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Today in the SCV: Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Posted: March 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

‘Teen Scene Plugged-In’ event

How to connect with and understand a teenager’s life will be the primary focus of this year’s “Teen Scene Plugged-In” event, sponsored by the Santa Clarita Blue Ribbon Task Force. It will be held today at 6 p.m. at the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. The event, which used to be called “Teen Scene Unplugged,” typically addresses topics that face teenagers such as gang violence, stress and peer pressure. Teen Scene Plugged-In is free and open to the public. Parents, counselors, youth service providers and community members involved in the education are encouraged to attend. For additional information contact the city of Santa Clarita’s Human Services Office at 661- 250-3708.

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Today in history

Today is Wednesday, March 20, the 79th day of 2013. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 4:02 a.m.

On this date in the SCV: In 1991, the seven-month-old boot camp program run at Peter J. Pitchess Honor Rancho correctional facility was terminated.

Today’s Highlight in History: On March 20, 1933, the state of Florida electrocuted Giuseppe Zangara for the shooting death of Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak at a Miami event attended by President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt, the presumed target, the previous February.

Ten years ago: On the first day of the Iraq War, a subdued Saddam Hussein appeared on state-run television after the initial American air strike on Baghdad, accusing the United States of a “shameful crime” and urging his people to “draw your sword” against the invaders. American combat units rumbled across the desert into Iraq from the south and U.S. and British forces bombed limited targets in Baghdad. The start of war in Iraq triggered one of the heaviest days of anti-government protesting in years, leading to thousands of arrests across the United States and prompting pro-war counter-demonstrations

Five years ago: In a setback for Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, a drive for a second Michigan presidential primary collapsed as the state Senate adjourned without taking up a measure calling for a do-over contest. (Michigan had held an early primary in January 2008 in violation of Democratic Party rules, and was stripped of its delegates as a result.) Mao Asada of Japan won the women’s title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Goteborg, Sweden.

One year ago: Front-runner Mitt Romney won the Illinois Republican primary with ease, routing Rick Santorum for his third big-state win in a row. A 7.4-magnitude earthquake in Mexico damaged hundreds of homes and killed at least two people near the border between Guerrero and Oaxaca states. Army linebacker Andrew Rodriguez won the James E. Sullivan Award, given by the Amateur Athletic Union to the top amateur athlete in the United States.

 

Singer Dame Vera Lynn is 96. Producer-director-comedian Carl Reiner is 91. Actor Hal Linden is 82. Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney is 74. Country singer Don Edwards is 74. TV producer Paul Junger Witt is 70. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Orr is 65. Blues singer-musician Marcia Ball is 64. Country musician Jimmy Seales (Shenandoah) is 59. Movie director Spike Lee is 56. Actress Holly Hunter is 55. Rock musician Slim Jim Phantom (The Stray Cats) is 52. Actress-model-designer Kathy Ireland is 50. Actor David Thewlis is 50. Actor Alexander Chaplin is 42. Rock singer Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) is 37. Actor Michael Genadry is 35. Actress Bianca Lawson is 34. Rock musician Nick Wheeler (The All-American Rejects) is 31. Actress-singer Christy Carlson Romano is 29.

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