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The's Daybreak: Aug. 8, 2009

Posted: August 8, 2009 3:50 a.m.
Updated: August 8, 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, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2009. There are 145 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History
On Aug. 8, 1974, in the wake of damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal, President Richard M. Nixon announced during a prime-time address that he would resign at noon the following day, and that Vice President Gerald R. Ford would succeed him.

Five years ago: Alan Keyes, the Republican two-time presidential hopeful, threw his hat into Illinois’ U.S. Senate race. (He ended up losing in a landslide to Democrat Barack Obama.)

Watercooler Talk
BRIELLE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a human finger wasn’t dropped on a deck at the Jersey shore after all. A forensic anthropologist has determined the object, which resembled a decaying finger with an acrylic french-manicured nail, is neither human nor animal.

Brielle police were called July 30 after a homeowner made the discovery. Officials suspected it may have been dropped by a bird.

The Monmouth County medical examiner could not verify whether the object was a human finger.

State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones says a forensic anthropologist X-rayed it and determined it was made of an unidentified substance.

Producer Dino DeLaurentiis is 90. Actress Esther Williams is 88. Actor Richard Anderson is 83. Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, is 79. Actress Nita Talbot is 79. Singer Mel Tillis is 77. Actor Dustin Hoffman is 72. Actress Connie Stevens is 71. Country singer Phil Balsley (The Statler Brothers) is 70. Actor Larry Wilcox is 62. Actor Keith Carradine is 60. R&B singer Airrion Love (The Stylistics) is 60. Country singer Jamie O’Hara is 59. Movie director Martin Brest is 58. Radio-TV personality Robin Quivers is 57. Actor Donny Most is 56. Rock musician Dennis Drew (10,000 Maniacs) is 52. TV personality Deborah Norville is 51. Actor-singer Harry Crosby is 51.

Mega Millions
7-18-35-45-56 Mega: 3
Draw date: Friday, Aug. 7
Jackpot: $102 million

22-23-27-28-41 Mega: 17
Draw date: Wednesday, Aug. 5
Jackpot: $8 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Friday, Aug. 7

Daily 4
Draw date: Friday, Aug. 7

Daily 3
Midday: 3-9-4
Evening: 5-0-5
Draw date: Friday, Aug. 7

Daily Derby
1st: 07 Eureka
2nd: 02 Lucky Star
3rd: 04 Big Ben
Race time: 1:44.72
Draw date: Friday, Aug. 7


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