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Cast your vote in the Fresno Bee’s People’s Choice Awards

Voting is now open for The Fresno Bee’s annual People’s Choice Awards — which lets The Bee readers voice their opinions on the best of what Fresno has to offer. The ballot (which you can see here) is more than 120 categories long and features everything from best yoga studio and car dealership (foreign, domestic and luxury) to radio personality and mortgage company.

These types of awards (both from The Bee’s and others) can be frustrating in that they aren’t always reflective of … actual reality. Taco Bell does not have the best Mexican food, anywhere. Just. No.

That said, anyone who believes that Fresno has some awesome, authentic businesses (and chain stores), should take this chance to get the word out. Just, don’t waste the vote on Walmart, Starbucks or Taco Bell, please.

Chuck Leonard wants a recount

Anchor posterLast weekend, The Bee published its annual People’s Choice Awards. At least one local celebrity felt jilted. After seeing the results, Tower/Downtown icon and internet “anchor” Chuck Leonard wrote to us demanding a recount.

It’s not something we have any control over, but hey …

There is absolutely no way that Warren Armstrong could have won this award. Did he make buttons that he passed out all over California? I think not. Did he have an awesome poster made by famous artist Aurora Pringle? No. Did he even beg for votes as I did? Probably not. My campaign manager (Kim Burly) worked tirelessly to assure my win and feels as slighted as I do. How could a TV news person possibly compete with an internet sensation like myself? I am sure that you will agree with me that there must have been a mistake somewhere along the way.

Your “Best Anchor” Chuck Leonard

Leonard currently hosts a show 4 p.m. Fridays on Central Valley Talk, but hints that he’ll be hosting a daily morning show on an unspecified TV channel starting in September. We wish him luck with the recount.

Fres-Know: We’re the people’s champ

VOTE: In this year’s People Choice Awards, which are now open. [People’s Choice 2013

YAY FRESNO: Fresno gets IBM “Smarter Cities” grant, $400,000 worth of consulting. [The Bee]

WELCOME TO THE INTERNET: A blog with a lofty goal — Million Cool Things Fresno. [MCTF]

SPEAK YOUR MIND: A call for ideas to improve Fresno. [Fresno Future]

MAKIN’ THE VALLEY PROUD: Olympian boxer Jose Ramirez turns pro. [The Bee]

COMING SOON: Season 2 of foodie web series “What’s Good, Fresno.” [YouTube]

YELP REVIEW OF THE WEEK:  Dude one-stars Piemonte’s, says it’s in decline. [Yelp]

FOLLOW UP: Fresno sweders featured on G4 TV’s “Attack of the Show.” [G4]

WATCH THIS: Fashawn’s new video, “Diamonds & Girls.” [YouTube]

CAN’T BEAT THE PRICE: This weekend’s Central California Auto Show is free. [The Bee]

YOUTUBE RANT OF THE WEEK: Six-minutes of complaining about a Fresno driver. [YouTube]

You Rate the Look: People’s Choice Awards

It’s award show season and that means we’ll have lots of fashion to critique over the next few months. We can start with last night’s People’s Choice Awards. Most stars tried to dazzle wearing cocktail dresses. There were lots of softer colors and a lot of white. My favorite was Selena Gomez, who looks cute and not over done for her age. Least favorite: Amanda Michalka. That dress looks like someone forgot to attach the skirt.

What do you think? You rate the look:

Selena Gomez:

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On TV tonight: ‘People’s Choice Awards’

D205Gs2ep205_Sc28_MY-2743.JPG “The 37th Annual People’s Choice Awards,” 9 p.m. KGPE (Channel 47.1): The results of how fans voted for the tops in TV, film and music will be revealed in the broadcast to originate from the Nokia Theater, L.A.

Clovis native Chris Colfer and the rest of the cast of “Glee” are in the running to win the Favorite TV Comedy award. The Fox series is going against “How I Met Your Mother,” “Modern Family,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men.”

Other “People’s Choice Awards” nominees include:

Favorite movie: “Alice in Wonderland,” “Inception,” “Iron Man 2,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” “Toy Story 3″

Favorite movie actor: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

Favorite movie actress: Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Kristen Stewart

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People’s Choice: You rate the dresses

Award season kicked off last night with the People’s Choice Awards. I never really care as much about who wins as I do about what people wear. The red carpet was filled with calf-length and super short-short sparkly dresses. Here are 20 little dresses from last night’s show. You rate the look. (My pick for best is Dania Ramirez and worst is Katie Cassidy.)

No. 1: Hayley Williams


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