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Archive | April, 2010

Mega Millions jackpot cracks the $200 million mark

A ton of green up for grabs in the multi-state Mega Millions game — around $224 million! No big jackpot winner in Tuesday’s lottery game, but several players in California got pretty close to nabbing the big one. Four tickets had all of the winning numbers, except the Mega Ball. The winning numbers for the April 27, 2010 game were: 23, 37, 41, 50, 55, and the Mega Ball 6. Each one of those hot lucky tickets with the five winning numbers is worth a cool $167,371. The next Mega Millions drawing... Read More →

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Windy conditions in the Southland

Some strong winds are whipping around the Southland today. It’s sunny, but very windy in the Media City this afternoon. I went out for a walk in the hillside area of Burbank this morning. The cold wind was enough to sway the palm trees, scatter debris in the streets, and force me to hold onto my cap. The temperature hovered in the upper 50s at around noon and by one o’clock it hit 62 degrees — brrrr. Looks like we could reach our predicted high of 65. The weather forecast is calling for windy conditions through tonight, with gusts reaching... Read More →

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Burbank City Buzz

It’s a wrap for Burbank Mayor Gary Bric Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank Mayor Gary Bric read a statement about the lawsuits and investigations swirling around the Burbank Police Department at the September 29, 2009 city council meeting.  Mayor Gary Bric is off the hook… somewhat. Last night, Bric presided over his last Burbank City Council meeting. Over the past months, Bric has improved in his job. The soon-to-be-ex-mayor still needs work in some areas, like when it comes to handling the public comment sections of the meeting. The... Read More →

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“Dragon” beats J-Lo at the Box Office

         Jennifer Lopez looks hot in this movie poster, but her new romantic comedy,”The Back-Up Plan,” could not generate enough heat to slay the “Dragon” at the Box Office. The 3D animation, “How to Train Your Dragon” reclaimed the title of number one movie in the country with an estimated take of $15 million over the weekend. That brings the family adventure fantasy’s five week haul to around $178 million. “The Back-Up Plan” debuted in second place with around $12.2 million. The rom-com is about a single woman, desperate for a baby, played by Jennifer Lopez, who gets pregnant... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot grows to $191 million!

 The Mega Millions lottery game is really living up to its name right now. Again, Friday’s game did not produce a winning ticket, so the jackpot rolled over again. It’s now up to at least $191 million! Depending on the number of players who buy tickets for the next game, that jackpot could be even bigger. The winning numbers from the April 23 game: 19, 26, 28, 37, 52, and the Mega ball 18. One ticket sold in California had all the winning numbers except the Mega ball. It’s... Read More →

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Photo Gallery: Pics of the week

Senior Inspiration: 94-year-old woman plans to graduate from college next month and look for work Photo: Paul Chin/ The San Francisco Chronicle — Hazel Soares, 94,  takes notes in one of her classes at Mills College in Oakland, California, where she is set to graduate in May with a degree in art history. After graduation Soares, who has more than 40 grandchildren, plans to search for a museum job. Very nice story about Soares here. 2010 Olympic medal winning U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team Photo: Pete Souza/White House — First Couple welcomed the... Read More →

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Repeat: Mega Millions jackpot rolls over again

Once again no one had a jackpot winning ticket in the Mega Millions game on Tuesday. The jackpot took another roll and is now standing at a staggering $166 million! That kind of money makes you a little dizzy just thinking about it. The winning numbers from the April 20 game: 5, 8, 10, 34, 42 and the Mega ball 25. No jackpot winner, but some Californians did make serious dough off that Mega Millions game. Five tickets sold in the Golden State had all of the winning numbers, except the... Read More →

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Burbank City Buzz

    A candidate in the 43rd State Assembly race bows out Days after a poor showing in that special election for the chance to finish the 43rd State Assembly term of Paul Krekorian, Nayiri Nahabedian has officially dropped out of the race for that seat. Nahabedian’s political consultant Paul Mitchell announced the end of her campaign in an article on The Burbank Leader website. However, when I got an e-mail from Nahabedian last Saturday, April 17, I had the feeling something was up. There’s a certain finality in this message... Read More →

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April showers!

More rain headed our way. Great for the lawns, gardens, and flowers, not so good for driving on the roads and freeways. Gloomy overcast skies in Burbank at noon. The chance of rain for the Southland remains in the forecast through Thursday. So keep the umbrella handy.

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Mega Millions jackpot up to $143 million

How big can the Mega Millions jackpot get? It’s overflowing with money right now. In tonight’s game the jackpot is worth at least $143 million! In last Friday’s game, two tickets bought in California had five of the winning numbers, but not the Mega ball. Each is valued at $201,643. The winning numbers from April 16, 2010: 10,16,31,48,50 and the Mega 44. Tonight’s big drawing is at 8 p.m.

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“Kick-Ass” wins a slim victory at the Box Office

The final numbers are in — ending the cliffhanger at the Box Office. The new superhero flick, “Kick-Ass,” edged out the animated hit, “How to Train Your Dragon” for bragging rights to the number one film in the country. The action comedy generated $19.8 million in theater ticket sales, below expectations, but still enough to win the Box Office derby. “Kick-Ass” centers on the misadventures of a teenager who decides to live out his dream of being a superhero, despite not having any superpowers. It stars Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Nicolas Cage.... Read More →

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Hollywood Buzz: WME fires employees over a controversial e-mail

Probably a lot of talk and cautious e-mailing in Tinsletown and Media City today about the reported  WME  reprimands and firings over a farewell e-mail sent by an employee. On Deadline.com/Hollywood Nikki Finke posted Marcus Washington’s good-bye to the New York office of William Morris Endeavor on Sunday, April 11, 2010. Apparently the WME management went ballistic and launched a witch hunt for the culprit who leaked the internal e-mail to Finke who says four employees were fired and around 75 reprimanded. This is not the first time agency... Read More →

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Sly Stone plays Coachella … sort of

Photo: Vanessa Franko/The Press-Enterprise 4/18/10 — Sly Stone on stage at Coachella The unpredictable rocker Sly Stone did show at Coachella last night, but his appearance was a disappointment. Stone showed up late, which he is known to do, and did more jabbering than singing.  Music Blogger Vanessa Franko caught the Stone set and reports about it here. The Inland SoCal journalist has several posts and great photos from the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on her blog.  I remember seeing Sly (Sylvester Stewart) Stone back when he could still rock the... Read More →

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Photo Gallery: Pictures from the week

Rock festival groove Photo: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times  4/17/10 Music lovers groove to the beat at the huge Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival up in the Riverside County desert community of Indio today. The Los Angeles Times is reporting record-breaking crowds of 75,000 a day since the festival kicked-off on Friday, which included performances by Jay-Z and Beyoncé.   Legendary rocker Sly Stone is scheduled to play the festival on Sunday. A notorious no-show, folks are wondering if Stone will make an appearance. Some of the other performers have been delayed or had to cancel... Read More →

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Burbank City Buzz

A run-off in the 43rd Assembly District race It’s Democrat Mike Gatto against the only Republican on the ballot, Sunder Ramani. I dropped by a couple of polling places in Burbank on Tuesday evening and was told by the poll workers that the turnout was way better than expected.  A small sampling, but it turned out to be right on the mark. The Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder County Clerk’s office posted the following election results on its website. April 13, 2010   43rd Assembly Special Election Mike Gatto ... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot soars to $105 million

Another rollover in the Mega Millions game. The jackpot has leaped the 100 million mark and now stands at $105 million for tomorrow’s draw.  A lot of big jackpots in the Mega Millions games lately.  Maybe a Southlander will win it all this time. Players in 35 states, including California, can purchase tickets for the Mega Millions game. For $1 you get to pick five numbers from 1 and 56 and a Mega number from 1 to 46. Or you can let the computer make the selection when you buy a... Read More →

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“Clash of the Titans” edges out “Date Night” at the Box Office

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday “Date Night” was number one at the Box Office. Today when the actual numbers came out it had slipped to number two. For the second straight week, the sword and scandal actioner, “Clash of the Titans” is the top film in the country after earning $26.6 million over the weekend. “Date Night” is about a married couple’s night on the town, which turns into a wild adventure. The comedy/romance/action picture stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell. “Date Night” debuted with a... Read More →

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Rainy weather in the Southland

UPDATE:  Heavy rain pounding Burbank at 1:45 p.m. Some patchy clouds, sprinkles, and brief sunshine earlier. Now it’s wet and coold outside! You need a jacket and an umbrella.   After days of threatening skies a cold storm swooped down on the Southland tonight. At 11 p.m. a steady rain is falling in Burbank where it’s 52 degrees. There’s a chance of thunderstorms and strong winds as well. Since we could get quite bit of rain from this storm folks living in the local burn areas are being urged by officials to keep a... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $90 million

A ton of money on the line in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing.  No one pick the correct numbers to win the  jackpot last Tuesday, so it rolled over to the April 9, 2010 game. The jackpot is now worth at least $90 millions. Enough to share with a few close friends and still have plenty left to keep you financially comfy for the rest of your days. Sigh, wouldn’t it be grand. Meanwhile, last Tuesday’s game was lucky for one California player who bought a Mega Millions ticket in Bakersfield.... Read More →

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Burbank City Buzz

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters A death in the Burbank city jail More strange events in Burbank. First, over the weekend, an inmate reportedly was found hanging in his jail cell. It was reported on Jim Carlile’s blog and then on The Burbank Leader website that 60-year-old John Alfred Flores’ body was discovered on Easter. Flores, a domestic violence suspect, was jailed after an incident Sunday morning. Early reports are calling it a suicide. The Los Angeles Coroner will release the official cause of death after... Read More →

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