<p>Flintridge Prep quarterback Andrew Tsangeos had five total touchdowns in Saturday's Rebels' victory.</p>

Flintridge Prep football flies past Mountain Empire to win season opener

Flintridge Prep kicked off the 2015 football season with a familiar face on the sidelines, as Glen Beattie returned as head coach of the Rebels after a 15-year absence in the opener against visiting Mountain Empire of Pine Valley.

<p>Otto Von Schirach leads the crowd at the Complex in Glendale on a recent Saturday night. The nightclub on Colorado has a full range of forward-looking entertainment.</p>

Complex heats up Glendale night life

“Any night, people can go to Hollywood or downtown and find a place that has Top 40 mainstream dance music with million-dollar lighting rigs,” says John Giovanazzi, co-founder of Complex, a live music nightclub in the heart of Glendale. “When Mike Guerrero and I opened the Complex, we specifically targeted two musical styles — metal and electronic — that had audiences who were underserved, but appreciate a good sound system and a good bar.

Cartoon: Where the wild things are, and long have been

Cartoon: Where the wild things are, and long have been

Cartoonist Bert Ring puts things in perspective after a mountain lion snatched a pet poodle in Burbank earlier this week.

It's a noteworthy beard, but is it award-worthy?

It's a noteworthy beard, but is it award-worthy?

My beard is nice, I’m told. A lot. It’s one of the more frequent things I hear about it. It’s nice, gorgeous, spectacular and so on.

<p>La Canada Coach Ryan Zerbel and the Spartans notched a victory in Friday's season opener versus Verbum Dei.</p>

La Cañada football gives Zerbel first win in first game of season

LA CAÑADA — Ryan Zerbel could not be certain that the first play he called as head coach of the La Cañada High football team would result in a touchdown, but he had watched enough film to feel confident that something good would come out of it.

<p>Glendale senior linebacker Abraham Martinez has been selected team captain for the upcoming year. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)</p>

Glendale's Martinez will not be weighed down by excuses

As he took the reins of the Glendale High football program in May, new coach George Maiale was looking for a player to build his team around.

<p>Jake Kelley and Burbank High defeated Monrovia on Friday night in their season opener.</p>

Burbank's running game, defense ground Monrovia

MONROVIA – Behind a bruising ground game and a relentless defense, the Burbank High football team made quite a statement in its season opener Friday evening.

<p>Glendale Fighting Club's Ronda Rousey will now defend her title in Melbourne, Australia on Nov. 14.</p>

Rousey-Holm title bout moved down under in November

Fresh off a victorious title defense in Brazil earlier in August that headlined a pay-per-view that reportedly did north of 900,000 buys, Ronda Rousey is set to headline another card outside of the United States with some lofty expectations.

Hoover football stumped by Hollywood in opener

HOLLYWOOD — Hoover High’s football team might have suffered from a case of first-game jitters Friday in its season opener on the road at Hollywood.

<p>Members of Compassion and Choices held a rally in favor of ABX215 in front of Assemblyman&nbsp;Mike Gatto's office in Burbank on Friday, August 28, 2015.&nbsp;</p>

818 Roundup: Right-to-die advocates rally at Gatto's office; Glendale water use drops nearly 26%

Good morning, 818! Today is Saturday, August 29, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 94 and a low of 70, according to the National Weather Service.

<p>In this&nbsp;May 2014 photo, former students and teachers attended La Ca&ntilde;ada&nbsp;High School's 50th anniversary celebration all-class picnic at Memorial Park in La Ca&ntilde;ada&nbsp;Flintridge.</p>

La Cañada fields suggestions for park areas

When a USC graduate program in public administration put out a call for projects students could address, the city of La Cañada Flintridge answered. The result was a series of parks-related suggestions that will be implemented in coming months, particularly at heavily used Memorial Park.

<p>Large sign saying "We love you!!" was raised as former GlKristine Siegal says her official goodbyeenoaks Elementary School principal &nbsp;to her former students at the Glendale school on Friday, August 28, 2015. Siegal was assigned to work as principal of Mark Keppel Elementary School over the summer and students were not able to properly say goodbye until today.</p>

Students bid fond farewell to former principal

Two weeks after school let out last June, parents and students learned their principal at Glenoaks Elementary, Kristine Siegal, would be reassigned to Mark Keppel Visual & Performing Arts Elementary.

Park land, recycled water among topics discussed at Burbank council meeting

The Burbank City Council directed city staff to look into the steps required to put a ballot initiative before voters to decide whether or not the city should give away or transfer city-owned park land to a non-city entity or to require a four-fifths vote of the council for such a transfer or sale.

<p>Members of Compassion and Choices California held a rally in favor of ABX215 in front of Assemblyman Mike Gatto&rsquo;s (D-Glendale) office in Burbank on Friday, August 28, 2015.</p>

Right-to-die supporters rally outside Gatto's office

About two dozen supporters of a right-to-die bill that would let doctors in California prescribe lethal doses of medications to terminally ill patients rallied outside of Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) office Friday afternoon to try to win his support.

Glendale police union head questions commission appointment

The Glendale City Council on Tuesday appointed Albert Abkarian to the Civil Service Commission, despite opposition by the police union president, who questioned the man’s ability to objectively serve on a board that oversees employee discipline after he filed a complaint against a Glendale police detective.

Burbank medical ward named after record-setting donor

A record-setting $15-million donation to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center this week will help enhance the hospital’s emergency department, which will be named in honor of the donor, a longtime supporter.

<p>A gardener with Four Seasons Landscaping waters plants at an apartment on the 1000 block of Central Aveune in Glendale on Friday, August 14, 2015.&nbsp;For the second straight month and during one of the toughest times of the year to save water, Glendale residents surpassed a state-mandated goal for cutting back on consumption.</p>

Glendale water usage drops 25.9%

For the second straight month and during one of the toughest times of the year to save water, Glendale residents surpassed a state-mandated goal for cutting back on consumption.

Rock-a-Hula makes a splash in Burbank

Rock-a-Hula makes a splash in Burbank

In only its second year, it's hardly an oldie, but Burbank’s Rock-a-Hula event at the Verdugo Aquatic Facility on Thursday afternoon was a goody, many participants said.

Read On: Taking a look at our 'National' days

You should know that this is a very special day, ladies and gentlemen. More special than you will ever know. I’m taking the opportunity right here and right now to announce that today is the first annual National Read Ray Richmond’s Column in the Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press Day.

<p>A bear takes a break under a tree behind a home on the 500 block of Venado Vista Dr. after a swim in the pool on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.</p>

Editorial: Be aware of our wild neighbors

Like the rest of us, the local wildlife population is becoming increasingly stressed by the multiyear drought.

<p>Crescenta Valley's Laura Perez is expected to be one of the Falcons top performers this season. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)</p>

Girls' Golf Preview: Crescenta Valley begins new chapter

There’s been plenty of success achieved by the Crescenta Valley High boys’ soccer team under Grant Clark.

A Word, Please: The word that is helpful and dispensable

“I have been told by some of my more educated friends that using the word “that” (see, I did it again) is many times unnecessary,” Randy wrote. “I was hoping you would weigh in on the technical side of when and when not to use that.”

The Whiteboard Jungle: GUSD, BUSD should meet to discuss a common calendar

Earlier this month, I wrote about the early start of school in Glendale and now there is an online petition called “Save Our GUSD Schools” for parents to sign who want to push it back closer to Labor Day. Currently, the petition has surpassed 2,000 signatures, nearing the goal of 2,500.

<p>Glendale's new head football coach George Maiale is trying to instill a winning attitude at Glendale. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)</p>

It's about more than just winning for Glendale

As he spoke about his goals and expectations for the 2015 season, new Glendale High football coach George Maiale mentioned winning ... right after a culture change, support, accountability and effort.

<p>La Ca&ntilde;ada Flintridge&nbsp;Educational Foundation President Stephanie Fossan, left, and Directors Joseph Langton, Adrineh Ghazarian and Andrew Johnsen are asking for pledged donations during Back-to-School Nights at La Ca&ntilde;ada Unified School District campuses.</p>

School foundation asks for donations

La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation board members are out in force at Back-to-School nights asking all school families to make tax-deductible donations in support of La Cañada public schools.

<p>Mike Leininger, from left, Joe Thompson and Jeb Long, all members of the La Ca&ntilde;ada Flintridge&nbsp;Coordinating Council, are in the process of updating the annual Directory of Community Organizations and are asking that local nonprofits, churches and schools visit LCFCC.info to join the council.</p>

Nonprofit council prepares directory

The La Cañada Coordinating Council, a nonprofit group that has been serving the community since 1965 as the coordinating body for the many local volunteer and service clubs, is preparing its annual Directory of Community Organizations.

Boys' Cross-Country Preview: Burroughs tries to follow up magical year

With the season fast approaching, the goals and expectations for the city's four boys' cross-country squads are starting to round into form.

<p>Andre Sef, of Glendale, and Harry Bagdikian, of Burbank, practice their driving skills on a Traxxis T-Maxx Nitro remote-control car at Pacific Park in Glendale on Thursday, August 13, 2015. The car can reach a top speed of about&nbsp;40 miles per hour.</p>

#818Spotlight: Small car performs big in Glendale

Andre Sef, of Glendale, and Harry Bagdikian, of Burbank, practice their driving skills on a Traxxis T-Maxx Nitro remote-control car at Pacific Park in Glendale on Thursday, August 13, 2015. The car can reach a top speed of about 40 miles per hour. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)

<p>Mojo (A382978) is a three-year-old, spayed female brindle Pit Bull Terrier mix. She is sweet and affectionate and loves meeting new people. She knows her sit, down and stay commands which earned her a Blue Ribbon from our behavior staff. Her Blue Ribbon reduces her adoption fee to $100.</p>

News-Press Pet of the Day: Mojo

Mojo is a 3-year-old, spayed, female, brindle pit bull/terrier mix.

<p>In this file photo from July 2013, a "No on 710 extension" advocate passes supporters of the proposed 710 freeway extension in Alhambra earlier this month. The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments has removed the 710 Freeway tunnel from a list of projects to receive funding should a transportation tax be passed by L.A. County voters in 2016.</p>

San Gabriel Valley agency backs up from 710 Freeway project

The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments recently removed the 710 Freeway tunnel from a list of projects first in line for funding should a new transportation sales tax should be passed by L.A. County voters in 2016.