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News secret No. 23: Animal stories

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Credit: Creative Commons

Credit: Creative Commons

Here’s a newsroom secret for you: Throw a cute pooch on the front page and you’re bound to get readers’ attention (Check out, Working like a police dog, an event put on by the Police Department’s K9).

Editors know it. And so do the folks at the library.

As part of its series of hosted events, the Buena Vista Library at 7 p.m. Thursday will offer “How to be a Better Pet Parent.”

Attendees can meet adoptable pets, learn tips on choosing the appropriate pet for their home, obedience training and socialization, proper nutrition, medical care and exercise, and how to prepare for the unexpected.

Now run along. I think hear your dog pulling the stuffing out of the couch.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 13, 2009 at 9:00 am

For the jetsetters among us

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wynnFor those  immune to the recession, Wynn Las Vegas is  offering  a posh travel package from Burbank.

The Jetsetter Getaway Package, available through November, includes a three-night stay at Wynn or Encore and roundtrip transportation via in a 50-seat jet from Bob Hope or John Wayne airports.

Packages from Burbank start at $780, per person, double occupancy, and $1,193, per person, single occupancy, including taxes and fees.

Perhaps this will help Bob Hope bring its passenger numbers up.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 11, 2009 at 6:45 pm

The Early Edition – Burbank Leader

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Students walk on a red carpet as they arrive to Luther Burbank Middle School on Friday.  The students were treated to a red-carpet greeting along with music by teachers, staff and parents after the school improved 24 points from last year in statewide testing.  (Raul Roa/The Leader)

Students walk on a red carpet as they arrive to Luther Burbank Middle School on Friday. The students were treated to a red-carpet greeting along with music by teachers, staff and parents after the school improved 24 points from last year in statewide testing. (Raul Roa/The Leader)

A red carpet day
Students danced, posed and strutted their way down a red carpet in front of Luther Burbank Middle School on Friday to celebrate their recent progress on pivotal statewide tests.

Former officer’s lawsuit dismissed
An invasion of privacy and defamation lawsuit filed against the city by a former Burbank police detective was dismissed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Market may brave more losses
Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets will go forward with plans to open a store here, the company confirmed Wednesday, a day after it announced dismal financial projections.

Falling branches spell rising complaints
Marina Manukian pulled her Infiniti G35 into a curbside parking space across the street from her Andover Drive home just 10 minutes before a large tree limb came crashing down.

SMALL WONDERS: Trying to weather storm of distress
The only thing better than Vin Scully on a summer night when everyone is still playing is Vin Scully on an October night when only a few are left.

CV is just too tough
Upending defending Pacific League champion Crescenta Valley High won’t be an easy task for any of the other teams looking to make a run at the league title, as Burbank found out on Tuesday at Crescenta Valley.

Strong start helps Burbank win, 13-5
With what looked like a match of teams that were relatively evenly matched, Burbank High and Glendale came into Tuesday’s contest with identical Pacific League records.

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October 10, 2009 at 8:00 am

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Group honored in Burroughs Athletic Hall of Fame

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Burroughs Athletic Hall of Fame inductees and family members were honored Thursday at Memorial Field (Roger Wilson/The Leader).

Burroughs Athletic Hall of Fame inductees and family members were honored Thursday at Memorial Field (Roger Wilson/The Leader).

From a coach, to athletes to a city official and alumna who has helped support the school’s stadium renovation project, the honorees ran the gambit Thursday as the latest class was inducted into the Burroughs Athletic Hall of Fame.

Former Indians standout players Keith Jarbo, Jennifer Wagner (Penczar), Mary Ann Wagner (Murret) and Alfonso Tucay joined former boys’ soccer Coach Mike Kodama and Mary Alvord were honored at the induction event at Memorial Field.

“It’s just awesome to be honored like this,” said Jarbo, a former All-CIF and all-league football and basketball player. “This is something that I would have never even dreamed of. Just to be still thought about is great.” Read the rest of this entry »

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October 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm

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Celebrated Burbank deli owner dies at 77

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Thomas Huber and father, Otto, who founded Otto's Import Store and Delicatessen in Burbank. (Roger Wilson/The Leader)

Otto Huber, the founder and 40-year owner of Otto’s Import Store and Delicatessen, died of natural causes at his Burbank home. He was 77.

Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada confirmed Huber’s passing Thursday morning after officers found no signs of foul play at his home in the 400 block of N. Brighton St.

Remembered by friends and family as a gregarious shopkeeper and devoted father, Huber was among the last remaining holdouts from a bygone era where family run businesses were the norm.

Accordion in hand, Otto serenaded generations of residents, introducing them to European fare. Among his loyal customers were John Burroughs High School students, some of whom joined an online fan page called “OTTO’S DELI/BURBANK.”

The Facebook group includes messages such as “And on the way home from Lincoln each day…” and “Daily lunch from ’81-’84. Ham and cheese with extra mayo. I am not down that way often, but stop in every time I am.”

Founded in 1969 by Huber and his wife, Irma, the deli began an old- fashioned corner grocery store. The Hubers then began to incorporate specialty foods for family and friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm

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Former Leader, News-Press columnist weighs in on airport curfew

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The FAA in the next three weeks will announce its decision on whether to grant or deny the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority’s application for a nighttime noise curfew at Bob Hope Airport.

In reading through the letters submitted to the authority last year and FAA this summer, several stood out from a crowd of  government officials, airline and cargo associations and valley residents. One in particular, from former Leader and Glendale News-Press columnist Will Rogers, was submitted July 3 under Docket No. FAA – 2009 – 0546.

I’ve copied the letter in its entirety below for your reading pleasure. A PDF of the letter and whimsical attachment is here.

I am writing to urge FAA approval of the Part 161 application made with regard to the imposition of a nighttime curfew at the Bob Hope Airport In Burbank, Calif.

When the city of Burbank conducted a referendum among voters in 1976 to approve the creation of the Airport Authority that currently operates the airport, voters approved that undertaking with the understanding that panel of representatives from a trio of area cities would operate the facility in a manner that did not increase the airport’s impacts on the community which serves as its host: Burbank. I believe this is every bit an urgent consideration as the entirety of the airport’s application.

I confess skepticism that missives such as this one are actually given even cursory consideration as part of the review process, and so I am reluctant to invest the massive amounts of time required to document those assurances, and the facility’s operations on the 33 years since that date. But I will be happy to provide that information on request.

Ultimately, the point is that, had Burbank voters realized there was any possibility that “local control” of the facility, and the meaningful restriction of noise impacts would fall by the wayside and control would fall to the federal government, the proposal would have failed dismally back in 1976, and the facility simply would not exist today for the subsequent debate and current Part 161 application to take place. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 8, 2009 at 9:35 am

Man suspected in four robberies arrested

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Police this week arrested a 27-year-old Van Nuys man later determined to be connected to a string of robberies in the city, authorities said.

Brian Trevino is being charged with four felony counts of robbery and held on $225,000 bail, Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada said.

Officers at 2:15 p.m. Monday arrested Trevino while investigating a suspicious vehicle  in the 3600 block of W. Victory Blvd, Quesada said.

There they met a man who matched the description from a previous street robbery. Detectives conducted follow-up investigations and connected Trevino to at least three previous robberies, including two at liquor stores and a gas station.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 7, 2009 at 4:09 pm