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By Joyce Rudolph | December 20, 2006
The Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration is not your average concert. The six-hour musical spectacular will feature 45 musical groups representing a wide range of ethnic groups that make up Los Angeles County. Burbank and La Crescenta-based groups are among those that will represent the county, said Laura Zucker, executive director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission who is also executive producer. Others will come from all over, from the Antelope Valley to Long Beach and from Santa Monica to Riverside to join the performance on the stage of Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center.
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By Christopher Cadelago | June 27, 2009
BURBANK — Burbank police officers on Wednesday arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with the Nov. 29 death of his father, Timothy Loock, assistant football coach at Burbank High School. Noah Loock faces one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and was released from custody on $25,000 bond. He is due back in Pasadena Superior Court on July 16, authorities said. The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Nov. 29, when police responded to a fight at the family home on the 1800 block of North Avon Street.
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January 29, 2000
Robert Blechl LOS ANGELES -- Applications are being accepted for summer internships with the L.A. County Arts Commission. The 155 full-time, paid internships are for undergraduate college students. Internships run from May 30 to Sept. 1. The internships are designed to foster an appreciation of the arts and to strengthen students' administrative and managerial skills. Numerous nonprofit performing and literary arts organizations participate in the program.
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April 29, 2013
Hollywood's jobs picture has brightened considerably over the last two months. The film, television and music industries in Los Angeles County generated 131,600 jobs in March, up 7.9% from February and 12.6% from the same month a year ago, according to the latest state employment data compiled by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. The figures -- which do not count those who work as freelancers or independent contractors -- show a marked turnaround from January, when employment in the motion picture and sound recording sector plunged to just 106,500 jobs, the lowest level since January 2001.
NEWS
May 22, 2002
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- Local unemployment rates followed a regional trend of stability for April, neither rising nor falling from numbers estimated in March. Los Angeles County's unemployment rate sustained at 6.5%, with Burbank at 4.5% and Glendale at 6.1%. "Normally, employment tends to start expanding after the beginning of the year if we're in a better economic time," said Bill Freed, labor market specialist for California's Employment Development Department.
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By Christopher Cadelago | July 3, 2009
BURBANK — A North Hollywood pain management doctor awaiting a two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to writing illegal prescriptions was found dead last weekend in his Burbank home, police said. Dr. Bernard Bass, 62, was discovered dead at 5:28 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of East Andover Drive, Burbank Police Sgt. Thor Merich said. The case is being investigated, but police said they do not suspect foul play. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office Thursday confirmed Bass’ body was requested from the funeral home for an examination, toxicology analysis and autopsy, the results of which are expected in four to six weeks.
NEWS
April 18, 2001
Gary Moskowitz LOS ANGELES -- Today's future scientists and problem solvers from local middle and high schools will meet Thursday at the Los Angeles County Science Fair to demonstrate their brave new concepts for simple things like green beans, parachutes, diapers and milk. The theme of the science fair, "Today's Young Scientists, Tomorrow's Heroes," will be discussed in the keynote address at the awards ceremony for the 51st Annual Los Angeles County Science Fair at the downtown Los Angeles Convention Center.
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December 14, 2002
Ryan Carter The Burbank Fire Department hazardous materials team doesn't just clean up messes in the city -- this week, members were sent to assist in a street chemical incident near Santa Clarita. The call Tuesday ended up being canceled, but if Los Angeles County firefighters such as the ones in the Santa Clarita area need Hazmat aid again, Burbank would assist because of a recent agreement. Burbank and Los Angeles County officials agreed on a mutual-aid deal that would send local Hazmat teams to county incidents mostly in the west Valley if county Hazmat crews can't get there soon enough.
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By Veronica Rocha | November 21, 2009
LOS ANGELES ? Religious hate crimes, including a tagging incident at Glendale?s St. Peter Armenian Church, increased last year throughout Los Angeles County, according to a county report released Thursday. Religion was the basis for the third-largest group of hate crimes reported in Los Angeles County in 2008, according to the county?s Commission on Human Relations annual report. Hate crimes based on a person?s race or sexual orientation made up the largest and second-largest groups, respectively.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 10, 2014
A 25-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested after a series of incidents in which he allegedly robbed, burglarized and attempted to rob a CVS Pharmacy in Burbank, police said. Thomas Taylor allegedly entered the pharmacy - located at 511 N. Hollywood Way - on Saturday evening and demanded Xanax while flashing a knife in his waistband, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The following morning, Taylor allegedly entered the same pharmacy, again demanding Xanax. When the pharmacist moved toward the phone, Taylor reportedly jumped over the counter, at which point the pharmacist - fearing for her safety - led him to a shelf storing the medication, he said.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 3, 2013
Officials have warned residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites after dozens of dead birds and mosquito samples -- including three reported in Burbank -- tested positive for West Nile virus in Los Angeles County last month, authorities said. A dead bird and two mosquito samples collected locally tested positive for the virus, adding to the more than 260 positive mosquito samples and 63 dead birds reported in the district which includes Burbank and Glendale this year, according to the Los Angeles County Vector Control District.
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By Adam Schiff | June 7, 2013
As firefighters struggle to contain the Powerhouse fire that is raging between Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley, we are reminded of the terrible devastation that fire, wind and dry fuel can bring. We are also seeing the tremendous utility of night flying aircraft that can continue the fight when temperatures drop, attack hot spots that threaten containment efforts, or help develop tactical plans for morning. And for the first time in decades, the U.S. Forest Service has a night flying helicopter of its own ready and equipped to aid the fight.
THE818NOW
April 29, 2013
Hollywood's jobs picture has brightened considerably over the last two months. The film, television and music industries in Los Angeles County generated 131,600 jobs in March, up 7.9% from February and 12.6% from the same month a year ago, according to the latest state employment data compiled by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. The figures -- which do not count those who work as freelancers or independent contractors -- show a marked turnaround from January, when employment in the motion picture and sound recording sector plunged to just 106,500 jobs, the lowest level since January 2001.
THE818NOW
April 23, 2013
Los Angeles County Supervisors are scheduled to vote Tuesday on zoning regulations that would allow NBCUniversal to expand its Hollywood theme park and add more movie and television production facilities. The company has proposed spending nearly $1.6 billion to construct nearly 2 million square feet of studio and office space at its Universal Studios Hollywood. Additions would include two 500-room hotels, a new ramp and other improvements to the 101 Freeway and a Harry Potter ride.
NEWS
December 5, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Wednesday announced plans to take up legislation to regulate low-flying helicopters above residential neighborhoods in Los Angeles County, saying voluntary controls for the "persistent fly-overs” were clearly insufficient. The announcement comes amid longstanding complaints from residents, particularly in the San Fernando Valley, of low-flying police and news helicopters intruding on their suburban soundtracks. Some news stations voluntarily curtailed the number and hours of helicopter flights during the second Carmageddon event on the 405 Freeway after fielding numerous complaints from residents and calls for restraint from L.A. officials.
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May 26, 2010
Dr. Richard Merkin, president and chief executive of Marina Del Rey-based Heritage Provider Network, has been honored by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce for his contribution to health care in Los Angeles County. Gary Olson, president and chief executive of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce, honored Merkin in recognition of his "outstanding contributions to the healthcare of the residents of Burbank and Los Angeles County." In 2009, Burbank-based Lakeside HealthCare was purchased by Heritage Provider Network, creating a medical group that will serve more than 600,000 patients, according to the company.
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By Zain Shauk | April 24, 2010
A new carpool lane on the Golden State (5) Freeway could be one of about $200-million worth of local transportation projects that could be fast-tracked after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday supported a plan to speed up a slate of developments in Los Angeles County. The authority?s board of directors voted unanimously to support Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa?s 30/10 Initiative, which seeks federal assistance to accelerate 12 transit projects, including the so-called Subway to the Sea on the Westside and the Gold Line Foothill extension from Pasadena.
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By Christopher Cadelago | March 31, 2010
UNIVERSAL CITY — Authorities on Tuesday opened multiple investigations to determine what prompted two Burbank police officers to open fire on a fleeing suspect wanted on attempted-murder charges in Indiana. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and Burbank police officials are investigating the officer-involved shootings that occurred Monday after 30-year-old Steven Satterly led police on a multi-county pursuit, ending near an entrance to Universal Studios.
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By Nicole Charky | March 27, 2010
If you ask 13-year-old Lukas Bartke or 14-year-old Clayton Bonura, “Star Wars” is the best song to play at the Verdugo Youth Musicians Assn. As the orchestra inches to the intro, and the conductor announces the song, all the kids let out a sigh of relief. In 2001, the association began providing classical music training from professional musicians to children of all ages who live in Glendale, Burbank, La Cañada, Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley. As part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Partnership Program, the collaboration gives children their first seat next to a monstrous cello or drum.
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