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Archive | October, 2010

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A wet start to the Halloween weekend

We got some rain early this morning in Burbank and could get more before the day is done. So keep that umbrella nearby. The weather forecast is for cool temperatures in the 60s and overcast skies with some occasional sunshine.   The rain should be gone by tomorrow. The weather watchers are predicting sunny and dry conditions on Halloween in the Media City and the rest of the Southland.

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Burbank haunted house makes a killing before Halloween

This is the big weekend for Halloween haunted houses. As I mentioned earlier, last Saturday I attended the opening of “Nightmare at the Museum,”  a delightfully ghoulish experience at 907 North California Street. A skilled crew of professionals and volunteers worked for weeks to construct this scary haunt. “Nightmare at the Museum” was open for visitors both Saturday and Sunday last weekend and made a killing: “Over 500 people have gone through the haunt despite a little rain on Sunday. So far we have raised close to $1,000 for... Read More →

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Traffic accidents involving pedestrians spike on Halloween

A scary Halloween statistic  is out about traffic accidents in California involving pedestrians. Allstate Insurance Company reportedly conducted a review of claims involving pedestrians over the past three years in the state  and discovered a dramatic increase in October accidents around trick or treat time. The insurer revealed in a PR Newswire release that its figures show the number of people hit by cars in California jumps 25 percent on Halloween as compared to the rest of October.  Allstate is offering up three Halloween tips and two... Read More →

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So You Think You Can Write: Harlequin’s new search for authors

The world’s leading publisher of women’s fiction, especially romance, says it’s “hungry to find talented new writers for Harlequin Books” In a PR Newswire release,  Harlequin announced it’s hosting a five day “So You Think You Can Write” event starting next Monday, November first, to “discover aspiring new authors.” Harlequin Enterprises Limited produces books for women at the rate of over 110 titles per month. It publishes more than 1,100 authors from around the world.  Also, Harlequin books are sold in 115 international markets and in 32 languages. Harlequin... Read More →

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Some Halloween safety tips from the Burbank Police

We’re heading into the big fright weekend when ghosts, monsters, and other creatures of the night will be walking among us. Halloween is great fun for  kids and adults, but you need to play safe. The Burbank Police Department today issued some Halloween safety tips, which are from the American Academy of Pediatrics.   CARVING A PUMPKIN: Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting. Consider using a glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. Your carved... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot balloons to $140 million!

The Mega  Millions jackpot got stuffed with more green after no one was able to match all of the winning numbers in the Tuesday, October 26, draw. The winning numbers were 15, 21, 30, 31, 32, and the Mega Ball 26. So now the Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $140 million, and could get even richer, if  lottery fever spikes ticket sales. Also, for three lucky players in California, last Tuesday did turn out to be nice payday  Their tickets had  all of the winning numbers, except the Mega... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President shares a light moment with Late Night Host Jon Stewart during a taping in Washington DC, October 27, 2010

UPDATED: Photo Gallery: President Obama on “The Daily Show”

President Obama appears on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” tonight. The show taped at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington DC, earlier today. President Obama stuck to his agenda of touting his administration’ achievements, days before next Tuesday’s mid-term election.  USA Today has more on Stewart’s interview with President Obama here. UPDATED: Thursday, October 28, 2010 If you missed President Obama’s appearance on the “The Daily Show” last night, click over to The Wrap. There’s a nice post about the interview as well as a... Read More →

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Sunny, windy, and warm in Burbank today

  Dress in layers, caused it could get into the mid-80s today.  At 9 a.m. the temperature in the Media City lingered on the chilly side — upper 50s. Nevertheless, the weather forecast is for at least 80 and perhaps a bit warmer with plenty of sunshine. Also, those gusty winds are expected to kick up again today. There is a wind advisory through mid-afternoon. We could get winds of 15-50 mph and gusts to 40 mph. On the plus side, clear and beautiful skies. A short while ago,  I was... Read More →

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Entertainment Bits and Bytes

Another Dr. Seuss classic headed to the big screen Some big name stars have signed on for the film adaptation of  “The Lorax,” by Dr. Seuss. In his classic style of word play and rhymes, Dr. Seuss aka Theodore Seuss Geisel, creates a delightful tale about the ecology crisis in this children’s story. Actor Danny Devito reportedly has signed on to be the voice of an orange environmentalist, while Zac Ephron will play the hero, Ted, and Betty White his grandmother.  The animated film will be shot in... Read More →

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Weather mix: sun, clouds, wind, and maybe more rain

  We’re getting sunshine and some gusty winds, along with those cloudy skies  here in Burbank today. It was warm enough, near 70,  to take a stroll through the downtown district around noon; however, I had to hold onto my hat at times to keep the wind from blowing it off. Weather watchers are predicting strong winds in various parts of the Southland. The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings for SoCal through tomorrow. Here in Media City we can expect  20-30 mph winds with some gusts  reaching 45 mph.  The blustery conditions may... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama chats with White House staffer Cecila Munoz and Southland radio host, Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo at Univision Radio building in Glendale, October 22, 2010

Photo Gallery: President Obama & Radio Host Piolin

President Barack Obama breezed into Glendale last Friday for an interview with Radio Host, Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, at the Univision Radio building on North Central Avenue. In this photo,  President Obama introduced Cecila Munoz, Assistant to The President for Intergovernmental Affairs, to Piolin. The Spanish-language “Piolin Show”  is one of the top rated radio programs in the country.  More on the president’s brief visit to Glendale here.

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“Paranormal Activity 2” scares up big money at Box Office

“Paranormal Activity 2” really cleaned up at the weekend Box Office. The fright sequel debuted with an estimated $41.5 million–a huge opening for a horror flick. “Paranormal Activity 2” is now the new number one film in the country. The plot of “Paranormal Activity 2” is very similar to the first.  Instead of a couple, this time, a sinister force terrorizes a family. The R-rated film reportedly was produced on a meager budget of $3 million. Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat star. Last week’s top film, “Jackass 3D,” landed in... Read More →

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Halloween is coming… and a Burbank haunted house opens

More Halloween like weather for Burbank.  Today’s cool temps and mostly cloudy skies will turn even gloomier tonight with more clouds, a chance of showers, and a full eerie glowing moon. Perfect time for the creatures of the night to come out. Last night in Burbank, there were plenty of the spooky-kind at the opening of the “Nightmare at the Museum” attraction. Haunted houses are doing a booming business this year. The local one at 907 North California Street is free, but donations are accepted for the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A look at Grand View Cemetery through a closed gate, Friday, October 22, 2010

Photo Gallery: Grand View open today

When I dropped by the beleaguered Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery on Glenwood Road in Glendale last Friday, a bunch of fresh flowers were sticking in the closed gate. Today, visitors will be allowed inside Grand View and can bring flowers to place on the grave sites of friends, relatives, and loved ones. Grand View will be open from noon and until 4 p.m. today. A sign posted in the front of Grand View stated the long awaited restoration is scheduled to begin next month. For more on the problems at Grand... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot rolls over to $118 million

The money continues to stack up in the Mega Millions jackpot. Again, no one managed to match all of the winning numbers in last Friday’s draw, so that lottery money pot rolled over and now stands at $118 million! The winning numbers from last Friday: 2, 7, 18, 32, 53, and the Mega Ball 18. One ticket sold in California had all but the Mega Ball and it’s worth $350,933. Not a bad return on a one dollar lottery ticket. Next Mega Million draw is Tuesday, October 26,... Read More →

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Photo: Maria Castillo/ Cell Phone Camera -- President Obama's limo makes a left turn onto to the 134 freeway ramp from North Central Avenue in Glendale, Friday, October 22, 2010

President Obama’s visit to the Southland & quick stop in Glendale

More than 37, 000 gathered in a park at USC to see and hear President Barack Obama’s rousing get out the vote for the mid-term election speech yesterday. Later in the afternoon, much smaller crowds clustered in Glendale on street corners, in restaurant doorways, wherever they thought they might catch a glimpse of the presidential motorcade. Yet, from what I observed, the Glendale crowds were just as thrilled to see the president come to town as the throngs at USC. In an attempt to avoid the traffic snarls and complaints of the past, President... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot cracks the $100 million mark

  The Mega Millions lottery jackpot just got super-sized.  No one matched all of the winning numbers in last Tuesday’s draw, so the jackpot blew-up again. It’s now hovering at around $101 million. I get the feeling lottery tickets are going to be selling fast today, come rain or shine. Oh, last Tuesday’s game was not a total wash in California. Two tickets had all of the winning numbers, except the Mega Ball. Each is worth a cool $252,588.  That could add a little cheer to... Read More →

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“Lucky 13” tips for Halloween

Halloween is in the air. I’m seeing bats, vampires, ghouls, and other night creatures lurking around my Burbank neighborhood. Adults as well as kids are gearing up for the haunting night of October 31. While you’re preparing to get your “spook on” the Food and Drug Administration has a few guidelines to keep in mind. Today the FDA released its “Lucky 13” tips for a safe and fun Halloween. The agency warns the wrong choices could haunt you long after all that trick-or-treat candy has been eaten or... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza -- President Barack Obama taking care of business in the Oval Office, October 1, 2010

New location for President Obama’s Southland rally

 President Barack Obama is coming to town. Actually, to the Southland. During his visit, President Obama is scheduled to speak at a “Moving America Forward” rally, this Friday, October 22. Obama’s goal is to get people fired up for the final leg of the 2010 political campaign.   Today an e-mail arrived in my in-box announcing a change of venue for that rally. Earlier, it was scheduled to kick-off at USC’s McCarthy Quad, but that has now changed. At some point, organizers realized they needed a larger place to accommodate the expected crowds. So... Read More →

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Another big bucks deal for Magic Johnson

Ex-NBA Star, Magic Johnson, must have some major plans in the works. The Los Angeles Times is reporting Johnson recently sold his 105 Starbuck franchises back to the parent company. Earlier this week it was announced, the former Laker superstar, unloaded his ownership interest in the Lakers. Both deals are worth around $100 million, according to the Times. More on Johnson’s wheeling and dealing here.

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