Thank Dog Bootcamp in Burbank

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Dogs and their owners can get a good workout and obedience training at the same time with this innovative approach to getting your exercise while hanging out with your pooch. Click the photo for a gallery of the activities.

Laura Allen and her dog Logan, from Los Angeles, front, participate in the 6 a.m. Thank Dog Bootcamp outdoor fitness program at Johnny Carson Park in Burbank on Tuesday, January 5, 2009. The program combines dog training and fitness training at the same time. (Raul Roa/Leader)


Written by Raul Roa

January 6, 2010 at 8:22 am

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Nestle to buy frozen pizza businesses

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DOWNTOWN — Nestle fueled speculation about a shift in the global confectionary market Tuesday after it announced a $3.7-billion deal that would put its Glendale-based USA division in charge of major frozen pizza brands to be acquired from Kraft Foods.

The agreement, which would involve a cash purchase of North American frozen pizza labels DiGiorno, Tombstone, California Pizza Kitchen, Jack’s and Delissio, came as Kraft is preparing to sweeten its third offer to purchase British candy maker Cadbury.

Nestle’s proposed purchase of the pizza businesses, which is pending approval from Canadian and American regulatory authorities, will give Kraft additional cash resources as it bids for Cadbury.

Nestle said Tuesday it would not pursue or participate in a deal to purchase the British confectioner.
The agreement with Kraft comes a day after Nestle announced it would sell its 52% stake in Swiss ophthalmology firm Alcon for about $28 billion.

Combined, the moves will allow Switzerland-based Nestle to refocus on its food and beverage operations, the firm said.

“The acquisition brings leadership in the frozen pizza category, where Nestle only had a minor presence until now, and builds on Nestle’s existing pizza know-how and operations in Europe,” the firm said in a statement.

Written by Zain Shauk

January 5, 2010 at 8:49 am

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Barden makes first career catch

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Ramses Barden didn’t figure much into the New York Giants’ offensive game plans this season, but the first-year wide receiver out of Flintiridge Prep did get some opportunities today in a season-finale 44-7 blowout loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Drafted 85th overall in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Barden entered Sunday’s contest still looking for his first reception. He registered his first, and only, catch as a professional on a play good for 16 yards.

Written by Gabriel Rizk

January 3, 2010 at 11:00 pm

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Glendale PD DUI checkpoint

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Glendale PD set up a DUI checkpoint on San Fernando Road at Palmer Avenue in Glendale on Saturday night.

Glendale Police set up a DUI checkpoint on San Fernando Road at Palmer Avenue in Glendale on Saturday night, January 2, 2010. At least two people were arrested and more than 5 vehicles were impounded for various driver violations including driving with a suspended license. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

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Pedestrian in serious condition after hit-and-run

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MONTROSE — A 49-year-old man was in serious condition Saturday after he was struck by an SUV and thrown 70 feet while crossing a street here on New Year’s day, police said.

The Glendale Police Department is continuing a search for the driver of the SUV, who fled the scene after hitting the man at about 7 p.m., Sgt. Dennis Smith said.

The pedestrian, a Glendale resident, was attempting to cross Montrose Avenue between La Crescenta Avenue and Ramsdell Avenue when a car traveling toward Ramsdell slowed down to allow him to cross, Smith said.

But a second car — the SUV — did not stop and switched into the center turning lane in an attempt to overtake the other vehicle, he said.

The SUV hit the man as he was crossing the road, launching him into the air, Smith said.

Witnesses could not pin down the make and model of the car, he said.

Sharon Shin, 13, was in an apartment on Montrose Avenue when she heard the crash and came outside to see what had happened.

“I went outside and I saw a man lying on the floor and then people were crying,” she said.

The pedestrian, who police did not identify by name, had suffered multiple injuries to his head and body and was in need of blood transfusions Saturday, Smith said.

“The focus at this point is trying to find who this driver is,” he said.

Written by Zain Shauk

January 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm

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Burbank officials to deliberate “highly inappropriate” comments

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The City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to hear a proposal to possibly oust two civil service commissioners for “highly inappropriate” comments made when they twice blocked the temporary promotion of a police lieutenant.

Mayor Gary Bric on Dec. 15 elected to delay discussion on Councilman Dave Golonski’s proposal until the full council could deliberate. Vice Mayor Anja Reinke was absent.

The Civil Service Board twice denied extending the temporary advancement of Lt. Armen Dermenjian to the post of acting captain, arguing that a city employee named in an FBI probe into excessive-force allegations should not be trusted with additional responsibility.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

January 2, 2010 at 8:00 am

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Rose Parade 2010 Photo Gallery

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Click the photo for a gallery of today’s festivities.

TheCity of Glendale Float at the 121st. Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on Friday, January 1, 2010. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

Written by Raul Roa

January 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

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