October 11, 1987 |
Question: Does the federal government require tour operators to maintain bonds to protect travelers? Answer: There's no such law, except for charter operators who must post bond and place your money in escrow until the trip is completed. Members of the U.S. Tour Operators Assn. voluntarily are bonded, as are about 40 tour firms belonging to the American Society of Travel Agents. Your agent can identify them.
March 8, 1991 |
The federal government and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons have begun the nation's first large-scale voluntary testing program to determine the percentage of surgeons who are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, the cause of AIDS. More than 100 technicians and counselors hired by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control are expected to test about 3,000 orthopedists this week and next at the academy's annual meeting in Anaheim.
April 23, 1991 |
It may not have been an environmental breakthrough when California Amplifier decided last year to stop emitting ozone-damaging chemicals from its manufacturing plant. After all, the Camarillo-based company had been a "pretty small source" of pollution, according to Karl Krause, manager of the engineering section of the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District. Nevertheless, David Nichols, California Amplifier's president, remembers thinking: "We're part of the problem. Do we have to be?"
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November 22, 2013 |
Operators of a controversial urban oil field in South Los Angeles voluntarily agreed Friday to halt operations pending completion of investigations prompted by complaints from neighbors, who blame noxious vapors for persistent respiratory ailments, headaches and nosebleeds. The move comes a few weeks after U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) urged Allenco Energy Co. to suspend oil production in the University Park neighborhood, half a mile north of USC, "until the experts tell us it is safe for our most vulnerable populations.
March 21, 2013 |
La Preferida Inc. is voluntarily recalling 56,808 29-ounce cans of La Preferida Whole Pinto Beans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday. "The manufacturer's preliminary inspection indicates 420 cans may not have been fully processed, which could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or by pathogens, which could lead to illness if consumed," the FDA said. "To date, there have been no reported injuries or adverse events associated with the consumption of this product.
February 6, 1991 |
As an unexpected consequence of a gun control law that took effect Jan. 1, the names of people admitted for mental health treatment at California hospitals are being recorded in state law enforcement computers. Although meant to keep firearms away from those who are considered dangerous to themselves or to society, the practice also applies to psychiatric patients who voluntarily check themselves in for treatment and have no history of violent behavior.
May 3, 2013 |
Nestle USA has voluntarily recalled some of its California Pizza Kitchen and DiGiorno frozen pizzas after the products were found to contain clear plastic pieces, the company said. The affected products include: -- California Pizza Kitchen crispy thin-crust white pizza. -- California Pizza Kitchen limited edition grilled chicken with Cabernet sauce. -- DiGiorno crispy flatbread pizza Tuscan style chicken. -- DiGiorno pizzeria! bianca/white pizza. The company said it initiated the recall after some customers complained about finding bits of plastic in their pizza.
January 30, 2001 |
His grandfather was a forced laborer in Japan's coal mines, but college student Lee Soo Hyun came from South Korea to Tokyo voluntarily to study Japanese and build bridges between the two countries. Over the weekend, the 26-year-old Lee died a hero to both nations. He and another good Samaritan, a Japanese photographer, were hit by a train Friday night as they tried to rescue an apparently drunk man who had fallen onto the tracks.
August 11, 1990 |
Arthur Rudolph, 83, a former Nazi rocket scientist who helped develop the Apollo moon-landing program, will voluntarily return to West Germany to avoid a Canadian deportation hearing, an immigration official in Toronto said. Rudolph, who lived in the United States for 20 years, was accused of directing a missile factory where hundreds of laborers died. He voluntarily gave up his American citizenship and left the United States in 1984 after he was threatened with deportation.
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February 16, 1995 |
Teachers at Cerro Villa Middle School have backed off supporting a controversial program that allowed them to extend teaching days and "bank" the time for workshops. Principal Fran Roney had stopped the program last month after a group of parents complained. Under the 1993 pilot program, the teaching day was extended five minutes and teachers saved enough for an hour of professional development every other Friday. Parents said that students were left without supervision during that time.