November 27, 2002
Jackson Bell is the business reporter for the Burbank Leader. After spending two hours dazzled by absurdly daring stunts, rattled by big-screen explosions and enamored by the flawlessly beautiful Halle Berry, I thought to myself how completely over the top the new addition to the James Bond franchise is. But then I realized that "over the top" in a Bond movie is as vital as the obligatory "shaken, not stirred" martinis...
May 20, 2009
After watching ?Lovely Day? at the Luna Playhouse in Glendale, the word I must use to summarize the production is ?un-fulfilling.? There seems to be lots of potential that is never realized, leaving many questions unanswered. It?s one of those instances where you want to have a deep discussion with someone about the elements of the performance you just saw, but there are too many things missing to reach any satisfying conclusion. The fault here lies with the author, Leslie Ayvazian, who has set up a situation that?
June 11, 2008
Nearly 90 Bellarmine- Jefferson High School seniors took the first steps on the road to college Saturday during a graduation ceremony marked by teary goodbyes and jubilant send-offs at Forest Lawn’s Hall of Liberty. “Today isn’t just a high school graduation, it’s the epitome of our high school career,” said graduate Maria Hintog, who delivered the ceremonies’ salutatory address in front of 87 fellow graduating seniors and hundreds of parents, relatives and friends.
July 31, 2013
Eileen Brennan, a veteran actress best known for an Oscar-nominated turn in the 1980 comedy "Private Benjamin," one of her many tough-talking, soft-hearted roles, has died. She was 80. Brennan died of bladder cancer Sunday at her home in Burbank, according to her manager, Jessica Moresco. The actress was the epitome of the "gruff but lovable" type, often bringing comedic sparkle to workaday frustrations while playing figures worn weary by their lives but still able to laugh off the worst.
February 7, 2004
Tim Willert John Hench, a longtime Disney artist who designed Space Mountain and painted official portraits of Mickey Mouse, has died. He was 95. Hench died Thursday of heart failure at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center. A resident of Toluca Lake, Hench worked at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale at the time of his death. Hench, whose career at Disney spanned nearly 65 years, was instrumental in the design of Disney theme parks, and was actively involved in the design of Disney's latest theme park in Hong Kong, company officials said.
April 21, 2004
Jackson Bell It hasn't been an easy six months for the organizers of Burbank on Parade. After canceling the parade, then resuming it, and next having to resolve the conflict in date with the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, organizers have finally fixed all the kinks and look forward to starting the show. "[Parade organizers] look at all of it as a small stumbling block, and can't wait for Saturday and to then get started on next year's parade," said Joanne Miller, the parade's spokeswoman.
May 26, 2004
Robert Chacon James Whitney has done his part to help keep the U.S. economy chugging along. For more than 30 years, Whitney has helped small- business owners obtain funding that they might not otherwise receive through a conventional bank loan. By his estimation, he has helped more than 1,000 small businesses obtain $200 million in loans. Now it's his turn for recognition. The Small Business Administration recently honored Whitney with its SBA Champion award.
December 24, 2011
I am one of the so-called “1%” who is opposed to Walmart moving into Burbank. For someone who doesn't even live in Burbank to call our concerns “common-sense-challenged” is incredibly offensive (“Ignore the 1% who hate Walmart,” Dec. 18). I am also bothered by those who say we who oppose Walmart can solve our issue by simply not shopping there. Clearly these people have not been really listening to what we have been saying. First of all, all Burbank residents who shop in the Empire Center, Costco, the businesses along Victory Place or in the Burbank Terrace shopping center will be affected by the increased traffic that will come to an already over-burdened intersection, as will anyone who has to commute through that area, or who enters or exits the Golden State (5)
August 2, 2006
When Michelle Nunes first walked into a Hooters restaurant, she knew she wanted to work there. Now, she's the epitome of a Hooters Girl. Nunes, a 23-year-old Burbank High School graduate, was crowned as Miss Hooters International 2006 in July after being selected from a pool of more than 120 Hooters Girls from around the world. She took home the first-place prize of $50,000 in cash and plans on investing it. She will represent the Florida-based Hooters of America Inc., the franchisor and operator of more than 430 Hooters restaurants.
December 21, 2002
Ryan Carter As Burbank Assistant Police Chief Bob Heins cleaned out his office, he came across relics that illustrate his long career -- a series of nameplates reading "Capt. Heins," "Lt. Heins" and down the line. As he packed, he had second thoughts about leaving a career he carved for 45 years and five months. "I'd rather still be working," he said. "But it's time." On Dec. 30, Heins, 67, will turn in his badge and standard-issue .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun, ending his career as the longest tenured police officer in the city's history.