News-Press Editorial: Careful wording could help to avoid a lawsuit

Having been under the threat of a lawsuit for the past year, the Glendale City Council this week agreed to ask voters in April if the city should switch from its long-standing at-large voting system to individual districts.

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Leader Editorial: No matter the election, vote early and vote often

Voting is a habit. Getting started early is vitally important to increased civic engagement and, by extension, a better life for us all. So kudos to Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins, Woodbury Professor Paul Sabolic and Sabolic’s students for their efforts to get more young people to vote.

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News-Press Cartoon: Holiday driving in Glendale

News-Press Cartoon: Holiday driving in Glendale

Cartoonist Bert Ring on holiday traffic in Glendale.

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Read On: Yanking 'The Interview' was inevitable

Read On: Yanking 'The Interview' was inevitable

Well, what a year, huh? Crazy stuff in politics, in sports, in entertainment. Really crazy in entertainment.

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'America's first karaoke bar' Dimples to sing itself out

'America's first karaoke bar' Dimples to sing itself out

Sunshine Kriegsman came out to Dimples in Burbank Thursday night to bring her marriage “full circle.”

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La Cañada High boys' basketball gets classic win over Ribet

La Canada High boys’ basketball got back to winning at its host tournament, defeating Ribet Academy, 64-43.

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St. Francis High basketball sputters down stretch against Renaissance Academy

LA CAÑADA — A return trip to the championship game of the La Cañada Holiday Classic appeared inevitable for the St. Francis High basketball team Friday night.

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818 Roundup: Burbank council approves mixed-use project; Teenage smoking study

818 Roundup: Burbank council approves mixed-use project; Teenage smoking study

Good morning, 818! Today is Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 66 degrees and a low of 49 degrees with partly cloudy skies in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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Mixed-use project gets approval in mixed vote

Mixed-use project gets approval in mixed vote

A residential-and-retail development proposed for downtown Burbank won the City Council’s approval on Tuesday to exceed density limits while providing less parking than city code requires.

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School ushers in holiday cheer

School ushers in holiday cheer

Just minutes before dozens of middle and high school students of Glendale’s Tobinworld broke into their rendition of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” on Friday, the son of the school’s founder startled his mother with an unexpected announcement.

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Burbank Unified uses grant money to purchase 200-plus new computers

Burbank Unified school officials have made their first big dent in a $1.4-million grant the district was awarded earlier this year to create educational pathways for students to take from school into their careers.

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Glendale homeless find shelter out of town

While there might not be a winter homeless shelter in Glendale this year, those in need of a roof over their head can still be picked up locally and taken to an 80-bed facility in Pacoima.

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Students work to get out the vote

With hopes of boosting voter registration and turnout, Burbank is looking to local high school and college students for fresh ideas.

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Study focuses on teen smoking, e-cigarettes

More teenagers in middle school and high school reported using electronic cigarettes rather than tobacco cigarettes within about 30 days of taking a government-sponsored survey recently published by Monitoring the Future, an organization conducting an ongoing study of the behavior of secondary students across the country.

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Burbank school board hires search firm for next superintendent

Burbank school board hires search firm for next superintendent

The Burbank school board agreed to hire Leadership Associates to search for its next superintendent, who will take the helm of Burbank’s 20 campuses by July.

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Downstairs bar taps Midwest sensibilities

Downstairs bar taps Midwest sensibilities

The descending flight of stairs is reminiscent of the sitcom “Cheers,” but instead of leading to a bar in Boston in the 1980s, this new lounge is situated in modern-day downtown Glendale.

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The Whiteboard Jungle: Students trade their front teeth for Mariah

The Whiteboard Jungle: Students trade their front teeth for Mariah

Nearly 70 years ago, a music teacher filling in for his wife’s second-grade class asked the children what they wanted for Christmas.

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A Word, Please: A mistake is not quite the same as an error

A Word, Please: A mistake is not quite the same as an error

Not long ago in this space, I wrote about exceptions to a grammar rule. I added, “But none of those exceptions apply in modern publishing.”

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News-Press Pet of the Day: Hera

News-Press Pet of the Day: Hera

Hera is a 5-year-old, female, white Siberian husky who enjoys attention and going for walks. Because she is 5 years old, Hera qualifies for the Senior to Senior program, which waives the adoption fee for adopters age 60 and older. The mandatory microchip fee of $20 still applies.

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DVD Review: Allen film conjures up some 'Magic'

DVD Review: Allen film conjures up some 'Magic'

“Magic in the Moonlight” is somewhere between the 43rd and 45th movie Woody Allen has directed (depending on how you count “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” and “New York Stories”) — almost certainly the most of any major living filmmaker. His career has had dry spells; his work from the late ’90s to the late ’00s was less rewarding than it had been before and would be after.

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Lightnin' strikes a chord

Lightnin' strikes a chord

Pasadena-based bluesman Lightnin’ Willie has developed a particularly intriguing wrinkle on the genre, one that’s cool, airy, with a sinuous groove that infiltrates his audience’s consciousness and invariably gets them up on their feet.

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Dining Review: Canele dishes up 'Wild' cuisine

Dining Review: Canele dishes up 'Wild' cuisine

From the moment you walk in and sense the old wood, the crimson walls, the fresh ranunculus, you know this is going to be something special. Bowls of persimmons and quince and boxes of wild greens look straight out of a still-life painting. Hard-working chefs flip sizzling saute pans in the open kitchen, pausing to exchange greetings with regulars. The music playlist is by somebody I’d like to follow on Spotify. When the menu arrives with fresh herbs attached to it and mouth-watering descriptions, you’re convinced you’re in for a good lunch.

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Theater Review: Playful panto at the Playhouse

Theater Review: Playful panto at the Playhouse

Take a familiar, happily-ever-after fairy tale, throw in slapstick, topical humor, pop songs, ample buffoonery, audience participation throughout and a guy in a dress and you’ve got “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight,” a dandy British-style panto for the whole family at the Pasadena Playhouse.

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Ross named director of district service area

Foothill Municipal Water District announced last week the appointment of Kathy Ross as director of Division 5 of its service area.

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USC-Verdugo Hills workers join union

Two hundred employees at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital have voted to join a statewide union, SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, it was announced Tuesday.

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Dancers add the frosting to ballet premiere

Dancers add the frosting to ballet premiere

To hear Aerin Holt reveal details about her contemporary ballet this season, one feels like a child listening to a bedtime story. Her eyes dance while she reveals some of the mystical creatures and elements in the show — there's a frozen dragon, fairies who create frost and an icicle is used for transportation.

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College Update: St. Francis' Ian Hamilton leads way for locals during bowl season

College Update: St. Francis' Ian Hamilton leads way for locals during bowl season

Ian Hamilton (St. Francis High, 2011) University of Texas El Paso football senior: The former All-Area first-team wide receiver with the Golden Knights will kick off the festivities as his Miners get going Saturday on the first day of the bowl season.

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Crime Report: Woman alarmed by intruder, alarms intruder

A woman said she was sleeping in her third-floor bedroom when she heard a loud noise coming from the master bedroom. She walked to the room and saw a person's silhouette inside. She screamed, alarming the suspect, who also screamed and ran out onto the balcony and out of view.

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To cheers and jeers, Michael Peevey presides over final PUC meeting

To cheers and jeers, Michael Peevey presides over final PUC meeting

During 12 years at the helm of the powerful Public Utilities Commission, Michael Peevey took California out of an energy crisis to become a world leader in renewable energy. Amid praise and controversy, he presided over his last meeting Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Surveillance video released of Bloomingdale's shoplifters

Surveillance video released of Bloomingdale's shoplifters

Police are searching for four suspects who were allegedly involved in stealing more than $11,000 worth of high-end belts, scarves and small leather goods from Bloomingdale’s at the Glendale Galleria.

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Jobless rates edge up in Glendale, Burbank

Jobless rates edge up in Glendale, Burbank

Unemployment rates in Glendale and Burbank rose slightly last month with motion picture and sound recording accounting for most of the job reductions across Los Angeles County, according to the latest labor report.

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Ismail, Flintridge Prep girls' basketball turns back Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

Flintridge Prep's Tala Ismail battles for the loose ball under the basket against Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's Kelly Fradet in a non-eague girls' basketball game at Flintridge Prep on Thursday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Ismail, Flintridge Prep girls' basketball turns back Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

LA CAÑADA — There are several things that Tala Ismail does well on the court while for the Flintridge Prep girls’ basketball team.

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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer holds off gritty Flintridge Prep

LOS ANGELES — Depending on what juncture of the match was observed, the level of separation between the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and Flintridge Prep soccer teams appeared small to nonexistent.

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Early goal is all La Cañada High soccer needs to defeat Glendale

LA CAÑADA — It didn’t take long for the Glendale High girls’ soccer team to have to play catch-up against La Cañada in its nonleague match Thursday.

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818 Roundup: Parents search for diagnosis for ill 18-month-old son; Passport window upgraded

Greetings, readers! Today is Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 63 degrees and a low of 49 degrees with a 20% chance of slight showers in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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Passport office upgraded at Postal Service's Broadway branch

The passport window at the Broadway branch of the U.S. Postal Service was recently upgraded to a 1,500-square-foot office with the goal of getting rid of long lines.

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High marks for Glendale Community College chemistry teacher, students

There’s one thing that the students who take Sevada Chamras’ organic chemistry class know — that his exams are considerably more difficult than the American Chemistry Society’s standardized test — which may explain why Glendale Community College students scored in the 85 percentile after recently taking the national exam.

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City Council approves Glendale Unified's ballot request

The City Council approved a request made by Glendale Unified school officials to ask for voters’ input this April to allow Glendale Unified officials to conduct elections as they wish, ultimately letting them to switch from a current “at-large” voting system to one based on district.

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Glendale Community College's David Smith picks up top regional nod

After helping the Glendale Community College football team enjoy one of its most successful seasons in program history, which included an appearance in a bowl game, a group of players continue to receive postseason recognition.

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College Update: Honors for Mills at USC roll in

Kayla Mills (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2013) USC soccer sophomore: Mills and fellow Flintridge Sacred Heart alumna Katie Johnson had an eventful season, which came to a close in penalty kicks during the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament.

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SPCA lowers fees to celebrate 'Cat-Mas'

As part of a special holiday adoption promotion, the Pasadena Humane Society is celebrating the "12 Days of Cat-Mas" by offering special discounts on feline adoptions through Dec. 24. The Humane Society & SPCA serves residents in nine area cities, including La Cañada Flintridge.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Works crews are removing about 4,000 cubic yards of dirt from the base of Devil's Gate Dam at Hahamongna Watershed Park in Pasadena on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.

Foundation to sue L.A. Public Works over sediment removal plan

Representatives of the Arroyo Seco Foundation and the Pasadena Audubon Society announced Dec. 10 they will file a lawsuit challenging a Los Angeles County Department of Public Works proposal to haul 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from Devil’s Gate Dam.

Jasmine De Matteis and her 18-month old, Jude De Matteis, who suffers from an unknown condition and has a feeding tube to eat, at their home in Sunland on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.

Boy's illness confounds doctors

Jason and Jasmine DeMatteis were desperate when they flew to Cincinnati in search of a diagnosis for their 18-month-old son, Jude.

INFOGRAPHIC: Burbank's kids at a glance

INFOGRAPHIC: Burbank's kids at a glance

INFOGRAPHIC: Glendale teenagers at a glance

INFOGRAPHIC: Glendale teenagers at a glance

Bill Latuf of La Crescenta is a 12-year volunteer with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's Crescenta Valley station, pictured with nearly 200 bags of groceries in a Bob Smith Toyota storage area in La Crescenta on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Food and toys will be distributed to families in need this Saturday at Crescenta Valley Park. There will also be a special breakfast with Santa.

CV station adds partners to its holiday tradition

There's no place like home for the holidays, at least for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Crescenta Valley station volunteers who plan to distribute food and toys this weekend for as many as 150 local families in need.

Thoughts from Dr. Joe: The call to destiny is rooted in character

Is it nature or nurture? Although we are genetically predisposed toward certain temperaments, experience and perception play a critical role in behavior. DNA is not definitive. Genetics may determine the cards we are dealt, but it’s my belief that experience, perception and will determine the outcome.

Around Town: A system is in place for justice

The unsurprising revelation earlier this month that Rolling Stone magazine failed to fact-check its article on gang rape at the University of Virginia proves, once again, that campus rape charges should be sent to the police, not to the student conduct board. (Around Town, “The ‘talk’ can serve as an effective tool,” Nov. 24.)

Rockhaven Sanitarium, at 2713 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013.

Utility gets OK to tap part of Rockhaven site

The Crescenta Valley Water District was given the go-ahead Tuesday to start pumping water from an underground well on the grounds of the Rockhaven sanitarium, treating it and then delivering it to customers.

Cerritos Elementary School students got a surprise when they were told each one would receive a Christmas gift after the winter awards assembly at the Glendale school on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. The gifts were donated by Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center employees through their Mission Council group.  The group collected gifts for 455 students.

818 Roundup: Cerritos Elementary students rewarded; La Cañada Flintridge council appointments

Greetings, readers! Today is Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 64 degrees and a low of 45 degrees with a 20% chance of slight showers in the morning and partly cloudy skies in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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