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News | By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 24, 2014
Local parents asked an expert for tips Thursday night on how to better guide their teens through the vulnerable years in which their brains are still developing. The years during which a teen's brain is developing are also the years when “teens need parents more than ever,” said Tina Givrad, who has a doctorate degree in biomedical engineering. She spoke during a program sponsored by the CV Alliance, a Crescenta Valley-based organization that provides resources to parents and teens about substance abuse.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 28, 2013
Drivers in Glendale are roughly 76% more likely to be involved in a collision than the national average, making them some of the worst motorists nationwide, according to a new insurance report. For the ninth year in row, Glendale ranked near the bottom of the Allstate Insurance Co.'s “America's Best Drivers” report, which includes 194 of the country's largest cities. And Glendale ranked last among cities in California for having the worst drivers. “Individually, any driver can make a difference in their risk of having a collision,” said Jim Klapthor, an Allstate spokesman based in California.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 21, 2012
Two Florida men were arrested this week on suspicion of possessing a half-kilogram of cocaine after they were stopped for talking on a handheld cellphone while driving, officials said. The men - Herwood Barrington Walters, 25, and Courtney Lalor, 28 - were taken into custody about 9:18 p.m. Tuesday on North Central Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard on suspicion of possessing cocaine for sale, according to Glendale police reports. The pair provided officers with few clues about why they were in Glendale, but police believe “they were probably trying to sell the cocaine,” Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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By Gabriel Rizk, Special to the Glendale News-Press | November 23, 2013
Glendale High boys' water polo Coach Forest Holbrook said his team had worked in practice on what it would do in a make-or-break situation with its top scorer out of the game at the end of Saturday's CIF Southern Section Division V championship match. Having an emergency plan in mind is one thing, but executing it to perfection in the final minutes of the biggest match in program history is quite another. On Saturday, it was the difference between once again coming close and finally closing out on the ultimate prize.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | March 19, 2012
Librarian positions at four Glendale Unified high schools may be eliminated for the 2012-13 school year as the district tries to balance budget and staffing variables, officials said. The four librarians - who are also credentialed teachers - at Glendale, Hoover, Crescenta Valley and Clark Magnet high schools have been notified that they could be moved from their current positions back into the classroom as the district works to create breathing room in its ever shrinking budget.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 25, 2011
Unexpected medical issues have forced two longtime Glendale police dogs to retire early and another one to work part time, leaving just one full-strength dog to carry the unit. Police dogs Marlin and Sam retired this summer after roughly six years sniffing out bombs, narcotics and suspects. Marlin lost his sense of smell, and Sam, after years of strenuous physical demands, developed arthritis and a pinched nerve that causes his legs to fall asleep without steroids. The third dog, Quwai, is working part time in narcotics searches because he also has been struggling with medical issues, including having difficulty climbing and bouncing in and out of cars.
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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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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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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 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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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 Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 7, 2014
A prominent local physician was killed Monday night after he lost control of his motorcycle on the Glendale (2) Freeway, officials said. Thomas Grosch, 53, of La Cañada Flintridge was pronounced dead at the crash scene on the 2 Freeway near Mountain Street, according to Los Angeles County Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter. He was traveling north on the freeway at about 5:55 p.m. on a Harley Davidson, possibly at a high rate of speed, said Officer Tom Miller of the California Highway Patrol's Altadena station.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 1, 2013
For the first time in more than three years, the Glendale Fire Department is looking to hire. Fire officials plan to start accepting applications in August in an effort to hire 15 new firefighters who meet department qualifications, have a good work ethic and are willing to provide community service, Battalion Chief Tom Propst said. "There is a lot of competition out there and a lot of interest," he said. The push to hire new firefighters comes after a protracted recession, citywide budget cuts and operational changes in the Fire Department that kept hiring at a standstill despite ongoing retirements.
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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 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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