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The's Daybreak: Sept. 9, 2009

Posted: September 8, 2009 9:21 p.m.
Updated: September 9, 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 Wednesday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2009. There are 113 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:On Sept. 9, 1776, the second Continental Congress made the term “United States” official, replacing “United Colonies.”

Ten years ago: Former Republican Sen. John Danforth opened an independent inquiry into the 1993 siege of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.

Five years ago: A powerful car bomb exploded outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 10 people.

Watercooler Talk
MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — When it comes to spitting a cricket for distance, the central Wisconsin talent seems concentrated in one Marshfield family. Brian Johnsrud spat a thawed cricket 22 feet, 8 inches at the Central Wisconsin State Fair on Saturday. Minutes later, his son Jared shot his cricket 10 feet, 5 inches to win the 9-to-11 age division.

Brian Johnsrud said the key is to pick the biggest cricket and put it upside down on your tongue. He also said you have to take the deep breath before putting the cricket in your mouth, so you don’t swallow the critter.

Daniel Word, 7, won the competition among 5- to 8-year-olds. After spitting his cricket 9 feet, 11 inches, he said it wasn’t easy.

Actor Cliff Robertson is 86. Actor Topol is 74. R&B singer Luther Simmons is 67. Singer Inez Foxx is 67. Singer Dee Dee Sharp is 64. Rock singer-musician Doug Ingle is 63. Country singer Freddy Weller is 62. College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Joe Theismann is 60. Actor Tom Wopat is 58. Actress Angela Cartwright is 57. Musician-producer Dave Stewart is 57. Actor Hugh Grant is 49. Actor Adam Sandler is 43. Actor David Bennent is 43. Rock singer Paul Durham (Black Lab) is 41. Model Rachel Hunter is 40. Actor Goran Visnjic is 37. Pop-jazz singer Michael Buble is 34. Latin singer Maria Rita is 32. Actress Michelle Williams is 29.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
2-4-6-21-44 Mega: 37
Draw date: Friday, Sept. 4
Jackpot: $18 million

2-5-17-25-33 Mega: 18
Draw date: Saturday, Sept. 5
Jackpot: $23 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Sept. 8

Daily 4
Draw date: Tuesday, Sept. 8

Daily 3
Midday: 0-4-0
Evening: 3-1-8
Draw date: Tuesday, Sept. 8

Daily Derby
1st: 06 Whirl Win
2nd: 09 Winning Spirit
3rd: 04 Big Ben
Race time: 1:49:76
Draw date: Tuesday, Sept. 8


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