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March 25, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The title of Lil Wayne's new album rings familiar, and not just because it's the sequel to a 2010 disc. On “I Am Not a Human Being II,” the famously out-there rapper boasts, as he has countless times over the last decade, that he's different from the rest of us -- weirder, funnier, richer, sexier. “She fell in love with the Martian,” he says of an admirer in “Wowzerz,” one of many Lil Wayne songs in which he refers to himself as an alien. “I said, 'You're too down to Earth.' ” Yet this month, Lil Wayne revealed just how human he is when a series of seizures put him in L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for days.
March 28, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
They are rebels with a cause. In their playing days, the NFL taught them to be competitors, never to go down without a fight. And so, in a quiet meeting room last weekend, away from the madding crowds of a Las Vegas casino, they got mad all over again. They have lost their youth but not their spunk. There are an estimated 21,000 NFL retirees. There are several groups that represent them, each with an agenda built around anger for the National Football League. This group was the Independent Football Veterans Inc. PHOTOS: The NFL and head injuries Visualize large men in broken bodies and listen to them as they talk about how the hits of yesteryear affect them now: Dave Pear, 57, veteran of six years and three NFL teams: "I played for the Raiders with a herniated disk in my neck.
April 29, 2001 | AKHIL REED AMAR, Akhil Reed Amar, a law professor at Yale Law School, is author of "The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction."
Picture this: Returning home from soccer practice with her two young children, a mother slowly drives her pickup down a quiet street. A cop notices the car's occupants are not wearing seat belts, and pulls the vehicle over. Yelling at the mother as he approaches, he scares the kids. He tells her that she is going directly to jail, and refuses to allow her first to take the crying youngsters to a neighbor's house. As the incident unfolds, friends arrive and shepherd away the youngsters.
January 16, 1997
Some flashy Las Vegas cats have been cooling their heels in Tujunga ever since Pomona authorities canceled their L.A. gigs. Aslan and Jagger, a lion and a tiger who have spent the last six to nine months traveling across the West in a converted potato chip truck, were seized from their owner, Joshua Saul Weinstein, 26, by Pomona Valley Humane Society officers who said the exotic cat exhibitor was storing his stars in inadequate conditions and working under a revoked permit.
Olympic sprint champion Florence Griffith Joyner died after suffering an epileptic seizure, according to autopsy results released Thursday, and her family and friends say they hope the findings will put to rest rumors that drug use contributed to her death. Griffith Joyner died last month in her sleep at age 38. Her husband, Al Joyner, bitterly criticized those who suggested that she took performance-enhancing drugs.
April 8, 1986 | RAY PEREZ, Times Staff Writer
The record seizure of 1,784 pounds of cocaine in Fullerton, Placentia and Anaheim over the weekend is an indication that Orange County has become a visible spot for major distribution of the drug, a federal prosecutor said Monday. Mark H. Bonner, who in 1984 helped dismantle the largest cocaine-trafficking network on the West Coast, said Orange County's coke haul "has the underpinnings of a gigantic case. Where it's moving and shaking is Orange County, obviously."
From a phone at a hotel in San Diego's Mission Valley, reputed mobster Chris Petti reached out on Dec. 5, 1988, and touched prominent San Diego businessman Richard T. Silberman. Though the telephone was a public pay phone, it had been tapped--by FBI agents. In the phone conversation, Petti and Silberman chatted about laundering money they believed came from Colombian drug lords, federal prosecutors say. "The thing that was bad about the deal is it was too small. . . .
November 7, 2005 | Elena Conis
The licorice-flavored star anise fruit is an ingredient (along with cinnamon, cloves, fennel and pepper) in the five-spice seasoning widely used in Chinese cuisine. It's used to spice up meat dishes, curries, pickles and liqueurs, and in some regions its seeds are chewed after meals to freshen breath and help digestion. Star anise's medicinally active compounds are its volatile oils.
March 29, 2008 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
A highly regarded female police officer has been accepted into the training program for the Los Angeles Police Department's SWAT unit, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first woman officer to join the elite, insular group since its formation more than 35 years ago. Jennifer Grasso, 36, is one of 13 LAPD officers selected for spots in the department's 12-week training school, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, according to an internal LAPD email obtained by The Times.
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