''Rave on,'' sang Buddy Holly.
Not so fast, says LA County supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
A 15-year-old girl died of an evident drug overdose after the Electric Daisy music festival at the Coliseum. The doctor in charge of the California Hospital Medical Center emergency room is Dr. Marc Futernick, who had a lot of sharp criticism of rave events on the program today.
Raves, music festivals -- whatever you call them, he says, they always send far more people to the emergency room than other music events. Listen to him online on the Patt Morrison page, describing the human damage he saw in the emergency room -- including a festival-goer who had been trampled and left with spinal injuries. She still bore shoe-marks when she came in.
Drugs like Ecstasy circulate at these events, and one caller we didn't have time to get on the air agreed with Dr. Futernick about the dehydrating effects of such drugs. The caller said water bottles aren't allowed into the events, and inside, a bottle of water costs $7 -- probably not where partying teenagers would spend their money. Indeed, Dr. Futernick said one patient had swiped a water bottle from someone else -- it was spiked with drugs.
Supervisor Yaroslavsky wants a moratorium on future raves at the Coliseum, but a lot of you stuck up for them and said it's about individual responsibility. But still -- why do raves, call them what you will, send more people to hospitals proportionally than other concerts do? Got any ideas? Set them down here.
And some of you really blew your stack at us for having John Yoo on today with conservatives' reasons to oppose Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Folks, here's the point: not only did he write about this very topic in the New York Times, but like him or not, agree with him or not, he was a major architect for years of Bush Administration policy about presidential authority and the ''unitary executive'' idea of broader presidential powers. What he did then is still influencing constitutional theorizing now.
Next time, the ''beauty bias.'' It's illegal to discriminate on the grounds of religion or race, but the fat, the short and the unattractive feel discrimination every day -- in the workplace and in their paychecks. Can the law look out for them, too? Should it? That's what we'll want to hear from you about, so make those phones ring like a Salvation Army volunteer standing at a Christmas kettle!
-- Patt Morrison