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Signal Photos's Daybreak: March 17, 2009

Posted: March 17, 2009 12:24 a.m.
Updated: March 17, 2009 4:59 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
"This is a historic opportunity that must not be lost." - Mohammad Khatami, former Iranian president and reform candidate, on the country's June presidential election.

Today is Tuesday, March 17, the 76th day of 2009. There are 289 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On March 17, A.D. 461 (or A.D. 493, according to other authorities), St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died in Saul.

Ten years ago: A panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana had medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS. The International Olympic Committee expelled six of its members, but backed president Juan Antonio Samaranch, in the wake of a bribery scandal.

Watercooler Talk

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The mysterious mewing in Vickie Mendenhall's home started about the time she bought a used couch for $27. After days of searching for the source of the noise, she found a very hungry calico cat living in her sofa.

Her boyfriend, Chris Lund, was watching TV on Tuesday night and felt something move inside the couch. He pulled it away from the wall, lifted it up and there was the cat, which apparently crawled through a small hole on the underside.

Sure enough, Bob Killion of Spokane showed up to claim the cat on Thursday after an acquaintance alerted him to a TV story about it. Killion had donated a couch on Feb. 19, and his 9-year-old cat, Callie, disappeared at about the same time.

The former national chairwoman of the NAACP, Myrlie Evers-Williams, is 76. Rock musician Paul Kantner is 68. Singer-songwriter Jim Weatherly is 66. Singer-songwriter John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful) is 65. Rock musician Harold Brown (War; Lowrider Band) is 63. Actor Patrick Duffy is 60. Actor Kurt Russell is 58. Country singer Susie Allanson is 57. Actress Lesley-Anne Down is 55. Country singer Paul Overstreet is 54. Actor Gary Sinise is 54. Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is 50. Actress Vicki Lewis is 49. Actor Casey Siemaszko is 48. Writer-director Rob Sitch is 47. Actor Rob Lowe is 45. Rock singer Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) is 42.

California Lottery Winning Numbers

Mega Millions
10-12-26-46-50 Mega: 23
Draw date: Friday, March 13
Jackpot: $12 million

22-31-36-43-45 Mega: 16
Draw date: Saturday, March 14
Jackpot: $22 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Monday, Mar. 16

Daily 4
Draw date: Monday, Mar. 16

Daily 3
Midday: 4-7-0
Evening: 3-4-5
Draw date: Monday, Mar. 16

Daily Derby
1st: 03 Hot Shot
2nd: 05 California Classic
3rd: 09 Winning Spirit
Race time: 1:42.16
Draw date: Monday, Mar. 16

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