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August 1, 2010 | By Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
The searchers carved skid row into quadrants and advanced in small groups, aiming flashlights into the cold. They moved between nylon tents and cardboard lean-tos in the Toy District, where junkies had stripped the streetlights and left whole blocks in darkness. They roused the human bundles scattered around the tumbledown hotels and freshly painted lofts on Main Street, wasted faces blinking into their flashlights. They looked in the eastern section called the Bottoms, around the big missions and flea traps, and around the neighborhood's forbidding eastern edge, a zone of industrial warehouses and razor wire known as the Low Bottoms, where even now, hours before daylight, the crack trade was brisk.
April 23, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
In a dark little room called the Whiskey Kitchen, the four rockers who collectively call themselves Off! are nearly done with basic tracks for a new album, "Wasted Years. " Most of it has been recorded to tape on this Sunday before Christmas, and the sound is raw and snarling, and growing heavier with each take. Crowded into one corner with his amplifier is Dimitri Coats, shaking his auburn curls and slashing at a white electric guitar in a Circle Jerks T-shirt. Most of the songs are done in one or two passes, but they're about to make a rare third try on the song "Meet Your God. " "We've done the majority of our critical listening in the moment," says Coats, who also produces the band's albums.
May 4, 1989 | DICK WAGNER, Times Staff Writer
An intimidating aura, absent in plush health spas and fitness centers, suits the aspiring Arnold Schwarzeneggers who inhabit the Uptown Gym in Whittier. The mirrors that wrap around the gym's walls reflect no elaborate machines and beautiful people socializing, but ponderous barbells and drably dressed weightlifters grunting and grimacing their way to exhaustion. The lifting is done to rock music--as hard as the muscles on display. Even when the front door of this building--which a decade ago held a light fixture store and before that, a bank--is open, the smell of sweat does not dissipate.
September 8, 2013 | By Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown's plan approved two years ago to ease crowding in state prisons has left county jails struggling with hard-core felons sentenced to spend years, even decades, in facilities meant to hold criminals for no more than a year. County sheriffs warn that these long-term inmates are more than they can handle. They say they pose security threats in their already-crowded lockups and invite the same costly class-action lawsuits over medical care and services that now dog state prisons.
May 8, 1993
Regardless of what happens the rest of these NBA playoffs, one thing is certain. The past week has been reminiscent of the Lakers of the '80s. The excitement that the Lakers have generated helps some of us hard-core fans make it through these trying times. STEVE SMULLEN Hawthorne
November 30, 2003
Re Bob Baker's "Pushing Porn to the Fore" [Nov. 23], the so-called cultural 1972 porn class became "an aberration" and drew "mass audiences" across the country because of a clever publicity stunt that was pulled at the New Mature World Theater in New York. A judge yanked this "obscene film" during its American premiere, which made the front page of the New York Times. "Hard-core filmmakers that I knew never suggested that "Deep Throat" ever "set the tone." It was in no way "positively glossy by contrast" to other films.
May 21, 1996
Re "Court Ruling on Crack Leaves the Fairness Issue Hanging," editorial, May 15: Most decent people regard the selling of drugs to be an act of violence in itself. I agree that the sentencing disparity should not exist. The penalty for selling powder cocaine should be increased 100 times and be retroactive to those already incarcerated. The Times should rethink its irresponsible position. Cocaine and other drugs nearly ruined the lives of every family on the block where I grew up in the Valley.
August 14, 1988
Lita Ford is just like 5 million other self-proclaimed rebels that confuse being raunchy and decadent with being rebellious (Faces, by Dennis Hunt, Aug. 7). Decadence is the in thing, so bands or people that promote the sex-and-drugs-and-rock 'n' roll ideology are just conformists, not rebels. If people really wanted angry, aggressive music, hard-core trash and speed-metal bands would be at the top of the charts instead of all those weak Top 40 pop metal bands. TED WILLIAMS Whittier
November 27, 1994 | Heidi Siegmund
Calendar's pop staff surveys 40 of the nation's most popular or critically acclaimed albums : . BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY, "Creepin On Ah Come Up," Ruthless/Relativity. The Clevelanders emulate Spice-1's hard-core rap stylings quite capably, and they come up with the first successful fusion of gospel and hard-core. 1/2 BOYZ II MEN, "II," Motown. The credits read like a Who's Who of R&B songwriters and producers, but the album consists of limp ballads with unchallenging lyrics.
April 19, 1992
Hats off to Orange County Superior Court Judge James Gray for his courageous support for legalizing drugs (April 9, 10)! Our country has been engaged in the futile attempt to suppress heroin and cocaine use since 1914 and marijuana use since 1937. The results of our 78-year "war on drugs" are an overburdened judicial system, a population besieged and terrorized by criminals benefiting from the profitability of selling illegal drugs, and an almost insignificant reduction in hard-core addiction from its pre-1914 levels.
September 3, 2013 | By David Horsey
For the first time in the history of humanity, children can easily be exposed to the most extreme, misogynistic sex acts imaginable, thanks to the phenomenon of Internet porn. Before the Internet Age, kids learned about sex in a variety of ways. In more repressed societies, it was a fumbling guessing game; in more open places, there were ceremonies, rituals, wise elders and careful teachers who ushered young folks into the mysteries of human sexuality.  For baby boomer boys, such as me, the ritual was standing nervously in front of a drugstore magazine rack and surreptitiously slipping a Playboy between the pages of a Sports Illustrated.
February 3, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Super Bowl XLVII will be watched by more than 100 million people and it's likely more than $100 million will be wagered on the outcome of the game, but proposition bets will take center stage for many fans, casual and hard-core, watching the game Sunday between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. Prop bets, as they are known, are put on the board by various sports books. They entice people to put more money down on the game and, let's face it, make the contest a lot more interesting.
January 29, 2013 | By Steve Appleford, Los Angeles Times
Greg Graffin knows something about teenage rebellion. As the young singer for one of SoCal's most prominent hard-core punk bands, Bad Religion, raging against parental control (and the global system) was his core mission in the early 1980s. Although lyrics on the band's new album, "True North," still focus on political grievance and societal ills, the generational conflict he once experienced as a suburban San Fernando Valley punk has now emerged between Graffin and his own son, now 21. He's learned to accept it. "[Children are]
June 8, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
An ambitious program to provide permanent housing to some of Los Angeles County's most hard-core homeless more than paid for itself, yielding a net savings of $238,700 over two years, officials said Thursday. The long-awaited findings, presented to a countywide panel on homelessness, support a growing consensus across the country that getting the most entrenched street dwellers into permanent homes and providing them the services they need to stay off the streets can save municipalities money.
June 4, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
For most people, the MLB draft isn't really a must-see event the way the NFL and NBA drafts have become. Unlike the top picks in those leagues, none of the players in baseball's amateur draft usually are household names. None of them are expected to make an immediate impact either. Many of them end up disappearing into the farm system, sometimes never to be heard from again or at least for a long time. But though it may lack for excitement, the draft is obviously important to the teams.
June 3, 2012 | Steve Lopez
Illegal drugs by the tons are smuggled into California each year by sea, by land and by air. Cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin are either produced in or pass through Mexico, where 50,000 people have been killed in the last six years in an escalating war among cartels. Some of the victims have been beheaded, mutilated or left hanging from bridges, not necessarily because of their involvement in the trade, but as a diabolical demonstration that the drug lords will stop at nothing to dominate the market.
March 3, 1990
With all due respect for the retirement philosophy of one of history's greatest generals, Douglas MacArthur, the freedom-fighter Contras shouldn't lay down their arms forthwith, and "just fade away" into the Nicaraguan hills. Why demobilize an existing viable force for protecting the new democracy from internal subversion? Rather, these soldiers who, with only irregular U.S. support, fought long and hard for the democracy they now have, deserve an opportunity to use their hard earned experience and special skills to help preserve it!
September 16, 1990
Those were hard words uttered by Gates. The public outcry over his remarks is merely indicative, to me, of just how pervasive the use of illegal substances has become in our society. Drug-related murders, whether they be in Colombia or on the streets of Los Angeles, are a daily occurrence. Unfortunately, it is not always the drug-related who get killed. We cannot hope to win this war until the casual user wakes up to the fact that he/she is an accessory to murder under the law . . . the law of supply and demand.
January 26, 2012 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
THQ Inc., once one of the largest publishers of video games for children, said it will no longer produce licensed kids titles for traditional game consoles. Instead, the Agoura Hills company announced it will double down on making hard-core games such as Saints Row: The Third, a Mob-themed game that sold 3.8 million copies since its release Nov. 15. "THQ will be a more streamlined organization focused only on our strongest franchises," THQ Chief Executive Brian Farrell said in a statement Wednesday.
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