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Many candidates call for more spending on seniors at Senior Center forum

The 80 or so attendees of a Santa Clarita City Council forum held Tuesday afternoon at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center sat in chairs on a floor scuffed, scratched and worn from use.

March 04, 2014 | By Luke Money Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Heroin use, deaths declining in the Santa Clarita Valley, detectives say

Fewer people in the Santa Clarita Valley are using heroin compared to the alarming numbers witnessed two years ago, local narcotics detectives said this week.

March 04, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Water Shortages: Thank Politics or Mother Nature?

The record dry year we are in has been in the news. Primarily the editorials and citizen feedback have been calls for more conservation.

March 04, 2014 | By Maria Gutzeit SCV Voices | Columnists


‘Indie Saturday’ to celebrate films with an SCV tie

College of the Canyons' Humanities Department on Saturday will host a celebration of independent films that have ties to the Santa Clarita Valley.

March 04, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Obama seeks millions to expand ports of entry

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is recommending spending more than $300 million to expand two major border crossings between California and Mexico.

March 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cold, gray day doesn't stop Mardi Gras revelers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Revelers endured bitter winter temperatures and a chilling rain along parade routes Tuesday as New Orleans' 2014 Carnival season neared a close.

March 04, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


RadioShack closing 1,100 stores as troubles grow

NEW YORK (AP) - There will soon be about 1,100 fewer places to buy batteries.

March 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


High-Speed Rail Initiative Enters Circulation

SACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Debra Bowen today announced the proponent of a new initiative may begin collecting petition signatures for his measure.

March 04, 2014 | Source: California Secretary of State's office | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sierra snowpack one-third normal; outlook mixed

(AP) - Weather watchers in the Sierra Nevada say they need a "Miracle March" to recover from an abysmal winter that has produced only one-third of the normal snowpack by this time of year.

March 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


How to look for the sun after a gloomy day

We've all had them. We've all experienced a day when we just want to crawl back into bed and start the day over. For some of us, those bad days just keep getting worse. One thing after another keeps going wrong until we finally reach our breaking point.

March 04, 2014 | By Courtnie Erickson FamilyShare | Hot Topics


‘Frozen’ makes history two times over on Oscar weekend

It was a big weekend for Disney's animated juggernaut, "Frozen." The 53rd feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series made history not once but twice, giving further reason to believe that this could be a second renaissance for the legendary animation company.

March 04, 2014 | By Jeff Peterson Deseret News | Hot Topics


5 best Oscar moments according to social media

HOLLYWOOD - If you missed the Oscars, here's what you need to know. Host Ellen Degeneres crashed Twitter and set a new record, "12 Years a Slave" won best picture, and if anyone asks you today who you thought was best dressed, you'll be safe to say Lupita Nyong'o.

March 04, 2014 | By Natalie Wardel KSL | Hot Topics


Covered California enrollment surges in Los Angeles County

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Covered California™ and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced today that from Oct. 1, 2013, to Jan. 31, 2014, 198,158 consumers in Los Angeles County enrolled in subsidized and unsubsidized Covered California health insurance plans.

March 04, 2014 | Source: Covered California | Signal AP


Santa Clarita Water Division receives budgeting award

Santa Clarita Water (SCWD), a division of Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA), received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award presented by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for its FY 2013/14 Budget. To receive the award, the budget document must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, that demonstrate how well the budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device. The award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental ...

March 04, 2014 | Source: Castaic Lake Water Agency | Santa Clarita Valley News


Obama 2015 budget focuses on boosting economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating jobs and narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.

March 04, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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Security beefed up at US embassy in Baghdad

WASHINGTON (AP) - Security at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad was strengthened and some staff members sent elsewhere as Iraq was shaken with instability, the State Department said Sunday.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Explosions rock Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi police and hospital officials say a string of explosions in Baghdad has killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 30.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Research shows why fathers are so important

With the arrival of Father's Day, it's nice to hear stories about fathers who are making a difference in their children's lives. But did you know that just having a father in your life makes a difference? It's true. There is a host of research showing the benefits fathers have on their children compared to children in father-absent homes. Unfortunately, having absent fathers is becoming a bigger and bigger trend in America. It's a trend that people are calling "Fatherless America."

June 15, 2014 | By Aaron Anderson FamilyShare | NEWS 4 U


8 ways to increase intimacy in 5 minutes or less

If your life moves at a frantic pace, you might not think you have enough time each day to connect with your spouse. You're wrong. Increasing intimacy can be done in just a few seconds. All it takes is effort. Skeptical? Here are 8 ways to feel closer to the one you love most in 5 minutes less.

June 15, 2014 | By Amy Peterson FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Ryan Seacrest issues statement on Casey Kasem

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ryan Seacrest says the death of his radio role model, Casey Kasem, is a loss for radio listeners worldwide.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Rodents winning NY rat race, but humans fight back

NEW YORK (AP) - Ines Moore stirs awake nearly every night to an unmistakable, skin-crawling sound: rats skittering around her apartment in the dark.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Pakistani army starts offensive against militants

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Pakistani army said Sunday that it had launched a "comprehensive operation" against foreign and local militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border, hours after jets pounded militant hideouts in the country's northwest.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Casey Kasem, king of the Top 40 countdown, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Casey Kasem, the internationally famous radio broadcaster with the cheerful manner and gentle voice who became the king of the top 40 countdown with a syndicated show that ran for decades, died Sunday. He was 82.

June 15, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Our View: Put billboards on the ballot

The brouhaha over billboards in the city of Santa Clarita - a controversy that divided residents in the spring and threatens to continue doing so through the rest of this year - is among the more unnecessary to face Santa Clarita Valley residents in the city's 27 years of existence.

June 15, 2014 | Our View | Signal Editorials


An Eisenberg fan

For many years, Lois Eisenberg has written awesome letters to the editor for The Signal. She combines great thinking and great writing in her letters to the editor.

June 15, 2014 | By Robert W. Burton Santa Clarita | Letters to the Editor


Happy Father’s Day Dad

Maybe your dream came true. You and I traveled through an atlas that we both read together after War World II. You pointed out to me The United States of America and I was listening to you carefully. I had no idea where this country was. You explained to me that the Americans liberated France from Hitler. You had a lot of respect for those people. I was young and I did not understand yet the impact of our freedom from an ill man.

June 15, 2014 | By Anne Marie Whalley Canyon Country Community Contributor | COMMUNITY


Budding Artists

June 15, 2014 | Signal Staff | COMMUNITY


The power of storytelling

One regular day on the job, I was sitting on the couch of a Saugus resident's home, watching her two young children show off their new toys. Lit with excitement, they pulled out their best pink bows and fire trucks to impress their mom's new friend. They looked so happy – except for the slight pallor of their skin and tiredness behind their eyes, you never would have guessed they were sick.

June 15, 2014 | Signal Staff | COMMUNITY


Wrapped up in love

About seven months ago at Bridgeport Elementary, the kids in Room A8 began a project that would touch the life of a child in need.

June 15, 2014 | By Alexa Ferrante For The Signal | COMMUNITY


Seen Around SCV

June 15, 2014 | Signal Staff | COMMUNITY


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