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The's Daybreak: Feb. 28, 2009

Posted: February 28, 2009 1:22 a.m.
Updated: February 28, 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
"I like volunteering. I don’t think we ever get too old for that."­
- Roland Elwood, a 93-year-old volunteer at St. Clare’s Lenten Fish Fry (click here to read story)

Today in History
Today is Saturday, Feb. 28, the 59th day of 2009. There are 306 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History
On Feb. 28, 1849, the California gold rush began in earnest as regular steamship service started bringing gold-seekers to San Francisco.

One year ago: President George W. Bush told a White House news conference the country was not recession-bound; Democratic candidate Barack Obama said the economy was “on the brink of a recession” and blamed economic policies espoused by Bush and Republican presidential contender John McCain.

Watercooler Talk
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Someone is disposing of placentas in the sewage system and authorities in central Illinois just want it to stop. Workers in Urbana-Champaign found a placenta Thursday in a filter that keeps large objects out of the sewage treatment plant. It was the third found this year. Officials said it’s never happened before. They wonder if a midwife or veterinarian is avoiding the expense of medical waste disposal.

The placenta is an organ that joins mother and fetus and is expelled during birth.

They are potentially infectious, although health officials said the risk to the public is low. State regulations prohibit disposal in sewage systems.

Actor Charles Durning is 86. Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Josef Stalin, is 83. Actor Gavin MacLeod is 78. Actor Don Francks is 77. Actor-director-dancer Tommy Tune is 70. Auto racer Mario Andretti is 69. Singer Joe South is 69. Actor Frank Bonner is 67.

The Signal Goes Green
To our readers: Beginning March 1, your daily Signal will shed its environmentally unfriendly plastic bag. Your paper will now only be bagged during inclement weather.

California Lottery Winning Numbers
Mega Millions
24-37-44-50-56 Mega: 35
Draw date: Friday, Feb. 27
Jackpot: $171 million

1-13-19-23-25 Mega: 12
Draw date: Wednesday, Feb. 25
Jackpot: $12 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Friday, Feb. 27

Daily 4
Draw date: Friday, Feb. 27

Daily 3
Midday: 9-8-6
Evening: 4-5-5
Draw date: Friday, Feb. 27
Daily Derby
1st: 11 Money Bags
2nd: 01 Gold Rush
3rd: 09 Winning Spirit
Race time: 1:44.46
Draw date: Friday, Feb. 27

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