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October 31, 2013 | By Frank Shyong and Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times
In a declaration filed Thursday morning, David Tran, chief executive and founder of Huy Fong Foods, said the first complaints about the Sriracha hot sauce factory in late 2012 came from an Irwindale city councilman's son. The declaration does not name the councilman's son, but sources told The Times it refers to the son of councilman Hector Manuel Ortiz. The Irwindale City Council and city manager have not responded to requests for comment made Thursday morning. According to the declaration, Huy Fong Foods responded to the son's first complaint last year by installing filters.
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SCIENCE
March 20, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Breathe in deeply and feel the power of your nose. If your sense of smell is firing on all cylinders, you can distinguish among a dizzying array of 1 trillion different odors, according to a new study in the journal Science. Bad perfume, baby skin, lavender rubbed between your fingers, real apple pie in the oven, and apple-pie-scented candles -- the diverse world of odor is yours for the smelling. "Our sense of smell is amazing," said Leslie Vosshall, who studies olfaction at the Rockefeller University in New York City.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2012
MUSIC The local art-noise duo No Age made its name at the grotty downtown venue the Smell, and they'll headline the club's 14th anniversary show (which, in fast-moving punk circles, makes it practically from the Mesozoic). Guests include Heller Keller, Palm Reader and others. The Smell, 247 S. Main St., L.A. 9 p.m. Thu. $5. thesmell.org.
NATIONAL
March 13, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - The caller who reported a gas smell minutes before a deadly explosion that destroyed two Manhattan buildings had noticed the same odor the night before but did not report it at the time, officials said Thursday, indicating the catastrophe could have been averted if utility crews had been alerted earlier. At least eight people were killed in Wednesday morning's blast on Park Avenue, between 116th and 117th streets in East Harlem. In a biting wind and temperatures in the 20s, rescue workers continued searching for more people possibly buried beneath the rubble.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Everyone knows the Internet is all about cats, but Dell may have taken that too literally with one of its new computers. The Texas company on Wednesday issued one of the funniest customer service notes in the world of tech when it offered to replace a part in laptops that smell like cat urine. For months users have taken to Dell's community forum to complain that the Dell Latitude 6430u laptop smells like it was assembled near a litter box. Many in the thread point out that they have had to apologize to their clients when they take out their laptop in front of them while others expressed their frustration with Dell because they have scolded their cats for the odor.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2010
POP MUSIC Do some giving and terrify your parents with punk rock at the third annual Riot Grrrl X-Mas Carnival. Smash your head and the patriarchy to the carnal sounds of the Splinters, the Outskirts and more. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Women's Center. The Smell, 247 S. Main St., L.A. 9 p.m. Sun. $5. http://www.thesmell.org .
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 2011
The local combo So Many Wizards has a bit of Vampire Weekend's humid single-string guitar riffery to it, but the band approaches songwriting in a nonlinear fashion that makes the twee-ness of its vocals seem studied and wry instead of cloying. Here the band releases a new single, "Inner City/Best Friends. " The Smell, 247 S. Main St., L.A. 9 p.m. Fri. $5. thesmell.org .
SCIENCE
July 23, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Space may be a near-vacuum, but apparently it has a distinct odor, and now NASA has hired a scent chemist to try to reproduce that characteristic smell.  The odor might prove intriguing to visitors at exhibitions, such as when the space shuttle Endeavour is exhibited at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, but NASA has a more practical purpose in mind: to acclimate potential astronauts before they make their first visits to orbit. For a short article in the Atlantic, author Megan Garber talked to several astronauts, who noted that food, body odors and other expected scents are present, of course.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Hector Becerra and Jessica Garrison
Jesse Bracamontes is one of the legions of Sriracha hot sauce fans who squirts the bright red paste of peppers, garlic and spices on all manner of foods: pizza, take-out Chinese and even a plain bowl of noodles. But when the pungent Sriracha smell wafts into the frontyard of his Irwindale home, he says his nose runs and he feels a little sick. "It feels a little like pepper spray," he said. Bracamontes lives a short walk from Sriracha's bustling new plant in Irwindale, which can produce up to 200,000 bottles of the hot sauce each day. The company moved there last year in response to heavy global demand.
SCIENCE
October 4, 2013 | By Monte Morin
When it comes to zeroing in on nectar-rich flowers, worker honeybees rely heavily on their expert sense of smell. But new research suggests pollution from diesel exhaust may fool the honeybee's "nose," making their search for staple flowers all the more difficult. In a paper published recently in Scientific Reports , English scientists concluded that two components of diesel exhaust -- nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide -- could alter the odor of the many chemicals that combine to give a flower its signature smell.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Oscar Mayer has created an iPhone dongle that functions as an alarm clock by producing the smell of bacon in the morning. But to get one, users will have to enter a contest. The meat company this week began promoting its Wake Up & Smell the Bacon iPhone app. On its own, the alarm clock app works by making sizzling sounds like the ones you hear when cooking bacon.  PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy But users who win one of the bacon-smell inducing iPhone dongles will be able to use the app to wake up to both the sound and smell of bacon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
In the morning while walking to her car, Michelle Kennedy sometimes detects a smell like cat urine. The asthma her 6-year-old suffers seems to have worsened. Kennedy blames the oil and gas wells pumping in and near her South Los Angeles neighborhood. She was especially troubled to hear that acid was being injected in some shafts roughly a mile from her home. Now Los Angeles could put a stop to several practices that Kennedy and her neighbors have lobbied against, at least inside its city limits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Regional air quality officials told the Irwindale City Council on Wednesday that the solution to complaints of spicy odors emanating from a Sriracha factory  could be "very straightforward. " The comments came as the City Council considered declaring the hot sauce maker,  Huy Fung Foods, a public nuisance, which would give city officials the necessary leverage to demand changes at the factory amid ongoing complaints from residents of spicy smells. City Council members ended up voting to postpone a decision to declare the  Sriracha  hot sauce factory a public nuisance, saying they wanted to  give the company time to work with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to identify a solution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Irwindale city officials are scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday night to decide whether to declare a Sriracha hot-sauce plant a public nuisance in the wake of complaints of a spicy odor  coming from the factory. The public hearing is the latest move  in the city's effort to force sauce maker Huy Fong Foods to address the smell. In November, the city sued the company in Los Angeles Superior Court, winning a temporary, partial shutdown. A judge still must determine whether to issue a permanent injunction.  Sriracha officials are questioning whether the plant emits a harmful smell and have opened their doors for public tours of the plant as a way to counter the odor allegations.  PHOTOS: Sriracha factory About 50 people are expected to protest outside Irwindale City Hall during the hearing, Huy Fong officials say. Huy Fong officials say that holding the hearing is premature and punitive, but they will fix problems if they are found  “It seems like they just don't have the patience and they're not inclined to wait,” said John Tate, an attorney for Huy Fong.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
People sure are smelling a lot of stuff around Justin Bieber lately: The pop singer's private plane was detained and searched at a New Jersey airport Friday after authorities thought they smelled marijuana smoke onboard, according to various reports. Customs and Border Protection agents began a search shortly after the plane arrived at Teterboro Airport from Toronto around 3 p.m. Friday, ABC News sources said. A canine team gave the whole aircraft the sniff test, but no drugs were found onboard, according to the New York Daily News . The flight was crossing the border after Bieber on Wednesday turned himself in to Toronto police for booking on suspicion of assault on a limo driver back in December.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Police serving a search warrant at a home in Santa Ana on Wednesday discovered as many as 400 snakes inside. Officers served the search warrant at the home in the 2900 block of Fernwood Drive after the Police Department's animal services section received complaints from neighbors about a foul odor coming from the home.  Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said about 300 to 400 pythons were discovered inside. Some of the pythons were alive, some dead and decaying. PHOTOS: Inside the Santa Ana snake house He said he was standing 200 to 300 feet away as officers were executing the search warrant and could smell the stench.
SCIENCE
August 1, 2013 | By Brad Balukjian
We all smell things a little differently, and new research shows why: By examining the DNA of hundreds of individuals and testing their sense of smell, scientists found the genetic basis for why we smell certain scents. Although smell is a huge part of our sensory experience (the inability to smell is called anosmia ), little research has been done on what controls it. Richard Newcomb, a geneticist at the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research and senior author on the study in Current Biology , had spent much of his career examining smell in insects (they use their antennae)
NEWS
March 21, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Want to reduce your portion size? Try eating food that smells good. A study published Wednesday by the new journal Flavour has found that people took smaller bites of vanilla custard when it was accompanied by a more intense aroma. "Smaller bite sizes are known to elicit weaker food sensations, lower flavor release and more satiation," writes lead auhor René de Wijk of the Netherlands' Top Institute Food and Nutrition. Smaller bites, then, could help make people more satisfied with their meal - and want to eat less.
NATIONAL
January 13, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
The water ban that left 300,000 people in West Virginia unable to drink tap water, shower or wash their clothes was lifted in some places on Monday as the aftermath of a chemical spill stretched into its fifth day. But as hospitals began to get their water systems online and officials disbursed instructions to homeowners on how to clean out the chemical that contaminated their tap water -- and in some cases, their clothes and their dishes --...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A lawsuit has been filed demanding the city eradicate the "foul, noxious and sickening odors" left by birds and sea lions defecating on the rocks next to La Jolla Cove. The stink offends the patrons of some of La Jolla's best known restaurants overlooking the cove and visitors to the famed La Valencia Hotel, according to the lawsuit filed by a group calling itself Citizens for Odor Nuisance Abatement. The group's president is George Hauer, owner of George's At The Cove, one of the city's premiere dining spots.
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