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By Bill Kisliuk and Joe Piasecki | December 15, 2010
The descendants of Armenian Genocide victims won a significant victory Friday when a federal appeals court ruled that they should be allowed to sue to recoup unpaid insurance benefits related to the atrocity. The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacates the same panel's August 2009 ruling that lawsuits filed in state court were an unconstitutional intrusion into federal authority. In 2003, Vazken Movsesian, a priest at St. Peter Armenian Church in Glendale, and thousands of other heirs of the 1.5 million Armenians killed between 1915 and 1923, sued several insurers in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
NEWS
February 15, 2007
Both local congressional members are supporting a call for the United States to give official recognition to the Armenian genocide of 1915. Congressman Adam Schiff of Glendale, who represents a large number of Armenian-Americans in his district, has become the point man in the effort to get official recognition for the deaths which began in 1915, and were blamed on the Ottoman Empire. This year he has a record number of co-sponsors, some 150, including the leader of the Republican delegation from California, David Dreier.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2007
Local author Kay Mouradian will discuss her novel, "A Gift in The Sunlight: An Armenian Story" at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library. "A Gift in the Sunlight" is inspired by a true story that took place during the Armenian Genocide nearly 100 years ago. A young Armenian girl, Flora, and her family are deported from their homeland in Turkey during World War I. Flora and family are among two million Armenians forced to walk hundreds of miles through the barren deserts of Syria.
NEWS
April 12, 2007
BOOK SALE ? In conjunction with the County of Los Angeles Public Library System, the La Cañada Flintridge Public Library will host a county-wide book sale Saturday, April 14 , during library hours. Book bags will also be offered for sale. The Friends of the LCF Library will host a coffee/tea Open House for members and prospective members from 10 a.m. to noon on the day of the sale. New landscaping on the northeast side of the library will be presented by Linda Fults and Carol Hanna, members of La Cañada Valley Beautiful, the organization sponsoring the renovation.
NEWS
June 10, 2010
B etween 1915 and 1923, the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) massacred nearly 2 million Armenians. There were death marches and extermination camps. For the survivors, there were mass exiles. To this day, Turkey has refused to acknowledge this event, and only 26 nations have officially recognized the genocide of the Armenian people. The United States has not recognized the Armenian Genocide, but 42 states have passed resolutions to that effect. Unlike Germany, a nation whose self-reflection has led to a dominant culture of pacifism, Turkey takes the position that these deaths were merely the result of an act of war. As far as Turkey is concerned, there was no Armenian Genocide.
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By Jane Napier Neely | August 5, 2004
La Cañada resident Martin Marootian, principal plaintiff in a class action suit against New York Life Insurance Company, says he's tired but pleased the case has been settled, forcing the insurance giant to pay death benefits owed descendants of those killed by the Turkish Ottoman Empire during the Armenian Genocide. The judgment was handed down on July 30 by federal court judge Christina Snyder. Marootian will receive $250,000. About $11 million will be set aside for potential claims by heirs of 2,400 policy holders.
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By Michael J. Arvizu Valley Sun | September 18, 2008
Roughy 100 people gathered at Temple Sinai in Glendale Sunday afternoon for a forum on the recent genocide and atrocities that have taken place in Darfur. The Glendale Interfaith Community Forum on Genocide and Darfur was moderated by Conressman Adam Schiff (D-Glendale). Schiff introduced the three speakers: Father Vazken Movsesian from In His Shoes International, whose grandparents were survivors of the Armenian Genocide, addressed the Armenian Genocide; Robert Geminder, a Jewish Holocaust survivor from Poland; and Mohamed Suleiman, a Darfurian refugee who shared personal stories of survival.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | October 20, 2009
A set of news articles hangs on the walls of attorney Mark Geragos’ office, a record of the high-profile cases he has argued. set of news articles hangs on the walls of attorney Mark Geragos’ office, a record of the high-profile cases he has argued. A New York Times story, enlarged and affixed to a shelf display, bears the headline, “For Lawyer, It’s Michael Jackson on Line 1, Scott Peterson on Line 2.” Other articles touch on his defense of Greg Anderson, a personal trainer caught up in a performance-enhancing drug investigation related to Barry Bonds and the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative, and actress Winona Ryder, who was arrested on shoplifting charges in 2001.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | April 20, 2011
Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and former city Planning Commissioner Maria Mehranian will be sworn in Saturday as a member of the California International Genocide Commission, established by state leaders to increase global recognition of atrocities committed worldwide. In part, the commission represents ongoing calls in California for federal recognition of the Armenian Genocide, which from 1915 to 1923 claimed the lives of 1.5 million Armenians and which will be commemorated this weekend.
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By Bill Kisliuk and Joe Piasecki | December 15, 2010
The descendants of Armenian Genocide victims won a significant victory Friday when a federal appeals court ruled that they should be allowed to sue to recoup unpaid insurance benefits related to the atrocity. The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals vacates the same panel's August 2009 ruling that lawsuits filed in state court were an unconstitutional intrusion into federal authority. In 2003, Vazken Movsesian, a priest at St. Peter Armenian Church in Glendale, and thousands of other heirs of the 1.5 million Armenians killed between 1915 and 1923, sued several insurers in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
NEWS
By Michael J. Arvizu | July 7, 2010
According to some of my editors, In Theory is one of the most widely read pieces each week in the La Cañada Valley Sun, Glendale News-Press and Burbank Leader. This year marks half a decade that In Theory has run. So, this week, I've decided to give you an inside look into how In Theory works. In Theory debuted in the Glendale News-Press and now defunct Foothill Leader the weekend of Jan. 14, 2005. Its first question? "What do you think of the Glendale Unified School District giving students the day off Jan. 6 for Day of Epiphany, also known as Armenian Christmas?"
NEWS
June 10, 2010
B etween 1915 and 1923, the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) massacred nearly 2 million Armenians. There were death marches and extermination camps. For the survivors, there were mass exiles. To this day, Turkey has refused to acknowledge this event, and only 26 nations have officially recognized the genocide of the Armenian people. The United States has not recognized the Armenian Genocide, but 42 states have passed resolutions to that effect. Unlike Germany, a nation whose self-reflection has led to a dominant culture of pacifism, Turkey takes the position that these deaths were merely the result of an act of war. As far as Turkey is concerned, there was no Armenian Genocide.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | October 20, 2009
A set of news articles hangs on the walls of attorney Mark Geragos’ office, a record of the high-profile cases he has argued. set of news articles hangs on the walls of attorney Mark Geragos’ office, a record of the high-profile cases he has argued. A New York Times story, enlarged and affixed to a shelf display, bears the headline, “For Lawyer, It’s Michael Jackson on Line 1, Scott Peterson on Line 2.” Other articles touch on his defense of Greg Anderson, a personal trainer caught up in a performance-enhancing drug investigation related to Barry Bonds and the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative, and actress Winona Ryder, who was arrested on shoplifting charges in 2001.
FEATURES
By Michael J. Arvizu Valley Sun | September 18, 2008
Roughy 100 people gathered at Temple Sinai in Glendale Sunday afternoon for a forum on the recent genocide and atrocities that have taken place in Darfur. The Glendale Interfaith Community Forum on Genocide and Darfur was moderated by Conressman Adam Schiff (D-Glendale). Schiff introduced the three speakers: Father Vazken Movsesian from In His Shoes International, whose grandparents were survivors of the Armenian Genocide, addressed the Armenian Genocide; Robert Geminder, a Jewish Holocaust survivor from Poland; and Mohamed Suleiman, a Darfurian refugee who shared personal stories of survival.
NEWS
By Geghard Arakelian | April 19, 2007
Every year some light is shed on the atrocities that took place from 1915 to 1917 in Armenia; what follows is community support, genocidal awareness and bigotry. To start off, the Armenian Genocide was executed by what was known as the Young Turk Government. This government viewed the Armenian population that lived in the Ottoman Empire as second class citizens. Through deceit and with extreme prejudice death squads were sent out to round up Armenians and murder them mercilessly.
NEWS
April 12, 2007
BOOK SALE ? In conjunction with the County of Los Angeles Public Library System, the La Cañada Flintridge Public Library will host a county-wide book sale Saturday, April 14 , during library hours. Book bags will also be offered for sale. The Friends of the LCF Library will host a coffee/tea Open House for members and prospective members from 10 a.m. to noon on the day of the sale. New landscaping on the northeast side of the library will be presented by Linda Fults and Carol Hanna, members of La Cañada Valley Beautiful, the organization sponsoring the renovation.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2007
Local author Kay Mouradian will discuss her novel, "A Gift in The Sunlight: An Armenian Story" at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library. "A Gift in the Sunlight" is inspired by a true story that took place during the Armenian Genocide nearly 100 years ago. A young Armenian girl, Flora, and her family are deported from their homeland in Turkey during World War I. Flora and family are among two million Armenians forced to walk hundreds of miles through the barren deserts of Syria.
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