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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.
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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 1991 | From Associated Press
Halloween is the witches' night out, a feast of death when spirits roam the Earth. Even as some real witches prepare to reconcile themselves with the dead in secret rituals on Oct. 31, there is a growing concern among some Christian groups that the road to satanic cults may be paved with cultural celebrations that take lightly witchcraft practices that are forbidden in the Bible. "It's a very real thing to a lot of people and it's growing," said the Rev.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1991 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Larry Pines studied an oval astrology chart, scribbled down a few numbers and drew his conclusion: A law requiring city permits for astrologers, palm readers and fortunetellers is not in the stars. "It's going to be controversial. People are going to complain about it," said Pines, who charges $80 an hour for readings at his Hollywood home. "Nothing is going to be accomplished." Pines could be right. After all, he claims that he predicted the 1987 stock market crash.
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