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November 17, 2011 | Meghan Daum
Drunk any Kool-Aid lately? Or maybe you accused someone else of doing it? If so, congratulations, you're right in step with one of the nation's most popular idiomatic trends. A snappy, fruit-flavored way of referring to someone who unquestioningly embraces a particular leader or ideology, "drinking the Kool-Aid" has become a staple of self-righteous public discourse. Bill O'Reilly is fond of the expression, as is Washington Times columnist Marybeth Hicks, whose new book "Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid" warns that "frightening percentages of our kids" believe that Christianity is "just plain mean.
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February 12, 2013 | By Susan Stone
BERLIN - With three films and a solo art exhibition, James Franco is present in Berlin this week in multiple ways, but that didn't include the news conference for the premiere of “Maladies.” The film, the first feature-length effort from artist Carter, has ties to a previous collaboration, 2008's "Erasing James Franco," a 63-minute art film that plays with performance and identity by having Franco re-act scenes from his own movies and others....
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NEWS
January 26, 1987
U.S. District Judge Robert Peckham in San Francisco postponed sentencing of former People's Temple member Larry Layton until March 3, giving Layton's new lawyer time to prepare for the hearing and for a request that Layton get a new trial. Layton was convicted on Dec. 1 of conspiring to murder California congressman Leo Ryan and a foreign service officer in an ambush that led to the Jonestown massacre in November, 1978. Robert R.
OPINION
November 17, 2011 | Meghan Daum
Drunk any Kool-Aid lately? Or maybe you accused someone else of doing it? If so, congratulations, you're right in step with one of the nation's most popular idiomatic trends. A snappy, fruit-flavored way of referring to someone who unquestioningly embraces a particular leader or ideology, "drinking the Kool-Aid" has become a staple of self-righteous public discourse. Bill O'Reilly is fond of the expression, as is Washington Times columnist Marybeth Hicks, whose new book "Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid" warns that "frightening percentages of our kids" believe that Christianity is "just plain mean.
NEWS
November 19, 1987
The ninth annual memorial service for the 913 victims of the Jonestown massacre was held in Oakland. It included a prayer, a poem reading and remarks from some who escaped the massacre. "Too many people died to forget something like this," said Jynona Norwood, 36, of San Francisco, who organized the memorial at Evergreen Cemetery. "They are definitely saying something from the grave--don't get involved in cults," she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 1991
Jay Presson Allen may justifiably feel a sense of satisfaction at what writer Kari Granville calls a "perfect fit of substance to form" in Allen's writing of "Tru" (April 22), but she has overlooked a glaring error in logic. In the dialogue Allen writes "with great facility," Truman Capote says he's collected enough drugs to stage his own Jonestown massacre, which occurred in November, 1978. Since the action passes during Christmas week of 1975, how could even the witty Tru have known about it three years in advance?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1991
A man who called a news conference Monday in Los Angeles on the 13th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre told reporters that he had falsely claimed to be a survivor of the Guyana tragedy in order to raise "hundreds of thousands of dollars" for the Cult Awareness Network in Chicago. Gary Scarff said that network personnel encouraged him to tell untrue stories about surviving the blood bath that claimed 914 lives in order to finance their cult deprogramming work.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2011
MUSIC Bob Mould Best known as frontman of the hard-core punk band Hüsker Dü and the alt-rock outfit Sugar, he is now a published memoirist, having recently released "See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody. " Mould will read from the book and perform songs from his deep catalog. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega, L.A. 8 p.m. $25. (310) 855-0350. http://www.largo-la.com. Cults The New York duo's blend of '60s girl group pop and modern indie productions has made them a much-buzzed act. But their sweet sound is laced with creepiness and evil edges — check the video for "Go Outside," which finds them digitally grafted into a scene from the Jonestown massacre.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2003 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
On a grassy slope in Oakland, more than 400 take their final rest, mostly children who were unclaimed or unidentified. And across San Francisco Bay, a U.S. congressman is buried in a national cemetery not far from a park that bears his name. Their lives converged 25 years ago Tuesday in a South American jungle clearing that has come to symbolize the worst that organized religion, cults and madness can reap. "The people of Jonestown were a precious people, family people," the Rev.
NEWS
March 4, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Larry Layton was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for his role in conspiring to murder Rep. Leo Ryan in Guyana in 1978. But Layton, saying he wishes he could ease the pain of survivors of the Jonestown massacre, could be freed within five years. U.S. District Judge Robert F. Peckham recommended that parole authorities consider releasing Layton in five years.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2011
MUSIC Bob Mould Best known as frontman of the hard-core punk band Hüsker Dü and the alt-rock outfit Sugar, he is now a published memoirist, having recently released "See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody. " Mould will read from the book and perform songs from his deep catalog. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega, L.A. 8 p.m. $25. (310) 855-0350. http://www.largo-la.com. Cults The New York duo's blend of '60s girl group pop and modern indie productions has made them a much-buzzed act. But their sweet sound is laced with creepiness and evil edges — check the video for "Go Outside," which finds them digitally grafted into a scene from the Jonestown massacre.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2010
BOOKS Gregory Boyle Homeboy Industries, the celebrated — and recently imperiled — nonprofit founded by Boyle as Jobs for a Future in 1988, operates on the overriding concept that there is no "them" outside the range of our compassion. His new book, "Tattoos on the Heart," draws from over 20 years effecting change and improving lives in the toughest gang territory in the nation. Discussion and signing at Village Book Shop, 123 N. Glendora Ave. at 7:30 p.m.; gala reception at Glendora Public Library, 140 S. Glendora Ave., Glendora, at 5:30 p.m. Tue. Reception, $50; signing, free.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2005 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
The Brian Jonestown Massacre is a special case: an underground sensation for most of its career, endlessly on the rise or breaking apart while making forward-looking music rooted deeply in the psychedelic past. Leader Anton Newcombe was all love and gratitude at the band's homecoming show Thursday at the Vanguard in Hollywood, talking endlessly of making art and revolution, and complaining of a voice thrashed during too many nights on the road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2003 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
On a grassy slope in Oakland, more than 400 take their final rest, mostly children who were unclaimed or unidentified. And across San Francisco Bay, a U.S. congressman is buried in a national cemetery not far from a park that bears his name. Their lives converged 25 years ago Tuesday in a South American jungle clearing that has come to symbolize the worst that organized religion, cults and madness can reap. "The people of Jonestown were a precious people, family people," the Rev.
NEWS
November 14, 1998
"After Guyana, I thought we all got our fair share of tragedy. . .and it was mine. After (my husband) Steve was killed, I realized there is no 'fair share' and you deal with what you got and make the best of a bad situation." --State Senator Jackie Speler (D-Burlingame), who as a congressional aide was severely wounded on Rep.
NEWS
April 23, 1993 | TIM REITERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Do you want me to pull back the heavens and show you my anger?" --David Koresh under siege "I don't mind losing my life. What about you? . . . I'd just as soon bring it to a gallant, glorious screaming end." --Jim Jones to his followers This time it was fire. Last time it was a cyanide potion. Though separated by nearly 15 years and thousands of miles, Jonestown, Guyana, and Waco, Tex.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2013 | By Susan Stone
BERLIN - With three films and a solo art exhibition, James Franco is present in Berlin this week in multiple ways, but that didn't include the news conference for the premiere of “Maladies.” The film, the first feature-length effort from artist Carter, has ties to a previous collaboration, 2008's "Erasing James Franco," a 63-minute art film that plays with performance and identity by having Franco re-act scenes from his own movies and others....
NEWS
November 14, 1998
"After Guyana, I thought we all got our fair share of tragedy. . .and it was mine. After (my husband) Steve was killed, I realized there is no 'fair share' and you deal with what you got and make the best of a bad situation." --State Senator Jackie Speler (D-Burlingame), who as a congressional aide was severely wounded on Rep.
NEWS
March 6, 1993 | TIM REITERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The day before a cult siege began in Waco, Tex., a group of Americans coincidentally had ventured into a remote jungle of Guyana to view the overgrown site of another cult tragedy that occurred nearly 15 years ago. The visitors found the going surprisingly easy, however, because a two-lane dirt road had been carved through the rusted and rotted remains of Jonestown, the one-time Peoples Temple commune.
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