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The's Daybreak: Sept. 18, 2009

Posted: September 17, 2009 9:09 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 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 Friday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2009. There are 104 days left in the year. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, begins at sunset.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 18, 1709 (New Style date), author, critic, lexicographer and wit Samuel Johnson was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England.

Ten years ago:
A multinational fleet sailed toward East Timor, the vanguard of a U.N.-approved force assigned to bring order to the bloodied Indonesian province.

Watercooler Talk

COLUMBIA (AP) — A 16-year-old girl has bagged a 10-foot alligator in a South Carolina swamp. In the middle of the night. With a crossbow. The State newspaper in Columbia reported that Cammie Colin won one of 1,000 lottery slots for the state’s annual public alligator harvest. Hunters are required to use a crossbow or a harpoon.

Cammie was the only person in her group authorized to shoot the 353-pound gator. The Lexington resident was with a guide, her father, an uncle and her brother in an 18-foot boat early Sunday in the headwaters of Lake Marion.

They have 40 pounds of alligator steak in the freezer now.

Cammie says most of her teachers are using her new nickname, “Killer.”

Singer Jimmie Rodgers is 76. Actor Robert Blake is 76. Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, is 76. Actor Fred Willard is 70. Singer Frankie Avalon is 69. Rock musician Kerry Livgren is 60. Actress Anna Deavere Smith is 59. Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is 57. College Football Hall of Famer and retired NFL player Billy Sims is 54. Movie director Mark Romanek is 50. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg is 50. Actor James Gandolfini is 48. Alt-country-rock musician Mark Olson is 48. Singer Joanne Catherall (Human League) is 47. Actress Holly Robinson Peete is 45. R&B singer Ricky Bell (Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition) is 42. Actress Aisha Tyler is 39. Cycling champion Lance Armstrong is 38.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
29-30-32-35-41 Mega: 39
Draw date: Tuesday, Sept. 15
Jackpot: $51 million

5-17-18-22-28 Mega: 10
Draw date: Wednesday, Sept. 16
Jackpot: $29 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Daily 4
Draw date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Daily 3
Midday: 8-9-3
Evening: 6-3-7
Draw date: Thursday, Sept. 17

Daily Derby

1st: 05 California Classic
2nd: 01 Gold Rush
3rd: 09 Winning Spirit
Race time: 1:43:35
Draw date: Thursday, Sept. 17


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