September 4, 2005 |
For Andrew, the neon buzz of the Strip in Las Vegas was his mecca. Once he was old enough, Andrew planned a pilgrimage from his East Coast birthplace to the bright lights in the Nevada desert. Yet before he was old enough to enter a casino, the teenager was already struggling with compulsive gambling. His high school grades were dropping, his bank account dwindling, his hopes for the future fading. Now 18 years old, he explains in his own words how gambling messed up his life.
August 8, 2005 |
THE day that Marilyn Lancelot won the biggest jackpot of her life, she left the casino in Yuma, Ariz., with every penny of the $4,000 that had poured out of the slot machines. This time she knew that she would never gamble again. She was right, although not for the reasons she thought. The next day, seven police cars appeared in her Phoenix driveway and she was taken out of her house in handcuffs.
July 12, 2005 |
A handful of drugs that are commonly prescribed for Parkinson's disease can convert a tiny fraction of patients into compulsive gamblers in as little as a month, according to a study published today in the journal Archives of Neurology. The study is one of several to show the link and confirms that the drug pramipexole -- widely prescribed under the brand name Mirapex -- is the most likely to cause the rare side effect. Dr. M. Leann Dodd, a psychiatrist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
June 13, 2004 |
Legalized gambling has provided a jackpot of tax dollars for many states, but virtually no money is being funneled to treat the exploding numbers of problem players -- the ones who could lose everything. Louisiana has the nation's only two state-supported residential treatment centers for problem gamblers. Among the other gambling states, only New Jersey chips in -- on a limited basis -- for outpatient treatment.
March 29, 2002 |
Of all the performances that have made Jeanne Moreau revered among actresses, her work in "Bay of Angels" is one of the most compelling and one of the least seen. Directed in 1963 by Jacques Demy, "Bay of Angels" has been unavailable theatrically in this country for nearly 40 years. But a new 35-millimeter wide-screen print has been struck, and this celebrated film is once again open for business, playing at the Nuart in West Los Angeles for one week.
April 22, 2001 |
The chartered bus from Brooklyn was just one of hundreds that roll into the depots of Atlantic City's huge casinos each day. The passengers disembarked, some spry and feisty, a few inching down the steps with their canes. Past the Showboat Casino's reception desks and uniformed greeters awaited slot machines by the thousands--the playthings of choice for legions of elderly Americans. Group leader Lola Kendzierski was ready for action.