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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
An L.A. County judge has ordered that the drunk-driving case against former teen star Amanda Bynes be moved to a mental health court. Her attorney, Richard Hutton, argued that the 27-year-old former Nickelodeon star was unable to stand trial because of doubts about her mental competence, Reuters news service reported. Bynes has been under court-ordered psychiatric care after she allegedly started a small fire in front of a Thousand Oaks home in July. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edward Moreton referred the case to the court's mental health division, where a judge will decide if Bynes is fit for trial, the court said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after his vehicle allegedly rammed into the back of a double-parked car and caused a woman to lose her leg, authorities said. The incident occurred at about 10 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of 50th Street and Vermont Avenue in Vermont Square, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Anthony Cabriales. The woman had double-parked and was getting out of her car with her child when the man's vehicle crashed into the back of her car, Cabrielas said.
NATIONAL
September 9, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
First came the confession, now come the charges: Matthew Cordle, who confessed to a fatal drunk-driving crash in a YouTube video uploaded last week that went viral, was indicted by an Ohio jury Monday. Cordle, 22, said he had crashed into a car driven by Vincent Canzani, 61, while driving the wrong way down a highway in Columbus on June 22. A Franklin County jury indicted Cordle on charges of driving under the influence and aggravated vehicular homicide. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.
NATIONAL
September 7, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
The Internet served as a contemporary confessional this week when a 22-year-old from Ohio posted a YouTube video in which he admitted to driving his car while drunk and killing a man. In a three-and-a-half-minute video, Matthew Cordle said he was driving the wrong way down a Columbus highway on the night of June 22, and crashed into a car driven by 61-year-old Vincent Canzani. “I killed a man,” says Cordle in the video, which begins with his face blurred and voice obscured as he narrates a night of bar-hopping and drinking to the point of blackout.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
David Cassidy, onetime teen dream and "The Partridge Family" star, was arrested Wednesday morning just after midnight in upstate New York on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Cassidy, 63, was initially pulled over for driving with his high beams on, TMZ reported , and officers administered a field sobriety test after smelling alcohol. The actor-singer did poorly on the sobriety test and showed a blood alcohol level of 0.10 on a breath test, Schodack, N.Y., police told the website.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Dr. Phil McGraw is hosting an upcoming show on teen sex and drinking, and in an attempt to provoke discussion, a question was sent out on his Twitter feed. Unfortunately for Dr. Phil, it's not the kind of discussion he was hoping for. The tweet, which has since been deleted, asked, "If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil #teensaccused. " Twitter users responded, all right. But instead of answering yes or no, as Dr. Phil's show hoped, they expressed anger at the host for suggesting that it might be OK to have sex with someone without consent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Police were investigating Wednesday a car crash involving an alleged drunk driver who lost control and smashed into a Long Beach home. The incident occurred about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 2600 block of East 7th Street when the car hopped a curb, barreled through a fence and slammed into a house, KTLA-TV reported. A photo of the crash showed the vehicle resting on its two left wheels, its front end lodged awkwardly inside the residence. A neighbor told KTLA that when the driver got out of the vehicle, empty beer cans came spilling out. “Just empty cans…it sounded like 'clank, clank, clank'…like a slot machine,” witness Korel Bouley told the TV station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles police are investigating an incident in Boyle Heights where witnesses said a drunken man accidentally shot himself in the face during a party. Police were still interviewing witnesses, and it is unclear if charges will be filed, but Lt. Perry Griffith gave this account: Early Monday morning, a group of people were drinking in a home in the 3200 block of Folsom Street when “a handgun joins the party,” Griffith said, with the homeowner taking out the gun to show it off. “It's basically, 'I have a nice gun. Do you guys want to take a look at it?
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
It's a warm spring day in downtown Los Angeles, but inside the gloomy Palace Theatre it's 1926 Detroit and actor Ken Marino is playing Harry Houdini as he dies onstage. Literally dying - staggering and heaving, attempting card tricks and failing and finally stumbling and falling down, uttering his final words to his wife, Bess. And here is where you realize this isn't the filming of a standard biopic. As Marino performs Houdini's death, he must work to lip-sync his dialogue to a prerecorded soundtrack played over speakers in the theater.
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