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Today in the SCV: Monday, May 7, 2012

Posted: May 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.

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DivorceCare for kids, adults
What: Divorce workshop for children and adults.
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Valencia Hills Church, 25060 W. Ave. Stanford, Suite 160, Valencia 91354
Contact: 661-775-1885

‘Live Life to the Plus'
What: Dr. David Phillips gives a free presentation on sports medicine and healthy living.
When: 7-8:15 p.m.
Where: The Paseo Club, 27650 Dickason Drive, Valencia 91355
Contact: 661-713-4040

Meditation group
What: The SCV Mindful Meditation Group holds its weekly session involving different meditation techniques. Free.
When: 7-8 p.m.
Where: SCV International Charter School, 28060 Hasley Canyon Road, Suite 200, Castaic 91384
Contact: Gary Sanders at 818-693-6843

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Today in history
Today is Monday, May 7, the 128th day of 2012. There are 238 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1934, a small blaze erupted from the drop letter box at the post office. A woman discovered the blaze when she went to mail a letter. She fled to the telephone office, sent in the alarm, then brought back a pail of water which was thrown through the letter slot to extinguish the fire.

Today's Highlight in History: On May 7, 1812, English poet Robert Browning was born in London.
Ten years ago: Authorities arrested 21-year-old college student Luke J. Helder in a series of rural mailbox bombings that left six people wounded in Illinois and Iowa. (Helder was later found incompetent to stand trial, but remains incarcerated.) A China Northern Airlines jetliner crashed into the Yellow Sea, killing 112 people; Chinese authorities later blamed a saboteur who'd set a fire on board. An EgyptAir jetliner with 62 people aboard crashed in Tunisia, killing 14. Fifteen Israelis were killed by a suicide bomber at a pool hall in suburban Tel Aviv. Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew died at age 28, 25 years to the day after his victory in the Kentucky Derby.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush welcomed Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to the White House, drawing laughter when he mistakenly started to say that the queen had helped the U.S. celebrate its bicentennial in "1776," then quickly corrected himself to say "1976." Six Muslim immigrants from the former Yugoslavia and the Middle East were arrested and accused of plotting to massacre U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J. (Five were later convicted in federal court of conspiring to kill military personnel; the sixth was charged only with gun offenses, and pleaded guilty.) Yahweh Ben Yahweh, a former cult leader in Miami linked to nearly two dozen gruesome killings in the 1980s, died at age 71.

One year ago: The U.S. released a handful of videos seized from Osama bin Laden's hideout showing the terrorist leader watching newscasts of himself amid shabby surroundings. The Taliban unleashed a major assault on government buildings throughout Kandahar, Afghanistan. Animal Kingdom sped past the leaders in the turn at Churchill Downs and roared down the middle of the stretch to win the Kentucky Derby. Justin Verlander threw his second career no-hitter, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 9-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. World Golf Hall of Famer Seve Ballesteros, 54, died in Pedrena, Spain. Former General Motors Chairman and CEO Robert Stempel, 77, died in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Today's birthdays
Former Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., is 80. Singer Jimmy Ruffin is 73. Actress Robin Strasser is 67. Singer-songwriter Bill Danoff is 66. Rhythm-and-blues singer Thelma Houston is 66. Rock musician Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) is 66. Rock musician Prairie Prince is 62. Movie writer-director Amy Heckerling is 60. Actor Michael E. Knight is 53. Rock musician Phil Campbell (Motorhead) is 51. Country musician Rick Schell is 49. Rock singer-musician Chris O’Connor (Primitive Radio Gods) is 47. Actress Traci Lords is 44. Singer Eagle-Eye Cherry is 41. Actor Breckin Meyer is 38. Rock musician Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) is 26. Actor Taylor Abrahamse is 21.


AP Odd News
Gorilla gets jaw surgery

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — It was a bit of a zoo at the Nebraska Medical Center over the weekend, when a special patient came in for jaw surgery.

Motuba, a 27-year-old silverback gorilla, needed a CT scan after a scuffle Thursday night with another gorilla, said Doug Armstrong, director of animal health at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. The zoo can’t perform the scan, so it contacted the hospital, whose staff has been consulted on animal cases in the past.

“It wasn’t life threatening but we knew we had to address it,” Armstrong said.

Motuba is among four silverbacks that socialize at the zoo. Armstrong said Motuba and one of the younger gorillas apparently got into a fight that left the older gorilla with a fractured jaw that pushed three of his teeth outward. No one saw the fight, so it’s unclear exactly what happened.

“It’s just the nature of male gorillas that you have conflicts,” Armstrong said, noting that the group dynamics have been in a state of flux for a few weeks, with the younger ones trying to secure a more prominent role.

After surveying Motuba’s injuries, doctors removed a piece of the gorilla’s jaw and the askew teeth. While a human could have had his or her jaw repaired and wired shut to heal or could have had teeth replaced with dentures, those treatments don’t work for gorillas, Armstrong said.

Motuba will be on a special soft diet for the next week and kept off display until zoo staff can assess how his peers will react to his return, he said.

Hospital spokesman Paul Baltes said the gorilla was kept separate from human patients, and the medical center’s infection-control department was involved in the procedure to ensure there was no contamination. Areas of the hospital that the gorilla was in will be thoroughly cleaned.


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