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November 28, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Miley Cyrus celebrated her 19th birthday recently with a cake--supposedly a Bob Marley cake. When she saw it, the singer/actress said, "You know you're a stoner when your friends make you a Bob Marley cake. You know you smoke way too much [expletive] weed. " And therein lies the latest video-spawned drug-related controversy about Cyrus, who last year appeared on grainy video smoking what she later said was salvia. She has since admitted the incident was a mistake, but the latest video has people wondering if the birthday quips suggest where there's smoke, there's marijuana.
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March 23, 1990 | WENDY PAULSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Zuleima Valdez, the 16-year-old Cypress girl whose body was found near a flood control channel in Lakewood, died by strangulation, according to preliminary autopsy results released Thursday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Bob Dambacher, a coroner's office spokesman, said routine toxicological tests will be conducted to determine if the girl was given any substances, such as drugs, before she was killed.
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May 7, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times
When he died, Michael Jackson had a cocktail of anti-depressant and mood drugs in his system as well as a level of the anesthetic propofol typical of a patient undergoing major surgery. The revelation came during testimony Monday in the lawsuit Jackson's mother and children have filed against AEG, the entertainment giant that was promoting the singer's comeback concert series in London when he died. Dr. Christopher Rogers, the Los Angeles County deputy medical examiner, testified that after toxicology tests found Jackson had used propofol, he consulted with an anesthesiologist.
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June 9, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Brynn Hartman's blood contained traces of alcohol, cocaine and a prescription antidepressant drug when she killed herself hours after executing her sleeping husband, comic actor Phil Hartman, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported Monday. Coroner's officials found no drugs in Phil Hartman's blood. Brynn Hartman had a blood-alcohol level of .12%--well above the .
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August 23, 2000 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Toxicology reports on the two teenage boys found bludgeoned to death in a La Crescenta schoolyard show neither had illicit drugs in his system, while one had a small amount of alcohol in his bloodstream, the coroner's office said Tuesday. Chris McCulloch, 13, had a blood-alcohol level of .02%, and Blaine Talmo Jr., 14, had traces of Sudafed, a nonprescription cold medicine, in his blood, said Scott Carrier of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. "It's nothing," Carrier said of Chris' .
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August 6, 1997 | JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An autopsy on a 4-year-old boy who stopped breathing in a dentist's chair this week and died on the way to the hospital yielded "no obvious cause" for his death, police said Tuesday. Javier Villa of Santa Ana had been strapped into a "papoose board" used to restrain squirming children while undergoing some cavity work Monday at the Megdal Dental Care offices. Full toxicology reports will not be available for six to eight weeks.
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January 7, 2003 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
A 41-year-old Oxnard man, who police say may have died of a drug overdose, was found in a strawberry field early Monday. Farm workers found the body of Joseph Beccera about 7 a.m. in a ditch beside a row of strawberries at T & R Berry Farms off Del Norte Road in Oxnard, authorities said. "As I was starting work I saw this body laying there on the ground," said Juan Olivera Alarcon, 44. "I didn't know at first if he was dead or maybe drunk. It was a little scary."
NEWS
September 13, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Both drivers in a fiery crash on California 1 that left 11 dead had numerous illegal drugs in their systems, according to toxicology reports released Friday. The driver of the van, Julio Rosa Camacho, 20, had "significant amounts of cocaine" in his system, said James Everly, a California Highway Patrol spokesman. The pickup truck's driver, Michael Anthony Bucci, 42, of Lompoc, had "significant amounts of cocaine and opiates in his system and a trace of marijuana," Everly said.
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November 19, 1999 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying school officials are withholding vital information from the public, a local environmental group plans to file a lawsuit against the Oxnard Elementary School District to obtain a report about the safety of the proposed Juan Lagunas Soria School, representatives said Thursday. Attorneys for the Environmental Defense Center in Ventura mailed a letter this week to the district, saying they plan to file suit if officials don't release the draft toxicology report within 10 days.
SPORTS
March 14, 2003 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Toxicology results released Thursday showed Baltimore Oriole pitcher Steve Bechler had significant amounts of ephedra in his system, leading the Broward County (Fla.) medical examiner to conclude "within a reasonable degree of medical certainty" that an over-the-counter supplement prompted Bechler's heatstroke death last month. The results did not move baseball any closer to joining the NFL, NCAA and International Olympic Committee in banning ephedra-containing supplements.
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