Author: Rochelle Bassarear

Retired judge rules in favor of telescope project, but protesters still in the fight

by André Coleman and Kevin Uhrich A retired judge overseeing a case involving construction of a massive telescope atop a sacred mountain in Hawaii has ruled that a building permit should be granted.  Retired Circuit Judge Riki May Amano made the decision on July 26. The $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project is 18 stories high, making it the largest telescope in the world — including the 14 other telescopes already built on Mauna Kea. However, Amano’s 300-page ruling is not the final word on the contentious issue. The judge’s ruling will now go before the powerful Board...

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J.B. Smoove melts the Ice House stage this weekend while awaiting the return of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

Amid a growing TV trend of series reboots and reunions ranging from “Arrested Development” to “Roseanne,” the October re-launch of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” after five years off the air has stirred some of the biggest anticipation.  That mostly-improvised series is famed for not only leaving viewers wondering about what might happen at any moment, but also its cast— including J.B. Smoove, who has played creator-star Larry David’s  “accidental roommate” Leon Black for the past three seasons and the new one. Yet the standup comic and actor’s manic speaking and performing style blends well with that show’s freewheeling approach,...

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New fencing fails to stop man from jumping from Colorado Street Bridge

Last week, construction workers installed fencing in front of alcoves on the Colorado Street Bridge to prevent people from jumping.    As of Monday, the trail leading to the ledge from Defenders’ Park was the last area left to cover. But when workers arrived early Monday morning to put up fencing in front of that trail, they learned they were too late. Another person had leapt to their death from the bridge. Officials with the Police and Fire departments described the jumper as a white male in his 20s or 30s. His identity was unknown on Monday morning. Police...

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Blue Oyster Cult rocks The Rose Saturday Night

Their style has been referred to over the years as “the thinking man’s heavy metal group,” and on Saturday night Blue Oyster Cult brings those smart riffs to The Rose in Pasadena. BOC is responsible for such hits as “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ for You,” producing a sound that was at once catchy, terrifying, provocative, funny and ambiguous. They’ve achieved what few other metal/hard rock acts have inasmuch as  the band has received critical acclaim along with commercial success. Since its founding in Long Island in the late 1960s, Blue Oyster Cult has gone through various...

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As of Monday, 855 days after the war in Afghanistan ended …

2,214  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. 21 ISIS plots against American targets have been uncovered in the first 4 months of this year, according to a House Homeland Security Committee report.     34 ISIS extremists were killed this past weekend in Afghanistan by that country’s air force in airstrikes. According to Reuters, a pro-ISIS radio station was also destroyed in the operation. 3,000 additional troops could be sent to Afghanistan to help end a stalemate with the Taliban in that region,...

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