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Archive for July 2009

Airport: FAA upgrades alter flight paths

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Bob Hope Airport (Roger Wilson/Leader)

Bob Hope Airport (Roger Wilson/Leader)

Bob Hope Airport has received a handful of calls from residents in western stretches of the San Fernando Valley wondering whether flight patterns of approaching aircraft have changed. Answer: some have.

Aircraft landing from the west, which typically employ the FAA’s instrument landing system, are temporarily using other facilities while the system is upgraded, airport spokesman Victor Gill said.

Pilots on approach are now using the Van Nuys VHF Omnidirectional Radar signal until they have visual contact with Bob Hope Airport and execute a normal visual approach landing. The process has caused pilots to take slightly different paths. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

July 31, 2009 at 9:47 pm

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Much more to come from these softball players

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The Leader 2009 All-Area Softball Team included a host of talented local players who were honored.

Along with a group of seniors who have graduated, there is a contingent of athletes who will be returning next season.

Leading the way is Burbank senior-to-be Kassy Uchida. The All-CIF standout ,who has made a verbal commitment to the University of Utah, batted .469 and drove in 30 runs.

Also poised to return next year are Bulldogs teammate Cassi Smith (who will be a senior) and Megan Schafer (senior), along with Burroughs’ Taylor Bulivac (junior) and Jena Serrazana (senior).

That talent should lead to good things for the local squads next season.

Written by Jeff Tully

July 31, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Posted in Sports

Pair nabbed by Burbank Police sentenced to prison

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Two North Hollywood men convicted of four counts of attempted murder for shooting a Glendale man and his friends on Halloween four years ago were handed lengthy prison sentences Thursday.

Mkrtich Melkonian and Hrant Barsegyan, both 21, were sentenced to 57 years and 16 years in prison, respectively, after a jury in June found the pair guilty. Each of the total seven counts represented the number of victims who were reportedly inside the van that was shot at Oct. 31, 2005.

Melkonian and Barsegyan were inside a black SUV when they got into an argument with Glendale resident Narek Tovmasyan and his six friends. The groups began yelling at each other while driving on Glenoaks Boulevard.

Melkonian got out of his SUV at Glenwood Road and Alameda Avenue, walked toward the van and fired shots at it, hitting a Glendale man in the back. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

July 31, 2009 at 11:24 am

Posted in Courts, Crime, Public Safety

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Disney down 26% in third quarter earnings

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Corrected: 4:17 p.m.

Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. announced late Thursday that its third quarter earnings were down 26% from a year ago, in the latest news of poor profits for local entertainment industry giants.

The studio’s losses could affect local unemployment rates if Disney executives opt to cut more jobs, or decrease local project spending.

The company suffered from multibillion dollar losses from falling DVD sales, box office figures, advertising revenues and attendance at its parks and resorts.

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Written by Zain Shauk

July 31, 2009 at 8:43 am

Posted in Business, Studios

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Burbank Leader (re)design: An undesired plug for Matt

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The Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press and La Cañada Valley Sun are undergoing redesigns.

I don’t think  there’s a problem with me writing this because Design Editor Matt Wilkes has been slaving away from his Long Beach pad and keeping a semi-regular diary of the process over on our editor’s blog, Tasty Edits.

In his posts, Matt writes about losing his religion, afternoon naps and inside baseball design subjects such as fonts and colors, etc. Only he spells the word “color” C-O-L-O-U-R.

Here’s a sample before I leave you to determine how tasty the edits are:

I am now having dreams about the redesign. I wake up wondering if that dark tan colour is really going to work. Or should I stick to dark red? Last night I got out of bed at 3 a.m. to check if the yellow I used on a skybox was too light. Is Antenna Thin too thin? For that matter, is Antenna Condensed too condensed? Is -5pt tracking enough? And why do the bloody cats start fighting just as I’m about to do something fiddly to the infoboxes? I need to get out more.

Consider your appetite whetted.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

July 30, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Crime report recap

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The following were taken from reports filed at the Burbank Police Department:

Courtesy of City of Burbank

Courtesy of City of Burbank

Wash area of Beachwood and Valley Heart: Burbank Police officers on July 22 approached three subjects in possession of spray cans. The subjects dropped the spray cans and ran.  An officer caught one of the subjects as he was climbing over a fence.  The officer grabbed one of the subject’s feet to pull him down.  The subject then kicked back at the officer causing him to fall and lose his grip. The officer suffered a sprained wrist as a result of the fall.  All three subjects were later found and arrested for vandalism. The subject who kicked the officer was charged with assault on a peace officer.

2080 Empire Ave.: A Burbank man on July 22 parked his vehicle in the Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot. In the bed of his pickup truck was a paint sprayer.  He entered the store to shop. The man returned to his truck and witnessed a male suspect loading his paint sprayer into the back of a Ford Explorer.  The man ran to the truck and kicked the suspect in the chest. The man attempted to remove the sprayer from the vehicle but the suspect drove off dragging the man.  He freed himself from the vehicle, which headed westbound on Empire from Buena Vista. The man received serious lacerations to his arms. Police were unable to locate the suspect vehicle. The vehicle is described as an older light blue or silver Ford Explorer with four doors. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

July 30, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Californians are not happy with state leaders. Where do you stand?

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Approval ratings for legislators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are at record lows, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.

How do you feel about the state’s elected officials and where they are taking California?

In case you were wondering about the survey, below is a rundown of its findings. Tell us what you think:

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Written by Zain Shauk

July 30, 2009 at 1:33 pm