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The's Daybreak: April 30, 2009

Posted: April 29, 2009 8:41 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2009 8:36 p.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:

Today is Thursday, April 30, the 120th day of 2009. There are 245 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
One hundred and fifty years ago, on April 30, 1859, the Charles Dickens novel “A Tale of Two Cities” was first published in serial form in the premiere issue of All the Year Round, a literary magazine owned by Dickens. (The novel was presented in 31 weekly installments.)

Five years ago: Arabs expressed outrage at graphic photographs of naked Iraqi prisoners being humiliated by U.S. military police.

Watercooler talk

SIESTA KEY, Fla. (AP) — The beaches of Siesta Key in Sarasota are known for its white sand, and residents want to keep it that way. Jim Overbeck was arrested Tuesday on a misdemeanor trespassing charge while protesting a battle to spread a brownish sand on the beach. The 70-year-old threw himself on the sand.

Sarasota County wanted to spread loads of sand on the public access part of the beach to fill in a hole left after workers removed an old buried seawall.

The white sands of Miramar Beach and nearby Crescent Beach are two major reasons why Siesta Key is consistently honored as one of the beaches with the best sand. The sand has a very high quartz content, which makes it so white and keeps it cool.

Actress Cloris Leachman is 83. Singer Willie Nelson is 76. Actor Gary Collins is 71. Actor Burt Young is 69. Singer Bobby Vee is 66. Actress Jill Clayburgh is 65. Movie director Allan Arkush is 61. Actor Perry King is 61. Singer Merrill Osmond is 56. Movie director Jane Campion is 55. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is 50. Actor Paul Gross is 50. FIU coach Isiah Thomas is 48. Country musician Robert Reynolds (The Mavericks) is 47.

California lottery
Mega Millions
15-20-24-36-44 Mega: 6
Draw date: Tuesday, April 28
Jackpot: $220 million

2-5-8-21-32 Mega: 20
Draw date: Wednesday, April 30
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, April 30

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, April 30

Daily 3
Midday: 2-6-0
Evening: 8-6-2
Draw date: Wednesday, April 30

Daily Derby
1st: 02 Lucky Star
2nd: 04 Big Ben
3rd: 05 California Classic
Race time: 1:41.87
Draw date: Wednesday, April 30


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