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August 15, 1997 | John O'Dell, John O'Dell covers major Orange County corporations and manufacturing for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5831 and at john.odell@latimes.com
It's not all cutthroat competition out there. 76 Lubricants Co. says it now gets its basic motor oil supply from Exxon Corp. When it was owned by Unocal, the Costa Mesa-based lubricants company got its raw materials from Unocal refineries. But New Jersey refinery and convenience store operator Tosco Corp. acquired the refineries as part of its $2-billion purchase of Unocal 76 Products Co. and has changed the mix of things being refined.
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September 5, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Dana Harris was about to cross Hill Street late Thursday morning when she heard the Angels Flight funicular shake and grind louder than usual. When she turned around, she saw the lower train had twisted off its track, leaving its sole passenger stranded in the derailed car. Harris told Melanie Sherrin - a tourist from Australia who had arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday night - to hold on as she called 911. "I told my boyfriend it was making...
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NEWS
September 12, 1989 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, Times Science Writer
The long-term risks from cardiac, abdominal and gynecological surgery can be significantly reduced by use of a genetically engineered lubricating agent that minimizes tissue damage and improper healing, researchers said Monday at a meeting of the American Chemical Society. Improperly healed surgical wounds, called adhesions, can be painful or life-threatening, and can greatly increase the risk of followup surgery.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Will Facebook ads supply our friends with too much information? Consider the case of Nick Bergus, a writer, multimedia producer and instructor from Iowa City, Iowa, who can now add another line to his resume: personal lubricant pitchman. It all started when he favorited a tweet on Stellar (a service that aggregates “favorites” on social networks) that linked to a 55-gallon drum of Passion Natural water-based lubricant being sold on Amazon.com for $1,495. (For interested buyers, that's 46% off the list price for the kind of supply better suited to Mark Wahlberg's character in “Boogie Nights” than mere mortals)
NEWS
February 28, 1989 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
A wide range of lubricants commonly used in conjunction with condoms--including Wesson oil, Nivea hand cream, Vaseline Intensive Care lotion and baby oil--can cause the contraceptives to break within 60 seconds after they are applied, far more quickly than researchers had believed, a new study has found.
BUSINESS
September 24, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Chevron Corp., the fourth-biggest U.S. oil company, said it will double production of chemicals used in plastics and synthetic lubricants at its Baytown, Texas, facility to meet growing demand. San Francisco-based Chevron said it will build a new alpha olefin plant at its Chevron Chemical subsidiary's Cedar Bayou, Texas, facility, boosting total capacity in Baytown to 1.5 billion pounds annually from 750 million pounds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1998
I am a teacher at Bravo Medical Magnet H.S., where the photo was taken that shows students getting a lesson on how condoms function ("Doctor Gives a Prescription for Success to School's Aspiring Healers" Feb. 27). The photo does not show that the students not only received free multicolored condoms but also finger condoms and flavored oral lubricants. The students who received the instruction were 10th graders. I believe the distribution of the items mentioned went beyond "safe sex" instruction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2009 | Associated Press
A mixture of oil and water leaking from an ExxonMobil platform has spread across a mile of ocean off the Southern California coast, federal and state officials said. Initial reports indicated the leak came from a deck drainage tank where rainwater, lubricants and fluids drain into a sump unit, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Stephanie Young. She said the company reported the leak Monday and was still working to stop the mixture from seeping into the Santa Barbara Channel. It was unclear how much oil -- which Young described as a light lubricant, not crude oil -- had spilled.
BUSINESS
May 2, 1992 | TED JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A new state excise tax on oil and lubricants that took effect Friday immediately began frustrating and even outraging retailers who fear that the 4-cents-a-quart levy will add to their paperwork and force them to raise prices. The tax, being levied to raise funds for oil recycling programs, applies only to the makers of oil products.
OPINION
September 24, 2000
With home heating oil inventories at disturbingly low levels and cold weather approaching, President Clinton on Friday heeded Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore's appeal and authorized the release of 30 million barrels of crude oil from the nation's 570-million-barrel Strategic Petroleum Reserve. In making the announcement, Energy Secretary Bill Richardson insisted that the administration's only purpose is "to make sure that American families are warm this winter."
NEWS
October 28, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. worked for President Obama as the U.S. ambassador to China before deciding to run against his former employer for president. On Friday, Huntsman and the Obama camp found that they agree on something else: that Mitt Romney changes his mind so much, no one can tell what he really believes. Huntsman, trailing in almost every national poll, called Romney “a perfectly lubricated weather vane,” echoing contentions by Democrats and GOP conservatives that the former governor of Massachusetts often changes his mind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2009 | Tony Perry
John Barry, the unpretentious Midwesterner who made a San Diego product called WD-40 into a national sensation by "breaking all the Harvard Business School rules," died July 3 at a skilled nursing facility in La Jolla of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 84. Barry's business genius during three decades at the company was in emphasizing brand loyalty for a lubricant that fights rust and eliminates squeaks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2009 | Associated Press
A mixture of oil and water leaking from an ExxonMobil platform has spread across a mile of ocean off the Southern California coast, federal and state officials said. Initial reports indicated the leak came from a deck drainage tank where rainwater, lubricants and fluids drain into a sump unit, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Stephanie Young. She said the company reported the leak Monday and was still working to stop the mixture from seeping into the Santa Barbara Channel. It was unclear how much oil -- which Young described as a light lubricant, not crude oil -- had spilled.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2006 | Kevin Bronson, Times Staff Writer
GRANDADDY has passed away, and death was neither quick nor painless. Instead, the demise of the 13-year-old indie-pop quintet from Modesto -- whose quirky, wide-eyed psych-tronica won critics' hearts but not enough music buyers' ears -- came after a long illness visited by drug and alcohol abuse, by dashed hopes and financial struggle, by long periods of uncomfortable silence and by wounds that festered in a town to which the band felt inextricably tied.
HEALTH
September 12, 2005 | John Briley, Washington Post
You've heard it for years, from your PE teacher of yore to your personal trainer of today: Warm up before you start strenuous exercise. "Absolutely," you mutter, confident that this advice applies to other people, like those who are not as busy as you, or who are in even worse shape. Well, the older you get, the more important it is to warm up before you shift your body into second gear and beyond.
NATIONAL
January 16, 2004 | Aaron Zitner, Times Staff Writer
For a truly distasteful treat, it's hard to top Colleen Zammer's orange ice cream. It starts off sweet as a summer day -- then wallops the tongue with a taste like rancid fish, so strong you can almost smell the fins and scales. Then again, Zammer's smoothies can be pretty bad too: all liquid on top, with globs of protein at the bottom. And how about the simple butter cookie? Hers taste as if they were baked under the hood of a diesel truck.
NEWS
September 21, 1989 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, Times Staff Writer
Question: Can you tell me if my new 1989 Buick LeSabre has grease plugs in the suspension system that need to be lubricated in the usual manner? I have read that some new cars do not need this maintenance. --S.M. Answer: All the computer chips, fuel injection systems and high-technology paints in new cars have not changed the basic need for a periodic greasing. I am not aware of any new cars that come without any recommended greasing intervals, and I would be skeptical if any did.
BUSINESS
October 14, 1997 | BARBARA MURPHY
J.T. Granatelli Lubricants in Camarillo has signed an agreement with Lamborghini USA that gives Granatelli exclusive use of the Lamborghini name and logo on all its petroleum-based products. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Granatelli officials said the addition of the Lamborghini name to its line of products has generated widespread interest, particularly in the European, Russian and U.S. markets. Granatelli develops and manufactures petroleum-based motor vehicle performance
OPINION
October 12, 2003 | Paula R. Newberg, Paula R. Newberg is an international consultant who works with countries in conflict and transition.
Voters in Azerbaijan and Georgia are heading to the polls, but probably few believe that this year's elections will free their countries from the stranglehold of authoritarianism. The politically fragile, oil-rich Caucasus region is beholden to competing foreign powers -- including the United States and Russia -- that are willing to sacrifice long-promised democracy and economic reform for the sake of a return on their energy investments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2002 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
Widespread maintenance deficiencies at Alaska Airlines and lax oversight by federal regulators were the main underlying factors in the crash of Flight 261 off the Ventura coast nearly three years ago, safety investigators concluded Tuesday. In its final deliberations on the catastrophe, the National Transportation Safety Board also found that a critical component of the MD-83 jetliner lacked a fail-safe mechanism.
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