November 22, 2013 |
Mercury levels in women's blood are dropping, and not because they're eating less fish, a new study says. Instead, women appear to be eating smarter and choosing less contaminated varieties of seafood, according to a study released this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The analysis showed that blood mercury levels in women of childbearing age dropped by about one-third between 2001 and 2010 compared with 1999 and 2000. "There was very little change in the amount of fish consumed and mercury levels in fish tissue did not decline," said Betsy Southerland, director of the Office of Science and Technology in the EPA's water division.
November 18, 2013
The company: Mercury General Corp. Headquarters: Los Angeles Ticker: MCY Employees: 4,600 Leadership: Gabriel Tirador, chief executive since 2007 2012 revenue: $2.8 billion 2012 net income: $117 million Stock price: $47.47 at Friday's close 52-week range: $36.03 to $51 P/E ratio: 20, based on estimated 2013 earnings Quarterly dividend: 61.5 cents a share, a current yield...
November 17, 2013 |
Opinions about Mercury General Corp. often depend on whether they're coming from investors or consumers. The Los Angeles automobile and homeowner insurance company has been at the center of repeated attempts to amend California's landmark Proposition 103, which made automobile insurance a more regulated industry. For more than a decade, Mercury's founder and chairman, George Joseph, has clashed repeatedly with consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield, author of the landmark proposition, before the California Department of Insurance, the courts, the Legislature and on the ballot.
October 28, 2013 |
The destructive environmental legacy of Gold Rush mining in the Sierra Nevada could last for thousands of years in the form of ongoing erosion of mercury-laced sediments, according to new research. Mercury, a toxic heavy metal, was used in copious amounts in California's hydraulic gold mining operations in the mid- and late 1800s. Miners blasted gold-bearing sediment out of vast, ancient gravel beds with water cannons. They then added liquid mercury to the slurry, allowing the gold-mercury amalgam to sink to the bottom of troughs.
September 23, 2013 |
The Phoenix Mercury dealt the Sparks three of their four home losses this season, the final one being the knockout punch. The Sparks were eliminated from the playoffs Monday in a 78-77 loss to the Mercury in Game 3 of their best-of-three first-round series in front of an announced crowd of 9,321 at Staples Center. With the Sparks trailing, 76-75, Candace Parker drove to the basket and made a layup, giving them the lead with seven seconds left. Brittney Griner responded with a 15-foot turnaround jumper from the baseline with 4.9 seconds remaining and the Mercury advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since it won the WNBA championship in 2009.
September 20, 2013 |
The Sparks are already facing an elimination game. They lost Game 1 of their best-of-three first-round playoffs series against the Phoenix Mercury at Staples Center on Thursday, 86-75. If they lose Game 2 in Phoenix on Saturday (7 p.m., TWC/TWC Deportes), they will be out of the playoffs. On offense, the Sparks were stagnant in Game 1. They shot 41.1% from the field and had only 12 assists, compared to the Mercury's 20. "If you look at our offense in the second half, we had four people on the perimeter and one person at post and everyone was just standing," said Candace Parker, who had 28 points, eight rebounds but no assists.