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Archive | October, 2012

Photo courtesy American University -- Russell Williams two-time Academy Award winner

Academy Award winner rides out superstorm Sandy

The East Coast took a brutal pounding from the superstorm Sandy, which made landfall late yesterday. The storm caused widespread devastation in some of the mid-Atlantic states, knocking out power to millions. At least 26 deaths have been blamed on Sandy, now moving slowly across the country — less powerful, but still a threat. The nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., suffered only a glancing blow from Sandy with some flooding, trees down, and more than 140,000 homes without power this morning, according to the Washington Post.  Also, the Post... Read More →

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Hurricane Sandy forces big changes in entertainment

Hurricane Sandy’s hammering of the East Coast has prompted the cancellation of today’s taping of  “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in New York City and two other late night hosts, Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman, taped their shows without audiences today. Broadway shows, movie theaters, and  TV and film productions have shut down due to Sandy as well. Details on .

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Earthquake and summer like weather in the Southland

An earthquake shook up a section of SoCal today — including Burbank! I was surfing the Internet on my computer when I felt a jolt at around 8:24 a.m. Apparently this shaker was widespread — from Valencia to Paramount all the way down in Irvine. Preliminary reports say the quake measure  3.9 . It was centered four miles southeast of Newhall. In addition to the seismic activity here, more warm and sunny weather today. The high in the Media City, the mid-to-upper 80s... Read More →

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It’s Halloween time!

A big weekend for Halloween fans to go shopping for decorations, hunt down the right costume for fright night, and of course, buy candy for those little ghosts, goblins, and other night creatures who may come a trick or treating. No longer just a kid’s holiday — Halloween is now a favorite of adults as well and it’s big business,  according to the National Retail Federation. The NRF says seven out of ten Americans plans to celebrate Halloween this year. Despite the sluggish economy,... Read More →

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Photo: Terje "Terry" Canavarro/Freelance photog -- Crowds greeted President Obama as he arrived for an appearance on "The Tonight Show" in Burbank October 22, 2012

Campaign 2012: Polls, debates, and Obama in Burbank

President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are campaigning hard in the swing states today, both trying to sway as many of the undecided voters as possible. President Obama made a stop in Chicago to vote — and to encourage other Democrats to cast their ballots early. The president picked up the endorsement of well-respected retired General Colin Powell today– who also supported Obama in 2008. The third and final presidential debate of 2012 was last Monday in Florida, but there is little... Read More →

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Garden Guru: Fall planting from seeds in the Southland

Now’s the time to get those winter veggies ready to start! I have people coming in wanting to buy pepper and tomato seeds and I immediately show them what they should be planting now. Here in SoCal we have mild enough”winters” to start our cool season seeds this early. Green and root vegetables will do fine in our winters. Here are some seeds to start now. Remember the hot days might be a risk for starter plants (cool season) you’ll find growing at your nursery. That is kinda risky with the... Read More →

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Burbank fills city manager position with two candidates

In a surprise move, the Burbank City Council went outside City Hall for the selection of an interim city manager. Ken Pulskamp, the city manager of Santa Clarita, has agreed to take on that position. Pulskamp announced his retirement in August and his last day there will be November 30. Pulskamp has more than 30 years in city government. Pulskamp will go to work as the interium city manager in B-town on December 3. Again, passing over City Hall insiders, Burbank Fire Chief, Ray Krakowski, will... Read More →

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Final presidential debate 2012: The showdown

President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are getting ready to rumble in the third and final presidential debate of 2012. The showdown is at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida beginning at 6 p.m. Bob Schieffer, the host of “Face the Nation” on CBS,” will be the moderator. The subject: foreign policy. The format will be the same as the first presidential debate in 2012, with the candidates being asked questions by the moderator. The presidential race is now a tie, according to the... Read More →

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Burbank-based KCET announces major merger deal

KCET is hooking up with Link Media, the parent company of Link TV, a national satellite network and international news portal. KCET, the country’s largest independent public broadcasting station, announced the deal in a press release today. Link Media is an independent non-profit media company. The merger will create a new impressive public media company, KCETLink, which will reportedly “… acquires, produces and distributes provocative global programming targeted to a national audience across multiple media platforms,” according to the release. The... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Payment drop off box in the parking lot of Burbank Water and Power 164 West Magnolia Boulevard Burbank

City Buzz: Burbank Water and Power payment snafus

Have you checked your Burbank Water and Power bill –CAREFULLY – lately? Some folks have done so and made some surprising discoveries. I’m hearing some residents have noticed monthly utility bills are now $100 more since the installation of those so-called and very controversial smart meters. Also last month, a senior citizen, on a fixed income, was hit with a bill from BWP of more than $500!  This feisty senior called up customer service to get an explanation. It turned out an error of more than $200 had been made... Read More →

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Community Views and Letters: What Happened To Burbank?

This city council has become judge, jury, dictator, permit  dept., mastering water and power rate hikes: CONTROL” is the agenda. My departure from Mexico to raise my family in a free environment — with good schools and parks and to enjoy the beautiful family life we all hope to have, is why we came to Burbank. And now….. we are being told what to do and not to do. Burbank is showing all the signs of being used as an example of how socialism works. Hacking away... Read More →

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Tournament of Roses 2013 Queen announced today

Big announcement in Pasadena today. The Tournament of Roses selected Vanessa Natalie Manjarrez as the 2013 Rose Queen. Manjarrez beat out more than 900 hopefuls. The 17-year-old Pasadena resident was named to the Royal Rose Court on October 8. Manjarrez and six princesses will reign over the 2013 Tournament of Roses festivities including the 124th Rose Parade and 99th Rose Bowl game. Manjarrez will be crowned during an official coronation ceremony in the Pasadena Convention Center a week from this Thursday, October 25.

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Vice-President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan squared off in the only vice-presidential debate of 2012 at Centre College in Kentucky October 11, 2012

Campaign 2012: Debates and polls

  The 2012 presidential race is now a neck and neck horse race according to most polls — with some showing President Barack Obama with a slim lead. A Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll yesterday suggested 47 per cent of likely voters would cast their ballots for Obama for president and 45 per cent of those voters would pick GOP challenger Mitt Romney. Romney got a bump in the polls for his aggressive and glib performance at the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Colorado, earlier this... Read More →

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Mega Millions jackpot jumps to $61 million

A ton of money up for grabs in the Mega Millions lottery jackpot, which stands at $61 million today. The jackpot got pumped up with more dough after no one picked all of the winning numbers in last Friday’s draw. Those lucky digits: 6, 10, 24, 26, 42, and the Mega Ball 15. The next change o score this money haul is in tomorrow, October 16.

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Photo: Terje "Terry" Canavarro -- Thousands turned out at the Forum in Inglewood to get a close view of Endeavour, before it moved on along Manchester Boulevard to its new home at the California Science Center not too far away October 13, 2012

Endeavour at the Forum: Eyewitness account and photos!

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is due to arrive at its final home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles today after a slow trek, which began early last Friday,  from Los Angeles International Airport. Along the way the huge orbiter has overcome obstacles and been greeted by crowds of fans — among them freelance photographer and frequent Media City Groove contributor, Terje “Terry” Canavarro. Here’s Terry’s eyewitness account of Endeavour at the Forum in Inglewood yesterday. “I parked in the neighborhood nearby the Forum at 9 a.m.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank PD's 1949 Ford police cruiser takes a spin down West Olive Avenue in Burbank on Parade April 14, 2012

Burbank PD’s 1949 Ford police cruiser wins award

Burbank Police Department has a winner on the force and it rolls on four wheels.  The department’s vintage 1949 Ford police cruiser has won the 2012 California Peace Officers Association “Best Specialty Vehicle” award. The cruiser has been restored with donations from local businesses and individuals, according to a news release from the Burbank PD. The retro cruiser has appeared at a number of city events including the 2012 Burbank on Parade. Most days it’s on display in the museum at the Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters at 200 North... Read More →

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Photo:FLLewis/Media City G -- First fall storm of the season slows traffic on West Olive Avenue in Burbank October 11, 2012

Burbank pounded by first fall storm of 2012

Just before 2 p.m this afternoon, the first fall storm of the season rolled into Burbank with heavy rain, flashes of lightning, and crackling thunder. The high today only in the 60s. For the past few days, rain has been in the forecast and the skies were filled with dark threatening clouds this morning– still some were caught without umbrellas when the raindrops began falling. The rain forced most motorists to ease up off the gas pedal and that’s a good thing any time it happens. By 2:40 p.m. the... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Positive message of “Gangnam Style”

Do you happen to hear the song or watch the video of “Gangnam Style” sung by a Korean singer, Psy? He is only the second Asian singer who has ever reached No. 2 on the Billboard chart. To be honest with you, I don’t understand why it became so popular worldwide. I can’t hear and understand clearly the lyrics, even though it is written in Korean. His dancing style seems strange to me. However, today I want to introduce a very unique story about the region,... Read More →

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Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety sold

The oldest of Hollywood’s trade papers, Daily Variety, has a new owner today. The 107-year-old Variety was very slow to move into the digital age. For that reason, and poor management, it has been struggling for years and bleeding a lot of red ink. In its glory days of the 1990s, when circulation and advertisement were robust, the publication took in as much as $90 million a year, according to The Wrap. Now annual revenues are reported to be in the neighborhood... Read More →

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Tournament of Roses Royal Court 2013 announced today

Seven happy young ladies found out today they’re going to be riding the queen’s float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day 2013. The winners were selected from a field, which began at around 900 Pasadena area hopefuls about a month ago. Today the judge’s decision of the seven princess was announced at Tournament House in Pasadena. The princesses were picked from 33 finalists. All of the contestants were judged on a range of qualities including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement, community involvement and personality. The... Read More →

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