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By Carol J. Williams, carol.williams@latimes.com | December 10, 2010
Descendants of Armenian genocide victims may sue insurance companies for unpaid claims, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a rare reversal of an earlier decision. The same three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in August 2009 that lawsuits were barred by a federal government policy against legal reference to the Armenian genocide, despite laws in California and 41 other states officially recognizing the massacre of 1.2 million Armenians that began in 1915 amid the chaotic collapse of the Ottoman empire.
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January 30, 2011
Local lawmakers are leading an effort to again have California recognize the Armenian Genocide and to push the federal government to do the same. Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) introduced a joint Assembly and Senate resolution Tuesday designating April 24, 2011, as California Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide. The state has declared April 24 a special date for several years, Portantino spokeswoman Wendy Gordon said. A new resolution must be approved by the Legislature each year.
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February 23, 2012
Survivors of Armenian genocide victims can't sue German insurance companies for failing to pay claims on their ancestors because only the federal government has the power to bring foreign entities to U.S. courts, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday. The 11-0 ruling by the full court dismissing the lawsuit filed nearly a decade ago probably puts an end to efforts by the genocide victims' descendants to compel German companies to pay off on policies sold to the victims from 1875 to 1923.
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April 20, 2013
Several events commemorating the anniversary of the Armenian genocide will be held in Glendale over the next several days. The genocide resulted in the murder of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Turks from 1915 to 1918. The main local event of the week will be a city-sponsored Armenian genocide commemoration ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd. The 90-minute event will feature several traditional Armenian dance and musical performances by local students.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | April 14, 2011
Lawmakers representing Burbank and Glendale turned their focus to Armenia last week, holding meetings with representatives of the Armenian-American community and hosting events recognizing the Armenian Genocide, which took place from 1915 to 1923. April 24 is the 96th anniversary of the beginning of the atrocity that left more than 1.5 million Armenians dead at the hands of Ottoman Turks. On Thursday, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) led the Assembly’s annual commemoration of the genocide.
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April 24, 2013
Each year Armenians worldwide commemorate the murder of 1.5 million of their ancestors by what was then the Ottoman Empire in the time around World War I. Each year, the United States government - fearing the backlash of Turkish rulers - fails to officially recognize this atrocity as a genocide.            Sadly, this marks the 98 th  year of this reticence, an enduring mark of shame upon our national government. My colleague, City Editor Mark Kellam reported that Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 19, 2012
A member of the Canadian parliament and a filmmaker whose latest feature focuses on a musician searching for a family heirloom lost during the Armenian Genocide are just two highlights of the upcoming Week of Remembrance. Each year, Glendale commemorates the Armenian Genocide of 1915 with a week of events in April. About 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire over the course of several years through massacres and death marches, which modern day Turkey has refused to acknowledge as genocide.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 13, 2012
While students take a break from their studies, local history teachers are using the summer holiday to brush up on a particularly relevant chapter in history. Working in conjunction with Facing History and Ourselves , an international education organization that seeks to address modern-day moral dilemmas using lessons from the past, Glendale Unified is hosting a five-day seminar examining the historical implications of the Armenian genocide. “The fact that we are able to host this workshop is awesome,” said Nancy Witt, a teacher specialist who helped facilitate the event this week.
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April 23, 2013
Glendale Community College students were given a white board, pen and a chance to send President Obama a message.  In one photo, Glendale locals answered one question: Why should the president officially recognize the Armenian genocide? Lori Boghigian, 19, answered that “accepting [genocide] today will avoid future genocides.” “If he believes in human rights, then he must recognize [the] Armenian genocide,” Hambarsom Balian said.  Glendale New-Press asks : Do you think President Barack Obama should recognize the Armenian genocide?
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December 23, 2011
Despite threats by Turkey and vocal opposition at home, French lawmakers approved a bill Thursday making it illegal to publicly deny that the Armenian genocide occurred. In retaliation, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan recalled his country's ambassador and said bilateral visits would be suspended and joint military operations with France canceled, Agence France-Presse news service reported. Earlier Thursday, thousands of people waving Turkish flags protested the impending vote outside the National Assembly in Paris.
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May 3, 2014
We learned this week from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) that the beautiful rug created in 1920 by orphans of the Armenian Genocide and gifted to the United States five years later , might actually be placed on public display - as soon as this fall. Such news is certainly welcome, but we'll believe it only when we (finally) see it. After all, it took years of community pressure, a joint letter from members of Congress, another letter from Armenian leaders and a website petition to apparently convince the White House, which has not displayed the rug since 1995, that it would be a good idea to make it accessible to everyone to admire it for its artistic qualities and reflect upon the tragedy from which it was born.
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By Brittany Levine and Mark Kellam | April 30, 2014
After a joint letter from more than 30 members of Congress, a letter from local Armenian leaders , years of community pressure and a petition drive on a website, the White House has agreed to exhibit in the near future, likely this fall, a rug made by Armenian orphans more than 90 years ago, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) said on Wednesday. The rug, woven by orphans of the Armenian Genocide in 1920, was presented to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925 as a symbol of gratitude for American aid and generosity for U.S. assistance during the genocide.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
As ‎nearly 1,200 people packed the Alex Theatre on Thursday at the 13th annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, attendees were abuzz about a historic statement made by the Turkish Prime Minister the day prior. PHOTOS: Armenian Genocide commemoration at the Alex Theatre Most dismissed the comments made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ‎Erdogan on the eve before the 99th anniversary of the genocide, in which he offered condolences to Armenian descendants of the massacre and mentioned a "shared pain," but did not directly recognize the massacres of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide.
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April 25, 2014
Somber events commemorating the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide were held this week, complete with reflections on the 1.5 million people who were slaughtered at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. We are greatly disappointed that it appears we'll all mark the centennial of the atrocities next year without the United States formally declaring the genocide and pressuring the Turkish government to do the same, given the glacial pace of action in that regard. Last year, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)
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April 23, 2014
Leaders of the Armenian community in Glendale said a  statement by the Turkish Prime Minister on Wednesday offering his condolences to descendants of Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Empire nearly a century ago fell short because the country continues to refuse to characterize the deaths as a genocide. The statements by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan come as Armenian-Americans in Glendale prepare to host a variety of events commemorating the genocide of about 1.5 million people.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 22, 2014
During a somber, yet celebratory event, Glendale students performed songs and dances as well as read poems during the 13th annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Monday night that brought hundreds of people to Glendale High. After Glendale High's a capella choir performed the national anthems of the United States and Armenia, Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan introduced a documentary clip produced by former L.A. educator Kay Mouradian, which shares a personal account of the genocide.
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April 20, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Saturday, April 19. The high is expected to reach 73 and low 57 in the Burbank area.  These are some of the top headlines from your region :  ICYMI: The 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be commemorated over the next several days  with events planned in Glendale, Pasadena, Hollywood and the Los Angeles area. Burbank police raised roughly $2,500 for the Special Olympics on Thursday by waiting on tables and serving food at the annual “Tip-A-Cop” event, officials said.
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April 19, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Saturday, April 19. The high is expected to reach 73 and low 57 in the Burbank area.  These are some of the top headlines from your region :  Longtime area restaurant Ernie Jr.'s will close on Saturday . Many lifelong fans are flocking to the eatery for their last chance.    The 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be commemorated over the next several days  ...
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
Public officials in Glendale are praising a vote by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday that passed a resolution to observe and commemorate the Armenian Genocide. Authored by committee chair Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Resolution 410 was approved by a 12-5 vote and will now head to the full Senate. “This resolution reaffirms in the strongest terms that we will always remember this tragedy and honor the memory of innocent Armenian men, women and children who were killed and expelled from their homeland,” Menendez said in a statement.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
The Armenian community in Glendale quickly reacted to the takeover of a majority Armenian town called Kessab by Syrian rebels in northwest Syria in late March, forcing inhabitants to flee. A social media campaign cooked up by a Glendale youth organization featuring the hashtag #SaveKessab got the attention of thousands of Twitter and Facebook users, including celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Cher and politicians such as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank). PHOTOS: Armenian community gathers to protest attacks in Kessab A protest at the Turkish Embassy in Los Angeles, with buses transporting hundreds of people from a Glendale church, was planned just a few days after news of the attack spread, with more protests taking place this week at the Armenian consulate in Glendale.
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