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The's Daybreak: April 24, 2009

Posted: April 23, 2009 4:06 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 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
Taken to the extreme, the indifference brought on by such toleration can cause us to sit like the proverbial frog until we are turned to soup.” — Bill Kennedy, columnist (Click here for story)

Today is Friday, April 24, the 114th day of 2009. There are 251 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 24, 1898, Spain declared war on the United States after rejecting America’s ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba. (The United States responded in kind the next day.

Ten years ago: On the second day of a NATO summit, the alliance ran into objections from Russia and questions among its own members about enforcing an oil embargo against Yugoslavia by searching ships at sea.

Watercooler Talk
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Officials say a Fort Smith man digging in his garden unearthed a Civil War-era cannonball that’s possibly still explosive. The unidentified man was tending to his garden Tuesday at his home when he found the rusted, 4-inch-diameter iron ball.

Bill Black, the park superintendent of the Fort Smith National Historic Site, said the cannonball appears to be a live round that’s about 145 years old. Fort Smith Fire Department officials plan to shoot at the cannonball with a shaped charge, which will either detonate the round, break it open or put a hole in it.

Black said he hopes to keep the remnants at the Fort Smith National Historic Site. There were a number of Civil War engagements in and around Fort Smith.


 Film and drama critic Stanley Kauffmann is 93. Movie director-producer Richard Donner is 79. Actress Shirley MacLaine is 75. Author Sue Grafton is 69. Actor-singer Michael Parks is 69. Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand is 67. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley is 67. Country singer Richard Sterban (The Oak Ridge Boys) is 66. Rock musician Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 64. Rock singer-musician Rob Hyman is 59. Actor-playwright Eric Bogosian is 56. Actor Michael O’Keefe is 54. Rock musician David J (Bauhaus) is 52. Actor Glenn Morshower is 50. Rock musician Billy Gould is 46. Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer is 45.

California Lottery
Mega Millions

5-24-37-47-52 Mega: 6
Draw date: Tuesday, April 21
Jackpot: $155 million

5-6-20-36-44 Mega: 18
Draw date: Wednesday, April 22
Jackpot: $11 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Thursday, April 23

Daily 4

Draw date: Thursday, April 23

Daily 3
Midday: 9-3-6
Evening: 9-5-9
Draw date: Thursday, April 23

Daily Derby
1st: 06 Whirl Win
2nd: 02 Lucky Star
3rd: 11 Money Bags
Race time: 1:49.39
Draw date: Thursday, April 23

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