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2Day in the SCV: March 12, 2010

By Signal Staff and Wire Services

Posted: March 11, 2010 10:19 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Mean Girls: Helping Daughters Survive
Who: Rancho Pico Junior High School
What: This workshop shows parents how to help their daughters survive cliques, gossip, boyfriends and the "mean girl" culture. Case conferencing is included to allow parents to discuss their specific situations.
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Rancho Pico Junior High School Library, 26250 Valencia Blvd., Santa Clarita, 91381
Contact: (661) 362-3531

Daybreak Toastmasters
What: Toastmasters members learn to speak to groups and work with each other in a supportive environment. Each meeting gives every member an opportunity to practice and be evaluated.
When: 7-8 a.m.
Where: City Hall Council Chamber, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Santa Clarita 91355
Contact: (661) 703-5226;

Castaic Union School District meeting
Who: Castaic Union School District
What: Regular meeting of the governing board
When: 6:30 p.m. public session
Where: District office, 28131 Livingston Ave., Valencia
Contact: (661) 257-4500

SCV Jaycees meeting
SCV Jaycees
What: Monthly meeting for those interested in joining the local chapter of the networking organization.
When: 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Paseo Club & Bar, 27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia
Contact: Claudia Sheridan at

Resume building workshop
Who: Santa Clarita WorkSource
What: Resume building workshop
When: 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: WorkSource, College of the Canyons - University Center 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road #250, Santa Clarita 91355
Contact: 661-799-9675

2day in History
Today is Friday, March 12, the 71st day of 2010. There are 294 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History: On March 12, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of his 30 radio "fireside chats," telling Americans what was being done to deal with the nation's economic crisis.

Ten years ago: In an unprecedented moment in the history of the church, Pope John Paul II asked God's forgiveness for the sins of Roman Catholics through the ages, including wrongs inflicted on Jews, women and minorities.

Five years ago: Brian Nichols, who had slain a judge and three other people, surrendered to authorities in suburban Atlanta after holding Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment. (Nichols was later sentenced to life in prison.)

2day's Birthdays
Actress Barbara Feldon is 77. Singer Al Jarreau is 70. Actress-singer Liza Minnelli is 64. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is 63. Singer-songwriter James Taylor is 62. Actor Jon Provost ("Lassie") is 60. Rock musician Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) is 54. Actor Jerry Levine is 53. Former MLB All-Star Darryl Strawberry is 48. Actor Aaron Eckhart is 42. Rock musician Graham Coxon is 41. Country singer Holly Williams is 29. Actor Samm Levine is 28. Actor Tyler Patrick Jones is 16.

AP Odd News
The key to auto theft
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Police said a man did more than take a pickup for a spin during a test drive this week. Red Star Auto of Lincoln reported a pickup had been stolen Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. The dealership’s owner said a 39-year-old man had taken the truck for a test drive earlier Tuesday.

Police believe the man stopped during the test drive to have a copy made of the truck’s key. He returned the truck to the lot, but police believe he stole it overnight using the duplicate key.

The dealership owner drove to the man’s address and found the truck parked about 10 blocks away.

Police arrested the man, and he was still in the Lancaster County jail Thursday morning.

‘I’m drunk. Do what you gotta do.’
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — Kingsport Police have filed a 10th DUI charge against a driver who was going about 20 mph on Interstate 26 and weaving. The Kingsport Times-News reported that the 57-year-old man told the officer on Tuesday, "I’m drunk. Do what you gotta do." The police report stated that when asked to take sobriety, breath or alcohol tests, the man kept repeating that he was drunk.

Police charged him with DUI, violation of the implied consent law and being a habitual motor offender.

The man has no driver’s license. Police said it had earlier been revoked for repeated offenses.

Icky snail tale
MIAMI (AP) — Devotees of a man claiming to practice a traditional African religion said they had to ingest the mucus of a giant African snail that sickened them. Federal authorities in January raided the Miami man’s home after receiving complaints. The man has not been criminally charged, but prosecutors and state and federal wildlife agencies are investigating. The giant African snail is prohibited in the United States without special approval.

Experts said it devastates new ecosystems. The snail grows up to 10 inches long, can reproduce on its own and can even eat plaster.

Garbage plan
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The animal rights group PETA is offering to help the cash-strapped city of Colorado Springs by paying to put trash cans back in parks — on one condition. The cans have to carry an anti-meat slogan and a picture of a woman in a lettuce bikini.

The city stopped picking up trash in parks to save money, and all the trash cans have been removed.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals told city officials Wednesday they’d pay for new trash cans saying "Meat Trashes the Planet."


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