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Emma Ross, Associated Press – May 4, 2003

New scientific findings indicate that feces may be a more important method of spreading the SARS virus than originally thought, the World Health Organization said Sunday.

Although coughing and sneezing remain the chief means of spreading the infection, government scientists in Hong Kong have found that the …

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Dirk Beveridge, Associated Press – Thursday, April 17, 2003

HONG KONG – The biggest SARS outbreak in Hong Kong spread through the plumbing in an apartment complex after visits from a man sick with the disease, a health official said Thursday.

Water droplets contaminated with the SARS virus may have been sucked out of bathroom …

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by Robert Mader – Dec. 2002 – Contractor Magazine

October was the month for clashing toilet test results. First, Consumer Reports revealed its 1.6-gpf test results in an October issue story headlined, Successful Water Savers. Then, on Oct. 28, the National Association of Home Builders Research Center here released its own and quite different toilet …

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by James Brooke – N.Y. Times – October 2002

NARA, JAPAN — The toilet wars started in February, when Matsushita engineers introduced a toilet seat with electrodes that send a mild electric charge through the buttocks — and take a digital measurement of body-fat ratio.

Engineers from a rival company, Inax, countered in April with …

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), In-Sink-Erator, of Racine, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 252,000 half-gallon instant hot water dispensers. Water can leak from the metal holding tank, wet insulating material and cause electrical arcing and heat build-up. This poses a fire hazard.

In-Sink-Erator has received three reports …

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Greg Lucas, Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writers – Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Gov. Gray Davis picked up a $260,000 contribution during the weekend from a trade union that won a key ruling this month in its fight to keep plastic water pipe from replacing copper pipe in homes.

The governor’s weekend fund-raising activities — punctuated …

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