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2Day in the SCV: March 14, 2010

Posted: March 14, 2010 11:12 p.m.
Updated: March 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Welcome to's "2day in the SCV," a compendium of today's events and a quick journey through the past, present and future.

Volunteer Round-up
What: The city of Santa Clarita hosts a mandatory meeting for local residents interested in volunteering at the Cowboy Festival April 21-25
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Santa Clarita City Hall Council Chambers, 23920 Valencia Blvd.
Contact: Susana Coronel, (661) 250-3726 or

Support group
Who: The National Alliance on Mental Illness, San Fernando Valley
What: A free 12-week education program for those who know someone with serious mental illnesses
When: 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Santa Clarita Senior Center 229 Market St. Newhall, 91321
Contact: Zee Dankworth, (661) 360-8002

Parent workshop
The Special Education Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
What: A free parent workshop and panel on understanding different learning styles. Spanish translation available.
When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Bridgeport Elementary 23670 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia
Contact: (661) 294-5398

COC Workshop
Who: College of the Canyons
What: A free self defense workshop
When: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: College of the Canyons WPEK 108, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Contact: (661) 62-3229,

2Day in history
Today is Monday, March 15, the 74th day of 2010. There are 291 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 15, 44 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius.

Ten years ago:
Ten years ago: Their presidential nominations secured, Al Gore and George W. Bush dug in for the eight-month battle to Election Day, with Bush saying he was braced for Gore’s “politics of personal destruction and distortions,” and Gore arguing that Bush’s “risky tax scheme” would hurt the economy.

Five years ago:
Former WorldCom chief Bernard Ebbers was convicted in New York of engineering the largest corporate fraud in U.S. history. (He was later sentenced to 25 years in prison.)

2Day's Birthdays
Musician DJ Fontana is 79. Singer Mike Love (The Beach Boys) is 69. Rock singer-musician Sly Stone is 67. Rock singer Ry Cooder is 63. Rock singer Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) is 55. Model Fabio is 49. Rock singer Bret Michaels (Poison) is 47. Rock singer Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) is 42. Rock musician Mark Hoppus is 38. Actress Eva Longoria Parker is 35. Rapper-musician (Black Eyed Peas) is 35. Rapper Young Buck is 29. Actor Sean Biggerstaff is 27. Rock musician Ethan Mentzer is 27.

AP odd news
State drink: Milk or cider?
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Apples are getting some competition from cows in the debate over what New Hampshire’s state drink should be — cider or milk.

The House will weigh in this week when it votes on a bill designating apple cider as the state drink.

A lawmaker introduced the bill after Jaffrey Grade School students contacted her. Later, Gilford Elementary School students lobbied for milk.

The House Environment and Agriculture Committee is split. Some members support cider while others propose killing the bill.

Critics point out milk also is important to New Hampshire, whose state fruit is the pumpkin and whose state animal is the white-tail deer.

The New Hampshire Farm Bureau says the state has 3,400 commercial farms producing a wide variety of conventional bulk commodity crops — most significantly milk and apples.

Police: Man, 77, ate hidden pot stash in squad car

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police in Iowa City accused a 77-year-old man they arrested on traffic charges earlier this year of swallowing his hidden marijuana stash while seated in a squad car. Authorities served an arrest warrant on misdemeanor marijuana charges Thursday on Howard Switzer, and later released him on his own recognizance.

Police said they observed Switzer making an illegal left turn on Jan. 31 and arrested him for driving with a revoked license. They say that while Switzer was in the back of the squad car, he reached into a coat pocket, pulled out a plastic tube containing marijuana and swallowed most of the contents. They said he also dropped the tube and a glass marijuana pipe on the floor of the car.

Authorities said Switzer has two previous marijuana convictions.

Cashier, 91, finishes shift after being punched
EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A 91-year-old New York pharmacy cashier refused medical attention and went back to work after a thief punched her. Florence Critelli grabbed the man’s hand and screamed when he reached over and grabbed cash from her cash register at the Rite Aid in East Northport on Long Island. He punched her in the chest, knocking her down, before fleeing. “He hit me good,” Critelli said.

But she refused to leave work early. She said she didn’t want to just “sit there and be bored.”

After finishing her shift Thursday, she insisted on driving herself home.

Critelli, who has seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, said if police catch the guy, she wants to “smack him.”

Devotees of Fla. man drank snail mucus in ritual

MIAMI (AP) — Devotees of a Miami man who claims to practice a traditional African religion say they were sickened when they drank the mucus of a giant African snail.

Federal authorities in January raided Charles L. Stewart’s home after receiving complaints.

Stewart has not been criminally charged, but prosecutors and state and federal wildlife agencies are investigating. The giant African snail is prohibited in the U.S. without special approval.

Experts say it devastates new ecosystems. The snail grows up to 10 inches long, can reproduce on its own and even can even eat plaster.

Followers said they got violently ill, losing weight and developing strange lumps in their stomachs.

Mega Millions
2-15-25-48-53 Mega: 41
Draw date: Friday, March 12
Jackpot: $12 million

9-15-20-24-43 Mega: 2
Draw date: Saturday, March 13
Jackpot: $21 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Sunday, March. 14

Daily 4
Draw date: Sunday, March. 14

Daily 3
Midday: 7-6-4
Evening: 0-9-4
Draw date: Sunday, March. 14

Daily Derby
1st: 11 Money Bags
2nd: 03 Hot Shot
3rd: 09 Winning Spirit
Race time: 1:45.18
Draw date: Sunday, March. 14


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