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February 12, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
With apologies to Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, the title of this theater tale could be "Out of the Woods. " The Colony Theatre in Burbank said a fundraising push that began around Thanksgiving snowballed into about $260,000 -- more than five times what initially was expected and enough to put the theater on secure fiscal footing 16 months after it had announced it was on the verge of closing. Hundreds of supporters "opened their hearts and wallets," said Barbara Beckley, the Colony's co-founder and artistic director.
February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
After 52 years broadcasting Southern California's biggest stories from the same Burbank studio, KNBC-TV Channel 4 has pulled up stakes and moved into a gleaming new center on the Universal lot. "Everyone was sad to leave the old building, it had such a rich history with the studios used by Johnny Carson and even 'Days of Our Lives,' " said Steve Carlston, president and general manager of NBC4, on Friday. KNBC now is broadcasting from Los Angeles. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll "We moved about a mile away, but we have moved into the future," Carlston said.
February 6, 2014 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
A 28-year-old Arleta man pleaded guilty Tuesday to secretly filming a woman in the restroom where he worked in Burbank, authorities said. Eduardo Herrera pleaded guilty to one count of secretly filming an identifiable person who may be undressed, and was sentenced to three years of probation, 30 days of community labor and a year of Sexual Compulsives Anonymous classes, said Assistant City Atty. Denny Wei. The case involved an incident last June when a 25-year-old woman discovered a camera under the sink of a single-toilet bathroom at a business on San Fernando Boulevard.
February 4, 2014 | By Mark Kellam
A Doritos commercial starring and cowritten by a Burbank resident was a cowinner of an annual contest sponsored by the snack company and it aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday. The ad follows a boy who has created a time machine as he tricks a neighbor, played by Burbank resident Daved Wilkins, into entering the contraption in a ploy to steal his Doritos. When the machine "takes off" using simple maneuvers created by the boy, Wilkins believe he's being transported into the future, the Burbank Leader reported . Wilkins worked on the 30-second spot with two longtime friends Ryan Thomas Andersen and Raj Suri, both of whom live in Phoenix.
February 1, 2014 | By Scott Collins
The sign advertising his show still looms over the NBC parking lot, and for a few more days throngs of fans will crowd the studio gates in Burbank before tapings. But Jay Leno says he's ready to leave - and this time, he says he really means it. After more than 40 years, "The Tonight Show" is leaving Southern California and heading back to New York, with the 63-year-old Leno, who first became host in 1992, handing off the show to Jimmy Fallon, just 39. Four years have passed since NBC botched a similar passing of the torch to Conan O'Brien.
January 31, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
As "The Tonight Show" moves from its longtime Burbank home to New York City, where it originally debuted, 164 staffers will be laid off, an NBC spokesman confirmed on Friday. The layoffs, which were first reported in the Burbank Leader, involve primarily production-based jobs and were not a surprise. Last May, NBC announced that Leno would leave "The Tonight Show" after 22 years (minus a few months when Conan O'Brien hosted) and be replaced by the New York-based Jimmy Fallon. The week leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics was picked to be Leno's final week on the show.
January 27, 2014 | By Scott Glover
A Burbank pharmacy that dispensed painkillers and other narcotics to five young patients who later died of overdoses had its license revoked Monday after the state pharmacy board found that its employees failed to properly scrutinize prescriptions that contributed to patient deaths. The pharmacy, Jay Scott Drugs on Glenoaks Boulevard, catered to patients of doctors Bernard Bass and Massoud Bamdad, both of whom were later convicted of crimes in connection with their prescribing. Pharmacists are required by law to scrutinize prescriptions, size up customers and refuse to dispense a drug if they suspect a patient does not have a legitimate medical need for it. Many of Bass' patients were in their 20s and traveled more than 40 miles from their homes in Ventura County to see Bass in North Hollywood, and then another five miles to Jay Scott Drugs where they typically paid cash for a combination of prescription drugs favored by addicts.
January 20, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Burbank man was arrested on suspicion of killing his 76-year-old mother, whose body was found in an alley wrapped in a blanket, police said Monday night. Officers responded Monday morning to call of a possible woman down in the alley near the 4000 block of Victory Boulevard, the Burbank Police Department said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim He said the slaying was Burbank's first homicide of 2014.
January 18, 2014 | By Angel Jennings
Five people were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an altercation at the Santa Monica Pier early Saturday morning turned violent and two people were stabbed. Witnesses said the five suspects began arguing with two people on the far west end of the pier around 1:20 a.m., and the altercation then turned physical, according to a news release issued by Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Moroso. The group of five then attacked the other two with a knife, stabbing both victims multiple times in their torsos and arms, police said.  The victims were taken to a hospital where one underwent immediate surgery.
December 23, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
Human remains discovered off Angeles Crest Highway in September have been identified as those of a 24-year-old Burbank man who was reported missing five months ago, coroner's officials said. Gevork Boyadzhyan was reported missing in July after his family members last saw him leaving his Burbank home one Saturday evening. An hour after he was last seen, he sent a text message to a friend that read “Call me,” the Burbank Leader reported . The friend returned the call an hour later but Boyadzhyan's phone had been turned off. Since then, no activity has been reported on his credit cards, according to his family.
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