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Today, Sullum and Stimson begin their Dust-Up by comparing drug decriminalization and legalization. Later in the week, they'll discuss drug-related violence, federal raids of marijuana dispensaries and more. Prohibition didn't work then; it isn't working...
Tags: Drug Use, Death, Diplomacy, International Relations, Politics
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Friday that it would not file criminal neglect charges against prominent HIV skeptic Christine Maggiore, whose daughter died last year of what the county coroner ruled was AIDS-related pneumonia. But...
Tags: Death, Pharmaceuticals, Heidi Fleiss, Health, Lawyers
Greetings from a war zone that's not Iraq. And not Afghanistan either. I'm checking in from West Africa, where I've been working with women in three neighboring countries, all recently torn apart by civil wars: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast....
Times Staff WritersMario Moreno should still have been behind bars the night he climbed into the passenger seat of a stolen car with two fellow gang members. He was carrying a rifle, some cartridges and, in his jacket pocket, a bag of marijuana. "Let's go do this," the...
Tags: Gang Activity, Death, Defendants, Police Arrests, Firearms
Times Staff WriterA historic change is underway within the ranks of California's park rangers, a shift that signals a new era for the stewards of the state's 1.5 million acres of forests, deserts and seashores. During a recent 20-month period, nearly 100 of the state's...
Times Staff WritersBy the time Dae Kwon Yun packed his two children into his sport utility vehicle Sunday, the life he had worked so hard to build had all but collapsed. The family's once thriving T-shirt and tank top manufacturing business in the downtown Los Angeles...
Tags: Minority Groups, Society, Real Estate Agents, Murder, Death
Today, Sullum and Stimson present their own frameworks for substance control laws in the U.S. Previously, they compared drug legalization and decriminalization, debated the federal government's authority to raid local marijuana dispensaries, discussed...
Tags: Drug Use, Child Abuse, Values, Behavioral Conditions, Politics
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersVentura County prosecutors charged a 14-year-old boy with the shooting death of a classmate Thursday and said the killing in an Oxnard classroom was a premeditated hate crime. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Maeve Fox declined to discuss a motive in the...
Tags: Murder, Death, Defendants, Laws, Firearms
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersDriven by prosecutors' concerns about fairness, top Los Angeles County law enforcement officials said Wednesday that they would introduce sweeping changes to the sheriff's early release policy. The new rules would keep most inmates in jail longer, but...
Tags: Child Abuse, Gang Activity, Murder, Gaming, Defendants
Times Staff WriterFrustrated by their inability to curtail skid row's burgeoning drug trade, Los Angeles law enforcement leaders on Tuesday unveiled a new but untested weapon: prohibiting people convicted of drug offenses from returning to the area while on probation. The...
Tags: Homelessness, Gang Activity, Gaming, Brad Renfro, Police Arrests
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterXie Lihua's parents wanted a boy. But on the day Xie was born in a poor village in rural Shandong province, her mother learned she had given birth to a second daughter. She wept in anger. And she slapped her new baby. "Another girl!" she cried. The...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterPeter "Packy" Kobuk has to walk past the old Catholic church to get almost anywhere. To fill a drum of heating oil. To take his children to school. To wash his clothes at the only laundromat in this Eskimo village of 370. "I think about burning it down,...
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