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Today in the SCV: Friday Aug. 24, 2012

Posted: August 24, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 24, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Today in the SCV

Pastoral Center grand opening

What: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church celebrates the grand opening of its newly renovated Pastoral Center. Meet representatives of general contracting firm AMG & Associates Inc., members of the City Council and other community leaders.

When: 9:30-11 a.m.

Where: 23045 Lyons Ave., Newhall 91321


Movie screening at Hart Park

What: See a screening of “Puss in Boots.” Free. Snack and beverage vendors available on site.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: William S. Hart Park picnic grounds, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall 91321

Contact: Park office at 661-259-1750

‘The Marvelous Wonderettes’

What: Canyon Theatre Guild presents jukebox musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Tickets cost $15-17.

When: 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, through Aug. 31

Where: Canyon Theatre Guild Playhouse, 24242 Main St., Newhall 91321

Contact: 661-799-2702,

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Today in history

Today is Friday, Aug. 24, the 237th day of 2012. There are 129 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1977, a carjacker stole a camper with two 7-year-old girls sleeping in it. He drove as far as San Fernando Valley before one of the girls woke up and screamed, causing the thief to pull over and run away.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida, causing $30 billion in damage; 43 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm.

Ten years ago: The FBI uncovered human remains in an outbuilding behind the Oregon City, Ore., house of Ward Weaver III, a suspect in the case of 2 missing girls who lived across the street. (Authorities recovered the remains of 12-year-old Ashley Pond and 13-year-old Miranda Gaddis; Weaver later pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and was sentenced to 2 consecutive life terms in prison.)

Five years ago: A judge in Inverness, Fla., sentenced John Evander Couey to death for kidnapping 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, raping her and burying her alive. (Couey died in 2009.) James Ford Seale, a reputed Ku Klux Klansman, was sentenced to three life terms for his role in the 1964 abduction and murder of two black teenagers in southwestern Mississippi. (Seale died in 2011.) Major wildfires broke out in Greece, burning half a million acres and claiming 65 lives in 11 days.

One year ago: A defiant Moammar Gadhafi vowed in a broadcast to fight on “until victory or martyrdom” and called on residents of the Libyan capital and loyal tribesmen across his North African nation to free Tripoli from the “devils and traitors” who had overrun it. Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple Inc.; he was succeeded by Tim Cook. Mike Flanagan, a Cy Young winner and part of the Baltimore Orioles’ 1983 World Series championship team, was found dead outside his home in Monkton, Md.; he was 59.



Former Education Secretary Shirley Hufstedler is 87. Actor Kenny Baker (“Star Wars”) is 78. Composer-musician Mason Williams is 74. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marshall Thompson (The Chi-Lites) is 70. Rock musician Ken Hensley is 67. Actress Anne Archer is 65. Actor Joe Regalbuto is 63. Actor Kevin Dunn is 57. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is 57. Actor-writer Stephen Fry is 55. Actor Steve Guttenberg is 54. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is 52. Actor Jared Harris is 51. Talk show host Craig Kilborn is 50. Rock singer John Bush is 49. Actress Marlee Matlin is 47. Retired NBA All-Star Reggie Miller is 47. Broadcast journalist David Gregory (“Meet the Press”) is 42. Country singer Kristyn Osborn (SheDaisy) is 42.


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