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The Signal.com's Daybreak: Jan. 14, 2010

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:

January 14, 2010 | By Signal Staff and Wire Services | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Race To The Top’ not being questioned

"Race to the Top" education "reform" (first applications due in January) has got to be the second most disheartening shock to my system since learning the truths of our Department of Education's "dumbing down of America."

January 14, 2010 | By Donna Kirkpatrick Santa Clarita | Letters to the Editor


Julie M. Sturgeon: How to get a tax deduction for worthless stock

You know a number of businesses in different industries such as financial firms, car manufacturers and clothing/retailers went through bankruptcy proceedings last year - events that are painful to remember if you owned stock in a now-defunct company.

January 14, 2010 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Lynne Plambeck: Overstating water supplies won't make it rain, people

State legislators have long seen an urgent need to provide adequate water supply information to planners. It was obvious to everyone that increased population in California would escalate pressure on the state's water resources.

January 14, 2010 | Signal Staff | Columnists


The Day After: Intrigue on opening day

Judgments shouldn't be made by just one game, but the opening day of the Foothill League winter season definitely had its share of interesting moments.

January 14, 2010 | By Cary Osborne and Paul Putignano Signal Staff Writers | SCV Prep Sports


Cops catch teen taggers, despite taunt

Not everything you read is true.

January 13, 2010 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Holocaust survivor speaks at forum tonight

Elaine Gellar, a Holocaust survivor who became one of the youngest survivors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War II, will share stories from her childhood and offer inspiration and insight into her personal experience in a special presentation Wednesday, Jan. 13 starting at 6 p.m. at the Rio Norte Junior High School auditorium.

January 13, 2010 | By Signal Staff | SCV Raw


UPDATED: Judge orders $500K for each of Tony Alamo's victims

TEXARKANA, Arkansas (AP) - Five young women who testified last year that evangelist Tony Alamo took them as "wives" and sexually assaulted them when they were minors are entitled to $500,000 each from his multi-million-dollar ministry, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Harry F. Barnes ordered restitution after a government witness said the women suffered physical and mental pain at the hands of Alamo, who is serving a 175-year prison sentence for taking the women when they were underage across state lines for sex.

January 13, 2010 | By Jill Zeman Bleed Associated Press Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Zonta offers free home ownership workshop Feb. 13

When is it advantageous for a woman to consider buying a home and how should she go about doing it?

January 13, 2010 | Source: SCV Zonta Club | SCV Raw


Local artist Kirby Heyborne featured in Microsoft's Playlist 7

Santa Clarita resident Kirby Heyborne's song, "Keep It Inside", is the number one downloaded song and is now one of seven featured songs on this week's Playlist 7 by Microsoft!

January 13, 2010 | Source: Kirby Heyborne | SCV Raw


City installs new directional signage

The city of Santa Clarita began installing eight directional signs on four local roadways today to assist the public in locating two of the most frequented commercial destinations in Santa Clarita.

January 13, 2010 | Source: City of Santa Clarita | SCV Raw


Clippers lose Griffin for the season

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin's first season with the Los Angeles Clippers is over before it even began.

January 13, 2010 | By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer | SCV Pro Tracker


Consumers Union offers tips to consumers on rebate cards

SAN FRANCISCO -- If you got a rebate from holiday shopping this year, there's a good chance it came in the form of a rebate card. More and more retailers are switching from issuing rebate checks to providing rebates on prepaid cards that look like gift cards. But rebate cards come with fees and other restrictions that can diminish their value, according to Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports.

January 13, 2010 | Source: Consumers Union | SCV Raw


Massive aid effort begun for Haiti quake victims

GENEVA (AP) - Sniffer dogs, high-energy biscuits and tons of emergency medical aid were heading to Haiti on Wednesday as governments and aid groups launched a massive relief effort for the estimated 3 million people reeling from a devastating earthquake.

Aid officials in the impoverished Caribbean nation worked to clear rubble from roads, build makeshift hospitals and remove bodies from the rubble despite transportation problems and broken phone lines.

January 13, 2010 | By Bradley S. Klapper & Frank Jordans Associated Press Writers | Santa Clarita Valley News


Power Hour jams at Santa Clarita Skate Park Jan. 14

The city of Santa Clarita encourages local skaters of all ages to come and whip out their hardest tricks at the Santa Clarita Skate Park Thursday, Jan. 14 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a chance to win a prize package from Active Ride Shop.

January 13, 2010 | Source: City of Santa Clarita | SCV Raw


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What about the car drivers in motorcycle accidents?

Robert Burton wants to ban motorcycles from public streets because of the many accidents and even fatalities involving motorcycles, and because he saw a rider riding on the back wheel only, and because motorcycle riders cost our state many dollars in hospital bills.

April 16, 2014 | Don Gately Valencia | Letters to the Editor


Where’s the money going?

On a recent bus trip to a remote area of Mexico, we were asked to buy basic school supplies for a remote village school.

April 16, 2014 | Dick Ramirez Valencia | Letters to the Editor


Carl Kanowsky:Cracking down on breaches

The blue/red strobe lights flashed against the sides of the seemingly quiet single family home in upscale Valencia.

April 16, 2014 | By Carl Kanowsky It's the law | Business Columns


Working to make business permits easier

While codes aren't going to change for Santa Clarita business owners making tenant improvements at their place of business, the process doesn't have to be fraught with headaches, according to officials with the city's Building & Safety division.

April 16, 2014 | By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor | Local Business News


Clippers beat Nuggets 117-105 for record 57th win

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 24 points while picking up his 16th technical, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Denver Nuggets 117-105 on Tuesday night for their franchise-record 57th victory of the season.

April 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Pro Sports News


TMC gets two pieces of good news

As far as Tuesdays go, The Masters's College baseball team had a pretty good one.

April 15, 2014 | By Matt Lechuga Signal Staff Writer | SCV College Sports


SCV's stellar softball alumni

No one knows exactly which eight teams will make their way to Oklahoma City for the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series.

April 15, 2014 | By Jon Stein Signal Staff Writer | SCV College Sports


Stevenson Ranch / Westridge, Zone 3, Public Safety and Crime Prevention Info. Snap Shot

Last week, the following Part 1 crimes occurred in Zone 3 Stevenson Ranch:

April 15, 2014 | Source: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station | Crime Reports


Saugus, Zone 4 Update, Public Safety & Crime Prevention Information Snapshot

The following crimes were reported in the Saugus area over the past week:

April 15, 2014 | Source: Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station | Crime Reports


5 selfish things that can ruin your marriage

There is a trend I have noticed among people who seek help in marriage and couples' counseling. Both partners usually have the best of intentions. Both usually want to save the relationship and make it better. But often people end up in marriage counseling because they are engaging in five selfish behaviors which prevent good communication and understanding for each other to take place.

April 15, 2014 | By Anastasia Pollock FamilyShare | Hot Topics


U.S. 'tax freedom day' is 3 days later than in 2013

Since 1937, the Tax Foundation has provided analysis and policy about federal, state and local taxes. A not-for-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C., the Tax Foundation promotes increased awareness of tax policies and the tax burdens on U.S. taxpayers.

April 15, 2014 | By Kirby Brown Deseret News | Hot Topics


Live in the moment

As I unpacked my kids from the car for a fun afternoon at the park, I bathed them in sunblock and let them go. They ran, giggled and played in the afternoon sun as I chased them. My experience was the same as millions of mothers across the world. My kids called to me, showed me their tricks, and became very dirty very fast. I found myself looking around at the other mothers, their beautifully dressed and clean children then back to my messy, giggling brood. I became distracted from the great fun we were having. I had lost focus ...

April 15, 2014 | By Shannon Symonds & Erin Oscarson FamilyShare | Hot Topics


Deputies hunt for man suspected in identity theft

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's detectives are hoping the public will help them identify an ATM thief with the release Tuesday of ATM photos taken of the suspect, a sheriff's spokesman said.

April 15, 2014 | By Jim Holt Signal Senior Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


So. Cal. Edison plans hundreds of cuts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of California's largest utilities is poised to cut hundreds of jobs.

April 15, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Walker's brothers to help finish 'Fast & Furious'

NEW YORK (AP) - Paul Walker's brothers are stepping to help finish filming on "Fast & Furious 7," the film Walker was in the midst of making when he died in November.

April 15, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


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