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Today in the SCV: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

Posted: January 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

Books needed for military
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. Audio books, large print books, magazines, word search and crossword puzzles are needed.  Donations are tax-deductible (501C3 non-profit). 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 History

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2013. There are 342 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: On Jan. 23, 1995 the City Council gave a preliminary OK to a 2,911-home development on the former Bermite Powder Co. property south of Soledad Canyon Road. The Porta Bella project would never come into fruition, however, as it was discovered that the 1,000-acre chunk of land has contamination issues, including perchlorate and soil and groundwater contamination.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 23, 1973, President Richard Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War, and would be formally signed four days later in Paris.

Ten years ago:   The government of Kuwait said a Kuwaiti had confessed to the shootings of two U.S. defense workers that left one dead. (The assailant, Sami al-Mutairi, was convicted and sentenced to death, but an appeals court commuted the sentence to life in prison.) Actress Nell Carter died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 54.

Five years ago:  Tens of thousands of Palestinians poured into Egypt from Gaza after Palestinian militants used land mines to breach a barrier dividing the border town of Rafah. French Open winner Michael Chang was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and IMG creator Mark McCormack and Tennis Week magazine founder Eugene Scott were selected posthumously.

One year ago: Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich clashed repeatedly in heated, personal terms in a crackling campaign debate in Tampa, Fla. In a rare defeat for law enforcement, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed to bar police from installing GPS technology to track suspects without first getting a judge’s approval.

Birthdays

Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., is 89. Actress Jeanne Moreau is 85. Actress Chita Rivera is 80. Actor-director Lou Antonio is 79. Actor Gil Gerard is 70. Actor Rutger Hauer is 69. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jerry Lawson (The Persuasions) is 69. Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., is 66. Singer Anita Pointer is 65. Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 63. Rock musician Bill Cunningham is 63. Rock singer Robin Zander (Cheap Trick) is 60. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is 60. Princess Caroline of Monaco is 56. Singer Anita Baker is 55. Actress Gail O’Grady is 50. Actress Mariska Hargitay is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marc Nelson is 42. Actress Tiffani Thiessen is 39. Rock musician Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie) is 38. Christian rock musician Nick DePartee (Kutless) is 28. Singer-actress Rachel Crow is 15.

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