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The's Daybreak: March 2, 2009

Posted: March 2, 2009 12:40 a.m.
Updated: March 2, 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
"It's not about memorization, it's about doing things they're going to be doing in the real world."
Dawn Walker, parent of three SCV International students (Click here to read story.) 

Today in History
Today is Monday, March 2, the 61st day of 2009. There are 304 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 2, 1939, Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected Pope on his 63rd birthday; he took the name Pius XII.

Ten years ago: Singer Dusty Springfield died at her home west of London at age 59.

Five years ago: A series of coordinated blasts in Iraq killed 181 people at shrines in Karbala and Baghdad as thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims gathered for a religious festival.

Watercooler Talk

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado State Patrol has withdrawn the $22 jaywalking ticket issued to a good Samaritan who was seriously injured by a pickup after he pushed three people out of its path.

Bus driver Jim Moffett of Denver and another man were helping two elderly women cross a busy Denver street in a snowstorm when he was hit Feb. 20.

Moffett, 58, suffered bleeding in the brain, broken bones, a dislocated shoulder and a possible ruptured spleen. He remained hospitalized in serious condition Friday.

"He's doing better, but it's going to be a long, hard road for him," said his wife, Donna. "His knee is just completely destroyed, his shoulder was badly dislocated, he's got a lot of internal injuries."

Actress Jennifer Jones is 90. Actor John Cullum is 79. Author Tom Wolfe is 79. Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev is 78. Author John Irving is 67. Singer Lou Reed is 67. Actress Cassie Yates is 58. Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., is 56. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is 54. Singer Jay Osmond is 54. Pop musician John Cowsill is 53. Tennis player Kevin Curren is 51. Country singer Larry Stewart is 50. Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi is 47. Actor Daniel Craig is 41. Rock singer Chris Martin is 32. Actress Heather McComb is 32. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard is 28. Football player Ben Roethlisberger is 27. Actor Robert Iler is 24.

California Lottery Winning Numbers
Mega Millions
24-37-44-50-56 Mega: 35
Draw date: Friday, Feb. 27
Jackpot: $212 million

8-16-21-28-29 Mega: 1
Draw date: Saturday, Feb. 28
Jackpot: $12 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Sunday, March 1

Daily 4
Draw date: Sunday, March 1

Daily 3
Midday: 9-4-7
Evening: 5-5-3
Draw date: Sunday, March 1

Daily Derby
1st: 08 Gorgeous George
2nd: 01 Gold Rush
3rd: 06 Whirl Win
Race time: 1:41.99
Draw date: Sunday, March 1

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