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Today in the SCV: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012

Posted: August 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Water conservation class

What: Valencia Water Company customers who want the latest valuable tips on how to conserve water inside and outside their homes can attend a free class and receive a $30 credit on their water bill.

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Community Room at Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia 91355

Contact: 661-294-0828,

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Today in history

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 8, the 221st day of 2012. There are 145 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1963, an ancient redwood water tank that had been a Newhall landmark for half a century was dismantled. It was 20 feet high, 60 feet across and held 387,000 gallons of water, though 35,000 gallons leaked out per day in its final days of use.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 8, 1942, during World War II, six Nazi saboteurs who were captured after landing in the U.S. were executed in Washington, D.C.; two others who’d cooperated with authorities were spared.

Ten years ago: Saddam Hussein organized a big military parade and then warned “the forces of evil” not to attack Iraq as he sought once more to shift the debate away from world demands that he live up to agreements that ended the Gulf War. Bankrupt telecommunications firm WorldCom said it had uncovered another $3.3 billion in bogus accounting, adding to the $3.85 billion fraud it had revealed in June.

Five years ago: Space shuttle Endeavour roared into orbit with teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan on board. Screenwriter-director Mel Shavelson died in Studio City, Calif., at age 90.

One year ago: Eager to calm a nervous nation, President Barack Obama dismissed an unprecedented downgrade by Standard & Poor’s of the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA-plus, declaring: “No matter what some agency may say, we’ve always been and always will be a triple-A country.”



Actress Esther Williams is 91. Actor Richard Anderson is 86. Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, is 82. Actress Nita Talbot is 82. Singer Mel Tillis is 80. Actor Dustin Hoffman is 75. Actress Connie Stevens is 74. Rapper Kool Moe Dee is 50. Country singer Phil Balsley (The Statler Brothers) is 73. Actor Larry Wilcox is 65. Actor Keith Carradine is 63. Rhythm-and-blues singer Airrion Love (The Stylistics) is 63. Country singer Jamie O’Hara is 62. Movie director Martin Brest is 61. Radio-TV personality Robin Quivers is 60. Actor Donny Most is 59. Rock musician Dennis Drew (10,000 Maniacs) is 55. TV personality Deborah Norville is 54. Actor-singer Harry Crosby is 54.


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