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The818now | 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 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.
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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
By Christopher Cadelago | June 12, 2010
CITY HALL — The large tree limb came crashing down in August, about 10 minutes after Marina Manukian pulled her Infiniti G35 into a curbside parking space across the street from her Andover Drive home. Manukian, who last year spent months trying to recoup more than $3,500 in damage, claimed that the tree was unhealthy, but municipal laws barred her from taking a saw or trimmer to the city-owned tree. That's expected to change next month, after the City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance permitting residents, in consultation with forestry services and a trained arborist, to remove portions of trees in public areas and right-of-ways.
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | January 3, 2012
He was a scoring frenzy, a one-man tour de force who raised the level of those around him, ignited the sporting spirit of a campus long absent of much to get excited about and made literal and figurative waves by lifting a historically struggling program to CIF prominence while leaving his statistical signature upon state chronicle. A 6-foot, 185-pound muscled phenom with a lighting bolt for a right arm, he took a lightly regarded program and put it on the map. Along the way of four seasons of scoring parades and CIF triumph, Hoover High senior Hakop Kaplanyan provided record-breaking revelry, clutch histrionics and left a school and an area as a three-time All-Area Boys' Water Polo Player of the Year, as voted for the third consecutive time by the sports editors and writers of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, La Cañada Valley Sun and Pasadena Sun. "We were happy to have him here all four years and he made everybody around him good," says Jack Van Patten, Hoover's athletic director.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 26, 2011
The two cement steps leading to Mary Jane Cannon's front door in the 1300 block of Fairview Avenue are no more than 18 inches high. With her folding aluminum ramp - she has been in a wheelchair since a car accident at the age of 16 - it was easy access. But in December, Cannon returned from her job at Carmax to find the ramp missing. “When I came home, it literally looked like a grave because where the ramp was the grass hadn't grown,” Cannon said. She determined the ramp had been stolen between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. on a Monday.
COMMUNITY
By Isabel Adams | July 2, 2012
Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis The 15 th Annual Mayors' Cup Golf Tournament hosted by the Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis was held on April 27 and it went very well.  Former and current city of Burbank Mayors and all their golf playing friends, as well as our high school players, participate every year in this great fundraising event. Among the Mayors present were current (at the time of the tournament) Mayor Jess Talamantes , as well as former Mayors Todd Campbell , Mary Lou Howard , Dave Golonski , Marsha Ramos , Gary Bric , and Vince Stefano . The first place winners in “A Flight” were:  Michael Cusumano , Bret Mersola , Mike Rigo and Steve Dickson .  First place winners “for B Flight”:  Gary Bric , Ken Spencer , John Bryan and Ron Jancula . The first place High School winners were:  Andy Chung and Bryan Dunayer of Burbank High School, partnered with Kelsy Danzeisen and Sivakorn Losakul of John Burroughs High School.
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
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.
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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 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.
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June 24, 2000
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