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By Zain Shauk | October 21, 2008
BURBANK — Standout students from high schools in Burbank, Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge connected with area leaders Monday at the annual Youth Leadership Conference in Burbank to discuss leadership and ethics inside and outside the classroom. The event, organized by the Character and Ethics Project, was held at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center and brought together a group of 100 athletes, club leaders and student government members to meet and learn from businesspeople, law enforcement and city officials.
NEWS
October 6, 2000
Judy Seckler LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL -- Parents and members of the school community are rallying behind Lincoln Elementary School, set to lose thousands of dollars in state money after it was determined one of its teachers helped students cheat on the Stanford 9 exam. As a result of the incident, Lincoln will not receive state bonus money -- to the tune of $57,000 -- for improved test scores. The Glendale Unified School District on Friday said Lincoln third-grade teacher Michael Iwankiw helped students answer questions on the test and that he failed to prevent them from sharing answers while the test was being given.
NEWS
November 6, 2000
As a parent of one of the 19 students accused of "cheating" by the News-Press, first in Judy Seckler's Oct. 6 article, and again Oct. 13 in an editorial, I feel it is important to clarify some of the issues involved here. Most importantly, in several conversations and one meeting with Glendale Unified School District administrators and officials, I have heard no one make the blanket indictment that the News-Press has. While we can all agree that "there's something rotten in Denmark," and the district focuses its investigation (justly or unjustly)
NEWS
October 27, 2004
Darleene Barrientos It's not often that you can put several adults and an equal number of teenagers in a room together to meet eye to eye on issues like cheating, fairness and ethics. Yet the Glendale Unified School District has accomplished this feat for the last 20 years, during its annual high school Youth, Leadership and the Future conference. The conference invites teens from high schools in Glendale, Burbank and La Canada Flintridge to pair up with local community leaders to discuss the choices that students have and how they also apply to adult life.
NEWS
October 16, 2004
JERRY LANE Not long ago, we watched a thought-provoking movie called "The Emperor's Club" on cable television. It starred Kevin Kline as a Mr. Chips-type teacher of Greek and Roman history in a boys' school. Each year, his students competed for the title of Mr. Julius Caesar by writing essays, the three winners to oppose one another in a spelling-bee style quiz in front of fellow students, teachers and parents. One young man seems to struggle for each answer, but he always comes up with the correct one -- until the teacher realizes that each time he bows his head and scrunches his shoulders, he is looking at crib sheets he has hidden in the sleeves of the toga he is wearing.
NEWS
December 15, 2007
The ugly truth of the effects of doping hit home this week with a big reminder that the quest for an edge can end up in a vicious cycle of ruined bodies, tainted reputations and lost hopes. When former Sen. George Mitchell’s report that 86 current and former major leaguers were linked to performance-enhancing drugs was released Thursday, we learned that Crescenta Valley High School graduate Jim Parque and St. Francis graduate Gregg Zaun were on the list of alleged users. As disappointing and shocking as the news was, it was a high-profile example of how the importance of role models can never be underestimated, and that their responsibility in our society is apparent in communities, including Glendale, whether they like it or not. Locally, the reaction was one of shock that local athletes could be involved in such a scandal.
NEWS
By DAN KIMBER | May 22, 2009
I’ve vented in this space before about kids and their cell phones in the classroom, and would like to tack on a few more concerns, knowing full well that I go against the current on this one. There’s no getting around the fact cell phones are here to stay, but there’s also no getting around the fact that they can be a real nuisance. I still can’t get used to complete strangers invading my space with their conversations or gabbing away as they fly past me in their cars (despite the new statute outlawing it)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2006
You can always count on Glendale Centre Theatre, where good fun and goodwill are the norm, to have great Saturday morning shows just for the little kids. This time around, it's a delightfully sweet and somewhat screwy production of "The Little Mermaid." Please don't come expecting the Disney version. This one is better. This Little Mermaid isn't just another pretty face with a totally predictable crush on a rich, handsome prince. She's a young girl who does the right thing, even when doing the right thing is really, really hard to do. That kind of story doesn't roll in on the tide very often.
NEWS
September 24, 2004
DAN KIMBER Back to school, know the rules. Since schools were invented, that implicit condition has greeted students with the beginning of each new term. The kids listen, imply submission by nodding their heads and, nowadays, sign papers saying that they understand the rules. Teenagers, however, being who they are, will want to challenge the rules. Every year, for instance, we deal with the all-important "Why can't we wear flip-flops?" Answer: Because once upon a time someone tripped going down school stairs wearing flip-flops, and the resulting injury presented an opportunity for her sue-happy parents to bring an action against the school district for not having banned that type of shoe.
NEWS
March 4, 2005
KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN I have very little time in my life to read for pleasure, but it happens to be one of my favorite ways to relax. When a bad case of bronchitis recently sent me to bed on doctor's orders, I was able to read a novel by one of my favorite Christian authors, Karen Kingsbury, titled "Oceans Apart." In this story, a happily married pilot makes the mistake of committing adultery seven years prior to where the story begins. This man happens to be a Christian, and not the cheating type, so he is disgusted by his mistake and consequently withholds the truth from his wife.
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NEWS
July 15, 2010
In response to Nareh Bodaghian's sincere letter, "Too many bad drivers have licenses," on July 12, the problem with Glendale drivers occurs before the DMV test. Applicants must take driving classes. After completing these classes they receive certificates, which are required by the DMV to take the test. When I was a driving instructor, my students told me that their friends purchased "black market" driving certificates to skip this instruction. The problem is that students are not made aware of the dangers of driving recklessly without respect for the law. Young people without experience may not realize that the two minutes they save by speeding and disregarding laws set them up for accidents that often have terrible consequences.
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NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | December 14, 2009
GLENDALE — Dozens of homeowners claim they paid for loan litigation services with Los Angeles-based Bander Law Firm and never saw any legal action taken in their cases, causing some homes to foreclose. The homeowners gathered Saturday for a news conference inside a Glendale Days Inn Motel banquet hall, where several signs calling for attorney Joel Bander’s disbarment lined on the walls. Daniel De Leon said he paid the law firm $12,000 to sue his bank to lower mortgage payments on his Hesperia home.
NEWS
By Dan Kimber | November 5, 2009
Who among you has never cheated in school? Before you answer, perhaps it would be best to define our terms. Kids cheating is nothing new, and I’m pretty sure we’ve all done it or at least been sorely tempted. Copying someone’s homework, for instance, which the vast majority of us did at some point, is not cheating. It’s “borrowing” and often done with a fair assurance that the teacher who assigned the homework won’t read it anyway. If done on a regular basis, it is more a sign of laziness.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | November 7, 2008
GLENDALE — A Glendale couple were charged Thursday with burglary and theft for bilking people out of money through an apartment-leasing scam on Craigslist, an Internet classifieds website, police said. Andrew Femino and Caley McClary face four counts of second-degree commercial burglary, one count of identity theft, one count of first-degree burglary with a person present and one count of grand theft of a personal property, said Shiara M. Davila, a Los Angeles County district attorney’s office spokeswoman.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | October 21, 2008
BURBANK — Standout students from high schools in Burbank, Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge connected with area leaders Monday at the annual Youth Leadership Conference in Burbank to discuss leadership and ethics inside and outside the classroom. The event, organized by the Character and Ethics Project, was held at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center and brought together a group of 100 athletes, club leaders and student government members to meet and learn from businesspeople, law enforcement and city officials.
NEWS
December 15, 2007
The ugly truth of the effects of doping hit home this week with a big reminder that the quest for an edge can end up in a vicious cycle of ruined bodies, tainted reputations and lost hopes. When former Sen. George Mitchell’s report that 86 current and former major leaguers were linked to performance-enhancing drugs was released Thursday, we learned that Crescenta Valley High School graduate Jim Parque and St. Francis graduate Gregg Zaun were on the list of alleged users. As disappointing and shocking as the news was, it was a high-profile example of how the importance of role models can never be underestimated, and that their responsibility in our society is apparent in communities, including Glendale, whether they like it or not. Locally, the reaction was one of shock that local athletes could be involved in such a scandal.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2006
You can always count on Glendale Centre Theatre, where good fun and goodwill are the norm, to have great Saturday morning shows just for the little kids. This time around, it's a delightfully sweet and somewhat screwy production of "The Little Mermaid." Please don't come expecting the Disney version. This one is better. This Little Mermaid isn't just another pretty face with a totally predictable crush on a rich, handsome prince. She's a young girl who does the right thing, even when doing the right thing is really, really hard to do. That kind of story doesn't roll in on the tide very often.
NEWS
March 4, 2005
KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN I have very little time in my life to read for pleasure, but it happens to be one of my favorite ways to relax. When a bad case of bronchitis recently sent me to bed on doctor's orders, I was able to read a novel by one of my favorite Christian authors, Karen Kingsbury, titled "Oceans Apart." In this story, a happily married pilot makes the mistake of committing adultery seven years prior to where the story begins. This man happens to be a Christian, and not the cheating type, so he is disgusted by his mistake and consequently withholds the truth from his wife.
NEWS
October 27, 2004
Darleene Barrientos It's not often that you can put several adults and an equal number of teenagers in a room together to meet eye to eye on issues like cheating, fairness and ethics. Yet the Glendale Unified School District has accomplished this feat for the last 20 years, during its annual high school Youth, Leadership and the Future conference. The conference invites teens from high schools in Glendale, Burbank and La Canada Flintridge to pair up with local community leaders to discuss the choices that students have and how they also apply to adult life.
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