Dark Knight

A movie poster promoting the new Batman movie hangs on a building across from the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank on Friday. A massacre occurred in a movie theater in Aurora Colorado at the midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises." (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer / July 20, 2012)

Good morning, readers. Today is Saturday, July 21, 2012. As a native of the San Fernando Valley, I'm always defensive when someone (usually a transplant) dismisses my hometown as a vast stretch of useless suburbia attached to Los Angeles.

A writer who wrote an travel essay on the region for the New York Times seems to share my view, and has compiled an itinerary of his favorite spots in the Valley. N.Y. Times

A former North Hollywood High School student is under scrutiny by state officials after allegedly posting photographs of standardized test questions on the Internet. The student has switched schools, though, so both campuses are at risk of losing their API scores. L.A. Times

A Studio City man was arrested Thursday after being discovered with a loaded handgun in his luggage at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, according the police. Burbank Leader

A woman driving in Granada Hills tried to run a red light at 70 mph and allegedly ended up hitting about eight cars. Daily News

During the first 'Carmageddon,' the city was eerily quiet. It was like an earthquake had just struck the region; the freeways were empty and stores were deserted. Officials are hoping for a similar reaction during the second weekend closure of the 405 freeway in September. Huffington Post Los Angeles

The horrible tragedy that occurred during a midnight screening of "The Dark Night Rises" in Colorado early Friday didn't appear to deter moviegoers from seeing the film in Glendale and Burbank. But the mood inside Warner Bros. studios was “a little more somber," said one employee. Glendale News-Press

-- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News

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