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2Day in the SCV: Thursday, July 8, 2010

Posted: July 7, 2010 5:27 p.m.
Updated: July 8, 2010 4:30 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.

Toastmasters meeting
What: Toastmasters hosts a meeting where members learn to speak to groups and work with others in a supportive environment.
When: 7-8 a.m.
Where: Santa Clarita City Hall Council Chambers, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia
Contact: Jenny Nemitz, (661) 703-5226, or

Farmers market

What: The farmers market in Newhall features vendors who offer fresh produce and products.
When: 3-7 p.m.
Where: Market Street in Newhall

Sanitation District workshop
What: The Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District hosts an informational workshop.
When: 1 and 7 p.m.
Where: City Hall Council Chambers, 23920 Valencia Blvd.

Castaic Union meeting

What: The Castaic Union School District governing board hosts its regular meeting.
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: District office, 28131 Livingston Ave., Valencia
Contact: (661) 257-4500
SCV Jaycees meeting
What: The SCV Jaycees host a general membership meeting.
When: 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Paseo Club and Bar, 27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia
Contact: RSVP at

Don’t go there

What: The California Department of Transportation closes Highway 14 and Interstate 5 lanes, ramps and connectors as part of a $161-million improvement project to construct carpool lanes and a direct carpool lane connector at the I-5 and Highway 14 interchange.
When: Through Friday
Where/When: (Highway 14) southbound Highway 14 connector to northbound Interstate 5: 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.; Up to two lanes of the southbound Highway 14 connector to southbound Interstate 5: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; all lanes of Highway 14 southbound connector to southbound Interstate 5: 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. (Interstate 5) Northbound truck route collector road: 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.; one lane of northbound Interstate 5 connector to northbound Highway 14: 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.; southbound Balboa Boulevard off-ramp: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.; southbound Interstate 5 connector to northbound Highway 14: 9 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.; one lane of the southbound truck route collector road: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; all lanes of the southbound truck route collector road: 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Today is Thursday, July 8, the 189th day of 2010. There are 176 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History
On July 8, 1950, President Harry S. Truman named Gen. Douglas MacArthur commander-in-chief of United Nations forces in Korea. (But Truman ended up sacking MacArthur for insubordination nine months later, replacing him with Lt. Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway.)

Five years ago: Group of Eight leaders meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland, unveiled a $50 billion package to help lift Africa from poverty and pledged new joint efforts against terrorism in response to the deadly London bombings the day before. Hurricane Dennis pounded Cuba, resulting in 16 deaths.

One year ago: Group of Eight leaders, including President Barack Obama, pledged to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

2day's birthdays
Singer Jerry Vale is 78. Singer Steve Lawrence is 75. Actor Jeffrey Tambor is 66. Ballerina Cynthia Gregory is 64. Actress Kim Darby is 63. Children’s performer Raffi is 62. Actress Anjelica Huston is 59. Writer Anna Quindlen is 58. Actor Kevin Bacon is 52. Rock musician Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) is 49. Country singer Toby Keith is 49. Singer Ben Jelen is 31. Musician Jamie Cook (Arctic Monkeys) is 25. Actor Jake McDorman is 24.

Do the chores, or else
VILLA RICA, Georgia (AP) — Authorities have charged a 29-year-old man with aggravated assault and false imprisonment after they allege he held his mother hostage for failing to iron his clothes. Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Marc Griffith said the man remained in jail Wednesday without bond. The unidentified woman was not harmed in the June 30 incident.

Griffith said the man, who lives with his parents, wanted his mother to do some ironing because it was “woman’s work.”

When she refused, authorities allege he pulled out a gun, and took his 51-year-old mother’s keys and cell phones and refused to let her leave for at least six hours.

She eventually escaped and went to a police station. Authorities were able to get the mn out without incident.

Bad set of teeth end negotiations for sex in Florida
GAINESVILLE, Florida (AP) — A man went to the police after getting robbed by a woman he intended to pay for sex, but refused when she flashed a smile full of bad teeth. The man told investigators he and a 25-year-old woman were negotiating a price until he noticed her dental problems. He told police that after he resisted, she snatched a checkbook containing $78 from his shirt pocket and fled.

The man told authorities the woman did not realize that he had tucked a wad of cash into her bra and that she got scared and ran away.

The woman was arrested on a robbery charge.

Gainesville police said it was unlikely the man would face misdemeanor charges for solicitation, because he was the victim of a felony.

Still not a drive-thru liquor store
ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities said a 75-year-old woman drove her car through the front of an Atlanta liquor store on Monday — and it’s not the first time. Constance Chapman tells police her brakes went out Monday afternoon while she was trying to park at Green’s package store along Ponce de Leon Avenue, a major thoroughfare in the city’s Midtown neighborhood.

Her white Mazda Miata crashed through the front window, pinning worker Jenetha Gardiner between a broken window and a shelf. Gardiner was taken to Atlanta Medical Center to be treated for a head injury cause by a falling bottle of liquor.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
8-18-45-47-50 Mega: 36
Draw date: Tuesday, July 6
Jackpot: $43 million 

2-6-9-10-21 Mega: 24
Draw date: Wednesday, July 7
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, July 7

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, July 7

Daily 3
Midday: 6-7-7
Evening: 7-7-9
Draw date: Wednesday, July 7

Daily Derby
1st: 01 Gold Rush
2nd: 10 Solid Gold
3rd: 08 Gorgeous George
Race time: 1:48.24
Draw date: Wednesday, July 7


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