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The's Daybreak: July 4, 2009

Posted: July 3, 2009 9:49 p.m.
Updated: July 4, 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:

Today is Saturday, July 4, the 185th day of 2009. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day.

Today's Highlight in History: On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.

Ten years ago: White supremacist Benjamin Nathaniel Smith shot himself to death as police closed in on him in Illinois, hours after he'd apparently shot and killed a Korean man outside a church in Bloomington, Ind.; authorities believe Smith was also responsible for killing former college basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong.

Watercooler Talk
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) - Police in suburban Chicago say a taxi driver who didn't have Mace handy when he was attacked by a knife-wielding passenger instead disarmed the man with a can of aerosol deodorant. Elgin Deputy Police Chief Jeff Swoboda says the 51-year-old cabbie picked up the male passenger early Thursday outside a casino. Swoboda said the driver grew suspicious when the man offered several destinations, so he surreptitiously placed the small can of deodorant between his legs.

Shortly afterward, the passenger put a knife to the driver's neck and demanded money. The cabbie sprayed the deodorant in the man's eyes, causing him to drop the knife.

Baseball team owner George Steinbrenner is 79. Country singer Ray Pillow is 72. Singer Bill Withers is 71. Actor Ed Bernard is 70. Actress Karolyn Grimes is 69. Rhythm-and-blues musician Ralph Johnson (Earth, Wind and Fire) is 58. Singer John Waite is 54. Rock musician Kirk Pengilly (INXS) is 51. Country musician Teddy Carr is 49. Rock DJ Zonka is 47. Rock musician Matt Malley is 46. Christian rock singer Michael Sweet is 46. Actor Al Madrigal is 38. Actor-singer John Lloyd Young is 34. Singer Stephen "Ste" McNally (BBMak) is 31. Actress Becki Newton (TV: "Ugly Betty") is 31. Presidential daughter
Malia Obama is 11.

7-34-49-54-55 Mega: 34
Draw date: Tuesday, June 30
Jackpot: $113 million

10-15-17-37-38 Mega: 17
Draw date: Wednesday, July 1
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Friday, July 3

Daily 4
Draw date: Friday, July 3

Daily 3
Midday: 8-4-5
Evening: 5-0-5
Draw date: Friday, July 3

Daily Derby
1st: 06 Whirl Win
2nd: 10 Solid Gold
3rd: 01 Gold Rush
Race time: 1:45.02
Draw date: Friday, July 3


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