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December 3, 2010 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Sri Daya Mata, a Mormon from Utah who became enchanted by a Hindu mystic as a teenager and went on to lead the Los Angeles-based Self-Realization Fellowship for 55 years, has died. She was 96. The religious leader died Tuesday of natural causes at one of the fellowship's nuns' retreats in Los Angeles, where she had been living in seclusion, said spokeswoman Lauren Landress. Daya Mata, whose name in Sanskrit means Mother of Compassion, was the third president of the Self-Realization Fellowship, a worldwide organization founded in 1920 by Indian yoga master Paramahansa Yogananda.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1996
A political asylum hearing has been continued until November for an Armenian woman who said she was the victim of religious persecution in her hometown. Armine, a 34-year-old refugee who asked that her last name not be used, broke down in tears when she testified before an Immigration and Naturalization Services judge Thursday, said Pasadena attorney Louis Gordon.
TRAVEL
September 8, 2013
If you go Silent Stay Retreat Home & Hermitage, 3570 Cantelow Road, Vacaville; (707) 474-4833, http://www.silentstay.com . Three-night retreats from $345 to $425 (depending on accommodation type), plus a nonrefundable $50 registration fee. The price includes guided meditation and spiritual counseling on request.
NEWS
January 17, 1987 | BOB SIPCHEN
Once upon a time, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. found himself stranded in the Virgin Islands with nothing to read. This was unsettling. "Then I noticed a page stuck in a shrub," said the author of a dozen novels, including "Slaughterhouse Five" and "Galapagos." Vonnegut retrieved the weathered scrap. Then another bush caught his eye. More pages. "It was like an Easter egg hunt," he said. "I found other pages in a pool. I fished them out and dried them and began patching it all together." No Cultural Clout?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2000
On Dec. 21, the night of the winter solstice, the fire and high winds that destroyed thousands of acres of forest and chaparral swept over the hilltops east of Ojai occupied by Meditation Mount and the Ojai Valley School. The local Fire Department and units from all over Southern California set up operations in the parking lot of Meditation Mount to continue battling the flames. At about 4 a.m., as the fire was surrounding the Ojai Valley School on the next hill above Meditation Mount, our residents were told to evacuate.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2012 | By Philip Brandes
At what point does creative freedom collide with moral accountability? Sheila Callaghan's bleakly sardonic “Roadkill Confidential” at Son of Semele Theater poses the question in uniquely unsettling terms. Ethical considerations don't deter megalomaniacal artist-provocateur Trevor Pratt (Melissa Randel) from knowingly constructing her latest work out of furry accident carcasses infected with a strain of tularemia that's lethal to anyone who touches them. Her dangerous project incurs the invasive surveillance of a sinister one-eyed FBI Man (Daniel Getzoff)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1989
Three firebombs were hurled early Monday at a Northridge home where Buddhist services are held, igniting a fire that heavily damaged the house but injured no one, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. The 3:23 a.m. fire in the 8300 block of Yolanda Avenue burned the wood-shingle roof and front windows of the house belonging to Pradit and Pachri Phongpharnich, authorities said. The couple and their two teen-age children escaped unharmed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2002 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Father Michael Kennedy looks out at the rows of heads bowed in prayer, the tattooed necks and drab institutional garb of Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles. He peers into young hearts wounded by violence and bearing charges of murder, robbery and drug-dealing. Here in these dark, treacherous places, he feels the presence of God.
HEALTH
February 8, 2010
Everyone agrees that stressful situations make your blood pressure take off. It's the fight-or-flight, prepare-to-do-something-dramatic response your ancient ancestors had when being charged by a woolly mammoth. Your body releases stress hormones that make your heart beat faster and your blood vessels constrict, and blood pressure rockets. When the stressful situation is resolved, blood pressure comes back down. Some scientists suspect that getting stressed out too often can lead to chronic high blood pressure.
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