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November 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Food and Drug Administration requested information from nearly 30 makers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages on why they believed their products were safe. The companies have 30 days to send data showing how caffeine can be "safely and lawfully" added to alcoholic drinks.
November 13, 2009 | By Andrew Zajac
Prodded by the attorneys general of California and 17 other states, the Food and Drug Administration is asking the makers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages to provide evidence that their drinks are safe. The FDA this morning said it has contacted nearly 30 drink manufacturers seeking safety information on the drinks. Under federal law, an ingredient can't be added to a food or beverage unless it's been approved by the FDA or is generally recognized as safe. The FDA has never approved caffeine as an additive to alcoholic beverages.
August 29, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said today it has fired the two agents, as well as their supervisor, who took part in this summer's raid of a Fort Worth gay bar that resulted in law enforcement clashing with hundreds of patrons and leaving one man hospitalized with a serious head injury. Christopher Aller, who had been with the agency for five years, and Jason Chapman, who joined the Texas ABC less than five months ago, were terminated as of today over the raid at the Rainbow Lounge.
July 15, 2009 | Associated Press
The mayor of this Texas city apologized Tuesday for a raid on a gay bar that sparked claims of brutality and procedure violations. About 250 people packed City Council chambers and an additional 150 watched on televisions in the hallway or overflow rooms as officials briefly discussed the June 28 raid that left one man hospitalized with a serious head injury. At one point during the meeting, someone in the audience called out for an apology.
August 12, 2008 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
The makers call it a "party in a pouch." Critics say it's more like an alcoholic candy bar. ShotPak is a line of alcoholic beverages that come in shot-sized, laminated-foil plastic pouches that are reminiscent of the drinks children pack in school lunches. Purple Hooter is one of the drinks, which sell for 99 cents to $1.50 in liquor stores and for more in some nightclubs.
November 5, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- After two weeks of civic togetherness forged by fire, the San Diego City Council today returns to regular business with an issue that has bitterly divided residents for years: Should drinking be allowed on city beaches? Virtually alone among Southern California cities, San Diego allows the consumption of beer and spirits on most of its beaches. But a booze-fueled Labor Day brawl at Pacific Beach has led to a call for San Diego to ban beach drinking altogether.
October 10, 2007 | Betty Hallock
Easy to use, with fun shapes, silicone ice cube trays are great for making edible cocktails. They're generally less expensive than silicone candy molds and more widely available. Brands such as Tovolo, Silicone Zone and Lekue produce trays that make hearts, fruits, penguins, you name it. But simpler shapes make for easier jelly-shot removal. Silicone ice cube trays, about $5.95 to $9.99 from various manufacturers, available at some Target stores and online at
July 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Beginning today, everyone will be required to show identification before buying beer in Tennessee stores -- no matter how old the buyer appears. It will be the first state to make universal carding mandatory, says the National Alcohol Beverage Control Assn. However, the law does not apply to beer sales in bars and restaurants, and it does not cover wine and liquor. Supporters say it keeps grocery store and convenience store clerks from having to guess a customer's age. Democratic Gov.
January 6, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Men with high blood pressure are usually told to avoid alcohol, but U.S. and Dutch researchers reported this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine that a drink or two every day may reduce their chances of a heart attack. They analyzed data from 11,711 health professionals taking part in a survey between 1986 and 2002. Men who had one or two drinks a day had lower rates of heart attacks.
January 29, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Merced County's district attorney said he may have served alcohol to a 20-year-old man who was hit and killed by a car as he walked home from a party. Gordon Spencer said he didn't ask for IDs when he was a volunteer bartender at a Dec. 18 event for employees and guests at the Merced Golf and Country Club. Victim Greg Gomez had a blood alcohol level of 0.245. Spencer said he had expected the country club's manager to let him know if anyone who asked for a drink was younger than 21.
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