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Trying to Keep Up With All the Changes

Being dyslexic is not easy, and it requires that I read various reports several times to be certain that I understand what was written.  Changes and proposed changes in the law effecting California residents that are renting or thinking of buying seem to be popping up on a daily basis, and I must admit that…

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“Othello” – Timeless Themes, Cautionary Brilliance

The women of Pasadena’s Boston Court Theatre turn out a classic tale that’s still ripe for the modern world. By Candyce Columbus Centuries before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched for civil rights, Shakespeare penned a masterpiece about racism and the evil wreaked by a demented and devious mind. Written in 1603, “The Tragedy of…

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La Petite France Reigns as Best of the Bakeries

By Mary Ann Mace A nationally popular confectioner is noted for its slogan, “Quality without compromise.”  The same can be said for bakery and café La Petite France.  Daniel, shop owner and chef, doesn’t scrimp on flavor or quality, whether it’s a simple shortbread cookie or extravagant wedding cake.  Daniel doesn’t lack for talent either. …

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Fine Food, It’s Elemental

The delicious alchemy of Chef Micah Fields comes to the sleek and stylish Doubletree By Mary Ann Mace A renaissance of taste and style has been happening right in front of us.  A familiar face in the community, Doubletree Monrovia (formerly the Holiday Inn), a member of the Hilton Hotel family, was selected as the…

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Greg’s Getaway – Lake Constance, Swiss Style Part 1

In April of 1944, the tiny town of Schaffhausen, Switzerland, was mistaken as German territory and accidentally bombed by Allied planes. The town, which is the only sizeable chunk of Swiss territory on the north bank of the Rhine, survived -just as it has since medieval times. I visited Schaffhausen last summer, at the start…

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Market Cents – 2/21/08

The market is up! The market is down! We’re headed into a recession! No, inflation is the biggest concern! Whew!! What is a person supposed to do? When is the right time to invest?? Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” answer to this question. The answer to this question should start with a…

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Water as the Critical Crisis

Water technology and opportunity are on tap at an upcoming Caltech forum. Despite a wet year, SoCal’s water problem remains.  Growing population and declining import availability will eventually trump our reservoir buffering of nature’s occasional bounty.  But if SoCal has it bad, what of elsewhere, especially foreign lands where water already is desperately lacking?  Or…

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Watching Your Back and Your Bottom Line

DZI helps local customers fight crime in the digital age. By Steve Swinney There’s a new “kid” on the block: DZI Global. DZI Global is the United States’ arm of Advantech, a 15-year-old Korean and Taiwanese company that specializes in security surveillance equipment. In the five years that DZI has been in business in the…

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Football Star Spends Three Nights in Los Angeles Jail – Now Released All Charges are Dropped

By Terry Miller Charges against a John Muir High School football running back, Willie Youngblood Jr., 18, have been dropped, according to his attorney Philip Koebel. Youngblood was released from Los Angeles Detention Center for Juvenile Offenders Thursday night. On Friday morning, Willie Youngblood, accompanied by his parents, Vickie and Willie Sr., returned to Muir…

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VFW Post to Honor Blue Star Families

Arcadia-Monrovia Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2070, based in Monrovia, has announced plans to honor so-called “Blue Star Families” – the parents and siblings of service members currently in uniform. The First Blue Star Dinner will be held February 29, at Post 2070 in Monrovia, and will honor the local loved ones of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines…

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