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News | By DAVID LAURELL | September 12, 2007
As the clock’s hands inched closer to 7 p.m. on Friday evening, photographer Cynthia Alarcon’s eyes darted around the Burbank Creative Arts Center giving everything a final visual nod of approval. In just moments the doors of the gallery would open to unveil her “One Woman’s Journey” exhibit that photographically documents her travels and experiences over the past two decades. The reception, staged to celebrate the opening of Alarcon’s retrospective, was not just a beginning, but also a culmination of a 20-year journey and a yearlong period of reflection.
NEWS
August 3, 2002
Finding a quality left-handed relief pitcher is a rare commodity in major league baseball these days. Thus, former Burroughs High baseball star Mike Magnante has enjoyed success and a fine career as a pitcher for 10 years with four major-league clubs. Late Tuesday, Magnante, 37, was designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics, just days before he was due to be eligible to receive his major-league pension. Players must have at least 10 years of major-league service to earn a pension.
NEWS
October 16, 2004
Joyce Rudolph The competition was stiff during the first Tennis Ball dinner dance. But no one was near a court. Instead, a superb array of silent auction gifts kept guests running back and forth to the bidding sheets during the fundraiser for the Family Service Agency, now known as Families First in Burbank. City Manager Mary Alvord was mistress of ceremonies and welcomed the more than 200 guests to the Oct. 8 event at The Castaway. A steak-and-salmon dinner was served and dance music was provided by the band Orange Colored Sky. Mayor Marsha Ramos presented Kermit Floyd, president of the board of directors, with a Mayor's Commendation for his financial guidance of the agency.
NEWS
August 11, 2001
In response to the three articles in the Leader regarding the shooting of a dog by Officer Anthony Valento, it is unfortunate that the Leader must resort to innuendo-laden articles to sell newspapers. While the shooting of the animal was, indeed, unfortunate, the portrayal of the animal as a friendly family pet and "hero" belies the fact the animal exited the owner's house and bolted across the front lawn onto the sidewalk, mere feet from where Officer Valento was standing on the parkway.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | June 7, 2006
Rudy Droguett has risked his life for the love of his art. The artist, who is in his 70s, has traveled to Africa twice to take pictures of wild animals, which he later uses as subjects in his scratchboard etchings. He's come close to losing his life, he said. During one trip to Kenya, the vehicle he was riding in had a flat tire. There was a lion lying under a tree nearby watching the entourage. Not wanting to miss the opportunity, Droguett got out of the vehicle to take a picture.
NEWS
December 25, 2004
Mark R. Madler Four men are scheduled to appear in court Monday in connection with a stabbing of a Glendale man. Officers responding to a fight in a convenience store parking lot late Tuesday night at Glenoaks Boulevard and Naomi Street found a blood trail at the scene leading them to believe someone had been injured, said Burbank Police spokesman Sgt. Jay Jette. A 25-year-old Glendale man was taken to an area hospital with three stab wounds that were described as non-life threatening, Jette said, adding that the man has been interviewed by detectives.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | April 8, 2014
When San Fernando Boulevard underneath the Golden State (5) Freeway overpass closes next month, it will be closed forever, forcing Burbank neighborhoods to cope with an undeniable increase in traffic for at least two years. Yet many neighbors and businesses in the area still don't know that stretch of road is about to be wiped off the map. Through the city's website, through emails, through community meetings and with recently installed signs, the news of the San Fernando Boulevard closure has been no secret, per se. There are many maps, presentations and FAQ sheets on the official project website, i-5info.com/magnolia-boulevard-to-buena-vista-street . But this week I talked to several neighbors and commuters who either didn't know the closure was happening so soon, or they didn't know where all that traffic is about to go. On the official I-5 info site is a very detailed map of the detour route.
NEWS
December 14, 2002
BURROUGHS HIGH -- Coach Linda Murphy has been a girls' volleyball institution at Burroughs High for 18 years. However, the former Olympic player and respected coach will not be back for her 19th season as the Indians' mentor, as the school has decided to replace Murphy. Murphy said she was shocked when she was informed she would no longer be running the Burroughs program. Preferring not to talk about the situation and reluctant to address the decision by the school's administration, Murphy instead relayed her feelings in a fax on Friday.
LOCAL
By Christopher Cadelago | March 30, 2010
UNIVERSAL CITY - A 30-year-old man wanted on attempted murder charges in Indiana led police on a multi-county pursuit that ended shortly after Burbank police officers opened fire in a busy intersection, shattering the driver's side window, later striking the man and sending him to a local hospital, authorities said. Beginning near the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County, Steven S. Satterly led California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase on the westbound Foothill (210)
THE818NOW
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
A female student from Burroughs High School was on the bus that collided with a FedEx freight truck in a fiery crash in Northern California on Thursday evening, killing 10 people and injuring dozens more. Los Angeles Unified officials said Friday that 19 of its students were aboard the bus that collided with the truck. The Burbank student, whose name was not immediately released, was transported to a hospital, “but she will be fine,” said Burbank Unified Supt. Jan Britz. “She's fine physically, but it's a strong emotional trauma to the family to live through,” Britz said, adding that the school district will provide the student's family with mental and emotional support, if needed.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
Councilman Bob Frutos on Tuesday requested a closed-session performance evaluation of City Manager Mark Scott, a move that follows weeks of criticism by residents centered around the issue of group homes in residential neighborhoods. When reached over the phone on Thursday, Frutos declined to comment on why he made the request, citing personnel privacy laws. Scott, however, has come under fire by residents in recent weeks following a couple of public outreach blunders. In January, residents were not adequately notified about a public hearing for the state-required housing element . The policy document was approved by City Council and included a section allowing supportive housing - which could mean sober-living facilities that don't require licensing - in single-family residential neighborhoods, which didn't sit well with residents.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 12, 2014
A local nonprofit that provides food, shelter and aid to homeless families in Burbank and Glendale will be suspending operations this month due to a shortfall in funds. Family Promise of the Verdugos, which opened roughly four years ago, will be closed for an estimated six to nine months, until organizers and volunteers can raise $90,000. “We're kind of like our families right now - we're struggling, we're living month-to-month,” said Kimberly Rhodes, the nonprofit's executive director.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | August 5, 2011
Parties involved in an ongoing lawsuit stemming from a sexual liaison between a former Burbank Unified middle school teacher and her student met behind closed doors Friday to discuss moving the case from state to federal court. Attorneys declined to comment on the proceedings. A hearing scheduled for October was canceled, and no new court dates have been set. In March 2009, then-Jordan Middle School teacher Amy Beck turned herself in to police and confessed to having had a sexual relationship with a male student.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
The staffing of nurses in Burbank Unified is expected to be discussed during a special school board meeting on Friday and the district's head nurse plans to tell board members that additional nursing staff is needed. There are currently six certificated nurses who divide their time among the district's nearly 20 campuses and 15,200 students. That equates to one nurse for about 2,500 students, more than three times the ratio recommended by the National Assn. of School Nurses, which suggests one school nurse for every 750 students.
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