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2Day in the SCV: March 22, 2010

Posted: March 21, 2010 10:45 p.m.
Updated: March 22, 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
Breastfeeding information

Who: La Leche League of SCV
What: The organization’s monthly meeting where mothers can share questions and concerns about breastfeeding.
When: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Valencia Heritage Park. 24155 Newhall Ranch Rd.
Contact: Karena, (661) 367-4673

Resume review
Who: The Santa Clarita WorkSource Center
What: Human resources professionals review resumes. Appointment needed.
When: 2-4 p.m.
Where: Santa Clarita WorkSource Center at the University Centerm 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd. #250
Contact: (661) 799-9675

Mental illness program
What: The Naitonal Alliance on Mental Illness, San Fernando Valley hosts a free class for families and loved ones of people with serious mental illnesses. Part of a 12-week program.
When: 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center
Contact: Zee Dankworth, (661) 360-8002

2Day in History
Today is Monday, March 22, the 81st day of 2010. There are 284 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History: On March 22, 1765, Britain enacted the Stamp Act of 1765 to raise money from the American colonies. (The Act was repealed the following year.)

Ten years ago: Journeying to the cradle of Christianity, Pope John Paul II knelt and prayed in Bethlehem at the traditional spot of Jesus’ birth.

Five years ago: Terri Schiavo’s parents begged a federal appeals court to order the severely brain-damaged woman’s feeding tube reinserted after their emergency request was turned down by a federal judge in Tampa, Fla. (The court refused to intervene.)

One year ago: A single-engine turboprop plane headed to a Montana ski resort nose-dived into a cemetery short of a runway in Butte, killing all 14 aboard, including seven children.

2Day's Birthdays
USA Today founder Allen H. Neuharth is 86. Actor William Shatner is 79. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is 76. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 67. Writer James Patterson is 63. CNN newscaster Wolf Blitzer is 62. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 58. Singer-actress Stephanie Mills is 53. Actor Matthew Modine is 51. Actress Anne Dudek is 35. Actor Cole Hauser is 35. Actress Kellie Williams is 34. Actress Reese Witherspoon is 34. Rock musician John Otto (Limp Bizkit) is 33. Rapper Mims is 29.

AP News
Flood fears recede in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The good news was all about things that didn’t happen: No floodwaters pushing aside hastily built sandbag walls, no neighborhoods evacuated, no panicked residents wondering if they’d ever see their homes again.

The Red River crested in Fargo on Sunday without doing major damage, and city officials all but declared victory.

A year after record flooding forced thousands in the area to evacuate and damaged about 100 homes, officials and residents used a host of lessons learned to prepare for this year’s less intense — but still potentially destructive — rush of water.

Thousands of volunteers, including young children, stacked more than 1 million sandbags and crews built miles of clay levees to keep the waters away. Officials gave residents tips on building better sandbag dikes, including clearing the ground of snow and ice that could be melted by floodwaters. And the city held exercises to map out the best routes for trucking sandbags to neighborhoods.

The Red River crested Sunday afternoon at just under 37 feet — 19 feet above flood stage — and was on its way down as evening approached. Only some baseball fields, a golf course and backyards were submerged in Fargo. Some homes in more rural areas were surrounded by water.

Residents of Fargo and its neighbor across the river, Moorhead, Minn., felt both better prepared and luckier than they did last year, when the river crested nearly 4 feet higher.

“The sense is we’ve made it. We’re thankful and let’s have a party,” said Bob Ona, senior pastor at Fargo’s First Assembly of God church in Fargo, where volunteers gathered over the past week before heading out to the city’s so-called Sandbag Central.

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said he would pop the champagne later this week to celebrate his city’s success in fighting the flood.

On Saturday he helped pass out cigars to other city officials.

Walaker noted that while most floods have at least “one day of chaos” that didn’t happen this year.

“The big thing is relief,” he said. But he added, “We need at least another week here before we get it to the level we wanted it to be. There’s still a lot of water down south.”

The forecast over the next few days was favorable to speeding up the north-flowing river’s fall: freezing temperatures overnight and only a small chance of rain.

“We’re bobbling downward,” National Weather Service spokesman Greg Gust said.

That was good news to residents here, who worried that the Red could stay at its crest for several days, straining temporary levees and sandbag dikes.

Fargo residents already have begun cleaning up the debris in low-lying neighborhoods, and highway crews were out measuring clay levees in preparation for removing the temporary barriers over the next week.

Elsewhere, residents went about their daily Sunday routines — walking their dogs, reading newspapers, going to church — without much worry over the Red.

At a coffee shop in Moorhead less than a block from the river, Fargo resident Terry Ziegelmann leisurely read the paper while eating a bagel.

“I don’t see the nervousness in people you would normally see when you talk flood,” said Ziegelmann, who has lived in the area since 1972. “We were prepared this year.”

The weather also helped. Though the river initially rose faster than expected because of unseasonably warm weather, below-freezing temperatures over the past several days slowed the melting of snow and skies were free of major rain storms.

Flooding this year has been limited mostly to areas just along the Red River in Fargo and Moorhead, where 3-foot-high piles of sandbags have prevented water from reaching homes. In rural areas outside Fargo, more widespread flooding from Red River tributaries submerged several fields and washed out a few roads.

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: Sunday, March 21

Daily 4
Draw date: Sunday, March 21

Daily 3
Midday: 6-6-5
Evening: 4-6-8
Draw date: Sunday, March 21

Daily Derby
1st: 07 Eureka
2nd: 10 Solid Gold
3rd: 04 Big Ben
Race time: 1:41.61
Draw date: Sunday, March 21


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