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Photo courtesy BPD Twitter -- Deputy Chief Tom Angel and Chief Scott LaChasse at Angel

Ex-BPD official resigns LASD job over email controversy

The heat from a controversy over email jokes has become too much for Ex-Burbank Deputy Police Chief, Tom Angel. Today Angel reportedly resigned his job as Chief of Staff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Angel moved into that job after leaving the Burbank PD last June. Los Angeles County Sheriff, Jim McDonnell, announced Angel’s resignation in a statement today, according to the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper put the heat on McDonnell and Angel last Wednesday with a... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- KTLA reported the discovery of a body in Burbank April 28, 2016

Burbank Police investigating a homicide

The Burbank Police have the identity of a homicide victim — but the details of his death remain a mystery today. The body of 30 year-old Nshan Balyan of North Hollywood was discovered last Thursday, wrapped in plastic, in an open field in the 600 block of North Victory Boulevard, according to a Burbank Police news release. Detectives suspect Balyan was killed somewhere else and his body dumped in the Burbank field. Investigators combed the scene for clues and are reviewing footage from several surveillance cameras in the area. Anyone with... Read More →

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Photo courtesy BPD Twitter -- Deputy Chief Tom Angel and Chief Scott LaChasse at Angel's farewell event in Burbank June 23, 2015

Ex-Burbank Police official in hot water over email jokes

Tom Angel got quite a send off from Burbank Police and city officials last June, when he made the move from Deputy Chief back to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department where he retired six years ago. Angel took over as Chief of Staff  at LASD. Back in 2010, Angel joined the Burbank PD, at the request of Chief LaChasse. During the June shindig, Scott LaChasse is quoted, on Myburbank, as praising Angel saying “a truly noble decision for (DC Angel) to come... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Giant Burbank letters helped lead off Burbank on Parade April 23, 2016

Photo Gallery – Burbank on Parade Day

Walkers, runners, and bike riders provided the pre-show for the 35th annual Burbank on Parade last Saturday, April 23rd. Among the cyclists burning up the parade route, former council member/ Burbank representative on the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board of directors, Marsha Ramos. Here are some highlights of Burbank on Parade 2016. Click on the headline or here to see the photos.

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Powerball jumps to 282 million and climbing

Powerball is on a serious roll. No one ticket held all of last night’s winning numbers, so the jackpot rolled over to $282 million. The cash value: $182.8 million before taxes.  The last time some one hit the Powerball jackpot was back on March 2. A Pennsylvania judge vacationing in Florida won $292,000! So Powerball might be getting ready to make another payout. Saturday’s winning numbers:  19, 35, 46, 59, 62, and the Powerball red number 13. The next... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Mediacityg -- Burbank on Parade sign posted at George Izay Park 1111 West Olive Avenue Burbank April 19, 2016

Burbank on Parade Day, pancakes, food trucks and more

Burbank on Parade has evolved into a huge all day affair called “Burbank on Parade and Family Festival.” The theme for the 35th annual parade is “Celebrating Our Heroes!” There will be plenty to do before and after the bands, floats, and equestrian units roll down Olive Avenue. “We’re making it a whole day of family activities,” said festival chair, Ross Benson, in a news release. “There will be things to do for all ages from young kids to seniors and music everyone will enjoy.” Here’s a list of just some... Read More →

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Legendary artist Prince dies at 57

Today’s news that the Purple Prince of Pop and R& B has passed away, stunned and shocked many  of his fans, friends, and fellow musicians. Prince reportedly died at his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota this morning at the age of 57. No cause of death was given. CNN is reporting some heart-broken fans are saying the icon’s death “is what it sounds like when doves cry,” a reference to a huge hit from his classic 1984 album, “Purple Rain.” In 1985, Prince won an Academy... Read More →

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California Primary coming check your voter registration

So far, the presidential nomination for the Republicans as well as the Democrats still up for grabs. Billionaire/ Reality TV star,  Donald Trump, and former-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, extended their leads as front-runners in yesterday’s New York Primary. Trump, the Republican, and Clinton, the Democrat, both have set their sights on the California Primary and its huge pool of... Read More →

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Kobe Bryant retires from the NBA

Number 24, Kobe Bryant, reminded everyone last night what kind of player he has been during his record-setting 20 seasons with the Lakers. During the past few months of his final season, it has seemed many times Bryant was limping into retirement — a shadow of the player he used to be. Then last night, before a sold out crowd of adoring fans, friends, family, and celebrities, Bryant put on a spectacular show scoring 60 points in the Lakers 101-96 win over... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sign advertises the search for new hires at the Burbank Walmart location April 6, 2016

Burbank Walmart set to open soon – hiring underway

The converting of the old Great Indoors site into a new Walmart Supercenter is nearly complete in Burbank’s Empire Center. “We currently project opening in June,” according to Delia Garcia, Director of Communications for Walmart. After months of controversy, the remodeling has been steady and uneventful. The Walmart Supercenter will be around 143, 000 square feet and Garcia says it”will offer our Burbank customers the convenience of one-stop shopping for affordable groceries and a broad assortment of general merchandise.” A news release claims Walmart will be filling “approximately 300”... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Woman under umbrella in the rain scurried across the parking lot of the Lakeside Shopping Center in the 300 block of North Pass Avenue Burbank April 8, 2016

More cloudy skies and rain for the weekend

Burbank is getting a serious dose of April showers. It started last Thursday afternoon with showers steady enough to force many Burbankers to bring out the umbrellas and cold weather gear. Yesterday began with some cloudy threatening skies in the morning, which soon opened up to deliver rain off and on most of the day. Stormy weather is in the forecast through the weekend and into next week, with a chance of thunderstorms and heavy rain later today. We could get up to a half an inch of rain. The... Read More →

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"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter": Officially opens at Universal Studios Hollywood today, April 7, 2016. (PRNewsFoto/Universal Studios Hollywood)

Universal Studios’ Harry Potter land opens today

Harry Potter fans are in hog heaven with the opening today of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City. Tickets for the long-awaited opening of this fantasy attraction were sold out days ago online. Several special deals such as the VIP Experience and Front of Line ticket option are sold out as well for Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9. In the works for more than five years, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill 110 North First Street, Burbank Friday, April 1, 2016

New Wood Ranch restaurant in Burbank staffing up

Hiring officially got underway yesterday for the most anticipated restaurant in B-town — the Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill. For months now, extensive renovations have been underway at the old location of the Elephant Bar, 110 North First Street, across from the Islands Restaurant at East Orange Grove and First Street. A while back, Alejandro Benes, a partner in the Wood Ranch restaurants, told Media City Groove the target opening was June 2016 and it appears the... Read More →

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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2016 poster

SoCal Scene: Festivals of books, music, art and beer

Saturday-Sunday April 9th and 10th — The largest literary festival in the country is gearing up for next weekend. The 21st Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is expected to draw thousands of bibliophiles to the USC campus. More than 500 authors, celebrities, musicians, artists, and chefs will engage and entertain. Among them: Buzz Aldrin, Joyce Carol Oates, James Patterson, Arianna Huffington, Holly Robinson Peete, and Henry Winkler. General admission to the festival is free, but there are fees for parking and to get into some... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Smart & Final Extra! 3830 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank March 30, 2016

New Smart & Final store opens in Burbank

The new Smart & Final Extra! is open for business in Burbank. Smart & Final kicked off a soft opening on March 23 at 3830 West Verdugo Avenue. The warehouse, grocery, and discount chain is hoping it has the winning formula to make the location profitable. A couple of different supermarkets have occupied the space just in the past couple of years. Back in December of 2014, it was an Albertson’s  market– but then the parent company sold it... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- U.M. Liquor 401 North Victory Boulevard Burbank March 30, 2016

Top winning Fantasy 5 lottery ticket sold in Burbank

  Someone’s fantasy of holding a winning lottery ticket has come true in Burbank. Yesterday’s top winning Fantasy 5 ticket was sold at U. M . Liquor 401 North Victory Boulevard. That ticket is worth $71, 819. That lucky ticket has all of the winning digits: 11, 18, 23, 32, 39. U.M. Liquor owner, Baldev Singh, was proudly telling his customers about the winning ticket this morning. Singh says the store has had “a lot of small winners,” but considers this a big deal. Singh, who has... Read More →

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"More Cotswolds Memoirs" book cover

Burbank Beat: Downton Abbey, art festival, Annual Care Walk

Tuesday, March 29 — Behind the scenes at “Downton Abbey” at the Buena Vista Library , 300 North Buena Vista Street, begins 7 p.m. tonight.  English actress, comedy writer, and author, Diz White, will take the audience on a colorful , amusing, and visual journey of  Cotswolds, an area in south central England, where she has a cottage. Also White will include the filming locations for the popular PBS drama, “Downton... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Spring Egg-Stravaganza at McCambridge Park 1515 North Glendoaks Boulevard Burbank April 19, 2014

Burbank Beat: Egg-Stravaganza, Burbank on Parade

Saturday, March 26 — Children all over B-town are gearing up for a rite of spring — the annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza. Hundreds if not thousands of kids and their camera-toting parents, relatives, and friends will converge on McCambridge Park 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard for the festivities tomorrow. There will be games, prizes, photos with the Easter Bunny and a series of egg hunts. The event runs from 9 a.m. until noon. More details here. Monday, March 28 — Community meeting for The Premier on First”... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- John Burroughs High School 1920 West Clark Avenue Burbank June 6, 2015

Ex-Burbank school employee arraigned on sex charges

The bail for former Burbank school employee, Jose Antonio Banuelos Jr., has been raised to $1 million. It happened yesterday in a Burbank court where Banuelos was arraigned. Last Tuesday, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office filed six sex felonies against 28 year-old Banuelos, including two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Banuelos was arrested last Friday after a 17 year-old John Burroughs female student reportedly told Burbank Police about their sexual relationship. The ex-assistant boys baseball coach at Burroughs allegedly began the relationship with the victim... Read More →

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In the News: March 21, 2016

Disney’s animation “Zootopia” beat back the competition to stay number one at the box office for the third straight week. Over the weekend, “Zootopia” pulled in an estimated $38 million at the domestic box office — kicking its total  to over $200  million. Worldwide, “Zootopia” is more than half way to the $1 billion dollar mark. ABC News, Box Office Mojo Apple is whipping up a lot of chatter... Read More →

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