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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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Brown to lay out vision for state in speech

SACRAMENTO (AP) - In just a few years, Gov. Jerry Brown has helped turn California's budget deficits into surpluses, persuaded Californians to raise taxes and quieted the complaints of many political opponents.

January 22, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Emergency drought bill to be introduced in Calif.

FRESNO (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner is scheduled to visit the Central Valley of California on Wednesday, joining three Republican colleagues to propose emergency legislation aimed at drought relief, a congressional aide said Tuesday.

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


10 Things to Know for Today

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

January 22, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Chamber holds its 90th installation

Members said farewell to an outgoing chairman, and hello to the 2014 chairman of the board of directors at the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce's 90th annual installation ceremonies Friday night.

January 22, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Joe Klocko: Criteria for business success

When you think of California do words like innovative, leading-edge and trendy come to mind? A place where new ideas first take root before they become woven into the very fabric of the national culture and industrial base before becoming recognized around the world as being uniquely "American". If so, you may be surprised to learn that in one area, the critical business process of selecting and hiring new employees, California is lagging behind the rest of the country.

January 22, 2014 | By Joe Klocko Entrepreneur's Corner | Business Columns


Gary Horton: The Buck now stops

Energizer Bunnies keep going and going and going – and for a time, it looked like Buck McKeon would be equally perpetual in motion to those furry little drumbeaters. The man is after all, 75, and still beating war drums while running circles around most of us. Yet now it seems that both Buck the man, and his underlying message of perpetual militarism may be running down, with time well deserved for some R and R away from the military industrial complex.

January 22, 2014 | By Gary Horton Full Speed to Port! | Columnists


SCV Chamber honors local heroes

This summer, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the third annual Patriot Luncheon on July 11 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

March 31, 2013 | By Terri Crain President, Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce | Business & Real Estate


County supervisor to speak at SCV Chamber State of the County luncheon

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich will address the Santa Clarita Valley business and community leaders on May 1 at the fifth annual State of the County Luncheon.

March 31, 2013 | By Terri Crain President, Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce | Business & Real Estate


Busting misconceptions about investor perceptions

We all know that perception often influences our decisions, yet we catch ourselves and become reminded that what we perceive isn't always what's really going on. With the constant barrage of information available in today's 24/7 world, it's important to not get caught up in the day-to-day market volatility and news headlines. That daily hype doesn't always dovetail with what Wells Fargo Advisors top strategists are observing in the financial marketplace.

March 31, 2013 | By LuzAnna Malec Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Advisors | Banking & Finance


Bayless leads community in industry, growth

Bayless is…

March 31, 2013 | By Andrea McAfee Controller, Bayless Engineering | Industry


Hart School District aims to make every graduate’s post-secondary dream a reality

With everything from nationally ranked academic programs to effective career education opportunities and college placement services, Hart district students are afforded every opportunity to excel in an increasingly competitive academic environment.

March 31, 2013 | For The Signal | Education


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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