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June 30, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Sarah Ardalani, Los Angeles Times
A 15-year-old girl died Tuesday of a suspected drug overdose after attending a rave over the weekend at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum that had a minimum age requirement of 16. The girl, identified by family members as Sasha Rodriguez, was one of two rave attendees who were in critical condition at California Hospital Medical Center after the 14th annual Electric Daisy Carnival. As Sasha's family decided whether to remove her from life support Tuesday, her mother, Grace Rodriguez, told the CBS Evening News: "I was supposed to be planning her Sweet Sixteen party.
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September 1, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle
The last day of a large rave in New York City was canceled Sunday after two attendees died, apparently from Ecstasy overdoses. The deaths occurred during the first two days of the Electric Zoo rave. At  least four other people became critically ill and were hospitalized, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's office said. "Definitive causes of death have not yet been determined, however, both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly)," the office said in a statement. "The Electric Zoo organizers have worked with city officials to reduce health risks at this event, but in view of these occurrences, the safest course is to cancel the remaining day of the event.
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June 2, 2012 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The family of a 15-year-old girl who overdosed on Ecstasy at a rave concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and later died will receive a settlement of $190,000 on behalf of the stadium, the rave promoter and a former Coliseum manager, lawyers said. Attorneys for both sides said an insurance company for the promoter, Insomniac Inc., paid $175,000 for its liability and the Coliseum's. An insurer for the Coliseum manager, Todd DeStefano, paid $15,000. The teenager, Sasha Rodriguez, was at the rave even though the minimum entry age was 16. She was there without her parents' permission.
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February 2, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Paul Pringle and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
On the edge of the Mojave, music promoter Pasquale Rotella staged a rave about 11 years ago that ended with a coroner's wagon rolling down desert roads. Five people died of overdoses and drug-related car crashes during or shortly after the Nocturnal Wonderland concert at the Chemehuevi Indian Reservation in San Bernardino County. Watch: Video discussion The all-night party of electronic dance music was among the big raves to emerge from an Ecstasy-fueled underground of urban warehouses.
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July 1, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Richard Winton and Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
When the Electric Daisy Carnival - a massive dance party with top-name acts - rolled into town last weekend, officials thought they were prepared, this time. There were rows of ambulances ready outside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Nearby hospitals raised their staff to levels that are used for "multi-casualty incidents," such as train crashes. The Los Angeles Police Department used twice as many officers as are usually deployed at USC football games. Crash-proof fences were installed to guard against crowd surges and an investigator from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was stationed at the command post.
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August 31, 2010 | By Sarah Ardalani, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County coroner's officials said Tuesday that Sasha Rodriguez , the 15-year-old girl hospitalized after attending the Electric Daisy Carnival rave in June, died as the result of an overdose of MDMA, a drug commonly known as Ecstasy. Officials listed the cause of death as an accident due to drug intoxication. Coroner's officials said the official cause of death was determined to be complications of ischemic encephalopathy from methylenedioxymethamphetamine ( MDMA )
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January 3, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The parents of 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez, who died of an ecstasy overdose after attending a rave, have filed a claim against the management of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The parents are seeking $5 million in damages from the Coliseum Commission. The claim, filed Dec. 23 with both the city and county of Los Angeles, is a necessary step before suing in court. The claim says the commission, a joint state, city and county board, did not fulfill its "duties and was negligent in creating and/or allowing others to create a dangerous condition of public property" during the two-day Electric Daisy Carnival rave at the Coliseum in June.
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January 2, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
At least 17 people were hospitalized and more than two dozen arrested during a New Year's Eve rave at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, but there were no reported fatalities. The annual Together as One electronic music party drew about 45,000 revelers to ring in the new year at an event that lasted until 2 a.m., according to the event promoter. New safety measures were in place this year, including an 18-and-over age requirement and "amnesty boxes" where revelers could deposit illegal drugs before being searched.
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September 9, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and the event company Insomniac were sued Thursday by the parents of a teenage girl who died of an Ecstasy overdose after attending a rave at the stadium. The suit also names former Coliseum events manager Todd DeStefano, whom Insomniac employed as a consultant while he held the stadium job, and two private companies he formed. Those companies received at least $1.8 million in payments from firms that also did business with the Coliseum.
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July 4, 2010 | By Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times
Last week was the week for girls lost and found. Their names were Abby and Sasha, Chelsea and Jaycee. Their stories, published by The Times last week, spoke alternately of optimism, mortality, resurrection and the search for redress for unfathomable pain. Wednesday's newspaper was almost eerie. From the left side of one page, Abby Sunderland smiled and waved, her sandaled feet on dry land after her attempt to circumnavigate the world blew apart on the fierce winds of an Indian Ocean storm that demasted her boat.
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June 2, 2012 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The family of a 15-year-old girl who overdosed on Ecstasy at a rave concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and later died will receive a settlement of $190,000 on behalf of the stadium, the rave promoter and a former Coliseum manager, lawyers said. Attorneys for both sides said an insurance company for the promoter, Insomniac Inc., paid $175,000 for its liability and the Coliseum's. An insurer for the Coliseum manager, Todd DeStefano, paid $15,000. The teenager, Sasha Rodriguez, was at the rave even though the minimum entry age was 16. She was there without her parents' permission.
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September 9, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and the event company Insomniac were sued Thursday by the parents of a teenage girl who died of an Ecstasy overdose after attending a rave at the stadium. The suit also names former Coliseum events manager Todd DeStefano, whom Insomniac employed as a consultant while he held the stadium job, and two private companies he formed. Those companies received at least $1.8 million in payments from firms that also did business with the Coliseum.
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February 15, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
The longtime general manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum could find his job in jeopardy Tuesday when his bosses meet behind closed doors to discuss his decision to allow a top assistant to double as a paid consultant to the producer of a controversial rave at the stadium. The nine-member Coliseum Commission has scheduled a special session at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration to take "possible action" on general manager Patrick Lynch's employment, the panel said in a terse announcement Monday.
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February 13, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
An administrator for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission who doubled as a paid consultant to a producer of raves also hired his own City Hall lobbyist as he sought to keep the controversial events at the stadium, according to records and interviews. A firm owned by Todd DeStefano, then an events manager for the commission, retained the lobbyist to meet with City Council members and other officials after June's Electric Daisy Carnival rave, which was marred by numerous drug overdoses and the death of a teenage girl, city records show.
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February 9, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
A top administrator for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission helped plan and oversee security and emergency services for a huge rave, the 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival, at the same time he was a paid consultant to the company producing the event, which was marred by numerous drug overdoses and the death of a teenage girl. Safety requirements for the annual rave were important to the company because it paid many of the security and first-aid costs. After 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez died of an Ecstasy overdose, the Los Angeles Police Department said security arrangements were inadequate and drug use at the event was rampant.
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January 3, 2011 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The parents of 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez, who died of an ecstasy overdose after attending a rave, have filed a claim against the management of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The parents are seeking $5 million in damages from the Coliseum Commission. The claim, filed Dec. 23 with both the city and county of Los Angeles, is a necessary step before suing in court. The claim says the commission, a joint state, city and county board, did not fulfill its "duties and was negligent in creating and/or allowing others to create a dangerous condition of public property" during the two-day Electric Daisy Carnival rave at the Coliseum in June.
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December 23, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- Raves would be outlawed at publicly owned venues in California under a proposal made Wednesday by a lawmaker after the death of a teenager and scores of injuries at rave events in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Legislation introduced Wednesday by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D- San Francisco) would prohibit the dance concerts on public property, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where a June rave sent dozens to hospitals, including a 15-year old girl, who died.
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February 15, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Rong-Gong Lin II and Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times
The longtime general manager of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum could find his job in jeopardy Tuesday when his bosses meet behind closed doors to discuss his decision to allow a top assistant to double as a paid consultant to the producer of a controversial rave at the stadium. The nine-member Coliseum Commission has scheduled a special session at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration to take "possible action" on general manager Patrick Lynch's employment, the panel said in a terse announcement Monday.
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January 2, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
At least 17 people were hospitalized and more than two dozen arrested during a New Year's Eve rave at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, but there were no reported fatalities. The annual Together as One electronic music party drew about 45,000 revelers to ring in the new year at an event that lasted until 2 a.m., according to the event promoter. New safety measures were in place this year, including an 18-and-over age requirement and "amnesty boxes" where revelers could deposit illegal drugs before being searched.
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December 23, 2010 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Sacramento -- Raves would be outlawed at publicly owned venues in California under a proposal made Wednesday by a lawmaker after the death of a teenager and scores of injuries at rave events in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Legislation introduced Wednesday by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D- San Francisco) would prohibit the dance concerts on public property, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where a June rave sent dozens to hospitals, including a 15-year old girl, who died.
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