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The's Daybreak: Dec. 15, 2009

Posted: December 14, 2009 9:13 p.m.
Updated: December 15, 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 Tuesday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2009. There are 16 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect following ratification by Virginia.

Ten years ago: With President Bill Clinton's close mediation, Syria reopened peace talks with Israel in Washington.

Five years ago: Time Warner Inc. agreed to pay over $500 million to resolve federal securities fraud and accounting investigations of its America Online unit.

Watercooler talk
BOSTON (AP) - Police said a Boston man wanted for drug trafficking tried to hide his identity by cutting off his fingertips. State Police spokesman David Procopio said Monday that Francis Viliar admitted to police that he paid someone $400 to slice off the fleshy pads at the ends of his fingers.

The 36-year-old was arrested Friday after state police pulled him over for speeding in Brockton. He was charged with giving a false name and carrying a dangerous weapon.

During booking, officers discovered that his fingertips were covered in scar tissue. FBI specialists were still able to identify Viliar, who had 13 warrants, using ridges from the prints.

Actor-comedian Tim Conway is 76. Singer Cindy Birdsong (The Supremes) is 70. Rock musician Dave Clark (The Dave Clark Five) is 67. Rock musician Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge) is 63. Actor Don Johnson is 60. Actress Melanie Chartoff is 59. Movie director Julie Taymor is 57. Movie director Alex Cox is 55. Actor Justin Ross is 55. Rock musician Paul Simonon (The Clash) is 54. Political strategist Donna Brazile is 50. Country singer Doug Phelps (Brother Phelps; Kentucky Headhunters) is 49. Movie producer-director Reginald Hudlin is 48. Actress Helen Slater is 46.

California Lotto
Mega Millions

2-21-27-34-44 Mega: 45
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 11
Jackpot: $118 million

3-5-6-30-32 Mega: 17
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 12
Jackpot: $41 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 14

Daily 4
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 14

Daily 3
Midday: 6-2-2
Evening: 2-0-1
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 14

Daily Derby
1st: 03 Hot Shot
2nd: 01 Gold Rush
3rd: 12 Lucky Charms
Race time: 1:43:64
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 14


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