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Times Staff WriterDo girls box? she asked, turning to her father one evening. Is it OK for girls to box? Well, yeah, mija, they do, he answered. Sure, it's OK for girls to box. They were sitting on the bed in his cramped apartment, faces lit by a flickering TV, eating...
Tags: Pecans, Skin, Religious Texts, PCP, Heroin
Special to The TimesThe product: If you've ever tried to give up smoking -- or been around someone who has--you've probably discovered that quitting isn't easy, even with the help of a patch, pill, gum or spray. Nicotine-replacement products work about 10% to 15% of the...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterA Riverside County psychiatrist who drove a Corvette and lived in a gated community allegedly wrote prescriptions in the lobby of his fitness club and outside restaurants for $100 each. More than $1 million was stashed in luggage at the house of an...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIt's been four decades since the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, but aging baby boomers haven't stopped turning on. The federal government's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released earlier this month, finds that as boomers move into their 50s...
Today, Sullum and Stimson discuss past drug use by successful political leaders. Previously, they compared drug legalization and decriminalization and debated the federal government's authority to raid local marijuana dispensaries. Later in the week,...
The early years, before he was old enough to understand the extent of the destruction unfurling around him -- these are the ones Ulrich Ditzen likes to remember. He was just a kid at the time, no more than 4 or 5, and his family lived in a farmhouse in...
Special to The Times'Tis the season when we invariably find ourselves reflecting upon the closing year and at some point conducting a personal audit. This year-end self-evaluation generally includes recalling earlier resolutions resolutely made and quickly forgotten, a...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWhen David Simon ("The Wire") considered HBO's proposal to script Evan Wright's book "Generation Kill," he knew the journalist should stay in the picture, he told television critics at their annual press tour last week. Simon, who worked on the...
Though a youthful alcoholic or junkie can be seduced by the prospect of dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse, the middle-aged addict faces a different scenario. Any romance associated with his plight has flaked off beneath the grinding wheel of...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterMay 22, 2008 In 2004, the E! network counted down the 101 most unforgettable "Saturday Night Live" moments. Chris Farley was the only person to be featured in the top 10 more than once. No. 9 on the list was the infamous Chippendales sketch in which...
Tags: Chevy Chase, Jim Carrey, Entertainment, Obesity, David Spade
Special to The TimesFENG SHUI was co-opted by the West at the same time that disco started to take hold, and some 35 years later, it's still rattling wind chimes. Now this quasi-mystical home improvement formula is getting a look from the world of rehab, where its unique...
Tags: Columbus, Martha Stewart, Jimi Hendrix, Philosophy, Celebrities
Special to The TimesThe day that Marilyn Lancelot won the biggest jackpot of her life, she left the casino in Yuma, Ariz., with every penny of the $4,000 that had poured out of the slot machines. This time she knew that she would never gamble again. She was right,...
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