August 6, 2008
Do the names Lori Drew, Megan Meier and Josh Evans ring a bell? This has been all over the news and is really hard to believe. The allegation is that St. Louis resident Lori Drew created a fake identify on MySpace in order to send nasty messages to a young girl named Megan Meier. Drew is a middle-aged woman and Megan was a 13-year-old girl. I say “was” because Meier committed suicide after receiving an especially hurtful e-mail from Drew. Drew’s fake MySpace account was opened in the name of “Josh Evans,” who was supposed to be a 16-year-old boy. Apparently, Drew wanted to know what Megan was telling others about Drew’s daughter.
May 2, 2009
With the rise of social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook, more and more people are creating communities of people with like-minded interests. Though these online communities are overwhelmingly secular, there is an indication that an increasing number of people are looking online to satiate their religious beliefs. What do you make of this? Is this a good thing? What are the potential downsides, and how would you deal with them? Online communities like Facebook and MySpace are just another way for people to connect and keep in touch, to express themselves and to learn about others.
September 22, 2007
Armenian-American R&B singer and songwriter Maria will have a signing party for her new CD, ?Special Delivery,? from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sidewalk Cafe, 901 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. For more information, go to www.myspace.com/singmaria. ? Illustrator/author Mike Mignola will be signing his book ?Baltimore: Or, the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire,? at 2 p.m. at Dark Delicacies, 4213 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank. He will be joined by Johnny Legend, who will be signing his latest DVD, ?
June 2, 2007
LOCAL STUDENTS CELEBRATE GRADUATING FROM UNIVERSITIES Jennifer Mavian was graduated from the University of San Diego on May 27. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. At the university, she studied abroad in Spain and participated in the 2006 Thanksgiving House, an annual project to renovate the home of an elderly homeowner. Mavian is a 2003 graduate of Burbank High School. Her father is Eric Mavian, of Temecula.
November 26, 2008
Warner Music posts strong fourth-quarter earnings Warner Music Group Corp., based in Burbank, beat Wall Street estimates Tuesday with a strong fourth quarter driven by digital revenue sales that grew by 28% from the same point last year. Revenue from Warner Music Group?s digital section comprised $167 million, or 20% of the company?s total proceeds in the fourth quarter ? a slight increase from $166 million in the third quarter but up 28% from $131 million from the same point last year.
June 20, 2009
Kitty Pants — a pampered Seal Point Himalayan whose MySpace page reveals a penchant for mathematics and playing Candy Land with his parents, Jim and Amy Roach — spent roughly nine days at Burbank Animal Shelter as resident No. A025524. In the months following Kitty Pants’ stay at the shelter from March 8 through March 18, a rash of e-mails, breathless news coverage and the efforts of Burbank’s finest have so far proved fruitless. As have a $650 reward and the $1,000 the couple spent on a private investigator and blanketing the area around their Manning Street home with fliers.
March 26, 2008
A Burbank-based Internet search engine company is helping users navigate the often overwhelming amount of information on the World Wide Web, with a little help from their own friends. CityWaboo.com builds upon the traditional idea of a searchable online directory, allowing users to not only hunt for businesses, restaurants and the like, but to immediately access reviews on the businesses in the results from friends who use the site. Users also have the option to search only the businesses that their friends recommend.
December 26, 2009
As the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close, my generation will get a chance, for the first time, to look back on the first 10 years of a new century. The last time this happened to a generation, television hadn?t been invented. At my 10-year high school reunion in November, we couldn?t help but talk about what we didn?t have in terms of technology. In the late 1990s, there was no so such thing as social networking, other than the instant messengers and BBS message boards that existed then.