My Uncle Earl often rants against public employee unions. And since many of these unions are teachers, this column often gets portrayed as anti-teacher.
Darren W. Parker, with microphone, speaks during a meet and greet party at the home of Patricia Skinner Sulpizio on Sunday. Parker, a Democratic activist, is running for the state Senate's 17th District seat. A special election will be held Feb. 15 to fill the seat that was vacated by George Runner, who left to take office as a member of the State Board of Equalization. Former Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, George Runner's wife, is Parker's Republican opponent.
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BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - The Facebook tale "The Social Network" won top honors Sunday at the Golden Globes with four prizes, including best drama and director, solidifying its prospects as an Academy Awards favorite.
Linda Magara of the Master's College in Santa Clarita was named the 2010 Santa Clarita Valley Club and Zonta International District 9 winner of the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business award.
A few photos from around the Santa Clarita Valley include Norman the cow, electronic waste and educators dressed as goats.
Gov. Jerry Brown was elected on the promise of draconian budget cuts, and last week, he presented a spending plan that delivered on that promise.
Editor's note: Second in two parts of a look at the past and future of Castaic Lake Water Agency.
According to Dallas legend, in the 1980s, something convinced quirky billionaire and later two-time presidential candidate Ross Perot that Libyan dictator Mohammar Quadhafi hired Black Panther hit squads to assassinate him. His security solution: building a helipad at his home in an exclusive Dallas neighborhood to ferry him to and from work and prevent an inevitable carjacking and murder.
The tragic shooting on Jan. 8 will remain as a reminder to citizens of our country of what can happen when they are subjected to the worst incivility among politicians, print media, TV shows and radio talk shows in the history of the United States.
Long before Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion walked the yellow-brick road, society has understood the absolute necessity of courage. This essential virtue speaks to the willingness to stand firm against opposition, and even advance in the name of all that is good and right.
Nearly a third of Santa Clarita Valley's office space remained vacant in 2010, and 2011 doesn't look much better, according to an industry report released Friday.
The victim filed no complaint - no one could find him.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Leaders of the congressional intelligence committees are pushing back against a key part of President Barack Obama's attempt to overhaul U.S. surveillance, saying it is unworkable for the government to let someone else control how Americans' phone records are stored.
ATLANTA (AP) - The nation paused to remember Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with parades, marches and service projects.
ROME (AP) - Claudio Abbado, a star in the great generation of Italian conductors who was revered by musicians in the world's leading orchestras for developing a strong rapport with them while still allowing them their independence, died Monday. He was 80.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader: shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores.
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It's a story about how freedom is all.
People waiting to get New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's last pound of flesh may have a long wait, and not for the obvious reason.
There was a lot to talk about when House Speaker John Boehner appeared before reporters recently for the first time since the holiday break. There are continuing fights over Obamacare. Immigration reform. Appropriations bills. The debt ceiling. The Democratic push for the president's "inequality agenda."
Police charged a boy with aggravated assault and related crimes on Saturday in connection with a shooting that wounded two students inside a Philadelphia high school gymnasium, but released a second boy from custody without charging him.
The Master's College men's and women's basketball team opened conference play with strong starts, while Mustang baseball swept Simpson University in the squad's season-opening series.
DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning stuffed the football into his helmet and handed it to an equipment man for safekeeping.
SEATTLE (AP) - Russell Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass on fourth down and Seattle's top-ranked defense forced two late turnovers, lifting the Seahawks into their second Super Bowl with a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC championship Sunday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A chief element of President Barack Obama's attempt to overhaul U.S. surveillance will not work, leaders of Congress' intelligence committees said Sunday, pushing back against the idea that the government should cede control of how Americans' phone records are stored.
MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month. Yet he defended Russia's anti-gay law by equating gays with pedophiles and said Russia needs to "cleanse" itself of homosexuality if it wants to increase its birth rate.