January 18, 2009
If the Rose Parade is meticulous use of flora, then its annual spoof equivalent is all about raucous partying — and it had the hula dancers in fat suits to prove it. For 32 years the Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena has presented an unapologetic alternative to its esteemed inspiration, the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. And so on Sunday, a man dressed in a hairy black gorilla costume playing the bag pipes and other odd sights were just par for the course. “It’s kind of creepy, and it’s kind of fun — kind of like a weird dream,” parade watcher Cyndi McClain said.
May 29, 2004
Ryan Carter If Lynsey Mitchel decides to take a trip to Las Vegas this summer, she will begin her journey from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. "I wouldn't drive to Vegas right now," she said recently as she and her father, Gary Mitchel, walked out of the airport terminal. Mitchel's father, from Texas, agreed that driving is not the first option because gasoline prices remain high. "Until the airlines react with an increase in fares, and as long as gas prices are going up, air travel is the best way," Gary Mitchel said.
March 8, 2006
Leprechauns are tricky creatures, and the students at Thomas Edison Elementary know it. They can be found hiding out in the grass, in Ireland, and even in outer space, explained the students in Sandra Solis' kindergarten class. "They wear green so they can hide in the shamrocks," said 5-year-old Maximus Salvidor. "Because there are people that try and smoosh them." Maximus, along with his 8-year-old "big buddy" C.J. Erasme, spent Tuesday afternoon coming up with a more humane way to capture the crafty little people.
March 11, 2006
Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat who represents Glendale and Burbank, has come out in support of the United Nations Security Council's efforts to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program. Schiff sent a letter last week to permanent members of the council thanking them for their response to Iran's continuing nuclear activities. The letter also included shared concern's of Iran's nuclear weapons program, and urged the security council to establish consequences for non-compliance. The Security Council needs to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, Schiff said.
March 4, 2006
Reps. Adam Schiff and David Dreier joined U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, of California, and Jon Kyl, of Arizona, Wednesday in introducing legislation in both the House and Senate to criminalize the construction or financing of border tunnels. As a former federal prosecutor who prosecuted drug trafficking and illegal immigrant smuggling, Schiff said he recognized the need to give prosecutors new tools to fight such crimes. Recently, U.S. border officials found a 2,400-foot tunnel stretching from Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego at California's southern border.