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By Ani Amirkhanian | April 16, 2007
A congregation of all ages and faiths gathered to take part in an intergenerational worship service to honor past and present victims of genocide, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills, on Sunday. The service paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide and atrocities that occurred throughout history, including genocides in Somalia, East Timor and Darfur. As Elizabeth Erickson, vice-president of the congregation, lead the service, her daughter, Emily Halsell, 8, lit a chalice in memory of the victims.
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May 17, 2013
Those tending the flame of those who perished in the Armenian Genocide had a bit of a mixed bag this week. In happy news, Glendale Unified and its teachers' union agreed to make April 24 - the day that commemorates the horror - an official day off. This agreement makes a lot of sense for all involved. Students of Armenian descent have skipped going to class on that day for years, and as public school funding is significantly based on attendance, making the day a holiday of sorts is an elegant end-around of this problem.
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June 29, 2010
I am aware that many residents in our community applaud efforts by Congress to pass a resolution, authored by Adam Schiff, affirming claims that Armenians suffered genocide at the hands of the Turkish government during World War I. According to a front-page article in the June 26 News-Press titled "Resolution gets extra push," those efforts have gained momentum, with 144 U.S. Representatives signing on as co-sponsors of the genocide resolution....
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April 24, 2013
Thousands of Armenians chanted outside the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles Wednesday to commemorate the massacre of some 1.5 million of their ancestors 98 years ago -- a genocide that has yet to be officially recognized by the U.S. Chanting “We will fight, we will fight, until the end!” in Armenian, the large crowd decried decades of denial by modern day Turkey that a genocide occurred during the time of the Ottoman Empire. PHOTOS: Armenians protest at Turkish Consulate to end genocide denial Among them was Glendale resident Armen Aroutiounian, 19, who called it a “pathetic” political game that after 98 years, the United States and Turkish governments refuse to recognize the genocide.
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April 22, 2000
Alecia Foster It was about 85 years ago when the Ottoman Turks went through a small Armenian village where Mikael Kourinian's great-uncle lived. "All of them were rounded up and shot," Kourinian said. The story, passed down through his family, was one the Glendale Community College student will never forget. Kourinian, also president of the Armenian Student Assn. at GCC, asked fellow students Thursday to share their knowledge of the Armenian genocide with others.
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November 13, 2004
Jackson Bell Organizers of a book reading by an Armenian genocide author learned their lesson after having to turning away people at his first event, and say they are better prepared for another massive turnout. Peter Balakian, author of "The Burning Tigris: The American Genocide and America's Response," will return to Glendale to read excerpts and answer questions at 7 p.m. today at the Pacific Park Branch Library, 501 S. Pacific Avenue. Balakian's first appearance at the Glendale Public Library's Auditorium was limited to 225 people.
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June 15, 2005
Robert Chacon Rep. Adam Schiff introduced a resolution to Congress on Tuesday, with bipartisan support from more than 50 congressman, that would require the government to recognize the Armenian genocide. "I hope this year we can make the recognition happen," Schiff said. "It has been 90 years. If not now, when?" For two years, Schiff has fought for U.S. recognition of the genocide, in which more than 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire beginning in 1916.
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By Charles Cooper | November 2, 2007
Glendale Congressman Adam Schiff has surrendered to political pressure from Congress and the Bush Administration, asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi not to bring up the Armenian genocide resolution this year. Schiff took over the role of lead sponsor on the issue several years ago. He represents the largest concentration of Armenian-Americans in the United States. The measure, condemning the death of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923, once had a majority of the house as cosponsors, including Republican Congressman David Dreier.
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By Charles Cooper | October 19, 2007
The Glendale City Council managed a rare unanimity Tuesday night in voting to approve a resolution calling on the U.S. government to recognize the Armenian genocide. The council, with two members of Armenian heritage, were united in declaring the issue affects everyone. ?We have the largest concentration of Armenian-Americans in the country,? Mayor Ara Najarian said. ?And back in 1915, the Glendale Evening News was one of the first papers to call attention to the issue.? Leaders of the Ottoman Empire, predecessor state to modern Turkey, are accused of systematically killing 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923.
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February 16, 2001
Alex Coolman CITY HALL -- Racially charged comments in the Community Forum section of the Glendale News-Press have served to inflame prejudice in the city, some residents said at a Thursday night meeting of the Glendale Human Relations Coalition. The tense gathering, which saw more than 35 people crowded into a City Hall conference room, focused on the controversy stirred up by a January letter in the News-Press. The letter stated that the United States would not recognize the Armenian genocide and included disparaging comments about the Armenian community.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
As ‎nearly 1,200 people packed the Alex Theatre on Thursday at the 13th annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, attendees were abuzz about a historic statement made by the Turkish Prime Minister the day prior. PHOTOS: Armenian Genocide commemoration at the Alex Theatre Most dismissed the comments made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ‎Erdogan on the eve before the 99th anniversary of the genocide, in which he offered condolences to Armenian descendants of the massacre and mentioned a "shared pain," but did not directly recognize the massacres of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 22, 2014
During a somber, yet celebratory event, Glendale students performed songs and dances as well as read poems during the 13th annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Monday night that brought hundreds of people to Glendale High. After Glendale High's a capella choir performed the national anthems of the United States and Armenia, Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan introduced a documentary clip produced by former L.A. educator Kay Mouradian, which shares a personal account of the genocide.
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April 20, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Saturday, April 19. The high is expected to reach 73 and low 57 in the Burbank area.  These are some of the top headlines from your region :  ICYMI: The 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be commemorated over the next several days  with events planned in Glendale, Pasadena, Hollywood and the Los Angeles area. Burbank police raised roughly $2,500 for the Special Olympics on Thursday by waiting on tables and serving food at the annual “Tip-A-Cop” event, officials said.
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April 19, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Saturday, April 19. The high is expected to reach 73 and low 57 in the Burbank area.  These are some of the top headlines from your region :  Longtime area restaurant Ernie Jr.'s will close on Saturday . Many lifelong fans are flocking to the eatery for their last chance.    The 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be commemorated over the next several days  ...
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
Public officials in Glendale are praising a vote by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday that passed a resolution to observe and commemorate the Armenian Genocide. Authored by committee chair Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Resolution 410 was approved by a 12-5 vote and will now head to the full Senate. “This resolution reaffirms in the strongest terms that we will always remember this tragedy and honor the memory of innocent Armenian men, women and children who were killed and expelled from their homeland,” Menendez said in a statement.
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By Richard Simon | November 12, 2013
In a new twist to efforts to call attention to the Armenian genocide, a group of lawmakers has accused the Obama administration of blocking a Smithsonian display of a rug woven by orphans of the mass killings about a century ago. The lawmakers have written President Obama urging him to make available the rug, presented in 1925 toPresident Calvin Coolidge and in storage as part of the White House collection, for exhibition. The bipartisan group includes more than a dozen representatives from California, which has a large Armenian American population, the Los Angeles Times reported .  The roughly 12-foot-by-18-foot Armenian Orphan Rug was to be featured in a Dec. 16 exhibit at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington that sought to call attention to a new book about the rug, which the lawmakers called a “pivotal icon related to the Armenian Genocide.” A White House spokeswoman said Tuesday that displaying the rug “for only half a day in connection with a private book launch event, as proposed, would have been an inappropriate use of U.S. government property, would have required the White House to undertake the risk of transporting the rug for limited public exposure, and was not viewed as commensurate with the rug's historical significance.” Aram S. Hamparian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, attributed the decision to politics, contending it was due to the administration “catering to the Turkish government's...
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October 31, 2013
A petition on Whitehouse.gov is urging President Barack Obama to display a rug woven by Armenian orphans at a refugee camp in 1920. The tapestry was donated to President Calvin Coolidge in 1925, as a gift to thank Americans for their humanitarian support following World War I. The carpet has remained in storage and was expected to make its debut on Dec. 16 during a Smithsonian event and book launch for Hagop Martin Deranian's " ...
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | September 10, 2013
A proposal to memorialize victims of the Armenian Genocide with a monument in Pasadena received unanimous approval from Pasadena City Council members on Monday, a decision cheered by Armenian American leaders in Glendale who have joined the effort to see it built. Organizers of the nonprofit Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee are raising funds to erect the monument at Memorial Park in central Pasadena before the centennial observance of the genocide on April 24, 2015. Garo Ghazarian, chair of the Armenian Bar Assoc.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | July 24, 2013
The lengthy legal battle between the attorneys who won tens of millions of dollars for descendants of Armenian genocide victims has run its course. Mark Geragos and Brian Kabateck, two of the attorneys in class-action lawsuits that descendants of Armenian genocide survivors filed in federal court against insurers, have settled their lawsuit against their Glendale-based co-counsel on the multi-million dollar insurance case - Vartkes Yeghiayan and his wife, attorney Rita Mahdessian, Geragos and Kabateck announced jointly on Wednesday.
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May 17, 2013
Those tending the flame of those who perished in the Armenian Genocide had a bit of a mixed bag this week. In happy news, Glendale Unified and its teachers' union agreed to make April 24 - the day that commemorates the horror - an official day off. This agreement makes a lot of sense for all involved. Students of Armenian descent have skipped going to class on that day for years, and as public school funding is significantly based on attendance, making the day a holiday of sorts is an elegant end-around of this problem.
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