All-Area Girls' Water Polo Second Team

Burroughs High goalie Kate Wilke was named to the All-Area Girls' Water Polo Second Team. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Girls' Water Polo Second Team

Gaby Aghakian, Senior, Driver, Burbank

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All-Area  Girls' Water Polo First Team

Crescenta Valley High first-year Coach Ricky Mulcahey was named the 2014-15 All-Area Girls' Water Polo Coach of the Year. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Girls' Water Polo First Team

Ani Aghakhanian, Senior, Utility, Crescenta Valley

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All-Area Girls' Water Polo Player of the Year: Crescenta Valley High's Taylor breaks out into spotlight

Crescenta Valley High's Audrey Taylor is the All-Area Girl's Water Polo Player of the Year. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Girls' Water Polo Player of the Year: Crescenta Valley High's Taylor breaks out into spotlight

There’s rarely a break in the action for Audrey Taylor.

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Martirosyan on wrong end of close decision against Jermell Charlo

LAS VEGAS — Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan moved forward and stalked. Jermell Charlo stayed to the outside and danced.

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Film Review: Lawrence and Cooper can't save 'Serena'

Film Review: Lawrence and Cooper can't save 'Serena'

At this exact moment in time, it's hard to imagine a film starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence getting only a token theatrical release after debuting on VOD. Are there any rising stars hotter?

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Read On: Making plans for the big night

Read On: Making plans for the big night

My beautiful and talented daughter Gabi is getting married two weeks from today. And it’s all great. She’s marrying a terrific guy with a fantastic work ethic and from top-notch stock. She’s 26. Not too young. Not too old. Nobody’s pregnant or anything. All is right in Hitchville.

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Leader Editorial: It's better to get a heads-up on test scores

Burbank Unified officials are cautioning all to mentally brace for the fact that tests measuring progress under the new Common Core standards will likely show lower scores than have been seen here previously. A similar warning is going out from districts across the state as everyone adjusts to the new educational standards and testing.

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News-Press Editorial: A salute and welcome to new citizens

News-Press Editorial: A salute and welcome to new citizens

Leaving your homeland to establish yourself in a new country can be fraught with challenges, as any newcomer can attest. Learning a new language can be quite difficult for some, as can adjusting to a different culture and establishing fresh networks of friends. It takes a certain amount of courage to make the leap to a new world.

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News-Press Cartoon: Council candidate's campaign HQ violates zoning, city says

News-Press Cartoon: Council candidate's campaign HQ violates zoning, city says

Bert Ring provides us his take Glendale City Council candidate Edith Fuentes' campaign headquarters in the Montrose Shopping District, which the city argues violates zoning rules.

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Burbank's Community Day School wins $10K IKEA grant to revamp kitchen

The kitchen at Community Day School in Burbank, where students learn to cook with vegetables they grow in the school’s garden, will undergo a major renovation thanks to a $10,000 grant from IKEA.

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#818 Spotlight: A man and his drone

Alex Cervantes, of Eagle Rock, flies a DGI Phantom 2 drone at Brand Park in Glendale on Friday, March 20, 2015. Cervantes has had the drone for a few months, the last time flying it was six weeks ago. He was at Brand Park for a workout with a trainer and got there early to fly.

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Nurses fall in line on possible strike at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital

Nurses fall in line on possible strike at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital

Nurses at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital took action in the face of contract negotiations that have dragged on since last May by taking a strike vote Thursday and Friday, and 85% of the nurses who voted supported a strike, according to the nurses union representative.

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Library hosts fans of cult book and show 'Pretty Little Liars'

Library hosts fans of cult book and show 'Pretty Little Liars'

This week, Burbank's die-hard “Pretty Little Liars” fans got a glimpse at some of the ABC Family show's props and costumes, and to view the teen drama's fifth season finale an hour before it aired on the West Coast.

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Local police officers to compete in 120-mile, 'Baker to Vegas' relay race

Local police officers to compete in 120-mile, 'Baker to Vegas' relay race

Twenty Glendale police officers — including, for the first time in Glendale’s history, the police chief — will be hitting the pavement Saturday afternoon to compete in an overnight law-enforcement relay race through the desert.

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818 Roundup: Glendale schools likely sticking with artificial turf; 'Empire' actress apologizes to Glendale police

818 Roundup: Glendale schools likely sticking with artificial turf; 'Empire' actress apologizes to Glendale police

Good morning, 818! Today is Saturday, March 28, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 86 degrees and a low of 59 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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Election: Hopefuls' campaign war chests grow

Election: Hopefuls' campaign war chests grow

As the April 7 election approaches, challengers lead in the money race for seats on the Glendale City Council and Glendale Community College’s board of trustees, while the sole incumbent in Glendale Unified’s race has raised the most funds in that contest.

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Technicolor USA Inc. to shutter Burbank film facility

Citing a shift in its priorities toward a digital-servicing platform, Technicolor USA Inc., the French-owned film processing and post-production company, announced this week it would be closing its facility in downtown Burbank.

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Hearing slated for Bob Hope Airport noise program update

Bob Hope Airport will hold a workshop and public hearing on Monday on its proposed revision of a noise compatibility program for homes around the airfield.

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Council candidates differ on issues at forum

Council candidates differ on issues at forum

Council candidates at the final election forum on Thursday were divided on what to do about transferring millions of dollars from a local utility to the General Fund, an issue that’s currently being decided in court.

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Crime Report: Residential burglary occurs while boarder is at home

A man told deputies that he and his wife left their home at around 12:30 p.m. to get groceries. When they returned at 1:15 p.m., they noticed someone had cut open a sliding screen door.

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Schools likely to stick with crumb rubber turf

Schools likely to stick with crumb rubber turf

After chemical tests showed there is no hazardous amount of toxic materials in the artificial turf fields installed at several Glendale schools, officials in the Glendale school district are likely to stick with the turf material they’ve been using for the past decade.

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Demolition crews clear the way for new IKEA

Demolition crews clear the way for new IKEA

The first of more than a dozen buildings on the site of the future IKEA store came crashing down in a matter of minutes Thursday morning, a milestone that comes more than a year after the project was approved.

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Health and Fitness Week at La Cañada Elementary

Health and Fitness Week at La Cañada Elementary

Activities like a lunchtime obstacle course were part of the Health and Fitness week from March 23 through March 27, 2015 at La Cañada Elementary School. 

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Election meet-and-greet event slated

Election meet-and-greet event slated

The Burbank City Clerk’s Office and the I Vote 4 Burbank 2015 Election Committee will host a meet-and-greet event where voters will have a chance to get acquainted with candidates in the upcoming City Council and school board elections.

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Actress apologizes to Glendale police for racial profile claims

Actress apologizes to Glendale police for racial profile claims

“Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson apologized for alleging that Glendale police racially profiled her son during a traffic stop after a video obtained by the Los Angeles Times cast doubt about whether police had improperly targeted him.

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All-Area Girls' Basketball Second Team

Holy Family's Liyah Lewis was named to the All-Area Girls' Basketball Second Team. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Girls' Basketball Second Team

Sienna Brown, Senior, Center, Burroughs

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All-Area Girls' Basketball First Team

Burroughs High Coach Vicky Oganyan is the 2014-15 All-Area Girls' Basketball Coach of the Year. (File Photo)

All-Area Girls' Basketball First Team

Josie Brock, Junior, Forward, Crescenta Valley

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Dining Review: Area Tiki bars serve as portals to paradise

Dining Review: Area Tiki bars serve as portals to paradise

Recently I went to a party in Palm Springs where many guests knew each other from Tiki Caliente, an event dedicated to tiki culture. I've always been into Polynesian motifs — our yard has tiki carvings and waterfalls — but these people are hard core. It got me wondering where one can go in our part of the sea to satisfy a craving for the sultry sensations of the classic Polynesian-Pop lifestyle, as the Tiki Caliente folks say. Turns out there's a surprising concentration of tiki spots in North Hollywood and a smattering of others nearby.

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Damon's takes diners from the South Seas to out of this world

Damon's takes diners from the South Seas to out of this world

With an outrigger canoe hanging over the main dining area and Polynesian-themed murals on the walls, just walking into Damon's will make you feel a buzz. And, depending on how many tropical cocktails you've consumed, you'll definitely be feeling buzzed on your way out.

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News-Press Pet of the Day: Romeo

News-Press Pet of the Day: Romeo

Romeo is a 1-year-old, male, brown, tabby short-haired cat. Romeo truly lives up to his name because he is a real love bug. Very sweet and affectionate, Romeo is content to sit in your lap and snuggle. Romeo is already neutered, so he would be able to go home with you today.

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A Word, Please: Idiom takes the wind out of proper sails

A Word, Please: Idiom takes the wind out of proper sails

They say marriage is all about give and take. Compromise. Meeting each other halfway. But to read my emails over the years, you could only conclude that marriage is about something quite different: winning. Specifically, winning arguments. More specifically, winning arguments about grammar.

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All-Area Girls' Basketball Player of the Year: Burroughs High's Del Castillo makes decision that leads to history

Burroughs High's Davina Del Castillo (center) is the 2014-15 All-Area Girls¿ Basketball Player of the Year. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Girls' Basketball Player of the Year: Burroughs High's Del Castillo makes decision that leads to history

From the time she was just 5 years old, Davina Del Castillo excelled on the diamonds throughout Burbank. Along with competing in softball, she also participated in Little League baseball against the boys.

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The Whiteboard Jungle: Test scores shouldn't be main factor in rating teachers

A lasting legacy of the “No Child Left Behind” federal legislation has been the notion of tying student test scores to teachers’ job evaluations. Due to the controversy of such an idea, school districts across the country that have implemented it have limited its impact on a teacher’s overall performance.

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School districts may hire consultant to facilitate Sagebrush terms

La Cañada and Glendale school officials may soon hire an independent consultant to facilitate terms of an agreement over the potential transfer of Sagebrush families into La Cañada Unified School District boundaries, after a negotiation meeting held Monday.

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Forum to address proposed 710 Freeway extension

Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian will speak Monday at a public forum on the 710 Freeway extension at the Cal State Los Angeles campus. The event is co-hosted by the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs and the Pasadena League of Women Voters.

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Open seats on public safety, other boards

The city of La Cañada Flintridge invites residents to submit applications for service on the Public Safety Commission.

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Video of Glendale PD stop seems to counter actress Taraji Henson's claim son racially profiled

A 40-minute video obtained by the Los Angeles Times shows an encounter between Glendale police and the son of "Empire" actress Taraji P. Henson, during which she contends he was racially profiled.

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Lawsuit filed against Americana at Brand over Armenian Genocide apparel controversy

A cart vendor at the Americana at Brand who was allegedly told to remove displays of clothing making reference to the Armenian Genocide has filed a lawsuit against the upscale outdoor mall.

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818 Roundup: USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital nurses consider strike; Glendale school board, GCC candidates forum

Good morning, 818! Today is Friday, March 27, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 92 degrees and a low of 59 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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La Cañada baseball can't win back-and-forth battle against South Pasadena

SOUTH PASADENA — It was a battle of baseball teams looking for their first win in Rio Hondo League competition Thursday when La Cañada hit the road to play South Pasadena.

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Vanes Martirosyan, seen here in Glendale on Monday, will face Jermell Charlo on Saturday night live on Showtime.

Vanes Martirosyan ready for Showtime showdown with Jermell Charlo

Once an undefeated prospect with an Olympic pedigree and the world’s most famous trainer, Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan’s rise was one that was slower than many pundits would have liked and one that sputtered when he finally found a world title shot to be had.

Glendale Community College baseball rolls to another division victory

GLENDALE — After a tough stretch to begin the season, the Glendale Community College baseball team has turned things around rather nicely.

Sports Roundup: Glendale baseball downs Inglewood

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Roberto Cani, Armen Guzelimian and Ruslan Biryukov will perform Saturday in a concert in memory of Armenian genocide victims.

Trio of musicians to help commemorate Armenian Genocide

The Glendale Trio, made up of three of the top classical musicians in Los Angeles, will make its debut performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday with a concert in memory of Armenian Genocide victims at the First Baptist Church of Glendale, 209 N. Louise St.

Glendale school board, GCC candidates forum focuses on finances, student achievement

The Women’s Civic League of Glendale hosted the final forum of the election season for Glendale school board and Glendale Community College trustee candidates on Thursday, quizzing candidates on their financial priorities and solutions to improving student achievement.

A registered nurse wears a strike button during a vote to strike or not at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale on Thursday, March 26, 2015. The Verdugo Hills registered nurses of the California Nurses Association are sponsoring the vote.

USC-Verdugo Hills nurses vote on possible strike

Feeling thwarted in recent contract negotiations with administrators, nurses at USC-Verdugo Hill Hospital asked those among their ranks Thursday to vote on whether they’d be willing to go on strike.

State of the City: Mayor Sinanyan praises city's economic growth

Mayor Zareh Sinanyan touted economic growth in downtown Glendale and thanked various facets of local government for their efforts during the annual State of the City Address Thursday.

Student Carlos Mejia happily waves an American flag at the New Citizenship Recognition Program honoring students who have recently become U.S. citizens at the Garfield campus of Glendale Community College on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Students were treated to an appearance by an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, who also gave them a flag and pin as their names were read.

English-language students, instructors celebrate citizenship

Aliza Garabet was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, the descendant of Armenians who survived the Armenian Genocide.

<p>JPL Boy Scout Troop 509 Eagle Scouts from left to right: Henry Bley, Ethan Angold,&nbsp;Ian deMoura,&nbsp;Hunter Farrington and&nbsp;Grant McComb.&nbsp;</p>

Local teens earn Eagle Scout ranking

Five members of Jet Propulsion Laboratory Boy Scout Troop 509 were recently feted at a Court of Honor in February after having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

The Focused Student: The joys of rewards and consequences

It's easy for parents to become confused when kids are having trouble with schoolwork. I can't tell you how many times I've had parents ask me, “I feel helpless. How do I motivate my kids? Are they just lazy? Rewards, punishment, what really works?”

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