Halbrook met two teenage boys at the Los Angeles County Fair on Sunday and spent the remainder of the evening with them, Stone said. She left with the boys and spent the next two days away from her family in the San Bernardino and Bloomington areas, he said. She told the mother of one of the boys that she lived in San Bernardino, Stone said. Halbrook sent messages to her family members through her Myspace account in the last two days that she was missing, Stone said. She had last been seen around 10:50 p.m. Sunday near the “Skyride” at the fair at 1101 W. McKinley Ave., said Pomona police Lt. Ron McDonald. The 5-foot-3 girl suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, a kind of autism, he said. Police said she had previously run away. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – An autistic 13-year-old Pico Rivera girl who disappeared while in the carnival area at the Los Angeles County Fair was found unharmed today at a home in Bloomington in San Bernardino County. Pomona police detectives yesterday came up with the address of a Bloomington residence where they thought Janelle Halbrook might be, and the residents told them the girl had been there earlier in the day, said Pomona police Sgt. Matt Stone. Then, just after midnight today, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department received a call from another Bloomington home, indicating Halbrook was there, Stone said, adding the teen was found in good health.
The survey covered 127,000 U.S. households in 2003, the most recent year for which such data was available. The study looked at 900 to 7,000 homes in each state. Similar numbers were surveyed in previous years. Participants were asked whether smoking was allowed everywhere in the home, only in some places, or not at all. Among households with at least one smoker, the national prevalence of take-it-outside rules rose from about 10 percent in the early 1990s to 32 percent in 2003. Among households with no smokers, the percentage with such rules rose from 57 percent to almost 84 percent. The CDC said the increases were driven in part by scientific reports and other information in the last 15 years warning that secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease. A growing number of state and local smoking bans in restaurants, bars and workplaces may also have been influential at home, Husten said. Loyd Silberstein, a retired school teacher in California, said he smokes at home – but not when his children or grandchildren come over. On those occasions, he goes out to the backyard or garage. “My wife says I don’t care about her, just the kids,” laughed Silberstein, 75, of San Mateo. The study was published the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But even in Kentucky, smokers found fewer places to light up. Ten years earlier, only a quarter of the state’s households barred smoking. “That really says that people are starting to understand the hazards of secondhand smoke,” said Dr. Corinne Husten, co-author of the study and chief of the epidemiology branch of the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. Tobin Hilliard joined the millions of Americans living in smoke-free homes when he moved in with his nonsmoking fiancee 10 years ago. He had to abandon the pleasure of smoking a cigarette at the kitchen table, on the living room couch or in the bedroom. “It was just understood: `If you’re lighting up, you will be stepping out into whatever the weather conditions are,”‘ said Hilliard, 35, who is still a pack-a-day smoker in Clermont, Fla. The CDC report was based on a national survey done mostly by telephone every two years. For a household to be included in the results, everyone 15 and older had to respond, and they all had to agree on the smoking rules. ATLANTA – Smoking is forbidden in nearly three out of four U.S. households, a dramatic increase from the 43 percent of homes that prohibited smoking a decade ago, the federal government reported Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the survey in 2003, said it was the first study to offer a state-by-state look at the prevalence of smoking in American homes. Utah led the nation, with people in nearly nine out of 10 homes saying smoking was never allowed. The state’s large population of Mormons, who eschew tobacco, probably contributed to that statistic, the agency said. Kentucky was in last place, with a little more than half of households sending smokers outside (or, at least, to the garage).