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The's Daybreak: Nov. 18, 2009

Posted: November 17, 2009 9:19 p.m.
Updated: November 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 Wednesday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2009. There are 43 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 18, 1959, “Ben-Hur,” MGM’s Biblical-era spectacle starring Charlton Heston and directed by William Wyler, had its world premiere at Loew’s State Theatre in New York.

Ten years ago: Twelve people were killed when a bonfire under construction at Texas A&M University collapsed.

One year ago:
Detroit’s Big Three automakers pleaded with Congress for a $25 billion lifeline, warning of a national economic catastrophe should they collapse.

Watercooler talk
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police say a man who thought he was ninja was impaled on a metal fence when he tried to leap over it. An officer who was looking for an assault victim nearby Monday night heard the man screaming for help.
Police supported him to prevent further injuries until medics arrived and took him to a hospital, where he was in serious condition in intensive care on Tuesday.

Police spokeswoman Renee Witt wrote in a department Web site posting that officers thought the man might have been involved in the reported assault, but he insisted he was just a ninja trying to clear a 4- to 5-foot-tall fence.

Witt says the man was “overconfident in his abilities,” and that alcohol likely played a role.

His name was not released.

Former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is 86. Actress Brenda Vaccaro is 70. Author-poet Margaret Atwood is 70. Actress Linda Evans is 67. Actress Susan Sullivan is 67. Former Cherokee Nation chief Wilma Mankiller is 64. Country singer Jacky Ward is 63. Actor Jameson Parker is 62. Actress-singer Andrea Marcovicci is 61. College Football Hall of Famer Jack Tatum is 61. Rock musician Herman Rarebell is 60. Singer Graham Parker is 59. Actor Delroy Lindo is 57. Comedian Kevin Nealon is 56. Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon is 53. Actor Oscar Nunez is 51. Actress Elizabeth Perkins is 49. Singer Kim Wilde is 49. Rock musician Kirk Hammett (Metallica) is 47. Rock singer Tim DeLaughter is 44. Actor Romany Malco is 41. Actor Owen Wilson is 41. Singer Duncan Sheik is 40. Actor Mike Epps is 39.

California Lotto
Mega Millions

8-22-27-49-50 Mega: 28
Draw date: Tuesday, Nov. 17
Jackpot: $17 million

15-33-37-38-47 Mega: 16
Draw date: Saturday, Nov. 14
Jackpot: $22 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Nov. 17

Daily 4
Draw date: Tuesday, Nov. 17

Daily 3
Midday: 2-9-3
Evening: 0-2-0
Draw date: Tuesday, Nov. 17

Daily Derby
1st: 03 Hot Shot
2nd: 09 Winning Spirit
3rd: 01 Gold Rush
Race time: 1:43:15
Draw date: Tuesday, Nov. 17


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