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Today in the SCV: Friday Jan. 11, 2013

Posted: January 11, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 11, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Today in the SCV

COC provides business training
College of the Canyons hosts the “Essential Steps for Writing a Business Plan” seminar 10 a.m. to noon today. Participants will learn how to achieve their goals through training in budgeting and analyzing finances, as well as receive tips on marketing and business development. Tickets are $35, with $2 parking fee.

Go board game club
Go is one of the most challenging games ever discovered, and is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. It is the oldest board game on Earth played in its original form. It is easily learned by a 4-year-old child, yet too complex for the world’s best computers to beat an advanced beginner. The event will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. at C.A.R.E. Learning Academy at 26370 Diamond Place, unit 506, Santa Clarita, 91350. For information, call 661-644-8720.

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Today in history

Today is Friday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2013. There are 354 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1996, Jet Collado, 26, pleaded no contest to charges of extortion and kidnapping. The Lancaster man faced more than 14 years in prison after admitting he held his ex-boss’ wife hostage at gunpoint.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 11, 1913, the first enclosed sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, went on display at the 13th National Automobile Show in New York.

Ten years ago: Calling the death penalty process “arbitrary and capricious, and therefore immoral,” Illinois Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of 167 condemned inmates, clearing his state’s death row two days before leaving office.

Five years ago: Bank of America said it would buy Countrywide Financial for $4.1 billion in stock in a deal rescuing the country’s biggest mortgage lender. Authorities in Jacksonville, N.C., found the remains of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Frances Lauterbach in the yard of Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean, a comrade she had accused of raping her. (Laurean, who fled to Mexico, was later arrested and sent back to the U.S.; he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.) Former Olympic track gold medalist Marion Jones was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs and her role in a check-fraud scam. Sir Edmund Hillary, who conquered Mount Everest, died in Auckland, New Zealand, at age 88.

One year ago: Joran van der Sloot, the longtime suspect in the still unsolved disappearance of American Natalee Holloway in Aruba, pleaded guilty in Lima to the 2010 murder of a Peruvian woman, Stephany Flores; he was sentenced to 28 years in prison. French TV cameraman Gilles Jacquier was killed while filming a pro-government rally in Homs, Syria; he was the first Western journalist to die in the Syrian uprising.



Producer Grant Tinker is 88. Actor Rod Taylor is 83. Composer Mary Rodgers is 82. The former prime minister of Canada, Jean Chretien, is 79. Actor Mitchell Ryan is 79. Actor Felix Silla is 76. Movie director Joel Zwick is 71. Country singer Naomi Judd is 67. World Golf Hall of Famer Ben Crenshaw is 61. Singer Robert Earl Keen is 57. Actress Phyllis Logan (TV: “Downton Abbey”) is 57. Musician Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) is 55. Actress Kim Coles is 51. Actor Jason Connery is 50. Contemporary Christian musician Jim Bryson (MercyMe) is 45. Rock musician Tom Dumont (No Doubt) is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Maxee Maxwell (Brownstone) is 44. Movie director Malcolm D. Lee is 43. Singer Mary J. Blige is 42. Musician Tom Rowlands (The Chemical Brothers) is 42. Actor Marc Blucas is 41.


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