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News | By Nicole Charky, nicole.charky@latimes.com | April 24, 2014
Drummer Ellie English and singer-guitarist Sade Sanchez won the battle of the bands at Burbank High back in 2007. Now in their 20s, the reunited duo crafts haunted garage rock with bass player Irita Pai in a psych-punk band called L.A. Witch. "When Ellie and I first met, we were 17, driving around listening to Blonde Redhead and Autolux," says Sanchez, a Burroughs grad who started jamming with English, a Burbank High grad, while they were teens. On Saturday they join Blonde Redhead, Autolux and some of their favorite artists - along with Angeleno friends Mystic Braves and Froth - at Desert Daze Festival in Mecca, Calif.
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By Scott Glover | January 28, 2014
A Burbank pharmacy that dispensed painkillers and other narcotics to five young patients who later died of overdoses had its license revoked Monday after the state pharmacy board found that its employees failed to properly scrutinize prescriptions that contributed to patient deaths. The pharmacy, Jay Scott Drugs on Glenoaks Boulevard, catered to patients of doctors Bernard Bass and Massoud Bamdad, both of whom were later convicted of crimes in connection with their prescribing, the Los Angeles Times reports . Pharmacists are required by law to scrutinize prescriptions, size up customers and refuse to dispense a drug if they suspect a patient does not have a legitimate medical need for it. Many of Bass' patients were in their 20s and traveled more than 40 miles from their homes in Ventura County to see Bass in North Hollywood, and then another five miles to Jay Scott Drugs where they typically paid cash for a combination of prescription drugs favored by addicts.
NEWS
January 31, 2012
On Saturday, Jan. 21, the P.E.O. Sisterhood celebrated Founder's Day and the 143rd anniversary of the exact date of its founding. The event was held at Woodbury University. Chris Welker, Burbank Reciprocity President and Chairwoman of the day welcomed guests and introduced 50-year members, Skip Flora and Helen vonSeggern, Chapter EO and Jane Shanks, Chapter U. After brunch, the ladies enjoyed a fashion show with their members depicting the original seven founders of 1869 in modern-day dress with the message of Founder's Day, which is continuity through adaptation to time.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | June 19, 2010
DOWNTOWN — The Burbank Police Department has severed ties with three more police officers, bringing to 10 the total number of officers fired since the city initiated a probe into allegations of misconduct stemming from the 2007 Porto's Bakery robbery. All of the officers were fired for allegedly acting improperly or using excessive force. While some of the alleged misconduct occurred during the robbery investigation, other actions were discovered when the city widened its internal review of the incident.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil and Jeff Tully megan.oneil@latimes.com, jeff.tully@latimes.com | March 9, 2012
A popular Burbank High School football player died at his home in Shadow Hills Tuesday night in what officials have ruled a suicide. The student was identified by Los Angeles County coroner's officials as 17-year-old Matthew Smyser. The official cause of death was released Thursday. Burbank Unified officials were notified of the death Wednesday morning by the Los Angeles Mayor's Crisis Response Team, Supt. Stan Carrizosa said. District grief counselors were immediately deployed to the school, where they remained all week.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 19, 2012
Burbank City Manager Mike Flad announced on Monday plans to leave the Media City and take the top post at the city of South Gate, stunning city officials who expected him to retire in the city where he had spent more than two decades building his career. Flad, now 46, became the second-youngest city manager in Burbank's history when he assumed the top job in 2008 and has worked for the city for nearly 23 years. “It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me on the face of it,” said Councilman David Gordon on Tuesday.
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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.
NEWS
September 16, 2013
The car belonging to the 24-year-old Burbank man reported missing nearly two months ago was found Sunday off a cliff of the Angeles Crest Highway, authorities said Monday. Gevork Boyadzhyan's white Lexus sedan was located by authorities Sunday 400 feet off mile marker 65 of the highway, according to Lt. Brian Fitch of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station. No body was found inside the car, but items of clothing were recovered next to the vehicle, he added. Boyadzhyan's family said police told them an unidentified body was discovered near the scene, but authorities declined to confirm this to Los Angeles Times Community News.  “We are praying it's not him,” said Boyadzhyan's sister, Ana Akilyan.
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.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 5, 2014
A case involving a former Woodbury University employee who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the college, alleging she was fired without cause, was recently dismissed, according to court records. La Cañada Flintridge resident Rose Nielsen, who is also the wife of Kenneth Nielsen, Woodbury University's former president, claimed she was fired in September 2012 after reporting alleged mistreatment of other university employees by the wife of Luis Calingo, the college's then newly named president.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | May 29, 2010
DOWNTOWN — A 20-year-old man charged in connection with the 2008 death of his father will not face jail time after pleading this week to lesser charges. Noah Loock, of Burbank, pleaded no contest Tuesday in Pasadena Superior Court to one count of misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight with his father, Timothy Loock, an assistant football coach at Burbank High School. Noah Loock was sentenced to eight days in jail, but will not spend additional time behind bars based on credit for time served, prosecutors said.
NEWS
October 5, 2012
The sound-proofing program for homes around Bob Hope Airport is slowly wrapping up and airfield officials are urging property owners who haven't signed up to contact them as soon as possible. “It is winding down because we've done so much insulation,” Monica Newhouse-Rodriguez, deputy executive director of facilities and planning, said after a public workshop this week where residents learned about a study the airport is conducting to analyze the current and five-year forecast for aircraft noise.
SPORTS
November 16, 2012
Football coaches Corey Enman and Dan Moore have spent hours breaking down film on opponents this season. In addition, the coaches extensively scout every opponent in detail, spend an exhausting amount of time preparing their players for games and have developed elaborate offensive and defensive schemes. “We have probably watched over 100 hours of film so far this season,” Enman said. “We just try and do what we can to have the kids as prepared for games as possible.” Enman and Moore don't coach at the college level, or even among the high school ranks.
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