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By Jeff Tully | December 29, 2009
Throughout the past year, the local community experienced its share of important, interesting and tragic sports stories. Some of the stories touched us, some informed us and others just entertained us. Although many of the stories deserve recognition, a select few stood out among the others. Chosen by the Leader, here is a list of the top 10 stories of 2009.   1 Bell-Jeff girls’ basketball team wins stats, CIF titles Bell-Jeff girls’ basketball team wins stats, CIF titles : In March, Bellarmine-Jefferson High defeated Pinewood, 55-47, in the CIF State Basketball Division V Championships at Arco Arena in Sacramento.
By Joyce Rudolph | December 26, 2009
Washington Elementary School?s lunch shelter was bustling Dec. 19 as the Burbank Coordinating Council organized the delivery of food and gift donations to the needy. At the heart of the Holiday Baskets program was council President Janet Diel fielding questions and ensuring that volunteers processed the address cards correctly and were on their way delivering the donations. The lunch tables were laden with boxes covered with Christmas wrap and popping with colorful toys and nonperishable items.
By Michael J. Arvizu | October 21, 2009
After seven years, GameLAN?d, at 401 S. Glenoaks Blvd. in Burbank, is finally open. Daniel and Joanna Moss have created a gaming center they feel is welcoming to kids and their families. But the road hasn?t been easy. The Mosses have spent the last two years wrangling with Burbank on everything from bike racks and surveillance requirements to whether the business should be called an ?arcade? or ?gaming center.? Daniel Moss called the process ?fitting a square peg into a round hole.
By Zain Shauk | October 2, 2009
GLENDALE — Democratic Assemblyman Paul Krekorian’s showing in Tuesday’s special election for Los Angeles City Council District 2 will decide more than just a seat on the dais. No matter how the final results come down, experts said Krekorian’s gamble will either pay political dividends or invoke voter ire when his Assembly term ends in 2010. “If I lived outside of [Los Angeles], in Burbank or Glendale, and my representative wanted to be on the L.A. City Council, then I would question whether he cares that much about my interests,” said Martin Saiz, professor and chairman of the political science department at Cal State Northridge.
By Zain Shauk | October 2, 2009
Demand for meals at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has surged 34% from a year ago, with 1 million pounds of food now being funneled to more than 900 agencies each week, administrators said Wednesday. That’s equivalent to 750,000 meals a week as local nonprofits continue to lean on the regional food bank for help in meeting the demands of their clients, said Michael Flood, president and chief executive of the agency. Local food pantries are struggling to keep up as well, with demand nearly outstripping available supplies, administrators reported Wednesday.
By Christopher Cadelago | October 1, 2009
Servicemen separated by borders, father and son hang side-by-side downtown, celebrated for their service in what has become Burbank’s official salute. As part of the Military Service Recognition Program — city-sponsored street banners and proclamations declaring active servicemen “Hometown Heroes” — Air Force Master Sgt. David Bigbee was joined this week by his son, Navy Seaman Apprentice Joshua Bigbee. “It means so much to me,” said David Bigbee, 45, who in nearly 25 years has bounced from Texas to Illinois to Kansas to Montana and North Dakota.
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