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Archive | March, 2010

Burbank City Buzz

  Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank    Judgment in the Burbank PD For several days, I’ve been hearing about some ominous letters handed out to some members of the Burbank PD, the result of information gathered during those hush-hush investigations for alleged misconduct in the department. A source tells me that those who have received letters include Sergeant Chris Canales, Officer Nick Nichols, Detective Mike Reyes, Officer Elfuego Rodriguez, Lieutenant Omar Rodriguez, and Officer Tommy Perez. Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters Apparently... Read More →

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President Obama’s surprise visit to Afghanistan

Photo: Pete Souza/White House — President Obama waves to U.S. troops during a stop at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan March 28, 2010 Photo: Pete Souza/White House — President Obama makes an extra effort to shake hands with some of our troops during his visit to Afghanistan March 28, 2010   Photo: Pete Souza/White House — President Obama shares a fist bump with a female soldier in a mess hall in Afghanistan March 28, 2010  President Obama’s remarks to the troops: The mission “Our broad mission is... Read More →

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“How to Train Your Dragon” flies to the top of the Box Office

  Another 3D flick blows up at the domestic Box Office. Moviegoers are definitely loving their 3D. “How to Train Your Dragon” opened with an impressive debut of around $43.3 million, to become the number one movie in the country. This DreamWorks animation is about a Viking teenager raised in a tribe that slays dragons, however, he ends up befriending a wounded dragon and that begins the adventure. The star voices in “How to Train Your Dragon” include America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, and Jay Baruchel. The movie is based on... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot at least $40 million today

A hefty Mega Millions jackpot on the line today. The jackpot has rolled over a few times and now stands at $40 million. Players in 35 states are buying tickets for this major lottery. The chances of winning a prize in the Mega Millions game 1-in-40. The odds of hitting the jackpot 1 in 176 million. Those are tough odds, but have you tried to score a good paying job or a mortgage loan modification lately? If so, you know what it’s like trying to win when the odds are looong! ... Read More →

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Burbank teacher pleads “no contest” to having sex with a student

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — David Starr Jordan Middle School in Burbank The 33-year-old David Starr Jordan Middle School teacher who reportedly confessed to Burbank police that she had a seven-month long sexual affair with one of her 14-year-old male students last year, entered a plea in Burbank Superior Court today.  Amy Beck pleaded “no contest” to two counts of having sexual contact with a minor. Originally Beck faced at least four charges, but she reportedly got a plea deal. That’s no surprise. Beck’s case has had some strange twists from the... Read More →

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What’s in that controversial health care reform measure?

Photo: Pete Souza/White House — President Barack Obama uses one of 22 pens to sign that huge health care reform bill into law on Tuesday, March 23, 2010   A lot of Americans are asking, what’s in that mega-overhaul of the health care system?  First, there are some provisions that kick in this year, others become effective later on. Details and links on the White House blog here.

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Historic health care reform bill passes the House

  Photo: Pete Souza/White House — President Obama and staff react to the victory vote in the House on health care reform UPDATE: March 23, 2010 — President Barack Obama signed into law the landmark health care reform bill today. The president declared, “Today, I’m signing this reform bill into law on behalf of my mother, who argued with insurance companies even as she battled cancer in her final days.” President Obama went on to say, ” … we have now just enshrined… the core principle that everybody should have... Read More →

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“Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” & “The Bounty Hunter” okay, but “Alice” the real winner at the Box Office

  “Alice in Wonderland” is still packing them in at the movie theaters, especially at the big 3D complexes. Tim Burton’s live action/animated fantasy adventure of the classic tale delighted audiences to the tune of about $34.5 million this weekend. “Alice” easily held onto the title of the number one film in the U.S. for the third straight week. The domestic total for this mega-hit has reached $266 million. Several new movies opened and two managed to do okay. The family flick,”Diary of a Wimpy Kid, ” debuted better than expected with around $21.8... Read More →

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Burbank City Buzz

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank Controversial court ruling involving one of the lawsuits swirling around the Burbank PD A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge dismissed Burbank Police Officer Jamal Childs as a plaintiff from that explosive discrimination lawsuit filed against the Burbank PD last May by five of its minority officers. On Thursday, March 18, Judge Joanne O’Donnell ruled the statute of limitations had expired on Childs’ claim. Hmm, Childs has been a Burbank Police officer for five years. It’s not like his complaints date back 20 years or so. Well no... Read More →

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Hollywood buzz: A blogger gets a movie deal & spec script news

Hollywood is tapping a new source for movie ideas — blogs!  I have heard of other projects based on websites, but this latest one, being developed for Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, sounds like a real winner. Over on the deadline.com/New York site, Mike Fleming is reporting that Columbia Pictures has made a deal with blogger/author Ree Drummond for a romantic comedy, “The Pioneer Woman.” Drummond is known as “The Pioneer Woman” who writes a popular blog with the same title,   http://thepioneerwoman.com/  The website description says she’s “plowing through life in the country  …one calf... Read More →

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Ex-Burbank Mayor Marsha Ramos & the Burbank Police scandal

File Photo from March 2008: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank City Council Member/Mayor Marsha Ramos  Former Burbank Mayor Marsha Ramos is speaking out again about those allegations of misconduct against the Burbank Police Department. Ramos is interviewed in Today’s Burbank Leader about a deposition she gave last month to attorneys representing five Burbank Police officers, who filed a lawsuit against the department in May of 2009, alleging discrimination, racism, harassment, and other civil rights violations.   The first time Ramos shared her concerns in the media about this lawsuit and the... Read More →

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It’s going to be hot, hot, hot today!

  UPDATE: Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 A sizzling St. Patty’s Day in the Southland.  At noon, it was 81 degrees in Burbank.  Hmm, the weather’s not the only thing heating up Media City right now. Get out the sunglasses!  It’s going to be a scorcher in the Southland today. Highs in the 70s along some beaches and the mid-80s in some inland cities like Burbank.  The temperature hovering near 75 here in Media City at around 11 a.m. — the high of 85 is predicted. We’re heading into spring, but... Read More →

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President Obama, Hollywood power players Hanks, Spielberg, and a new HBO mini-series

Photo: Pete Souza/White House — President Barack Obama speaks to an audience in the Family Theater of the White House just before the screening of the first hour of a new HBO World War II mini-series,”The Pacific,” last Thursday, March 11, 2010. In the front row, the two executive producers of the mini-series, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.   The 10-part mini-series, “The Pacific,” began airing on HBO last night. The cable TV mini-series focuses on the stories of three U.S. Marines during America’s World War II battle with Japan. It’s from... Read More →

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Los Angeles Times does investigative story on the turmoil in the Burbank Police Department

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Police and Fire Headquarters at 200 North Third Street in Burbank In the Los Angeles Times print edition and on its website today an extensive report about the troubled Burbank Police Department. The report covers quite a bit of territory from the allegations of suspect beatings, racial discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and those federal investigations into possible misconduct in the Burbank PD. The allegations, lawsuits, and scandal have taken a heavy toll on the department. The Times says, “The Burbank force has been so... Read More →

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“Alice” still tops the Box Office

Tim Burton’s live action/animated version of “Alice in Wonderland” dominated the domestic Box Office for a second straight week, demonstrating its debut splash was no fluke. This weekend “Alice” racked up an estimated $62 million at theaters to remain the number one movie in the country. The fantasy adventure’s two week haul is up to $208 million. There were some new challengers in the box office derby, but none came close to “Alice.”  Matt Damon’s Iraq War drama, “Green Zone” opened in second place with a distant tally of around $14.5 million. Proof again,... Read More →

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Time to change the clocks and spring ahead

Tonight’s the night to adjust those clocks. Daylight Saving Time officially arrives at 2 a.m. tomorrow morning, Sunday, March 14. The U.S. has had some form of DST since World War 1. Under DST, we “spring ahead” by moving our clocks up an hour and gain an extra hour of daylight. We lose it in November, when we “fall back” by shifting the clocks back an hour.   An extra hour of daylight. A nice gift this time of year, when the leaves turn different shades of gold and brown and fall from the graceful camphor... Read More →

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Burbank middle school teacher allegedly had sex with a male student

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — David Starr Jordan Middle School at 420 South Mariposa Street in Burbank A well-respected and former Jordan Middle School teacher remains behind bars today, while Burbank Police investigate allegations she had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old male student last year. 33-year-old Amy Beck, wearing handcuffs, appeared in Burbank Superior Court yesterday. Beck was due to be arraigned on charges of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 16, but the arraignment was postponed until March 25, 2010. In one of several strange twists to this... Read More →

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Hollywood Buzz: Actor Corey Haim dies & Verve Agency signs new clients

Corey Haim: Photo courtesy Bree Bailey Another young actor gone way too soon. Corey Haim reportedly died this morning at Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank. According to The Wrap, a drug overdose is suspected. Haim, a former teen idol during the 1980s, has had a well-known struggle with drugs. Haim starred in a number of films including “Lucas” (1986), “The Lost Boys” (1987), and “License to Drive” (1988). Also, he appeared on television in the TV series “Roomies” (1987), and more recently the reality show,... Read More →

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Former Dodger Willie Davis (April 15, 1940 – March 9, 2010)

  Willie Davis: Photo courtesy Los Angeles Dodgers Southland baseball star Willie Davis is being remembered today. Davis, the legendary center fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was found dead in Burbank yesterday. A concerned neighbor reportedly called police yesterday morning to Davis’ apartment in the 1900 block of West Victory Boulevard. Officers arrived at the scene and discovered the 69-year-old Davis on the living room floor. Burbank Sergeant Robert Quesada says, ” Mr. Davis showed no signs of life and was pronounced dead. At this time, detectives found no signs... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot update —winner steps forward with $134 million ticket

A Southland man is rolling in the dough after turning in his winning Mega Millions lottery ticket from last Friday’s game. John Dalkos walked into the Santa Ana lottery office to claim his winnings on Monday. Dalkos’ ticket was originally worth $133 million bucks, but strong ticket sales pushed the value up to $134 million. Dalkos bought his super lucky ticket at Country Donuts, 3200 East Anaheim Street in Long Beach. The winning numbers were 11, 31, 34, 44, 52 and the Mega Ball 32. Not to be left out of the... Read More →

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Brrr! Cold and windy in the Southland

Some weather reports say it’s “breezy” outside. I call it “windy.”  In Burbank, the palm trees are being whipped around by the strong winds. Some of the gusts in Media City are over 30 miles per hour. And temperatures have dropped down into the 50s. Brrr! I know back East, they would break out the shorts and tee shirts in this kind of weather. Hey, this is Southern California where we put on coats and double sweaters when it gets this cold. This chilly weather is expected to hang around until the... Read More →

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