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Today in the SCV: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013

Posted: February 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Today in the SCV

Castaic Lake Bird Walk
Join our flock as we discover some of the park’s feathered population on our monthly bird walk. Our Castaic Lake Fit-For-Fun program is an ongoing series of guided events, self-guided activities and/or independent workouts designed to help you stay fit and enjoy our recreation area while you work out! Membership is free. Become a member and start tracking! Program hikes/walks are free with park entry ($11/car). Meet at Main Office at 32132 Castaic Lake Drive, Castaic, 91384 at 8 a.m., weather permitting (rain cancels). For more information go to

ALS Support Group
A support group for people with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), their families and friends will be meeting at Valencia United Methodist Church, which is located at 25718 McBean Parkway, Valencia, 91355. The meeting is held from 1-2:30 p.m. today and is free. For more information call 818-865-8067.

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Today in history

Today is Saturday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2013. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day.

On this date in the SCV: In 2000, five student-athletes from Valencia High School signed letters of intent to play at Division I schools, including UCLA commits Manuel White and Ray Cassaday. White’s and Cassaday’s commitments came after crosstown rival Patrick Norton, of Hart, also committed to the Bruins.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 2, 1913, New York City’s rebuilt Grand Central Terminal officially opened to the public at one minute past midnight.

Ten years ago: The search continued for pieces of the space shuttle Columbia, a day after the spacecraft disintegrated during re-entry over Texas, killing all seven astronauts. A hotel fire in northeastern China killed some three dozen people. An explosion destroyed a bank building in Lagos, Nigeria, killing at least 46 people. The American Football Conference won the Pro Bowl, defeating the National Football Conference 45-20

Five years ago: A gunman killed five women at a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park, Ill., in an apparent botched robbery attempt (the case remains unsolved). French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni were married at the presidential Elysee Palace. Former Washington Redskins players Art Monk and Darrell Green were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with New England linebacker Andre Tippett, San Diego/San Francisco defensive end Fred Dean, Minnesota/Denver tackle Gary Zimmerman and senior committee choice, Kansas City cornerback Emmitt Thomas. Former Agriculture Secretary Earl L. Butz died in Washington, D.C., at age 98. Actor Barry Morse died in London at age 89.

One year ago: Egyptian security forces clashed with stone-throwing protesters enraged by the failure of police to prevent a soccer riot that killed 74 people. Donald Trump announced his endorsement of Republican Mitt Romney for president.



Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing is 87. Comedian Tom Smothers is 76. Rock singer-guitarist Graham Nash is 71. Actor Bo Hopkins is 71. Country singer Howard Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 67. TV chef Ina  Garten is 65. Actor Jack McGee is 64. Rock musician Ross Valory (Journey) is 64. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is 61. Model Christie Brinkley is 59. Actor Michael T. Weiss is 51. Actor-comedian Adam Ferrara is 47. Rock musician Robert DeLeo (Army of Anyone; Stone Temple Pilots) is 47. Actress Jennifer Westfeldt is 43. Rock musician Ben Mize is 42. Rapper T-Mo is 41. Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur is 40. Actress Lori Beth Denberg is 37. Singer Shakira is 36. Country singer Blaine Larsen is 27. Actress Zosia Mamet (TV: “Girls”) is 25.


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