Jordan Lay spells her winning word at the district-wide spelling bee on Thursday.

Sixth-grader's pacing and practice help spell success

At the La Cañada Unified spelling bee last week, some competitors spelled words in bunches of three letters at a time. Others plodded through the word's beginning, then rushed through the last several letters in relief.

Andrew Blumenfeld, right, pictured with Ret. assemblymember Anthony Portantino, left, and attorney David Sagal, center, at La Cañada High School's first Be The Change Day on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Blumenfeld has announced plans to run for California's 43rd Assembly District in 2016.

La Cañada school board head eyes Gatto seat

Andrew Blumenfeld, president of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board, has announced his plans to run for California's 43rd Assembly District in 2016.

Father arrested after allegedly leaving crying toddler in car while intoxicated

A 37-year-old man was arrested after his year-old daughter was found crying in his parked car alone for what witnesses reported was at least a half hour, police said.

La Cañada Girl Scouts and Brownies in late January 1955 were preparing for their annual door-to-door campaign selling cookies. Posing for a publicity shot in advance of the three-week sale were, from left, Jill McFadden, Sue Bright, Diane Roberts and Paula Moran. It was announced the troop selling the most cookies that year would win an all-day trip to camp.

La Cañada History: Girl Scouts, Brownies sell cookies to raise camping funds

Ten Years Ago

Jan Ledgard, far right, talks with designers Cynthia Lambakis and Samantha Williams  at the Empty House Party.  Ledgard is designing the kitchen; Lambakis and Williams are creating the butler's pantry and laundry room.

The Valley Line: PSHA presents annual 'Empty House Party'

Once again Southern California was big news weather-wise this past weekend. While the East Coast was bracing for a blizzard we were basking in 80-degree warmth. Our two stunningly beautiful days inspired me to spruce up the backyard, with al fresco dining in mind.

Captain Henry M. Mingay, a Civil War veteran, was honored in Burbank in 1946 when a new elementary school was named for him. Three oak trees, symbolizing Mingay's strength and stamina, were planted during the ceremony. In return, Mingay presented his collection of Civil War and other historical souvenirs to the school, now the Burbank Adult School.

Verdugo Views: Union soldier shared war stories in his 90s

These days, stories about 90-plus-year-olds living an active lifestyle are quite common. But this 90-plus-year-old was active back in the 1920s, when life expectancy wasn’t as great as nowadays.

A 37-year-old Burbank transient was arrested on Monday morning after wielding a knife and chasing a city employee, who had told him he shouldn't be urinating in public, police said.

Police: Homeless man caught urinating at park arrested after wielding knife, chasing city employee

A 37-year-old Burbank transient was arrested on Monday morning after wielding a knife and chasing a city employee, who had told him he shouldn't be urinating in public, police said.

GCC's Dylan Bahr at Stengel field for a Glendale College baseball preseason baseball practice on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

Glendale Community College baseball looks to rediscover winning ways

With success that has included consecutive Western State Conference championships, regional and super regional appearances along with a state run, the Glendale Community College baseball team turned in a different, if not rarer 2014 campaign.

Coltrane Powdrill of California Lutheran University men's basketball team.

College Update: Powdrill, Cal Lutheran prevail in OT thriller

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

Big rig, trailer collision temporarily shuts down Golden State (5) Freeway

A big rig that hit a trailer on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway at Scott Road early this morning caused temporary freeway closures.

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