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Southland Prosecutors, Law Enforcement Urges Public to Scrutinize Coronavirus ‘Products’

Southland prosecutors and law enforcement agencies asked people Monday to be vigilant and report scams or incidents of false advertising for products related to the coronavirus outbreak. “Our primary goal is to maintain safety and security across the seven counties we serve,” United States Attorney Nick Hanna said. “Even as we come together as a ...


Pasadena Broker Urges Retail Landlords To Offer Rent Breaks In COVID-19 Crisis

Businesses that have been severely hurt or closed altogether by the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis can lay off employees or cut costs in all manner of other ways – but one cost that won’t go away is rent. It comes due every month, whether a business is booming or shuttered or somewhere in ...


American Horticultural Society Honors James Folsom with Liberty Hyde Bailey Award

James P. Folsom, the Telleen/Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif., has been named the 2020 recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s (AHS) Liberty Hyde Bailey Award, the organization’s highest honor, which is given to an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions ...


Five Acres Presents Community Awards and Welcomes New Board Members

Five Acres, a foster/adoption, residential and community-based mental/behavioral health charity, announced its community awards and board celebration yesterday. Taking preventive measures to best protect the Five Acres children who live in the agency’s care and their staff, Five Acres canceled its scheduled in-person annual meeting in the newly renovated auditorium at the main campus and ...


JPL’s Next Mars Rover Has a Name, as Seventh-Grader’s Suggestion Wins NASA’s “Name the Rover” Contest

JPL’s next Mars rover has a new name:  Perseverance. The name was announced Thursday by Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate, during a celebration at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia. Zurbuchen was at the school to congratulate seventh-grader Alexander Mather, who submitted the winning entry to the agency’s “Name the ...


Villa Esperanza Guild’s “Day at the Races” Supports Individuals with Special Needs

Villa Esperanza Guild held their 22nd annual ‘A Day at the Races’ benefiting Villa Esperanza Services on Saturday, February 29th . This year’s event raised over $62,000 in support of Villa’s Hjelte-Phillips Speech and Language Center and Villa’s Residential and Independent Living programs, two of Villa’s nine programs that assist individuals with intellectual and developmental ...


Caltech Professor of Theoretical Physics Shines New Light on Dark Matter

About 80 percent of all the matter in our universe is invisible. Called dark matter, this mysterious substance is known to exist throughout the universe because of its gravitational tugs on ordinary matter. Yet despite its prevalence, dark matter continues to evade direct detection. Kathryn Zurek, a new professor of theoretical physics at Caltech, has ...


Shia LaBeouf Buys $5.475 Million Home in Pasadena

Actor Shia LaBeouf has purchased a newly-built home in Pasadena for $5.475 million, a Los Angeles Times report Thursday said. LaBeouf, 33, gained fame at an early age as the star in Disney Channel’s “Even Stevens.” His other film credits include “Disturbia” (2007) and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (2010) and the very popular Transaformers ...


Caltech Mourns the Passing of Financial Aid Director Don Crewell (1952–2020)

Don Crewell, director of financial aid at Caltech, passed away on March 17, 2020, after a long illness. He was 67. Joe Shepherd, Caltech’s vice president for student affairs, said Crewell deserves appreciation for going above and beyond in his work and called him a wonderful colleague. “Don worked behind the scenes, helping our students ...


Heidi Klum Falls Ill on Set of “America’s Got Talent” in Pasadena, Says Shortage Means She Can’t Get Tested for Coronavirus

International supermodel Heidi Klum is concerned she has coronavirus after falling sick on the set of America’s Got Talent in Pasadena – but has not been able to get a test amid widespread shortages of kits in the U.S. The 46-year-old TV host, who was in Pasadena to film the popular show, said she wants ...


Caltech Announces the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

Caltech has announced that Ian Agol (BS ’92), Fei-Fei Li (MS ’02, PhD ’05), Charles T. Munger (CERT ’44), and Daniel D. O’Dowd (BS ’76) are this year’s recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award. The Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor the Institute bestows upon a graduate. Given in recognition of a particular ...


NAACP Looking into Hiring and Promotion of Black Employees at Pasadena City College

The Pasadena NAACP has announced it is investigating employment practices at Pasadena City College. In a released statement, Allen Edson, president of the Pasadena NAACP, said the probe is “specifically related to black employees, and the hidden figures, black women.’’ “Hidden figures’’ is a name given to African American women who worked behind the scenes ...


Kidspace Appoints New Chief Executive Officer, Lisa Clements

Kidspace Children’s Museum announced that Lisa Clements has been appointed by the board of directors as the museum’s new Chief Executive Officer starting April 20. Clements will lead Kidspace into the next era of play-based learning experiences – incorporating physical, social-emotional, sensory, cognitive, and communication skill-building activities, which are critical to healthy child development. Clements ...


The 20s Roar Again at Hillsides Annual Gala

Hillsides, a Pasadena-based organization providing services to heal children and young adults, strengthen families, and transform communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy, held its annual fundraiser, The Roaring 2020s, at the Langham Huntington Pasadena.   The gala took a step back in time, featuring a big band, flapper girls, and prohibition-era signature cocktails. The ...


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