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Oscar Dominguez: Refinancing goals

In the past few months, four Union Bank branches in the Santa Clarita Valley have received numerous inquiries about refinancing, a topic especially relevant as the economic climate continues to trend downward, and mortgage interest rates plummet to record lows.

January 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Maureen Stephenson: No time like the present to tighten things up

I bet that got your attention.

January 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Business Columns


Michael Picarella: 'News briefs' from the Picarellas

TV broke, conversation a must

January 31, 2009 | Signal Staff | Local Columns


Who gives a hoot for your claim to fame?

It's been a week since Willy Gutman's nauseating letter to the editor appeared in The Signal, and the thought of it is still annoying.

January 31, 2009 | VaNile Risser Canyon Country | Letters to the Editor


'Card check' for union membership issue

The recent Senate confirmation hearing for Rep. Hilda Solis for the Secretary of Labor has become a platform for an issue that's front and center after the presidential election.

January 31, 2009 | David Desmond Victorville | Letters to the Editor


How to win a big award in Hollywood

Wow! Now is the time for the big Hollywood awards. And the best way to get a big Hollywood award is to commit homosexual acts on the big screen.

January 31, 2009 | By Edward Miller Former Santa Clarita resident Pensacola, Fla. | Letters to the Editor


Wildcats boys basketball edges feisty Cowboys

With the Canyon boys basketball team down by two with 13 second left to go in the game, everyone in the Cowboys' gym knew where the ball was going.

Sure enough, just like West Ranch had anticipated, the ball flew to the Cowboys' Mike Edwards, who was double-covered and forced into an off-balance miss from 3-point land with one second left and the Wildcats (14-8, 3-3) escaped with a 46-43 victory Friday night.

January 31, 2009 | By Trevor Sojka For The Signal | SCV Prep Sports


’Cats girls basketball nearly let game get away

With the game seemingly in control, the West Ranch girls basketball team relaxed its suffocating defense for the last two minutes of the Friday night's game.

That's when Canyon cut a 10-point deficit with 2:01 to go down to a one-point deficit with seven seconds left and the Cowboys having possession of the ball.

January 31, 2009 | By Trevor Sojka For The Signal | SCV Prep Sports


Reader Meter results, Jan. 23-30, 2009

Here are the results of The-Signal.com's latest Reader Meter poll.

January 30, 2009 | By Signal Staff | Reader Polls


Sierra Vista Junior High goes 'green' next week

Recycling and caring for the planet will take center stage at Sierra Vista Junior High School next week as the Canyon Country school's Associated Student Body and yearbook class sponsor Go Green Week.

January 30, 2009 | Courtesy William S. Hart Union High School District | SCV Raw


‘The Reader’ is Hard to Love

As in 2002's "The Hours," director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter David Hare's last pairing, "The Reader" has the flawless production values and sheen of prestige that make it easy to admire, yet an emotional detachment that makes it difficult to embrace fully.

January 30, 2009 | By Christy Lemire AP Movie Critic | Movies


‘Taken’ with Liam Neeson is a mindlessly entertaining and blissfully brief thriller

A great deal of the allure in "Taken" comes from the wild juxtaposition of its premise: the idea of Liam Neeson - esteemed, acclaimed, 56-year-old Liam Neeson - kicking all kinds of butt in a Euro B-revenge thriller.

January 30, 2009 | By Christy Lemire AP Movie Critic | Movies


‘New In Town’ is sweet romantic comedy set in the small town heartland of the country

We open on a gathering of the Scrappers Club, four women around a kitchen table pasting things into scrapbooks. The moment we hear one of them talking, we're not too surprised to find her name is Blanche Gunderson. Her sister Marge, the trooper, must have been the ambitious one. Not that Blanche isn't, just that she's relentlessly nice.

January 30, 2009 | By Roger Ebert The Critic's Critic | Movies


Smyth recognized for commitment to small businesses

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, has been recognized by the California Small Business Association (CSBA) for his support and dedication to small business issues. Smyth was awarded the distinction of Summa Cum Laude, the highest category of the CSBA Honor Roll.

January 30, 2009 | Office of Assemblyman Cameron Smyth R-Santa Clarita | SCV Raw


‘Frost/Nixon’ still relevant

Strange, how a man once so reviled has gained stature in the memory. How we cheered when Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency!

January 30, 2009 | By Roger Ebert The Critic's Critic | Movies


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Police seek answers after 7 dead babies found

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) - Police in Utah are questioning a mother and family members about the killings of seven babies whose bodies were found stuffed in cardboard boxes in a garage.

April 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


False leads in search for missing jet

If the signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are truly from the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, they ultimately will close the book on a frustrating long list of false leads in the effort to find the jet. Here are the most prominent moments in which hopes of solving the tragic aviation mystery were dashed:

April 14, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Grizzlies beat Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - After a rough start to the season, Mike Conley was thinking of winning some games, not making the playoffs.

April 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News


Pace of presidential prep picks up

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just about everyone thinking about running for president is kicking it into gear now, slowpokes included.

April 13, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Santa Clarita Valley News


TMC Insider: Baseball gets back on track

As the school year begins to wind down, the three remaining competing athletic teams at The Master's College all face a gauntlet of competitions that hold major postseason implications. Over the weekend, TMC baseball swept conference opponent Arizona Christian University, while members of both the men's and women's track teams qualified for the NAIA's Track and Field National Championships.

April 13, 2014 | By Mike Crawford For The Signal | SCV College Sports


Valencia brush fire burns half an acre in Santa Clara River wash

A half-acre of "heavy brush" in the Santa Clara River wash near the corner of Valencia Boulevard and Cinema Drive prompted swift action from county firefighters, who knocked the fire down in less than 20 minutes, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

April 13, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Dodgers sweep D-Backs in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) - Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-6 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

April 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News


Bubba Watson wins another green jacket at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Bubba Watson's second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago.

April 13, 2014 | Associated Press | Pro Sports News


Man accused in Kansas City Jewish attacks is white supremacist

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - A gunman opened fire outside of a Jewish community center on Sunday, killing a doctor and his teenage grandson before heading to a Jewish retirement community a few blocks away and killing someone else, authorities said.

April 13, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Canyon Country East Crime Report Zone 8: garage theft reported

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station

April 13, 2014 | source: SCV Sheriff | Crime Reports


Valencia Zone 5 alert: thefts reported

The following criminal incidents reported during the past week included: vehicle burglaries, theft from unlocked vehicles, grand theft and numerous shoplifting from various businesses.

April 13, 2014 | source: SCV Sheriff | Crime Reports


Stevenson Ranch/Westridge Zone 3: car burglaries reported

Stevenson Ranch: Zone 3 Update - Public Safety and Crime Prevention Information

April 13, 2014 | source: SCV Sheriff | Crime Reports


Saugus Zone 4 Crime Report: assault investigated

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station

April 13, 2014 | source: SCV Sheriff | Crime Reports


Newhall Zone 6: break-ins reported

A look back at the crimes reported in the Newhall area last week.

April 13, 2014 | source: SCV Sheriff | Crime Reports


Gorman Crime Report Zone 1 thefts reported

Good Afternoon,

April 13, 2014 | source: SCV Sheriff | Crime Reports


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