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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 19, 2001
Gary Moskowitz BURBANK -- Students took some solace in talking and writing about their feelings following the Sept. 11 tragedies on the East Coast. Teachers and school psychologists in the Burbank Unified School District spent the week listening to students' concerns and incorporating the terrorist activities into daily lessons. Gina DiFrancesco, an English teacher at Burbank High School, asked her students to write poems and essays during class to give them a chance to express their reactions to the national crisis.
NEWS
September 15, 2001
We all now know what it's like to have our hearts ripped from our chests, our legs kicked out from under us, our sobs pulled from our throats. But our spirits shall never be broken. As each one of us sat on our comfortable couches in our cozy living rooms this week, holding the hands and wiping the tears of the loved ones sitting next to us, we couldn't help but stare at our television sets in disbelief as the towering twins that once stood watch over all in New York Harbor fell in a crumbled heap.
NEWS
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
NEWS
January 27, 2007
It has been two years since the worst tragedy in the city's recent history and the community is still trying to heal. At this anniversary of the fateful Metrolink train wreck that claimed the lives of 11 passengers — two of them city employees — and left nearly 200 others injured, we should take some time to reflect and remember those lost. We remember and mourn for the victims of that terrible day, and we pray for their families as they face another new year without their loved ones.
NEWS
By: | September 17, 2005
It is difficult to find a silver lining to a tragedy such as Hurricane Katrina, which left so much destruction in its wake. But as Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama rebuild after the devastating hurricane, which hit land on Aug. 29, there are signs of that silver lining, which stretches from ground zero all the way to Glendale, Burbank and the foothills and back again. It's called compassion. And over the last couple of weeks it has been nothing short of astounding to witness it in action.
NEWS
September 22, 2001
One of the explanations for Tuesday's tragedy can be limned in a single word: complacency. It is inconceivable to most of us that 19 terrorists could casually board four commercial airliners and subsequently destroy the lives of myriad Americans. Will we now stop being so unbelievably naive as to trust the murderous religious zealots of this world, or will we "take arms against a sea of troubles" and fight fire with fire? It is time for us to realize that the dogged naivete of the intransigent ideologues is as misguided as that of those deluded fools who put their faith and their lives in the idealistic principles of communism.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2006
Ahhhh, "All the King's Men." That title evokes the tragedy of Humpty Dumpty, who couldn't be put back together again, and all the other stories of hubris and ideal-crushing fortune that came before that nursery rhyme ? including those of Sophocles and Shakespeare. And that's why, even though everything the critics are saying about this movie are at least semi-true, this movie is a winner. Robert Penn Warren's original story is by now musty, yet that is part of its charm. And the direction is heavy-handed, but the screenplay by "Schindler's List" screenwriter Steven Zallian is a winner.
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | 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.
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NEWS
By TCN Staff | 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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lynne Heffley | 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.
NEWS
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.
THE818NOW
By and By | 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.
NEWS
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
NEWS
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.
FEATURES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | 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.
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