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News | By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 19, 2014
Standing in a massive, 15-feet deep hole, city officials broke ground on a 44-unit affordable housing project that will give preferences to veterans on Wednesday. The $20.4 million project for low-income residents at 327-331 W. Salem St. is expected to be under construction for 15 to 18 months. Councilman Frank Quintero, a Vietnam War veteran and chair of the city's Veterans Coalition, acknowledged that the city officials were united in their support of the housing project, called Veterans Village, since its inception, but noted their dedication to veterans issues shouldn't end there.
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August 18, 2003
The gazelle-like legs of Forrest Beaty never failed him when he burned up local tracks. Beaty rarely lost a sprint event while starring for the Hoover High boys' track and field squad from 1959-62. The attention Beaty received at Hoover was second to none. As a junior, he clocked 20.2 seconds in the 220-yard dash. That mark was 0.2 seconds off the then world record. The marks continued to improve for Beaty, who was No. 17 on the list of top 50 local sports figures of the 20th century by the News-Press in 1999.
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Cassandra M. Bellantoni | July 31, 2011
Sometimes I get tickets to sitcom tapings and game shows. Most recently I got tickets to "Let's Make A Deal" at the Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood. I invited my wonderful dog-walker Julie Cummins and her 18-year old daughter, Nicole, an adorable actress trying to make it big in Hollywood. Julie and I are both struggling financially, and while waiting in the long line of other costumed hopefuls, we fantasized about what we would do if we got the unlikely chance to make a deal.
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By Ross A. Benson and Maria Hsin | August 31, 2011
A man who was allegedly approached by an officer Tuesday night at the Fry's Electronics parking lot in Burbank led police on a chase before crashing into the entrance of Valhalla Cemetery. Edvard Takhmazyan, 31, of Sunland was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly possessing heroine and driving under the influence, Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick said. _________________________ FOR THE RECORD: This amends an earlier version that incorrectly stated that there was an altercation with store security guards.
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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.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | April 25, 2013
Nordstrom - the high-end retailer that has come to life on a prominent corner of the Americana at Brand - will open on Sept. 20, officials announced Wednesday. Americana officials also announced that two big-draw restaurants will open in the outdoor shopping mall within a year. The Americana is also making $60 million worth of improvements along Brand Boulevard to create a grand lobby entrance leading to Nordstrom as well as street improvements such as landscaping and lighting, according to Rick Caruso, founder of the Americana's owner, Caruso Affiliated.
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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 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.
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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 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 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.
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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 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.
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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.
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By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | March 27, 2012
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would set a deadline for establishing a new federal cap on chromium 6 contamination in drinking water. The move comes two weeks after the congressman called on the Environmental Protection Agency to release a long-awaited final report on the health impact of water tainted with chromium 6 on humans. Those findings - which would be key for setting new maximum contamination levels - were postponed so the agency could also finish studying the effects of inhaling hexavalent chromium, and then release both reports at the same time.
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