who received a kidney transplant last year, is in the U.S. illegally and has no ready access to long-term medical care. So peddling snacks is how he pays for the expensive drugs he needs to stay healthy. To cover the needs of an estimated 6.8 million uninsured illegal immigrants, some advocates have proposed broadening the healthcare overhaul proposals now before Congress.
June 21, 2013 |
Juan Manuel Marquez last month spoke as if the door to ever fight Manny Pacquiao was closed for good. But maybe not. Marquez, at Thursday's Beverly Hills Hotel news conference to promote his Oct. 12 fight vs. Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, said he will consider fighting Pacquiao a fifth time if the fight were to be staged in Marquez's native Mexico. “We offered that to Team Pacquiao and they rejected it,” Marquez said. “If the Pacquiao team tells me they want to fight in Mexico, yes, I will fight him. “But I want to leave with the feeling I had” in December after knocking Pacquiao out cold.
January 25, 2004
Regarding "Old Hollywood's Shadow Falls on Palm Desert" [Weekend Escape, Jan. 18]: The Mojave in Palm Desert is not 1940s-esque; it is 1940s for real. The rooms have a 1940s-style heater and air conditioner added to the middle of the wall. If you stay there in the winter, you must suffer being cold until the unit heats the room, which takes two to three hours, then listen to the noisy unit heating the room all night. Although I had the misfortune to stay in the winter, I would imagine it is the same in the summer.
June 21, 2013 |
Chris Bosh is 6-foot-11, 235 pounds, but he got completely obliterated by a piece of confetti. While sitting on the bench after his team won the NBA Finals on Thursday evening, a piece of red confetti trickled down from the ceiling and landed on Bosh's open mouth. Bosh shook his face. He blew. Nothing worked. The paper relentlessly clung to his sweaty face as he grimaced and gagged in disgust. It's pretty hilarious, especially if you watch the video on repeat. Bosh had zero points and seven rebounds in the Heat's 95-88 Game 7 win. ALSO: LeBron James re-Heats title for Miami Photos: NBA Finals - Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs Plaschke: Clippers are at a crossroads with Doc Rivers decision
June 21, 2013 |
Greg Moore has been hired as baseball coach at Cal State Northridge, Athletic Director Brandon Martin announced. Moore was associate head coach at the University of San Francisco the last three seasons. “I want to bring a passion to improve every day, on and off the field,” Moore said in a statement. “I want to make the San Fernando Valley proud of its baseball team.” Moore replaces Matt Curtis, whose contract was not renewed. Curtis was 77-89 in three seasons, including 31-26 this season.