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The's Daybreak: Aug. 6, 2009

Posted: August 5, 2009 8:51 p.m.
Updated: August 5, 2009 8:47 p.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
“One has to wonder why operating expenses would suddenly jump 100 percent between 2007 and 2010, requiring a doubling of the wholesale water rate.” ­— Lynn Plambeck, columnist

Today is Thursday, Aug. 6, the 218th day of 2009. There are 147 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Aug. 6, 1945, during World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, resulting in an estimated 140,000 deaths in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare.

Ten years ago: In Canton, Texas, a 36-year-old woman facing lifelong heart problems that she blamed on the diet drug combination fen-phen was awarded $23.3 million in the first such lawsuit to reach a jury.

Watercooler Talk
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli horse took to the highway and trampled an oncoming car in an encounter captured on video by a group of tourists in northern Israel. The tourists began filming when three horses came on the highway and began to canter alongside their car, but the scene took a turn when an oncoming car came on the scene.

The first two horses weaved out of the sedan’s path, but the third took it head-on, smashing through its windshield with its hooves before leaping over it and continuing on its way. The video captured the impact as well as the passengers hollering “Oh God” and “Whoa.” Israel’s Channel 2 TV showed the video Tuesday and said the driver suffered minor cuts from smashed glass and the horse was lightly injured.

Former tennis player Pauline Betz is 90. Actress-singer Abbey Lincoln is 79. Jazz musician Charlie Haden is 72. Actor-director Peter Bonerz is 71. Actor Michael Anderson Jr. is 66. Actor Dorian Harewood is 59. Actress Catherine Hicks is 58. Rock singer Pat MacDonald (Timbuk 3) is 57. Country musician Mark DuFresne (Confederate Railroad) is 56. Actress Stepfanie Kramer is 53. Actress Faith Prince is 52. R&B singer Randy DeBarge is 51. Actor Leland Orser is 49. Country singers Peggy and Patsy Lynn are 45. Basketball Hall-of-Fame electee David Robinson is 44.

Mega Millions

1-28-34-42-50 Mega: 27
Draw date: Tuesday, Aug. 4
Jackpot: $84 million

22-23-27-28-41 Mega: 17
Draw date: Wednesday, Aug. 5
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, Aug. 5

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, Aug. 5

Daily 3
Midday: 8-8-4
Evening: 1-2-6
Draw date: Wednesday, Aug. 5

Daily Derby
1st: 03 Hot Shot
2nd: 04 Big Ben
3rd: 12 Lucky Charms
Race time: 1:44.91
Draw date: Wednesday, Aug. 5


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