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The's Daybreak: Dec. 23, 2009

Posted: December 22, 2009 10:08 p.m.
Updated: December 23, 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, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2009. There are 8 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Dec. 23, 1968, 82 crew members of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they had been captured.

Ten years ago:
President Bill Clinton pardoned Freddie Meeks, 80, a black sailor court-martialed for mutiny during World War II after he and other sailors refused to load live ammunition following a deadly explosion at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine near San Francisco that had claimed more than 300 lives.

Watercooler talk
WARREN, Mich. (AP) – A 52-year-old man complained only about the cold weather before walking into a diner with a five-inch knife sticking out of his chest. The unnamed man called a Warren 911 operator on Sunday night to ask that an ambulance be sent to Bray’s, an eatery in neighboring Hazel Park. He said he had been stabbed during a robbery attempt half a mile away, then walked to the restaurant and called 911 from a pay phone.

On a recording of the call, the man gives a vague description of his attacker before saying, “I’m gonna sit down at Bray’s ‘cause they got a chair and it’s cold out here.” Restaurant employee George Mirdita told The Detroit News the man calmly ordered coffee.


The Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley has received a $20,000 grant from the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation. The foundation is not to be confused with the local hospital or its own fundraising foundation. The Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation is based in San Francisco and donates about $1.5 million a year to “worthy organizations” across the state, officials said, including about $500,000 this year to nonprofit groups in the SCV.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Hornung is 74. Actress Susan Lucci is 63. Rock musician Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) is 53.

California lotto
Mega Millions

3-33-35-39-45 Mega: 13
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 22
Jackpot: $162 million 

19-30-37-40-44 Mega: 6
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 19
Jackpot: $47 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 22

Daily 4
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 22

Daily 3
Midday: 3-0-3
Evening: 9-7-5
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 22

Daily Derby
1st: 11 Money Bags
2nd: 10 Solid Gold
3rd: 03 Hot Shot
Race time: 1:42:56
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 22

Draw date: Monday, Dec. 21


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