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October 21, 2006 | Randy Lewis
A little more than two weeks before the release of Keith Urban's new album, the country singer who married Nicole Kidman in June has checked himself into a rehab facility. In a short statement issued Friday through a spokesman, the 38-year-old musician said, "I deeply regret the hurt this has caused Nicole and the ones that love and support me. One can never let one's guard down on recovery and I'm afraid that I have."
September 7, 2006 | Robyn Norwood
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, recently released from a Pasadena facility that treats patients with mental health and substance abuse problems, met with Del Mar stewards Wednesday and agreed to submit to a hair follicle test as he seeks to return to his mounts in the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita later this month. "He's ready to go ride," said Tom Knust, Valenzuela's agent. "The big key is the hair follicle. They want to make sure he hasn't been using drugs."
September 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Victor Willis, the original policeman in '70s disco band the Village People, was sentenced to three years' probation Tuesday on drug possession charges after he agreed to enter a treatment program. Willis, 54, was arrested in South San Francisco in March after police stopped his car and found cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He pleaded no contest in July after failing to appear at several court hearings. Willis co-wrote hits such as "YMCA" and "In the Navy." He left the Village People in 1980.
August 15, 2006 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela is hospitalized in Pasadena and will not be allowed to ride again until the California Horse Racing Board is satisfied that he is drug-free and has not violated the terms of his provisional license. Long one of the nation's leading riders, Valenzuela, 43, admitted himself on July 22 to Las Encinas Hospital, a facility that cares for those with mental health and substance abuse problems.
July 14, 2006 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
A Northern California judge on Thursday blocked, at least temporarily, sweeping changes to the state's landmark treatment program for drug offenders signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week. The new law, SB 1137, adds tough provisions to Proposition 36, which gives tens of thousands of drug offenders the option of entering treatment facilities instead of going to jail.
May 7, 2006 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
On Smith Hill, just around the corner from Providence College, the annual pancake breakfast at St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church is a cherished May ritual. Usually, hearty helpings of parish gossip are served up alongside scrambled eggs and sausages. On Saturday, the event buzzed with just one topic of conversation: Patrick Kennedy. "No one was talking of anything else," said 80-year-old Lou Sharelo, who arrived at 5:30 a.m. to set up tables for hundreds of guests.
April 13, 2006 | J. Michael Kennedy, Times Staff Writer
The state's 6-year-old program that mandates treatment instead of prison sentences for drug offenders is dramatically decreasing California's jail population and saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a study released Wednesday. The study, prepared by the left-leaning Justice Policy Institute in Washington, echoes another report released by UCLA earlier this month that also touted huge taxpayer savings through doing away with prison sentences in favor of treatment.
March 9, 2006 | From Associated Press
Boy George, in a plea bargain deal, agreed to enter drug rehabilitation and perform community service to resolve his arrest on a cocaine charge. The former pop star, whose real name is George O'Dowd, entered his guilty plea Wednesday in Manhattan Criminal Court to third-degree false reporting of an incident. To avoid jail time, he also will pay a $1,000 fine. He was arrested Oct. 7 after he called 911 to report an alleged burglary in his Manhattan apartment.
February 24, 2006 | Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer
Saying he has found sobriety after a month-plus stay in the NHL's substance abuse and behavioral program, Sandis Ozolinsh was back in a Mighty Duck uniform Thursday as the team resumed practice after a 10-day break for the Winter Olympics. Although unwilling to divulge specifics about the nature of his problem or his time in the program -- run jointly by the NHL and the players' union -- Ozolinsh said he was glad to be back.
February 4, 2006 | From Associated Press
Former teen idol Leif Garrett has voluntarily checked into a strict live-in drug rehabilitation program to "make sure he doesn't fall off the wagon," his attorney said. Garrett, 44, told a Superior Court commissioner in Los Angeles this week that he needed more help than what he was getting at an outpatient treatment program. The decision came after the actor-singer failed a recent drug test, attorney Andrew Flier said.
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