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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
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)
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 24, 2013
Lemonade, a popular cafeteria-style restaurant with 13 locations in Southern California, is slated to open in Burbank's media district after the Planning Board approved its proposal Tuesday despite some concerns about inadequate parking from some local residents. The restaurant will take over part of a building located at 4400 Riverside Drive, currently occupied by beauty-supply store Cinema Secrets.  Property owner Jeff Fischer billed the project as a way to revive the struggling existing store, which likely wouldn't have been able to afford a rent increase that would have come with continuing to occupy the whole property on its own.  The project was approved in a 3-1 vote, with board member Christopher Rizzotti being the sole dissenter.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | February 15, 2013
Marcus LoVett Jr., one of the most highly touted sophomore boys' basketball players in the country , has left Providence High, head of school Joe Sciuto said Friday in a statement. Earlier this month, LoVett, the reigning All-Area Boys' Basketball Player of the Year and Burbank Leader Male Athlete of the Year, left the team and didn't compete for the Pioneers in Wednesday's 72-66 loss to Lancaster Desert Christian in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division V-AA playoffs.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 12, 2014
This post was updated to include more information. Swedish furniture giant IKEA got the unanimous green light from the Burbank City Council this week to build its largest furniture store in the nation in Burbank. The retailer, which opened in Burbank in 1990 as its first store in California and sixth in the United States, will relocate roughly a mile away to a nearly 23-acre lot located at 805 S. San Fernando Blvd. The 470,000-square-foot megastore - which will be nearly double the size of its current location - is scheduled to open in August 2016.
LOCAL
By Max Zimbert | March 10, 2010
A Burbank Unified School District teacher turned herself in Monday for having sex with a 14-year-old student from March to September last year, police said. Amy Beck, 33, a sixth-grade teacher at Jordan Middle School, surrendered Monday afternoon to Burbank police with her lawyer, and was being held on $400,000 bail, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said. “We’re still trying to piece everything together, what happened, where, what kind of sex acts, how many, and how long it’s been going on,” he said.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
Citing a desire to spend more time with his two young children, Hector Valencia stepped down as head football coach at Burbank High Friday afternoon. Valencia, 39, who guided the Bulldogs program for five years, said he met with his team Friday to tell them about his decision. “It was something that I had been thinking about for about a year or so,” said Valencia, who has children who are 5 and 7. “And it all has to do with family. As a head football coach you work just so many hours, it just doesn't leave enough time for the family and the kids.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
A lawsuit alleging Burbank Unified officials failed to properly oversee a teacher - convicted of having sex with a middle school student in 2009 - is scheduled to go to trial later this month. Amy Beck, then an instructor at David Starr Jordan Middle School, turned herself into police in March 2010, admitting she had a sexual relationship with the then 14-year-old student between the spring and fall of the previous year. She later pleaded no contest to one count each of unlawful sexual intercourse and committing a lewd act on a child.
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