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ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
A mix of heroin and alcohol killed Cory Monteith, the British Columbia Coroners Service has confirmed, calling the death a "most-tragic accident. "  "Post-mortem testing, which included an autopsy and toxicological analysis, found that Mr. Monteith, aged 31, died of a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol," the office said in a statement issued Tuesday.  The "Glee" actor's body was found Saturday afternoon in a luxury Canadian hotel in Vancouver, B.C., after he failed to check out on time.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"Glee" star Cory Monteith died of a "mixed drug toxicity" involving heroin and alcohol, according to results released Tuesday by the British Columbia Coroner's Service in Canada. The investigation is continuing, according to the release , but it went on to say the 31-year-old actor's death appears to be accidental.  "It should be noted that at this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith's death was anything other than a most-tragic accident," the service, which performed the autopsy and toxicology test on Monday, noted in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
It has become a recurring theme along parts of Southern California's coast: For some revelers, the Fourth of July doesn't mean celebrating freedom but dealing with shackles and a night behind bars. Among the throngs of party-seekers who descended on beach towns for the holiday, more than 150 in Newport Beach and Hermosa Beach were arrested during Fourth of July festivities, police said Friday. Of those, at least 123 were arrested in Newport Beach through 5:30 a.m. Friday. "As you can imagine, most of" the arrests are "alcohol-related," said Sgt. Todd Hughes of the Newport Beach Police Department.
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July 2, 2013 | Christopher Borrelli
Jim Nayder, a longtime fixture on Chicago public radio who was best known as the host and producer of National Public Radio's "Annoying Music Show," was found dead in his Chicago apartment Friday. He was 59. An autopsy was scheduled, but his family said Nayder had a long history of alcoholism and had checked into rehabilitation centers many times. The "Annoying Music Show" - a kind of wry celebration of kitsch, from William Shatner's cover of "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" to "Muskrat Love" - ran less than five minutes and began as weekend filler on Chicago's WBEZ-FM in 1995.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Lauren Williams
The driver in a  Memorial Day  car crash in Newport Beach that killed five Irvine teenagers did not have drugs or alcohol in his system, according to the Orange County coroner. Abdulrahman M. Alyahyan, 17, of Irvine, did not drink or use drugs in the hours before his 2008 Infiniti sedan slammed into a center divider on Jamboree Road, hit a tree and caught fire, according to a copy of the toxicology report reviewed Thursday. Results from the screenings were available for two of the car's four passengers as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Alcohol or drugs may have caused the fatal early morning collision between a fire engine and a Honda in the city of Poway, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Thursday. An open alcohol container was found in the Honda in which a 19-year-old passenger was killed and the 44-year-old driver injured in the 4 a.m. collision with the fire engine. No firefighters were injured. The 19-year-old Poway woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Robbie Gillespie, a resident of San Diego, was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive, authorities said.
SCIENCE
June 11, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Should designated drivers abstain from booze? If you said, yes, you might be shocked to know that  35% of so-called DDs drank on duty, while a portion of them were legally drunk when they hit the road, according to a new study. That finding , published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, comes amid new calls for warning labels on alcohol. In an editorial in the Canadian Medical Assn. Journal, Dr. Ken Flegel, a  professor of medicine at McGill University, said young women needed to be warned of the gender specific risks of alcohol use, much the way consumers are warned of tobacco's damaging health effects.
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May 27, 2013 | Victoria Kim
Preparing for his return to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles after six months' treatment at a center for pedophile priests, Father Michael Wempe sat down to type out a list of concerns. Arrangements for his dog. Counseling and support groups for himself. Above everything, he wrote at the top of the list in the 1987 memo: "Confidentiality - Reports from here destroyed, even this paper. " Wempe had good reason for the request. The reports from the center laid out how he had confessedto molesting young boys.
SPORTS
May 16, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Josh Hamilton said he was assured by doctors this week that the allergies that lead to occasional sinus and throat discomfort and dizziness were not caused or exacerbated by his heavy cocaine use from 2002-2005. "You have a hallway up the middle of your nose and sinus cavities on each side," said Hamilton, whose addiction to drugs and alcohol led to a ban from baseball from 2003-2005. "When you breathe air, it goes up and down the hallway. "Same thing when you do drugs, it goes up the hallway, not into the sinus cavities.
NEWS
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?
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