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Today in the SCV: Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012

Posted: December 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 26, 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.

Low cost spay and neuter in Santa Clarita

The AngelDogs Foundation nonprofit Mobile Spay and Neuter clinic is parked at the Saugus Speedway, offering low cost spay/neuter, vaccines and microchips for dogs and cats. All inclusive services and pricing. There is financial help available, please call for details and appointment. No appointment necessary for low cost vaccine and microchip clinic from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information call 888-504-7729.

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Today in history

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 26, the 361st day of 2012. There are five days left in the year. The seven-day African-American holiday Kwanzaa begins today. This is Boxing Day.

On this date in the SCV: In 2001, Assemblyman Phil Wyman announced that David Foy, former spokesman for Buck McKeon and city editor at The Signal, had joined his staff.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 26, 1972, the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, died in Kansas City, Mo., at age 88.

Ten years ago: It was announced that West Virginia resident Jack Whittaker Jr. had won the $314.9 million Powerball lottery jackpot, at that time a record prize. Israeli soldiers killed seven Palestinians in West Bank raids and reimposed a curfew on Bethlehem after briefly withdrawing over Christmas.

Five years ago: Six people were found dead at a rural property east of Seattle; the property owners’ daughter and her boyfriend were arrested. (Michele Anderson and Joseph McEnroe face capital murder charges in the shootings of three generations of Anderson’s family.) Joe Dolan, one of Ireland’s first pop music stars, died in suburban Dublin at age 68.

One year ago:  Dr. Luis Bonilla, a heart surgeon from a Mayo Clinic in Florida flying across the northern corner of the state to retrieve a heart for transplant, was killed with two other people when their helicopter crashed. A missing 9-year-old Indiana girl, Aliahna Maroney-Lemmon, was found dead, and the family friend who’d been watching her was charged with murder. (Michael Plumadore, who confessed to fatally bludgeoning and dismembering Aliahna, was later sentenced to life in prison.) Drew Brees set the NFL record for yards passing in a season, breaking a mark that Dan Marino had held since 1984, and the New Orleans Saints clinched the NFC South title with a 45-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

 

Birthdays

Actor Donald Moffat is 82. Actor Caroll Spinney (Big Bird on TV’s “Sesame Street”) is 79. Rhythm-and-blues singer Abdul “Duke” Fakir (The Four Tops) is 77. Record producer Phil Spector is 73. “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh is 67. Country musician Bob Carpenter (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 66. Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk is 65. Retired MLB All-Star Chris Chambliss is 64. Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith is 58. Former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., is 57. Humorist David Sedaris is 56. Rock musician James Kottak (The Scorpions) is 50. Country musician Brian Westrum (Sons of the Desert) is 50. Rock musician Lars Ulrich (Metallica) is 49. Actress Nadia Dajani is 47. Rock musician J is 45. Country singer Audrey Wiggins is 45.

 

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