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Today in the SCV: Monday, Dec. 24, 2012

Posted: December 24, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 24, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

Christmas Eve Worship
Everyone is invited to join in one of three worship services on Christmas Eve at the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church at 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, 91350. The 5 p.m. service is a family-friendly service that includes the children’s Christmas Pageant, “Dude, You Hear What I Hear?” The 9 p.m. service is a traditional service with Christmas carols, an orchestra and candlelight. The 11 p.m. service is also a traditional service that includes Christmas carols, communion, the hand bell choir and candlelight. Childcare will be available for the 5 pm and 9 pm service. Contact the church office at 661-297-3783 for more information.

SCV Mindful Meditation Group
Weekly mindful guided meditation group at SCVi charter school, go to main entrance, follow the signs to “The Village” upstairs. No experience necessary, all are welcome. We practice different meditation techniques each week and then discuss our experiences. Donation only, no pre-registration so just drop in. Mindful meditation is proven to reduce stress and give you a sense of calm, peace and balance. Read more here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/ health/meditation/HQ01070 every Monday night 7-8 p.m. at SCVi Charter School - Upstairs in “The Village,” 28060 Hasley Canyon Road, Suite 200, Castaic, 91384.

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Today in history

Today is Monday, Dec. 24, the 359th day of 2012. There are seven days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve.

On this date in the SCV: In 1995, an appellate cout ruled that Santa Clarita’s $1.1-billion redevelopment plan for downtown Newhall should not be exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 24, 1955, the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., fielded a series of phone calls from children wanting to know the whereabouts of Santa Claus after an ad in a local newspaper mistakenly gave the Center’s number; thus began a tradition continued by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) of tracking Santa’s location the night before Christmas.

Ten years ago: Laci Peterson was reported missing from her Modesto, home, by her husband, Scott, who was later convicted of murdering her and their unborn son. Saddam Hussein said in an address read on television that Iraqis were ready to fight a holy war against the United States. Chinese pro-democracy activist Xu Wenli was released from a prison in Beijing and flown to the United States.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush made Christmas Eve calls to 10 U.S. troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other spots around the world, thanking them for their sacrifice and wishing them a happy holiday. French news cameraman Gwen Le Gouil was released eight days after he had been abducted by Somali gunmen outside the town of Bossaso.

One year ago: In a setback, Republican presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to qualify for Virginia’s Super Tuesday primary ballot by falling short of the 10,000 signatures required to appear on the ballot. Troops commanded by relatives of Yemen’s outgoing president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, attacked a crowd of more than 100,000 peaceful protesters, killing at least nine and driving Saleh to promise to leave the country. Pope Benedict XVI decried the increasing commercialization of Christmas as he celebrated Christmas Eve Mass.

Birthdays

Songwriter-bandleader Dave Bartholomew is 92. Author Mary Higgins Clark is 85. Federal health official Anthony S. Fauci is 72. Recording company executive Mike Curb is 68. Rock singer-musician Lemmy (Motorhead) is 67. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is 66. Actor Grand L. Bush is 57. Actor Clarence Gilyard is 57. Actress Stephanie Hodge is 56. The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, is 55. Rock musician Ian Burden (The Human League) is 55. Actor Anil Kapoor is 53. Actor Wade Williams is 51. Designer Kate Spade is 50. Rock singer Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs) is 49. Actor Mark Valley is 48. Actor Diedrich Bader is 46. Actor Amaury Nolasco is 42. Singer Ricky Martin is 41. Author Stephenie Meyer (“Twilight”) is 39. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest is 38. Rock singer Louis Tomlinson (One Direction) is 21.

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