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January 27, 2014 |
A Burbank pharmacy that dispensed painkillers and other narcotics to five young patients who later died of overdoses had its license revoked Monday after the state pharmacy board found that its employees failed to properly scrutinize prescriptions that contributed to patient deaths. The pharmacy, Jay Scott Drugs on Glenoaks Boulevard, catered to patients of doctors Bernard Bass and Massoud Bamdad, both of whom were later convicted of crimes in connection with their prescribing. Pharmacists are required by law to scrutinize prescriptions, size up customers and refuse to dispense a drug if they suspect a patient does not have a legitimate medical need for it. Many of Bass' patients were in their 20s and traveled more than 40 miles from their homes in Ventura County to see Bass in North Hollywood, and then another five miles to Jay Scott Drugs where they typically paid cash for a combination of prescription drugs favored by addicts.
January 21, 2014 |
That awkward moment when you're asked about rehab on live, national television? Yeah, that's what happened to Zac Efron on Tuesday. The former Disney star hit the "Today" show with his costars Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller to promote their upcoming raunchy rom-com, "That Awkward Moment. " And host Savannah Guthrie somewhat appeased those who have been keeping up with Efron's escapades, specifically reports that he had been to rehab for a drug addiction. "I know last year was a little bit hard," Guthrie said.
October 31, 2013 |
Another week, another batch of Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom breakup-reconciliation rumors. The latest in the saga is that the reality TV star and her basketball star husband reunited at a Kanye West concert Monday at Staples Center -- the same place where Odom has played for both the L.A. Clippers and Lakers. Odom, 33, was notably absent from the latest headline-making family affair: sister-in-law Kim Kardashian's surprise wedding proposal from rapper West in San Francisco on Oct. 21. PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2013 But on Monday, Odom joined several Kardashian clan members -- Khloe, Kim, Kris Jenner, Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Bruce's kids, Brody and Brandon -- at the concert.
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October 22, 2013 |
Nothing feels worse, Micheal Williams said, than having gun-toting officers with battering rams bust down your door at 6 in the morning to arrest you in your underwear in front of your 7-year-old son. Standing behind glass in court with your arms and legs shackled as you await federal prosecution, he added, isn't great, either. "It was, like, I can't believe I got myself into this," the 30-year-old Navy veteran said on a recent Wednesday afternoon in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
October 3, 2013 |
Ten years ago this November singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, then 34, died in an Echo Park bungalow from two knife stabs to the chest. According to William Todd Schultz's "Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith," a clear-eyed and devastating new biography of the gifted and troubled artist, his death, likely a suicide, was inevitable. The only questions were how and when. Smith is most widely known for the use of his somber, melodic music to soundtrack Gus Van Sant's "Good Will Hunting" and a white-suited performance during the 1998 Academy Awards of the song "Miss Misery.
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September 20, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- A Newport Beach ordinance designed to curb or eliminate group homes for recovering addicts may have illegally discriminated against people based on disability, a federal appeals court ruled unanimously Friday. The decision by the U.S. 9thCircuit Court of Appeals revived lawsuits against the city by operators of group homes that lost money or had to shut down as a result of the 2008 ordinance. The three-judge panel's ruling also cleared the way for group home operators to receive financial compensation from Newport Beach and served as a warning to other cities that might want to eliminate such operations in residential neighborhoods.