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The's Daybreak: Aug. 5, 2009

Posted: August 4, 2009 8:40 p.m.
Updated: August 4, 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:

First Word
“It ends up being a pay-to-play game where Congressmen are forced to play because they need the millions that lobbyists provide them for re-election. Some say we have the best-paid Congress money can buy.” ­— Phil Rizzo, columnist (Click here for column)

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2009. There are 148 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Aug. 5, 1884, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal was laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor.

Ten years ago: Republicans overcame solid Democratic opposition to narrowly win passage of a 10-year, $792 billion tax cut, first in the House, then in the Senate; President Bill Clinton denounced the measure and promised a veto.

One year ago: President George W. Bush arrived in South Korea to begin a three-country Asia tour.

Watercooler Talk
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Police say they have arrested a suspected car thief whom they caught napping at the wheel of a stolen car.
South Australia Police say the 30-year-old man drove the Audi convertible into an automatic car wash early Monday and apparently fell asleep.

A service station attendant called the police at 3 a.m. when he noticed the car hadn’t moved for an hour.

The police said in a statement that the car has two different license plates and that police discovered it had been reported stolen in July. They woke the man and arrested him on charges of illegal use and theft of the car.

He has been released on bail and will face court in September.

Former astronaut Neil A. Armstrong is 79. Actress Cammie King (“Gone with the Wind”) is 75. Actor John Saxon is 74. Actor Zakes Mokae is 74. Former football player Roman Gabriel is 69. Country songwriter Bobby Braddock is 69. Rock musician Rick Huxley (The Dave Clark Five) is 69. Actress Loni Anderson is 64. Actress Erika Slezak is 63. Rock singer Rick Derringer is 62. Actress Holly Palance is 59. Singer Samantha Sang is 56. Actress-singer Maureen McCormick is 53. Rock musician Pat Smear is 50.

Mega Millions

1-28-34-42-50 Mega: 27
Draw date: Tuesday, Aug. 4
Jackpot: $84 million


6-13-18-26-39 Mega: 24
Draw date: Saturday, Aug. 1
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Aug. 4

Daily 4
Draw date: Tuesday, Aug. 4

Daily 3
Midday: 4-7-1
Evening: 3-0-6
Draw date: Tuesday, Aug. 4

Daily Derby
1st: 07 Eureka
2nd: 10 Solid Gold
3rd: 12 Lucky Charms
Race time: 1:46.02
Draw date: Tuesday, Aug. 4


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