CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - If there is a more profound and costly failure than the war on drugs, it hasn't come to my attention. In Mexico, an estimated 50,000 to 70,000 people have been killed or have disappeared since 2006, as drug cartels wage bloody battles in the lucrative business of feeding demand north of the border. In the United States, billions of dollars are spent annually to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate people for drug crimes, with little or no effect on either supply or demand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2012 |
Stephen Downing speaks fondly of his 20 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, saying he misses the camaraderie and the integrity of the people he worked with in a career that took him from street cop to deputy chief. Along the way, as commander of the Bureau of Investigations, he oversaw the Administrative Narcotics Division. And so when we had lunch at a sidewalk cafe in Long Beach the other day, it was more than a little strange to hear this life-long Republican insist that for the sake of cops, and in the interest of logic and public safety, the United States ought to legalize drugs.
May 29, 2012 |
Don't break out the dreadlock wig just yet - it looks as if Manny Ramirez's debut with the Oakland Athletics will be delayed. The former Dodgers slugger probably will not make his debut with the Athletics this week even though his 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy a second time officially ends following Oakland's game against Minnesota on Wednesday. Oakland assistant general manager David Frost says Ramirez will remain at the team's Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento until the club is confident he is major-league ready.
May 7, 2012 |
Former Dodgers pitcher Guillermo Mota will be suspended 100 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, Major League Baseball said Monday. Mota, 38, has spent 14 seasons in the major leagues and is currently a reliever for the San Francisco Giants. He is 0-1 with a 5.06 earned-run average, nine strikeouts and four walks in nine appearances (10 2/3 innings) this season. “The Giants are disappointed to learn of Guillermo Mota's suspension,” the team said in a statement.
April 13, 2012 |
CARTAGENA, Colombia - President Obama will highlight trade and business opportunities in Latin America at a regional summit in Colombia this weekend, but other leaders may upstage him by pushing to legalize marijuana and other illicit drugs in a bid to stem rampant trafficking. Obama, who opposes decriminalization, is expected to face a rocky reception in this Caribbean resort city, which otherwise forms a friendly backdrop for a U.S. president courting Latino voters in an election year.
March 21, 2012 |
Precedents matter — both in courtrooms and in commissioners' offices. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday decided the New Orleans Saints' bounty program — which paid players for injuring opponents — crossed that crucial threshold where transgressions threatened the integrity of the game. He suspended Saints Coach Sean Payton for the 2012 season. Goodell also imposed an indefinite suspension on former Saints and current St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, while Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for eight games and linebackers coach Joe Vitt for six games.
March 5, 2012 |
Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley and Los Angeles investor Tony Ressler have joined forces and reentered the bidding for the Dodgers, a person familiar with the sale process said Monday. Ressler, a minority investor in the Milwaukee Brewers, is believed to be the only remaining bidder currently involved in MLB. The Heisley-Ressler bid would be the eighth submitted to Major League Baseball for consideration. MLB has agreed to approve up to 10 bidders, after which outgoing owner Frank McCourt will select the winner.
October 5, 2011 |
Prohibition — America's notoriously "failed social experiment" to rid the country of alcohol — took center stage this week as PBS broadcast Ken Burns' highly acclaimed series on the subject. And already, it has been seized on by drug legalization advocates, who say it proves that drug prohibition should be abandoned. But a closer look at what resulted from alcohol prohibition and its relevance to today's anti-drug effort reveals a far more nuanced picture than the legalization lobby might like to admit.
September 22, 2011 |
Manny Ramirez , after he learned he will not be able to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic because he's on Major League Baseball's inactive list, told ESPNdeportes.com Thursday that he will formally request reinstatement. Ramirez said that upon reentry, he would serve his 100-game suspension for a second violation of MLB's drug policy. "I would comply with my pending sanction and I would be available for any major league team," Ramirez said via telephone from Miami.
August 11, 2011 |
Former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox , who retired last year after 29 years as a manager, including 25 with Atlanta, will have his number retired in Atlanta before Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs. Cox, 70, also will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. Cox was replaced by his former coach Fredi Gonzalez , who has the Braves in second place in the National League East and leading the NL wild-card race. Cox is now a consultant for the team. Etc. Texas Rangers outfielder Craig Gentry was reinstated from the seven-day concussion disabled list.