On Aug. 31, the commission on wartime contracting submitted a report (see www.wartimecontracting.gov) that shows that our federal government has blown $30 billion to $60 billion in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I read an article on the new "indie" cinema in Lancaster, and wondered why such a cinema could not be constructed here in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Monday, all across our country, Americans participated in Labor Day barbecues, picnics, pool parties and parades. For many, the holiday marks the symbolic end to summer and the start of the traditional school year.
With a 500-acre brush fire in Agua Dulce nearly contained, Los Angeles County firefighters were hunting through the deep brush of rural canyons Tuesday to prevent any flare-ups, fire officials said.
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I am sitting here with my mouth wide open after reading the story in The Signal regarding Sen. Barbara Boxer's visit to Santa Clarita ("Boxer takes jab at mine," Aug. 30).
Today, we remain a nation at war, as we have been for the past 10 years, which produces new sick and disabled veterans every day.
I support the creation of a new tax to help us crawl out of this financial abyss we are in. Let's call this "The Inflated Value Tax," a tax on those that have charming looks, smooth talk but are not required to produce any results.
Is this any surprise? I mean, really? Think about it.
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What a pleasant surprise to learn that the city's new libraries are all open Sundays, and the Canyon Country library now opens at 9 a.m. weekdays instead of 10 a.m. I also just learned that the city takeover of our three libraries in Santa Clarita came with Sunday hours, too.
I don't talk much about geopolitics in these columns, though I do read the Economist cover to cover each week and consider myself fairly well informed about events world-wide, but I like to bring them into play here when they match up with local events.
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This week's Helping Hand recipient: Robert and Cynthia Conner
Patrick and Diane Kenney of Valencia are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Cristina D. Kenney to Matthew I. Beebe of Santa Clarita.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - For years, Fred Goldman was adamant that he would never rest until he had held O.J. Simpson accountable for the killings of his son Ron and Simpson's ex-wife 20 years ago - even if a jury had acquitted the former football star.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - The truck driver from Georgia accused of triggering the highway crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian hadn't slept for more than 24 hours before the accident, authorities said Monday as the actor recovered in a New Jersey hospital.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Patients seeking care through the VA's Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System waited an average of 56 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor - four times longer than the department's goal.
Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, has issued the following statement regarding the release of Bowe Bergdahl:
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two police officers were having lunch at a strip mall pizza buffet when a man and a woman fatally shot them in a point-blank ambush, then fled to a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said.
SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) - Like an eager date, Leo Smith showed up at Mount Zion First Baptist Church with a bouquet of flowers in hand.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Newly crowned Miss USA Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, says that women need to be able to defend themselves as a way to battle the problem of campus rape and that bringing awareness to the issue is very important.
Regarding Bowe Bergdahl's release in exchange for five terrorists, when this soldier enlisted in the Army, he knew the challenges ahead of him in military life, and one of those challenges was the possibility of capture by the enemy.
A team of volunteers from the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center has been making phone calls to local businesses and asking owners to become "Friends of the SCV Senior Center" in support of the center's family-friendly fundraiser, Touch-A-Truck, which will be held June 14, at Central Park.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - No cramps, no problems for LeBron James.
CAMARILLO (AP) - A survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. is holding steady, rising 3½ cents over the last three weeks to $3.69.
PARIS (AP) - Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without a doubt, the toughest task in tennis. Indeed, must be among the greatest challenges in all of sports.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Tracy Morgan was recovering Sunday, but was expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks after having surgery on a broken leg suffered in a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left two others critically injured and another man dead.
NEW YORK (AP) - In a box-office battle that pitted young against old, female against male, modest drama against big-budget spectacle, the teenage romance "The Fault in Our Stars" easily bested the time-shifting Tom Cruise action film "Edge of Tomorrow."
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is wading head-first into Mideast peace-making, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last round of U.S.-sponsored negotiations collapsed.