• PASADENA – A team from John Muir High School’s Engineering & Environmental Sciences Academy bested more experienced teams from schools in La Cañada, Arcadia, La Puente and Duarte to win the regional championship at the annual Solar Cup race held at Lake Skinner on May 13, the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) announced toda

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular
    gasoline in Los Angeles County fell today for the 24th consecutive day,
    decreasing a half-cent to $4.062.

     

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – There were three traffic-related deaths on Los
    Angeles County highways during this year’s Memorial Holiday weekend, the
    California Highway Patrol said today.

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    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles Dodgers will conduct City of
    Alhambra Night tonight, with two members of the famed 442nd Regimental
    Combat Team among the city residents to be honored before the game
    against the Florida Marlins at Dodger Stadium.

    Mas Takahashi and Ken Akune were part of the most decorated unit in U.S.
    military history for its size and length of service. The team was awarded a
    Congressional Gold Medal in 2010 for its service in World War II.

    More than 2,000 Alhambra residents are expected to attend the game.

    The Dodgers also will conduct Korean Heritage Night tonight.

    Korean Consul General Yeon-sung Shin will throw out a ceremonial first
    pitch, 15-year-old singer-actress Megan Lee will sing the national anthem and

    “God Bless America,’ the UCLA Hanoolim Korean Traditional Drumming Team will
    perform and Korean community leaders will be honored on the field during a
    pregame ceremony.

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    PASADENA (CNS) – NASA project managers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent a final set of commands to the Mars rover Spirit today, then said goodbye to the vehicle, which has been stuck in sand for about two years.

    “Last night, just after midnight, the last recovery command was sent to Spirit,’ John Callas, the Mars Exploration Rover Project manager, wrote to his team. “It would be an understatement to say this was a significant moment. Since the last communication from Spirit on March 22, 2010, as she entered her fourth Martian winter, nothing has been heard from her.’

    Despite being stuck, the rover performed beyond expectations and has been on the Red Planet since January 2004. Its twin, Opportunity, landed on the other side of the planet.

    Spirit started out with some problems in its electronic memory, but detected evidence of water-altered rocks and carbonates — both building blocks of life — on what scientists call the Gusev site.

    But the rover found evidence that Mars was once like Earth, with water and hot springs. Concentrated deposits of silica led the project’s principal investigator to conclude that steam vents or hot springs once existed at a site known as Home Plate. Such an environment could have supported microbial life.

    After its first year on Mars, the rover lost the use of one of six wheels while scrambling over a hilly area, but continued to send data back to Earth for years. It logged 4.8 miles over the Martian surface — about a dozen times farther than it was expected to go.

    Opportunity is still working. It has logged 12 miles, collected more than 130,000 images and is headed toward a crater called Endeavour.

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    This just in, Los Tigres, the GU14 team from AYSO Region 14 won the YDP
    (Youth Development Program) AYSO Spring Soccer League Wednesday night.

    It has been a spring of success. AYSO Region 214 team Los Tigres continued its
    spring success in 2011 this weekend with a tournament win in Glendale,
    beating some very good teams. Their last soccer game was scheduled for
    Wednesday night at the Muir High School football field. The team of
    girls under 14 nearly squeaked out another tournament win in April at
    the Rose Bowl, but fell short by one goal.

     Jenny Callan, a prolific scorer for the team, has been the most
    versatile of the young athletes, and was able to score the winning goal
    on a hard angle with just two minutes left to play against talented
    archrival Arcadia in a spring tournament game that looked to be headed
    to overtime.
    The Los Tigres team members are from the West San Gabriel Valley,
    with most girls from South Pasadena, a few from San Marino, one from
    Alhambra and one from Pasadena. The team had been tied with Glendale for
    first place in the YDP season, having won two games and tying one,
    heading into this week’s finale, but Glendale broke an
    unsportsmanlike conduct rule by beating a Pasadena soccer team by a
    margin of more than five goals. The penalty costs Glendale a point,
    leaving the door wide open for Los Tigres to capture the championship.

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    by Winston Chua

    ARCADIA – The Arcadia High School student body recently led
    an effort to raise more than $306,000 to save teacher jobs at Arcadia High
    School in just 11 days, from April 18 to 29. That won’t be enough to save every
    teacher from being laid off this year, but it is certainly enough to bring more
    than a handful back for next year.

    “I can’t really say it was one person’s idea. It was all a
    team effort which was led by our president Jon Ma. The Arcadia Educational
    Foundation (AEF) supported us
    tremendously also,” said
    Arcadia High ASB Publicity
    Commissioner Jinnee Lee.
    “Other Arcadia middle schools and elementary schools are having fundraisers as
    well.”

    Arcadia school board member Joann Steinmeier said that the
    district was forced to issue about 105 district-wide layoff notices in
    mid-March, but that the eventual number of employees who will be let go is a much
    smaller number. Unlike in previous years, Arcadia will not be able to save
    every teacher who received a pink slip.

    But with efforts by the Arcadia student body and the Arcadia
    Educational Foundation, the number of teachers being laid off may be closer to
    10 than 50, although it is still too early to tell.

    The students of Arcadia have been able to save at least nine
    teacher positions so far, after making a concerted effort to raise $1 million
    by having their parents donate to the school.

    More teacher jobs can be saved if AEF receives
    enough votes via the web in the Chase Community Giving Contest by May 25, when
    voting ends. To learn more visit http://aef.ausd.net/site. If AEF can
    collect enough votes, they will receive up to $500,000 that will go directly
    toward saving jobs.

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    PALM SPRINGS (CNS) – Closing arguments are set for this morning in the
    trial of a Wildomar couple accused of growing marijuana who could lose custody
    of their son if found guilty.

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The coroner has identified the body of a young woman
    found Friday evening among trash at a sorting station in Wilmington.

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The coroner has identified the body of a young woman
    found Friday evening among trash at a sorting station in Wilmington.

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