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May 25, 1999
Question from May 18: What voodoo doll configurations would you suggest? I think they should make voodoo teacher dolls because they make us mad and there is nothing we can do about it. --BRIAN ROMAN, Gompers Middle School, Los Angeles How about one for the falling souffle and bad hair days and the VCR that didn't record, even though you did everything right! --RUTH MITTLEMAN, Santa Monica How about a voodoo doll shaped as a cable box?
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SCIENCE
April 14, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Sound familiar? Your normally cheerful spouse has suddenly, and inexplicably, turned cranky and an otherwise pleasant day is fast becoming a scene from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. " When you see those storm clouds gathering in your significant other's eyes, you might do well to give them some carbohydrates -- and fast. At least that's the advice of a team of researchers who examined the connection between low blood sugar levels and aggression in married couples. The paper , which was published Monday in PNAS, found that when blood glucose levels dropped, spouses were far more likely to stick pins into voodoo dolls representing their mates.
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NEWS
May 18, 1999 | BOOTH MOORE
When you've tried reason, common sense and tech support and still your computer won't cooperate, it may be time to relate to the mercurial machine on its terms: with magic and voodoo. The 5 1/2-inch-tall computer voodoo doll comes with pins to help prevent such maddening glitches as printer jam, accidental delete, network down, virus and hacker attack. For $6.95, show your computer who's boss once and for all. The Seattle-based Archie McPhee & Co.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
There were more witnesses when Jeffrey and Kathryn Elliott renewed their vows in the lobby of a doughnut shop than at their first wedding in Hawaii. This time, instead of family and friends, the ceremony was observed by a ring of delighted tourists snapping pictures on their cellphones while a skinny "voodoo priest" in battered Chuck Taylors and a mask fashioned from a paper bag officiated over their declaration of love. The couple ? she's a technical writer for Microsoft; he's a management consultant ?
SPORTS
April 13, 1996
OK, Offerman, you made your point. Please throw away the Greg Gagne voodoo doll. LUIS CAMPOS North Hollywood All I can say after the first week is that Jose Offerman is alive and well and living in Greg Gagne's body. HERBERT M. SCHOENBERG Tarzana After witnessing the pivotal fielding and hitting performances of Greg Gagne, Mike Blowers and Todd Hollandsworth at Wrigley Field, I wonder what it would take for the Dodgers to get Jose Offerman, Tim Wallach and Roberto Kelly back.
SPORTS
August 22, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- Torri Edwards' screeching expression said it all on a night of rain-soaked relay calamity on the Olympic track Thursday. Think about the famous Edvard Munch painting, "The Scream," and you get the general idea of back-to-back disasters unfolding for the U.S. relay teams within about 30 minutes. There was disqualification for the men in the preliminaries of the 400-meter relay, followed by the same for the women, a huge dose of Olympic-size ignominy. This wasn't a whisper to a scream.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
There were more witnesses when Jeffrey and Kathryn Elliott renewed their vows in the lobby of a doughnut shop than at their first wedding in Hawaii. This time, instead of family and friends, the ceremony was observed by a ring of delighted tourists snapping pictures on their cellphones while a skinny "voodoo priest" in battered Chuck Taylors and a mask fashioned from a paper bag officiated over their declaration of love. The couple ? she's a technical writer for Microsoft; he's a management consultant ?
OPINION
March 9, 2003 | Elizabeth Chin, Elizabeth Chin is associate professor of anthropology at Occidental College and author of "Purchasing Power: Black Kids and American Consumer Culture."
Just in time for February, Black History Month, I received a catalog advertising a mammy pincushion for $19.99. The catalog comes from a company I'd never heard of called the Country House. Its pages are filled with generic "country" decor items such as gingham flour-sack dishcloths, enamelware and American flag-motif tin plates, many of them reproductions of antiques. And what could be more American than a reproduction mammy item?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1985 | Al Martinez
There is nothing like a good, vicious community battle to start the new year, and the fight going on in Calabasas has it all: fear, name-calling, racism, greed, threats of physical violence and voodoo. The Sheriff's Department is investigating and the FBI is sniffing around. No foreign involvement so far, but don't count on it.
SPORTS
June 25, 1993 | MIKE DOWNEY
Well, we've got one baseball team that worships a chunk of sod and another with a voodoo doll. Welcome to California. Our teams don't have dugouts. They have covens. I wouldn't want to describe the Dodgers and Angels as superstitious cults yet, but if sometime soon they sacrifice a human, rather than a bunt, be afraid for them. Be very afraid. I've seen the Dodger and Angel promotional schedule for the next few weeks.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2010 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
Connie Pentek's company might be saved by a voodoo doll. Pentek, who lives in Santa Clarita, started out in 1992 creating and selling homemade items influenced by the look of the French countryside. She and her husband, Gustav, lovingly made items such as hand-gilded lampshades and candle sconces fashioned from roof tiles. But apart from these pieces, Pentek created a novelty item that she initially made as a gift for friends. It was a stuffed doll with a muslin exterior, adorned with hand-written symptoms of aging that could be pricked, voodoo style, with a pin. Sales of the French-inspired items plummeted in recent years, especially as the economy soured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2010 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A Downey used-car dealer who allegedly used voodoo-like dolls targeting the prosecutor and investigators was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison for a multimillion-dollar house-buying fraud scheme. Ruben Hernandez was accused in 2008 in a series of house purchases using fake Social Security numbers and fake bank statements that defrauded banks of about $4 million. The U.S. Marshals Service took Hernandez into custody in February 2009 after he became involved in a high-speed chase.
SPORTS
August 22, 2008 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
BEIJING -- Torri Edwards' screeching expression said it all on a night of rain-soaked relay calamity on the Olympic track Thursday. Think about the famous Edvard Munch painting, "The Scream," and you get the general idea of back-to-back disasters unfolding for the U.S. relay teams within about 30 minutes. There was disqualification for the men in the preliminaries of the 400-meter relay, followed by the same for the women, a huge dose of Olympic-size ignominy. This wasn't a whisper to a scream.
OPINION
March 9, 2003 | Elizabeth Chin, Elizabeth Chin is associate professor of anthropology at Occidental College and author of "Purchasing Power: Black Kids and American Consumer Culture."
Just in time for February, Black History Month, I received a catalog advertising a mammy pincushion for $19.99. The catalog comes from a company I'd never heard of called the Country House. Its pages are filled with generic "country" decor items such as gingham flour-sack dishcloths, enamelware and American flag-motif tin plates, many of them reproductions of antiques. And what could be more American than a reproduction mammy item?
NEWS
January 31, 2002 | ROBERT BURNS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forgiveness may be divine, but payback is definitely more popular. And while revenge is best served cold, serving it digitally is fast catching up. Some Web sites make it a little too easy. Payback.com (www.the payback.com) offers to send a box of melted chocolates for $24.99 or one "dead, smelly fish" for $19.99. It used to have dead flowers, but regular florists tend to deliver enough of those. Revenge Unlimited (www .revengeunlimited.
NEWS
May 25, 1999
Question from May 18: What voodoo doll configurations would you suggest? I think they should make voodoo teacher dolls because they make us mad and there is nothing we can do about it. --BRIAN ROMAN, Gompers Middle School, Los Angeles How about one for the falling souffle and bad hair days and the VCR that didn't record, even though you did everything right! --RUTH MITTLEMAN, Santa Monica How about a voodoo doll shaped as a cable box?
SPORTS
June 14, 1993 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angel left fielder Luis Polonia, believing he has been cursed, burned the plastic voodoo doll that was part of his life for the past five years. Starting pitcher Julio Valera changed his pitching style. Rookie first baseman J.T. Snow, introduced to the man who couldn't bear to attend an Angel game since last playing 27 years ago, wonders if perhaps the pep talk could turn his season around.
SCIENCE
April 14, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Sound familiar? Your normally cheerful spouse has suddenly, and inexplicably, turned cranky and an otherwise pleasant day is fast becoming a scene from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. " When you see those storm clouds gathering in your significant other's eyes, you might do well to give them some carbohydrates -- and fast. At least that's the advice of a team of researchers who examined the connection between low blood sugar levels and aggression in married couples. The paper , which was published Monday in PNAS, found that when blood glucose levels dropped, spouses were far more likely to stick pins into voodoo dolls representing their mates.
NEWS
May 18, 1999 | BOOTH MOORE
When you've tried reason, common sense and tech support and still your computer won't cooperate, it may be time to relate to the mercurial machine on its terms: with magic and voodoo. The 5 1/2-inch-tall computer voodoo doll comes with pins to help prevent such maddening glitches as printer jam, accidental delete, network down, virus and hacker attack. For $6.95, show your computer who's boss once and for all. The Seattle-based Archie McPhee & Co.
SPORTS
April 13, 1996
OK, Offerman, you made your point. Please throw away the Greg Gagne voodoo doll. LUIS CAMPOS North Hollywood All I can say after the first week is that Jose Offerman is alive and well and living in Greg Gagne's body. HERBERT M. SCHOENBERG Tarzana After witnessing the pivotal fielding and hitting performances of Greg Gagne, Mike Blowers and Todd Hollandsworth at Wrigley Field, I wonder what it would take for the Dodgers to get Jose Offerman, Tim Wallach and Roberto Kelly back.
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