San Gabriel Valley roundup: Pasadena teen wins Olympic gold, Ray Bradbury remembered before Curiosity landing

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Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, Aug. 1. Ray Bradbury's death earlier this year had a deep impact on the science community.

Steven Paul Leiva, a friend of the "Martian Chronicles" author, remembers Bradbury as a "romantic with a 19th Century imagination combined with 20th Century anxieties." He goes on to say that the mission to land the rover Curiosity on Mars might not have happened without him. KCET

(This weekend's Planetfest will feature a tribute to Ray Bradbury.)

A 17-year-old Pasadena native stuck gold Monday night in London. Missy Franklin said winning an Olympic medal for the 100-meter backstroke exceeded her expectations "by a hundred billion times." L.A. Times

Two San Gabriel residents were killed after the car they were in plunged 60 feet off a freeway overpass. The driver was allegedly under the influence of alcohol and was transported to a hospital with injuries, police said. Pasadena Star-News

A South Pasadena teacher chose Altadena as the setting for her new book, "The Goddess Lounge." Why? "It’s this wonderful mix of nature and suburbia -- vibrant and unique -- yet very close to all the drama and excitement of Los Angeles," says Margaret Finnegan. Altadena Patch

Those who manage San Gabriel Valley equestian centers say the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation treats them poorly. SGV Tribune

-- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News

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