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Archive | April, 2014

Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Strong winds knocked down tree on Oak Street near Beachwood Drive in Burbank April 30, 2014

Strong winds down tree in Burbank

The gusting Santa Ana winds claimed a victim in Burbank this morning. Strong winds knocked down a sweet gum tree on Oak Street near Beachwood Drive shortly after 8 a.m. Only minutes before,  students swarmed through the intersection to get to nearby David Starr Jordan Middle School on Mariposa Street. An Oak Street resident says she heard “a crack and then a bang!” The tree toppled across Oak Street, striking a parked white Saturn. Damage appeared to be minor. Also, the sweet gum tree took down a utility line.... Read More →

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Officials recommending residents stay in doors during the heat wave

Burbank officials are recommending residents stay in doors during the heat wave. Temperatures in Burbank reached the low 90s yesterday. A high of 95 is expected today.  The forecast is for hot temps to linger into the weekend. In a news release from City Hall residents “… are encouraged to seek relief from the heat by drinking plenty of fluids, wearing loose-fitting clothing, and most importantly, staying indoors.” The release included a warning: “These (high)  temperatures may result in heat related illnesses and heightened... Read More →

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Tweets of support for Clippers from Earvin “Magic” Johnson

    Now the Clippers players and fans can concentrate on the game tonight against the Warriors with Commissioner Silver’s decision. — Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 29, 2014     I am urging all the Clippers’ fans to go out and support the team tonight against the Warriors! — Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 29, 2014  

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LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling is banned for life from the NBA

Justice was swift and powerful today for the embattled owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. During a news conference late this morning, NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, announced Donald Sterling is banned for life from the NBA. The ban is the result of an investigation by the NBA ,which determined it was indeed Sterling who got caught on tape making racist remarks. As part of the punishment,  the commissioner hit Sterling with a $2.5 million fine. Also, Silver says Sterling is going to be forced to sell... Read More →

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Hot and windy in Burbank today

It’s going to be hot and windy in Burbank today. Before 9 a.m. the temperature was hovering at around 80 degrees. Hot winds were blowing debris through the streets this morning and the air very dry. A wind advisory is in effect through tomorrow afternoon. Winds are expected to reach  25-30 MPH in the Media City today. Weather watchers predict the high will be around 91 here on Tuesday even hotter in the next few days. Thanks to a high pressure system a heat wave is cooking the... Read More →

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Craig Ferguson steps down as host of “The Late Late Show”

Another big change is coming to late night TV. After  nearly 10 years, Craig Ferguson is stepping down as host of “The Late Late Show.” Ferguson announced today he will bid farewell to that hosting gig in December, according to The Hollywood Reporter. For some time, rumors have been swirling around about CBS plans to make changes on the late night talker. So now the chatter begins again over who would be the right choice to join the late night hosting ranks. A lot of... Read More →

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Updated:Several sponsors drop the L.A. Clippers in light of Sterling debacle

  UPDATED: By the end of the day, the list of major advertisers cutting ties with the Los Angeles Clippers had grown to more than a dozen — including heavyweights like Sprint, Burger King and Samsung. The L.A. Clippers should be focused on tomorrow’s crucial NBA play-off game against the San Francisco Warriors, but the Sterling controversy is a major distraction. Fallout and outrage are growing over audio recordings on two websites allegedly of Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, making racist comments. Today, several sponsors dropped the... Read More →

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Nicole Richie's Glendale estateup for sale

Around the Southland: Nicole Richie and hubby selling Glendale estate

Reality star, Nicole Richie, and hubby are selling a Glendale estate, according to the Zillow blog.  The asking price, $1, 875, 000. Before the couple married, Joel Madden bought the property for $75,000 less than the asking price  in 2004. Madden is the lead vocalist for the pop-punk group Good Charlotte. The 1930s Spanish Colonial at 1516 Hillcrest Avenue has been restored and upgraded. The mansion has 4-bedrooms, 4-baths, huge kitchen, oversized formal dining room, thick crown moldings, beamed ceilings, and French doors throughout. The lush... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Tournment of Roses float and activist/volunteer Janet Diel in Burbank on Parade 2014 April 26, 2014

Burbank on Parade 2014

Burbank on Parade 2014 rolled down Olive Avenue in the Media City today — with smiles, waves and no raindrops. A wet system apparently swept through overnight leaving behind cool temps, light winds, some clouds, but mostly sunshine. A wonderful spring day for a parade. Crowds of Burbank fans lined the avenue to watch a celebration of the city. More photos coming.

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Will it rain on Burbank on Parade?

Will it rain on Burbank on Parade tomorrow morning? The parade organizers are probably pondering that question right now. Today the skies over the Media City have been dark and threatening at times. On occasion, the sun pushed through the clouds, but did not stay around very long. Also, the temperatures are in the cool 60s and it’s a bit breezy. No raindrops yet, however, they’re in the forecast. There’s a 50 percent chance of showers this evening and through the night. If you’re going to... Read More →

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“Ladies Night Out” in Burbank returns tonight!

The popular “Ladies Night Out” in Burbank returns tonight. Three years ago, it began as a way to attract female shoppers. Now, it’s evolves into an event for everyone. Crowds are expected to pack the sidewalks and fill the participating shops along Magnolia Boulevard, from Hollywood Way to Florence Street and Hollywood Way to North Pass Avenue. Some stores not in this area but close by, may be open for business during this time as well. It happens the last Friday of every month in Magnolia... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Public Works crew were out making repairs on Olive Avenue near Lomita Street in Burbank April 24, 2014

Updated: Getting ready for Burbank on Parade

The Media City is sprucing up and getting ready for Burbank on Parade this Saturday, April 26. Public Works crews were out this morning patching spots of Olive Avenue, between Keystone and Lomita Streets, the main parade route. This is the 33rd edition of the hometown event. The Grand Marshal of this year’s Burbank On Parade is the 2012 National Teacher of the Year and Luther Burbank Middle School English teacher, Rebecca Mieliwocki. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. with marching bands, floats, dignitaries, vintage vehicles, equestrian units and... Read More →

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Lupita Nyong'o People Magazine's Most Beautiful 2014

Lupita Nyong’o is red hot in Hollywood

Lupita Nyong’o is red-hot in Hollywood right now. Nyong’o stunned on the red carpet during awards season. In March, she scooped up the Oscar for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Patsey in “12 Years a Slave.” Sometimes the heat from an Oscar win cools quickly, but not for Nyong’o. Earlier this month, Nyong’o grabbed headlines for her new contract with the cosmetic giant, Lancôme.  Nyong’o joins other Academy Award winning actresses like Julia Roberts and Kate Winslet, who have become ambassadors for the brand.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Former OSH site at 641 North Victory Boulevard in Burbank new home of a Hobby Lobby store

Controversial Hobby Lobby is opening a Burbank store

Controversial Hobby Lobby is opening a Burbank store in a few weeks. The giant retailer is renovating the site of the recently closed Orchard Supply Hardware at 641 North Victory Boulevard. The family owner company has more than 500 stores nationwide and claims to offer more than 60-thousand crafting and  home decor products. Also, Hobby Lobby admits to mingling the religious beliefs of the co-founders, David and Barbara Green, with its business practices A decision that has resulted in the company bringing a case before the U.S. Supreme... Read More →

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Netflix price hike is coming soon

  Get ready. Netflix price hike is coming soon. The on-demand video streaming company plans to increase monthly rates as much as two dollars “later this quarter for new members only.” Current subscribers’ rates will remain the same for a” generous time period,” but they will be going up. The announcement was made  in a letter to shareholders released today. In the U.S., Netflix has nearly 36 million subscribes who pay around $7.99 a month. Worldwide, the streaming company has 48 million users in more than 40 countries according to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters at Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue in Downtown Burbank

City Buzz: Issues in Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters

There are growing concerns about some simmering issues in the Burbank Police and Fire Headquarters. This time around they do not involve the police mess — which still hangs over the BPD.  Instead, one of the issues deals with the building itself and the other, tension between the two city departments which share the building: police and fire. Roaches in the building: First, the trouble-plagued headquarters. It was supposed to be a $30 million state-of-the-art facility when it opened in 1998. However, it soon became clear... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Two youngsters inspect their eggs after a Easter hunt at McCambridge Park in Burbank April 19, 2014

Spring Egg-Stravaganza “a fun Burbank event”

The Spring Egg-Stravaganza “a fun Burbank event.” That is how Judie Wilke, Park, Recreation and Community Services director, summed up the festivities in McCambridge Park yesterday. As for the new rules, Wilke says they “controlled things” better and that “no one was turned away.” She says a complete analysis would have to be done later to determine if the event ran better with or without the rules. This year, parents were required to register their children for the Easter egg hunts — the reason most come to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Spring Egg-Stravaganza at McCambridge Park 1515 North Glendoaks Boulevard Burbank April 19, 2014

Easter egg hunts in Burbank

A lot folks were out at the Easter egg hunts in Burbank.  The hunts were the big draw at the Spring Egg-Stravaganza this morning. The event was held in McCambridge Park 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard. Overall, the crowds did not appear to be as large as they were at the Spring Egg-Stravaganza last year. This may be due to the new rules or the many activities on this Easter weekend. Here are some highlights of the four egg hunts at the  Egg-Stravaganza 2014 in the Media City.    ... Read More →

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ARTS Festival in Downtown Burbank this weekend

A  variety of talent will be showcased at the spring ARTS Festival in Downtown Burbank this weekend. The main section of the festival will stretch along San Fernando Boulevard between Angeleno Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard. Art lovers will see the works of painters– canvas and street, sculptors, photographers and there’s more. For the first time, festival organizers will present an “… entire block devoted to animation and visual EFX artists from feature films, video games and television series, along with associated schools and studios,” according to the Read More →

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Confusion surrounding Burbank’s Spring Egg-Stravaganza 2014

 There’s confusion surrounding Burbank’s Spring Egg-Stravaganza 2014. The long time tradition is scheduled to get underway tomorrow, April 19, 9.a.m-noon at McCambridge Park 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard. No publicity blitz for this event. City staffers have depended mostly on announcements at city council meetings and promotion on the city website. Originally, the city site had only a link to a fast-talking You Tube video for the Spring Egg-Stravaganza. Earlier this month, I emailed Drew Sugars, Burbank public information officer, about that  situation. A short time later, a Read More →

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