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In Pasadena, Cars of the Past and Future

Posted October 29, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]

The cars of the past continue to take car design into the future.
Last weekend in Pasadena, both old and new designs were on display at the Art Center College of Design.

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Bailing on high-speed chases: A safer change of pace?

Posted October 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

There was a highly unusual ending to a televised car chase in L.A. County yesterday…police let the driver get away.
The chase began in Altadena around 5 p.m. and ended almost three hours later in Pasadena. Before police called off the pursuit, the driver had circled through L.A. County freeways, at times going more than 100 miles an hour.
Pasadena Police Lt. Jason Clawson says officers …

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Public corruption cases starting to pile up in So Cal

Posted July 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Pile of cash_3

What in the name of institutional control is going on in Southern California?
Public corruption is nothing new (see City of Bell), but there’s been a spate of recent cases that suggest that rank-and-file public employees are going to new lengths in their efforts to fleece taxpayers.
Exhibit A comes from Orange County, where a federal Grand Jury will be looking into claims that an unnamed …

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Coachella at the Rose Bowl? A music and arts festival is on the horizon

Posted April 2, 2015 by | 8 Comments | ]
Concert goers toss t-shirts in the air at the 2014 Coachella Music & Arts Festival. The Rose Bowl is pursuing a music festival of its own, slated for the summer of 2016.

It took Darryl Dunn just one visit to San Francisco’s beloved Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival to be convinced — this is the future of Pasadena’s Rose Bowl.

“It was a great vibe,” Dunn, the CEO of the Rose Bowl Operating Company (RBOC), which manages the Rose Bowl, recalled. “It was fun. And we were like, ‘could this happen at the Rose Bowl?’ And we thought ‘ya …

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Artists riff on immigration themes with blend of history, humanity

Posted August 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
China Mary, Wyoming 2 by Hung Liu (courtesy the artist and Walter Maciel Gallery)

Meet “China Mary.” That wasn’t her real name, of course.
Like other Chinese women sold by their families to work as slaves or prostitutes in the United States back in the 19th century, she was renamed for the convenience of the Americans who employed them. This portrait is by the artist Hung Liu, who immigrated to California in the 80s.
View the complex issues of immigration through …

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Head of the L.A. NAACP is a casuality of Sterling affair

Posted May 2, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

The president of the L.A. chapter of the NAACP has resigned over questions about the organization’s ties to disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Sterling was banned for life from the NBA this week after being caught on tape telling a female friend that he didn’t want her bringing blacks to games. The NAACP then rescinded a humanitarian award it planned to give the 80-year-old …

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Family finds new facilty for teen declared brain dead

Posted January 6, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

A 13-year-old Bay Area girl who was declared dead after suffering cardiac arrest during a tonsillectomy has been moved from Children’s Hospital Oakland. But Jahi McMath’s family won’t say where she’s been taken because of concerns about her safety. The family’s lawyer says they’ve received hundreds of threatening emails from people angered by the fight to keep the teenager on life support. Children’s Hospital …

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100 years of the Colorado St. Bridge

Posted December 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
View of the Colorado Street Bridge shows several groups of people walking on the bridge and enjoying the surrounding scenery. A few automobiles can be seen travelling on the bridge. Photo courtesy: Los Angeles Public Library

Today marks the centennial of Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge, and a new exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of History features art, photography, writing, designs, and much more that was inspired by the bridge.
Although the rest of LA county might not realize it, the bridge was an important feat,  making passage from Pasadena to Highland Park possible for the new invention of the early 1900’s – horseless …

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Afternoon Delight: A visit to JPL’s ‘clean room’

Posted August 14, 2013 by | 19 Comments | ]

Southern California has quite a history in space flight. Much of it involves building the spacecraft that put astronauts into orbit.
We all know those astronauts have to suit up for their journey.
What you may not know, however, is that in order to get to the place where the spacecraft are built, you first have to suit up yourself. And the place where you do …

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Today’s News: No motive in gunman’s ‘farewell’ note; On-time budget; California snowfall decline expected

Posted June 14, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Killer’s goodbye. The man responsible for last Friday’s deadly shooting rampage in Santa Monica carried a note saying he was sorry for his actions. But investigators still aren’t sure what motivated John Zawahri to kill five people before he was shot to death by police.
Zawahri’s four-page, hand-written note was found on his body after he was killed on the Santa Monica College campus. Police …

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UCLA’s special chapter in the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson

Posted April 11, 2013 by | 12 Comments | ]
No. 42, Jackie Robinson swinging a bat in Dodgers uniform, 1954.

Brooklyn earns a special place in the Jackie Robinson story. The borough’s mix of immigrants and progressive politics made for congenial fans when Robinson brought down the color bar in baseball.
But UCLA deserves a chapter, too.
Jackie Robinson, born in the segregated south, was just a few months old in 1920, when his family settled in Pasadena, California.  By his teenage years, Robinson was, by …

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LA Observed: Jackie Robinson’s Pasadena Ties

Posted April 8, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

The movie ’42’ premieres this week. It’s a look at the life and times of the man who broke the color barrier in baseball — Jackie Robinson.
His life hasn’t been portrayed much on screen, so there are still a lot of fans who don’t know that Robinson was born and raised here in Southern California.
Kevin Roderick has been following that tale at LA Observed …

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Today’s News: Rolling roses; Sales taxes up; USC down

Posted January 1, 2013 by | 13 Comments | ]

Petal power. The Rose Parade is rolling. Thousands of people braved chilly weather to spend the night along Pasadena streets in anticipation of the 124th running of the Tournament of Roses. They’re being treated to a glorious, sunny day. Police say 21 people were arrested overnight, all but one for public drunkenness. The theme of this year’s Tournament of Roses is “Oh, the Places …

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Today’s News: 1,500 guns; Bird flap; Grand Central redo

Posted December 27, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]

Gun dump. A pair of gun buyback events netted more than 1,500 firearms, including several dozen assault weapons. The number might have been even higher had the city not run out of gift cards. L.A. typically holds its gun buyback events in May, but they were moved up in hopes that collective anguish from the Newtown shootings would spur more people to give up …

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Today’s News: Murder alleged in fatal chase; Start of Kwanzaa; SCI-Arc Pavilion

Posted December 26, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Deadly chase. Four people are being held on suspicion of murder following a crash that took the lives of an 11-year-old boy and a 25-year-old woman during a police pursuit in Pasadena. The chase lasted only about 30 seconds. Authorities say a driver refused to pull over for a traffic stop last night and then plowed his SUV into a minivan waiting to make …

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Today’s News: Santa Monica nativity debate in federal court; Galaxy goes for two; Pasadena mulls NFL

Posted November 19, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

Constitutional Christmas. A debate over the separation of church and state in Santa Monica could come to a head today. A lawyer for a church group that wants to continue erecting Christmas scenes in Palisades Park will ask a federal judge to reverse a city ban on religious displays. The flap began three years ago when an atheist group first applied for a display …

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First in line at the Apple store: ‘I feel like an iCloud’

Posted September 21, 2012 by | 14 Comments | ]
Francisco Naranjo from East L.A.was first in line for an iPhone 5 at the Pasadena store. The frame he's holding is of the L.A. Times story about him the last time he was customer number one.

As you probably know, the iPhone 5 officially hit stores today and people have been lining up to get inside to buy the new toy phone.  KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez checked out the Apple store in Old Town Pasadena where he met  Francisco Naranjo from East L.A., an Apple fan/addict who was the first in line and had been camping out since Tuesday to get …

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Famed composer Marvin Hamlisch remembered

Posted August 7, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Marvin Hamlisch, conducting the Pasadena Pops.

People around the world today are remembering an American music icon, who died here in Los Angeles.
Marvin Hamlisch is probably best known for his score for The Way We Were and his Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway show A Chorus Line. He was only one of two people to have ever won Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Tonys, and a Pulitzer.
His death at age 68 came as a …

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Painting with coffee grinds

Posted June 6, 2012 by | 18 Comments | ]

Avi Roth is possessed by coffee. Not just the need to consume it, but what he can create with it. He’s converted his studio in Pasadena into an art gallery to showcase work he’s been making for six years now: Lithographs from coffee. Or as he calls them, coffeegraphs.
I toured the gallery last week, where over 40 pieces are expertly lit and hung. (And …

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Tensions with law enforcement in Santa Monica, Pasadena

Posted April 5, 2012 by | 8 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

Tuesday night at Santa Monica College — where KCRW is located — about 100 protesters crowded a hallway outside a meeting of the Board of Trustees. Video of the incident has been posted on YouTube by the Corsair, Santa Monica College’s newspaper. College President Chui Tsang says that when bystanders overran the door “there was one discharge of pepper spray by a [college] police …

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