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By Alene Tchekmedyian, and By Alene Tchekmedyian, | October 11, 2013
Friends remembered Sebastian Forero as a "class clown" who loved playing Hacky Sack and skateboarding, and wasn't afraid to speak his mind. The 20-year-old Burbank resident was killed two weeks ago in a blazing car wreck that claimed the lives of five young people and left one injured. Loved ones gathered in North Hollywood on Friday to mourn his passing. "He always made you laugh - this is the only time I've had to cry because of Sebastian," said Kevin Koshiro, who graduated from John Burroughs High School with Forero two years ago. A student at Pasadena City College, Forero also worked for his family's business, Koshiro said.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | January 3, 2014
The number of alcohol- and drug-related car crashes dropped in 2013 when compared to the previous year, while the number of arrests made for driving under the influence spiked, police reported this week. In 2013, there were 557 drunk or drugged driving arrests, up from 386 the year before, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Meanwhile, there were 86 impaired-driving collisions last year, 26 of which resulted in injuries, down from 107 collisions in 2012, 36 of which resulted in injuries, Ryburn added.
December 6, 2000
Will Rogers' insights into James Rogan's defeat ring true. The following sentence in his Nov. 11 column sums up the attitude of too many Republicans: "Rogan is offered as a standard bearer of high ethics and morals, a pious man who can sit in judgment of the integrity of others." This characteristic is called self-righteousness. Many Republicans, including the Christian Coalition, reflect that attitude. However, they have not been proven to have more morality than Democrats.
June 19, 2002
Laura Sturza Surrounded by soccer fans, Mayor David Laurell had his eye on a goal not on the World Cup playing field, but one of starting a student exchange program with Burbank's sister city Inchon, South Korea. Returning last week from his visit to Inchon, Laurell said that it is "dramatically important" for young people to understand cultural differences by visiting other parts of the world. Invited by Inchon Mayor Choi Ki-Sun, Laurell and representatives from three other countries stayed at a governmental compound in a dense forest that was "like what we would think of Camp David to be," Laurell said.
February 20, 2008
Warner Bros. employee earns a promotion Warner Bros. officials Tuesday named Jeff Junge vice president of business management for its Home Entertainment Group. Junge will work closely with executives from Warner Home Video, WB Digital Distribution, WB Interactive Entertainment and other entertainment group businesses. He previously served as a vice president of corporate business development and strategy for Warner Bros. and joined the company in 2000. Recently, Junge contributed to the acquisition of the world?
October 9, 2004
Brighton bracelets battle breast cancer Bell Cottage, in support of breast-cancer awareness month, is selling exclusive Brighton bracelets to raise funds for the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Bell Cottage is located at 3816 W. Magnolia Blvd., in Burbank. For more information, call 841-8415. Meet children's book writer Shusterman Award-winning author Neal Shusterman will make a special appearance at the Buena Vista Branch of the Burbank Public Library.
February 21, 2004
For those people who bemoan low voter turnout or the lack of involvement of people in the political process, look no further than the Burbank City Council for why this is so. At a time of unprecedented budget crisis in the state and the city, do any of the three council members who voted for their own raises -- Stacey Murphy, Marsha Ramos, and Jef Vander Borght -- realize the symbolic thumbing of the nose this vote represents...
July 18, 2001
It's nice to know racism is alive and well in Burbank. I'm referring to the vote the school board took that rejected appointing a committee to address John Burroughs High School's use of an Indian as school mascot. Talk about dumb. Using the American Indian as a mascot is insulting to an entire race of people. It's a holdover from our past, when Native Americans were thought of as savages. The school board can't even appoint a committee to check it out?
August 2, 2003
SUNSET CANYON DRIVE TRAFFIC WHAT HAPPENED The council voted unanimously to make several changes aimed at better managing traffic on Sunset Canyon Drive. WHAT IT MEANS The speed limit on the street will be lowered from 30 mph to 25 mph, and the street will be removed from Federal Highway Maps. Directional signage in the area will also be reviewed, and in some cases, altered. The city will not install a sidewalk or resurface the street at this time.
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