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2Day in the SCV: March 25, 2010

Posted: March 24, 2010 10:00 p.m.
Updated: March 25, 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.

Survival seminar
What: Free seminar on learning how to survive the need for long term care for yourself, family members or loved ones without going broke.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Hilton Garden Inn, The Old Road, Valencia
Contact: RSVP at (661) 295-9616

COC board meeting
What: The Santa Clarita Community College District, which oversees College of the Canyons, hosts its joint board meeting with the student government.
When: 2 p.m.
Where: COC Valencia campus board meeting room at Hasley Hall 137, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Contact: (661) 259-7800

Cent of a Woman workshops
What: Workshop designed to provide financial education on various topics such as budgeting, credit, investing, retirement and insurance.
When: 7-9 p.m.
Where: Betty Ferguson Foundation at 25510 Avenue Stanford, Suite 140
Contact: (661) 255-9555, Ext.  21

SCV Democrats meeting
What: Democratic Alliance for Action hosts its regular monthly meeting. Everyone welcome.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24505 Lyons Ave., Newhall
Contact: (661) 309-4322
Valencia High School’s Short Play Festival
What: Valencia High School’s Drama Club will sponsor a Short Play Festival. Admission $6, all audiences.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Valencia High School Theater, 27801 Dickason Drive Valencia

‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’
What: Rio Norte Junior High Drama Department presents “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (tickets $5).
When: March 25-27. Starts at 7 p.m. nightly
Where: Rio Norte Junior High’s multipurpose room, 28771 Rio Norte Drive.

Game of the Day
Who: Saugus at Canyon
What: Track and Field
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Canyon High School

2Day in History

Today is Thursday, March 25, the 84th day of 2010. There are 281 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History: On March 25, 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the state capitol in Montgomery, Ala., to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks.

Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton briefly visited Pakistan, where he met with the new military ruler, Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Five years ago: Losing still more legal appeals, Terri Schiavo’s father, Bob Schindler, said his severely brain-damaged daughter was “down to her last hours” as she entered her second week without the feeding tube that had sustained her life for 15 years.

One year ago: Pirates seized the Panama-registered, Greek-owned Nipayia with 18 Filipino crew members and a Russian captain off the Somali coastline.

2Day's Birthdays
Former astronaut James Lovell is 82. Feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem is 76. Singer Aretha Franklin is 68. Singer Elton John is 63. A Actress-comedian Mary Gross is 57. Actor James McDaniel is 52. Actress Brenda Strong is 50. Actress Marcia Cross is 48. Author Kate DiCamillo is 46. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker is 45. Former MLB All-Star pitcher Tom Glavine is 44. Actor Lee Pace is 31. Auto racer Danica Patrick is 28. Singer Katharine McPhee (“American Idol”) is 26. Actress-singer Aly Michalka is 21.

AP News
Voters to decide on pot
SACRAMENTO (AP) — California voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults, after the secretary of state on Wednesday certified the initiative for the November ballot.
It would become the first state to legalize recreational marijuana use if the proposition is approved. Marijuana use is legal for medicinal purposes in California and 14 other states, but the drug is illegal under federal law.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen certified that the petitions seeking to place the question on the ballot had more than 433,971 valid voter signatures, the minimum number needed to qualify.
If approved, the initiative would allow those 21 years and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, enough to roll several marijuana cigarettes. Residents also could cultivate the plant in limited quantities.
The proposal would ban users from ingesting marijuana in public or smoking it while minors are present. It also would make it illegal to possess the drug on school grounds or drive while under its influence.
Local governments would decide whether to permit and tax marijuana sales.
“The tide has turned,” said Dan Newman, a strategist with the campaign backing the measure. “The combination of the broken budget and dysfunctional cannabis laws have created the perfect storm for this initiative to pass in November.”
Opponents refer to marijuana as a gateway drug, meaning its use is believed to lead young people to try other, harder drugs. They worry that legalization would persuade more people to try it, worsening the nation’s drug culture.
“How can our kids say no when the adults around them are saying yes?” asked Aimee Hendle, a spokeswoman for Californians for Drug Free Youth.
Proponents of the measure say legalizing marijuana could save the state $200 million a year by reducing public safety costs and could generate tax revenue for local governments.
Stephen Gutwillig, California director for the Drug Policy Alliance, said certification of the ballot initiative marks a watershed moment in the decades-long struggle.
“Banning marijuana outright has been a profound disaster, fueling a massive, increasingly brutal underground economy, wasting billions in scarce law enforcement resources and making criminals of countless law-abiding citizens,” he said.
The initiative is the second proposal to qualify for the November 2010 ballot. The other is a $11.1 billion water bond measure that was pushed by state lawmakers.

Mega Millions
3-25-28-29-40 Mega: 13
Draw date: Tuesday, March 23
Jackpot: $29 million 

13-20-25-29-39 Mega: 21
Draw date: Wednesday, March 24
Jackpot: $29 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, March 24

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, March 24

Daily 3
Midday: 3-8-4
Evening: 9-6-6
Draw date: Wednesday, March 24

Daily Derby
1st: 12 Lucky Charms
2nd: 06 Whirl Win
3rd: 10 Solid Gold
Race time: 1:40.86
Draw date: Wednesday, March 24


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