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Today in the SCV: Wednesday, Aug. 22

Posted: August 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 22, 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 is Wednesday, Aug. 22, the 235th day of 2012. There are 131 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: This week in 1963, Walter F. Hauss was named superintendent of the Newhall School District to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Glen Hemminger.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln publicly responded to Horace Greeley’s “Prayer of Twenty Millions,” which had urged Lincoln to take more drastic steps in abolishing slavery; Lincoln replied that his priority was saving the Union, but also repeated his “personal wish that all men everywhere could be free.”

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush proposed to end the government’s “hands-off” policy in national forests and ease logging restrictions in fire-prone areas. A small plane carrying 18 people, including tourists from Germany, the United States and Britain, crashed in Nepal, killing all aboard.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush, addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, Mo., offered a fresh endorsement of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, calling him “a good guy, good man with a difficult job.” A U.S. helicopter crashed in Iraq, killing 14 soldiers. Hurricane Dean slammed into Mexico for the second time in as many days. The Texas Rangers became the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game, setting an American League record in a 30-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader. Poet and short story writer Grace Paley died in Thetford Hill, Vt., at age 84.

One year ago: Hurricane Irene cut a destructive path through the Caribbean, raking Puerto Rico with strong winds and rain and then spinning just north of the Dominican Republic. Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, died in New York at age 70.


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