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Powerball jumps to 282 million and climbing

Powerball is on a serious roll. No one ticket held all of last night’s winning numbers, so the jackpot rolled over to $282 million. The cash value: $182.8 million before taxes.  The last time some one hit the Powerball jackpot was back on March 2. A Pennsylvania judge vacationing in Florida won $292,000! So Powerball might be getting ready to make another payout. Saturday’s winning numbers:  19, 35, 46, 59, 62, and the Powerball red number 13. The next draw is this coming Wednesday, April... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Mediacityg -- Burbank on Parade sign posted at George Izay Park 1111 West Olive Avenue Burbank April 19, 2016

Burbank on Parade Day, pancakes, food trucks and more

Burbank on Parade has evolved into a huge all day affair called “Burbank on Parade and Family Festival.” The theme for the 35th annual parade is “Celebrating Our Heroes!” There will be plenty to do before and after the bands, floats, and equestrian units roll down Olive Avenue. “We’re making it a whole day of family activities,” said festival chair, Ross Benson, in a news release. “There will be things to do for all ages from young kids to seniors and music everyone will enjoy.” Here’s a list of just some... Read More →

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Legendary artist Prince dies at 57

Today’s news that the Purple Prince of Pop and R& B has passed away, stunned and shocked many  of his fans, friends, and fellow musicians. Prince reportedly died at his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota this morning at the age of 57. No cause of death was given. CNN is reporting some heart-broken fans are saying the icon’s death “is what it sounds like when doves cry,” a reference to a huge hit from his classic 1984 album, “Purple Rain.” In 1985, Prince won an Academy Award for best... Read More →

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Kobe Bryant retires from the NBA

Number 24, Kobe Bryant, reminded everyone last night what kind of player he has been during his record-setting 20 seasons with the Lakers. During the past few months of his final season, it has seemed many times Bryant was limping into retirement — a shadow of the player he used to be. Then last night, before a sold out crowd of adoring fans, friends, family, and celebrities, Bryant put on a spectacular show scoring 60 points in the Lakers 101-96 win over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.... Read More →

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"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter": Officially opens at Universal Studios Hollywood today, April 7, 2016. (PRNewsFoto/Universal Studios Hollywood)

Universal Studios’ Harry Potter land opens today

Harry Potter fans are in hog heaven with the opening today of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City. Tickets for the long-awaited opening of this fantasy attraction were sold out days ago online. Several special deals such as the VIP Experience and Front of Line ticket option are sold out as well for Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9. In the works for more than five years, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is based on author, J.K. Rowling’s, popular novels and... Read More →

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SoCal Scene: Festivals of books, music, art and beer

Saturday-Sunday April 9th and 10th — The largest literary festival in the country is gearing up for next weekend. The 21st Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is expected to draw thousands of bibliophiles to the USC campus. More than 500 authors, celebrities, musicians, artists, and chefs will engage and entertain. Among them: Buzz Aldrin, Joyce Carol Oates, James Patterson, Arianna Huffington, Holly Robinson Peete, and Henry Winkler. General admission to the festival is free, but there are fees for parking and to get into some... 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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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 -- 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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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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Happy Leap Day

Today is something special. A Leap Day that comes around only every four years or so. February gets an extra day to help sync up our calendar. A year is 365 days — but it takes a little longer than that for the Earth to complete its orbit around the sun. So that’s why we have leap year, but there is an exception. It happens only in century years that are divisible by 400. So 2000 was a leap year, 1900 was not. More... Read More →

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Oscar Sunday: Awards, Chris Rock, and diversity controversy

The curtain will go up in a few hours on the 88th Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Host Chris Rock is expected to, ah, rock the house — and he will have plenty of material with the controversy about the lack of diversity in Hollywood hanging over the glam event. Here’s more on the controversy  from ABC News and why it matters on Hollywood’s biggest night. The list of nominees here. More on the Oscars on the Hollywood Reporter. Plenty of Oscar... Read More →

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“Copycat Killers” TV series premieres this Saturday

A new TV series debuting this Saturday takes a look at the dark side of Hollywood films. Frequently motion pictures are inspired by reality, however, in some strange and terrifying cases killers imitate or copy what they’ve seen on the big screen.  “Copycat Killers” is a behind the scenes look at headline grabbing murder cases and the dramatic hunt for the perpetrators. “Copycat Killers” contains interviews; from law enforcement investigators to family members of victims to experts, in a variety of fields, including Russell... Read More →

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Music of the civil rights movement topic at Burbank event

Music that inspired the civil rights movement will be the topic of an event in Burbank tonight. Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum, will lead the discussion. Santelli is a well-known blues and rock historian. He will “talk about the music that was the key element in the success of the civil rights movement, used to rally the nation and energize the fight for freedom” according to Burbanklibrary.com The event runs from 7-8 p.m. at the Buena Vista Library at 300 North... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- "Ladies & Gents Night Out" in Burbank's Magnolia Park January 29, 2016

“Ladies & Gents Night Out” returns to Magnolia Park

A rather subdued “Ladies & Gents Night Out” returned to Magnolia Park in Burbank last Friday night after taking a break around the holidays. Several of the retailers who normally participate did not open their doors for the event, which runs from 6-9 p.m. Pinup Girl Boutique passed this time, but had a sign in the storefront saying it would return in February.  Also, it was hard not to notice the smaller crowds, fewer food trucks, and only a handful of musicians and vendors on the sidewalks. The weather, unseasonably... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Crowds packed the sidewalks on "Ladies & Gents Night Out" on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank July 31, 2015

New rules for Burbank’s “Ladies & Gents Night Out”

The popular “Ladies & Gents Night Out” event in Burbank’s Magnolia Park is returning this month, but with some major changes. Earlier this week, the Magnolia Park Merchants Association sent out an email to shop owners and businesses in the affected area, announcing new rules, which are the result of a series of meetings between members of the association and Burbank officials.  Here are the two main changes as explained in the association’s email. “No more than 2 trucks may be placed per block.  Due to... Read More →

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Record $1.6 billion Powerball nets California winners

Several California players woke up this morning as  major Powerball winners. The biggest winner is the holder of a ticket sold at the 7-Eleven, 4092 Chino Hills Parkway, in Chino Hills, which hit the jackpot with all of the correct numbers in yesterday’s draw. Those rich digits: 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 and the red Powerball 10. Two other tickets, one in Florida and the another in Tennessee, matched all of those numbers as well. They’ll share the record-breaking $1.6 billion jackpot. California had a... Read More →

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Powerball leaps the one billion dollar mark

Millions of dreamers threw down tons of money for Powerball tickets, but none came up with the winning numbers in yesterday’s draw. Those multi-million dollar digits: 16, 19, 32, 34, 57, and the red Powerball 13. Saturday’s jackpot, nearly 950 million, rolled over and leaped the jaw-dropping one billion mark. Right now, the jackpot stands at $1.3 billion and yes, it will most likely go higher as the ticket buying frenzy gets underway for the next draw. The jackpot is still up for grabs, but some California players... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Powerball jackpot hits $900 million on January 9, 2016

Powerball jackpot surges to at least $900 million

  As Powerball fever sweeps the nation, the jackpot for that lottery game has surged to $900 million. It could near one billion dollars by the time of tonight’s draw at 7 :59 p.m. That’s the riches lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The chances of winning the big prize is one in 293 million. The odds of winning some kind of prize is one in 25. So there are winners. Last Wednesday, no one scored the jackpot, but a lucky player did match five of the winning numbers. Those numbers... Read More →

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Powerball ticket worth $424,000 sold in Burbank

No one scored Saturday’s big Powerball jackpot worth at least $344 million, however, some lucky player who bought a ticket for yesterday’s draw in Burbank did win a ton of money. The winning numbers: 5, 6, 15, 29, 42 and the Powerball 10. A ticket with all the numbers except the Powerball was purchased at 7-Eleven 1611 West Olive Avenue in the Media City. That ticket will payout $424, 422 — a great kick off to the new year for someone. Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot ballooned to at... Read More →

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