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By Charles Cooper | July 28, 2005
The man in charge of legislative policy for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said this week that friends of JPL aren't quite ready to celebrate a budget victory for next year, despite the passage of HR 370 July 22, which increased funding to NASA by nearly $1 billion. Dr. Richard O'Toole, a 30-year resident of La Cañada, said the local facility has several more hurdles to clear for full funding. "We're happy with the numbers in the NASA reauthorization bill," he said. "But we could still face reprogramming of funds within the agency."
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By Nicholas Louie | July 24, 2008
Jet Propulsion Laboratory representatives met with the La Cañada Flintridge Public Works Commission last week to receive final approval for the construction of the new canopy, guard center, bus stop and round-about entrance on Oak Grove Drive. The majority of issues propounded by the commission previously were all addressed, such as a back for the bus stop to protect those waiting from the elements, a back support to the bus stop bench and further lighting. JPL has also guaranteed to complete the project in its entirety as opposed to piece-meal, which was a requirement for the commission?
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By Mary O'Keefe | February 15, 2007
The White House's recent 2008 proposal of just over $17 billion would allow for a small increase in NASA's budget. This includes a plan to replace the aging space shuttle fleet. Locally, the budget is felt at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as it impacts new science and exploration missions. "Here, [at JPL] it is going to be okay," said Richard O'Toole, JPL's manager of legislative affairs. JPL is budgeted project by project, O'Toole said. The projects that JPL is now working on have already had their budgets approved.
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October 26, 2006
Dr. Charles Elachi, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, and 19 other leaders are featured the Oct. 30 issue of U.S. News & World Report , on newsstands this week. The distinguished list of 'America's Best Leaders' includes U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. CEO Warren Buffett; former U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; and world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | April 18, 2012
Attorneys argued Monday that it was either religious intolerance or workplace incompetence that drove systems administrator David Coppedge from a post at Jet Propulsion Laboratory last year. Monday's arguments capped a five-week trial in Coppedge's lawsuit against the NASA lab in La Cañada Flintridge, in which he claimed he was removed from his job in 2011 because of his advocacy of the theory of intelligent design of the universe. “This is a series of retaliation - a series of subtly damaging injuries all starting from David's reaction” to discriminatory actions taken by supervisors, said William Becker, Coppedge's attorney.
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September 16, 2004
The Jet Propulsion Laboratories has announced the commencement of its seventh Annual Invention Challenge. The contest is entitled the Bowling Ball Drop Contest. Entrants have to build a contraption that will transfer a bowling ball from a tall platform into a pan. The pan rests on four springs. The ball has to be placed into the pan so that the egg does not break. The device that can perform this action most quickly is the winner. The time will be measured to the nearest 0.01 seconds.
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By Mary O’Keefe | August 21, 2008
What do a Dodgers outfielder and a Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist have in common? They both use ?perceptual judgment mechanism needed to track a sphere as drag coefficient and Magnus forces induce non-symmetric parabolas? ? of course. ?That?s geek speak for how a fly ball [travels],? said Don Yeoman, manager of NASA Near Earth Object Office at JPL. Yeoman used the analogy of how a ball player calculates the speed and direction of a fly ball to how scientists determine the velocity and path of asteroids as they hurdle through space.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | January 4, 2012
Friends said their goodbyes when Sue Savona left her Glendale home just before Christmas to drive across the country for the holidays. They were shocked last week to learn that the La Cañada High School graduate and former Jet Propulsion Laboratory worker will not return. Savona, a mother of nine, experienced severe stomach pains while traveling with her husband Gary and nine children to visit family in Green Bay, Wisc. Gary Savona took her to a hospital in Tulsa, Okla., and continued on to Green Bay to drop off the children.
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By Charles Cooper | November 25, 2005
A proposal to sell a portion of Oak Grove Drive to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory wasn't greeted with much enthusiasm by either the Public Works Commission or speakers at a recent meeting. JPL wants to acquire the street between the current temporary checkpoint for visitors and the lab entrance, for increased security purposes. The lab has had the temporary guard station in place since 2002, with the city's permission. JPL wants to buy 26,120 square feet of the street, extending from 100 feet south of the current checkpoint to the lab entrance.
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