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Sativex, a pot-based prescription drug spray derived not from a synthetic equivalent but from the cannabis plant itself, is jonesing for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval more than 25 years after the first synthetic THC capsules were swallowed.
Should the medicinal mouth spray get the green light, the world's first pharmaceutical developed from raw marijuana, and similar medicines, could soon find their way to pharmacy shelves, say drug companies, biotech firms and university scientists.
GW Pharma in advanced clinical trials for the drug. The British company wants to push it to the U.S. market as a treatment for cancer pain, and is hoping for FDA approval by the end of 2013.
Containing marijuana's two best known components — delta 9-THC and cannabidiol — Sativex is already approved in Canada, New Zealand and eight European countries in relieving muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis.
Public art had its slow-moving moment in the late-morning sun with a large-scale reinterpretation last weekend of a 1980 Lita Albuquerque earthwork called "Spine of the Earth."
As part of the Pacific Standard Time multi-institutional, multi-discipline art collaboration across Southern California, the Mojave Desert earthwork was recontexualized as a performance piece for an urban park space in Los Angeles.
Translation: Last weekend, 500 people dressed in red creeped down the stairs from the top of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook like the slowest Lord of the Rings attack ever.
Looking like a cross between a PG-rated Human Centipede and a Caltrans conga line, the lava-eqsue art drones chanted and counted as they inched back to earth.
The piece, which should have been visible from the 10 and 405 freeways, began with a parachuter trailing red smoke.
A suspect carrying a long metal object approaches police on Monday at a Carl's Jr. in Monterey Park, CA.
A witness video of a fatal shooting in a Carl's Jr. parking lot on Monday appears to show the third time in three days that Los Angeles County authorites used lethal force on a suspect.
The incident began at the restaurant in the 1200 block of Cesar Chavez Avenue just before 9:30 a.m. on Monday, said the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The suspect, carrying a long metal object, walked "slowly and calmly" to the side of the building before "very nonchalantly smashing in the windows with his weapon," wrote the witness below a YouTube video that aired on network television news.
After ignoring orders to drop his weapon, police used a Taser on the suspect, which seemed to have no effect. At least one officer opened fire as the suspect began to swing at police with the metal object.
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Disney, for the first time in its fixed and fastidious history, is allowing theme park workers in California and Florida to grow beards and goatees beginning Feb. 3. Princesses, beware of stubble burn.
"Here you leave clean-shaven and enter world of wooly, rough, and whiskered."
The park personnel prohibition on cultivating facial fuzz began when Disneyland opened in the 1950s, and the policy went unchanged for decades. In 2000, a tweak to allow for mustaches was made, but only if the lip-loungers tufted up over a vacation, and were not developed on Walt's time.
Company officials decided now was a good time to give the hair policy a healthy trim, according to a Disney spokeswoman.
Follicle fun aside, a new crop of rule changes has also introduced "casual Fridays" to employees that do not interact with park visitors.
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Time for some new concessions at LAX.
While some union workers at Los Angeles International Airport were busy today protesting a contractor’s plan to terminate their healthcare benefits, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners was busy approving a $331 million contract for the management of restaurants and shopping in two terminals, and the Theme Building.
Westfield Concession Management, a subsidiary of the Australia-based developer Westfield Group, was awarded the 17-year contract in a unanimous vote that guarantees Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) a minimum of $17.7 million in revenue the first year concessionaires are operational, and a $331 million payday over the life of the contract.
The agreement stipulates that Westfield, a company already running concessions at nine other airports, will develop, lease and manage stores and restaurants at the Theme Building (with restrictions because of its historical landmark designation), in Terminal 2, and at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, including the "Bradley West" addition that's being built.