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Today in the SCV: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Posted: December 12, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 12, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

Gold Star reception
Community members are invited to join Mayor Pro Tem Bob Kellar and the Santa Clarita City Council for an open house reception honoring the families of Gold Star soldiers at 6 p.m Wednesday. Event honors local Gold Star families, who are commemorated on a holiday tree in the lobby of City Hall. Event takes place in the first floor lobby of City Hall, and will feature comments from Kellar at 6:45 p.m., and light refreshments.
Info: 661-255-4939

Walking Wonders at Rioux Park
Walking Wonders welcomes beginning, intermediate or advanced walkers, go at your own pace, 8:30-9:30 a.m., every Wednesday, Drive Richard Rioux Memorial Park, 6233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch. Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Info: 661-222-9536.

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Today in History

oday is Wednesday, Dec. 12, the 347th day of 2012. There are 19 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: On this day in 1988, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights found the Newhall School district not guilty of practices that allowed the segregation of schools. Originally, the school district had been accused of districting in a way that promoted racial inequality. Upon further examination of the issue by the federal government, a consensus was reached in which it was explained that redistricting would have little impact in changing the racial makeup of Newhall schools.

Today’s Highlight in History: In 1870, Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first black lawmaker sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush publicly rebuked Senate Republican leader Trent Lott for his statement that appeared to embrace half-century-old segregationist politics, calling it “offensive” and “wrong.” President Bush named Wall Street investment banker Stephen Friedman to head his National Economic Council, replacing Lawrence Lindsey, who’d been ousted along with Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill. Actor Nick Nolte pleaded no contest in Malibu to one count of driving under the influence of drugs; he was sentenced to three years’ probation.

Five years ago: Three car bombs exploded in the southern Shiite city of Amarah, Iraq, killing at least 25 people and wounding dozens.

One year ago: President Barack Obama met at the White House with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki; afterward, the president declared that U.S. troops were leaving Iraq “with honor and with their heads held high.”

Birthdays

Former TV host Bob Barker is 89. Former New York City Mayor Edward Koch is 88. Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Pettit is 80. Singer Connie Francis is 75. Singer Dionne Warwick is 72. Rock singer-musician Dickey Betts is 69. Former race car driver Emerson Fittipaldi is 66. Actor Wings Hauser is 65. Actor Bill Nighy is 63. Actor Duane Chase (Film: “The Sound of Music”) is 62. Country singer LaCosta is 62. Gymnast-turned-actress Cathy Rigby is 60. Author Lorna Landvik is 58. Singer-musician Sheila E. is 55. Actress Sheree J. Wilson is 54. Pop singer Daniel O’Donnell is 51. International Tennis Hall of Famer Tracy Austin is 50. Rock musician Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) is 49. Rock musician Nicholas Dimichino (Nine Days) is 45. News anchor Maggie Rodriguez is 43. Actress Jennifer Connelly is 42. Actress Madchen Amick is 42. Country singer Hank Williams III is 40. Actress Mayim Bialik is 37. Model Bridget Hall is 35.

 

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