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Verodia Graves, 1935-2022

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 10:45 am

Verodia Graves, who served as supervisor of women of the Southern California Evangelistic Ecclesiastic Jurisdiction, died on January 7, she was 87. Graves was an active member of the New Hope Church of God in Christ in the city of Duarte, California where she ... More »


Foothill Unity Center Appoints Two to Board of Directors

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 1:08 pm

Local nonprofit Foothill Unity Center has named two people to its board of directors. As of Dec. 1, Keisha Carter-Bowen and Dr. Ryan Smith began serving on the board. Bowen was born and raised in the Duarte-Monrovia area, and owns Simply Divine Salon Barbersho... More »


John Sollenberger: 1950-2022

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 | 10:59 am

Johnnie “John” Cleve Sollenberger, an Illinois native who started and ended his California journalism career at the Pasadena Weekly — at one point branching out to other publications covering the national rock scene and nabbing what he often called the “interv... More »


Pioneering R&B Percussionist and PCC Alum James Mtume Dead at 76

Monday, January 10, 2022 | 5:37 pm

Legendary percussionist and Grammy Award winner James Mtume, who studied political science at Pasadena City College on a swimming scholarship in the 1960s, has passed away. He was 76. Book publisher Lisa Lucas, whose father, R&B and jazz guitarist Reggie Lucas... More »


Caltech Professor to Receive Chemistry Award

Saturday, January 8, 2022 | 5:15 pm

Jacqueline K. Barton, the John G. Kirkwood and Arthur A. Noyes Professor of Chemistry, has been named the recipient of this year’s Theodore William Richards Medal Award by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award has been pres... More »


Caltech Mourns the Passing of Professor Jim Strauss

Wednesday, January 5, 2022 | 5:49 am

James H. Strauss Jr. (PhD ’67), the Ethel Wilson Bowles and Robert Bowles Professor of Biology, Emeritus, passed away. Strauss’s research focused on the replication and assembly of two types of enveloped RNA viruses: alphaviruses and flaviviruses. These types ... More »


Debby Singer Honored with Second Annual Marv Gross Social Justice Award

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 | 10:50 am

Debby Singer is a person who cares and who puts her concern into action. A long time member of Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, the Arcadia resident is involved in providing service to the homeless as well as Jewish education. Singer is currently on the boar... More »


Glenda June Kennedy, 1965-2021

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 | 6:13 am

The Kennedy family announces Glenda June Kennedy’s transition to glory on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. She was born June 1, 1965, in Los Angeles, California to the late Thomas Foster and the late Leola Sudduth Kennedy. Glenda was blessed to have a twin sister ... More »