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September 24, 2010 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
When Hotlanta rapper-turned-movie star T.I. was arrested on drug possession charges earlier this month, there was a feeling of "haven't we all been here before?" But also genuine surprise. From ODB to DMX, Kanye to 'Pac, hip-hop performers have a chronic habit of getting busted for stupid stuff. Identity theft. Cruelty to animals. Wearing a bulletproof vest after being convicted of a felony. Rappers behaving badly have become one of popular culture's most numbing constants. After all, T.I. was already on probation when L.A. County sheriff's deputies stopped his $600,000 Mercedes Maybach on the Sunset Strip for what they said was an illegal U-turn and then detected what they said was "a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle"; earlier this year, he served a seven-month prison sentence for attempting to buy a cache of automatic weapons and silencers.
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March 15, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo
It costs about $2,000 to buy an ounce of the illegal drug, the therapist said - enough for roughly 150 doses. She pays her longtime dealer in cash; he gives her a Ziploc bag of white powder. Back home, she scoops the contents into clear capsules. She calls it "the medicine"; others know it as MDMA, the active ingredient in the party drug Ecstasy. MDMA has been banned by the federal government since 1985 as a dangerous recreational drug with no medical value. But interest is rising in its potential to help people suffering from psychiatric or emotional problems.
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February 20, 2013
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HEALTH
July 12, 2010 | By Jill U Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles is earning a reputation as a hotbed of raves — those dance parties that sometimes last all night and feature pulsing electronic music, light shows and recreational drugs. In addition to drawing tens of thousands of young people to events, the city's raves have attracted the notice of local and federal public health officials because of the number of emergency room visits that result. During a two-day event last month at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with an estimated 185,000 participants, some 120 people were taken to local hospitals, many with symptoms of drug intoxication.
NEWS
March 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
Hospital emergency rooms don't have the same ambience as raves, but both locations are becoming associated with Ecstasy use. Raves because ... you know. But ERs because using Ecstasy has sent people there. The number of ER visits involving Ecstasy, or MDMA, increased 75%, from 10,220 in 2004 to 17,865 in 2008, according to a new report released Thursday by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Further, almost 70% of the ER visits involved patients 18- to 29-year-olds and 17.9% involved 12- to 17-year-olds.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
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.
OPINION
February 15, 2011 | By Julie Holland
As a physician who has researched and written extensively about MDMA, I took a keen interest in the Ecstasy fact card controversy developing in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Department of Public Health is taking quite a bit of heat right now for the card it created to be distributed at large-scale rave dance parties in the city, as reported in a Feb. 8 L.A. Now blog post. The fact card explains the physical effects of Ecstasy, the risks involved in its use and how to reduce these risks, including by choosing not to take the substance at all. These cards were developed and approved by a panel of experts, including physicians, public health experts and harm reductionists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Sarah Ardalani, Los Angeles Times
The suspected drug overdose death of a 15-year old girl who attended a massive rave in Los Angeles last weekend has drawn attention to the drug her family was told was found in her body: Ecstasy. Officials said use of the hallucinogen and stimulant was widespread among the scores of partygoers taken by ambulance to emergency rooms from the Electric Daisy Carnival, which was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and surrounding Exposition Park, attracting 185,000 people over two days.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Whatever the theme song to Phil Spector's troubled life and times might be, "To Know Him Is to Love Him" probably isn't it. That, as Spector fans know, is the title of the legendary record producer's first hit, recorded by the Teddy Bears in 1958 with words taken from the epitaph on his father's tombstone. Spector went on to produce hits almost without number, including "Be My Baby," "He's a Rebel," "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling. " Today, however, the man Sean Lennon called "the genius geniuses come to" is in prison serving 19 years to life after the jury in a second trial convicted him of the Alhambra murder of actress Lana Clarkson.
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January 15, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Things have gone from bad to worse for Lil Za, a Justin Bieber BFF who was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of felony drug possession: While in custody, he allegedly vandalized a phone in the jailhouse, so now he is facing a felony charge related to that as well. Twenty-year-old Lil Za - real name Xavier Dominique Smith, so you say it "Lil Zay ," not "Lil Zah " - was arrested during a search of Bieber's Calabasas home Tuesday after law enforcement said they found drugs "in plain sight," L.A. Now reported.
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December 3, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle
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.
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December 2, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle
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.
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October 22, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Richard Winton
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.
NATIONAL
October 20, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Richard Winton
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Margaret Wappler
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.
SPORTS
March 16, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
The hours before Selection Sunday are what Lakers announcer Chick Hearn used to call "nervous time. " Defending national champion Kentucky might want to chew on some of Jerry Tarkanian's old towels after probably blowing its bubble bid with an early SEC tournament ouster against Vanderbilt. Kentucky Coach John Calipari needs to move Sunday morning's team breakfast into the beggars banquet room. Those eight NCAA titles are of little use now. "The good news is everyone seems to be losing," Calipari said after his team "laid an egg" against Vandy.
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