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The818now | June 27, 2012
After reviewing more than 100 applications for a public information officer, Burbank hired Drew Sugars, a veteran television journalist and current PIO for the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office, according to the city. Sugars arrives with 17 years of broadcasting experience as an Emmy award-winning television news reporter, main anchor and newsroom manager, the city said in a statement. The California native spent the past four years working for the largest law enforcement agency in Santa Barbara County where he successfully merged the Public Information Office and Media Resources Unit.
THE818NOW
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.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | August 13, 2010
BURBANK — A Los Angeles man shot and killed himself Thursday afternoon at the Firing-Line indoor shooting range, police said Friday. Officers responded to the range at 1060 N. Lake St. about 4:30 p.m. Thursday to find the man with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by Burbank Fire Department paramedics. He was identified as 42-year-old David Joseph Magarelli, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.
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By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | April 17, 2012
John Hall is a successful entrepreneur and is earning his doctorate in education from USC. He's married, 37, and has two kids. By all accounts, Hall has a successful life. And all of it despite an early childhood diagnosis that could have set him on a completely different path, had he not had an intense intervention. At the age of 2, Hall was diagnosed as being autistic, or at that time, “mentally retarded.” “I exhibited all the signs of classic autism,” Hall said in an interview this week.
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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.
THE818NOW
June 10, 2013
Closed for renovations since 2008, Burbank finally got the keys to its new Verdugo Pool this weekend. Swimmers waited in line outside the gates on Saturday to be among the first to use the aquatic center, which features a 50-meter pool with diving boards and an activity pool with two water slides. PHOTOS: Burbank's Verdugo Pool opens Renovated to the tune of $7.3 million, the aquatic center also sports new locker rooms, bathrooms and first aid and lifeguard offices.
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.
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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.
THE818NOW
July 4, 2012
Good morning and happy 4th of July, readers. If you haven't decided where to see fireworks tonight, the Valley has a few prime spots. On Radford Avenue,  the Studio City Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 14th annual Festival of Fireworks . Admission is a little pricey ($20) considering you can't bring in your own beverages. VIP tickets go for $100. It all depends on how much you love America.  Studio City Patch Deeper in the Valley, the Valley Cultural Center is hosting a show at Woodland Hills' Warner Center Park . Live music begins at 6 p.m. and fireworks will shoot off around 9 p.m. L.A. City Councilman Dennis P. Zine, who represents the area, is a main sponsor.  Woodland Hills Patch La Crescenta Elementary School will open their gates at 4 p.m. for their annual show . Tickets are $10 in person.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 24, 2000
Andrew Chon, Eugene Shin and Paul Hwang, Valedictorians Menooa Aboolian Elvis Abramyan Artor Acopians Allison Acord Roger Acuna Xochilt Adabache John (Jd) Adams Anashe Admean Kamron Aghevli Laura Aguilar Artin Ahounber Armine Alajian Belinda Alas Lizbeth Alburez Sabrina Alejandre Artak Alexanian Leslie Alfaro Sergio Alfaro Karla Almaguer Angineh Almasi Daniel Araiza Paul Araujo Alba Arevalo Natalie Arutunian Avetis Avo Arutunyan Selin Asadorian Arbi Asatourian Harutyun Aslanian Leobardo Astorga Marena Atallah Vernon Atwater Annie Austin Artin Avanousian Christian Ayala Kenneth Ayala Megan Baade Mher Michael Babakhanyan Hayk Hike Badalyan Andreh Baghdasarian Melissa Baker Steven Baker Michael Bang Brenda Banuelos Harry Batikian James Becaria Jane Behm Blake Bidar Amy Bloom Steven Boghoskhan Theodore Borders Jacqlyn Bowman Katharine Brennan Jill Briganti Jacob Brodsky Jason Brooker Emily Brower Katherine Bruce Alex Brugge Camille A. Bucu Andrew Budde Leandra Bustos Christopher Butcher Evette Cabanillas Gary Cabral Rosanna Cacace Ronald Carpenter Iveht Carrillo Oscar Castillo ...
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By Alison Tully | June 11, 2008
CITY HALL — The council approved $53,112 in next year’s fiscal budget to keep the McCambridge Park Pool open through October on a trial basis after several complaints from residents. The extension, which will be paid for out of the general fund, is part of the citywide fee scheduled to be included in 2008-09 fiscal year’s budget that was approved by a 4-to-1 vote on Tuesday. “The city is not the same place it was 12 years ago . . . people are hungry for healthy activities,” Councilwoman Marsha Ramos said.
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