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San Fernando Valley's Discovery Cube L.A. opens in once-vacant museum

The empty children's museum in Lake View Terrace was a $21.8-million civic embarrassment, built but never opened after its planned operator went bankrupt. For residents of the San Fernando Valley, it became a symbol of unfilled promises, fueling the sense of some who felt they weren't getting their...

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  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • Burbank Coordinating Council seeks more volunteers for holiday baskets program

    December is arguably the busiest time of year for Burbank resident Janet Diel and the nonprofit Burbank Coordinating Council. For the past 71 years, the organization has been preparing and distributing holiday baskets to less-fortunate families in Burbank. Last year, about 550 families received...

  • Friends of Burbank Public Library open new bookstore

    Friends of Burbank Public Library open new bookstore

    The Friends of the Burbank Public Library is hoping that its new bookstore in the Central Library will help continue to fund the programs patrons have come to enjoy. The bookstore, which is housed in a space at the back of the library, had its grand opening last Saturday and was filled with dozens...

  • Burbank shelter offers refuge from Creek fire for horse owners

    Burbank shelter offers refuge from Creek fire for horse owners

    Although the flames are far from extinguished, the Creek fire led to the temporary displacement of thousands of Los Angeles County residents at its outset; but it wasn’t just people who had to flee. While smaller animals such as cats and dogs could easily stick by their owners as they sought refuge,...

  • Arthritis Foundation honors Burbank teen whose life has changed because of the disease

    Arthritis Foundation honors Burbank teen whose life has changed because of the disease

    For the past three years, Nathan French has been dealing with several types of arthritic illnesses — stiffness in his joints and muscles all over his body, rashes caused by sensitivity to the sun and systemic scleroderma, in which a waxy hardening has started to occur on his skin and in his intestinal...

  • PETA official urges compassion for wildlife affected by fires

    As wildfires continue to rage, let’s not forget that humans aren’t the only ones who are suffering. Animals’ homes are being destroyed, too. Once the smoke clears, this means that coyotes, cougars, deer, bobcats, raccoons and other animals will likely be venturing into residential areas in desperate...

  • Learning Matters: Preparing for tests can help alleviate stress for families

    Learning Matters: Preparing for tests can help alleviate stress for families

    College-aspiring high school juniors and seniors in Glendale and elsewhere gathered last weekend to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT, that long-established threshold to the college application and admissions process. The test itself has changed somewhat since I took it, expanding from...

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