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The's Daybreak: July 18, 2009

Posted: July 17, 2009 10:36 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 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 worst thing that can happen is one of your kids gets hurt, and you can’t do anything about it and feel so helpless.”
­— Mark Mather, “Covered by a community of faith

Today is Saturday, July 18, the 199th day of 2009. There are 166 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On July 18, 1969, a car driven by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard; although Kennedy managed to escape the submerged vehicle, his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned.

One year ago: One of the world’s largest mobile cranes collapsed at a refinery in southeast Houston, killing four people and injuring seven others.

Watercooler Talk
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It’s a shameless thing to do in an economic crisis. Jobless people seeking information about their benefits on the Brazilian Labor Ministry’s Web were forced to type in passwords such as “bum” and “shameless.”

Labor Minister Carlos Lupi is apologizing for the situation — and he blames a private company that created the site’s security system.

Lupi isn’t naming the company, but says its contract with the ministry wasn’t being renewed, which may have prompted the pranks.

The insults were discovered after an irate user wrote to the O Globo newspaper about it earlier this week. The site was temporarily taken down.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela is 91. Former Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, is 88. Skating champion and commentator Dick Button is 80. Movie director Paul Verhoeven is 71. Singer Brian Auger is 70. Singer Dion DiMucci is 70. Actor James Brolin is 69. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre is 69. Singer Martha Reeves is 68. Blues guitarist Lonnie Mack is 68. Pop-rock musician Wally Bryson (The Raspberries) is 60. Country-rock singer Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League) is 60. Actress Margo Martindale is 58. Singer Ricky Skaggs is 55. Rock musician Nigel Twist (The Alarm) is 51. Actress Anne-Marie Johnson is 49.

Mega Millions
8-17-40-47-50 Mega: 13
Draw date: Friday, July 17
Jackpot: $27 million

1-3-6-25-41 Mega: 10
Draw date: Wednesday, July 15
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Friday, July 17

Daily 4
Draw date: Friday, July 17

Daily 3
Midday: 8-5-9
Evening: 6-9-0
Draw date: Friday, July 17

Daily Derby
1st: 02 Lucky Star
2nd: 05 California Classic
3rd: 01 Gold Rush
Race time: 1:49.04
Draw date: Friday, July 17



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