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July 27, 2010 | By Terry Box
ARLINGTON, Texas — Every day at the General Motors Co. assembly plant, harried workers pull 15 of their freshly built sport utility vehicles off the line and climb all over them. It's not meant to be fun. They check the big vehicles high and low for fit and finish, squeaks and rattles, air and water leaks, and other problems — and typically find few flaws, despite the plant's frantic pace since January. But as surviving domestic auto plants here and elsewhere continue to stretch their production capacities with month after month of 50-hour weeks, they may test the limits of their quality-control systems.
March 30, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The name is familiar, but the title is not. The Angels hired Rick Eckstein, the older brother of former World Series-winning Angels shortstop David Eckstein, as their major league player information coach in November, which begs the question: What the heck - or would that be what the Eck? - is a player information coach? In short, it's a position that combines scouting and on-field coaching duties. "It's a hybrid role," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said, "one that will be very valuable to our club.
November 15, 1985 | Associated Press
The American who taught the concept of quality control to the Japanese in 1950 is warning his successful students not to succumb to the "diseases" of Western management. Edward Deming, in a speech this week at the Top Management Quality Control Conference, criticized Western managers for ranking their workers rather than ascribing differences in performance to the company's overall system.
March 19, 2014 | By Dominic Gates
SEATTLE - A review of crucial systems on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner ordered immediately after two serious 787 battery failures in January 2013 has concluded that the jetliner is safe, meets design standards and is about as reliable as other Boeing aircraft were after being introduced, according to a final report published Wednesday. The review, conducted by Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Co. technical experts, also validates the oversight role played by the regulatory agency, concluding that "the FAA had effective processes in place to identify and correct issues.
December 19, 1990
Let's bring back quality control: Sell NASA to the Japanese. JOHN DIBELKA San Diego
December 7, 1992 | Researched by TOM McQUEENEY / For The Times
Name: Elizabeth La Fuente Company: Seven-Up/RC Bottling Co. of Southern California Thumbs up: "The main reason I stay in quality control is I like the thought of having the authority, of being in control of the product, ensuring the integrity of the product for consumer protection. We have so many different products--from soft drinks to wine coolers to packaged water--that you're constantly learning something new. I'd say every week we're doing something different.
May 4, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc., one of the biggest makers of generic drugs, on Monday replaced management in charge of quality control at two facilities after warnings from the Food and Drug Administration. The changes came after Watson received a warning letter last month from the FDA following a January inspection of its manufacturing plant in Miami. A warning letter was also issued after the agency inspected its Corona facility in January.
May 31, 2006 | From Reuters
Possible contaminants in headache remedies, hormone replacement therapy and other pills made at Wyeth's plant in Puerto Rico have not been adequately checked or corrected, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. The warning came on top of a Merrill Lynch & Co. downgrade of Wyeth to "neutral" from "buy." Wyeth shares fell $1.55 to $46.32.
The Marquardt Co., a Van Nuys bomb producer that was threatened with losing federal military business, is back in the Pentagon's good graces after improving its quality control system. On Oct. 6 the federal government removed Marquardt from a list of defense contractors with problems in its quality controls, according to documents obtained by The Times under the Freedom of Information Act. Defense Contract Administration Services, a branch of the U.S.
The Federal Aviation Administration has found serious quality control problems in passenger jet production at McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach, raising the prospect that the agency would halt the delivery of the firm's aircraft if the deficiencies are not corrected, according to internal company documents.
October 31, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
A state regulatory agency on Thursday gave the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 60 days to submit a plan for restoring 49 acres of wildlife habitat that it plowed under at two locations along the Los Angeles River without proper authorization. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board ordered the corps to mitigate the unauthorized dredge and fill operations at the Verdugo Wash in Glendale and Sepulveda Basin in the San Fernando Valley in a manner that will support the water quality, vegetation and wildlife that existed before they were graded.
February 28, 2013
Political movements like the tea party may come and go, but the pot party seems to get stronger with every national election, putting the federal government in an increasingly untenable position. To date, more than one-third of the states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana, at least for medical purposes, and, according to Americans for Safe Access, eight other states are considering bills to do the same. As a result, we're getting close to the point where half the country will have legalized a drug designated a Schedule 1 controlled substance by the federal government, meaning it has no known medical uses and is as dangerous as heroin.
January 16, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
A state regulatory agency Wednesday said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to obtain a required permit before it removed 43 acres of wildlife habitat in the Sepulveda Basin and filled in a pond used by migrating waterfowl. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has directed the Army Corps to provide information by Feb. 11 about its decision to eliminate woodlands and potentially foul the Los Angeles River with sediment. Sepulveda Basin is an engineered flood control zone for the river.
November 4, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Once a week, Steven Pearson and Michael Meier strap on helmets, jump off a mountain and try to fly like birds. The two run Wills Wing Inc. in Orange, the world's biggest manufacturer of hang gliders. Pearson, 56, the company's president, and Meier, 62, its chief financial officer, also are part of a team of pilots that flies every glider. Test flight days can be grueling, lasting as long as 12 hours in the San Bernardino Mountains. They fly even when temperatures top 100 degrees because skipping a week is not an option.
February 13, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The death of Whitney Houston over the weekend is still being investigated, and it might take weeks to get toxicology reports back, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said. That's not an unusual time frame for such a case, but why does it take so long? Several factors may be involved, experts said. The main issue may be a big backlog of cases, said Dr. Doug Rollins, professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City: “Funding to most of these labs has been decreased,” he said, “so they don't have the staff to handle that large of a caseload.” Then there are the tests themselves.
May 13, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Water regulators have voted to require pollution permits for coastal fireworks displays in southern Orange County and San Diego County, in what they said was the first such regulation in the nation. Operators of seaside fireworks shows from Laguna Beach to the U.S.-Mexico border will have to pay a $1,500 annual fee, minimize the discharge of pollutants into the water and clean up shells, cardboard, fuses and other debris under the rules approved Wednesday by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.
April 4, 1988 | Associated Press
Japan Air Lines has written the Boeing Co. about defects found in two Boeing aircraft types and demanding the giant U.S. airplane manufacturer tighten its quality control, airline officials said today. They said the March 30 letter by JAL's president, Susumu Yamaji, to Boeing Chairman Frank Shrontz reported the mistaken installation of engine heat detectors in Boeing 747s, found last December, and the discovery last month of wrong wiring in fire extinguishers in the cargo hold of 767s.
March 1, 2011 | Michael Finnegan and Gale Holland
The opening of a new health and science center at Los Angeles Valley College should have been cause for celebration. The complex included the first new classroom building on the campus in more than three decades. There were chemistry and biology labs, a greenhouse, an aviary, even mock hospital rooms for nurse training. But when students and professors poured through the doors, excitement quickly turned to dismay. Ceiling panels and floor tiles were askew. Crooked cabinet doors would not shut.
November 30, 2010 | By Barbara Diamond, Daily Pilot / Times Community News
State water quality regulators may douse the annual Fourth of July fireworks display in Laguna Beach if City Manager Ken Frank can't get an exemption. The San Diego region of the state Regional Water Quality Control Board recently announced its intention to regulate fireworks over ocean water in San Diego County and parts of Orange County, including Laguna Beach. The shows won't be banned, but a permit from the board will require the cleaning up of debris, which must be monitored for pollutants.
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