August 19, 2013 |
Her name is Lindsay and she is a chaos addict. That was the No. 1 takeaway from Lindsay Lohan's amply hyped interview with Oprah Winfrey, a “television event” broadcast on the talk show doyenne's Oprah Winfrey Network program “Oprah's Next Chapter” in back-to-back airings Sunday night. Over the course of their revealing yet somehow bloodless one-hour conversation -- taped just four days after Lohan was released from three months of court-mandated rehab at the Cliffside Malibu clinic -- Hollywood's reigning celebrity train wreck made repeated reference to the “chaos” that has governed her life: her “chaotic” upbringing, her “uncontrollable” family life and the “whirlwind of garbage” Lohan created for herself by courting high drama seemingly at every turn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2013 |
In response to a scathing report about a lack of government oversight and improper payments to taxpayer-funded rehabilitation clinics, a local official is calling for a review of Los Angeles County's authority over such contracts and its ability to end payments to clinics that are breaking the law. "This is an embarrassment to all concerned, the notion that contracts were being awarded and renewed to contractors who had deficiencies and we didn't...
August 8, 2013 |
Angels left-hander Jason Vargas, out since a June 26 surgery to remove a blood clot in his armpit, made a rehabilitation start for triple-A Salt Lake Thursday night, give up four earned runs and four hits, including three home runs, striking out two and walking three against Round Rock. Vargas threw 72 pitches, 42 for strikes, probably enough for him to make his next start with the Angels. But the team will evaluate him Friday before deciding when he returns. Center fielder Peter Bourjos, sidelined since June 30 because of a broken bone in his right wrist, also began a rehab stint with Salt Lake Thursday, going one for five with a run-scoring single and a nice running catch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 |
California officials are conducting a statewide review of taxpayer-funded drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in the wake of reports detailing fraud in the multimillion-dollar program. "We are deeply concerned," said Toby Douglas, director of the California Department of Health Care Services. "We have to put all our resources into fighting fraud in this program. " The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN, in a series of joint reports beginning earlier this week, said some clinics have been billing the state for patients who don't show up or don't have substance-abuse problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- Can it get any weirder around here? The mayor's former communications director has accused the mayor of sexual harassment, saying he routinely grabbed her, dragged her around in a headlock, and asked her to have sex. She's suing him and the city of San Diego. The mayor has apologized, vowed to be a better person and has announced he will enter a two-week rehab. The mayor's private attorney has asked the city of San Diego to foot the mayor's legal bills. The San Diego City Council has not just refused, but has also voted to sue the mayor to recover any legal fees it incurs defending itself against his bad behavior.
July 24, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Visiting with a group of recovering addicts in a Brazilian hospital Wednesday night, Pope Francis criticized the regional push to legalize drugs, saying society must instead tackle root causes of substance abuse such as the lack of education and justice. Dressed in his simple white cassock and returning to this city from a daylong pilgrimage to one of Catholicism's most revered shrines, Francis greeted doctors, nuns, nurses and patients, some waiting in wheelchairs in a driving rain.
July 14, 2013 |
Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the Fox show "Glee," was found dead Saturday afternoon in a Vancouver, Canada, hotel room, according to law enforcement. He was 31. The Canadian-born actor was found in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel around noon Saturday after he failed to check out. He'd been dead for several hours, and there was no evidence of foul play, authorities said. "We do not have a great deal of information as to cause of death," British Columbia Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe told Associated Press, saying further tests and investigation were needed.
July 14, 2013 |
Cory Monteith appeared a few months ago as if he was truly looking forward to the future, having finally put behind him the demons of substance abuse that had plagued him since he was a youth. "Sending out my love to everyone," the "Glee" star said in a late April tweet to fans following a monthlong stint in rehab. "Thank you for the continued support. It means the world to me. " The tweet ended with a smiley face. He was pictured in magazines that month smiling and vacationing with longtime girlfriend and "Glee" costar Lea Michele, who had proclaimed her steadfast support for Monteith through his struggles.
July 12, 2013 |
Oprah Winfrey has scored another high-profile coup for OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network: Lindsay Lohan. The troubled star, who is currently serving her latest rehab stint, will be interviewed by Winfrey in August after her release. Lohan has also been signed for an eight-part documentary series that will air in 2014. The deal with Lohan, which is sure to generate large ratings for OWN, is the latest in a series of prominent interview "gets" for Winfrey. The former talk show mogul has scored exclusive interviews with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and the family of deceased singer Whitney Houston.