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June 17, 1995
A man resisting arrest sprayed police officers with insecticide Friday, sending seven to the hospital suffering severe eye irritation and nausea, police said. Police returned chemical fire at Eliyahu Abramson, 25, squirting the man at his home in the 18500 block of Hatteras Street with four canisters of pepper spray, said Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Stephany Payne.
June 3, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
An explosion fueled by several cans of bug-killing fogger injured a 2-year-old girl and damaged three apartments Monday, fire officials said. The family, living in a complex in the 900 block of South Loara Street, set off six cans of the insecticide at 8:30 p.m. and left the apartment for an hour, said Robyn Butler, a spokeswoman for the Anaheim Fire Department.
September 6, 1992
Aerosol bug spray ignited by a stove pilot light caused a minor explosion Saturday that blew out windows and a sliding glass door in a local apartment. Fire Battalion Chief Tim Graber said no one was injured in the incident in the 1300 block of N. French St. Graber said a woman living in the apartment uncorked seven canisters of the flea spray to rid the apartment of an infestation of cockroaches. The woman placed the canisters throughout the apartment before leaving.
October 14, 1991 | JUDY BERLFEIN, Berlfein is a free-lance science and medicine writer living in Encinitas
Gary Reed has been spying on his potato plants. What he sees comes as a welcome surprise. In one 50-row section of his 1.6-acre plot, a number of beetles have become transfixed. "They're afraid to move, afraid to fly and afraid to eat," the Oregon State University entomologist said. Adjoining this thriving growth, Reed has cultivated another area. Here the beetles have engaged in their normal activity--munching the green leaves and leaving behind only spindly stalks.
January 6, 1988 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. tobacco industry, which has fended off a barrage of wrongful death and other product liability lawsuits without losing a case, put its perfect record on the line Tuesday in this rural Mississippi town. In a case that could be the industry's stiffest liability challenge ever, a state court jury began hearing a suit filed against American Tobacco Co. by survivors of a lung cancer victim who smoked its Pall Mall brand. The cancer victim was Nathan H.
January 7, 1988 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
American Tobacco Co. continued spraying a suspected cancer-causing insecticide near cigarettes and cigarette filters for at least a year after learning that its products were being contaminated by excessive levels of the chemical, according to internal company memos disclosed in a trial here Wednesday. The memos were introduced as evidence in a wrongful death suit against the company by survivors of the late Nathan H. Horton, who died from lung cancer last January.
August 10, 1989 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
A backyard peach rotted through with larvae of the pesky Mediterranean fruit fly provided further proof Wednesday of an infestation by the crop-destroying insect in neighborhoods north of downtown Los Angeles, county and state officials said.
September 11, 1989 | From staff and wire reports
A team of scientists at the University of Stockholm said last week that they have discovered that pine needles may be a valuable tool in measuring certain pollutants, including the insecticide DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. In a study published in the journal Nature, the Swedish researchers said pollutants like DDT that tend to accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals are also concentrated in the waxy coverings of pine needles.
May 17, 2006 | T. Christian Miller, Times Staff Writer
The Environmental Protection Agency has tentatively agreed to new restrictions that will allow a Southern California pesticide maker to keep a controversial insecticide on the market, the agency announced Tuesday. Newport Beach-based Amvac volunteered to cancel some uses and add restrictions to others for a pesticide known as dichlorvos, or DDVP, which is commonly used to kill mosquitoes, fleas and other insects, the EPA said.
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