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The's Daybreak: Aug. 13, 2009

Posted: August 12, 2009 8:36 p.m.
Updated: August 13, 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 Thursday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2009. There are 140 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Aug. 13, 1961, Berlin was divided as East Germany sealed off the border between the city’s eastern and western sectors and began building a wall in order to halt the flight of refugees.

One year ago: A man barged into the Arkansas Democratic headquarters in Little Rock and opened fire, killing state party chairman Bill Gwatney before speeding off in a pickup. (Police later shot and killed the gunman, Timothy Dale Johnson.)

Watercooler Talk
DRUMMOND, Wis. (AP) — An Austrian woman on vacation in Wisconsin is getting rabies shots after she said she was bitten by otters while swimming in a lake. Brigitte France, 51, told the Duluth News Tribune that she was swimming on Lake Owen near Drummond last Wednesday when three otters suddenly appeared. Feeling concerned, she swam to shore.

Just as she got there, she said, “there they were — one on the right leg and one on the left leg.”

She said they swam off when she shook her legs, but not before biting her eight or nine times.

Although France said the bites didn’t hurt much, she did go to a hospital, where doctors started a series of rabies shots.

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro is 83. Actor Pat Harrington is 80. Former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders is 76. Actor Kevin Tighe is 65. Actress Gretchen Corbett is 62. Opera singer Kathleen Battle is 61. High wire aerialist Philippe Petit is 60. Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke is 60. Comedian-writer Tom Davis is 57. Golf Hall of Famer Betsy King is 54. Movie director Paul Greengrass is 54. Actor Danny Bonaduce is 50. TV host/weatherman Sam Champion (TV: “Good Morning America”) is 48. Actress Dawnn Lewis is 48. Actor John Slattery is 47. Actress Quinn Cummings is 42.

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