Sports Roundup: Glendale Community College baseball in conference driver's seat

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Khashakyan KO highlights night full of local victories

Khashakyan KO highlights night full of local victories

Alfred Khashakyan continued his mixed-martial-arts path of destruction Friday night in Studio City.

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Glendale Community College women's tennis can't overcome doubles deficit in finals loss to Mt. SAC

Glendale Community College women's tennis can't overcome doubles deficit in finals loss to Mt. SAC

WALNUT — It was the sort of deficit the Glendale Community College women’s tennis team had hoped to avoid at all costs.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Glendale Fire Department at a glance

INFOGRAPHIC: The Glendale Fire Department at a glance

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Burbank Fire Department at a glance

INFOGRAPHIC: The Burbank Fire Department at a glance

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Son seeks public's help, offers $2K reward to recover stolen love letters between mother and late father

Son seeks public's help, offers $2K reward to recover stolen love letters between mother and late father

A case filled with decades-old love letters was stolen from an 80-year-old woman’s Glendale home during a daytime burglary on Thursday, and her son is offering a $2,000 reward — no questions asked — for their return.

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Essick was a memorable teacher, endearing friend

Essick was a memorable teacher, endearing friend

Friends and former students reminisced this week about Rose Essick, saying she was deeply religious, gracious and never afraid to offer her opinion. The longtime Burbank resident and educator died April 11. She was 91.

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City, public provide feedback on proposed 72-unit senior community

City, public provide feedback on proposed 72-unit senior community

If Santa Rosa-based developer Oakmont Senior Living wants its plans for a 72-unit assisted living facility to take root in La Cañada, it's going to have to think outside the box, residents and city staff agreed Thursday.

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News-Press Editorial: City stats are now only a click away

In recent years, U.S. cities have, using the latest technologies, opened their books for closer inspection. This is a welcome stream of sunshine on the civic purse that allows constituents to more clearly see how their taxpayer dollars are being spent. Recently, Glendale City Hall followed suit, unveiling a new feature on its website that allows citizens to track — at a glance — response times for the fire and police department and assess whether they are falling short, meeting or exceeding goals, and to study breakdowns of budget and economic development expenditures.

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Leader Editorial: Inclined to question Hill choice

Much to the dismay of the teachers’ union, Burbank Unified School District has hired a new superintendent, Matt Hill, who was given an 4-0 nod for the job Thursday night after several days of high drama.

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Leader Cartoon: Teachers' union criticizes new Burbank superintendent

Leader Cartoon: Teachers' union criticizes new Burbank superintendent

Cartoonist Bert Ring gives us his take on the controversy surrounding the recent hiring of Matt Hill as the new superintendent of the Burbank Unified School District. Hill, the chief strategy officer at the Los Angeles Unified School District, has been heavily scrutinizied by the Burbank Teachers' Assn. for his lack of teaching experience, as well as his role in a $130-million implementation of a student management system that failed at LAUSD.

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Start the Presses: Making a few political predictions

Start the Presses: Making a few political predictions

Election season is over, but the sad detritus of failed campaigns remain along the boulevards and byways of our lovely cities and, if history is any guide, will be there until at least mid-summer.

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Bike helmet bill scaled back following opposition

Bike helmet bill scaled back following opposition

A bill that would have required all bicycle-riding adults to wear a helmet in California has been scaled back following wide opposition from numerous bicycling organizations.

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Glendale Community College women's tennis has regional final fever

GCC's Meredy Gharabegi and Brigitta Benitez clutch hands between points in a difficult doubles match against Cerritos in a second round playoff match College at GCC on Tuesday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Glendale Community College women's tennis has regional final fever

During its first two playoff matches, the Glendale Community College women’s tennis team has encountered some hiccups in doubles.

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Burroughs High baseball makes easy work of Arcadia

BURBANK — Whether on the hill or at the dish, the Burroughs High baseball team was flat out dominant in Friday afternoon’s Pacific League showdown against visiting Arcadia.

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Porras, Burbank High baseball turn back Hoover in league

Burbank High starting pitcher Ryan Porras turned in a strong effort against Hoover in a Pacific League baseball game at Burbank on Friday. The Bulldogs won, 4-2. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Porras, Burbank High baseball turn back Hoover in league

BURBANK — In looking to keep the Burbank High baseball team in contention for the Pacific League championship, Ryan Porras provided arguably his best outing on the mound Friday.

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818 Roundup: Burbank school board approves superintendent hire during heated meeting; Masonic Temple project moves forward

818 Roundup: Burbank school board approves superintendent hire during heated meeting; Masonic Temple project moves forward

Good morning, 818! Today is Saturday, April 18, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 83 degrees and a low of 53, according to the National Weather Service.

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Developer gets go-ahead on Masonic Temple project

Developer gets go-ahead on Masonic Temple project

Caruso Affiliated got the green light Thursday to initiate a project to revive the long-unused Masonic Temple building in downtown Glendale by the end of the year as a major real estate firm has already announced plans to move in and set up shop.

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Residents offer thoughts on potential Burbank dog park

Residents offer thoughts on potential Burbank dog park

Burbank resident Terry Hudgens said he “beat the street” handing out fliers and talking to neighbors recently about an off-leash dog park in the city, which he’s worried could impact wildlife near his home.

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City officials certify results from general election

City officials certify results from general election

Burbank officials on Friday certified the election results from the city’s Tuesday general election, which had Will Rogers and incumbent Councilwoman Emily Gabel-Luddy winning two open seats on the City Council. Armond Aghakhanian beat out Greg Sousa for the lone seat on the school board.

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Musurlian's documentaries to air on PBS

Two of the latest documentaries by longtime city of Burbank employee and Glendale resident Peter Musurlian will air back-to-back on PBS in Los Angeles this week.

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Young directors to showcase student films at Franklin Magnet Elementary

The red carpet will soon be rolled out for students at Franklin Magnet Elementary, where 54 of them will showcase short films they produced after being given no restrictions other than to keep them under three minutes and free of violence.

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Teenage boy allegedly attacked while taking scenic photos

Teenage boy allegedly attacked while taking scenic photos

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating an alleged case of assault and attempted robbery against a teenager in La Cañada Flintridge Wednesday night.

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Autism walk connects parents to resources

Autism walk connects parents to resources

Burbank resident Kameena Ballard-Dawkins said she thinks parents of children going through puberty deserve a special award, like maybe a grant from the government for a nice long vacation.

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A Word, Please: Admiration and helpful hints for salespeople

Once upon a time, in another life now recalled only in nightmares, I was a salesperson. My longest-held position (which I didn’t hold for long) required me to go door-to-door in office complexes trying to get companies to change their long-distance telephone service.

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Learning Matters: New novel focuses on Armenian Genocide's aftermath

I received an email recently from a publicist asking if I intended to write a column about the Armenian Genocide. If so, would I be interested in meeting an author who was coming to town on a book tour?

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Burbank High put on lockdown after BB gun spotted nearby mistaken for real gun

A temporary lockdown at Burbank High School Friday afternoon was lifted after police discovered a witness had mistaken a man’s BB gun for a real gun, police said.

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Film Review: 'Ex Machina' leaves its viewers wondering

The idea of Man usurping the powers reserved for God (or the Gods, if you go back far enough) has always been a central theme in Western culture. The most sinful iterations of this are attempts to create life... from scratch rather than the old-fashioned fun way. Mary Shelley decked it out in scientific drag in “Frankenstein,” and the variations on her take have never stopped popping up in both horror and science fiction.

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Design as a primer on culture

Good graphic design imparts ideas. It’s like a short trip: from Point A to Point B in the most direct fashion, with a little information payoff at the end. Great graphic design is no less straightforward in imparting its concept, but it allows the viewer to enjoy the scenery and imparts some kind of deeper truth about the culture it speaks from.

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Rosie Flores: Happy to be a Working Girl

Singer-guitarist Rosie Flores gets around. She’s undertaken more than 20 European tours, rocked from Tokyo to Auckland and stormed through just about every honky tonk, dance hall and rock club in the United States. But Flores isn’t taking anything for granted. “The guitar is the love of my life, it’s my first love, and I still practice every day.” Flores said. “It’s a challenge, but you just keep growing. I spend more time with my guitar than any guy I’ve ever dated!”

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Tobi is a 10-year-old, male, chocolate point-and-black Siamese cat, who is looking for his forever home.

News-Press Pet of the Day: Tobi

Tobi is a 10-year-old, male, chocolate point-and-black Siamese cat, who is looking for his forever home. He’s a relaxed and mellow senior, who enjoys receiving attention and taking naps. He’s a sweet old fellow.

Crime Report: Residential burglaries and mailbox vandalism, theft

A woman reported that sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. that day, someone damaged her mailbox and may have stolen mail from inside it.

Chloe is an older bunny available for adoption through the Burbank Animal Shelter. She is calm and enjoys being brushed.

Leader Pet of the Day: Chloe

Here is a bunny that appreciates the quieter things in life. She’s older and less active than our other bunnies, and is perfectly content to spend the day lazing around while being petted.

<p>As part of an Armenian Genocide remembrance ceremony held on Wednesday at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, there was an art exhibit commemorating the tragic event in history.&nbsp;</p>

Glendale Adventist event commemorates Armenian Genocide

More than 300 people attended a ceremony commemorating the Armenian Genocide on Wednesday at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.

<p>Before the Burbank Unified school board hired new superintendent Matt Hill Thursday - despite opposition from teachers - board member Dave Kemp, himself a former BUSD teacher, tendered his resignation, said he was "appalled" by the teachers' behavior and walked out of the meeting.</p>

School board hires Hill, but not before board member Kemp scolds teachers, resigns and walks out of meeting

During a heated meeting packed with teachers who opposed the Burbank school board’s proposed choice for the district’s next superintendent, the board made the hire in a 4-0 vote Thursday, but not before longtime board member and retired teacher Dave Kemp submitted his immediate resignation and walked out of City Council chambers, saying he was ashamed of the teachers’ behavior.

Picture car coordinator Dennis McCarthy, a Burbank native, sits atop the modified Dodge Charger that was dropped out of an airplane in the movie "Furious 7" at Vehicle Effects, Inc. in Sun Valley on Friday, April 10, 2015. McCarthy's company envisioned and acquired the vehicles used, and how they were used, in several "Fast and Furious" movies.

818 Roundup: Burbank native is the driving force behind 'Furious 7' cars; Descanso's rose garden

Good morning, 818! Today is Friday, April 17, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 85 degrees and a low of 52, according to the National Weather Service.

Sports Roundup: Glendale, Flintridge Prep, Crescenta Valley softball notch league wins

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Cody Renfro won Thursday's Pacific League meet.

Crescenta Valley boys' golf gets big effort from Renfro for second-place team finish

Looking for a breakout performance, Cody Renfro got it Thursday.

Flintridge Prep boys' tennis stifled by rival Pasadena Poly

GLENDALE — Cartier Juan had quite an afternoon Thursday while competing for the Flintridge Prep boys’ tennis team.

Holy Family misfires in second-place tilt with San Gabriel Mission

SAN GABRIEL — With this season’s Alverno High softball squad clearly the class of the Horizon League, second place holds extra significance for Holy Family and the rest of the teams in the league.

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