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Jim Walker: Autocompletion as divine guidance

A couple of days ago, one of my colleagues complained that Google's autocomplete suggestions were becoming frighteningly intuitive. Halfway through typing her search phrase, the complete phrase she had in her head was already showing up in grayed-out type in the search window.

August 19, 2011 | By Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns

Michele E. Buttelman: Back-to-school season in the SCV

It's back-to-school time in the Santa Clarita Valley. Students from Castaic Union School District are already back in the classroom, Sulphur Springs goes back Aug. 18, Saugus schools begin on Aug. 17, most Newhall schools go back Aug. 17, and Hart District students begin on Aug. 18.

August 14, 2011 | By Michele E. Buttelman SCV Scene | Local Columns

Marsha McLean: What’s happening with mining project?

When the federal government, through the Bureau of Land Management, made the decision to allow mining on the east side of Santa Clarita, it was 1990 - more than two decades ago - and the decision was made without taking into consideration the many impacts a large-scale mining project would have on the community.

August 13, 2011 | By Marsha McLean | Local Columns

Jim Walker: Interesting intricacies of idioms

For some reason, most likely one arising from childhood psychological trauma, the many subtleties of words and phrases - and sometimes their downright weirdness - fascinate me. And the smallest quirks of lingo can send me on extended and perilous journeys of expression-analysis, from which I might, one day, not return.

August 12, 2011 | Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns

Michele E. Buttelman: Silents Under the Stars at Hart Hall

It was hot and humid week in the Santa Clarita Valley. Of course, it is August, and such heat (sans humidity) is to be expected. Wake me when it's November.

August 07, 2011 | By Michele E. Buttelman | Local Columns

Bob Kellar: City’s red-light program successful

With the recent decision by the city of Los Angeles to pull its red-light cameras, we thought it would be a good time to discuss Santa Clarita's seven intersections that have these cameras, and why our city will continue using them.

August 06, 2011 | By Bob Kellar | Local Columns

Jim Walker: Death, taxes and check engine lights

Benjamin Franklin is credited with the first utterance of the statement, "In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes." That's some handsome verbiage, and until cloning really gets off the ground, it will remain very true. (Taxes will be around long after we conquer death, my friends.)

August 05, 2011 | By Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns

Michele E. Buttelman: Dive into the SCV Water Festival

It's a hot one this weekend, which is not surprising because August arrives Monday. Only a little more than two weeks before school starts for many children of the Santa Clarita Valley.

July 31, 2011 | By Michele E. Buttelman | Local Columns

Laurie Ender: Safe Routes to School gets kids moving

It is often said the little things in life bring about the biggest impacts.

July 30, 2011 | By Laurie Ender | Local Columns

Jim Walker: When ‘a modesty’ takes your place

So I attended the local performance of "The Music Man" last Saturday and, of course, it still had the song "Seventy-Six Trombones" in it. And, of course, I sang along.

July 29, 2011 | By Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns

Jim Walker: In celebration of many weird pairings

Finding ourselves in the doldrums and emptiness left in our lives by the complete fizzle of Carmageddon, I think we are all in need of a pick-me-up.

July 22, 2011 | By Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns

Michele E.Buttelman: The dog days of summer in the Santa Clarita Valley

It seems like nearly everyone has skipped town in the Santa Clarita Valley to get in a little summer vacation before the kids head back to school in just a month. It seems summer just gets shorter and shorter for schoolchildren.

July 17, 2011 | By Michele E.Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Local Columns

Bob Kellar: New developments in Old Town Newhall

Throughout downtown Newhall, community members can see the physical transformation and enrichment of Newhall as a result of revitalization efforts.

July 16, 2011 | By Bob Kellar Santa Clarita City Councilman | Local Columns

Jim Walker: Carmageddon, schmarmageddon

I'm going out on what I feel is a pretty sturdy limb here, my friends, and predicting most confidently that the whole 405 freeway "Carmageddon" thing this weekend will turn out to be a big nothing.

July 15, 2011 | Jim Walker | Local Columns

Michele E. Buttelman: Join the fun at the Painted Turtle camp fundraiser

Hmmmm, are we having a Midwest kind of summer? I enjoy looking at the beautiful, fluffy white thunderheads that have towered over the Santa Clarita Valley in the past few days. However, I can really, really, really do without the humidity.

July 10, 2011 | By Michele E. Buttelman | Local Columns

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