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The Signal.com's Daybreak: April 6, 2009

Posted: April 6, 2009 2:06 a.m.
Updated: April 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! Welcome to The-Signal.com'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 like making wine, you never appreciate the process until you try it yourself."

­— Jo Molano, pysanky-making student. (Click here for story)

Today is Monday, April 6, the 96th day of 2009. There are 269 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
One hundred years ago, on April 6, 1909, American explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson and four Inuits became the first men to reach the North Pole.

Five years ago: Lawmakers ousted Lithuania's scandal-ridden president Rolandas Paksas for abuse of office.

One year ago: Anti-China demonstrators caused chaos as the Olympic torch was relayed through London ahead of the Beijing games.

Watercooler Talk
DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) - It wasn't the beauty of the paintings that caught of the eye of Customs agents.

It was their drug-sniffing dog turning up his nose at the art that stopped the show.

Federal officials in Arizona say a man was taken into custody after Customs and Border Protection officers found 90 pounds of marijuana hidden in the frames of six large paintings in his vehicle.

Officers selected the man's vehicle for a routine inspection Friday at the border crossing in Douglas, Ariz., and their dog showed an interest in the paintings.

An X-ray revealed the marijuana in the frames.

The agency says the paintings were professionally done and the frames were nicely constructed.

Birthdays
Nobel Prize-winning scientist James D. Watson is 81. Country singer Merle Haggard is 72. Actor Billy Dee Williams is 72. Actor Roy Thinnes is 71. Movie director Barry Levinson is 67. Actor John Ratzenberger is 62. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Janet Lynn is 56. Actor Michael Rooker is 54. Rock musician Warren Haynes is 49. Rock singer-musician Frank Black is 44. Author Vince Flynn is 43. Actress Ari Meyers is 40. Actor-producer Jason Hervey is 37. Rock musician Markku Lappalainen is 36. Actor Zach Braff is 34. Actress Candace Cameron Bure is 33. Actor Bret Harrison is 27.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
16-22-38-39-48 Mega: 42
Draw date: Friday, April 3
Jackpot: $65 million

SuperLotto
8-18-21-41-46 Mega: 24
Draw date: Saturday, April 4
Jackpot: $35 million

Fantasy 5
11-18-20-38-39
Draw date: Sunday, April 5

Daily 4
9-4-4-6
Draw date: Sunday, April 5

Daily 3
Midday: 8-3-8
Evening: 8-7-0
Draw date: Sunday, April 5

Daily Derby
1st: 11 Money Bags
2nd: 02 Lucky Star
3rd: 09 Winning Spirit
Race time: 1:46.58
Draw date: Sunday, April 5

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