| Jan 6, 2015
| 1:35 PM
Susan Shapiro's anecdotal experience with cannabis — describing her past use as "an extreme addiction" — is anomalous. Most people who experiment with pot do not become dependent upon it. In truth, most users who try marijuana voluntarily...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 7:16 AM
The son of action comedy star Jackie Chan pleaded guilty Friday to providing a venue for drug users, the latest person caught up in a widespread crackdown on illegal drugs in Beijing starting last year.
Jaycee Chan was sentenced in a courtroom in the...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Jason Lappies woke in his San Diego apartment on the morning of June 26. Not needing to report to work right away, he settled onto his couch to watch a World Cup soccer match. He teased his roommate, who had to rush off to a job.
When the friend...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 7:34 AM
Does extreme privilege point, like an arrow, to a sort of rot within the true-blue American spirit? Putting criminal insanity aside for a moment, the answer's a qualified, sorrowful yes in director Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," a true-crime drama...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Lawrence Hall Youth Services promises to provide expert care and close guidance to juvenile state wards with histories of abuse and neglect in its 48-bed residential treatment center in Chicago and a network of nearby group homes.
| Dec 3, 2014
| 3:37 PM
Baltimore officials have again adjusted the estimated number of heroin users in the city — to nearly 19,000, up from 11,000.
The new figure comes from a task force Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake appointed in October to study heroin use and...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 7:00 PM
Joe McCabe sits on a wooden bench and calls out to two men strolling up State Street, "Have any spare change? I'm actually a traveler."
The men continue walking, and McCabe grumbles a homophobic slur that they don't hear.
McCabe gets up from the...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 10:24 AM
Earlier this month, marijuana was partially decriminalized in Maryland, making possession under 10 grams (about a third of an ounce) subject to a citation, a fine and no jail time.
Despite some problems with the language of the law, taking jail time off...
| Nov 1, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The statewide initiative on Tuesday's ballot to reduce penalties for illicit drug use and petty theft is part of a multimillion-dollar campaign to revise sentencing laws in California and across the nation.
Five major foundations, headlined by a...
| Nov 10, 2014
For Clyde Hoch, the real war began when his tour in Vietnam ended.
He had survived the heaviest fighting of the Tet Offensive, a campaign of bloodshed in 1968 that leveled cities and villages and left about 4,000 Americans dead.
Hoch, then a 21-year-...
| Nov 12, 2014
Teenagers and parents can steel themselves against drug abuse at a free class on Tuesday. The Drug Prevention Informational Session explores the signs, consequences and peer pressures associated with street drugs.
The free event is put on by the village...