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May 16, 2006 | Evelyn Iritani, Times Staff Writer
Ditmar Gorges thought selling his water-free urinals in China would be a no-brainer, given that country's water and sewage problems. But he soon discovered it wasn't easy hawking his product to customers who recalled the "water-free" toilets of their youth: a smelly hole in the ground. It took months of lobbying before Los Angeles-based Falcon Waterfree Technologies installed its first urinal in the Ministry of Science and Technology's new headquarters in Beijing, a conservation showplace.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | Steve Lopez
The dreaded Giants were in town and Dodger fans were out in force on opening day, tailgating, wearing the blue and turning Elysian Park into a giant latrine. Chad Kline of Echo Park was walking his dog, Lola, early Friday morning when he saw fans hiking up into the bushes between Scott and Academy Roads to water the plants. "I went up to these three motorcycle officers … and informed them about 15 gentlemen were urinating in the park and I said, 'I think it's illegal, what are you going to do about it?
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OPINION
November 28, 2005
Re "No-Flush Urinals Just Waiting for Plumbers," Nov. 23 Early flush toilets were not as safe as they should have been, so improvements were made. Current designs generally work well, but they produce billions of gallons of contaminated water annually that cause documented health and environmental problems nationwide. Now no-flush urinals are being developed. When designed properly, these fixtures can be used safely in the U.S. Considering the amounts of water consumed and the health risks associated with current practices, now is the time to develop these promising alternatives.
BUSINESS
October 31, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Everyone knows the Internet is all about cats, but Dell may have taken that too literally with one of its new computers. The Texas company on Wednesday issued one of the funniest customer service notes in the world of tech when it offered to replace a part in laptops that smell like cat urine. For months users have taken to Dell's community forum to complain that the Dell Latitude 6430u laptop smells like it was assembled near a litter box. Many in the thread point out that they have had to apologize to their clients when they take out their laptop in front of them while others expressed their frustration with Dell because they have scolded their cats for the odor.
REAL ESTATE
December 7, 1986
Has no one in the design business noticed the disparity in restroom waiting times? Are there no figures that can give a designer a good estimate of the number of people a facility can accommodate within a given intermission period? The Wiltern Theatre was just remodeled. Upstairs, there are three stalls in the women's restroom, and three, plus several urinals in the men's. This is absurd. Downstairs, there are seven stalls in the women's--and a huge anteroom, starkly empty when it could easily accommodate 20 more stalls!
BUSINESS
January 14, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- California building contractors were thrilled when waterless urinals came on the market, thinking the devices would save them a fortune in plumbing costs. The state building code would need to be changed, but that seemed an easy sell. The fixtures would prevent billions of gallons of water from being wasted, and California's environmental lobby could be counted on as a powerful ally. There was one hitch. His name was Scott Wetch. Wetch is a Sacramento lobbyist for labor unions, and urinals without water pipes would not be good for his clients in the building trades.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 1992
Re: "Plodding, Gooey 'Gypsy Princess' Staged at Center" by Martin Bernheimer, Calendar, Feb. 24: After reading that hatchet job, we almost decided to stay home. But what the hell, we'd already paid $146 for the tickets. When we got to the theater, I looked around at all the vacant seats and remarked that after reading that review a lot of people must have been embarrassed even to give their tickets to the baby-sitter. How could I possibly have been prepared for what followed?
SPORTS
June 3, 2009 | Mike Penner
With the Chicago Cubs struggling to keep their heads above .500, the team has made a move to try to improve the atmosphere in the dugout. Yes, the Cubs have decided to retire their dugout Gatorade dispenser, the bright orange target for so many frustrated players. Both Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano have pummeled the cooler during fits of rage. So now it is being removed from harm's way. "It was tough while it lasted," Reed Johnson told the Chicago Tribune.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1987 | ALICE CRANE, United Press International
The nightclubs lining West Hollywood's boulevards draw so many revelers that the city's population doubles on weekends, attracting controversial proposals to regulate the crowds. The nightclub proposals have incensed some longtime club owners who run some of the best-known entertainment spots in the nation, but social-minded civic leaders say their time has come.
NEWS
October 15, 1995 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three have been fired and 10 have quit. Nine have been promoted. Two have killed suspects while on duty. And one stands accused of falsifying evidence in a murder case. For most of the 44 Los Angeles Police Department officers labeled "problem officers" in the landmark 1991 Christopher Commission report, the past four years have been tumultuous. The commission said its intention was to illustrate, not define, what it called "the problem of excessive force in the LAPD."
SPORTS
September 22, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller tried to cheat the NFL's drug-testing program with the help of the person assigned to collect his urine sample, according to an ESPN report. Miller, who was second in the league with 18 1/2 sacks last season, had been suspended for the first six games -- inexplicably, two more games than the typical NFL penalty for that transgression. According to the report, Miller's representatives and the players union were prepared to fight his initial four-game suspension but backed off when they became aware Miller and the collector worked together to help the player avoid a failed choice.
NATIONAL
August 8, 2013 | By David Zucchino
A Marine sniper shown urinating on Taliban corpses in a video circulated on the Internet has been reduced in rank after pleading guilty to dereliction of duty and other charges. Sgt. Robert W. Richards was reduced to corporal for his role in the incident, in which four Marines in full combat gear were shown urinating on the bodies of three insurgents in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan in July 2011. Richards pleaded guilty at a court-martial at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Wednesday, according to a Marine Corps spokesman, Col. Sean Gibson.
SPORTS
July 10, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Mark Cavendish and the rest of the riders on the Tour de France have more than their share of hardships to deal with during the grueling event. The British rider surely could have done without the disrespectful -- not to mention disgusting -- ordeal he is said to have endured during Wednesday's Stage 11, when a spectator allegedly threw urine all over Cavendish somewhere along the 20.5-mile time trial route in Normandy. Cavendish is a top rider but isn't having the best of tours this year.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
A mobile app that analyzes photos of urine samples is facing scrutiny from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In what's believed to be the first letter of its kind, the FDA wrote to Biosense Technologies on Tuesday that the Mountain View, Calif., company needs regulatory approval for its app because the urine test strips it relies on are approved for visual inspection, but not for automated analysis. Quiz: Remember these beer ads? Available on Apple devices , the uChek app can be used by people with diabetes and other medical conditions to track their health.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The PTC thinks Ke$ha has gone from bladder to worse. The pro-family advocacy group is upset about Tuesday's planned airing of "Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life," in which the pop star supposedly drinks her own urine. Parents Television Council President Tim Winter is urging viewers to contact elected representatives to protest. "If given the opportunity, I can't imagine that parents would want to pay for a cable network that airs an episode of a pop star drinking her own urine, and that is why Congress needs to take seriously the idea of giving consumers the ability to choose and pay for only the cable networks they want," Winter wrote in a statement.
SPORTS
May 7, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
This story would be funny if it weren't so sad. Texas Longhorns pitcher Corey Knebel was suspended from the team on Friday because he substituted his urine sample for a teammate's to prevent the teammate from failing a drug test. Problem: Knebel's urine sample failed the test. According to the Austin American-Statesman , Knebel agreed to let the teammate use his sample to avoid detection for having taken Adderall, which is used to treat ADHD. Adderall is on the NCAA's banned list of substances, unless you have a doctor's prescription for it to treat ADHD or narcolepsy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2000
Re "Council Delays Vote on Penalties for Public Urination," June 7: So our enlightened leaders are planning to jail homeless people for urinating and defecating in inappropriate places (which would not happen if adequate public toilet facilities were made available--at far less cost). I suggest that officials and their business associates spend just one 24-hour segment of their comfortable lives without access to toilet facilities. Might they not also find themselves facing jail time?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2003 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to make it illegal to urinate or defecate in public, a step many said was necessary to curb a growing problem of human waste on city streets. Some advocates for the homeless were outraged.
SPORTS
April 17, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
A hotel room was left in such disgusting condition after February's NFL scouting combine that the manager took pictures and sent them to the event's organizer. National Football Scouting president Jeff Foster confirmed to Yahoo!Sports that a room in the Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis was found after the combine with feces and urine scattered in the bathroom, toothpaste on a mirror and garbage, including uneaten food, all over. "I can confirm that a room was left in an inappropriate condition and we're disappointed by both players who occupied the room," Foster said.
NATIONAL
January 16, 2013 | By David Zucchino
A Marine who urinated on the corpses of Taliban fighters in a video seen worldwide pleaded guilty Wednesday to several charges at a court-martial at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola admitted desecrating the remains and posing with the bodies of insurgents in Afghanistan for what he called “trophy photographs. " He also admitted that he failed to supervise other Marines involved in the incident and did not report the violations of military regulations. In a 39-second video that was widely viewed on the Internet after it appeared in January 2012, four Marines in combat gear were shown urinating on three corpses in southern Afghanistan in July 2011.
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