Bike helmet bill scaled back following opposition

Bike helmet bill scaled back following opposition

A bill that would have required all bicycle-riding adults to wear a helmet in California has been scaled back following wide opposition from numerous bicycling organizations.

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Glendale Community College women's tennis has regional final fever

GCC's Meredy Gharabegi and Brigitta Benitez clutch hands between points in a difficult doubles match against Cerritos in a second round playoff match College at GCC on Tuesday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Glendale Community College women's tennis has regional final fever

During its first two playoff matches, the Glendale Community College women’s tennis team has encountered some hiccups in doubles.

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Burroughs High baseball makes easy work of Arcadia

BURBANK — Whether on the hill or at the dish, the Burroughs High baseball team was flat out dominant in Friday afternoon’s Pacific League showdown against visiting Arcadia.

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Porras, Burbank High baseball turn back Hoover in league

Burbank High starting pitcher Ryan Porras turned in a strong effort against Hoover in a Pacific League baseball game at Burbank on Friday. The Bulldogs won, 4-2. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Porras, Burbank High baseball turn back Hoover in league

BURBANK — In looking to keep the Burbank High baseball team in contention for the Pacific League championship, Ryan Porras provided arguably his best outing on the mound Friday.

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818 Roundup: Burbank school board approves superintendent hire during heated meeting; Masonic Temple project moves forward

818 Roundup: Burbank school board approves superintendent hire during heated meeting; Masonic Temple project moves forward

Good morning, 818! Today is Saturday, April 18, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 83 degrees and a low of 53, according to the National Weather Service.

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Developer gets go-ahead on Masonic Temple project

Developer gets go-ahead on Masonic Temple project

Caruso Affiliated got the green light Thursday to initiate a project to revive the long-unused Masonic Temple building in downtown Glendale by the end of the year as a major real estate firm has already announced plans to move in and set up shop.

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Residents offer thoughts on potential Burbank dog park

Residents offer thoughts on potential Burbank dog park

Burbank resident Terry Hudgens said he “beat the street” handing out fliers and talking to neighbors recently about an off-leash dog park in the city, which he’s worried could impact wildlife near his home.

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City officials certify results from general election

City officials certify results from general election

Burbank officials on Friday certified the election results from the city’s Tuesday general election, which had Will Rogers and incumbent Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy winning two open seats on the City Council. Armond Aghakhanian beat out Greg Sousa for the lone seat on the school board.

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Musurlian's documentaries to air on PBS

Two of the latest documentaries by longtime city of Burbank employee and Glendale resident Peter Musurlian will air back-to-back on PBS in Los Angeles this week.

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Young directors to showcase student films at Franklin Magnet Elementary

The red carpet will soon be rolled out for students at Franklin Magnet Elementary, where 54 of them will showcase short films they produced after being given no restrictions other than to keep them under three minutes and free of violence.

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Teenage boy allegedly attacked while taking scenic photos

Teenage boy allegedly attacked while taking scenic photos

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating an alleged case of assault and attempted robbery against a teenager in La Cañada Flintridge Wednesday night.

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Autism walk connects parents to resources

Autism walk connects parents to resources

Burbank resident Kameena Ballard-Dawkins said she thinks parents of children going through puberty deserve a special award, like maybe a grant from the government for a nice long vacation.

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A Word, Please: Admiration and helpful hints for salespeople

A Word, Please: Admiration and helpful hints for salespeople

Once upon a time, in another life now recalled only in nightmares, I was a salesperson. My longest-held position (which I didn’t hold for long) required me to go door-to-door in office complexes trying to get companies to change their long-distance telephone service.

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Learning Matters: New novel focuses on Armenian Genocide's aftermath

Learning Matters: New novel focuses on Armenian Genocide's aftermath

I received an email recently from a publicist asking if I intended to write a column about the Armenian Genocide. If so, would I be interested in meeting an author who was coming to town on a book tour?

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Burbank High put on lockdown after BB gun spotted nearby mistaken for real gun

A temporary lockdown at Burbank High School Friday afternoon was lifted after police discovered a witness had mistaken a man’s BB gun for a real gun, police said.

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Film Review: 'Ex Machina' leaves its viewers wondering

Film Review: 'Ex Machina' leaves its viewers wondering

The idea of Man usurping the powers reserved for God (or the Gods, if you go back far enough) has always been a central theme in Western culture. The most sinful iterations of this are attempts to create life... from scratch rather than the old-fashioned fun way. Mary Shelley decked it out in scientific drag in “Frankenstein,” and the variations on her take have never stopped popping up in both horror and science fiction.

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Design as a primer on culture

Design as a primer on culture

Good graphic design imparts ideas. It’s like a short trip: from Point A to Point B in the most direct fashion, with a little information payoff at the end. Great graphic design is no less straightforward in imparting its concept, but it allows the viewer to enjoy the scenery and imparts some kind of deeper truth about the culture it speaks from.

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Rosie Flores: Happy to be a Working Girl

Rosie Flores: Happy to be a Working Girl

Singer-guitarist Rosie Flores gets around. She’s undertaken more than 20 European tours, rocked from Tokyo to Auckland and stormed through just about every honky tonk, dance hall and rock club in the United States. But Flores isn’t taking anything for granted. “The guitar is the love of my life, it’s my first love, and I still practice every day.” Flores said. “It’s a challenge, but you just keep growing. I spend more time with my guitar than any guy I’ve ever dated!”

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News-Press Pet of the Day: Tobi

News-Press Pet of the Day: Tobi

Tobi is a 10-year-old, male, chocolate point-and-black Siamese cat, who is looking for his forever home. He’s a relaxed and mellow senior, who enjoys receiving attention and taking naps. He’s a sweet old fellow.

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Crime Report: Residential burglaries and mailbox vandalism, theft

A woman reported that sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. that day, someone damaged her mailbox and may have stolen mail from inside it.

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Leader Pet of the Day: Chloe

Leader Pet of the Day: Chloe

Here is a bunny that appreciates the quieter things in life. She’s older and less active than our other bunnies, and is perfectly content to spend the day lazing around while being petted.

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Glendale Adventist event commemorates Armenian Genocide

Glendale Adventist event commemorates Armenian Genocide

More than 300 people attended a ceremony commemorating the Armenian Genocide on Wednesday at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

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School board hires Hill, but not before board member Kemp scolds teachers, resigns and walks out of meeting

School board hires Hill, but not before board member Kemp scolds teachers, resigns and walks out of meeting

During a heated meeting packed with teachers who opposed the Burbank school board’s proposed choice for the district’s next superintendent, the board made the hire in a 4-0 vote Thursday, but not before longtime board member and retired teacher Dave Kemp submitted his immediate resignation and walked out of City Council chambers, saying he was ashamed of the teachers’ behavior.

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818 Roundup: Burbank native is the driving force behind 'Furious 7' cars; Descanso's rose garden

818 Roundup: Burbank native is the driving force behind 'Furious 7' cars; Descanso's rose garden

Good morning, 818! Today is Friday, April 17, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 85 degrees and a low of 52, according to the National Weather Service.

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Sports Roundup: Glendale, Flintridge Prep, Crescenta Valley softball notch league wins

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Crescenta Valley boys' golf gets big effort from Renfro for second-place team finish

Looking for a breakout performance, Cody Renfro got it Thursday.

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Flintridge Prep boys' tennis stifled by rival Pasadena Poly

GLENDALE — Cartier Juan had quite an afternoon Thursday while competing for the Flintridge Prep boys’ tennis team.

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Holy Family misfires in second-place tilt with San Gabriel Mission

SAN GABRIEL — With this season’s Alverno High softball squad clearly the class of the Horizon League, second place holds extra significance for Holy Family and the rest of the teams in the league.

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Khashakyan in Fight Night 2 co-main event

Sensational striker Alfred Khashakyan will highlight a local contingent of fighters at Friday night’s Lights Out Promotions/Bash Boxing Fight Night 2 at Sportsmen’s Lodge Event Center in Studio City.

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Flintridge Prep baseball finds similar fate against rival Pasadena Poly

GLENDALE — The frustration felt by the Flintridge Prep baseball players and coaches Thursday had a familiar ring to it.

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Picture car coordinator Dennis McCarthy, a Burbank native, sits atop the modified Dodge Charger that was dropped out of an airplane in the movie "Furious 7" at Vehicle Effects, Inc. in Sun Valley on Friday, April 10, 2015. McCarthy's company envisioned and acquired the vehicles used, and how they were used, in several "Fast and Furious" movies.

Burbank native is the driving force behind 'Furious 7' cars

When the plot called for dropping cars from a cargo plane in the latest installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise, the crew dropped cars from a cargo plane.

Pedestrians walk by a giant flower pot filled with oversized, artificial flowers across from the Americana at Brand on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

Flower statues blossom in downtown Glendale

Spring blossomed on Brand Boulevard literally overnight recently as a dozen oversized flower statues were put on display along both sides of the main downtown street.

Fire officials to check homes for brush abatement

Fire officials next month will start inspecting the roughly 4,500 properties in the city’s high-fire-hazard areas for brush abatement, officials said.

Glendale Water & Power wins efficiency award

In the wake of a historic and ongoing drought in California, Glendale’s water provider was recently recognized by a state agency for its new usage tracking program for customers that’s helped save millions of gallons of water.

Seat sponsorship aims to lift Spartan spirits

To raise funds for capital improvements at La Cañada High School, such as instruments, window treatments and other things that enrich or enhance the school experience, officials announced last week the kickoff of the new Spartan Spirit Campaign.

Hundreds of unclaimed checks at City Hall

There’s about 250 checks waiting at City Hall to be claimed by June 2.

Panoramic view of Glendale, La Crescenta and the San Gabriel Mountains from the Verdugo Mountains in Glendale on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. The Verdugo Mountains, which are within the Rim of the Valley Corridor, have been found to contain nationally significant resources along with previously-studied San Gabriel Mountains.

Rim of the Valley Corridor study released, recommends expansion over new park

Following multiple delays and the urging of local lawmakers to publish its findings, the National Park Service released its draft report Tuesday on the Rim of the Valley Corridor study, recommending a boundary adjustment as a less costly and more efficient alternative to creating a new national park.

Around Town: We might as well laugh about it

Based on a recent Around Town informal survey, La Cañadans are bummed by the burglaries, tired of the traffic and dumbfounded by the drought. In the spirit of offering useful commentary designed to lift your spirits, here is the Around Town inaugural “Top 10 Burglary, Drought and Traffic Jokes.” I hope it lowers your blood pressure and improves your day.

Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Creating value in school is crucial

Last Thursday morning Kaitzer was multitasking — folding laundry, making lunches, signing permission slips and tutoring the girls for their week’s-end quizzes. I was busy looking for my car keys. Our kitchen resembled the last frantic moments prior to jumping off a chopper into a hot LZ.

<p>Pasadena residents Elanie Chang and Andy Soroker walk through an arbor in the International Rosarium at Descanso Gardens on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.&nbsp;</p>

Rosarium's creators raise thorny questions

As Descanso Gardens considers whether to rebuild or reimagine its struggling rose garden, the site's original designers are concerned a demolition would destroy much more than flowers.

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