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The's Daybreak: Oct. 10, 2009

Posted: October 9, 2009 10:51 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 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 Saturday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2009. There are 82 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 10, 1913, the Panama Canal was effectively completed as President Woodrow Wilson sent a signal from the White House by telegraph, setting off explosives that destroyed a section of the Gamboa dike.

Five years ago:
Ken Caminiti, the National League’s 1996 MVP who later admitted using steroids during his major league baseball career, died in New York at age 41.

Watercooler Talk
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in western Mexico say they have filed robbery charges against two alleged members of a gang of thieves blamed for a “clown jewels” caper. The gang — some of whose members dressed up in clown costumes — burst into a jewelry store in the western city of Guadalajara on July 26 and made off with at least 1.2 million pesos ($900,000) worth of booty.

The clown costumes were later found abandoned in a car.

In an announcement issued Thursday, the prosecutor’s office in the state of Jalisco says two of six suspects have been caught and charged while a third has been detained pending investigation. It says one of the suspects confessed to being the one of the men behind the masks, seeking the “clown jewels.”

Former Illinois Sen. Adlai Stevenson III is 79. Actor Peter Coyote is 68. Entertainer Ben Vereen is 63. Actress Jessica Harper is 60. Author Nora Roberts (aka “J.D. Robb”) is 59. Singer-musician Midge Ure is 56. Rock singer David Lee Roth (Van Halen) is 55. Country singer Tanya Tucker is 51. Actor Bradley Whitford is 50. Musician Martin Kemp is 48. Actress Rebecca Pidgeon is 44. Rock musician Mike Malinin (Goo Goo Dolls) is 42. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is 40. Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey is 40. Actor Mario Lopez is 36. Actress Jodi Lyn O’Keefe is 31. Singer Mya is 30. Singer Cherie is 25. Actress Aimee Teegarden is 20.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
3-14-21-24-51 Mega: 14
Draw date: Friday, Oct. 9
Jackpot: $145 million

1-8-18-26-44 Mega: 4
Draw date: Wednesday, Oct. 7
Jackpot: $12 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Friday, Oct. 9        

Daily 4
Draw date: Friday, Oct. 9

Daily 3
Midday: 1-9-5
Evening: 5-7-4
Draw date: Friday, Oct. 9

Daily Derby
1st: 09 Winning Spirit
2nd: 02 Lucky Star
3rd: 08 Gorgeous George
Race time: 1:43:93
Draw date: Friday, Oct. 9


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