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Archive | November, 2012

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UPDATED: Major problems at Bob Hope Airport

UPDATE: November 30, 2012 8:45 a.m. Take-off runway lights are back on at Bob Hope Airport. The announcement is on its website.   Technical problems at Bob Hope Airport after the lights on the main take-off runway failed. Repairs are underway — but no word yet on when the work will be finished. Yesterday, there were delays and cancellations of flights causing headaches for the airlines and travelers. “The runway lights basically burned out last night and we’ve been trying to fix them all... Read More →

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Jean Youn: The secret to a long life

It is probably everybody’s wish to live a healthy long life without getting sick. So there are a variety of stories and secrets of health and longevity across the ages and in all the countries in the world. One of them is a story about Okinawa, Japan, where most of its residents live long. Especially, people in the village of Okimi within Okinawa are known to have the longest lives. At the entrance of the village, there is a stone monument on which the following words are inscribed: If you... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank town hall meeting sign at David Starr Jordan Middle School at 420 South Mariposa Street in Burbank November 27, 2012

City Buzz: Town hall meetings in Burbank

A short series of Burbank town hall meetings got off to a slow start last night with the first one taking place at David Starr Jordan Middle School over on South Mariposa Street. I arrived at around 6:30 p.m. and found a small gathering of city officials and a few residents chatting out front near a couple of food trucks. The town hall meeting got underway around 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. A group of city hall staffers and  other B-town employees sat in one side section. In the... Read More →

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Sunny and warm in Burbank today

It’s going to be a spring like day in the Media City. The forecast today is for a high in the mid-80s and the same for tomorrow. A cooling trend is expected by Sunday — but until then, we’ll have plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures.  Go ahead, go shopping for those Black Friday bargains, play, or just relax after that Thanksgiving feast.

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City Buzz: Holiday tips, burglaries, and arrests in Burbank

  The Thanksgiving feast is just getting underway, but holiday shopping is on the minds of many. As the stores, shops, and malls prepare for the kick-off of the Christmas shopping season — and some bargain hunters get ready to head out hunting for those Black Friday specials — the Burbank Police Department has some holiday safety tips: like do not wear expensive jewelry, or carry large sums of cash, and remember, do not leave packages and valuables in plain sight in your vehicle — put them in... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Being thankful

It is a Thanksgiving Day week. In other words, the end of the year 2012 is getting closer. There is no doubt that the lapse of one year to teenagers is beyond comparison to that of people in their seventies or eighties. However, that is just a difference in feeling. In fact, time flows at a constant speed and the flow of time is always fair to everybody. Then, what causes the differences in feeling? I wonder whether the duration of time we think we have... Read More →

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More rain in the forecast this weekend for the Media City

  Keep that umbrella handy, showers are expected this morning and throughout the afternoon. A weather system is drifting down from up north  — bringing rain, cloudy skies, and cool temperatures. The high today is expected to reach only the mid-60s. The storm may clear out by Sunday — but expect more cloudy skies and chilly temps. In truth Southland style, a warming trend is in the forecast for Thanksgiving week. Gobble, gobble, gobble.

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IKEA moving forward with new store in Burbank

While the debate continues over the future and price tag for the present IKEA Burbank site, the Swedish home furnishing retailer is moving forward with plans to build another store in B-town. Today IKEA issued a statement announcing it is submitting plans to the City of Burbank for a new store because it has outgrown “the current location.” Meanwhile, the future of the present site at 600 North San Fernando Boulevard remains up in the air, as Burbank officials try to determine if and how they can unload... Read More →

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NBC Universal: More cutbacks and layoffs

NBC Universal is showing signs of rising from the ratings cellar, but that has not stopped the cutbacks and layoffs by parent company, Comcast. (Disclosure: I am a former NBC employee). The Internet is buzzing with the latest reports of 500 employees getting the axe throughout the entertainment, news, and cable units. The first story I saw about this was over on Deadline.com yesterday. Comcast, the country’s largest cable TV company, took over NBC Universal in January 2011.... Read More →

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Dr.Phil’s new book “Life Code” and the new rules for being a player

Popular TV host and six-time New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Phil McGraw, has a new book being released tomorrow. “Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World” is supposed to empower readers to deal with the real world and how it works. “Life is a game – and you will either be a player or be the one played,” explained Dr. Phil in a PR news release. “Yesterday’s rules and expectations about relationships, emotions and interacting just simply don’t apply any more, not like they used... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Veterans Day and playing the castanets

Today is November 11, “Veterans’ Day.” I want to salute all the veterans for their sacrifice and bravery for this country. It is also 11.11 in Arabic numbers. Looking at the numbers 11.11, what comes to your mind first? People like me, growing up in a culture in which chop sticks are used, may think about them, chop sticks, before everything else. Or the numbers may make some people think about the castanets. The castanets are the musical instruments which make sounds by hitting two objects... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Self serve regular gas selling for less than $4 a gallon at the Shell station at Buena Vista Street and Magnolia Boulevard November 10, 2012

Gas selling for under $4 a gallon in Burbank!

After flirting with the $5 a gallon milestone , self-serve regular is back to being under $4 a gallon at some pump stations in Burbank. Yesterday, I gassed-up at the Shell station at Buena Vista Street and Magnolia Boulevard for $3.89 a gallon for self-serve regular. Back in early October, the price soared to 4.60 a gallon and above for regular. The last time gas prices were that high in California was back in June of 2008. A gas shortage and problems at the oil refineries were blamed for the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent is shown here surveying the rubble of Wholesale Giant Inc, which was destroyed by a suspicious fire yesterday November 10, 2012

Federal agency investigates suspicious fire in Burbank

Federal agents are now investigating that huge fire, which gutted the Wholesale Giant, Inc., a large tobacco and cigarette business at 4410 West Victory Boulevard, between Manning and Dymond Streets, early yesterday. The fire alarm sounded at 3:30 a.m. as flames raced through the structure which was packed with merchandise including flammable butane containers used to refill cigarette lighters. The blaze raged until around 7 a.m. when Burbank Fire got the upper hand with help from agencies from surrounding cities — including South Pasadena and Glendale. The Federal Bureau of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- President Barack Obama delivered a victory speech in his hometown of Chicago, after winning election to a second term yesterday November 7, 2012

UPDATED Election highlights: President Obama wins re-election and Proposition 30 passes

Updated Saturday, November 10, 2012 President Obama officially declared the winner in Florida — raises his electoral vote total to 332.   Still no official results from Florida, but newly re-elected President Obama holds a narrow lead in that state today. Yesterday,  the Florida Democratic Party declared victory, in their state, for the president. On Election Day, President Obama won the popular vote and the all important electoral count: Obama 303 to Mitt Romney’s 206. A candidate needed 270 electoral votes to win the White House.... Read More →

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Jean Youn: November, time change, and a season of mums

Now, it is November. Daylight saving time ended today, because we turned our clocks back an hour to begin Standard Time.  From now on, the night time will seem even longer. Where is your hometown? If you spent your childhood in Australia, you’d remember that November is the beginning of spring there. If your hometown is located not just in Australia, but in a region in the Southern Hemisphere, the same would be true. In Korea where I spent my childhood, November is the time when fall... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Barack Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie comfort Sandy victims at a community center in Brigantine, N.J October 31, 2012

NBC’s star-studded live telethon tonight for victims of Sandy

Today the death toll from superstorm Sandy in the U.S. stands at 96 and could still go higher. Four days after Sandy slammed into the East Coast and began a slow march across the northeast, more than three million are still without power and there are reports of shortages of gasoline, food, and other necessities. On NBC tonight, “Hurricane Sandy Coming Together,” a live benefit telethon for the victims, begins at 8 p.m. NBC’s Matt Lauer will host and the celebrity line up includes Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy... Read More →

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Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival this weekend

Cloudy and cool in Burbank today, but sunny skies and warmer temperatures are in the forecast  for this weekend — just in time for the Downtown Burbank ARTS Festival. There will be “90 regional artists displaying thousands of paintings, sculptures and photographs, and an wide array of jewelry, fine glass, ceramics and woodwork — with everything made by hand, ” according to a news release from the Downtown Burbank Partnership. Also featured, a number of hip talented street painters from Southern California “… creating supersized artwork on... Read More →

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