Bellarmine-Jefferson boys' basketball misses chance to make history

Bellarmine-Jefferson boys' basketball misses chance to make history

PLAYA DEL REY — Advancing to a CIF Southern Section championship has been a daunting task in the history of the Bellarmine-Jefferson High boys’ basketball program.While the Guards girls’ hoops program has a successful track record of advancing to the finals in the past two decades — winning titles in 1997 and 2009 — the boys’ squad has not enjoyed the same productivity.

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No. 1 Bell-Jeff boys' basketball stunned by St. Bernard

Bell-Jeff's bench of Abid Oses and Marco Escribano watched on the bench last against St. Bernard in the CIF Division V-A boys' basketball semifinal game in Playa Del Rey. Bell-Jeff lost the game, 67-52. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

No. 1 Bell-Jeff boys' basketball stunned by St. Bernard

PLAYA DEL REY — When the buzzer sounded at the conclusion of its CIF Southern Section Division V-A semifinal game against St. Bernard High, Bellarmine-Jefferson’s boys’ basketball team had three players sitting on the bench after fouling out.

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Hoover High's Shahbazyan advances to second day of Masters

ONTARIO — Experience helps, but it’s not always a prerequisite for success.

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La Cañada High boys' soccer earns berth into semifinals

MORENO VALLEY — Thanks to two-second half goals and a strong defensive effort, the La Cañada High boys’ soccer team is not only alive in this year’s CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs, but the Spartans are rolling.

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Rousey-Zingano title bout is official

Rousey-Zingano title bout is official

All that’s left now is the waiting.

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Glendale candidates address legal issues

Of the 16 candidates for Glendale City Council, school board, and the college’s board of trustees, at least six have records of bankruptcies, tax liens, credit card collections and other matters, a News-Press investigation has revealed.

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City Council candidates offer their views on development

City Council candidates offer their views on development

Downtown Glendale is filled with steel beams, construction detours and ever-increasing density — setting up a showdown in the April 7 City Council election between those who say the growth is vitally important to keeping Glendale relevant and those who claim council members on the dais have turned the once-quiet downtown into a dystopian nightmare of honking horns and traffic jams.

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Burbank students come together for a field day

Burbank students come together for a field day

More than 400 Burbank students participated in dance, science, cooking and sporting competitions Thursday afternoon at an annual after-school field day event.

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Officials certify results from primary election

Officials certify results from primary election

Burbank officials on Friday certified the election results from the city’s Tuesday primary, which had school board candidates Roberta Reynolds and Steve Ferguson winning two of three open seats on the board outright by securing more than 50% of the vote each.

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News-Press Pet of the Day: Patty

News-Press Pet of the Day: Patty

Patty is a 6-year-old, female, chocolate, Point/Siamese mix. She is confident, friendly and enjoys attention. Patty also qualifies for the Seniors for Seniors program, which waives the adoption fee for adopters 60 years old and older. The mandatory microchip fee of $20 still applies.

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Leader Pet of the Day: Oscar

Leader Pet of the Day: Oscar

It's the perfect time to take home an Oscar. This handsome boy is a very unique mix of pit bull/terrier and Basset hound.

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The Whiteboard Jungle: Tuition is not main hurdle for most community college students

The Whiteboard Jungle: Tuition is not main hurdle for most community college students

What does $1,400 buy nowadays? One year of cellphone service with T-Mobile, one year of television with DirecTV, or one year’s tuition at a California community college — for 60% of students, that is. The other 40% pay no tuition.

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Disney subcontractor arrested for allegedly stealing laptops

Disney subcontractor arrested for allegedly stealing laptops

A 38-year-old Burbank resident and subcontractor for the Walt Disney Company was arrested in Glendale Thursday after allegedly stealing six laptops from the employer, police said.

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A Word, Please: Speakers shall say whatever they will

A Word, Please: Speakers shall say whatever they will

History has never been my subject, a fact I attribute to my “cut to the chase” type of thinking. In history, the chase always goes: Dude One fights Dude Two for the right to control Thing A and, when a victor emerges, everyone has to live under dude rule.

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Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team on doorstep of championship game

Flintridge Prep girls' basketball team on doorstep of championship game

If the Flintridge Prep girls’ basketball team is to reach its first CIF championship game since 2007, it must first get past an opponent that’s got some championship pedigree.

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Crescenta Valley High girls' basketball gears up for another stiff test

Crescenta Valley High girls' basketball gears up for another stiff test

Winning coin flips to secure home playoff games isn’t the only thing working in favor of the Crescenta Valley High girls’ basketball team lately. The Falcons have looked pretty sharp on both ends of the court through the first two rounds of the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs, resulting in a significant rise in confidence.

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City gets grant for rubberized asphalt

The city of La Cañada Flintridge recently won a $123,500 grant from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery’s Rubberized Pavement Program for rubberized asphalt, known for its durability and noise-dampening qualities, to be installed through its annual street resurfacing program.

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Crime Report: Vehicle burglary at LCHS

A woman reported that as she was walking toward her brother's car at about 7 p.m. she saw someone exiting it from the rear passenger door. At first she thought it might have been her brother.

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Southland leaders urge release of Rim of the Valley Corridor study draft

Southland leaders urge release of Rim of the Valley Corridor study draft

In a letter sent yesterday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), along with Reps. Judy Chu (D-Pasadena) and Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), urged the National Park Service to release the Rim of the Valley Corridor Special Resource Study draft, stating the report was completed months ago, but is stuck in "bureaucratic limbo."  

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Glendale High students sit in silence for sitar performance

Glendale High students sit in silence for sitar performance

Before sitar and tabla player Sandip Burman performed for 50 Glendale High student musicians on Thursday, the boys were told to take off their hats and all students were told to turn off their cellphones.

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818 Roundup: Tentative court opinion appears to support Walmart in Burbank; Possible La Cañada senior community

818 Roundup: Tentative court opinion appears to support Walmart in Burbank; Possible La Cañada senior community

Good morning, 818! Today is Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 68 degrees and a low of 52 degrees with a 20% chance of showers in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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UFC 184 Media Day: The calm before the Rousey-Zingano storm

UFC 184 Media Day: The calm before the Rousey-Zingano storm

Despite a cavalcade of cameras, recorders and myriad questions that had already been asked many a time before, UFC 184 Media Day at Club Nokia was very much the calm ahead of the impending storm on Saturday night.

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Tentative opinion seems to support Walmart's appeal to open in Burbank

Tentative opinion seems to support Walmart's appeal to open in Burbank

A three-judge panel appeared poised on Thursday to allow Walmart to proceed with a project to open a store in Burbank, according to a tentative opinion on an appeal seeking to overturn a trial court’s ruling that halted the project.

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Glendale Latino Assn. recognizes community leaders

Glendale Latino Assn. recognizes community leaders

The Glendale Latino Assn. once again recognized a man, woman and organization of the year as part of a now 25-year-old tradition of spotlighting noteworthy leaders and organizations in the community.

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New online tool will help teachers spot, report suspected child abuse

A new online training tool debuted this week as part of a renewed effort to help school employees across the state report suspected child abuse and neglect.

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Local leaders bid farewell to retiring workforce advocate Don Nakamoto

Several civic, business and education leaders from Glendale and Burbank showed up to the Verdugo Jobs Center on Wednesday to pay tribute to Don Nakamoto, who, for almost two decades has served as director of the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board and recently announced his retirement.

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Thief cuts vehicle's catalytic converter near Allen Lund Company in broad daylight

Thief cuts vehicle's catalytic converter near Allen Lund Company in broad daylight

The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce is warning residents to be aware of suspicious activity after a vehicle parked near the Allen Lund parking lot was robbed of several parts Wednesday, amounting to a $6,000 loss.

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#818Spotlight: Nature's watching

#818Spotlight: Nature's watching

Submitted by Hannah Ellis, taken while walking through the Oakwood complex.

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UFC 184 Preview: 'Day has come' for Ronda Rousey to face Cat Zingano

UFC 184 Preview: 'Day has come' for Ronda Rousey to face Cat Zingano

Sometime after 9 p.m. on Saturday, under the bright lights of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey will finally put her stone cold stare on “Alpha” Cat Zingano.

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UFC 184 Preview: Ellenberger planning to finish Koscheck

UFC 184 Preview: Ellenberger planning to finish Koscheck

Questions about Saturday night presenting a must-win situation for Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger are coming at him left and right.

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College Update: Rodriguez shines in first CSUN start

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

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The Focused Student: How to win the daily homework showdown

Last month I introduced “The Focused Student” and I must say the response has been positive. Thanks for taking the time to read this column. I know you want to help your kids, and I hope my ideas will be useful.

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Developer bids to build senior housing facility

A Santa Rosa senior housing developer recently announced its intentions to build a 72-unit assisted-living facility on La Cañada's heavily zoned Foothill Boulevard, a move so far being met with more cheers than jeers.

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Around Town: Learning a language isn't the same as speaking it

Applying to college? Now that we've discussed the advantages of being multilingual, it's time to take another look at the issue.

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Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Seeking answers during a Texas visit

Davy Crockett, as a congressman from Tennessee, lost his third bid for the office to a man with a wooden leg.

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Girl Scouts hide golden tickets

In celebration of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend and the 40th anniversary of the Samoa cookie, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles is hiding golden tickets on select boxes of Samoas Girl Scout cookies somewhere in the Greater Los Angeles area this Saturday only. Those who find a golden ticket will win either a one-month or one-year supply of free Girl Scout cookies, according to a news release.

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818 Roundup: Glendale Fire Chief accepts top post in Seattle; Ruling favors comfort-women statue

Good morning, 818! Today is Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 73 degrees and a low of 51 degrees with patchy fog throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service.

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Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

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Weather: Your forecast for Thursday

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Defense carries Crescenta Valley High girls' basketball to upset of San Clemente

LA CRESCENTA — It took three timeouts in less than a minute in the first half before the Crescenta Valley High girls’ basketball team finally got the message. Then the Falcons began to execute defensively en route to pulling off an upset in the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs Wednesday night.

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DreamWorks Animation has sold its 13-acre campus in Glendale, only to lease it back from an undisclosed buyer as part of a financial restructuring effort.

DreamWorks Animation to sell Glendale campus, then sign lease

DreamWorks Animation has announced it sold its 13-acre campus in Glendale this week, only to lease it back from an undisclosed buyer as part of a financial restructuring effort.

Teens from the Daos Children's Center in Mombasa, Kenya, enjoy bikes they received last summer from Bikes 4 Orphans, a charitable organization started in 2013 by St. Francis High School student Sebouh Bazikian.

Group's charity event aims to donate bikes to orphans

In 2012, St. Francis High School’s Sebouh Bazikian made a promise to raise $5,000 to provide orphans in Kenya with bicycles that would get them to school safely and potentially change their lives forever.

The annual Founders Day celebration in Montrose was canceled due to rain on Sunday, but Montrose Bakery & Cafe owner Henry Baeza still handed out slices of cake to those who stopped by.

Weather postpones Montrose Founders Day event

Montrose recently turned 102, but the annual Founders Day event to celebrate the more than century-old community was postponed due to rain on Sunday.

Second-half stumble leads to playoff loss for Flintridge Prep boys' soccer

LA CAÑADA — Protecting a one-goal lead with about 22 minutes remaining in regulation time didn’t figure to be an easy assignment for the Flintridge Prep boys’ soccer team.

La Cañada's Nicholas Pereira drives with the ball against Desert Mirage in a CIF playoff boys soccer match at La Cañada High School on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

Second-round win for La Cañada boys' soccer against Desert Mirage is reality

LA CAÑADA — With his team trailing by one goal in its CIF Southern Section Division VI second-round boys’ soccer match against Desert Mirage High, La Cañada Coach Alex Harrison was blunt with his team at halftime.

GUSD's expulsion and suspension rates decline

Two years after state lawmakers mandated that school districts reduce their number of suspensions and expulsions, Glendale Unified educators continue to explore ways to intervene when students express negative behaviors at school.

Crescenta Valley Briefs: CVHS presents musical 'Hello, Dolly!'; Upcoming chamber mixer

Crescenta Valley High School will present the musical “Hello, Dolly,” this weekend in the school’s auditorium.

This view, taken at the gate to the "Mesa Lila Extension" looks directly up into Henderson Canyon. The extension is a short fire road beginning where the paved section of Mesa Lila Road ends in Whiting Woods. It is mostly level and about 0.5 miles long, according to Marc Stirdivant of the city of Glendale.

Verdugo Views: Community effort helped save Whiting Woods

Back in 1979, a Whiting Woods homeowner went to a Glendale City Council meeting and handed over a check for $27,000.

La Cañada Flintridge City Hall on Monday, June 4, 2012.

'Good news' after midyear budget review

A little more than halfway into fiscal year 2014-15, La Cañada has seen a net increase of $97,675 in general fund revenue and a $35,325 decrease in spending since the budget was passed last June, allowing officials to fund more projects citywide.

Mayor Zareh Sinanyan, and Councilmembers Dave Weaver and Paula Devine, listen to an explanation of some of the monitors in a control room at Grayson Power Plant where the Glendale Council and the public were given a tour of the inner operations of the Glendale power company on Friday, February 24, 2015.

Council considers upgrades at Grayson Power Plant during special meeting

A cracked piece of steel tubing that once belonged to a more than 50-year-old steam turbine at Grayson Power Plant sat on a table during a special meeting of the Glendale City Council on Tuesday.

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