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The's Daybreak: March 4, 2009

Posted: March 4, 2009 2:32 a.m.
Updated: March 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! Welcome to's Daybreak, your point of entry for the day, and a quick journey through the past, present and future. Let the adventure begin:

First Word
"Accidentally grabbing your wife’s keys is a mistake — grabbing an intern is not." -- Jeff Springs, Valencia.

Today in History
Today is Wednesday, March 4, the 63rd day of 2009. There are 302 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On March 4, 1789, the Constitution of the United States went into effect as the first Federal Congress met in New York. (The lawmakers then adjourned for lack of a quorum.)

Ten years ago
Outraging Italian authorities, a military jury in North Carolina cleared a Marine pilot of charges he was flying recklessly when his jet sliced through a ski gondola cable in the Alps, sending 20 people plunging to their deaths.

Watercooler Talk
WASHINGTON (AP) — McGruff the crime dog has been roughed up. D.C. police said the mascot, who urges children to “take a bite out of crime,” became a victim Saturday when a bus driver punched him in the face as he handed fliers to children.

Police said the 38-year-old Metro bus driver, climbed off the bus, adjusted both sideview mirrors and then swung at Officer Tyrone Hardy, who was dressed as McGruff.

Police said McGruff staggered, children screamed and the bus driver drove off. Officers quickly pulled him over and charged him with assault.

Metro spokeswoman Candace Smith said the bus driver told a supervisor he was trying “to be funny.”


Actress Paula Prentiss is 71. Movie director Adrian Lyne is 68. Singer Bobby Womack is 65. Rock musician Chris Squire (Yes) is 61. Singer Shakin’ Stevens is 61. Singer Chris Rea is 58. Actor Ronn Moss is 57. Actress Kay Lenz is 56. Musician Emilio Estefan is 56. Movie director Scott Hicks is 56. Actress Catherine O’Hara is 55. Actress Patricia Heaton is 51. Actor Steven Weber is 48. Rock musician Jason Newsted is 46. Actress Stacy Edwards is 44. Rapper Grand Puba is 43. Rock musician Patrick Hannan (The Sundays) is 43. Rock singer Evan Dando (Lemonheads) is 42. Actress Patsy Kensit is 41. Chastity Bono is 40. Actor Nick Stabile is 39.

California Lottery Winning Numbers
26-32-35-43-52 Mega: 10
Draw date: Tuesday, March 3
Jackpot: $212 million

8-16-21-28-29 Mega: 1
Draw date: Saturday, Feb. 28
Jackpot: $14 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Tuesday, March 3

Daily 4
Draw date: Tuesday, March 3

Daily 3
Midday: 9-1-4
Evening: 2-6-6
Draw date: Tuesday, March 3

Daily Derby
1st: 11 Money Bags
2nd: 04 Big Ben
3rd: 07 Eureka
Race time: 1:47.03
Draw date: Tuesday, March 3

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