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818 Roundup: Westboro in Glendale, YMCA plans and Nagorno-Karabakh

January 13, 2014
  • The Burbank Community YMCA recently spent about $1 million for renovations of the pool, and the gym at the Magnolia Blvd. location in Burbank, pictured in Friday, January 10, 2014. (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer / January 10, 2014)
The Burbank Community YMCA recently spent about $1 million…

Good morning readers. Before you get started on that Monday commute, check out these news items from around the 818 area code: 

Hundreds of people from Burbank and Glendale came out Sunday morning at four Jewel City churches to counter a demonstration by eight members of the Westboro Baptist Church, a group renowned for protesting at gay marriages, military funerals and warning of divine retribution. Glendale News-Press

If it strikes your fancy, you can check out my opinion of the whole circus Glendale News-Press

The Burbank Community YMCA is slated to unveil next week its $1-million renovation, which includes upgrades to its aquatics center, pool and gym. Burbank Leader

Accused of bending an ear to Armenian lobbyists, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) has introduced a resolution in the state Assembly, urging the United States to recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic as a sovereign state, raising the ire of Azerbaijanis in the United States and abroad. Glendale News-Press

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