Is Lindsay Lohan jealous of all the attention Amanda Bynes has been receiving lately? Having tweeted her resentment at Bynes' light punishment for her own drug and driving transgressions, LiLo has allegedly moved to reclaim the limelight. She was arrested yet again at 2:30 am this morning—this time for hitting a pedestrian with her car outside a Manhattan hotel. The police say they don't believe she was intoxicated (no breathalyzer test was performed), but witnesses suggest otherwise: "She was slurring," says cook Jose Rodriguez, the alleged victim. “She smelled like alcohol real bad." Cops say the actress was "going very slow" and maneuvering around crowds of people in her Porsche when she clipped Rodriguez. "They drove off, like it didn't matter," Rodriguez says. “They acted like I was nothing, that no one could touch her because she was rich and powerful.” He was hospitalized but released with no visible injuries, and Lohan was later booked for leaving the scene of the accident. Here's where it gets a little complicated though: detectives have reviewed surveillance footage from a nearby hotel, and sources suggest that Rodriguez might be exaggerating. Lohan is telling friends that she had no idea that she hit someone and claiming that this is all a set up, according to TMZ. Your move, Bynes.
A Texas woman is suing Carnival Cruise Lines over the alcohol-related death of her husband and the company's claims that he committed suicide—saying that he wasn't suicidal, but was "conditioned" by the cruise ship to keep drinking well after he should have stopped. In her lawsuit, Michele Markham says her husband Clint Markham drank unlimited cocktails from 10:30 to 3:30 pm on the day of his death, and then two Everclear-based drinks between 4 pm and 6 pm, ignoring her requests to slow down. At around 6:30 pm, he left their room to continue drinking and, while perched up against a railing, plunged face-first into the water. There was allegedly "no immediate response from the ship," 911 calls from other passengers didn't get through to the bridge and it took 20 minutes for a rescue boat to be sent out. Clint Markham's body was never recovered. The lawsuit claims that "even though he had consumed excessive amounts of alcohol, Clint Markham had been conditioned by [Carnival] to keep partying, and to take it to the limit and beyond." Markham also alleges that Carnival called Clint's mother—also a plaintiff on the suit—to tell her that her son had killed himself and reported the same to the media. She said that her husband had no history of depression or suicidal tendencies and that no suicide note was found on the ship. A spokesman for Carnival Cruise Lines declined to comment on the pending litigation. The company has recently been testing out a $50 all-you-can drink package on one of its ships.
Lady Gaga's famous poker face now involves a large joint protruding from her mouth. During her latest performance in Amsterdam, the singer puffed on what she described as a "wondrous" spliff on stage, telling fans she was in an "appropriate place" to talk about the "medical wonders" of marijuana. “I want you to know it has totally changed my life and I’ve really cut down on drinking," she said. "It has been a totally spiritual experience for me with my music.” She quipped that she was going to talk with President Obama about making marijuana legal around the world. And during one of multiple costume changes throughout the show, she donned a T-shirt with marijuana leaves, which she describes as "the new peace sign," adding “It’s like saying everybody needs to take a breath and it’s going to be OK.” It's unclear whether the taking of these breaths contributed to her eyebrow-raising declaration to fans at a recent show in Ireland: "I'm so happy to be back in the UK!"
Drinking and smoking seem to be linked to earlier development of pancreatic cancer, indicates a new study. Pancreatic cancer is reportedly causing a growing number of deaths, partly because of the difficulty of early detection, and claimed the lives of Steve Jobs and Patrick Swayze among many others. Doctors still aren't certain what causes it, but there's now evidence, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, that smoking and heavy drinking raises the risk of developing it sooner. “If you do have these habits, and you're going to develop pancreatic cancer, the age of presentation may be younger,” says lead researcher Dr. Michelle A. Anderson of the University of Michigan Health System. The researchers studied 811 patients in a pancreatic cancer registry. According to the American Cancer Society, the risk for developing pancreatic cancer is about one in 71 and occurs at an average age of 72. But the heavy drinkers and smokers in the study were diagnosed around a decade earlier. While the findings don't prove that smoking and drinking causes earlier cancer, the researchers did discover a “dose” effect—meaning that those who smoked over a pack a day were diagnosed younger age than those who smoked less. And those who'd refrained from heavy drinking and smoking for over 10 years had a reduced risk. Researchers hope the study will give people yet another reason to make healthier choices. As Anderson says, “That's potentially an extra decade of life.”
- Michigan Marijuana Industry Ruled by Confusion and Anxiety [MLive.com]
- Addict Housing Program in Need of Its Own Recovery [Philadelphia Inquirer]
- Falcons RB Michael Turner Arrested for DUI Hours After Monday Night Win [Washington Post]
- Smoking, Drinking Tied to Earlier Pancreatic Cancer [Reuters]
- Oregon Legislator Supports Marijuana Legalization [San Francisco Chronicle]
- An Enraged, Drunken Golfer Nearly Killed a Guy Who Tried to Play Through, Lawsuit Alleges [Dallas Observer]
One of a group of eight Hells Angels and their associates recently charged with trafficking and importing cocaine in British Columbia has been granted bail by the province's Supreme Court—but millions in cash and property thought to be the proceeds of organized crime is set to be forfeited. The charges stem from a sting operation that on August 25 swooped on the alleged participants in a deal to buy 200 kilos of cocaine—and also netted the cops $4 million in alleged drug money. James Howard—one of those arrested—must follow stringent conditions to secure his release on bail: he'll have to put up a $300,000 bond, give up his passport, live at his parents’ home and report weekly to a bail supervisor. He may not possess a cell phone, leave home between 8 pm and 6 am, or contact any of the other accused men, except in the presence of a lawyer. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had been investigating allegations that British Columbia-grown pot was being trafficked elsewhere to pay to import cocaine. The 21-month undercover probe stretched from Canada to the US, Mexico and Panama. The apparent involvement of two full-patch Hells Angels and their associates is no surprise—the gang is reputed to play a major role in smuggling drugs on either side of the Canadian border. “This represents the blueprint for a majority of Canadian-based organized crime in search of profits," says RCMP Superintendent Brian Cantera of the trafficking operation.