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The's Daybreak: April 9, 2009

Posted: April 8, 2009 11:57 p.m.
Updated: April 9, 2009 4:30 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
"Our grandparents came out of the Depression of the 1930s with the maxim ‘waste not, want not.’ It is certainly true today. We only need to rediscover it." Lynne Plambeck, columnist (Click here for story)

Today is Thursday, April 9, the 99th day of 2009. There are 266 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

Fifty years ago, on April 9, 1959, NASA announced the selection of America’s first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton.

Five years ago: Four employees of Halliburton subsidiary KBR were killed in an attack on a fuel truck convoy near Baghdad; a U.S. soldier in the convoy, Sgt. Elmer Krause, was found dead weeks later.

Watercooler Talk
DENVER (AP) — Kelly Coffman-Lee wanted to tell the world about her love of tofu by picking the letters for her car’s license plate. But her tofu fondness ran into a snafu at the Division of Motor Vehicles, which blocked her plan because they thought the combination of letters could be interpreted as profane. Her suggestion for the plate on her Suzuki: “ILVTOFU.”

Department of Revenue spokesman Mark Couch said the letters could be misinterpreted.

Coffman-Lee, 38, said tofu is a staple of her family’s diet because they are vegan and that the DMV misinterpreted her message.

Jazz musician Art Van Damme is 89. Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner is 83. Naturalist Jim Fowler is 77. Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo is 76. Actress Michael Learned is 70. Country singer Margo Smith is 67. Country singer Hal Ketchum is 56. Actor Dennis Quaid is 55. Humorist Jimmy Tingle is 54. Golfer Severiano Ballesteros is 52. Country musician Dave Innis (Restless Heart) is 50. Actress-sports reporter Lisa Guerrero is 45. Actor Mark Pellegrino is 44. Actress-model Paulina Porizkova is 44. Actress Cynthia Nixon is 43. Rock singer Kevin Martin (Candlebox) is 40. Rock singer Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) is 32.

California Lottery
Mega Millions

2-4-13-17-36 Mega: 15
Draw date: Tuesday, April 7
Jackpot: $78 million

12-18-19-21-30 Mega: 4
Draw date: Wednesday, April 8
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, April 8

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, April 8

Midday: 1-7-1
Evening: 0-3-0
Draw date: Wednesday, April 8

Daily Derby
1st: 01 Gold Rush
2nd: 03 Hot Shot
3rd: 08 Gorgeous George
Race time: 1:49.12
Draw date: Wednesday, April 8

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