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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.
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | April 14, 2011
Heading to Griffith Park through an equestrian tunnel under the Ventura (134) Freeway, horse riders emerge to see an unusual sight: huge yellow earth movers chomping into 15 acres of dirt between the freeway and the park. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is deep into building underground reservoirs that will hold 110 million gallons of water and help eliminate the city’s reliance on open-air reservoirs, including Silver Lake. When complete, the two side-by-side Headworks reservoirs will be hidden beneath an open-space recreation area along Forest Lawn Drive near the intersection with Zoo Drive.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | November 22, 2013
So much of today's pop music targeting the youth demographic is dominated by manufactured stars and lip-syncing singing groups that it often comes off as utterly flavorless and predictable, but the teenage Toluca Lake siblings of musical quartet Echosmith are unquestionably the exception which proves the rule. Pop music isn't rocket science; simplicity and honesty are the order of the form, yet its commercial arbiters seldom seem to manage either. Echosmith, comprised of Jamie, Noah, Graham and Sydney Sierota, effortlessly wield these tools of the trade, creating accessible yet elegantly contoured songs like “March into the Sun” and “Cool Kids.” Richly melodic, chronically catchy, these kids' compositions employ equal measures of musical dynamics and understated simplicity.
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.
NEWS
March 20, 2014
Christopher Wilke, the 12-year-old Burbank resident who was fighting a rare form of cancer , died Thursday at 9:33 a.m. "He passed peacefully this morning, he wasn't in any pain," said his father, Joe Wilke. "He was resting comfortably and surrounded by his family. " Christopher was diagnosed in early January.  He was the first patient on record at Children's Hospital Los Angeles - and among the youngest patients ever - to be diagnosed with a pure cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile duct, according to Dr. Hung Tran, the hospital's pediatric oncologist and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at USC's Keck School of Medicine.
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