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Entertainment | By Jonny Whiteside | August 30, 2013
Ward Dotson, the brilliantly understated guitarist whose atmospheric style was a critical component of early '80s Hollywood underground rock legends the Gun Club, is definitely an odd one. Widely recognized as one of the post-punk era's most engagingly progressive musicians, Dotson is a dry, droll cat with a mile-wide streak of ingenuous, self-deprecating humor and, for an artist with his singular, significant cachet, a refreshingly disarming lack...
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.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 23, 2013
Just in time for Halloween, Burbank author Herbie Pilato will be signing his latest book, “The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide to Her Magical Performances,” which he called an “encyclopedia” of the entire body of work for the classic TV witch. The book, which includes exclusive interviews with the “Bewitched” star, comes on the heels of Pilato's “Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery,” a biography he wrote about the actress that was published last year.
NEWS
August 6, 2013
The Internet can be a source of information and illumination, but for some it's also a cause for worry, and in some cases, a loss of faith, as one Mormon man discovered. Hans Mattsson, a "solid believer" in his faith, began to have doubts after friends emailed him about websites that contained information about Mormonism that contradicted the church's official history and teachings. Mattsson began looking deeper into the contradictions and discovered evidence of historical anomalies in the Book of Mormon, among other things.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 17, 2013
Burbank's top executive declined to reinstate a former Burbank police officer despite an independent arbitrator's advisory ruling that the former officer should get his job back, records show. Mike Reyes, who joined the Burbank Police Department in 2000 after five years with the Los Angeles Police Department, was fired in June of 2010 after city officials accused him of failing to disclose a use-of-force complaint reported to him by a robbery suspect tied to the 2007 Porto's Bakery robbery, and of subsequently lying to investigators a year and a half later to cover up the alleged misconduct.
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October 4, 2013
Los Angeles County coroner's officials have identified a fourth victim of a fiery single-car crash in Burbank this past weekend. Sugey Cuevas, 19, was among the five who died in the wreck that occurred at about 4:10 a.m. Saturday near the Scott Road off-ramp of the 5 Freeway. It appeared the vehicle was traveling south on San Fernando Boulevard at a high rate of speed when the driver apparently lost control and slammed into a concrete abutment, Burbank police said. PHOTOS: Memorial honoring those who died in crash continues to grow Officers who arrived at the scene  found the sedan ablaze.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | August 28, 2010
A Burbank gun store cited for violating weapon registration laws is closing this month, but new owners hope to relaunch the business. While the current owners of Gun World on Magnolia Boulevard declined to comment, a sheet of paper taped to the door tells the company's side of the story: "Because of the even stricter gun laws which have made operating our businesses next to impossible, Gun World has decided to close its doors. " Its last gun sale was Aug. 21. The sign said the store will stay open to sell accessories through Sept.
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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.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 1, 2013
This post has been corrected. See details below. Beginning this fall, a 30-student kindergarten class at Disney Elementary will spend 80% of their day speaking and learning in Spanish as part of a new dual-language immersion program being launched by the Burbank Unified School District. After more than a year of consideration by educators and repeated requests from parents, the program is kicking off following unanimous approval by the school board. The new program will help meet demand.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | June 25, 2013
The incoming Burbank city manager is slated to become the highest paid public official in the tri-city region, with a nearly $300,000 salary that had been marketed early on in an effort to recruit "top talent. " With a starting salary of $24,166 a month plus a monthly $1,800 relocation allowance for up to 18 months, Mark Scott will make more than the city managers of Glendale and Pasadena, and the mayor of Los Angeles. After the relocation allowance expires, Scott will earn $298,000 annually, according to the contract brokered with the city . Before Scott was hired, the base salary range for the Burbank city manager was $13,994 to $18,402 a month, or $167,928 to $220,824 annually.
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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.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 25, 2014
Burbank city officials approved a 113,760-square-foot office addition to the Nickelodeon Animation Studios lot on Olive Avenue this week, a move company representatives said would help streamline its operations and bring about 450 additional employees to the Media City. Planning Board members voted 4-0 Monday to give developers Accord/BRO Members, LLC the go-ahead to build on a lot next to Nickelodeon's offices, which currently house 300 employees in 120,000 square feet on a 1.5-acre lot. The animation network will then lease all of the units in the new building.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | 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.
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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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