818 Roundup: USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital nurses vote on possible strike; 'Pretty Little Liars' at the library

818 Roundup: USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital nurses vote on possible strike; 'Pretty Little Liars' at the library

Good morning, 818! Today is Monday, March 30, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 80 degrees and a low of 55 degrees with patchy fog in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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All-Area Girls' Water Polo Second Team

Burroughs High goalie Kate Wilke was named to the All-Area Girls' Water Polo Second Team. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Girls' Water Polo Second Team

Gaby Aghakian, Senior, Driver, Burbank

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All-Area  Girls' Water Polo First Team

Crescenta Valley High first-year Coach Ricky Mulcahey was named the 2014-15 All-Area Girls' Water Polo Coach of the Year. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Girls' Water Polo First Team

Ani Aghakhanian, Senior, Utility, Crescenta Valley

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All-Area Girls' Water Polo Player of the Year: Crescenta Valley High's Taylor breaks out into spotlight

Crescenta Valley High's Audrey Taylor is the All-Area Girl's Water Polo Player of the Year. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Girls' Water Polo Player of the Year: Crescenta Valley High's Taylor breaks out into spotlight

There’s rarely a break in the action for Audrey Taylor.

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Martirosyan on wrong end of close decision against Jermell Charlo

LAS VEGAS — Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan moved forward and stalked. Jermell Charlo stayed to the outside and danced.

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Film Review: Lawrence and Cooper can't save 'Serena'

Film Review: Lawrence and Cooper can't save 'Serena'

At this exact moment in time, it's hard to imagine a film starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence getting only a token theatrical release after debuting on VOD. Are there any rising stars hotter?

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Read On: Making plans for the big night

Read On: Making plans for the big night

My beautiful and talented daughter Gabi is getting married two weeks from today. And it’s all great. She’s marrying a terrific guy with a fantastic work ethic and from top-notch stock. She’s 26. Not too young. Not too old. Nobody’s pregnant or anything. All is right in Hitchville.

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Leader Editorial: It's better to get a heads-up on test scores

Burbank Unified officials are cautioning all to mentally brace for the fact that tests measuring progress under the new Common Core standards will likely show lower scores than have been seen here previously. A similar warning is going out from districts across the state as everyone adjusts to the new educational standards and testing.

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News-Press Editorial: A salute and welcome to new citizens

News-Press Editorial: A salute and welcome to new citizens

Leaving your homeland to establish yourself in a new country can be fraught with challenges, as any newcomer can attest. Learning a new language can be quite difficult for some, as can adjusting to a different culture and establishing fresh networks of friends. It takes a certain amount of courage to make the leap to a new world.

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News-Press Cartoon: Council candidate's campaign HQ violates zoning, city says

News-Press Cartoon: Council candidate's campaign HQ violates zoning, city says

Bert Ring provides us his take Glendale City Council candidate Edith Fuentes' campaign headquarters in the Montrose Shopping District, which the city argues violates zoning rules.

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Burbank's Community Day School wins $10K IKEA grant to revamp kitchen

The kitchen at Community Day School in Burbank, where students learn to cook with vegetables they grow in the school’s garden, will undergo a major renovation thanks to a $10,000 grant from IKEA.

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#818 Spotlight: A man and his drone

Alex Cervantes, of Eagle Rock, flies a DGI Phantom 2 drone at Brand Park in Glendale on Friday, March 20, 2015. Cervantes has had the drone for a few months, the last time flying it was six weeks ago. He was at Brand Park for a workout with a trainer and got there early to fly.

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Nurses fall in line on possible strike at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital

Nurses fall in line on possible strike at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital

Nurses at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital took action in the face of contract negotiations that have dragged on since last May by taking a strike vote Thursday and Friday, and 85% of the nurses who voted supported a strike, according to the nurses union representative.

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Library hosts fans of cult book and show 'Pretty Little Liars'

Library hosts fans of cult book and show 'Pretty Little Liars'

This week, Burbank's die-hard “Pretty Little Liars” fans got a glimpse at some of the ABC Family show's props and costumes, and to view the teen drama's fifth season finale an hour before it aired on the West Coast.

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Local police officers to compete in 120-mile, 'Baker to Vegas' relay race

Local police officers to compete in 120-mile, 'Baker to Vegas' relay race

Twenty Glendale police officers — including, for the first time in Glendale’s history, the police chief — will be hitting the pavement Saturday afternoon to compete in an overnight law-enforcement relay race through the desert.

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818 Roundup: Glendale schools likely sticking with artificial turf; 'Empire' actress apologizes to Glendale police

818 Roundup: Glendale schools likely sticking with artificial turf; 'Empire' actress apologizes to Glendale police

Good morning, 818! Today is Saturday, March 28, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 86 degrees and a low of 59 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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Election: Hopefuls' campaign war chests grow

As the April 7 election approaches, challengers lead in the money race for seats on the Glendale City Council and Glendale Community College’s board of trustees, while the sole incumbent in Glendale Unified’s race has raised the most funds in that contest.

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Technicolor USA Inc. to shutter Burbank film facility

Citing a shift in its priorities toward a digital-servicing platform, Technicolor USA Inc., the French-owned film processing and post-production company, announced this week it would be closing its facility in downtown Burbank.

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Hearing slated for Bob Hope Airport noise program update

Bob Hope Airport will hold a workshop and public hearing on Monday on its proposed revision of a noise compatibility program for homes around the airfield.

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Council candidates differ on issues at forum

Council candidates at the final election forum on Thursday were divided on what to do about transferring millions of dollars from a local utility to the General Fund, an issue that’s currently being decided in court.

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Crime Report: Residential burglary occurs while boarder is at home

A man told deputies that he and his wife left their home at around 12:30 p.m. to get groceries. When they returned at 1:15 p.m., they noticed someone had cut open a sliding screen door.

Glendale High football players warm up on artificial turf before a game on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

Schools likely to stick with crumb rubber turf

After chemical tests showed there is no hazardous amount of toxic materials in the artificial turf fields installed at several Glendale schools, officials in the Glendale school district are likely to stick with the turf material they’ve been using for the past decade.

A bulldozer knocks down the first of 19 buildings at the old Western Studio Center to make way for a new IKEA store on the 800 block of S. San Fernando Rd. in Burbank on Thursday, March 26, 2015. The store, about one mile away from an existing IKEA, will have 456,00 sq. ft of space and will include 1,700 parking spaces on 22 acres of land. The store will open in the Spring 2017.

Demolition crews clear the way for new IKEA

The first of more than a dozen buildings on the site of the future IKEA store came crashing down in a matter of minutes Thursday morning, a milestone that comes more than a year after the project was approved.

La Cañada Elementary School third grader Andres Uribe spins around an obstacle during the school's Health and Fitness week activities during lunch at the school yard in La Ca&ntilde:ada Flintridge on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Health and Fitness Week at La Cañada Elementary

Activities like a lunchtime obstacle course were part of the Health and Fitness week from March 23 through March 27, 2015 at La Cañada Elementary School. 

Election meet-and-greet event slated

Election meet-and-greet event slated

The Burbank City Clerk’s Office and the I Vote 4 Burbank 2015 Election Committee will host a meet-and-greet event where voters will have a chance to get acquainted with candidates in the upcoming City Council and school board elections.

Actress apologizes to Glendale police for racial profile claims

Actress apologizes to Glendale police for racial profile claims

“Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson apologized for alleging that Glendale police racially profiled her son during a traffic stop after a video obtained by the Los Angeles Times cast doubt about whether police had improperly targeted him.

Holy Family's Liyah Lewis was named to the All-Area Girls' Basketball Second Team. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

All-Area Girls' Basketball Second Team

Sienna Brown, Senior, Center, Burroughs

<p>Burroughs High Coach Vicky Oganyan is the 2014-15 All-Area Girls' Basketball Coach of the Year. (File Photo)</p>

All-Area Girls' Basketball First Team

Josie Brock, Junior, Forward, Crescenta Valley

Marie King, executive bar manager at the Tonga Hut, pours a Tonga Hut Rum Barrel with three types of rum, house made falernum, lime zest, spices, simple syrup and passion fruit.  Photographed on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Dining Review: Area Tiki bars serve as portals to paradise

Recently I went to a party in Palm Springs where many guests knew each other from Tiki Caliente, an event dedicated to tiki culture. I've always been into Polynesian motifs — our yard has tiki carvings and waterfalls — but these people are hard core. It got me wondering where one can go in our part of the sea to satisfy a craving for the sultry sensations of the classic Polynesian-Pop lifestyle, as the Tiki Caliente folks say. Turns out there's a surprising concentration of tiki spots in North Hollywood and a smattering of others nearby.

The Tiki room at Damon's Steak House on Thursday, March 26, 2015. The restaurant, with a Tiki motif, has been operating in Glendale since the 1930s.

Damon's takes diners from the South Seas to out of this world

With an outrigger canoe hanging over the main dining area and Polynesian-themed murals on the walls, just walking into Damon's will make you feel a buzz. And, depending on how many tropical cocktails you've consumed, you'll definitely be feeling buzzed on your way out.

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