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The's Daybreak: Aug. 7, 2009

Posted: August 6, 2009 9:25 p.m.
Updated: August 6, 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, Aug. 7, the 219th day of 2009. There are 146 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:

On Aug. 7, 1782, Gen. George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration to recognize merit in enlisted men and noncommissioned officers.

Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton, during a visit to his home state of Arkansas, promised to devote the rest of his presidency to erasing poverty.

Five years ago: Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi signed an amnesty for minor criminals.

First Word

“You can drive a Hummer, jet set across Europe, or heat your pool all winter and still feel good about your contribution to global health. We’re talking about guilt-free consumption.” --Bob Dickson, columnist

Watercooler Talk
PORTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A woman made an explosive discovery while cleaning out her garage: a live pipe bomb. State police said the woman drove the handmade explosive about 10 miles to the Ionia state police post Wednesday where police defused it. The bomb was made from hand grenade parts.

Police believe the bomb was left in the home by a previous homeowner. The woman’s family has lived in the house for 11 years. No one was injured and no charges have been filed.

The bomb squad said people discovering suspicious devices or potential explosives should first call law enforcement and avoid handling the devices.

Writer-producer Stan Freberg is 83. R&B singer Herb Reed (The Platters) is 81. Magician, author and lecturer James Randi is 81. Former baseball pitcher Don Larsen is 80. Bluesman Magic Slim is 72. Actress Verna Bloom is 70. Humorist Garrison Keillor is 67. Singer B.J. Thomas is 67. Singer Lana Cantrell is 66. Actor John Glover is 65. Actor David Rasche is 65. R&B singer Harold Hudson is 60. Former diplomat, talk show host and activist Alan Keyes is 59. Country singer Rodney Crowell is 59. Actress Caroline Aaron is 57. Comedian Alexei Sayle is 57. Actor Wayne Knight is 54.

Mega Millions
1-28-34-42-50 Mega: 27
Draw date: Tuesday, Aug. 4
Jackpot: $102 million

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

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Thursday, Aug. 6

Daily 4
Draw date: Thursday, Aug. 6

Daily 3
Midday: 1-1-2
Evening: 1-3-0
Draw date: Thursday, Aug. 6

Daily Derby
1st: 01 Gold Rush
2nd: 06 Whirl Win
3rd: 04 Big Ben
Race time: 1:45.36
Draw date: Thursday, Aug. 6


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