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Archive | August, 2009

Killer wildfire grows to more than 100,000 acres

Photo: Genaro Molina/ Los Angeles Times 08/30/09 — Wildfire rages in Acton. That Angeles National Forest wildfire continues to rampage with over 105,000 acres burned today. This killer wildfire has claimed two lives, 35-year-old Arnaldo Quinones and 47-year-old Tedmund Hall. Both Los Angeles County firefighters were fatally injured in a truck accident in the fire zone yesterday. The temperatures are a bit cooler today, but it’s still a tough fight for fire crews. There are about 2,500 firefighters battling the flames. So far, 21 homes have been destroyed. At this time,  as many as 12,000 homes... Read More →

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A monster wildfire threatens several foothill communities

Photo: Irfan Khan/ Los Angeles Times —An air attack on a flank of the wildfire approaching Acton. That stubborn wildfire menacing several foothill communities north of Los Angeles has grown into a monster blaze. Today officials estimate more than 35, 000 acres have been scorched and thousands of homes are in danger forcing residents to pack-up and leave. Fire crews are battling in hot temperatures to save homes in a number of neighborhoods. Some folks in La Canada are being allowed to return, but the threat is not over for... Read More →

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Wildfire near La Canada Flintridge out of control

      Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times 08/28/09 — Firefighters take a break from battling the wildfire in the hills above La Canada Flintridge.                        A wildfire that sparked in the Angeles National Forest above La Canada Flintridge last Wednesday is now on the rampage threatening several foothill communities today. The fire went from about 5,500 acres overnight to more than 20,000 acres today. Firefighters are battling the flames in triple digit temperatures with very low humidity. At one point, those flames came dangerously close to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. More than 1,000 firefighters are on the scene. Evacuations have been ordered... Read More →

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Michael Jackson’s death officially ruled a homicide

  It’s official. The Los Angeles County Coroner has ruled the sudden death of Superstar Michael Jackson was a homicide. In a new release today, the coroner attributed the entertainer’s death on June 25, 2009 to a deadly combination of drugs. According to the release: “Cause of death was established as acute propofol intoxication. Other conditions contributing to death: benzodiazepine. The drugs propofol and Lorazepam were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson’s death. Other drugs detected were midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine, and ephedrine.” The final... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot grows to over $330 million!

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is HUGE. No winner in last Tuesday’s drawing so now today’s jackpot has ballooned to over $330 million. This is reportedly the second richest Mega Millions jackpot ever. Mega Millions is the largest multi-state lottery and it includes California. What do you have to do to win? Pick the six winning numbers. The drawing is tonight at 8 p.m.

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Wildfires burning in the Southland

Photo: La Canada Flintridge fire  08/27/09 Christine Cotter/Los Angeles Times Heat, smoke, and wildfires in the Southland today. Fire crews battling four brushfires will not get much help from the weather. Another hot dry day is expected with temperatures reaching in the triple-digits in some areas. This is typical August weather, which did not arrive until a few days ago. Overnight that little brusher burning near La Canada Flintridge took off. It has grown to around 1,500 acres and is now threatening hundreds of homes. The flames erupted Wednesday afternoon near the Angeles Crest Highway.... Read More →

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Senator Ted Kennedy dies at 77

File Photo: April 2008  Adam Hunger/Reuters One of the most powerful figures in American politics is being remembered today. U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy died last night at the family compound in Hannis Port, Massachusetts at the age of 77 after a valiant battle with brain cancer. Since the assassination of his brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy in the 1960s, the Massachusetts senator has been the leader of the most influential political family in the country. Ted Kennedy will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near the... Read More →

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Lottery jackpot tops $250 million for tonight’s drawing

   If you’re feeling lucky today, perhaps you should drop some dough on a few Mega Millions tickets. That  lottery jackpot has rolled over 13 times without a winner and now stands at a staggering $252 million.  Mega Millions is played in 12 states including California. The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are around one in 176 million. Yeah, pretty long odds, but sooner or later someone’s got to win that jackpot. Mega Millions holds the record for the largest jackpot win, $390 million back on March... Read More →

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Singer Chris Brown sentenced today

File photo —  03/05/09/Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times Singer Chris Brown escaped a jail term in his felony domestic violence case this afternoon, but the Los Angeles County Superior Court judge slapped him with a tough probation sentence. Judge Patricia Schnegg sentenced the popular R&B entertainer to five years of felony probation, 180 days of community labor, and 52 weeks in a domestic violence counseling program. Brown will be serving his sentence in his home state of Virginia, but must return here periodically to provide Judge Schnegg with a progress report. In June,... Read More →

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Brad Pitt & company win Box Office battle

“Inglourious Basterds” has a weird title, but a whole lot of other things going for it, for instance, Brad Pitt stars in the film and it’s directed by Quentin Tarantino. Still, I was surprised that this twisted Nazi-killing  World War II feature fought its way to number one at the domestic Box Office this weekend with an estimated $37.6 million. In second place, “District 9” with $18.9 million. Last week, the alien sci-fi flick held down the number one ranking. In two weeks, “District 9” has raked in more than $70... Read More →

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Hero pilot of “Miracle on the Hudson” tells his story

Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is the airline pilot with the nerves of steel who landed that crippled jetliner on the Hudson River last January. You might remember, that shortly after take-off  U.S. Airways Flight 1549 encountered a flock of geese over Manhattan. The geese knocked out all the engines. Quick thinking Captain “Sully” flew the airline like a glider and touched down safely on the river. Big time publisher William Morrow reportedly paid over three million dollars for the hero pilot’s memoir. Now the publisher has announced a 350-thousand copy first-printing... Read More →

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Burbank City Council selects new police commissioner

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank City Hall Now that the Burbank City Council has filled the vacant seat on the police commission, hopefully, that body can move forward with a busy agenda. Last night, real estate consultant and long time Burbank business owner, Raymond Gerald Adams, was the top vote getter out of a field of six contenders. Adams received votes from council members David Gordon, Jess Talamantes, and Vice-Mayor Anja Reinke. Ironically, these are the exact same three votes that got Human Rights Activist John Brady appointed to the... Read More →

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Earthquake! Did you feel it?

I know it was not the “Big One” we’ve all been dreading here in Southern California, but yesterday’s quake felt like a major shaker to me. So what if the U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude was a measly 2.9. I’m telling you, when it struck at around 3:58 p.m. yesterday afternoon, I thought, uh-oh, this is going to be a wild ride. First, I hear the roar and then came the rough shaking of the house. I was at the computer and literally grabbed the corner’s of the table to have something... Read More →

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A new deal for “The Time Traveler’s Wife”

In no time at all, a television version of “The Time Traveler’s Wife” has been snatched up by one of the major networks. Last weekend, a new film based on the best selling novel wooed audiences and landed in second place at the Box Office. In just a few days, the romantic drama has cleared the $20 million mark. This is one of the best openings ever for a romantic drama feature. The movie stars Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. ABC has picked up a TV drama based on Audrey Niffenegger’s debut novel, according... Read More →

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“District 9” captures weekend Box Office victory

“District 9,”  a new science fiction film with no major stars, invaded  theaters this weekend and won over the biggest chunk of the ticket buyers. In “District 9” the story centers on an alien population in South Africa.  “District 9” took in an estimated $37 million to become the number one movie in the U.S. Last week’s top flick, the action packed “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” had a pretty good second weekend, raking in around $22.5 million.  In third, a new romantic drama, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” had a dazzling opening with around $19.2 million.... Read More →

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Remembering Woodstock

  Woodstock Poster 40 years ago this weekend, around 400,000 music lovers gathered on a rural farm in New York state for the now famous Woodstock Festival and Art Fair. Sure there were great performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Sly Stone, and many other rock artists during those three days in August of 1969. Still, there have been many other outstanding music festivals since then, but none has the magic of Woodstock. Here’s a nicely done story about Woodstock on the Reuters website.  

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Actor Sidney Poitier among Medal of Freedom winners

Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House A special ceremony at the White House last night honored 16 super achievers with the nation’s highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom. In the photo above, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson congratulates fellow medal recipient, Actor Sidney Poitier. The other medal winners included Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Scientist Stephen Hawking, Tennis Star Billie Jean King, Entertainer Chita Rivera, and Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. In his remarks, President Obama praised the medal winners for their incredible achievements: “The recipients of the Medal of Freedom... Read More →

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Snoop Dogg & the Dodgers Ticket Truck

Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers Hip Hop Star Snoop Dogg is a big time Dodgers fan. Yesterday, the entertainer took the new Dodgers Ticket Truck on its inaugural spin around Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers Ticket Truck is the first of its kind in Major League Baseball, according to a news release sent out by the team organization. Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers The mobile unit reportedly was designed to take Dodger tickets straight to the fans at concerts, parks, festivals, and throughout Southland neighborhoods. Dodgers President Dennis Mannion said: “The fan... Read More →

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Another Vegas raid in the Michael Jackson death investigation

Federal agents and other law enforcement officers searched a Las Vegas pharmacy today in connection with the criminal investigation into the death of Superstar Michael Jackson. Last month, agents raided the Vegas medical office and home of Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. Photo: Justin M. Bowen/Las Vegas Sun Today’s search of the Applied Pharmacy Services on West Flamingo Road in Vegas is said to be a follow-up to last month’s searches. The agents reportedly went into the pharmacy looking for evidence of prescription drugs linked to Jackson. The... Read More →

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White House launches new health insurance reform resource

  The debate over the pros and cons of health insurance reform is seriously heating up. In an effort to get its message out about what it considers the “stability and security” of health insurance reform, the White House launched a new online resource today WhiteHouse.gov/RealityCheck  The Obama administration is encouraging the public to visit  “Reality Check” to find out what is really in health insurance reform and what is not in there. Meanwhile, more town hall meetings on the controversial issue are set for tomorrow. President Obama will be center stage at one of... Read More →

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G.I. Joe wins the battle at the Box Office

“G.I. Joe:The Rise of Cobra,” based on the best selling toy franchise, debuted with around $56.2 million this weekend to easily win the number one spot at the domestic Box Office. The action film stars Channing Tatum and Marion Wayans. A completely different new film, “Julie & Julia” landed in second place. Meryl Streep and Amy Adams star in this movie about the famous cooking diva, Julia Child. “Julie & Julia”  cooked up an estimated $20 million at theaters across the country. In third, “G-Force” the animated 3D flick with around $9.8 million,... Read More →

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Sonia Sotomayor sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Photo: Jim Young/Reuters It’s official. Judge Sonia Sotomayor is now an associate justice of the 220-year-old U.S. Supreme Court. Sotomayor went through two swearing-in ceremonies this morning, one private and one public, at the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath. After the public ceremony, Sotomayor is shown in the photo above being congratulated by Chief Justice Roberts while her mother, Celina, and brother, Juan Luis Sotomayor, look on. On Thursday, Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge, easily won confirmation from the U.S. Senate. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and... Read More →

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