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Are vegetative patients able to think?

Are vegetative patients able to think?

In a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers report that a form of brain scanning could be used to determine the consciousness of patients who appear to be in a persistent vegetative state. Using functional magnetic resonance, five patients showed brain activity that indicated awareness and intent, with one patient […]

Maybe if you squint…

Maybe if you squint…

Whenever we drive along Fair Oaks my four year old insists the side of this building looks like “robot faces hiding behind trees.” There’s a metaphor in there somewhere. Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

Superfluous Detail: Celebration in Cement

Superfluous Detail: Celebration in Cement

Well I’ve had enough nature for one week! I need something urban, thank you very much. This building on East Colorado Blvd. is empty right now. What was it–Aardvark’s? Does anyone remember? I don’t think this is a historical structure. I believe this superfluous detail is a recent addition. But I could be wrong. Tell […]

Pasadena Sunrise Rotary and Brits Pub Combine Forces to Help Haiti – Benefit this Saturday Includes Live Music and Raffles to help Haitians

Pasadena Sunrise Rotary and Brits Pub Combine Forces to Help Haiti – Benefit this Saturday Includes Live Music and Raffles to help Haitians

  By Terry Miller There are fundraisers in great abundance these days (thankfully) attempting to raise money to help Haiti through one of the worst natural disasters in history. This Monday the Pasadena Playhouse held a fundraiser raising funds for the Red Cross for Haiti. Perhaps we can never do enough to help in this […]

Angeles Crest undermined

Angeles Crest undermined

Sometimes I think Caltrans and other government agencies get a little … trigger-happy about closing the Angeles Crest Highway into our mountains after the various disasters that plague the forest-area roads. Fire. Floods. Motorcycles down. But Lori Paul of Altadena forwards this photo, courtesy of Mike McIntyre, the district ranger, shot during the last big […]

Pasadena Sierra Club Meeting Tonight

Pasadena Sierra Club Meeting Tonight

Investigative reporter Chip Jacob and South Pasadena resident Bill Kelly will present a discussion and book signing of their recent book “Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles” at the February 3 meeting of the Pasadena Group of the Sierra Club. Copies of the book will be available at the meeting. Information will […]

Dear J.Jill, can I treat you to a Cafe au Lait?

Dear J.Jill, can I treat you to a Cafe au Lait?

Um, J. Jill, don't expect the pants back… An amazing event occurred after I told the world about my near-brush with my hero retailer J.Jill in this here post. Yes, Chaos Crew, J.Jill did call. Well, actually, she emailed, but the intent was still the same to me.  J.Jill wanted to be my BFF! Yeah! […]

Do You Loop?

Do You Loop?

Some people walk at brisk pace, some stroll while having a leisurely chat, others jog, bike and skate. Hands-down, the Rose Bowl Loop is Pasadena’s most popular exercise track. And that’s the point of a community meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight: What does the future hold for this 3.3-mile recreational loop? In the […]

Welcome Altadenablog sponsor: scissors/paper/rock salon & boutique

Welcome Altadenablog sponsor: scissors/paper/rock salon & boutique

scissors/paper/rock, Yolande Carson’s salon and boutique at 1864 N. Allen, strives to be a place to be stylish and a place to relax. “We like it to be intimate, so the clients get one-on-one treatment, like it’s their place,” she said.  “A place to go to go to the refrigerator and get a drink, a […]

I’m Still Standing

I’m Still Standing

In 2003, during the earliest days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Shoshana Johnson was captured when the 507th maintenance company was attacked. In I’m Still Standing Shoshana chronicles her capture, the 22 days she was held as a POW, her rescue and recovery. Patt sits down with the first female POW from Operation Iraqi Freedom to […]

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