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Today in the SCV: Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

Posted: December 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

Farewell for city manager
Community members who hope to wish outgoing City Manager Ken Pulskamp farewell are invited to attend a retirement event in his honor Friday at 6 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex, located at 20880 Centre Point Parkway, Santa Clarita. Tickets to the event are $35 per person and include dinner and entertainment. Info: Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.secure-santa-clarita.com/estore/. 661-255-4939

Christmas concert
Real Life Church hosts a night of Christmas music and surprises for the whole family with a free concert from 7-8:30 p.m. The event will be held at 23841 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia 91355. For more information, contact Maddy Dowler at 661-775-7401.


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Today in history

Today is Friday, Dec. 14, the 349th day of 2012. There are 17 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1999, Mayor Jo Anne Darcy was reelected in a controversial 3-2 split decision amidst a heated meeting of the Santa Clarita City Council. Jill Klajic, one of the two dissenters, would have eventually rotated to mayor had it not been for the elimination of that rule by the City Council. Klajic also failed to be voted in as the mayor pro tem, when Darcy, Laurene West and Frank Ferry voted “no.”

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 14, 1962, the U.S. space probe Mariner 2 passed Venus at a distance of just over 21,000 miles, transmitting information about the planet, such as its hot surface temperatures and predominantly carbon dioxide atmosphere.

Ten years ago: The Associated Press reported that FBI Director Robert Mueller said in an interview that nearly 100 terrorist attacks had been thwarted since 9/11. Jordanian police announced the arrest of two alleged al-Qaida members in the October killing of American diplomat Laurence Foley. (The two men were executed in 2006.)

Five years ago: A man accused of being the Phoenix Baseline Killer was sentenced to 438 years in prison for the sexual assaults of two sisters. (Mark Goudeau was tried in 2011 for the slayings of eight women and a man in 2005-2006; he was convicted and sentenced to death.)

One year ago: President Barack Obama, visiting Fort Bragg in North Carolina, saluted troops returning from Iraq, asserting that the nearly nine-year conflict was ending honorably. The House voted 283-136 to approve a massive $662 billion defense bill (the Senate followed suit the next day). The NFL renewed its television deals with CBS, Fox and NBC for nine years through the 2022 season.

Birthdays

Jazz musician Clark Terry is 92. Singer-actress Abbe Lane is 81. Actor Hal Williams is 74. Actress-singer Jane Birkin is 66. Actress Patty Duke is 66. Pop singer Joyce Vincent-Wilson (Tony Orlando and Dawn) is 66. Entertainment executive Michael Ovitz is 66. Actress Dee Wallace is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ronnie McNeir (The Four Tops) is 63. Rock musician Cliff Williams (AC/DC) is 63. Actor-comedian T.K. Carter is 56. Rock singer-musician Mike Scott (The Waterboys) is 54. Singer-musician Peter “Spider” Stacy (The Pogues) is 54. Actress Cynthia Gibb is 49. Actress Natascha McElhone is 43. Actress-comedian Michaela Watkins is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brian Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is 37. Actress KaDee Strickland is 37. Actress Tammy Blanchard is 36. Actress Sophie Monk is 33. Actress Vanessa Hudgens is 24.

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