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News | March 21, 2014
How do you come to terms with such a massive sellout by Burbank City Council on Tuesday, March 11? I, myself, was heart broken by it. The IKEA public hearing was a farce. We were led to believe that our concerns would be considered, and mitigating conditions would be imposed, then found out that everything had already been decided. The huge impacts of worsened air quality and climate change in a high-risk neighborhood were simply ignored. They did not address their constituent who lives across the street and begged them not to permit it due to the increased pollution.
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 10, 2014
BURBANK - Thus far in the Pacific League season, the Burbank High softball team, seen as the favorite by most to repeat as league champion, has run roughshod over some overmatched competition. PHOTOS: Burbank vs. Crescenta Valley girls' league softball On Thursday afternoon, the Bulldogs faced their most arduous opposition yet, but behind a stellar effort in the circle from junior pitcher Caitlyn Brooks and some early offense, Burbank still looked impressive in a 3-0 win over Crescenta Valley at McCambridge Park.
THE818NOW
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.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 10, 2014
A 40-year-old Burbank man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly waving a knife, while drunk, outside Domino's Pizza in Burbank after an employee told him the store was closed, police said. Mohammed Bashir reportedly tried to get into the pizza shop at 12:30 a.m., but the employee turned him away because the store was closed, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The store employee, while closing, approached the door four times before Bashir allegedly pulled out a knife and yelled something unintelligible.
THE818NOW
April 16, 2014
Burbank City Manager Mark Scott came out of a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday with the “unanimous support” of the City Council, the mayor said. After the discussion in closed session, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy Tuesday announced the City Council's full support for Burbank's top executive. “We had, I thought, a very frank discussion and a good give-and-take, and it was the conclusion of that meeting to give our unanimous support to the city manager,” Gabel-Luddy said.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | April 15, 2014
At the gala opening of her show at the Creative Arts Center Gallery , artist Thora Moeller stops a moment to allow her public a quick photo of her with her latest - and possibly most complex - creation. The paper collage may provide commentary on the effects of corporate greed: A green hand is outstretched on the eggshell canvas reaching toward blood-red hearts just outside the reach of its fingertips - clearly demonstrating the love and affection of one's peers that remains ever elusive to those who seek money and fortune for their own ends.
NEWS
September 22, 2004
JOYCE RUDOLPH Many of us who grew up in Burbank remember spending the summers swimming at the Pickwick pool. In an effort to preserve memories for their family's posterity, current owners Carole and Ed Stavert are on a quest to find photographs and information on Pickwick's past, prior to when their family purchased the facility in 1953. The family changed the name to Pickwick Gardens three or four years ago from Pickwick Recreation Center. When the Stavert family purchased it, it was called the Pickwick Swim Park.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
ARCADIA - Burbank High track and field Coach Darin Wolf surmised that his boys' team would have to have a lot go its way if it hoped to upset perennial Pacific League champion Arcadia in a league dual meet Wednesday with Pasadena. Instead, the Bulldogs suffered their share of woes. In the first event of the meet, the 4x100-meter relay, Josh Cantong pulled up injured in the race and the Bulldogs didn't finish. Cantong, who was also slated to compete in the 200, 400 and the 4x400 relay, was done for the day. "That was a loss of potentially 20 points right there," Wolf said.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 17, 2013
Alcohol, drugs and a high rate of speed appear to have been factors in a fiery car wreck in September that claimed the lives of five young people and left one severely injured , records show. The driver of the Nissan Altima involved in the single-car crash, Stephen Stoll, 23, had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, according to toxicology reports released Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office . Stoll also reportedly had marijuana in his system.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 24, 2014
A 27-year-old Burbank man was found guilty Monday afternoon of fatally stabbing his on-and-off girlfriend 19 times in her neck at a park. A jury in a Van Nuys courtroom found Stephen Joanou Jr. guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Patrina “Trina” Sabella, who was found dead on March 20, 2012. They also found true that he personally used a weapon to kill Sabella. Jurors began deliberating on Friday after hearing testimony and evidence in the case. Sabella, 32, was discovered in the early morning hours lying in a pool of her blood behind a shed in South Weddington Park in the 10600 block of Valleyheart Drive in Studio City.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 10, 2014
A 25-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested after a series of incidents in which he allegedly robbed, burglarized and attempted to rob a CVS Pharmacy in Burbank, police said. Thomas Taylor allegedly entered the pharmacy - located at 511 N. Hollywood Way - on Saturday evening and demanded Xanax while flashing a knife in his waistband, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The following morning, Taylor allegedly entered the same pharmacy, again demanding Xanax. When the pharmacist moved toward the phone, Taylor reportedly jumped over the counter, at which point the pharmacist - fearing for her safety - led him to a shelf storing the medication, he said.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
Jurors on Friday began deliberating the fate of a 27-year-old Burbank man accused of fatally stabbing his on-and-off girlfriend 19 times in her neck. DNA traces on coffee cups and underneath the victim's fingernails, a series of text messages and missing sweatshirt and cellphone are some of the evidence that prosecutor Sharon Ransom said indicates Stephen Joanou Jr. killed Patrina “Trina” Sabella. “All the evidence points to one person - Stephen Joanou,” she told jurors during her closing arguments in a Van Nuys courtroom.
NEWS
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.
THE818NOW
December 31, 2013
The New Year brings a time of reflection and hope. The Media City has plenty to look forward to in 2014, though the calendar seems packed with development. The airport is planning to open its transportation center, two hotels are slated to break ground, and work on the new IKEA property is likely to begin later in the year. And, of course, Walmart foes are lauding the stalled development of the store in the Empire Center. In other areas, Burbank is bracing for the loss of the “Tonight Show,” Burbank educators are getting ready for Common Core, and the school libraries will be staffed - by district employees.
THE818NOW
By David Colker, Los Angeles Times and By David Colker, Los Angeles Times | April 15, 2014
Talking toys have been around since at least 1960, when pull-the-string Chatty Cathy debuted. But Teddy Ruxpin, a cuddly teddy bear that hit stores in late 1985, marked a technological leap forward. Created by then-Granada Hills resident Ken Forsse, the talking Teddy moved his mouth in sync, making him seem much more lifelike. The effect was both delightful and a bit creepy, and kids loved him. "1986 and 1987 were insane; you could hardly find Teddy Ruxpin in stores, it was so popular," said toy expert Jim Silver.
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