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The's Daybreak: June 30, 2009

Posted: June 29, 2009 10:12 p.m.
Updated: June 30, 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 Tuesday, June 30, the 181st day of 2009. There are 184 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History: On June 30, 1859, French acrobat Charles Blondin (born Jean Francois Gravelet) walked back and forth on a tightrope above the gorge of Niagara Falls as thousands of spectators watched.

One year ago: President George W. Bush signed legislation to pay for the war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan for the rest of his presidency and beyond, hailing the plan as a product of bipartisan cooperation.

Watercooler Talk
SAN JOSE (AP) - A shambling sentence about screaming seafarers on the sturdy whaler Ellie May stood shoulders above the rest in an annual bad writing contest. David McKenzie, 55, of Federal Way, Wash., won the grand prize in San Jose State University's annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest with this:

"Folks say that if you listen real close at the height of the full moon, when the wind is blowin' off Nantucket Sound from the nor' east and the dogs are howlin' for no earthly reason, you can hear the awful screams of the crew of the "Ellie May," a sturdy whaler Captained by John McTavish; for it was on just such a night when the rum was flowin' and, Davey Jones be damned, big John brought his men on deck for the first of several screaming contests."

The contest, a parody of prose, invites entrants to submit bad opening sentences to imaginary novels. It is named after Victorian writer Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton, who opened his 1830 novel "Paul Clifford," with the much-quoted, "It was a dark and stormy night ..."

Jazz musician Stanley Clarke is 58. Actor David Garrison is 57. Actor-comedian David Alan Grier is 53. Actor Vincent D'Onofrio is 50. Actor Rupert Graves is 46. Boxer Mike Tyson is 43. Actor Brian Bloom is 39. Actor Brian Vincent is 39. Actress Lizzy Caplan is 27. Rhythm-and-blues singer Fantasia ("American Idol") is 25. Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps is 24.

11-15-17-29-46 Mega: 16
Draw date: Friday, June 26
Jackpot: $94 million

7-15-25-27-42 Mega: 24
Draw date: Saturday, June 27
Jackpot: $8 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Monday, June 29

Daily 4
Draw date: Monday, June 29

Daily 3
Midday: 4-8-7
Evening: 7-6-5
Draw date: Monday, June 29

Daily Derby
1st: 03 Hot Shot
2nd: 09 Winning Spirit
3rd: 10 Solid Gold
Race time: 1:48.63
Draw date: Monday, June 29


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