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2Day in the SCV: March 19, 2010

Posted: March 18, 2010 8:49 p.m.
Updated: March 19, 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.

Picky eaters
What: A workshop to for parents to learn guidelines and tools to get children to eat more normal, healthy and nutritional foods.
When: 9-11 a.m.
Where: COC Center for Early Childhood, Education - Room B, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Contact: (661) 250-3708 or 

Healthy eating
Registered dietitian Stephanie Correnti will conduct a free six-week cooking demonstration on various food topics such as medically required meals, cooking on a budget, and more, including samples of low-salt and low-fat recipes (RSVP required)
When: 1-2 p.m.
Where: Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments, 26705 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus
Contact: (661) 259-9444, Ext. 110

Fish Fry
Who: St. Clare Catholic Church
What: Lenten Fish Fry. $7.50 for children and seniors; $8.50 for adults
When: 4:30-8 p.m.
Where: St. Clare Catholic Church, 19606 Calla Way
Contact: (661) 252-3353

Book signing
What: Connie Sparks will sign her two most recent books "Where's the Money: Big Dollars to Do Big Business Like the Big Boys" and "Entrepreneur's Guide for Starting a Business"
When: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Courtyard by Marriot, 28523 Westinghouse Place, Valencia
Contact: (661) 208-8229 or

Newsmakers ceremony
Who: SCV Press Club
What: 2008-2009 Newsmakers of the Year Awards. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and support for student journalism programs. Raffles only. ($70 for tickets)
When: 6 p.m. (cocktails) and 7 p.m. (dinner)
Where: Hyatt Regency Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive
Contact: Reservations: (661) 902-5590

Jazz at Hart
What: The Lori Andrews JazHarp Trio performs at the Hart Museum. (tickets $10 members, $15 non-members)
When: 8-9:30 p.m.
Where: William S. Hart Museum, 24151 Newhall Ave.
Contact: (661) 254-4584 or

2Day in History
Today is Friday, March 19, the 78th day of 2010. There are 287 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History: On March 19, 1860, lawyer, congressman, three-time Democratic presidential nominee and U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan was born in Salem, Ill.

Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton arrived outside New Delhi on the first presidential visit to India in 22 years as he opened a six-day trip through troubled South Asia.

One year ago: An Austrian jury sentenced Josef Fritzl, 73, to life in a psychiatric ward for locking his daughter in a dungeon for 24 years, fathering her seven children and letting one die in captivity as a newborn.

2Day's Birthdays
Former White House national security adviser Brent Scowcroft is 85. Theologian Hans Kung is 82. Author Philip Roth is 77. Actress Ursula Andress is 74. Singer Ruth Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) is 64. Actress Glenn Close is 63. Film producer Harvey Weinstein is 58. Actor Bruce Willis is 55. Playwright Neil LaBute is 47. Rock musician Zach Lind (Jimmy Eat World) is 34. Actress Abby Brammell is 31. Actor Craig Lamar Traylor is 21. Actor Philip Bolden is 15. 

AP Odd News
Police trying to unravel Boston art heist mystery

In the early hours of March 18, 1990, two thieves walked into Boston's elegant Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum disguised as police officers and bound and gagged two guards using handcuffs and duct tape. For the next 81 minutes, they sauntered around the ornate galleries, removing masterworks including those by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas and Manet, cutting some of the largest pieces from their frames.

By the time they disappeared, they would be credited with the largest art theft in history, making off with upward of a half-billion dollars in loot far too hot to sell.

Now, 20 years later, investigators are making a renewed push to recover the paintings. The FBI has resubmitted DNA samples for updated testing, the museum is publicizing its $5 million, no-questions-asked reward, and the U.S. attorney's office is offering immunity.

Two billboards on Interstate highways 93 and 495 are also advertising the reward.

"Our priority is to get the paintings back," U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said. "If someone had information or had possession of the paintings, immunity from prosecution is negotiable."

Investigators say they've largely ruled out some of the more popular theories, from the specter of a recluse billionaire art collector to the hand of notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger.

More likely, investigators say, the two were homegrown thieves with knowledge of the museum's security system - including the absence of a dead man's switch that would have alerted police once the guards became incapacitated. They might have even underestimated the breathtaking scope of their crime.

"I picture the thieves waking up the next morning and looking in the papers and saying, ‘We just pulled off the largest art theft in history,'" said Anthony Amore, the museum's security director.

The theft began around 1:24 a.m. when the two white men - one in his late 20s to mid-30s, the other in his early to mid-30s - overpowered the guards, according to an FBI report.

The two took their time. A full 24 minutes passed before they were first picked up on a motion detector entering the museum's second floor Dutch room, where the most valuable paintings were seized.

Mega Millions

3-22-48-52-56 Mega: 13
Draw date: Tuesday, March 16
Jackpot: $20 million

11-30-34-40-42 Mega: 1
Draw date: Wednesday, March 17
Jackpot: $26 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Thursday, March 18

Daily 4
Draw date: Thursday, March 18

Daily 3
Midday: 8-0-5
Evening: 4-3-7
Draw date: Thursday, March 18

Daily Derby
1st: 11 Money Bags
2nd: 12 Lucky Charms
3rd: 06 Whirl Win
Race time: 1:47.09
Draw date: Thursday, March 18


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