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Opinion: Back To School Inspiration: Mack Robinson’s Track Shoes

Mack Robinson memorabilia Until the reception last July at Pasadena City College, I had never seen an Olympic medal. Let alone one so steeped in history and legend. So, peering into the glass case at the silver medal Mack Robinson won at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin was a breathtaking experience. After all, this was the actual medal that our late hometown hero, Mr. Robinson,…

Martin Gordon: “Did You Know?” (This Time Kendrec McDade)

Martin Gordon shown speaking at the April 10, 2012 rally following the shooting death of Kendrek McDade. Pasadena Community! Did you know that after over…

Opinion: The FACTS

Over the past months much discussion and debate has centered on “Civilian Oversight” for the Pasadena Police Department. I will minimize my opinions on the merits and demerits for such a committee, addressing any isolated OIS case or any criticism of the PPD. From my remembrance, ALL recent officer involved…

Statement from SCALE Academy Charter School regarding PUSD’s Press Release

“It is unfortunate that PUSD has issued this false statement against SCALE Academy and Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District. SCALE Academy is a state…

Cameron Turner: Mack Robinson — Second to None

Mack Robinson. Photo courtesy Pasadena City College Sometimes we have no idea that we’re in standing the presence of greatness.  As students at John Muir High School in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, we often saw the unassuming elderly gentleman on campus. He always had warm words of advice,…

Opinion: Encouraging Minority Youth in the Wake of Donald Sterling

On April 15 ballplayers at Dodger Stadium and throughout Major League Baseball donned Jackie Robinson’s number 42 in remembrance of Robinson’s historic breaking of baseball’s…

Opinion: Portantino and Social Media

Anthony Portantino likes Twitter and Facebook as much as the next guy, but he worries that extreme texting and posting are eroding young people’s ability to successfully interact in the real world. The former Assemblymember recently admonished students from Muir High School’s Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD) program…

Opinion | Mind Over Money: Defending Democracy in the Wake of McCutcheon

One of the countless prescient scenes in Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 finds the hero, Montag, struggling to memorize a simple Bible verse as…

Dr. Mark Rocha: Channeling Chávez

  On Friday morning at the Arclight Theater in Pasadena, the Cross Cultural Center, PCC Flea Market and the Office of Student Life sponsored a special premier screening of the new movie, César Chávez, for PCC faculty, staff and students.  I thank these organizations for their generosity and also for…

Opinion: CVS Caremark Pulling Tobacco Products – A Public Health Game-Changer

For the past 30 years, I’ve fought for lung health with the American Lung Association. Our organization has been a leader in the battle against tobacco, which is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the U.S. Over the years, this battle has experienced dramatic highs and disappointing lows. CVS Caremark’s recent announcement that they will no longer sell tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy locations represents a great milestone in efforts to move toward becoming a healthier, smokefree nation. CVS Caremark took a bold step in making the health and well-being of current and future customers and employees a…

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