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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1989
The Mobil Oil Corp. refinery occupies about 750 acres in northeast Torrance and is the city's largest taxpayer and landholder. The plant has 800 full-time workers and a variety of contractors. The refinery, which opened in 1929, was rebuilt in the late 1960s. It can process 125,000 barrels of crude oil and produce 75,000 barrels of gasoline daily, about 12% of the gasoline consumed in Southern California.
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March 15, 1997 | DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mike Daniels and his companion Crystal Lakey were looking forward to living in a more secure, quiet neighborhood just outside Torrance where they could raise their two children in a home with a yard. But only four days after moving from Inglewood to an unincorporated Los Angeles County area, the attacks began last weekend on the African American couple. First it was Latino gang graffiti sprayed Saturday night on the outside retaining wall of Daniels' home. The graffiti included a racial slur.
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October 23, 1991 | JANET RAE-DUPREE and DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Fearing that a safety agreement with Mobil Oil is not working, Torrance city officials Tuesday asked a judge to enforce swifter compliance and extend the program for at least a year. If approved by the court, the extension would mark the first significant change in the unique consent decree, which halted Torrance's 1989 public nuisance lawsuit against the giant oil company over safety and environmental issues. When the decree was announced on Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1990
An 11-year-old Torrance boy standing in a driveway was killed early Friday evening in a drive-by shooting, and the suspected target of the attack was wounded, law enforcement officials said Saturday. Jose Gonzales was shot once in the chest by one of four men who drove by in a stolen black Mustang convertible, Sheriff's Information Bureau Officer Chris Wahla said.
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October 21, 2005 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
A pungent odor wafted across a wide area of southern Los Angeles County on Thursday afternoon after a malfunction at the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance released sulfur dioxide that drifted eastward. The fumes, which officials said were not hazardous, were reported by residents in Torrance, Carson, Long Beach and Signal Hill. Nearly 60 complaint calls, an unusually high number, were made to the South Coast Air Quality Management District between 2:45 p.m. and 5 p.m., said spokesman Sam Atwood.
NEWS
December 31, 1990
In the third attack on teen-agers at home over the weekend, two 16-year-old boys were shot through a bedroom window in Torrance on Saturday night, police said. "This was not a drive-by," said Torrance Police Lt. Wally Murker. In the 16900 block of Eastwood Avenue--"a typical suburban neighborhood, typical Torrance, if you will," Murker said--someone crept up about 10:45 p.m. to the room where three teen-age boys had gathered and fired.
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April 12, 1994 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nervous neighbors watched from the sidewalk as Guillermo and Leticia Aguirre packed their car with suitcases Monday morning and prepared to move from their modest stucco bungalow near Torrance to a nearby hotel at federal expense. Some neighbors said they, too, want to pack their suitcases and join the exodus. In all, three families temporarily moved from their homes to hotels Monday so that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could begin digging DDT-contaminated soil from their back yards.
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August 14, 2002 | JEAN MERL and SANDRA MURILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A house tented for termite fumigation in Torrance blew up about dawn Tuesday, damaging at least 80 homes and injuring 10 people, none seriously. The blast, which leveled the one-story house and scattered debris over a two-block area, was felt as far away as Manhattan Beach and the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Investigators from the Torrance Fire Department and Southern California Gas Co.
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