Man charged with hate crime after allegedly spitting at, assaulting transgender woman

Man charged with hate crime after allegedly spitting at, assaulting transgender woman

A transgender woman suffered minor injuries in a fight last week that started after a 34-year-old man reportedly spat at her while she was shopping at Target in Glendale, police said.

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The Focused Student: If college is around the corner, help is online

For the next two months we will take a detour from the study and educational “how to” and focus on the high school seniors (and parents).

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Lily Tomlin hits the open road in 'Grandma'

Lily Tomlin hits the open road in 'Grandma'

It’s not quite a tsunami yet, but amid a relentless roster of sequels and superheroes, a number of recent films are finally reflecting a graying population that movies have so consistently ignored for too long.

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818 Roundup: High school football season off and running; Reporter enters beard battle

818 Roundup: High school football season off and running; Reporter enters beard battle

Good morning, 818! Today is Monday, August 31, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 87 and a low of 66, according to the National Weather Service.

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Flintridge Prep football flies past Mountain Empire to win season opener

Flintridge Prep football flies past Mountain Empire to win season opener

Flintridge Prep kicked off the 2015 football season with a familiar face on the sidelines, as Glen Beattie returned as head coach of the Rebels after a 15-year absence in the opener against visiting Mountain Empire of Pine Valley.

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Complex heats up Glendale night life

Complex heats up Glendale night life

“Any night, people can go to Hollywood or downtown and find a place that has Top 40 mainstream dance music with million-dollar lighting rigs,” says John Giovanazzi, co-founder of Complex, a live music nightclub in the heart of Glendale. “When Mike Guerrero and I opened the Complex, we specifically targeted two musical styles — metal and electronic — that had audiences who were underserved, but appreciate a good sound system and a good bar.

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Cartoon: Where the wild things are, and long have been

Cartoon: Where the wild things are, and long have been

Cartoonist Bert Ring puts things in perspective after a mountain lion snatched a pet poodle in Burbank earlier this week.

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It's a noteworthy beard, but is it award-worthy?

It's a noteworthy beard, but is it award-worthy?

My beard is nice, I’m told. A lot. It’s one of the more frequent things I hear about it. It’s nice, gorgeous, spectacular and so on.

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La Cañada football gives Zerbel first win in first game of season

La Cañada football gives Zerbel first win in first game of season

LA CAÑADA — Ryan Zerbel could not be certain that the first play he called as head coach of the La Cañada High football team would result in a touchdown, but he had watched enough film to feel confident that something good would come out of it.

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Glendale's Martinez will not be weighed down by excuses

Glendale senior linebacker Abraham Martinez has been selected team captain for the upcoming year. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

Glendale's Martinez will not be weighed down by excuses

As he took the reins of the Glendale High football program in May, new coach George Maiale was looking for a player to build his team around.

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Burbank's running game, defense ground Monrovia

Burbank's running game, defense ground Monrovia

MONROVIA – Behind a bruising ground game and a relentless defense, the Burbank High football team made quite a statement in its season opener Friday evening.

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Rousey-Holm title bout moved down under in November

Rousey-Holm title bout moved down under in November

Fresh off a victorious title defense in Brazil earlier in August that headlined a pay-per-view that reportedly did north of 900,000 buys, Ronda Rousey is set to headline another card outside of the United States with some lofty expectations.

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Hoover football stumped by Hollywood in opener

HOLLYWOOD — Hoover High’s football team might have suffered from a case of first-game jitters Friday in its season opener on the road at Hollywood.

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818 Roundup: Right-to-die advocates rally at Gatto's office; Glendale water use drops nearly 26%

818 Roundup: Right-to-die advocates rally at Gatto's office; Glendale water use drops nearly 26%

Good morning, 818! Today is Saturday, August 29, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 94 and a low of 70, according to the National Weather Service.

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La Cañada fields suggestions for park areas

La Cañada fields suggestions for park areas

When a USC graduate program in public administration put out a call for projects students could address, the city of La Cañada Flintridge answered. The result was a series of parks-related suggestions that will be implemented in coming months, particularly at heavily used Memorial Park.

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Students bid fond farewell to former principal

Students bid fond farewell to former principal

Two weeks after school let out last June, parents and students learned their principal at Glenoaks Elementary, Kristine Siegal, would be reassigned to Mark Keppel Visual & Performing Arts Elementary.

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Park land, recycled water among topics discussed at Burbank council meeting

The Burbank City Council directed city staff to look into the steps required to put a ballot initiative before voters to decide whether or not the city should give away or transfer city-owned park land to a non-city entity or to require a four-fifths vote of the council for such a transfer or sale.

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Right-to-die supporters rally outside Gatto's office

Right-to-die supporters rally outside Gatto's office

About two dozen supporters of a right-to-die bill that would let doctors in California prescribe lethal doses of medications to terminally ill patients rallied outside of Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) office Friday afternoon to try to win his support.

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Glendale police union head questions commission appointment

The Glendale City Council on Tuesday appointed Albert Abkarian to the Civil Service Commission, despite opposition by the police union president, who questioned the man’s ability to objectively serve on a board that oversees employee discipline after he filed a complaint against a Glendale police detective.

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Burbank medical ward named after record-setting donor

A record-setting $15-million donation to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center this week will help enhance the hospital’s emergency department, which will be named in honor of the donor, a longtime supporter.

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Glendale water usage drops 25.9%

Glendale water usage drops 25.9%

For the second straight month and during one of the toughest times of the year to save water, Glendale residents surpassed a state-mandated goal for cutting back on consumption.

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Rock-a-Hula makes a splash in Burbank

Rock-a-Hula makes a splash in Burbank

In only its second year, it's hardly an oldie, but Burbank’s Rock-a-Hula event at the Verdugo Aquatic Facility on Thursday afternoon was a goody, many participants said.

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Read On: Taking a look at our 'National' days

Read On: Taking a look at our 'National' days

You should know that this is a very special day, ladies and gentlemen. More special than you will ever know. I’m taking the opportunity right here and right now to announce that today is the first annual National Read Ray Richmond’s Column in the Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press Day.

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Editorial: Be aware of our wild neighbors

Editorial: Be aware of our wild neighbors

Like the rest of us, the local wildlife population is becoming increasingly stressed by the multiyear drought.

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Girls' Golf Preview: Crescenta Valley begins new chapter

Crescenta Valley's Laura Perez is expected to be one of the Falcons top performers this season. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Girls' Golf Preview: Crescenta Valley begins new chapter

There’s been plenty of success achieved by the Crescenta Valley High boys’ soccer team under Grant Clark.

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A Word, Please: The word that is helpful and dispensable

A Word, Please: The word that is helpful and dispensable

“I have been told by some of my more educated friends that using the word “that” (see, I did it again) is many times unnecessary,” Randy wrote. “I was hoping you would weigh in on the technical side of when and when not to use that.”

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The Whiteboard Jungle: GUSD, BUSD should meet to discuss a common calendar

The Whiteboard Jungle: GUSD, BUSD should meet to discuss a common calendar

Earlier this month, I wrote about the early start of school in Glendale and now there is an online petition called “Save Our GUSD Schools” for parents to sign who want to push it back closer to Labor Day. Currently, the petition has surpassed 2,000 signatures, nearing the goal of 2,500.

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It's about more than just winning for Glendale

Glendale's new head football coach George Maiale is trying to instill a winning attitude at Glendale. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

It's about more than just winning for Glendale

As he spoke about his goals and expectations for the 2015 season, new Glendale High football coach George Maiale mentioned winning ... right after a culture change, support, accountability and effort.

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School foundation asks for donations

School foundation asks for donations

La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation board members are out in force at Back-to-School nights asking all school families to make tax-deductible donations in support of La Cañada public schools.

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Nonprofit council prepares directory

Nonprofit council prepares directory

The La Cañada Coordinating Council, a nonprofit group that has been serving the community since 1965 as the coordinating body for the many local volunteer and service clubs, is preparing its annual Directory of Community Organizations.

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Boys' Cross-Country Preview: Burroughs tries to follow up magical year

Boys' Cross-Country Preview: Burroughs tries to follow up magical year

With the season fast approaching, the goals and expectations for the city's four boys' cross-country squads are starting to round into form.

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#818Spotlight: Small car performs big in Glendale

#818Spotlight: Small car performs big in Glendale

Andre Sef, of Glendale, and Harry Bagdikian, of Burbank, practice their driving skills on a Traxxis T-Maxx Nitro remote-control car at Pacific Park in Glendale on Thursday, August 13, 2015. The car can reach a top speed of about 40 miles per hour. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)

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News-Press Pet of the Day: Mojo

Mojo is a 3-year-old, spayed, female, brindle pit bull/terrier mix.

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San Gabriel Valley agency backs up from 710 Freeway project

The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments recently removed the 710 Freeway tunnel from a list of projects first in line for funding should a new transportation sales tax should be passed by L.A. County voters in 2016.

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818 Roundup: Glendale ponders adding council seats; Five iPads stolen from elementary school recovered

Good morning, 818! Today is Friday, August 28, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 99 and a low of 71, according to the National Weather Service.

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Chang, Hosseinion serve as important building blocks for Flintridge Prep

Standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing in at about 205 pounds, Flintridge Prep senior quarterback Andrew Tsangeos is hard to miss.

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Anticipation for special season builds for Flintridge Prep football

There’s a certain undeniable feeling at Flintridge Prep this summer.

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Girls' Tennis Preview: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy aiming for back-to-back league titles

No longer concerned with having to end a league championship drought, the members of the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy tennis team are now focused on looking to stay atop the Sunshine League.

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Depth will be key to Glendale Community College men's soccer success

From a series of dribbling drills to a machine rifling shots from various angles at a handful of goalkeepers, there turned out to be plenty of action going on at Sartoris Field while the members of the Glendale Community College men’s soccer team conducted a recent practice.

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Glendale Cruise Night organizers rev up for makeup run

Concerns about lightning put the brakes on Glendale’s annual Cruise Night last month, but the starting flag has been waved for the rescheduled car show to take place on Saturday.

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<p>Wendy Sinnette, superintendent of schools for the La Canada Unified School District, talks to Kiwanis Club members and parents at a recent Kiwanis meeting at Descanso Gardens.</p>

La Cañada Unified superintendent defends start date

La Cañada Unified Supt. Wendy Sinnette on Tuesday defended schools starting in mid-August in the wake of a recent wave of social media fervor, including an online petition, suggesting the district push back the start date.

<p>Glendale City Council, left to right, Vartan Gharpetian, Mayor Ara Najarian, Laura Friedman, Zareh Sinanyan and Paula Devine, stand with Glendale library director Cindy Cleary, far right, and book characters during the Glendale Central Library renovation groundbreaking ceremony at the library in Glendale on Thursday, July 16, 2015. City officials are looking into expanding the City Council to seven at-large members and moving municipal elections to November.</p>

Glendale ponders having larger council

Almost four months after voters overwhelmingly rejected a move to split the community into voting districts, city officials are looking into expanding the City Council to seven at-large members and moving municipal elections to November.

Glendale youth event centers on interactions with police

A workshop geared toward teaching Glendale’s youth their rights when approached by police drew a handful of teenagers to the Pacific Community Center on Wednesday.

<p>Former two-time mayor Robert Garcin has passed away at the age of 86.</p>

Robert Garcin, former Glendale mayor and city councilman, dies at 86

Former Glendale City Councilman, two-time mayor and retired lawyer Robert Garcin, who served when the Glendale Galleria first opened its doors, has died. He was 86.

<p>Neighbors Mike Schloessmann, left, and Philippe Hartley, right, show how large a recently-replaced power pole is right in between their homes on the 1200 block of Flanders Road in La Ca&ntilde;ada Flintridge on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015.</p>

La Cañada residents prompt city review of power poles

When Philippe Hartley got a notice from Southern California Edison in June that his Flanders Road home would go dark while a nearby power pole was replaced, he figured there was nothing he could do.

<p>A woman returned home Thursday, Aug. 20 at around 9:10 p.m. to find two men reportedly burglarizing her home in the 4800 block of Castle Road. One of the men kicked her, knocking her to the ground. The two men fled the scene in a white hatchback car.</p>

Crime Report: Safe pried open, jewelry stolen from home; Homeowner attacked during robbery

La Cañada Flintridge

INFOGRAPHICS: Paying the rent in the 818

INFOGRAPHICS: Paying the rent in the 818

<p>The new La Canada Village Shopping Center in the 2100 block of Foothill Boulevard in August 1955, anchored by the first Ralphs supermarket to be built in the town. Generous prizes were offered during the grand-opening celebration, including a $1,000 mink stole. Today a Ross Dress for Less store occupies the site.</p>

La Cañada History: Ralphs supermarket opens; local firefighters help after Hurricane Katrina

Ten Years Ago

Business Briefs: Organic yogurt bar opens; Tory Burch coming to Americana at Brand

Organic yogurt shop opens

<p>La Ca&ntilde;ada High's Andrew Sarceda and his teammates open the season Friday at home versus Verbum Dei. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)</p>

Weekly Football Previews: La Cañada, Flintridge Prep ready to kick off season

Even though every area football team has at least nine games on its schedule this season, maybe no contest is given the same amount of significance as does the season opener.

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