May 6, 2000
Wonsun Choi HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- The afternoon sun was ablaze and so were the eyes of the Halloween die-hards. Six months before the official day of ghouls and goblins, an eclectic group of 15 souls gathered at a Burbank home to compare notes and plan new and better ways of striking terror in their friends and neighbors. Christine Pechera, whose husband Duff Dashner got the ball rolling for Sunday's meeting through an extensive e-mail list, said her husband's enthusiasm for Halloween haunts was sparked on Halloween Day 1998.
July 22, 2009
Los Angeles is a place known for its celebrity-driven star-power but not known for the star-power that forms beautiful constellations in the night sky. Due to the pollution produced by the daily grind of urban living, the L.A. sky is not one that is conducive to viewing the splendor of the Milky Way. But for those of us out there who crave a little astronomical entertainment, Glendale offers an awe-inspiring alternative. Along the 1500 block of Verdugo sits Glendale Community College.
November 1, 2000
Paul Clinton AIRPORT DISTRICT -- Bowing to mounting public pressure, United Airlines said it would reschedule a late flight that began arriving at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. The schedule change won't take effect immediately. Instead, it will be phased in on two separate dates. United spokesman Alan Wayne announced the move in an Oct. 25 letter to the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority. Wayne offered no apology for setting the flight and little explanation about why the airline backed off its intention to continue it as planned.
July 5, 2006
Jody Junor wore a T-shirt bearing an image of the American flag and a headband covered with red, white and blue stars as she sat in a lawn chair listening to the music at the Starlight Bowl on Independence Day, Tuesday. "This is one of the most spectacular things about Burbank, Junor, a Burbank resident, said about the Starlight Bowl. "I've come every year; up to the last 10 years." Burbank's annual Fourth of July celebration, "A Star-Spangled Salute to America," featured nostalgic music of the 1940s and '50s and aerial fireworks.
July 1, 2006
The vision of fireworks in the night sky this Fourth of July will be a wondrous sight, as will the diverse communities gathered to watch them. Burbank, Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge's communities thrive because they are free to pursue the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness our forefathers enshrined in the American Constitution 230 years ago. On Tuesday, we should offer thanks for that freedom ? a great experiment in democracy. You can see the evidence of this experiment working as immigrant families pursue happiness, turning a Brand Boulevard storefront into a business.
February 23, 2005
"Imaginary Heroes" is a movie about a dysfunctional family inhabiting a dysfunctional household in a dysfunctional universe, where even the stars in the night sky don't know where they belong. Trust me, if you go see the movie, you'll find out what I mean. Now, with that said, there are many good things going on in this movie. It is filled with good characters, situations and possibilities, but they never truly congeal into a coherent film, and this is a shame.
July 2, 2005
As the night sky crackles with the sounds of fireworks this weekend, listen close, and you'll hear freedom ringing. The celebration of our nation's independence from Britain on July 4, 1776, is alive and well in our community. In the foothills, Crescenta Valley High School on Monday will continue a rich celebration. A few miles to the east, the Rose Bowl will host a pyrotechnic spectacular and to the west, the Burbank skyline will light up from festivities at the Starlight Bowl.
August 8, 2007
In the bosom of Burbank's Magnolia Park lies a small village with a haunted graveyard, which some call a theme store, but is more properly known as Halloween Town. A new addition to the city's shopping, the Halloween store sells everything from costumes to capes, masks to makeup and party supplies to pose-able 8-foot vampires. The interior decorations of the shop are impeccable, making the area look like an evil, little village with vaulted, black ceilings that give the illusion of a dark night sky above macabre, cottage rooftops with dimly lighted windows and worn shingles.
January 31, 2001
The Constitution guarantees citizens a right to remain silent. Perhaps city officials will now begin giving that standard police warning to those addressing the City Council at public meetings. Sadly, the invitation to stay quiet surely won't be accepted by a familiar band of self-congratulatory crackpots who routinely assert facts that aren't accurate and falsely attribute certain words to officials (and columnists). A warning would also be of no interest to the credible activists who speak.
October 11, 2003
DAVID SILVA Late one summer, back when I was 21, I decided to take a road trip to visit some friends in Prescott, Ariz. It was one of those spur-of-the-moment travel decisions, and I had told no one I was going. It's taken me most of my life to figure out that the biggest troubles I get myself into often involve the least amount of advance planning. I left Los Angeles about 10 p.m. in my beat-up Oldsmobile Cutlass, a twitchy, temperamental old war horse that was prone to dying on me without a moment's notice.