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Today in the SCV: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013

Posted: February 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 16, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Valentine’s heart-y walk

To introduce you to our color-coded fitness trail system, we’ll give you a heart-healthy cardio walk suitable for Valentine’s Day weekend. Bring your sweetheart along and learn all about our “Walking for Fitness” program. Starting at the Park Headquarters trail kiosk, we’ll plan a walk along the two-mile Lower Lagoon Westside Pathway, with romantic views from the Butterfly Gardens, through Paradise Cove, out to Hideaway and back. 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 9 a.m. sharp, weather permitting (rain cancels). For more information call 661-257-4050.

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Today in history

Today is Saturday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2013. There are 318 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1990, a drunken driver drove underneath a big rig and caused an accident involving seven semi-trucks on the southbound Interstate 5 just north of Highway 14. Three people were injured in the accident, and the driver was charged for felony drunk driving.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1968, the nation’s first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Ala., as the speaker of the Alabama House, Rankin Fite, placed a call from the mayor’s office in City Hall to a red telephone at the police station that was answered by U.S. Rep. Tom Bevill.

Ten years ago: More than 100,000 people demonstrated in the streets of San Francisco to protest a possible U.S. invasion of Iraq. Michael Waltrip raced past leader Jimmie Johnson to win the rain-shortened Daytona 500 for the second time in three years. Eleanor “Sis” Daley, the matriarch of Chicago’s Daley political clan, died at age 95.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush, on a six-day tour of Africa, made his first stop in Benin before flying on to Tanzania. John McCain, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, picked up a total of 50 GOP national convention delegates from Michigan and Louisiana. A car plowed into a group of street-racing fans obscured by a cloud of tire smoke on an isolated Maryland highway, killing eight people in the early morning darkness..

One year ago:  A federal judge in Detroit ordered life in prison for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a young Nigerian man who’d tried to blow up a packed Northwest jetliner with a bomb concealed in his underwear. New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, died of an apparent asthma attack in Syria while reporting on the uprising against its president; he was 43. Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter died in West Palm Beach, Fla., at age 57.

 

Birthdays

Actor Jeremy Bulloch is 68. Actor William Katt is 62. Rhythm-and-blues singer James Ingram is 61. Actor LeVar Burton is 56. Actor-rapper Ice-T is 55. Actress Lisa Loring is 55. International Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe is 54. Rock musician Andy Taylor is 52. Rock musician Dave Lombardo (Slayer) is 48. Actress Sarah Clarke is 42. Rock musician Taylor Hawkins (Foofighters) is 41. Olympic gold medal runner Cathy Freeman is 40. Singer Sam Salter is 38. Rapper Lupe Fiasco is 31. Pop-rock singer Ryan Follese (Hot Chelle Rae) is 26. Actress Elizabeth Olsen is 24. Actor Mike Weinberg is 20.

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