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News | By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com and By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 28, 2013
With pulsating jazz music blaring, Glendale resident Paul Karmiryan popped on stage Tuesday night doing flip after flip toward the audience during one of his final performances on "So You Think You Can Dance. " For the past several weeks, the judges on the hit Fox show have gushed over Karmiryan, but that didn't save him from being booted off the show as he fell behind the top four finalists in garnering audience votes. VIDEO: Paul and Kathryn perform in "So You Think You Can Dance" "It's so unpredictable," Karmiryan said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, adding that although he didn't make it to the finale, he wouldn't have changed a thing.
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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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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 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 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.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 29, 2013
For the first time in several years, the Glendale emergency winter shelter may not be located at the National Guard Armory, a downtown site that has sparked controversy in the past, in large part because of its proximity to the Central Library and shopping centers. Instead, the 80-bed shelter program is slated to be split into two sites near the city's southern border with Los Angeles. Both locations will be operated by Ascencia, Glendale's largest homeless services provider.  “The armory is really not a good location for us,” said Natalie Profant Komuro, executive director of Ascencia, during a Homeless Coalition meeting at City Hall Thursday.  In addition to community issues, the armory often has black-out dates when it's being used for training purposes, requiring shelter operators to find temporary housing for the homeless - often in local churches.
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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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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 Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | April 15, 2011
Unable to walk or talk, 8-year-old Aidan Leung may be headed to a precedent-setting case before the California Supreme Court that centers on a lawsuit in which his family won an estimated $96-million judgment against Verdugo Hills Hospital for negligence shortly after he was born. [Correction appended. See below for details.] An appellate court wiped out that verdict on March 23, reducing the hospital’s liability to about $100,000. But in an unusual step, the justices asked the Supreme Court to reverse their ruling and “repudiate” a decades-old legal maxim, called the release rule.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 23, 2013
While welcoming a draft of a proposed and long-awaited limit on the drinking water contaminant chromium 6, local politicians said they fear the state standard doesn't go far enough. The California Department of Public Health on Thursday set a draft limit of chromium 6 at 10 parts per billion, significantly higher than a goal set by state officials in 2011. At the time, officials set a goal of 0.02 parts per billion for the cancer-causing ion, but the Department of Public Health decided on a much higher maximum level, stating that the lower target would not be economically feasible for water agencies.
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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 Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | November 28, 2013
Sitting quietly along the ring apron in the background of a bustling gym, Marina Shafir is approached for an autograph. Shafir happily obliges and proceeds to scribble her signature across a martial arts belt, signing her very first autograph in the process. It certainly wasn't her last. That was in March. Since then, Shafir's stock and status in the world of women's mixed martial arts has only risen despite the fact that she's still yet to make her professional debut. Upon an initial meeting, Shafir comes off as relatively shy, but that doesn't last long.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | December 20, 2013
A six-month saga involving Glendale High alumnus Jesse Meaux will extend into a new year as another court date was set for the one-time pitching prospect. Meaux is expected back in Buncombe County District Court in North Carolina on Jan. 23, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. EDT for more pretrial activity, as proceedings that took place Nov. 22 were continued again. The 24-year-old Meaux, along with Asheville Tourists baseball teammate Michael Mason, was charged with two counts each of felony first degree rape and felony first degree sexual offense on Aug. 2, with each offense carrying a minimum of 12 years per charge.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 7, 2013
A Hollywood woman was arrested Wednesday after allegedly selling bogus Disneyland tickets on Craigslist in Glendale to at least half a dozen families, some of whom didn't learn of the fakery until being turned away at the theme park's gates. The woman, Alisa Yenokyan, 22, was taken into custody about 6 p.m. after she agreed to meet officers who posed as potential Disneyland ticket purchasers at Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue in Los Angeles, Police Det. Jonathan Owen said. The officers responded to one of her Craigslist ads and offered to buy two adult and two child tickets for $50 each, he said.
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