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January 27, 2009 | Houston Mitchell
The website, which takes a look at urban legends, proving many of them to be false, has turned its skeptical eye toward a myriad Super Bowl legends. Can you guess which of the following are true, and which are false? 1. Sewage systems have broken due to the tremendous number of toilets being flushed simultaneously at halftime. 2. More women are the victims of domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day of the year. 3. Two-thirds of all avocados sold in the U.S.
January 16, 2009 | Rong-Gong Lin II
Authorities warned beachgoers to avoid area waters Thursday because of a sewage spill in the Portuguese Bend neighborhood. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health advised beachgoers to avoid ocean water within 100 yards of the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive and Peppertree Drive. Officials took water samples to measure bacteria levels but will not have results until Saturday. Updates on beach conditions can be found on the Department of Public Health's website. -- Rong-Gong Lin II
January 7, 2009 | Martha Groves
The perfectly shaped point break at Malibu's Surfrider Beach lures wave riders from around the world. But the chronically polluted water has given countless swimmers and surfers queasy stomachs, eye infections and nasty rashes. Long under orders from the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board to clean up its coastline, Malibu is eager to begin turning 17 acres of open space on Pacific Coast Highway in the heart of the city into a park that would double as a storm water treatment zone.
December 7, 2008 | Kate Linthicum, Linthicum is a Times staff writer.
Life for campers at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey comes with whiffs of the nearby sewage treatment plant and the regular roar of jets from Los Angeles International Airport a mile away. But the recreational vehicle park's loyal patrons like the palm-tree-lined patch of asphalt, where they have ocean views and sand at their doorstep for less than $40 a night during winter. And they say they love its quirky community of renters.
October 31, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt
Four miles of fouled Orange County coastline will remain closed to swimmers through at least this afternoon after 580,000 gallons of raw sewage gushed from a Laguna Beach pump station early Wednesday, health officials said. Beaches from Crescent Bay to Camel Point, two miles north and south of the spill, were contaminated with waste.
October 30, 2008 | Tony Barboza, Barboza is a Times staff writer.
In what is being described by Orange County health officials as the worst raw sewage spill in at least nine years, more than 500,000 gallons of effluent spewed into the street and the ocean Wednesday morning in Laguna Beach, prompting the closure of four miles of coastal waters. Waters roughly two miles north and south of the spill, from Crescent Bay to Camel Point, near Aliso Beach, will remain closed for at least two days, authorities said.
October 26, 2008 | Steve Chawkins, Chawkins is a Times staff writer.
In Encinitas, residents are being asked to supply sand for the beach. In Oakland, they are being urged to boost teachers' salaries -- over the teachers' objections. In San Francisco, voters might legalize prostitution. In San Diego, they may approve construction of a huge concrete deck for a football stadium or a convention center -- or something -- four stories above a busy shipping terminal.
August 23, 2008 | Paul Roberts, Paul Roberts' newest book, "The End of Food," was published in June.
If you are searching for signs that today's high food prices won't last, the latest report on the meat industry isn't promising. In May, a distinguished panel of scientists and meat industry officials concluded that the current "factory farm" method for mass-producing meat poses so many threats to public health -- from contaminated water supplies to deadly epidemics of E. coli -- that the whole system needs to go. The good news: Even meat companies agree...
July 29, 2008 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writers
Donna Martin put on her bathing suit Monday morning and drove her 17-year-old daughter and a neighbor's 4-year-old over to Mother's Beach in Long Beach, psyched to take a dip. A red and yellow warning sign killed the mood: "Beach Closed. Sewage Contaminated Water. Ocean Water May Cause Illness." Martin, 48, a Long Beach native, was disappointed -- but not surprised. "It seems like it's a common occurrence that they close this beach," she said.
June 24, 2008 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
Which city uses more cocaine: Los Angeles or London? Is heroin a big problem in San Diego? And has Ecstasy emerged in rural America? Environmental scientists are beginning to use an unsavory new tool -- raw sewage -- to paint an accurate portrait of drug abuse in communities.
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