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May 13, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
California's lax rules governing who can work as substance abuse counselors have allowed sex offenders and other felons to treat addicts with little to no scrutiny by the state, according to a report by the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes released Monday. California does not require a criminal background check for drug and alcohol counselors, nor does it ask applicants to report their criminal histories, according to the report, which found that at least 23 sex offenders have been permitted to work as counselors since 2005.
May 2, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
TV host David Tutera of "My Fair Wedding" has been accused of having a sex addiction by his soon-to-be ex-domestic partner, Ryan Jurica. Tutera, 47, has built his brand on all things bridal as a wedding wizard of sorts, transforming clients' lackluster nuptials into celebrity-style affairs on his makeover show for WeTV. He and Jurica had a ceremony in Vermont in September 2003 but separated on New Year's Day 2013, according to Tutera's Los Angeles County Superior Court filing obtained by People.
May 2, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
It doesn't take stacks of research to demonstrate that medicating painful feelings with alcohol or drugs is a dangerous and ultimately futile strategy (although those studies do exist). But the relationship between emotional difficulties and alcohol addiction has always been a complex one, in a chicken-and-egg way: does alcohol -- a depressive agent -- make people who use it become depressed? Or are depressed people more likely to drink heavily to self-medicate, and then to become dependent on alcohol?
May 1, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Sugar. Honey. Maple syrup. Molasses. High fructose corn syrup. All of these are “added sugars,” and you are probably eating -- and drinking - too much of them. So says the latest report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics examined survey data from thousands of American adults to figure out whether we're following the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans . These guidelines advise us to limit our total intake of added sugars, fats and other “discretionary calories” to between 5% and 15% of total calories consumed every day. It should come as no surprise that Americans as a whole are blowing past the 15% limit.
April 27, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
To get a full sense of country singer George Jones, who died Friday at age 81, it's important to understand the workings of his complicated, admittedly troubled heart. The engine of his remarkable talent, it powered Jones to transform well-crafted words and melody into universal truths. To country music's benefit, Jones never hesitated to examine the struggles of his lonely heart (or overextended liver), both the consequences of its actions and the destruction that often accompanied its failings.
April 21, 2013 | Chris Erskine
I've tumbled down another rabbit hole, wound up in Long Beach, which isn't a worst-case scenario, though close. The cars here all need mufflers, the young fans need more clothes. What kind of sordid little event is this? Indy car racing had always been pretty much a mystery to me, then it split off into two separate circuits, then NASCAR got huge (overwhelming it), then suddenly the big names aged out of the sport. Or worse, died. Sure, more pretty-boy drivers came along, but they seemed like robots.
April 20, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times TV Critic
A ruthlessly self-aware political wife reconsidering her choices. A sensual socialite facing down an oppressive age with informed good humor. A group of young women so busy defying social expectations they've forgotten to have any of their own. A working mother with a gift for passionate stillness. A recently recovered drama addict determined to save the world. A bipolar CIA operative, an optimistic bureaucrat, a frightened sex slave turned canny warrior. The female leads of "House of Cards," "Parade's End," "Girls," "The Good Wife," "Enlightened," "Homeland," "Parks and Recreation" and "Game of Thrones" are very different sorts of women who share one important trait: We have never seen their like before.
April 16, 2013 | By Lynne Lyman
What do you think is the leading cause of accidental death in California? If you said car accidents, you were wrong. In 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 3,200 people in the state died in automobile crashes, while 3,561 people died of drug overdoses, the bulk of them involving prescription pills. That high number of deaths is particularly tragic because we have a powerful weapon against drug overdoses, and it isn't used nearly as often as it could be. Naloxone (trade name: Narcan)
April 1, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
While Cory Monteith's character on "Glee" decides what he wants to be when he grows up, Monteith in real life has decided to enter rehab.  The actor "has voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction," his rep told the Ministry on Monday. "He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery. " Monteith's "Glee" costar and real-life love interest Lea Michele, 26, passed along her good wishes publicly.
March 30, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Day 1 My anxiety grows as I get to Larkspur, several hours into my drive to Spirit Rock. I stop for a snack, worried the food will be hippie-style brown rice casseroles. When I pull into the parking lot, I'm told I can carry my bags up the hill or put them in a pickup. I heft them, worried it's too indulgent to do otherwise. Later, walking to dinner, people talk tentatively; it's our last chance to speak to one another, and rather than motivating a full-on chat stream, that makes me pretty uninterested in small talk.
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