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January 20, 2014 | Hailey Branson-Potts
From the very beginning, Colorado Boulevard was all about the car. Pasadena residents so loved their Ford Model Ts that in 1915 the city was said to have the highest rate of automobile ownership in the world. Colorado was a leg in the famed Route 66 and evolved along with the car culture, with roadside businesses giving way to bigger department stores and eventually to shopping centers. But these days, officials want to tame the famed street. Pasadena is considering plans to narrow portions of Colorado by as much as two lanes and use that space to widen sidewalks and create tiny parks with seating and greenery.
January 6, 2014 | By Matt Stevens, Emily Foxhall and Ryan Menezes
Southern California is used to the annual New Year's invasion of football fans for the Rose Bowl. But this year, the region - and its economy - got a rare double dip. As soon as supporters of Stanford and Michigan State went home after the Rose Bowl, Auburn and Florida State fans began rolling in for Monday's Bowl Championship Series title game at the same stadium. The college colors - burnt orange and navy blue for Auburn and garnet and gold for Florida State - were a common sight in recent days, from the streets of Old Pasadena to the Balboa Island Ferry.
January 6, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
The teams in the final Bowl Championship Series national title game Monday at the Rose Bowl took completely different roads to Pasadena. Florida State used the high-speed express lane on its way to 13-0, cruising by one opponent after another. Auburn (12-1) took the mountainous back route, navigating potholes, detours and a few angry Georgia Bulldogs. It doesn't matter now, they're both here. So, which team takes home the crystal ball? Is it Auburn, a team of destiny that narrowly escaped Washington State in the opener and lost at Louisiana State by two touchdowns but somehow won the Southeastern Conference after two of the most improbable, back-to-back wins in the history of college football?
January 4, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A man was killed Saturday by a Metro Gold Line train in South Pasadena after he did not move from the path of the oncoming train, officials said. About 4:10 p.m., a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority train operator saw a pedestrian inside a crosswalk that overlaps the Gold Line tracks, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Sergio Flores told The Times.  The train driver sounded his horn, but the pedestrian did not move away in time.  The victim was standing at the intersection of Monterey Road and Pasadena Avenue, inside the mechanical arms that lower as a train approaches, Flores said.
January 1, 2014
The 125th Tournament of Roses Parade kicks off Wednesday at 8 a.m. as Pasadena celebrates 2014. The theme of this year's parade is “Dreams Come True,” and famed Dodgers play-by-play broadcaster Vin Scully will be the grand marshal. At 2 p.m., Stanford will take on Michigan State in the 100th Rose Bowl game. PHOTOS: 125th Tournament of Roses Parade Pasadena police and fire officials said they are stepping up security for the annual parade and football game in the wake of national tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing.
January 1, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla, Ryan Menezes and Paresh Dave
In its 125 t h year, the Rose Parade detoured into debates over same-sex marriage and captive killer whales. Otherwise, the parade stayed largely on script, delivering its traditional mix of small-town wholesomeness, Hollywood-style entertainment and corporate sponsorship. Treated to clear skies and warm air, thousands crammed street curbs and bleachers along the parade's 5 1/2-mile route through Pasadena on Wednesday for the annual procession of marching bands, equestrian groups and elaborate floats crafted of roses, flowers and all manners of produce.
December 30, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., which started as a one-man consulting shop in 1947, has grown into one of the largest and most respected U.S. engineering firms. The Pasadena construction consulting company handles engineering, architecture and construction projects for governments and businesses worldwide. It has clients in oil and gas, chemicals, aerospace, defense, mining, pharmaceuticals, power, paper, technology, food and other industries. Founder Joseph J. Jacobs, the son of Lebanese parents, built the company into a $1-billion business by the time he retired in 1992 at age 76, pushing it into the lucrative environmental services business.
December 28, 2013 | By Gary Klein
Stanford is back in the Rose Bowl for the second consecutive season, which is just fine with fifth-year senior linebacker Shayne Skov. Skov made eight tackles in last season's Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. This season, he has made 100 tackles, including 10 for losses. Stanford is playing in its fourth consecutive Bowl Championship Series bowl game. The Cardinal's five-year bowl run began in the 2009 Sun Bowl, its first postseason game since 2001. “We're all incredibly happy,” he said of playing in the 100 th Rose Bowl game against Michigan State.
December 28, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
For Maricela Ruiz, a trip to the store to pick up a few groceries or to her daughter's school felt nearly impossible. “I'd go home crying,” said Ruiz, 37. She couldn't speak English, and after a few failed attempts at communication, began to wait for her husband to come home to help her run errands. For Ruiz, who moved from Mexico to Pasadena two years ago, the language barrier proved isolating. But a year ago Ruiz joined Mother's Club Family Learning Center, a nonprofit in Pasadena that provides English classes to mothers and their children.
December 23, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Four burglars who broke into a Pasadena home Friday made off with Christmas presents, piggy banks and the ashes of the homeowner's parents. Pasadena Police Lt. Jason Clawson told KTLA-TV that the burglary occurred around 1 p.m. Friday in the 900 block of North Madison Avenue. The homeowner, who only identified himself by his first name, Griffin, told KTLA that the burglars were captured on surveillance video. Griffin said all the family's Christmas presents were stolen, as were televisions and his children's piggy banks.
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