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The's Daybreak: June 19, 2009

Posted: June 18, 2009 9:05 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 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 would like to propose this: If we do not have a safe homeland, then it doesn’t matter how good or bad our economy is.” - Lynn Vakay, columnist (Click here for editorial)

Today is Friday, June 19, the 170th day of 2009. There are 195 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On June 19, 1865, Union troops commanded by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over, and that all remaining slaves in Texas were free.

One year ago: President George W. Bush surveyed the aftermath of devastating floods during a quick tour of the Midwest, assuring residents and rescuers alike that he was listening to their concerns and understood their exhaustion.
Watercooler Talk
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two great-grandmothers from Grand Rapids have become state bowling champions. The women are 86-year-old Emma Dausman and 69-year-old Judy Conner. They won a Division 2 doubles title at the U.S. Bowling Congress’ Women’s Bowling Association state tournament.

Dausman carried a 125 average but the octogenarian rolled games of 192, 189 and 173 for a personal-best 554 series in the tournament, which ended last month.

Conner had games of 178, 203 and 176 for a 557 series. She carries a 161 average.

With their combined handicap of 496 pins, they won by 32 pins with a total score of 1,607.

Actress Gena Rowlands is 79. Singer Spanky McFarlane (Spanky and Our Gang) is 67. Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is 64. Actress Phylicia Rashad is 61. Rock singer Ann Wilson (Heart) is 59. Musician Larry Dunn is 56. Actress Kathleen Turner is 55. Country singer Doug Stone is 53. Singer Mark DeBarge is 50. Singer-dancer-”American Idol” judge Paula Abdul is 47. Actor Andy Lauer is 46. Rock singer-musician Brian Vander Ark (Verve Pipe) is 45. Rock musician Brian “Head” Welch is 39. Actress Robin Tunney is 37. Actor Bumper Robinson is 35.

Mega Millions
9-15-21-26-45 Mega: 25
Draw date: Tuesday, Jan. 16
Jackpot: $57 million

16-21-24-30-44 Mega: 6
Draw date: Wednesday, June 17
Jackpot: $37 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Thursday, June 18

Daily 4
Draw date: Thursday, June 18

Daily 3
Midday: 0-8-6
Evening: 8-6-0
Draw date: Thursday, June 18

Daily Derby
1st: 09 Winning Spirit
2nd: 11 Money Bags
3rd: 01 Gold Rush
Race time: 1:48.69
Draw date: Thursday, June 18


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