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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.
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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.
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.
FEATURES
June 9, 2007
Narine Abgaryan, Sosi Abrahamian, Celestino Chora Acosta, Natalie Adjimikrian, Lianna Lili Adzhemyan, Cameron Thomas Agai, Alfredo Aguilar, Cindy Aguillon, Alisha Kristine Albright, Ani Aleksandryan, Dominique Yvette Allen, Eduard Altunov, Christian J. Alvarez, Edgar Alvarez, John Anthony Alvarez, Garren Edwin Amirian, Katherine Amanda, Lober Andrusco, James Antaplyan, Jairo V. Araiza, Zaruhi Arakelyan, Enessa Aramyan, Addison Emilo Arce, Pedro Armendariz,...
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 22, 2013
Violent crimes in Burbank jumped 27% last year - a trend police attributed to a spike in robberies, mostly at retail stores where security guards and would-be shoplifters tussle. As a whole, the number of violent crimes - which include robbery, rape, assault and murder - increased from 191 incidents in 2011 to 243 in 2012, according to recent figures released by the Burbank Police Department. The category that jumped the highest was robbery, which shot up 63%, from 68 reported incidents in 2011 to 111 last year.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | May 3, 2013
Gorgen Zargarian looks out the window as a young woman in a vintage yellow Volkswagen “Thing” pulls into his auto shop. “Hey baby, how is your car run?” he asks while clutching a mechanic's tool. “Do you have trouble with your transmission?” The 62-year-old self-described “young old man” then busts into song and dance amid three young women in cut-off denim shorts. So starts the web commercial for Arlen's Transmission, a Burbank auto shop in business for 22 years, produced by the comedy and directing duo Rhett and Link.
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.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | May 20, 2006
Giuse Yen Viet Mai, owner of numerous furniture stores in Los Angeles county, including Urban Habitat Furniture in Burbank, died on May 15. He was 72. Mai was born on Oct. 10, 1933, in Vietnam. He was an officer in the Vietnamese army and a music conductor for the military band. After migrating with his family from Vietnam to the United States in 1975, Mai settled in Burbank and ventured into the furniture business. Mai started his furniture business in 1982 and opened his first store on Sunset Boulevard.
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By Christopher Cadelago | June 16, 2010
DOWNTOWN — Mary Alice O'Connor, the former school board member and volunteer whose service began during World War II and grew into leadership positions in the Burbank Tournament of Roses, Friends of the Burbank Library and the Burbank Historical Society, died Saturday. She was 93. Mary Alice O'Connor died peacefully at her home, according to her family. Dozens of well wishers visited in the days leading up to her passing, retelling stories about her life and the lessons they learned over the years.
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February 1, 2003
Jeff Tully Burroughs High has a fine reputation of churning out successful college football players. However, along with success on the field, the Indian program also has an impressive track record of preparing players for the future, as well as helping them make their way to prestigious universities. The latest in the line of successful student-athletes is senior Alan West. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive lineman has committed to play at University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy-League powerhouse.
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December 12, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Standing onstage in a cream-colored gown under bright spotlights in front of more than 500 people, Lindsay Muriedas dropped her jaw and gasped as she was crowned Miss Burbank 2002. "I feel so honored, and that feels great," said a flushed Muriedas, 17, a senior at Burbank High School. "This group was so supportive and not competitive. We all immediately clicked." Miss Teen Burbank, Mallory Sorkness, was equally humble after being crowned at Sunday's event, which took place in the Burbank Airport Hilton's Convention Center.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 26, 2014
Though state officials point to high levels of arsenic, chromium 6 and uranium in Burbank's water in a recent report , city officials claim the data is based on untreated groundwater, saying what flows out of residents' taps far exceeds mandated requirements. Sam Delson, a deputy director for external and legislative affairs for California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard, said Burbank toxicity score was based on data gathered from treated water, but local water officials contend this is not the case.
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By Rachel Kane | June 9, 2007
Red cap-and-gown-clad seniors covered nearly all the grass at Memorial Field at John Burroughs High School Thursday night. While parents beamed and fellow students gave speeches about the future, their present lives and the past four years they spent together, the graduates waited to hear their names called. "Well, class of 2007, you have made it," Principal Emilio Urioste said. Names were called and echoed through loudspeakers around the graduating class as people in the stands shouted messages of encouragement and love toward them.
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By Zain Shauk | August 1, 2009
BURBANK — City and school officials set foot on Burbank High School’s new artificial turf field Wednesday, getting their first look at a product of their $18-million joint venture. The sight of a sweeping green mat of fake grass, which was part of a larger, three-pronged project, offered a sense of encouragement to the excited officials, who wanted to get an early glimpse of the field, they said. “It’s just impressive when you spend your whole life in Burbank and drive by and all you see is dirt.
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By Christopher Cadelago | March 25, 2009
BURBANK — Seven private medical laboratories, including two based in Burbank, are accused by the state attorney general’s office of swindling the state out of hundreds of millions of dollars by overcharging the Medi-Cal program for various tests. The seven companies included five from Los Angeles County that allegedly charged the state at least six times more than they did other customers for procedures such as blood and urine tests. Medi-Cal provides discounted health care to the poor and disadvantaged.
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