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The's Daybreak: May 31, 2009

Posted: May 30, 2009 6:45 p.m.
Updated: May 31, 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 31, the 151st day of 2009. There are 214 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 31, 1889, more than 2,000 people perished when a dam break sent water rushing through Johnstown, Pa.

Five years ago: In Memorial Day tributes, President George W. Bush declared that “America is safer” because of its fighting forces, while Sen. John Kerry visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Alberta Martin, one of the last widows of a Confederate veteran of the Civil War, died in Enterprise, Ala., at age 97.

Watercooler Talk
PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Squirrel. Thief. Patriot.
A brazen squirrel has been grabbing small American flags placed in a Port Huron, Mich., cemetery and carrying them up to its nest, which now looks as if it’s bedecked in bunting.

Every Memorial Day, volunteers place the flags next to the graves of nearly 1,000 veterans buried at Mount Hope Cemetery about 55 miles northeast of Detroit. The flags were undisturbed during a Mass held Monday.

The Times Herald reports that workers at the cemetery on Tuesday noticed several flags had been torn off their wooden staffs, which were still in the ground. The mystery was solved in front of superintendent Ron Ceglarek’s eyes.

Mega Millions
23-30-36-39-48 Mega: 34
Draw date: Friday, May 29
Jackpot: $12 million

22-23-31-39-47 Mega: 3
Draw date: Saturday, May 30
Jackpot: $22 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Saturday, May 30

Daily 4
Draw date: Saturday, May 30

Daily 3
Midday: 6-9-2
Evening: 9-0-1
Draw date: Saturday, May 30

Daily Derby
1st: 09 Winning Spirit
2nd: 05 California Classic
3rd: 10 Solid Gold
Race time: 1:46.05
Draw date: Saturday, May 30

Actress Elaine Stewart is 80. Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 79. Singer Peter Yarrow is 71. Former Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite is 70. Singer-musician Augie Meyers is 69. Actress Sharon Gless is 66. Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath is 66. Actor Tom Berenger is 59. Actor Gregory Harrison is 59. Actress Roma Maffia is 51. Comedian Chris Elliott is 49. Actor Kyle Secor is 49. Actress Lea Thompson is 48. Singer Corey Hart is 47. Actor Hugh Dillon is 46. Rapper DMC is 45. Actress Brooke Shields is 44. Country musician Ed Adkins (The Derailers) is 42. Jazz musician Christian McBride is 37. Actor Colin Farrell is 33. Rock musician Scott Klopfenstein (Reel Big Fish) is 32. Actor Eric Christian Olsen is 32. Rock musician Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy) is 29. Actor Jonathan Tucker is 27. Actor Curtis Williams Jr. is 22.


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