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Burbank PD investigating a shooting with two apparent victims

Burbank Police investigators are searching for clues and answers surrounding a grim discovery. It happened at Affordable Storage, an RV storage lot, 3615 North San Fernando Boulevard, shortly before 1 p.m. this afternoon. Burbank PD officers arrived on the scene and reportedly found a”deceased male adult” and a “conscious female adult, ” according to a Burbank PD news release. The female had ” a gunshot wound” and was taken to the hospital. The Burbank Police will only say there was a shooting and the circumstances... Read More →

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21 million Americans expected to fly during holiday season 2014

  The friendly skies along with the airports are going to be pretty crowded this holiday season. Twenty-one million Americans are expected to fly between October and December of 2014, “either for holiday festivities, to a sunny beach locale ” or attractive vacation spot, according to a news release. The booking data on Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full service online travel sites, shows airfares are up. It’s always a good idea to book early, because October and November are the most expensive months... Read More →

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Around the Southland: Lady Gaga buys mansion with “batcave”

Pop sensation, Lady Gaga, has made a new purchase in the Southland and the property includes what is known as a “batcave.” Gaga reportedly dropped $22.5 million for a large estate out in Malibu, according to Zillow. It sits on 6 acres across from Zuma Beach and has many of the typical amenities of a celebrity home including spectacular beachfront views, a wine cellar, and a home theater. However, the estate has something extra a bowling alley, which the previous homeowner called the “batcave.” The home seller is former Warner... Read More →

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President Obama: What you need to know about Ebola

President Barack Obama focused on what Americans need to know about Ebola in his weekly address today. Above all, President Obama emphasized the only way to catch the deadly disease is by coming in contact with the bodily fluids of a person showing symptoms. It cannot be transmitted through the air like the flu. The Ebola epidemic is in West Africa. There are only a few cases here in the U.S. Measures are underway to fight the disease here and abroad.  Obama says Ebola is a health... Read More →

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Mega millions jackpot balloons to $200 million

Mega Millions jackpot has ballooned to $200 million after no ticket had all of the winning numbers in last night’s draw. This is the first time since last February, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot has reached that money milestone. The last time the jackpot was hit happened back August, when it stood at $180 million. A Riverside man won that motherload. The lucky Friday digits: 21, 31, 43, 56, 60 and the Mega 12. One California ticket has all of those numbers... Read More →

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Michael Jackson number one on list of top-earning dead celebrities

Once again, Michael Jackson is king of the top-earning dead celebrities. Over the last 12 months, Jackson’s estate has raked in $140 million, according to Forbes. Last year, Jackson topped the same list with $160 million. Not bad, for an entertainer who died from a drug overdose back on June 25, 2009. Some other celebrities who passed away long before Jackson are still earning big bucks as well. Taking second on the list with $55 million, Elvis who died in August of... Read More →

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Joan Rivers’ cause of death revealed

Legendary comedienne, Joan Rivers, died of brain damage caused by lack of oxygen a result  of “a predictable complication of medical therapy.” according to a report released today by New York medical examiner’s office. On August 28, Rivers entered Manhattan’s Yorkville Endoscopy clinic. The medical examiner’s report says the entertainer underwent a laryngoscopy  and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with propofol sedation to investigate voice and stomach reflux issues. CNN reports the names of the doctors who performed the procedures are not mentioned  in the medical report. Earlier reports suggested one... Read More →

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Will another Southlander win the $180 million Mega Millions jackpot?

The Mega Millions jackpot has hit $180 million and appears to be headed for the $200 million mark. No lottery ticket had all of last night’s winning numbers: 11, 37, 46, 64, 68, and the Mega 15. However, someone who bought a ticket at the North Hollywood 7-Eleven, 7568 Lankershim Boulevard, came pretty close to scoring a jackpot win. The North Hollywood ticket has all of the winning numbers, except the Mega Ball. It’s worth $255,171. Four other tickets, two in New York and one in Missouri and Washington... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- One hour parking signs are up on the north side of the 3400 block of Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank October 11, 2014

City Buzz: Progress in Mag Park parking dispute

Progress is being made in that bitter parking dispute among some merchants on Magnolia Boulevard in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. The two-hour parking signs were replaced by one-hour signs on the north side of the 3400 block of Magnolia last Friday. When I dropped by the block the day after, Burbank Antiques owner, Ralph Persinger, told me visitors are following the new parking restrictions: “It’s great! We’re getting a lot of turnover.” The one-hour parking signs are controversial. For the past several months, the majority of the merchants on... Read More →

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Columbus Day a holiday for some, but not all

Columbus Day is a holiday for some, but not all. Some of the folks enjoying a holiday are those who work for city, county, federal offices, libraries and Superior Courts. This means the U.S. Postal Service is closed with some pick-ups of mail, but no regular deliveries today.  However, most state offices, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, are open. The banks are closed — except for Wells Fargo. The schools are open in the Burbank Unified School District. Most of the retail stores... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City -- Kmart 1000 North San Fernando Blvd. Burbank October 11, 2014

Hackers attack Kmart, Albertsons hit for a second time

Kmart is the latest retailer to be attacked by hackers. The disclosure was made on October 9 “… our Kmart store payment data systems were infected with a form of malware that was undetectable by current anti-virus systems. We were able to quickly remove the malware. However, we believe certain debit and credit card numbers have been compromised, ” according to a news release from the company. Kmart will be offering free credit monitoring protection for those who shopped at its stores during September through last Thursday.... Read More →

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UPDATED:City Buzz: A third candidate jumps into Burbank City Council race

The race for Burbank City Council is heating up. Police Commissioner, Elise Stearns-Niesen, announced her candidacy in a letter posted on the Burbank Leader website yesterday. Stearns-Niesen, the former chair and ex-vice-chair of that commission, promised to take the high road in her quest for a seat on the city council: “I will run a positive campaign, one in which I will display integrity and honesty in all my interactions and treat all that I encounter with the utmost respect.” An educator and long-time resident of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Water and Power crew seen wearing pink hard hats on West Olive Avenue near South Brighton Street Burbank October 7, 2014

UPDATED: Burbank Water and Power crews go pink for October

Burbank Water and Power crews are wearing pink hard hats to draw attention to October as National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women. Each year, it is estimated that over 220,000 women in this country will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. However, many believe breast cancer is only a female disease. It’s not. Annually, around 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 410 will die, according to the... Read More →

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Photo Kevin Hart opening at Flappers in Burbank October 5, 2014 courtesy @FlappersComedy

A chance to see Kevin Hart at Flappers in Burbank tonight

Flappers in Burbank’s Twitter account is a buzz with photos and comments about hot comedy star/actor, Kevin Hart, and his sold out  shows  last night. Hart open a two-night gig Sunday. The entertainer is working out some new material. He wraps up tonight. Don’t have a ticket? There’s still a chance you could get into a show tonight. Flappers in Burbank 102 East Magnolia Boulevard will be taking names from folks in a stand by line starting at 5:30 p.m. today. Tickets are $35 each. I’m... Read More →

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Kevin Hart sells out Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank

Actor/Comedian Kevin Hart is on fire. Hart burned up the box office in hits like “Ride Along” (2014) $134 million and the “Think Like a Man” movie series (2012, 2014) $157 million. Hart is hot on the comedy circuit as well. Yesterday, October 2, Flappers in Burbank announced Hart would be on its stage for performances on two nights only. Today when I went on the comedy club’s website to check the shows — they were all sold out! Hart is planning to work... Read More →

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Governor Brown signs plastic bag ban — but battle not over yet

California has become the first in the nation to have a statewide ban against single-use plastic bags. However, the battle over the issue is not over yet. Governor Jerry Brown signed the controversial law  last Tuesday.  It prohibits grocery stores and pharmacies from distributing single-use plastic bags after July 2015 and expands to include convenience stores and liquor stores the next year. Under the new law, If you arrive at the retailer bag-less, you can buy a reusable bag or pay at least 10 cents for... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- New parking lot on Magnolia Boulevard between October 2, 2014

Burbank Scene: New Mag Park parking lot busy — but more lots needed

The new Magnolia Park parking lot is attracting business. This morning before 11 a.m., I checked the lot and between 15-24 vehicles were parked there A number of spaces were vacant, too. After numerous delays, the lot between Maple and Kenwood Streets on Magnolia Boulevard, opened the middle of last month. The new public lot will ease the street parking crunch in that area — but help is still needed near other busy sections of Magnolia Boulevard. Where’s the next new parking lot going to be?... Read More →

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October is National Pizza Month

Here’s an excuse or reason, depending on your perspective, to grab a slice of pizza as many times as you can this month. October is officially National Pizza Month in the U.S. The website pizza.com has some interesting facts about this pie.  The site claims 94% of Americans eat pizza at least once a month. There are reportedly  more than 60,000 pizzerias in the country. The most popular  independent pizza joint  in the U.S. — Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria  in Anchorage ,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Manager Mark Scott at community meeting about the Talaria Mixed-Use Project at the Buena Vista Library in Burbank September 11, 2014

Talk of the Town: Burbank city manager makes huge blunder

Burbank City Manager Mark Scott is supposed have his finger on the pulse of the city and know how local government operates. Before coming to Burbank in August of 2013, Scott “worked in the city management profession for more than 35 years, including 24 years as a city manager in 5 cities” according to his bio on the Burbank city website.  So a lot of folks were shocked, amazed, and some even speechless last Friday, when Scott abruptly revoked the installation of one-hour temporary parking restrictions on... Read More →

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U.S. Postal Service introduces Celebrity Chefs Forever Stamps

Some of the top celebrity chefs are gracing a limited edition of the Forever Stamp. The U.S. Postal Service put the new stamps into circulation last Friday. The legendary chefs honored: Julia Child, James Beard, Joyce Chen, Edna Lewis and Edward (Felipe) Rojas-Lombardi. These food connoisseurs showed us how to integrate ” international ingredients and recipes with American cooking techniques and influence” to spark up our meals and tantalize our palate. “These chefs invited us to feast on regional and international flavors and were early — and ardent — champions of trends... Read More →

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