Author: Andre Coleman

As of Monday, 1,048 days after the war in Afghanistan ended…

2,224 American military service members (0 more than last week) were reported killed in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001, according to The Associated Press. 33 airstrikes have been conducted against ISIS in Syria and Iraq by coalition forces since Dec. 1, according to the Department of Defense.     26,000 members of ISIS are ready to attack the West, according to the UK Express. The terrorists are being tracked through a database. 2 people were killed and 1 person was injured on Tuesday in Iraq when a car bomb exploded in Baghdad, according to CNN. ...

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Cell phone video of violent arrest raises concerns about police use of force

by André Coleman and Kevin Uhrich Civil rights advocates, police reform proponents and city leaders expressed shock and concern over a video that recently surfaced on Facebook showing a man trying to take away an officer’s baton before being punched, thrown to the ground and then beaten with that same baton. At an emergency meeting of the NAACP Pasadena Branch Monday afternoon, members demanded to see video footage of the incident captured on body-worn cameras recorded by the two officers involved, the names of those officers, a copy of the police report on the incident, and an explanation of...

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Activist urges Pasadena residents to seek license plate reader records from police

The former head of the local ACLU is urging anyone who lives or works in Pasadena to participate in an information-gathering project by filing Public Records Act (PRA) requests for data being captured and stored in the city Police Department’s Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) surveillance program. In an email sent out to an unknown number of people on Dec. 1, Ed Washatka, former president of the ACLU Pasadena Foothill Branch and now a member of the Coalition for Increased Civilian Oversight of Pasadena Police (CICOPP) and Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP!), said the two groups, with the help...

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Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon stay in character as fictional hosts of this year’s rose parade

For the second year in a row, the Rose Parade spotlight will be turned on the announcers calling the play-by-play on New Year’s Day. Last year, it was veteran color commentators Stephanie Edwards and Bob Eubanks turning over their microphones to Leeza Gibbons and Mark Steines to remark on every little detail about the floats, bands, drill teams and equestrian acts. This year, Gibbons and Steines won’t be giving up their new jobs, but they will have company in the pairing of Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon starring as Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan in the Funny or Die...

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Man caught urinating in public then found in possession of weapons cache at Gold Line Station is sentenced

A man who was caught urinating in public at the Sierra Madre Gold Line Station last June and later found guilty of illegally possessing a cache of weapons has been sentenced to four years in state prison, the LA County District Attorney’s Office announced last Thursday.. Christopher Harrison Goodine, 28, was found guilty on Oct. 20 of six felony counts. They included two counts of possession of a silencer; two counts of manufacturing, importing, keeping for sale, giving or receiving a large capacity magazine; and one count each of possession of an assault weapon and having a concealed firearm...

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Wildflower “Superbloom” Garden T... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
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Votive Candle Decorating at Hill... @ Pasadena Public Library, Hill Avenue Branch
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Bob Baker Marionette Theater Hol... @ One Colorado
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