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July 19, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - The death of a watermelon seller in China's south-central Hunan province, allegedly at the hands of law enforcement officials known as chengguan , has touched off a new flood of outrage over the often-thuggish municipal code enforcers. Deng Zhengjia and his wife were attempting to sell melons Wednesday morning near a bridge in Linwu county when a dozen chengguan appeared and fined them for selling without a license, state-run media reported. The couple then moved their cart to a different area.
February 25, 2009 | Associated Press
The mayor of Los Alamitos is coming under fire for an e-mail he sent that depicts the White House lawn planted with watermelons, under the title "No Easter egg hunt this year." Local businesswoman and city volunteer Keyanus Price, who is black, said Tuesday that she received the e-mail from Mayor Dean Grose's personal account Sunday and wants a public apology. "I have had plenty of my share of chicken and watermelon and all those kinds of jokes," Price said.
Kay Teer Crawford, considered the mother of the all-American institution of the drill team, which livens up sports halftime shows and national celebrations, has died in her Redondo Beach home. Always cagey about revealing her age because "if they knew, they probably wouldn't hire me anymore," Crawford was believed to be 83. The retired Santa Monica College educator, who also taught at UCLA and USC, died Aug. 29 of cancer, said Gayla Wolf, who trained with her in 1954 and lives in Bakersfield.
August 11, 1995 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
The 35th Annual Watermelon Festival--where more than six tons of the red, juicy melon will be given away--is scheduled to begin today at Sunland Park. Carnival rides, games, food and drawings will be featured in addition to the crowning of the Watermelon Queen and her court, scheduled for 8 tonight. The event is the major annual fund-raiser for the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club, which supports projects for local youth, senior citizens, the blind and the hearing-impaired.
August 16, 1999 | ART MARROQUIN
Bertha Miranda hunkered down Sunday afternoon with a large slice of ripe, dripping watermelon, a cool treat that both hit the spot and helped raise money for the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club. Nearly 10 tons of watermelon was dished out free to hundreds of people this weekend at Sunland Park, as part of a fund-raiser sponsored by the service organization. "We just came for the free watermelon," said Miranda, 31, of Sunland. "It's really good and juicy today."
July 6, 1985 | MARCIDA DODSON, Times Staff Writer
Orange County health inspectors telephoned 1,700 supermarkets and restaurants and personally inspected 164 more Friday to make sure watermelons, possibly contaminated with pesticide, were pulled from shelves and salad bars. Bob Merryman, Orange County environmental health director, said his office received calls from about 19 people who suffered illness after eating watermelon, and officials were investigating whether their sickness was a result of pesticide poisoning.
Question: I have new soft blue carpeting that appears blue-green in some light. My walls, woodwork and fiberglass draperies are antique white. The Georgian sofa upholstery has blue and gold stripes, the love seat has a greenish blue design and the French Provincial chair is burgundy. I have another pull-up chair that is a darker blue than the carpet. Would a larger Chippendale chair be better? In either case, what color is best? Also, what color and fabric should the dining room chair seats be?
February 11, 1986 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, Times Staff Writer
Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp sued three Kern County farmers Monday for allegedly applying a restricted pesticide on watermelons that sickened about 250 California consumers last summer. The civil complaints carry penalties ranging from $45,000 to $162,000, authorities said.
July 4, 1986 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, Times Staff Writer
An 87-acre watermelon field south of Bakersfield, with a crop valued at $80,000, was plowed under after state agriculture inspectors found traces of the pesticide Orthene on the melons, Kern County Agriculture Commissioner Robert A. Edwards said Thursday. Agriculture officials said none of the tainted melons made it to market.
February 14, 1986 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 1,000 people--almost four times as many as previously estimated--were poisoned by aldicarb-contaminated watermelons last summer in the "largest food-borne pesticide outbreak in North American history," the state's chief health official says. Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer, state director of health services, also said that farmers may be misapplying the deadly pesticide because far more of it is being sold than is being reported in mandatory use permits.
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