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The Drug That Makes You Spend All Your Money

Abilify treats depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, but it can also lead to compulsive gambling, shopping, eating, and...

Why Would You Fake Having Cancer?

A lymphoma survivor investigates disease scamming — a growing trend of faking health tragedies to rake in donations. OK Whatever Most people didn’t know that I had cancer. They...

I Was Talking With a Ghost

What’s it like hunting for spirits in a 134-year-old Victorian house. OK Whatever It’s almost 10 p.m. on a Saturday night and I’m sitting in pitch-black darkness inside a...

I Got a Yoni Massage For Journalism

The tantric healing modality is supposed to release tension through your vagina. But it was more like getting finger-banged by a stranger. OK Whatever It was the middle of the...

The Rise and Fall of Snortable Chocolate

Coco Loko was poised to become the next fad, but then the FDA intervened and it’s since disappeared from the internet. OK Whatever When Legal Lean started selling a snortable...

Going to a Witch Dance on Halloween

How a sect of politically active, feminist neopagans try to make the world a better place, one night a year. OK Whatever The setting was incongruous. They were in a midcentury...
Lil Debbie’s New EP, Home Grown, Is An Ode To Weed

LA Weekly  It’s Friday night, a little after 10:30, and I’m hoofing it through Hollywood to a spot called Las Palmas where Lil Debbie is premiering her new EP, Home Grown. There are stragglers hanging out front and they’re all young, definitely not over the age of 25,...

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I Wore Pasties At EDC And It Wasn’t That Bad

LA Weekly It’s easy to make friends when you wear pasties at EDC. I would know. I did it last night. I didn’t plan for this to happen. When I packed for the festival, I chose regular clothes—shorts, tank tops, a sundress. You see, I’m not a raver and I’d never been to...

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The Party That Never Ends

The East Bay Express It's Saturday night at The Layover and the bar is close to maximum capacity. People of all ages are crammed onto the tiny dance floor, their foreheads glistening with sweat as they shake and bob to the music. A gaggle of girls start twerking in a...

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After Oakland Hills Fire, Residents Build Off-The-Wall Homes

--Published on OaklandNorth.net on October 19, 2011--   Robert Pennell shifted the gear to neutral and parked the car along the side of the road. “There,” he said, pointing out the open window to a cluster of houses across the street. “That one is modern and the...

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Salt Room Therapy On Shifty Ground

--Published in The Los Angeles Times health section on August 2, 2010-- It's 1 o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon, and Heidi Kling is reading in an all-white room. She's shoeless, but socks protect her feet from the 6 inches of salt that cake the floor. The only objects...

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