September 4, 2013 |
Former Lakers forward Lamar Odom has checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, according to People.com . Odom, currently a free agent after a season with the Clippers, has been the subject a variety of recent rumors related to drug abuse. He was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence last Friday. Odom played for the Lakers from 2004 to 2011, winning two titles with the team along with the NBA's sixth Man of the year award in 2011. A well-liked fixture in the Lakers' locker room, a number of teammates and colleagues have recently expressed concern: I wish my friend @RealLamarOdom is doing well.
August 26, 2013 |
It is time for Oscar De La Hoya's two-year checkup. Not the medical kind, the public kind. It was two years ago this week that boxing's Golden Boy suffered through the longest 18 holes of his life. Golf wasn't the problem. Hooked drives and missed putts weren't the source of his agony. Full disclosure was. He was telling all. The Golden Boy was tarnished. His image was a fraud. He was an alcoholic. His disease led to his disrupting lives, messing up his family, making other people cover and alibi for him. "I could manipulate you, man," he says now. "I was good at it. " He had hit rock bottom.
August 23, 2013 |
What do you drink when you're trying to shed pounds? Iced tea? Diet soda? What about alcohol? One cardinal rule of losing weight is limiting alcohol consumption, but can "careful" dieters spike their punch with a little booze and still stand on the bathroom scale with confidence? Can they "outsmart" calories by "trading" them - skipping lunch to enjoy a few beers at the Dodgers game? The short answer is no. All calories are not created equal. And drinkers who skip meals are quicker to become inebriated, with all the assorted consequences.
August 21, 2013 |
A new statistical analysis suggests that alcohol dependence and binging and purging behaviors, all believed to be influenced by genetic factors, may actually be influenced by the same genes. Writing in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs , Washington University School of Medicine postdoctoral researcher Melissa Munn-Chernoff and colleagues reported that genetic risk factors that make people susceptible to alcoholism also appear to influence risk for binge eating in both men and women and for “compensatory behaviors” such as starvation, laxative use and self-induced vomiting in women.
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August 5, 2013 |
Nathan Louis Campbell came to Los Angeles less than a month ago, driving a 2008 Dodge Avenger just purchased from a dealership in Littleton, Colo. The 38-year-old lived in Hollywood nearly two decades ago, living on and off for a few months at Covenant House, which provides services and housing for homeless youth. It's unclear how he spent the years in between - aside from a string of petty crimes in Colorado and Florida, little is known about him. As a spotty picture emerged Monday of the suspect in Saturday's deadly hit-and-run on the Venice boardwalk, investigators attempted to fill in the gaps and better understand what might have motivated Campbell's alleged crimes.
August 1, 2013 |
In the opening moments of "The Spectacular Now," 17-year-old Sutter is trying to bluff his way through the infamous personal essay on a college application. He is fortified by drink as he tries out charm, wit, cynicism and insult - everything but honesty. It's a perfect start for this culturally astute drama, spiked with enough comedy to make it splendidly intoxicating to watch. In movies, coming-of-age has become convenient shorthand for the crush of stories about the high school crowd - sci-fi, drama, comedy, horror, take your pick.
July 16, 2013 |
"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.
July 16, 2013 |
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.
July 12, 2013 |
For nearly 50 years Greg Bautzer was one of the premier entertainment attorneys in Hollywood, with a client list that included moguls Howard Hughes, Charles Bluhdorn, Darryl Zanuck and Kirk Kerkorian. He also made a name for himself handling the high-profile divorces of Ingrid Bergman, Nancy Sinatra and Rock Hudson. Movie-star handsome, he was engaged to Lana Turner and Dorothy Lamour, dated such other glamorous actresses as Ginger Rogers and Joan Crawford, and was married four times, including to actress Dana Wynter.
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July 5, 2013 |
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.