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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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By Zain Shauk | 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.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | October 29, 2012
More than 175 employees at entertainment-related companies in Burbank likely will be laid off starting in December, many as a result of outsourcing custodial services, studio representatives said. Sixty-seven workers at Walt Disney Studios - mostly janitors, along with a few floor waxers - were given notices that will go into effect by Dec. 1, according to the California Employment Development Department. The company decided to contract out janitorial services on its studio lot, representatives said.
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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.
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By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | August 9, 2011
With the 20-year period for replacing all-wood-shingle roofs with less fire-prone material nearing its Aug. 14, 2012, deadline, 128 homes have yet to make the transition. The drumbeat to shore up the last of the holdouts is expected to get louder as the deadline looms, with fire officials espousing the benefits of replacing the roofs. “Wood shingles are a pile of kindling on your roof,” said former Burbank Fire spokesman Ron Bell. “It was a great material back in the day, but it's past its time.” But with households still struggling under the weight of the protracted recession, some on the City Council may opt to extend the deadline further for a project that could run well past $10,000.
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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 Tim Traeger | February 18, 2014
Burbank is getting an outdoor flea market. The “Burbank Junk Trunk Flea Market” is scheduled to premiere from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 8 in the John Muir Middle School parking lot, 1111 N. Kenneth Road. Wares for sale will include antiques, collectibles, toys, clothing, jewelry, food and “one-of-a-kind” items, according to event organizers David and Meggan Alexander. If successful, the market would continue on the second Saturday of every month through September, Meggan Alexander said.
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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.
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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.
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March 20, 2014
Christopher Wilke, the 12-year-old Burbank resident who was fighting a rare form of cancer , died Thursday at 9:33 a.m. "He passed peacefully this morning, he wasn't in any pain," said his father, Joe Wilke. "He was resting comfortably and surrounded by his family. " Christopher was diagnosed in early January.  He was the first patient on record at Children's Hospital Los Angeles - and among the youngest patients ever - to be diagnosed with a pure cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile duct, according to Dr. Hung Tran, the hospital's pediatric oncologist and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at USC's Keck School of Medicine.
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