News | | June 10, 2009
Providence High School senior speaker Alexia Townsend and her 151 classmates got their diplomas Saturday at a peculiar place that had spooked her parents, she said. “They would have slept here to get good seats, but they didn’t because it’s a graveyard,” she said. But the solemn surroundings outside the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills weren’t without meaning, she said. “Graves quite literally leave their mark on the world,” she said, explaining that her experience at Providence had left its mark on her and her peers.
June 12, 2010
Six more Burbank police officers have been fired for allegedly acting improperly or engaging in excessive use of force. The supposed wrongdoing came to light, officials said, following a probe into the investigation of a 2007 robbery of Porto's Bakery. Some of the officers' alleged misconduct occurred during the robbery investigation, though other officers' actions came to light when city officials widened their internal review of the incident. City officials confirmed that Capt.
December 24, 2012
Three teens were arrested Saturday after allegedly breaking into a Burbank home, stealing stereo equipment from two elderly residents and later attempting to break into a second home, according to Burbank police. The suspects - June Davis, 18, Chadney Delaney, 18, and a 17-year-old who was not identified because she's a minor - were booked on suspicion of robbery, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Davis' uncle, Michael Nunes, 57, was also arrested after allegedly hiding Davis in his home.
March 8, 2013
This story has been amended, see note below for details. Burbank is clamping down on roving billboard ads after brightly colored vans touting topless maid services caused a stir and prompted complaints from the public. Under a new ordinance, vehicles with attached signs or billboards aren't allowed on city streets. This after Hot Topless Maids vans and other roving ads in and around Burbank last year prompted officials to address what many called "visual blight. " “What we're capturing with this ordinance is those signs that are bolted to a van, leaned against a van, trailers that are unhitched and left in public right of way,” said Deputy City Planner Patrick Prescott at a meeting last week.
June 27, 2013
Recently spared from closure, the popular aircraft mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport will receive a $25,000 donation this weekend to establish a scholarship fund for low-income students. The University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation will present the donation during ceremonies Saturday evening at Clay Lacy Aviation, which is near the North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation Center. North Dakota "is home to one of the nation's top collegiate flight training programs and we're honored to show our support for one of the nation's top aircraft mechanics schools," said Larry Martin, board chairman of the foundation.
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.
March 28, 2014
A group of children gathered at the Verdugo Log Cabin in Burbank on Thursday for the first day of a two-month course in which they'll learn to build mini- robots, which eventually can function as an elevator, catapult or ski lift - all using Legos. The robotics course is just one of many spring classes that kicked off this week and are offered through the city's park, recreation and community services department. “It's a very popular class,” said Burbank recreation supervisor Christine Rumfola.
May 14, 2011
OLIVE PARK — The Burroughs High softball team definitely had more to lose in its cross-town rivalry game against Burbank. A win against the Bulldogs would give the Indians a share of the Pacific League championship with Crescenta Valley. For the Bulldogs, they already had the third-place spot in league locked up, and they were looking to play the role of spoiler. What started out as a defensive struggle changed dramatically in the fourth inning when Burroughs' Hailee White rocketed a grand slam that ended up being the difference in a 5-3 Indians' win at Olive Park.
May 31, 2011
Cassidy Abrahamson; Ronny Abudahab ; Michael Acuna ; Rocio Adame Organes ; Ari-El Adut ; Savanna Aghassian ; Analine Aguayo ; Francisco Aguilar ; Christian Aguilar ; Carlos Aguirre ; Arshaluys Akopyan ; Amanda Alcalde ; Michelangelo Alcantar ; Juan Alcantar ; Oksanna Aleksanian ; Amoni Alexander ; Alejandro Alfonso ; Austin Allen ; Samantha Almanza ; Roxana Alonso ; Jorge Alpizar ; Christina Alquiros ; Haroutyun Altunyan ; Edgar Alvarez ; Joan Alvarez ;...
January 15, 2013
Somewhere in the mass of dull-tipped plastic swords and homemade chakrams, wedged neatly in the intermission of a TV soundtrack on a loop at the Burbank Marriott's ballroom, a spirited party reunited friends around a certain warrior princess. Last weekend saw the 18th running of the official Xena Convention in Burbank. It's at an awkward age now - old enough to vote but past its heyday. The people who keep it going - mostly women - do so because it's at a transcendent point. The event is no longer about its namesake, a syndicated cable program that saw its last bad guy slain in 2001.
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.
October 9, 2013
For 60 years, the Family Service Agency of Burbank has forged, cultivated and celebrated relationships with the community as well as with those who have been in need of its vital services. Dedicated to its mission of offering quality counseling, care, education and advocacy at low or no cost, the agency has dramatically changed and saved the lives of local individuals, couples, families and active and veteran members of the armed forces. Providing housing, crisis intervention, legal guidance, safety in the face of domestic violence and hope for those in the grips of mental illness and substance addiction, the agency has been embraced and supported by Burbank's governmental, corporate, business, residential and faith-based community.
November 26, 2013
Black Friday hit Burbank early this year, with shoppers pitching tents in front of the local Best Buy as early as Saturday to claim first dibs on discounted electronics. As of Monday afternoon, seven tents were lined up outside of the Empire Center store. Fourth in line was Glendale Community College student Jessica Real, 19, whose family is camping out for Black Friday for the first time. “That's how we bond,” she said, adding that her mother wants to buy a plasma television.