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News | 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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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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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 Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | April 29, 2011
Poking out from a mountain of clutter on the dining room table in Austeene Cooper's living room is a pair of pink candelabras accented with ornate piping. There are other similar items - framed photographs, mirrors, furniture - that whisper of a bygone era of luxury and privilege. They once decorated the Beverly Hills home of her father, Harry Brand Cooper, the great-nephew of Leslie C. Brand, who was one of the founders of the city of Glendale. Sitting now amid dust and cat-scratched boxes, they tell a different story: that of a woman who, four generations removed from the peak of her family's wealth, is struggling to adapt to a new reality in which she is struggling to even keep a roof over her head.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 18, 2014
A 49-year-old local woman was found guilty Tuesday for her role in an elaborate $20-million healthcare fraud scheme that officials say involved a medical imaging clinic in south Glendale. Nurista Grigoryan, a Glendale resident, allegedly fraudulently used an American doctor's name and license number when she saw homeless patients at Manor Medical Imaging Clinic in the 200 block of North Central Avenue, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Grigoryan, who reportedly only holds an Armenian medical license, allegedly filled out phony prescriptions, which were already signed by physician Kenneth Johnson.
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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 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 Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | July 3, 2013
A 21-year-old Elk Grove woman was arrested this week on suspicion of soliciting sex in exchange for cash to an undercover Glendale detective during a sting at a local hotel, police said. Glendale detectives were investigating possible prostitution advertisements on Backpage.com Monday night when they contacted Mallory Osta, who had listed her phone number in an ad, according to police. Osta, who police said went by the name Giana, allegedly told detectives she had just got off work and was available to hang out. After an undercover detective indicated he would only be available to hang out for 30 minutes, she told him it would cost $140, police said.
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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 Anthony Kim | June 21, 2007
As the graduating class of Glendale High School walked off Moyse Field, a group of about 10 students spontaneously ran a lap around the track. It was a reminder of the school's spirit that graduation speakers said will lead them to success in life. "We have a free spirit, rebelliousness," said 18-year-old Ani Antanesyan, who was panting from her short run. "We just did it. It's over. Yeah!" A crowd of adoring parents and friends packed the bleachers looking over about 650 students garbed in their school colors — the boys in black gowns and the girls in red gowns.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 21, 2013
An employee of the Macy's store in the Glendale Galleria was arrested this week on suspicion of using the identification numbers of other employees to credit several thousand dollars in refunds to her own credit cards, police said. Armine Tonikyan, 31, of Glendale was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of embezzlement after a Macy's loss prevention worker turned her over to police officers. Tonikyan, who had been working at the store since 2012, allegedly used her personal credit cards to purchase merchandise, including purses and pots, and then performed fraudulent returns on her accounts, said Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.
NEWS
August 10, 2013
The  Perseid meteor shower  is one of nature's most spectacular light shows, and it's happening this weekend. The annual meteor shower will peak Sunday night into the dawn of Monday morning, and at the height of the shower, you can expect to see 100 meteors an hour, the Los Angeles Times reported .  This year, the moon is your friend and will appear as a thin crescent that shouldn't spoil your view of the shooting stars. And just to make you extra excited,  NASA  recently declared the Perseids the  fireball champion  of the meteor showers -- meaning it has the brightest meteors of all the annual showers.
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April 25, 2014
Dunkin' Donuts is bringing its famous doughnuts, breakfast sandwiches and coffee to Burbank and Glendale over the next several years. Dunkin' Donuts signed a multi-unit store development agreement with two new franchise groups. One will develop 10 locations in the San Fernando Valley and the other will develop 10 locations in South Orange County, the Los Angeles Times reported .  The Massachusetts-based company has also signed agreements to develop more than 150 new locations all over California, the first expected to open by the end of the year, according to a spokesperson for the company.
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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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