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“Mother Rabbit” a memoir set in the Playboy empire

book cover for "Mother Rabbit" by  Tekla Dennison Miller

“Mother Rabbit” is based on the real-life adventure of a Bunny Mother at a Playboy Club back in the 1960’s, during the struggle between the old school mores and the new feminist views of women. The memoir is a collaborative effort between two sisters. Alyce Bonura who lived the adventure, then used it as a stepping stone to an MBA and a career as a Southland financial and tax expert. And Bonura’s  younger sibling author, Tekla Dennison Miller, who is a former prison warden.

The Burbank Central Library is hosting “Coffee and Conversation” with the author. A book signing is included as well. Both Miller and Bonura are expected to attend. More information at  http://www.burbank.lib.ca.us/event/2014/oct/mother-rabbit or call 818-238-5600.

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Another scorcher in Burbank today

     Another scorcher in Burbank today. More triple digit temperatures coming our way. Yesterday, the high reached 102 in the Media City. It could be that hot or even hotter today. An excessive heat warning remains in effect for the San Fernando Valley until 7 p.m. tomorrow. Burbank isn’t the only place sizzling in the heat. Most of the  Southland is in the grips of a mini-heat wave. Even the beaches will remain warm — with 80 degree temps. Cooler weather expected by mid-week.

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Three lottery tickets bought in CA win Fantasy 5 game

Labor Day turned lucky for three lottery players who bought Fantasy 5 tickets for yesterday’s game. The winning numbers: 2, 8, 19, 23, and 36. The jackpot: $98, 092. Two of the lucky tickets were purchased here in the Southland: One at Donut Depot 20451 Sherman Way in Canoga Park and one at Cheers Liquors, 16205 Devonshire Street in Granada Hills. The third ticket was purchased at a Speedy Gas station up in the Northern California town of Redding. Fantasy 5 draws occur every day right after the ticket buying... Read More →

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Temperatures starting to sizzle in Burbank

  Temperatures are starting to sizzle in Burbank and throughout the Southland today. By 10 a.m. this morning, it was 81 degrees in the Media City. Since then, the temperature has climbed into the 90s.  At 2 p.m, it’s 87 in West Hollywood, 82 at Venice Beach, and nearing 100 in Lancaster. The hot temperatures are expected to linger through next week. A little slow in coming, but summer has apparently arrived in SoCal.  

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First day of summer!

Some fabulous weather for the first weekend of the summer. Sunny and warm days with temps dropping down into the mid-60s at night. Highs in the 80s in Burbank today, tomorrow, and through at least the beginning of the new week. Summertime weather makes the living pretty special here in Burbank and the rest of the Southland.

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Heat is on in Burbank

The heat is on in Burbank today. The Southland is suffering through a spring heat wave. Temperatures in the Media City headed up into the upper 90s and even the triple digits today. Also, there’s a wind advisory for Santa Ana winds from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. today. The fire danger in the Southland remains high due to the hot windy and dry weather conditions. A red flag warning is in effect through 8 p.m. this evening. It’s a sunscreen and get out... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Strong winds knocked down tree on Oak Street near Beachwood Drive in Burbank April 30, 2014

Strong winds down tree in Burbank

The gusting Santa Ana winds claimed a victim in Burbank this morning. Strong winds knocked down a sweet gum tree on Oak Street near Beachwood Drive shortly after 8 a.m. Only minutes before,  students swarmed through the intersection to get to nearby David Starr Jordan Middle School on Mariposa Street. An Oak Street resident says she heard “a crack and then a bang!” The tree toppled across Oak Street, striking a parked white Saturn. Damage appeared to be minor. Also, the sweet gum tree took down a utility line.... Read More →

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A total lunar eclipse over the Southland tonight

A total lunar eclipse over the Southland tonight. In a rare celestial show, the sun, Earth, and moon will line up. Also,  the Earth’s shadow falls over the moon its color will change — creating what is known as a “Blood Moon.” Depending on the weather, the moon may appear more brown than red or rose. This astronomical event is expected to play out in our sky beginning at 11 p.m. and lasting three hours or so. The most recent full moon eclipse occurred back in December of 2011. Tonight’s... Read More →

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Rain falling in Burbank and other parts of Southland

The first wave of a second storm began moving through Burbank shortly after midnight. It’s a cold light rain that is falling  now in the Media City. Not a lot of rain is expected, but folks up in the Colby Fire burn areas of Glendora and Azusa have been told to be on the alert for possible mud and debris slides. ABC-7 meteorologist, Dallas Raines, says the showers will linger over the region into tomorrow afternoon and maybe longer near the foothills. Then, its fair skies, sunshine, and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Dark clouds gather over Burbank as spring storm approaches April 1, 2014

Storm clouds gather over Burbank

There is a pretty good chance of rain tonight in Burbank. This evening the wind kicked up and dark clouds rolled in. A storm is moving into the Southland tonight bringing the potential for rain through tomorrow. The high today in the Media City barely reached the low 60s — more cool temperatures in store for Wednesday.

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4.1 aftershock rattles the Southland today

A good size aftershock from Friday’s moderate quake rattled a section of the Southland this afternoon. The 4.1  magnitude shaker hit at 2:32 p.m. and was center about one mile southeast of Rowland Heights down in Orange County.  In the same area where last night’s 5.1 quake struck, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was described as a “… short jolt and then a rolling motion.. “by a resident who felt it. Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist with the USGS, sent out this tweet about the quake.... Read More →

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Earthquakes shake up the Southland and movie screenings of “Noah”

A lot of rocking and rolling in SoCal Friday evening as dozens of earthquakes rumble through the region.  A 3.6 magnitude quake near La Habra at 8:03 p.m.last night kicked off a swarm of shakers centered in Orange County. That was apparently a foreshock to a moderate 5.1 quake, which rolled and swayed through our area at around 9:09 p.m.. It  was felt in seven counties — from Ventura to the Mexican border.  We definitely felt that one here in Burbank! There have been more than 30... Read More →

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Earthquake rocks the Southland today!

  UPDATE: 8:12 a.m. The quake was felt as far north as Santa Barbara and south to Fullerton in Orange County. Seismologist, Robert W. Graves, says the quake was felt by so many people because the epicenter was so close to a population center. Graves, speaking at a news conference at Caltech in Pasadena,  also said “it is possible” the shaker could be a “foreshock” to an even larger quake. So far, no reports of serious injury or damage.   The Southland rocked this morning by an earthquake.... Read More →

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Daylight Saving Time and spring-like weather in Burbank

Spring-like weather arrived in Burbank this weekend just in time for Daylight Saving Time. You should spring forward Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m. or just turn your clocks an hour ahead before going to bed tonight. You lose an hour sleep, but gain an extra hour of daylight in the evening — more time for outdoor activities during the spring and summer months. Federal law does not required all states and territories to adhere to DST, but only a few pass up the opportunity. The... Read More →

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More stormy weather in Burbank and the Southland

Folks are scrambling to do some clean-up this morning before the next wave of stormy weather in Burbank and the Southland. The situation is pretty precarious in the nearby foothill communities of Monrovia, Azusa, and Glendora where they’re already dealing with mudslides, flooding, and mandatory evacuations effecting more than a a thousand homes. During yesterday’s deluge, trees were knocked down and a section of a warehouse roof collapsed in Burbank. We could get as much as another inch of rain as the next wave of stormy weather rolls... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/MediaCityG -- Traffic and rain on Olive Avenue in Burbank February 28, 2014

Powerful storm pounds Burbank and the Southland today

Burbank and the rest of the Southland is getting pounded today by much-anticipated winter storm slow rolling through our region. The strong system moved in overnight and is expected to linger through tomorrow bringing at least 2-to-4 inches in Los Angeles area and 4-to-7 inches in the valleys and Inland Empire. Along with tons of rain, this huge storm is packing fierce winds, whipping of high surf, and might even produce small hail , tornadoes, and waterspouts. Also, watch out for downed trees and fallen power lines. Accidents as well... Read More →

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NASA, California drought, and stormy weather

As the Southland gets ready for that second, much more powerful storm, there is still a lot of concern about the California drought. So now NASA is lending a helping hand. The space agency  partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) “… to apply advanced remote sensing and improved forecast modeling to better assess water resources, monitor drought conditions and water supplies, plan for drought response and mitigation, and measure drought impacts.” “Over the past two decades, NASA has developed capabilities to measure and provide useful... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/MediaCityG -- Cloudy skies over Burbank Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cloudy skies and sunshine in Burbank today, but rain is coming

Sunshine off and on in Burbank today, where it has been mostly cloudy skies and cool temperatures. The high is expected to reach only into the mid-60s. Weather watchers say a couple of winter storms are approaching the Southland and the raindrops are expected to start falling some time this evening. The storms are expected to deliver a one-two-punch to the Southland, with the second on Friday predicted to be a serious soaker. They saying these storms could produce some of the heaviest rains in three years! There is concern... Read More →

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Former Hancock Park home of actress Patricia Heaton bought by TV producer

Around the Southland: Creator of TV drama “Scandal” buys Hancock Park estate

The former Hancock Park estate of actress, Patricia Heaton, has sold again. This time to behind the camera super talent and TV writer/ producer, Shonda Rhimes. The deal for the 50,000 square foot property closed earlier this month for $8.8 million, according to the Trulia blog. The “Everybody Loves Raymond” star sold the property last May for $8 million. The new buyer put it back on the market in November for $8.99 million. The huge house has six bedrooms, library and gourmet kitchen. Outside, a guest... Read More →

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Mega Millions on a roll again balloons to $154 million!

No one picked all of the winning numbers in last night’s Mega Millions draw, so the jackpot rolled over to $154 million! That’s the richest jackpot for that game since last November. The Valentine’s Day numbers: 20, 28, 35, 71, 72 and the Mega Ball 7. While no ticket hit the jackpot, two had all of the lucky numbers except the Mega Ball. One was bought in New York the other right here in the Southland at Stop And Save  12946 North Bess... Read More →

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Uh-oh! Another warm-up in Burbank weather

Temperatures heating up again in the Southland with weather watchers predicting  70’s and 80’s for the rest of the week. By noon today, it was already 75 in Burbank and the high is expected to be near 80. This latest patch of hot, dry winter weather is in the forecast through Monday. Hopefully, there will be a dramatic change soon, which will include raindrops.    

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Earthquake shakes up the Southland today

Did you feel it? The Southland got hit with an earthquake this morning at 10:13 a.m. Apparently it was center  four miles south-southwest of Glendale and  two miles east-southeast of Hollywood, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  They say it measured 3.0. Here in Burbank, the shaker felt like a quick, sharp jolt.  So far no reports of damage from the minor quake.

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