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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1989 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
State and county agriculture officials expressed hope that they have gained the upper hand in the battle against the latest Mediterranean fruit fly infestation after completion of an aerial malathion spraying early Friday over neighborhoods near downtown Los Angeles. State inspectors checking the work of the computer-aided helicopter team that sprayed the malathion mix declared the aerial spraying a success in terms of coverage.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1989 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As the Mediterranean fruit fly was reported in a new San Gabriel Valley neighborhood, Los Angeles city and county politicians on Tuesday raised questions about agricultural officials' still unsuccessful effort to eradicate the pest. Los Angeles City Council members asked the state to reconsider alternatives to repeated pesticide applications, and county supervisors sharply questioned agriculture officials about their handling of the Medfly campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1989 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ
About 90 people protested near downtown Los Angeles Tuesday against government efforts to kill the Mediterranean fruit fly with aerial spraying as top scientists convened a three-day meeting in El Monte to revamp the eradication program. Agricultural officials also reported the discovery of a male Medfly in the city of Bell, three miles outside the boundary of a 25-square-mile sector encompassing Downey and South Gate, that is to be sprayed with malathion Thursday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1989 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
Agricultural officials launched an airborne assault on the Mediterranean fruit fly late Thursday night as two helicopters began spraying the pesticide malathion on a 14-square-mile area northwest of downtown Los Angeles. County inspectors announced earlier that they had found 34 additional Medflies and 28 pieces of fruit riddled with the insect's larvae in an Elysian Park neighborhood that officials said is the epicenter of an infestation by the crop-destroying pest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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