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‘News briefs’ from the Picarella household

Parents suspect two 4-year-olds are an item

August 28, 2008 | By Michael Picarella | Columnists


SuperScoopers to return during 2008 fire season

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has renewed a contract with Canada for two firefighting SuperScooper airplanes during this year's fire season, an official announced today.

August 28, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


A sisterhood for education

Amid the plethora of charitable groups gracing this community, Philanthropic Educational Organization may be a not-so-familiar name.

But ask Nancy Coulter, the local chapter's newly installed 2008-2009 president, and she'll tell you that everyone should know what PEO is about.

August 28, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian For The Signal | Signal Lifestyle


Democrats are putting us on a tax roller coaster

I used to like roller coasters. When I was a kid, we could ride for hours and not be fazed one little bit.

On one visit to a thinly-attended Disneyland, we rode Space Mountain 17 times in a row. Seventeen times. On a full stomach.

August 28, 2008 | By Steve Lunetta | Columnists


Disclosing your economic interests

You are a civic-minded person. You live here, you work here and perhaps you own a business here. You want to help make Santa Clarita a better place to live.

So, when the opportunity to serve on a city commission, committee or advisory board comes along, you volunteer your talent and your precious time, all with the best of intentions.

August 28, 2008 | By John Grannis | Business Columns


Year-round fun in your backyard and beyond

'Tis the perfect summer for camping. The Great American Backyard Campout, sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, is coming up Saturday night.

Last year more than 42,000 people participated in this low-key introduction to camping. Recipes, packing lists, nighttime wildlife guides and more are available at www.backyardcampout.org.

August 28, 2008 | By Maria Gutzeit | Columnists


‘Urban center’? Not in Santa Clarita!

It seems Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp is being raked over the coals these days for allegedly uttering the term - dare we use it in a family newspaper? - "urban center."

Specifically, a reader has dredged up a brief profile published by The Mighty Signal in which Pulskamp was paraphrased - not quoted, please note, but paraphrased - as saying one of his goals is turning Santa Clarita's suburban bedroom sprawl into a legitimate urban center.

August 28, 2008 | By The Signal Editorial Board | Signal Editorials


Using the affordability index to determine if you are ready to retire

With the current economic problems and energy costs Americans are faced with currently and for the immediate future, it is making it harder than ever to make or continue retirement planning contributions.

August 28, 2008 | By Jim Lentini | Business Columns


Home sales: Up, up & away

Sales of existing single-family homes in the Santa Clarita Valley continued their rebound in May with more than 200 homes closing escrow, according to a Thursday report from the Southland Regional Association of Realtors.

Despite the improvement for single-family home sales, condominium sales remain slow while the inventory of homes for sale is dropping and inching closer towards a balanced market between buyers and sellers.

August 28, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Border control rally planned for Saturday

Border control will be the theme Saturday during the "Honor America" rally at the Santa Clarita Valley Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

August 28, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Lennar reports steep losses

Lennar Corporation, one of the nation's top home builders and partial owner of Newhall Land and Farming Co. in Valencia, reported a second quarter net loss of $120.9 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, on Thursday.

The steep drop comes after the first quarter's net loss of $88.2 million.

August 28, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Local Business News


Nurse loan payment deadline nears

Eligible nursing students who need financial assistance to help pay for college still have a few days to apply for the 2007-08 academic year State Nursing Assumption Program of Loans for Education programs.

August 28, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cinderella Dogs

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Fresno State was smashing in its final performance as college baseball's team of destiny, winning a championship that would have been impossible to predict.

With Steve Detwiler providing all the offense Justin Wilson needed, the Bulldogs captured their first national championship in a men's sport with a 6-1 victory over Georgia in Game 3 of the College World Series finals Wednesday night.

August 27, 2008 | Signal Staff | SCV College Sports


Valley Fair opens today

The Valley Fair opens today at the Saugus Speedway.

Daily highlights include:

August 27, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


District to celebrate centennial

The Saugus Union School District is collecting memorabilia from throughout its 100-year history to display during a centennial celebration scheduled for October.

The K-6 school district plans to celebrate by collecting memories of its history and holding a community-wide commemorative event on Oct. 26. In addition to saving the date, alumni, former employees and others who have been associated with the district are invited to share their memories and memorabilia with Saugus school officials to be included in the celebration.

August 27, 2008 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


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Pakistani jets hit militant hideouts in northwest

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani fighter jets pounded militant positions overnight in the country's northwest following a Taliban bombing campaign against security forces, military officials and residents said Tuesday. The strikes are likely to hamper the government's efforts to hold peace talks with the militant group.

January 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


2 nabbed at Texas border in credit card fraud case

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Two Mexican citizens who were arrested at the border used account information stolen during the Target security breach to buy tens of thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise, according to a South Texas police chief.

January 21, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Disenrollment leaves Natives 'culturally homeless'

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Mia Prickett's ancestor was a leader of the Cascade Indians along the Columbia River and was one of the chiefs who signed an 1855 treaty that helped establish the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde in Oregon.

January 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

January 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


Cause of deadly Omaha plant explosion unknown

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - After a blast caused much of an Omaha manufacturing plant to collapse, some workers found themselves buried in debris and others scrambled for their lives.

January 21, 2014 | Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


Kings fall in Boston 3-2

BOSTON (AP) - Brad Marchand really didn't have an explanation for his recent run. He just wants it to last as long as possible.

January 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Pro Sports News


Speeches, marches honor Martin Luther King Jr.

ATLANTA (AP) - As the nation remembered and reflected Monday on the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., leaders and everyday Americans talked about how far the country has come in the past 50 years and how much more is to be done.

January 20, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Jordan's big day lifts Clippers

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - There's something about the Detroit Pistons that seems to bring out DeAndre Jordan's best dunks.

January 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Pro Sports News


Producers pick '12 Years a Slave' and 'Gravity'

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - For the past six years, every feature film chosen by the Producers Guild of America for its top honor has gone on to win the best-picture prize at the Academy Awards. Sunday night, Steve McQueen's historical epic "12 Years a Slave" and Alfonso Cuaron's space odyssey "Gravity" tied for the guild's highest honor.

January 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Christie aide: Hoboken treated no differently

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie's administration is continuing its push to show that Hoboken has not been treated differently than other cities in its efforts to gain Superstorm Sandy relief funding.

January 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Saugus Public Safety & Crime Prevention Information

There was a reduction in reported Part-1 crimes over the past week with only three. The first was an assault with a deadly weapon in the 27300 block of Arriola Avenue on January 19th. The victim was having a party at his residence when a fight broke out. The suspect retrieved a baseball bat and struck one person and attempted to strike others at the party. He then fled the location.

January 20, 2014 | Source: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station | Crime Reports


10 hurt in explosion at Omaha animal feed plant

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - At least 10 people have been hospitalized and others could be trapped after an explosion and partial building collapse Monday at an Omaha animal feed processing plant.

January 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire in Glendora 84 percent contained

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - Crews continue to build containment lines around a wildfire near Los Angeles that destroyed several homes.

January 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Wildfire in suburban LA 84 percent contained

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - Crews continue to build containment lines around a wildfire near Los Angeles that destroyed several homes.

January 20, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian opposition issues ultimatum on peace talks

BEIRUT (AP) - Syria's main Western-backed opposition group said Monday that Iran must commit publicly by 7 p.m. GMT to withdraw its "troops and militias" from Syria and abide by a 2012 transitional roadmap, or else the U.N. should withdraw its invitation for Tehran to take part in a peace conference.

January 20, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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