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November 12, 2007 | Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press
It's time to pooper-scoop that leftover medicine. Mixing cough syrup, Vicodin or Lipitor with cat litter is the new advice on getting rid of unused medications. Preferably used cat litter. It's a compromise, better for the environment than flushing -- and one that renders dangerous medicines too yucky to try if children, pets or drug abusers stumble through the trash.
October 19, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
It used to be that troublemakers could lounge on the planters outside the McDonald's here and pick apart the geraniums to their hearts' content. A Polish immigrant hamburger salesman might complain -- as if! -- or someone's grandma would tell the offending group of hoodlums to knock it off, if she dared. These days, Big Brother does the job.
September 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Hopes were briefly raised when rescue crews searching for adventurer Steve Fossett discovered what they thought was a downed airplane near where he took off Sept. 3. But it wasn't his plane and they found no trace of the missing aviator. At least six times during the search rescue crews have spotted wreckage they thought might be Fossett's, only to learn it was from crashes years -- sometimes decades -- ago.
September 3, 2007 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
The sun is sinking over Bolsa Chica State Beach when the cars begin their nightly swap. Out go the boys hauling bodyboards, the sun-blistered tourists, the girls in huge shades and bikinis the size of washcloths. In drive the locals, carrying memories of summer nights spent beside the Pacific, huddled around a bonfire, toasting s'mores. Near lifeguard stand 21, Ben Garcia leaned as close as the flames allow.
August 1, 2007
Re "Outcast tax," editorial, July 28 I support the state Senate's plan to add 61 cents to the existing 39-cent federal excise tax on a pack of cigarettes to pay for the state Children's Health Insurance Program. As long as we are targeting smokers, let's add a per pack "litter" tax to finance the cleanup of the cigarette butts that pollute public areas.
April 6, 2007 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Brad Cottrell was a paramedic when a friend introduced him to the high-rolling world of sub-prime mortgage lending. Within three years of landing a job with Ownit Mortgage Solutions Inc. in Agoura Hills, his salary had tripled. His wife quit working and they bought a 3,000-square-foot house in Camarillo. But late last year, defaults on risky loans began to rise. By December, Ownit was out of business, and the 35-year-old father of three was out of a job. "It was a nightmare," he said.
March 19, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Frustrated that the state won't clean up its act, Anaheim will launch an effort to pick up the tons of trash littering the freeways and offramps that greet tourists headed to Disneyland and other city hot spots. City officials told the California Department of Transportation that the city would pitch in and also encourage local businesses and organizations to sign up for the Adopt-a-Highway program to keep the freeways clean.
February 21, 2007 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
The Justice Department's inspector general on Tuesday questioned the accuracy of anti-terrorism statistics gathered by the FBI and federal prosecutors, saying they included immigration violations, drug trafficking and marriage fraud cases even when there was no evidence linking them to terrorist activity. In a 140-page audit released Tuesday, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A.
February 9, 2007 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
Disgusted by pictures of trash-strewn coasts, the California Ocean Protection Council on Thursday called for an aggressive crackdown on plastic fast-food containers, a ban of those containing toxic chemicals and a program to reimburse police for vigorous enforcement of littering laws. Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, a member of the council, also instructed the staff to find money to deploy "nurdle" police to prosecute plastic manufacturers that allow plastic pellets to spill off industrial lots.
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