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Archive | July, 2011

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Guest Blogger: Watermelon and hot summer days

Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn It’s now the end of July and the beginning of August. The hot summer weather causes people to sweat a lot. Sometimes, excessive heat can make people feel weak. In cases like this, it is good to eat a lot of healthy foods. Some of the best foods to eat during the hot summer are fruits. Among these fruits are watermelons. Watermelons have a nutrient called lycopene. It is said that lycopene can help prevent cancer and heart disease. Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot blows up to $85 million!

A whole lot of green in the Mega Millions jackpot today. No one got lucky enough to purchase a ticket with all of the winning numbers in last Friday’s draw.  So the jackpot exploded to $85 million!!! That’s some serious moolah. Those winning numbers: 8, 10, 22, 47, 48 and the Mega Ball 35. One ticket holder in California almost scored the top prize. Someone who bought a Mega Millions ticket for that draw in the Golden State has a ticket with all of the winning numbers, except the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- The Great Indoors at the Empire Center 1301 North Victory Place, Burbank

Talk of the Town: Is Walmart moving to the Media City?

A lot of chatter  these days about Walmart. Is the world’s largest retailer coming to Burbank — bringing along its unsavory baggage of poor labor practices — including a reputation for discriminating against minorities — particularly women? Apparently Walmart has plans to open in Burbank at The Great Indoors location in the Empire Center.  Recently, Walmart bought the site from Sears. The Great Indoors is expected to close this weekend. There are reports Walmart is going to try to head-off the negative reaction and win over the public with a series of community forums to explain itself. Well, I hope residents don’t  fall... Read More →

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A Writer’s View: “New York Times bestselling author dishes on the dramatic changes in the publishing industry”

New York Times bestselling author dishes on the dramatic changes in  the publishing industry I always considered myself to be the walking, talking success story of American publishing.  I’m a lawyer, and at age 40, I had two babies back to back.  Suddenly, I was a stay-at-home mom and trying to figure out how to replace the income I relinquished due to this life change. I decided to start writing novels.  I didn’t know anything about writing books or about the publishing industry.  I simply forged ahead, armed with a steely... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot rolls over to $74 million!

The Mega Millions jackpot may spark a new round of lottery fever. The jackpot took a tumble to $74 million, after no one won the big one in last Tuesday’s draw. The winning digits: 20, 25, 35, 52, 55, and the Mega Ball 10.   A ticket with all of those hot numbers, except the Mega Ball was sold here in the Southland at get this — Lucky Liquors at 2121 Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica. That ticket is worth $207, 820. The next Mega Millions draw is tomorrow, Friday, July... Read More →

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“Captain America” still strong at the box office

“Captain America: The First Avenger” remains at the top of the box office today. Over the weekend, the Marvel comic book-inspired movie  debuted with a mighty $65 million. That’s the best superhero film weekend opening so far this summer. On Monday, “Captain America” held onto its title as the number one flick in the country, by scoring $7.7 million. Yesterday, another top performance by the patriotic crusader with the film earning $7.8 million.  It stars Chris Evans as the physical weak, but strong in heart patriot, Steve Rodgers, who gets transformed into... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot at least $63 million

More money got pumped into the Mega Millions jackpot, after no ticket had all of the winning numbers in last Friday’s draw. Today the money pot for that lottery game stands at $63 million. Friday’s winning numbers: 23, 31, 32, 39, 56, and the Mega Ball 38. Two California players came close to winning the jackpot. Those lucky tickets had all of the hot digits ,except for the Mega Ball. Each ticket s worth $95, 239. The next Mega Millions draw is this Tuesday, July 26, ... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: The tomato debate

Is a tomato a fruit or vegetable? This was a question that was on a test I took in elementary school. Regardless of its correct label, everyone knows that tomatoes are good for you. Times magazine listed tomatoes as one of the 10 foods that prevent cancer. There are many different ways to prepare tomatoes to eat. I however, simply enjoy cutting up slices of tomatoes to eat raw while dipping them in sugar. I have two different tomato stories to tell you. Tomatoes were first... Read More →

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Talk of the Town: Ron Davis and his pool drama

Burbank Water and Power General Manager, Ron Davis, is the talk of the town.  Not only because of his hefty salary and merit pay bonuses — reportedly totaling $263, 018 last year — but because of an illegal action involving water discharged from his swimming pool. For days now, folks have been talking about Davis draining a portion of his pool water. Outraged neighbors jawing about the incident — complained the infraction “… for a day was filling the street with roaring water.” I was sent this photo of the BWP honcho’s half-empty pool anonymously.... Read More →

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“Captain America” hot at the box office

The long-awaited film featuring the patriotic superhero, Captain America, finally hit movie screens today. “Captain America: The First Avenger” reportedly earned around $4 million at midnight screenings — besting “Green Lantern” and “Thor” for those early shows. “Captain America,” which stars Chris Evans as the Marvel-comic- book inspired shield -wheeling hero, could be on track to make $60 million this weekend. Question is does the red, white, and blue crusader have enough power to boot the kid wizard, Harry Potter, from the number one spot? Ticket buying movie... Read More →

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Photo credit Clarence House -- Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth viewed Kate Middleton's wedding dress display at Buckingham Palace July 22, 2011

Royal wedding dress goes on display

The wedding dress Kate Middleton wore to wed her prince back on April 29 of this year, will be on display for public viewing at Buckingham Palace starting tomorrow. The Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth got a preview of the wedding dress display this morning. The wedding dress and the Duke and Duchess wedding cake are the two highlights of the Buckingham Palace Summer Opening, which runs from July 23-to-October 3, 2011. Details on the Royal Wedding site.

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Photo: Bill Ingalls/NASA -- Atlantis touched down at the Kennedy Space Center before dawn this morning ending the U.S. Shuttle program Florida July 21, 2011

Photo Gallery: Atlantis lands — end of an era

 After 30 years, the U.S. space shuttle program is history.  Atlantis swooped out of a dark sky and glided to a safe landing this morning  at 5;57 a.m. EDT at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Atlantis spent 13-days in space before returning to Earth.  The commander of the last space shuttle flight, Chris Ferguson: “Although we got to take the ride,” said Commander Ferguson on behalf of his crew, ” we sure hope that everybody who has ever worked on, or touched, or looked at, or envied or admired a space shuttle was... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $53 million!

Another big money Mega Millions lottery jackpot up for grabs.  No one bought a ticket with all of the winning numbers for last night’s draw. Those hot digits: 2, 9, 10, 16, 35, and the Mega Ball 40.  One lucky California player has a ticket with all the winning numbers except the Mega Ball. That ticket is worth a cool $348, 914. The next draw is this Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m.

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Camphor trees along Keystone Street near Verdugo Avenue near John Burroughs High chool stadium project Burbank July 15, 2011

City Buzz

Burbank police commissioner resigns The Burbank Police Commission’s most controversial and perhaps its most dedicated member is stepping down at the end of tomorrow’s police commission meeting. Jim Etter sent a letter of resignation late yesterday to Police Commission Chair, Elise Stearns-Niesen, Mayor/City Council member, Jess Talamantes, Burbank Police Chief and Deputy Chief, Scott LaChasse and Tom Angel. No, Etter is not going into hiding or moving out of town as some of his detractors would prefer. At the request of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, Etter has accepted an appointment to the... Read More →

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Harry Potter finale conjured up best opening weekend ever

A magical opening weekend for the final installment in the Harry Potter movie series. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” has broken all kind of records since opening to huge audiences at midnight screenings last Thursday.  Yesterday, its  estimated weekend take at the domestic box office was a gigantic $168. 5 million. The actual numbers were released today — and the Harry Potter finale did even better than expected — it pulled in $169.1 million for  a new all time weekend record. Here are... Read More →

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Jane Austen’s unfinished manuscript sells for $1.6 million

British author Jane Austen is a superstar in the literary world.  Only six of Austen’s novels were published: “Emma,” “Sense & Sensibility,” “Mansfield Park,” “Northanger Abbey,” “Pride & Prejudice, ” and “Persuasion.”  Austen died on July 18, 1817 at the age of 41, but  the writer still has plenty of buzz these days. Her novels have been the inspiration for movies, TV series, and other books. Austen is as popular as ever.  Last week, an unfinished manuscript by Austen sold at auction for $1.6 million. The handwritten draft of... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: America, success, and Louis Armstrong

Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor … etc. These names bring out different thoughts and feelings depending on the person who’s having these thoughts and feelings. However, for me and probably many other people who were growing up in different countries around the time I was, those names are the names we thought of when we thought of America. Another name that I’ve come to associate with America... Read More →

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Harry Potter shatters another record

Movie audiences are really wild about Harry — as in Harry Potter and the finale of the popular novel-based movie series. Tons of Potter fans stayed up late last night  — to catch the first showings of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.”  In fact, the eighth installment of the series reportedly earned $43.5 million at the domestic box office during those midnight screenings. That blows away the previous record  of $30 million set by “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” back in June 2010. Internationally, this Harry Potter... Read More →

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2011 Emmy nominations revealed today

Once again HBO is king of the Emmy nominations. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were announced today and the pay channel topped the list with 104 — leaving the rest of the networks far behind.  The cabler’s miniseries, “Mildred Pierce,”  a remake of the 1940s classic, scored the most nominations with 21. Also, collecting a slew of nominations the following TV series: “Mad Men” with 19, “Modern Family” 17, and “Games of Thrones” 13.  For more on the nominations and reactions from some of the nominees, click... Read More →

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Entertainment bits

Final Harry Potter movie breaking records The end is near for the zillions of Harry Potter movie fans. The eighth and final installment in the Potter film series opens tomorrow at midnight. All ready, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” is breaking records for movie screens and ticket sales.  Nikki Finke has the scoop over on Jaycee Dugard’s book sells 175,000 copies 1st day The 18-year kidnap ordeal of Jaycee Dugard has really grabbed public interest. Dugard’s interview with... Read More →

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“Transformers 3” still a monster hit at the box office

The sci-fi mega-hit, “Transformers 3,” held on to the title of number one film in the country for a second straight week. Over the weekend, the third installment of the “Transformers” movie series pulled in $47.1 million, according to the final figures released today. That brings the two week total for “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” to around $260 million at the domestic box office. In second place, a new R-rated comedy, “Horrible Bosses,” with a debut of $28.3 million. The movie revolves around three friends who decide there would be less... Read More →

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