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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?"
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.
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
December 29, 2007 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
A jury awarded $1.17 million Friday to a black former Pasadena firefighter who said he was forced to retire after complaining for five years about other firefighters leaving blood, urine and feces in his bedding and scrawling a swastika on his equipment. The penalty was just the latest case of a black firefighter alleging discrimination against a fire department in Los Angeles and surrounding communities.
December 28, 2007 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Hostess Camyle Meier was saying good night to a diner at Old Pasadena eatery Mi Piace on Wednesday when she heard a boom. She quickly realized the noises from outside were gunshots. Frozen, she watched a man, wounded in the back, grab his side and crumple to the Colorado Boulevard pavement. Dozens of holiday revelers in the popular Italian restaurant "screamed and ducked," she said. A doctor eating dinner and a server rushed outside to help the victim.
December 27, 2007 | Jason Felch, Times Staff Writer
A 23-year-old man was shot and wounded amid crowds of shoppers and pedestrians on busy Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena's Old Town district Wednesday night. The shooting occurred about 7:30 p.m. near Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue, one of the busiest intersections of the upscale retail and restaurant district. Four shots were fired in front of numerous bystanders before the victim collapsed in the middle of the street, witnesses and police said.
November 28, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
Thirteen cars, including several high-end models such as a Porsche, two Lexuses and a Pontiac Solstice, were destroyed or severely damaged early Tuesday after a fire broke out in a carport at a Pasadena condominium complex, authorities said. Residents were awakened shortly after 2 a.m. by the sound of popping tires in the 1000 block of South Orange Grove Avenue, said Lisa Derderian, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department. She said residents described it as sounding like small explosions.
November 25, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
Two people died in a house fire in Pasadena early Saturday, authorities said. The fire at the two-story house on Yale Street was reported about 2:30 a.m., said Lisa Derderian, a spokeswoman with the Pasadena Fire Department. Firefighters battling the blaze found the bodies of a 39-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman on the second floor of the home, Derderian said.
November 3, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
After shopping at conventional stores for decades, Patricia Gonzales has switched to "natural" and organic food. The Pasadena grandmother worries about serving her family anything genetically modified or grown with chemicals, pesticides and hormones. "I don't shop at Ralphs or Vons anymore. I like Whole Foods because they don't put anything on the shelves that's not good for you," she said after a recent trip to the store on East Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena.
October 15, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
This year's Doo Dah Parade will not be held until next year, according to an announcement on the event's website. The annual parade through Old Town Pasadena, founded more than three decades ago as a spoof of the Tournament of Roses, has been postponed until Jan. 20, the announcement said. The event has traditionally been held Thanksgiving weekend. No reason was given for the change.
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