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June 26, 2000
Have the city clerk e-mail Washington, D.C. to get a copy of official rules on flag etiquette and give a copy to our City Council and city manager and anyone else who should know the rules. We have all these rules, so follow them and obey them, or vote to get rid of them. A great many of my friends gave their lives during Vietnam to defend this country. Though many people, and even some of us soldiers, didn't believe in that war, we never had any doubt about our flag or how great America is. So please, City Hall, get it right!
NEWS
February 9, 2005
JUNE CASAGRANDE Hallelujah. That's the word that rang over and over in my mind as I turned the pages of a book I just discovered. "Lapsing Into a Comma: A Curmudgeon's Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print -- and How to Avoid Them" first came out in 2000, but it didn't come onto my radar until just this month. The author, Washington Post Business Desk Copy Desk Chief Bill Walsh, starts off with a very involved and surprisingly passionate discussion of hyphenation.
NEWS
By: | September 10, 2005
BLOCK PARTY FEE WAIVER The council voted to waive a $100 permit fee for a block party being planned for Lombardy Drive. City law allows for such a waiver if it is determined that the public's health, safety and welfare would be served by doing so. WHAT IT MEANS The block party, hosted by Tom Samaha, will be open to local residents and will promote community involvement, according to a letter from Samaha....
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Los Angeles Times | August 12, 2011
Vroman's Bookstore will make a guest appearance in the upcoming season of "Parks and Recreation," when Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope has a book signing. Her book, "Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America," will be featured in the show, and will be published Oct. 4 by Hyperion. Photos of Vroman's dressed up for TV are on the L.A. area filming location-obsessed blog  I Am Not a Stalker , which writes: A display featuring several copies of Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America was set up in the background of the scene and, throughout the day, before filming began, countless Vroman's customers would walk up and look through it, thinking it was a real item that was for sale.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | September 30, 2005
A local man charged with copyright infringement for distributing "Star Wars: Episode lll -- Revenge of the Sith." On Tuesday, Dwight Wayne Sityar of La Crescenta was one of eight people charged by the United States Attorney's office for unauthorized distribution or reproduction of a copyrighted work. According to court documents filed in the United States District Court in Los Angeles, when Sityar came to work at Champion Broadband in Glendale one day in May he allegedly found his co-workers viewing "Star Wars lll" on their computers.
NEWS
By JUNE CASAGRANDE | February 13, 2008
?The semicolon is an ugly !$@ #!, and thus I tend to avoid it.? The first time I read this in the Bill Walsh book ?Lapsing Into a Comma: A Curmudgeon?s Guide to the Many Things That Can Go Wrong in Print ? and How to Avoid Them,? I was floored. Here was the chief of the Washington Post?s business copy desk ? about the highest rank one can achieve in the copy-editing world ? so repulsed by a punctuation mark that he?d actually use a swear to describe it. How, I wondered, could the semicolon evoke that kind of vitriol?
NEWS
By June Casagrande | January 28, 2012
Some typos make you look bad. But some of the typos that make you look bad put you in such good company that, in the end, you don't look so bad after all. Take, for example, a Twitter post (or “tweet” as we technonarcissists call them) written a few months ago by an AMC network staffer offering a “sneak peak” at an episode of the show “Breaking Bad.” “Breaking Bad” is a smart show that, I can only presume, has smart viewers. So a “sneak peak” instead of “peek” in promotional copy is more likely to get noticed than a similar typo on, say, a “Work' It” promo or tattooed on Charlie Sheen's forehead.
NEWS
May 20, 2005
Joyce Rudolph Employees have taken their jobs seriously over the years at the Glendale News-Press, but that hasn't prevented them from having a little fun along the way. Some staff members dreamt up little rituals that kept others entertained. Others found means to build camaraderie outside the walls. Hubert "Ozzie" Ostendorf, 88, worked on the display advertising copy desk from 1936 to 1942, laying out the ads before sending the pages off to the editorial department to fill in around them.
NEWS
December 26, 2008
Parade screening times announced Charter Communications has released its broadcast schedule of the Montrose Christmas Parade on Charter cable channel 25. Through Friday, Jan. 9 the parade will be shown at the following times per Charter Communications: Monday through Thursday at 3 p.m.; Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. DVD copies of the telecast are available through the Montrose Christmas Parade Association at a suggested...
FEATURES
By Melanie Hicken | July 16, 2009
SOUTH GLENDALE — Sitting across from the painting that started it all, local artist Micheline Abounassar is overwhelmed by her recent fame. Her oil painting “The Savior,” a haunting depiction of the face of Jesus Christ coming out of the darkness, caught the attention of religious officials in Jerusalem who saw it on her website. The officials contacted the 28-year-old artist, who goes by Micha, who donated a copy to be presented to Pope Benedict XVI during his May 12 visit to Jerusalem to be displayed at the Vatican.
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NEWS
By June Casagrande | April 5, 2013
These days, everyone's a writer. And a reporter. And an editor. Thanks to the Internet, you can report any "fact" you want, be it a UFO sighting in your rumpus room or incontrovertible evidence that Donald Trump has a full head of hair. There are benefits to this democratization of reporting. We get more information from a greater diversity of perspectives. But this comes with a downside: There's a lot of bad information out there, and it's on us to sniff it out. Say what you will about the bad old days of near media monopolies.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Andy Klein | May 18, 2012
My top-10 films from last year are slowly making their way to home video, the latest being this mysterious relationship drama from Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami (“Taste of Cherry,” “Crimson Gold”) - certainly his most accessible film for Westerners. First of all, it's primarily in English, with a few English-subtitled scenes in French and Italian. Secondly, it is much closer in tone and technique to European cinema than to the Iranian films that make it to the U.S. Juliette Binoche plays a nameless character who seeks a meeting with author James Miller (William Shimmel, an opera singer making his film debut)
NEWS
By June Casagrande | January 28, 2012
Some typos make you look bad. But some of the typos that make you look bad put you in such good company that, in the end, you don't look so bad after all. Take, for example, a Twitter post (or “tweet” as we technonarcissists call them) written a few months ago by an AMC network staffer offering a “sneak peak” at an episode of the show “Breaking Bad.” “Breaking Bad” is a smart show that, I can only presume, has smart viewers. So a “sneak peak” instead of “peek” in promotional copy is more likely to get noticed than a similar typo on, say, a “Work' It” promo or tattooed on Charlie Sheen's forehead.
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Los Angeles Times | August 12, 2011
Vroman's Bookstore will make a guest appearance in the upcoming season of "Parks and Recreation," when Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope has a book signing. Her book, "Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America," will be featured in the show, and will be published Oct. 4 by Hyperion. Photos of Vroman's dressed up for TV are on the L.A. area filming location-obsessed blog  I Am Not a Stalker , which writes: A display featuring several copies of Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America was set up in the background of the scene and, throughout the day, before filming began, countless Vroman's customers would walk up and look through it, thinking it was a real item that was for sale.
NEWS
January 30, 2011
I teach an online copy-editing course and every term I do something kind of cruel to my students. I ask them to share some of their grammar peeves in the class's online message board. It's cruel because I know what's coming. Someone is going to rant about some common error that really gets under her skin, not realizing that the supposedly egregious error isn't really an error at all. Then I'm going to tell her so. It's a trap, I know. But it packs a valuable lesson for aspiring copy editors: We have to check our facts — even facts we were sure we had down pat. Take, for example, one student's recent lament that people shouldn't use "real" in place of "really" in a sentence like "Pete works real hard.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich | January 14, 2010
BURBANK — Throughout the first four games of league play, it’s become a common occurrence in which the Hoover High boys’ basketball team has spotted opponents double-digit runs, only to have to play catch-up the remainder of the way. Frustrated Hoover High third-year Coach Henrik Sardarbegian said he’s getting tired of the same result. “We have been having a lot of mental breakdowns, and we are getting killed on defense,” Sardarbegian said after visiting Hoover suffered a 66-43 league loss to Burbank on Wednesday night.
FEATURES
By Melanie Hicken | July 16, 2009
SOUTH GLENDALE — Sitting across from the painting that started it all, local artist Micheline Abounassar is overwhelmed by her recent fame. Her oil painting “The Savior,” a haunting depiction of the face of Jesus Christ coming out of the darkness, caught the attention of religious officials in Jerusalem who saw it on her website. The officials contacted the 28-year-old artist, who goes by Micha, who donated a copy to be presented to Pope Benedict XVI during his May 12 visit to Jerusalem to be displayed at the Vatican.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ruth Longoria | April 10, 2009
If you grew up watching the soap opera “Ryan’s Hope” and still enjoy getting ensconced in a good Irish family drama, you won’t want to miss author Mary Pat Kelly’s book-signing at the Flintridge Riding Club, 4625 Oak Grove Drive in La Cañada Flintridge. Kelly — sister to La Cañada resident and trails advocate Randy (Kelly) Strapazon — will be at the riding club at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21 to autograph and discuss her current novel, “Galway Bay.” The book is being received by Kelly’s readers and peers with enthusiasm and appreciation.
FEATURES
By Alison Kjeldgaard | March 25, 2009
Tina Solomon remembers moving from Nashville to California a few days before Elvis Presley died in 1977. “I remember things by association,” Solomon said. “It’s easier to remember things like that.” Though Solomon never met Presley, she met a number of other celebrities, since her ex-husband worked for various record companies. Among the most famous are Michael Jackson, George Harrison, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. In the late ’70s, Solomon started teaching ballroom dancing classes at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Glendale.
BUSINESS
By Jeremy Oberstein | January 14, 2009
GLENDALE — Officials with the city’s Development Services Department announced Tuesday that Staples Inc. plans to open up a smaller version of its office products store in the former site of the Salvation Army outlet. The new Staples will occupy about half of the 11,000-square-foot location that has been vacant since the secondhand clothing and used goods store left Glendale in June, said Philip Lanzafame, director of development services for Glendale. Staples plans to remove some of the columns that now line the store on Brand Boulevard in favor of a new store entrance, he said.
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