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Signal Photos's Daybreak: March 12, 2009

Posted: March 11, 2009 9:47 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 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
"Rather than spend time attacking my religion, why don't we concentrate on solving the problem of getting these rights to the gay community?" -- Jerry Melisaratos, Castaic (Click here for editorial)

Today is Thursday, March 12, the 71st day of 2009. There are 294 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History

On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga., founded the Girl Guides, which later became the Girl Scouts of America.

Five years ago: Marcus Wesson, the domineering patriarch of a cultlike clan he'd bred through incest, surrendered to police who found the bodies of nine of his offspring, all but one minors, at their home in Fresno, Calif. Wesson was later convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.

Watercooler Talk
EASTON, Pa. (AP) - A man accused of driving drunk said Pennsylvania courts have no jurisdiction over him because he's his own country.

After seeing the paperwork that 44-year-old Scott Allan Witmer filed with the court claiming sovereignty, a Northampton County judge said Tuesday he cannot be released from jail until he gets a mental exam.

Witmer, who represented himself, said he believes police lack jurisdiction to pull him over. As he said in court: "I live inside myself, not in Pennsylvania." He said there is no victim in the crime and asked to go to trial.

Defense attorney James Connell, Witmer's standby counsel, said a challenge to the traffic stop would need to be filed as a pretrial motion.

Playwright Edward Albee is 81. Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is 77. Actress Barbara Feldon is 76. Broadcast journalist Lloyd Dobyns is 73. Singer Al Jarreau is 69. Actress-singer Liza Minnelli is 63. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is 62. Singer-songwriter James Taylor is 61. Rock singer-musician Bill Payne (Little Feat) is 60. Actor Jon Provost ("Lassie") is 59. Author Carl Hiaasen is 56. Rock musician Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) is 53. Actor Jerry Levine is 52. Singer Marlon Jackson (The Jackson Five) is 52. Actor Courtney B. Vance is 49. Actor Titus Welliver is 48.

California Lottery Winning Numbers
Mega Millions
2-27-31-39-40 Mega: 23
Draw date: Tuesday, March 10
Jackpot: $26 million

8-15-34-38-47 Mega: 2
Draw date: Wednesday, March 11
Jackpot: $18 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, March 11

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, March 11

Daily 3
Midday: 2-3-8
Evening: 2-1-2
Draw date: Wednesday, March 11

Daily Derby
1st: 03 Hot Shot
2nd: 01 Gold Rush
3rd: 06 Whirl Win
Race time: 1:48.01
Draw date: Wednesday, March 11


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