We've now spent almost two weeks taking in the sight of absolute devastation in Haiti, caused by a magnitude 7 earthquake that took seconds to radically disrupt life in that poor island nation.
This used to be a friendly place. Everyone smiled. Everyone said "hello," "good morning" or "nice day." Maybe "How's it going?"
I wish to take issue with an inaccurate quote attributed to me ("Minutemen rally against amnesty," Jan. 17) from the Save Our State/Santa Clarity Valley Independent Minuteman Santa Valley Rally, held Jan. 16 in Valencia.
Regarding The Signal's article "Painting their dreams" (Jan. 16):
I'm bursting with pride to be an American.
The comments by Steve Lunetta ("Be grateful for what we have here," Jan. 11) are worthy of acknowledgment by our citizens. We are so fortunate to have leadership in Santa Clarita (for 40 years our family has lived here) in schools, law enforcement, public works, public officials, local businesses and public events. These all add up to a "good life."
Rassa L. Ahmadi, of Valencia, earned a Doctor of Law (Juris Doctor). More than 6,100 students received degrees during the University of Wisconsin-Madison's spring commencement ceremonies.
Wynne Shatkus of Santa Clarita, earned a place on the Spring Dean's List at Rockhurst University.
Navy Seaman Recruit Melisa Bologna, daughter of Silvia D. Sereno of Valencia, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Nicholas Edward Fritz, of Valencia who attends the University of Wisconsin, Madison College of Letters and Science earned a place on the Fall Dean's List.
Nearly 1,300 students received their diplomas during the University of Wisconsin Whitewater's spring 2009 commencement ceremony.
The Saugus High School Dance Team opened the season with commanding performances at the 2010 Miss Dance Drill Team California.
Navy Seaman Recruit Brian R. Jensen, son of Ruth W. Lloyd of Stevenson Ranch and Gary B. Jensen of Santa Clarita, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
Marine Corps Pvt. Sergio J. Navarro, son of Silvia and Sergio Navarro of Castaic, recently completed the Marine Corps Enlisted Warehouse Basic Course.
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Saugus softball picked up right where it left off before spring break, with another resounding Foothill League victory on Thursday afternoon.
Melissa Thurm started a religious blog in October to share her thoughts about her faith. But when she noticed her mounting obsession with checking for page views and new comments, Thurm realized it was taking a hit on her self-esteem.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Call it the year of the baby: Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year.
Parents, don't be too insulted when your child starts lying to you at a very young age. It's actually a sign of intelligence. Children who lie are shown to have a higher IQ and become more successful later in life, according to Dr. Kang Lee, director of the Institute of Child Study at Toronto University.
IRVING, Texas - Glenn Beck, the conservative radio host and media entrepreneur, is now heading up a film division at Mercury Radio Arts, the parent company of his popular radio show and digital media operation TheBlaze.
SANTA CLARITA-When "Rent," the musical loosely based on Puccini's "La Boheme" premiered on the Broadway stage in 1996, it took the theatre world by storm.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Toy maker Mattel says weak sales of Barbie and markdowns to clear out excess inventory left over from a sluggish holiday season led to an unexpected first-quarter loss.
MERCED, Calif. (AP) - A Central Valley dentist accused of groping four female patients while they were sedated is facing three years in prison after pleading no contest to sexual battery charges.
The City of Santa Clarita announced today the winners of its 2014 "cArt aRt" competition, held in conjunction with the City's annual Earth Arbor Day Festival. This creative annual contest prompts residents to transform ordinary recycling bins into extraordinary works of art for the chance to win cash prizes.
GENEVA (AP) - High-level talks aimed at calming soaring tensions over the crisis in Ukraine went into overtime on Thursday with top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine attempting to forge a common position on how to de-escalate the situation.
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.
PARIS (AP) - David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing at next month's Cannes Film Festival.
BRUSSELS (AP) - NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.