As the drinking crowds continue to grow in LoDo each
weekend, an alternative counterculture is developing in the empty
warehouses just north of Coors Field.
Sipping nothing stronger than bottled water and fruit juices, the
mostly younger crowd gathers, not to preen and strut, but to dance the
night away. To them, appearances are less important than the experience.
Dressed in baggy pants and T-shirts, adorned with tattoos and
piercings, this crowd is content to gather in industrial settings on
concrete floors, the more remote the better. They don't care for fancy
bars and elegant seating. What they're looking for is a deafening
sound system and a hip disc jockey with his own collection of
industrial "electronica" music.
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Donning a 99-cent-store disguise, dirty cop Rafael Perez nonchalantly stole
cocaine from an LAPD evidence room for several months without arousing
suspicion, only to be caught because of his own carelessness and arrogance,
the Daily News has learned.
Perez made one severe error in March 1998, following his largest narcotics
heist -- he failed to replace the dope he had taken with household flour as
he had done in the past.
According to confidential transcripts of Perez's testimony to investigators
and several sources close to the corruption investigation, Perez had used
the flour scam at least three times before, eventually stealing a total
about $1 million worth of cocaine from the Los Angeles Police Department.
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New Zero-Tolerance Policy For Cocaine Use Could Reduce Recruit Pool
30%, FBI Warns
Denver could have trouble finding enough police applicants under a new
zero-tolerance policy on past cocaine use, an FBI official has warned.
The FBI has found that of the more than 1,200 Denver-area applicants the
bureau gets each year, 30 percent have used cocaine or other hard drugs, a
Jane Quimby of the FBI said only about 30 percent to 40 percent have never
used any drugs.
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A week that started on a high note for Paterson Latino activist Juan
A. Torres ended on a low one.
Torres was named by the county's ruling Democrats early this week as
their top choice to become personnel director of Passaic County
government. The $59,000 job would make him the highest-ranking Latino
among the county's 2,400 employees.
By Friday, however, the 49-year-old Torres was facing questions by the
county freeholders about why he had not disclosed an arrest for drug
possession in 1993. The case was dismissed in Paterson court.
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RED BLUFF -- Dr. Tod Mikuriya never thought he'd write medical marijuana
recommendations in a room full of stuffed animals.
But the Berkeley psychiatrist, who treats patients from San Diego to the
Oregon border, was in the bedroom of an east Red Bluff home Saturday after
being evicted from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows hall the day before.
Mikuriya, who testified in the marijuana trial of Redding mother and son Jim
and Lydia Hall, saw about 20 patients inside the home Saturday. Many of them
were members of the Humboldt Cannabis Club in Arcata, between 20 and 50
years old and suffering from chronic pain. They brought medical records to
back up their claims.
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(SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif.) (AP) - They were spotted from
the air, as conspicuous as sharks in a school of guppies: Three plots
of land, seemingly stripped of the towering oaks and manzanitas that
shroud this patch of Southern California forest.
These were not natural formations. They were entirely man-made - and
A week after the August sighting, a helicopter returned with two dozen
Forest Service agents and sheriff's detectives. They cleared a landing
pad and cut a trail into the site, coming first to a makeshift
reservoir. Six hoses, filtering water from a creek, ran in one end;
several more snaked back out the other.
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