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Archive | January, 2011

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The Leader sues the city of Burbank This is a big weekend for the Burbank Leader. If you check its website — you’ll quickly realize why. Two major developments. The new Sunday edition of the Burbank leader/Glendale News- Press comes out today. The other actually happened last Friday. The lawyers for the Los Angeles Times, the Burbank Leader’s parent company, sued the city of Burbank for the release of those individual employee merit-pay amounts. On December, 20, 2010, I delivered a letter to the Burbank... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot nearing a $100 million

The Mega Millions jackpot is barreling toward the $100 million mark. Again, no one picked all of the six winning numbers from last Friday’s draw. However, one lucky player in California scored over a quarter of a million dollars — $253, 384 to be exact — with a ticket that has five of the winning numbers — missing only the Mega Ball. Friday’s hot digits are 14, 33, 48, 49, 50 and the Mega Ball 18. The Mega Millions jackpot stands at $91 million. The next draw is... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits: NBC Universal deal, Charlie Sheen in rehab, and the wedding of William & Kate

Comcast completes deal for NBC Universal The largest cable company in the country is now the proud owner of an entertainment giant, NBC Universal. Comcast announced today that its deal to buy 51 per cent of NBC Universal is done. General Electric hangs onto the other 49 percent. Comcast began celebrating before the deal officially closed yesterday. Last Thursday,  Comcast sent out a memo and gifts to NBC Universal employees. First, the name change to NBCUniversal. Then the gifts, 25 shares of Comcast and free passes to Universal... Read More →

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NASA Photo: Back row (L to R): Mission Specialist, Ellison S. Onizuka, Teacher in Space Participant Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist, Greg Jarvis and Mission Specialist, Judy Resnik. Front row (L to R): Pilot Mike Smith, Commander, Dick Scobee and Mission Specialist, Ron McNair.

Photo Gallery: Challenger heroes not forgotten

Today we’re remembering another tragedy that happened 25 years ago in the blue skies above Florida. The space shuttle Challenger blasted off from the launch pad with hopes, dreams, and expectations, but 73 minutes into the flight — it broke apart — killing the crew– and shocking a nation. One of the most touching speeches about that disaster came from then President Ronald Reagan. Here are two excerpts: President Ronald Reagan speech on The Challenger Disaster January 28, 1986 For the families of the seven, we cannot bear, as you do,... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the family of Christina Taylor Green after the State of the Union address in Washington DC January 25, 2011

Photo Gallery: Christina Taylor Green’s family & the Obamas

President Barack Obama remembered the victims of the Arizona tragedy in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 25.  After his speech, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greeted John, Roxanna, and 11-year-old Dallas Green. The family of Christina Taylor, the youngest victim of that shooting massacre on January 8, 2011. Christina and five others were killed, when a gunman fired on a gathering in front of a Safeway store near Tucson, Arizona.  U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) and 12 others were wounded in the attack.

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama delivered the State of the Union Address to the nation January 25, 2011

Burbank parents “on cloud nine” after daughter is mentioned in President Obama’s speech

I got an early morning e-mail from my Burbank neighbor, Sam Engel, gushing about last night’s State of the Union Address by President Obama. The economy and jobs were big topics in the president’s speech, but what thrilled Sam and his wife Millie the most  is when Obama pointed to a Denver middle school as an example of innovation and educational reform. The reason, Sam and Millie’s daughter, Kristin Waters, is the former principal of  Bruce Randolph school. Here’s what President Obama had to say about that school’s success story:  “You see, we... Read More →

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Megal Millions jackpot jumps to $77 million: Two CA tickets win more than 200G

The Mega Millions jackpot appears to be headed into that lottery fever zone again. No ticket held all of the winning numbers — so the jackpot grew to $77 million. The lucky digits from yesterday’s draw: 5, 8, 31, 46, 50 and the Mega Ball 4. Two California players did score a nice payback from that game. Those tickets missed out on the big one — by one number — the Mega Ball. Each ticket is worth $118, 692. That extra cash could ease some of the financial pains of... Read More →

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“The King’s Speech” tops Oscar nominations

Publicity Photo– Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in a scene from “The King’s Speech” “The King’s Speech,” grabbed the lion’s share of the nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards this morning in Beverly Hills.  The historical drama is about Britain’s King George VI and his struggle to overcome a stammer. “The King’s Speech” received 12 nominations,  “True Grit” got 10, “Inception” and “The Social Network” each received 8.    In this Oscar race, “The King’s Speech” has proven to be the tortoise and “The Social Network”... Read More →

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Photo Gallery: Glitz and glamour at the White House

A glitzy state dinner for President Hu Jintao of China at the White House, last Wednesday. It was the first formal dinner for China in more than 13 years. The last one was during the Bill Clinton Administration. At the affair, First Lady Michelle Obama dazzled in a gorgeous red and black gown by the late British designer, Alexander McQueen. The more than 200 guests dined on an American feast of Maine lobster, rib eye, double stuffed potatoes, and apple pie with ice cream for dessert.  The entertainment  at the reception featured a jazz... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits:”No Strings Attached” hot at the Box Office, “King’s Speech” claims a major award & Oscar nominations

“No Strings Attached” #1 at Box Office “The Green Hornet” got thrashed by a new chick flick. That’s right. The R-rated romantic comedy,”No Strings Attached,” debuted at number one this weekend with an estimated haul of $20.3 million. The rom-com stars Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher and reportedly was produced on a $25 million budget. “The Green Hornet” slipped from first to second with a take of about $18.1 million — bringing the superhero action comedy two week total to around $63 million. The comedy “The Dilemma” snagged third... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot grows to $63 million: two CA tickets win more than 200G

Two California players missed winning yesterday’s Mega Millions jackpot by one number — the Mega Ball.  However, each of their tickets is worth a stack of money — $111,461. Not enough to retire on — but that should cover those holiday bills with some left over for a really nice spring vacation.  The hot digits from Friday’s game:  5, 9, 21, 35, 38, and the Mega Ball 20. Since no one scored all of the winning numbers yesterday, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot got bumped up to $63 Million. The next... Read More →

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UPDATED:Final countdown for Keith Olbermann on MSNBC

  Updated: Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 The sudden departure of Keith Olbermann from MSNBC really has folks talking. There are articles about Olbermann’s exit all over the Internet — and much speculation about what went down — and what soured the relationship between the controversial commentator and the cable network. Some new details from an insider over on Also, this post has more than 12-hundred –that’s right — comments so far. Check it out here.   Outspoken MSNBC host, Keith Olbermann, has been given the hook. Tonight... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits: New Natalie Portman movie, Jeff Zucker says adios to NBCU staffers & Pop singer snags “A Star Is Born” lead role

Opening in theaters today A new romantic comedy is challenging “The Green Hornet” at the Box Office this weekend. “No Strings Attached” hits movie theaters today and it stars Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. The script revolves around a couple of friends who make a deal to have a “no strings attached” fling without the complication of falling in love. Yeah, right. NBC Universal honcho Jeff Zucker’s final memo to staffers Now that the Comcast NBC Universal merger is nearly complete, NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker has to move on.... Read More →

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Burbank City Attorney Dennis Barlow stepping down

 One of the major players at Burbank City Hall is going to be riding off into the sunset — but he’s not saddling up his horse right away. A press release from Burbank Public Information Officer, Keith Sterling, was sent out just before noon today.  It announced the upcoming retirement of Burbank City Attorney, Dennis Barlow. The departure of the controversial city attorney and dominate force in city government for years,  has been a  rumor swirling around town for days.  City Hall may have decided to make Barlow’s retirement public and official... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot hits $51 million & one CA ticket worth more than half a million bucks

Need some extra cash? Plenty of it in the Mega Millions lottery  jackpot, which got pumped up to $51 million after no one picked all six of the winning numbers in yesterday’s game.  It wasn’t all bad news. Some lucky ticket holder in California has a serious payday coming from Tuesday’s draw. That player has a ticket with all the winning digits, except the Mega Ball number, and it’s worth $581, 319. The winning numbers: 4, 27, 29, 38, 45, and the Mega Ball 5. The next draw is... Read More →

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Burbank candidates forum tomorrow night

The very important Burbank Primary Nominating Election is next month, February 22 and the candidates are stepping up their campaigns. Lately, I’ve seen more and more campaign signs in various neighborhoods. Also, the candidates are holding meet and greet sessions with voters. Last Saturday, I attended a get together for city council candidate, Emily Gable-Luddy, in the Rancho area. Around 20 or so residents shared their concerns and views with Luddy. Voters have several chances to check out the candidates before marking their mail -in ballots.  Tomorrow night, Wednesday January 19,  in... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits: Feds greenlight Comcast NBC Universal deal, “The Green Hornet” tops at Box Office & “The Social Network” has major Oscar buzz

Comcast NBC Universal merger almost a done deal  It took more than a year, but the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice today gave the thumbs up to that huge Comcast NBC Universal  merger today. The mega deal is said to be worth $30 billion. It is expected to be finalized by the end of the month. The Wrap has more on this development here. “The Green Hornet” wins Box Office crown The superhero action comedy, “The Green Hornet,” is the new king of... Read More →

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A blast of summer in Burbank and the Southland

We went from spring-like to sizzling summer temperatures in just a couple of days. The high in Burbank today — 88 degrees. All over B-town folks were out in shorts, sandals, tee shirts — like it was July instead of January. Tomorrow, the high is expected to be up around 80 in the Media City — but the weather watchers say look out for a cooling trend to take hold by the middle of the week. Also, we could see some gusty winds kicking up on Wednesday... Read More →

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Photo: Samantha Appleton/White House -- First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia paint on a cafeteria wall as part of a service project at Stuart Hobson Middle School in DC January 17, 2011

MLK Day: Celebrate by serving others

Today President Obama honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by picking up a brush and helping paint artsy and inspiring characters in the cafeteria of Stuart Hobson Middle School in Washington, DC. Also,  First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, took part in this mentoring project as well.    THE PRESIDENT:  Dr. King obviously had a dream of justice and equality in our society, but he also had a dream of service, that you could be a drum major for service, that you could lead by giving back to our communities.  And... Read More →

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968

MLK Day: Live the dream

Today is the 25th anniversary of the federal holiday honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first MLK Day was observed in 1986. Dr. King was fatally wounded by an assassin’s bullet on a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. The dreamer died that day, but not his dream of civil rights and social justice for a country he loved deeply. Remember the dreamer and his career of service.  Live the dream.

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Winter in the Southland: Sunny and warm this weekend

A really warm and sunny  MLK holiday weekend for the Southland. I love it!  The temperatures began to sizzle yesterday, when the high reached 81 in Burbank! In the middle of January — this is how we do winter in SoCal. By 1 p.m. this afternoon, once again, the temperature cracked the 80 degree mark in the Media City. More of the same is expected on Sunday and Monday. I was out at a gardening shop this morning, and someone referred to the weather as “fake... Read More →

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ShowBiz Bits: “The Green Hornet,” Michael Jackson’s doctor, and DGA Awards feature film nominees

“The Green Hornet” opens in theaters today The new film version of “The Green Hornet” is going to try to make a killing over the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. “The Green Hornet” has appeared in a number of different media including, a radio program, a television series, and comic books. The 3D film hits domestic theaters today and stars, Seth Rogen as the wealthy playboy, Britt Reid, turned superhero/crime fighter who teams up with trusty sidekick/martial arts expert, Kato, played by Jay Chou. Cameron Diaz stars as Lenore “Casey”... Read More →

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