LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Iraq War drama "The Hurt Locker" won best picture and five other prizes Sunday at the Academy Awards, its haul including best director for Kathryn Bigelow.
Bigelow is the first woman in the 82-year history of the Oscars to earn Hollywood's top prize for filmmakers.
I can't remember a year when it seemed easier to predict the Oscars. Those words may come back to haunt me, but there you have it. Of the top eight categories, seven look like sure things. The only dicey one is best picture, and although "Avatar" may roll in on its record-breaking profits, I think it's a win for "The Hurt Locker."
The deadline to enter the contest has passed, but you can still print out the page and circle your picks for Oscar winners.
Stevenson Ranch Elementary School teacher Joyce St. Marie hands out information to parents as they drop off their children for school on Thursday, the statewide Day of Action to Defend Public Education.
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Pleasantview Industries held its 11th annual No-Tap Tournament and fundraiser at Valencia Lanes. One hundred and twenty bowlers participated in the tournament to raise funds for the programs at Pleasantview, a local nonprofit that has been serving individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley for the past 40 years.
Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Trevor A. Leahy graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.
This year's Warrior Princess Court spans three generations. From a 40-something to a 70-years-young, from a ministering family to a red-hot singer. Each of this year's clients learned of the services Circle of Hope provides from nurses and doctors in various medical offices, including the University of California, Los Angeles oncology department in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Bryan M. Longoria, a 2002 graduate of Canyon High School in Canyon Country, recently completed the Marine Corps Enlisted Warehouse Basic Course and graduated with honors.
Navy Seaman Andrew J. Stropkai, son of Valerie R. and Paul Stropkai of Saugus, Calif., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training and was meritoriously promoted to his current rank at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Navy Seaman Recruit Hollie M. Settles, daughter of Marie R. Settles of Newhall, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Coast Guard Seaman Cody M. Haselwood, son of Strawberry N. and Sheldon M. Haselwood of Santa Clarita, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N. J.
Sometimes, we mess up.
"No one likes the bearer of bad news." - Antigone, Sophocles (496-406 B.C.)
Journalists and whistleblowers share common traits. They are perceived as arrogant, insensitive and vexing meddlers. Their exposés are seldom appreciated. Both seek the truth, one in the interest of history, the other in the service of justice.
On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at approximately 10:05am deputies assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station received a call for service regarding a 42-year-old male who was possibly suicidal. A short time later, the man's vehicle was located (parked) at Sierra Highway and Newhall Avenue. Deputies had reason to believe the man was now traveling on foot headed into an off road / rural area to possibly commit suicide.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress edged Thursday toward granting final approval to a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown and underscores lawmakers' fatigue with budget battles.
ISLAMABAD (AP) - A lawyer representing Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf in his high treason trial said Thursday that his client needs to go to the U.S. for further medical treatment following a heart scare.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's recidivism rate dropped in the years before Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law took effect, even though six of every 10 offenders returned to prison, the corrections department said in a report released Wednesday.
The con-artist comedy "American Hustle and the 3-D space odyssey "Gravity" lead the Academy Awards with 10 nominations each, including nods for best picture.
Fracking has captured the headlines recently, but another, less well-known technique for extracting oil trapped in rock cavities deep underground is increasingly being used in California and is an even bigger threat to health and the environment.
I'd like to applaud Sue Hartman's Jan. 10 column in The Signal ("Fracking for a prosperous California") regarding the benefits of fracking. And I'd like to add a couple of thoughts.
Political pundits have put Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton as the front runners for the next president. Let's compare how the two have handled themselves in the face of recent scandals.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
This summer, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the third annual Patriot Luncheon on July 11 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.
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.
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.
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.
Whether priorities are schools, recreation or convenience and friendly neighborhoods, home buyers are finding that Fair Oaks Ranch by Pardee Homes fills the bill.