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The's Daybreak: Aug. 16, 2009

Posted: August 15, 2009 9:59 p.m.
Updated: August 16, 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
“What happens to news reporting throughout America if all colleges and univeristies move in the direction that College of the Canyons has taken?”Our View, editorial

Today is Sunday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2009. There are 137 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42.

Ten years ago:
Four months after two gunmen sent them fleeing in horror, students reclaimed Columbine High School in Colorado for the start of the school year. Vladimir Putin won confirmation as Russia’s prime minister, the fifth since early 1998. Republican Lamar Alexander folded his presidential campaign.

Watercooler Talk
HASLETT, Mich. (AP) — Divine intervention? Or just plain luck? No matter what the circumstances, a Michigan church is $70,000 richer courtesy of the Michigan Lottery. The Covenant Life Worship Center and its 25 members in Haslett, Mich. had one of the second-prize tickets in the Lucky 7s raffle held May 4.

The $10 ticket was purchased at a convenience store in Haslett, five miles northeast of downtown Lansing. The lottery Web site says the odds of a single ticket winning $70,000 in Lucky 7s are one in 55,556. Michigan Lottery officials say the church will receive the full amount of the prize because it is a tax-exempt group.

Actor Fess Parker is 85. Actress Ann Blyth is 81. Actor Robert Culp is 79. Sportscaster Frank Gifford is 79. Singer Eydie Gorme is 78. Actress Julie Newmar is 76.

Mega Millions

8-22-25-33-35 Mega: 46
Draw date: Friday, Aug. 14
Jackpot: $170 million

7-9-25-29-47 Mega: 24
Draw date: Saturday, Aug. 15
Jackpot: $10 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Saturday, Aug. 15

Daily 4
Draw date: Saturday, Aug. 15

Daily 3
Midday: 6-0-6
Evening: 2-6-0
Draw date: Saturday, Aug. 15

Daily Derby
1st: 09 Winning Spirit
2nd: 07 Eureka
3rd: 03 Hot Shot
Race time: 1:47.88
Draw date: Saturday, Aug. 15


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