On the Town: GCC students check out Festival of Books; "The Art of the Scarf" event

On the Town: GCC students check out Festival of Books; "The Art of the Scarf" event

On a recent sunny weekend on the USC campus, more than 100,000 bookies gathered to read, attend author seminars, panels and lunch from ubiquitous food trucks.

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Schiff pays a visit to comfort-women statue

Schiff pays a visit to comfort-women statue

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) called on the Japanese government on Tuesday to “speak plainly” about a dark chapter in the country’s history in which Korean, Chinese and other women were used as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.

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Glendale commemoration of Armenian Genocide features performances

Glendale commemoration of Armenian Genocide features performances

During a somber, yet celebratory event, Glendale students performed songs and dances as well as read poems during the 13th annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Monday night that brought hundreds of people to Glendale High.

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Nonprofit group files petition against Burbank IKEA expansion

Nonprofit group files petition against Burbank IKEA expansion

A social advocacy nonprofit organization is asking a judge to void the city’s approval of the IKEA expansion project, arguing that the city failed to prepare an adequate environmental impact report, records show.

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Muir debuts namesake mural

Muir debuts namesake mural

John Muir Middle School unveiled a mural of Yosemite Valley on Monday, which also marked the birthday of the school’s namesake on April 21, 1838.

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Editing team of 'Last Comic Standing' on strike receives union support

Editing team of 'Last Comic Standing' on strike receives union support

Union members turned out to support the editing team behind the NBC reality show “Last Comic Standing” on Tuesday and picketed outside the Hollywood Production Center in Glendale for the workers’ right to unionize.

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Creativity meets recycling at Burbank downtown arts festival

Creativity meets recycling at Burbank downtown arts festival

Artwork of all kinds, including animation, took center stage this past weekend during the annual Downtown Burbank Arts Festival.

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Glendale Assn. for the Retarded renamed

Glendale Assn. for the Retarded has a new name: The Campbell Center. Nonprofit leaders decided to rebrand the organization in honor of the daughter of their founders, Janice Elaine Campbell, as the once-accepted medical diagnosis of mental retardation has gained a derogatory connotation since the nonprofit’s founding in 1954. 

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Community: Concert feast is Shakespeare

Community: Concert feast is Shakespeare

The Burbank Chorale will honor William Shakespeare's 450th birthday with its program titled “If Music be the Food of Love” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Burbank First United Methodist Church.

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Live: Traffic conditions for your afternoon commute

Live: Traffic conditions for your afternoon commute

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Community: Parade's future theme inspired by the past

Community: Parade's future theme inspired by the past

Some participants in this Saturday's Burbank On Parade pay homage to films and TV shows of the past in their depictions of the theme “Burbank — City of the Future.”

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Burb's Eye View: Phone-booth project calls out domestic abuse

Burb's Eye View: Phone-booth project calls out domestic abuse

The four phone booths inside the Burbank Town Center Mall may have looked at home there 20 or 30 years ago. Not Monday.

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Photo Gallery: Olympian Kate Hansen throws out first pitch of Dodger game

Photo Gallery: Olympian Kate Hansen throws out first pitch of Dodger game

Photo Gallery: Olympian Kate Hansen throws out first pitch of Dodger game

La Cañada resident and Olympian Kate Hansen threw the first pitch of the Dodger game on Monday, April 21, 2014.

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818 Roundup: Glendale arson fires investigation; Stolen handguns recovered in Burbank

818 Roundup: Glendale arson fires investigation; Stolen handguns recovered in Burbank

Good morning, 818 readers! Today is Tuesday, April 22. The high in Glendale should reach 70 and low 52, according to the National Weather Service. 

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Weather: Your Tuesday forecast

Weather: Your Tuesday forecast

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Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

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Glendale police say rash of fires could be work of an arsonist

Glendale police say rash of fires could be work of an arsonist

Police fear a wave of nuisance fires over the past three months in south Glendale may be the work of an arsonist.

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Festival spotlights variety of artwork, Earth Day

Burbank festival spotlights variety of artwork, Earth Day

Artwork of all kinds, including animation, took center stage this past weekend during the annual Downtown Burbank Arts Festival.

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Soaking up the Sun: Solar Faire offers sustainable energy takeaways

Soaking up the Sun: Solar Faire offers sustainable energy takeaways for Glendale locals

Solar ovens. Solar artwork. Solar phone chargers. Out of electricity? No problem. You can still power up with the sun.

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Handguns thought to be stolen recovered during traffic stop

Handguns thought to be stolen recovered during traffic stop in Burbank

Five handguns believed to have been stolen were recovered during a traffic stop in Burbank on Sunday, police said.

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Live: Traffic updates for your afternoon commute

Live: Traffic updates for your afternoon commute

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 Expect fair fare at high-flying Bourbon Steak

Dining Out: Expect fair fare at high-flying Bourbon Steak in Glendale

It's official. Glendale has arrived. It now has a supper club on par with steakhouses in San Francisco, Miami and Las Vegas. It's no surprise because Michael Mina, head of the Mina Group of restaurants and the force behind Bourbon Steak Los Angeles, has 20 other concept restaurants in cities like San Francisco, Miami and Las Vegas.

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818 Roundup: Gas prices to remain high, Ernie Jr.'s closes, Starlight Bowl renovation urged

818 Roundup: Gas prices to remain high, Ernie Jr.'s closes, Starlight Bowl renovation urged

Good morning readers! Today is Monday, April 21. As you work off that sugar crash from all that Easter candy, check out these headlines from around the region: 

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Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

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Weather: Your forecast for Monday

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Burbank police lend a helping hand

Burbank police raised roughly $2,500 for the Special Olympics on Thursday by waiting on tables and serving food at the annual “Tip-A-Cop” event, officials said.

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News-Press Cartoon: Self defense

Bert Ring body slams the postponing of a women's self-defense class due to claims by a men's group that the gender-specific instruction is improper.

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Leader Cartoon: Cooling off

After City Manager Mark Scott's statement that Burbank "can be a frustrating place to work" the Council decides to take matters in their own hands, Bert Ring imagines.

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News-Press Editorial: Drayman's punishment not appropriate

Less than two weeks ago, locals who felt betrayed by the actions of John Drayman, the disgraced former Glendale councilman convicted of embezzlement, were able to take a small amount of satisfaction when a judge labeled him a crook and sentenced him to a year in jail.

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Leader Editorial: Burbank would benefit from cooler heads all around

City Manager Mark Scott says that a closed-door evaluation session with the City Council this week left him feeling “energized.” Inasmuch as we were not privy to the conversations that took place during that meeting, we’re left to take him at his word that his enthusiasm for his job has returned and he’s looking ahead to brighter days. That confident attitude had been left somewhat in question after Scott stated in a recent public meeting that Burbank is a “very frustrating place to work.”

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Start the Presses: An insulting case of justice denied

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, April 19, 2014 -- Parents and children rush out to collect candy during an annual Easter egg hunt at Huntington Beach Sports Complex on Saturday.  (Kevin Chang/ HB Independent)

Weather: Your forecast for Sunday

Burbank Sgt. Jeff Lamoureaux talks with a table of guests, including Kajal Pridedi of Beverly Hills, and Alek Beluna of Woodland Hills, about a fundraiser he is helping with at Claim Jumper in Burbank on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Officers from the Burbank Police Department helped with tables as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.

818 Roundup: Burbank PD raise funds for Special Olympics, Armenian Genocide events

Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Saturday, April 19. The high is expected to reach 73 and low 57 in the Burbank area. 

Ernie's Jr. Taco House waitress Tiffany Alvarado serves up lunch for Glendale residents Susan Schachtner, 56, left, and her mother Jackie Waldron, 80, right, at the Eagle Rock landmark restaurant on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Ernie's Jr. will close Saturday.

818 Roundup: Ernie Jr.'s to close; Armenian genocide events; Fewer students in BUSD

Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Saturday, April 19. The high is expected to reach 73 and low 57 in the Burbank area. 

Dusty, a hamster from Petco, eats a treat after participating in the 2014 Hamster Ball Derby at Petco in La Cañada Flintridge on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Weather: Your forecast for Saturday

The condo where former Glendale mayor and convicted felon John Drayman lives on Stancrest Dr. in Montrose, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, where he will serve the remainder of his sentence after eight days in jail.

Drayman on the hook for outstanding debt

When former Councilman John Drayman begins his five years of probation, expected to begin next month, the first meetings he has with the Los Angeles County Probation Office will include a thorough review of his assets and liabilities to determine how much he will pay monthly toward his $319,000 in restitution.

A group of parents and children cross at Allen Avenue and Bel Aire Drive in front of Balboa Elementary School in Glendale on Thursday, April 10, 2014. There are no crossing guards at this location.

Parents signal traffic concerns

Glendale school and city officials are reevaluating where crossing guards are assigned throughout the city due, in part, to concerns raised by parents.

Davidian and Mariamian Elementary School children sign in the 12th Annual Genocide Commemoration at Glendale High School on Monday, April 22, 2013. Glendale high schools and elementary schools performed poems, dance and songs.

Armenian Genocide remembered

Several local events commemorating the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be held in Glendale over the next several days.

Several tables of community members gather to discuss ideas for pedestrian safety at a community pedestrian safety training at the Glendale Central Library on Thursday, April 17, 2014. The program works with the public to come up with answers to improve safety in Glendale.

Looking to address pedestrian-safety issue

Glendale's ongoing issues with pedestrian safety have claimed the lives of two 86-year-old men just within the past four months.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and the Home Depot Foundation secured a $20,000 grant to give the American Legion Verdugo Hills Post 288 at 4011 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta, a face-lift. Bathroom remodeling starts May 1 at the veterans center.

Grant to give American Legion post in La Crescenta a face-lift

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and the Home Depot Foundation have secured a $20,000 grant to give the American Legion Verdugo Hills Post 288 in La Crescenta a face-lift.

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