The less I thought about Sherlock Holmes, the more I liked "Sherlock Holmes." Yet another classic hero has been fed into the f/x mill, emerging as a modern superman. Guy Ritchie's film is filled with sensational sights, over-the-top characters and a desperate struggle atop Tower Bridge, which is still under construction. It's likely to be enjoyed by today's action fans. But block bookings are not likely from the Baker Street Irregulars.
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:
First and foremost, we want to thank Jeanne Wray for her letter to the editor on Dec. 9, "Canines over seniors."
Merry Christmas, all! This is a joyous time of year, best shared with friends and family as we count our blessings. Cathy and I are fortunate to be in Colorado today, sharing a snowy Christmas with our elder daughter, Laura, her husband, Jerry, and our grandsons Dylan and Lucas.
It's likely many residents of the Santa Clarita Valley can't relate to the charm of fresh-fallen holiday snow, but we beg your indulgence.
Here are the results of The-Signal.com's latest Reader Meter poll.
The-Signal.com visitors cast a total of 310 votes from late afternoon Friday, Dec. 18 to late afternoon Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following editorial, among the most famous ever written, appeared in The New York Sun in 1897 and remains appropriate for this holiday season 112 years later.
Is there a Santa Claus?
WASHINGTON (AP) - In an epic struggle settled at dawn, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed health care legislation Thursday, a triumph for President Barack Obama that clears the way for compromise talks with the House on a bill to reduce the ranks of the uninsured and rein in the insurance industry.
The vote was 60-39, strictly along party lines, one day after Democrats succeeded in crushing a filibuster by Republicans eager - yet unable - to inflict a year-end political defeat on the White House.
Santa Clarita has started selling passes for public transportation at the Sports Complex Aquatic Center.
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Well, it seems we have more tax benefits coming our way when we file our tax returns for 2009. Along with those benefits come more tax forms, more phaseouts of tax benefits to calculate and more all-round frustration regarding filing.
These things are always true:
In regards to essays written by the third- and fifth-graders in the Dec. 15 edition, I was pleased to see how many were written saying that one of the holidays that they enjoyed most was Christmas, along with Thanksgiving and New Years.
One choice that must be made by anyone in public life is whether to lead or follow. It is a legitimate question, since in a democracy an elected public official, of course, wants to stand for the ideas and goals of the people he or she represents.
With the looming Aug. 16 deadline to ride Colossus before it's shut down, some fans of the 36-year-old roller coaster are trying to save it - or at least have some say in what happens to it.
FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) - Ann Hunnewell and her central Florida police officer husband knelt in the living room of a fellow officer's home, with pillow cases as makeshift hoods over their heads. A few words were spoken and they, along with a half-dozen others, were initiated into the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, she says.
#LASD Detectives Seeking Owner of Property Believed To Be Stolen. Property May Belong To Young Child.
Your busy schedule may rule out doing much outdoors. You're constantly on the go. You do want to spend more time doing outdoor activities, but you feel it's impossible. Well, you have the inner power to make the impossible possible. The same way you dedicate time to other important things in your life, you should devote time solely to the outdoors. Choose the best time in your day to enjoy some relaxing fun outside. And if you don't want to spend the time by yourself, bring the family along.
You're preoccupied with work, school, children and other responsibilities that you tend to forget what it means to enjoy your inner peace. Bringing peace into your life is easy. Some people make it difficult because they choose to overlook it or even live in anger. They complain, criticize and detest everything around them. Obviously, not everything goes as planned but instead of living in chaos and distress, stop what you are doing for a moment and think of the positive things in your life. Peace comes with positivity.
Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinderblocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.
A resident surprised a burglar who broke into a home early Monday morning then ran off when confronted by the homeowner, sheriff's officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says America's federal government contracts should not subsidize discrimination.
Listeners gathered at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center for an afternoon of sherbet and showtunes as the SCV Men of Harmony Chorus and Quartets presented its 38th annual A Cappella Harmony Show and Ice Cream Social on Sunday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Adrian Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning off St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal and the Los Angeles Dodgers salvaged the finale of a three-game series with a 4-3 victory on Sunday night.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Albert Pujols mimicked Fernando Rodney's celebratory bow-and-arrow routine as the Los Angeles Angels got to Seattle's closer for one of their most dramatic comeback wins this season.