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February 26, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Wearing bright orange shoes and sticking his arms out to help steady himself, Justin Bieber stumbled at least twice during a toe-the-line sobriety test at a Miami Beach jail. The video from a jail surveillance camera was among the few scenes that captured Bieber, according to media reports, among 10 hours of video footage released Wednesday by the Miami Beach Police Department. Evidence in criminal cases is public record in Florida once turned over to the defense. Media covering the 19-year-old pop singer's DUI case requested the video's release.
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April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
Very few shows could pull off a homage to the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman without seeming exploitative, sensational or culturally carnivorous. Only one could do it in the middle of an episode dealing with a bunch of missing anthrax and Garret Dillahunt as a dairy farmer. Two years ago, when CBS premiered the crime-procedural "Elementary," the decision to make Sherlock Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) a modern-day recovering addict seemed equally canny and risky. Holmes is indeed literature's most famous and enduring druggie - in Nicholas Meyer's "Seven-Percent Solution" none other than Sigmund Freud helped him kick the coke habit.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Bradley Cooper has suffered two blockbuster hangovers on screen, but the leading man has been sober for eight years.  "The Words" star opened up about his road to sobriety, specifically what led him to get clean at age 29, after some rash behavior forced him to reevaluate his life. "I don't drink or do drugs at all anymore," Cooper told The Hollywood Reporter. "Being sober helps a great deal. " While Cooper is this year's Sexiest Man Alive , and brings home an A-list paycheck, he acknowledges insecurity is what lead to his addiction.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Wearing bright orange shoes and sticking his arms out to help steady himself, Justin Bieber stumbled at least twice during a toe-the-line sobriety test at a Miami Beach jail. The video from a jail surveillance camera was among the few scenes that captured Bieber, according to media reports, among 10 hours of video footage released Wednesday by the Miami Beach Police Department. Evidence in criminal cases is public record in Florida once turned over to the defense. Media covering the 19-year-old pop singer's DUI case requested the video's release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
On Monday morning, Bree Walker opened the door of her home in Venice and ushered me in. Her very blond, slightly messy hair was tumbling out of a bun on top of her head. Her face was bare, as were her feet. She wore a loose-fitting pair of polka dot drawstring pajama bottoms and a purple sweatshirt over a blue satin shirt. Very Westside hot mom. She seemed to have a tattoo on her extremely taut lower abdomen, which was peeking from her shirt. Her gait was slightly unsteady. “I am nervous about coverage these days,” said Walker, a high-profile television news anchor in Los Angeles from 1988 to 1994 who was arrested last week on suspicion of driving under the influence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1990
Were sobriety checkpoints ever unconstitutional in California? In California, the courts have found time after time driving is a "privilege," not a "right." Therefore, the right to privacy in regards to driving in California is relinquished or surrendered when obtaining a driver's license. Therefore, it is possible to set up checkpoints to verify driver's license, automobile registration and insurance and also sobriety. This type of checkpoint should not be objectionable when removing the unlicensed, the unregistered automobile, the uninsured motorist and most important, the drunk driver from the road, thereby reducing the cost of automobile insurance for legal drivers.
MAGAZINE
August 26, 2001
I feel sorry for "Anonymous" ("Serenity Has Its Ups and Downs," by Anonymous, July 29). With her husband sober for 12 years, she has had to relinquish her important role as martyr and controller. She doesn't get "the steps," which were her husband's path to sobriety. She tried Al-Anon, and it wasn't for her. The hard part of the steps is not going to meetings and listening to other people's stories, but actually paying attention to the steps and trying to live with them in your life. "Working" the steps means taking a deep look at yourself and your actions--not blaming others for your behavior--and changing those behaviors and values in your life that cause you problems.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | Mary McNamara
Very few shows could pull off a homage to the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman without seeming exploitative, sensational or culturally carnivorous. Only one could do it in the middle of an episode dealing with a bunch of missing anthrax and Garret Dillahunt as a dairy farmer. Two years ago, when CBS premiered the crime-procedural "Elementary," the decision to make Sherlock Holmes (played by Jonny Lee Miller) a modern-day recovering addict seemed equally canny and risky. Holmes is indeed literature's most famous and enduring druggie - in Nicholas Meyer's "Seven-Percent Solution" none other than Sigmund Freud helped him kick the coke habit.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2007
SUNDAY morning, one of my great joys -- coffee and The Times. So what's the first thing I see in the Calendar section? Another article on none other than Tom Sizemore ["His Latest Role: Coming Clean," Jan. 7]. The second "A" in A.A. stands for anonymity. Another expression associated with A.A. is "Attraction, not promotion." What this basically means is, don't tell us about your wonderful sobriety, i.e., how you didn't beat up any women today. Just live a sober life and others will be attracted to what they see in you. Many of my friends are working actors, myself included, who partied through the '70s and into the '80s.
NEWS
October 21, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Eskimos, Indians and Aleuts declared war against a disease ravaging their people: alcoholism. A blue ribbon commission of native leaders stood before the 1,000 delegates to the Alaska Federation of Natives convention and before many more watching on statewide television in some 200 villages and begged Alaska's aboriginal people to give up liquor. Alcohol is linked to nearly all violence, injuries and suicides involving Alaska natives, who make up 15% of the state's population.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
On Monday morning, Bree Walker opened the door of her home in Venice and ushered me in. Her very blond, slightly messy hair was tumbling out of a bun on top of her head. Her face was bare, as were her feet. She wore a loose-fitting pair of polka dot drawstring pajama bottoms and a purple sweatshirt over a blue satin shirt. Very Westside hot mom. She seemed to have a tattoo on her extremely taut lower abdomen, which was peeking from her shirt. Her gait was slightly unsteady. “I am nervous about coverage these days,” said Walker, a high-profile television news anchor in Los Angeles from 1988 to 1994 who was arrested last week on suspicion of driving under the influence.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Bradley Cooper says he doesn't have any regrets but does have a dark period that he doesn't care to relive. The 38-year-old onetime Oscar nominee, who has already earned an acting nod at the Golden Globes for his latest David O. Russell flick, "American Hustle," addressed a few sore subjects with GQ's Zach Baron in the magazine's January 2014 issue, talking about his early career, playing jerks a la Phil in "The Hangover" and his struggle with...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
David Cassidy, onetime teen dream and "The Partridge Family" star, was arrested Wednesday morning just after midnight in upstate New York on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Cassidy, 63, was initially pulled over for driving with his high beams on, TMZ reported , and officers administered a field sobriety test after smelling alcohol. The actor-singer did poorly on the sobriety test and showed a blood alcohol level of 0.10 on a breath test, Schodack, N.Y., police told the website.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Police officers usually must have a search warrant before requiring a suspected drunk driver to have his blood drawn, the Supreme Court said Wednesday. In an 8-1 decision, the justices rejected Missouri prosecutors' contention that police should have the freedom to act quickly and dispense with a warrant because alcohol dissipates in the blood. Instead, the court said it would hold fast to its view that the 4th Amendment's ban on "unreasonable searches" means the police usually need a warrant from a magistrate before invading a person's privacy.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Bradley Cooper has suffered two blockbuster hangovers on screen, but the leading man has been sober for eight years.  "The Words" star opened up about his road to sobriety, specifically what led him to get clean at age 29, after some rash behavior forced him to reevaluate his life. "I don't drink or do drugs at all anymore," Cooper told The Hollywood Reporter. "Being sober helps a great deal. " While Cooper is this year's Sexiest Man Alive , and brings home an A-list paycheck, he acknowledges insecurity is what lead to his addiction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2012 | By Lauren Williams and Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer has accused local employee associations of being behind a 911 call that led to an officer giving him a field sobriety test outside his home. "This has gone way over the line," Righeimer said at a news conference Friday outside City Hall. "I understand that pensions are a tense issue, that pay is a tense issue. I understand that some people may disagree, but when what looks like someone is paid to follow me around town and set me up for a DUI in front of my kids and my house, it's crossing the line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1986 | MARC IGLER, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Police Department, which has been using Friday night roadblocks for four months to snare drunk drivers in the San Fernando Valley, said Friday it will end the practice because it is not working. "You got to get your best bang for your buck and, simply put, we're not," said Sgt. Dennis Zine, who helped institute the checkpoints. The statistics tell the story. Zine said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1995 | MARY MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Daniel, a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, recently spent about an hour at the Twelve-n-Twelve store in West Los Angeles looking for just the right gift to give a friend who has been sober for a year. "Being sober is a celebration," said Daniel, who stopped drinking six years ago. "Although I was alive before I got clean and sober, I wasn't really able to enjoy life."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2011 | By Paul Brownfield, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When actor Bobby Cannavale texts his friend, playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, it's often just a one-word note. "Slice" means let's go get pizza. "Bench" means meet me at the bench at 85th and Riverside on the Upper West Side, overlooking Riverside Park. Last year, Cannavale texted "Bench" when he found out Guirgis' play, "The Mother… With the Hat" (the expletive is implied) was casting for a Broadway run. "I don't think he saw me in the role so much, but I definitely did," Cannavale said.
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