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The Signal.com's Daybreak: Nov. 13, 2009

Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! 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:

November 13, 2009 | By Signal Staff and Wire Services | Santa Clarita Valley News


The Signal's Photo Spotlight, Nov. 6-13, 2009: This week through our eyes

November 13, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Frank Ferry: Stimulus dollars already at work in Santa Clarita

On Oct. 30, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stood beside Vice President Joe Biden as he announced that nearly 1 million jobs had either been created or retained, as a result of the approximately $160 billion that had thus far been appropriated to state and local governments, businesses, school districts and other nonprofit organizations from the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

November 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Send a message

Early this morning I went into my garden and picked up the Sunday morning paper, and was greeted with the headline that the House passed the most sweeping health-care plan since the creation of Medicare 44 years ago. This is the first time in more than a hundred years that Congress has had the moral fortitude to pass a comprehensive health insurance reform.

November 13, 2009 | Derrick Coy Granada Hills | Letters to the Editor


Thanks for voting

The November 2009 elections have passed and it's time to move forward, but not without me saying "Thank you" to family, friends and supporters from throughout the community for their commitment and dedication to a campaign we can all be proud of.

November 13, 2009 | By Suzan Solomon Governing board member, Newhall School District | Letters to the Editor


Andre Hollings: There is a better way for California

This past Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger estimated that on top of the existing $7.4 billion budget shortfall projected for fiscal year 2010-11, California will suffer a budget gap of $5 billion to $7 billion this fiscal year.

November 13, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Buck, I’m counting on you

Dear Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon,

November 13, 2009 | By Virginia Stewart Valencia | Letters to the Editor


’Cats fall in round 2

The West Ranch girls volleyball team lost 3-1 to the visiting Marymount Sailors in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A playoffs Thursday night.

November 12, 2009 | By Debby von Winckelmann For The Signal | SCV Prep Sports


John F. Grannis: Homeowner association meetings

A "meeting" of a homeowner association (HOA) board is defined as any congregation of a majority of board members, at the same time and place, to hear, discuss or deliberate upon HOA business.

November 12, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


'SillyWalk' fundraiser online Nov. 19 celebrates Monty Python's 40th anniversary

GLENDALE (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- Monty Python fans all over the world have enjoyed more than a few belly-aching laughs thanks to the famous Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch entitled "The Ministry of Silly Walks," wherein an entire government agency (headed by John Cleese) is dedicated to the development of ways to walk silly.

November 12, 2009 | Source: MashCast | SCV Raw


Gentle Barn hosts 'Winter Wonderland' fundraiser Dec. 13

The Gentle Barn will host its third annual "Winter Wonderland" fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barn, 15825 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita 91390.

November 12, 2009 | Source: The Gentle Barn | SCV Raw


Volunteers needed for SMO 'Adopt-a-Family'

Single Mother's Outreach is in full swing with its "Adopt-a-Family" campaign for the 2009 holiday season.

November 12, 2009 | Source: Single Mothers Outreach | SCV Raw


Holiday Festival of Trains visiting Nixon Library through Jan. 10

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- A Holiday Festival of Trains at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is taking visitors on a magical journey through the world of miniature trains through Jan. 10.

One of the largest such collections ever assembled, this spectacular display features a breathtaking landscape of toy trains whistling through tiny snow-covered turn of the century villages, a 1890 Bavarian castle, and forested, mountain passes with more than 5,000 miniature trees.

November 12, 2009 | Source: Richard Nixon Foundation | SCV Raw


Magic Mountain employees to give back Friday

More than 200 full-time Six Flags Magic Mountain employees will take part in a range of community service projects Friday as part of the company's first ever day of service, known as Project 6. Employees will give back at various locations including the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, Carousel Ranch, the SCV Boys & Girls Club, the SCV Senior Center and the SCV YMCA.

November 12, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Arm-wrestling competition Saturday

John Brzenk, Guinness World Record-holder in armwrestling, is coming to the Santa Clarita Valley Saturday, Nov. 14 to help raise funds for the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project.

From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m, professionals, amateurs and first-time armwrestlers are invited to the Residence Inn on The Old Road for some friendly competition. Participants will compete in their own weight class and fight for the champion title.

November 12, 2009 | By Emily Philpot Signal Intern | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Sheriff's Department: Beware of phone scam

If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and threatening to arrest you for failing to appear for jury duty, hang up - it's a scam, sheriff's officials said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Signal AP


Balloon festival launches again in Santa Clara River Valley

It's "Up, up and away" time in Santa Paula this weekend as the 2014 Citrus Classic Balloon Festival launches with a "balloon glow," entertainment and other activities starting at 6 p.m. Friday.

July 24, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


LAPD investigates death of USC student

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police are looking for at least three suspects in the off-campus death of a USC graduate student from China.

July 24, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police to pay $1.8M for Dorner manhunt shooting

TORRANCE (AP) - A surfer who was hurt when a Los Angeles-area police officer rammed and shot up his truck during the manhunt for cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner will receive $1.8 million to dismiss his federal lawsuit, police said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


2 women convicted of deadly nightclub beating

SANTA ANA (AP) - An Orange County jury has convicted two women of kicking to death a third woman during a fight outside a Santa Ana nightclub.

July 24, 2014 | The Associated Press | Signal AP


Man says he shot burglar who said she was pregnant

LONG BEACH (AP) - Police said Thursday they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her death.

July 24, 2014 | T | Signal AP


2 SCV youngsters win Youth Foundation-Sheriff’s Department essay contest

Two of the three winners of the Sheriff's Youth Foundation and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Youth Essay Contest were from the Santa Clarita Valley, officials announced this week.

July 24, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Children’s Bureau seeks foster families, parents

The nonprofit Children's Bureau is inviting individuals and couples to become "resource families," caring for children during the reunification process with their parents.

July 24, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Marriage, power and sex rule CW's 'Reign' season 2

SAN DIEGO (AP) - When The CW's "Reign" returns for its second season, we will see Mary, Queen of Scots, and the new King, Francis II, in the first year of marriage.

July 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Gang violence, fears for children fuel rush to US

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many immigrants flooding across the southern border of the U.S. say they're fleeing violent gangs in Central America.

July 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry

Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies. The Associated Press had witnesses at the executions of the three inmates. A look at how each unfolded:

July 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers

MIAMI (AP) - Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month.

July 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


As Iraq gets new president, car bomb kills 21

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi officials say a double car bombing in central Baghdad has killed 21 people and wounded 33, hours after lawmakers elected the country's new president.

July 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Ask a Therapist: How to stop sibling rivalry

I have four kids ages 14, 12, 9 and 6. We're normally a pretty happy family that get along well together and do lots of fun things together. Like this summer we went to the Grand Canyon and had a great time - most of the time. But there are times when, even when we're having a lot of fun, the fun gets spoiled by the kids' fighting. It's nothing awful (i.e. there's no blood and nobody goes days without talking afterwards) but it's still really annoying and puts a dark cloud over whatever it ...

July 24, 2014 | Aaron Anderson, FamilyShare | Health News


How to save hundreds on your family’s cell phone bill

Over the last two decades, cell phones have gone from an expensive (and bulky!) luxury to an absolute necessity - the latter definition, of course, coming from your kids. But the way society is moving, it's becoming more and more difficult to deny that fact. Parents want their kids to have a way to call home in case of an emergency. Kids want to be able to be in contact with their friends.

July 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | NEWS 4 U


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