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The's Daybreak: Oct. 8, 2009

Posted: October 7, 2009 10:15 p.m.
Updated: October 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 Thursday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 2009. There are 84 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted; fires also broke out in Peshtigo, Wis., and in several communities in Michigan.

Five years ago:
In a testy debate rematch, President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry quarreled over the war in Iraq, jobs, education, health care, abortion, the environment, cheaper drugs and tort reform at a town hall session in St. Louis.

Watercooler Talk
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) – A man running for office in Ohio has put a Halloween display in his yard that includes tombstones bearing the names of his political opponents.

Royal Barber of Sylvania Township near Toledo said it’s all in good fun. Some of his opponents don’t think so.

One asked that his name be taken off the tombstone. Barber agreed, crossing out the name and replacing it with an asteris k.

Another of Barber’s rivals for township trustee said she burst out laughing when she saw the tombstone with her name.

She said Barber should put more time into running his own campaign instead of decorating his yard.

Entertainment reporter Rona Barrett is 73. Actor Paul Hogan is 70. Civil rights activist, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, is 68. Comedian Chevy Chase is 66. Author R.L. Stine is 66. TV personality Sarah Purcell is 61. Actress Sigourney Weaver is 60. R&B singer Robert “Kool” Bell (Kool & the Gang) is 59. Producer-director Edward Zwick is 57. Country singer-musician Ricky Lee Phelps is 56. Comedian Darrell Hammond is 54. Actress Stephanie Zimbalist is 53. Actor Ian Hart is 45. Gospel/R&B singer CeCe Winans is 45. Rock musician C.J. Ramone (The Ramones) is 44. Actress Emily Procter is 41. Actor-screenwriter Matt Damon is 39. Actress Kristanna Loken is 30. R&B singer Byron Reeder (Mista) is 30.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
56-9-51-53-33 Mega: 39
Draw date: Tuesday, Oct. 6
Jackpot: $122 million 

1-8-18-26-44 Mega: 4
Draw date: Wednesday, Oct. 7
Jackpot: $11 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, Oct. 7          

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, Oct. 7

Daily 3
Midday: 8-8-5
Evening: 8-4-7
Draw date: Wednesday, Oct. 7

Daily Derby
1st: 04 Big Ben
2nd: 12 Lucky Charms
3rd: 3 Hot Shot
Race time: 1:42:61
Draw date: Wednesday, Oct. 7


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