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Today in the SCV: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

Posted: December 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 18, 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. 18, the 353rd day of 2012. There are 13 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1991, winds of up to 73 miles wreaked havoc on the SCV, causing power lines to go down and a string of brush fires to spring up. Up to 20,000 customers were without power at one point or another, and the high winds made it tough for firefighters to contain the fires.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 18, 1912, the Piltdown Man made its public debut as fossil collector Charles Dawson reported to the Geological Society of London his discovery of supposedly fragmented early human remains at a gravel pit in Piltdown. (More than four decades later, the Piltdown Man was exposed as a hoax.)

Ten years ago: Embattled Senate Republican leader Trent Lott sustained a double-barreled setback as Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee broke ranks to call for a change in party leadership and Secretary of State Colin Powell forcefully criticized Lott’s controversial remarks on race. Robert Johnson, the billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television, was chosen as owner of the NBA’s new Charlotte expansion franchise.

Five years ago: The White House said President George W. Bush had approved “a significant reduction” in the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, cutting it to less than one-quarter its size at the end of the Cold War. The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to extend the U.S.-led multinational force in Iraq for one year. Jacob Zuma was elected leader of the African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, defeating incumbent Thabo Mbeki.

One year ago: The last convoy of heavily armored U.S. troops left Iraq, crossing into Kuwait in darkness in the final moments of a nine-year war. Vaclav Havel, 75, the dissident playwright who became Czechoslovakia’s first democratically elected president, died in the northern Czech Republic.

Birthdays

Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark is 85. Actor-producer Roger Smith is 80. Blues musician Lonnie Brooks is 79. Actor Roger Mosley is 74. Rock singer-musician Keith Richards is 69. Writer-director Alan Rudolph is 69. Movie producer-director Steven Spielberg is 66. Blues artist Ron Piazza is 65. Movie director Gillian Armstrong is 62. Comedian Ron White is 56. Actor Brad Pitt is 49. Professional wrestler-turned-actor “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is 48. Actor Shawn Christian is 47. Actress Rachel Griffiths is 44. Singer Alejandro Sanz is 44. Country/rap singer Cowboy Troy is 42. Rapper DMX is 42. International Tennis Hall of Famer Arantxa Sanchez Vicario is 41. DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit) is 40. Actor Josh Dallas is 34. Actress Katie Holmes is 34. Singer Christina Aguilera is 32.

 

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