Easton Elite Dodgers unable to retain Western title

Aspirations of advancing to a second straight Stan Musial World Series were derailed for the Easton Elite Dodgers at the Western Regional Tournament in Palo Alto.

Leader Cartoon: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road

Leader Cartoon: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road

Beware the bicyclists, cartoonist Bert Ring warns -- you never know who you'll encounter!

Police investigate the crime scene where 77-year-old Maria Diaz was found dead on Monday, January 20, 2014. Her son, Moises Diaz was charged with one count of murder and was found competent to stand trial.

Burbank man accused of killing mother could stand trial

A 40-year-old Burbank man accused of killing his elderly mother was found competent to stand trial on Thursday, but he intends to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, according to his attorney.

Dan Evans

Start the Presses: The Internet is written in ink

For the last two years, I have taught a journalism class at USC. Most of my students are undergraduate sophomores, too young to drink, but not too young to seriously damage their reputation online.

The construction site, with Glendale in the horizon, at Glendale Community College for the lab/college services building pictured on Friday, July 25, 2014.

GCC officials hopeful over state assistance

Glendale Community College officials are increasingly hopeful that state officials will give them money to cover the funds spent on unforeseen costs that have added up since breaking ground last year on a new lab and classroom building.

Some of the 'people movers' on the pedestrian bridge were ready to go during grand opening of the new Regional Intermodal Transportation Center at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank on Friday, June 27, 2014.

Officials to study light-rail feasibility

Southland officials gathered Thursday and lauded a motion to start looking into the feasibility of converting Metro’s Orange Line bus system in the San Fernando Valley into light rail that could one day extend to the San Gabriel Valley, passing by Bob Hope Airport in Burbank along the way.

Jase Sadsad, 11, of Burbank, Jason Park, 11, of Tujunga, and Rocco Morse, 10, of Burbank, all take off for a basketball dribbling drill at the MVP Basketball Camp, coached by coordinator Mike Graceffo on the McCambridge Recreation Center basketball courts on Friday, July 25, 2014.

MVP Basketball Camp still going strong in Burbank

BURBANK — Even without a basketball in hand, it didn’t take long for a throng of eager youngsters to work up a sweat inside the spacious McCambridge Park gymnasium early Friday evening.

Sprinklers water a patch of grass on the sidewalk in front of a house in Alhambra, California, on July 25, 2014. Despite calls from California Governor Jerry Brown to limit water use during drought, a report released last week by the State Water Resources Control Board showed Californians have actually increased water consumption this year. Burbank residents are required to limit watering their lawns following mandatory regulations adopted unanimously by the city.

818 Roundup: Glendale water-wasters tip line and Burbank water restrictions; Drayman pleads poverty on restitution

Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Saturday, July 26.  Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 86 degrees and a low of 68 in the Glendale region.

Avalon Sanders, 8 of La Canada, gives the peace sign while swimming under water at the La Canada Flintridge Country Club swimming pool on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Temperatures, in the mid 90s on Wednesday, were expected to continue rising through the week.

Weather: Your Saturday forecast

San Gabriel Valley All-Stars defeat defending champs

With five games under their belt, the San Gabriel Valley All-Stars have still just had two practices and yet they’ve produced four wins to one loss, with the latest victory coming Friday evening against San Benito, 7-2, in the second round of play in the Pacific Southwest Regional in Modesto.

A Word, Please: Taking a look at Yankovic's 'Word Crimes'

When I was a kid, I fancied myself a musical-parody artist. Most of the spoof lyrics I created for popular songs are lost to the ages, and the stuff I remember I’ll spare you due to its heavy emphasis on flatulence (“Heart of Glass,” indeed). But the lessons from that exercise live on: Writing lyrics is hard and writing funny lyrics is even harder.

Arroyo Seco Palomino baseball team takes West Zone opener

COMPTON — The Arroyo Seco Saints looked to get off to a strong start in the Palomino West Zone Tournament in their quest for a third straight West Zone title. With this in mind, coach Aaron Milam sent Angel Lerma to the mound against the Police Action League Giants and his ace responded with a jewel Friday afternoon.

City of Glendale to sue state finance department

City officials plan to sue the state Department of Finance in order to get back tens of millions of dollars in loans the city made to its now-defunct redevelopment agency, the City Council announced this week.

A man waters his lawn with a hose as the sprinklers also water the grass on the 1400 block of Allen Ave. north of Bel Aire Dr. in Glendale on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Glendale brings back tip line regarding water use

In response to one of the worst droughts in California in decades, the city of Glendale has reactivated an anonymous tip line for reporting homeowners and businesses that are wasting water.

Glendale resident accused of harboring fugitive father

A Glendale man was arrested Thursday for leading police on a vehicle pursuit while allegedly harboring his father — a felon wanted for skipping sentencing for fraud in a small Nebraska town, police said.

Two separate multiple-car collisions occur on Burbank streets

[UPDATE 6:02 p.m.] Two multi-car collisions took place on Burbank streets on Friday afternoon.

La Cañada City Council members recently voted to impose steep penalties for the removal or damage of trees in the public right of way.

City imposes stiff penalties for removing trees in public right of way

Anyone who removes or critically damages a tree in the city’s public right of way could face stiff penalties — up to $18,000 — after the La Cañada Flintridge City Council recently determined restitution amounts for such violations.

Community centers to serve as cooling stations

Due to the forecasted heat wave over the next few days, the city’s Community Services and Parks Department will open its community centers to serve as cooling stations for seniors — in addition to regularly scheduled programming that will take place at the centers.

With downtown L.A. in the background, traffic moves slowly on a rainy morning on the 5 freeway southbound out of Burbank at the 134 freeway in Glendale/L.A. border on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Live: Traffic updates for your afternoon commute

Crescenta Valley Crime: Glass door smashed, home ransacked

Burglary, residence: A woman was checking on a friend's house on July 18 in the 4800 block of Grand Avenue. She noticed during that day's visit the home had been ransacked while the owner was out of town.

Christina Pickles and Bruce Weitz star in the Colony Theatre's World premiere production of "Family Planning," written by Michelle Kholos Brooks and directed by Cameron Watson and now playing at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.

'Family Planning' comes to Colony Theatre

It's bad enough that divorced, New Age convert Dad has moved in with his daughter and son-in-law for an indefinite stay. When flighty, newly widowed Mom arrives with enough luggage to sink a ship, it isn't clear what will be the first to go: the younger couple's marriage or their sanity.

Daphne is a two-year-old calico cat up for adoption.

News-Press pet of the day: Daphne

Daphne is a 2-year-old calico cat. She’s friendly, affectionate and loves to purr. She even enjoys playing fetch.

Trudy is chocolate Labrador Retriever up for adoption.

Leader pet of the day: Trudy

A decade worth of being as sweet as a candy bar... that’s just a bit of the goodness that Trudy brings to the table.

Learning Matters: Taking a look back at Boger's achievements

I met Mary Boger, president of the Glendale Unified Board of Education, in 1990, in Oakland at my first PTA convention. I had the good fortune of sitting with her and Susan Hunt at lunch. We dined outside, and as I listened to their PTA stories, experienced their banter and gathered what advice I could, I began the delightful ride that would be our friendship.

Burbank city attorneys' union disbands

The union representing Burbank city attorneys, which was formed last year to seek raises and better pension benefits, has disbanded, citing an inability to represent members without potentially damaging professional relationships at City Hall, records show.

With his attorney public defender Rodolfo Navarro at side side, right, former Glendale mayor and convicted felon John Drayman, left, looks over at the prosecutors during appearance at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center court to answer questions about his financial status and restitution payments made so far, in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, July 25, 2014. Drayman pleaded guilty to stealing more than $300,000 from the Montrose Farmer's Market and not reporting taxes. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Drayman pleads poverty on restitution

Despite getting a federal subsidy to save his home from foreclosure, ex-Councilman John Drayman told a Los Angeles Superior Court judge Friday that he could not afford $1,000 monthly payments to the victims of his crimes.

Sprinklers water a patch of grass on the sidewalk in front of a house in Alhambra, California, on July 25, 2014. Despite calls from California Governor Jerry Brown to limit water use during drought, a report released last week by the State Water Resources Control Board showed Californians have actually increased water consumption this year. Burbank residents are required to limit watering their lawns following mandatory regulations adopted unanimously by the city.

Burbank adopts mandatory water regulations

Burbank residents will have to cut down on watering their lawns following mandatory regulations adopted unanimously by the City Council Tuesday at the behest of the state.

Mithila art, created by women in Janakpur, Nepal, is on display at the Janakpur Handicraft Center in Pasadena. At its Janakpur location, the Center teaches women to create the acrylic works on canvas, then sells them on the artists' behalf to give the women a source of income.

Ancient Nepali art on display in Pasadena

The intricate Mithila art is made up of hundreds, maybe thousands, of fine lines and details, depicting human figures with proportionately large eyes and noses, telling the stories of the rituals, customs and everyday life in the ancient Mithila region.

Zoning is main topic at LCF council meeting

Zoning dominated Monday's La Cañada Flintridge City Council meeting, as members considered accommodating a new church parking lot and looked at how to comply with laws requiring cities to make land available for the construction of homeless shelters.

Flintridge Prep basketball coach Garrett Ohara, left, keeps an eye on the action as Noah Ford, 13, of La Cañada Flintridge, dribbles against a defender during basketball camp on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Flintridge Prep basketball camp offers broad appeal

LA CAÑADA — While teaching, training and working with impressionable young basketball players was certainly at the heart of the annual Flintridge Prep summer basketball camp, hosted by the boys' basketball coaching staff, there were more than a few reasons as to why the clinic continues to remain a success.