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The's Daybreak: April 26, 2009

Posted: April 25, 2009 9:26 p.m.
Updated: April 25, 2009 9:20 p.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:

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"Californians — as well as Americans from other states —are deeply concerned about the crushing weight of debt the government is putting on our children and grandchildren.” — Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon (Click here for story)

Today is Sunday, April 26, the 116th day of 2009. There are 249 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 26, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Bowling Green, Va., and killed.

Ten years ago: The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Cornelio Sommaruga, met with three U.S. soldiers held captive by Yugoslavia. BBC anchorwoman Jill Dando, host of a crime-fighting program, was fatally shot on the steps of her London home.

Watercooler Talk
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida alligators are known to roam in springtime when they search for mates, but a Tampa woman was mystified to find one parked on her doorstep. Belinda Donaldson got a call Thursday morning from a neighbor who warned her to stay inside because an 11-foot alligator was lounging on her front stoop.

She looked out the window and there it was, just outside her door. Donaldson said ’gators sometimes wander away from one of the many lakes in her suburban neighborhood of tidy lawns and neat, one-story homes just west of Tampa, but she’d never seen one that big.

A trapper struggled for an hour to bind its jaws with a loop of rope on the end of a stick before getting the 400- to 500-pound reptile tied up and hauling it away in a truck.


Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 76. R&B singer Maurice Williams is 71. Songwriter-musician Duane Eddy is 71. Singer Bobby Rydell is 67. Rock musician Gary Wright is 66. Actor Giancarlo Esposito is 51. Rock musician Roger Taylor (Duran Duran) is 49. Actress Joan Chen is 48. Rock musician Chris Mars is 48. Actor-singer Michael Damian is 47. Actor Jet Li is 46. Rock musician Jimmy Stafford (Train) is 45. Actor-comedian Kevin James is 44. Actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste is 42. Country musician Joe Caverlee (Yankee Grey) is 41.

California Lottery
Mega Millions

9-20-21-48-49 Mega: 7
Draw date: Friday, April 24
Jackpot: $181 million

6-26-36-40-46 Mega: 19
Draw date: Saturday, April 25
Jackpot: $12 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Saturday, April 25

Daily 4

Draw date: Saturday, April 25

Daily 3
Midday: 1-1-4
Evening: 3-0-0
Draw date: Saturday, April 25

Daily Derby
1st: 08 Gorgeous George
2nd: 07 Eureka
3rd: 04 Big Ben
Race time: 1:48.89
Draw date: Saturday, April 25

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