Glendale Fighting Club's Browne on wrong end of slugfest with Arlovski

In what is likely to go down as one of the wildest rounds, if not fights, in Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight history, Travis “Hapa” Browne had the misfortune of being on the wrong side of the thrilling bout.

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Flintridge Prep's Weiss, St. Francis' Foster win CIF Southern Section track and field titles

Flintridge Prep's Weiss, St. Francis' Foster win CIF Southern Section track and field titles

NORWALK — While the CIF Southern Section Track and Field Championships proved once again unkind to the majority of area athletes, there were a few one-of-a-kind efforts that led the way.

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Burbank, Burroughs track and field conclude seasons at CIF Southern Section finals

Burbank, Burroughs track and field conclude seasons at CIF Southern Section finals

NORWALK – For the city of Burbank, the end of the high school track and field season came at the CIF Southern Section Divisional Finals at Cerritos College on Saturday afternoon.

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Six Scouts earn Eagle Scout rank

Six Scouts earn Eagle Scout rank

Don Yoon (“Eric”) Han, Felix Park, Michael Jihoon Park, Suraj Jayesh Patel, Thomas Rhee Jr. and Dean Wyrzykowski, all members of La Cañada Boy Scout Troop 398, will be feted at a Court of Honor that will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 24 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830 Foothill Blvd. A reception will follow the ceremony.

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A Word, Please: The dummy word that holds things together

A Word, Please: The dummy word that holds things together

Have you ever thought about the word “do”? My advice is don’t. The word “do” is one of the bugbears of English that make our language incredibly difficult to master — for nonnative speakers and even for people born into the English-speaking world. Almost no one fully understands “do.” The people who use it correctly do so through osmosis, not understanding.

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The Whiteboard Jungle: Transition to middle school can be rough

The Whiteboard Jungle: Transition to middle school can be rough

This week, I attended my youngest son’s spring dance at his elementary school. After 12 spring dances (counting my oldest son’s tenure), this was my final one.

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News-Press Editorial: Stepping needlessly into a mess

News-Press Editorial: Stepping needlessly into a mess

City officials for the past few months spent time either defending or decrying — depending on which bureaucrat was doing the talking — the apparently clueless installation of diagonal crosswalks at a single intersection in Montrose. Thankfully, since the crosswalks at Honolulu Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard were removed and the traffic lights re-timed under public pressure this week, that controversy can fade into everyone’s memories.

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Leader Editorial: Saluting a reasonable decision

Leader Editorial: Saluting a reasonable decision

Although it took some hemming and hawing, Burbank Unified Supt. Jan Britz on Friday ultimately came to the right conclusion: It’s OK to alter policy and allow military sashes to be worn over graduation gowns by students who have enlisted in the armed forces.

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Read On: Earning money as test subject

Read On: Earning money as test subject

Zane Johnson is a healthy and strapping 31-year-old guy who is spending Memorial Day weekend as a hospital patient. And if that isn’t surreal enough, they’re also paying him to be there.

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Leader Cartoon: Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Leader Cartoon: Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Bert Ring on the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.

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Street performers drum up noise complaints

Street performers drum up noise complaints

Jerry McQueen lives in Sherman Oaks, but he was in downtown Burbank enjoying a bite to eat Monday while watching Carla Buffa sing and play guitar at a spot he recommended at the corner of San Fernando Boulevard and Palm Court — the pedestrian area that was formerly part of Palm Avenue.

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Dining Review: Cooked the Texan way

Dining Review: Cooked the Texan way

One of the items on my bucket list is to travel to the barbecue capitals of the USA, learning the nuances between regional BBQ styles. I want to know the real difference between Kansas City, Memphis, Carolina and Texas barbecue. Until that day comes, I'll be satisfied with the Texas barbecue found at the Pit Brothers Smoked BBQ in Burbank.

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Burbank Community Band gives musicians an opportunity

Burbank Community Band gives musicians an opportunity

Burbank resident Sally Hallada loved music when she was younger and played saxophone in a number of concert bands growing up, including the New Jersey State Jazz Ensemble. However, at some point, she put the instrument on a shelf and eventually got rid of it.

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New 134-room Holiday Inn hotel proposed for East Colorado Street

New 134-room Holiday Inn hotel proposed for East Colorado Street

A developer is looking to replace a gym on Colorado Street with a Holiday Inn down the street from a series of older hotels and motels that a city official hopes could be inspired by the new project to upgrade their own buildings.

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818 Roundup: La Cañada to purchase recycled water from Glendale; Burbank school board reverses course on graduation sash

818 Roundup: La Cañada to purchase recycled water from Glendale; Burbank school board reverses course on graduation sash

Good morning, 818! Today is Saturday, May 23, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 70 degrees and a low of 56 degrees with patchy fog in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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Providence High baseball eliminated by Santa Paula in CIF opener

Providence High baseball eliminated by Santa Paula in CIF opener

BURBANK — For a team that doesn't have any seniors, the Providence High baseball team made some strides this season.

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UFC 187: Travis Browne faces old friend Andrei Arlovski in heavyweight slugfest

When Andrei Arlovski was preparing for his previous Ultimate Fighting Championship bout, he was doing so while residing in the welcoming confines of Travis Browne’s home.

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Pilar propels Flintridge Prep baseball into second round

Flintridge Prep's Hamilton Evans tries to score a run with Foothill Tech catcher Josh Ellison applying the tag during a CIF-SS Division VI playoff game on Friday. The Rebels won, 4-3. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

Pilar propels Flintridge Prep baseball into second round

GLENDALE — A one-out single from catcher Cole Pilar in the seventh inning delivered the Flintridge Prep baseball team a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over visiting Ventura Foothill Tech in Friday’s first round of the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs at the Glendale Sports Complex.

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Gadsby, Crescenta Valley High baseball shut out Ventura in CIF opener

Crescenta Valley High pitcher Brian Gadsby fires a fastball against Ventura during a CIF-SS Division II playoff game on Friday. The Falcons won, 4-0. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

Gadsby, Crescenta Valley High baseball shut out Ventura in CIF opener

GLENDALE — Following seven innings of brilliance on the mound, Crescenta Valley High’s Brian Gadsby did what he always does.

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La Cañada Flintridge to purchase recycled water from Glendale to irrigate median plants

La Cañada Flintridge to purchase recycled water from Glendale to irrigate median plants

Not content to let city trees die amid state mandates banning the use of potable water for street medians, La Cañada Flintridge is securing truckloads of recycled water from the city of Glendale to get the job done.

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Burbank to host Memorial Day service at McCambridge Park

Burbank to host Memorial Day service at McCambridge Park

In commemoration of the Americans who’ve died in service to the country, Burbank will host a Memorial Day service Monday at 11 a.m. at McCambridge Park.

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Burbank school board says OK to Burroughs student's Air Force graduation sash

Burbank school board says OK to Burroughs student's Air Force graduation sash

A 17-year old Burroughs High senior received tentative approval to wear a U.S. Air Force sash during her graduation, a reversal of district policy that forbids wearing honors unrelated to school during the ceremony.

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Commissioners OK bare stairway at Masonic Temple

Commissioners OK bare stairway at Masonic Temple

A city staffer and members of the Historic Preservation Commission were divided this week on the issue of whether a proposed outdoor stairway that’s part of a rehabilitation project for the former Masonic Temple should be left open or covered.

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Students put patriotism on display during Memorial Day assembly

Students put patriotism on display during Memorial Day assembly

First- and second-grade students serenaded their fellow classmates and parents at John Marshall Elementary School Friday morning with patriotic songs such as “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “This Land is Your Land” during the school’s annual Memorial Day assembly.

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New garden at Disney Elementary honors former student

New garden at Disney Elementary honors former student

Drops of rain fell in Burbank the day before Danielle Granados passed away, but her spirit will live on through a new garden at Disney Elementary School, where she was a second-grader.

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News-Press Pet of the Day: Frank

News-Press Pet of the Day: Frank

Frank is a 10-year-old, black-and-brown, smooth-coated Chihuahua and miniature Pinscher mix.

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Leader Pet of the Day: Betty

Leader Pet of the Day: Betty

Well... hello, Betty. You sweet li’l thing, you. You've got 12 years under your belt and seek an owner who is compassionate and loving.

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Julie Hoppe retires from Hoover High tennis

Julie Hoppe retires from Hoover High tennis

Since 2004, Julie Hoppe has been a staple among the coaching ranks at Hoover High.

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Glendale man arrested for alleged sexual assault of minor

A Glendale man was arrested this week for allegedly sexually assaulting a boy in the dressing-room area of the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena, police said.

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Jobless rates drop slightly in Glendale, Burbank

Unemployment rates in Glendale and Burbank dipped slightly last month with leisure and hospitality as well as professional and business services driving most of the job gains across Los Angeles County, according to the latest labor report.

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City to talk sharing consultant cost

As La Cañada school officials continue to negotiate with their counterparts in Glendale the terms by which students living in the city’s western edge might be peaceably transferred into LCUSD boundaries, city officials are considering how they might help.

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Crime Report: Woman threatened with arrest by caller for missing jury duty, demands money

A woman reported that she'd received a call from a man with the title of lieutenant informing her that she had failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant had been issued for her arrest.

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Valley Beautiful: May 2015

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818 Roundup: Burbank approves utility rate increases; Glendale proposes $800M budget

Good morning, 818! Today is Friday, May 22, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 69 degrees and a low of 56 degrees with a 20% chance of showers during the day and mostly cloudy skies in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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La Cañada golf's Morikawa moves on

DESERT HOT SPRINGS — With three holes remaining in his round Thursday and winds continuing to gust in excess of 35 mph at Mission Lakes Country Club, La Cañada High senior Collin Morikawa was on the verge of seeing his final season blown away at the CIF Southern Section boys’ golf championship.

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Late rally by La Cañada softball comes up short

LA CAÑADA — Sammy Jedrey liked the chances of the La Cañada High softball team to mount a comeback bid after she hit a towering home run in the fourth inning in an opening-round game of the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs Thursday.

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Area swimmers opt out of CIF State Championships

When the inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships get underway Friday morning at West Clovis High, there will be an interesting void.

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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball goes through Fillmore to get to second round

FILLMORE — It began with a move to the Sunshine League, a subsequent trip south to CIF Southern Section Division V and finally a journey to Fillmore.

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Major League Baseball Update: Bergman handling role well with Colorado Rockies

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

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Crescenta Valley softball done in by Redondo Union

REDONDO BEACH — It was two spectacular efforts that helped eliminate the Crescenta Valley High softball team from the postseason Thursday afternoon.

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<p>Burbank High's Allyson Capili and Isabel Frias celebrate after Capili caught a deep flyout against La Mirada in a CIF softball playoff game at McCambridge Park in Burbank on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Burbank won the game 3-1.</p>

Capili lifts Burbank softball to win in playoff opener over La Mirada

BURBANK — Allyson Capili has had her share of struggles this season for the Burbank High softball team.

City staff proposes $800M budget

A budget of nearly $800 million is proposed for the 2015-16 fiscal year, one a top city official says will include a small surplus, but the years following will entail some uncertainties stemming from a legal battle with the state as well as ongoing increases in paying for employees’ retirement costs.

<p>An Amerian flag waves on the grass near the Vietnam&nbsp;War Memorial at Ocean View Boulevard and Honolulu Avenue in Montrose on Flag Day, Friday, June 14, 2013.</p>

Local Memorial Day ceremonies to pay tribute to veterans, fallen soldiers

Memorial Day will bring a series of events to the Glendale area that will give local citizens the opportunity to pay respects to veterans, including those from the area who perished in battles overseas.

<p>Burbank Water & Power spokesman Joe Flores holds a Smart Meter at the utility's building on Magnolia Avenue in Burbank on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.</p>

Council approves utility rate increases

Following a contentious debate about utility rates, Burbank City Council members on Tuesday voted 4-1 to raise the rates for water, power, sewer and refuse services.

First phase of energy upgrades will save GCC $239K annually

First phase of energy upgrades will save GCC $239K annually

Two years ago, Glendale Community College officials embarked on a multimillion-dollar endeavor to reduce energy costs, and their efforts appear to be proving successful.

<p>Tennis great Gene Mako played four years of varsity tennis for Glendale High. After graduating in 1932, he lettered at USC and went on to play championship tennis.</p>

Verdugo Views: Love for tennis drove player's success

Glendale High alum Gene Mako was a world-class tennis player and a colorful character, according to two longtime locals who knew him well: Reggie Perry and Jim Pagliuso.

<p>Dr. Jim Adams leads a tour at La Crescenta's Rosemont Preserve on July 27, 2013. On Saturday, May 23, 2015, Adams will teach walkers the medicinal properties of Rosemont's native plants&nbsp; in an event hosted by the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy</p>

Walking tour to teach medicinal, food uses of native plants

The Arroyo & Foothills Conservancy will host a guided walk through the Rosemont Preserve on Saturday aimed at teaching participants about the medicinal and food uses of native plants.

<p>For the past few years, the USC mascot Tommy the Trojan and Traveler have walked in the Fiesta Days parade. Now, a La Ca&ntilde;ada resident and parade organizer wants to raise enough money to have Joe Bruin, the UCLA mascot, walk too.&nbsp;</p>

Campaign to book UCLA mascot in Fiesta Days Parade claims success

The mighty Bruins will march on to victory after a successful campaign by local fans and alumni to have the UCLA mascot featured in the Fiesta Days parade this year, remedying what they saw as an imbalance of representation with the USC mascot, Tommy Trojan, having walked in the parade the last two years.

<p>A rider gallops his horse on the trail at Bette Davis Park straddling the border of Glendale, Burbank and Los Angeles on Thursday, May 14, 2015.&nbsp;</p>

#818Spotlight: Ride like the wind

A rider gallops his horse on the trail at Bette Davis Park straddling the border of Glendale, Burbank and Los Angeles on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

<p>David Chang, of Burbank, is accused in an insurance scam that involved filing fraudulent claims.&nbsp;</p>

Burbank cell phone store owner, business partner accused of defrauding insurance company of $1.3 million

A cellphone store owner from Burbank pleaded not guilty this week to charges that he, along with his business partner, scammed an insurance company out of more than $1.3 million after allegedly filing fraudulent claims, officials said.

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