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June 9, 2011
As I have written in this space before, cigarette smoking is a disgusting and self-destructive addiction. However, the evidence of smoking in our hills demonstrates pure lunacy. I am appalled to find butts along the Las Flores Motorway on my weekly walks. The chaparral may still look sort of green, but look closely and you will find the grasses brown, tinder-dry and explosively flammable. Hillside fires in the Southland have already begun to blaze. Many smokers seem to illogically believe that they have a constitutional right to smoke whenever and wherever they wish.
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By Liana Aghajanian | May 29, 2012
This is the last in a four-part series exploring the impacts of heroin use on the greater Glendale area. In 1897, German chemist Heinrich Dreser catapulted two drugs to international fame, making the Bayer pharmaceutical company a household name. One was aspirin. The other, heroin, marketed as a cough suppressant, was an alternative to morphine and its addictive qualities. It only took a year for the truth to unravel. Bayer stopped making heroin in 1913, and the drug's sale and manufacture were banned by Congress in 1924, but the chaos had already been created.
NEWS
October 26, 2002
Janine Marnien Morgan Fisher is from South Pasadena, where things like drug use and hard crime aren't supposed to happen. That didn't stop him from trying alcohol for the first time when he was 12, an experiment that quickly turned to addiction. The former South Pasadena High School student spoke Thursday at a forum sponsored by the Community Prevention Council. Now 17, Morgan and his mother, Susan Callahan, shared their experiences of his addiction to alcohol and drugs and as a dealer to an audience of about 50 residents, city and school board officials.
NEWS
April 26, 2013
Congratulations to the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees for deciding to make the campus smoke-free this fall. This took considerable courage to do. It is interesting and supporting that UCLA just enacted its campus tobacco ban on Earth Day, April 22, with plans for all 10 UC campuses to go smoke-free by 2014. This, of course, will cause smokers to scream that their personal freedom is being squelched. I do agree that unfortunately they do have the personal freedom to smoke, fuel their addiction and slowly commit suicide.
NEWS
May 14, 2003
Ryan Carter Inside the new offices of Wendy Walsh and Carrie Maher, couches, desks and paintings make the space seem like any suite. But in a back room, hanging on the wall are two large banners itemizing the 12 steps and "traditions" for alcohol recovery. The women recently opened Avalon Center for Change, Inc. for addicts and their families to come for counseling in an anonymous setting. The nonprofit drug- and alcohol-abuse counseling center had its grand opening May 4. Along with dealing with alcohol and drug abuse, services include treatment for anger management, grief recovery and dual drug abuse and mental-health problems.
NEWS
By Herbert Molano | April 10, 2008
Regarding “Council appears ready to snuff smoking,” March 27: All smoking is a drag, and all the righteous indignation about smokers’ self-inflicted addiction has me gasping for some fresh air — a different way to elevate the discussion. Were I a teacher again, I would love to give this conflict as a class assignment: What would John Stuart Mill say about Glendale’s ordinances to control smoking? What would Thomas Paine say about our wickedness and vices?
NEWS
June 26, 2010
Anyone who thought our city didn't need some sort of smoking intervention were proven wrong this week when public health officials released 2007 figures that put us near the high-end of reported tobacco use. In 2007, the adult smoking rate was in the 15% to 16% range, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. It was the last survey before city officials started implementing broad anti-smoking measures meant to limit the public's exposure to second-hand smoke.
FEATURES
July 11, 2008
Recently, the Crescenta Valley Sun ran a series on drinking and drug use among teenagers in the Crescenta Valley. And a June 27 article reported that four individuals were arrested on suspicion of selling 1,000 balloons of heroin to teenage buyers throughout La Crescenta. What is your congregation doing or what would you like to see you congregation do to encourage young people to stay away from drugs and alcohol? In Judaism, there is a concept that every human being is created in the image of God, b’tzelem elohim, and therefore treating ourselves, and others, with care and concern is of paramount importance to leading an ethical and moral life.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2007
America ? the land of the free. Everybody loves a bargain. Getting something for nothing is the American way, isn't it? After all, that may be the kind of thinking that prompted millions of Americans to board the diet cola bandwagon. The very name, diet soda, suggests that by drinking it, you're watching your diet; you're in control and doing a "good" thing for your body. So why be concerned about a product that sounds so safe? The words on the outside of the can do sound safe compared to words like diketopiperazine and others that pertain to what's inside.
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By Ray Richmond | December 7, 2013
If there's one thing we have already learned this holiday season, it's that we want our gratification instantly or not at all. Ordering stuff off of the Internet is now a contest to see who can deliver it to us the quickest and cheapest. Ground shipping? Get out of town, pal. Two-day? So 2009. Even overnight shipping isn't really quite cutting it anymore. That's, like, as many as 24 hours, and we can only sleep for eight of those. What are we supposed to do with the other 16? However, we have good news.
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By Andy Klein and By Andy Klein | September 27, 2013
As the title suggests, “Don Jon,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt's debut feature as a writer/director, centers on a stud. Gordon-Levitt stars as a working-class man from New Jersey who beds whomever he wants and yet still remains unsatisfied with his love life. No matter how many beautiful women he sleeps with, he needs something more, and so far his only true fulfillment has come from cyber-three-ways between him, his hand, and his laptop. Yes, his name is Jon, and he's a porn addict. Such an affliction has doubtless existed since the dawn of time but until the advent of the Internet, you were less likely to encounter it. But what used to require both effort and money to acquire now streams into your house at no cost.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 13, 2013
As a single mother of three kids working two jobs, snorting crystal meth made Debra Collins feel like she could "climb a mountain. " "I felt like I was a fully charged light bulb. " But then Collins lost her job. Bills went unpaid. Checks bounced. She racked up hundreds of dollars of bank overdraft fees. Eventually, Collins had to give up her three children. She became homeless. Her addiction worsened. "I was in such a black, black place," said Collins, who, sitting in a downtown Los Angeles office building in black slacks, chic glasses and a flowered blouse, seemed light years away from being a rail-thin meth addict with skin drooping off a sunken face.
NEWS
April 26, 2013
Congratulations to the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees for deciding to make the campus smoke-free this fall. This took considerable courage to do. It is interesting and supporting that UCLA just enacted its campus tobacco ban on Earth Day, April 22, with plans for all 10 UC campuses to go smoke-free by 2014. This, of course, will cause smokers to scream that their personal freedom is being squelched. I do agree that unfortunately they do have the personal freedom to smoke, fuel their addiction and slowly commit suicide.
NEWS
By Liana Aghajanian | May 29, 2012
This is the last in a four-part series exploring the impacts of heroin use on the greater Glendale area. In 1897, German chemist Heinrich Dreser catapulted two drugs to international fame, making the Bayer pharmaceutical company a household name. One was aspirin. The other, heroin, marketed as a cough suppressant, was an alternative to morphine and its addictive qualities. It only took a year for the truth to unravel. Bayer stopped making heroin in 1913, and the drug's sale and manufacture were banned by Congress in 1924, but the chaos had already been created.
NEWS
By Liana Aghajanian | May 21, 2012
This is the third in a four part series exploring the impacts of heroin use on the greater Glendale area. On a Friday morning at the New Way Foundation rehab facility in Burbank, 20 men slowly crowd into a room. The stark white walls are covered in motivational posters. The blue door swings back and they sit down. Their offenses are varied. For some it's alcohol, for others heroin. For a few, cocaine or meth. Their backgrounds are varied too: They're Armenian, Indian, Latino, biracial and white.
NEWS
By Liana Aghajanian | May 14, 2012
This is the second in a four-part series exploring the impacts of heroin use on the greater Glendale area. Anne Fisher and her family moved to La Crescenta from Michigan in the early '90s. The Los Angeles suburb, with its small-town feel and slow-paced atmosphere, reminded her of home. “Nothing can go wrong here,” she recalled thinking. But things did. Wanting to fit in and unable to deal with the pressures of a relationship ending, her son Raymond tried prescription pills for the first time when he was 17. It was like instant relief, erasing all his problems, he said.
NEWS
April 2, 2012
A 27-year-old Glendale man was arrested early Saturday for allegedly driving his car into a police officer who was investigating his vehicle. The officer was patrolling his area about 2:40 a.m. when he noticed Garegin Galstyan's green Honda Civic parked on Maurita Place, east of Howard Street, according to police reports. In the past, the officer had contacted Galstyan, an alleged heroin addict on probation for possession of narcotics, according to reports. The officer drove by the Honda and saw Galstyan in the driver's seat crouched over over the center console, police said.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 15, 2011
For recovering addict Alexandra Datig, marijuana was a gateway drug that led her down a path of heartache and destruction. Datig - an anti-drug activist who rallied against the marijuana legalization initiative Proposition 19 last year - relayed her downward spiral during a meeting Monday organized by the Crescenta Valley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition, which has been working to combat drug and alcohol use among teens in the foothills....
NEWS
By Kimberlie Zakarian | June 10, 2011
Our society and media have done a great deal to taint and perversely hardwire our brains for an unhealthy view of sex. In treating men and women in my practice who struggle with sex addiction or pornography — or who are simply are still stuck with images they have seen in the past that still influence their memories and sex lives — I feel deeply disappointed. Media has cultivated images and resources that have perverted people’s views of sex. And this phenomenon affects both genders.
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