September 1, 2013 |
When you fire up the backyard barbecue, friends come 'round and you're feeling pretty good at ribs or chicken. Maybe you are ready for the big time: competition barbecue? For anyone who's tempted, the place to be Sunday was Paramount Studios for the Los Angeles Times' The Taste, where a panel of experts talked with Noelle Carter, The Times' Test Kitchen manager, about how they got their starts and what keeps them in the running. For people who are great at one meat, listen up: Every competitor in most contests has to make chicken, ribs, pork shoulder and brisket.
August 19, 2013 |
Her name is Lindsay and she is a chaos addict. That was the No. 1 takeaway from Lindsay Lohan's amply hyped interview with Oprah Winfrey, a “television event” broadcast on the talk show doyenne's Oprah Winfrey Network program “Oprah's Next Chapter” in back-to-back airings Sunday night. Over the course of their revealing yet somehow bloodless one-hour conversation -- taped just four days after Lohan was released from three months of court-mandated rehab at the Cliffside Malibu clinic -- Hollywood's reigning celebrity train wreck made repeated reference to the “chaos” that has governed her life: her “chaotic” upbringing, her “uncontrollable” family life and the “whirlwind of garbage” Lohan created for herself by courting high drama seemingly at every turn.
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August 12, 2013 |
Two state senators on Monday called on the maker of OxyContin to turn over the names of California physicians it suspects recklessly prescribed its pills to drug dealers and addicts. The lawmakers were responding to an article in The Times on Sunday that described a decade-long effort by Purdue Pharma to identify potentially problematic prescribers of its potent and addictive drug. The Connecticut-based company amassed a database of some 1,800 doctors who showed signs of dangerous prescribing.
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August 11, 2013 |
Over the last decade, the maker of the potent painkiller OxyContin has compiled a database of hundreds of doctors suspected of recklessly prescribing its pills to addicts and drug dealers, but has done little to alert law enforcement or medical authorities. Despite its suspicions, Purdue Pharma continued to profit from prescriptions written by these physicians, many of whom were prolific prescribers of OxyContin. The company has sold more than $27 billion worth of the drug since its introduction in 1996.
August 8, 2013 |
Covering Lindsay Lohan's ongoing legal troubles and recent (court-ordered) trip to rehab have become sport for gossip rags. But one headline we didn't expect to see: news that the troubled actress got into a tiff with renowned soul-funk singer Chaka Khan. The two reportedly feuded during a rehab stint at Cliffside Malibu, forcing Khan to leave the treatment center early due to “disruptive behavior” from Lohan. “Chaka was really cool about everything at Cliffside, but Lindsay just pushed all of her buttons to the point where she was aggravated and tired of Lindsay's ...,” a former patient told Radar . PHOTOS: The trials and tribulations of Lindsay Lohan “Lindsay was just doing stupid stuff for attention, so Chaka told her she was childish and told her to grow up. She never lost it, but started yelling at Lindsay.
August 7, 2013 |
One of Cory Monteith's unseen final films will receive its moment in the sun at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. Organizers announced Wednesday that "All the Wrong Reasons," a Canadian drama Monteith shot last year during breaks from "Glee," will have its world premiere at the festival. Gia Milani's debut feature follows a group of four people with connections to a department store who are each struggling with their own demons. Monteith plays a manager trying to help his wife (Karine Vanasse)
July 26, 2013 |
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, 70, announced Friday that he will enter a “behavioral counseling clinic” on Aug. 5 to deal with issues relating to the multiple sexual harassment allegations against him. Although details of his treatment plan are scarce, he said he plans to undergo two weeks of intensive therapy, then return to work Aug. 19. We spoke with addiction expert Adi Jaffe about what Filner may be facing and how treatment might help him....
July 24, 2013 |
Menthol cigarette smokers might be forced to switch to regular cigarettes or be motivated to quit the habit as the Food and Drug Administration focuses new attention on the mint-flavored tobacco product. Based on new research that argues menthol cigarettes are more addictive than regular cigarettes, the FDA has announced a new round of efforts to regulate the use of menthol as a tobacco additive and opened a 60-day period of public comment . As of Wednesday afternoon, none had been received.
July 23, 2013 |
The Food and Drug Administration has set the stage to restrict - or possibly ban - mentholated cigarettes on the grounds that they are more appealing to new smokers, more addictive to longtime smokers and pose a greater threat to the public's health than does unflavored tobacco. In releasing a comprehensive review of research on menthol's effects as a tobacco additive Tuesday, the agency conceded that adding peppermint oil extract to cigarettes probably doesn't make them more likely to cause diseases such as lung cancer and emphysema.