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The's Daybreak: Feb. 18, 2009

Posted: February 18, 2009 12:08 a.m.
Updated: February 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:

First Word
"Good-bye sports programs. Adios, music and arts programs. Hello, half-school days."
- Gary Horton, Full Speed to Port. (click here for full story)

Today in History
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2009. There are 316 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History
On Feb. 18, 1885, Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the U.S. for the first time - having been published in Canada and England the previous December.

Five years ago
Howard Dean's quest for the presidency ended as the Democrat, winless in 17 contests, abandoned his bid.

One year ago
The Pakistan People's Party of assassinated ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto won the most seats in the country's parliamentary elections.

Watercooler Talk
MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) - A string of motorists have complained to Henry and Washington county sheriffs that they were exposed to a little more love than they cared for near Valentine's Day. Police are seeking a man they said passes cars on State Highway 78 near Mount Pleasant, pulls over and exposes himself.

A woman told the Washington County Sheriff's Office she was north of Wayland when the man allegedly passed her and exposed himself.

Police said they've heard the same story from several people.

Police haven't released a description of the man or his vehicle and won't said whether they have a suspect, citing the open investigation.

Former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown is 87. Actor George Kennedy is 84. Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is 82. Author Toni Morrison is 78. Movie director Milos Forman is 77. Singer Yoko Ono is 76. Singer-songwriter Bobby Hart is 70. Singer Irma Thomas is 68. Singer Herman Santiago (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 68. Singer Dennis DeYoung is 62. Actress Sinead Cusack is 61. Producer-director-writer John Hughes is 59. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 59. Singer Juice Newton is 57. Singer Randy Crawford is 57. Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 56. Rock musician Larry Rust (Iron Butterfly) is 56. Actor John Travolta is 55.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
1-9-23-27-33 Mega: 24
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 17
Jackpot: $103 million

15-26-29-40-42 Mega: 25
Draw date: Saturday, Feb. 14
Jackpot: $8 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 17

Daily 4
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 17

Daily 3
Midday: 8-4-3
Evening: 6-5-8
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 17

Daily Derby
1st: 07 Eureka
2nd: 01 Gold Rush
3rd: 10 Solid Gold
Race time: 1:43.14
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 17

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