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December 15, 2008 | Raja Abdulrahim, Abdulrahim is a Times staff writer.
Police on Sunday were seeking two people who held a 1-year-old boy hostage in an SUV in Pasadena while forcing his mother to withdraw money from a bank and retrieve jewelry from her home to win her son's release. There was no indication that the robbers had a weapon, police said. The 25-year-old mother was walking with her son to Allendale Park about 10:30 a.m. Saturday when a woman in her 60s approached and asked for money, said Pasadena Police Lt. Chris Russ.
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December 15, 2008 | Carolyn Kellogg, Kellogg writes for Jacket Copy, The Times' book blog.
There was no snow at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, but the four sled dogs tethered there seemed acclimated enough. One amiably licked the face of a child in a stroller. The hubbub wasn't much like the Yukon, but the dogs were there to excite interest in Jack London's "The Call of the Wild." This was a far cry from a quiet conversation around a library table -- a series of which are being held in West Hollywood to discuss Rudolfo Anaya's "Bless Me, Ultima."
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September 30, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
The weekend football game between UCLA and Fresno State at the Rose Bowl was by no means the hottest on record. But Pasadena fire officials said Monday that nearly 1,000 people sought medical attention for heat-related medical issues -- the most in recent memory. Nearly 74,000 people attended Saturday's game between the Bruins and the Bulldogs, and forecasters said the weather was no hotter than usual for a mid-September football contest.
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August 10, 2008 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
A band of walkers gathered Saturday at Pasadena Presbyterian Church with a mission: Give pedestrians in this city their rightful place on the sidewalk. Reduce auto vs. pedestrian conflicts. Add some more shade trees. "Make it enjoyable to walk," said Nancy Nelson, a Pasadena resident. Nelson was one of about 40 people who came to hear the conclusions from the city's first "walkabout," which was held on a foggy morning in March.
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April 9, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel
The driver of a big rig was killed Tuesday afternoon when a car that veered out of the carpool lane and into traffic on the 210 Freeway caused the tractor-trailer to crash and explode, authorities said. The incident was reported about 1:45 p.m. on the 210 just west of Rosemead Boulevard, the California Highway Patrol said. According to Officer Heather Hoglund, the driver of a white Honda traveling east on the freeway lost control and veered across several lanes before crashing into the big rig, causing the truck to lose control and go over the side of the freeway.
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March 1, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writers
A Pasadena school student was arrested Friday on suspicion of bringing a gun to campus, police said. The arrest occurred Friday afternoon, hours after a student reported that a classmate had brought a weapon to Blair International Baccalaureate School. Police and administrators ordered a lockdown of the 1,200-student campus shortly before 9:30 a.m. The lockdown continued through most of the day.
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February 9, 2008 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
A Middle East conference scheduled to be held next week at a prominent Pasadena church has sparked tensions between local Christians and Jews. But those involved say they hope to use the episode as a chance for increased dialogue and, perhaps, a deeper understanding of the sensitive issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Several Los Angeles rabbis and others in the Jewish community have criticized a decision by All Saints Episcopal Church to allow its facilities to be used Feb.
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January 27, 2008 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
Frank Lloyd Wright had a radical idea for low-cost construction when Alice Millard, a rare-book dealer and antiques collector, commissioned him to design a house in Pasadena. He would use concrete blocks, "the cheapest (and ugliest) thing in the building world," the architect wrote in his autobiography. "Why not see what could be done with that gutter-rat?"
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December 31, 2007 | Jason Song
A fire in a Pasadena apartment building Sunday morning displaced about 30 people and destroyed two units. The blaze was reported at 4:30 a.m. in the 100 block of South Michigan Avenue and was extinguished an hour later, said Lisa Derderian, a Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman. Four other apartments in the 24-unit structure were damaged by smoke and water, Derderian said. No one was injured, but the building will be closed to residents while firefighters investigate the cause.
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December 29, 2007 | Hector Becerra
A Claremont man accused of shooting a man on a crowded street in Old Town Pasadena was charged Friday with attempted murder and assault. Mark Anthony Cole Jr., 18, was awaiting trial in another criminal case when the shooting occurred Wednesday, the district attorney's office said. Cole is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 11 and is being held on $1.6-million bail. Authorities said Cole shot a 23-year-old man with a .22-caliber handgun and was arrested about an hour later. -- -- Hector Becerra
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