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By Veronica Rocha | September 11, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Most of the 150 civil lawsuits filed against Metrolink for the 2005 Glendale derailment that killed 11 passengers have been settled, attorneys said Thursday in Superior Court. Settlement amounts for the mediated cases were not available because most of the documents have been sealed. After the plaintiffs agreed to the dollar amounts, they dismissed their cases against Metrolink, court records show. Only 17 lawsuits remain active, attorneys said. Documents were sealed to protect the privacy and privileges of the plaintiffs, according to court records.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | May 12, 2009
LOS ANGELES — A class-action lawsuit against Metrolink over the 2005 derailment that killed 11 passengers continued to move ahead Monday after a Superior Court judge dismissed a defense motion that argued the trial would set a dangerous precedent. Attorney James Wakefield, who is representing Metrolink in the civil proceedings, told Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias that the crossing near the scene of the crash was similar to other right-of-way situations throughout the nation, and so allowing a class-action lawsuit to proceed would be the equivalent of calling hundreds of railroad crossings overtly dangerous.
NEWS
By Gary Huerta | February 7, 2011
When I found out a couple of months ago that I had been chosen by my employer to attend the Super Bowl, I felt honored. The trip is bestowed upon select dealers and employees the company believes has shown dedication and effort over the course of the year. For me personally, it was a chance to witness something that I have always held among the most emotional moments in all of sports — the playing of our national anthem before the Super Bowl. I am not talking about the song that is played before every baseball, hockey and basketball game, or the one played before high school assemblies.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | April 20, 2007
Having lost communication with Mars Global Surveyor late last year, JPL/NASA announced late last week that an internal board has determined the spacecraft was lost due to a series of events triggered after ground control in Denver sent an incorrect computer address. "There was not a single thing that happened," said Fuk Li, Mars exploration program manager at JPL in La Cañada Flintridge. "It was a series of events that caused the problem." MGS was launched in November 1996, and arrived at Mars to begin its mission in September 1997.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 17, 2013
Technicians at the Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory will soon be able to work more efficiently during DNA extractions thanks to two robots the lab is going to purchase. The City Council Tuesday approved use of a DNA backlog grant from the National Institute of Justice to pay for a DNA extraction robot and an automated liquid-handling robot, bringing the total number of robots at the lab to four. The lab had one robot when it opened in 2012 and it purchased another one with grant money in July.
NEWS
April 4, 2001
A candidate's name on an absentee application doesn't bother me. What I do object to is having my completed application mailed to the candidate's campaign office. While this practice allows candidates to develop lists of likely voters and target them with campaign mailings, third-party handling delays the processing of the application by election officials and creates another place where human error can muck things up. If candidates were truly concerned about increasing voter participation, the absentee applications they send out would be pre-addressed to the official conducting the election, not to a campaign office.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2009
  Ten Years Ago Despite inclement weather, the 1999 scholarship fundraiser staged by the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce drew more than 40 golfers to Verdugo Hills Golf Course. Rick Dinger, then president of the chamber, was also the tournament chairman.   Twenty Years Ago Area residents were mourning the loss of Adeline Micheli Grayson, who with her husband Val opened Grayson’s Tune Town in Montrose in 1953. Adeline succumbed to a stroke after having been ill for some time with cancer.
NEWS
October 5, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- The Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council is hoping a few letters will clear up any misconceptions that may have been created by a recent campaign piece sent out by Rep. James Rogan (R-Glendale). The letter, which carries the name of James Weling, a representative to the council, mistakenly stated at the bottom: "Title for identification purposes only. Does imply organizational endorsement." Jeff Solsby, a Rogan campaign spokesman, said the word "not" was mistakenly omitted from the statement during typesetting.
NEWS
January 21, 2014
Power outages in Glendale are caused by a lot of things: machine failures, wind or just plain human error. But perhaps surprisingly, more than a quarter of all outages in the city are caused by two culprits: balloons and squirrels . Join reporter Brittany Levine and News-Press editors for an online chat at 1 p.m. today to discuss the city report.     
FEATURES
November 5, 2005
The city is sending mixed messages about at-grade rail crossings. After the deadly Jan. 26 Metrolink train crash, when a train smashed into an SUV parked on the tracks at Chevy Chase Drive, killing 11 and injuring nearly 200 others, city officials began considering closing off Chevy Chase Drive for public safety reasons. They spoke loudly and publicly about how dangerous at-grade crossing such as the one at Chevy Chase are. The "at-grade," or street-level, crossing makes it possible for someone bent on harming themselves or others to drive up the tracks and cause such horrific accidents, they said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 17, 2013
Technicians at the Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory will soon be able to work more efficiently during DNA extractions thanks to two robots the lab is going to purchase. The City Council Tuesday approved use of a DNA backlog grant from the National Institute of Justice to pay for a DNA extraction robot and an automated liquid-handling robot, bringing the total number of robots at the lab to four. The lab had one robot when it opened in 2012 and it purchased another one with grant money in July.
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NEWS
By Gary Huerta | February 7, 2011
When I found out a couple of months ago that I had been chosen by my employer to attend the Super Bowl, I felt honored. The trip is bestowed upon select dealers and employees the company believes has shown dedication and effort over the course of the year. For me personally, it was a chance to witness something that I have always held among the most emotional moments in all of sports — the playing of our national anthem before the Super Bowl. I am not talking about the song that is played before every baseball, hockey and basketball game, or the one played before high school assemblies.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | September 11, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Most of the 150 civil lawsuits filed against Metrolink for the 2005 Glendale derailment that killed 11 passengers have been settled, attorneys said Thursday in Superior Court. Settlement amounts for the mediated cases were not available because most of the documents have been sealed. After the plaintiffs agreed to the dollar amounts, they dismissed their cases against Metrolink, court records show. Only 17 lawsuits remain active, attorneys said. Documents were sealed to protect the privacy and privileges of the plaintiffs, according to court records.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | May 12, 2009
LOS ANGELES — A class-action lawsuit against Metrolink over the 2005 derailment that killed 11 passengers continued to move ahead Monday after a Superior Court judge dismissed a defense motion that argued the trial would set a dangerous precedent. Attorney James Wakefield, who is representing Metrolink in the civil proceedings, told Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias that the crossing near the scene of the crash was similar to other right-of-way situations throughout the nation, and so allowing a class-action lawsuit to proceed would be the equivalent of calling hundreds of railroad crossings overtly dangerous.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | April 20, 2007
Having lost communication with Mars Global Surveyor late last year, JPL/NASA announced late last week that an internal board has determined the spacecraft was lost due to a series of events triggered after ground control in Denver sent an incorrect computer address. "There was not a single thing that happened," said Fuk Li, Mars exploration program manager at JPL in La Cañada Flintridge. "It was a series of events that caused the problem." MGS was launched in November 1996, and arrived at Mars to begin its mission in September 1997.
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