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2Day in the SCV: March 8, 2010

Posted: March 7, 2010 11:18 p.m.
Updated: March 8, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Welcome to's "2day in the SCV," a compendium of today's events and a quick journey through the past, present and future.

2day in the SCV
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
What: Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital has embarked on a 15-year Mater Plan to add key services and capacity for our growing community and will be hosting an open house to discuss the progress of the hospital expansion.
When: 6:00p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Human Resources Building, 23871 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
Contact: RSVP to (661)200-2222

Active Parenting of Teens
Who: Santa Clarita Activities Center
What: Part of a six-week series teaching parents the skills required for parenting teens. Effectively handle family problems through clear communication and discipline. Special attention given to prevention guidelines for teen drug use, teen sex, and teen violence.    
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Santa Clarita Activities Center, Canyon Rooms A&B, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita, CA 91350
Contact: (661) 250-3708;  

DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids
Who: Valencia Hills Church 
What: DivorceCare meets weekly to help adults and children recover from the pain of separation and divorce. Learn to deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life. DivorceCare for Kids is designed for children 5-12.    
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.  
Where: Valencia Hills Church Offices, 25060 W. Avenue Standford, Valencia, CA  91354
Contact: (661) 755-1885; 

Personal Safety/Self Defense Workshop Series
Who: College of the Canyons 
What: This workshop starts a three-week series. It’s designed to free people of paranoia and empower them by making them aware. Free admission.     
When: 5:30-8:30 p.m.  
Where: College of the Canyons, WPEK 108, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Contact: (661) 362-3229; 

2day in history
Today is March 8, the 67th day of 2010. There are 298 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History: On March 8, 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclad CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimack) rammed and sank the USS Cumberland and heavily damaged the USS Congress, both frigates, off Newport News, Va.

Ten years ago:
President Bill Clinton submitted to Congress legislation to establish permanent normal trade relations with China. (The U.S. and China signed a trade pact in Nov. 2000.)

Five years ago:
President George W. Bush said authoritarian rule in the Middle East had begun to ease, and he insisted anew that Syria had to end its nearly three-decade occupation of Lebanon.

One year ago:
A suicide bomber struck a police academy in Baghdad, killing at least 30.

2day’s Birthdays
Actress Sue Ane Langdon is 74. Baseball player-turned-author Jim Bouton is 71. Actor-director Micky Dolenz is 65. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Jim Rice is 57. Singer Gary Numan is 52. Actor Aidan Quinn is 51. Actress Camryn Manheim is 49. Actress Andrea Parker is 40. Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is 34. Actor James Van Der Beek is 33. Rock singer Tom Chaplin (Keane) is 31. Rock musician Andy Ross (OK Go) is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kristinia DeBarge is 20.

AP odd news
Parking spot violence
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A long-running argument over a favorite McDonald’s parking spot has resulted in an assault conviction. A Colorado jury on Friday convicted 52-year-old Vernon Brandt of Loveland of felony third-degree assault for a 2008 fight with 85-year-old Richard Albers.

On the day of the assault, Albers walked up to Brandt’s truck because Brandt was blocking the spot Albers has been using almost every morning for 16 years. Albers tapped on Brandt’s door, and Brandt then swung open his truck door, knocking Albers to the ground. Brandt then allegedly got out of his car, grabbed Albers and threatened to fight him. Prosecutors said the men had argued over the spot before.

Accused scratch-off thief returns to same store

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Winter Haven man was arrested after authorities said he took a winning scratch-off ticket back to the store he had stolen it from a day earlier. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office reported that a 22-year-old man stole $70 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets from a Circle K store on Sunday. One of the tickets revealed a $50 prize.

When the man went back to the store on Monday to claim the money, a clerk who was aware of the theft asked the man for his driver’s license and wrote down the information. The clerk called the authorities, and deputies went to arrest the man.

He was charged with retail theft and later released on $250 bail.’

Police: Woman again tries using cabs to steal TVs
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Police said a North Pole woman accused in December of stealing televisions and hiring a cabbie as her getaway driver is now accused of trying it again. The Fairbanks Dail News-Miner reported that a 27-year-old woman was charged with second-degree felony robbery and misdemeanor theft in the Friday incident, which occurred just one week after she posted bail in the similar case last year.

The newspaper said the woman was arrested Friday after police were called to a Fred Meyer store on a report of a woman walking out without paying for a TV and trying to leave in a cab.

Court records said the woman was arrested late last year for going into a Sam’s Club on two occasions and allegedly stealing $6,000 worth of televisions, then loading them into a taxi.


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