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Pasadena Independent 12-23-2010

Pasadena Independent 12-23-2010

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Fallen tree snaps power pole on Maiden Lane

Fallen tree snaps power pole on Maiden Lane

A large tree fell across Maiden Lane tonight, across from the Sahag-Mesrob Armenian Christian School. Maiden Lane is blocked, and power is out from Lake to Ganesha, and Altadena Drive to Mendocino. The top of the power pole, snapped off by the fallen tree, rests on the school’s fence. The still-upright portion of the pole […]

The neuroscience of magic

The neuroscience of magic

There’s a lot more to magic than pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Fooling the eye and the brain is an exercise in neuroscience and the techniques used in magic tricks can be hijacked by hucksters for more nefarious purposes. But the study of these same skills also gives us insight into how the […]

The Pledge: one nation indivisible?

The Pledge: one nation indivisible?

"I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands – one nation indivisible – with liberty and justice for all." Jeffrey Owen Jones and Peter Meyer explain in their new book <i>The Pledge</i> that these 23 words were written as the original pledge of allegiance by Francis Bellamy in 1892. […]

Getting Restless

Getting Restless

I like the look of the lights against this adobe home and the symmetry of the cross centered in the window. Peaceful. The rain didn’t let up yesterday. I had a lot of time to spend at my desk. I’ve discovered I can’t stay with one task, one project, for a whole eight hours. I […]

A river in the Big Ditch

A river in the Big Ditch

Twenty … five, I guess it is, years ago, I did a cover story for the old Pasadena Weekly about the Arroyo Seco that my editor Pam Fisher headlined The Big Ditch. This morning, in these record rains, with no golfers on the course and me in a watertight rainsuit, I took Charlie for a […]

Stormwatch: look for hail, thunderstorms

Stormwatch: look for hail, thunderstorms

Carolyn Seitz updates: The National Weather Service is showing some updated info. Unfortunately, the County of Los Angeles hasn’t published any updates for today. In summary, the probability for hail and thunderstorms is high. There may be periodic episodes of gusty winds and in the areas where ground saturation is high, trees may be toppled. […]

Soggy Scenes of Winter

Soggy Scenes of Winter

A few thoughts as we wait for Noah’s Ark to float by: One of these years we’re going to get a Rose Parade day like this. As soon as there’s a momentary lull, we’re making a mad dash for some Christmas shopping. We’re worried about our retailer friends—business must be slow because of the downpour. […]

Moles la Tia

Moles la Tia

WHY There’s more than the usual Mexican bill of fare here—this spot elevates sauces to the main attraction. WHAT Red, green and black moles are just the beginning of the rainbow of dishes here. Neither divey nor fancy, it’s the perfect informal place for a party or group dinner, the better to experience dozens of […]

As the rain falls, water company nervously eyes illegal Rubio Creek wall

As the rain falls, water company nervously eyes illegal Rubio Creek wall

Pictured: the Rubio Canyon wall, shortly after the county issued an order to stop construction in September. As the rain continues to fall and the streams continue to fill, officials of the Rubio Canyon Land & Water Association are looking nervously at the illegal wall in Rubio Creek. The wall spans halfway across Rubio Creek, […]

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