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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Two guys tearing off a roof on South Mariposa Street in Burbank July 24, 2014

Working in the heat in Burbank

It’s a hot one in Burbank today. By noon, the temperature was in the 90s. While the lucky ones got to work inside air-conditioned buildings, others had to be outside, like the two guys I saw tearing off a roof in the 300 block of South Mariposa Street this morning. Despite the blazing sun, a Burbank Public Works crew repairing a sidewalk on South Parish Place was able to joke about the hot weather. A sense humor and a lot of water is a good way to get through this... Read More →

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Facebook delivers a smackdown on its critics

Naysayers heaped a lot of criticism on the social media giant Facebook when it went public in May of 2012 with an initial public offering of $38 a share. The stock fluctuated and that open the door for critics to slam the decision to go public and doubt the value of the number one social network. Now Facebook has smackdown those critics with glowing  second quarter earnings and a stock that is trading  north of $75 a share... Read More →

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Temperatures starting to sizzle in Burbank

  Temperatures are starting to sizzle in Burbank and throughout the Southland today. By 10 a.m. this morning, it was 81 degrees in the Media City. Since then, the temperature has climbed into the 90s.  At 2 p.m, it’s 87 in West Hollywood, 82 at Venice Beach, and nearing 100 in Lancaster. The hot temperatures are expected to linger through next week. A little slow in coming, but summer has apparently arrived in SoCal.  

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Baskin-Robbins 1201 South Victory Boulevard Burbank June 3, 2014

NAACP makes a deal for more African American franchise owners

NAACP is partnering with the parent company of Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts to increase the number of franchises owned by African Americans. Today the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced an agreement with Dunkin’ Brands Inc. to create the Diversity Franchising Initiative, according to a posting on Dunkin’ Brands website. “Franchising can be a powerful economic tool that further enables the African American community and others to realize the American dream of business ownership,” said Cornell William Brooks, President... Read More →

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The Burbank Leader and those missing news racks

Back in February news racks for the Burbank Leader could still be seen on the streets, but no more. They have been removed. Despite the controversy and complaints many residents, the news racks don’t appear to be coming back anytime soon or at all. The Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press and several other community newspapers are owned by the Los Angeles Times, which is in transition. On August 4, the L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, and several other major newspapers will spin-off to a new... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Costco store 1051 West Burbank Blvd. Burbank July 21, 2014

Consumers rate Costco top grocery store in the West

Costco is the top go to grocery store in the Western States for most consumers, according to a the results of a Harris Poll EquiTrend study released today. Back in January of this year,  41,806 consumers, 15 an older, reportedly were quizzed on 40 randomly selected grocery brands. The study examined three key factors: Familiarity, quality, and purchase consideration in four regions of the country. In the West, Costco ranked number one. Trader Joe’s came in second, followed by Whole Foods Market, Safeway, and... Read More →

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Around the Southland: “Frozen” actress selling Studio City home

The actress who sings the popular Oscar-winning song “Let It Go” in the mega animated hit “Frozen” (2013) is parting ways with her Studio City home. Idina Menzel, who won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical, “Wicked,” is selling the home with her ex-husband, actor Taye Diggs. The couple announced their divorce last December and Diggs, star of such TV series as “The Practice” and movies like “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” (1998)  has moved on and reportedly found loveRead More →

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Kim Kardashian video game a huge hit

    After the weddings, personal drama, reality show, and fashion malfunctions, you might think Kim Kardashian would be, um, overexposed. Not hardly. The new Kim Kardashian video game has proven she’s hotter than ever and getting richer off her unique celebrity. “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” debuted three weeks ago and has become a huge hit. Forbes is saying the video game has ” climbed as high as #2 on Apple’s  free game charts” and, “has reportedly brought in $200 million in revenue” for its developer Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A stack of Burbank Leaders at a checkout stand in the Handy Market on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank July 16, 2014

City Buzz: Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press, and Tribune Publishing announcement

Demand for the Burbank Leader and its sister newspaper the Glendale News-Press, is apparently outpacing the supply of single issues of the newspapers available for readers. You have to wonder if this situation is going to get better or worse in light of yesterday’s announcement about the long-awaited spinoff of Tribune Publishing by the media giant Tribune Company. The spinoff is set to occur next month on August 4. Tribune Publishing includes several major newspapers, among them the Chicago Tribune and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Progress is being made at new parking lot on Magnolia Boulevard between Maple and Kenwood Streets in Burbank July 14, 2014

Progress report: New parking lot in Burbank’s Magnolia Park

Construction is moving right along on that new public parking lot in Magnolia Park. Since my visit last month, the lot on Magnolia Boulevard between Maple and Kenwood Streets has been paved. Still, new light poles need to be installed along with landscaping. The work is almost done. Burbank Public Works Director, Bonnie Teaford, says: “We expect the lot to be completed in August.” The new public lot will provide somewhere between 40-85 spaces.

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Protest organizer Cheryl Holt explained the issue against Hobby Lobby to a Ralph Grocery store employee in Burbank July 12, 2014

Demonstrators spread their anti-Hobby Lobby message in Burbank

Protesters returned to the Hobby Lobby in Burbank yesterday to spread their message.  The protesters are upset because Hobby Lobby won the right to opt out of providing certain female contraceptives in its employee health insurance plan for religious reasons. The decision was handed down last month by the U.S. Supreme Court in a close vote of 5-4.  On Saturday, the protesters held-up signs condemning the ruling. Frequently, they were greeted with cheers and honking of  horns from motorists.  Some of the drivers, as... Read More →

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Photo: Greg Reyna Freelance Photog -- Protesters in front of Burbank Hobby Lobby July 12, 2014

Photo Gallery: Another protest at Burbank Hobby Lobby

Protesters returned to the Burbank Hobby Lobby today.  They waved protest signs showing disdain for the national craft and home decor chain and the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing that family owned corporation to opt out of covering certain female contraceptives in the employee health insurance plan for religious reasons. Here are some pictures of  today’s demonstration from photographer, Greg Reyna. More on this story coming .

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Actress Kate Walsh throws out first pitch at a Dodger game

  Busy actress Kate Walsh got a chance to throw out the first pitch at a Dodger game. Walsh threw out the ceremonial pitch last Thursday at Dodger Stadium, just before the boys in blue took on the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers would go on to beat the Padres  2-1 in that game. Walsh gained fame for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the popular TV medical dramas “Grey Anatomy” (2005)  and “Family Practice” (2007-2013). This year she appeared in the FX series “Fargo,”... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Protesters waved signs and chanted near the parking lot entrance to the Hobby Lobby in Burbank July 9, 2014

Dueling demonstrations at Burbank Hobby Lobby

The new Hobby Lobby in Burbank was the scene of not one but two demonstrations late yesterday. On the sidewalk, near the entrance to the parking lot, a group of demonstrators gathered with protest signs.They’re upset with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, which allows Hobby Lobby to opt out of providing certain contraceptives  through the company’s employee health insurance plan. The evangelical Christian family who own the national chain claim birth control like “I-U-Ds” and “morning-after” pills go against their pro-life religious beliefs. Jan Hines... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G --Smoke and fire of the Glendale Fire June 22, 2014

Glendale authorities asking for help in finding arson suspects

Glendale authorities are asking for help in finding three arson suspects in connection with that brush fire above Brand Library last month. The fire broke out at around 12:30 p.m. on June 22 and scorched 150 acres of mountain terrain. No homes nor structures were damaged.  An investigation, which included interviews with witnesses, has determined the three-day blaze may have been arson, according to a notice posted on the City of Glendale website yesterday. Glendale Police and Fire investigators are requesting public assistance in the search... Read More →

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Popular Burbank landscape workshop set for this Saturday

One of those popular free landscape workshops is set for this Saturday at the Community Services Building in Burbank. If you were thinking about signing up — it’s too late. This workshop is closed. Erika Sandoval of Burbank Water and Power says the July 12 workshop really filled up  “quickly.”   Due to the great demand, they’re putting together two for next month. The three-hour session is taught by horticulturist Tim Wheeler. This  is a “how to ” workshop covering basic landscape design, turf removal, fundamentals... Read More →

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DreamWorks Animation linked to wage-fixing conspiracy scandal

DreamWorks Animation, one of the major players in the local entertainment industry, has been linked to a wage-fixing conspiracy, according to a post on NikkiFinke.com. The Glendale-based studio along with Pixar and Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic, reportedly made a secret agreement not to poach each others employees in what amounted to an alleged “wage-fixing cartel.”  DreamWorks Animation has approximately two thousand employees. The damaging evidence came out of a Silicon Valley class action lawsuit, which already... Read More →

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Glendale Crumbs cupcake shop closed

I had a birthday a few days ago, and I regret not indulging in a Crumbs cupcake, one of the best on the planet. Now the chance for a repeat at that cupcakery is gone. The Crumbs Bake Shop at the Americana in Glendale has been shutdown and the phone disconnected. Apparently the New York-based chain has been struggling financially and yesterday folded. Crumbs began as a mom-and-pop pastry shop in 2003 and grew to a chain of more than 40 shops with ambitious plans of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Protesters rallied in front of Hobby Lobby in Burbank July 7, 2014

Protest rally and ribbon cutting ceremony at Hobby Lobby in Burbank

Dozens of protesters rallied in front of the Burbank Hobby Lobby at noon today, forcing the grand opening ceremony to move inside the store. The demonstrators were protesting Hobby Lobby because  of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last Monday. In a landmark 5-4 decision, the high court ruled Hobby Lobby could deny coverage  in its employee health plan for certain contraceptives, such as “I-U-Ds” and the “morning-after” pills.  Company co-founders, David and Barbara Green, claim those types of birth control violate their pro-life religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Hobby Lobby store at 641 North Victory Boulevard Burbank June 5, 2014

Major protest planned for Burbank Hobby Lobby grand opening today

A major protest is shaping up for the grand opening ceremony at the Burbank Hobby Lobby today. Social media is buzzing about the protest, which will focus on Hobby Lobby’s  U.S. Supreme Court victory. Last Monday, the high court ruled that the craft and home decor chain, run by a conservative Christian family, could deny coverage in the company employee health insurance plan for certain types of birth control. Hobby Lobby co-founders, David and Barbara Green, claim contraceptives such as I-U-Ds” and the “morning after”... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Protesters gathered at the parking lot entrance to Hobby Lobby in Burbank July 5, 2014

More Protests at Hobby Lobby in Burbank

Protesters converged on the new Hobby Lobby store in Burbank yesterday for the second straight day. Picketers greeted customers at the parking lot entrance on North Victory Boulevard July 4th during the soft opening. This is the newest Southland store for the controversial national craft and home decor chain run by the evangelical Christian family of David Green. Last Monday, Hobby Lobby won the right to deny employee insurance coverage for certain contraceptives, which the Green family feels violates its... Read More →

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Rose Parade officials make announcement about passing of Louis Zamperini

Olympian, World War ll hero, and Southland inspiration, Louis Zamperini, died earlier this week at the age of 97. Universal Studios made the announcement  last Wednesday.  Zamperini reportedly died after a valiant struggle with pneumonia. Zamperini’s amazing life is the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s best seller, “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.” (2010). The book is being adapted into a movie with Angelina Jolie directing.  Just last... Read More →

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