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November 28, 2011
An apartment balcony was damaged Saturday when a palm tree ignited from a lit cigarette butt, officials said. Someone threw the butt into dry pine needles, which spread to a palm tree and on to the apartment balcony in the 2100 block of Valderas Drive, Battalion Chief Gregory Godfrey said. No one was injured in the blaze, which he said was quickly contained to the balcony. Veronica Rocha
NEWS
October 23, 2002
Toilet-bowl cleaner, bug spray and acetone could all end up inside the lungs of a cigarette smoker, students at Valley View Elementary School in La Crescenta learned Tuesday at an assembly for Red Ribbon Week. A presenter from Mad Science, an organization that takes science workshops to schools, used sheep innards and lungs to demonstrate the effects of long-term cigarette smoking. Makeshift arteries of plastic bottles, colored liquid, long tubes and dancing students were also used to demonstrate the difference between healthy and unhealthy arteries.
NEWS
February 28, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman SOUTHEAST GLENDALE -- Glendale Police are looking for a man who robbed two people at knifepoint outside a fast food restaurant. Two men told police a man approached them at about 12:20 a.m. as they were leaving the Yoshinoya Beef Bowl, 4000 San Fernando Road, according to the police report. The suspect, who had been standing ahead of them in line inside the restaurant, approached their car and asked for a cigarette, police said.
NEWS
September 5, 2013
The front page photo labeled “It's doggone hot” on Aug. 30 raised a question on the photos selected. Why would the Glendale News-Press feature a photo of a young adult smoking in a park on what was reported to be a historically hot day for La Crescenta? At first glance the cigarette is not noticeable, but at second glance it is clearly visible dangling from her right hand. I am upset seeing anyone smoking in a public park where children are present and a tossed cigarette butt can easily cause a fire on a hot, dry day. I am even more upset that the News-Press selected a photo that represents an act that is not only harmful, but illegal.
NEWS
September 18, 2013
Good observations made by Eliza Collison regarding the front-page photo on Aug. 30 titled “It's doggone hot.” The photo shows a young woman at a local dog park with a cigarette in her hand. One can assume the cigarette is lit and being smoked. As noted by Collison, the temperature was historically high that day. Might I also add, the humidity was very low. With two years of below-average rainfall, these conditions make for extreme fire danger. I believe this particular dog park is surrounded on three sides by homes nestled among groves of mature oak trees and located at the base of a dense chaparral-covered hillside.
NEWS
June 24, 2000
State Sen. Adam Schiff's bill that would require cigarettes sold in the state to be "cooler burning" or "self-extinguishing" is a lot like the product it seeks to regulate. It feels good only to the person holding it. It produces lots of smoke but nothing of substance. And it is representative of a serious problem affecting our nation. So that we're clear, the person feeling good about it is Schiff -- antitobacco legislation makes headlines, and Schiff is in the midst of a no-holds-barred campaign for Congress.
NEWS
By JUNE CASAGRANDE | February 14, 2007
I used to get a lot of "gotcha" e-mails from readers ? notes from people tickled incontinent to have busted a language columnist using the language "wrong." Then something happened. I added a tag at the bottom of this column saying that I'm author of a book called "Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies." Suddenly, they weren't. The e-mails I used to receive chastising me for crimes against the language ? some dead right, others dead wrong ? dried up almost completely. It was as if that little title at the end served as a game-ending, pre-emptive strike.
NEWS
September 15, 2007
I read the Mailbag every day, and enough is enough about outside smoking in Glendale. As an adult smoker, I enjoy smoking very much, and I am so sick of nonsmokers putting us down. We do pay the price. On Aug. 1, H.R. 3162, which included a $4.50-per-carton federal cigarette excise increase, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 225-204. On Aug. 2, H.R. 976, which included a $6.10-per-carton federal cigarette excise tax increase, was passed by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 68-31.
NEWS
By PATRICK AZADIAN | January 5, 2008
Years of smoking finally got to my mom’s lungs. She voluntarily checked in to the hospital a few days before Christmas. She eventually confessed that she’d had difficulty breathing since Dec. 15. Despite what she’d had previously thought, she was not invincible after all. I called early the next morning before she was awake to talk to her doctor. After getting answers to all my questions, Dr. Hwan Suk went through his own questions. I made sure I emphasized the fact that my mom had been a smoker for about 50 years.
NEWS
December 22, 2004
JUNE CASAGRANDE Someone I said goodbye to a long time ago just can't seem to let me go. Five-and-a-half years after a very painful split, I'm still surprised to find little remembrances in my mailbox -- birthday cards, even invitations to rekindle what we once had. This is true despite the fact that I've moved several times, and I make it a point to never offer up my new address. Yet this once-special someone manages to track me down every time.
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NEWS
September 18, 2013
Good observations made by Eliza Collison regarding the front-page photo on Aug. 30 titled “It's doggone hot.” The photo shows a young woman at a local dog park with a cigarette in her hand. One can assume the cigarette is lit and being smoked. As noted by Collison, the temperature was historically high that day. Might I also add, the humidity was very low. With two years of below-average rainfall, these conditions make for extreme fire danger. I believe this particular dog park is surrounded on three sides by homes nestled among groves of mature oak trees and located at the base of a dense chaparral-covered hillside.
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NEWS
September 5, 2013
The front page photo labeled “It's doggone hot” on Aug. 30 raised a question on the photos selected. Why would the Glendale News-Press feature a photo of a young adult smoking in a park on what was reported to be a historically hot day for La Crescenta? At first glance the cigarette is not noticeable, but at second glance it is clearly visible dangling from her right hand. I am upset seeing anyone smoking in a public park where children are present and a tossed cigarette butt can easily cause a fire on a hot, dry day. I am even more upset that the News-Press selected a photo that represents an act that is not only harmful, but illegal.
NEWS
April 19, 2013
Cigarette smoking may have earned a reputation as an unhealthy, cancer-causing pastime, but water pipes seem to have largely evaded the stigma. Now, new research shows that water pipes may simply be dangerous in slightly different ways, according to a study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. Water pipes, also known as hookah, shisha and a host of other aliases, are a common social activity in the Middle East and have been growing in popularity: a 2011 study found more than 40% of college students had used a hookah , and many of them appeared to believe it was safer than cigarette smoking.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 27, 2012
Police on Tuesday seized 771 cartons of untaxed or illegal cigarettes - some of which were tucked behind mirrored compartments - at three Glendale tobacco shops. More than 200 untaxed and illegal cigarette cartons were found hidden in a remote-controlled, mirrored compartment at Palmer Gifts on the 1000 block of East Palmer Avenue, Glendale Police Sgt. Manny Fernandez said. Several hundred more cartons were also discovered hidden in a cubbyhole behind a mirror at Cigarette Zone on the 1200 block of South Glendale Avenue, he added.
NEWS
November 28, 2011
An apartment balcony was damaged Saturday when a palm tree ignited from a lit cigarette butt, officials said. Someone threw the butt into dry pine needles, which spread to a palm tree and on to the apartment balcony in the 2100 block of Valderas Drive, Battalion Chief Gregory Godfrey said. No one was injured in the blaze, which he said was quickly contained to the balcony. Veronica Rocha
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 22, 2011
A 27-year-old Glendale man was arrested Friday on suspicion of stealing cigarettes, lighters and cans of Red Bull from a gas station, police said. Edgar Sanchez allegedly entered the Chevron about 12:32 a.m., walked behind the cash register counter and grabbed six lighters and four packs of cigarettes, according to Glendale Police Department reports. As Sanchez exited the store on the 1600 block of Victory Boulevard, he allegedly grabbed four Red Bulls and fled through an alley.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | June 30, 2011
CITY HALL — The amount of trash and cigarette butts on city streets continues to decline, according to the most recent “litter index” released this week. Glendale Neighborhood Services officials reported that on a scale of 1 to 4 — with 1 indicating “no litter” and 4 representing “extremely littered” — the city had an average ranking of 1.47. The results were compiled last month when city officials and volunteers recorded litter levels in 24 study areas. The annual litter ranking has fallen consistently since 2005, when Glendale received a 1.87 ranking in the inaugural study.
NEWS
December 22, 2010
Two Glendale men were sentenced on Monday to 366 days in federal prison for their roles in cigarette trafficking scheme. Grigor Chivitchian, 57, and Sarkis Mkrtchyan, 47, were also ordered to pay $280,000 in restitution to the state. The two men pleaded guilty to federal contraband trafficking and conspiracy charges in September, according to announcement from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The investigation that started in 2007 found that Mkrtchyan and Chivitchian were not authorized to purchase or possess untaxed cigarettes in California.
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By Max Zimbert | April 29, 2010
A Glendale resident who was convicted of cigarette fraud and tax evasion in April 2008 was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in a federal prison. Between January 2002 and June 2005, Avedis Djeredjian, now 41, bought more than 367,960 cartons of cigarettes from North Carolina without adequate tax stamps from California regulators, depriving California of $3.2 million in tax revenue, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. District Court Judge George King also ordered Djeredjian to pay back more than $6.4 million.
FEATURES
December 31, 2009
While I applaud the good intentions of the children serving food at Salem Lutheran Church’s feast (“Journey to the feast,” Dec. 28), I am disturbed by the implications of a statement attributed to a sixth-grader: “They [the underprivileged guests at the feast] look up to us because we’re serving them and we’re wealthy, and we should give them some wealth, too.” I understand that a child cannot be expected to grasp a socially complex situation with the sensitivity that perhaps an adult could.
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