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The's May 3, 2009 Daybreak:

Posted: May 2, 2009 4:26 p.m.
Updated: May 3, 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 Sunday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2009. There are 242 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 3, 1909, a wireless news dispatch was transmitted from The New York Times to the Chicago Tribune in the first such communication between the two cities.

Five years ago: The U.S. military said it had reprimanded seven officers in the abuse of inmates at Baghdad’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison, the first known punishments in the case; two of the officers were relieved of their duties.

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.


Folk singer Pete Seeger is 90. Actress Ann B. Davis is 83. Singer Frankie Valli is 75. Sports announcer Greg Gumbel is 63. Pop singer Mary Hopkin is 59. Singer Christopher Cross is 58. Country musician Cactus Moser (Highway 101) is 52. Rock musician David Ball (Soft Cell) is 50. Country singer Shane Minor is 41. Actor Bobby Cannavale is 39. Music and film producer-actor Damon Dash is 38. Country musician John Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) is 38. Country-rock musician John Neff (Drive-By Truckers) is 38. Country singer Brad Martin is 36. Actor Dule Hill is 34. Country singer Eric Church is 32. Colts running back Joseph Addai is 26. Dancer Cheryl Burke (TV: “Dancing with the Stars”) is 25.

California lottery
Mega Millions
2-5-8-21-32 Mega: 35
Draw date: Saturday, May 2
Jackpot: $8 million



Fantasy 5
Draw date: Saturday, May 2

Daily 4
Draw date: Saturday, May 2

Daily 3
Midday: 4-3-8
Evening: 6-1-9
Draw date: Saturday, May 2

Daily Derby
1st: 06 Whirl Win
2nd: 12 Lucky Charms
3rd: 03 Hot Shot
Race time: 1:47.98
Draw date: Saturday, May 2

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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