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The's Daybreak: March 9, 2009

Posted: March 9, 2009 1:33 a.m.
Updated: March 9, 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
"Commitment is the first thing and the second thing is character." Kenny Smith, former NBA star (Click here for story)

Today in History
Today is Monday, March 9, the 68th day of 2009. There are 297 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 9, 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimac) clashed for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Va.

Ten years ago: RJR Nabisco Holdings Corp. announced it was getting out of the cigarette business.

One year ago: Spain's governing Socialists won a second term, but without a majority in parliament.

Watercooler Talk
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania liquor store clerks need to be more bubbly when they're selling Champagne.

The state's Liquor Control Board is spending more than $173,000 to try to make workers friendlier and more well-mannered at the nearly 650 stores it operates. The board says it wants to make sure clerks are saying "hello," "thank you" and "come again" to customers shopping for wine and spirits.

It has hired Pittsburgh-based consulting firm Solutions 21 to help coach store managers so they can instruct their clerks on issues such as how to greet customers and where to stand. Training begins this month.

Harrisburg good-government activist Eric Epstein calls the idea "a demented interpretation of happy hour." He says it's "a sad state of affairs when you have to train people to be kind and courteous."

Singer-actress Keely Smith is 77. Singer Lloyd Price is 76. Actress Joyce Van Patten is 75. Actor-comedian Marty Ingels is 73. Country singer Mickey Gilley is 73. ABC anchorman Charles Gibson is 66. Rock musician Robin Trower is 64. Singer Jeffrey Osborne is 61. Country musician Jimmie Fadden is 61. Actress Jaime Lyn Bauer is 60. Writer-editor Michael Kinsley is 58. TV newscaster Faith Daniels is 52. Rock musician Robert Sledge is 41. Actor Emmanuel Lewis is 38. Actress Jean Louisa Kelly is 37. Actor Kerr Smith is 37. Rapper Chingy is 29. Rapper Bow Wow is 22. Actor Luis Armand Garcia is 17.

California Lottery Winning Numbers
Mega Millions
11-18-37-46-55 Mega: 45
Draw date: Friday, March 6
Jackpot: $16 million

17-34-39-40-46 Mega: 4
Draw date: Saturday, March 7
Jackpot: $18 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Sunday, March 8

Daily 4
Draw date: Sunday, March 8

Daily 3
Midday: 0-3-0
Evening: 8-1-6
Draw date: Sunday, March 8

Daily Derby
1st: 12 Lucky Charms
2nd: 01 Gold Rush
3rd: 08 Gorgeous George
Race time: 1:44.44
Draw date: Sunday, March 8

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