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San Gabriel Valley roundup: Caltech scientists win NIH awards, Former PCC administrators claim retaliation in bribery suit

  • Congresswoman Judy Chu speaks at Pasadena City Hall on Monday, July 2, 2012 to bring attention to the scheduled closure of the Post Office's Mack Robinson Processing and Distribution Center. Representatives Judy Chu, Adam Schiff and Grace Napolitano, with Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard spoke to over 100 post office employees and supporters.
Congresswoman Judy Chu speaks at Pasadena City Hall on Monday, July 2, 2012… (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer )
September 18, 2012

Good morning, readers. Today is Tuesday, September 18. Two scientists at Caltech will now have the opportunity to further pursue cutting-edge research.

Biologists Doris Ying Tsao and Dianne Newman have been named recipients of the National Institute of Health’s Director’s Award, the university announced Monday. The award comes with grant funding, which would allow the scientests to participate in research that could lead to scientific breakthroughs. Pasadena Sun

Two former administrators at Pasadena City College claim that a bribery lawsuit filed against them by a lighting contractor was retaliation for the contractor losing its contract. Rick Van Pelt and Al Hutchings were both fired in June following a raid the L.A. County District Attorney’s office. Pasadena Star-News

The last of five assailants accused in the kidnapping and attempted murder of a Pomona woman faces sentencing this week. Todd "Raider" Alcorn faces up to 42 years and eight months in prison. SGV Tribune

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) slammed the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that has changed campaign fundraising and explored ways to reduce the political influence of corporate dollars. Pasadena Sun

Officials in Alhambra have dedicated part of the 10 Freeway to fallen police officer Ryan Stringer, who was killed in July 2011 when his patrol car collided with another officer’s car as he responded to a report of robbery. Alhambra Source

--Josh Cox, Times Community News

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