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2Day in the SCV: March 16, 2010

Posted: March 15, 2010 11:14 p.m.
Updated: March 16, 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.

VIA luncheon
Who: Valley Industrial Association
What: The monthly VIA luncheon featuring a presentation from Lynette Madsen, president and CEO of BPG Consulting Inc., on protecting yourself and your business from identity theft ($40 members, $50 non-members)
When: 11:45 a.m.
Where: Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia
Contact: (661) 294-8088
Library groundbreaking
What: City officials host a groundbreaking event for the new downtown Newhall Library
When: 2 p.m.
Where: The corner of Lyons and Main Street in Old Town Newhall
Contact: (661) 255-4939 to RSVP

Planning meeting
What: The regular meeting of the Santa Clarita Planning Commission
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Santa Clarita City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd.

Newhall district meeting
What: The regular meeting of the Newhall School District governing board.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Newhall School District office, 25375 Orchard Village Road.
Contact: (661) 291-4000

Band concert
What: The advanced bands from Placerita Junior and Hart high schools present “A Rich Musical Heritage.” concert.
When: 7 p.m.    
Where: Hart Auditorium, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall

Debtor’s rights clinic

Who: Bet Tzedek and Temple Beth Ami
What: A free discussion for local residents who are either disabled or over the age of 55. Topics include bankruptcy, credit reports, debt collection and judgment enforcement.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Temple Beth Ami, 23023 Hilse Lane, Newhall
Contact: (661) 255-6410 or (323) 939-0506

Game of the Day
Who: Highland at Hart
What: Softball
When: 3:15 p.m.
Where: Newhall Park

2Day in history
Today is Tuesday, March 16, the 75th day of 2010. There are 290 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 16, 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel “The Scarlet Letter” was first published.

Ten years ago:
Independent Counsel Robert Ray said he found no credible evidence that Hillary Rodham Clinton or senior White House officials had sought FBI background files of Republicans.

Five years ago:
A jury in Los Angeles acquitted actor Robert Blake of murder in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, four years earlier. (A civil court jury later ordered Blake to pay Bakley’s four children $30 million, an award that an appeals court subsequently cut in half.)

One year ago:
Joining a wave of public anger, President Barack Obama blistered insurance giant AIG for “recklessness and greed” for handing its executives $165 million in bonuses after taking billions in federal bailout money.

2Day's Birthdays
Comedian-director Jerry Lewis is 84. Singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker is 68. Actor Erik Estrada is 61. Rock singer-musician Nancy Wilson (Heart) is 56. Actor Clifton Powell is 54. Rapper-actor Flavor Flav (Public Enemy) is 51. Folk singer Patty Griffin is 46. Actress Lauren Graham is 43. Actor Alan Tudyk is 39. Actor Tim Kang (TV: “The Mentalist”) is 37. Actress Brooke Burns is 32. Rock musician Wolfgang Van Halen is 19.

AP odd news
Two-for-one DUIs
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers needed just one traffic stop to make two arrests for drunken driving. Troopers said a highway patrol officer arrested a 42-year-old man for drunken driving after stopping him for speeding on Sunday. A short time later, a 29-year-old man arrived to take custody of the car. The officer determined he had driven to the scene while drunk.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that the second man also had an outstanding warrant for failure to report to jail from a prior DUI.

Both drivers were taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

Swiss designer creates dinosaur dung watch

A Swiss watchmaker is hoping to raise a stink with an expensive timepiece that eschews the trade’s standard gold, diamond or titanium fittings for a more earthy substance — dinosaur dung.

Vesenaz, Switzerland-based company Artya says the watch set in fossilized feces will sell for 12,000 ($11,290) and comes with a strap made with skin from an American cane toad.

Designer Yvan Arpa said Monday the coprolite came from a plant-eater that died about 100 million years ago in what is now the U.S.’

Green Bay’s most stolen street sign? Mullet place
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) —
The most frequently stolen street sign in Green Bay isn’t Lombardi Avenue, Reggie White Way or Brett Favre Pass. The distinction goes to a short street on the city’s southwest side. Its name brings to mind the helmet-style haircut of the 1980s — the cut perhaps best personified by country music singer Billy Ray Cyrus.

Mullet Place has disappeared so many times city crews have moved it higher on the street pole and out of reach.

Public Works manager Chris Pirlot jokes that the sign thief is probably in the witness protection program and doesn’t want anyone to know where he lives — that or it’s someone still stuck in the ‘80s.

Determined bulldog chews officer’s tires, bumper
What happened to a Chattanooga police officer’s car was certainly under the radar. A city police spokeswoman said Sunday that Officer Clayton Holmes had been checking traffic speeds with radar and stopped to fill out a report when he felt his car shaking. He found a bulldog chewing on the tires. After the dog attacked two passing cars and a second police car, officers used pepper spray and a Taser on it, but the animal wasn’t deterred.

Mega Millions
2-15-25-48-53 Mega: 41
Draw date: Friday, March 12
Jackpot: $12 million

9-15-20-24-43 Mega: 2
Draw date: Saturday, March 13
Jackpot: $21 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Monday, March 15

Daily 4
Draw date: Monday, March 15

Daily 3
Midday: 0-8-0
Evening: 2-6-0
Draw date: Monday, March 15

Daily Derby
1st: 06 Whirl Win
2nd: 01 Gold Rush
3rd: 04 Big Ben
Race time: 1:49.70
Draw date: Monday, March 15


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