Imagine serving your country overseas in the Armed Forces for months or years, in Afghanistan, Iraq or anywhere around the world, away from family and surrendering yourself to your country for the protection of American freedoms and liberties.
Explorers with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station returned victorious this week from a grueling competition against their counterparts in other departments.
Here are the results of The-Signal.com's latest Reader Meter poll.
The-Signal.com visitors cast a total of 434 votes from late afternoon Friday, July 24 to late afternoon Friday, July 31, 2009.
So you say you want a Castaic High School?
It's time to touch base again and talk about some of the trends, concerns, challenges, and successes we've seen in the first six months of 2009. As you know, it is my philosophy that the better informed our deputies and the community are, the more efficiently and effectively we can work together to keep our community safe.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The House voted overwhelmingly Friday to rush $2 billion into the popular but financially strapped "cash for clunkers" car purchase program, heeding calls from consumers eager to keep taking advantage of thousands of dollars in trade-in incentives.
House members approved the measure 316-109 within hours of learning from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that the program was running out of money.
The SCV Allstars, produced by Pramik Entertainment, is made up of 11 of Santa Clarita's busiest professional musicians. These talented musicians, from our own backyard, have been seen on stage worldwide, in movies and television, on tour with major artists, and heard in countless recordings and commercials. They will be performing for Santa Clarita's Concerts in the Park summer concert series at Central Park this Saturday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m.
What does a wine store, hardware store, bookstore, and lingerie store all have in common? They're all specialty stores. Retailers who specialize in a particular type of merchandise and who employ a knowledgeable staff trained to answer questions and solve problems. Think of it this way: When you need a bra, do you go to the grocery store? Or a special wrench. Would a bookstore have that item?
The Canyon Theatre Guild's 2009-2010 Season begins with the comedy, "Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?" Set in the 1950s, the story centers David Williams, an innocent Columbia University chemistry professor (Michael Keane) who can make liquor as easily as an alchemist can make gold. Unfortunately, his wife, Anne (Kelly Bader) discovers him kissing a female student.
The 16th annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival serves Cajun-style crawfish dinners, prepared by Bristol Farms, this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2, at Rainbow Lagoon, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. The Saturday hours are noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday it's noon to 10 p.m.
ESCAPE (no connection) Theatre's production of "Grease" at Hart High School Auditorium will feature 60 talented teens on stage, in some of your favorite numbers such as "We Go Together," "Summer Nights," and "Born to Hand Jive."
Stand-up comics feel compelled to make you laugh. They're like an obnoxious uncle, with better material. The competition is so fierce these days that most of them are pretty good. I laugh a lot. But unlike my feelings for Catherine Keener, for example, I don't find myself wishing they were my friends. I suspect they're laughing on the outside but gnashing their teeth on the inside.
This fall, the College of the Canyons Cooperative Work Experience Education program will have helped more than 1,000 students acquire internships.
My first-ever job was at a Dairy Queen. They fired me after one day.
Since then I've delivered pizzas, officiated laser tag matches and assembled electrolysis machines. I've stocked shelves at an office supply store, sold knives in people's living rooms and tried to convince people to agree to refinance their homes over the telephone.
Recently, we have seen several opinion pieces summarizing Joe Messina's chances for election to the Hart district school board. As a result, we now have projected numbers about the potential votes and estimates of the campaign coffers. Even the best pollsters know that predicting the outcome of elections is fraught with hazards.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners.
An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa - once more of it can be made.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California's teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some other states who have fought to end such protections or at least raise the standards for obtaining them.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 33-year-old slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1981 wedding has sold at auction for $1,375.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has blocked a marijuana farmers market in Los Angeles and ordered organizers to shut down their business.
In observance of Labor Day, public school and public services such as U.S. mail and government and court offices will be shut down Monday.
Editor's note: The following story corrects an earlier version posted Aug. 23 that incorrectly said what the 'ice bucket challenge' money would be used for. All proceeds from the ice bucket challenge for Cary Dermer went to the ALS Association.
SAN RAMON, Mexico (AP) - The lumbering freight train known as "The Beast," a key part of the route for migrants heading north to the United States, rolled to an abrupt, unscheduled stop in the black of midnight.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is on the verge of regulating groundwater for the first time under legislation headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman in her 90s and a man in his 70s died after fire burned a condominium building in Encino, fire officials said Friday.
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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - High surf generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific rolled onto Southern California beaches again Thursday, showing signs of diminishing but still bringing warnings of possible property damage and dangerous rip currents.
DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) - The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers.