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Today in the SCV: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

Posted: February 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

Today in the SCV

Mommy and Me workshop
Come enjoy the fun with activities, games, and story time while decorating your favorite flavored yogurt with your little ones. Enjoy fresh fruit toppings and a healthy lunch for $10. The workshop is located in the new shopping plaza next to the new Canyon Country Commnuity Center at 18764 Flying Tiger Drive in Santa Clarita.
(661) 252-1675

Democratic Alliance for Action
Santa Clarita’s Democratic Alliance for Action will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, celebrating Black History Month. Husband and wife team Harry and Susan Reed will present a jeopardy game with categories such as politics, science, inventions and other notable African-American accomplishments. The meeting will be held at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall, located at 24504 1/2 Lyons Avenue.


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Today in History

Today is Thursday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2013. There are 306 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: On this day in 1994, Saugus Union School District Superintendent Troy Bramlett announced his plans to retire later that year due to health reasons. The 59-year-old’s resignation came just one and a half years after he took his position.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 28, 1993, a gun battle erupted at a religious compound near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to arrest Branch Davidian leader David Koresh on weapons charges; four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began. (The siege ended April 19 as fire erupted while federal agents smashed their way into the compound; Koresh and 78 other people were killed.)

Ten years ago: NASA released video taken aboard Columbia that had miraculously survived the fiery destruction of the space shuttle with the loss of all seven astronauts; in the footage, four of the crew members can be seen doing routine chores and admiring the view outside the cockpit.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush told a White House news conference the country was not recession-bound; Democratic candidate Barack Obama said the economy was “on the brink of a recession” and blamed economic policies espoused by Bush and Republican presidential contender John McCain. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told his Turkish counterpart that Turkey should end its offensive against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq as soon as possible.

One year ago:Republican Mitt Romney won presidential primary victories in Arizona and Michigan. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, announced she would not seek re-election, citing what she called the increasingly polarized climate of Washington. Angela Castro, 88, an elder sister of Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro, died in Havana.

Birthdays

Producer Saul Zaentz is 92. Architect Frank Gehry is 84. Actor Gavin MacLeod is 82. Actor Don Francks is 81. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 74. Hall of Fame auto racer Mario Andretti is 73. Actor Frank Bonner is 71. Actress Kelly Bishop is 69. Actress Stephanie Beacham is 66. Writer-director Mike Figgis is 65. Actress Mercedes Ruehl is 65. Actress Bernadette Peters is 65. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is 65. Actress Ilene Graff is 64. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman is 60. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 58. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Adrian Dantley is 57. Actor John Turturro is 56. Rock singer Cindy Wilson is 56. Actress Rae Dawn Chong is 52. Actress Maxine Bahns is 44. Actor Robert Sean Leonard is 44.

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