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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1997
A pipe bomb that was safely deactivated after it was discovered in a Torrance neighborhood Monday night has joined the list of a growing number of bomb-related incidents in the South Bay in recent weeks. The bomb was found on a curb in the 17100 block of Crenshaw Boulevard about 9 p.m. and forced authorities to evacuate about 70 residents, said Torrance Police Lt. John Spindler. Residents were not allowed to return to their homes for two hours.
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April 14, 1994 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Confronted with growing neighborhood unrest, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has temporarily postponed its excavation of DDT-tainted soil from two back yards near Torrance, and officials say it is possible that the agency will agree to move more families during the project. Central to the dispute is a community group's request that the EPA relocate up to 17 families while the soil is removed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1995
Murders are minimal and rapes rarely happen--in fact, violent crime was down 22% in Torrance during the first six months of this year--but for every square mile in the city of Torrance there is at least one shopping center that makes this sprawling metropolis a haven for shoplifters. Crime rates overall decreased this year with petty thefts increasing just slightly.
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March 10, 1994 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A streamer of yellow caution tape encircles the lush green vegetable garden belonging to Cynthia Babich, who learned last week that soil tests in her yard near Torrance had detected the banned pesticide DDT at a level roughly 2.5 times higher than that considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Testing in a neighbor's yard found even higher levels of the pesticide.
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April 15, 1994 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the residents of a DDT-contaminated neighborhood near Torrance edged toward agreement on Thursday on a plan to clean up tainted soil in two back yards. As officials prepared for a tense meeting that wound up drawing more than 200 people, EPA officials said they had decided to increase the number of families the government would temporarily relocate for the project, which was postponed this week because of the community's concerns.
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April 21, 1994 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprise move, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it is offering to move 18 more families to hotels while it removes DDT-tainted soil from two back yards near a Superfund site east of Torrance. That means up to 23 families may be relocated at federal expense during the two-week project, which is expected to start next week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1997
Serious crime in Los Angeles County's 12 cities declined during the first six months of 1996 compared to 1995. Here's how the crime rates changed in those cities with populations of about 100,000 or more. *--* Burbank 1995 1996 % Change Murder 22 2 -90.9% Rape 10 23 130.0% Robbery 256 303 18.4% Assault 391 348 -11.0% Violent Total 679 676 -0.4% Burglary 580 460 -20.78% Larceny/theft 1,005 856 -14.8% Vehicle/theft 529 473 -10.6% Property Total 2,114 1,789 -15.4% Crime Total 2,793 2,465 -11.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
A 50-year-old maintenance worker at an Exxon Mobile oil refinery died Wednesday after he fell into a water-treatment tank, according to the Torrance Fire Department. The man, who was not identified, was an outside contractor who was doing maintenance on the tank when he apparently slipped and fell 15 feet into the tank, Fire Capt. Steve Deuel said. The accident occurred at 8:47 p.m. at Crenshaw Boulevard and 190th Street.
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April 9, 1994 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Levels of the banned pesticide DDT as much as 45 times higher than what is considered safe have been found behind two homes near Torrance, outraging residents who said Friday that they have been trying for years to get government agencies to pay more attention to toxic substances in their neighborhood. Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency detected DDT levels of 254 parts per million in Cynthia Babich's yard on West 204th Street and 606 p.p.m. in her next-door neighbor's yard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1995
Lomita has agreed to drop its lawsuit against Torrance over the construction of a Claim Jumper restaurant at the Crossroads Shopping Center. The city of Torrance, the owners of the shopping center and the owners of the restaurant announced Wednesday that they will pay Lomita $130,000 to help restructure and resurface a portion of Crenshaw Boulevard alongside the center. Torrance will pay $75,000 of the settlement. "I think it's a fair agreement," Torrance Mayor Dee Hardison said.
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