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NEWS
September 23, 1991 | CATHERINE COOK, THE BALTIMORE SUN
Why is it that you can buy a Size 8 skirt from a company one day and six months later need a Size 10, when you haven't gained a pound? First of all, it is not because your body is any more flawed. Even models have to try on dozens of jeans to get a good fit, as an investigation by W magazine discovered. Their researchers found no consistency between brands in sizes; even within brands, the Size 8s all fit differently.
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HEALTH
February 7, 2000 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
Often without realizing it, consumers who buy vitamins, minerals and herbs at the pharmacy or health-food store may be taking a leap of faith. Studies have shown that the vitamins and herbs we buy do not always contain the ingredients listed on the products' labels--and there is no regulatory system in place to ensure accuracy in labeling.
NEWS
September 12, 1993 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For millions of middle-class Americans struggling to decide what to make of President Clinton's health care reform plan, perhaps the most pressing question is: How will it ensure top quality when all the emphasis seems to be on cutting costs? True, 37 million Americans lack health insurance. But some 200 million have access to a system that, for all its shortcomings, still offers the world's best medical care.
NEWS
February 5, 1986 | BOB DROGIN, Times Staff Writer
Steady cuts in NASA's space shuttle oversight and inspections program since 1983 have hurt quality control, according to several NASA officials and contract company employees. In interviews this week, the officials and workers complained also that they faced an ever-increasing workload, occasionally leading to accidents and injuries, under NASA's ambitious program to launch 15 shuttles this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1999 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state Assembly inquiry into faulty welds on Orange Crush interchange bridges will begin within a month and will focus on how well Caltrans monitors the quality of construction on its projects, lawmakers said Tuesday. "We want to figure out what happened," said Assemblyman Lou Correa (D-Anaheim), a member of the transportation committee that is launching the probe. "And more importantly, we want to make sure that this type of thing never happens again."
NEWS
September 25, 1990 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The crash of a DC-10 jetliner last summer in Sioux City, Iowa, which killed 112 people and miraculously spared 184, was ordained 18 years earlier. In 1971, a titanium disk was installed in a General Electric jet engine, which was later mounted onto the DC-10. But the disk had a flaw, one that would go undetected in one inspection test after another.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1990 | KENNETH J. GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that could jeopardize the future of one of the most prestigious hospitals in Los Angeles County, the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration on Friday threatened to cut off $37 million in Medicare funding from St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica over an incident last year in which the hospital turned away from its emergency room an elderly woman suffering from a brain injury.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1990 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Evan Cattanach was being nosy as he peered behind the bar at the posh Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills where he stayed this week. He was curious to know whether the hotel serves the whisky he helps produce at his home in the Scottish Highlands. Cattanach is the "noser" at the 166-year-old Cardhu distillery--the man in charge of quality control who smells whisky samples to make certain that each batch is up to snuff.
BUSINESS
June 26, 1991 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former quality control manager for a Teledyne Inc. unit has accused the large Los Angeles defense contractor of firing him illegally because he refused to falsify test results on sensitive electronic equipment that is extensively used by the U.S. military. In a related matter, the government has compelled a Teledyne division to suspend shipments of critical electronic equipment to the military after the equipment failed during testing, according to government documents obtained by the Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1995 | JOHN HURST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What's good for General Motors is good for nursing home patients. That is what UCLA gerontologist John F. Schnelle learned when he applied quality control techniques from factory assembly lines to nursing homes. His methods involve keeping detailed computerized records on patient mobility, nursing home noise levels and incontinence so corrective action can be taken as soon as any deviation from norms is spotted. "That's exactly what they do at General Motors," he said.
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