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Archive | October, 2008

Obama winning presidential cookie poll

  Illinois Senator Barack Obama is not only the front runner in the major political polls, but he’s also          outselling his opponent, Arizona Senator John McCain, in a local presidential cookie poll. Super popular Porto’s Bakery & Cafe At Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way in Burbank has been offering John McCain and Barack Obama cookies for several weeks. I dropped by the Cuban-style bakery on Thursday, October 23 and discovered the presidential cookie poll was well underway. Friendly counter staff members “Robert” and “Jasmine ” told me they were delighted with the... Read More →

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Delay in Phil Spector’s second murder trial

  Google file photo Music legend Phil Spector’s second murder trial hit a bump on its second day. Actually, an alternate juror stumbled and reportedly broke his foot in the parking lot of a Downtown Los Angeles court Thursday morning. The prosecution had been scheduled to call witnesses yesterday, but Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler decided to delay the trial until Monday. The 68-year-old Spector is being retried in the death of actress Lana Clarkson. The 40-year-old actress was found shot to death in the hallway of Spector’s Alhambra mansion back... Read More →

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Another high profile celebrity trial gets underway in L.A.

Google file photo Eccentric rock music legend Phil Spector is on trial for murder, for the second time, in Downtown Los Angeles. Spector is accused of shooting to death actress Lana Clarkson after she allegedly blew off his sexual advances during an encounter at his mansion in February of 2003. The first trial ended in a hung jury  — with the jurors deadlocked 10-to-2 for conviction.  Yesterday, prosecutor Alan Jackson’s opening statement included details of Clarkson’s death and a long list of women whom he says have been threatened by a gun wielding Spector over... Read More →

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It’s Halloween Time!!!!

  FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove – Burbank In and around Burbank, many residents have been gearing up for Halloween for weeks now. Some of the home decorations were up as early as mid-September. Some are pretty elaborate with colored lights, gravestones lining the walkways, huge blow-up pumpkins and creepy characters. My favorite Halloween duo; a couple of homespun scarecrows. More and more adults are joining the kids in dressing up and getting their ghoul-on. This year there’s an extra treat for those living in the Burbank and Glendale area. The Church... Read More →

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Political yard signs; the good and the bad

  FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove – Burbank The closer it gets to Election Day the more political yard signs I see in my Burbank neighborhood. The most popular are those for the presidential candidates. Barack Obama signs started popping up first, more than a month ago. Lately, the folks backing the John McCain/Sarah Palin ticket have put out yard signs to show their support. Now, that’s all good. Janet Reynolds speaks to a gathering on August 28, 2008; the night Senator Barack Obama accepted the Democratic... Read More →

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Jennifer Hudson’s nephew found dead

More tragic news today for actress Jennifer Hudson and her family. The body of a young boy was discovered inside a white SUV with a license plate matching a vehicle that belonged to the actress’ brother, Jason Hudson. A neighbor on the West Side of Chicago spotted the abandoned Chevy Suburban this morning; authorities were called, the body removed,  and the vehicle impounded. On Friday, the bodies of Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason, were found in the family home on the South Side of Chicago. Both victims had... Read More →

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Gas prices are dropping, but what about the cost of food?

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove  —  Burbank Back in August, gas was selling at over $4 a gallon and many worried it was going to crack the $5 a gallon mark. Recently, I heard a radio news announcer say gas prices have “fallen off a cliff.”  True, the price of a gallon of gasoline is coming down at the pumps, but they need to keep falling in order to have a real impact on the budgets of most consumers. On Friday, the average price of regular gas was $2.78 a gallon nationwide.... Read More →

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A reward offered for the return of Jennifer Hudson’s missing nephew

The FBI is now involved in the intensive search for entertainer Jennifer Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew, Julian King. The child disappeared from a South Side Chicago home on Friday, where the bodies of Hudson’s mother, 57-year-old Darnell Donerson and brother, Jason Hudson, were found. Autopsies yesterday revealed both victims died from multiple gunshot wounds. Today, Hudson posted a notice on her MySpace page asking for the public’s help in finding her nephew. The actress and her family are offering a $100,000 for the safe return of the child, according to her... Read More →

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Seriously, Joe the Plumber digs the spotlight

  “I’m a plumber… just a plumber,” that’s how Joe Wurzelbacher described himself when he lashed out at the media for scrutinizing his opinions and personal life, last weekend. Yeah, Joe is that guy.  Joe the Plumber. The Joe that Republican presidential candidate John McCain mentioned repeatedly in the third and final presidential debate. In fact, McCain referred to Wurzelbacher as “my buddy, Joe.” Wurzelbacher was thrust into the public arena after having a brief chat with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama back on October 12. During the encounter, Wurzelbacher complained about Obama’s tax plan, which he... Read More →

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Entertainer’s nephew is missing and two relatives are murdered

There is an intense search underway today for 7-year-old Julian King, the nephew of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson. King disappeared from a South Side Chicago home where two adults were murdered yesterday. An active Amber Alert is spreading the word about the missing boy; who is 4 feet 11 and weighs 130 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.  Inside the Chicago home authorities made a grim discovery; the bodies of two of Hudson’s relatives.The actress’ mother, 57-year-old Darnell Donerson and her brother, 29-year-old Jason Hudson, both had been shot to... Read More →

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Barack Obama, his grandmother, and Las Vegas

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is taking a break from the hectic campaign trail to visit his gravely ill grandmother, Madelyn Dunham. She still lives in the same Honolulu, Hawaii apartment where she helped raise a teenage Obama. Recently, 85-year-old Dunham reportedly broke her hip and apparently her health worsened last week. Late yesterday, Obama flew to her bedside and will spend today with the woman he says helped shape his values and his character. When Obama’s campaign announced his intentions to take a break from campaigning to visit Dunham, some asked how could he... Read More →

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Sarah Palin’s fashion controversy

Sarah Palin shows off her fashion style at the Republican National Convention last month. I’ve never been impressed with the political babble of Republican V.P. candidate, Sarah Palin. I don’t buy into the Alaska governor’s boast that one of her qualifications for the second most powerful position in the nation is that she’s “a hockey mom.”  However, Palin gets the props and kudos from me for her campaign fashion style. I love the tailored jackets and skirts with just the right amount of flair; and the cool eyewear. Now, it turns out that while Palin... Read More →

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Nearly 20,000 new voters beat the deadline to register in Los Angeles County

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove Voters at a Burbank polling place during last February’s Presidential Primary Election. The get out the vote campaign in Los Angeles County turned out to be a super success. Last weekend, the number of voters registered in the county hit a record-breaking 4,195,016. The last time the registration rolls leaped the 4 million mark was back in 2002. Monday was the deadline to register to cast a ballot in the historic November 4 Presidential General Election. On Tuesday, the number of registered voters in the county had jumped 18,756 to 4,213,772. Some... Read More →

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Case dismissed against Britney Spears

Entertainer Britney Spears has more to sing about today. In Van Nuys this morning, a mistrial was declared in the singer’s driving-without-California-license trial after jurors could not reach a unanimous decision. Jurors have been deadlocked 10-2 in favor of acquittal since yesterday; and felt further deliberations would not help them reach an agreement. So Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Steele dismissed the jury. A short time later, prosecutors announced they were dropping the criminal charge. Spears was on trial for not having a valid California driver’s license when she was involved in a hit-and-run... Read More →

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Second person in custody in Las Vegas kidnapping case

Two so-called witnesses in the kidnapping of 6-year-old Cole Puffinburger are being held by U.S. Marshals today. Cole’s maternal grandfather, 51-year-old Clemons Tinnemeyer and his alleged companion, 42-year-old Terri Leavy, went before a federal magistrate in Riverside yesterday and then were turned over to the  Marshals. Both were apprehended on fugitive arrest warrants. Tinnemeyer was arrested in Riverside last Friday night. Leavy was picked up in Fontana on Sunday night. Meanwhile, new details are coming out on how young Cole was found on a street a few blocks from the Las Vegas Strip,... Read More →

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Curtains for Mr.Blackwell’s infamous worst dressed list

  Google Image Singer turned designer, Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham ranked number one on the 2007 worst dressed list put out earlier this year by the originator of the snarky fashion critique, Mr. Blackwell. It was the 48th time the self-proclaimed critic of good fashion taste had selected his top 10 worst dressed. And it would be his last.  Mr. Richard Blackwell  1922-2008 Mr. Blackwell reportedly died yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to complications from an intestinal infection. For several decades, Mr. Blackwell’s annual worst dressed list was highly publicized... Read More →


Obama campaign keeps the pedal to the metal

  Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama is on a roll with the destination being the White House. Yet, his campaign is not letting up, despite leading in the polls, getting impressive endorsements, and raising mega-bucks. I think that shows Obama is running not only an inspiring campaign, but also a smart campaign. Yesterday, I got another one of those Obama campaign e-mails, which included a thank you for your support, an update on fundraising along with a report on the latest campaign developments. In the e-mail, campaign manager David Plouffe said, “…... Read More →

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Los Angeles County voter registration breaks a record

  FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove A voter marks his ballot during the February 5, 2008 California Presidential Primary. If you want to make your voice heard in the upcoming historic November 4 Presidential General Election you need to get a move on and register to vote today. October 20 is the deadline to register. In Los Angeles County, folks have been registering to vote by the thousands. So many new voters have signed up that a new record has been set in this county. Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder /County Clerk Dean Logan says the... Read More →

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Jury deliberations resume in Britney Spears trial tomorrow

The jury in the San Fernando Valley trial of pop star Britney Spears deliberated briefly on Friday before taking a break for the weekend. The jurors, eight women and four men, are set to return to a Van Nuys court Monday to continue working on reaching a verdict in the singer’s misdemeanor case. Unlike most celebrity trials, this one has not had a lot of strange twists and weird drama. At the center of the case is a traffic accident; back in August of 2007 Spears hit a parked car and left the scene. Later, Spears settled with... Read More →

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Las Vegas kidnapped boy found safe

“We got’m,” the emotional words from a delighted father, Robert Puffinburger, after his 6-year-old son was found walking a street in northeast Las Vegas, not far from the Strip last night. A tip from a citizen alerted police to the boy’s whereabouts. Puffinburger, Las Vegas police and detectives spoke to reporters at an early morning news conference. Las Vegas Police Captain Vincent Cannito says, “… Cole is in extremely good condition.” However, the investigation is not over. Authorities indicated they have shifted their focus now to the narcotics angle of their probe. Cole... Read More →

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Amber Alert canceled, but seach still on for missing Las Vegas boy

Las Vegas police held a news conference around 2 p.m. this afternoon and they say they have interviewed the grandfather of that kidnapped 6-year-old Las Vegas boy. Clemons Fred Tinnemeyer, a person of interest in the case, was arrested in Riverside last night and is being held at the Central Detention Center in the city of San Bernardino. A nationwide Amber Alert went out after Cole Puffinburger was snatched from his Las Vegas home by at least two suspects posing as cops on Wednesday, October 15. The first grader’s mother... Read More →

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