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Today in the SCV: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

Posted: December 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

Poetry workshop
Spend a day writing poetry and improving existing poems! This one-day poetry seminar is creative writing meets group private tutoring. You can bring up to three poems in for supportive and constructive critique. You’ll benefit from Sanora’s poetic brilliance and her insights into your poetry to help you hone it into its best possible version. The first part of the day is spent getting creative and writing new poems through creative writing prompts designed to revive your inner poet. Then we break for lunch (bring a sack lunch) and after lunch we participate in a group critique session where writers can have their poetry critiqued by Sanora and other group members in an orderly, supportive, and guided manner. For more information go to http://www.lawritersgroup.com/ or call 323-963-3180. Must be 21 years old or older. Cost is $95 for new members and $85 for returning members. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a private residence.

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Today in history

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, the 346th day of 2012. There are 20 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1992, the city of Santa Clarita adopted a new ordinance that limited donations to local political campaigns. A $250 maximum was established for individuals wishing to donate to a candidate. Additionally, all donations upward of $50 were required to be accounted for in financial disclosure records.

Today’s Highlight in History: In 1941, Germany and Italy declared war on the United States; the U.S. responded in kind.

Ten years ago: The United States let an intercepted shipment of North Korean missiles proceed to the Persian Gulf country of Yemen a day after the vessel was detained. A congressional report found that intelligence agencies that were supposed to protect Americans from the Sept. 11 hijackers failed to do so because they were poorly organized, poorly equipped and slow to pursue clues that might have prevented the attacks.

Five years ago: Two car bombs in Algeria, including one targeting the U.N. refugee agency’s offices, killed 37 people, 17 of them U.N. employees; Al-Qaida’s self-styled North African branch claimed responsibility. The Senate Intelligence Committee took closed-door testimony from CIA Director Michael Hayden on how videotapes of terror suspect interrogations were made, then destroyed.

One year ago: Former military strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega was flown from France to Panama to face additional punishment in his home country after spending more than 20 years in U.S. and French prisons for drug trafficking and money laundering. A U.N. climate conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, reached a hard-fought agreement on a far-reaching program meant to set a new course for the global fight against climate change.

 

Birthdays

Actress Rita Moreno is 81. Former California state lawmaker Tom Hayden is 73. Pop singer David Gates (Bread) is 72. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., is 71. Actress Donna Mills is 70. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is 69. Singer Brenda Lee is 68. Actress Teri Garr is 65. Movie director Susan Seidelman is 60. Singer Jermaine Jackson is 58. Rock musician Mike Mesaros (The Smithereens) is 55. Rock musician Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) is 51. Actor Ben Browder is 50. Singer-musician Justin Currie (Del Amitri) is 48. Rock musician David Schools (Gov’t Mule, Widespread Panic) is 48. Actor Gary Dourdan is 46. Actress-comedian Mo’Nique (“The Parkers”) is 45. Actor Max Martini is 43. Rapper-actor Mos Def is 39. Actor Rider Strong is 33. Actress Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) is 16.

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