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The's Daybreak: March 16, 2009

Posted: March 16, 2009 1:33 a.m.
Updated: March 16, 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
"I actually felt like I was one of them." -Rich Contreras, Valencia Country Club outside service manager. (See story here.)

Today is Monday, March 16, the 75th day of 2009. There are 290 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 16, 1968, during the Vietnam War, the My Lai Massacre of Vietnamese civilians was carried out by U.S. Army troops; estimates of the death toll vary between 347 and 504.

Ten years ago: The Dow Jones industrial average briefly topped the 10,000 level, reaching a high of 10,001.78 before retreating.

Five years ago: China declared victory in its fight against bird flu, saying it had "stamped out" all its known cases.

Watercooler Talk
BELLEVUE, Wash. - (AP) You forgot to buckle up, dummy! A commuter who put a homemade dummy in the passenger seat to sneak into the car pool lane was caught Wednesday near Seattle. But it wasn't because a cop realized the passenger was fake.

Instead, the State Patrol trooper noticed the dangling belt buckle on the passenger side and suspected a seat belt violation.

Patrol spokeswoman Christina Martin told The Herald of Everett that the driver acknowledged trying to beat traffic by using the HOV lane.

He created his passenger by draping a rain jacket over plastic piping, topping it off with a Halloween mask of Gandalf, the "Lord of the Rings" wizard, a beard and a baseball cap.

The trooper issued a $124 ticket and confiscated the dummy.

Comedian-director Jerry Lewis is 83. Country singer Ray Walker is 75. Movie director Bernardo Bertolucci is 68. Game show host Chuck Woolery is 68. Country singer Robin Williams is 62. Actor Erik Estrada is 60. Country singer Ray Benson is 58. Rock singer-musician Nancy Wilson is 55. Golfer Hollis Stacy is 55. Rapper-actor Flavor Flav is 50. Rock musician Jimmy DeGrasso is 46. Folk singer Patty Griffin is 45. Actress Lauren Graham is 42. Actor Judah Friedlander is 40. Actor Alan Tudyk is 38. Actor Tim Kangis 36. R&B singer Blu Cantrell is 33. Actress Brooke Burns is 31. Rock musician Wolfgang Van Halen is 18.

California Lottery Winning Numbers
Mega Millions
10-12-26-46-50 Mega: 23
Draw date: Friday, March 13
Jackpot: $12 million

22-31-36-43-45 Mega: 16
Draw date: Saturday, March 14
Jackpot: $20 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Sunday, Mar. 16

Daily 4
Draw date: Sunday, Mar. 16

Daily 3
Midday: 5-7-5
Evening: 3-8-6
Draw date: Sunday, Mar. 16

Daily Derby
1st: 02 Lucky Star
2nd: 12 Lucky Charms
3rd: 11 Money Bags
Race time: 1:40.02
Draw date: Sunday, Mar. 16

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