Travis Preston this week was named the new dean of the School of Theater at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.
This column is about "reactionary laws" - not laws that are a part of some right-wing conspiracy, but laws that are enacted as a reaction to shocking news stories. The message to those whose common response to outrageous behavior is "there should be a law" is - be careful what you wish for.
Bank of Santa Clarita has continued to show increased earnings, according to second-quarter results released Thursday.
This week's spotlight in the SCV highlights the Chick-fil-A First 100 Challenge, Big John McCarthy's Ultimate Training Academy and Magic Mountain at night.
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.
Presently, our nation's unemployment rate hovers about an unnerving 10 percent.
In response to Cam Noltemeyer's column today ("Is Newhall Ranch's river permit the right way?" July 1), Noltemeyer wrote: "Did the previous Army Corps permit granted for the center of our city in 1998 work to protect the species in the river as promised? If so, where are those birds and fish now?"
Pundits claim President Barack Obama isn't incompetent. His goal is to go back to serfdom. He's activated the Cloward-Piven Strategy.
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The 12th annual Lexus of Valencia Jazz and Blues Concert Series continues Friday, July 30, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Town Center Drive at the corner of McBean Parkway, outside the Hyatt Valencia hotel in Valencia.
The city of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Arts Commission seek artist submissions to develop an exhibition celebrating the 50th "birthday" of Bubble Wrap. The postmark deadline for application materials is extended to August 6.
The Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees recently attended the US Jaycees National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana and earned three special awards.
The first award was "#1 Chapter in the USA," which they won for the fourth time in a row.
SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) issued the following statement today after the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation Board delayed its vote on a potential sewage rate increase:
"I'm pleased that the members of the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation Board took the prudent step of delaying the vote until next spring. I disagree with those who say Santa Clarita should bear the entire burden of chloride removal, and Tuesday's decision to delay gives our community considerable time to continue making our argument.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) issued the following statement to highlight the intention of the Obama Administration and Speaker Nancy Pelosi to direct the largest tax increase in U.S. history on families and small businesses starting on Jan. 1, 2011:
"The Majority has been running up historic levels of spending and national debt, and to pay for it, is primed to raise taxes on hardworking American families and small businesses. The Democrats' tax increases will mean higher taxes for married couples and anyone paying income taxes, in addition to new, stricter mandates and increases on ...
After reading a number of posts in The Signal, and seeing bumper stickers with any variation of "drill here, drill now," it is clear there is a basic misunderstanding about oil drilling.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Many immigrants flooding across the southern border of the U.S. say they're fleeing violent gangs in Central America.
Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies. The Associated Press had witnesses at the executions of the three inmates. A look at how each unfolded:
MIAMI (AP) - Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month.
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraqi officials say a double car bombing in central Baghdad has killed 21 people and wounded 33, hours after lawmakers elected the country's new president.
I have four kids ages 14, 12, 9 and 6. We're normally a pretty happy family that get along well together and do lots of fun things together. Like this summer we went to the Grand Canyon and had a great time - most of the time. But there are times when, even when we're having a lot of fun, the fun gets spoiled by the kids' fighting. It's nothing awful (i.e. there's no blood and nobody goes days without talking afterwards) but it's still really annoying and puts a dark cloud over whatever it ...
Over the last two decades, cell phones have gone from an expensive (and bulky!) luxury to an absolute necessity - the latter definition, of course, coming from your kids. But the way society is moving, it's becoming more and more difficult to deny that fact. Parents want their kids to have a way to call home in case of an emergency. Kids want to be able to be in contact with their friends.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol has taken down safety guidelines for a criticized but legal driving maneuver in which motorcyclists pass stalled traffic by driving between lanes.
ROME (AP) - Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant daughter born just weeks ago in prison.
XIXI, Taiwan (AP) - Firefighters uncovered ID cards and body fragments as they picked through wreckage Thursday for evidence to identify the victims of a plane crash that killed 48 people on a Taiwanese island.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.
CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say two were killed and at least 20 injured when a fierce storm slammed a campground on the state's Eastern Shore.
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane "probably crashed."
PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) - His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.