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December 19, 1999
Why do you insist on printing fatuous superstitions such as feng shui in what purports to be a news section of your paper? Put this bogus claptrap where it belongs, somewhere between the religion column and the horoscopes. I hate to be the one to tell you, but the quality of one's life has nothing to do with frontdoor placement. ROBERT BARRETT Santa Monica
March 17, 1996 | VINCE KOWALICK
It goes without saying, when your team's pitcher is working on a no-hitter, keep your mouth shut. True to one of baseball's most-sacred superstitions, all players were mum in the Calabasas High dugout Friday as senior Tanner Trosper tried for a no-hitter in a Frontier League opener at Santa Clara. Trosper, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound right-hander, retired the first two batters in the seventh inning, notching his sixth strikeout, while preparing to bring down the curtain on the Coyotes' 5-0 victory.
Angelica Gavaldon won her second-round match Wednesday at Wimbledon, which means she soon will be kneeling in the bathtub again. It was a routine day for Gavaldon, the 16-year-old from Coronado, Calif., who beat Sara Gomer, 7-5, 0-6, 7-5, then reaffirmed her position as possibly the quirkiest player in tennis. In her first season as a professional, Gavaldon has proved to be a veteran of superstitions.
December 28, 2006 | Bettijane Levine, Times Staff Writer
THEY cook, they clean, they shower in the extreme. At midnight they eat hoppin' John or 12 grapes or a dozen black-eyed peas -- all supposedly prescribed by the ancients to bring good luck in the new year. Canvas Southern California and you'll hear a thousand different home rituals -- ethnic customs, family traditions or just plain kooky rites of weirdness -- that are meant to be lucky. Skeptics may call it silly superstition, but what the heck.
July 27, 1994 | RANDY HARVEY
The taxi screeched to a halt, lurching the passengers forward. "What the hell?" one of us asked. The driver did not speak English, but understood the question. He pointed toward a black cat that had darted across the road in front of him. We laughed. He laughed. He, however, did not proceed. Instead, he pulled over to the side of the road and parked. It was early in the morning. The drawbridges across the Neva River are raised at 1:30 a.m.
February 3, 2005 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
From reserving a banquet room at a highly coveted Chinese restaurant to ordering the three-layer wedding cake with pink icing, Daniel Ha made sure everything was perfect on his wedding day. But perhaps the most important detail was planned in consideration of his tradition-minded Chinese parents: He got married before the upcoming Chinese New Year.
The title of the poetic, compelling fable "Demons in Spring" (at the Little Tokyo Cinemas) refers to the white crests of waves caused by the collision of warm and cold currents in the sea off Sanriku, the northernmost district of Japan's main island of Honshu. In ancient times, the people of Sanriku believed that every spring the breakers carried with them a demon. For more than 25 years, actor-turned-director Akira Kobayashi has wanted to film the Tokuhei Suchi novel inspired by this legend.
March 26, 1988 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
Although superstitions of the Dark Ages supposedly have yielded to modern psychology, the number 13 has darkened the mood of some psychology professors and students at Pierce College in Woodland Hills. Over the teachers' objections, school officials renumbered campus buildings and declared that the psychology classroom complex will from now on be "Building 13."
July 12, 1994 | JIM MURRAY
There are certain superstitions baseball lives by. It is considered unlucky to mention a no-hitter in progress in the dugout for fear of angering the baseball gods into ordaining a hit. It was considered unlucky to strike out the first batter until, one day, Dizzy Dean in some exasperation wanted to know, "How can you strike 'em all out if you don't get the first one?" But one of the most enduring of all baseball superstitions is the one that holds there is a "sophomore jinx."
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