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September 12, 1990 | FROM TIMES WIRE SERVICES
The crack cocaine epidemic appears to be causing a rash of strokes among young users, and smoking crack may be like playing "Russian roulette" for people with weakened blood vessels in the brain, researchers reported today in the New England Journal of Medicine. A study involving 28 people who suffered strokes within 72 hours of using crack found a strong link between drug use and the appearance of brain-damaging hemorrhages and blockages of blood vessels.
March 9, 1990 | KEVIN THOMAS
Laemmle Theaters is currently screening all five Oscar-nominated feature-length documentaries. Four of them are being presented on Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Monica 4-Plex in Santa Monica, while "Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt" continues its long-running Sunday 11 a.m. engagement at the Music Hall in Beverly Hills.
August 2, 1989 | From the Washington Post
Spurred by a worldwide "explosion" in opium production, heroin of unprecedented purity has started to show up on the streets of some East Coast cities, prompting growing fears that the nation may be on the verge of a new wave of heroin abuse that could rival the crack epidemic, federal officials said Tuesday. David Westrate, assistant administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said a study of street samples in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Newark, N.J.
September 17, 1990 | Compiled from Times wire and staff reports
People who smoke crack cocaine appear to increase their risk of strokes, and doctors should consider drug abuse whenever treating young people with strokes, according to a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The report found "a strong temporal, if not causal," link between crack and strokes. "We believe that the ongoing crack epidemic will lead to more cocaine-related strokes," said Steven R. Levine and his colleagues at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
November 24, 2005 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
A San Diego judge has reduced the prison sentence for "Freeway" Ricky Ross, the notorious South Los Angeles crack kingpin who ruled the trade in the 1990s, from 20 to 16 1/2 years. Ross was convicted in 1996 of conspiring to buy more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from a police informant and, based on two prior drug convictions in Texas and Ohio, sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A federal judge on Friday kept open the possibility that jailed drug dealer "Freeway" Ricky Ross could be granted a new trial, saying that a U.S. Justice Department probe into the ex-kingpin's 1996 conviction raised enough questions to merit further review. U.S.
July 31, 2010
With passage of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 by the House this week, Congress at last has reduced the highly unjust sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses that has been on the books for two decades. It has taken years of research, hearings and negotiations to reach this point, and although the compromises made to pass the legislation weakened it, the act is still an important step in the right direction. It shrinks the disparity in sentences for crack and powder cocaine offenses from 100 to 1 to 18 to 1. That is still not entirely fair; it would have been appropriate to eliminate the disparity and require equal sentences for both, as was first proposed by Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.
December 12, 2004 | Nita Lelyveld and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Gary Webb, an investigative reporter who wrote a widely criticized series linking the CIA to the explosion of crack cocaine in Los Angeles, was found dead in his Sacramento-area home Friday. He apparently killed himself, authorities said. Webb had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Sacramento County coroner's office. He was 49.
April 6, 2002 | From Associated Press
The U.S. Sentencing Commission indicated Friday that it will ask Congress to change drug laws to reduce differences in punishments involving crack cocaine and powder cocaine, a change the Justice Department believes is unnecessary. The sentencing commission, in a statement, said it was concerned not only about whether cocaine punishments were fair but also "whether the penalties are perceived as fair."
January 1, 1995
The Times deserves credit for focusing attention on the economic and social costs of crack cocaine in the Dec. 22 editorial, "An Addiction That Afflicts Us All." Your call for greater emphasis on programs like DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) which attack this problem from the demand side is especially timely. While the crack epidemic continues to rage in our city, we have seen DARE disappear from middle and high schools in Los Angeles due to staffing cuts. DARE uses specially trained police officers to teach children the practical skills necessary to avoid involvement with tobacco, alcohol, drugs, violence and gangs and make positive life choices.
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