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July 29, 2010
My esteemed colleague Tami Dennis recently wrote about “pine mouth,” the bitter flavor that can linger after some people eat pine nuts. That got us to wondering…What other strange taste things happen when people eat certain foods? And why do they happen, to the extent that scientists know? Two very obvious ‘strange things” — ones that would be hard to miss — are changes in the urine when a person has eaten asparagus or red beets. A nasty odor, in the first case.
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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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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.
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.
OPINION
August 13, 2000
Martin Sheen's compassion "for people addicted to drugs and for their families" (Commentary, Aug. 7) is laudable, but his preoccupation with urine testing is not constructive. The bottom line: We must treat patients, not urines. Addiction is indeed a disease, but it is irrational to punish individuals for manifesting the behavior that defines that disease. It is particularly inappropriate to oblige treatment providers to notify law enforcement agencies of positive urine results, knowing that this will lead to incarceration.
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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2010 | By Amina Khan
An 18-year-old Manhattan Beach man was arrested at Pacific Elementary School on Monday after allegedly offering to pay a third-grader for his urine. Kevin Manuel Duron is believed to have entered a boys bathroom on the campus late last week and offered to pay a boy several dollars to urinate into a cup, Manhattan Beach Police Det. Sgt. Brian Brown said. When Duron failed to persuade the boy, police said, he apparently returned Monday for another try. He was taken into custody after reappearing at the elementary school, Brown said.
NEWS
March 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The urine of women who take the contraceptive pill is changing the sex of male fish and could also be making Englishmen less fertile, a newspaper reported. Fears for the sperm count, in decline for decades, arose after Environment Agency research showed that half of all the male fish in low-lying English rivers were changing sex as a result of water pollution, the Independent on Sunday said.
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
January 6, 1990 | MARY LOU FULTON
Joyce Brown is allergic to more than 65 substances, some of which cause allergy flare-ups so severe that her strategy for recovery was to "go to bed and wait until it went away." It wasn't until Brown underwent a controversial urine injection therapy prescribed by Dr. George R. Borrell that her condition improved. "I was pretty much incapacitated by my allergies until I was treated by him," said Brown, who attends law school in Brea. "Now, they don't bother me as much."
NEWS
July 28, 1999 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is not a story for the faint of heart--or the weak of bladder. It's about those times when you really, really, really have to go and you're driving across South Dakota and the next rest stop is 95 miles away. One option, of course, is to pull over and relieve yourself behind a tree. Another is to find an empty container in your car--perhaps that super-sized soda you so regret swigging--and urinate in that. Far too many people these days apparently are choosing the latter.
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.
NEWS
January 22, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
We love a steaming hot bowl of soup -- ramen, pho, beef noodle soup, whatever. But scientists say that if the bowl is made with melamine, the melamine might be seeping into our bodies. Melamine is a flame-retardant chemical used to make adhesives, industrial coatings and some types of tableware and other utensils. A recent study of a group of soup eaters -- 12 men and women who ate noodle soup in either a bowl made of ceramic or melamine -- showed measurable levels of the chemical additive in the urine of those who slurped out of the melamine bowl.
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