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Today in the SCV: Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012

Posted: October 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 7, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Club volleyball tryouts

What: Want to be the next Kerri Walsh or Misty May? Volleyball is quickly becoming one of the Olympics’ most-watched sports. Now is the time to learn this fun, no-contact, team sport. Club teams will be forming soon, based on tryouts being held today. This is for girls ages 15-18. (If you would like information on our boys program, please email us!)

When: Today 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Spectrum Valencia at 24525 Town Center Drive, Valencia 91355

Contact: www.lava-girls.com/tryouts

Chinese classes

What: SCV Chinese School offer classes for pre-kindergarten to 12th-grade students. Hart District approved new high school credit classes are available where students receive graduation credit units for learning the language of the future. Free to observe.

When: 1:30-5 p.m.

Where: Albert Einstein Academy Campus at 28141 Kelly Johnson Parkway, Santa Clarita 91355

Contact: 661-505-8020

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Today in history

 

Today is Sunday, Oct. 7, the 281st day of 2012. There are 85 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 2000, Sandi Nieves was sentenced to be put to death at San Quentin prison for mudering her four daughters in an arson fire at their Cherry Creek Drive home.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 7, 1929, former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall, one of the main figures of the Teapot Dome scandal, went on trial in Washington, D.C., charged with accepting a bribe from oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny. (Fall was found guilty and sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000; he ended up serving nine months. Ironically, Doheny was acquitted at trial of offering the bribe that Fall was convicted of taking.)

Ten years ago: In an address to the nation, President George W. Bush labeled Saddam Hussein a “homicidal dictator” and said the threat from Iraq was unique and imminent. The Washington-area sniper struck again, shooting and critically wounding a 13-year-old boy as his aunt dropped him off at school in Bowie, Md. British researchers Sydney Brenner and John E. Sulston and American researcher H. Robert Horvitz won the Nobel Prize in medicine. The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off on a mission to the international space station.

Five years ago: Tyler Peterson, a 20-year-old sheriff’s deputy, went on a shooting rampage in Crandon, Wis., killing six people, including his ex-girlfriend, before taking his own life as police closed in. Nine skydivers and a pilot were killed when their Cessna Caravan 208 crashed in Washington’s Cascade Range. In a race run in scorching heat that left one man dead, Kenya’s Patrick Ivuti won the Chicago Marathon by a fraction of a second; another 250 runners were taken to hospitals because of heat-related ailments.

One year ago: The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to three women: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman, who began pushing for change in Yemen long before the Arab Spring. The Minnesota Lynx completed a near-perfect postseason by beating the Atlanta Dream 73-67 to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA championship series.

 

Birthdays

Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is 81. Comedian Joy Behar (TV: “The View”) is 70. Rock musician Kevin Godley (10cc) is 67. Actress Jill Larson is 65. Country singer Kieran Kane is 63. Singer John Mellencamp is 61. Rock musician Ricky Phillips is 61. Actress Mary Badham (Film: “To Kill a Mockingbird”) is 60. Actress Christopher Norris is 59. Rock musician Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) is 59. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 57. Recording executive and TV personality Simon Cowell (TV: “The X Factor”) is 53. Rock musician Charlie Marinkovich (Iron Butterfly) is 53. Country singer Dale Watson is 50. Pop singer Ann Curless (Expose) is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Toni Braxton is 45. Rock singer-musician Thom Yorke (Radiohead) is 44. Rock musician-dancer Leeroy Thornhill is 43. Actress Nicole Ari Parker is 42.

 

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