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November 21, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Gay, lesbian and bisexual adults in Los Angeles smoke at a rate more than 50% higher than their straight counterparts and suffer disproportionately from the ill effects of tobacco use, health officials reported Thursday at the introduction of a new countywide campaign to stamp out the habit. The Break Up With Tobacco campaign is intended to sharply reduce smoking in the gay, lesbian and bisexual community, currently an estimated 20.6% in Los Angeles County, public health chief Dr. Jonathan Fielding said.
November 13, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Thank you, Rob Ford. Thank you for making American politicians look so good. It's almost as though the mayor of Toronto was planted north of the border just to make the American citizenry think to itself: “Hey, we thought our guys were dysfunctional. But look at this Canadian guy! Our guys act like crackheads. Their guy actually is a crackhead.” Oh, I know. We're all supposed to shake our heads and think: How terribly dreadful for the upstanding citizens of Toronto that their mayor is an admitted crack cocaine smoker.
November 13, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
He's not resigning, he's not taking a leave of absence and he's not admitting he has a problem. So what's next for Rob Ford, Toronto's delusional crack-smoking mayor? “There might be a hanger left in my closet,” he admitted Wednesday during a raucous Toronto City Council meeting. Ya think? He's the subject of a police investigation into misbehavior that includes not just cocaine, but possibly prostitutes and drunk driving. (He won't cooperate with the cops, he said, but that's only because he's acting on advice of his attorney.
November 11, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Miley Cyrus sparked up what appeared to be a joint at the MTV European Music Awards on Sunday in Amsterdam, scandalizing some and giving new meaning to scandal burnout for others. Oh yeah, she also twerked again, butt-first into the face of a little person. Among those scandalized? MTV itself, which for its U.S. audience deleted footage of the pop star smoking as she accepted the award for best music video for "Wrecking Ball. " Yes, it was the night's highest honor. Also clutching its pearls was the Parents Television Council, which, according to Show Tracker , thanked MTV for its discretion in nuking the apparent drug use for U.S. consumption.
November 8, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A jury this week found a Stanislaus County mother guilty of second-degree murder after she left her 2-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy alone in a room for days without food or water as she hung out and smoked methamphetamine. "This is a child who starved to death," Deputy Dist. Atty. John R. Mayne told the jury. "This is a horror movie. " Brandy Lee Rose Devine was found guilty Thursday in the July 2012 death of her daughter, Stephanie Torres, according to the Modesto Bee .  The jury deliberated for just an hour before returning with a verdict.
November 6, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
On Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert couldn't wait to address the growing crack smoking scandal that's engulfing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Describing the hefty Ford as a "Chris Farley tribute mayor," Colbert relayed the news that Toronto police had confirmed a video that apparently showed Ford smoking crack cocaine. "On the bright side, he's personally taking crack off the streets of Toronto," Colbert said. To address the bombshell news, Ford gathered reporters at his office and asked them to repeat the question they had asked him in May. That wasn't a rhetorical request.
November 6, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives
The corruption trial of Bell's former assistant administrator got a jolt Wednesday when prosecutors showed the jury a photo of her smoking a cigar while wearing a white bathrobe. Prosecutors in the corruption case said Angela Spaccia - the second in command in the small city in southeast Los Angeles County city - sent the photo via text message to the city's police chief, Randy Adams. Adams, testifying for the first time in the Bell corruption trials, said the photo was a joke and that he had known Spaccia for more than 30 years, starting with when they worked together in Ventura.
November 6, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford did the right thing Tuesday by admitting that he had smoked crack cocaine. But he wore the wrong tie. In delivering a speech that could well determine the rest of his political career, Ford wore a suit, naturally, but with a loud and goofy NFL tie featuring a lively mix of various team logos. Kind of hard to take someone seriously while staring straight at the old school Tampa Bay buccaneer with a knife between his teeth. In Ford's defense, he does have a lot on his plate, long having denied allegations of drug use until Toronto police recently said they have video of the mayor smoking from a crack pipe.
November 5, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. " That admission on Tuesday by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford had city leaders calling for his ouster. But the controversial city official is not quitting. Ford, red-faced and appearing deeply emotional, held a news conference a few hours after his startling impromptu announcement on his previous drug use . PHOTOS: Political figures, personal indiscretion Here's what he said: "With today's announcement, I know I embarrassed everyone in this city, and I will be forever sorry.  There is only one person to blame for this, and that is myself.
October 31, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A dormant scandal over Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's alleged drug use flared anew Thursday when the city's police chief disclosed that a video purportedly showing Ford smoking crack cocaine had been recovered from a computer seized in a related drug probe. Canadian media swarmed to Ford's suburban home to confront him over the video, which journalists from the Toronto Star and the U.S. gossip site Gawker had reported viewing in May. The mayor at the time vehemently denied that he used drugs or that the video existed.
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