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News | By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 26, 2014
Elannah Rose Sheklow's parents thought they were doing everything right. They had family dinners. They checked their daughter's homework nightly. They knew her friends. They talked to her about boys, drugs and school. But at 16 when Sheklow confessed she was smoking heroin and had been using other drugs as well for three years, the La Crescenta family's “idyllic life was shattered,” mother Hannah Spring Sheklow said. “I kept wracking my brain,” she told a crowd of more than 100 people who had come to the La Crescenta Library to hear her daughter's story Monday night.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
Known for its flickering neon sign that animates a hammer striking a shoe heel, Zinke's Shoe Repair will soon be leaving Glendale for Pasadena after more than 65 years in business. The name Zinke's has been in use since 1919, but the store's location at 119 W. California Ave. was built in 1941. The distinctive sign went up in the 1950s, said Mike Ramirez, who started working at Zinke's 42 years ago and eventually took over ownership. He said April 26 would likely be the last day the business would be open.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 17, 2011
Of the 70 people charged Wednesday in Los Angeles County with assisting an Armenian organized crime ring, 19 defendants lived in Glendale and six lived in Burbank, according to documents from the U.S. attorney’s office. Local and federal authorities arrested dozens of alleged members and associates of the gang Armenian Power during a massive regional takedown Wednesday dubbed “Operation Power Outage.” FBI officials said Thursday that they are continuing a search for about 25 more people.
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | February 6, 2014
After 50 years in Glendale, Red Carpet Wine & Spirits is pulling up stakes and moving to Arcadia. To some, it's the end of an era. Glendale city spokesman Tom Lorenz said he bought cigars at Red Carpet to hand out after the birth of his first child. “If you wanted to get a good bottle of wine and pick out a good cigar, that was the place to go,” Lorenz said Wednesday. Opened in 1964 on Brand Boulevard by John Vincenti, the liquor store that specializes in fine wines moved to 400 E. Glenoaks Blvd.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
LOS ANGELES - When “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey began her mixed martial arts career, it came to be in part due to the inspiration of Gina “Conviction” Carano. “Thank God for Gina Carano,” Rousey told the Glendale News-Press in August of 2011. “I have so much respect for her. I'm grateful for what she's done.” Rousey, the current and first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight champion, has long said that it would be an honor to fight Carano, though the latter has been absent from competition since the summer of 2009.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
Construction is on track for the Museum of Neon Art, which was topped off with a 19-foot-tall red neon statue of a female diver last week, one of the many elements museum officials hope will help lure visitors to Glendale's first full-fledged art museum. The $5.2-million construction project to revamp the exterior of the 10,000-square-foot building that will house the museum is expected to be complete by the end of April or early May, said Phil Lanzafame, Glendale's economic development director.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 6, 2014
Turns out the state law that forced Glendale to hold onto dozens of vintage arcade machines doesn't apply to the games at all, paving the way for an upcoming auction of the machines last valued at a total of roughly $100,000. More than 50 games, which have been collecting dust in storage for roughly three years are to be appraised by a specialist and then sold at auction, according to a City Council decision made this week at a City Hall meeting. The council had to decide what to do with the arcade machines, including two Ms. Pac-Mans and a Galaga game, after state Department of Finance officials said they didn't care about them.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 29, 2013
The City Council further clamped down on smokers Tuesday night, unanimously approving new rules that will ban smoking in all new apartment and condominium units and add another layer of punishment that can be applied to those who break Glendale's anti-smoking rules. “This council has taken great strides,” Mayor Dave Weaver said at the council meeting. Since 2008, Glendale has implemented a variety of smoking rules as part of what's known as the “Fresh Air Ordinance,” restricting smoking in many public areas, on patios of multi-unit buildings and even in common areas of apartment complexes.
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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 Zain Shauk | June 20, 2009
Hoover High School Principal Kevin Welsh knew the class of 2009 was unique when he saw the students dancing at their prom. “It’s the anti-freaking class,” he told an audience at the school’s football field for the seniors’ graduation ceremony Friday, explaining that the students had “danced appropriately” during their final high school dance. “I’ve never had a class like that,” he said, drawing laughs from the audience.
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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 Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 21, 2012
After her husband died in 1999, Sandy Norris began fixing up his 1951 Ford Convertible. She fixed the engine and painted the exterior Georgia peach. “I didn't have any choice,” she said Saturday afternoon at Glendale's 19th annual Cruise Night. Her husband had upholstered the seats a similar color before he died of esophageal cancer, and she wanted the inside and outside to match. Ever since the La Crescenta resident upgraded the car, she's been displaying it at shows, her husband's wish.
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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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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 20, 2013
On a Sunday in early April, six out of the power-generating eight units at Grayson Power Plant were all inoperable. One had a blown boiler tube, one was down due to turbine repair work, one was scheduled to be offline and another was out of the picture because two other units were down. The superintendent of the aging plant was able to get some of the units back up and running that evening, 10 hours after calling in maintenance, electrical and plant control-system crews. Others remained unavailable for use for 24 hours.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | August 23, 2013
For the next few months and probably longer, the fate of Glendale High alumnus Jesse Meaux will remain in limbo. The 24-year-old current Colorado Rockies minor league pitching prospect was in Buncombe County District Court in Asheville, NC on Friday morning along with 23-year-old teammate Michael Mason. Both have been charged with two counts each of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual offense (four total counts apiece). Each offense is classified as a B1 felony in North Carolina and carries a range of potential sentences based on prior offenses, with a minimum of 12 years per charge.
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