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The's Daybreak: Jan. 26, 2009

Posted: January 25, 2009 9:23 p.m.
Updated: January 26, 2009 4:30 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:

First Word
"We have to take care of each other. The city is proud to serve you."
­- Laurene Weste, councilwoman (click here for story)

Today in History
Today is Monday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2009. There are 339 days left in the year. This is the Lunar New Year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 26, 1788, the first European settlers in Australia, led by Capt. Arthur Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney.

Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton welcomed a frail Pope John Paul II as the pontiff began his seventh pilgrimage to the United States in St. Louis.

One year ago: Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the South Carolina primary.

Watercooler Talk
PHOENIX (AP) - Just a case of plumb luck. It took a plumber to retrieve a woman's 7-carat diamond ring after city workers failed in efforts to flush the gem out of the pipes of a restaurant toilet. The $70,000 wedding ring fell from Allison Berry's hand when she flushed the toilet in the restroom of the Black Bear Diner on Jan. 14, the plumber said. The ring plopped in and the water whisked it away, said Elena Castelar, the restaurant's shift manager.

City workers opened a pipe outside the restaurant and continuously flushed the toilet, hoping to push the ring out to the opening. When that didn't work, the city called the office in suburban Tempe of Mr. Rooter, a plumbing services franchise based in Waco, Texas.

Actress Anne Jeffreys is 86. Actress Joan Leslie is 84. Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 80. Sportscaster-actor Bob Uecker is 74. Actor Scott Glenn is 70. Singer Jean Knight is 66. Activist Angela Davis is 65. Rock musician Corky Laing (Mountain) is 61. Actor David Strathairn is 60. Alt-country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is 56. Rock singer-musician Eddie Van Halen is 54. Reggae musician Norman Hassan (UB40) is 51. Actress-comedian-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 51. Hockey Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky is 48. Musician Andrew Ridgeley is 46. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jazzie B. (Soul II Soul) is 46. Actor Paul Johansson is 45.


Mega Millions
2-17-20-27-28 Mega: 7
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 26
Jackpot: $30 million

5-22-25-29-35 Mega: 7
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 24
Jackpot: $62 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 25

Daily 4
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 25

Daily 3
Midday: 4-9-4
Evening: 5-0-3
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 25

Daily Derby
1st: 07 Eureka
2nd: 10 Solid Gold
3rd: 01 Gold Rush
Race time: 1:41.47
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 25

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