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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1992 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They are Los Angeles County government's official band of Satan hunters. The 4-year-old Los Angeles County Ritual Abuse Task Force is a group that believes fervently that widespread ritual satanic abuse, murder and conspiracy exists, reaching into every profession and all aspects of American culture--even police departments.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1993 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brian Stulberg first realized something was haywire when he tried to carry his mother's groceries last June and the plastic bags kept slipping out of his hands. The wiry 27-year-old chalked it up to stress and exhaustion from working long hours teaching novices to shoot at a Van Nuys firing range. Business at The Target Range had ballooned in the wake of last spring's riots, and Stulberg's workdays sometimes stretched from 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., six days a week.
NEWS
August 20, 1992 | Associated Press
A 39-year-old woman faces partial amputation of her arms and legs after a bite from a tiny, poisonous spider she had not even felt. Valerie Slimp of Mira Loma suffered a rare reaction to the bite of a brown recluse spider, also called a violin spider, about a month ago, doctors said. Her husband, Randy Slimp, said doctors told him that parts of her limbs must be amputated to remove tissue destroyed by blood clots and prevent further infection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1990 | REBECCA KOLBERG, Kolberg is a health writer for United Press International
Tales of Vitamin A toxicity are often bizarre, centering on Arctic explorers eating huge amounts of polar bear liver or fitness fanatics gobbling handfuls of vitamin supplements. But Americans should be aware that more subtle overloads of Vitamin A might pose some serious health risks, particularly to pregnant women, children and the elderly, federal nutrition experts say.
NEWS
November 14, 1990 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Koala Springs International on Tuesday ordered a nationwide recall of its blended mineral water and fruit drink products after Florida health officials discovered traces of benzene in randomly tested bottles. It is the sixth recall of a bottled water product in the United States this year, the most notable being the Perrier recall in February. "We are taking this action willingly and voluntarily to protect our product and its good name," said John Chatham, president of the Australia-based firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1991 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dave Heinrichs has learned his lesson, and it nearly cost him a finger. Bicycling through the Santa Monica Mountains on a sunny May afternoon, the 26-year-old Newbury Park man spotted a baby rattlesnake lying coiled in the middle of the trail. Rushing in where others might fear to tread, he dismounted his bike and stooped to investigate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1995
Investigators were awaiting autopsy results Thursday in the apparent carbon monoxide poisoning death in a Mammoth Lakes ski resort of an FBI agent from Santa Clarita, authorities said Thursday. Special Agent Walter Weber, 42, was pronounced dead Sunday after he was found lying in his room at the North Village Inn. His wife, Molly Smith Weber, 36, vice president for college textbook publishing at Houghton Mifflin Co.
SPORTS
September 20, 1994 | From Associated Press
Former tennis star Vitas Gerulaitis apparently died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, police said Monday night. Gerulaitis, 40, appeared to have been overcome by the fumes from a "faulty propane heater installation" that seeped into the heating and air conditioning system of a friend's home, Southampton Village police said. Police said they did not know whether Gerulaitis was asleep at the time of the accident.
NEWS
August 16, 1989 | From United Press International
A 45-year-old former feed store worker was indicted Tuesday in the deliberate poisoning of the centuries-old Treaty Oak. The Travis County indictment charged Paul S. Cullen, of Elroy, with felony criminal mischief that caused in excess of $20,000 damage to the historic tree. Because of a previous burglary conviction, prosecutors said the charge was enhanced to a first-degree felony. Cullen, who could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted, has been in jail since his arrest June 29.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1991 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kagel Canyon is the kind of neighborhood where people leave their doors unlocked. Set amid steep ravines of oak and pine trees, the homes here sit secluded from the urban East San Fernando Valley just a few miles down the hill. In this neighborhood, people have always let their children and dogs run free. But last October, at a neighborhood party, two pet dogs went into convulsions and died within minutes. Since then, seven more dogs have perished the same way.
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