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Today in the SCV: Saturday, March 2

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

Today in the SCV

Public meeting regarding Rivendale open space
A public meeting regarding suggestions for the 60-acre Rivendale open space area will take place at 10 a.m. today in the multi-purpose room at Wiley Canyon Elementary School, 24240 W. La Glorita Circle. Residents and community groups are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on the master plan for the upcoming Rivendale Park project. Info: 661-255-4385.

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Today in history

Today is Saturday, March 2, the 61st day of 2013. There are 304 days left in the year.

On this date in the SCV: In 1997, the Sulphur Springs Elementary School chess team won the state championship in the K-6 U700 division, beating the favored La Jolla Country Day School.

Today’s Highlight in History: On March 2, 1943, the three-day Battle of the Bismarck Sea began in the southwest Pacific during World War II; U.S. and Australian warplanes were able to inflict heavy damage on an Imperial Japanese convoy.

Ten years ago: Iraq crushed another six Al Samoud II missiles, as ordered by U.N. weapons inspectors. Landlocked Switzerland became the first European country to win the America’s Cup as Alinghi swept Team New Zealand in five races.

Five years ago: Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin’s hand-picked successor, scored a crushing victory in Russia’s presidential election. Four adults and two children were slain in a shooting and stabbing rampage at a Memphis, Tenn., house; three children survived. (Jessie Dotson, brother of one of the victims, was convicted of six counts of murder and sentenced to death.)

One year ago: Some 40 people were killed by tornadoes in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. President Barack Obama made a supportive phone call to law student Sandra Fluke, who’d testified before Congress about the need for birth control coverage, only to be called a “slut” on the air by talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Feb. 29. The NFL said it had found between 22 and 27 New Orleans Saints players had participated in a bounty program targeting opponents over the previous three seasons. Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams, adding a second wild-card in each league.

Birthdays

Actor John Cullum is 83. Author Tom Wolfe is 83. Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev is 82. Actress Barbara Luna is 74. Author John Irving is 71. Singer Lou Reed is 71. Actress Cassie Yates is 62. Actress Laraine Newman is 61. Former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., is 60. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is 58. Singer Jay Osmond is 58. Pop musician John Cowsill (The Cowsills) is 57. Tennis player Kevin Curren is 55. Country singer Larry Stewart (Restless Heart) is 54. Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi is 51. Blues singer-musician Alvin Youngblood Hart is 50. Actor Daniel Craig is 45. Rock musician Casey (Jimmie’s Chicken Shack) is 37. Rock singer Chris Martin (Coldplay) is 36. Actress Heather McComb is 36. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard is 32. NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 31.

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