CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2013 |
The upcoming New Year's crackdown on drunken driving will include a new test for many people who are pulled over - an oral swab that checks for marijuana, cocaine and other drugs. The voluntary swabbing has been used just 50 times this year. But Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer is pushing to use it at more checkpoints and jails as officials try to limit the number of drivers impaired by substances other than alcohol. “Traditionally, our office has focused on drunken driving cases,” Feuer said at a news conference Friday.
November 15, 2013 |
With less than three months to go before the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the principal drug-testing laboratory in Russia could lose its international accreditation. The World Anti-Doping Agency is investigating the Moscow facility -- which handled testing for the recent world track and field championships -- to be sure it is compliant with agency standards. Arne Ljungqvist, the medical commission chairman for the International Olympic Committee, told the Associated Press that he expects to receive the investigation's findings soon.
November 14, 2013 |
Michael Phelps has rejoined the U.S. drug testing program, the strongest signal yet that he's planning a comeback for the Rio Olympics. Phelps told the Associated Press on Thursday that "nothing is set in stone" though clearly he has enjoyed getting back into shape - he's down about 15 pounds - and working out with his former team at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. "If I decide to keep going and swim again, then I'll compete," Phelps told the AP in an exclusive telephone interview from Minneapolis, where he is attending an Arena Grand Prix meet this weekend.
September 20, 2013 |
International track-and-field officials announced Friday that seven athletes failed drug tests at last month's world championships in Moscow. The International Assn. of Athletics Federations said that it collected urine samples from 538 athletes during the competition and also conducted 1,919 blood tests. “I am delighted that with the assistance of our partners the IAAF has been able to carry out such a comprehensive anti-doping testing program in Moscow,” IAAF President Lamine Diack said.
August 30, 2013 |
After a week in which news about Lamar Odom was moving very quickly, the basketball player has been arrested on suspicion of DUI - for driving too slowly. The arrest capped a week in which rumors that the "Khloe & Lamar" star was cheating on wife Khloe Kardashian Odom gave way to allegations that he had a drug-abuse problem. Headlines screamed briefly that Odom was "missing" after a failed intervention attempt, but his agent cleared that up somewhat, telling ESPN only that the NBA free agent wasn't missing, and that Khloe knew exactly where he was. Early Friday morning, Odom was going about 50 mph when he was pulled over on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, L.A. Now reported.
July 24, 2013 |
Tim Salmon, whose career coincided with the height of the steroid era, said Wednesday he is delighted that the current generation of players has risen up and spoken up against the use of performance-enhancing drugs. “What I'm really proud of in our game right now,” Salmon said, “is the groundswell of players taking a stand and saying they're frustrated with the situation.” Salmon, the Angels' franchise leader in home runs, spent his entire career (1992-2006) in Anaheim.