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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1997
A provocative study claims many men belong to predominantly feminist, goddess-worshiping witches' covens because they like shedding the image of a take-charge male and because they also enjoy "more spiritual" sex with women they meet in them. "Witches believe that sex is natural, good--and in certain cases, holy," said KellieRymes of Northridge, a USC student who will describe her research today at a meeting in San Diego of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1997
I take issue with the use of the words "Witch" or "Witchcraft" in general and specifically in the item "Workshop Explores Religious Diversity" in Valley Focus (Sept. 25). The word "Witch" should always be capitalized as is the custom when describing the adherent of any other religion, as should the word "Witchcraft" when naming the religion. By not properly capitalizing these words in this context, you denigrate and belittle the validity of our faith. Years after federal courts declared [Wicca]
NEWS
October 19, 1997 | LEE HARRIS, TIMES WRITER WRITER
On her 16th birthday, a young woman finds she has the power of witchcraft in "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," now a segment on The Wonderful World of Disney (ABC, Sunday at 7 p.m.). This movie, originally seen on Showtime, was the pilot for the critically acclaimed Friday night series on ABC. For ages 8 to 17. * In the animated series Zorro (KCOP, Sunday at 11 a.m.), a bounty hunter with a metal mask and a prosthetic weapon is hired to destroy Zorro.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1997 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The jury in the Diana Haun trial began deliberations Friday in a sensational case that spanned nearly two months and culminated in a call to convict the accused killer of murder. The case was given to the jury after an emotional rebuttal statement by Deputy Dist. Atty. Lela Henke-Dobroth, who urged the panel of seven men and five women to convict Haun of first-degree murder for butchering her lover's wife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1997 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Diana Haun described herself as a witch who cast spells and was "thinking about" performing a human sacrifice, a supermarket co-worker testified Monday at Haun's murder trial. The deli worker's bizarre recollections were followed by emotional testimony from the victim's mother, capping one of the most riveting days of testimony yet in the sensational Ventura County murder trial.
NEWS
October 28, 1996 | ROY RIVENBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Read this article or we'll turn you into something vile, slithery and disgusting . . . such as a congressman. And don't think this is an idle threat, bub. We recently received--just in time for Halloween--two new books on casting spells.
NEWS
September 29, 1996 | RICHARD LORANT, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sarah Wardwell "wickedly, mallitiously, and felloniously" made a covenant with "the Devill" and was convicted of being a witch in 1693. Hannah Newell, found guilty of adultery, faced 15 stripes of the lash unless she could come up with the then-considerable sum of 10 pounds. The original reports on those cases, and many others, were rediscovered in July when a student found two volumes of 300-year-old court documents while cleaning out file cabinets on the 14th floor of a county courthouse.
NEWS
December 28, 1994 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By all accounts, the mobs were deliberate, determined and deadly. In Leeuwfontein, they dragged an 82-year-old grandmother from her home, put a gasoline-soaked tire around her neck and burned her alive. In Inverane, they marched two women to a riverbank, stoned them to death and torched their battered bodies. And in Moraphalala, an elderly woman was painfully poisoned to death and then heaved into her blazing hut.
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