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The's Daybreak: May 2, 2009

Posted: May 1, 2009 9:56 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 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:

Today is Saturday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2009. There are 243 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 2, 1945, the Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin, and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.

Five years ago: American truck driver Thomas Hamill escaped from his kidnappers in Iraq; that same day, nine U.S. servicemen were killed across the country. Martin Torrijos, the son of a former dictator, won Panama’s first presidential vote since the handover of the Panama Canal in December 1999.

Watercooler talk
ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — A man in a cowboy hat who rode a horse through a Denver suburb has been cited for riding an animal under the influence. Police said Brian Drone was given a $25 traffic violation ticket in a strip mall parking lot Friday. Drone told KUSA-TV that he was out for a “joyride” in Arvada with his horse, Cricket.

Sgt. Jeff Monzingo says the citation was the first he’d seen in 15 years of working in law enforcement.

Police say deciding what to do with the horse was a “tricky call” because “you can tow a car” in typical drunk driving cases.

A stable owner eventually offered Drone and his horse a ride home.

A phone number listed for a Brian Drone in Arvada was disconnected.

Former astronaut Scott Carpenter is 84. Country singer Sonny James is 80. Singer Judy Collins is 70. Actor Stephen Macht is 67. Singer Rita Coolidge is 64. Pop singer Nick Fortuna (The Buckinghams) is 63. Actor-director Douglas Barr is 60. Actor Dann Florek is 58. Singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr. is 55. Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen is 49. Actress Maia Morgenstern is 47. Country singer Wayne Hancock is 44. Actor Charlie Schlatter is 43. Country singer Tim McGraw is 42.

California lottery
Mega Millions
9-16-24-40-43 Mega: 35
Draw date: Friday, May 1
Jackpot: $225 million

2-5-8-21-22 Mega: 20
Draw date: Wednesday, April 29
Jackpot: $8 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Friday, May 1

Daily 4
Draw date: Friday, May 1

Daily 3
Midday: 0-7-9
Evening: 2-5-3
Draw date: Friday, May 1

Daily Derby
1st: 01 Gold Rush
2nd: 03 Hot Shot
3rd: 02 Lucky Star
Race time: 1:47.98
Draw date: Friday, May 1

Actor Theodore Bikel is 85. Singer Engelbert Humperdinck is 73. Actress and political activist Bianca Jagger is 64. Country singer R.C. Bannon is 64. Singer Lesley Gore is 63.

It was reported Friday that West Ranch’s near upset of Hart in softball would have been the Wildcats’ first win over the Indians in the school’s history. West Ranch actually beat Hart 4-2 on March 29, 2007.


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