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FLLewis / Media City G -- Sports Authority 1900 West Empire Ave. Ste. R12 in Burbank May 21, 2016

Going out of business sales at Sports Authority

Going out of business sales at Sports Authority stores expected to begin the middle of this week, just as the long Memorial Day weekend kicks off. One of the 450 stores closing is at the Empire Center in Burbank. Sports Authority was once the largest sporting goods retailer in the country. Heavily in debt,  the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in March. It had hope to restructure and shutter only some of its stores. That plan fell through and last month came word Sports Authority had... 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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After 28 years Dodger organist calls it quits

It’s been a bumpy season for veteran Dodger organist, Nancy Bea Hefley, so perhaps that’s the reason she decided it was time to retire. You might remember, Hefley was the apparent target of a campaign to phase her out and replace her with “pre-recorded pop and hip hop music” at Dodger Stadium. Well, the fans took to social media and shamed the Dodger organization into promising Hefley a job for life. All that drama may have been too much for a musician who just want to play the... Read More →

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Missing Special Olympics athlete found safe

A Special Olympics athlete missing from USC since last Saturday, turned up in Hayward — more than 350 miles north in the East Bay today. Yesterday, photos of  Andi Gusmari  were splashed all over social media. This morning, Gusmari, 44, reportedly walked into the Hayward PD headquarters. He was described as “healthy,”but hungry. Gusmari speaks only Albanian and has a speech impediment. The Olympic bowler reportedly had his documentation with him, but no money. “At about 2 a.m. he walked into our front lobby and he used the phone. Somehow... Read More →

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Burbank a Special Olympics 2015 Host Town

Burbank is rolling out the welcome mat this week for the members of the Zimbabwe and Botswana teams participating in the Special Olympics World Games 2015. The Media City is “…one of nearly one hundred communities from San Diego to San Luis Obispo that has volunteered to serve as a Host Town,” according to a news release. As part of being a Host Town,  the Burbank community will help the athletes connect with the Southland through a series of  private events from July 21 through July 24.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- "Sugar and Spice" team marched in the Annual Ponytail Softball Jamboree parade along West Clark Avenue in Burbank June 27, 2015

Photo Gallery: Ponytail softball parade 2015 in Burbank

The Annual Ponytail Softball Jamboree kicked off with a parade of teams along West Clark Avenue, from Burroughs High School to George Izay park, in Burbank yesterday. Spectators were treated to a colorful contingent of spirited softball teams — some even shared their favorite cheers with the parade watchers. Later, the girls gathered on several baseball diamonds at the park to compete in a series of challenges to show-off their softball skills. Burbank Park, Recreation, and Community Services hosted the event, which was attended by city staffers and city officials... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Nancy Bea Hefley Twitter account

Social media saves Dodger employee’s job

Another demonstration of the power of social media. Long time  Dodger Stadium organist, Nancy Bea Hefley, was apparently being phased out and replaced with “pre-recorded pop and hip hop music” at the ballpark. Hefley has been playing for the Dodgers for more than 20 years. However, lately the Dodger front office had been giving her hints she was no longer wanted on its team. Well, after she reportedly vented on Facebook about being shown the door the fans came to her rescue. The result: Dodger management was “shamed”... Read More →

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Web Buzz: Charter-Time Warner deal, Kobe goes Hollywood, and more

As expected, Charter announced its deal to buy Time Warner Cable today. In a news released posted on the Charter website, the company says the deal is valued at $78.7 billion. This could be good news for many local Dodger fans who have been unable to watch home games due to a special arrangement the team made with Time Warner Cable. Included in the announcement today, Charter’s plans to purchase of  the country’s 6th largest Internet provider, Bright House Networks, too. “Put simply, the... Read More →

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Job fair at Dodger Stadium today

The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting their 20th annual Community Job Fair today at  Dodger Stadium 1000 Elysian Park Avenue in Los Angeles. “Last year, more than 8,000 job seekers from throughout Southern California gathered at the stadium to meet potential employers,” according to a news release. Today, “more than a 100 companies” are expected at the stadium including Kaiser Permanente, Fairplex, Lowe’s, and retailer Curacao. Also, this job fair reportedly features training providers and government agencies. The job fair runs from 10 a.m. until 1... Read More →

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Super Bowl Sunday: Pizza, beer, and McDonald’s freebies

While the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots are gearing up for that Super Bowl XLIX showdown in Arizona, restaurants, fast food joints, and takeout places are getting ready to throw down some serious eats. Sales of beer, chicken wings, and pizza will skyrocket on Super Bowl Sunday, according to Restaurant News. Some of the big chains are offering some pretty tempting food deals. Papa John’s deal is for a free pizza, but only after Super Bowl Sunday. And McDonald’s, Read More →

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Laker guard Kobe Bryant to have surgery

The Los Angeles Lakers today announced what many had expected. Kobe Bryant will have shoulder surgery. Some reports are saying this means Bryant is done for the season. Age maybe catching up with the 36 year-old veteran player who has missed a lot of games over the past three seasons due to injuries. Already there is chatter suggesting it’s time for Bryant to hang-up his basketball sneakers and take that walk into retirement. The Laker organization says it will announce details on Bryant’s recovery after the surgery.... Read More →

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In The News: January 23, 2015

Vice-President Joe Biden continues his visit in the Southland today. Yesterday, the Veepee snarled traffic in Burbank with a late afternoon visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show at the Warner Bros. Studios. Today more headaches for Southland motorist as Biden heads out to West Los Angeles College in Ladera Heights. Biden is expected to have a sit down discussion with students and administrators about helping more Americans go to college — specifically President Obama’s proposed community college program. CBSLA Some serious restructuring at DreamWorks Animation. Reports... Read More →

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The Doritos $1 million Crash the Super Bowl contest is open

The Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest is open and looking for submissions. The snack company wants fans to get creative and show their love for Doritos tortilla chips in homemade :30 commercials. The top two finalists will see their ads run during next year’s Super Bowl. That football spectacular reportedly attracts an audience of 100 million in the U.S. and millions more around the world. The Doritos ad that collects the most votes from consumers — wins a $1 million and a one year dream job for the... Read More →

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Get ready for some Dodger baseball on local TV

In a surprise move, Time Warner Cable announced today it  has an agreement to for the last six games of the Dodgers’ regular season to be televised on Los Angeles station KDOC. For most of the season, Dodger fans have been hating on Time Warner Cable  for not allowing the team’s home games to be carried on a local station. Time Warner Cable has a deal with the Dodgers to air the games over its  SportsNet LA — however so far, none of the other providers will... Read More →

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My Take On It: Ray Rice and that knockout in an elevator

When I first saw the new video from inside a New Jersey casino/hotel elevator of former Baltimore Ravens’ star, Ray Rice, punching out his then fiancée, Janay Palmer, my reaction was the same as when I saw the damage done to model/pop star Rihanna’s face by singer Chris Brown back in 2009 : “Oh wow, he could have killed her!” It’s heart wrenching to see what a man who claims to love or care for a woman can do to her in a physical assault. Society... Read More →

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A done deal for Los Angeles Clippers $2 billion purchase

It’s done deal. After months of turmoil and uncertainty, the Los Angeles Clippers have a new owner. Former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, is now in charge. The NBA announced yesterday that Ballmer is officially the new owner. Ballmer ponied up a heart stopping $2 billion dollars for the NBA franchise last April.  Despite the legal wrangling of embattled former owner, Donald Sterling, Los Angeles  Superior Court judge, Michael Levanas, ruled Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, did have the right to sell the team.... Read More →

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Judge rules against Donald Sterling, Clippers deal to move forward

The NBA is high-fiving a ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas clearing the way for that $2 billion dollar Clippers deal to move forward. Judge Levanas decision yesterday gives a huge victory to Shelly Sterling. In the probate trial, Donald Sterling claimed his estranged wife had defrauded him by taking control of the Sterling Trust and negotiating that multi-billion dollar agreement with former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer. Will the litigious embattled owner of the Clippers step aside gracefully now? Probably not, but the judge’s... Read More →

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Actress Kate Walsh throws out first pitch at a Dodger game

  Busy actress Kate Walsh got a chance to throw out the first pitch at a Dodger game. Walsh threw out the ceremonial pitch last Thursday at Dodger Stadium, just before the boys in blue took on the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers would go on to beat the Padres  2-1 in that game. Walsh gained fame for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the popular TV medical dramas “Grey’s Anatomy” (2005)  and “Family Practice” (2007-2013). This year she appeared in the FX series “Fargo,” which is... Read More →

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Actress Melissa McCarthy throws out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium June 28, 2014

Photo Gallery: Actress Melissa McCarthy throws out first pitch at Dodger game

  Last Saturday actress, Melissa McCarthy, got to  throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Dodgers vs St. Louis Cardinals game at Dodger Stadium. McCarthy’s pitch was pretty good. It managed to find home plate. For that the actress was thrilled. McCarthy wrapped things up with a  hug and then a photo with Dodger catcher, Drew Butera. By the way, the Dodgers would go on to beat the Cardinals 9-1.   McCarthy is the star of the hit CBS... Read More →

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Watching television most popular leisure activity for Americans

Despite all the options Americans have they still spend most of their leisure time watching television.  If you’re 15 years or older, you were eyeballing the small tube 2.8 hours per day in 2013. That’s what the latest stats from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics  discovered. The data appears in the latest  American Time Use Survey. The second most popular leisure time activity — socializing with friends or attending social events. That accounted for 43 minutes of the average American’s day. The fitness... Read More →

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