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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 1, 2014
The Burbank City Council next week is slated to consider imposing terms of employment on the Burbank city attorneys union after a year of unsuccessful labor negotiations. Negotiations between the city and the Burbank City Attorneys Assn. - which is comprised of 10 attorneys and a paralegal - reached a stalemate last summer after the two groups failed to agree on 30 issues, the most contentious being salaries and pension plans . The council will consider imposing the city's last and final offer on the group, which includes a 3% raise in exchange for the union members paying their full employee pension contribution, or 8% of their salaries.
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April 1, 2014
The Burbank City Council on Tuesday honored the Burbank couple who saved - with a box-spring and some quick thinking - the three-year-old boy who plunged out of a third-story window in Burbank last month. On the afternoon of Sunday, March 16, Jennifer and Konrad Lightner were moving out of their Burbank apartment to have it remodeled. They'd just returned home from their first trip to the storage unit, where they unloaded a full U-Haul truck worth of belongings. In fact, they'd actually gotten stuck in the elevator and had to call the Burbank Fire Department to get them out. But that wasn't the last time Burbank firefighters would be hearing from the Lightners that afternoon.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 31, 2014
A Burbank deli sold a winning Mega Millions ticket for Friday's drawing that's worth $344,779. Burbank Deli & Market, located at 1414 W. Alameda Ave., sold the winning ticket, which had five numbers, minus the Mega number, according to the California Lottery website. It's the deli's first winning ticket since its owner, Jaffer Khimani, bought the store eight years ago. When reached by the phone on Monday, Khimani said the announcement was good exposure for his business. “I do see some new people stopping by,” he said, adding that he found out about the winning ticket through a customer.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 28, 2014
Burbank resident Jennifer Smith works three jobs and, for the most part, tried to pinch pennies as much as she could. And for that, her credit was nearly flawless. At least that was the case until several weeks ago, when an alleged thief opened numerous credit card accounts in Smith's name and went on a lavish shopping spree, spending more than $14,000 in a matter of days, bouncing from store to store in Glendale and Burbank. While the woman racked up the charges, Smith could be facing crumbling credit.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 28, 2014
A group of children gathered at the Verdugo Log Cabin in Burbank on Thursday for the first day of a two-month course in which they'll learn to build mini- robots, which eventually can function as an elevator, catapult or ski lift - all using Legos. The robotics course is just one of many spring classes that kicked off this week and are offered through the city's park, recreation and community services department. “It's a very popular class,” said Burbank recreation supervisor Christine Rumfola.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 26, 2014
A jiu jitsu instructor was reportedly tackled at his Burbank studio on Monday, and police are seeking leads. At 5:30 p.m., a man - described by police as Hispanic, 5 feet 8, 180 pounds and wearing a dark sweatshirt - entered the Force Balance Brazilian Jiu Jitsu studio expressing interest in taking a class, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The instructor, a 39-year-old man, finished up his class and went to grab some pamphlets in the lobby when the man tackled him from behind, Ryburn said.
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By Sameea Kamal, sameea.kamal@latimes.com | March 25, 2014
Services for Christopher Wilke, the 12-year-old Burbank resident who died last week after battling a rare form of cancer , will be held on Thursday and Friday. A rosary and vigil will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, and a funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, both at the St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Burbank. Christopher's father, Joe Wilke, said he passed away peacefully last Thursday . “He wasn't in any pain,” he said. “He was resting comfortably and surrounded by his family.” Diagnosed in early January, Christopher 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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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 25, 2014
Burbank city officials approved a 113,760-square-foot office addition to the Nickelodeon Animation Studios lot on Olive Avenue this week, a move company representatives said would help streamline its operations and bring about 450 additional employees to the Media City. Planning Board members voted 4-0 Monday to give developers Accord/BRO Members, LLC the go-ahead to build on a lot next to Nickelodeon's offices, which currently house 300 employees in 120,000 square feet on a 1.5-acre lot. The animation network will then lease all of the units in the new building.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 22, 2014
Burbank school officials are considering expanding the online classes offered to students, following a period of a few years when the district offered several online courses for students seeking to recover credits. The school district began offering online classes to students about two years ago, so they could recover credits in core subjects such as English, math and social studies. By this fall, the district could offer credit classes to high school students in art appreciation, creative writing, geography/world cultures and media literacy, school officials said.
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March 22, 2014
Los Angeles County health officials confirmed Friday that cases of flea-borne Typhus have been found in Burbank and Downey.  In a statement, the president of the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles urged pet owners to do what they can to minimize risk of infection of the infectious, flu-like disease.  "To pet owners, I urge you to keep your pets inside, and make sure they are current on flea treatment," said Madeline Bernstein....
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