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May 27, 2005
Robert Chacon Citing the coming anniversary former President Ronald Reagan's death, Rep. David Dreier was among 50 House Republicans who broke ranks with more conservative colleagues and voted Tuesday for a bill that would loosen funding restrictions on stem cell research. Stem cells are taken from human embryos created by doctors at fertility clinics. If not used, they are usually frozen, and many are discarded. Scientists say the cells can be used to find cures to many diseases, including Alzheimer's, which Reagan had. President Bush allowed the federal government to fund research on stem cells, but only on cells created before August 2001.
By Ani Amirkhanian | November 6, 2007
With the help of a microscope, Roosevelt Middle School students took a look at a small part of themselves. Students analyzed their own cell tissues under a microscope after scraping the inside of their cheeks with a toothpick to get a cell sample. “You are looking at what makes you who you are,” science teacher Jozet Petrosian said. Leylani Ruiz, 12, gently rubbed the inside of her cheek with a toothpick. She smeared the contents onto a glass slide and used an eye dropper to squeeze a drop of water onto the slide.
June 21, 2008
The nation’s Catholic bishops followed through on their desire to put forward an initial statement opposing embryonic stem cell research. They voted almost unanimously — 191 to 1 — to approve the statement at their annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The seven-page policy statement from the Committee on Pro-Life Activities calls embryonic stem cell research “a gravely immoral act” that crosses a “fundamental moral line” by treating human beings as mere objects of research.
By Christopher Cadelago | August 16, 2009
GLENDALE — Expectant couples shared concerns and anxieties Sunday at Verdugo Hills Hospital as part of a crash course on the trials and tribulations of new parenthood. A handful of expectant mothers and their partners lunched through two hours of “Baby 101,” a series of mini lectures on everything from research and medical treatments to swaddling and changing diapers. Christy Taylor and Michael Aguilera expect their first child — a daughter whom they plan to call Aliana — on Oct. 12. The couple recently secured one of the nonprofit hospital’s 158 beds to give birth, and came this weekend with a range of questions.
August 15, 2001
Loved the animation Geoff Nuanes, 16, of Tujunga is a junior at Providence High School in Burbank. I've always been fascinated by the human body and how it works. It's incredible how all our cells work together to keep our bodies free from bacteria and other terrible things that pass through it. This is exactly what fascinated me about "Osmosis Jones." The film was directed by the Farrelly brothers ("Something About Mary," "Dumb and Dumber")
October 15, 2004
Stem cell research generates more misinformation than any other single issue in the current public debate. The debate is usually cast in terms of being pro- or anti-science and progress. The truth is you can be concerned about the direction of some of the research and still promote scientific progress. The major source of confusion is that there are two distinctly different types of stem cell research. The first -- human somatic stem cell research (SSC)
By: Michael Miller | September 27, 2005
The weather has not been kind this year to Charlotte Zaremba's science class at Orange Coast Middle College High School. Each of the last two years, Zaremba's students have started the fall quarter by building and running hydrogen fuel-cell cars -- small, plastic models that operate through chemical reactions. Last autumn, the class raced the cars outside, using solar panels; the sunlight fired up the cells. This time, faced with one overcast morning after another, Zaremba kept her students indoors and charged the cars with batteries.
December 18, 2000
Amber Willard DOWNTOWN -- Jail cells are in place in rough form and the parking structure for patrol cars will be done in a few months -- the city's new police station is starting to look like a police station. Workers kick up dust as they pour concrete and set steel rods in place. Nearby, cinder blocks and timber are stacked in piles, nails strewn on the ground. "It's more complex than other public buildings," senior design associate Craig Booth said of the facility, which is across the street from the current police headquarters at 140 N. Isabel St. Special building needs include sturdiness -- it has to withstand at least an 8.0 earthquake -- and security, because a jail will be part of the 158,000 square foot facility.
By Sharon Weisman | July 2, 2008
I’ve waited in vain the past couple of weeks for someone to respond with some obviously missing parts of the discussion in the weekly In Theory column. The question on the ethics of using embryonic stem cells in medical research has a similar “elephant in the room” aspect (“A life-and-death debate on stem cells,” In Theory, Saturday). While the medical and ethical issues of stem cell research itself were well covered, no one touched on a major part of the argument.
February 17, 2014
Good morning readers. Today's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 73 and a low of 46. As you prepare yourself for the week, or bask in the fact you have the day off (lucky you!), check out these headlines from around our area:  Several homes were evacuated Sunday when a brush fire started in the Adams Hills neighborhood, charring a roughly two-acre hillside near  Forest Lawn  in Glendale, officials said. Glendale News-Press City officials will install a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Oak and Myers streets after requests from dozens of parents with children attending St. Finbar School in Burbank, who argued that the current two-way stop sign was unsafe for children walking to and from school.
February 15, 2014
AT&T has withdrawn a proposal to place a cell phone tower in La Crescenta after several concerned residents complained that it would be an eyesore and reduce property values. The telecommunications company had proposed to place a 70-foot tower in the 5000 block of Cloud Avenue on land owned by the Crescenta Valley Water District, saying the structure was necessary to ward off dropped calls and disconnects. But in an email sent on the evening of Friday, Feb. 14, to officials with the Water District, the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning and to Cheryl Davis, chair of the Crescenta Valley Town Council's Land Use Committee, AT&T withdrew the proposal.
By Matt Sanderson | February 14, 2014
Dozens of concerned residents gathered at the La Crescenta Library Thursday night regarding a proposed cell phone tower several said would be an eyesore and reduce property values. AT&T officials want to place a 70-foot tower in the 5000 block of Cloud Avenue on land owned by the Crescenta Valley Water District, saying the structure is necessary to ward off dropped calls and disconnects. Jerry Ambrose, land use consultant with AT&T, told the audience the tower would be disguised as a eucalyptus tree, and will include 12 eight-foot antennas, 24 AT&T remote radio units, and several other pieces of equipment on the property, including a steel platform with a wood fence.
September 18, 2013
A thief got away with several hundreds of dollars Monday after robbing a cell phone store in downtown Glendale at gunpoint, police said. No one was hurt during the robbery, which occurred about 1:21 p.m. at Metro PCS in the 1100 block of East Broadway, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. A 20-year-old store employee called police during the robbery, and dispatchers could hear someone demanding money, he added. She was also able to activate the store's alam. The thief reportedly walked into the store, brandished a handgun and demanded cash.
By Veronica Rocha, | May 23, 2013
Police plan to step up enforcement activities Friday against motorists using their cell phones while driving. The plan follows last month's distracted-driving crackdown in which more than 400 citations were issued. Officers assigned to the enforcement operation, which is being funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, will be focused that day on looking only for distracted drivers, Glendale Police Sgt. Harout Bouzikian said. In April, officers cited 425 motorists for holding their cell phones while behind the wheel, he said.
By Veronica Rocha, | April 6, 2013
Inmates at the Glendale city jail more than paid for the cost of their incarceration in 2012, anteing up roughly $96,000 to stay at the facility. The facility's pay-to-stay program, which allows certain inmates to serve out short court sentences for $85 per day, generated $96,475 in 2012, up from $67,995 in 2011, according to Glendale Police Department reports. The program has earned $1.6 million since it was established in 2008, helping to offset operational costs at the jail. "I don't feel that burden should be placed on the taxpayers," Jail Administrator Juan Lopez said, adding that inmates "should pay their own way. " As the program's earnings increase, more arrestees also paid the jail's booking recovery fee. Everyone who is booked at the jail must pay $135 to cover the costs of being processed.
December 18, 2012
I'd like to see in the near term a review of the current policy the city has for community notification in R-1 zones where major improvements are planned using the city's easement rights for erecting/construction of wireless transmission facilities. The current process is deeply flawed and puts the homeowner or the homeowners association in an almost a no-win position, as well as in a financial straitjacket before we know what is hitting us. Signs that are posted become city property, which can't be touched during the 30-day notification period without being a misdemeanor even on homeowners association property.
By Veronica Rocha, | October 23, 2012
A former assistant volleyball coach is scheduled to appear in court next week to face charges that he used a cellphone to take photos up a woman's skirt at the Glendale Galleria, police said. John Puncel, 50, of Sylmar, turned himself in to Glendale police on Oct. 15 after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with the Jan. 30 incident, Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. Puncel faces one felony count of possessing child pornography, three misdemeanor counts related to the skirt incident as well as a misdemeanor count of battery on a Glendale police officer, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court complaint.
By Veronica Rocha, | September 18, 2012
Glendale police are attributing a decline in the number of citations issued for texting and talking while driving to increased public awareness. Officers wrote 2,182 tickets for the first eight months this year, down from the 3,236 issued last year, according to the Glendale Police Department. More motorists are aware of laws restricting cell phone use, and as a result, the number of citations issued has dropped, Traffic Bureau Lt. Steve Robertson said. At the same time, his department has stepped up public education, he added.
By Patrick Caneday | February 24, 2012
Dear Parents (and you know who you are), I would like to thank those of you who felt that the third grade was an appropriate age to give your child a cell phone. I'm sure you have every good reason for doing so. But thanks to your generosity, I am subjected to my kids' constant complaining and begging for a cell phone, because apparently “everyone else has one.” I am barraged daily by their incessant pining for a device that, until this decade, every human being on the planet was able to survive adolescence without.
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