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UPDATED: Burbank selected as a “host town” for Special Olympics World Games 2015

UPDATED: June 5, 2014  More on Burbank becoming a “host town”for the Special Olympics World Games 2015 on the city website. A big announcement is set to take place at the Burbank City Council meeting this evening. Burbank has been selected as a “host town” for the the Special Olympics World Games 2015. “Special Olympics World Games bring public attention to the talents and capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities, helping to change attitudes and break down barriers that excluded them from the mainstream... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: America, success, and Louis Armstrong

Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, Elvis Presley, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor … etc. These names bring out different thoughts and feelings depending on the person who’s having these thoughts and feelings. However, for me and probably many other people who were growing up in different countries around the time I was, those names are the names we thought of when we thought of America. Another name that I’ve come to associate with America... Read More →

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Serena Williams #1 in the world

Google Image/L.A. Times photo “I’m so excited!” Serena Williams gushed after winning the women’s singles title at the U.S. Open yesterday. She is probably still celebrating today. This is the third U.S. Open and ninth Grand Slam title for Serena. In heart-stopping play with thrilling strokes and expert swings, Serena beat Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 7-5, in New York’s Arthur Ashe stadium. Serena jumped for joy and whooped it up at the end of the match. Some of that jubilance may be due to the  $1.5 million check that goes along with the U.S. Open win. ... Read More →

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Local basketball star wins fourth gold medal

  Hoop star Lisa Leslie went out in style at the Olympics in Beijing. Leslie helped the U.S. women’s basketball team crush Australia 92-to-65 to win the gold medal, yesterday. Team USA has taken the gold in four straight Olympics — beating the Aussies in the last three for it. Leslie scored 14 points before fouling out with 6:33 left in the game, but no matter, her teammates finished the job.  Leslie reportedly has played her last Olympics. She is bowing out of international play. Leslie and former teammate Teresa Edwards are... Read More →

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Another Olympian gets a super book deal

  Photo by Vince Caligiuri King of the gold, swimmer Michael Phelps is cashing in on his Olympic success. In Beijing, Phelps made history by diving into the pool and racing to eight gold medals in a single Olympics. Phelps surpassed the record of seven gold medals set by swimmer Mark Spitz in 1972. Phelps is only 23, but last week Free Press won an auction for his memoir called “Built to Succeed.” The narrative of the book will be built around his eight terrific wins in Beijing, along with... Read More →

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Dara Torres goes for the green

Google Image Olympic swimmer Dara Torres won three silver medals, but no gold in Beijing. A great accomplishment for any athlete. Torres is the first U.S. swimmer to compete in five Olympics and the oldest swimmer to win a silver medal in the Games. Still, it’s not all over for the 41-year-old mother of a toddler. Now, Torres is going for the big bucks. Sports agent Evan Morgenstein says the offers are pouring in for the swimmer. Torres had a number of endorsements before she swam a stroke... Read More →

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WNBA hands out punishment for on-court melee

The WNBA wasted no time in dealing with the bench-clearing brawl between the L.A. Sparks and the Detroit Shock on Tuesday night. A free-for-all fight is not unusual in male sports; however, this is the first time in memory it has happened in the WNBA. Today, WNBA President Donna Orender slapped 10 players and an assistant coach with game suspensions. In a statement on the WNBA website Orender called the brawl “… inexcusable and in no way indicative of what the league stands for. We hold our players... Read More →

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L.A. Sparks’ Lisa Leslie and teammates brawl on the court

Google Image Today WNBA officials reportedly are investigating the bench-clearing melee at The Palace of Auburn Hills, last night. It happened during the final seconds of the televised game between the L.A. Sparks and Detroit Shock. It started when Sparks’ Candace Parker and Detroit’s Plenette Pierson got tangled up and tumbled to the hardwood. Parker and Pierson got into a scuffle. Players from both benches rushed over, among them Lisa Leslie. That’s when Leslie was apparently pushed to the floor by Shock Assistant Coach, Rick Mahorn. Leslie was... Read More →

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A grand-slamming day at Wimbledon

A grand-slamming day at Wimbledon for home girls Serena & Venus Google photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth Serena and Venus plot strategy during the women’s doubles competition at Wimbledon. Born in South Los Angeles, the two youngest Williams sisters were introduced to tennis at an early age by their father. At one point, the young girls would regularly practice on a court at a park plagued by gang activity in Compton. That was many years ago. The sisters have come along way since those days. Today, Venus won her... Read More →

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