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June 1, 2011 | By Ken Ellingwood and Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times
Calling the global war on drugs a costly failure, a group of high-profile world leaders is urging the Obama administration and other governments to end "the criminalization, marginalization and stigmatization of people who use drugs but do no harm to others. " A report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which includes former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and past presidents of Mexico, Brazil and Colombia, recommends that governments try new ways of legalizing and regulating drugs, especially marijuana, as a way to deny profits to drug cartels.
June 22, 2007 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
Wading into an age-old debate, researchers have found that firstborn children are smarter than their siblings -- and the reason is not genetics, but the way their parents treat them, according to a study published today. The study of 240,000 Norwegian men in the journal Science found the IQs of firstborns were 2 to 3 points higher than that of younger siblings. (The average IQ is 100.
August 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Deputy Atty. Gen. Larry Thompson is stepping down in a few weeks, the latest in a string of senior Justice Department officials involved in the war against terrorism to leave the agency. Thompson, 58, is expected to take a position at the Brookings Institution think tank after he leaves the department at the end of the month, a senior Justice Department official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
September 28, 1999 | From a Times Staff Writer
About 1,600 real estate professionals are expected to attend the fifth annual George Smith Partners Real Estate Luncheon to benefit the A-T Medical Research Foundation. The nonprofit foundation helps finance genetic research to find a cure for ataxia-telangiectasia, a degenerative and disabling neurological disorder. Smith's daughter, Rebecca, has been diagnosed with the disease. The luncheon will be held Nov. 3 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City.
April 22, 1993
Henry Brandon, 77, a noted authority on foreign affairs and for 34 years the Washington correspondent for the British newspaper the Sunday Times. Brandon, who joined the newspaper in 1939, covered World War II from North Africa and Western Europe, then reported on foreign relations from Paris and New York, and from 1949 to 1983 from Washington. After his retirement, Brandon served as guest scholar in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
December 23, 1990
In "Where Is Mr. Smith?" I was quoted as saying, "It would be a marvelous thing if our political parties gave an awful lot of thought to bringing along these quite interesting, quite unexpected kinds of candidates." It would be inaccurate to infer that this is an endorsement of the people mentioned in the article. Brownstein called to ask for my wish list. I nominated Saul Bellow and John Updike. My quote is an endorsement of my candidates. STEPHEN HESS THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION Washington, D.C.
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