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Top 5 SGV-Area Stories: House Fire, Bomb Threat, Sarah Alarid, 210 Fatality, Huell Howser

Here's a recap of the SGV's Top 5 Patch stories from Jan. 6-12.

The weekend wraps up with a gathering of some of the most popular Patch articles from the past week. Here are five stories that topped the headlines on SGV-area Patch sites:

  • A Monrovia house fire that cause an explosion and severely injured three men was apparently caused by a  
  • A government office building on Huntington Drive in Monrovia withstood an evacuation after a phoned-in bomb threat was made. The building was occupied by the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) department. It was later determined by authorities to be an idle threat.
  • The death of California TV icon Huell Howser reverberated throughout the Southland, and the SGV was no different. Among his many connections included ties to Pasadena and Altadena. His unique volcano house was designed by a Pasadena architect, whose son now runs an Altadena firm.
  • Angeles National Forest was a hotbed of news in one day, first with reports of a 'shallow grave' and then the tragic discovery of missing teen Sarah Alarid's body and crashed car off a ravine. Montrose Search and Rescue was called in to help at both scenes.
  • An spin-out accident on the 210 Freeway turned fatal when the driver of the car, 18-year-old Arno Shakhmalian of Glendale, attempted to cross the 210 with his friend and was hit by an oncoming box truck. He was pronounced dead at Huntington Memorial Hospital, while his friend and the truck driver were not injured.

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Leslie Aitken January 14, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I gather from item two that the idle threat was made by authorities? Kids -- I believe they used to call this a misplaced modifier back in the olden days of journalism! There is so much wrong with item three that I will choose to focus on the use of who's instead of whose. Kids......"who's" is a contraction form of WHO IS. Would you say "who is son now runs an Altadena firm"? NO -- you use the phrase "whose son" NOT "who's son". Again Journalism is a class that could benefit many of the writers and editors of the Patch. Maybe AOL might even be willing to pick up the tab for these classes as an investment in their editorial future! Or is it "there future" or "they're future"?
Dan Crandell January 15, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Misplaced Modifier. Haven't or have not heard that term in decades. Now I'll or I will need to locate my misplaced Funk and Wagnalls dictionary. However I still enjoy THE PATCH even though it ain't or isn't or is not journalism. Thanks Leslie
Leslie Aitken January 15, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Dan -- I know that it might seem that I regard myself as the self appointed grammar police. Trust me,it is a tough job! In this day and age of "auto-correct" and spell check, we are rushing towards a world of a semi-illiterate populace. Texting, Instant messaging and "chat" have created a world where the proper use of the written word is forgotten, if not scorned! I have a journal that I bought at a local yard sale. It was written by a young man of 18 as he embarked on his first trip to Europe. The first entry is dated in 1882, the last in 1935. The fact that it is handwritten is remarkable, as is his penmanship. More noticeable is the style and prose of his writing. If you asked the average high school or college student of today to read it aloud, my guess is that it would be as difficult for most of them as asking them to read and comprehend Shakespeare. So if I bemoan the loss of journalistic integrity of our local blogs, consider me a throw-back to a more demanding time. I will not go gentle into that dark night of misplaced modifiers, misspelled words, or the improper use of "your, you're, their, there, they're, whose, who's."
Dan Crandell January 15, 2013 at 08:00 PM
@ Leslie My intent was too reinforce your statements via my sometimes crude attempts at jocularity. In that The Patch is not a "journalistic" blog I expected that you would catch my drift and find it somewhat humorous. Be assured ... I have found those misplaced modifiers. Please stay happy and healthy.
Dan Crandell January 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Leslie .... My crude attempts at jocularity often miss the mark. You however hit the mark right center in both comments. In that The Patch is less than journalism I am sure we will continue taking pokes at it just for kicks.
Andrea Rose January 15, 2013 at 11:05 PM
I'm no defender of poor grammar in any way, but I never see the point of people who like to guffaw at the occasional mistakes of those who've written about fires, shootings, windstorms, burned bodies, elections or any number of other things. I agree with Leslie that chat and texting have made for a much cruder verbal identity among our youth to the point where they won't be able to get a job interview or assemble a decent, legible resume. But publicly saying "har, har, let me flex my grammar muscle and shame others" just seems like a poor, bitter and unpleasant way to get your message across and carries the same negative energy as something like "LOL, look @ u, u r a looser!" You have a problem with what a writer did? E-mail him or her. Don't abuse your power of commenting just to put a spotlight on the fact that you found a few mistakes. I'm not looking for a fight, Leslie, but there are better ways to make a point, right?
Leslie Aitken January 17, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Dan -- your attempts at jocularity were successful. My first comment was meant to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek. And in my second comment I even mock my self -- bottom line, my intent was to be a bit of a grammar yenta! My intention wasn't to "guffaw", "har har" or "shame" anyone -- just give a bit of a nudge. :)
Dan Crandell January 17, 2013 at 09:52 PM
@ keslie I have been unshamed by a master grammar yenta. Almost didn't hurt at all. Take care.

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