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September 30, 2006
A new survey of American religious beliefs reportedly finds that one out of five Americans believe God favors the United States in worldly affairs. Among those Americans, the Baylor University study also reportedly found that more Republicans ? four times as many ? than Democrats believe God favors the U.S. What do you think? It is always a dangerous prospect (not to mention idolatrous) to think that God favors "us" over "them." The Hebrew prophets of old were aware of this danger, and they urged their listeners not to assume any specialness simply because God had chosen Israel.
NEWS
October 31, 2013
Re: “Fifth columnists undermine the republic,” Mailbag, Oct. 30. Emzy Veazy's letter implying that a previous letter writer, Alfred Aboulsaad ( “Republican response to ACA is offensive,” Mailbag, Oct. 26 ) is anti-American and akin to a subversive for defending the positions taken by Democrats is pretty outrageous and scary. For Mr. Veazy's information, we have something called freedom of speech in this country and he should read our Constitution and try to understand what it actually means and that it applies to all Americans.
NEWS
October 29, 2013
Re: “Republican response to ACA is offensive,” Mailbag, Oct. 26. I see in Alfred Aboulsaad's letter that he is offended by sensible, real, American-born socialization processes, home-grown patriotism and proud nativism which are far less tainted by foreign influences. One cannot tell Americans what is American in our own land. The Grand Old Party (GOP) dominated the states of the union in our U.S. House of Representatives and does reflect and amplify our less tainted American Puritanical thinking, behavior, motivations and way of living our lives.
NEWS
April 19, 2003
Regarding your readers' response (April 5-6 edition from Eva and Derek Shelton) to the photograph of the student holding the "Let's Bomb Texas ... They Have Oil Too!" poster in front of City Hall. Your readers have misconstrued the protester's meaning and have implied some troubling things about the very freedoms that our servicemen are purportedly fighting and dying for. The student is in no way negating the importance of Texas, its people or its servicemen, as your readers suggest.
LOCAL
By James Arone | August 19, 2009
“Emotions shouldn’t come first,” so we are told by editors at the Burbank Leader in their so-titled Aug. 15 editorial. Pardon my chuckle. After all, as many conservatives know, when it comes to those on the left, it’s all about emotion. The editors would prefer adult conversation on the merits of President Obama’s health-care plan. Sounds good to me. I’m all for civility in the course of the discussion. The public interest in these town hall meetings is unprecedented.
NEWS
September 11, 2002
Sept. 11, 2001. The first reaction I observed among the members of this Fire Department was shock and horror at what occurred that morning. In the hours and days that have followed, the firefighters have had very similar reactions to those of all Americans. An immediate and lasting impact of the attacks on our nation and people has been a strengthening of significant bonds. These bonds include faith, family, fire and police service family, community, and national patriotism.
NEWS
November 23, 2002
Homeless need blankets, tents Winter is almost here, and the weather is starting to get wet and cold. At this time of year, at night in Southern California, temperatures can drop into the 40s and sometimes even the 30s. Most of us do not think about it often, how a normal American family can end up cold and living on the street. After just a little bad luck or a simple twist of fate, for no failing or fault of their own, almost anyone can become homeless.
NEWS
June 26, 2002
"We are fighting for the dignity and happiness of human nature. Glorious it is for Americans to be called by Providence to this post of honor." So spoke Benjamin Franklin to the French Court in the early stages of a young country's struggle for freedom. Franklin made it clear on many occasions: Happiness came with a high price, and the biggest payment was a truthful and virtuous life! If he were with us today, what would he think? The greeting card is not a happy one this Fourth of July, and the Founding Fathers' "pursuit of happiness" has become twisted with greed, indifference, incompetence and self-indulgence.
NEWS
November 17, 2007
D.C. group honors local commissioner Glendale resident Grace Llana-Walker, board member of the Filipino American Kiwanis of Glendale and member of the city’s Commission on the Status of Women, was named one of the 100 most influential Filipina women in the U.S. last month by the Filipina Women’s Network in Washington, D.C. Llana-Walker was honored in a category called Policymakers and Visionaries for her advocacy on behalf...
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By Jonny Whiteside | May 2, 2014
Whether it's rock 'n' roll, pop, R&B or jazz, the tenor saxophone has played an absolutely critical role in the advancement of vernacular American music. The contributions of such long-gone players as Lester Young, John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins still echo through contemporary recordings, and come Sunday, two of the most important sax survivors will blow the roof off Burbank's Joe's Great American Bar. The occasion, an 87th birthday celebration for Los Angeles R&B spearhead Big Jay McNeely, who will perform a set of his incendiary honking sax classics, also features an appearance by the New Orleans-bred master Plas Johnson, the prolific, cherished saxist best known for his unforgettable soloing on Henry Mancini's “The Pink Panther Theme.” McNeely and Johnson make for a highly significant pairing, one that brings together two musicians with oddly similar backgrounds and very divergent career paths.
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By Craig Rosen | February 17, 2014
For every Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, there are dozens of "American Idol" contestants who have yet to find stardom, but haven't given up on their rock 'n' roll dreams. Burbank resident Mary Powers is one of them. Until recently the 28-year-old single mother fronted not one, but two different rock bands. But being in two bands can also mean twice the drama. On a recent Sunday night, as the Recording Academy was lauding their favorites at the Grammy Awards at Staples Center, Powers and her band Death on the Radio were sweating it out at AMP Rehearsal studios in North Hollywood.
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By Jonny Whiteside | January 20, 2014
If you dig Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn, you're going to hate Little Victor, an untamed maverick whose raw, primitive sounds are the utter antithesis of the contemporary blues model. The offbeat singer-guitarist, who appears at Burbank's Joe's Great American and Viva Cantina this week, eschews the genre's prevalent trend for streamlined six-string virtuosity in favor of wild shouting, stabbing guitar and heavy, almost hypnotic, rhythmic repetition. It's very rough stuff, but is deeply rooted in blues tradition, and in Little Victor's case, was learned firsthand at the side of such hallowed blues masters as Louisiana Red and Hubert Sumlin.
NEWS
By Jonny Whiteside | January 13, 2014
Singer Brian Hogan is an old-school showman, an entertainer who blends hard-charging retro rock 'n' roll with broad theatrical flair. The Burbank native, who appears at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill on Wednesday, has developed a striking physical presentation, brandishing his guitar like a tribal standard and frequently leaving the stage, mid-song, to infiltrate and engage the crowd with a fast-paced series of unusual face-to-face exchanges....
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | November 29, 2013
The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level. Western Nelson (Burroughs High, 2009) senior, Cal State San Marcos, men's cross-country : The former Burbank Leader Male Athlete of the Year selection ended his career with the Cougars by earning his fourth All-American honor. Cal State San Marcos wrapped up a successful campaign Nov. 23 with a 13th place finish at the National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championships in Lawrence, Kan. The Cougars finished with 329 points - the same as Morningside (Iowa)
NEWS
October 31, 2013
Re: “Fifth columnists undermine the republic,” Mailbag, Oct. 30. Emzy Veazy's letter implying that a previous letter writer, Alfred Aboulsaad ( “Republican response to ACA is offensive,” Mailbag, Oct. 26 ) is anti-American and akin to a subversive for defending the positions taken by Democrats is pretty outrageous and scary. For Mr. Veazy's information, we have something called freedom of speech in this country and he should read our Constitution and try to understand what it actually means and that it applies to all Americans.
NEWS
October 29, 2013
Re: “Republican response to ACA is offensive,” Mailbag, Oct. 26. I see in Alfred Aboulsaad's letter that he is offended by sensible, real, American-born socialization processes, home-grown patriotism and proud nativism which are far less tainted by foreign influences. One cannot tell Americans what is American in our own land. The Grand Old Party (GOP) dominated the states of the union in our U.S. House of Representatives and does reflect and amplify our less tainted American Puritanical thinking, behavior, motivations and way of living our lives.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lisa Dupuy | October 7, 2013
I love L.A. You can get food from all corners of the world here. Take, for example, the two-mile stretch of Burbank Boulevard in Burbank. Here you can find two Mexican restaurants, an Italian deli, a sushi place, an American sports bar, a Cuban eatery, a British pub, a wine enoteca, Swedish meatballs and now, a Colombian restaurant. We recognized Mi Latin Kitchen by the Colombian flags on the side of the building. Charming outdoor tables caught our attention but the traffic noise pushed us inside.
THE818NOW
June 26, 2013
Late last year, after the U.S. Supreme Court decided to take up the Proposition 8 case, Paul Katami of Burbank - one of the lead plaintiffs - expressed what he hoped would happen at its end. “We hope that history has taught us one thing: that the courts are there to protect us.” In a way, they were. In what experts are already calling a puzzling majority decision, the Supreme Court, in a procedural ruling, turned away the defenders of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that limited marriage to the union of a man and a woman.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | October 1, 2012
Parking revenues and passenger figures at Bob Hope Airport continued to sink in August, each coming in more than 7% lower than a year ago, according to the latest report. Parking revenues slid roughly 8.2% in August compared to the same period last year, according to statistics released to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority on Monday. The drop came after declines of 10.7% in July, 7.3% in June and 8.7% in May. The airfield also reported $1.5 million in revenues from parking fees in August, compared to $1.6 million last year.
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