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Archive | March, 2016

Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Smart & Final Extra! 3830 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank March 30, 2016

New Smart & Final store opens in Burbank

The new Smart & Final Extra! is open for business in Burbank. Smart & Final kicked off a soft opening on March 23 at 3830 West Verdugo Avenue. The warehouse, grocery, and discount chain is hoping it has the winning formula to make the location profitable. A couple of different supermarkets have occupied the space just in the past couple of years. Back in December of 2014, it was an Albertson’s  market– but then the parent company sold it and more than a hundred others to Haggen,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- U.M. Liquor 401 North Victory Boulevard Burbank March 30, 2016

Top winning Fantasy 5 lottery ticket sold in Burbank

  Someone’s fantasy of holding a winning lottery ticket has come true in Burbank. Yesterday’s top winning Fantasy 5 ticket was sold at U. M . Liquor 401 North Victory Boulevard. That ticket is worth $71, 819. That lucky ticket has all of the winning digits: 11, 18, 23, 32, 39. U.M. Liquor owner, Baldev Singh, was proudly telling his customers about the winning ticket this morning. Singh says the store has had “a lot of small winners,” but considers this a big deal. Singh, who has... Read More →

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Burbank Beat: Downton Abbey, art festival, Annual Care Walk

Tuesday, March 29 — Behind the scenes at “Downton Abbey” at the Buena Vista Library , 300 North Buena Vista Street, begins 7 p.m. tonight.  English actress, comedy writer, and author, Diz White, will take the audience on a colorful , amusing, and visual journey of  Cotswolds, an area in south central England, where she has a cottage. Also White will include the filming locations for the popular PBS drama, “Downton Abbey,” and her experience meeting the cast. White is the author of several books... 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

Burbank Beat: Egg-Stravaganza, Burbank on Parade

Saturday, March 26 — Children all over B-town are gearing up for a rite of spring — the annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza. Hundreds if not thousands of kids and their camera-toting parents, relatives, and friends will converge on McCambridge Park 1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard for the festivities tomorrow. There will be games, prizes, photos with the Easter Bunny and a series of egg hunts. The event runs from 9 a.m. until noon. More details here. Monday, March 28 — Community meeting for The Premier on First” mixed use project at 103... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- John Burroughs High School 1920 West Clark Avenue Burbank June 6, 2015

Ex-Burbank school employee arraigned on sex charges

The bail for former Burbank school employee, Jose Antonio Banuelos Jr., has been raised to $1 million. It happened yesterday in a Burbank court where Banuelos was arraigned. Last Tuesday, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office filed six sex felonies against 28 year-old Banuelos, including two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Banuelos was arrested last Friday after a 17 year-old John Burroughs female student reportedly told Burbank Police about their sexual relationship. The ex-assistant boys baseball coach at Burroughs allegedly began the relationship with the victim... Read More →

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In the News: March 21, 2016

Disney’s animation “Zootopia” beat back the competition to stay number one at the box office for the third straight week. Over the weekend, “Zootopia” pulled in an estimated $38 million at the domestic box office — kicking its total  to over $200  million. Worldwide, “Zootopia” is more than half way to the $1 billion dollar mark. ABC News, Box Office Mojo Apple is whipping up a lot of chatter on the Internet with the unveiling today of its new smart phone, a... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- John Burroughs High School 1920 West Clark Avenue Burbank June 6, 2015

ex-Burbank school coach arrested for sex with a minor

For the third time in 10 months, an employee or former employee of a high school in Burbank has been arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with a minor. The latest arrest took place yesterday. Burbank Police say Jose Banuelos Jr., an assistant baseball coach at John Burroughs High School and part-time employee of Burbank Parks and Recreation Department, was taken into custody in the parking lot of Ralph’s supermarket 2600 West Victory Boulevard. Banuelos, 28, was “in possession of a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest,” according to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Hillary Clinton at Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Michigan March 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton campaign raffling off night with the Clooneys

Democratic presidential front-runner, Hillary Clinton, is adding more Hollywood star power to her campaign. The Wrap says Clinton has more Hollywood endorsements “than all the other candidates combined.” Now Tinseltown heavyweight and a long time Democrat, George Clooney, along with his high-powered lawyer wife Amal Clooney, are on board to host fundraisers and a raffle for the former Secretary of State. The Clinton campaign sent out a tweet today about the raffle, which offers winners the opportunity to meet the candidate and the Clooneys... Read More →

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7-Eleven bring your own cup deal starts today

A good day to drop by a 7-Eleven and get your Slurpee on! The convenience store ‘s popular Slurpee drink is turning 50 this year. As part of the celebration, 7-Eleven stores are offering Slurpee fans the opportunity to bring in their own cups, today and tomorrow, from 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and fill them up with their favorite flavor for only $1.50. This is the second annual “Bring Your Own Cup Day” at 7-Eleven. “Last year’s BYOCup Day... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Donald Trump at Fox News Republican debate Detroit, Michigan March 3, 2016

Latest poll shows Trump a turn-off for many women

While billionaire/reality TV star, Donald Trump, has won support from female voters in most of the GOP primaries and caucuses so far, apparently there are a lot of women out there not feeling the love for the irreverent presidential candidate. This month in a Reuters/Ipsos Poll, half of the women surveyed said they had a “very unfavorable” opinion of Trump — that is up from 40 percent in a similar poll taken last October. This survey was conducted from March 1-15 and involved 5,400 respondents. The poll may... Read More →

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In the News: March 16, 2016

Primary results from Super Tuesday 3, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored big last night and remain the front-runners heading for a showdown in the November Presidential Election. CNN Politics President Obama called the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate’s bluff and nominated a candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court today. Obama selected Judge Merrick Garland, of the Washington D.C. Federal Appeals Court and a former prosecutor in the Unabomber, Oklahoma Cit and Atlanta Olympics bombings cases. CNN, NPR, The White... Read More →

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Consumer Alert: IRS warns of new tax scam

The IRS is sending out a warning about a new tax scam.  The Internal Revenue Service says, in a news release, it has received reports of “scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone.” The scammer try to get the taxpayer to give up personal information like social security and credit card numbers. The swindle has popped up in the past few weeks. It’s a new twist on an old phone fraud. “These schemes continue to adapt and evolve... Read More →

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Spring Forward Daylight Saving Time starts today

Check your clocks. Last night, most of us lost an hour of sleep in the U.S. because we switched to Daylight Saving Time. There are only a few exceptions like Hawaii and parts of Arizona. Like most change, there are complaints and haters. There’s even a bill in the California legislature to drop Daylight Saving Time in the Golden State. However when the days warm up, you’ll fine very few grumbling about the extra hour of daylight.

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Winning SuperLotto Plus ticket sold in Glendale

A California lottery winner scored big in nearby Glendale. Someone bought a really lucky SuperLotto Plus ticket for last Wednesday’s draw at Mission Wine and Spirits 825 West Glenoaks Boulevard . It is not a jackpot winner, but it has all of the correct numbers except the Mega. That means it’s worth $33, 317. Those hot numbers are 2, 17, 24, 31, 41 and the Mega 15. They are pretty excited about selling the winning ticket at Mission Wine and Spirits. Apparently this is a lucky... Read More →

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Photo of Hakob Torosyan courtesy Glendale Police

Suspect who allegedly targeted Burbank arrested

A serial burglary suspect who allegedly struck several times in Magnolia Park and Burbank Village sections of the Media City is behind bars tonight. Burbank Police announced late today the arrest of 28 year-old Hakob Torosyan of Glendale. Torosyan is being held without bail and is due to appear in a Burbank court Tuesday, March 15, on 14 counts of commercial burglary, according to a Burbank Police news release. Burbank and Glendale Police started working together on the investigation when they realized a thief with a “similar modus operandi” was committing crimes... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Shops and businesses near the intersection of West Magnolia Blvd. and North Lima Street Burbank March 5, 2016

Break-ins and burglaries hit businesses in Magnolia Park

Another series of break-ins, attempted break-ins, and burglaries has some merchants in Burbank concerned as they beef up security. Last month, similar crimes occurred at several Downtown Burbank eateries. Last Thursday, the Oasis Nail & Spa 3317 West Magnolia Boulevard was burglarized. It’s one of at least three businesses near the intersection of West Magnolia Boulevard and North Lima Street that has had some kind of intrusion crime occur in the past few months. On March 3, Burbank Police responded to a business alarm at Oasis at around... Read More →

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More rain in the forecast for Burbank

At eight this morning, I was surprised to see the sun out. However, there are plenty of clouds in the sky and more rain in the forecast for Burbank. After a light rain overnight, weather watchers are predicting some spotty showers and gusty winds today, with heavier rain tonight, and through tomorrow. So don’t let a brief pause of sunshine fake you out. Take along an umbrella. That tricky El Niño could really deliver some decent rainfall over the next few days. The high... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Los Angeles Times editorial about presidential candidate/billionaire Donald Trump March 3, 2016

Los Angeles Times says Trump unfit to be president

Billionaire-turned-reality-TV-star-now-presidential-candidate, Donald Trump, was slammed really hard today by the Los Angeles Times. In a scathing editorial the paper called Trump “not fit to be president of the United States.” Despite leading the pack of GOP presidential contenders by a sizable margin in the delegate count the Times has this searing assessment of the billionaire: “The reality is that Trump has no experience whatsoever in government, interacting with the machinery of state only as a supplicant. He has shamefully little knowledge of the issues facing the country and the... Read More →

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