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Today in the SCV: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

Posted: January 30, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 30, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

Battle of the Badges
The American Red Cross will host the seventh annual Battle of the Badges 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Bloodmobile. All participants will receive a free Mimi’s Cafe appetizer, along with two Laugh Factory tickets and a Battle of the Badges t-shirt. Info: 818-402-0300 or www.redcrossblood.org.

Low-cost spay & neuter services
AngelDogs Foundation provides low-cost spay/neuter for dogs and cats through its mobile clinic the first three Wednesdays of each month at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon, Saugus. Procedure includes vaccinations, microchip, pain medication and post-surgical cone. Info: 888-504-SPAY or www.angeldogsfoundation.org.

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Today in history

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2013. There are 335 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: On this day in 2012, two 11-year-old boys were detained by officials after allegedly setting a brush fire in Canyon Country. The boys allegedly set fires along the wash as they walked home from school, running away when the brush fire they set grew out of control.

Today’s Highlight in History:On Jan. 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany. The first episode of the “Lone Ranger” radio program was broadcast on station WXYZ in Detroit.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush put allies on notice that diplomacy would give way to a decision on war with Iraq in “weeks, not months.” Wary world leaders and congressional critics urged patience and demanded proof of Iraq’s transgressions. Richard Reid, the British citizen and al-Qaida follower who’d tried to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Boston.

Five years ago: John Edwards bowed out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Rudy Giuliani dropped out of the Republican presidential contest and endorsed front-runner and longtime friend John McCain. The Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate for the second time in just over a week, reducing the federal funds rate by a half point to 3 percent.

One year ago:  All European Union countries except Britain and the Czech Republic agreed to sign a new treaty designed to stop overspending in the eurozone and put an end to the bloc’s crippling debt crisis. A reactor at a northern Illinois nuclear plant shut down after an electrical insulator failed (the Unit 2 reactor at the Byron Generating Station resumed operating a week later).

Birthdays

Actress Dorothy Malone is 88. Producer-director Harold Prince is 85. Actor Gene Hackman is 83. Actress Tammy Grimes is 79. Actress Vanessa Redgrave is 76. Chess grand-master Boris Spassky is 76. Country singer Jeanne Pruett is 76. Country singer Norma Jean is 75. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is 72. Singer Phil Collins is 62. World Golf Hall of Famer Curtis Strange is 58. Actress-comedian Brett Butler is 55. Actor-filmmaker Dexter Scott King is 52. The King of Jordan, Abdullah II, is 51. Actor Norbert Leo Butz is 46. Actor Christian Bale is 39. Rock musician Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) is 39. Pop-country singer-songwriter Josh Kelley is 33. Actor Wilmer Valderrama is 33. Actor Jake Thomas is 23.

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