YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsTainted


November 28, 2000
It's a tainted presidential election: 'Tain't Gore's and 'tain't Bush's. GENE SHEFRIN Carlsbad
April 16, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson has told a British newspaper that rumors of the band's impending breakup are only that. "We are definitely getting together in May in Vancouver," Johnson told the U.K.'s Telegraph . "We're going to pick up some guitars, have a plonk, and see if anybody has got any tunes or ideas. If anything happens, we'll record it. " Reports that the long-running Australian rock band would be calling it quits revolved around news that guitarist Malcom Young, lead guitarist Angus Young's older brother, is seriously ill. In the interview with the Telegraph, Johnson did confirm that one of the band's members has “a debilitating illness” that could affect how AC/DC moves forward.
January 27, 1993
Is the tainted meat scandal the product of the Department of Agriculture's meat inspection program? The past two administrations implemented a "self-inspection" system to save costs, trusting the slaughterhouses and meatpackers to police themselves. Now, we see the results. This is truly having the fox guard the chicken coop. BRUCE M. STARK Seal Beach
March 14, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Police investigating the shooting of model and lawyer Reeva Steenkamp by her boyfriend, South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, had to open another investigation into themselves -- over the disappearance of a valuable watch from the scene when only police were present. The embarrassing revelation that police apparently stole a watch valued at $5,000 to $10,000, part of Friday's testimony in Pistorius' murder trial, came with South African newspapers complaining of police ineptitude.
April 11, 1992
Re "Letter Writers Hope to Sway Keating Judge" (April 5): I read with interest how Mother Teresa had received $1 million from Keating. Unfortunately, Mother Teresa did not know that it wasn't Charlie's money that she got, but that of hundreds, if not thousands, of elderly people. Their lives will forever be changed, many reduced to the abject poverty she has so long seen in her great work in India. Mother Teresa would not accept $1 million from a known drug cartel leader, knowing full well that those monies are stained with the blood of countless victims, the broken in spirit and heart, and the twisted lives of small children, some addicted at birth.
October 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
About 1,500 dogs bred for their raccoon-like fur have died after eating feed tainted with melamine in China. The raccoon dogs -- a breed native to East Asia whose fur is used to trim coats and other clothing -- died of kidney failure after eating the tainted feed, said Zhang Wenkui, a veterinary professor at Shenyang Agriculture University. Zhang declined to say when the deaths occurred, but a news report said they were over the last two months. Melamine has also been found in Chinese milk.
May 12, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Canada said today that it will establish a police task force to investigate a growing scare over tainted fuel believed to be coming from the United States and also said entry points for fuel tankers coming from south of the border will be sharply reduced. Federal Environment Minister Lucien Bourchard, outlining a "plan of action" after meeting provincial government ministers, said 125 of the 175 border crossings will be closed to tanker trucks so inspectors can concentrate their resources.
February 7, 2009 | Jason Song
The city school district late this week recalled a chicken dish that contained possibly tainted peanut bits. Asian Thai Chicken included nuts processed in a Georgia plant believed responsible for shipping tainted peanuts throughout the nation. The dish was recalled from 188 schools Thursday; it was last served Jan. 16 and 30, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District. No illnesses have been reported. -- Jason Song
June 9, 1996
Re your May 25 article, "Orange Trustees Reject Federal Aid as Tainted": How ironic that the conservative majority on the Orange Unified School District board considers federal government grants tainted money. One of this majority, Max Reissmueller, is employed by an Orange County company which is a subcontractor to major aerospace firms. Reissmueller cannot be unaware that these aerospace firms receive their contract funds from the federal government. He apparently feels that it's acceptable to benefit personally from "tainted" federal funds in the form of personal salary but not to use federal funds to benefit his district's students.
September 22, 1985
The L.A. powers sponsoring and being responsible for importing the Berlin State Opera should be ashamed for allowing the playing of "Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles," which is the most chauvinistic and tainted anthem I know. I feel personally insulted by this outrageous insensitivity. HERTA LEEDS Van Nuys
February 13, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Colin Farrell wanted a cigarette, but he didn't have one on him. He was sitting poolside at the Roosevelt Hotel, which seemed like the kind of place where one smokes. So he asked a pretty hostess if she had a pack; she did not. "You want a cigarette?" asked an interloper standing nearby who had overheard the exchange. "I'm going to get you one right now. " A few minutes later, the stranger returned, cigarette in hand. He asked Farrell what movies the actor had coming up, adding that he was producing a few. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV "Good luck with it. Good luck with it, brother," Farrell replied.
January 31, 2014 | By David Zucchino
The top public health official in Charleston, W. Va., has added to widespread criticism of the decision to declare drinking water safe despite a critical lack of scientific data about the coal-washing chemical that spilled into the Elk River on Jan. 9. Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, the largest in West Virginia, said in an interview Friday that the water can't be considered completely safe because scientists don't...
January 29, 2014 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below.
First, federal regulators couldn't explain the possible health dangers posed by the mysterious coal-cleansing chemical that spilled into West Virginia's drinking water -- except that pregnant woman shouldn't drink it even after the water had been declared safe for everyone else. Then the chemical company responsible for the spill belatedly admitted a second, equally unpronounceable chemical containing ether also had been dumped into the water. Now comes this warning for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians: They may be inhaling formaldehyde while showering in the tainted water, which was declared safe for human consumption a week after the Jan. 9 spill into the Elk River just north of downtown Charleston.
January 17, 2014 | By David Zucchino
Bombarded by lawsuits and under federal investigation, the chemical company that spilled a dangerous solvent into a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water of 300,000 people filed for federal bankruptcy protection Friday. Freedom Industries Inc., owner of a storage tank that ruptured Jan. 9 and spilled 7,500 gallons of a coal-treatment foaming agent called MCHM into the Elk River, sought protection from creditors under a Chapter 11 filing by its parent company, Chemstream Holdings Inc. of Pennsylvania.
January 16, 2014 | By David Zucchino
Few people in West Virginia had any idea that an obscure company was storing a mysterious coal-washing chemical in tanks overlooking the Elk River, just upstream from a major water treatment plant. Nor did many realize that no agency had conducted regular inspections of those tanks, even though they are perched on a steep bank that tumbles down to the river northeast of downtown Charleston. On the morning of Jan. 9, residents complained about a licorice-like odor wafting from the site, operated by a chemical company with the unlikely name of Freedom Industries.
January 10, 2014 | By David Zucchino and Michael Muskal
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Hundreds of thousands of West Virginia residents have been left dry with no idea when they will be able to again trust the water from their taps after a chemical used in the processing of coal spilled into a river. As state and federal agencies rushed emergency water supplies to nine stricken counties, officials were promising to investigate how the chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, spilled into the Elk River. It flowed into a water treatment facility about 1.5 miles away, and officials worried it could have polluted water eventually sent to about 300,000 residents.
June 14, 1986
The Boston Celtics the greatest basketball team of all time? C'mon! The only claim they can make with any legitimacy is that they are a mirror image of Red Auerbach--big, white, egotistical crybabies. It's unfortunate that Bird's brilliance adds a tainted luster to the classless bunch. STEPHEN RYAN Fullerton
November 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
At least two children in Southern California have reportedly fallen ill after possibly eating Halloween candy tainted with drugs, authorities said. The first incident occurred Saturday night when a 2-year-old boy got sick after eating Halloween candy at a friend's house in Moreno Valley. The toddler showed signs of consuming an illegal drug, KTLA reported. The candy came from a home in the 25000 block of Calabria Drive, according to police. On Sunday, police in Huntington Beach investigated an incident where a child reportedly began showing signs of having consumed methamphetamine after eating Halloween candy.
October 21, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Sweden has virtually eliminated salmonella in store-bought chicken, even though poultry there is industrially produced, just like in the United States. And even in this country, a 2010 Consumers Union study found no salmonella in the organic store-brand chickens it tested. In other words, consumers shouldn't have to accept salmonella-tainted chicken as just one of those unavoidable things. Yet that wasn't the attitude of Foster Farms and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to the recent salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 300 people, most of them in California, and sent close to half to hospitals with antibiotic-resistant infections.
Los Angeles Times Articles