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In the News: More money for millions of U.S. workers

Overtime pay for salaried workers: President Obama and the U.S. Labor Department announced the update of overtime regulations today. Hourly workers are guaranteed overtime. Now, thanks to the federal rule update, most white-collar employees making less than $47, 476 will be guaranteed overtime for working more than 40 hours a week. At least four million workers will be impacted, half of them women. Check out the video here for more on who will benefit from this update.   Netflix female star demands and gets equal pay: Actress... Read More →

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Barbra Streisand new Album "Partners"

Web Buzz: Barbra Streisand, L.A. Daily News, and Fantasy 5 winner

For the first time in over 50 years, the legendary Barbra Streisand will appear on the “Tonight Show.” Streisand is scheduled to sit down with “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon on Monday, September 15. The day before the singer’s new album “Partners” drops. The album is a collection of duets with famous male vocalists like Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, Michael Bublé , Blake Shelton, Babyface, Stevie Wonder, and John Mayer. A lot of chatter on the Internet about the possible sell of... Read More →

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The Burbank Leader and those missing news racks

Back in February news racks for the Burbank Leader could still be seen on the streets, but no more. They have been removed. Despite the controversy and complaints many residents, the news racks don’t appear to be coming back anytime soon or at all. The Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press and several other community newspapers are owned by the Los Angeles Times, which is in transition. On August 4, the L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune, and several other major newspapers will spin-off to a new stand-alone... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A stack of Burbank Leaders at a checkout stand in the Handy Market on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank July 16, 2014

City Buzz: Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press, and Tribune Publishing announcement

Demand for the Burbank Leader and its sister newspaper the Glendale News-Press, is apparently outpacing the supply of single issues of the newspapers available for readers. You have to wonder if this situation is going to get better or worse in light of yesterday’s announcement about the long-awaited spinoff of Tribune Publishing by the media giant Tribune Company. The spinoff is set to occur next month on August 4. Tribune Publishing includes several major newspapers, among them the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles... Read More →

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Call-out: The Burbank Leader to remove all city news racks

Outside news racks for The Burbank Leader have been disappearing from the city streets for some time. I have been critical of that fact in the past. Now the word from the editor, Dan Evans, is that all the Burbank Leader news racks will be history soon. Bad news. Terrible idea. The reason, Evans says, it’s “theft.” In a recent column about changes to the Leader and the Glendale News-Press, editor, Dan Evans, explained it this way: “Have you wondered why you were unable to... Read More →

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The Washington Post sold: Is the Los Angeles Times and Burbank Leader next?

A lot of chatter on the Internet and elsewhere about the surprising, and maybe not so surprising, sell of  The Washington Post to the billionaire founder and CEO of  Amazon, Jeff Bezos. The online tech titian paid a reported $250 million for one of the most respected newspapers in the world. The negotiations reportedly went on for months in secret. The sale has been rumored for a while — but still a jolt to many when the announcement came out in the Post yesterday. On the... Read More →

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Film critic Roger Ebert 1942 – 2013

A lot of chatter on the Internet  and elsewhere today about the passing of legendary film critic Roger Ebert. He possessed a sharp mind, quick wit, and a passion for movies and writing.  Ebert died yesterday in Chicago after a long battle with cancer. He was 70 and one of the world’s most influential film critics. Ebert took on the job of a film critic at the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967. He still held that position when he died. In 1975, he won the first Pulitzer Prize for film criticism. Ebert... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G - Char Tabet Burbank School Board candidate sign on West Olive Avenue Burbank January 14, 2013

City Buzz: Wholesale Giant fire, campaign 2013, and the Burbank Leader

Mystery surrounding Burbank fire So what’s up with the Wholesale Giant fire investigation? You might remember, a big blaze destroyed Wholesale Giant Inc, a tobacco and cigarette business, at 4410 West Victory Boulevard. The structure was packed with merchandise. The fire raged for hours on the morning of November 9, 2012. The day after, I took the photo (above) of a Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent on scene. Burbank Fire Captain Peter Hendrickson told me the fire was “suspicious” and that’s why the Feds had been... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Leader news rack, next to the Daly News, has beem removed January 3, 2013

Talk of the Town: Who will buy the Burbank Leader?

  The Tribune company, the owner of the Los Angeles Times and the Burbank Leader, emerged from a lengthy and expensive bankruptcy on December 31, 2012 — and now there is even more talk about selling assets — especially the newspapers.The Tribune has new owners and a new board of directors. The Tribune has in its financial portfolio eight major newspapers, among them the L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune, and several smaller papers ,and some websites as well as 23 TV stations — including KTLA in Los... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- The Burbank Leader news stand at Mariposa Avenue and Riverside Drive in Burbank

The Los Angeles Times and Burbank Leader going up for sale?

The Los Angeles Times and its Times Community Newspapers, which include The Burbank Leader, are facing an uncertain future as 2012 wraps up. There’s a report out that the owners of the newspapers’ parent company, the Tribune Company, are quietly seeking advice from bankers about launching a fire sale after December 31, when the company is expected to emerge from bankruptcy. The Tribune has been in bankruptcy for four years. Last month,  the Tribune cleared the last Read More →

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Harris Poll: Where do Americans get their news?

Whether it’s a retro-set or a high-tech big screen model,  most Americans prefer getting their news from TV, according to a recent Harris Poll. The survey was taken between August 13-20, 2012 and released last week. Around 2,300 adults took part. Sixty-eight percent expressed an interest in keeping up with news events. The figures from that poll showed 50 per cent of those questioned turn on the TV when they want to get the news, 36 percent go online,... Read More →

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Newspaper column gets greenlighted as a TV series

The New York Times column “Modern Love” is hooking up with Lifetime Television.  A TV series based on the column got a pilot deal at the cable network, according to deadline.com The “Modern Love” TV series will use real stories from the newspaper column to create episodes that explore the state of modern relationships. The pilot will begin shooting this summer. Deadline has more on the genesis of the newspaper column and how it got a TV deal.

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- City Council candidate Bob Frutos spoke to a gathering in Burbank March 23, 2011

City Buzz: Dirty politics in Burbank and the Leader’s attack on Bob Frutos

  I have covered numerous campaigns and elections during my many years working  in television news and now as a freelance journalist/blogger. A last minute attack on a candidate is not unusual, especially if the contender is the front runner or has recently gained some serious ground.  Nevertheless, I was surprised to see the Burbank Leader  fire a full-blown assault at City Council candidate Bob Frutos with less than a week to Tuesday’s April 12 General Election. The Leader has become known for its rather, ah, fluid style of journalism; even so, this attack seemed to come out of... Read More →

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Big changes for the Burbank Leader & Glendale News-Press

Lately, there’s been a lot of chatter and speculation in B-town about changes at the Burbank Leader. Today, there are details of some of those changes over on Kevin Roderick’s popular website, LA Observed. Roderick posted a piece on former Los Angeles Daily News editor/ sometime activist/media commentator, Ron Kaye, who has a new gig as a front-page columnist for the new Sunday combined edition of the Burbank Leader/Glendale News-Press. The first issue is set to hit newsstands later this month, on January... Read More →

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