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2Day in the SCV: Saturday, July 3, 2010

Posted: July 2, 2010 8:39 p.m.
Updated: July 3, 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.

Elsmere Canyon hike
The Community Hiking Club hosts a short and easy 5-mile loop hike at Elsmere Canyon. Bring lots of water and a snack.
When: Meet at 7 a.m. for a 7:15 a.m. departure
Where: Meet at the MRCA green gate at the end of the Park and Ride located at Newhall Avenue and Highway 14.

Spanish speakers hike
The Community Hiking Club hosts a hike in Placerita Canyon for Spanish speakers. Bring lunch or snacks and lots of water.
When: Meet at 8:15 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. departure
Where: Meet at Placerita Canyon Nature Center at Canyon Trail Head Wood sign (between the trailer and the new nature center)

Acton Fourth of July parade
The Acton community hosts a Fourth of July parade with the theme, “Acton: Community with a Heart.”
9 a.m.
Where: The parade runs from Crown Valley Road at Aliso Street to Smith Avenue.

Morning storytime
Barnes & Noble Bookstore hosts morning storytime for toddlers.
When: Mondays and Saturdays at 10 a.m.
Where: 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia
Contact: (661) 254-6604

2Day in History

Today is Saturday, July 3, the 184th day of 2010. There are 181 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History: On July 3, 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops retreated.

Ten years ago:
President Bill Clinton made a congratulatory telephone call to Mexican President-elect Vicente Fox, a day after Fox’s election.

Five years ago:  A NASA space probe, Deep Impact, hit its comet target as planned in a mission to learn how the solar system formed.

One year ago:
In a surprise announcement, Sarah Palin said she would resign as Alaska governor, effective July 26, 2009. Vice President Joe Biden visited Baghdad, where he pressed Iraqi leaders to do more to foster national reconciliation and offered U.S. assistance in that goal.

2Day's Birthdays

Actor Tim O’Connor is 83. Movie director Ken Russell is 83. Jazz musician Pete Fountain is 80. Playwright Tom Stoppard is 73. Writer-producer Jay Tarses is 71. Singer Fontella Bass is 70. Actor Kurtwood Smith is 67. Actor Michael Cole (“The Mod Squad”) is 65. Country singer Johnny Lee is 64. Humorist Dave Barry is 63. Actress Betty Buckley is 63. Rock singer-musician Paul Barrere (Little Feat) is 62.

AP Odd News
Contract dispute mars integrity of hot dog title
TOKYO (AP) — Former world hot-dog eating sensation Takeru Kobayashi of Japan wants to compete in this weekend’s annual Fourth of July contest on Coney Island, but still can’t agree to a contract with the organizers.

Kobayashi, one of the world’s premier competitive eaters, won the contest for six years up to 2007 and then had to settle for second-place finishes behind American Joey Chestnut. He moved to New York in March so he could train with local hot dogs.

But his chances of getting revenge this weekend against Chestnut, from San Jose, Calif., seem slim because of a contract dispute with the event’s organizer. Kobayashi, 32, has balked at signing an exclusivity clause with the group, and can’t compete unless he does.

“I really want to compete in the event,” Kobayashi told Japan’s Kyodo news agency.
In a report from New York on Friday, Kyodo quoted Kobayashi as saying the event “holds a special place in my heart,” but added he did not agree with the conditions.

Kobayashi became a celebrity and a hero in Japan by eating his way to victory from 2001 to 2006, a feat that remains unmatched.

But Chestnut has won the title for the last three years, setting a world record by scarfing down 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes last year. Two years ago, Chestnut beat Kobayashi in a five-dog eat off, after they tied at 59 franks each.

Pet rooster runs afoul of Michigan legal system
PETOSKEY, Michigan (AP) — Beaker the rooster can’t beat the man.

The northern Michigan fowl whose address has been the focus of at least two court challenges is passing on the chance to crow before the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Andy and Sharon Peters, Beaker’s owners, have instead opted to send the animal to the Second Chance Ranch and Rescue in Petoskey.

Authorities in September said the couple violated a county ordinance by having a farm animal on residential property. The Peters unsuccessfully fought the decision in Emmet County 90th District Court and 57th Circuit Court.

Police seek mischief maker in leprechaun garb

BOULDER, Colorado (AP)— Police responding to reports of a man leaping between cars in a Colorado supermarket parking lot didn’t need a detailed description of the suspect. Boulder Police Sgt. Fred Gerhardt said witnesses on Wednesday reported a man was dressed as a leprechaun and pretending to shoot at people with his fingers.

Witnesses told police the man may have made obscene gestures.

Gerhardt said they likely called police because the man “was acting bizarre.”

Officers did not find anyone matching the description of the leprechaun.

California Lottery

Mega Millions
1-10-12-32-36 Mega: 25
Draw date: Friday, July 2
Jackpot: $25 million

2-9-10-39-46 Mega: 19
Draw date: Wednesday, June 30
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Friday, July 2

Daily 4
Draw date: Friday, July 2

Daily 3
Midday: 0-9-8
Evening: 8-3-5
Draw date: Friday, July 2

Daily Derby
1st: 05 California Classic
2nd: 04 Big Ben
3rd: 06 Whirl Win
Race time: 1:42.85
Draw date: Friday, July 2


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