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By JUNE CASAGRANDE | September 6, 2006
I got an e-mail recently from a man named Bob in Pennsylvania. But before I share it with you, I need to make a request. Let's go easy on Bob. It was tough enough for him to admit how his question arose — from reading John Grisham novels — but the answer, as you'll see, was also hard to swallow. Bob wrote: "A few years ago, I began to notice that at some point in nearly every one of his novels, John Grisham uses the phrase 'beck and call,' as in, for example, 'She was at his beck and call.
By Matt Bellner | October 11, 2008
Atheists and agnostics, your prayers are answered with the release of ?Religulous,? a comedy disguised as a documentary and hosted by your spiritual leader, Bill Maher. This low-budget new release is offensive, insightful and controversial. It?s also the funniest movie I?ve ever seen on the polarizing subject of religion. Larry Charles, the director of ?Borat,? is back with a vengeance, and this time the high priest of comedy is making fun of Christians, Jews, Muslims and anybody else stupid enough to be interviewed by his guerrilla filmmaking crew as they go on a comedy pilgrimage across the globe visiting holy sites and sacred areas.
April 12, 2000
Irma Lemus NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Identifying problems and solutions in a make-believe scenario has qualified Luther Burbank Middle School students for a state competition in the Future Problem Solving Program. The Luther team, made up of five sixth graders, will compete against 12 other middle schools from around the state April 29 in Davis. The team qualified last month after finding solutions to questions posed by the the imagined sport of "water hockey."
January 26, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- It has been 15 years since an off-duty police officer was killed in the city, but Burbank Police aren't giving up on the unsolved case. Thursday marked the 15th anniversary of the shooting death of Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy and longtime Burbank resident Charles Anderson. Shortly after midnight on Jan. 24, 1987, the 35-year-old father was killed as he put his son to bed in their home in the 1700 block of West Oak Street.
By By Lauren Hilgers | October 19, 2005
Olivia Garcia, who lost her son to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, wants to know why it happened.For Burbank resident Olivia Garcia, whose son Lorenzo's death a year ago was attributed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the lack of answers is infuriating. "This is not acceptable," Garcia said. "It's not a disease; you can't catch it; they don't think it's genetic. When they say 'SIDS', they're basically saying they don't know what happened." Medical professionals have no explanation for the syndrome, which claims the lives of 2,000 American infants annually.
March 16, 2002
Maya Kukes BURBANK -- Following Burbank Unified School District Supt. David Aponik's request for a leave of absence starting Monday, school officials continued to refuse to comment on the status and reason for his absence. "Right now we don't know anything more than we knew on Tuesday," School Board President Elena Hubbell said Thursday. "It's a leave of absence. No one put him on a leave." Aponik's leave came a month after the district's announcement that because of errors made by a previous fiscal management team, $1.3 million in special-education expenses had not been budgeted for the coming school year.
July 16, 2003
Tim Willert Former Burbank Unified Supt. David Aponik has started working for the Fillmore Unified School District, though he apparently hasn't bothered to let his former bosses know he has a new job. Fillmore Supt. Mario Contini confirmed Tuesday that Aponik, a school psychologist for BUSD, started working July 8 as director of personnel and risk management for the 4,000-student district in Ventura County. "He has superior qualifications, and he answered the interview questions very well," Contini said.
March 6, 2002
Maya Kukes RANCHO DISTRICT -- A standing-room-only crowd packed the board room at the Burbank Unified School District office, where attendees sounded off on proposed school budget cuts. At issue during the special meeting Monday night were cuts to a number of programs including guidance counseling, health and psychological services. As the result of errors made by the district's previous fiscal management team, along with state budget cuts and increased expenses, the district announced last week that it would have to reduce its expenditures for the 2002-03 school year by approximately $1.9 million.
December 15, 2004
Jacqui Brown When a local eldercare company owner decided to bring a little holiday cheer to some area seniors needed, he never expected such an outpouring of support from the community. "I couldn't believe how it took off, it just kind of exploded," said Gary Reid, owner of Home Instead Senior Care, who spearheaded the "Be a Santa to a Senior" project. During the Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas trees were placed at Sav-on Drugs and Kmart in Burbank.
February 19, 2005
Rima Shah Planning one's funeral can be as confusing to some as dying is certain. "Saying Goodbye Your Way," a new book by Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks and Mortuaries President and Chief Executive John Llewellyn, helps to answer some of the questions about planning for one's last event on earth. "It seemed to me that the books written about funerals seem to concentrate on saving money," Llewellyn said. His book encourages people to preplan for one's final goodbyes by exploring different options for ceremonies and funeral plans that reflect their lifestyles and budgets.
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