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Web Buzz: Update on Joan Rivers’ death controversy

The web has been buzzing for days with wild reports about circumstances surrounding the shocking death of legendary comic, Joan Rivers, last month. Now some of the big media players have followed up on those reports, one of them is CNN.  Not only is CNN reporting that Rivers’ personal physician was there during the comedienne’s scheduled endoscopy for a throat ailment, but it has identified that doctor as Manhattan’s Dr. Gwen Korovin — considered the nose, ear, and throat doctor to the... Read More →

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New movie poster for Christmas release “Into the Woods”

Christmas is coming and so are those holiday movies. The poster for Disney’s “Into the Woods” is out. This is the first poster for the Stephen Sondheim musical, according to The Disney Blog. Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep is pictured on the poster as “The Witch.” Also starring in the film, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, and Johnny Depp. The musical intertwines some of the plots and characters from some famous Brothers Grimm fairy tales with an original story about a baker and his wife... Read More →

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PepsiCo's Doritos brand invites fans worldwide to create their own Doritos advertisements for a chance to win $1 million grand prize. (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

The Doritos $1 million Crash the Super Bowl contest is open

The Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest is open and looking for submissions. The snack company wants fans to get creative and show their love for Doritos tortilla chips in homemade :30 commercials. The top two finalists will see their ads run during next year’s Super Bowl. That football spectacular reportedly attracts an audience of 100 million in the U.S. and millions more around the world. The Doritos ad that collects the most votes from consumers — wins a $1 million and a one year dream job for... Read More →

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Get ready for some Dodger baseball on local TV

In a surprise move, Time Warner Cable announced today it  has an agreement to for the last six games of the Dodgers’ regular season to be televised on Los Angeles station KDOC. For most of the season, Dodger fans have been hating on Time Warner Cable  for not allowing the team’s home games to be carried on a local station. Time Warner Cable has a deal with the Dodgers to air the games over its  SportsNet LA — however so far, none of the other... Read More →

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Another scorcher in Burbank today

     Another scorcher in Burbank today. More triple digit temperatures coming our way. Yesterday, the high reached 102 in the Media City. It could be that hot or even hotter today. An excessive heat warning remains in effect for the San Fernando Valley until 7 p.m. tomorrow. Burbank isn’t the only place sizzling in the heat. Most of the  Southland is in the grips of a mini-heat wave. Even the beaches will remain warm — with 80 degree temps. Cooler weather expected by mid-week.

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Very hot Sunday in Burbank

It’s going to be seriously hot in the Media City today. The temperatures have been climbing for the past several days. The high yesterday reached 99 degrees. Today the temperature is expected to soar into the triple digits. At 9:30 this morning it was already in the mid-80s. An excessive heat warning is in effect today through 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 16 for the San Fernando Valley and other areas of the Southland. The advisory warns of “dangerously hot weather” for the next few... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Worker removed the fence surrounding the new parking lot on Magnolia Boulevard between Kenwood and Maple Streets in Burbank September 13, 2014

Progress Report: New Magnolia Park parking lot ready for business

That long-awaited and much-needed new public parking lot in Magnolia Park is now ready for business. The lot is on Magnolia Boulevard between Kenwood and Maple Streets. Media City Groove has been following the progress of this lot for months. A shortage of parking is one of the major challenges facing the growing Magnolia Park area. The lot was once slated to be finished by the beginning of this summer. Burbank Public Works Director, Bonnie Teaford, says equipment delays and additional requirements... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Memorial atJohn Burroughs High in Burbank Saturday, September 13, for three teenagers killed in a traffic accident yesterday morning.

Mourning in Burbank for three young accident victims

The crowds from the candlelight vigil last night were gone from the steps of John Burroughs High School on Clark Avenue in Burbank this morning. However, some of the candles were still burning for truck accident victims and Burroughs graduates, Jake Gnasso, Ian Bulbenko, and April Townsend. Every now and then someone would stop at the memorial to read the notes or to grieve for the three young lives lost. Gnasso, Bulbenko, Towsend and two other Burroughs grads were riding in a pickup... Read More →

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Barbra Streisand new Album "Partners"

Web Buzz: Barbra Streisand, L.A. Daily News, and Fantasy 5 winner

For the first time in over 50 years, the legendary Barbra Streisand will appear on the “Tonight Show.” Streisand is scheduled to sit down with “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon on Monday, September 15. The day before the singer’s new album “Partners” drops. The album is a collection of duets with famous male vocalists like Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, Michael Bublé , Blake Shelton, Babyface, Stevie Wonder, and John Mayer. A lot of chatter on the Internet about the... Read More →

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September 11, 2001 we still remember

President Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle, joined with millions of Americans everywhere in the remembrance of the deadly September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States. After observing a moment of silence at The White House, the first couple participated in the 9/11 ceremony at the Pentagon memorial in Arlington,Virginia. Among those at the ceremony survivors and families of the victims of 9/11. In his speech, President Obama paid tribute to the victims and the heroes. The terrorists tried to break our... Read More →

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Governor Brown signs into law paid sick leave for millions of workers

  Today California became only the second state in the nation to require employers to provide paid sick leave for workers. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the landmark Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 or SB 1522. Currently, 6.5 million California workers or 40 percent of the workforce cannot take a paid day off when they are ill or to care for a sick family member. “Whether you’re a dishwasher in San Diego or a store clerk in Oakland, this bill frees you of having to choose... Read More →

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FLLewis / Media City G -- The Home Depot at 1200 Flower St, Burbank September 9, 2014

Consumer Alert: Security breach confirmed at The Home Depot

The Home Depot has confirmed it was hacked.  On September 2, the world’s largest home improvement chain announced an investigation, involving the Secret Service and security experts, into the attack. On Monday, September 8,  Home Depot confirmed its data payment systems had been invaded by cyber thieves. The company website warns consumers who may have used credit or debit cards at its stores in the U.S. and Canada anytime in April 2014 or thereafter need to check their statements. “We apologize for the frustration and anxiety this... Read More →

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My Take On It: Ray Rice and that knockout in an elevator

When I first saw the new video from inside a New Jersey casino/hotel elevator of former Baltimore Ravens’ star, Ray Rice, punching out his then fiancée, Janay Palmer, my reaction was the same as when I saw the damage done to model/pop star Rihanna’s face by singer Chris Brown back in 2009 : “Oh wow, he could have killed her!” It’s heart wrenching to see what a man who claims to love or care for a woman can do to her in a... Read More →

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Talk of the Town: Magnolia Park parking dispute showdown

After a week off, the Burbank City Council is back in session tomorrow. The five council members have a busy agenda over the next few weeks. On the list, the showdown over the parking issues in the 3400 block of Magnolia Boulevard. After festering for months, the dispute has boiled over, resulting in merchants slinging harsh allegations at each other and even a blistering “cease and desist” letter being delivered to two store owners. The city council needs to step in and resolve the matter. On August 23,... Read More →

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Web Buzz: Duchess Kate, Ray Rice, and Jerry Brown

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting baby number two. Their firstborn, Prince George, celebrated his first birthday a few weeks ago on July 23. Now Prince William and Kate are getting ready for the arrival of a sibling for George. The announcement was made today after the Duchess developed severe morning sickness. “As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess of... Read More →

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Barbra Streisand and Lionel Richie sing a duet on “Partners”

Barbra Streisand  has a new album of duets coming out this month called “Partners.” On it, the legendary singer teams up with a number of talented male vocalists including Lionel Richie for the classic “The Way We Were.” Here’s a behind the scenes look at that recording session. (click on headline)  

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NY Police launch investigation into the death of Joan Rivers

      New York Police have launched an investigation into the death of comedy icon, Joan Rivers, according to a report today on The Hollywood Reporter. The 81-year-old comic underwent a medical procedure on her throat at an outpatient clinic August 28.  During the procedure, Rivers went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to a hospital. Last Thursday she died after being taken off life support. After an autopsy, the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office announced yesterday that it could... Read More →

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Book Buzz: Joan Rivers, Oprah Winfrey, and The Boss

Fans  of the late comic icon Joan Rivers are snatching up her books. Rivers latest, “Diary of a Mad Diva” jumped from 1, 416 to number 2 on Amazon’s best sellers list since her untimely passing yesterday. Rivers died in a New York hospital surrounded by family and close friends. A week earlier, Rivers was rushed to the hospital after developing complications during a medical procedure at an outpatient clinic. “Diary of a Mad Diva,” which debuted this summer,  is... Read More →

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Warner Bros. CEO admits layoffs are coming

Apparently no one’s job is safe at Warner Bros. A lot of tension and frayed nerves there as the employees wait to see who will get the axe.  In an office memo yesterday, CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed reports that layoffs are coming. Tsujihara did not say how many jobs would be cut, but said the axe will fall  “across the Studio. ” Warner, based in Burbank,  has somewhere around 8, 000 employees globally. Here’s part of that memo. “We are doing our best to minimize staff... Read More →

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Burbank Police looking for witnesses to fatal car vs train collision

If you witnessed that tragic car vs Metrolink train collision in Burbank last Tuesday, September 2, police want to talk to you. It happened at Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Boulevard around 3:17 p.m.  “Initial reports indicate a grey Toyota Camry, traveling southbound on Buena Vista Street, attempted to circumvent the activated railroad crossing arms when the vehicle was struck by the train, ” according to a news release from the BPD. A male driver was the only person in the Toyota . Fawaz Fhalil, 79,... Read More →

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Comic Joan Rivers dies at 81

Legendary comedienne, Joan Rivers, died today surrounded by family and friends in a New York hospital. Rivers was rushed to the hospital last Thursday after complications developed during a medical procedure at an outpatient clinic. Rivers’ reportedly stop breathing. She had been on life support until yesterday when she was moved out of ICU and into a private room. Her death was announced this afternoon in a statement from her daughter Melissa. “My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Mega Millions -- Retired Riverside County man, Rick Knudsen and his wife, Lorie, claimed a $180 million lottery jackpot September 2, 2014

$180 million lottery jackpot winner claims his prize

Riverside County retiree Rick Knudsen knows the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are long so “…I don’t play unless I feel lucky, and the jackpot is high. I felt lucky,” is  how he described that gut feeling last month. Knudsen bought five Mega Millions quick picks at a 7-11 in Calimesa for the August 22 draw. One of those lottery tickets hit the big one, a jackpot for $180 million! The lucky numbers: 5, 31, 34, 41, 74 and the Mega Ball 3. Knudsen and his wife, Lorie,... Read More →

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