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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 5, 2013
Malak Hariri, whose first name means "angel" in Arabic, always had a smile on her face, loved ones said. Hundreds of family members and friends gathered in North Hollywood on Friday in memory of the 19-year-old, who was one of the five young people killed in a fiery car crash in Burbank last Saturday. At her funeral service, loved ones remembered her as full of life. "She's our smile maker," said her uncle, Housni Hariri, adding that she was an animal advocate who loved her two cats.
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THE818NOW
October 3, 2013
Coroner's officials on Thursday identified three of the five people killed in a fiery car crash in Burbank early Saturday morning. Among those identified was the car's driver. The three were identified as Stephen Stoll, 23, of Burbank, Malak Hariri, 19, and Sameer Joudeh, 18, of Valley Village, said Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.  Joudeh also goes by last name Nevarez, according to peers. The remaining two victims have been identified by friends as Sebastian Forero and Sugey Cuevas.
THE818NOW
October 3, 2013
A number of local businesses are hosting fundraisers this weekend to raise money for the families of the victims of a fatal car crash in Burbank on Saturday that claimed the lives of five young men and women, and left one injured. Local sports bar The Hollywood Way will be donating 20% of its Saturday night proceeds to the victims' families, according to owner Matt Ferrato. PHOTOS: Memorial honoring five killed in car crash “It kind of hit our place of business kind of hard that day, and affected us through the week,” Ferrato said, adding that a number of his employees had friends whose lives were taken.
THE818NOW
September 30, 2013
Four psychologists were sent to two Burbank high schools Monday morning to counsel students and district officials in the wake of a car crash Saturday morning in which five former students were killed and one was injured , authorities said. The victims - who have not yet been identified by authorities - attended Burbank schools, all having graduated between one and five years ago. Two psychologists were sent to both Burbank  and John Burroughs high schools to offer support and counseling services to students and staff, and assist the school psychologists already stationed at each school, school district officials said.
THE818NOW
September 30, 2013
A roadside memorial had grown on Monday to include hundreds of candles, bouquets of flowers and about a dozen posters covered with photographs and heart-felt notes memorializing the victims of the fatal car crash in Burbank on Saturday. Friends and former classmates gathered in mourning at the scene, where the single-car crash claimed the lives of five young men and women, and left one injured. PHOTOS: Memorial honoring five killed in Burbank car crash While authorities have not confirmed their identities, the five who were killed were identified by friends visiting the memorial as Malak Hariri, Sebastian Forero, Stephen Stoll, Sugey Cuevas and Sameer Nevarez.
NEWS
September 18, 2013
A 51-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday when he reportedly rear-ended a Burbank police car while under the influence of prescription drugs, police said. Police stopped the man - identified as Michael Joanou - just after 1 a.m. Wednesday after he reportedly rear-ended a patrol car on Magnolia Boulevard near Lincoln Street and drove off, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The officer whose vehicle was struck stopped the motorist on the 600 block of Buena Vista Street, where Joanou allegedly admitted to taking prescription medication, Ryburn said.
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By June Casagrande | September 14, 2013
One of the most common questions I get is: Which is correct: X or Y? The X and Y don't matter much. They change from email to email. Sometimes they're accompanied by a Z or even an A, B and C. But the heart of the question - and the assumption it contains - remain the same: In language, the questions suggest, only one form must be correct. All others must be wrong. Sometimes that's true. For example, if you want to compare one person's musical abilities to another person's, you wouldn't say, "Joe is musicaler than Jane.
THE818NOW
September 3, 2013
Remember when engines were measured in cubic inches? Remember when cars had chrome kissers that looked like psycho sharks? And when you flashed your headlights, the gum-popping carhop would come take your order - grudgingly, as if she had better things to do? I do. Or did I just dream all that? Well, this dream sequence lives on at Bob's Big Boy in Burbank, near  Warner Bros.  How to describe this buzzy, retro scene? It goes back forever, or a few years before. On a recent Friday night, Beach Boy Brian Wilson shows up to take in the weekly car show, full of the little deuce coupes he used to write about.
THE818NOW
August 15, 2013
Police arrested five people at Tuesday's car enthusiast “flash mob,” which drew more than 3,000 people - and roughly 1,000 vehicles - to the Empire Center in Burbank. Three were arrested, cited and released for possessing marijuana, and two for engaging in speeding contests, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The vehicles belonging to the pair cited for racing were impounded. Additionally, 74 citations were issued for equipment violations and other infractions, and five parking tickets were issued, Ryburn said.
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