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The's Daybreak: July 31, 2009

Posted: July 30, 2009 9:50 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 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 Friday, July 31, the 212th day of 2009. There are 153 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On July 31, 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general in the American Continental Army.

Five years ago: The Vatican issued a document denouncing feminism for trying to blur differences between men and women and threatening the institution of families based on a mother and a father. Actress Virginia Grey died in Woodland Hills, Calif., at age 87.

Watercooler Talk
LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Police said a Buffalo-area tow truck driver was juggling two cell phones — texting on one and talking on another — when he slammed into a car and crashed into a swimming pool. Niagara County sheriff’s deputies say 25-year-old Nicholas Sparks of Burt admitted he was texting and talking when his flatbed truck hit the car Wednesday morning in Lockport.

The truck then crashed through a fence and sideswiped a house before rolling front-end first into an in-ground pool.

The 68-year-old woman driving the car suffered head injuries and was in good condition. Her 8-year-old niece suffered minor injuries.

Sparks was charged with reckless driving, talking on a cell phone and following too closely.

Actor Don Murray is 80. Jazz composer-musician Kenny Burrell is 78. Actor Geoffrey Lewis is 74. Actress France Nguyen is 70. Actress Susan Flannery is 66. Singer Lobo is 66. Actress Geraldine Chaplin is 65. Former movie studio executive Sherry Lansing is 65. Singer Gary Lewis is 64. Rock singer Bob Welch is 63. Tennis player Evonne Goolagong Cawley is 58. Actor Barry Van Dyke is 58. The mayor of Fresno, Calif., actor Alan Autry, is 57. Actor James Read is 56. Actor Michael Biehn is 53. Masssachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is 53. Rock singer-musician Daniel Ash (Love and Rockets) is 52.

Mega Millions
4-17-24-25-48 Mega: 34
Draw date: Tuesday, July 28
Jackpot: $73 million

8-12-19-25-39 Mega: 17
Draw date: Wednesday, July 29
Jackpot: $11 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Thursday, July 30

Daily 4
Draw date: Thursday, July 30

Daily 3
Midday: 8-1-8
Evening: 8-6-0
Draw date: Thursday, July 30

Daily Derby
1st: 10 Solid Gold
2nd: 07 Eureka
3rd: 04 Big Ben
Race time: 1:40.77
Draw date: Thursday, July 30


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