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November 25, 2007 | Caroline Ryder, Special to The Times
Incense lingered heavily in the air as cult members wearing silk headbands, caftans and long, long hair swayed to the sounds of YaHoWa 13, a three-man jam band rocking out with guitars and a large gong. The crowd talked about mind expansion and a new era of consciousness, while swirly visuals and flashing lights shone above them. At the end of the night, Sky Saxon, the singer for a psychedelic garage band called the Seeds, took the stage and sang "Give Peace a Chance."
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May 15, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
It's a quintessential only-in-L.A. story, one that combines sex, drugs, rock and roll, glamour, money, celebrity, hang gliding, health food and a homegrown spirituality. The new documentary "The Source Family" looks at the group of the same name, who for a brief moment in the early 1970s seemed to achieve their ideal of radical utopian experimental living. The Source Family was led by Jim Baker, a successful Los Angeles restaurateur who came to be known as Father Yod. A judo expert, World War II hero and alleged bank robber (who was said to have twice killed men with his bare hands)
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May 15, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
It's a quintessential only-in-L.A. story, one that combines sex, drugs, rock and roll, glamour, money, celebrity, hang gliding, health food and a homegrown spirituality. The new documentary "The Source Family" looks at the group of the same name, who for a brief moment in the early 1970s seemed to achieve their ideal of radical utopian experimental living. The Source Family was led by Jim Baker, a successful Los Angeles restaurateur who came to be known as Father Yod. A judo expert, World War II hero and alleged bank robber (who was said to have twice killed men with his bare hands)
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November 25, 2007 | Caroline Ryder, Special to The Times
Incense lingered heavily in the air as cult members wearing silk headbands, caftans and long, long hair swayed to the sounds of YaHoWa 13, a three-man jam band rocking out with guitars and a large gong. The crowd talked about mind expansion and a new era of consciousness, while swirly visuals and flashing lights shone above them. At the end of the night, Sky Saxon, the singer for a psychedelic garage band called the Seeds, took the stage and sang "Give Peace a Chance."
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April 1, 1993 | LISA KLUG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Bennett has spent much of his free time for the last 20 years filling notebooks with some 2,500 names of his ancestors. Looking to add to his list, he spends many evenings and weekends at the Mormon Temple's Family History Center doing research. Bennett, a civil engineer, said in his search he learned that his family tree includes 157 European kings, three passengers on the Mayflower and Pocahontas.
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August 19, 2007 | Steffie Nelson, Special to The Times
Earlier this summer, almost 100 psychedelic music fans, subculture aficionados, students of the occult and local literati climbed the flower-petal-strewn steps of publisher couple Jodi Wille and Adam Parfrey's Silver Lake home for a salon celebrating the upcoming publication of "The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, YaHoWa 13 and the Source Family" (Process), the definitive history of a mystical cult that thrived in Los Angeles between 1970 and 1974.
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October 6, 1995 | BETH SHUSTER and JEFF BRAZIL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Robert Kardashian, one of O.J. Simpson's closest friends, acknowledged Thursday that fellow defense team member Robert Shapiro at one point speculated whether Simpson should plead guilty to manslaughter if the prosecution ever offered a plea bargain. On a day when Simpson began to stitch the fabric of his life--and finances--back together, Kardashian said Shapiro made the statement during a defense strategy session early on in the trial.
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March 9, 1986 | BRAD INMAN
Price trends--Lower interest rates and stable home prices have reduced the housing affordability gap $303 in the Los Angeles area, from $1,087 to $784, and to $590 in Orange County, almost half what is was in July, 1985. Statewide, the affordability gap dropped $86 to $745. The income needed for purchasing the home assumes an 80%, 30-year fixed-rate loan and includes principal and interest, taxes and insurance.
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June 27, 2009 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Sky Saxon, lead singer and founder of the 1960s band the Seeds, which had a Top 40 hit in 1967 with "Pushin' Too Hard," died Thursday at a hospital in Austin, Texas, after a brief illness. He was believed to be in his 60s. Publicist Jen Marchand said in a news release that Saxon died of heart and kidney failure after an "undiagnosed infection of his internal organs." The Seeds sprang up in Los Angeles in 1965, and their garage-band sound became a favorite of the flower-power generation.
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September 26, 1991
The ever-popular Harvest Festival will make a stop at the Ventura County Fairgrounds this weekend. Now on a 18-city tour across seven states, the Festival has attracted throngs since 1973, offering handmade arts and crafts patterned after early American autumn fairs. This is not your everyday crafts fair. "It's very difficult for artisans to be accepted into the shows," spokeswoman Tammy Kagan said. "Only 1,500 exhibitors for the juried shows are chosen out of more than 25,000 applicants."
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April 1, 1993 | LISA KLUG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bill Bennett has spent much of his free time for the last 20 years filling notebooks with some 2,500 names of his ancestors. Looking to add to his list, he spends many evenings and weekends at the Mormon Temple's Family History Center doing research. Bennett, a civil engineer, said in his search he learned that his family tree includes 157 European kings, three passengers on the Mayflower and Pocahontas.
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April 10, 2000 | From Washington Post
Six out of 10 doctors report that health insurance plans refuse at least once a month to cover the cost of drugs they prescribe for patients. And many doctors believe that denial of coverage for medication, tests, hospitalization or referral to specialists has had negative consequences for their patients. These findings are included in a survey of 1,053 physicians conducted last year by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.
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November 14, 1992 | From the Associated Press
Job's cry to God for justice is a challenge to authority that can inspire political dissidents everywhere, William Safire says in a new book about the biblical account exploring the nature of faith amid human suffering. In the Book of Job, according to Safire, one can compare the relationship between God and human beings to the relationship between the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
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