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March 3, 2012 | By Jack Leonard and David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Who says no one wants to watch paint dry? In an effort to find out how easy it is to buy YouTube views, The Times posted two identical videos of a wet streak of blue children's paint. The 1-minute 47-second videos were given similar titles with deliberately misspelled words to lower the chances they'd be found in regular searches by Web users. One was uploaded to reporter Jack Leonard's YouTube account and the other to reporter David Sarno's. The Times randomly chose a pair of websites touting quick and cheap views for any video and purchased 40,000 views for Leonard's clip.
August 30, 2011 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Along old U.S. Route 66, the once-kitschy Overland Motel is crumbling, vacant lots pock downtown and, as if this remote desert outpost weren't suffering enough, the last car dealership folded up and left behind a blanket of empty asphalt. Not a pretty picture for travelers who might pull off the highway for a burger or to spend the night. Then, about five months ago, a man with a sun-stained face and paint-crusted fingernails drifted in, and the tiny old railroad town of Needles started looking a little brighter.
July 12, 1989
A Culver City company was charged Tuesday with illegally transporting 150 gallons of waste paint to the Spadra Landfill in Pomona. Prestige Homes was scheduled to be arraigned July 28 on three violations of the health and safety code, including transporting hazardous waste and disposing of the waste. If convicted, the company could be fined up to $100,000. Deputy Dist. Atty.
October 3, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
When art critic Ken Johnson recently described Sol LeWitt's line drawings as something "anyone who has the instructions and access to wall space could reproduce," he could have been describing a recent LeWitt project in a Hollywood Hills kitchen.   Jack Latner's kitchen, part of our feature on the house last week, had a dynamic black and white LeWitt design that demonstrates how far a ruler, painter's tape and black paint can go toward...
July 6, 2006
Several companies take back customers' unused paints -- usually large quantities bought by commercial operations -- then filter, remix and resell them. It reduces waste headed for the landfill, saves the energy used to manufacture new paint and usually saves money. One downside: limited colors. The Sundance Catalog's six-color Prairie Paints line is 100% recycled content (supposedly overages returned by decorators). Go to and click on "Home Decor."
October 2, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Playgrounds across the country are coated with hazardous lead-based paint, despite a ban in place for 18 years to protect children, said Kathleen Begala, spokeswoman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The commission tested paint from 26 playgrounds in 13 cities. Of those, 16 playgrounds in 11 cities--including Pasadena and San Francisco--had dangerously high levels of lead.
July 3, 1990
City and state officials Monday announced a legislative proposal calling for a ban on selling spray-paint cans to all but commercial users. Officials say the bill, being drafted by state Sen. Art Torres (D-Los Angeles), is necessary because police have been unable to arrest graffiti vandals, many of whom work in late-night teams. If the bill passes, sellers could sell spray paint to customers 18 years and older, but, beginning Jan. 1, 1991, would have to lock cans away.
January 6, 1996 | MIMI KO CRUZ
A business owner's plans to install a spray-painting booth has parents and teachers at a nearby elementary school concerned that fumes may waft onto campus. Steve Foeller, president of Quality Industrial Systems, a water dispenser refurbishing business at 2116 E. Walnut Ave., wants to add a 9-foot-tall, 13-by-14-foot booth to spray-paint his work. He is awaiting a permit from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
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