January 31, 2014
A Burbank man whose wife died shortly after she gave birth to their second son said he has been overwhelmed by the local community's support and compassion in the wake of the tragedy. Five days after having Colin James “C.J.” Burgess at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center on Dec. 30, Robin Burgess, 42, complained of a headache. Her husband, Chris, a 43-year-old graphic artist with Warner Bros., gave her ibuprofen and went to get lunch for the family. Upon his return to their West Chandler Boulevard home, he found his wife having a seizure and unable to speak.
December 28, 2013
Burbank marked a busy, busy year in 2013. The City Council welcomed a new member and ushered out a five-term councilman . Many of the top positions in city government - police chief, fire chief and city manager - were either hired or had their position made permanent. The long-awaited Verdugo Pool opened , voters approved a $110-million school bond measure , and a Burbank police officer, involved in a strange love triangle , was indicted for supposedly lying to investigators.
October 5, 2013
There is a pall on this city today, with residents still absorbing the fact that a fiery, single-car crash that took place Sept. 28 on San Fernando Boulevard ended the lives of five of our promising young people and injured a sixth. As that Saturday morning dawned and local school boosters were preparing to raise funds for the John Burroughs High music program during its annual "Community Day," word began to spread that there had been a horrible accident. And now we find ourselves one week later.
July 13, 2013
Cambodian physician Haing S. Ngor survived torture and slave labor during the Pol Pot regime, came to Hollywood, won an Oscar for his role as a journalist in "The Killing Fields" - and lost his life in Los Angeles, shot to death during an apparent robbery. In his new play, "Sweet Karma," at Grove Theater Center in Burbank, playwright Henry Ong frames Ngor's life and death as a stylized examination of moral complexity, love and forgiveness. And if the script's mix of earnestness and gut-punching intensity makes for an uneven dynamic, the play effectively juxtaposes one individual's personal tragedy and guilt against the enormity of events suffered under Khmer Rouge rule.
June 7, 2013
The recent tornado in Oklahoma that killed 24 people and destroyed or damaged 12,000 homes has stirred up a row on social networking site Twitter. The day after the disaster, popular evangelical speaker and author John Piper tweeted two references to Job, including, "Your sons and daughters were eating and a great wind struck the house, and it fell upon them, and they are dead" (Job 1:19). This kicked off a storm of tweets and retweets as people interpreted the verses as either the right thing to say or a veiled way to blame people for bringing the wrath of God on themselves.
December 28, 2012
A massive manhunt for a missing FBI agent, the surprise departure of the city's chief executive, a National Teacher of the Year, tragic suicide and long-sought closure for the family of a murdered Burbank police officer. The year 2012 was full of twists and turns, surprise and tragedy. Here's a look back at some of the top stories that reverberated throughout the community, and far beyond. Woman electrocuted trying to help motorist A 40-year-old Burbank woman was one of two Good Samaritans who were electrocuted Aug. 22 after trying to help a motorist trapped inside his vehicle after a crash in Valley Village.
July 27, 2012
Could the media please give us a break from endless grisly accounts of the Aurora killings? I understand it was a tragedy, and our sympathies lie with the 70 innocent victims. But, we also need to appreciate that 86 Americans are killed by firearms every day, and nearly 4,000 are killed prematurely by chronic diseases linked with consumption of animal products and lack of exercise. So, let's replace the vacuous hand-wringing over the Aurora tragedy with constructive personal steps to lessen the greater tragedies facing us every day. Branden Kusher Burbank
July 31, 2010
In the days after it was announced that former Burbank Unified Supt. Kevin Jolly fell to his death from a bridge in Northern California, disbelief, confusion and sorrow continue to reign. Jolly, who was pushed out after just six months at Burbank Unified, had barely started his new role as superintendent of a small but struggling school district in Mendocino County. It was the sort of challenge his colleagues said he was apt to take on — turning around a school system rife with problems.
November 14, 2009
The shootings last week at Fort Hood, Texas, have been met with everything from fear and anger to disbelief, shock and sadness. Every day we are learning more about Nidal Malik Hasan, the alleged gunman, and his motivations behind the attack that killed 13 last week. What are healthy and maybe spiritual ways that we can react to this incident without adding fuel to fire of this already volatile occurrence? ? Americans are experiencing shock and disbelief as the details unfold about the Fort Hood, Texas, shootings.
August 22, 2007
Lodestone Theatre Ensemble producers want audiences seeing “The Trojan Women” to gain a stronger understanding of the human cost of war and realize how relevant the story is 2,400 years after Euripides wrote the Greek tragedy. The play tells the story of the capture of the Aegean island of Melos and the genocide of its people by the Athenians in 415 B.C. In the play, the women of Troy face losing their husbands and their city and having their families taken as slaves.