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By Dink O'Neal | June 30, 2011
Vanguard Repertory Company has kicked off La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival’s summer season with “Tragic Women” and “After the Autumn,” a duet of powerfully moving, world-premiere pieces. Inspired by some of the Bard’s best known tragedies, these one-acts are excellently paired given their unconventional styles and poignant performances. In “Tragic Women,” a trio of Shakespeare’s female characters sentenced to Purgatory must face the effects of their individual demons.
NEWS
November 29, 2013
It's that time of year when many worthy organizations reach out to the community and ask the good folks for gifts and money to be put into their Christmas stockings. The question I ask every year is which of these organizations has touched my heart? Which organization helps develop the character of tomorrow's leaders? Which organization is there to help their friends and neighbors? Which organization has parents, friends, business owners and strangers working together and participating annually to help raise approximately $20,000 for a one-night event to ensure our children are in a safe environment after a senior prom?
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By Brian Crosby | July 14, 2011
It's strange how fiction and reality can often cross paths. In my last blog post, I talked about the classic novel “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” a fictional story set in Brooklyn over 100 years ago about the struggles of an impoverished immigrant family to make a life in the U.S. This week, the real Brooklyn was brought to the forefront of the news surrounding the true story of the tragic killing of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky.  Leiby was...
NEWS
July 26, 2007
A recent tragedy has become a rallying point for Glendale residents to come together and continue efforts for change and accountability that have become the hallmarks of effective Glendale city development. In doing so, moreover, civic leaders, law enforcement and other agencies are trying to bring some solace and closure to the Sandoval family and their friends who suffered the great loss of Elizabeth Sandoval ? who was struck down in her prime last week by the driver of a speeding car. Sadly, this same tragedy that has brought together our residents, law enforcement and civic leaders has also become a magnet for certain elements in our community to shamefully pursue their own personal and political interests in the horrific aftermath of this communal tragedy.
NEWS
October 7, 2004
GRANT GORDON "Only the good die young." -- Billy Joel I didn't know La Crescenta's Christopher Oliver or Granada Hills' Nicholas Roth. I don't know Glendale's Michael Lee. Therefore, maybe I shouldn't be writing about them or the collision that took Oliver and Roth's lives and still jeopardizes Lee's. Yet I feel moved to write about what happened last Friday night, not by an editor or any sense of duty, but by myself. You walk on eggshells when speaking or writing of death.
NEWS
April 22, 2005
Alina Ana Azizian In this melting pot known as the United States of America, we are always eager to celebrate the victories of our neighbors and the memories of international icons. Take, for example, the widely celebrated Cinco de Mayo festivities, marking the victory of the Mexican Army against Spain, or the popular St. Patrick's Day festivities in honor of the 5th century patron saint of Ireland. Regardless of race, creed or religion, people are more than willing to pick up a beer and toast to the fallen heroes of the past.
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By Sam S. Manoukian | July 21, 2007
A recent tragedy has become a rallying point for Glendale residents to come together and continue efforts for change and accountability that have become the hallmarks of effective Glendale city development. In doing so, moreover, civic leaders, law enforcement and other agencies are trying to bring some solace and closure to the Sandoval family and their friends who suffered the great loss of Elizabeth Sandoval — who was struck down in her prime last week by the driver of a speeding car. Sadly, this same tragedy that has brought together our residents, law enforcement and civic leaders has also become a magnet for certain elements in our community to shamefully pursue their own personal and political interests in the horrific aftermath of this communal tragedy.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | April 20, 2007
The devastation experienced on the campus of Virginia Tech this week has sent a shock wave across the nation that has prompted comment from local and state representatives. "We are all deeply saddened by the horrific loss of life by the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech," said Sen. Jack Scott in a prepared statement issued Monday afternoon. "It is a call to action for us to review our own procedures to ensure the safety of our public schools and college campuses. "We have enacted many laws to restrict weapons on campus, but we must also ensure that our school and college personnel have security plans and trained personnel ready to respond when these senseless acts of violence take place.
NEWS
April 3, 2009
Michael J. Arvizu Alexis Ledoux says the thing she will remember most about her best friend Angelina Posca is her face. She had a great personality. She liked to play games. She was a ballroom dancer. But most of all, she was a best friend. “I am going to miss her very much,” Alexis said, sobbing. “She was very nice and kind to everyone. We were ballroom dancers. We were actors.” Alexis’ mother, Gloria, adds that her daughter’s school had just won first place in a dancing competition.
FEATURES
October 3, 2008
Recent disasters like Hurricane Ike, the earthquakes in China and Taiwan, and even the recent Metrolink accident can overwhelm people with emotions like fear, anger, frustration and even dread. What do the Scriptiures tell us of coping with the aftermath of these disasters, and how can we become better people as a result? Disasters, be they natural or human caused, are some of the most defining moments in human existence. How we respond in the face of tragedy can often speak volumes about the character of a certain person, community or nation.
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NEWS
April 12, 2014
Less than 24 hours after Glendale's newly appointed Mayor Zareh Sinanyan commented on the need to increase safety in the city for pedestrians and bicyclists , Antranik Melkonian, 86, died Wednesday morning after he tried to illegally cross five lanes of traffic on busy North Glendale Avenue . He didn't make it to the other side of the street before he was hit by a passing motorist. The timing of his loss, coming so close on the heels of Sinanyan's remarks after accepting the gavel as our city's mayor, was a tragic irony.
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November 29, 2013
It's that time of year when many worthy organizations reach out to the community and ask the good folks for gifts and money to be put into their Christmas stockings. The question I ask every year is which of these organizations has touched my heart? Which organization helps develop the character of tomorrow's leaders? Which organization is there to help their friends and neighbors? Which organization has parents, friends, business owners and strangers working together and participating annually to help raise approximately $20,000 for a one-night event to ensure our children are in a safe environment after a senior prom?
NEWS
July 18, 2013
Kudos to the Glendale City Council for its persistence in approving the Comfort Women Memorial. There will always be opposition and controversy when victims of a tragedy are memorialized because the perpetrators want to deny or justify their acts. The Japanese government has taken 20 steps back (as in 20 years since its 1993 acknowledgment of the tragedy) by recently denying and downplaying the horrors that occurred during World War II. Many oppose this memorial because it will cause divisiveness.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | January 27, 2013
Leticia Avila's battle with cancer lasted three years. She died just days before Christmas at age 53, leaving behind two sons and two daughters, including her youngest, Maria Cruz Castaneda Avila. At 10 years old, the fifth-grader at Horace Mann Elementary - who goes by Mari - must now face a future without her parents, having lost her father five years ago to liver complications. But that doesn't mean the girl whom teachers describe as gifted, smart and driven will be alone. A teacher at Horace Mann Elementary has started a districtwide campaign to establish a college fund for Mari - who reads at the sixth-grade level - so her dreams of attending USC don't fade.
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By Zanku Armenian | December 26, 2012
On Dec.14, I was sitting in a session of the Los Angeles City Council for a pending council matter when a news flash came across my iPhone on the Newtown, Conn. school shooting. My heart sank and a shiver went through my body like it did for so many other people across our country. The eerie coincidence for me was that later that afternoon, employees at Southern California Edison, where I work, were observing a moment of silence for the colleagues we lost almost exactly a year ago when an employee committed the same kind of rampage in the workplace.
NEWS
December 21, 2012
Like a punch to the gut, the reaction to the shooting massacre of 20 elementary school children in Newtown, Conn., was wrenching. Those were our daughters, sons, nephews, cousins. If it could happen there, it could happen here. And like all great national tragedies, we all took part in the process of healing and support. In Burbank, about 150 elementary school students, teachers, elected officials and residents gathered at Jefferson Elementary School to honor those who lost their lives that day at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | September 11, 2012
SOUTHEAST GLENDALE - - The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 70th year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the first meeting of the year. FORMER KNIGHT ADDRESS CLUB During the last several years, Kevin Danni has done his share of public-speaking engagements concerning the tragic events that unfolded on Sept. 11, 2001, when the United States was attacked in four separate terrorist incidents. Danni, a former St. Francis High quarterback, had graduated from Occidental College the previous spring and accepted a job with Morgan Stanley, a financial service provider.
NEWS
By Ron Kaye | September 10, 2011
It was just before 2:30 in the afternoon of Sunday Dec. 7, 1941 when a New York radio station interrupted the broadcast of the New York Giants football game with a shocking news bulletin: The Japanese had staged a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Naval base in Hawaii. Broadcast of the game quickly resumed after the brief report. It was the same across America as NBC, CBS and other radio networks broke into Sammy Kaye's Sunday Serenade, a performance of the “Inspector General,” an intellectual discussion of Canada's role in the war in Europe - and then returned to normal programming.
NEWS
By Brian Crosby | July 14, 2011
It's strange how fiction and reality can often cross paths. In my last blog post, I talked about the classic novel “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” a fictional story set in Brooklyn over 100 years ago about the struggles of an impoverished immigrant family to make a life in the U.S. This week, the real Brooklyn was brought to the forefront of the news surrounding the true story of the tragic killing of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky.  Leiby was...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dink O'Neal | June 30, 2011
Vanguard Repertory Company has kicked off La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival’s summer season with “Tragic Women” and “After the Autumn,” a duet of powerfully moving, world-premiere pieces. Inspired by some of the Bard’s best known tragedies, these one-acts are excellently paired given their unconventional styles and poignant performances. In “Tragic Women,” a trio of Shakespeare’s female characters sentenced to Purgatory must face the effects of their individual demons.
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