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Confusion surrounding Burbank’s Spring Egg-Stravaganza 2014

 There’s confusion surrounding Burbank’s Spring Egg-Stravaganza 2014. The long time tradition is scheduled to get underway tomorrow, April 19, 9.a.m-noon at McCambridge Park 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard. No publicity blitz for this event. City staffers have depended mostly on announcements at city council meetings and promotion on the city website. Originally, the city site had only a link to a fast-talking You Tube video for the Spring Egg-Stravaganza. Earlier this month, I emailed Drew Sugars, Burbank public information officer, about that  situation. A short time... Read More →

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Good Friday

  Good Friday. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” NIV  

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Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig’s shady past comes to light

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig’s shady past comes to light in the media. We now have a better understanding of why the Dodgers Cuban-born shining star has refused to talk about his arrival in the U.S. It’s pretty scary stuff, according to a Los Angeles Magazine investigative piece last Sunday, (picked up by other media)  and now a similar exposé on ESPN today. Puig did not simply book a flight out of Cuba. The talented ballplayer reportedly escaped from the island with the help... Read More →

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Burbank Police “Tip A Cop” event at Claim Jumper

Burbank Police “Tip A Cop” event at Claim Jumper in the Media City on Thursday. Burbank police personnel will be on hand at the restaurant to act as celebrity waiters and their tips will go to the Special Olympics. “Tip-A-Cop events are one of the main fundraisers for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which is one of the largest fundraising arms of Special Olympics,” according to the organization’s website. Also, the tips will support sports training and competition... Read More →

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Quote of the Day: Jackie Robinson

Quote of the Day: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson Baseball Legend January 31, 1919 – October 24,1972   Today is Jackie Robinson Day. Robinson broke the color line in Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947, when he put on the number 42 uniform and played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in a game against the Boston Braves. Dodgers won 5-4. On this day, that milestone and Robinson’s legacy are... Read More →

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Second Burbank Water and Power town hall is tomorrow

The second Burbank Water and Power town hall is tomorrow. This is a chance for Burbank residents to go on the record and let the utility officials know how they feel about plans to raise the rates again. Other issues to be discussed include: future energy sources and whether those who do not have solar systems must subsidized those who do. Burbank Water and Power is community owned, therefore, its first priority should be the needs and concerns of its customers. The town hall will... Read More →

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A total lunar eclipse over the Southland tonight

A total lunar eclipse over the Southland tonight. In a rare celestial show, the sun, Earth, and moon will line up. Also,  the Earth’s shadow falls over the moon its color will change — creating what is known as a “Blood Moon.” Depending on the weather, the moon may appear more brown than red or rose. This astronomical event is expected to play out in our sky beginning at 11 p.m. and lasting three hours or so. The most recent full moon eclipse occurred back in December of 2011. Tonight’s... Read More →

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Disney’s “Frozen” Princess Elsa dress is a hot seller

Disney has a mega hit with the award-winning animated film, “Frozen.” Since its release last November, “Frozen,” has made over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, according to Box Office Mojo. A few weeks ago, the film won the Oscar for best animated feature and best original song for “Let It Go.” Now, the studio has hit the jackpot again —  Disney’s “Frozen” Princess Elsa dress is a hot seller. Elsa, also known as the Snow Queen of Arendelle, dazzles in a sparkly... Read More →

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Tax crunch: April 15 deadline fast approaching

The mad scramble is on to complete those tax forms and get them sent off to the IRS by the April 15 deadline. The Internal Revenue Service says it has received almost 100 million tax returns as of last Thursday. The government agency expects 35 million more returns to come in by the tax deadline. Time is running out. If know you’ll not finish your 2013 tax return by the deadline, the IRS has an option to save you some headaches and penalties. The... Read More →

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Around the Southland: Actress pays nearly $11 million for estate

“Modern Family” actress, Sofia Vergara, has some new digs in the Southland.  Vergara reportedly has shelled out nearly $11 million for an Italian-style villa in the heart of Beverly Hills. The ornate mansion has 7 bedroom and 11 baths and sits on a 11,400 square foot estate. The special features include a master suit with his and her bathrooms, Chef’s kitchen, wine cellar, movie theater, and extensive outside entertainment area, according to the Read More →

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Obama adminstration takes steps to get equal pay for women

   The debate over equal pay for women was going strong this week. Last Tuesday, April 8, was Equal Pay Day — that’s how far into the new year women must work to match what men earned the year before. Surprisingly, women make up nearly half  of the U.S. workforce, but only earn 77 cents for every dollar a man gets paid.  Last Tuesday, President Obama signed an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum to help fight pay discrimination and strengthen the enforcement of... Read More →

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A section of the I-5 freeway to be shutdown in Burbank this weekend

 Caltrans is planning a shutdown of a section of the I-5 freeway in Burbank this weekend.  The “5″ is the nation’s busiest interstate, according to U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The upcoming closure is part of the ongoing Empire Project, which involves a series of improvements to the I-5 in Burbank between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street. Those improvements include: carpool lanes, elevated railroad tracks, reconfigured ramps, a new interchange at Empire Avenue, reconstruction and widening of the Burbank Boulevard Bridge. Lane closures on the I-5 ,between Lincoln and... Read More →

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Review: The Canyon Grille better than former Clubhouse Grill

The big reopening bash for the Canyon Grille restaurant at the DeBell Golf Club on East Walnut in Burbank is this evening. The Canyon Grille has been open only a few months and is already a vast improvement over its predecessor, the very marginal Clubhouse Grill. The Canyon Grille has the potential to be a notable eatery in the Media City, but there are still some bumps and rough spots that need attention. Last Sunday, my husband and I had lunch at the C-G. The prices are... Read More →

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CBS picks Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman on “Late Show”

CBS announced today its choice to replace David Letterman on the “Late Show.” The lucky selection is … Stephen Colbert of the award-winning satirical comedy show, “The Colbert Report.” Colbert is the writer, host, and executive producer of the show, which has a loyal following and has won a number of awards including Emmys, Writers Guild trophies, and a Peabody. Colbert got a five-year deal and is expected to take over the CBS late night show when Letterman retires next year. Letterman sent shockwaves through the entertainment... Read More →

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Universal Studios reveals more details of five year expansion plan for theme park

Universal Studios Hollywood has announced more details of an ambitious five-year expansion plan with “… revolutionary new thrill rides and expansive themed environments …” which reportedly will “radically alter the familiar footprint and landscape of The Entertainment Capital of L.A.” The expansion plan actually began in 2012 with “Transformers:  The Ride—3D “and will wrap up in 2016 with the Los Angeles debut of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” It’s being called the most significant development in the theme park’s 50 year history. “This broad investment in... Read More →

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LA KISS football co-owner rocker Paul Stanley writes a tell-all book

Paul Stanley, the frontman for the famous rock band KISS, is in the spotlight for two new ventures — arena football and writing his memoir. Stanley’s team, LA KISS, mixes, rock and roll, flashy productions, and football to create a new kind of entertainment. Last, Saturday, more than 12-thousand fans of the rock group KISS joined football lovers to watch the LA KISS win their home opener in Anaheim against the Portland Thunder 44-34. LA KISS is a... Read More →

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Going to be hot in Burbank today

  It’s going to be a hot one in Burbank today. By 11 a.m. the temperature was already 82 degrees and climbing here in the Media City. The high today is supposed to be in the upper 80s, but it could easily get a lot hotter than that here. The extra warm temps will continue through tomorrow and Thursday — but a cooling trend is expected to kick in by the end of the week. Great day to go out and get a freebie cone... Read More →

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Shout-out to Ben & Jerry’s. It’s Free Cone Day!

A shout-out to Ben & Jerry’s for celebrating its anniversary, April 8, with Free Cone Day. The free scoops were offered up by the ice cream company on its first anniversary back in 1979. “We’ve kept it up every year since, spreading the peace, love & ice cream around the globe,” according to a statement on the company’s website. This is the kind of celebration you would expect from a company that makes imaginative flavors like “Hazed & Confused,” “Salted Caramel Blondie,” “Chunky... Read More →

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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” scores $95 million at box office

  Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is being called the first blockbuster of the summer season, even though the calendar says it’s still April. The final weekend numbers are out today, they should the action adventure  debuted with a spectacular $95, 023 million to grab the top spot at the domestic box office. The film beat the previous record for an April opening of $86 million set back in 2011 by  the Universal actioner “Fast Five.” Worldwide,  ”Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has scored $302, 123... Read More →

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