August 14, 2014


Aries March 21 – April 19


As Venus sashays into Leo, your hopes increase for finding the love of your life. In fact, you may be tempted to take a gamble on love or business. If you're the entrepreneurial type, this could be an excellent time to explore ideas that have the potential to give a good return on your investment. However, you're no pushover. You have a real determination to conquer problems that may have held you back recently. Sunday is supremely perfect for a special celebration or romantic evening out.




Taurus April 20 – May 20


Home, sweet home is where you belong this week as the focus on domestic matters becomes even more creative, positive, and upbeat. If you've been thinking about enhancing your property, the influence of Venus might encourage you to go ahead. In addition, a very powerful transit on Friday might coincide with a decision that could change your life for the better. As Mercury eases into Virgo, your arts-and-crafts side may come out into the open, encouraging you to get busy. The weekend bodes well for a small windfall.




Gemini May 21 – June 21


You have bold, creative, inspiring, and impulsive ideas that can spur you on to greater success. The pleasures of romance, play, and creativity flow effortlessly your way, bringing congenial relationships and fun opportunities for you to enjoy. Mercury's move into Virgo puts the spotlight on home and family matters, enticing you to come to grips with household projects, removing clutter, and redecorating. You'll find it easier to think when you have more space around you. Sunday should be reserved for pure indulgence.




Cancer June 22 – July 22


An upbeat, positive frame of mind regarding finances gives you an advantage, as it allows you to see solutions that are beyond the grasp of others. An inventive and creative approach to money matters and accounting could give you more to spend on shopping and generally enjoying life. In addition, a budding relationship could heat up, showing signs of fiery passion and intense feeling. If tempted, you'll need to listen to your gut, as making the wrong decision could cost you dearly.




Leo July 23 – August 22


You may have an impulsive urge to express your opinions. If your ideas are challenged, agree to disagree in order to avoid upset. Plus, as Venus moves into your sign, you're at a peak regarding creativity, expression, and opportunities for growth and expansion. Dive in! Times like these don't come around very often. Later, as Mercury glides into Virgo, this is your chance to get down to the nitty-gritty regarding your accounts and finances. A practical approach to budgeting could save you money in the long run.




Virgo August 23 – September 22


Creative ideas have moneymaking potential, but you may find that you're at your most brilliant when you're meditating, relaxing, and reflecting on life. Take time out this week to harness your imagination for fun, pleasure, and profit. Guided meditation or visualization may help you to connect with feelings of abundance, success, motivation, and enjoyment. Your inner world could be a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. Mercury edges into your sign on Friday to encourage you to get on with projects that have been on the backburner.




Libra September 23 – October 22


As Venus, your personal planet, dances into Leo and your social sector, you'll be even more popular than you already are. There could be some fantastic opportunities waiting for you when you accept invitations, attend events, and generally make yourself available. A deeper motivation might incline you to sort out a financial bugaboo once and for all. Nothing can stop you if you put your mind to it. The weekend is promising for romance and fun, encouraging you to indulge to your heart's content.




Scorpio October 23 – November 21


If a problem has been eating away at you for some time, you'll find the resolve and determination to overcome it once and for all. At the same time, a focus on your career sector reveals that success may not be too far away. In order to enjoy it you'll need to showcase your abilities on a regular basis. In addition, mixing with the right people will put you in touch with folks who can use your skills and pay you well for them, too..




Sagittarius November 22 – December 21


You'll feel revitalized on all levels, so take the initiative to get what you want, and use the power of Mars in Scorpio to release old problems. The more willing you can be to drop hurt and resentment, the more you can focus on all the dynamic opportunities awaiting you just ahead. This week's alignment in Leo and your adventure sector may motivate you to explore the many sizzling options available. In addition, you'll want to prioritize your goals and make a plan that can help you achieve them.




Capricorn December 22 – January 19


You may want to indulge yourself, as this week's lineup entices you to dive in and have fun. When it comes to mixing and mingling, the presence of Mars in Scorpio linked with Pluto in your sign urges you to connect with people who have the same desires and ambitions as you. On the subject of money, the urge to enjoy an extravagant shopping spree may be too much to resist. However, Sunday is the day when you'll want to splurge even if it isn't justified.




Aquarius January 20 – February 18


You have everything going for you, making this week a particularly enjoyable one. The focus on Leo suggests that your social life and love life positively sizzle. There's so much going on for you that you could be spoiled for choice. Whether you're looking for love or in a long-term relationship, laughter and companionship will light up your days. In addition, you're forging ahead in your career with goals and ambitions, and you may be passionate in the extreme when it comes to finding success.




Pisces February 19 – March 20

The focus on lifestyle, health, and work amps up still further as Venus moves into Leo. Regarding diet and exercise, although you might have an eye on your figure, you'll likely find it hard to keep on the straight and narrow. Parties, get-togethers, and office lunches can all take their toll, and you may be hard-pressed to refuse a tasty treat. However, as Mercury edges into Virgo, a friend or sweetheart may attempt to reason with you so you don't undo all your hard work.

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August 14, 2014


LAWT News Service


Koffeehouse Music and Vitello’s restaurant are teaming up to present a weekly music series and competition starting Wednes­day, September 3, officials recently announced   The competition is now accepting online submissions from all singer/songwriters at, they said.


“Koffeehouse Music is known for showcasing Los Angeles’ most talented singer/songwriters and new bands, and over the years, has worked with nearly 1,000 musicians,” said a spokesperson for the event. 


The upcoming music series and competition, titled “A Showcase of Talent: L.A.’s Best Singer/Songwriters Compete,” will feature 25-40 singer/songwriters during the 12 week competition.  Cash prizes and in-kind products will be awarded to the winners. 


“With so much talent in the greater Los Angeles area, we wanted to create a competition where anyone could hear great music live in a competition format, outside of television,” states Koffeehouse’s founder Jeremy Koff.  “Vitello’s has always been one of my favorite restaurants and places to listen to music.”


“We’re very excited to partner with Koffeehouse Music and to bring to the Valley this great community of musicians,” says Brad Roen, VP/General Manager of Vitello’s Restaurant.


The competition is open to the public.  Initial submissions will be submitted online to  A panel of music experts will select the top choices for the live competition from the many hundreds of entries expected.  The selected artists will be featured in a 3 month competition, leading to a grand finale on the last night.  Additional information and contest rules can be found at

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August 07, 2014


ATLANTA (AP) — Steve Harvey thought moving his annual Neighborhood Awards from Las Vegas to Atlanta would be more economically feasible for his loyal radio listeners to attend.


“Probably 90 percent of my radio listeners are east of the Mississippi River,” the actor and comedian said. “Vegas was great to us. But I thought if we moved this to a hot city like Atlanta, economically we could save people a lot of money.”


Harvey is hosting the 12th annual national convention in Atlanta for the first time. The four-day event will be held at Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center, kicking off on August 7.


The Neighborhood Awards, which recognizes small-town business people, is expected to draw about 150,000 attendees.


Harvey called the cross-country move logical, because 2.1 million listeners of his “Steve Harvey Morning Show” are within a seven-hour drive radius from Atlanta.


Along with a shorter commute, ticket prices are being reduced by half compared to last year's cost of admission.


“We gave the award show back to the people,” said Rushion McDonald, who created the awards with Harvey. The event originated in Los Angeles under the name Hoodie Awards in 2001 and spent nine years in Las Vegas, bringing out celebs including Tyler Perry, Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson.


But the primary initiative behind the awards is to honor people and businesses that uplift their neighborhoods. The fan-nominated awards offer 12 categories including best church, beauty salon, barbecue restaurant, community leader, high school, barbershop and church choir.


This year’s performers include Robin Thicke, Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele, Tamela Mann, India.Arie, Johnny Gill and The Ray Chew Band. The convention will also have several seminars featuring Rev. Al Sharpton, Kandi Burress and Stephen A. Smith.


“This is like an unpretentious Grammy Awards,” Hamilton said. “I’m proud to be a part of an awards that uplifts every day, hardworking people. I love coming here to perform and see others do the same.”


Harvey, who started from humble beginnings and launched a successful career in entertainment, also wants regular folks to experience the limelight of the red carpet prior to the awards, which takes place Saturday night.


“This is to give the common man and business owner a round of applause,” Harvey said. “I’ve been walking down red carpets for so many years, getting awards. I’ve been very fortunate. I think recognizing the common man for their hard work is a great thing.”


Moving forward, Harvey and McDonald want to expand the brand of the awards. That’s why they changed the name from Hoodie to Neighborhood Awards for last year’s event.


“It’s just so hard to explain Hoodie,” he said. “It’s a lot easier to explain Neighborhood Awards. We’re still dealing with general marketing dollars. We had to make it more understandable.”


About 30 radio stations from across the country will broadcast the show live starting Thursday. For the first time, the show will be streamed on Harvey’s website or Neighbor­hood Awards free app.


Ultimately, the hope is to have the awards televised in the near future.


“This move is to educate what the Neighborhood Awards is about,” McDonald said. “We want to show how the awards is impacting everyday people.”

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August 07, 2014


Aries Mar 21 - Apr 19


Though there's a fun element to the week, you'll also be aware of a difficult issue that needs attention. For instance, the heady enjoyment of romance might contrast with problems around finances, which take the edge off of a date night or special occasion. Things might be made all the more difficult as your motivation could limp along on Thursday and Friday. You'll need to summon your energy and make a determined effort to face up to whatever is bothering you. It's party time over the weekend!




Taurus Apr 20 – May 20


There may be a power struggle going on, so be careful what you say if you want to come out of it looking good. Words can sting, especially at this time when Mars in Scorpio can encourage heated disagreements. Yet with a little diplomacy you'll be able to talk through matters and soothe ruffled feathers. Over the weekend the Full Moon in Aquarius suggests you may be in the spotlight for one reason or another. You'll also get a chance to reflect upon your goals and priorities.




Gemini May 21 - Jun 20


There's a lively social undertone this week encouraging you to pursue contacts, friendships, and memberships. Yet you may need to work hard at communicating with a significant other, particularly if you're not seeing eye-to-eye. Stubbornness could be a major stumbling block if neither of you is willing to compromise. Perhaps you both want the same thing in the end, which you'll find out by keeping the conversation going. Meanwhile, there's a chance of romance over the weekend.




Cancer Jun 21 - Jul 22


Directing your energy into the right channels brings opportunities for success. In this case, brainstorming moneymaking ideas and coming up with creative outlets for your talents could substantially increase your income. When it comes to romance, though, a love interest could be irritable and hard to please. Persuading the person to join you for a social outing or date night could be an uphill struggle. But the weekend Full Moon could be your saving grace in this regard, encouraging positive interaction.




Leo Jul 23 - Aug 22


You're vibrating to the social buzz of summer and eager to mix and mingle with pals and associates. And you're truly in your element with your astrological ruler, the Sun, in your sign. But you could be treading a fine line when it comes to home and family matters. Your upbeat mood could be offset by someone's darker and more manipulative energy. However, the Full Moon on Sunday may push you into saying things you've been holding back - to good effect.




Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22


Though you may be busy this week, the current lineup hints that this is a good time to relax and recharge. With a focus on your spiritual sector, your inner world and inner life may seem more appealing and even more important than your day-to-day circumstances. Meditating and reflecting on your goals and dreams could be particularly rewarding, especially if you've been feeling uncertain about a course of action. Time out can bring valuable insights and clarity concerning decisions that need to be made.




Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22


With partnership activity stimulated, there may be a few kinks and disagreements to work through before you can make progress this week. At times you could hit up against communication problems that might not yield easily to discussion or compromise. However, with a fabulous social scene showing up, time spent with friends can help ease any heartache. The result will be that you'll begin to see things from a healthier and more relaxed perspective. However, aim for sensitivity when dealing with loved ones.




Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21


A fortunate trend provides freedom of action and the chance to showcase your skills and abilities to good effect. With a sizzling focus on career, opportunities abound for enhancing work and business success. However, you may need to clear up unfinished business first in order to be ready for new and exciting projects. There could be a conflict of interest that you'll need to resolve before you can take advantage of the smorgasbord of favorable circumstances on offer. The Full Moon is excellent for partying over the weekend.




Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21


The urge to get away is strong, which could mean getting lost in a daydream, fantasy, good book, or movie. Equally, you'll be eager to travel to new places and explore new horizons. Whether or not you can take a trip now, contemplating one for the future may give you something to look forward to. Watch out for the Full Moon on Sunday, as feelings could be intense. Try not to do or say anything that you might regret at a later date - but do have fun!




Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19


An opulent lineup in your zone of shared resources hints at a windfall or increase in business and income. However, there could be a temptation to indulge. It could be all too easy to max out your credit card and come unstuck later. Budgeting may be a way to go in order to guard against this. In addition, your social life looks livelier than has been in some time. Use this opportunity to network with folks who pull the strings and make the decisions.




Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18


While it won't all be clear sailing in your career, a more focused and incisive frame of mind can make solid headway possible. When talking to others, you might need to ignore their words and instead go with your gut feelings, particularly when sussing out deals or job opportunities. However, relationships of all kinds continue to flourish. Whether you're in a long-term partnership or looking for love, the week ahead brings all the ingredients together for you to have as much fun as possible.




Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20

Where your job and lifestyle are concerned, whether you feel a restless stirring within or circumstances beyond your control provide the motivation, it's to your advantage to embrace the notion of change. Passions are strong when it comes to expanding your horizons in general, giving you the courage to make a bold move. The presence of Mars in Scorpio can push you to explore new options. You may be looking for something that speaks to your need for intense experiences that can transform your life.

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