Former UCLA water polo player from Glendale sentenced to 180 days in jail

Former UCLA water polo player from Glendale sentenced to 180 days in jail

A former UCLA water polo player from Glendale who was accused of rape last year pleaded no contest on Thursday to one count each of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and criminal threats.

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Students abuzz over Science Bowl contest

La Cañada High School is prepared to compete in a regional science competition at Jet Propulsion Laboratory this Saturday, following months of preparation in hopes they'll compete in the National Science Bowl.

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The Focused Student: Helping teens learn, grow and succeed

After years of teaching, I've come to the conclusion that — even here in La Cañada — most teenagers drive their parents a little crazy. I'm highly qualified to make this diagnosis, as I'm the father of two teens as well as the executive director of the Hillside School and Learning Center. This is key to remember: They won't do it forever.

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Actor Michael Gross' connection to story brings a short film to life

Actor Michael Gross' connection to story brings a short film to life

When La Cañada actor Michael Gross read the script for the short film "Our Father," he was hooked.

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Guest Column: A man who saw possibility in all things real

People say, “Once you knew Howard, you couldn't forget him.” Howard Schultz, a former resident of La Cañada, passed away unexpectedly last month while celebrating his 28th wedding anniversary on family vacation in Hawaii. He was 61. He recently moved to Boulder, Colo., where he and his wife Tana lived on their Lighthearted Ranch.

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Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Exploring the deeper meaning of patriotism

When I was a kid, the criticism of older people would tick me off. I'd wonder what right the old geezers had to criticize me. Of course, now that I'm an old geezer, I understand the importance of an adult in being an adult. My beef is found within the context of a great story.

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Price of single-family homes in Burbank rise

Price of single-family homes in Burbank rise

The median price for a single-family home in Burbank rose 11% last month compared to the same time in 2013, and sales also grew during the period, according to the latest real estate report.

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Around Town: The benefits of being multilingual

Years ago, on a trip to Guayaquil, Ecuador, a friend complimented me on my Spanish fluency. She said, “Es un adorno para saber un otro idioma,” which literally means that a fluency in a second language is an ornament.

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Tiles show common ground

Tiles show common ground

There’s a patch of land in La Crescenta that many people will have a stake in — at least a small stake.

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818 Roundup: LCF residents' water use drops in December; Walking flags at Glendale crosswalks

818 Roundup: LCF residents' water use drops in December; Walking flags at Glendale crosswalks

Good morning, 818! It's Thursday, January 29, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 75 degrees and a low of 55 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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Bell-Jeff basketball picks up pace in second half to down La Salle

Bell-Jeff basketball picks up pace in second half to down La Salle

PASADENA – The pace was a bit slow during the first half of Wednesday’s Camino Real League game between Bellarmine-Jefferson High and La Salle.

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La Cañada High boys' basketball rolls past Temple City and into first place

LA CAÑADA - Backed by what might have been their best first half of the season, the members of the La Cañada High boys’ basketball team find themselves with a share of the lead in the Rio Hondo League at the halfway point.

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Sample ballots, pamphlets cause confusion

The Burbank City Clerk’s office mailed ballots and sample pamphlet books for the city’s upcoming primary election this week.

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Inventory rises in housing market

After a lengthy string of increases, the median sale price for a single-family home in Glendale dropped slightly last month from the same time last year, and the number of homes sold climbed, according to the latest real estate report.

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Flintridge Prep gets defensive in win against No. 2 Pasadena Poly

Flintridge Prep gets defensive in win against No. 2 Pasadena Poly

PASADENA — Late in the second half of its Prep League boys’ soccer match Wednesday, the Flintridge Prep defense had kept the potent Pasadena Poly offense in check.

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La Cañada High girls' soccer gets last-minute goal to best Temple City

TEMPLE CITY — With time running down in the game, Chloe Kouyoumdian found herself unmarked about three yards from the goal line.

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Online classes at GCC set to expand

As of this week, more than 100 Glendale Community College professors have enrolled in a program to earn certification so they can teach online courses, also known as “distance education,” according to a report presented during a trustee meeting on Tuesday.

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GCC officials get a look at proposed trustee areas

GCC officials get a look at proposed trustee areas

Glendale Community College officials were presented with several drafts Tuesday night for various proposed voting districts as the college moves ahead with switching from its current at-large system.

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Crescenta Valley Briefs: CV Alliance presents parenting discussion; Vegan cooking demonstration for Valentine's Day

The CV Alliance will present “Parent or Friend? Finding the Balance” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 in the library at Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave.

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Residents' water use lessens in December

Residents' water use lessens in December

Local water usage among customers decreased by 33% last month compared to December 2013, according to Foothill Municipal Water District officials. The reduction is the largest in the district and is thought to be attributable to wetter weather conditions inspiring residents to turn off their irrigation systems.

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Sixth-grader's pacing and  practice help spell success

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.

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La Cañada school board head eyes Gatto seat

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.

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Teen parts with furry friend following completion of guide dog training

Teen parts with furry friend following completion of guide dog training

Lexie Dreyfuss took Chloe, a black Labrador retriever, everywhere for 18 months. The 17-year-old junior had the dog lay by her side in class at La Cañada High School, walk through the aisles at Ralphs and resist other furry friends while volunteering at Petco.

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Father arrested after allegedly leaving crying toddler in car while intoxicated

A 37-year-old man was arrested after his 1-year-old daughter was found crying in his parked car alone for what witnesses reported was at least half an hour, police said.

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

Ten Years Ago

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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College Update: Powdrill, Cal Lutheran prevail in OT thriller

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

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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.

Glendale Transportation and Parking Commissioner Maro Yacobian demonstrates how to use the pedestrian caution flags provided by the city as a pilot program at E. Colorado St and Jackson St. in Glendale on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

City installs walking flags

City officials have installed walking flags at two unmarked crosswalks in Glendale as part of a new pedestrian-safety initiative designed to give drivers better visibility of people crossing the street.

Metro bus passing through at the station inside the Bob Hope Airport's Regional Intermodal Transit Center, RITC, in Burbank on Monday, January 26, 2015. The station puts passengers at the new rental car facility where there are 10 companies offering over 1,000 cars. Passengers also have access to trains, which are across the street, and a covered, moving pathway back to the airport terminals.

Wheels turning on bus service

Bob Hope Airport officials are moving forward with efforts to implement “high priority” projects to improve ground transportation serving the airfield, including proposed new bus service connecting the cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena.

Emergency personnel stand in front of the wreckage of a Metrolink train after it derailed on Wednesday, January 26, 2005,  south of Chevy Chase.

818 Roundup: Lessons learned from 2005 Metrolink crash; Burbank council, school board endorsements

Good morning, 818! It's Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 74 degrees and a low of 54 degrees with partly cloudy skies in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Sports Roundup: Hoover boys' hoops edged by Pasadena

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Glendale High boys' soccer completes sweep of Burroughs

BURBANK — After completing a sweep against the reigning Pacific League champion, the members of the Glendale High boys’ soccer team said it wasn’t an easy task.

Crescenta Valley boys' basketball shoots down Muir

LA CRESCENTA — Crescenta Valley High’s boys’ basketball team’s shooters have retained their reputation with consistent pure shooting from behind the arc.

Glendale High boys' basketball overcomes large deficit to beat Burroughs

BURBANK — Overtime games have been the norm this season in the head-to-head matchups between the Glendale High and Burroughs boys’ basketball teams.

Crescenta Valley High girls' water polo defeated Glendale, 16-6, on Tuesday.

Crescenta Valley girls' water polo downs Glendale in first-place matchup

GLENDALE — Crescenta Valley High’s girls’ water polo team has been flourishing as of late no matter what opposition has faced it.

Flintridge Prep's #10 Katherine Pinney moves the ball upfield vs. Pasadena Poly in away game at Poly's Babcock Field in Pasadena on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

Flintridge Prep girls' soccer gets different effort, same result against Poly

PASADENA — The first time Flintridge Prep played Pasadena Poly this season in girls’ soccer, the host Rebels lost and left Prep Coach Esteban Chavez unhappy with the effort of his squad.

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