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2Day in the SCV: March 17, 2010

Posted: March 16, 2010 10:20 p.m.
Updated: March 17, 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.

2Day in the SCV
SCAAN meeting
The Santa Clarita Autism Asperger Network (SCAAN)
What: The monthly support group meeting for family members. Kids are welcome.
When: 9-11 a.m.
Where: Conference Room, 28470 Avenue Stanford
Contact: (661) 297-8381 or

Blood pressure checks
Weekly blood pressure checks at the SCV Senior Center
When: Every Wednesday, noon-1 p.m.
Where: Activity room 3 of the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall
Contact: (661) 259-9444

‘Mender of Hearts' Seminar
Who: Dr. Sam Kojoglanian
What: Tri-Valleys Aging Network presents Dr. Sam Kojoglanian, who will discuss heart health as well as other topics related to health and longevity (RSVP requested, $10 pre-registered, $15 at door)
When: 2-4 p.m.
Where: Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall.
Contact: (661) 255-1588

Band showcase
What: Rancho Pico Junior High and West Ranch High School jazz and orchestra programs present a festival showcase featuring the Rancho Pico jazz ensemble and orchestra and West Ranch jazz bands and orchestra (Admission, $5 at the door)
When: 7 p.m.
Where: West Ranch High School Theater, 26255 Valencia Blvd.
Contact: (661) 222-1220

Hart board meeting
What: The regularly scheduled meeting of the William S. Hart Union High School District's governing board.
When: 6:50 p.m.
Where: Hart district office, 21515 Centre Pointe Parkway
Contact: (661) 259-0033

Casting club meeting
What: The Santa Clarita Casting Club hosts its monthly meeting for local fly fishing enthusiasts.
When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Valencia Racquet Club, 27055 Rio Bosque Drive, Valencia
Contact: Dick Harris, (661) 312-2329

2Day in History
Today is Wednesday, March 17, the 76th day of 2010. There are 289 days left in the year. This is St. Patrick's Day.

Today's Highlight in History: On March 17, A.D. 461 (or A.D. 493, depending on sources), St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died in Saul.

Ten years ago: In a decision that outraged many gun rights supporters, Smith & Wesson signed an unprecedented agreement with the Clinton administration to, among other things, include safety locks with all of its handguns to make them more childproof; in return, the agreement called for federal, state and city lawsuits against the gun maker to be dropped.

Five years ago: Baseball players told Congress that steroids were a problem in the sport; stars Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa testified they hadn't used them while Mark McGwire refused to say whether he had.

2Day's Birthdays
Rock musician Paul Kantner is 69. Rock musician Harold Brown (War; Lowrider Band) is 64. Actor Patrick Duffy is 61. Actor Kurt Russell is 59. Actor Gary Sinise is 55. Former basketball and baseball player Danny Ainge is 51. Actor Rob Lowe is 46. Rock singer Billy Corgan is 43. Actor Mathew St. Patrick is 42. Actor Yanic Truesdale is 41. Soccer player Mia Hamm is 38. Rock musician Caroline Corr (The Corrs) is 37. Rapper Swifty (D12) is 35. Actress Brittany Daniel is 34.

AP Odd News
When horses learn to fly
PHOENIX (AP) - It's not every day you see a horse fly.

But with the greatest of ease, a heavy-duty helicopter plucked a mustang named Colorado off a western Arizona river sandbar Tuesday morning, reuniting him with his owner.

Colorado spent five days stranded on the sandbar along the Gila River about 36 miles southwest of Phoenix.

The Gila's swift-moving current prevented an earlier rescue and the horse was trapped on the sandbar with a few bushes and trees to munch on. His rider was one of three people rescued after they tried to ride in the river Friday.

A veterinarian prepped the 900-pound horse for the flight Tuesday by injecting him with a tranquilizer before placing him in a harness with blinders on.

Once he was airborne, Colorado flew effortlessly and never bucked, his black mane and tail blowing in the wind.
As the helicopter gently let Colorado down, the horse's back legs buckled a bit before he straightened up.

Colorado's owner Vickie Eshenbaugh and volunteers were there to greet the flying mustang's aerial arrival about a half mile from where he was stranded.

"He's doing good," Eshenbaugh told KTVK-TV in Phoenix. "I always wanted a Pegasus."

Naked man escapes Swiss brothel fire
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) - These weren't flames of passion.

The Swiss daily Blick reported that a fire in an apartment used for transsexual prostitution forced a naked Swiss man onto a window ledge.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and put out the flames, but not before the man was photographed in all his glory against the modern building.

Worse, from the man's point of view, Blick printed the photograph Tuesday and quoted Markus Melzl from the Basel prosecutor's office as saying the apartment was used for the sex business.

The 33-year-old man was hospitalized after the fire Monday afternoon, according to the paper. It said he was released that evening with light burns.

Mega Millions
3-22-48-52-56 Mega: 13
Draw date: Wednesday, March 16
Jackpot: $12 million

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

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, March 16

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, March 16

Daily 3
Midday: 5-2-8
Evening: 2-4-2
Draw date: Wednesday, March 16

Daily Derby
1st: 09 Winning Spirit
2nd: 07 Eureka
3rd: 05 California Classic
Race time: 1:47.34
Draw date: Wednesday, March 16


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