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September 26, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Former Cy Young Award-winning relief pitcher Eric Gagne reportedly alleges in a new book that 80% of his Dodgers teammates were using performance-enhancing drugs. The allegation, in which Gagne did not identify the other players, is contained in his upcoming autobiography "Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne," according to ESPN. "I was intimately aware of the clubhouse in which I lived," Gagne, a Canadian, writes in the French-language book. "I would say that 80% of the Dodgers were consuming them.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1993
It seems that the legalization of drugs is an idea whose time has come. This is most evident by the increased support of legalization by the right wing. However, it seems that some of the right wing have a hard time understanding the dynamics that make drug prohibition a fruitless endeavor. Take, for example, Column Right by Paul Craig Roberts ("Drug Laws Aid and Abet Crime Wave," Nov. 14). Though the headline clearly implies a column on the merits of drug legalization, the reader soon discovers that Roberts instead largely delivers a diatribe opposed to gun control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1987
In response to Stephen J. Morse's article, "Drug Problem Seems to Be Bearable" (July 1), I would like to propose a fairly easy solution. China did something on this order at the beginning of the cultural revolution in order to put an end to the opium problem. Set a deadline, perhaps three years. Inform the public with a massive campaign that programs to help cocaine and heroin addicts will be ongoing, and everyone must participate, or voluntarily stop the abuse by the date set. Make sure everyone knows the penalty for dealing drugs: death.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2003
I was very interested to see Reed Johnson's article on the narco-artists of Culiacan ("Art in a gangster's paradise," March 2) but wanted to add one bit of missing perspective. I interviewed most of the featured artists for my book "Narcocorrido," and they were quite clear that virtually all money in Culiacan is related in some way to the drug traffic, including the donations that finance the city's rich cultural life. Some of the painters' biggest sales have been to people related to the traffic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department is seeking to fire a narcotics deputy charged with lying about finding drugs after detaining a couple, whom the county will pay $550,000 to settle a false-arrest lawsuit, officials said. Francisco Enriquez has pleaded not guilty to one count of perjury in a probable cause declaration and one count of filing a false report in connection with the October 2009 arrests of Tatiana Lopez and Miguel Amarillas. Enriquez is due in court July 3 for a preliminary hearing to decide whether there is enough evidence for a trial on the charges.
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