Proposal for rail corridor through Angeles National Forest draws fire

Proposal for rail corridor through Angeles National Forest draws fire

A recent proposal to study cutting a high-speed rail corridor through the Angeles National Forest is drawing fire from San Fernando Valley communities near the preserve's southwest boundary, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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News-Press Cartoon: Geo Listening

News-Press Cartoon: Geo Listening

Bert Ring gives his thoughts on the continued use of Geo Listening by Glendale Unified. The company watches the public social media posts of students, keeping an eye out for instances of bullying, depression, or thoughts of suicide.

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Gatto-introduced hit-and-run bills headed to Brown's desk

Two pieces of legislation that seek to reduce the number of hit-and-runs in the state are headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after passing in both the Assembly and Senate.

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Read On: The news can be hard to bear

Read On: The news can be hard to bear

So this is the headline I woke up to read on my Facebook news feed on Friday morning: "Ice Bucket Fraud! ALS Foundation Admits 73% of Donations Not Used For ALS Research."

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La Cañada High football edges Verbum Dei in opener

La Cañada High's Ryan Breneman, left, leaves a Verbum Dei player behind during the nonleague opener at Los Angeles Southwest College on Friday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

La Cañada High football edges Verbum Dei in opener

LOS ANGELES — Every facet of La Cañada High’s football team proved to be a major catalyst in its season-opening victory Friday evening.

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Burbank High football holds off Ayala in opener

CHINO HILLS — Burbank High’s football team walked off the field Friday night with a win in its season opener on the road against Ayala.

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Flintridge Prep football blitzes Blair in season opener

Flintridge Prep's Elliot Witter turns upfield for a gain against Blair in the first half of a nonleague football game at Occidental College on Friday. Flintridge Prep won, 45-0. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Flintridge Prep football blitzes Blair in season opener

LOS ANGELES — Big things will be expected throughout the season by the Flintridge Prep football team as it relates to its passing attack.

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Fallen power pole causes power outage, street closures

A power pole fell on a parked car at Rosemont and Prospect avenue in the La Crescenta-Montrose area on Friday evening, causing "fluid" street closures in the area as authorities worked to repair the damage.

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818 Roundup: Church's future in question if apartment project approved; Man arrested for test-driving cars at dealership after-hours

818 Roundup: Church's future in question if apartment project approved; Man arrested for test-driving cars at dealership after-hours

Good morning readers! Today is Saturday, August 30, 2014. Temperatures today are forecasted to reach a high of 92 degrees in the Glendale area and a low of 68.

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Weather: Your forecast for Saturday

Weather: Your forecast for Saturday

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Glendale Historical Society raises the bar

Glendale Historical Society raises the bar

The Glendale Historical Society is toasting the Jewel City's history of cuisines and libations with its launch of a yearlong series that will find the group spotlighting long-standing bars and restaurants across the city.

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Church's future in question if 'Talaria' is approved

Church's future in question if 'Talaria' is approved

Before David Golding began attending Victory Baptist Church three years ago, his life was in shambles.

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Verdugo pool to close for new roof

Verdugo pool to close for new roof

The Verdugo aquatic facility and recreation center will be closed for five weeks, and programming will be relocated while crews install a new roof on the 66-year-old building starting next Tuesday, officials said.

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Longtime DeBell Golf Club professional dies

Phillip Scozzola Jr., a longtime golf professional who oversaw DeBell Golf Club, passed away on Aug. 17 due to complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 78.

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Locals take part in a prayer for peace

Locals take part in a prayer for peace

Prayers for peace were shared by more than 100 people at the First Baptist Church of La Crescenta Thursday night during a candlelit vigil dedicated to Christian minorities facing persecution in the Middle East.

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No shortage of learning for Glendale Community College women's volleyball

Being asked questions is considered a good sign by Yvette Ybarra. She’s glad to provide detailed answers.

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Glendale Bears make preparations for new season

Junior peewees run a drill at a youth football practice for the Glendale Bears at Eagle Rock High on Wednesday. This is the program's first year at Eagle Rock after several years, from its inception, of playing at Glendale High. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Glendale Bears make preparations for new season

Talk to Cynthia Perez and she’s got quite an optimistic outlook.

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GCC aims at state transfer goal

State community college officials unveiled a new goal this week to increase the number of students who transfer to four-year schools, or earn certificates or degrees, and Glendale Community College will need to make some gains to reach the target.

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Footage released of suspect who stole from Glendale High School cars

Footage released of suspect who stole from Glendale High School cars

Police have released surveillance footage of a suspect allegedly stealing belongings from a parked car at Glendale High School last month, and he is believed to have been spotted wandering the campus previously.

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Man arrested after test-driving dealership cars after-hours

A North Hollywood man was charged with trespassing this week when he was spotted wandering around a local Mercedes-Benz dealership after closing and was later found to have moved vehicles around because he was "testing" them, police said.

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Traffic commission advises against change to Magnolia Park parking rules

The Burbank Traffic Commission on Thursday advised city officials not to change parking restrictions on a block in Magnolia Park where merchants complained of inadequate parking for their customers, as well as a lack of enforcement of parking rules.

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Burroughs High debuts college-level animation class

Burroughs High debuts college-level animation class

Nearly 20 students this week participated in the first-ever animation class at John Burroughs High School taught by a Woodbury University professor to give juniors and seniors an introduction to the industry.

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YMCA offers Farsi language course

The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA is offering a Farsi language course each Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Basic reading, writing and speaking skills will be addressed for students at all levels and ages.

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Educational Foundation seek donations

Educational Foundation seek donations

La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation board members have been attending La Cañada Unified School District Back-to-School nights to seek donations from parents.

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Film Review: 'Love Is Strange' tells a moving story

Film Review: 'Love Is Strange' tells a moving story

It's not many films that actually start with the happy ending, but that is seemingly the joyful place where "Love Is Strange" first takes us, as the couple Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) are finally allowed to tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan after nearly four decades together.

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A Word, Please: Punctuation isn't a business for kids

A Word, Please: Punctuation isn't a business for kids

According to the Internet, there's a car dealer whose service department has a "kid's play area," but a competitor offers a "childrens play area."

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Editorial: A fond farewell to Brand Bookshop

Editorial: A fond farewell to Brand Bookshop

The collective hearts of local readers and fans of independent bookstores sank two months ago when it was announced that Brand Bookshop was nearing its last days. Patrons of the Glendale store had noticed the absence of its owner Jerome Joseph, who founded the shop with his business partner 29 years ago. A fall at work had kept Joseph away, and according to son Noriaki Nakano, his father never quite recovered from the injury.

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Crescenta Valley Crime: Sunday newspaper theft caught on surveillance camera

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Businesses near Burbank, Glendale express concerns over L.A. minimum wage hike idea

Businesses near Burbank, Glendale express concerns over L.A. minimum wage hike idea

Following extended debate, a San Fernando Valley-based business group delayed voting Thursday on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's soon-to-be-unveiled plan to hike the city's minimum wage to $13.25 an hour by 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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818 Roundup: Brand Bookshop nears close; SUV crash results in 800 homes without power

818 Roundup: Brand Bookshop nears close; SUV crash results in 800 homes without power

Good morning readers! Today is Friday, August 29, 2014. Temperatures today are forecasted to reach a high of 93 degrees in the Glendale area and a low of 68.

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Hoover High football handed season-opening loss by Hollywood

Hoover High's Jesse Martinez drags a few Hollywood High defenders with him as he is tackled in the nonleague season opener at Glendale High on Thursday. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Hoover High football handed season-opening loss by Hollywood

GLENDALE — After one game, Hoover High second-year football Coach Matt Andersen isn’t about to panic.

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Shayna Baszler begins final chapter with UFC debut

UFC fighters Shayna Baszler, left, works out with weights at the Glendale Fighting Club on June 23. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)

Shayna Baszler begins final chapter with UFC debut

To the novel or perhaps casual fan of mixed martial arts, Shayna Baszler is known as one of “The Four Horsewomen,” a training partner of Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter” and an avid personality on Twitter who’s a diehard professional wrestling fan.

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Glendale Community College cross-country confident it can continue success

It will be on Saturday morning when the Glendale Community College cross-country program, arguably the most successful sports program in the school, returns to competition in an event named after one of the more storied runners to have been associated with Glendale.

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Michael Feinstein meets the challenge

Noted singer-pianist Michael Feinstein remembers what he was thinking just before he took the stage last year for his inaugural performance as principal conductor of the Pasadena Pops.

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Weather: Your forecast for Friday

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Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

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'The End' is near at Brand Bookshop

The nearly 30-year story of the Brand Bookshop is in its final chapters as the business is expected to close sometime in September.

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Four recruits take oath to join Glendale's police force

The Glendale Police Department swore in four rookie officers earlier this month after they graduated from the police academy, though plenty of training in the field still lies ahead.

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GWP adopts pilot program aimed at conservation

Glendale Water & Power recently launched a pilot program that will give thousands of customers more thorough information on how many gallons of water they consume, while providing tips for cutting back, in a move to spur greater conservation among residents.

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The Whiteboard Jungle: Teaching 'Mockingbird' to today's students

One of the charges of the high school English teacher is to help teenagers see the relevancy of literature to their lives. I'm always on the lookout on how to win over the students to read, in their minds, very old books from long, long ago.

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Crash leaves nearly 800 homes without power

A silver SUV crashed into a power pole and a fire hydrant in the 2800 block of Verdugo Road on Thursday afternoon, leaving 796 homes in the area without electricity, said City Spokesman Tom Lorenz.

"Brock," a short film about a teenager who tells his life story to a childhood robot he's fixing, was created by St. Francis High School graduates Frederick Balian and Casey Shatraw. The film was one of two the pair entered into the Montrose Film Festival's student filmmaking contest, earning them $300.

Filmmaking teens take top honors at festival

A silent film set to the music of composer of George Gershwin that details a teenager's attempts to win the heart of his dream girl and another film that follows an introverted teenager as he recounts his life to the toy robot he's repairing recently won honors at a local film festival.

Committee lines up 'Suspect' author

The La Cañada Flintridge One City One Book Committee has announced its pick for the community read this fall. Local residents are invited to dive into “Suspect,” by Robert Crais, then participate in an October event with its author.

Welcoming planned for newcomers

La Cañada Flintridge residents who are new to the area are invited to join Newcomers and Friends of San Gabriel Valley, according to Terry Akins, a spokesperson for the organization.

Cars line up at a DUI checkpoint on Los Feliz Boulevard in January 2009.

DUI checkpoint scheduled for Labor Day weekend

Glendale police will conduct a DUI checkpoint this weekend as well as aggressively patrolling for drunk drivers over Labor Day weekend.

Tamar Hill, the former girls basketball coach at La Canada High School and new owner of a Kona Ice shave ice truck, talks with friends at the Paradise Canyon Elementary back to school night in La Cañada Flintridge on Friday, August 22, 2014.

Coach takes on a cooler role

When La Cañada High School teacher, athletic director and girls basketball coach Tamar Hill stepped down from her athletic positions in March, she was looking for a change of pace from the hectic schedules and stresses that had come to dominate her life.

La Cañada school district sets goals

Despite the belief that even the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry, La Cañada Unified Supt. Wendy Sinnette still believes in the power of a school district powered by principals and steered by well-planned goals.

Around Town: Chihauhuas and pit bulls can fly

We were at the Huntington Medical Research Institutes open house in Pasadena when one of the board members mentioned her support for a special project at the Pasadena Humane Society.

Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Reverence for the flag and its hymn

Each morning at 7 o'clock, John Giacchio and I would unfurl the colors, then attach the clips of the rope to the eyelets embroidered into the blue field of stars. While humming “To the Colors,” we'd raise the flag and salute. At 5 p.m. we'd lower the flag, hum “Retreat,” then fold Old Glory and return her to the principal's office at Saint Frances of Rome elementary school.

Flintridge Prep quarterback Andrew Tsangeos throws a pass during practice on Tuesday. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

Tsangeos takes to new role(s) for Flintridge Prep football

With a roster that consists of 22 players, the Flintridge Prep football team was pleased to announce two new additions during practice recently as the Rebels tuned up for their season-opener Friday versus Blair.

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