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Archive | December, 2010

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New Year’s Eve! Party time

Whether you’re ringing in the new year at a small or intimate affair at  home or rocking the night away with a crowd of friends, relatives and or strangers — check out radio station K-Earth 101 FM. This Los Angeles oldies station is counting down the top 101 party jams of all time right now. On the radio or on the Internet, K-Earth is boogieing down this New Year’s Eve. They’ve just played  number 71, “Brown Sugar,” by the Rolling Stones. Party over there!  Party over here!  Party everywhere!!! I wonder if they’re... Read More →

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Photo from http://www.burbankrosefloat.com -- The Burbank 2011 Tournament of Roses Float

City Buzz

Burbank used same audit firm as Bell A report from State Controller, John Chiang, reportedly found considerable problems with the audit of the city of Bell’s finances by Mayer Hoffman McCann — the same accounting firm that has done work for the city of Burbank. In a news release last week Chiang said: “MHM appears to have been a rubber-stamp rather than a responsible auditor …” Today in a story posted on the Los Angeles Times website, Burbank City spokesman, Keith Sterling, said city officials relied... Read More →

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A rainy, cold, and windy Wednesday

Another rainstorm rolling through Burbank and the rest of the Southland today. Rain will be falling off and on, sometimes heavy, this morning. Weather watchers are calling this a fast moving storm — saying we should begin to dry out by this afternoon.  However, a cold and very windy system is hitchhiking on this storm — and it will bring some chilly temps and what they are calling “dangerous” wind conditions.  SoCal is expected to be battered by 50-to-60 mph winds. There is a lot of debris... Read More →

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Mega Millions lottery fever

Mega Millions lottery fever is likely to afflict even more folks in the next few days. The reason: the Mega Millions jackpot has exploded and is now $237 million !!! Again, no one picked all of the winning numbers in yesterday’s draw.  The lucky numbers: 6, 18, 36, 40, 49 and the Mega Ball 7. Two California players did win a chunk of dough in Tuesday’s draw — more than a million dollars.  Each of their tickets had all of the winning numbers, except the Mega Ball.... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits: “Saturday Night Fever,” Oscar Ballots & Box Office results

 25 films added to the National Film Registry The disco-boogie classic, “Saturday Night Fever,” (1977) is one of 25 films selected for the National Film registry of the Library of Congress. The announcement was made today. More than two thousand films were nominated by the public for the inclusion in this year’s group. The films are selected not because they’re the best cinema, but “… as works of enduring significance to American culture,” according to a Library of Congress press release. This year’s selection brings the total number... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot closing in on $200 million mark

The Mega Millions jackpot is stuffed with bags and bags of greenbacks. Those winning six numbers proved to be elusive again for lottery players in last Friday’s game. No one ticket had all the lucky digits. Those hot Mega Millions numbers are: 15, 16, 27, 40, 52, and the Mega Ball 16. The Mega Millions jackpot is hovering at around $196 million. The next draw is Tuesday, December 27, 8 p.m.

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Sun comes out after storm barrels through Southland

  The still soggy Southland got dumped on by another storm system. A sunny Christmas Day brought out joggers in shorts and tee shirts in the Media City, however, dark clouds rolled in during the late evening bringing rain and gusty winds. At 8:30 p.m. Christmas night, rain was pounding Burbank and would continue to do so, off and on, for several hours. Early this morning, the storm blew out of the Southland leaving behind cloudy skies and some sunshine. However, we could get a rainstorm repeat by mid-week.  Today’s high... Read More →

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House -- President Obama and First Lady Michelle pose for the cameras in front of the Official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room December 5, 2010

Holiday Highlights:Christmas greetings from President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

 Christmas greetings from the First Couple included a joint message to everyone on this special day. Remarks of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Weekly Address The White House December 25, 2010 THE PRESIDENT:  Merry Christmas, everybody.  Michelle and I just wanted to take a moment today to send greetings from our family to yours. THE FIRST LADY:  This is one of our favorite times of year.  And we’re so fortunate to be able to celebrate it together in this wonderful home. This is the “People’s House.”  So Barack... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- First Lady Michelle Obama reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" in Washington DC on December 9, 2010

Holiday Highlights: “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

 “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” has become a holiday tradition for young and old. There is some debate over — was it Clement Clarke Moore or Henry Livingston, Jr. who originally wrote the poem back in the 1800s. No matter, the wonderful words are timeless and conjure up the magic and hope of Christmas Eve. There are many variations of the famous poem. Here’s one version: Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung... Read More →

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The Christmas spirit at work in Burbank

  Around 500 Burbank families are enjoying a happier holiday season thanks to the giving caring spirit of the Burbank Coordinating Council, its donors, and volunteers. The council is like the “little engine that could.” Nothing stops it — least of all a few days of record breaking rain and chilly temperatures. Going strong since 1946, the council is the driving force behind the Holiday Basket Program,which coordinates with individuals, organizations, the entertainment studios, local schools, churches, and companies to provides hundreds of boxes, bundles, and bags of groceries and... Read More →

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Christmas Eve lottery jackpot $168 million!

The Mega Millions jackpot is bulging with holiday money — at least $168 million! For weeks now players have been unable to pick all six winning numbers in the Mega Millions game. Same goes for last Tuesday’s draw.  However, four tickets bought in California came pretty close — every winning number except the Mega Ball. Each ticket is worth $195,910.  One of those lucky tickets was purchased right here in the Southland at La Fortuna Market, 824 Lincoln Boulevard in Venice.  The winning numbers from Tuesday’s draw: 8, 11, 12, 31, 32... Read More →

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City Buzz

“Rain rain go away” When will it stop? Soon is what the weather watchers are saying about this deluge. Like most of  the Southland, Burbank is soggy from several days of heavy rain. The worst of the storms is rolling across Los Angeles County now through mid-afternoon. I was out driving in the Media City shortly before 9 a.m. this morning . The rain was moderate, but the forecast is for heavy periods of rain, scattered thunderstorms, strong winds, and even some hail before the day... Read More →

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Photo: White House Blog --World Champion Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Cares, and President Obama come together for a day of education and service projects with some Washington DC youngers December 13, 2010

President Obama teams up with the Los Angeles Lakers

The repeat World Champion Los Angeles Lakers went  to the White House to celebrate a championship win last year. So this time around, they did something different to honor their latest accomplishment. Earlier this month, on December 13, the Lakers visited with members of The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. Part of the time was spent with the kids assembling care packages and writing letters to wounded military men and women, as well as putting together special gift kits for the homeless in DC. For fun, the players and coaches... Read More →

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Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls --Lunar eclipse over Arlington, Virginia December 21, 2010

Photo Gallery: A rare cosmic event

Thick storm clouds blocked the total lunar eclipse here in the Southland last night, but it was seen elsewhere. The NASA photo above shows the eclipse in the skies over Arlington, Virginia. A lunar eclipse occurs only at night when there is a full moon. It happens when the Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun rays and casting a shadow on the moon, according to the NASA website. During the eclipse, the Earth’s atmosphere turns the regular gray color of the moon to a... Read More →

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“Tron:Legacy” battles to top of the Box Office

After more than 25 years, a sequel to the 1982 “Tron” film hit theaters and it captured the Box Office crown over the weekend. The final numbers came out today and “Tron: Legacy” debuted with $44 million to become the number one  film in the country. In the “Tron” sequel a brilliant software programmer and his son are reunited in a cyber  universe where they must battle for survival, while searching for a way back to the normal world.  Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, Garrett Hedlund, and Olivia Wilde star. A new family animation, based on the 1950s’ “The... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City Groove -- A crowd waits outside for tables on Thanksgiving at the popular Burbank restaurant, the Tallyrand November 25, 2010

Holiday Highlights: Dining at the Tally Rand

 I joined friends for Thanksgiving dinner at the Tallyrand located at 1700 West Olive Avenue in Burbank. Surprisingly, there were several different entrees on the special menu, but I went for the traditional turkey dinner — which is one of the specialities at the Rand. I was not disappointed.  It was a very good meal, except they only served pumpkin pie and I had a taste for apple pie. The holiday season is a busy time at this long-time Burbank eatery known for its great breakfast, home style cooking, and reasonable prices. Oh, and they... Read More →

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Wow! Mega Millions jackpot $145 million!!!

How high will the Mega Millions jackpot go before someone wins it all? It’s anybody’s guess. Players have another shot at scoring this mega-jackpot on Tuesday, December 21. Last Friday’s game did not produce a jackpot winner. Those winning numbers: 11, 20, 26, 46, 53, and the Mega Ball 12. So now the Mega Millions holiday jackpot stands at $145 million. That’s enough money to splurge on expensive gifts for everyone on your holiday list, on your block, in your neighborhood, and still have plenty to spare. The Mega Millions... Read More →

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/ White House -- Assistant pastry chef Susie Morrison puts some finishing touches on the White House gingerbread house in the China Room November 29, 2010

Holiday Highlights: Fabulous gingerbread house at the White House

Assistant pastry chef, Susie Morrison, adds some final details to the gingerbread house — one of many holiday traditions at the White House.  The confection weighs 350 pounds!  Oh, that doesn’t include the mini-replica of Bo Obama out front.  The gingerbread White House is covered in white chocolate. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind creation.

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Umbrella time — several storms headed our way

Your umbrella will probably be your constant companion over the next few days. Rain is in the forecast through next Thursday — which means a whole lot of folks will be scrambling to finish up their holiday shopping under stormy skies. Weather watchers are saying a series of strong Pacific storms will batter Southern California with winds and periods of heavy rain. In Burbank this morning, raindrops are falling and the winds are kicking up. Also, the temperatures will remain on the chilly side in the... Read More →

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Showbiz bits: Director Blake Edwards dies & Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations announced

Director Blake Edwards dies at 88 The director of such notable films as “Operation Petticoat” (1959), “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), “The Pink Panther” films (1963, 1964, 1975, 1978),  and “10” (1979), has died. The Los Angeles Times is reporting today that Blake Edwards passed away yesterday in Santa Monica, with his wife, actress Julie Andrews, and close family at his bedside.  More on the  director’s death and career highlights on the Times’ website. Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees The nominees for the... Read More →

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