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The Early Edition: Burbank Leader

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The Top 10 Stories Of 2009
1: Burbank Police’s year of problems:  A barrage of outside investigations, lawsuits filed against the city by current and former officers, a police sergeant taking his own life on a residential street and a no-confidence vote in the police chief just days after he announced plans to retire made for a turbulent year at the Burbank Police Department.

House fire sets off live ammunition
BURBANK — Firefighters who responded to a house fire Tuesday in north Burbank had to dodge flying ammunition that was set off from inside by the heat, officials said.

3 want seat in 43rd District
At least three candidates have publicly stated their intents to replace Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles), with a fourth weighing a decision to jump into the race.

Airport: Security delays few
AIRPORT DISTRICT — Despite stepped up airline screenings at Bob Hope Airport after an attempted bombing aboard a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight, authorities said delays have been minimal.

TOP 10 SPORTS STORIES OF 2009: Championship feeling
Throughout the past year, the local community experienced its share of important, interesting and tragic sports stories. Some of the stories touched us, some informed us and others just entertained us.

Everyone’s Business: Make good decisions on New Year’s
I’ll bet that on Dec. 19, Thomas Vanauken didn’t wake up and say, “I think I’ll go out tonight, have something to drink, and then drive way too fast on the San Bernardino Freeway and kill somebody.”

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December 30, 2009 at 9:19 am

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The Early Edition: Glendale News-Press

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Jousters battle each other at the Tournament of Roses EquestFest held at the L.A. Equestrian Center in Burbank on Tuesday, December 29, 2009. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

They’re Joust Horsing Around
Horse enthusiasts turned out Tuesday at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center to catch glimpses of jousting, roping, open paddock, exhibits and precision teams as part Equestfest.

Winter shelter reaches limit
DOWNTOWN — The winter shelter at the Glendale Armory has been reaching its 150-bed capacity almost every day due to the colder temperatures and the holidays, officials said.

3 want seat in 43rd District
At least three candidates have publicly stated their intents to replace Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles), with a fourth weighing a decision to jump into the race.

Condos 50% sold
DOWNTOWN — Sales of the Americana at Brand’s Excelsior condominiums have steadily grown since owner Caruso Affiliated dropped unit prices by as much as 40% this summer, with more than half of the project now sold, company officials said this week.

Catching on at CV camp
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — For nearly 15 minutes, Phil Torres meticulously hit choppers, grounders and swinging bunts down the third-base line at Stengel Field on Tuesday morning.

Viola brings back crown
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — After 60 minutes of regulation and another 15 minutes watching penalty shots, the members of the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team were in a festive mood.

Taken for Granted: Knowledge for change
It’s time again for the eternal optimists in our midst to prepare their New Year’s resolutions, most of which will be relegated to the “best intentions” scrap heap within a month.

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December 30, 2009 at 9:13 am

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The Early Edition: Glendale News-Press

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The area by the L.A. River behind Dreamworks and KABC has been proposed to be developed into a walkway. (Roger Wilson/News-Press)

Walkway deal should be done next month
CITY HALL — Six months after city officials said a deal with DreamWorks Animation on a 15-foot strip of land for a walkway along the Los Angeles River was nearly complete, the project remains in a holding pattern as attorneys continue to review the agreement.

Report shows more pedestrian collisions
DOWNTOWN — The number of pedestrian-involved vehicle collisions are up this year despite myriad outreach efforts, according to the latest Glendale Police Department figures.

Coming to seniors’ rescue
LA CRESCENTA — When Robbyn Battles’ mother suffered a “horrific stroke” two years ago, the La Crescenta Town councilwoman stayed by her side at the hospital for weeks.

Five arrested in Avoid campaign
GLENDALE — Five motorists who were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol were arrested Saturday during a sobriety checkpoint in South Glendale as part of a countywide campaign to crack down on drunk driving, police said.

Koemans’ muscle does the trick
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — For Breeana Koemans, there are times when she’s got to make the necessary adjustments on the fly.

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December 29, 2009 at 9:00 am

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Burbank Leader poll results

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December 28, 2009 at 4:40 pm

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Glendale New-Press poll results

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Poll Results: Council says budget concerns might prevent An international piano competition from happening in Glendale. Should the city host the show?

Yes. The Junior Piano Competition would bring Glendale cultural prestige. 115 votes, 60%

No. In this economy, the city can’t commit to the event’s nearly $300,000 budget. 77 votes, 40%

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December 28, 2009 at 4:36 pm

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The Early Edition: Glendale News-Press

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Gunnar Starling, 6, serves salad to Jamison Rosenberg during a free post-Christmas meal Sunday for those in need at Salem Lutheran Church in Glendale.

Journey to the feast
Vicki Emami briefed her servers one last time before the lines formed. The four second-graders behind the table were antsy with anticipation, but one question remained.

Life in city is up for debate
CITY HALL —The City Council in January is expected to discuss a wide-ranging report on the city’s quality of life, three months after the figures were first posted online.

Malls enjoy joyous holiday season
GLENDALE — It might not qualify as a Christmas miracle, but sales and traffic around Glendale retail hubs exceeded last year’s numbers, mall operators said.

Dates set for Christmas tree pickup
GLENDALE — As Christmas gives way to the new year and households start packing up their decorations, city officials have announced a number of recycling programs for that withering tree in the living room.

2009 YEAR IN REVIEW: WINTER AND SPRING
Starting the year off with a bang

GLENDALE — Editor’s Note: The following is a recap of the 2009 local sports scene from the winter and spring seasons.

Falcons keep up strong start
PASADENA — Spending five days in Maui over Christmas break didn’t do too much to mellow the Crescenta Valley High boys’ basketball team.

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December 28, 2009 at 9:40 am

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The Early Edition: Burbank Leader

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Burroughs High senior Emily Tubert is the 2009 All-Area Girls' Golfer of the Year.

Season of giving
It takes only a few minutes being around Emily Tubert to realize that she is a special individual and a well-rounded young lady.

FBI report: Violent crimes up
DOWNTOWN — The violent crime rate in Burbank edged up in the first half of 2009, according to preliminary FBI figures released today.

District team a man down
CITY HALL — Burbank Unified will make do with one fewer senior official for the remainder of the school year as school board members plan to assess staffing after midyear state budget reductions are announced.

City to help bus homeless
BURBANK — One year after playing host to the regional homeless winter shelter in what was a problematic stint, Burbank pledged $20,000 to help cover the cost of busing its homeless population to the Glendale shelter every day.

Providence out of sync
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Following a dismal first quarter where it was held scoreless by Flintridge Prep, the Providence High girls’ basketball team appeared to be digging itself out of its hole in the second quarter.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Won the CIF title at the Individual Final and Women’s Southern California Golf Assn. Qualifying Tournament.

A Word, Please: You’d better lie down for this one
Every holiday, news outlets struggle with the same issue. In journalists’ minds, the single most important bit of news to report is “Today is a holiday!” But their readers already know it’s a holiday. And the newsmen and newswomen know that their readers already know it.

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December 23, 2009 at 9:44 am

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