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The's Daybreak: Oct. 21, 2009

Posted: October 20, 2009 9:55 p.m.
Updated: October 21, 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, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2009. There are 71 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 21, 1959, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened to the public in New York.

Five years ago: Emerson College student Victoria Snelgrove, 21, died hours after being shot in the eye with a pepper-spray pellet fired by police trying to control a raucous crowd outside Fenway Park, where the Boston Red Sox had won the American League championship.

Watercooler Talk
NEW YORK – A cat who rode two miles through New York City while stuck in the engine compartment of an SUV has lived to meow about it. Wilfred Rodriguez heard rattling while he was driving Monday in the Bronx. After he parked, he spotted a bushy tail and a paw sticking out of the SUV’s front end.

His initial reaction: “Oh my God! I killed a cat.” He was relieved when the paw moved.

Detectives with the New York Police Department’s Emergency Service Unit freed the grease-covered kitty by removing the SUV’s battery and other vehicle parts.

Richard Gentles of New York City Animal Care & Control says the tan-and-white stray appears to be in good physical shape.

Actress Joyce Randolph is 85. Author Ursula K. Le Guin is 80. Rock singer Manfred Mann is 69. Musician Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the MG’s) is 68. Singer Elvin Bishop is 67. TV’s Judge Judy Sheindlin is 67. Actor Everett McGill is 64. Musician Lee Loughnane (Chicago) is 63. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is 60. Musician Charlotte Caffey (The Go-Go’s) is 56. Movie director Catherine Hardwicke is 54. Actress-author Carrie Fisher is 53. Singer Julian Cope is 52. Rock musician Steve Lukather (Toto) is 52. Actor Ken Watanabe is 50. Actress Melora Walters is 49. Rock musician Che Colovita Lemon is 39.

California Lotto
Mega Millions

13-17-25-45-55 Mega: 8
Draw date: Tuesday, Oct. 20
Jackpot: $21 million

3-6-8-36-47 Mega: 13
Draw date: Saturday, Oct. 17
Jackpot: $9 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Oct. 20

Daily 4
Draw date: Tuesday, Oct. 20

Daily 3
Midday: 0-8-8
Evening: 1-5-4
Draw date: Tuesday, Oct. 20

Daily Derby
1st: 12 Lucky Charms
2nd: 11 Money Bags
3rd: 02 Lucky Star
Race time: 1:42:77
Draw date: Tuesday, Oct. 20


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