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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
An alleged drug supplier went on trial in Orange County on Thursday  on charges that he killed a man he believed had stolen drugs from his dealers. Jose Felix Zepeda, 41, is charged with felony special circumstances murder during the commission of a robbery, felony kidnapping and felony conspiracy to commit a crime. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison without parole. Zepeda has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Prosecutors say that in April 2012, Zepeda supplied three pounds of methamphetamine to two men who were supposed to sell the drugs to a buyer.
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NATIONAL
January 2, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
This just might be a case of life imitating art: On Thursday, Florida officials announced that they arrested a "Breaking Bad" contest winner on suspicion of helping run a nationwide drug ring out of his home. However, instead of making meth, like the chemistry teacher in the popular show, Ryan Lee Carroll and two other men converted their apartment's garage into an elaborate lab for making synthetic marijuana, likely for large-scale distribution, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2013 | Bloomberg News
Allergan Inc., the Irvine maker of the wrinkle filler Botox, agreed to buy a Silicon Valley pharmaceutical company in a deal valued at $958 million to gain an experimental inhalable migraine treatment. Allergan will pay Map Pharmaceuticals Inc. investors $25 a share, a 60% premium over Tuesday's closing price of $15.58 in New York, the companies said in a statement. The deal was unanimously approved by the boards of both companies and is expected to close late in the first quarter or in the second quarter, the companies said.
NEWS
April 14, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey
Alzheimer’s research is continuing -- that’s one bright side we can take from the mixed Alzheimer’s news this week.   The positive news came when researchers announced they might be able to spot Alzheimer’s in the brain nearly a decade before the disease begins to show. In a new study led by Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, researchers used MRIs to assess the brains of two groups of people. Those with smaller Alzheimer’s-related areas were more likely to develop the disease 7 to 11 years down the road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1995
Thank you, thank you, thank you for calling alcohol a "drug" rather than a "drink" in the story about alcohol use in Little Saigon (Jan. 9). RICHARD SHOWSTACK Newport Beach
NATIONAL
May 15, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A Maryland microbiologist and international pathogen expert is on a one-woman mission to raise awareness about Aeromonas hydrophila, the waterborne bacteria believed to have caused the case of necrotizing faciitis -- better known as infection caused by flesh-eating bacteria -- that has proved devastating to a Georgia college student. Aimee Copeland's leg and part of her abdomen have been removed in a race to stay ahead of the disease. Her family's blog says the 24-year-old is likely to lose her fingers, and possibly her remaining foot.
WORLD
August 10, 2010 | By Brendan Brady and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
He meanders through a city park with friends, sniffing glue out of a plastic bag. Many nights he passes out on the sidewalk nearby. It's a bleak routine, but this 17-year-old prefers it to his stints at Choam Chao, one of the Cambodian government's controversial drug rehabilitation centers, where he was twice detained. "At night, when they got drunk, sometimes they'd beat me," he said, referring to older detainees deputized by the guards to enforce discipline. His tormentors were rewarded, he said, with occasional trips out of the center's compound, when they could buy their liquor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1986
George Wright's letter (Aug. 17) denouncing the glamour of drug use demonstrates some grave misunderstandings about the psychology of drug abuse. To be sure, drug use does have a glamorous allure, but that allure is encouraged just as much by law enforcement officers as by celebrity role models. Drug use is certainly more an act of rebellion than emulation, particularly among adolescents. To expect more widespread law enforcement to have a lasting effect in reducing drug use is a strategy that squanders resources and overlooks Ovid's age-old and ever pertinent observation: Nitimur en vetitum (We strive for the forbidden)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1999
Re "Medical Neglect, Abuse Lie in Wait for State's Women Prisoners," Oct. 27: The drug war is now incarcerating bit players and users in record numbers for long mandatory minimum sentences voted by our ever-tough politicians. We say it is to "help" them, but Amnesty International has us on the list of nations that torture political prisoners with such conditions. Drug prohibition sends these nonviolent "offenders" to death and degradation in the name of "sending a message" to the children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Ten reputed "shot callers" of the notorious 18th Street gang were indicted Wednesday for suspected methamphetamine and gun trafficking in South Los Angeles, federal authorities said. The nine men and one woman are leaders in the gang and played key roles in directing the illegal operations, according to authorities with the U.S. Immigration, Customs and Enforcement office in Los Angeles. The investigation was launched in February 2009 and involved undercover agents who allegedly bought drugs and firearms from gang members.
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