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May 6, 2007 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
Pasadena City Hall can be characterized as a beaux-arts rendition of a Renaissance-style palace, topped like a wedding cake with a Spanish Baroque dome. And it's back in the limelight after a $117-million renovation and seismic retrofit. The landmark has appeared in movies and TV shows, portrayed as a mental institution, a police station and even the Supreme Court building.
March 23, 2007 | Tony Barboza, Times Staff Writer
Before Disney Hall and Segerstrom Hall, Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena was renowned as one of the premier concert halls in Southern California. Now it is at the center of tensions over the development of one of Old Town Pasadena's last relatively open spaces. The 1,262-seat glass-and-concrete structure, surrounded by an elegant reflecting pool, opened in 1974 and is now owned by Harvest Rock Church, a nondenominational Christian congregation that draws about 1,000 worshipers each Sunday.
February 8, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A motorist described as a man in his 20s was shot in the head Wednesday night at an intersection by an assailant who pulled up in another car, authorities said. The attack was reported shortly before 8 p.m. at Lincoln Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard. The victim was taken to Huntington Hospital, where he was in stable condition.
January 18, 2007 | Brenda Rees, Special to The Times
DON'T tell the Brothers Grimm, but storyteller Leslie Perry has a bone to pick with the classic tale of poor little Cinderella. "She's a wimp!" he exclaims, pointing out the passivity of the main character. "Look, she doesn't make anything happen. She relies on magic, and she doesn't stand up for herself -- especially with her stepmother and sisters. A lot of fairy tales have this problem. That's why I prefer folk tales."
December 17, 2006 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
Myron Hunt designed this grand Colonial Revival villa in 1916 in Pasadena's Oak Knoll neighborhood, described in The Times' stories of the day as "the Crown City's beautiful and fashionable suburb," replete with paved streets and "ornamental electric lights on classic bronze pillars." Even if you don't recognize the Pasadena architect's name, you've probably seen or been in one of his many local landmarks.
December 8, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
One month after beginning, prosecutors wrapped up their case Thursday against Michael Goodwin, the spurned race promoter on trial in the slayings of motor sports legend Mickey Thompson and his wife. For jurors in the Pasadena courtroom, things ended the way they began. The last witness, Thompson's nephew, testified that he heard Goodwin threaten the life of his aunt and uncle two months before they were killed.
December 5, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Several blocks of Colorado Boulevard in the Old Town shopping district were closed Monday afternoon after a water main broke, flooding businesses, authorities said. The cause of the break was not immediately known.
November 12, 2006 | Jean Merl, Times Staff Writer
Veterans Day holds poignant added significance for Edward and Pamela Blecksmith. It was Nov. 11, 2004, that the San Marino couple's younger son, a Marine Corps officer known from boyhood as "J.P.," was killed by a sniper while trying to lead his men to safety in Fallouja, Iraq. On Saturday, another Veterans Day and the second anniversary of his death, the Reserve Training Center in Pasadena officially became Blecksmith Hall. The name honors 2nd Lt. James P.
November 3, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
A known gang member was identified Thursday as a "person of interest" in a Pasadena car crash in which two of the passengers were found fatally shot. The driver of the crashed car then beat up a woman who stopped to offer assistance and stole her car. The gang member, Manuel Penaloza, 20, also known as "Lil Bad Boy," has not been named as a suspect or as the driver. When paramedics arrived on the scene Oct.
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