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Today in the SCV: Friday Jan. 4, 2013

Posted: January 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 4, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

Gently used clothing needed
Wayman Cleaners is collecting gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories such as purses to distribute to the homeless and low-income populations in and around the SCV. Clothes can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Wayman Cleaners, 23120 Lyons Ave, Suite 15, New-hall. Info: 661-259-5857.

Read With Me! seeks volunteer readers
The SCV Education Foundation is looking for volunteers to assist students improve their reading skills in local public schools for this school year. You will have an opportunity to impact a child’s life, gain a new friend and a new sense of purpose. For more information visit www.scveducationfoundation.org or contact Ann Unger at aunger@scveducationfoundation.org or 661-414-4465.

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Today in history

Today is Friday, Jan. 4, the fourth day of 2013. There are 361 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: On this day in 1993, the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s department announced that it had issued 107 total tickets in a two-day span, involving citizens not wearing their seatbelts. In that same time, 22 people were arrested for driving under the influence, The seatbelt penalties came on the heels of the passage of new safety laws.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 4, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his State of the Union address in which he outlined the goals of his “Great Society,” a series of domestic policy initiatives aimed at growing the economy and improving the quality of life for all.

Ten years ago: As President George W. Bush put the finishing touches on an economic growth package costing $674 billion over ten years, Democratic presidential hopefuls pledged to scuttle what they characterized as a plan that would help the wealthy without reviving the economy. Oscar-winning cinematographer Conrad L. Hall died in Santa Monica at age 76.

Five years ago: The government reported that the nation’s jobless rate hit 5 percent in Dec. 2007, a two-year high, fanning recession fears. Howling winds, pelting rain and heavy snow pummeled California. Britney Spears lost custody of her two sons to ex-husband Kevin Federline a day after police and paramedics were called to her home.

One year ago: Defying Republican lawmakers, President Barack Obama barreled past the Senate and used a recess appointment to name Richard Cordray the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Birthdays

Actress Barbara Rush is 86. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Don Shula is 83. Actress Dyan Cannon is 76. Opera singer Grace Bumbry is 76. Author-historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is 70. Country singer Kathy Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 58. Rock musician Bernard Sumner (New Order, Joy Division) is 57. Country singer Patty Loveless is 56. Rock singer Michael Stipe is 53. Actor Dave Foley is 50. Actress Dot Jones (TV: “Glee”) is 49. Actor Rick Hearst is 48. Actress Julia Ormond is 48. Rock musician Benjamin Darvill (Crash Test Dummies) is 46. Actor Jeremy Licht is 42. Actress-singer Jill Marie Jones is 38. Alt-country singer Justin Townes Earle is 31. Christian rock singer Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath) is 30. Comedian-actress Charlyne Yi is 27.

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