CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2014 |
When Lewis Yablonsky was growing up in New Jersey in the 1930s, he was beaten by poor whites for being Jewish and by black gangs for being white. He committed petty thefts, ran crooked card games and carried a switchblade for protection. Some of his closest friends wound up behind bars. "I wasn't sure where I belonged," he told The Times years later. "But when my best friend went to prison for hijacking a fur truck … I realized I had to get on one side of the law or the other. " Yablonsky chose the straight path, using his rough-and-tumble youth as a springboard to a distinguished career: He became the "Sociologist With Street Smarts," as one headline described him, an authority on youth gangs, hippies and drug addicts whose personal experiences gave him insights other scholars lacked.
February 4, 2014 |
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose, will be laid to rest in a private funeral in New York City, with a memorial service to be held later, according to reports out Tuesday. The funeral will be only for "the family and close friends," a rep told People in a statement. It will be held Friday, according to the Daily Mail . The memorial, also to be held in New York, is still being planned. In lieu of flowers, the family said through the rep, people could donate to the DreamYard Project or the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, both of which Hoffman supported.
February 3, 2014 |
"Desperate Housewives" alum Shawn Pyfrom, in the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's untimely death, has admitted that he is an addict and has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. Hoffman, the 46-year-old "Hunger Games" and "Capote" actor, who was found dead in his New York apartment Sunday after an apparent drug overdose, influenced the younger actor, who is best known for playing actress Marcia Cross' mischievous son Andrew Van De Kamp on the ABC drama. Seemingly moved to speak out after Hoffman's death, Pyfrom took to Tumblr to write a lengthy open letter to others who may be struggling the same way he did because he "could not hear of another person being robbed of their life, due to addiction.
December 30, 2013 |
So you think tobacco is bad for your health? Try telling that to a tobacco hornworm: His stinky nicotine breath is the only thing keeping him off the evening dinner menu, scientists say. In a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers discovered that Manduca sexta moth larvae use a form of "defensive halitosis" to ward off ravenous wolf spiders. As a tiny leaf-creeping caterpillar, M. sexta will gorge on coyote cactus plants all day, consuming more than a milligram of nicotine in a 24-hour period - the rough equivalent of one cigarette.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2013 |
When the stylish New Genesis Apartments opened last year on skid row, residents and advocates were pleased that the project would provide housing for dozens of homeless people, as well as support services aimed at tackling addiction and mental illness. In a neighborhood where rapid gentrification has brought $145 sushi and brow waxings to skid row's historic core, the mixed-use project was seen as a rare opportunity for homeless people to live side-by-side with artists and other renters as they work to rejoin society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2013 |
Over four years, Merrell Williams Jr. came up with a number of effective ways to smuggle documents from work. A $9-an-hour paralegal at a tobacco company's law firm in Louisville, Ky., Williams tucked a few memos at a time into a slit he cut in the lining of his overcoat. Sometimes he stashed cigarette marketing plans and medical studies under his shirt, between his skin and an old weight-loss corset. Then there were the days he wore his pants extra baggy, all the better to slide embarrassing correspondence under the waistband.