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2Day in the SCV: Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010

Posted: December 15, 2010 9:15 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.

RSVP deadline for VIA luncheon
The Valley Industry Association hosts its regular monthly meeting and installs its Board of Directors for 2011. Costs $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers. RSVP required.
When: Dec. 21 at 11:45 a.m.
Where: Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia 91355
Contact: (661) 294-8088 or

Blood drive
Blood drive benefiting Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Appointment required.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: HMNMH/COC Clinical Education Center, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia 91355
Contact: (661) 253-8888 or, sponsor code “henrymayo”

Santa Clarita Women’s Club luncheon
Bring unwrapped new toys for the Toys for Tots project or clothes for children living at an orphanage in Mexico.
When: noon
Where: Odyssey Restaurant,15600 Odyssey Drive, Granada Hills 91344
Contact: (661) 259-5718

WorkSource Center workshop
The Santa Clarita WorkSource office hosts a class about job interview skills.
When: 2-4 p.m.
Where: University Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Suite 259, Valencia 91355
Contact: (661) 799-9675

Farmers market

What: Purchase locally grown produce and baked goods from professional grocers.
When: Every Thursday from 3-7 p.m.
Where: Downtown Newhall

Newhall ribbon-cutting
The City Council celebrates the completion of phase 2 of the Old Town Newhall Streetscape Project with a ribbon-cutting event.
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Intersection of Lyons Avenue and Main Street, Newhall
Contact: (661) 255-4939 or

Arts Commission meeting
The city’s Arts Commission hosts its regular meeting.
When: 6 p.m.
Where: City Council Chambers, 23920 Valencia Boulevard, Valencia 91355

Winter concert
Canyon High School’s winter concert, featuring marching band, concert band and jazz ensemble. Admission is free.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Canyon High School gym, 19300 Nadal St., Canyon Country 91351

2Day's Birthdays

Today is Thursday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2010. There are 15 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Dec. 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of tea into Boston Harbor to protest tea taxes.

Ten years ago: President-elect George W. Bush selected Colin Powell to become the first African-American secretary of state.

Five years ago: In a stinging defeat for President George W. Bush, Senate Democrats blocked passage of a new Patriot Act to combat terrorism at home. (The result was a revised Patriot Act signed by Bush in March 2006.)

One year ago:
Two hundred Mexican sailors raided an upscale apartment complex and killed reputed drug cartel chief Arturo Beltran Leyva in a two-hour gunbattle.

2Day's Birthdays

Civil rights attorney Morris Dees is 74. Actress Joyce Bulifant is 73. Actress Liv Ullmann is 72. CBS news correspondent Lesley Stahl is 69. TV producer Steven Bochco is 67. Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons is 66. Pop musician Tony Hicks is 65. Pop singer Benny Andersson is 64. Actor Ben Cross is 63. Actor Jon Tenney is 49. Actor Benjamin Bratt is 47. Actress Hallee Hirsh is 23. Actress Anna Popplewell is 22.

Copper thief burns down tree

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Talk about a Grinch: Police say someone trying to steal copper wire burned down the city of Birmingham’s 35-foot-tall Christmas tree.

Officers say someone stripped electrical wires off the Norwegian Spruce at Linn Park about 4 a.m. Wednesday, then started a fire. Police believe thieves were attempting to separate the copper wire from the plastic insulation on Christmas decorations.

But the fire spread to the tree, engulfing it in flames. Public works crews later used heavy machinery to remove the blackened limbs and trunk.

Parks director Melvin Miller said the tree wouldn’t be replaced, but a radio station donated a new one within hours.

Suit: Capital One sent woman $286 million bill
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — How much is in your wallet?

A suburban Philadelphia woman is suing credit card company Capital One after she received a bill for just less than $300 million.

Patrice Perry sued the company last week, saying she endured months of harassment before receiving the massive bill in August. Perry says the $286,651,237 bill was accompanied by letter threatening legal action if she did not submit her payment in the included envelope.

Money flying from window gives away Ala. robbers
CEDAR BLUFF, Alabama (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say all they had to do to catch six bank robbery suspects was follow the money flying out the window of a speeding car.

The Gadsden Times reports that a deputy spotted the red Nissan Maxima cruising down a state highway, the cash left in its wake.

Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver says four gunmen took an undisclosed amount of money during the robbery Tuesday at Union State Bank.

He says the six suspects ditched their first getaway car and got into the Maxima to try and throw off authorities.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
18‑22‑25‑31‑38 Mega: 29
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 14
Jackpot: $123 million

6‑8‑14‑23‑26 Mega: 4
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 15
Jackpot: $12 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 15

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 15

Daily 3
Midday: 5‑3‑9
Evening: 2‑1‑7
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 15

Daily Derby
1st: 12 Lucky Charms
2nd: 11 Money Bags
3rd: 09 Winning Spirit
Race time: 1:44.89
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 15


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