Local religious leaders lambasted President Trump in the wake of his ban on transgender people serving in the military. In an email to parishioners last week, the Rev. Susan Russell of All Saints Episcopal Church, called the president’s action “antithetical to our core values as Americans and as Christians.” In a series of tweets issued at around 6 a.m. on July 26, the president stated that, “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow… Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our...Read More
Author: Kevin Uhrich
Chances are, if you’ve heard of the Paris Climate Agreement, you know that nearly every nation in the world — except ours — has volunteered to cut carbon emissions enough to prevent an increase in Earth’s temperature of 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, by the start of the 22nd century. If that doesn’t happen, and the world goes above 2 °C, writes CNN’s Ashley Strickland, “life on our planet will change,” and “[r]ising seas, mass extinctions, super droughts, increased wildfires, intense hurricanes, decreased crops and fresh water and the melting of the Arctic are expected.” Also expected...Read More
News cycles today are full of stories about police officers who find themselves on the wrong side of the law in one way or another. Of course, these reports — containing information that often shocks the senses of people who care about social and criminal justice, the civic health of our communities and the quality of law enforcement in general — are important for the public to know about. This is not one of those stories, but it is just as important as some of the others, if not more so in some ways, to the ongoing public dialogue...Read More
Pasadena celebrates 131 years with exhibitions on railroad-inspired artistry and the annual Pasadena Chalk Festival
One day a few weeks back, my son, Ted, daughter-in-law, Dorene, and two-year-old grandson Kedt treated me to an afternoon at Travel Town in Griffith Park. The free museum of trains of all sorts — from old-timey engines and stripped down coach cars to a miniature choo-choo for kids of all ages — reminds us of a time when our very lives were dependent on trains and trolleys. Having grown up in a small steel producing city in Pennsylvania, for me the quiet, tree shrouded reliquary conjured memories of how my brothers and friends and I would hop on...Read More
City settles suit for $300,000 over a case in which two women say cops — one officer the brother of a plaintiff — violated their civil rights
Roughly a year from the time that a federal civil rights lawsuit was filed by two local women against the city, the police chief and several officers alleging false arrest and abuse of power, Pasadena officials decided to settle the controversial case out of court for $300,000. “When you get a six-figure settlement for an arrest that resulted in no injuries, six-figures sends the right message,” said attorney Bill Paparian, one of two Pasadena lawyers representing Michelle Rodgers and Selah Chavét in the suit against the department and its officers, among them Rodgers’ brother, veteran Sgt. Michael Bugh. As...Read More
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