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February 6, 1988 | Associated Press
Nitrogen tetroxide rocket fuel was trucked into this Santa Barbara County air base early Friday morning without incident, the second day in a row the controversial shipments have arrived. The California Highway Patrol escorted the tractor-trailer carrying about 4,000 gallons of the oxidizer, which is used to launch Titan rockets, Sgt. Bruce Zielsdorf said.
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December 9, 2010 | By Tom Roston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
David O. Russell's trademark longish hair is gone now, replaced by a clean, short-cropped look. But sitting back in New York City's Lobby Lounge in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel overlooking Central Park, he wears the same retro sneakers and dress-shirt-with-jacket ensemble that he's been known for since his 1994 art-house hit debut, "Spanking the Monkey. " In the intervening years, the 52-year-old director has made three films of varying commercial success, each with an integrity that earned him the "auteur" label; he has erupted into two spectacularly notorious on-set freak-outs; and he walked away from a disastrous, three-year production.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1987 | ALAN C. MILLER, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley held a City Hall news conference last Tuesday to announce that he had negotiated an agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense to keep highly toxic rocket fuel off the congested Ventura Freeway. At the same time, Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sepuvleda) was dispatching aides to tell the news media that the California Highway Patrol was removing designation of the Ventura Freeway as a route for the transport of rocket fuel to Vandenberg Air Force Base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
State water officials launched an investigation Tuesday into how a chemical used in rocket fuel and munitions found its way into Barstow's residential water supply, as costs to address the crisis mounted. Lauri Kemper, assistant executive director of the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, said, "We've got three teams of investigators sampling private wells in the area as part of an effort to get a sense of the extent of the contamination in the groundwater, and where it originated.
NEWS
December 6, 1991 | GREG BECKMANN
The underlying principle of rocketry is a simple equation from high-school physics classes: Force equals mass times acceleration. That is, to lift that 70-ton (mass) vehicle high enough to put your satellite into orbit, you've got to keep it going faster and faster (acceleration) all the way up by burning fuel in an engine (force). And you don't want it to blow up.
NEWS
March 23, 1989 | PAUL HOUSTON, Times Staff Writer
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Les Aspin (D-Wis.) on Wednesday urged both President Bush and Secretary of State James A. Baker III to freeze the shipment of a scarce rocket fuel component allegedly sought by Iran. He called it "a matter of grave national concern" and "extreme urgency." In joint letters, Aspin and another member of the military panel, Rep. James H. Bilbray (D-Nev.
NEWS
March 26, 1986 | Associated Press
A piece of solid rocket fuel exploded prematurely as workers at a test site were attaching an electric blasting cap to it Tuesday, killing one man and burning a second, authorities said. The two employees of the Assn. of American Railroads were testing the fuel to see what precautions should be taken during shipping.
NEWS
October 15, 1987 | SAM ENRIQUEZ and ALAN C. MILLER, Times Staff Writers
After protests from elected officials, the Department of Defense has agreed to halt shipments of highly toxic rocket fuel through the Los Angeles area, Mayor Tom Bradley announced. Bradley told a news conference Tuesday that federal officials have agreed to reroute rocket-fuel shipments from congested metropolitan freeways to less-populated desert areas north of Los Angeles County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1987
The Defense Department has agreed to halt shipments of toxic rocket fuels through the city of Los Angeles. In a letter to Mayor Tom Bradley, released Tuesday, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense John A. Mittino said such shipments will be rerouted away from congested metropolitan freeways to less populated desert areas north of Los Angeles County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A man killed in an explosion at a rocket fuel plant was identified Saturday as a 47-year-old San Leandro man. James Franklin Spotts died in an explosion while performing upgrades at the Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion facility Friday, according to the Santa Clara County coroner's office. Spotts was employed by Jenson Mechanical Inc., based in nearby Union City. A written statement issued by the company said the explosion was still under investigation and no other details were available.
SPORTS
January 12, 2008
First of all, I hope Roger Clemens is not guilty. Having said that, I hope Clemens is not trying to pull what O.J. Simpson and Floyd Landis perceived to have already accomplished. Simpson and Landis seemed to have planned to deny any guilt at any cost with the hopes of dragging their accusations through the media. Then once we all tire of their stories, they will be given some leniency in the eyes of the public and the judicial system. Jon Umeda Monterey Park -- While watching Roger Clemens' unconvincing performance on "60 Minutes," I was at the very least heartened by the fact that while legal conviction requires proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, rejection by the Hall of Fame doesn't.
OPINION
October 4, 2007
'Let's not make too great a hullabaloo over this," President Eisenhower advised after hearing news of a successful satellite launch. He was referring not to Sputnik I, which went into orbit on this date in 1957, but to the U.S. response, the Explorer I satellite, which began circling the planet in January 1958.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2006 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Many women exposed to perchlorate, the rocket fuel chemical that has contaminated hundreds of Southern California water wells, have suppressed thyroid function, which can lead to health problems in them and abnormal brain development in their offspring, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
State regulators on Friday reassured residents of central Simi Valley there was no health risk from the trace amounts of perchlorate found in well water blended with their drinking water. Southern California Water Co., which serves 13,000 homes and businesses, about 40% of Simi Valley, said this week that since last August, it has detected minute levels of the contaminant, which has been linked to thyroid damage. The chemical is used in road flares, fertilizer and as a rocket propellant.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2005 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Scientists on Tuesday reported that perchlorate, a toxic component of rocket fuel, was contaminating virtually all samples of women's breast milk and its levels were found to be, on average, five times greater than in cow's milk. The contaminant, which originates mostly at defense industry plants, previously had been detected in various food and water supplies around the country.
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August 29, 2004 | Reuters
About 11,000 gallons of rocket fuel spilled during fueling of a Lockheed Martin Atlas 2 rocket on Saturday, forcing a one-day delay of the launch, company officials said. The two-stage rocket carries a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. . The Lockheed officials had no immediate explanation for why the super cold liquid oxygen spilled during fueling for the launch which was scheduled for 7:02 p.m. EDT.
NEWS
December 4, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Pentagon agreed Thursday to suspend shipments of explosive, toxic rocket fuel through California for one week, allowing state and local officials to prepare for future shipments of the dangerous substances, a California congressman said. The Air Force had quietly resumed shipments of the nitrogen tetroxide fuel to Vandenberg Air Force Base on Wednesday, touching off a flurry of protest from local government officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2004 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Milk sold in Southern California supermarkets contains a toxic ingredient of rocket fuel that exposes many children to amounts exceeding a federal health recommendation, according to a report by an environmental organization released Monday. Out of 33 samples of well-known brands of milk purchased in Los Angeles and Orange counties, the Environmental Working Group found the chemical perchlorate in all but one. Children from 1 to 5 years old who drink between one and two cups of milk a day are getting daily amounts higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends.
SPORTS
April 22, 2004 | John P. Lopez, Houston Chronicle
The popular term is "street cred." That is, earning the approval and admiration of the hip-hop generation and all that it entails. Shoe deals. Invitations to Rucker Park every summer. Hanging with popular rap artists. Steve Francis has it. And he earned more Monday night in Los Angeles with a triple-double performance and triple axel-type hang time. It was a great show. Exhilarating to watch. Real street credibility. Even so, Francis just can't win.
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