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News | By Mark Kellam mark.kellam@latimes.com | January 22, 2012
An officer with the Bob Hope Airport police department has filed suit against the airfield's owner and a sergeant on the force, alleging discrimination and retaliation because he is gay. In the lawsuit, Richard Ellis claims the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority didn't do anything to stop the harassment, even after being notified of the situation. A status conference on the case is scheduled for Feb. 21 in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Superior Court website.
THE818NOW
March 1, 2013
After getting an inside look at Burbank police operations - including demonstrations by the Special Weapons and Tactics team and presentations about gangs, forensics and force - members of the first-ever Armenian and deaf community academy classes have graduated. “You probably know a lot more now about the police department than when we began,” Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick said Wednesday to the more than 30 Burbank residents who completed the seven-week course. PHOTOS: Burbank Police Department's first Armenian and hearing impaired community academy graduation ceremony Tigran Khachikyan, who graduated from the deaf class, said that before taking the course, he had problems with police and struggled to understand their operations.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Laurell | October 20, 2010
"When our children hear us say, 'Now, look at what you've done,' it's not because they have done something good," laughed former Burbank Mayor Michael Hastings . "But when it comes to the Cusumanos, when we say, 'Now, look at what you've done,' it is said because of all the very good and positive contributions they have made to our community over the years. " Thus began the accolades bestowed upon the Cusumano family, the recipients of Woodbury University's 2010 Movers & Shapers Award presented Thursday at a luncheon held on the school's Glenoaks Boulevard campus.
COMMUNITY
By David Laurell | February 18, 2014
An actress who first broke into national prominence in the 1960s, Toni Bua starred on the CBS daytime drama "Love of Life" as Tess Krakauer opposite her real-life love and husband, Gene Bua . As the years went by, Toni and Gene left New York and came to Burbank, where they made their mark by teaching and showcasing new talent through their Acting for Life Theater. They also worked with at-risk youth - work for which they were recognized by elected officials on federal, county and local levels.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | 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.
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lisa Dupuy | February 25, 2014
No need to wait for summer to enjoy smoky, backyard barbecue. Handy Market, the well-stocked corner store where Magnolia Boulevard meets Buena Vista Street in Burbank, spills out into the parking lot on Saturdays, 'cueing up pounds and pounds of beef, pork, chicken, turkey and sausage for the hungry hordes. The lines are long but the service is efficient and the taste is worth any wait. Just ask Jay Leno. "Mr. Leno comes by all the time," says the young woman wrapping up orders in big sheets of heavy duty foil.
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
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