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  • A Word, Please: The multipurpose apostrophe rarely forms plurals

    A Word, Please: The multipurpose apostrophe rarely forms plurals
    I fielded a question recently about "minding your p's and q's." I had used that expression in a column a few weeks ago, and it prompted an email from a reader named Christine who was curious about those apostrophes.
  • Burb's Eye View: Those who were lost are still out there

    Burb's Eye View: Those who were lost are still out there
    Just because we look up into the night and can't see the stars doesn't mean they're not there. I thought this as my eyes drifted into the sky, past the stage lights at Johnny Carson Park. Those stars were up there somewhere, but a cloud hid them from...

    Another scam reported involving bogus utility workers

    Fraudsters scammed a Burbank hair salon out of nearly $500 Tuesday after posing as utility workers on the phone demanding payments for outstanding power bills, police said. At 2:15 p.m., a man called Beauty Works Hair Salon – located at 2424 W....

    Burb's Eye View: A Pilates studio with a mission of health

    Burb's Eye View: A Pilates studio with a mission of health
    The reformer exercise machines at Janice Cronkhite's Toluca Lake Pilates studio sometimes serve a higher purpose. In 2008, Cronkhite threw some tables on the low machines and displayed a few donated items for a homegrown silent auction. She'd only...

    Burb's Eye View: Hypnotic response to bad habits

    Burb's Eye View: Hypnotic response to bad habits
    The academic rigors of second-grade math were proving too difficult for a young Ronald Bonk. The mocking numbers overwhelmed him. Bonk chewed on his pencils, hoping the method would provide prescience. The stress roiled. Eventually the habit evolved,...