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May 17, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
International health officials are expected to decide this week whether to hold on to the last remaining stockpiles of smallpox, one of the deadliest diseases in history – or to proceed with their destruction. The U.S. argues that scientists need access to the virus for just a while longer -- saying they need more time to develop antiviral drugs and vaccines in preparation for a potential terrorist attack that everyone hopes never comes. The Wall Street Journal explains the U.S. position, while also pointing out that other countries are convinced the risk of an accidental release isn’t worth taking.  At stake in the discussion – taking place at an annual meeting of the World Health Organization – are stockpiles at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and at a Russian government laboratory.
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Richard Winton
Daniel Yealu was upbeat when he talked to his father last year. He told him that he was making good money as a security guard, had applied to get into the Burbank police academy and hoped to soon buy a condominium. But on Monday night, the 29-year-old allegedly walked into a Los Angeles Police Department station, approached the front desk and opened fire at two officers. One was wounded before the pair returned fire, critically wounding the suspect. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Yealu used a Glock pistol and was carrying extra magazines.
August 26, 2001
Re: "State Ponders Keeping Its Own Fuel Reserve," July 27: Who are the drivers who will have access to this gasoline? From whom will California purchase this gasoline? Who is going to pay for the procurement of this gasoline stockpile? What price will drivers pay per gallon to procure this stockpile? Who is going to pay for these storage facilities? How long will it take to construct these storage facilities? How will this gasoline be distributed? Will California set up its own chain of service stations?
December 20, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Britain will help eliminate Syria's chemical stockpile by taking and destroying 165 tons of substances that could be used to make highly toxic nerve agents, British officials said Friday. The industrial-grade chemicals are to be shipped to Britain in securely sealed containers, then transferred to a commercial facility and incinerated there, the government said. By themselves, the chemicals, known as “B precursors,” are not very dangerous, officials said. Only when combined with other specific substances known as “A precursors” do they create a poisonous nerve agent.
April 8, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
A time bomb filled with nails exploded today in the parking lot of a hotel about 90 minutes before Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger was to arrive for a state dinner. Three people were injured, two seriously. Weinberger was not in the area when the bomb went off about 6 p.m. but was to have passed within five yards of the blast site on his way to the dinner given by Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda at the government-owned Erawan Hotel.
Clare Resnick doesn't let her little girl play out back anymore. The constant drumming of earthmovers and oversized tractors kicks up too much dirt, and the mouse infestation keeps getting worse. "Those huge tractors drive within five feet of my back fence," the Blackwood Street resident said Tuesday. "It's filthy."
February 9, 2001
Stock portfolio: a pile of papers you hope you can get your money back for. LESTER KUSHNER Valley Village
July 24, 1986
British officials report that Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze during his recent visit to London showed "constructive interest" in a British proposal aimed at bringing Moscow and Washington together on a global chemical-arms ban. More than 10 days have passed, however, and the Soviet Union still has not made a formal response.
August 23, 2000
Re "District Takes Steps to Stockpile Water Supplies," Aug. 16. I was pleased to read the excellent article by David Kelly describing how Ventura County's water agencies are preparing for drought. I am proud to sit on the United Water Conservation District board of directors and to have served the district for 17 years, during which time we have done what no other water agency has effectively done in California: take a seriously over-drafted ground water basin that had been intruded by seawater and bring it back to artesian conditions, reversing seawater intrusion in the upper aquifer.
October 12, 1988
It is clear that George Bush and Michael S. Dukakis are trying very hard to be good at campaign tactics, sound bites and "morning in America" images. It is also clear that they and their handlers feel no obligation to engage the American people--in the serious sense that real democracy demands. It would be refreshing if the two candidates put symbolic politics aside and begin to speak to the real issues confronting the country.
September 27, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - The ambitious international effort to take control of Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons, which seemed a pipe dream just weeks ago, has gathered momentum with a rapid-fire succession of dizzying diplomatic milestones. The United Nations Security Council on Friday night unanimously approved a resolution requiring Syrian President Bashar Assad to relinquish his stock of poison gases by mid-2014. International inspectors are expected to arrive in Syria by Tuesday - more than a month ahead of an already accelerated schedule - to begin the complex process of removing, dismantling or destroying the illicit arms.
September 20, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - The Syrian government submitted an "initial disclosure" of its chemical weapons to international inspectors, officials said Friday, the first step under an ambitious deal that aims to eliminate President Bashar Assad's illicit poison gas arsenal. Experts at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague began translating the document from Arabic and reviewing its contents, but organization officials released few details. It thus wasn't clear whether Syria's disclosure met the terms of last week's U.S.-Russian agreement, which called for Assad to submit by Saturday "a comprehensive listing, including names, types and quantities of its chemical weapons agents, types of munitions and location and form of storage, production and research and development facilities.
September 18, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali and Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The ambitious U.S.-Russian deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough just days ago, hit its first delay Wednesday with indications that the Syrian government will not submit an inventory of its toxic stockpiles and facilities to international inspectors by this weekend's deadline. The State Department signaled that it would not insist that Syrian President Bashar Assad produce the list Saturday, the end of a seven-day period spelled out in the framework deal that Washington and Moscow announced last weekend in Geneva.
September 14, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - U.S. officials seldom conceal their contempt for Syrian President Bashar Assad, but Secretary of State John F. Kerry credited Assad's government Saturday with a not-insignificant achievement: Safeguarding the nation's chemical armory in the midst of a raging civil war. That fact, Kerry emphasized, helped make possible an "ambitious" U.S.-Russian plan to eliminate Syria's substantial chemical weapons stores. "One of the reasons that we believe that this is achievable is because the Assad regime has taken extraordinary pains in order to keep control of these weapons," Kerry told reporters Saturday in Geneva after outlining the U.S.-Russian initiative.
September 9, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - With hopes shrinking for congressional support of punitive missile strikes, President Obama tentatively embraced a face-saving solution to the crisis over Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons, spurred by an offhand comment by Secretary of State John F. Kerry. Obama said Monday that he was looking skeptically, but seriously, at a Russian offer to push the Syrian government to put its vast chemical weapons arsenal and infrastructure under United Nations control. He called the development a "potentially significant breakthrough.
August 29, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Syrian President Bashar Assad wields command over the world's biggest stockpile of chemical weapons, international security experts say, and he is expected to emerge from any punitive Western airstrikes with his arsenal intact. With an estimated 50 storage sites, many situated in or near urban centers, any attempt to destroy or degrade the Assad government's supply of poison gases and nerve agents would require a massive invasion of ground forces that no nation considered part of the emerging "coalition of the willing" would be likely to support.
May 22, 2002
Re "Bush and Putin Must Confront Nuclear Terror," Commentary, May 20: The recommendations by professors Graham Allison and Andrei Kokoshin may very well be the most important commentary ever published in The Times. All Americans must hope and demand that our leadership recognizes the overriding importance of securing the American and Russian nuclear stockpiles. God help us all if we don't. Lewis K. Waldman La Jolla
June 16, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
From what I've been reading, the Santa Monica killer was packing an illegal assault rifle and 40 high-capacity ammunition magazines. He sprayed 100 bullets and had access to 1,300. And, oh yes, he was a mental case. The guy's exact background and how he obtained his war-ready arsenal weren't clear as of this writing. But, regardless, there are at least two possible and troubling scenarios. John Zawahri may have been an "innocent law-abiding citizen" until he wasn't - until he murdered his dad and brother, then three others randomly during a 10-minute rampage.
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