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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.
May 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Attorneys general in California and 26 other states urged Anheuser-Busch Cos. to issue warnings about mixing alcohol with caffeinated energy drinks, such as its new Spykes flavored malt beverage drink. In a letter to the company Thursday, state officials accused the beer company of marketing Spykes and other products to underage drinkers and failing to deter minors from using them.
April 20, 2007 | From Reuters
A fruity cocktail may count as health food, U.S. and Thai researchers said Thursday. Adding ethanol -- the type of alcohol found in rum, vodka, tequila and other spirits -- boosted the antioxidant nutrients in strawberries and blackberries, the researchers found. Any colored fruit might be made even more healthful with the addition of a splash of alcohol, they reported in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. Dr.
March 15, 2007 | From Reuters
How about a glass of wine to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? That might not sit well on the stomach of many residents of Ireland's capital Saturday as they mark the year's biggest party with copious quantities of Guinness, the rich, dark beer with a creamy head that is the national drink.
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.
December 14, 2006 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Heeding the pleas of teenagers to help curb underage drinking, state authorities Wednesday moved to raise taxes on sugary alcohol beverages and remove them from convenience stores. Drinks such as Smirnoff Ice, Mike's Hard Lemonade and Bacardi Silver will cost as much as $2 more per six-pack if a state tax board changes its classification of the drinks from beer to distilled spirits. California would be only the second state to treat "alcopops" as hard liquor.
March 29, 2006 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
After seeking assurance that police enforcement would not be overzealous, Ventura County supervisors moved a step closer Tuesday to imposing $1,000 fines on those caught throwing underage drinking parties. Under a proposed ordinance, civil penalties could be imposed on any adult who holds an unruly gathering at which underage drinkers are served and police are called. A minor who throws such a bash without parental consent also could be fined.
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