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2Day in the SCV: March 21, 2010

Posted: March 20, 2010 10:25 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 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
Friendly Valley Service

Who: The Friendly Valley Community Church (United Methodist)
What: Pastor Stan Fix will present "Praying for Others." The message is the last part of a four-week series that will unpack the relevance of prayer. Fellowship and coffee will follow the service. All are welcome.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Friendly Valley Community Church (United Methodist), 19246 Avenue of the Oaks. Enter at the Friendly Valley main gate off Sierra Highway on Friendly Valley Parkway.
Contact: (661) 251-1311

Health fair
What: A free health and wellness fair featuring a drum circle, musical entertainment, a children's corner with bounce house, storyteller and face painting.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: William S. Hart Park, Hart Hall, 24151 Newhall Ave.
Contact: Joan Warden, (661) 254-1265

Pysanky party
Who: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
What: Fourth annual Pysanky making class. Pysanky are Ukrainian Easter eggs using the wax and dye method. Class is open to all. Bring a dozen or half-dozen raw, room-temperature eggs. Utensils and tools for applying wax will be provided. Charge of $2 per person.
When: 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Where: Spurling Hall at St. Stephen's at 24901 Orchard Village Road.
Contact: Phone in reservations to (661) 259-5479.

2Day in History
Today is Sunday, March 21, the 80th day of 2010. There are 285 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History: On March 21st, 1960, about 70 people were killed in Sharpeville, South Africa, when police fired on black protesters; the shooting drew international condemnation. (On this date in 1985, police in Langa, South Africa, opened fire on blacks marching to mark the 25th anniversary of Sharpeville; the reported death toll varies between 29 and 43.)

Ten years ago: A divided Supreme Court ruled the government lacked authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug, throwing out the Clinton administration's main anti-smoking initiative.

Five years ago: A high school student on the Red Lake Indian reservation in Minnesota killed five schoolmates, a teacher and an unarmed guard before taking his own life.

2Day's Birthdays
Singer-musician Rose Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) is 65. Actor Timothy Dalton is 64. Singer Eddie Money is 61. Rock singer-musician Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) is 60. Rock musician Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) is 59. Rhythm-and-blues singer Russell Thompkins Jr. (The Stylistics) is 59. Actor Gary Oldman is 52. Actor Matthew Broderick is 48. Comedian-talk show host Rosie O'Donnell is 48. Rock musician Jonas "Joker" Berggren (Ace of Base) is 43.

AP Odd News
N. Korean loggers cut down ties to homeland

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The North Korean's note, scrawled in pen, was simple: "I want to go to South Korea. Why? To find freedom. Freedom of religion, freedom of life."

The ex-logger, on the run from North Korean authorities, handed the note over to a South Korean missionary in the Russian city of Vladivostok last week in hopes it would lead to political asylum.

Just before he was to meet Thursday with the International Organization for Migrants, a team of men grabbed him, slapped handcuffs on him and drove off, rights activists in Moscow said Friday. He was spirited away to the eastern port city of Nakhokda, where he is sure to be handed back over to North Korean officials and repatriated to his communist homeland, activists said in Seoul.

Police in Vladivostok refused to comment. A senior South Korean diplomat in Vladivostok said he had no information. Officials from the U.S. consulate in Vladivostok could not be reached for comment.

The 51-year-old would be the third North Korean logger in Russia in a week to make a bid for asylum. On March 9, two other North Koreans who had fled their jobs as loggers managed to get into the South Korean consulate in Vladivostok.

Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported last week that two North Koreans climbed a fence, ran past the guards and entered the consulate, saying they wanted political asylum. ITAR-Tass carried a similar report.

The incidents focused attention on the precarious existence of tens of thousands of North Koreans sent by the impoverished regime to work in neighboring Russia.

Russian government figures from 2007 put the number of North Korean laborers at 32,600, most of them working in logging in the remote east.

The Rev. Peter Chung, a Seoul-based activist, said there are about 40,000 North Korean loggers in Russia, but that some 10,000 of them have fled their work sites. Some are finding work as day laborers while others are in hiding as they try to map out how to win asylum in foreign diplomatic missions.

North Korea has been exporting workers to make hard cash since natural disasters and mismanagement destroyed the country's economy in the 1990s. Laborers have been sent to Russia, Mongolia, eastern Europe and elsewhere, South Korea's Unification Ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-joo said Friday.

The logger seized Thursday in Vladivostok represents a grim picture of life as a lumberjack in remote Russian outposts, according to Chung, head of the Seoul rights group Justice for North Korea.

The man, surname Kim, told activists he first went to Russia in October 1997, leaving behind a wife and two daughters, and worked there for four years. He went back to Russia in 2006, said Kim Hi-tae of the International Network of North Korea Human Rights Activists in Seoul.

The North Korean described the conditions as unbearable. His government took half his meager wages, while the North Korean company operating the logging camp took 35 percent. He kept just 15 percent - about $60 a month - an arrangement that rendered him "virtually a slave," he told activists.

Mega Millions

10-31-45-50-54 Mega: 25
Draw date: Friday, March 19
Jackpot: $29 million

14-27-35-36-37 Mega: 5
Draw date: Saturday, March 20
Jackpot: $26 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Saturday, March 20

Daily 4
Draw date: Saturday, March 20

Daily 3
Midday: 6-4-7
Evening: 9-0-0
Draw date: Saturday, March 20

Daily Derby
1st: 09 Winning Spirit
2nd: 07 Eureka
3rd: 11 Money Bags
Race time: 1:48.17
Draw date: Saturday, March 20


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