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News | By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | February 23, 2011
It takes the average healthy adult 16 seconds to walk across an intersection, but Burbank police on Wednesday were more interested in how long it takes a driver to stop. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning, police officers conducted a pedestrian enforcement operation at the intersection of West Magnolia Boulevard and North Parish Place and issued dozens of tickets. Dressed in plain clothes with a non-descript sweatshirt and a beanie, police Det. Paul Orlowski set up a video camera on the southwest corner to document violations as he walked across the street about 100 times over the course of 11/2 hours as vehicles sped by. “It takes about 16 seconds for the average person to walk across the street,” said police Sgt. Kelly Frank after timing Orlowski on his stopwatch.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | November 23, 2012
Mid-20th century Los Angeles country music performers were such a wildly colorful community that they made their competitors in Nashville seem more like undertakers than entertainers. One of the most dazzling acts were the Collins Kids, who will make their first Los Angeles-area appearance in 19 years on Dec. 3 at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank. The duo, consisting of siblings Larry and Lorrie Collins, broke into local prominence on the popular KTTV television show “Town Hall Party” at ages 10 and 12, respectively, trading in some of the hottest, flat-out explosive rockabilly and boogie of the era. Within a few short years, they were a nationally known force, traveling to New York for guest shots on NBC's “The Steve Allen Show” and playing at Madison Square Garden.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | June 16, 2012
When rock 'n' roll singer Jimmy Angel hits the stage at the Smoke House restaurant on Saturday, it will be just another stop along a decidedly tumultuous five-decade career path. Angel, who specializes in a mixture of retro-1950s big beat and fiery Memphis soul, has performed from the Tokyo Dome to Las Vegas showrooms to Manhattan's famed Copacabana - where he appeared no less than 39 times. Angel, now 77 but as clear-eyed and energetic as a man half that age, had a unique ace-in-the-hole throughout his early career: He was a close protege of Mafia don Joe Colombo, a Profaci family enforcer who rose from the ranks to become head of that crime organization in 1962.
NEWS
August 3, 2002
Amber Willard Frank Inn might not have lived in Burbank, but he certainly helped put the city on the map when he rescued a scruffy puppy from the Burbank Animal Shelter. The mutt went on to star as Benji in several films. Inn died July 27 at a nursing home in Sylmar. He was 86. Inn did not take in Higgins, who later became Benji, with the thought of making him a star. The poodle-terrier- cocker spaniel mix was the last of a litter dropped off at the shelter in 1960 and would have been put to sleep if Inn had not taken him in. A few years before, Inn started his own animal training business and a filmmaker visiting Inn's ranch saw Higgins and knew he had found the right dog for the job. "Higgins was an all-Amer- ican cross between Burbank and Hollywood," Inn said in an interview a year ago with the Leader.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Craig Rosen | December 15, 2012
When Phil Alvin takes the stage for a New Year's Eve solo set at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank, he won't just be welcoming in 2013. He'll be closing the book on a year he'd rather forget. “Starting in November 2011, 2012 has been the strangest year of my life, by far,” says the Blasters' frontman. “I will be happy - along with the Mayans - to say goodbye to 2012.” On the positive front, Alvin and the Blasters released “Fun on Saturday Night” in July, their first album in four years on what he calls the “small but fair” indie label Rip City Records.
NEWS
September 22, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH Many of us who grew up in Burbank remember spending the summers swimming at the Pickwick pool. In an effort to preserve memories for their family's posterity, current owners Carole and Ed Stavert are on a quest to find photographs and information on Pickwick's past, prior to when their family purchased the facility in 1953. The family changed the name to Pickwick Gardens three or four years ago from Pickwick Recreation Center. When the Stavert family purchased it, it was called the Pickwick Swim Park.
NEWS
May 14, 2013
I've noticed a creeping lack of civility overtaking our society. Whether it's the shopping cart left unattended in the middle of the aisle while the shopper chats on their phone, oblivious to all who are impeded by this thoughtlessness, or the self-important person allowing the door to slam shut in the face of an obviously disabled individual. The rampant lack of common courtesy and manners is stunning and offensive. We can't blame all of this on the problems with our economy, and we can't blame it solely on the self-contained “bubble” effect created when we're on our phones, tablets or music devices.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | June 6, 2009
Burbank High School’s 100th senior class went out in style Friday during a graduation ceremony that featured rousing musical performances at the Starlight Bowl. The school’s orchestra and award-winning choir performed sets that stirred excitement among graduates, including one that combined the sounds of “Somethin’s Comin’” from West Side Story and rapper Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” The musical exhibition showcased just part of the talent that Burbank High’s centennial class brought to the school, said Tessa Register, the senior speaker.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | June 7, 2008
Hilda Akopyan on Thursday night sat down to do her homework, when she came to a realization. “I’ll never have homework for Burbank High again,” she said. “I’m so used to everything being the same, and now I am about to embark on a big change.” Akopyan, who plans to attend Pasadena City College in the fall, was one of 617 seniors who graduated on Friday night from Burbank High. Parents, grandparents as well as other family members and friends gathered at the Starlight Bowl to honor the graduates.
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | August 28, 2010
A Burbank gun store cited for violating weapon registration laws is closing this month, but new owners hope to relaunch the business. While the current owners of Gun World on Magnolia Boulevard declined to comment, a sheet of paper taped to the door tells the company's side of the story: "Because of the even stricter gun laws which have made operating our businesses next to impossible, Gun World has decided to close its doors. " Its last gun sale was Aug. 21. The sign said the store will stay open to sell accessories through Sept.
NEWS
By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | April 5, 2011
A Sylmar woman remains in critical condition after the driver of the car in which she was riding, who allegedly was intoxicated, rear-ended a parked truck. Analy Perez, 20, was in the passenger’s seat of a pickup truck driven by 21-year-old Jesse Santiago at 4:45 a.m. when it crashed into a flat-bed tow truck parked at a curb on the 2900 block of North San Fernando Boulevard on Sunday morning. Burbank police arrested Santiago, a Glendale resident, at the scene for driving under the influence.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | June 26, 2013
I have seen the mountaintop and it is layered thick in cheese and beef. Since March my friend and I scoured Burbank for the best cheeseburger in the city. Many readers offered their favorite haunts - and some griddle jockeys I met along the way pointed me to new stops on the path to burger Nirvana. Like all great adventures, it's about the journey, not the destination. In my ground-beef-laden stupor I discovered a culinary subculture that revels in the art of the burger. Burbank history is deeply slathered in the wizardry of its burger bon vivants - the places people went 20, 30, 40 years ago are still flipping for your pleasure.
FEATURES
By Christopher Cadelago | April 4, 2009
BURBANK — The sign says George Izay Park, but the sign man won’t have it. “It will always be Olive Park,” said Lon Melton, 62, a Burbank sign maker. “We made a lot of memories there.” Every year, Melton and his family claim their perch across the street from what is now George Izay Park to watch Burbank on Parade. The annual extravaganza of floats, marching bands and exhibits, which debuted in 1945, takes place this year April 25 and runs on Olive Avenue from Keystone to Lomita streets.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
Three Burbank men accused in connection with a double-stabbing at the Santa Monica Pier in January will stand trial on attempted murder and assault charges a judge ruled this week. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Deborah Brazil ruled Monday there was enough evidence presented during the two-day preliminary hearing to move forward with a trial against Araik Ovoian, 24, Gevork Bagdasaryan, 19, and Alex Akbari, 18, for the stabbing and assault of alleged victims Antonio Castillo and Gilberto Dorado.
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