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Signal Photos's Daybreak: April 3, 2009

Posted: April 3, 2009 1:11 a.m.
Updated: April 3, 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 can no more turn a blind eye to this new tax than I could step aside while someone races past with my neighbor’s purse."
­- Bob Dickson, SCV Voices. (Click here to read the editorial)

Today in History
Today is Wednesday, April 1, the 91st day of 2009. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool's Day.

Today's Highlight in History

On April 1, 1945, American forces launched the amphibious invasion of Okinawa during World War II.

Ten years ago: NATO missiles struck downtown Belgrade for the first time, destroying the headquarters of security forces accused of waging a campaign against Kosovo Albanians.

Five years ago:
Surrounded by police, five suspects in the Madrid railway bombings blew themselves up in a building outside the Spanish capital.

Watercooler Talk
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A stray cat seeking a warm spot to nap made headlines when Long Island police rescued it from a television news truck’s rooftop satellite dish. WCBS-TV reporter Jennifer McLogan said drivers were honking their horns and waving as her truck traveled Wednesday along a parkway to a Mineola press conference about an arrest in a string of burglaries. She waved back.

A motorist finally called to McLogan that a cat was on the truck’s roof.

Nassau County police Detective Sgt. Anthony Repalone says he thought it was “an April Fools’ joke” when the TV crew interrupted his press conference to report a feline in need of assistance. Officers freed the black-and-white cat by dismantling a panel of the satellite dish.

Actress-singer Doris Day is 86. Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl is 79. Actor William Gaunt is 72. Actor Eric Braeden is 68. Actress Marsha Mason is 67. Singer Wayne Newton is 67. Singer Billy Joe Royal is 67. Singer Tony Orlando is 65. Comedy writer Pat Proft is 62. Folk-rock singer Richard Thompson is 60. Country musician Curtis Stone (Highway 101) is 59. Blues singer-guitarist John Mooney is 54. Rock musician Mick Mars (Motley Crue) is 53. Actor Alec Baldwin is 51. Actor David Hyde Pierce is 50. Rock singer John Thomas Griffith (Cowboy Mouth) is 49. Comedian-actor Eddie Murphy is 48.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
14-39-47-48-53 Mega: 29
Draw date: Tuesday, March 31
Jackpot: $54 million

4-7-17-31-33 Mega: 1
Draw date: Wednesday, April 1
Jackpot: $35 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Thursday, April 2

Daily 4
Draw date: Thursday, April 2

Daily 3
Midday: 8-3-3
Evening: 7-8-4
Draw date: Thursday, April 2

Daily Derby
1st: 11 Money Bags
2nd: 10 Solid Gold
3rd: 05 California Classic
Race time: 1:40.38
Draw date: Thursday, April 2

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