"The Crazies" is a perfectly competent genre film in a genre that has exhausted its interest for me, the zombie film. It provides such a convenient storytelling device: Large numbers of mindless zombies lurch toward the camera and the hero, wreaking savage destruction, and can be quickly blown away, although not without risk and occasional loss of life. When sufficient zombies have been run through, it's time for a new dawn.
"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." - Noam Chomsky
While observing all the talking, shouting and letters to the editor in recent days on the topic of free speech, I was reminded of the many chats I had with my dad in our family garage while I was growing up.
I'm sorry to hear that Bristol Farms in the Valencia Bridgeport Marketplace is closing, but my first and utmost concern is the roughly 100 employees who are going to lose their jobs.
As a third-generation Hispanic man, I applaud Bob Kellar for his stand on illegal immigrants and stating that if being an American and standing up for his fellow Americans makes him a racist then he is a "proud racist."
Embarrassment - let's talk about it now and get it behind us.
The sluggish economy has hit businesses across the board. While some businesses have started to see light at the end of the tunnel, others are still waiting for signs of encouragement.
"Sir, are you listening to the radio?"
Catching me at home at 6:45 a.m. as I was preparing to leave for my job as base commander of Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, I knew instantly this was not an idle inquiry from my executive officer.
Diana Shaw's column ("Two-thirds or not two-thirds," The Signal, Jan. 19) takes on a more condescending than persuasive tone with statements like "the People of Arkansas are eminently more rational than Californians" and "Guess what? We live in a democracy."
Welcome to The-Signal.com's Daybreak, your point of entry for the day, and a quick journey through the past, present and future. Let the adventure begin:
Today is Friday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2010. There are 308 days left in the year.
The city of Santa Clarita's Graffiti Task Force celebrated another banner year in 2009, with 177 arrests made and more than 7,500 tags removed from Santa Clarita streets.
As part of their 2010 Rink Tour, members of the Los Angeles Kings will make a stop at Ice Station Valencia on Saturday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Giving no ground, President Barack Obama and Republican leaders fought forcefully for their competing visions of historic health care reform Thursday in an exhausting, often-testy live-on-TV debate.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Gold was the only option for both Canada's women's hockey team and South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-na. For the U.S. Nordic combined squad, any medal in any color would do.
All of them were quite pleased with the way things turned out Thursday.
(Sacramento, CA) Today, Senator Strickland (R- Thousand Oaks), joined by Jon Coupal of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and John Graham, Director of Healthcare Studies at the Pacific Research Institute, held a press conference to announce the introduction of Senate Constitutional Amendment 29.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Nearly 870,000 Californians have signed up for an insurance policy through the state's health care exchange, as the state intensifies efforts to boost participation ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline.
A look back at the crimes reported in the Newhall area last week.
Last week, the following Part 1 crimes occurred in Canyon Country East:
NEW YORK (AP) - Keith Richards is writing a children's book. He really is.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station
The Master's College women's basketball will play live on regional television tonight.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The Malaysian military has radar data showing the missing Boeing 777 jetliner changed course and made it to the Malacca Strait, hundreds of kilometers (miles) from the last position recorded by civilian authorities, according to a senior military official.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday the CIA improperly searched a stand-alone computer network established for Congress in its investigation of allegations of CIA abuse in a Bush-era detention and interrogation program. She said the CIA's own inspector general has referred the matter to the Justice Department.
This past week in Zone 7, the following Part-1 Crimes occurred:
TOKYO (AP) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to boost rebuilding efforts as the country marked the third anniversary Tuesday of a devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead, destroyed coastal communities and triggered a nuclear crisis.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic senators clocked an all-nighter, working in shifts into Tuesday morning to warn of devastation from climate change and the danger of inaction.
DENVER (AP) - Colorado made roughly $2 million in marijuana taxes in January, state revenue officials reported Monday in the world's first accounting of the recreational pot business.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge in San Francisco stopped the destruction Monday of millions of telephone records collected by the National Security Agency more than five years ago.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Martin Jones made a habit of winning big games at the Saddledome during his Western Hockey League career.