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Another hot one in Burbank today

Another hot one in Burbank today. High expected to be in the 90s again, but weather watchers say some relief is headed our way. Fog is expected to roll in tomorrow morning, kicking off a cooling trend. Meanwhile, we got to get through this sizzling Sunday in the Media City. Stay cool.

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Superintendent Matt Hill of the Burbank Unified School District the speaker at the Burbank Noon Kiwanis Club meeting/luncheon at the Burbank Community YMCA 321 East Magnolia Boulevard Burbank August 26, 2015

Superintendent Matt Hill speaks to Burbank Kiwanis club

The new superintendent of Burbank schools, Matt Hill, is making the rounds here in B-town as he continues a personal campaign of “100 days of listening ” Launched on July first, Hill told me in an email that during his first  100 days on the job he plans on “visiting all of our schools, attending PTA meetings, community event(s), sending out a survey to all students, parents, and employees, etc. I want to hear everyone’s thoughts on what is working well and where we have opportunities for improvement.” On day 56... Read More →

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Updated: Second suspect arrested for Burbank murder

Burbank Police admit they arrested the wrong man for murder! As reported here, BPD were called to a home in the 1900 block of Richard Street Sunday night and discovered the body of a woman. During the investigation on Monday, 49 year-old Brian Thomas Lowe was arrested. “Based on conflicting statements, information that he was less than forthcoming with, and an inconsistent sequence of events, we felt that Lowe played a part in the murder of the female,” Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick said in a... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media city G -- ABC7 ran a report on the investigation surrounding the death of a woman in Burbank August 24, 2015

Burbank man arrested in connection with a homicide

Local media is reporting the arrested of a 49 year-old Burbank man in connection with the death of a woman last night. Burbank Police answered a call about “a female not breathing” at a home in the 1900 block of Richard Street at around 10 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release. Once inside, officers discovered the victim’s body. The death was considered suspicious so homicide investigators were brought in. Late today, Burbank Police announced the arrest of Brian Thomas Lowe who... Read More →

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Burbank DUI checkpoint nets 3 arrests and 11 citations

A DUI checkpoint in Burbank resulted in three arrests as well as several citations and warnings. The Burbank PD Traffic Bureau set up the checkpoint at Olive Avenue and Lake Street last night. More than 800 vehicles reportedly passed through the checkpoint between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. The purpose was “to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence, to serve as a deterrent to driving while impaired, and to reduce the number of... Read More →

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Photo of Glendale Church of Christ minister Bryan Schackmann inside Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Montgomery, AL August 12, 2015

Travel Adventures: A tour of civil rights sites in Alabama

My name is Bryan Schackmann and I’m the minister at the Glendale Church of Christ. Last week I got the chance to travel on a bus with 10 white and 10 black pastors from churches across the United States to important sites from the Civil Rights movement in Alabama. It was a powerful and unique opportunity and I’m glad I got the chance to do it. We visited 16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and Brown Chapel AME Church in Montgomery. These churches were actively involved... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Central Library at 110 North Glenoaks Boulevard Burbank

Burbank Central Library to be closed for an additional week

The  doors at the Burbank Central Library are closed for at least another week. The Central Library was supposed to reopen yesterday after a one-week closure reportedly for some updates and repairs. An email notice was sent out yesterday advising the public that the new target date for the library’s reopening is now Monday, August 24. The Central Library at 110 North Glenoaks Boulevard was shutdown last week  to prepare  for upgrades to the material management system, which include credit... Read More →

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Updated: Burbank breaks heat record as heat wave continues

Burbank is baking in that relentless heat wave scorching the Southland. Yesterday, the Media City broke a record with a high of 104 — the previous record for August 15 was 101 set in 1977.  The temperature in B-town is expected to soar into the triple digits once again today. The excessive heat warning from the weather service is expected to expire tonight at 8 pm. however,  the heat wave reportedly will not break until Tuesday. So take precautions and try... Read More →

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

Burbank Costco reopens today after hazmat incident

Burbank’s Costco is back in business today after shutting down yesterday afternoon due to a hazmat incident. Shortly after 4 p.m. yesterday a refrigerant line apparently ruptured. “The 911 call reported a possible Freon leak after a loud bang. Any report of a gas or chemical involved in an incident initiates a Hazardous Materials response,”  said Captain Peter Hendrickson, Burbank Fire spokesman, in an email. The giant membership warehouse store at 1051 West Burbank Boulevard was evacuated. KTLA sent out this tweet about the situation: “Everybody started running…it was chaos,”Costco shopper says... Read More →

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Hot temps in Burbank today – Heat warning and heat alert

More hot temperatures for Burbank and the San Fernando Valley.  Yesterday the high hit 100 in the Media City and that could happen again today. No relief in sight for the weekend. The weather service has issued an excessive heat warning for the San Fernando Valley from 1 p.m. this afternoon through Sunday at 8 p.m. The weather service put out this warning: “The prolonged heat wave will bring the risk of heat related illness through the weekend. Those at highest risk include children .. the elderly …... Read More →

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Poster for the documentary "Alive Inside" a story of music and memory

Award-winning film “Alive Inside” screening in Burbank

A documentary about the power of music and its ability to touch the lives of people suffering from memory loss is set to be screened here in Burbank tomorrow. “Alive Inside: A story of Music and Memory” is by Michael Rossato-Bennett and it won the 2014 Audience Award at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. The film”chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music,” according to its website.  “Alive Inside” will... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- National Night Out in the parking lot of the Burbank Police headquarters in Burbank August 4, 2015

Some thoughts on Nat’l Night Out in Burbank

I dropped by a couple of National Night Out gatherings in Burbank last Tuesday and found them to be subdued and sparsely attended. My first stop was the primary event in the parking lot of Burbank Police headquarters on Third Street in the downtown area. At around 6:30 p.m.traffic on San Fernando Boulevard between East Olive Avenue and East Magnolia Boulevard was bumper to bumper,and the sidewalks were teeming with crowds enjoying the warm summer weather. Once I arrived at the BPD National Night Out I found very few crowds... Read More →

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Around the Southland: Update Bob and Dolores Hope estate

That stunning Toluca Lake estate of Bob and Dolores Hope is still on the market and there have been some changes in the listing. At one point in 2013, the more than five acre spread was on the market for $27.5 million. Since then, the price has fluctuate, but remained in the 20-million dollar range. The asking price now is $22 million. Also, if the entire estate and its price tag are too much to handle — the primary... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse appeared before the Burbank City Council Tuesday July 21, 2015

Body cameras, mug shots, and the Burbank PD

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse and his staff made a major push for body camera equipment for 160 officers before the Burbank City Council last month. The pricey proposal, more than a million dollars, lacked the details that most council members felt were necessary, so the motion to move it forward failed. However in light of the developments nationwide about the positive impacts of bodycam video, the council will have to revisit the subject sooner than later. Body camera video can be game changer Meanwhile, former University of Cincinnati police... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Police spokesman Sergeant Claudio Losacco at BPD headquarters in Burbank  July 10, 2015

Man dies after apparently jumping from overpass in Burbank

Tragedy in Burbank. A man was discovered on the I-5 freeway after apparently leaping off the Magnolia Boulevard overpass this morning. Burbank Police responded to a report of a jumper in the area at around 6:30 a.m. “Responding officers arrived and found a male, approximately 60 years of age, lying in the far right lane of the southbound Interstate 5 Freeway. He was unconscious, but breathing. It does not appear he was struck by any vehicles,” according to Burbank Police spokesman Sergeant Claudio Losacco. Paramedics arrived and treated the man... Read More →

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Photo of Special Olympics athlete Andi Gusmari courtesy LAPD

Missing Special Olympics athlete found safe

A Special Olympics athlete missing from USC since last Saturday, turned up in Hayward — more than 350 miles north in the East Bay today. Yesterday, photos of  Andi Gusmari  were splashed all over social media. This morning, Gusmari, 44, reportedly walked into the Hayward PD headquarters. He was described as “healthy,”but hungry. Gusmari speaks only Albanian and has a speech impediment. The Olympic bowler reportedly had his documentation with him, but no money. “At about 2 a.m. he walked into our front lobby and he used the phone. Somehow... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Cousins Main Lobster truck most popular at Ladies & Gents Night Out in Burbank July 31, 2015

Updated: Magnolia Park: Food trucks, stores closing and opening

No doubt the food trucks are a big draw on Ladies & Gents Night Out (yes, the name has been changed) the last Friday of each month in Burbank’s Magnolia Park. Last night more than 30 trucks lined Magnolia Boulevard between Hollywood Way and North Catalina Street, and spilled onto some side streets and Hollywood way as well. The most  popular by far was the Cousins Main Lobster truck featuring some... Read More →

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Downtown Burbank Car Classic preview party tonite

The 4th Annual Downtown Burbank Car Classic is getting read to roll out tomorrow, August first, between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. There will be celebrity cars, custom vehicles, pre-1974 cars, exotics, and hot rods spanning several blocks on San Fernando Boulevard from Magnolia Boulevard to Angeleno Avenue. Along with the incredible rides, there will be chalk artists, automobile vendors, and music as well. It’s free and open to the public. Entertainment highlights include KCRW DJ Gary Calamar will be holding down the main stage between 4 p.m. to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Owner, Larry Ross cuts the ribbon at grand opening of Blast from the Past, while co-owner/wife Kathy Ross and store customers watch Saturday July 25, 2015

Blast From the Past store reopens in Burbank

A Magnolia Park favorite, Blast From the Past, is back in business. After spending 8 months renovating the old Wilson’s Leather building at 3117 West Magnolia Boulevard,  the owners, Larry and Kathy Ross, held a grand re-opening last Saturday, July 25.  Blast From the Past spent 9 years at its old location, 931 North Hollywood Way, before making the big move. A small crowd of dedicated fans gathered at the door for the reopening ceremony. Once it was done, customers rushed inside to do some shopping. Blast From the Past,... Read More →

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“Summer Music Soiree” event in Burbank

A group of talented young musicians are putting on a special event for the community tomorrow night. “Summer Music Soiree” features classical music performed by Burroughs High School sophomore, Maya Paredes and freshman, Ella Jennings, Jordan Middle schooler, Eyen Paredes, and a few of their friends. The concert is free, but organizers are hoping to raise funds to benefit music education in Burbank via the nonprofit group Education Through Music – LA, with a raffle and suggested donation. The concert will be at  the First Presbyterian Church at 521 East Olive... Read More →

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Updated: Reality TV show producer gunned down in Pasadena

Updated: 11:50 p.m. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s  Department is reporting a suspect in the shooting death of TV producer Joe McMahon has been located. The unidentified suspect was discovered in his vehicle, dead from an apparent “self-inflicted gunshot wound,” at around 4 p.m. in the West Los Angeles area, according to a news release. The suspect is believed to be in his early twenties. No further details at this point.   Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a reality TV producer, gunned down... Read More →

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AT&T apologizes to Burbank customers for phone issue

AT&T has apologized to Burbank customers for a phone issue last week, which prompted an unusual advisory from the Burbank Police Department last Thursday: “AT&T has notified BPD that callers to 911 from 847 and 565 phone number prefixes may not reach police or fire due to damaged underground phone lines. In Burbank, call 818 238 3000 for police and 818 956-4800 for paramedic/fire services. Please contact AT&T directly with questions about the cause and duration of this issue.” The problem apparently... Read More →

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