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March 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
How drunk is too drunk to gamble? A Southern California man has sued a Las Vegas casino after he lost $500,000 on blackjack and pai gow over Super Bowl weekend, contending he shouldn't be responsible for his losses because he was blackout drunk. In the lawsuit, Mark Johnston, 52, of Ventura, accuses the Downtown Grand casino of plying him with drinks and lending him money so he could keep playing. Johnston, a longtime gambler, acknowledges that he went on a drinking binge before he ever reached the casino floor.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Joseph Serna and Joe Mozingo
ISLA VISTA, Calif. — The scene Monday on Del Playa Drive was a curious, uniquely Isla Vista mix: part laid-back beach vibe, part riot aftermath. Beach towels fluttered over cliffside balconies as UC Santa Barbara students enjoyed spring weather. Dumpsters overflowed with beer boxes and red cups. "I was in the riot," one young woman said nonchalantly to her friend as they rode beach cruisers. "I got hit by a tear gas grenade," a male student told his friends as they carried an inflatable pool over their heads.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2009 | Carolyn Kellogg
Out this week, just in time for Octoberfest, is "Drunk: The Definitive Drinkers Dictionary." The book contains no fewer than 2,964 synonyms for "drunk." "The English language includes more synonyms for the word 'drunk' than for any other word," writes author Paul Dickson. He should know, being the Guinness World Records holder for cataloging synonyms such as "in his cups," "irrigated," "beer-soaked" and "casters up." Several words and phrases for "drunk" come with literary pedigrees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Consider this hypothetical situation. You're Joe Blow, an off-duty cop, and you've had too much to drink. Things begin getting out of hand just short of 2 a.m., at a saloon. Some guy's dancing with your wife and you don't like it. You give him a shove. A bouncer takes you outside. But you get into it with the guy you shoved as he's leaving the bar. You pull a .45 out of your pocket. You begin to drive away, but you're stopped by a sheriff's deputy. Then you use a slur to describe the black man with whom you scuffled, tell the deputy you're drunk and refuse a sobriety test.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2000
I read your May 9 editorial concerning the recklessness of drinking drivers who have children as passengers. It reminded me of my long-time belief that when we as a society really want to reduce drunk driving, we will post our sobriety checkpoints, at random times, outside the parking lots of bars and restaurants. There is no question in my mind that a significant percentage of drivers leaving these establishments are above the legal minimum blood-alcohol level. JORDAN AUSTIN Port Hueneme
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Drunk History," which has lived on the website Funny or Die in fits and starts since 2007, graduates to television Tuesday, courtesy of Comedy Central. It is a strange business: a show in which people who have had too much to drink, for real, travel to the edge of coherence. There will be vomit. Some will find it offensive, immoral, irresponsible - a highly defensible position. It's also very funny, a thing of twisted genius and, for the next eight weeks possibly the most original comedy on television.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2013 | By James Barragan
A former Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was sentenced to three years probation for driving drunk at twice the legal limit in a January 2011, hitting another car and fleeing the scene.  Michael Anthony Grundy will also have to wear an alcohol-monitoring system for two years and is required to install a breathalyzer lock on any vehicle registered under his name. Grundy, who was relieved of duty by the Sheriff's Department when the investigation began, is also barred from owning or possessing firearms. He must also pay $25,816 in restitution to the victim of the crash, who was injured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1985
In the case of Phyllis Hall and the five people she killed while driving drunk, perhaps a jury would not have been concerned with the fact that the victims (including the driver) were also drunk--but I certainly take it into account. Even if (and it's a big "if") the accident victim's reactions were not impaired by her intoxication, there's one thing for the victims' families to remember. There, but for the grace of God, go they. The roles in this complicated tragedy could easily have been reversed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1986
I am shocked beyond belief by the Draconian sentence of 15 years to life that was imposed on drunk driver Michael Reding, 27, by Superior Court Judge James L. Smith (Sept. 13). However, I well realize that Smith was following the lead of what is probably the worst Supreme Court in the United States--California's. I, a lifelong foe of the death penalty, can't wait to vote against certain judges of that court. Why, it may be asked, am I so critical of the California Supreme Court when it also is against the death penalty?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Chris Pine of "Star Trek Into Darkness" pleaded guilty Monday to driving drunk in New Zealand.  The actor, who had been charged following an arrest at a sobriety checkpoint after leaving a Feb. 28 wrap party for his film "Z for Zachariah," appeared in Ashburton District Court for a hearing Monday. The "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" star was fined $79 ($93 in New Zealand) and had his New Zealand driver's license suspended for six months, according to the Associated Press. The 33-year-old Angeleno reportedly stood silently with his hands behind his back during the hearing and his attorney entered his plea.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Bail has been set at $3 million for a Texas man accused of drunkenly steering his car into a crowd at the South by Southwest music festival, records show. Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, of Killeen was booked into Travis County jail and charged with one count of capital murder, though more charges may be added later, the Associated Press reported . A court date was not immediately available. Reports indicate Owens -- an aspiring rapper and music producer -- was in town to try and showcase his music, like thousands of other aspiring artists hoping to get noticed.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Chris Pine has been charged with drunk driving following a March 1 arrest at a sobriety checkpoint in New Zealand, according to reports out Wednesday.  Court documents revealed that the star of the "Star Trek" reboot movies and "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" is due in court Monday regarding the case, according to the Associated Press.  Though Pine was unnamed in the police statement, officials said that a 33-year-old American was stopped during...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By David Ng
A Friday evening concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall was disrupted by what Los Angeles Philharmonic officials described as a drunk audience member, causing conductor Gustavo Dudamel to halt a performance of John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1 and leave the stage.  A spokeswoman for the orchestra confirmed that an "intoxicated" patron arrived late to the concert on Friday and was prevented by ushers from entering the hall mid-performance, as is...
BUSINESS
March 10, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Valerie saw the recent reports about a fatal crash in Southern California involving a wrong-way driver, and she got to thinking about car insurance. Specifically, if a crime is committed as part of an accident, does your insurer still cover things? ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions It's a fair question. Auto coverage is predicated on your being a lawful and safe driver -- at least as much as possible. So if you total your car or, God forbid, harm someone while, say, driving drunk or on the wrong side of the road, what are your insurer's obligations?
NATIONAL
March 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
How drunk is too drunk to gamble? A Southern California man has sued a Las Vegas casino after he lost $500,000 on blackjack and pai gow over Super Bowl weekend, contending he shouldn't be responsible for his losses because he was blackout drunk. In the lawsuit, Mark Johnston, 52, of Ventura, accuses the Downtown Grand casino of plying him with drinks and lending him money so he could keep playing. Johnston, a longtime gambler, acknowledges that he went on a drinking binge before he ever reached the casino floor.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
George Lopez has gone into damage control mode, explaining how he wound up arrested in a Canadian casino Thursday after passing out drunk. "Tied one on last night," the comedian said in a statement. "Not feeling great this morning. I was trying to sleep it off, unfortunately, it was on the casino floor. " Lopez was arrested for public intoxication at Caesars Windsor in Ontario after officers found him passed out on the floor of the casino bar, TMZ reported . He had performed at the casino just prior to his arrest.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
George Lopez, who is starring in the new FX comedy "Saint George," exhibited less-than-saintly behavior following a performance in a casino in Canada, according to reports. TMZ reported that the comedian was arrested for public intoxication at Caesars Windsor in Ontario after officers found him passed out on the floor of the casino bar. He had performed at the casino just prior to his arrest. PHOTOS: Celebrity meltdowns The report said that no charges were filed against Lopez, who was released and is scheduled to perform Friday night.
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