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News | By Jason Wells and Veronica Rocha,, jason.well@latimes.com, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 16, 2011
The local Armenian community braced against a public rush to judgment after authorities on Wednesday announced a major crackdown on Armenian organized crime that included 74 people arrested on fraud and racketeering charges. The federal indictments, unveiled at Glendale police headquarters Wednesday, alleged that members of the gang Armenian Power engaged in a range of white collar crimes to defraud the public of $20 million. In a city where people of Armenian descent make up roughly 40% of the population, news of the arrests raised fears of what seems to be the inevitable: a rush by a vocal few to reinforce stereotypes.
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By June Casagrande | April 26, 2013
Creators of a software program called Grammarly recently conducted a study of the grammar used in LinkedIn member profiles. They found that people with fewer grammar errors in their profiles ascended to higher positions, got more promotions and changed jobs more often. The implication: better grammar correlates with greater success. Without knowing more about the study it's hard to know how strong that correlation is. For example, the idea of "grammar errors" is surprisingly fluid.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 21, 2011
Police are searching for any possible victims of a 24-year-old man who was detained Sunday after allegedly masturbating in his car and shouting obscenities to a woman sitting on bus bench, officials said. The woman, whose name wasn't released, placed Narbe Safyani under citizen's arrest Sunday after a police helicopter spotted him trying to flee the northwest Glendale area, according to Glendale police reports. Officers stopped Safyani's white Toyota Rav 4, and the woman positively identified him as the man who harassed her. “It's a crime and it's assault and harassment,” said Christine Ward, director of the Crime Victims Assistance Network Foundation.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
The California Department of Public Health has set a draft limit for a water contaminant known as chromium 6 at 10 parts per billion, significantly lower than the current cap of 50 parts per billion for total chromium in drinking water. The state agency used more than a decade of research done by the city of Glendale to set the limit, which once its finalized will impact water providers statewide. “California is the first and only state in the nation to establish a maximum contaminant level specifically for chromium-6 in drinking water,” Ron Chapman, the department's director and public health officer said in a statement.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | May 1, 2013
Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts is coming back to Glendale, moving into the former Albertsons supermarket location on Central Avenue just a few months after the fabric company's original Glendale location was shuttered. Philip Lanzafame, Glendale's officer for economic development, said the new Jo-Ann Fabrics would be a larger "regional superstore" located at 1000 S. Central Ave. The store's former location on Orange Street - a longtime fixture for the do-it-yourself set in the area - closed on Jan. 24 because developer Holland Partners Group plans to construct a six-story, 166-unit apartment building on the site.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | July 8, 2009
CENTRAL GLENDALE — Virgil’s Hardware Home Center, long known as the quirky source of everything from eggs to 50-year-old door knobs, has been purchased by the owner of Do-It Center hardware stores after 100 years of family ownership, company representatives confirmed Wednesday. Chatsworth-based Neiman Reed Lumber Co., which also owns a Do-It Center in Burbank, informed Virgil’s employees of the buyout during a staff meeting Monday, store clerks said. The change stirred fears among loyal shoppers who often chose the store over other hardware outlets because of its staff expertise, unique selection and sometimes odd offerings.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil and Jason Wells | April 29, 2011
A Glendale man who allegedly shot a woman to death Friday evening and pushed her body out of his car off the 210 Freeway in La Crescenta remained in surgery after apparently shooting himself, officials said. The identities of the man and the woman were not immediately available. Authorities closed the La Crescenta Avenue off-ramp from the westbound 210 Freeway where the body was dumped from a black Honda shortly after 5 p.m., when police started fielding 911 calls from witnesses.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 12, 2012
Glendale Water & Power has started testing a new filtration method to strip chromium 6 from groundwater and plans to start the process for other techniques next month. Previous methods have had some drawbacks, prompting the fresh approaches. Filtration adds an extra step to current testing, but the others, which include using resins and absorption technology to suck out the cancer-causing contaminant, are new ventures. “We're blazing the trail here,” said Charles Cron, plant manager at a chromium 6 testing facility in northwest Glendale.
SPORTS
By Robert Fulton | June 23, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The Crescenta Valley High boys' basketball team ran into a freight train in the form of El Camino Real in the semifinals of the War on the Floor Tournament at Los Angeles Pierce College on Sunday. “I'm frustrated by the loss,” Crescenta Valley's Kevin Dinges said. “I take every game seriously no matter what. This team came ready to play and we were a little bit lagging in the beginning. They came through and blew us out.” El Camino Real, last year's L.A. City Section runner-up, defeated the Falcons, 67-38.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 24, 2013
EAGLE ROCK - Though still three weeks away from the start of the seven-game season, there's already plenty of reason for optimism surrounding the Glendale Bears Youth Football and Cheerleading organization. Practices appear to be crisp and various fundamentals are being learned in anticipation of the upcoming campaign beginning Sept. 21. It's left first-year president Cynthia Perez energized for a program that was formed in 1969. “We are going to have about 125-150 players, plus 60 cheerleaders this year,” said Perez, who served as the organization's interim president last season.
NEWS
October 13, 2011
Dozens of people protested big banks and corporations at the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Lake Avenue Wednesday afternoon as part of the growing ' Occupy Wall Street ' movement. There were 80 to 90 protesters at the height of the event, holding up signs with slogans such as “I pay more taxes than Bank of America .” “I've been reading about 'Occupy Wall Street' and feel supportive of the movement,” said Kat Castaneda, 35. “I'm unemployed and this touches me on a very personal level.” Continue reading > > -- Adolfo Flores , Times Community News Photo: Protestors congregated on Lake Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 5, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) took the California Department of Public Health to task Monday for “dragging its feet” on setting new limits on chromium 6 in drinking water, adding to a growing chorus of frustration among local officials. In a letter sent to the department's director Monday, Schiff called the years-long process for setting more strict contamination limits “unconscionable.” “I want to try to light a fire under them to get moving,” Schiff said in a phone interview.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 8, 2013
The parents of a 15-year-old Crescenta Valley High School student who jumped to his death on campus last year have filed a lawsuit alleging district officials turned a “blind eye” to the bullying that they allege prompted their son to take his own life. On Feb. 10, Drew Ferraro jumped to his death from a third-story building at the school in front of other students. Not long into the ensuing investigation, a Los Angeles County coroner's official said Drew did not reference bullying in any of the “very telling” four suicide notes found on his body.
SPORTS
By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | August 9, 2013
One count each of first-degree rape and first-degree sex offense might permanently derail the career and aspirations of Glendale High alumnus Jesse Meaux. The 23-year-old pitcher was recently arrested and charged with the serious offenses in North Carolina, where Meaux is a member of the Asheville Tourists, a minor league baseball team and low Class-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Meaux and Tourists teammate Michael Mason were both immediately arrested after warrants were issued Aug. 1 involving an alleged incident July 27. While Meaux posted $100,000 bail, Mason remained in Buncombe County jail.
NEWS
August 26, 2013
Two Newport Beach residents hope to stop the arrival of two large yachts -- including one owned by Americana on Brand developer Rick Caruso -- slated to moor temporarily in the open harbor area in front of their homes next month. When the boat owners independently asked to anchor in the newly dredged waterfront, Newport Beach Harbor Commission members approved their requests as a welcome opportunity to try out a different use for the area on the west end of Lido Island. But residents fear this may be a first step toward the harbor changing for the worse, according to the Daily Pilot . "This is just a trial, they keep assuring us of that," said Pamela Whitesides, who has lived in a waterfront building for about 20 years.
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