CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2012 |
The corner of 4th and Gless streets in East Los Angeles, once a center of prostitution and drugs, now houses a place of soaring dreams. Inside the gleaming Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center, a classroom of young people battered by hard luck or bad choices is filled with quiet, focused energy. Marcos Avila, a 19-year-old who was kicked out of high school for fighting, is learning to compare and contrast two essays. Vincent Guzman, 18, who left school after his brother was killed in a drive-by shooting, is puzzling over two-step algebraic problems.
June 11, 2001 |
Mike Ambrose, a computer systems analyst, often would spend 36 hours straight on weekends playing slot machines until his paycheck was gone. After blowing $15,000 to $20,000 a year on his habit for more than a decade, Ambrose, in desperation, volunteered as a patient in a clinical study to test a drug to control his gambling urge. The medication, naltrexone, originally devised to combat heroin addiction and alcoholism, changed his life. Within two weeks, the Fridley, Minn.