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Entertainment | By Andy Klein | April 11, 2014
Martin Scorsese's sharp exposé “The Wolf of Wall Street” is the white-collar version of “Goodfellas” and “Casino”: it tells the same sort of historical/confessional story, and follows a very similar template. Much like Ray Liotta's Henry Hill and Robert De Niro's Ace Rothstein, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) narrates this autobiographical tale of lawbreaking scumbags. All three films expose the procedural details and cultural context of criminal conspiracies in our midst.
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By Sameea Kamal, sameea.kamal@latimes.com | March 29, 2014
On most Saturday afternoons in a small garage in Atwater Village, you can stop in for a cup of hand-roasted coffee, lounge on the couch and meet the other customers and friends of the owner who come by - or you can buy a bag to take home. It's not your typical coffee shop, which seems fitting for what customers describe as not your typical coffee. Greg Thomas, owner of Trystero Coffee, has been hand-roasting coffee and serving cups to customers and passersby alike for about three years.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 17, 2014
After 70 years in business, Ernie Jr.'s Taco House will close for the last time on Saturday and many lifelong fans are flocking to the eatery this week for their last chance to munch on its Mexican fare. The restaurant has been a family business since opening in Lincoln Heights in 1944, during World War II, a period when tacos, burritos and enchiladas weren't sold on as many street corners as today, said owner Ernie Cruz, whose mother started the business. “We have an old menu that's posted on the walls,” he said.
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By Ray Richmond | April 12, 2014
This is probably going to sound odd coming from a guy who has a giant picture of himself running with his column, but I don't really get the whole “selfies” thing. If I could convince my editor not to run the photo of me, I would. I'm just not that in love with my own reflection. Particularly since I got, you know, old. The whole idea of people constantly and indiscriminately posting self-shot images of themselves all over social media pretty much creeps me out. Trust me, if we go 15 minutes without being updated on how you're looking right now, we'll survive somehow.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
Reaction from Glendale school board members on transferring the Sagebrush territory to La Cañada Unified was mixed Tuesday night during the board's first public discussion of the issue since 350 people attended a town-hall meeting last month and most of the speakers supported the move. “At the end of the day, I think it's the best move for all of us,” said school board member Greg Krikorian. “Far too many times, elected bodies bump heads.” Board member Christine Walters lauded La Cañada city officials as well as school officials in both districts for creating a “democratic process” that has involved hearing input from residents at public meetings and entering into monthslong negotiations that has resulted, in part, in a six-year phase-in plan.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
A reputed gang member accused of killing a Mongols Motorcycle Club member on the Glendale (2) Freeway in 2008 was sentenced Wednesday to life without the possibility of parole. Richard Clayborne, 40, was convicted last month of shooting and killing 30-year-old Venice resident Manuel Martin as well as trying to kill another motorcyclist, Ronald Hamburg. He faces additional time for shooting and firearm charges. As Prosecutor Steven Dickman and court officials were trying to determine his prison term, Clayborne said, “Who cares?
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By Katherine Tulich | November 22, 2013
A garden shed in a northern-beaches suburb of Sydney, Australia, may sound like a remote connection to a Three Stooges film festival being held at Glendale's Alex Theatre on Nov. 30, but the rare find by a film collector there has fans of the zany comedy trio rejoicing. The Three Stooges, a former Vaudevillian troupe, made 190 short films in their long Hollywood career. One film, the Technicolor “Hello Pop,” an MGM 18-minute backstage musical made in 1933 was thought lost forever when a fire at MGM studios in 1967 destroyed what was then thought to be the last print.
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April 16, 2014
A former Glendale councilman who was sentenced last week to one year in jail after pleading guilty to embezzlement, perjury and filing false tax returns will instead serve the remainder of this time under home confinement. After being sentenced, John Drayman was assigned to the Twin Towers jail facility in downtown Los Angeles. But L.A. County Sheriff's officials almost immediately cut his term by more than half, noting  nonviolent and nonsexual criminals are eligible for the reduction under state prison realignment guidelines meant to reduce inmate overcrowding.
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September 11, 2013
Eight people, including four who live in Burbank, Glendale and Montrose, pleaded guilty Monday to various charges, including racketeering conspiracy, bank fraud and identity theft, centered around the activities of an Armenian organized crime ring, authorities said. The eight are among the 70 people charged two years ago during a massive regional crackdown against the gang called Armenian Power. Fifty-one other defendants have pleaded guilty, according to a U.S. attorney's office news release.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
After Councilman Zareh Sinanyan was appointed mayor Tuesday night by the City Council, he promised to streamline city spending, bring more businesses to Glendale, speed up the revitalization of downtown and increase government engagement throughout the city. “We will do everything to ensure that all parts of Glendale, from far north to south, from east to west, from big business to mom-and-pop shops, homeowners, renters, everyone has the ability to be fully engaged in the business of the city,” Sinanyan said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 17, 2014
Lolita Gonzalves used to think of Councilman Dave Weaver as a father figure, but that was before she filed a complaint with Glendale's city attorney alleging that he groped her at a Mexican restaurant last year. Gonzalves has spoken to Los Angeles County District Attorney officials about the incident and attorneys for Gonzalves and Weaver have been negotiating a settlement to prevent a civil lawsuit. Weaver, who ended his one-year term as mayor last week, had last offered $2,000. For Gonzalves, who has known Weaver since 2007, that wasn't enough; she wants a written admission and apology for the April 9, 2013 incident.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | April 17, 2014
Glendale resident Rafael Parsadanyan was one of three men who were found guilty on Thursday of bank fraud and stealing the identities of hundreds of 99 Cents Only store customers . The other two men, Mher Darbinyan and Arman Sharopetrosian, were also found guilty for their roles in the scam. They reportedly had ties to an organized crime ring called Armenian Power. Prosecutors said Darbinyan obtained credit-card skimming devices and distributed to co-schemers who would then secretly plant them at 99 Cents Only stores across Southern California, resulting in a loss of more than $2 million for victims.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 21, 2014
A Glendale resident, along with a Los Angeles resident and a nonprofit group, filed a lawsuit this week asking a federal judge to force the city of Glendale to remove a controversial statue in a public park that honors women victimized by the Japanese government during World War II. The lawsuit is the latest attempt to remove the 1,100-pound statue for so-called “comfort women,” which was installed in July. Supporters of comfort women say the Japanese military coerced an estimated 80,000 to 200,000 women from Korea, China and other countries to work as prostitutes in military brothels against their will.
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By Steve Appleford, steve.appleford@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
The Bots are as surprised as anyone about how things have gone with their little band. A few years ago, brothers Anaiah and Mikaiah Lei were a couple of Glendale kids who just wanted to rock 'n' roll , and called themselves the Bots. It turned out they were good. The band began as a trio playing "indie acoustic folk," but evolved into a euphoric garage rock duo by the time the Lei brothers were signed up to play on the Vans Warped Tour in 2011, bouncing onstage to a sound of bristling guitar and drums in white shirts with black ties.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
Three Glendale residents face drug charges after investigators uncovered a marijuana grow and hash-oil operation inside a home, making it the second such potentially explosive discovery in less than two weeks in the city. Donovan Butez, 25, Brianna Oppenheimer, 25, and Leary Stuart Jr., 22, were arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of manufacturing hash oil as well as cultivating marijuana, police said. The drug operation was discovered inside a home in the 1200 block of East Lexington Drive during a probation compliance check, Glendale Police Sgt. Luis Pasache said.
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