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Archive | August, 2010

Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama shares a moment with a soldier at Fort Blisss in El Paso, Texas August 31, 2010

President Obama declares “… the American combat mission in Iraq has ended.”

 Before speaking to the nation tonight, President Barack Obama flew to Texas to visit the soldiers at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Troops at Fort Bliss have participated in every phase of the seven-and-a-year war in Iraq and continue to service in the new support role. The President went there to say “thank you” from a grateful nation. Later from the Oval Office, President Obama kept a campaign promise and ended the controversial war “I know this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans.  We’ve... Read More →

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Photo: Jill Weisleder/Los Angeles Dodgers --Manny Ramirez hits a home run in a game against the San Diego Padres back on April 30, 2009

Manny Ramirez gets dumped by the Dodgers

It’s official, Manny Ramirez is no longer wearing Dodger blue. In a curt press release today that amounted to about 7 lines, the Dodger organization finally put the seal of truth on all those rumors about Ramirez heading to the Windy City: “The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that outfielder Manny Ramirez was assigned on a waiver claim to the Chicago White Sox and right-handed pitcher Ramon Troncoso was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to take his spot on the active roster.” After all the hoopla about Mannywood, those Manny Bobbleheads, and... Read More →

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Los Angeles a hot city for singles looking for love

It’s been a really hot summer for Los Angeles and I’m not referring to the weather. The largest online dating site, Match.com, reports its figures show more singles than ever used its dating services to find love this summer, according to a PR Newswire press release. A pioneer in online dating, Match.com launched in 1995 and now has dating sites in 25 countries. Match.com says the number of its clients actively involved, from June -August,  in the dating scene was up 33.5% over 2009. Also, the company released its top 10  hottest... Read More →

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Photo: People.com/Frazer Harrison/Getty--"Desperate Housewives" Actress Eva Longoria Parker on the 2010 Emmy Awards red carpet

Stars shine on the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards red carpet

Actress Eva Longoria Parker joined the star parade on the red carpet for the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theater in Downtown Los Angeles this evening.  The “Desperate Housewives” star gets my vote for being very glam in a Robert Rodriquez gown and one of the best dressed celebs on the red carpet. People magazine website has more photos of the star parade as well as a report on the night’s big winners including “Modern Family” Best Comedy series and Jim Parson, Best Actor in a comedy series for “The... Read More →

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Weather switcheroo brings cooler temps

What a difference a few days can make.  This time last week, temperatures were rising along with the humidity here in Media City and throughout SoCal. Triple digits are normal for the Southland in August, but we’ve had such a mild summer that last week’s heat wave was a shock to the system. It was delight to be greeted by a cool breeze and temperatures in the 60’s rather than the 80s this morning, in the Burbank hills. Sure makes it easier to do those yard chores like raking leave and trimming shrubs. ... Read More →

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California lottery ticket wins $133 million Mega Millions jackpot

California continues to have the golden touch when it comes to winning lottery bucks. Someone in Morro Bay bought a Mega Millions lottery ticket for yesterday’s game that is now worth $133 million!  The ticket was purchased at Bottle Liquor  999 Main Street. The winning numbers: 4, 10, 26, 32, 41, and Mega Ball 31. Another ticket bought in the Golden State had all but the Mega Ball — it’s worth $506,242. The next Mega Millions draw is Tuesday, August 31.

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Barack Obama gives a pep talk to some aspiring tennis stars at the White House, August 3, 2010

Photo Gallery: President Obama & some aspiring tennis stars

Catching up on a photo of interest.  The South Lawn of the White House was the scene of a “Let’s Move” tennis clinic on August 3, 2010. President Barack Obama delivered some encouraging words to some possible tennis stars of tomorrow.   Developing a good backhand swing is a bonus  —  getting  kids to exercise and eat healthy are the main goals of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity.

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Photo: PRNewsFoto/Proctor&Gamble/George Desota -- Los Angeles Actress Jennifer Jean wins walk-on role on "As The World Turns"

ShowBiz Bits:Lindsay Lohan’s rehab update, Up and coming actress wins guest spot on “As The World Turns,” & “The Expendables” rule the Box Office

Actress Lindsay Lohan gets another break Today a Beverly Hills judge ordered Actress Lindsay Lohan to do 67-days of supervised probation at home. Lohan was released from in-patient treatment at UCLA yesterday afternoon. This is the newest twist in Lohan latest troubles with the law, which include a 90-day jail sentence and 90-day rehab stint for a probation violation. Lohan served only a fraction of that time in both places. Details on The Wrap.   Actress wins guest appearance on daytime TV soap  Jennifer Jean’s star is rising. The actress is the new... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot leaps to $133 million

The Mega Millions jackpot is stuffed with even more greenbacks today. No lottery ticket had all of yesterday’s winning numbers, so the jackpot got pumped up to $133 million. The winning numbers: 4, 23, 24, 28, 32, and the Mega Ball 31. They didn’t win the jackpot, but three lucky players in the Golden State got all the correct numbers, except for the Mega Ball. Their tickets are worth $136,675 each. The next Mega Millions draw is Friday, August 27.

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Heat warnings, precautions, and triple digit temps in the Southland

The heat is on in the Southland. At 9 p.m. last night,  it was 80 degrees in Burbank.  It’s going to be seriously hot today, with 80s along the beach, upper 90s in Los Angeles, and over a 100 in Burbank and some valley areas. There’s a good chance we could see some temperature records broken today. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for today through tomorrow for the Southland. The NWS advisory says: ” The combination of the very hot temperatures and slightly increased humidities... Read More →

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A Burbank parent shares her experience with the system

The new school year is only about a week old , but it already has been an ordeal for some Burbank middle school students and their parents. As I first reported on this blog about a week ago, A Burbank city funded, long-running,  and very successful after school program was axed at David Starr Jordan Middle School, leaving some parents scrambling to find a safe alternative for their children. One parent, I’m keeping her name confidential,  alerted me to the situation in an e-mail and has continued to give me her impressions... Read More →

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City Buzz

A full house at the public forum After all the hoopla, debates, agenda re-writes, and months of delays, the first public forum held by the Burbank Police Commission in recent memory went off with only a few minor glitches. First, additional chairs had to be brought out to accommodate the crowd that showed up last Wednesday night, August 18, in the Community Room of the Community Services Building on Third Street, across from the Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters. More than 100 people were packed into the Community Room. A large number... Read More →

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Photo Radio Talk Show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Entertainment Catch-Up: Madonna sued, Dr. Laura’s controversy, & Betty White’s gets a new book deal and a 5th Emmy.

Madonna sued over “Material Girl”  clothing line Entertainer, Madonna, has launched a “Material Girl” clothing line with daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon. Oops!  L.A. Triumph, claims it’s been selling clothes under that label since around 1997 and at some of the same high-ended retailers involved in the new Madonna deal. This week, the California company sued Madonna. More details in a story on The Los Angeles Times website. Dr. Laura’s controversial farewell   In the wake of a controversy over her use of the N-word on the air, Conservative... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot surges to $115 million, two tickets bought in CA each worth more than half-a-million bucks

The Mega Millions jackpot is on a money roll. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.  Once again, no ticket in yesterday’s draw held all of the winning numbers: 4, 13, 20, 29, 48, and Mega Ball 36. So the jackpot has ballooned to $115 million!! Also, a couple of consolation prizes from Friday’s Mega Millions draw are large enough to pay-off some lingering debt or provide a nice retirement or beef-up that sagging investment portfolio. Two tickets, bought in the Golden State, have all but the Mega Ball —... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A festive display drew crowds to a National Night Out block party on Chandler Boulevard in Burbank, August 3, 2010

Photo Gallery: National Night Out in Burbank

Burbank celebrated National Night Out with around 20 block parties throughout the city earlier this month  on August 3. The nationwide event encourages neighborhood spirit and a strong partnership between the community and police in the fight against crime. A block party on Verdugo Avenue Major block party on East Verdugo Avenue in the hillside area of Burbank attracted more than a hundred folks. Long-time Burbank residents/BPD volunteers, Jesse Fox and Judy Andrews, told me this “let’s get together and party” has been going on for several years on National Night Out.... Read More →

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A hot weekend ahead

We’re finally getting a taste of summer. Temperatures have been in the 80s and 90s all week long. More of the same is being forecast for Burbank this weekend. It might be a good time to make that dash to the beach where it’s going to be a sizzler, too. Over the next couple of days or so, Santa Monica and Venice will reportedly be basking in 80 degree temps. Those popular beach communities might even hit 90 before Monday morning. Hmm, on second thought, it might be a better idea to hang close to home and... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot hits $100 million, El Monte 7-11 sells two winning SuperLotto Plus tickets

You’ve heard before, but I gotta say it again  — the Mega Millions jackpot has rolled over after no one picked all of the winning numbers.  Tuesday’s draw numbers were 11, 19, 40, 43, 44, and the Mega Ball 33. The Mega Millions jackpot is now at least $100 million. Usually, when the jackpot hits triple digits lottery fever kicks in among the ticket buying public. We’ll see. The next Mega Millions draw is tomorrow, August 20. Meanwhile, there’s one really lucky 7-11 out in El Monte. The... Read More →

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Photo: PR NewFoto/Columbia Pictures/Merrick Morton -- Actor Daniel Craig

News Bits: President Obama’s visit, Casting for “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” & Box Office numbers

President Obama raises $1 million & snarls traffic in Southland   It happens almost every time a U.S. President visits the Southland. The bad traffic situation gets worse. That’s what occurred today, when President Barack Obama dropped in for one of those high-ticket priced Hollywood -type fundraisers. Obama reportedly raised $1 million dollars for the Democrats and the ire of some Southlanders over the traffic problems caused by his visit. Nice report and photo on the Los Angeles Times website. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”  Actress Rooney Mara has won one of the most sought... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G-- David Starr Jordan Middle School, 420 South Mariposa Street in Burbank

City Buzz

City budget cuts terminate after school program Monday, August 16, is back to school day for the Burbank Unified School District. For some David Starr Jordan Middle School students and their parents, there might be more than the usual degree of anxiety that goes along with the first week of school. Recently, I got an e-mail from a very upset parent who felt blindsided, earlier this month, when notified about the dumping of an after school program at Jordan: “I only found out when we picked up the back to school packet.... Read More →

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Photo Gallery: New Commemorative U.S. Postage Stamp

The 9th stamp in the American Treasures series was released yesterday, and it featured a classic work by renowned American Painter, Winslow Homer. The new 44-cent stamp pays tribute to Homer by displaying his “Boys in a Pasture,” an oil-on-canvas painting completed in 1874. In a PR Newswire press release, U.S. Postal Service Spokesman, Ross Philo, said Homer is very deserving of the honor: “Indeed, it’s been said that Winslow Homer did for the United States what the French Impressionists did for Europe. He showed the beauty of a place and the people who lived... Read More →

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Entertainment: Jamie Foxx, Lady Gaga & Billy Idol

Jamie Foxx’s new production deal Actor Jamie Foxx has hooked-up a new production deal with Writer/Producer/Director, Deon Taylor. No Brainer Films reportedly will be scouting for films and TV projects under $10 million. Details over on Deadline.com Lady Gaga & her fans invade Staples Center Pop sensation, Lady Gaga, wraps up a two-concert gig at Staples Center tonight. Some of the fans at last night’s concert showed up in Gaga-inspired outfits. More photos and a review of Gaga’s Monster Ball show on the Los Angeles Times website. Billy Idol still rocking A... Read More →

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