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September 28, 1992 | MARK EHRMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A sign in the Maplewood Hotel says: "Please no readings, seances or healings in the hotel lobby. Thank you." Such measures would hardly be deemed necessary anywhere else, but in this tiny hamlet in southwestern New York state, communing with the spirit world is so commonplace that some areas apparently have to be reserved exclusively for interaction between the living. Founded in 1879 by liberal-minded social reformers known as "Free-Thinkers"--Susan B.
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MAGAZINE
May 17, 1992 | BARRY SIEGEL, Barry Siegel is a Times national correspondent. "Shades of Gray," a collection of his articles, was published by Bantam Books in March. and
AT FIRST, THOSE FEW WHO PASSED BY were not even certain what they were seeing. A trapper, checking his lines in the remote sand dunes just south of the Minidoka County Landfill, not far from the rural southeast Idaho hamlet of Rupert, thought he glimpsed a burned monkey when he peered inside the round metal cylinder. Days later, a group of teen-agers out four-wheeling dismissed it as junk--a washing machine tub--blown over from the landfill.
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April 19, 1992 | MARLOWE HOOD, Marlowe Hood is an Asia scholar and writer based in New York.
THE QIGONG MEETING STARTS IN FIVE MINUTES," MY friend, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, told me over the phone. "Do you want to go?" * It was August, 1988, and Beijing felt like a sprawling, polluted steam bath. The air was so sultry that even the thought of moving made me sweat. But that was not why I hesitated. * I was busy, busier than I had been since arriving in China three years earlier.
NEWS
April 4, 1992 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case watched closely by educators and religious interests, a federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that textbooks used widely in California schools violated the state and federal constitutions by promoting the "religions of witchcraft and neo-paganism." U. S. District Judge William Shubb, ruling on a suit brought by a couple from Woodland, Calif.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1992
A Van Nuys man who police said "leans toward satanic beliefs" has been arrested on charges that he raped and sodomized a 13-year-old girl, then shot her and a woman several times and left them fatally wounded on roadsides a few miles apart in the northeastern San Fernando Valley.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 1992 | TERRY PRISTIN
Greta Garbo was a follower of Krishnamurti, the late Indian philosopher who spent part of his time in Ojai, and it may have been his influence that caused her to abandon her movie career. Eastern mysticism also held a fascination for Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood. After meeting a psychic who predicted the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mae West developed a deep interest in metaphysics and would invite friends to her house for demonstrations of ESP. Jayne Mansfield and Sammy Davis Jr.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 1992 | TERRY PRISTIN, Terry Pristin is a Times staff writer. and
Wearing feathers in her hair, spike heels and a strapless evening gown, Marianne Williamson, New Age guru of the hour, is seated on a hotel ballroom stage in Marina del Rey, shoulder to shoulder with unmarried soap opera actors and other eligible and glamorous singles. Amid much banter and giggling, they will be "auctioned off" by talk-show host Cyndy Garvey and producer-director Garry Marshall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Tustin group is warning pet owners to keep their animals inside around Halloween, and is offering a $3,000 reward to stop what it suspects are ritual animal killings. Tustin Residents Against Animal Killers was formed several years ago by North Tustin resident Janet Hampson, who claims she has catalogued the death of more than 200 cats. Members are distributing more than 7,000 flyers alerting pet owners to be cautious and keep their pets inside as Halloween approaches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1991 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Leysen might be called the Col. Tom Parker of the metaphysical world. Just as Parker is credited with shrewdly marketing Elvis Presley into a multimillion-dollar musical commodity, the gray-bearded Leysen says he can mass-produce psychics. He mentions the name of one very well-known psychic-to-the-stars whose career he claims to have launched. Then he shakes his head and says her inflated ego ruined her.
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