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    Always Running, La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez is a compelling autobiography, which allows readers to understand what gang life is like if they have not experienced it in their personal lives. Throughout the biography, Rodriguez explores his youth, street life, drugs, various acts of violence and getting out of the vicious cycle he once knew as the only way of life. As well as exploring these topics, Rodriguez delves into the everyday struggles that youth of color face, which include survival, love, acceptance, and the need for respect and community. Rodriguez 's work also allows the reader to understand gang life firsthand, and not just through a researcher 's work. Although the book is raw and unfiltered, it puts into…

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    In the memoir “Always Running”, the author Luis J. Rodriguez writes about his life growing up in East Los Angeles and confronts several difficult situations. I don’t blame Luis for making these decisions and Rodriguez shouldn’t be held responsible for the actions he made throughout his youth because he didn’t have a choice in what he did since he was in a gang, the environment he grew up and he wasn’t offered a good education. Personally, I don't blame Luis for making these difficult decisions…

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    In the story Always Running by Luis J. Rodriguez, the main character Grillo started off as a spanish speaker that had just immigrated from Mexico, but then started to get influenced by the gangsters that lived in his neighborhood. Then his life started to dramatically change. Three main changes that Grillo goes through are racial discrimination, joining a gang, and his drive for education. One of the reasons why Grillo changed was because he faced racial discrimination as a kid, when he…

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    games trump morals and values in the minds of the fans? Apparently in today’s society it does. After coming back from a 65 game suspension for violating the MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention Program, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, was not only cheered for each at bat, he was given a standing ovation by the crowd of 45,691 (Gruman). After testing positive for PEDs, then lying to the media about his use, the fans still welcomed him back with open arms. Disappointingly, this is not the only case.…

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    Steroids By Athletes

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    pain away. They use this to limit the pain they endure during the event they participate in. The use of these drugs can affect them differently then they are supposed to, if the uses of the drugs are abused. These enhancers are believed to be used by athletes, amateur and professionals and needs to come to an end. The use of performance enhancers, such as Adderall and Hydrocodone, in high school athletics and professional sport, is a problem that can be eliminated by educating about the risks…

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    reasons why pro athletes should be allowed to use steroids, including the fact that most Performance Enhancing Drugs are legal, Its their bodies so it should be their choice and risk, and every athlete has great pressure on them to win. Most people caught using PEDs are using completely legal ones. Most likely athletes will use HCG or others that are legal in the US(Katz,2008). The only reason PEDs are bad is because the NCAA committee , and commissioners of pro sports are making rules that…

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    Biogenesis Scandal

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    1. Sources: http://nypost.com/2014/01/11/a-rod-biogenesis-timeline/ - This source from New York Post shows the timeline leading up to Alex 's biogenesis scandal. http://www.mlbdailydish.com/2013/3/13/4098074/biogenesis-ped-scandal-government-steps-up-investigation - This source leads up to government becoming involved with Bosch; the leader of biogenesis. 2. Background and Details Alex Rodriguez was called out among other MLB players who have proven to be linked to using…

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    Athletes who use steroids should be stripped of their medals and honors because they broke the rules. Drug testing for steroids began in major league baseball in 1991 and still continues to this day. The MLB’s rule for steroid use states, “A player’s first positive test for steroids results in an automatic 50-game suspension without pay. A second… 100-game suspension… A third positive test results in a lifetime ban” (baseball-reference.com). The rule is very clearly stated and yet athletes still…

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    Steroids are alive and well in sports today. Not until the 1960’s was the use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional athletes acknowledged as a problem (CITE). Today, steroids are widely known throughout all levels of sports, and are prohibited in all of them. Even though there are rules in professional sports as well as collegiate, athletes still find a way to consume them, even though they are aware of the consequences. Athletes not only have to be aware of the repercussions of…

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    I was around the age of Ten when I first caught a fish in Canada. It was in the middle of a hot summer day. There was the smell of newly bloomed flowers in the air. We were getting ready to board the boat when a bald eagle soared across the baby blue summer sky. The engine had just been turned on, and you could hear the steady beating drum of the motor, and you could smell the pungent odor of gasoline being burned. We had been gliding and bouncing over the dark murkey water for what felt like…

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