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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 1, 2014
Glendale High students carried on a 105-year-old tradition on Friday when freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors competed against each other in a contest that featured elaborate tableaus where students recreated scenes with themes such as immigration, compassion and ambition. The event began with students filing into the school's auditorium neatly dressed in white collared shirts and black pants, careful not to utter a word, or make eye contact with nearby classmates, let alone glance at their phones.
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By Brian Crosby | February 28, 2014
On March 28, Glendale High School will rename its auditorium the John Wayne Performing Arts Center in honor of its most well-known alumnus. This led me to wonder if Hoover High had any famous graduates of its own who may qualify for naming rights for its edifices. The good news is that I did, indeed, find someone famous; the bad news is that it is someone infamous. First, allow me to flashback to a few weeks ago when I attended a UCLA Film Archive screening at the Hammer Museum in Westwood as part of the director Anthony Mann film retrospective.
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By Jonny Whiteside | February 14, 2014
When swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy formed in 1993, they were a severe anomaly, one that seemed destined to be overshadowed by the Nirvanas, Tupacs and Whitney Houstons who ruled the pop charts. Twenty years later, the brassy septet has outlived them and their appearance Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Alex Theater is going to be a very special triple-threat event . "We've kept the band together all these years and we have not stopped playing, been on the road the whole time," trumpeter and Glendale native Glen Marhevka said recently.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 1, 2014
A concert to benefit the arts and music programs in Glendale Unified later this month will feature Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, a swing band that's had major national hits and has local ties - the children of two of its members attend Glendale schools. The event will be held at the Alex Theatre with an opening performance by the Glendale High School Jazz Band. Once fellow parent Donna Wittlin heard the band previously performed at Ventura High School and donated all proceeds to the school's arts and music programs, she suggested the band do the same for Glendale schools.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 31, 2014
After Lidiya Badalyan was struck in a crosswalk by a driver in July near Glendale High School, she was hospitalized for two months and remained in a full-body brace as she recovered from several broken bones. But life just isn't the same anymore for the 75-year-old resident, said her daughter, Lousine Sogomonian. Badalyan maintained an active lifestyle and worked out four times a week. But she now uses a walker and can't stand for long periods of time. While police are still investigating the incident, her daughter said pedestrian-involved collisions like her mother's incident have become frequent . “I see the problem is middle-aged drivers,” she said.
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January 28, 2014
Finally something in this city will honor one of the greatest film icons of our time. John Wayne was truly a dedicated Glendalian and loved this city. I met John Wayne while paving the street in front of his Newport Beach home back in 1973. When he came out I casually mentioned to him that I was a student at Glendale High School. The next thing I knew I was invited in his home and having a sandwich. I was treated like a long lost cousin. He peppered me with questions about Glendale and Glendale High.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 22, 2014
During a meeting with the Glendale Unified's superintendent on Tuesday, several local parents said their main concern about the state's new curriculum is the new tests students will take in April and May. Called Common Core State Standards, the curriculum uses computerized exams that adapt to students' knowledge level by presenting students with more difficult or easier questions depending on how they answer the questions. A right answer will be followed by a more difficult question and a wrong answer will result in a more simple question.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 18, 2014
Balloons, equipment failure and squirrels were among the top causes of electricity outages in Glendale between 2008 and 2012, according to a city report released this week. Balloons caused the most outages, 47 out of 292, not counting ones prompted by unknown causes, but Ramon Abueg, chief assistant general manager of electric and water at Glendale Water & Power, said some of those were likely caused by balloons that may have disintegrated after touching power lines. “People need to be more aware when they release Mylar balloons, they cause a lot of problems,” Abueg said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 18, 2014
Glendale officials are seeking proposals from artists who want to paint murals on 26 utility boxes to brighten up downtown Glendale. Painting the utility boxes would be the first step in a $1.4 million plan to make Glendale more arts-friendly like other cities such as Santa Monica and Pasadena. The city is on a mission to shake its reputation as boring, an effort that began with a new branding campaign approved a few years ago and a revived downtown plan that has ushered in numerous hip apartment projects.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 17, 2014
In honor of one of the most famous icons who has ever lived in the city, Glendale High School will change the name of its auditorium to the John Wayne Performing Arts Center, after the legendary actor who is not otherwise recognized in the city where he came of age. Before he took on his stage name, Marion Morrison attended what was then Glendale's only high school, then called Glendale Union High School. The future western film star played on the school's football team, served as class president during his senior year and acted in school productions before graduating in 1925.
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