818 Roundup: Link development approved, social workers end six-day strike, Burbank man files claim against city, alleged Target thief arrested

Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The National Weather Service predicts the Glendale area will have a high around 69 and low of 44. Here's a break-down of the top headlines in the 818.

  • An 85-year-old woman died Tuesday morning when she hit her head on a tree following an unusual, single-vehicle crash at about 8:30 a.m. at Pierce Street and Illex Avenue in Pacoima, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

  • Southwest Airlines joined Bob Hope Airport's loyalty program, the first of its kind in the state, the airport announced on Monday. Here's how it works: Members earn one airline mile or two hotel points for every dollar spent shopping, eating or parking at the airport  and at 170 participating airport vendors nationwide, according to the Los Angeles Times.

  • In Glendale, the City Council approved construction of the Link, a roughly $25-million, 142-unit building in the San Fernando Road Corridor, despite heavy opposition from the Glendale Historical Society.

  • A 60-year-old Glendale woman fought off a would-be robber who reportedly tried to snatch her purse this weekend, police said. After the robber brandished a can of pepper spray, the woman screamed out of fear for her safety, which startled the man and caused him to run off, according to the Glendale police department.

  • A Burbank man who is a witness in the federal corruption case against a Burbank police officer, along with members of his family, has filed a government claim against the city of Burbank alleging that he was threatened by the officer and falsely arrested.

  • A 28-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested after allegedly stealing $1,472 worth of items — including two flat-screen televisions — from Target in Burbank on three occasions over the course of a week, according to the Burbank police department.

  • After a six-day strike over a contract dispute, Los Angeles County social workers will return to work and resume contract negotiations Wednesday, union officials announced Tuesday evening. The dispute was over how to handle heavy caseloads. All of the 55,000 workers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 721, including the social workers, have been working without a contract for two months, the Los Angeles Times reports.

-- Nicole Charky, nicole.charky@latimes.com

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