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The's Daybreak: Aug. 23, 2009

Posted: August 22, 2009 6:41 p.m.
Updated: August 23, 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
“We were the ‘peace and love’ generation. How did we grow up and become ‘the man?’”
­— Michele E. Buttelman, columnist See Opinion, D1

Today is Sunday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2009. There are 130 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History
On Aug. 23, 1927, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the murders of two men during a 1920 robbery. (On this date in 1977, Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis proclaimed that “any stigma and disgrace should be forever removed” from their names.)

Ten years ago: The Dow Jones industrial average soared 199.15 to a then-record of 11,299.76.

Watercooler Talk

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police said a Cleveland barber became so upset by what he considered bad beef jerky that he returned to the store where he bought it and tried to rob the owner. Police said the 28-year-old barber walked into the store where he bought the snack, just two doors down from his barbershop, and tried to rob the owner Thursday night.

The owner told the man he recognized him and chased him outside with a baseball bat. The first police officer who arrived on the scene was also familiar with the barber because he cuts the officer’s hair.

Police arrested the man at his girlfriend’s house a few miles away. The barber told police the stick of beef jerky he bought sickened him and his dog.


Actress Vera Miles is 79. Political satirist Mark Russell is 77. Actress Barbara Eden is 75. Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen is 75. Actor Richard Sanders is 69. Ballet dancer Patricia McBride is 67. Former Surgeon General Antonia Novello is 65. Pro Football Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright is 64. Country singer Rex Allen Jr. is 62. Singer Linda Thompson is 62. Actress Shelley Long is 60. Actor-singer Rick Springfield is 60. Country singer-musician Woody Paul (Riders in the Sky) is 60. Queen Noor of Jordan is 58. Actor-producer Mark Hudson is 58. Retired All-Star baseball pitcher Mike Boddicker is 52. Rock musician Dean DeLeo (Army of Anyone; Stone Temple Pilots) is 48.


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