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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G-- Johnny Carson Park 400 South Bob Hope Drive in Burbank reopens after redesign plan completed July 1, 2016

Johnny Carson Park grand reopening celebration today

A major bash planned this evening at Johnny Carson Park. The grand re-opening celebration is set for the 5-8 p.m. with free food, giveaways, face painting, music, and even a kids zone for the little ones. Burbank’s Parks and Recreation Department is spearheading the event. The park at 400 South Bob Hope Drive, across from the Burbank Studios, reopened quietly earlier this month. The 17.6 acre facility underwent an extensive redesign and renovation, which took over a year. Now it’s available... Read More →

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Celebrities react to death of Garry Marshall

A lot of folks are going on social media today to react to the death of Hollywood giant, Garry Marshall. The writer, director, producer, and actor passed away late yesterday at a hospital in Burbank. Marshall was 81. He’s being remembered today for his huge body of work; from television series like “Happy Days,” “The Odd Couple,” “Laverne and Shirley,” to movie hits “Pretty Woman” (1990)  and “The Princess Diaries”(2001). More on Marshall’s career on Variety andRead More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- City of Burbank's Debell Golf Course 1500 East Walnut Avenue Burbank April 6, 2014

Bear alert in Burbank

Bear alert in Burbank hillside area. It went out today after a black bear was spotted on the 18-hole Debell Golf Course, 1500 East Walnut Avenue. The wild animal was seen near hole 11 around noon, according to a Burbank Police news release. The bear wandered around for a while, before disappearing back up in the hills. Warning signs about the bear have been posted in the area. Obviously, a bear encounter should be avoided. However, if it happens the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has some advice for dealing... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot soars to $454 million on July 5, 2016

Mega Millions jackpot soars to at least $454 million

Mega Millions jackpot soars to at least $454 million. The enormous jackpot is sparking an uptick in ticket buying — pumping even more dough into the money pot. Last Friday, no one got lucky enough to pick all of the winning numbers: 20, 41, 42, 45, 49, and the Mega 14. So the jackpot jumped to $449 million. Over the long holiday weekend, lottery fever kicked in. By this morning, the jackpot had climbed to $454 million. The jackpot has been rolling since it was hit back in... Read More →

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Happy Fourth of July 2016

“And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!” The Star Spangled Banner By Francis Scott Key (1814) Celebrate our freedoms. Be safe. Happy Fourth of July!

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G-- Johnny Carson Park 400 South Bob Hope Drive in Burbank reopens after redesign plan completed July 1, 2016

Johnny Carson Park reopens in Burbank

Johnny Carson Park reopens in Burbank just in time for the long Fourth of July holiday weekend. The construction fencing is down. I saw a few visitors wandering through the lush green park grounds yesterday morning and more today as the word got out. The multi-million revitalization plan began at the 17.6 acre site back in April of 2015. Originally called Buena Vista Park, it was renamed for the late talk-show icon, Johnny Carson,... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot $415 million and still climbing

Mega Millions jackpot $415 million and still climbing today. The jackpot is already the third largest prize in the game’s history. Last Tuesday, no ticket had all of the six lucky numbers: 15, 17, 20, 35, 55, plus the Mega Ball 7. This jackpot has been on a roll for several months. The last time it was hit, March 8,  a man in Seattle, Washington, won a Mega Millions jackpot of $157 million. Someone just might kick off the long Fourth of July holiday weekend with a winning... Read More →

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Burbank plumbing company charged with illegal dumping

Burbank plumbing company charged with illegal dumping by the Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.  Multiple criminal charges have been filed against “the owner of Mighty Mike Plumbing in Burbank and two employees for allegedly illegally dumping materials in Sun Valley,” according to a statement posted on the L.A. City Attorney’s website. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office says  on … “November 24, 2015, surveillance cameras located at 9128 Tujunga Avenue in Sun Valley captured defendants(... Read More →

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Huge Mega Millions lottery jackpot at least $390 million

Huge Mega Millions jackpot at least $390 million! The jackpot could leapfrog over the $400 million mark before tonight’s draw closes at 7:45 p.m. This is the largest Mega Millions jackpot to be offer since March 18, 2014. The money pot rolled over last Friday, after no one was lucky enough to pick all of the winning numbers. The hot digits: 11, 14, 54, 63, and the Mega Ball 11. So someone could kick off the long 4th of July weekend with... Read More →

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Burbank Police confront gunman at McDonald’s

An investigation underway in Burbank today following an officer involved shooting at a McDonald’s restaurant early this morning. The incident began around midnight at the McDonald’s at 2565 Hollywood Way near the Hollywood Burbank Airport. Officers reportedly responded to a call of “a man causing a disturbance.” “As the officers arrived, they were advised the suspect told McDonald’s employees that he was armed with a gun. The first responding officers evacuated the employees, who were the only people inside. The officers... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot rockets to $363 million

Mega Millions jackpot rockets to $363 million and still climbing! The sixth largest Mega Millions jackpot ever is on the line tonight. The jackpot has been rolling, picking up tons of greenbacks, since it was won last March 8. The prize $157 million. Now the jackpot is  millions of dollars richer. The cash value is around $244 million. The jackpot took on more money after no one got all the lucky digits right in Last Tuesday’s draw. Those winning numbers: 6, 13,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters at Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue in downtown Burbank

Burbank Police arrest Verdugo Park pool lifeguard

Burbank Police arrest Verdugo Park pool lifeguard. Twenty-three year-old Sun Valley resident, Arturo Montano, was booked at the Burbank jail for “for possessing images of a minor, which he used for the purpose of sexual stimulation and on six counts of concealing a camera to videotape the less than fully clothed bodies of others without their knowledge, for the purpose of sexual gratification,” according to a BPD news release. Montano was taken into custody yesterday. His bail was set at $170,000. Montano began working for the City of Burbank as a... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Walmart Supercenter at the Empire Center finished and ready for the big opening tomorrow. June 21, 2016

Burbank Walmart Supercenter opens tomorrow

The Burbank Walmart Supercenter opens tomorrow morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony and some presentations.  The festivities get underway at 7:30 a.m., followed by “presentations of $12,500 in grants from Walmart to local community groups including $5,000 for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center and $2,500 each for the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank & Greater East Valley, the Burbank Police Foundation and the Burbank Community YMCA,” according to a news release. The Supercenter is at 1301 North Victory Place. It took months to convert approximately 143,000 square feet... Read More →

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Burbank hits 111 before cooling trend kicks in

Burbank hits 111 before cooling trend kicks in. Yesterday,  was for a huge record breaker. The temperature blasted through the record of 106 set on that date, back in 2008, before noon. Like the rest of the Southland, the Media City continued to sizzle in the first major heat wave of the year. The Burbank temperature would peak at over 110 degrees on the first day of summer.   The high temperature at Burbank was 111. This broke old record of 106 in 2008, and tied the max... Read More →

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Mega Millions lottery jackpot at least $333 million

Mega Millions lottery jackpot at least $333 million tonight! That’s the 7th largest Mega Millions jackpot ever.  That money stash is up for grabs again after no one managed to pick all of the winning numbers in last Friday’s draw. Those lucky digits: 20, 23, 30, 44, 59 and Mega Ball 9. Three tickets did have five of the hot numbers, but not the Mega. They were sold in New Jersey, Rhode Island and in the Golden State. The ticket bought... Read More →

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Burbank breaks another heat record on first day of summer

Burbank breaks another heat record on first day of summer. The temperature has been rising since sunrise in Burbank. Before 9 .a.m. it was in the 90s. An hour or so later, the Media City smashed another record with a temperature of 107, according to the National Weather Service. Yes, it will probably get even hotter before the sun sets! BUR reached 107F at 1019 am. Record was 106F set 2008. Temp still rising. Hydrate, find a cool spot, check on neighbors/pets. Read More →

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Burbank breaks 43 year-old heat record during heat wave

Burbank breaks 43 year-old heat record during heat wave. Yesterday, the thermometer kept rising in the Media City. When it hit 106 we thought that was going to be it. However, the temperature continue to climb until it hit a record 109, according to the National Weather Service. That breaks a record of 104 set on that day back in 1973. Records were broken in other Southland cities as well. Don’t turn off the A/C, the heat is not about to let... Read More →

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Stay cool on Father’s Day

  It’s not going to be easy to stay cool on Father’s Day. The Southland is going to sizzle today. The thermometer hit 80 before 9 a.m. in Burbank this morning. A good indicator it’s going to be scorcher. Weather watchers say the Media City will be one of many  SoCal places, which will fry in triple digits before the sun goes down. The heat wave will continue through Tuesday. Some relief predicted on Wednesday. The National Weather Service has issued... Read More →

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Mega Millions lottery jackpot over $300 million

Mega Millions jackpot over $300 million for tonight’s draw. No one got all six numbers right in last Tuesday’s draw, so the jackpot rolled over to $310 million. Those lucky numbers: 36, 37, 38, 52, 62, and the Mega Ball 6. A ticket with all but the Mega Ball was sold at the Chevron Station 11355 Artesia Boulevard in the Southland city of Cerritos.  That ticket is worth $814,806. This the first time since November of 2014, the lottery jackpot has crashed through the $300 million barrier. If you... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Ron Davis selected as permanent city manager. Announcement made at Burbank City Council meeting June 14, 2016

Ron Davis selected permanent Burbank city manager

Ron Davis selected permanent city manager. Burbank  Mayor, Jess Talamantes, made the announcement about the elevation of Davis at last night’s council meeting. Talamantes says the action was taken earlier in the day during a closed session: “The city council unanimously selected Mr. Davis to be our permanent city manager. The council will consider an employment agreement for Mr. Davis during next Tuesday’s council meeting.” The council gave the new city manager a round of applause. Many in the audience joined in. During his tenure as  general manager of Burbank... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- First Street entrance to Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill in Burbank May 23, 2016

Burbank Wood Ranch restaurant opens today

Burbank Wood Ranch restaurant opens today. They’re firing up the grill at this much-anticipated eatery in Downtown Burbank for dinner. It’s located at 110 North 1st Street — the old Elephant Bar site. “As a Burbank native, I am excited to return home and bring our award-winning dining experience to this community,”said General Manager Michael Gallagher in a news release. “We look forward to meeting our neighbors and being a part of many summer barbeques to come.” Wood Ranch BBQ &... Read More →

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Orlando victims remembered as shooting probe continues

Orland victims remembered as mass shooting probe continues today. The names of the victims of America’s worst mass shooting are being released. Profiles of the victims here and here. The investigation continues today at the crime scene, the Florida nightclub Pulse. Gunman, Omar Mateen, barged into the well-known gay club early Sunday morning and began shooting. After several hours, authorities gained control of the scene. Later, authorities revealed that 53 victims were injured and 50, including... Read More →

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