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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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Southern California quake felt in Burbank

A Southern California quake felt in Burbank and many other places in the Southland. So far, there have been more than 300 aftershocks, some measuring more than 3.0. The early morning shaker jolted many from their sleep at 1:04 a.m. The 5.2 magnitude quake struck about 27 miles south of Palm Springs in Riverside County and around 12 miles North of Borrego Springs in San Diego County. There are reports of minor damage... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G --Primary polling location inside fire station 15 at 1420 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank June 7, 2016

California June 7 primary preliminary results

California June 7 primary preliminary results for 2016 are out. In Los Angeles County more than a million voters cast their ballots, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk’s Office. Here’s a tweet sent out by Los Angeles County Clerk Dean Logan. 4,698 (100%) precincts reporting; 1,438,909 ballots for preliminary Election Night final. https://t.co/9E9L8jHgJU — Dean Logan, RR/CC (@LACountyRRCC) June 8, 2016 The number of county residents registered to vote for the primary 4,809,383. Like... Read More →

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Election Day for the California Primary 2016

Finally, Election Day for the California Primary 2016. Almost every day for the past few weeks, my mailbox has been stuffed with expensive flyers and political campaign literature clamoring  for my vote. Political endorsements were still filling up my voice mail yesterday. Late Monday, the results from the Puerto Rico primary came in. After seeing those results, some in the media like CNN declared Hillary Clinton had “clinched” the Democratic presidential nomination with 1, 812 pledged delegates and 572 superdelegates for... Read More →

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Photo: (l-r) Food Blogger Gwenna Hunter and Chef Chloe at opening of new vegan restaurant in Silver Lake May 31, 2016 -- photo courtesy Gwenna Hunter

Food Groove: New vegan restaurant opens in Silver Lake

I went to “by CHLOE.” vegan restaurant in Silver Lake because of Chef Chloe. She is a vegan celebrity who is known for her amazing vegan recipes and dishes at her New York City restaurant “by CHLOE.” For months, there’s been a lot buzz about this chain coming to the Southland. I wanted to be one of the first vegans to check it out and give my feedback! So, I was there for the grand opening last Tuesday, May 31, when the doors opened... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Smoke from the Calabasas fire as seen from the parking lot of the Empire Center in Burbank June 4, 2016

Smoke from Calabasas fire hangs over Burbank

Smoke from Calabasas fire hangs over Burbank. The fire broke out late yesterday afternoon. There are reports of a speeding truck slamming into pole, knocking down power lines, in the 2300 block of Mulholland Highway and that may have sparked the fire. By midnight more than 500 acres had been burned, several structures damaged, and 5,000 people had been evacuated from 3,000 homes. Not only could you see the smoky haze from the fire in the parking lot of the Empire Center, 1800 West... Read More →

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Bill Clinton stumps for Hillary at Burbank event

Bill Clinton stumping for Hillary in Burbank

Former President Bill Clinton stumping for Hillary in Burbank yesterday. Several hundred folks braved the 80 plus degree heat to see Clinton pitch his wife as the best candidate to be the next president of the United States. Clinton stepped out to applause and cheers in front of the Olive Recreation Center on West Olive Avenue at around 11:30 a.m. Clinton is still a pro in front of a crowd. Eloquent, witty, and rolling off stats and numbers with ease, Clinton is an engaging speaker. Clinton spent more than 35... Read More →

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National Donut Day Friday June 3, 2016

Not only is it Friday, but also it’s National Donut Day. The celebration of the sweet treat goes back to World War I  and II when the Salvation Army offered free donuts to our troops. The soldiers returned home longing for the donuts they had during wartime and that sparked a new industry. No matter how you spell it, Donut or Doughnut, Americans love them. Some places are offering a free donut with a purchase, however, at Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Walmart Supercenter remodel is nearly finished at the Empire Center in Burbank May 30, 2016

Burbank Walmart planning grand opening on June 22

  Burbank Walmart planning grand opening on June 22. The controversial Walmart Supercenter is nearly finished with a remodel that has taken more than a year. The old Great Indoors structure at 1301 North Victory Place in the Empire Center has been converted into several departments including grocery, general merchandise, sporting goods, apparel, and a pharmacy. More than 300 new associates have been hired. Walmart reportedly has 2.3 million employees worldwide. Company founder, Sam Walton, opened the first Walmart in 1962 in Rogers,... Read More →