CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 |
A Times review of coroners' records found that three people have died after taking Ecstasy and attending San Bernardino County raves staged by Insomniac since 2006. The Times examined coroners' records in nine states after the top executives of Insomniac and another promoter, Go Ventures - Pasquale Rotella and Reza Gerami, respectively - were indicted on bribery and other charges in connection with raves held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena. Arrel Christopher Cochon, 22, or "Achri" as he was known to his family and friends, was at least the 16th person nationwide to die of drug-related causes in that time after attending raves produced by Insomniac or Go Ventures Inc., the records show. Most of the dead were in their teens or 20s. The Los Angeles City College student had never been to a rave until September. "I was told that he took Ecstasy," said his mother Isabel Cochon, who struggled to speak through tears.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 |
Isabel Cochon said her son had an adventurer's zest for anything new: kayaking, rock climbing, archery. One thing the 22-year-old Arrel Cochon had never done before was attend a rave concert. When he eventually did, on a Saturday last September, he never made it home. "I was told that he took Ecstasy," said Isabel Cochon, who struggled to speak through tears. Arrel Christopher Cochon, a Los Angeles City College student who lived in East Hollywood, died of an Ecstasy and methamphetamine overdose after collapsing and suffering a seizure at Insomniac Inc.'s Nocturnal Wonderland concert in Devore.
October 22, 2013 |
Cee Lo Green, a judge on NBC's top-rated singing competition show "The Voice," was charged on Monday with furnishing a woman with ecstasy at an L.A. restaurant last year. The 38-year-old, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Calloway, pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors declined to file sexual assault charges against Green, citing a lack of evidence. Dressed in a relatively subdued all-black ensemble, Green, the Grammy-winning singer of the hit "Forget You" and half of the duo Gnarls Barkley, appeared before an L.A. County Superior Court judge Monday afternoon.
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October 21, 2013 |
Singer Cee Lo Green pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony charge of furnishing Ecstasy to a woman while dining at a downtown L.A. restaurant, but prosecutors declined to charge him with raping the woman while she was intoxicated, citing insufficient evidence. The 38-year-old judge on NBC's "The Voice," whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Calloway, appeared before an L.A. County Superior Court judge as his attorney, Blair Berk, entered his plea and waived his right to a speedy trial.
October 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK - After a long and raucous dinner party on a recent weeknight, guests decamped to a loft in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood, perhaps the most desirable chunk of real estate in the city that never sleeps. There was no music or dancing at this after-party, though. Instead, a host distributed clear capsules of tiny white crystals that guests proceeded to swallow - an illicit dessert known as Molly, a synthetic stimulant that has suddenly become as much a part of the 24-hour-a-day New York lifestyle as cocaine was to another generation.
September 5, 2013 |
The Virgins A Novel Pamela Erens Tin House: 288 pp., $15.95 paper It's rare to find a book that summons the delicate emotional state of teenagers - especially when it comes to sex - without being precious or cynical, but Pamela Erens' "The Virgins" beautifully manages that feat. "It sounds laughably dramatic, but don't underestimate the metaphysical yearnings of a seventeen-year-old," the book's preppy narrator reminds us. "We beginners experienced sex as psyche more than body, as vulnerability and power, exposure and flight, being consumed, saved, transfigured.