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May 7, 1987
Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner will host a forum Saturday in Downey to obtain community comment for a plan he is developing to combat drug abuse in Los Angeles County. Reiner will chair a panel of local officials to hear testimony from drug experts, community leaders and the general public on drug abuse in the Southeast area of the county. The forum, which is open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Downey City Council chambers.
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December 14, 1994 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reflecting a resurgence of drug use among teen-agers, undercover police officers posing as students at 10 Los Angeles high schools have arrested the largest number of suspected drug dealers in any semester since 1988. The undercover "School Buy Program" resulted in the arrests of 201 people--157 of them students--accused of selling marijuana, crack and powder cocaine, LSD and peyote, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials.
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February 20, 1992 | From staff and wire reports
Two Antelope Valley couples were arrested in unrelated incidents on charges of mistreating infants--a newborn boy found dead in a trash bin in Quartz Hill and a 4 1/2-month-old Palmdale girl declared brain-dead due to physical and drug abuse--the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported Wednesday. Sharon Conley, 34, and Ronald Wesselman, 38, were arrested about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at their apartment in the 4200 block of Avenue L in Quartz Hill, said Deputy Larry Mead.
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October 31, 1986 | MORGAN GENDEL, Times Staff Writer
First Lady Nancy Reagan is sweeping through Hollywood with her anti-drug message. She will address members of the entertainment industry today as the keynote speaker at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Forum Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Thursday night, she was the scheduled guest on "The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers," where the topic also was to be drug abuse.
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June 21, 1994
In Column Right on June 9, Cal Thomas argues that Republicans who criticize Oliver North "dare not speak" their motive, namely that "weak men fear strong men." He calls us spineless for not supporting North's traditional values. The appalling truth is, too many Republicans have been spineless for remaining silent and not exposing the extent of North's amorality. For it is well documented that North is a narcotics trafficker! In 1990, North was banished for life by our neighbor, Costa Rica, which declared him persona non grata --the most severe non-criminal penalty a government can impose.
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November 13, 1989 | TERRY SMERLING, Terry Smerling is a judge in Los Angeles County Superior Court
Pronouncements from Washington beg the question of when our government will get serious about the drug epidemic. Under President Bush's "war on drugs," critical analysis and pragmatism are subordinated to the conventional political wisdom that the public demands a rigid law-and-order approach. Every President since Richard Nixon has had a similarly guided "war on drugs," and each of them failed miserably.
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August 17, 1988 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to achieve a "drug-free Police Department," the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday requested $403,000 from the city for a special unit to test probationary officers for narcotics use. The proposed creation of the nine-member unit comes at a time when investigators from the Internal Affairs Division say they have their hands full with about 20 cases involving officers--veterans as well as rookies--who are alleged to have bought, used or sold drugs.
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September 25, 1998 | MATT LAIT and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A high-level delegation of Los Angeles officials has snagged a federal grant large enough to pay for hundreds of new police officers over the next three years, sources familiar with the discussions said Thursday. Although a spokeswoman for Mayor Richard Riordan declined to confirm or deny any aspect of the grant, other sources said they have been told that the LAPD will receive enough money to hire up to 710 new police officers and pay about 90% of their salaries over the next three years.
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October 24, 1989 | DAVID FERRELL and JUDY PASTERNAK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
National drug czar William J. Bennett made an unusual pitch to Hollywood's entertainment leaders on Monday to join the war on narcotics, dramatically comparing drug abuse in Los Angeles to the destruction of the Northern California earthquake. "We've all been seeing the newscasts about the earthquake, the epicenter up in San Jose," Bennett said. "This area, Los Angeles, may be the epicenter of a disaster inflicted by man on man.
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May 7, 2000 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Memories of racist terror linger among the African Americans who remain in this small town, even though nearly three years have passed since the last black man was slain in public. Black residents say they still don't dare to walk the streets at night. They remember the two men shot point-blank. They remember the young man beaten to death with a baseball bat by a mob in the supermarket parking lot.
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