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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
After deliberating only a few hours, an Orange County jury Monday convicted a Long Beach man of murder in the death of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who was killed in a traffic collision after swerving out of the path of a stove -- allegedly stolen from a construction site -- that tumbled out of the man's pickup.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2008 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County prosecutor Tuesday asked a jury to convict a Long Beach man of murder for causing the death of a sheriff's deputy. An allegedly stolen stove had fallen out of the man's truck, causing a cement truck to swerve and land on top of the deputy's department-issued car. Cole Allen Wilkins, 31, shook his head when Deputy Dist. Atty. Mike Murray asked for a murder conviction in his opening statement to the jury. Wilkins is charged with murder and receipt of stolen property.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Sears Holdings Corp. will install safety brackets on its stoves in millions of households or offer gift cards in settling an Illinois class-action lawsuit over the appliances' supposed propensity to topple. Under an agreement signed off on last month by a Madison County judge, Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears will offer to fix all brands of its free-standing or slide-in kitchen ranges in as many as 3.9 million homes by bolting them to a wall or floor.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2007 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
In a makeshift laboratory equipped with little more than a battered chair and a cheap kitchen scale, inventor Rene Nunez Suarez displays the contraption that has become his life's obsession. It's a stainless-steel cooker that uses about 95% less fuel than conventional wood stoves, with minimal pollution. It would seem to be a can't-miss technology in a country where millions still cook with wood and most forests have been destroyed.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
More American households, faced with an 83% increase in heating-oil prices over the last year, are turning to an alternative as old as the Stone Age: wood. Although the typical wood stove emits as much as 350 times more pollution than an oil furnace, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, some homeowners find the economics compelling. Firewood costs less than half as much as heating oil in terms of energy produced, according to the Energy Department and FirewoodCenter.com.
SPORTS
September 30, 2007 | Bill Shaikin
Frank McCourt wouldn't talk last week, as his Dodgers deteriorated from a contending team into a kindergarten. Winter recess starts today. So does next season. The Dodgers are a disappointment on the field, an embarrassment off the field. McCourt, the owner, ought to tell the Dodgers' relentlessly loyal fans why he believes the season turned so sour and how he plans to correct it.
FOOD
June 20, 2007 | Amy Scattergood, Times Staff Writer
CALL it the battle of the soft-shell crab. Quinn Hatfield, chef and co-owner of Hatfield's, didn't want them on his menu -- they're best eaten simply, he thought, and he knew that they'd be so popular that he'd be cooking crabs all evening instead of artfully plating his signature dishes. But the L.A. restaurant's pastry chef disagreed. And last weekend, Hatfield pan-fried crabs until they sold out. Hatfield's pastry chef admittedly has more clout than most.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2007 | From Reuters
Two U.S. lawmakers urged safety regulators to do more to prevent kitchen ranges from tipping over. At least 33 people have been killed since 1980 by free-standing stoves tipping over on them, Reps. John D. Dingell and Bart Stupak, both Michigan Democrats, said in a letter to Nancy Nord, the Consumer Product Safety Commission's acting chairwoman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2006
Dec. 19, 1913: "Old Walter Tolley, an ancient of the Lankershim hills," was killed as he heated his afternoon coffee in his cabin, The Times reported under the headline "Modern Device Kills Recluse." Tolley, "whose interests were centered in his old horse 'Abe,' " and in raising the fattest carrots in the San Fernando Valley, died alone in his cabin. He was burned to death in an explosion of a gasoline stove," the newspaper said.
HOME & GARDEN
October 19, 2006 | Chris Erskine
OK, SO I GO TO take the last chocolate chip cookie and the toddler reaches for it, so I give him the cookie. He threatens to break me off a piece but I decline, after which he decides he doesn't really want the cookie after all and attempts to slam-dunk it into the trash. Only, he misses the slam-dunk -- Loser! -- and one of the dogs winds up with the chocolate chip cookie in its mouth.
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