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Archive | May, 2012

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Chevron station Olive Avenue and Glenoaks boulevard where $755, 147 Mega Millions lottery ticket was sold in Burbank May 27, 2012

Burbank Mega Millions winner steps forward

The lucky Mega Millions winner who bought his ticket at the Chevron Station at Olive Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard, has claimed his winnings. Lottery officials say Keung Man cashed in his ticket worth $755, 147 earlier this week. Man’s ticket had all the right numbers, except the Mega Ball in Double-M last Friday’s draw. Feeling lucky? The next Mega Millions draw is tomorrow, June first 7:45 p.m. The jackpot stands at $12 million.

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cover of Michelle Obama's new book on gardening

Michelle Obama’s new book on gardening in America

First Lady Michelle Obama’s passion for healthy eating and gardening are well known. Mrs. Obama shares those passions in her first-ever book , “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.” Released by Crown Publishing yesterday, the book is already in the top ten of best selling books on Barnes and Noble and Amazon websites. The book is a behind the scenes look at the development of the White House kitchen garden beginning in April of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Chevron station Olive Avenue and Glenoaks boulevard where $755, 147 Mega Millions lottery ticket was sold in Burbank May 27, 2012

Burbank Chevron manager sells lottery ticket worth more than a half million dollars

Today I walked into the food mart at the Chevron station, 100 South Glenoaks Boulevard across from the Burbank Central Library, and found manager Javed Khandaker behind the counter. I asked about that winning Mega Millions lottery ticket, which won $755, 147 in last Friday’s draw. Khandaker smiled broadly and proudly said,”I sold it.” He says it’s the first time in 17 years that a lottery ticket worth that much money has been purchased at that gas station. A lottery official notified the station yesterday that it had sold a... Read More →

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Someone bought a big money lottery ticket in Burbank!

Some lucky Mega Millions lottery ticket holder is probably having a slamming jamming “I’m rolling in the dough” Memorial Day weekend, after matching all but the Mega Ball in yesterday’s draw. No one won the $24 million jackpot by picking all six of the winning numbers: 9, 15, 21, 40, 54 and the Mega Ball 11. The Double-M ticket matching five of those money numbers was purchased at Raymond’s Chevron gas station 100 South Glenoaks Boulevard in Burbank. That ticket is worth $755, 147! Enough mulah to... Read More →

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Freaky weather kicks off long Memorial Day weekend

Some freaky weather for the Media City going into the long Memorial Day weekend. Drizzle, light rain, wind, cloudy skies, and sunshine — we got it all  before noon today. There’s still a chance of rain in the forecast near the foothills for the rest of the day. The high is expected to be somewhere in the mid-60s — a total change from earlier in the week when the temps reached into the 90s.  It’s going to be mild and mostly sunny through the weekend and... Read More →

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Photo: courtesy Los Angeles Dodgers -- Magic John and Matt Kemp on the cover of the May 28, 2012 Sports Illustrated

Photo Gallery: Magic and the Dodgers score a Sports Illustrated cover

It’s a whole new ball game for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. New management, including NBA great Magic Johnson, players in top form like Matt Kemp, oh, and the best record in baseball. Now that’s something for fans to cheer about. No wonder the Dodgers are the cover story for the May 28 issue of Sports Illustrated titled “Fun and Games in LA.” Yeah, bring it on!

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Photo: PR Newswire --- Four legendary film directors John Ford, Frak Capra, Billy Wilder, and John Huston honored by U.S. Postal Service today May 23, 2012

Updated:Four legendary film directors showcased in new stamp series

The U.S. Postal Service gave some serious props to four big screen giants today: John Ford, Frank Capra, Billy Wilder, and John Huston. The film directors appears in a new Forever stamp series, according to a PR Newswire. Behind each director’s photo is a scene from one of his famous movies: Ford “The Searchers,” Capra “It happened One Night,” Wilder “Some Like It Hot,” and for Huston, “The Maltese Falcon.” “With these stamps, we’re bringing these filmmakers out from behind their cameras and putting them in the spotlight so that... Read More →

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“The Avengers” still strong going into Memorial weekend

  “Marvel’s The Avengers” is still packing them in at theaters. The superhero flick is number one at the domestic box office for the third straight week with a haul of $55.6 million. “Battleship,” based on a board game and with a cast that included Liam Neeson and Rihanna, was not much of a challenger — it debuted with $25.5 million last weekend — good enough for second place. “The Dictator,” starring Sacha Baron Cohen, came in third with $17.4 million. This new comedy is about... Read More →

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Laughs for a good cause at Flappers on Saturday

Flappers Comedy Club, East Magnolia Boulevard and North First Street, in Downtown Burbank will be the site of  a “healing through laughter” outreach event tomorrow hosted by Counseling4Kids.  Every May the organization “… celebrates the compassionate people who make a difference in the lives of Los Angeles County foster children by serving as foster parents, relative caregivers, advocates, volunteers, and the children themselves by throwing them a party.” By the way, May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. The non-profit organization is hosting... Read More →

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Photo: -- President Obama delivers the commencement address at Barnard College in New York City May 14, 2012

Photo Gallery: President Obama offers words of inspiration to graduates at Barnard College

President Barack Obama shared some of his experience and advice with the graduates at Barnard College, a women’s liberal arts college, in New York City earlier this week during a commencement ceremony. Barnard is affiliated with Columbia University, the president’s alma mater. President Obama: “My last piece of advice — this is simple, but perhaps most important:  Persevere.  Persevere.  Nothing worthwhile is easy.  No one of achievement has avoided failure — sometimes catastrophic failures.  But they keep at it.  They learn from mistakes.  They don’t quit. You know, when I... Read More →

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Donna Summer: 1948 – 2012

The Disco Queen with the powerful voice, Donna Summer, reportedly passed away today, at the age of 63. The singer-songwriter and five-time Grammy winner, died in Florida after a long battle with cancer. It’s not a day that goes by that I don’t hear a Summer hit on the radio. She had a number of them — with hot rhythms and catchy lyrics like: “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls,” “Dim All The Lights,” “She Works Hard For Her Money,”  and my favorite, “Heaven Knows.” More... Read More →

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A verdict in another Burbank police trial: Will there be an appeal?

On Monday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury ruled in favor of the city of Burbank in the discrimination/retaliation lawsuit trial of Burbank Police Officer Cindy Guillen-Gomez. In an article up on the Burbank Leader website, City Attorney Amy Albano is quoted as saying: “We believed that Ms. Guillen had not been discriminated against or retaliated against . We are pleased that the jury system worked for us in this case.” Wait, wait! It may be a little early for city officials to... Read More →

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Marvel’s The Avengers crashes into the $1 billion club

“Marvel’s The Avengers” has reached another milestone. Last Sunday, the superhero ensemble flick hit the $1 billion mark worldwide. It did so in only 19 days, according to Box Office Mojo. Meanwhile, “The Avengers” clobbered the competition in the domestic box office over the weekend, by holding onto the number one spot with a haul of $103 million. Far behind in second place, “Dark Shadows” with a debut of $29.6 million. This is a  take-off on the Gothic TV soap opera, “Dark Shadows,” but... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Police Officer Cindy Guillen-Gomez at Fire Service Day/National Police Week celebration in Burbank May 12, 2012

Updated-City Buzz

Lawsuit trial of Burbank police officer in hands of the jury A Downtown Los Angeles jury is expected to continue deliberating today in the lawsuit trial of Burbank Police Officer Cindy Guillen-Gomez. This is the third trial in the past few months  involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the BPD brought by a current or former member of the force. Guillen-Gomez’s trial got underway last week. Judge Joanne O’Donnell trimmed the allegations in the suit, originally filed back in May of 2009, to pregnancy discrimination and retaliation,... Read More →

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Photo: Terje "Terry" Canavarro/Freelance Photog -- Close up of rattlesnake in Wildwood Canyon Park in Burbank May 12, 2012

Mother’s Day: Enjoy the wildflowers, but watch out for rattlesnakes!

The wildflowers are breaking out in gorgeous colors in the Verdugo Hills of Wildwood Canyon Park here in Burbank. Freelance photographer Terje “Terry” Canavarro shot these photos yesterday afternoon along the trail in Wildwood Canyon Park. After the low clouds and morning fog burn off, it’s going to be sunny and warm on this Mother’s Day. The high is expected to reach into the low 80s. A great day to go out see the wildflowers, but beware of rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes are California’s only venomous snakes and are not generally aggressive,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Young potential firefighter is shown how to handle a hose in the kids' obstacle course at the Fire Service Day in Burbank May 12, 2012

Fire Service Day in Burbank

Fire Service Day was celebrated in Downtown Burbank today with demonstrations, exhibits, displays, and special treats for the kids. In years past, a number of other agencies and groups have participated. This time around, the Burbank Fire Department partnered with only the Burbank Police Department and the California Highway Patrol — in conjunction with National Police Week.

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Jean Youn: Happy Mother’s Day!

Have you ever seen broken branches on a gusty day? And then, have you seen a bird nest hanging on that branch? Yes, that’s really amazing. Though branches may be broken by strong wind, bird nests won’t be broken. However, every nest is not always like that. If a nest is built on a windy day, it won’t be broken easily because it is strong. But more importantly, maternal love to protect young birds must be the foundation of a strong nest which can endure strong... Read More →

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A verdict in the Jennifer Hudson family murder trial

Today a Chicago jury came back with a verdict in the murder trial involving the shooting deaths of three members of entertainer Jennifer Hudson’s family: her mother 57-year-old Darnell Donerson, brother 29-year-old Jason Hudson, and 7-year-old nephew, Julian King. The jury convicted the brother-in-law of the Oscar-winning actress on all counts. Thirty-one-year-old William Balfour faces a mandatory life in prison term. The prosecution argued the motive for the killings, back in October of 2008, was jealousy after Jennifer’s sister Julia dumped Balfour and was seeking a divorce.... Read More →

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