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Today in the SCV: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013

Posted: January 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 5, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Donations sought for veterans

Audio and large print books needed for Prayer Angels for the Military. A collection drive for wounded warriors and veterans is being conducted by Prayer Angels for the Military. Donations are tax-deductible. Cash donations are accepted and can be mailed to: Prayer Angels for the Military, Inc., 21609 Old Orchard Road, Newhall, CA 91321 or through PayPal online www.prayerangelsforthemilitary.com. Items can be dropped off at American Family Funding 28368 Constellation Road #398 Santa Clarita; Prayer Angel sites at 21609 Oak Orchard Road, Newhall; 23510 Cherry St., Newhall; 23667 Via Delfina, Valencia through Jan. 31.

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Today in the SCV

Today is Saturday, Jan. 5, the fifth day of 2013. There are 360 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1990, two children playing with a cigarette lighter inadvertently burned 10 acres of land near Seco Canyon Road. Around 100 firefighters were used to extinguish the flames, which caused no damage to any homes. The two boys were released into the custody of their parents.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 5, 1983, President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating Elizabeth Dole to succeed Drew Lewis as secretary of transportation; Dole became the first woman to head a Cabinet department in Reagan’s administration, and the first to head the DOT.

Ten years ago: Two Palestinian suicide bombers set off back-to-back blasts in central Tel Aviv, killing 15 Israelis and eight foreign nationals in the bloodiest attack in six months. Chinese state media reported that an unmanned Shenzhou IV space capsule had returned safely to Earth.

Five years ago: Republican Mitt Romney won the Wyoming caucuses, picking up eight delegates; in a debate three days before the New Hampshire primary, Romney clashed with Mike Huckabee on foreign policy and John McCain on immigration. In a Democratic faceoff, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused campaign rival Barack Obama of changing his positions on health care and “a number of issues.” A Piper Navajo Chieftain crashed off Kodiak Island in southern Alaska, killing six of 10 people aboard. A canal breach in Fernley, Nev., flooded about 600 homes. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won The Associated Press 2007 NFL MVP award.

One year ago: Speaking at the Pentagon, President Barack Obama launched a reshaping and shrinking of the military, vowing to preserve U.S. pre-eminence even as the Army and Marine Corps shedded troops and the administration considered reducing its arsenal of nuclear weapons. A U.S. Navy destroyer rescued an Iranian fishing boat that had been commandeered by suspected pirates. Jessica Joy Rees, a Southern California girl who had become a nationally recognized face of child cancer with a blog that chronicled her fight against brain tumors, died at age 12.

 

Birthdays

Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is 85. Actor Robert Duvall is 82. Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll is 81. King Juan Carlos of Spain is 75. Talk show host Charlie Rose is 71. Actress-director Diane Keaton is 67. Actor Ted Lange is 65. Rhythm-and-blues musician George “Funky” Brown (Kool and the Gang) is 64. Rock musician Chris Stein (Blondie) is 63. Former CIA Director George Tenet is 60. Actress Pamela Sue Martin is 60. Actor Clancy Brown is 54. Singer Iris Dement is 52. Actor Ricky Paull Goldin is 48. Actor Vinnie Jones is 48. Rock musician Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 47. Dancer-choreographer Carrie Ann Inaba is 45. Actress Heather Paige Kent is 44. Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 44. Actor Bradley Cooper is 38. Actress January Jones is 35. Actress Brooklyn Sudano is 32.

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