Pasadena: Boy who lost foot remains critical

Pasadena Star-News, CA
Aug 14 2004

Boy who lost foot remains critical

PASADENA — An 8- year-old boy remained in critical condition at Los
Angeles County- USC Medical Center on Friday after being thrown from
an SUV in a rollover accident and hit by a Gold Line train Thursday,
authorities said.
The boy’s mother, Lena Khodaverdian, 41, was one of three people
killed in the crash, church officials said.

The accident occurred about 10 a.m. Thursday on the eastbound
Foothill (210) Freeway, just before the Madre Street exit. The 2003
Ford Expedition was carrying seven women and the boy, on their way to
a church picnic.

CHP investigators believe the driver swerved to avoid another vehicle
and then flipped, crashing into the center wall and ejecting at least
three of its occupants, who were not wearing seat belts. The boy
landed on the Gold Line tracks, where his foot was severed by a

Members of the Armenian Brotherhood Bible Church on Washington
Boulevard in Pasadena mourned the deaths and worried about the status
of the injured throughout the day Friday.

Alice Basmadjian, 82, who died in the crash, was remembered as a
woman who was always smiling, according to friends at the church. Her
funeral may be held Wednesday, church officials said.

Church secretary Azniv Ailanjian was uncertain about the condition of
the other injured women. Two of the victims remained hospitalized and
two were released Thursday from Huntington Hospital, she said.

Pregnant woman dies in crash; husband hurt

GLENDALE — A crash Thursday on the Ventura (134) Freeway claimed the
lives of a Pasadena woman and her unborn child and seriously injured
her husband, CHP officials said.

Barbara Scollard, 40, died in the accident, and her husband, Craig,
was injured, authorities said. Barbara Scollard was pronounced dead
at the scene of the accident, which happened at 1:48 p.m. Thursday in
the westbound lanes just east of the Glendale Freeway.

Unknown lumps found on Jupiter satellite

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE — Nearly a year after NASA intentionally
crashed its Galileo spacecraft into Jupiter’s atmosphere, researchers
from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and UCLA have detected irregular
lumps, which may be rock formations, beneath the frozen surface of
Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, from data it collected more than
seven years ago.

They report their findings in the current issue of the journal

The lumps sit in the interior of the icy satellite, with no visible
features associated with them appearing on the surface. The
scientists believe this means near surface ice most be strong enough
to support the bulging masses from sinking to the bottom of the ice
for billions of years. However, the same effect could be caused by
rock piles beneath the ice, according to a written statement prepared
by JPL.

“They could also be in a layer of mixed ice and rock below the
surface with variations in the amount of rock,’ said John Anderson, a
scientist at JPL and the paper’s lead author, in the written
statement. “There are many possibilities, and we need to do more

The scientists stumbled on the reported results when studying
measurements of Ganymede’s gravity field during Galileo’s second
flyby of the moon in 1996.

Arcadia police join anti-drinking campaign

ARCADIA — The city and its Police Department will participate in the
national “You Drink and Drive, You Lose’ campaign from Aug. 27 to
Sept. 12.

The crackdown is the first nationwide effort since all states adopted
0.08 blood alcohol level content as the standard for impaired

During this period, the Police Department will establish a checkpoint
and increase the amount of patrolling in the area.

To report impaired drivers, call the police department at (626)

Concert in the Parks finale set Aug. 31

PASADENA — The finale for the free Concert in the Parks series Aug.
31 will feature the Great American Swing Band at the Levitt Pavilion
in Memorial Park.

The band will perform hits from the 1940s big band era, including
music from Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman among others.

For more information, call the Pasadena Senior Center at (626)
795-4331 or visit

Orchestra to honor Lloyd Webber, Puccini

ARCADIA — The California Philharmonic will perform “Andrew Lloyd
Webber Meets Puccini’ on Aug. 31 at Festival on the Green at the Los
Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

The orchestra will perform music that includes Webber’s “Jesus Christ
Superstar,’ “Evita,’ “Phantom of the Opera,’ in addition to Puccini’s
“Tosca’ and “Turandot.’

The evening begins with preconcert activities at 5:30 p.m. The
concert begins at 7:30.

Tickets are free, but reservations must be made by Aug. 17 to Jerry
Rosengren at (626) 292-1400.

The arboretum is at 301 N Baldwin Ave.

Chorus to present concert and social

ARCADIA — The Verdugo Hills Showtime Chorus invites the public to
its sixth annual ice cream social, “Pick Yourself Up,’ on Aug. 22 at
the Arcadia Community Center.

The event begins at 2 p.m. and will feature regional award-winning
quartets in addition to performances by the Verdugo Hills Showtime

The social costs $12 per person and includes ice cream and coffee.
Group discounts are available.

For tickets or for more information, visit
or call (877) SING-OUT or Mary Dakan at
(818) 848-2467.

City of Hope plans informational luncheon

DUARTE — The City of Hope will host a luncheon and discussion on
blood, platelet and bone marrow donations Aug. 26 at the Old
Spaghetti Factory.

Kevin Collins, director of Blood and Platelet Recruitment Programs
Development, will speak about the City of Hope Cancer Center’s most
recent developments in research and treatment and the significance of

The event will also feature the testimony of a bone marrow transplant
survivor who has depended on blood and platelet donors.

Tickets cost $13.50. To make a reservation or for more information,
call (626) 256-4673, ext. 62347. The Old Spaghetti Factory is at 1431
Buena Vista Ave, Duarte.

To donate blood or platelets, please call (626) 471-7171.