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March 22, 2013
Glendale police will be conducting a DUI checkpoint Friday night at an undisclosed location within city limits between 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., the department announced. During the operations, officers will be checking drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. They'll also be checking to make sure motorists are licensed. --Jason Wells, Times Community News Follow Jason Wells on Facebook , Google+ and on Twitter: @JasonBretWells  
COMMUNITY
July 23, 2013
It's been a year since "Meatball" the bear created a legion of fans over the course of several trash foraging forays into Glendale's hillsides. Reaction to a proposal to feature the bear's likeness on the city's next Rose Parade float was...enthusiastic. The Glendale City Council will review the concept at their regular meeting today at 6 p.m. [   -- Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com Follow on Facebook , Google+ and on Twitter: @JasonBretWells .
NEWS
August 21, 2012
Firefighters are responding to a three-alarm fire at a multi-unit residential complex in East Glendale. The fire, in the 300 block of McHenry Road not far from the Ventura (134) Freeway, was reported at about 4:30 p.m., with initial reports of smoke coming from an attic. Emergency crews were starting to block off access to the area as firefighters mount a massive response to the blaze. There were no immediate details available about possible injuries, evacuations or the number of units affected.
NEWS
August 21, 2012
Firefighters on Tuesday successfully contained a blaze to attic area of a multi-unit residential building in East Glendale, a city spokesman said. The building in the 300 block of McHenry Road was evacuated of one tenant, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, city spokesman Tom Lorenz said. The cause of the blaze was not immediately available. A number of street closures were expected to remain in place as fire crews mopped up the scene. Burbank firefighters were also called to the staging area at East California Avenue and North Chevy Chase Drive, but the extra assistance wasn't needed.
NEWS
December 13, 2012
Officials announced plans to reopen mountain roads in the Angeles National Forest at 10 a.m. Thursday after they were closed for overnight snow and icy conditions. The sections of road scheduled to reopen are: Angeles Forest Highway from Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road to Aliso Canyon Road, and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, from Angeles Forest Highway to the Angeles Crest Highway, according to the Los Angeles County Public Works Department. A chance of rain and colder than normal temperatures are expected to continue through early next week, according to the National Weather Service.
NEWS
September 19, 2012
The industry publication Variety is reporting that Marvel Studios is leaving Manhattan Beach for office space near the Walt Disney Creative Campus in Glendale -- bringing Spider-Man and Thor closer to their Mickey Mouse counterparts. Marvel Animation Studios, which is already located in Glendale, has reportedly been beefing up as the two studios begin work on new television projects. As many as 150 staffers will be affected by the company's move to Glendale, which is near some of its other division offices, according to Variety.
NEWS
September 28, 2012
Police in Burbank and Glendale will be taking part in a no-questions-asked prescription drug drop-off event Saturday as part of a national campaign to reduce household access to left over medications. Prescription drugs that remain at home are prone to misuse and abuse, particularly among teens, according to police. And flushing unneeded medications down the toilet or sink can have environmental implications. In Burbank alone, Burbank police, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, collected nearly 250 pounds of pills and medications at last year's Drug Take Back event, according to the department.
THE818NOW
February 13, 2013
OK guys. It's nearly Valentine's Day and you don't have a date. You could try your hand at work, perhaps go out with the singles, be brave with that person you've been eyeing at the gym, or just stay home and pretend it isn't happening while catching up on “Game of Thrones.” That or start planning a move to Glendale to make sure the same thing doesn't happen next year. According to a list released this week by the real estate website Zillow, Glendale ranks No. 2 in the U.S. for young men looking to find a girlfriend.
NEWS
November 23, 2012
Long lines that started forming at some of the area's largest retailers overnight Thursday gave way to the more traditional Black Friday crowds in the morning, with shoppers clogging stores in Burbank and Glendale for those early bird deals. In Burbank, police were deployed to Best Buy and Target overnight as the first few hundred customers were given wristbands for midnight access. Hundreds more customers, meanwhile, waited in lines that snaked around buildings and into parking lots.
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NEWS
July 30, 2013
Despite a last-minute protest lobby that involved thousands of emails, Glendale at noon today will become the first West Coast city to dedicate a public memorial to sex slaves who served the Japanese army during World War II. The 1,100-pound statue of a woman in Korean dress sitting next to an empty chair was installed in Central Park despite a last minute attempt by opponents -- based mostly in Japan -- who contend the so-called "comfort women"...
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NEWS
July 26, 2013
Glendale police plan to conduct a sobriety checkpoint overnight Saturday at an undisclosed location. The checkpoint will run from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., according to a notice from the police department. In addition to assessing drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, police officers will be checking licenses to make sure they're valid. -- Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com Follow on Facebook , Google+ and on Twitter: @JasonBretWells . ALSO: Outside funding sources help Glendale improve parks during recession Opponents of historic post office's closure in Glendale speak out Rescued horse being fattened up for life  
COMMUNITY
July 23, 2013
It's been a year since "Meatball" the bear created a legion of fans over the course of several trash foraging forays into Glendale's hillsides. Reaction to a proposal to feature the bear's likeness on the city's next Rose Parade float was...enthusiastic. The Glendale City Council will review the concept at their regular meeting today at 6 p.m. [   -- Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com Follow on Facebook , Google+ and on Twitter: @JasonBretWells .
NEWS
April 16, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) on Tuesday echoed President Obama's vow to bring those responsible for the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon to justice. Speaking about the tragedy for the second time in as many days, Obama said the nation's prayers go out to Boston. The two explosions on Monday killed three, including an 8-year-old boy, and wounded an estimated 176 people, the L.A. Times reported. More than 50 people - from Burbank to Pasadena and the communities in between - were signed up to run in the marathon.
THE818NOW
February 13, 2013
OK guys. It's nearly Valentine's Day and you don't have a date. You could try your hand at work, perhaps go out with the singles, be brave with that person you've been eyeing at the gym, or just stay home and pretend it isn't happening while catching up on “Game of Thrones.” That or start planning a move to Glendale to make sure the same thing doesn't happen next year. According to a list released this week by the real estate website Zillow, Glendale ranks No. 2 in the U.S. for young men looking to find a girlfriend.
NEWS
December 13, 2012
Officials announced plans to reopen mountain roads in the Angeles National Forest at 10 a.m. Thursday after they were closed for overnight snow and icy conditions. The sections of road scheduled to reopen are: Angeles Forest Highway from Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road to Aliso Canyon Road, and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, from Angeles Forest Highway to the Angeles Crest Highway, according to the Los Angeles County Public Works Department. A chance of rain and colder than normal temperatures are expected to continue through early next week, according to the National Weather Service.
NEWS
November 23, 2012
Long lines that started forming at some of the area's largest retailers overnight Thursday gave way to the more traditional Black Friday crowds in the morning, with shoppers clogging stores in Burbank and Glendale for those early bird deals. In Burbank, police were deployed to Best Buy and Target overnight as the first few hundred customers were given wristbands for midnight access. Hundreds more customers, meanwhile, waited in lines that snaked around buildings and into parking lots.
NEWS
September 28, 2012
Police in Burbank and Glendale will be taking part in a no-questions-asked prescription drug drop-off event Saturday as part of a national campaign to reduce household access to left over medications. Prescription drugs that remain at home are prone to misuse and abuse, particularly among teens, according to police. And flushing unneeded medications down the toilet or sink can have environmental implications. In Burbank alone, Burbank police, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, collected nearly 250 pounds of pills and medications at last year's Drug Take Back event, according to the department.
NEWS
September 19, 2012
The industry publication Variety is reporting that Marvel Studios is leaving Manhattan Beach for office space near the Walt Disney Creative Campus in Glendale -- bringing Spider-Man and Thor closer to their Mickey Mouse counterparts. Marvel Animation Studios, which is already located in Glendale, has reportedly been beefing up as the two studios begin work on new television projects. As many as 150 staffers will be affected by the company's move to Glendale, which is near some of its other division offices, according to Variety.
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