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Today in the SCV: Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012

Posted: December 25, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 25, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

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. 25, the 360th day of 2012. There are six days left in the year. This is Christmas Day.

On this date in the SCV: In 1993, three babies were born on Christmas in Santa Clarita at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. There were two girls and one boy, all of which were healthy.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 25, A.D. 336, the first recorded celebration of Christmas on Dec. 25 took place in Rome.

Ten years ago: Pope John Paul II delivered a Christmas message in which he said war had to be and could be avoided even in a world made fearful by terrorism. A major storm made for a white Christmas in parts of the U.S.; the severe weather ultimately was blamed for some two dozen deaths. Katie Hnida became the first woman to play in a Division I-A football game when she attempted an extra point following a New Mexico touchdown in the Las Vegas Bowl. (Hnida, a walk-on junior, had her kick blocked, but by then she had already made history in the 27-13 loss to UCLA.)

Five years ago: A tiger at the San Francisco Zoo escaped her enclosure and killed a park visitor; two brothers also were mauled, but survived. (The tiger was killed by police.) Russia’s military successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads. A ruptured gasoline pipeline exploded near Nigeria’s main city of Lagos, killing at least 40 people.

One year ago: Five members of a family, including three children and their grandparents, died in a Christmas morning blaze in Stamford, Conn., that was blamed on burning embers in a trash can. A 56-year-old man dressed as Santa Claus shot and killed his estranged wife, their two teenage children and three other relatives at an apartment in Grapevine, Texas, before taking his own life. A suicide bombing of a Catholic church near Nigeria’s capital left at least 44 people dead.

 

Birthdays

Actor Dick Miller is 84. Author Anne Roiphe is 77. Actress Hanna Schygulla is 69. Rhythm-and-blues singer John Edwards (The Spinners) is 68. Actor Gary Sandy is 67. Singer Jimmy Buffett is 66. Pro and College Football Hall-of-Famer Larry Csonka is 66. Country singer Barbara Mandrell is 64. Actress Sissy Spacek is 63. Former White House adviser Karl Rove is 62. Actress CCH Pounder is 60. Singer Annie Lennox is 58. Reggae singer-musician Robin Campbell (UB40) is 58. Country singer Steve Wariner is 58. Singer Shane MacGowan (The Pogues, The Popes) is 55. Baseball Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson is 54. Actress Klea Scott is 44. Rock musician Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) is 41. Singer Dido is 41. Rock singer Mac Powell (Third Day) is 40. Country singer Alecia Elliott is 30.

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