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ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 1998 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Do you believe in ghosts but have never been lucky enough to see one? Richard Senate might be able to help you. And if he doesn't get an actual ghost to materialize, at the very least he'll tell you about the numerous experiences he has had with eerie creatures from the other world. Senate, a renowned writer and ghost-hunter from Ventura, will offer a class at Glendale Community College to share his ghostly expertise. The class is a beginning workshop in ghost-hunting.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1998 | JOHN POPE
Fortunetellers and other occult-related businesses will need permits to operate in Westminster, the City Council has decided. In 1997, police began investigating fortunetelling services advertised in Vietnamese-language newspapers. According to city reports, officers found that many were operating from homes without any business permits. In addition, officials said, several prospective operators of such businesses have asked about setting up shop in the city.
MAGAZINE
May 18, 1997 | Paul Lieberman, Paul Lieberman is a Times editor whose last magazine article was about Zen golf
I must ask for patience, first from those of you who would rush right to the seance in which we speak to Bernard Lafferty, the Billion Dollar Butler, from beyond the grave. Patience, please. Two other nights with spirits come first, one at the doorstep of the great Valentino, the other with Miss Elizabeth Taylor seated in the front row. * I ask for patience, too, from those of you who would scoff at this whole seance business. I understand, I really do.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 1997 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Self-styled clairvoyant Betty Bradley delivers a one-hour empowerment and motivation speech to 16 people forming a circle. It's almost like a therapy session sprinkled with spirituality and quotes from the Bible. She talks about reincarnation, karmic balance, aura and self-esteem. "There is nobody you meet by accident," Bradley tells the intrigued members of the class, called empowerment meditation. She pauses for a moment, smiles and continues: "We're in control of our lives and emotions.
NEWS
October 28, 1996 | ROY RIVENBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Read this article or we'll turn you into something vile, slithery and disgusting . . . such as a congressman. And don't think this is an idle threat, bub. We recently received--just in time for Halloween--two new books on casting spells.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1996 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mess up this story and you'll pay, an inner voice warned. Someone will be laying on a curse, conjuring up an evil spirit. Poking pins in a reporter doll. After all, who suffers if you pooh-pooh voodoo? You do. Anyone who has ever seen a zombie movie knows that. So maybe it was a mistake to paraphrase singer Keely Smith the other day when Westwood's top voodoo expert stuck out his hand and introduced himself. "So, how long has 'That Old Black Magic' had you in its spell?" Donald J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1996 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mess up this story and you'll pay, an inner voice warned. Someone will be laying on a curse, conjuring up an evil spirit. Poking pins in a reporter doll. After all, who suffers if you pooh-pooh voodoo? You do. Anyone who has ever seen a zombie movie knows that. So maybe it was a mistake to paraphrase singer Keely Smith the other day when Westwood's top voodoo expert stuck out his hand and introduced himself. "So, how long has 'That Old Black Magic' had you in its spell?" Donald J.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 1995 | LUCILLE RENWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Papa Legba, open the gate / Open the gate / To let us come in. * In a Vodou ceremony, the deity Legba serves as the gatekeeper, barring anyone from connecting to other spirits in the immortal world without first going through him. In UCLA's "Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou," the dozen featured artists are gatekeepers themselves, with their art opening doors to an enigmatic religion often misconstrued to mean zombies, pins stuck in dolls and other kinds of black magic.
NEWS
August 8, 1993 | LAUREN LIPTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They have visions that come true. They know what you're about to say before you say it. A convention of channelers, perhaps? A roomful of Shirley MacLaines in a parallel universe? Nuh-uh. Just a surprising number of otherwise regular people--hairdressers, office managers, travel agents, CEOs--who routinely describe brushes with the paranormal worthy of a segment on "Unsolved Mysteries." Like the self-made woman who claims to have visited heaven. Twice.
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