| Sep 7, 2010
The psychedelic drug psilocybin, the active ingredient in "magic mushrooms," can improve mood and reduce anxiety and depression in terminal cancer patients, Los Angeles researchers reported Monday.
A single modest dose of the hallucinogen, whose...
| Sep 12, 2010
Weary travelers may long to linger over a cup of coffee or snuggle under a plush duvet. But when it comes to airports, lingering is loathed, because it's synonymous with layover.
When George Pendle found himself stuck longer than expected at a New York...
| Mar 15, 2011
Nearly everyone familiar with the history of the 1960s has heard of Timothy Leary and Ken Kesey, the pranksters who spread the gospel of psychedelics to the countercultural generation. But far fewer remember Owsley Stanley.
Stanley, who died Saturday...
| Sep 21, 2011
| 4:07 PM
There is an underbelly to Laguna Beach, disconnected from the glitz and grazing plates of Coast Highway. Unlike downtown, it's a place that doesn't pose or preen or gossip.
It's Laguna Canyon, filled with rusting trucks and welding tools; oil and grit...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 9:41 AM
Want to be buried in space?
Virginia will help pay for it, according to proposed legislation that aims to boost the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island.
The bill, which the Virginia state legislature will debate next year, would provide...
| Jan 30, 2009
It's a lovely irony: Gertrude Baines, 114, the world's oldest person, lives in L.A., the world's most youth-obsessed city. It's like finding a vintage Ferrari in a parking lot full of Yugos.
During the 20th century, we added almost three decades to the...
| Sep 30, 2009
| 4:32 PM
It was surely only a matter of time. The noisy partisan divide that seems to infect everything in America today -- from what health care plan you want to what car you drive -- has surfaced again. As soon as......
| Mar 3, 2008
Rancho del Rio is a property with a past.
On 187 chaparral-covered acres deep in the hills of southeast Orange County, the ranch features a modest 1930s-era Spanish hacienda, numerous guest rooms with antique mahogany doors, a small vineyard, a well-...
| Nov 6, 2008
The revolution -- the one that took place in the 1960s -- was in fact televised. The music, the antiwar movement, the drug culture and the social upheaval of the era became major benefactors of the first wave of saturation media coverage. To the...
| Apr 13, 2008
"TURN on, tune in and check out" has become the mantra of the merchandise-amassing millions who flock daily to the Internet to buy an assortment of things that would make even Timothy Leary scratch his drug-addled noggin.
We buy music over the ether, try...
| Apr 12, 2008
By Wendy Smith
nyone familiar with "In Extremis," her Pulitzer Prize-nominated biography of poet Laura Riding, knows Deborah Baker has little interest in conventional lives or conventional narrative.
Her new book, "A Blue Hand," which mostly follows...