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Today in the SCV: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Posted: July 24, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 24, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Conversational English
What: A class is designed to engage students in listening and speaking activities related to real-life settings in order to help develop fluency of spoken English. Recommended for advanced English-language learners. Course cost is $49.
When: 5-6 p.m.
Where: College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita
Contact: 661-362-3300

‘Talk This Way’ accent reduction
What: This class focuses on accent reduction for non-native speakers of English. Recommended for advanced English-language learners. Course cost is $49.
When: 6-7 p.m.
Where: College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita
Contact: 661-362-3300

‘Theological Rummage Sale’ discussion
What: A conversation about change in today’s Christian Church. Free and open to the public.
When: 7 p.m. tonight and Aug. 28
Where: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, upstairs lounge, 24901 Orchard Village Road, Newhall 91321
Contact: 661-259-7307

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Today in history

Today is Tuesday, July 24, the 206th day of 2012. There are 160 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1945, a dozen separate brushfires were started by a man throwing lit gasoline-filled bottles out of the window of his car along Ridge Route.

Today’s Highlight in History: On July 24, 1862, Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States, and the first to have been born a U.S. citizen, died at age 79 in Kinderhook, N.Y., the town where he was born in 1782.

Ten years ago: Nine coal miners became trapped in a flooded tunnel of the Quecreek Mine in western Pennsylvania; the story ended happily 77 hours later with the rescue of all nine. The House, by a vote of 420-1, expelled Rep. James Traficant, D-Ohio, who’d been convicted of bribery, racketeering and tax evasion; it was only the second time a sitting member had been banished since the Civil War.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush, speaking at Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina, sought to justify the Iraq war by citing intelligence reports he said showed a link between al-Qaida’s operation in Iraq and the terror group that attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. A grand jury in New Orleans refused to indict Dr. Anna Pou, who was accused of murdering four seriously ill hospital patients wth drug injections during the desperate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, sentenced to life in prison in Libya for allegedly infecting children with HIV, were released after 8½ years behind bars. The U.S. minimum wage rose 70 cents to $5.85 an hour, the first increase in a decade.

One year ago: Thousands of protesters angry about Spain’s brutal economic woes once again filled Madrid’s downtown Sol square after many had spent weeks marching hundreds of miles from far-flung cities across the country. Cadel Evans won the Tour de France, becoming the first Australian champion in cycling’s greatest race.

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