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More details coming out about the killer Santa massacre

Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times Firefighters survey the gutted Covina home where the deadly Christmas Eve killings occurred.   The Los Angeles County coroner’s office is trying to identify the nine bodies recovered from a Covina home where Bruce Jeffrey Pardo went on a rampage Christmas Eve. Yesterday at a news conference, Covina Police Chief Kim Raney would only say that the victims’ ages ranged from “17 to 80.” Today, the list of the missing reportedly include Pardo’s ex-wife Sylvia, her parents, two brothers, their wives, a nephew, and a sister. There were... Read More →

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New developments in the Santa Claus massacre probe

 Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times L.A. County coroner’s officials remove the body of Bruce Jeffrey Pardo from a Sylmar home on Christmas Day.   New details were released at a news conference this afternoon about that bloody Santa Claus massacre. Covina Police Chief Kim Raney confirmed earlier reports that nine victims perished in the brutal attack on a Christmas Eve party. Chief Raney says the gunman, 45-year-old Bruce Jeffrey Pardo, was dressed in a Santa Claus suit Wednesday night when he knocked on the door of the home of his ex-in-laws, Joseph and Alicia Ortega, in a... Read More →

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Christmas time!

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank    SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS Someday at Christmas men won’t be boys Playing with bombs like kids play with toys One warm December our hearts will see A world where men are free Someday at Christmas there’ll be no wars When we have learned what Christmas is for When we have found what life’s really worth There’ll be peace on earth Someday all our dreams will come to be Someday in a world where men are free Maybe not in time for you and... Read More →

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Holiday Spirit — one agent/blogger’s gift

  Really bad wintry weather (snow, ice, sleet, and rain) is derailing holiday plans and travel itineraries for people all across the country. The airlines have canceled hundreds of flights in the past few days. You can understand that, but apparently many of those passengers affected by the cancellations can’t get on another flight before Christmas. Gee, bad weather happens this time every year. You’d think the airlines would have added extra flights during the holidays. The airlines will probably be the next companies asking for a chunk of that bailout money because... Read More →

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Holiday Spirit

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove – Burbank These are not the best of times, but it’s good to see that has not dampened the holiday spirit of some homeowners and renters. Some of them are still going all out with holiday decorations. Many have had their lights and all the festive trimmings up for weeks. In the Burbank hills, many of my neighbors braved the chilly weather to decorate over the weekend. Holiday decorations, a nice way to showcase your holiday spirit.

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Holiday Spirit

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove I don’t know about you, but sometimes wrapping gifts can be a major hassle during the holiday season. Many charities and volunteer groups are helping out shoppers by offering low cost or free gift wrapping services at businesses like Barnes & Noble. When I dropped by the Barnes & Noble on North San Fernando Boulevard in Burbank late one evening last month, I met gift wrappers Cari and Makhyla Pelayo. Mother and daughter are long time volunteers of the Burbank chapter of the National Charity League. The chapter website says... Read More →

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Fresh Christmas tree sales still strong

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove Two shoppers purchased a fresh Chrstmas tree at a Burbank lot and then stuffed it into a convertible VW.   Shoppers are cutting back on a lot of things this holiday season, but apparently that does not include natural Christmas trees. I can’t really blame them. Artificial trees are economical. Yet, you don’t get that special fragrance and feel of a real Christmas tree. A quick check around the Internet shows natural tree sales are up in 2008. The National Christmas Tree Association says 25-35 million real Christmas trees are sold... Read More →

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Elmo Live! The most popular Christmas toy of 2008?

I haven’t been out browsing the toy stores lately, but I’ve heard about Elmo Live. Recently, I was driving in Los Angeles street traffic with the radio on. I heard a local deejay rambling about some contest with a prize of an Elmo Live for the winner.   You can always tell what’s hot by the prizes dangled at listerners by radio stations. During the summer, when gas prices were edging up to five bucks a gallon, Southland radio stations came up with all sorts of get free gas contests. Now, this holiday season Elmo Live appears to be the hot item... Read More →

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Flying the stars and stripes for veterans

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove – Burbank The American flags are out today in honor of all veterans who have fought and sacrificed for the ideals that hold together these United States.  President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919 the first  “Armistice Day.” Decades later, it would become a national holiday renamed, “Veterans Day.” A day of celebration for the brave men and women who have served our nation. Meanwhile, the giant retailer Wal-Mart has handed out $3.6 million in grants to 12 organizations to support educational programs for veterans, according to Read More →

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