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The's Daybreak: May 14, 2009

Posted: May 13, 2009 8:05 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 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
The economy is still in a recession, and I don’t think we will hit bottom until late summer or early fall."  David Weis, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s.

Today is Thursday, May 14, the 134th day of 2009. There are 231 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 14, 1948, according to the current-era calendar, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed in Tel Aviv. Ten years ago: His previous calls rebuffed, President Bill Clinton finally got through to Chinese President Jiang Zemin. Five years ago: Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper published a front-page apology after photographs purportedly showing British forces abusing Iraqi prisoners turned out to be fakes.

Watercooler Talk
CLARKSBURG, W. Va. (AP) — Cozmo the Jack Russell terrier has done what neither rain, sleet nor the gloom of night has been able to do — keep postal carriers in Clarksburg from their appointed rounds. Postal Service spokeswoman Cathy Yarosky said mail delivery to seven homes on Milford Street was halted because of the 20-pound terrier.

She said a carrier was injured after falling while trying to run away from Cozmo. Cozmo’s owners Jimmy and Justine Marino, said the dog has never bitten anyone. But they acknowledged he has gotten out of the yard a few times.

The Marinos have been told mail delivery won’t resume until they get rid of the dog. Jimmy Marino said efforts to find a new home for Cozmo have been unsuccessful.

Opera singer Patrice Munsel is 84. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., is 67. Rock singer-musician Jack Bruce (Cream) is 66. Movie producer George Lucas is 65. Actress Meg Foster is 61. Rock singer David Byrne (Talking Heads) is 57. Movie director Robert Zemeckis is 57. Actor Tim Roth is 48. Rock singer Ian Astbury (The Cult) is 47. Rock musician C.C. (aka Cecil) DeVille is 47. Actor Danny Huston is 47. Rock musician Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) is 43. Fabrice Morvan (ex-Milli Vanilli) is 43. R&B singer Raphael Saadiq is 43. Actress Cate Blanchett is 40. Singer Danny Wood (New Kids on the Block) is 40. Movie writer-director Sofia Coppola is 38. Singer Natalie Appleton (All Saints) is 36.

Mega Millions
4-8-10-14-51 Mega: 31
Draw date: Tuesday, May 12
Jackpot: $38 million

X-X-X-X-X Mega: X
Draw date: Wednesday, May 13
Jackpot: $XX million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, May 13

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, May 13

Daily 3
Midday: 5-0-8
Evening: 5-7-4
Draw date: Wednesday, May 13

Daily Derby
1st: 04 Big Ben
2nd: 05 California Classic
3rd: 09 Winning Spirit
Race time: 1:41.30
Draw date: Wednesday, May 13


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