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I've traveled solo all over the world, but nowhere have I felt so completely and conspicuously alone as on cruise ships. Couples predominate by a wide margin--even on the singles-friendly Harmony and Symphony, two luxurious ships operated by Crystal Cruises. According to Kirk Frederick, director of guest programs for the line, just 13% of the passengers come aboard alone, and almost all of them are women (on the average Crystal cruise, the ratio is 125 single women to two single men).
May 4, 1991
Under the state Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, Ventura County must report each week the toxic and potentially toxic materials discharged. The discharges are investigated by the county Environmental Health Division. DATE April 16 LOCATION 205 S. Anacapa St., Ventura MATERIAL 15 gallons of waste oil and solvent DATE April 22 LOCATION Cloyne and Shell roads, Ventura MATERIAL 50 gallons of crude oil DATE April 22 LOCATION Coastal Enameling, 1120 Industrial Ave.
February 14, 1986
Nearly a million gallons of oil spewed into Ballona Creek from an unidentified underground source Thursday night, while firefighters and others battled to contain the flow before it could reach the ocean. Los Angeles City Fire Department Battalion Chief John Mittendorf said the oil appeared to come from a source--possibly a broken pipeline--near the 5800 block of Jefferson Boulevard, about eight miles from the point where Ballona Creek empties into Santa Monica Bay near Marina del Rey.
August 24, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER
A backed-up pipeline sent more than 100 gallons of an oil-water mixture bubbling from beneath three manhole covers Tuesday, forcing officials to divert traffic as they cleaned up the mess. The smelly black substance began flowing onto State College Boulevard between Commonwealth and Chapman avenues about 2 p.m. Fullerton firefighters erected several dirt dikes in an effort to contain the mixture and prevent it from oozing into storm drains.
June 21, 1990 | JOANNA M. MILLER
The city of Oxnard and the Ventura Regional Sanitation District are sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday for Oxnard residents who would like to dispose of pesticides, paint thinners and other chemical waste. The waste will be collected from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oxnard Equipment Yard, 1060 Pacific Ave. Acceptable items for disposal include poisons, corrosives, furniture and auto polish, varnishes, pool chlorine, acids and wood preservatives.
January 5, 1987 | Nancy Wride
The stuff frothing down the gutter at an Anaheim chemical company Sunday afternoon had a "rainbow sheen," the same effect created when water and petroleum mix. Because a large amount of chemicals are stored at the facility on South Street, and because of Sunday's onslaught of rain, members of the Anaheim Fire Department's hazardous materials team were concerned with the potential for a serious spread of toxic substances. So they diked the storm drains outside Dixco-Diversified Chemical Sales Co.
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.
June 8, 2000
Q: Why does a cotton towel absorb water better than one made of polyester or other synthetic fabrics? A: Cotton's ability to absorb water has to do with a phenomenon called hydrogen bonding, according to chemists Kerry Karukstis and Gerald Van Hecke of Harvey Mudd College. It is essentially the same phenomenon that explains why oil and water don't mix. Sugar molecules, for example, contain many hydroxyl groups that can hydrogen bond to water molecules, so it dissolves in water easily.
April 6, 2004 | Kevin Pang, Times Staff Writer
Officials investigating the recent eruption of an abandoned Huntington Beach oil well have discovered two aboveground tanks filled with petroleum-based sludge but said they pose little danger for residents and a nearby school. The 4,000-gallon tanks, on the former Ascon landfill at Hamilton and Magnolia avenues, are filled with a blend of crude oil, refined motor oil and water, officials said. A second round of testing this week will determine the exact contents.
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