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Crime & Justice

South Pasadena dad gets 25-to-life for son's killing

Aramazd Andressian, Sr. admitted to killing his 5-year-old son amid a bitter custody battle. The boy's remains were found in Santa Barbara County two months after his disappearance in April. The 35-year-old did not speak at the sentencing hearing but his estranged wife, Ana Estevez, called him a failure as a father, as a man and as a human being. 

Immigration 3.0

Pasadena principal threatened to call ICE, suit says

"He said he was going to put immigration on us — can you imagine how that feels?"said Eva Del Rio, one of the plaintiffs. The alleged incident took place in 2015 when she was attempting to drop off the child she cares for at the entrance of Madison Elementary. Former principal John Ruelas took another position within the school district this year following other controversies at the school.


​LA wants in on suit over Trump sanctuary conditions

"That's not a choice we should be required to make," L.A. City Attorney Michael Feuer said Tuesday, regarding the restrictions placed on a federal grant by the Trump Administration. New DOJ policy says local police must give immigration officials access to jails and provide 48 hours notice before releasing someone in the country illegally.

Early Childhood Development

How do you respond when your baby is in distress?

A new study shows how a mother's response to her baby in distress can lead to a secure or insecure bond. Researchers had 6-month-olds and their moms engage in normal play until the mom stopped with a vacant face and kept it no matter how much the baby called out for her. The method tested the mom's ability to regulate her emotions and the child's awareness.

SoCal, What's Good?

The Iliad Bookshop

What it is:
It's one of the largest used bookstores in Los Angeles. They've got everything from bargain bin paperbacks to rare first editions.
Why it's cool:
Their massive and diverse inventory is a marvel. It's great for exploring — at some point you're bound to stumble on a true gem!
You should know:
Allergy alert: Currently there are two friendly cats, adopted by the store, that wander and greet customers — or they curl up in cozy spots for naps. (Mostly, it's the latter.)