Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.
Here are some of the top headlines in the region:
- In a letter sent this week, Rep. Adam Schiff and two of his Congressional colleagues urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to press Japanese political leaders to formally recognize women used as sex slaves by the Imperial Army during World War II. The Burbank Democrat sent the letter the same week as Korean supporters of a Glendale statue honoring so-called comfort women hosted an incense ceremony at the monument to honor a former victim who died last Saturday.
- A $1.4 million street improvement project along Glendale Avenue near the Ventura (134) Freeway in Glendale was given the green light by the City Council this week. The stretch of roadway near the freeway is one of the most traveled throughout the city with an estimated 50,000 trips per day expected for the street by 2030, according to a city report.
- New Line Cinema, the studio that produced the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Wedding Crashers and the Austin Powers trilogy among other popular film titles, is moving to the lot of its parent company, Warner Bros., in Burbank by summer 2014.
- In a move that will save the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service about $740,720 over the next decade, the Glenoaks Post Office in Burbank closed its doors this month and its two employees were reassigned to nearby branches after more than two years of hand-wringing by residents.
- The Los Angeles area received a light drizzle Thursday evening and could even get a bit of snow at higher elevations later Thursday night as a result of a weak cold front that was limping across the region, forecasters said.
-- Sameea Kamal, firstname.lastname@example.org
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