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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 21, 2014
A Glendale resident, along with a Los Angeles resident and a nonprofit group, filed a lawsuit this week asking a federal judge to force the city of Glendale to remove a controversial statue in a public park that honors women victimized by the Japanese government during World War II. The lawsuit is the latest attempt to remove the 1,100-pound statue for so-called “comfort women,” which was installed in July. Supporters of comfort women say the Japanese military coerced an estimated 80,000 to 200,000 women from Korea, China and other countries to work as prostitutes in military brothels against their will.
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March 4, 2014
Recently there has been a great deal of controversy about the Korean comfort-women statue located at Glendale Central Park and its message about man's inhumanity to man. Some people say Glendale should not get involved in international politics; some say otherwise. I find it appalling that the people who have filed a lawsuit against the city have said that “many comfort women acted willingly as prostitutes and the military was not directly involved in any coercion.” These are the same tactics that the Turkish lobbyists use to deny the Armenian Genocide by claiming the Armenians were siding with the Russians during World War I. Can one just imagine if one's wife, sister or girlfriend offered their body to a military officer?
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July 17, 2013
With all the controversy surrounding Glendale's “Comfort Women Memorial” there's a remote chance that Glendale will become known for something else besides having the worst drivers in the nation. Trent D. Sanders La Cañada Flintridge
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 31, 2013
Maria Garcia from Compton huddled around the 1,100-pound monument Wednesday afternoon with her cousins as they waited for a family member to finish a test at the adjacent Central Library. As they read the inscription, Garcia's cousin, Vanessa Santos, was shocked to learn that the young Korean girl sitting next to an empty chair represented nearly 200,000 Korean, Chinese, Filipino and other women who were taken as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The slaves would become known as “comfort women.” “It's crazy to know that this happened,” said Santos, a 20-year-old from Torrance.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 27, 2013
A memorial in Glendale to sex slaves who served the Japanese army during World War II has aggravated an overseas opposition group that has now turned its attention to a similar proposal in Buena Park. Members of the opposition group - which contends the so-called "comfort women" from Korea, China, Indonesia and other occupied countries during the war willingly worked as prostitutes - use form emails to pummel their targets. It's a strategy that was deployed against Glendale just as it was preparing to receive its comfort-women memorial, an 1,100-pound statue of a woman in Korean dress sitting next to an empty chair.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 16, 2014
About a dozen Japanese politicians visited Glendale Thursday calling for the city to remove a monument that honors women taken from Korea, China, the Philippines and other countries to serve as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. PHOTOS: Third Japanese delegation bashes comfort-women statue The visit marked the third delegation of Japanese politicians who traveled to Glendale since the 1,100-pound statue was...
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 2, 2014
Flooding inboxes at Glendale City Hall with emails didn't work, neither did pleas from Japanese politicians, but now those who oppose a Glendale monument to women used as sex slaves by the Japanese Army during World War II are trying a different approach - petitioning the White House . A petition asking for removal of the 1,100-pound statue on President Barack Obama's website “We The People” has netted more than 100,000 signatures ...
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 14, 2014
Attorneys for the city of Glendale asked a federal judge last week to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the city that calls for the removal of a local statue honoring women forced to work as sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The request is the latest development in the controversial saga related to the so-called “comfort women” monument since Glendale installed the 1,100-pound, bronze memorial in Central Park in...
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 22, 2014
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) called on the Japanese government on Tuesday to “speak plainly” about a dark chapter in the country's history in which Korean, Chinese and other women were used as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Standing next to a controversial Glendale memorial honoring the so-called “comfort women,” Schiff said clear recognition will pave the way for an improved diplomatic relationship between two...
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October 3, 2013
Glendale was wrong to install a controversial monument honoring Korean sex slaves taken by the Japanese Army during World War II, Mayor Dave Weaver said during an interview published Monday on a Japanese television station's YouTube channel . “We opened a beehive, a hornet's nest,” he told Channel Sakura. “We just shouldn't have done it.” VIDEO: Glendale Mayor disagrees with 'comfort women' statue decision The statue - the first on the West Coast honoring so-called comfort women on public property - thrust Glendale into a controversy that has been stoked thousands of miles away.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
Despite filing court documents this week opposing Glendale's request to dismiss a federal lawsuit calling for the removal of a city statue honoring women used as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, the law firm representing those opposed to the memorial has resigned. The change comes after Mayer Brown, considered a top 20 global law firm, was criticized by several in the legal industry for taking on the case in the first place since the plight of the former sex slaves, known as comfort women, has been recognized by international historians and government officials in Japan and the United States.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 22, 2014
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) called on the Japanese government on Tuesday to “speak plainly” about a dark chapter in the country's history in which Korean, Chinese and other women were used as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Standing next to a controversial Glendale memorial honoring the so-called “comfort women,” Schiff said clear recognition will pave the way for an improved diplomatic relationship between two...
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April 16, 2014
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, April 16. Forecasters predict the high will be 75 and low 54 in the Glendale region. The top headlines in your area this morning : Attorneys for the city of Glendale asked a federal judge last week to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the city that calls for the removal of a local statue honoring women forced to work as sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. ...
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April 15, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. It's Tuesday, April 15, 2014 and its expected to be a sunny day. National Weather Service forecasters predict a high of 81 and low of 46 in the Glendale region. Your top headlines this morning : Glendale city attorneys asked a federal judge last week to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the city that calls for the removal of a local statue honoring women forced to work as sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. A 28-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested at the Bob Hope Airport Sunday evening after he allegedly filmed another man urinating in a Terminal B bathroom, police said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 14, 2014
Attorneys for the city of Glendale asked a federal judge last week to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the city that calls for the removal of a local statue honoring women forced to work as sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The request is the latest development in the controversial saga related to the so-called “comfort women” monument since Glendale installed the 1,100-pound, bronze memorial in Central Park in...
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
A Los Angeles law firm has agreed to represent the city of Glendale for free in its defense of a statue honoring women taken as sex slaves for the Japanese Army during World War II , the installation of which has been called into question by a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court last month. This is the first time in at least three years that a law firm has represented the city on a pro-bono basis, said City Atty. Mike Garcia. "Obviously, there are folks who think the lawsuit doesn't have merit," Garcia said.
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March 4, 2014
Recently there has been a great deal of controversy about the Korean comfort-women statue located at Glendale Central Park and its message about man's inhumanity to man. Some people say Glendale should not get involved in international politics; some say otherwise. I find it appalling that the people who have filed a lawsuit against the city have said that “many comfort women acted willingly as prostitutes and the military was not directly involved in any coercion.” These are the same tactics that the Turkish lobbyists use to deny the Armenian Genocide by claiming the Armenians were siding with the Russians during World War I. Can one just imagine if one's wife, sister or girlfriend offered their body to a military officer?
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 26, 2014
In City Council chambers packed with about 100 people, Glendale council members said they were not fazed by a lawsuit filed last week in federal district court asking a judge to remove a city statue honoring women victimized by the Japanese Army during World War II. The statue isn't going anywhere, they added. “I think the lawsuit will be put to bed very quickly and we can move on and we can be proud of this statue,” said Councilwoman Laura Friedman, noting that she was glad the statue has focused international attention on Glendale and the women honored by the 1,100-pound memorial in Central Park.
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February 24, 2014
Good morning readers. Today is Monday, Feb. 24. The warm weather winter continues with a high of 79 and low of 48, though rain is expected later in the week. While you get ready for the week, check out these headlines from around the area:  First-round victories are nothing new for “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.  W ins via strikes are, however, and that's exactly what Rousey got Saturday night in the main event of  UFC  170 at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay, defeating challenger Sara McMann at the 1:06 mark of the first round to defend her Ultimate Fighting Championship women's bantamweight title.
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February 22, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers! Today is Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Here's our roundup of the top headlines in the area: It took more than 25 years, but a section of roadway in the middle of two pieces of land that Bob Hope Airport officials bought in the late 1980s will finally no longer be a public street. A Glendale resident, along with a Los Angeles resident and a nonprofit group, filed a lawsuit this week asking a federal judge to force the city of Glendale to remove a controversial statue in a public park that honors women victimized by the Japanese government during World War II. Burbank Unified's top leader received a 7.8% raise Thursday with three school board members supporting her salary hike and two voting against it. Earlier in the meeting, the school board approved a 3% retroactive salary increase for Burbank teachers , which is the first salary increase the district has issued since 2007.
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