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The's Daybreak: Sept. 23, 2009

Posted: September 23, 2009 10:33 p.m.
Updated: September 24, 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 Thursday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2009. There are 98 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 24, 1969, the trial of the “Chicago Eight” (later seven) began. (Five of the defendants were later convicted of crossing state lines to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention, but the convictions were ultimately overturned.)

One year ago:
Officials reopened Galveston, Texas, to residents who were warned about Hurricane Ike’s debris and disruption of utilities.

Watercooler Talk
ROME (AP) — Here’s another of the Mafia’s trademark offers-you-can’t-refuse: pay or be eaten by a crocodile.

Italy’s anti-Mafia police unit said Wednesday it has seized a crocodile used by an alleged Naples mob boss to intimidate local businessmen from whom he demanded protection money.

Officers searching for weapons in the man’s home outside the southern Italian city last week found the crocodile living on his terrace, said police official Sergio Di Mauro.

The crocodile, weighing 88 pounds and 5.6 feet long, was fed a diet of live rabbits and mice, Di Mauro said.

R&B singer Sonny Turner (The Platters) is 70. Pro Football Hall of Famer John Mackey is 68. Singer Phyllis “Jiggs” Allbut (The Angels) is 67. Singer Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers) is 67. Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Greene is 63. Actor Gordon Clapp is 61. Actor Kevin Sorbo is 51. Christian/jazz singer Cedric Dent (Take 6) is 47. Actress-writer Nia Vardalos is 47. Baseball All-Star Rafael Palmeiro is 45. Country musician Marty Mitchell is 40. Actress Megan Ward is 40. Singer-musician Marty Cintron (No Mercy) is 38. Contemporary Christian musician Juan DeVevo (Casting Crowns) is 34. Olympic gold medal gymnast Paul Hamm is 27. Actor Kyle Sullivan is 21.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
26-29-33-39-46 Mega:
Draw date: Tuesday, Sept. 22
Jackpot: $62 million

1-4-22-41-42 Mega: 13
Draw date: Wednesday, Sept. 23
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, Sept. 23

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, Sept. 23

Daily 3
Midday: 9-0-9
Evening: 0-4-9
Draw date: Wednesday, Sept. 23

Daily Derby
1st: 11 Money Bags
2nd: 08 Gorgeous George
3rd: 03 Hot Shot
Race time: 1:44:72
Draw date: Wednesday, Sept. 23


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