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Video Game Review: ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’

The video-game industry has defeated more superheroes than Lex Luthor could ever dream of. Superman, Aquaman, Iron Man, X-Men: All rendered lifeless by forces more focused on making a buck than on delivering thrills.

August 28, 2009 | By Lou Kesten Associated Press Writer | Food and Fun


Two Women on Wine: Expanding your wine horizons

When we talk with customers and others regarding the type of wines they enjoy, more often than not we hear the same varietals mentioned. If a customer tells us they like white wine, then Chardonnay is a frequent response. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel rule in the red varietals. As wine purveyors, our goal is to guide you through the maze of wines and, more importantly, help you gain confidence in your wine exploration.

August 28, 2009 | Lil Lepore and Shari Frazier Two Women on Wine | Food and Fun


Review: 'The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard'

"The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" is a cheerfully, energetically and very vulgar comedy. If you're OK with that, you may be OK with this film, which contains a lot of laughs and has studied Political Correctness only enough to make a list of groups to offend. It takes place after a failing car dealer calls in a hired gun and his team to move goods off the lot over the Fourth of July.

August 28, 2009 | Roger Ebert The Critic's Critic | Movies


Review: 'Taking Woodstock'

Luckily I saw "Woodstock" again in April, so it was fresh in my mind while watching "Taking Woodstock," Ang Lee's entertaining new film about the kid who made it all possible - in Woodstock, anyway. This was Elliot Teichberg, a young interior designer who leaves a New York City career to return home to upstate New York and help his parents bail out their failing and shabby motel.

August 28, 2009 | Roger Ebert The Critic's Critic | Movies


Community support needed for Day for Kids

The city of Santa Clarita and the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley are looking for local organizations to participate in the fourth annual Day for Kids to be held 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. There is no fee.

August 28, 2009 | By Jacki Hoffman For The Signal | Rosemond on Parenting


Bill Kennedy: Unintended consequences

Frobisher Bay, Canada, just south of the Arctic Circle on Baffin Island, November 1982: My wife and I were standing on hard-packed snow in frigid weather beside the aircraft that had just deposited our party of some 50 international delegates sent to get a view of the unintended consequences of socialism run amok.

August 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Columnists


Reaching for new heights

Editor's note: Andrew Pfeffer, of Saugus, and his daughter Katie Pfeffer, 19, embarked on a journey of discovery and to conquer new heights to Gannet Peak in Wyoming during the last week of July. The following is Andrew Pfeffer's account of their experience.

July 25-28: the hike

August 28, 2009 | By Andrew Pfeffer For The Signal | Rosemond on Parenting


Too young to know

Colleges are the crossroads of our lives.

August 28, 2009 | By Kristopher Kaufman Canyon Country | Letters to the Editor


Scientist to speak at COC

Local astronomy students and enthusiasts will have the opportunity tonight to learn about the Phoenix Mission to Mars from a scientist who was directly involved.

August 28, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Photo Spotlight, Aug. 21-Aug. 27, 2009: This week through our eyes

August 28, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Brian R. Tinkham: A venti-sized decision for hospitality industry

Hospitality industry employers recently received a double shot when an appellate court reversed a trial court decision that awarded Starbucks' employees over $100 million in restitution and interest due to a tip-allocation policy. Who would have thought that a small tip jar in your local restaurant/coffee shop would cause such a large fine and headaches for employers?

August 28, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Celebrities use Twitter to save shelter pets' lives

LOS ANGELES -- Adopt-a-Pet.com, North America's largest non-profit pet adoption Web service, announces the official launch of TwitterACritter, a new social media campaign that uses Twitter to spread the word about adoptable pets in shelters.

August 27, 2009 | Source: Adopt-a-Pet.com | SCV Raw


Ventura Road Runners prepare for Los Angeles Marathon

The 25th on the 21st describes the Los Angeles Marathon in 2010. This will be the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles Marathon and will be a treat for the Ventura Road Runners on March 21, 2010. This will be the 9th year that Ventura Road Runners have trained marathoners at San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura.

August 27, 2009 | Source: Ventura Road Runners | SCV Raw


Brush fire closes lane on Highway 14

A brush fire is burning near state Route 14 about a mile south of Agua Dulce Canyon Road.

August 27, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Candleman's hosts 'Back-to-School' night Aug. 28

Candleman of Valencia is hosting a "Back-to-School" night on Friday, Aug.28, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

August 27, 2009 | Source: Candleman | SCV Raw


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California removes lane splitting guidelines

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has taken down safety guidelines for a criticized but legal driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by driving between lanes.

July 24, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


Pope meets Sudanese woman sentenced to death

ROME (AP) - Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.

July 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Taiwan searches plane wreckage for clues on crash

XIXI, Taiwan (AP) - Firefighters uncovered ID cards and body fragments as they picked through wreckage Thursday for evidence to identify the victims of a plane crash that killed 48 people on a Taiwanese island.

July 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Wyoming cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

July 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Virginia police: 2 dead after storm at campground

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say two were killed and at least 20 injured when a fierce storm slammed a campground on the state's Eastern Shore.

July 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Official: Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed'

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane "probably crashed."

July 24, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) - His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.

July 24, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Brian Baker: Pondering a runaway presidency

In my last column ("The IRS is far from earning back our trust," June 30), I discussed the arrogance and lawlessness of the Obama administration and its bureaucrats, practiced on a scale unprecedented in American history.

July 24, 2014 | By Brian Baker SCV Voices | Columnists


Haren struggles again, Dodgers fall to Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Dan Haren's promising spring has morphed into a troubling summer. At this point, even he isn't sure when it is going to stop.

July 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Pro Sports News


USC football ready to push the tempo

HOLLYWOOD - After a season of twists and turns and off-the-field adversity, the USC Trojans are ready to move forward under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian and returning starting quarterback junior Cody Kessler.

July 23, 2014 | By Jon Stein Signal Staff Writer | SCV College Sports


Clinton launches baby-talking campaign in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a new campaign Wednesday - to encourage parents to talk, read and sing to their babies.

July 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Review: Fire phone, an improvement on the familiar

NEW YORK (AP) - Many of the Amazon Fire phone's features are twists on apps and concepts tried in other devices.

July 23, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


How to be the most popular dad in the world — and maybe something better

There was a time when I aimed to be the most fantastic and well liked dad in - well, at least our neighborhood. At some point in my fatherhood experience, that was actually a goal of mine - partly because I wanted our house to be the Kool-aid house, the home where everyone wanted to be, and part because I want to be the best at what I did.

July 23, 2014 | Davison Cheney, FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series winds up Friday

This year's Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series closes out its season Friday with Doña Oxford, known as "The Boogie Woogie Woman" for her two-fisted piano playing.

July 23, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


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