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April 6, 1986
This is a response to your March 2 Letters section, in which Edward L. Butterworth of Fedco commented on the John F. Lawrence column of Feb. 2, "Those Do-It-All Executives Can Do Great Harm." Like Butterworth, I couldn't accept Lawrence's executive as a model when he ignored the presence of too many waiters in the restaurant while only one clerk ran the swamped yogurt stand. We see the same management failures every day at banks and post offices. Long lines are ignored by managers who fail to train non-window workers for periodic window duty and fail to enforce a policy that all windows be manned at peak times.
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March 22, 1992 | RICH TOSCHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many people feel a slight inclination to mock and deride the odd, the unnatural, the unexplained. For some of us . . . uh, for some people . . . it is much more than an inclination. It is an overwhelming urge, a compulsion so pungent we . . . uh, they . . . can taste it.
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BOOKS
June 25, 1989
There was once in the south of India a hedonistic king who valued his pleasures and his treasures above all things. However, this king also enjoyed intelligent conversation, and from time to time visitors were invited into the royal chamber, where he reclined on his lion throne, dressed in the most sumptuous of garments. One day, a wise yogin came to the court and was granted an audience. When the king saw his tattered clothing and weathered face, he was filled with pity. "What a terrible life you must lead, wandering from country to country in such a miserable state," he said.
BOOKS
June 25, 1989
There was once in the south of India a hedonistic king who valued his pleasures and his treasures above all things. However, this king also enjoyed intelligent conversation, and from time to time visitors were invited into the royal chamber, where he reclined on his lion throne, dressed in the most sumptuous of garments. One day, a wise yogin came to the court and was granted an audience. When the king saw his tattered clothing and weathered face, he was filled with pity. "What a terrible life you must lead, wandering from country to country in such a miserable state," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1987 | AL SECKEL, Seckel is active in Southern California Skeptics, a group that investigates scientific claims.
Over the years, the Los Angeles Police Department has received numerous offers of assistance from psychics and others claiming to have extrasensory perception. Along with these offers are numerous reports in the media that psychics have provided information useful in major police investigations. A couple of years ago, I began an investigation to find out if the department does, in fact, employ or use psychics and, if so, if they have been helpful in the investigation of crimes.
NEWS
March 22, 1992 | RICH TOSCHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Many people feel a slight inclination to mock and deride the odd, the unnatural, the unexplained. For some of us . . . uh, for some people . . . it is much more than an inclination. It is an overwhelming urge, a compulsion so pungent we . . . uh, they . . . can taste it.
NEWS
August 17, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
The stabbing death of a Northridge writer is under investigation after a neighbor became suspicious when a back yard sprinkler was left running for two days and called police. The body of Douglas Scott Rogo, 40, was found at 1 p.m. Thursday on the floor of his home in the 18100 block of Schoenborn Street. Officers responding to the unidentified neighbor's call, turned off the sprinkler and found a side door partially open, Los Angeles Police Lt. L. A. Durrer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1998 | Associated Press
The South remains a religious bastion where nearly everyone believes in God and almost half think prayer heals, according to a poll conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. According to the poll, 88% of Southerners believe in God, compared with 78% of other Americans. Ninety percent of Southerners believe in answered prayers, compared with 80% of non-Southerners. And 46% of Southerners believe they have been healed by prayer, compared with 28% of others.
NEWS
August 9, 1987 | LARRY PRYOR
With an audible psi, scientists attending that 30th annual conference of the Parapsychological Assn., which ended Saturday in Edinburgh, Scotland, admitted that things can go bump in the night but can't be explained. "We don't have any idea what we're doing," said Robert McConnell, a retired physicist at Pittsburgh University and the association's first president. "All we know is that something occurs." Such as extrasensory perception, a form of psi--shorthand for the apparently inexplicable.
NEWS
September 4, 1997 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lotus Weinstock, stand-up comedian and author of a popular book of anecdotes, "The Lotus Position," has died of a brain tumor. She was 54. She died Sunday at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hollywood. Born Marlene Weinstock to a wealthy Philadelphia family, she described her humor as the compromise of her California cosmic right brain and her "Philadelphia Jewish" left brain. "The Lotus in me wants to be totally free.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1987 | AL SECKEL, Seckel is active in Southern California Skeptics, a group that investigates scientific claims.
Over the years, the Los Angeles Police Department has received numerous offers of assistance from psychics and others claiming to have extrasensory perception. Along with these offers are numerous reports in the media that psychics have provided information useful in major police investigations. A couple of years ago, I began an investigation to find out if the department does, in fact, employ or use psychics and, if so, if they have been helpful in the investigation of crimes.
BUSINESS
April 6, 1986
This is a response to your March 2 Letters section, in which Edward L. Butterworth of Fedco commented on the John F. Lawrence column of Feb. 2, "Those Do-It-All Executives Can Do Great Harm." Like Butterworth, I couldn't accept Lawrence's executive as a model when he ignored the presence of too many waiters in the restaurant while only one clerk ran the swamped yogurt stand. We see the same management failures every day at banks and post offices. Long lines are ignored by managers who fail to train non-window workers for periodic window duty and fail to enforce a policy that all windows be manned at peak times.
NEWS
May 9, 1985 | Jack Smith
As many readers have pointed out, I am not going to make many friends by expressing my skepticism of such cherished beliefs as extrasensory perception, flying saucers and life after death. Why do I do it, then? I guess it's because a skeptic, like a believer, must assert his faith now and then to reinforce it. Remember that scene in "Crime and Punishment" where the young prostitute, Sonia, says to Raskolnikov, the murderer, "Don't take away my faith. It's all I have."
SPORTS
November 18, 1995 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Nobody is going to claim that Chatsworth High girls volleyball Coach Bud Dow has extrasensory perception. But it is interesting to note that inside the Chancellors' preseason prospectus--prepared by Dow--is the following statement: "This team should have a very solid chance to repeat as City champions." The Chancellors (25-1) have repeated their run to the City Section 4-A championship match.
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