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Review: 'The Last Song'

Now that Miley Cyrus is 17, it's about time she played a 16-year-old. That she does fetchingly in "The Last Song," and wins the heart of a beach volleyball champion a foot taller than she is. Well, actually 12.5 inches. She also learns to love her dad, played by Greg Kinnear, whose aura suggests a man easier to love than, say, Steve Buscemi. She does this on an idyllic island paradise offshore from Savannah, Ga., where her dad is a classical composer whose pastime is restoring stained glass windows.

April 02, 2010 | Roger Ebert The Critic's Critic | Movies


'Tom Sawyer' starts at Canyon Theatre Guild Saturday afternoon

Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain's beloved truant, is a natural show-off, who takes great pleasure in missing school, going fishing, and getting others to do his chores. Tom and his friends are being brought to life in the CTG's Family Season production of "Tom Sawyer." This delightful play, with music, presents all the chief adventures of Tom and his friends including the famous white-washing, the school-room episodes, the graveyard experience, the pirate adventure with Huckleberry Finn and their friend Joe Harper, and the return to their own funeral at the village church. Also included are the trial of poor ...

April 02, 2010 | Signal Staff | Food and Fun


'Be My Baby' starts at Canyon Theatre Guild Saturday night

"Be My Baby" is a delightful comedy that will touch the heart as well as the funny bone as two opposites meet, clash and find that you're never too old to fall in love. Multi-faceted playwright Ken Ludwig based the two main characters on his parents, who were also polar opposites.

April 02, 2010 | Signal Staff | Food and Fun


Detectives seek public help with burglary case

Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Burglary and Theft team are investigating an attempted residential burglary which occurred at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 24.

April 02, 2010 | Source: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Department | SCV Raw


Valencia man arrested on suspicion of air gun assaults

A Valencia man is behind bars today suspected in more than 20 incidents of air gun-related vandalisms and assaults in Saugus, Canyon Country and Valencia dating back to August 2009.

April 02, 2010 | Source: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Department | SCV Raw


Antonovich: Lift ban on nighttime aerial firefighting

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich praised legislation by Rep. Adam Schiff requiring the U.S. Forest Service to lift a decades-old ban on nighttime aerial firefighting.

April 02, 2010 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Stairway to heaven

About 50 off-duty firefighters spent Thursday learning operate the 100-foot aerial ladder on what is commonly called a hook-and-ladder fire truck.

April 02, 2010 | By Marianne Love Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Easter brunch for the bunch

Whether you get to sleep in on Easter Sunday or finish up at church with a growling stomach, going out for brunch on the day is a tradition that most of us happily follow. Around town several restaurants are offering special menus and activities during the brunch hours this Sunday. The "Easter" brunches at other restaurants actually happen every Sunday, but who cares? It only means you'll be spilling your usual maple syrup on your Easter slacks.

April 02, 2010 | Signal Staff | Escape Cover Story


The Signal's Photo Spotlight, March 27-April 2, 2010

This week's spotlight in the SCV features volleyball and track athletes, local fundraising efforts, a car crash and a remembrance of Passover.

April 02, 2010 | By Signal Staff Photos by Francisca Rivas and Dan Watson | Santa Clarita Valley News


Laila Khosroabadi: Defects and homeowners' rights

Construction defects are deficiencies in a building caused by the failure to comply with plans and specifications, building codes or manufacturer warranties.

April 02, 2010 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


2Day in the SCV: April 2, 2010

Welcome to The-Signal.com's "2day in the SCV," a compendium of today's events and a quick journey through the past, present and future.

April 02, 2010 | Signal Staff and Wire Services | Santa Clarita Valley News


The perfect GOP soldier

Thanks, Howard "Buck" McKeon.

April 02, 2010 | BY Sue Smith Canyon Country | Letters to the Editor


Bust yields $6.2M in pot

Thousands of marijuana plants with a street value of more than $6.2 million were found early Thursday morning in the Placerita Canyon State Park area south of Placerita Canyon Road in Newhall, authorities said.

April 02, 2010 | By Marianne Love Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Offended by April Fools’ cover

I am highly offended by your joke article regarding a "new" site for the Castaic high school - the Chiquita Canyon Landfill.

April 02, 2010 | By Jane Larochelle Canyon Country | Letters to the Editor


Unnecessary facts

I read The Signal every day.

April 02, 2010 | BY Roger Gitlin Valencia | Letters to the Editor


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LAX gunfire came while officers away

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Minutes before a gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles International Airport terminal last fall, killing a security screener and wounding three other people, the two armed officers assigned to the area left for breaks without informing a dispatcher as required.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Syrian govt says terrorism, not talks, is priority

GENEVA (AP) - Syria's government declared that its main priority was stopping terrorism - not ensuring peace - and the opposition hinted it was far from ready to negotiate directly with the government it wants to overthrow, casting sharp doubt Thursday on peace talks that have barely begun.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Government panel urges end to phone data spying

WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records, The Associated Press has learned.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Natural gas locomotives may prove cheaper, cleaner

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas - a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Virginia AG to fight state's gay marriage ban

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - In a move that could give gay marriage its first foothold in the South, Virginia's attorney general said Thursday he concluded the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional and he will join the fight against it.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Bieber arrested in Miami

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Police in Miami Beach say pop singer Justin Bieber has been charged with resisting arrest without violence in addition to drag racing and DUI. Police also say the singer told authorities he had consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana and taken prescription drugs.

January 23, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Peace talks on Syria stuck over Assad's future

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) - Furiously divided from the start, representatives of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the rebellion against him threatened Wednesday to collapse a peace conference intended to lead them out of civil war.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Texas executes man despite opposition from Mexico

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Mexican national was executed Wednesday night in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. State Department to halt the punishment.

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Thursday

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

January 23, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Promote self-sufficiency and strong marriages

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his famous "War on Poverty" speech, purposing "to cure it and, above all, to prevent it." Unfortunately, like our other wars in the last half-century, this one has not lived up to its noble ideals.

January 23, 2014 | By Gary Curtis Valencia | Letters to the Editor


Remember those who lost their health care plans

This letter is in response to the letter of Nancy A. Meister ("Affordable Care Act: A success story," The Signal Jan. 17.)

January 23, 2014 | By Phyllis Grekin Valencia | Letters to the Editor


Is climate a hoax?

I believe in Gary Morrison's passion, but not his facts ("Fiddling while climate change damages the Earth" Jan 12 Signal).

January 23, 2014 | By Richard La Motte Valencia | Letters to the Editor


USC beats California 77-69 to snap 5-game skid

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Nikola Jovanovic scored a career-high 23 points and Southern California led all the way in beating California 77-69 Wednesday night for the Trojans' first Pac-12 victory after an 0-5 start.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Sports Home


Clippers stall in the fourth

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - It took three quarters, but the Charlotte Bobcats finally were able to shut down Blake Griffin.

January 22, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Sports Home


Man stabbed during fight in Valencia

One man was hospitalized and another arrested Wednesday night after a fight at a Valencia residence led to a stabbing, local sheriff's officials said.

January 22, 2014 | By Ryan Fonseca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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