Since the federal government forced states to set the drinking age at 21, fatalities caused by underage drunk drivers have gone down but binge drinking by teenagers has gone up. Now, 120 college presidents want to reduce the drinking age to 18, when kids can vote or join the military. On Reporter's Notebook, LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and the FBI.
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The acting Surgeon General of the United States says the drinking on college campuses is not the harmless rite of passage it used to be, but the cause of hundreds of thousands of injuries, rapes, other assaults and deaths. Now 120 college presidents want to lower the drinking age from 21 to 18—when kids can vote or join the military.
This week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo was under investigation by the FBI. Delgadillo’s office said he had not been contacted and accused somebody of a “political agenda.” City Controller, Laura Chick, who’s been squabbling over an audit of Delgadillo’s office, said agents has spoken to her but she would not say why.
Tim Rutton, Columnist for the Los Angeles Times