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The's Daybreak: Aug. 12, 2009

Posted: August 11, 2009 4:28 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 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:

First Word
“While choking on costs, we illogically still don’t want anyone telling us we’re too unfit, or too fat, for some procedure or for insurance itself. ‘No rationing,’ is the call to arms.” ­— Gary Horton, columnist

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 12, the 224th day of 2009. There are 141 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Aug. 12, 1909, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Indianapolis 500, first opened.

Five years ago: In a stunning declaration, New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey announced his resignation and acknowledged that he’d had an extramarital affair with another man. The California Supreme Court voided nearly 4,000 same-sex marriages sanctioned in San Francisco between February 12 and March 11, 2004.

Watercooler Talk
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Drowsy spectators in one Will County courtroom might want to stifle their yawns. A 33-year-old suburban Chicago man is facing six months in jail for yawning in Judge Daniel Rozak’s court last month. Clifton Williams will serve at least 21 days for stretching and yawning as his cousin was being sentenced for a drug charge.

A prosecutor in the courtroom at the time described the offending yawn as “loud and boisterous.” But Williams’ cousin says it wasn’t “outrageous.” Rozak found Williams in contempt of court and had him jailed on July 23. Six months is the maximum sentence judges can give for criminal contempt without a jury trial.

Williams has written his family that he can’t believe he’s in jail.

Former Senator Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., is 84. Actor George Hamilton is 70. Actress Dana Ivey is 68. Actress Jennifer Warren is 68. Rock singer-musician Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 60. Singer Kid Creole is 59. Jazz musician Pat Metheny is 55. Actor Sam J. Jones is 55. Actor Bruce Greenwood is 53. Country singer Danny Shirley is 53. Pop musician Roy Hay (Culture Club) is 48. Rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot is 46. Actor Peter Krause is 44. Tennis player Pete Sampras is 38. Actor-comedian Michael Ian Black is 38.

Mega Millions

X-X-X-X-X Mega: X
Draw date: Tuesday, Aug. 11
Jackpot: $XX million

23-31-40-44-46 Mega: 10
Draw date: Saturday, Aug. 8
Jackpot: $9 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Aug. 11

Daily 4
Draw date: Tuesday, Aug. 11

Daily 3
Midday: 0-8-3
Draw date: Tuesday, Aug. 11

Daily Derby
1st: 04 Big Ben
2nd: 06 Whirl Win
3rd: 09 Winning Spirit
Race time: 1:43.16
Draw date: Tuesday, Aug. 11


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