Glendale man pleads guilty to laundering $1.1 million in Medicare fraud scheme

A 47-year-old Glendale man pleaded guilty on Monday to charges that he helped launder $1.1 million in proceeds from a healthcare fraud scheme, officials said.

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Four motorists arrested at Glendale DUI checkpoint

Four motorists arrested at Glendale DUI checkpoint

Four people were arrested for driving under the influence during a grant-funded sobriety checkpoint conducted on Saturday evening, police said.

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Yoga Blend in Burbank emphasizes community-minded, noncompetitive atmosphere

Yoga Blend in Burbank emphasizes community-minded, noncompetitive atmosphere

You can probably guess that Yoga Blend, a friendly studio in Burbank, has classes influenced by the various schools of yoga.

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Elderly man found dead in La Crescenta home identified

Elderly man found dead in La Crescenta home identified

An elderly man found dead in his La Crescenta residence Friday has been identified, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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818 Roundup: Burbank shows movement on community garden; Suspicious death investigation

818 Roundup: Burbank shows movement on community garden; Suspicious death investigation

Good morning, 818! Today is Monday, July 27, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 84 and a low of 63, according to the National Weather Service.

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Burbank softball drops to 0-2 in West Region Tournament

It’s been a phenomenal summer for the Burbank Major All-Stars softball team.

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Leader Cartoon: Letters to the innocent in Burbank

Leader Cartoon: Letters to the innocent in Burbank

Last week, Burbank City Manager Mark Scott apologized for some watering warning letters, which he said were mailed out not only to those watering on the wrong days, but also to customers watering on the proper days who were not violating the water-saving ordinance, but who appeared to using among the highest volumes of water on those days. several hundred residents who received those letters have complained that they were doing nothing wrong, and the utility had to put more staff on duty to handle the volume of complaint calls.

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Film Review: Cast buoys film of errant psychology experiment

Film Review: Cast buoys film of errant psychology experiment

Academic experiments rarely achieve fame, but, of the few that have, the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment — the subject of a new like-titled movie from director Kyle Patrick Alvarez — is only equaled by the earlier Milgram study, which dealt with similar issues in a smaller, more controlled way.

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Show goes on for Glendale's Alex Theatre

Show goes on for Glendale's Alex Theatre

The 90-year-old Alex Theatre in Glendale has survived through generations of moviegoers and live entertainment, as well as a period of uncertainty as developers hungrily vied for the prime downtown property.

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DVD Review: Dreaming of the apocalypse in 'Miracle Mile'

DVD Review: Dreaming of the apocalypse in 'Miracle Mile'

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Start the Presses: Midsummer notes around town

Start the Presses: Midsummer notes around town

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Open house slated at Burbank City Hall

In place of its regularly scheduled open meeting, the Burbank City Council will host an open house at City Hall on Tuesday.

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Contractor sets new finish date for Glendale Community College lab

After nearly two years of construction, the structure that will become Glendale Community College’s largest building will not be open to students before the spring semester as college officials had hoped.

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News-Press Pet of the Day: Dionne

News-Press Pet of the Day: Dionne

Dionne is an incredibly affectionate 3-year-old, spayed, female medium-haired cat. She is always at the front of her kennel looking for people to pet her. She purrs upon touch and will rub against your hand.

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Levitt Pavilion series offers a variety of concerts

Levitt Pavilion series offers a variety of concerts

One of the greatest features of Southern California living in the spring and summer seasons is the many free music festivals and series that take place all over the Southland. With enough free time, to say nothing of gasoline, a music lover can seemingly find an open-air music event every night of the week.

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Dining Review: The proof is on the plate

Dining Review: The proof is on the plate

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen has been a Tarzana mainstay since 1993. They recently brought their unique brand of tasty, comforting fare to the Burbank media district. Situated in what was previously Luca’s Italian Kitchen, in a shopping mall anchored by a Vons, and courageously next door to a legendary Burbank Italian joint (Sardo’s), Frankie’s Italian Kitchen is already pulling in a steady stream of customers.

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Burbank plots to rent space for community garden

Burbank plots to rent space for community garden

Like some plants that take a few seasons to mature before they blossom, plans for a proposed pilot community garden in Burbank that have been nurtured since October 2008 may soon be flowering.

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Glendale City Council approves money for the Riverwalk Project

Glendale City Council approves money for the Riverwalk Project

A $1.84-million contract to build two parks along the Glendale Narrows was awarded to a company Tuesday night, but some City Council members took issue with part of the money being allocated coming from a fund they say is meant for parks and libraries in the downtown area.

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818 Roundup: Special Olympics athletes train in Burbank; water use down in Foothills

818 Roundup: Special Olympics athletes train in Burbank; water use down in Foothills

Good morning, 818! Today is Saturday, July 25, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 90 and a low of 64, according to the National Weather Service.

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Detectives investigate elderly man's death in La Crescenta

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a man on Friday in the 3000 block of Frances Avenue in La Crescenta, according to authorities.

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La Cañada Flintridge City Council weighs bump in Mills Act tax cap

La Cañada Flintridge City Council weighs bump in Mills Act tax cap

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council discussed Tuesday increasing the cap on property tax reductions guaranteed by the Mills Act, a state incentives program designed to encourage the restoration and preservation of historic, privately owned properties.

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Burbank City Council approves increase in its salary

Burbank City Council approves increase in its salary

A proposed 20% raise in salaries for Burbank City Council members got a little sweeter this week when a council majority introduced an ordinance and approved a resolution outlining the pay hike and other changes to their benefits in a pair of 3-2 votes on Tuesday. It’s the first increase in council salary since 2007.

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All-Area Boys' Volleyball Second Team

Providence's Taylor Saldana earned his way onto the All-Area Boys' Volleyball Second Team. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Boys' Volleyball Second Team

Min Kim, Senior, Outside Hitter, Crescenta Valley

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All-Area Boys' Volleyball First Team

Burroughs High's Max Chamberlain was named to the All-Area Boys' Volleyball First Team. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Boys' Volleyball First Team

Raymond Barsemian, Senior, Outside Hitter, Crescenta Valley

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Burbank Major All-Stars softball falls in West Region opener

SAN BERNARDINO — For one of the rare instances this postseason, the Burbank Majors All-Stars softball team finds itself in unfamiliar territory.

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Transparency praised in Burbank police audit

Transparency praised in Burbank police audit

An independent audit of the Burbank Police Department, which was reviewed by city officials this week, praised the agency for its transparency while also listing several recommendations to strengthen how officers respond to certain incidents.

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All-Area Boys' Volleyball Player of the Year: Flintridge Prep's Dante Fregoso earns place in spotlight

Flintridge Prep's Dante Fregoso led the Rebels to the Division IV semifinals and to the state playoffs. The junior has been selected the 2015 All-Area Boys' Volleyball Player of the Year for a second straight season. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Boys' Volleyball Player of the Year: Flintridge Prep's Dante Fregoso earns place in spotlight

There has been a steady stream of talented boys’ volleyball players who have done their handy work in the Flintridge Prep gym over the years.

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College Update: Glendale Community College's Rodriguez, Sigman having all-star summers

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

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Minor League Baseball Update: Olmedo-Barrera coming through for Princeton

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

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Study outlines potential transit improvements at Bob Hope Airport

Study outlines potential transit improvements at Bob Hope Airport

Planes, trains and automobiles — and buses and bikes and even good-old walking.

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Familiarity remains constant for Hoover football team in 2015

Quarterback Quinton Smith, 16, practices a passing drill at a summer football practice at Hoover High. The Tornadoes will have a challenging schedule in 2015. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Familiarity remains constant for Hoover football team in 2015

As the Hoover High football team looks to regroup in its quest to head north toward posting a winning record in 2015, it will do so at least being familiar with the squads it’s scheduled to face.

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Special Olympics athletes here to meet the challenge

Special Olympics athletes here to meet the challenge

Two things Tsitsi Bongani Maponda loves about her homeland of Zimbabwe are the capital city, Harare, and Victoria Falls, the waterfall on the Zambezi River classified as the greatest sheet of falling water in the world on the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage List.

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A Word, Please: One more reason to distrust the news media

Robert Siegel of National Public Radio, Jason Stallman of the New York Times and every other journalist who uses “fewer” with confidence, please take a seat. You’re about to get a lesson in language you didn’t think you needed. There’s a gaping hole in your grammar skills — a shocking shortcoming smack dab in your blind spot.

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Editorial: The games bring out our best

In coming days several thousand extraordinary athletes will compete on an international level when the Special Olympic World Games unfold at venues throughout the Los Angeles area for the first time in 16 years.

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Organization helps put dog owners on military duty at ease

When Marine Sgt. Patrick Harmer and his pregnant wife, Lydia, learned in 2012 they would have to relocate from base housing at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County to Okinawa, Japan, they knew they would take son PJ, then 2, with them.

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After more than 30 years, Love Ride prepares for final run

After being held for more than 30 years, the annual charity motorcycle event known as the Love Ride will take place for the last time this October, and the fundraising effort will get underway on Saturday with a street festival near Harley-Davidson of Glendale.

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818 Roundup: Glendale residents raise concerns about park; Elementary school gets federal grant

Good morning, 818! Today is Friday, July 24, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 89 and a low of 65, according to the National Weather Service.

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Glendale approves contract with local utility workers

Following four years of negotiations, a contract with a group of local utility workers to raise their salaries was approved by the City Council on Tuesday.

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Glendale Community College approves $3 million computer network upgrade

Glendale Community College’s computer network system hasn’t been upgraded in a decade, but that’s about to change the school will spend the next four years making improvements to the system following approval on Tuesday by the college’s trustees for a $3-million update.

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UPDATE: Music in the Park concert rescheduled for Labor Day

[UPDATE 7/24 11:10 a.m.] The city of La Cañada Flintridge has rescheduled its canceled Summer Music in the Park installment from July 19 to the Labor Day holiday, according to the city.

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<p>A rock slide caused by this past weekend's storm has caused a closure of an 18.3-mile stretch of Angeles Crest Highway, between Islip Saddle and Big Pines Road.</p>

Stretch of Angeles Crest Highway to remain closed due to roadway damage caused by rock slides

A portion of Angeles Crest Highway will remain closed until early August due to damage to the roadway caused by this past weekend’s storms, according to the California Department of Transportation.

<p>The front entrance to Palmer Park in Glendale on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.</p>

Palmer Park upgrades bring worries from Glendale residents

A $2.6-million plan to revamp amenities at Palmer Park in south Glendale won support from a city commission on Monday, but residents living near the site want the city to address concerns of reported drug users on the public property after hours.

Glendale school secures fruit and vegetable grant

One of Glendale’s neediest schools will receive federal money to provide fresh fruits and vegetables, under a competitive grant program that hundreds of California schools sought this year.

<p>Things were steaming at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory as the Foothill Youth Theatre was prepping for its summer 1985 performance of "The Pajama Game." Key roles in the production, staged at the La Canada High School auditorium, were held by, from left, Tom Dwight, Craig Woolson, Kara Colyar and Kim Prentice.</p>

La Cañada History: Foothill Youth Theatre stages musical; Pat Buchanan visits

Ten Years Ago

<p>DreamWorks animation studio is situated in Glendale.&nbsp;</p>

DreamWorks' Glendale campus sold again for $215 million

DreamWorks Animation's Tuscany-style campus has been sold again, just months after the studio unloaded the Glendale complex but remained as a tenant, the Los Angeles Times reports.

INFOGRAPHIC: Burbank residents by age

INFOGRAPHIC: Burbank residents by age

INFOGRAPHIC: Glendale residents by age

INFOGRAPHIC: Glendale residents by age

Thoughts from Dr. Joe: A nun's suggestion leads to 'Mockingbird'

I blame Sister Mary Delores for turning me into a consummate reader. In 1960, Sister mandated we read 15 books during the summer prior to entering the eighth grade.

<p>Flintridge Prep senior pole vaulter Barrett Weiss is the All-Area Boys' Track &amp; Field Athlete of the Year. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)</p>

All-Area Boys' Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Weiss skies to new heights

At the conclusion of his freshman season, two things became crystal clear for Flintridge Prep pole vaulter Barrett Weiss.

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Around Town: Knowing when to place a 911 call

There’s this strange thing that happened on my iPhone. If I said, “Siri, charge my phone 100 percent,” the phone would announce aloud that I had five seconds to cancel a 911 call.

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