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'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'

The climactic scene in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" takes place in one of those underground caverns with a lake and an ominous gondola as the means of transportation, popularized by "The Phantom of the Opera." At first I thought - no gondola! But then one appeared, dripping and hulking. In another movie I might have grinned, but you know what? By that point, I actually cared.

July 17, 2009 | Roger Ebert The Critic's Critic | Movies


Michael S. Little: Where nonprofit organizations need protection

One of the most important skills any successful nonprofit organization must develop is the ability to raise capital through fundraising events. Fundraising events are even more important in today's tough economy as many nonprofit organizations and charities struggle to survive amid the decline of charitable contributions by both private and corporate donors.

July 17, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Castaic brush fire doused

Los Angeles County firefighters doused a small brush fire in Castaic on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

July 17, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Snow day in July at Creative Years Nursery School

July 17, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


The Signal.com's Daybreak: July 17, 2009

Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! Welcome to The-Signal.com's Daybreak, your point of entry for the day, and a quick journey through the past, present and future. Let the adventure begin:

July 17, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Measure V spending receives thumbs-up

The Measure V Citizens' Oversight Committee issued a clean report Wednesday to the Hart district regarding Measure V spending for the 2007-08 fiscal year.

July 17, 2009 | By Tammy Marashlian Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


At market ... watermelon

Long, hot summer days, help me to conjure up images from my childhood.

July 17, 2009 | By Alison Needham For The Signal | Healthy Living


Driver on title track

When the old NASCAR Southwest Series shut down a few years ago, M.K. Kanke had won more races than any other driver in the history of the division.

July 16, 2009 | By Tim Haddock First Gear | SCV Pro Tracker


Students get inside look at NASA's return to the moon

BURBANK, Calif. -- As the nation marks the 40th anniversary of the first walk on the moon July 20, 1969, the Futures Channel has released the fifth in its series of micro-documentaries about the science, engineering, technology and people behind NASA's Ares rockets - the launch vehicles that will ultimately take humans back to the moon.

July 16, 2009 | Source: The Futures Channel | SCV Raw


McKeon calls government health care takeover a mistake

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have taken another discouraging step in the direction of a full government takeover of our nation's health care system with the recent introduction of their federally run health care plan.

July 16, 2009 | By Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon R-Calif., 25th District | SCV Raw


SCV Committee on Aging presented with $375K check

Santa Clarita Mayor Frank Ferry, along with city officials, presented a $375,000 check to the Santa Clarita Committee on Aging on Wednesday, July 15 at 8:30 a.m. at the SCV Senior Center, located at 22900 Market Street in Newhall.

July 16, 2009 | Source: City of Santa Clarita | SCV Raw


UPDATED: Brush fire doused in Castaic

Los Angeles County firefighters have doused a small brush fire in Castaic, authorities said.

July 16, 2009 | By Brandow Lowrey Signal Senior Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Small fire erupts on Plum Canyon

Firefighters put out a small blaze on Plum Canyon Road near Bouquet Canyon Road Wednesday afternoon.

July 16, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


I-5 lane remains closed

The about 300-acre Osito fire was completely contained Wednesday, but authorities kept one lane on the northbound Interstate 5 freeway closed overnight as firefighters made sure the blaze stayed extinguished.

July 16, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Alan J. Lyon: Items that will interest the IRS

The IRS uses "audit anxiety" to help taxpayers be honest on their tax returns. Some people don't even claim all of their deductions out of fear of audit. We have an obligation to pay our fair share of taxes but we don't need to tip the government by not claiming all appropriate deductions. With the government hurting for money, they are trying to collect every penny they can. Here are some things that interest the IRS.

July 16, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


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Santa Clarita homebuyers find many advantages with Pardee Homes and Fair Oaks Ranch

Whether priorities are schools, recreation or convenience and friendly neighborhoods, home buyers are finding that Fair Oaks Ranch by Pardee Homes fills the bill.

March 31, 2013 | For The Signal | Business & Real Estate


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