April 13, 2002
Laura Sturza SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- Orthodontist Farnaz Zand helps people have broader smiles, but her patients get more than straighter teeth at their appointments. "Especially with the young people, it seems that they are so worried about their look, so I try to give them overall self-esteem," Zand said. "You don't want to correct the teeth only. You want to help the person." The orthodontist and inventor initially had a passion for the visual arts, but has channeledher creativity into sculpting teeth and developing new tools for her trade.
October 20, 2007
M any young people think Christianity is too judgmental, hypocritical and anti-gay, according to new findings by Christian-based research firm The Barna Group. The group reportedly found that church attitudes about people are creating a negative image of the faith among people 16- to 29-year-olds, and thus driving them away. Are you seeing this within your own faith community? And even if it’s not Christian, how do you convey traditional religious messages to youth to keep them interested in the faith?
December 13, 2000
Irma Lemus BURBANK -- Monterey High School student Gary D'Hue wanted other teenagers to be aware of the effects of smoking. So the 17-year-old student sketched a man walking to an open grave as he smoked a cigarette. The art not only attracted attention, it took first place in a districtwide antitobacco poster contest. Gary's drawing, chosen from among 110 submitted by Burbank, John Burroughs and Monterey high school students, earned him a $100 prize presented at the Dec. 21 Board of Education meeting.
January 26, 2008
BURBANK — For Burbank Unified School District board President Debbie Kukta, being named one of the top 100 communities for young people in the country validated what she already thought about the city. Burbank received the designation Thursday, and was the only city in Los Angeles County to do so. “I grew up here, and I always knew they were always great for youth,” Kukta said. “Burbank is one of those communities that’s a little town in a big city that is evidenced by the investment the community has made in its youth.
May 9, 2007
One of the most popular destinations in the world, Disney's flagship theme park Disneyland, began in 1953 as just an intricately drawn sketch by an artist named Herbert Ryman. During his time at Disney, Ryman worked as a Disney Imagineer and served as art director for classic Disney films such as "Dumbo"and "Fantasia." Ryman continued to work on ideas for Disney movies and theme parks until his passing in 1989 and his legacy continues through his art and through Ryman Arts, a foundation named in his honor that is dedicated to teaching classical drawing and painting techniques to young people with promising artistic abilities.
March 13, 2014
A Missouri lawmaker, Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville), contends that public school children in his state who question Darwinian theory are ridiculed. He introduced a bill into the state's General Assembly that would allow parents to opt their children out of evolution teaching. "What my bill would do is it would allow parents to opt out of natural selection teaching," Brattin told a Missouri TV channel, KCTV. "It would not prohibit the child from going through biology from learning about cell structure, DNA and the building blocks of life.
January 29, 2011
Current school board member Dave Kemp has lived in Burbank since September 1966. He was employed by Burbank Unified for more than three decades, working as a teacher, coach and athletic director. Kemp served for years on the Burbank Teachers Assn. negotiations team, and was part of the committee that helped develop school-site councils in the mid-1990s. Kemp was first elected to the school board in 2003, emerging from a field of 15 candidates. He was re-elected in 2007 after his seat went unchallenged.
July 5, 2013
Former Burbank Mayor Michael Hastings , who currently serves as the president of the Burbank Police Foundation, was standing at the entrance of the Los Angeles Equestrian Center's Equidome this past Saturday morning. While Hastings spent the prior week sweating over how successful the foundation's inaugural Hoof and Woof Walk fundraiser would be, that concern was allayed as hundreds of folks and their canine companions made their way into the venue, thus leaving his continued perspiration only chalked up to the temperature that was striving to hit the triple-digit mark.
May 3, 2013
Can believers and nonbelievers connect? Is there a common ground they can agree on? Writing in the New York Times, T. M. Luhrmann thinks there may be, but admits it's going to be difficult. The author of "When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God," about how evangelicals develop the skills to speak to God and how it can change their minds, says that there's a line in the sand between those with faith and those without, a line that cannot be crossed because of the fundamental differences in beliefs and outlook.
March 22, 2013
If voters elect 24-year-old Steve Ferguson to the Burbank Unified school board on April 9, it's widely believed that not only would he be the youngest elected official in the city's history, but the first openly gay man to hold public office in the city. While he says he didn't set out to make his sexuality a cornerstone of his campaign, Ferguson also hasn't shied away from it. “It's important to be transparent and honest. This is who I am,” he said. Among the field of current candidates, Ferguson is also the only one without children.