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It was what thousands of malathion-weary residents have been awaiting for months: the arrival of millions of sterile Medflies as a welcome substitute for aerial pesticide spraying. But as Lourdes Sanchez found out Wednesday, somebody apparently forgot to tell a couple of overly eager insects about the plan.
October 9, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Pit bull advocates on Tuesday derided a new ordinance requiring that pit bulls be spayed or neutered in unincorporated parts of the Riverside County. Officials said the move was an attempt to reduce the number of pit bull-breed dogs euthanized by county shelters but also to stem a threat to public safety highlighted by recent attacks. Speakers became emotional as they stood before the Riverside County supervisors Tuesday, telling them about their encounters - both positive and negative - with pit bulls.
Nori Tanaka, a scruffy, gray-haired entomologist, trudges through a converted tuna-packing shed, flicking flies off his face. It is just before the dawn of another humid day. In one corner of the ramshackle building, workers grind out sticky, brown fly food in a cement mixer. In another, fly pupae are sifted through a makeshift device of cardboard, old broom heads and wire mesh. Tanaka reeks mightily of sugar, yeast and other odors that come with the job of mating insects.
October 8, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
The speakers became emotional as they stood before the Riverside County supervisors, telling them about their encounters - both positive and negative - with pit bulls. One woman talked about Louie, her beloved pit bull she dresses up each Halloween. Another sobbed as she tried to talk about her pit bulls, who compete in shows. But as county officials weighed an ordinance that would mandate the sterilization of pit bulls, they also heard from a Beaumont city councilwoman who had tried to stop a pit bull attack and could not forget the smell of blood that lingered.
In protected ponds behind a power plant swim the brood fish whose offspring may soon be deployed to rescue the lakes, drainage canals and golf course water traps of coastal Southern California. Their only job is to swim, eat and, in a furious few days every spring, to spawn with abandon. These are the dams and sires of the tens of thousands of sterile grass carp that merrily munch the weeds that once threatened to choke the maze of canals and ditches of the mammoth Imperial Irrigation District.
September 13, 1988 | Reuters
Monsanto Co.'s G. D. Searle subsidiary could face further claims and costly damages following its loss of a court case involving its Copper-7 intrauterine device, securities analysts said Monday. Monsanto's shares dropped sharply in heavy trading in reaction to the court decision, which was announced Friday after the market closed. The shares fell $7.125 to close at $78.625 on the New York Stock Exchange. G. D. Searle was ordered by a federal court in St. Paul, Minn., to pay $8.
By the time forensic pathologist Roberto Chavez arrived here in 1982 to interview dozens of distraught banana plantation workers, much was already known. The workers had first started appearing at the local Rio Frio Clinic five years before, saying they could not have children, their lives were over, they had no reason to live. Doctors eventually had found about 1,000 men sterile, with low or nonexistent sperm counts.
October 7, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Officials in Riverside County are scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed ordinance that would require pit bulls and pit bull mixes to be sterilized in unincorporated areas of the county. Under the ordinance being considered by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, sterilization would be required for pit bulls and pit bull mixes 4 months or older. Failure to get a dog sterilized would be an infraction or misdemeanor crime, according to the proposal. The ordinance would not apply to pit bulls owned by licensed breeders, law enforcement authorities or people who need the animals for assistance.
August 21, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The first track has not been laid, but already state lawmakers are calling for an audit of California's bullet train project. That is one of 10 audits that lawmakers will ask to be approved Wednesday morning by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. The $68-billion high-speed rail project is about to begin buying  356 parcels of land in Fresno and Madera counties, and Republican Assemblymen Jim Patterson of Fresno and Frank Bigelow of Madera want auditors to look at the process set up for purchases, including the ability of land owners to appeal offers.
August 13, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Advocates for women prison inmates called Tuesday for state law to be changed to make sure convicts are not subject to sterilization surgery for birth control, and oversight over medical care is improved. The proposal by members of the group Justice Now was made at a legislative hearing into reports that 148 women in California prisons were given tubal ligation surgery without the required approval of a state medical committee during a five-year period ending in 2010.
July 26, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Half zebra and half donkey, the fuzzy little zonkey named Ippo was born one week ago on an animal reserve near Florence, Italy. The zonkey is not the brainchild of some deranged Dr. Moreau-like figure trying to put two animals of a different species together, but rather is the product of good old-fashioned natural lust. In an interview with the Italian news channel RTV38 (which you can see above), a member of the family that owns the reserve described a romantic love affair between a female donkey and a male zebra that was adopted after it was confiscated from a failing zoo. The zebra probably jumped the metal fence that separated the two animals to mate with the neighboring donkey.
July 14, 2013 | Patrick McGreevy and Phil Willon
Dozens of women in California prisons were sterilized without the required approval of a state medical committee, officials said. Some of the women say they felt coerced to undergo the surgery, and now state lawmakers are calling for an investigation. "Pressuring a vulnerable population -- including at least one documented instance of a patient under sedation -- to undergo these extreme procedures erodes the ban on eugenics," the California Legislative Women's Caucus wrote in a letter to the federal receiver in charge of prison healthcare.
July 12, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
After a long and shameful history, California finally banned the forced sterilization of prison inmates and mental patients in the 1970s; two decades later, the state put safeguards in place to make sure the practice didn't resume. But a new report by the Center for Investigative Reporting suggests that despite those laws, at least 148 female inmates underwent tubal ligations between 2006 and 2010 without the required approval by state medical officials. Many of the women who were sterilized while housed at the California Institution for Women in Corona and Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla said they were coerced into agreeing to the procedure, according to the report.
October 24, 1988 | Anne C. Roark, Times staff writer Anne C. Roark reports from San Francisco at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting
A silent epidemic, one that often goes undetected and untreated, is rendering adolescent girls in America sterile, according to Mary Ann Shafer, associate professor of pediatrics at UC San Francisco. The disease is known as chlamydia and it is now thought to be the most common sexually transmitted disease among adolescents, occuring in 8% to 25% of sexually active girls and 9% of sexually active boys.
December 30, 1999
Sperm-producing cells have been transplanted from one type of mouse into another, a feat that could eventually prove useful for young boys undergoing cancer therapy. Certain types of chemotherapy and radiation can cause harmful mutations in sperm and the cells that produce them, so men with cancer often have sperm frozen and stored for future use. This cannot be done for young boys who have not yet gone through puberty. Molecular biologist Ralph L.
July 12, 2013 | By Cale Ottens
Comedy writer Soren Bowie depends on bursts of inspiration to produce his next great joke. But he says it's no fun to labor for hours in a tiring office cubicle with a chair and computer. Last month, that changed for the writer when his office moved to a new location in Santa Monica he likes much better. Gone are isolating walls and partitions, and Bowie says he can concentrate at work yet still see and communicate with his colleagues across wide-open office spaces. The new space has plenty of flair, including three decked-out kitchens, a pingpong table and meeting rooms decorated with international themes.
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