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The's Daybreak: Oct. 31, 2009

Posted: October 30, 2009 10:02 p.m.
Updated: October 31, 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, Oct. 31, the 304th day of 2009. There are 61 days left in the year. This is Halloween.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace church, marking the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.

Five years ago: In the closing hours of their bitter campaign, President George W. Bush and challenger Sen. John Kerry charged through the critical battlegrounds of Florida and Ohio, going from hushed Sunday church services to raucous campaign rallies with promises to keep America safe.

Watercooler talk
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Florida Panhandle Fish and Wildlife officer lost a 5-foot alligator after bringing it to his daughter’s school for show and tell. Searchers scoured a wooded area surrounding the school Friday afternoon. The alligator jumped out of the man’s vehicle Friday morning. The animal’s mouth was taped.
Fish and Wildlife Spokesman Stan Kirkland says alligators have “amazing” jumping ability and that allowed it to escape.

Folk singer Tom Paxton is 72. Actor Ron Rifkin is 70. Actress Sally Kirkland is 68. Actor David Ogden Stiers is 67. Actor Stephen Rea is 63. Olympic gold medal distance runner Frank Shorter is 62. Actress Deidre Hall is 61. Actor Dermot Mulroney is 46. Rock musician Mikkey Dee (Motorhead) is 46. Rock singer-musician Johnny Marr is 46. Actor Rob Schneider is 45. Country singer Darryl Worley is 45. Actor-comedian Mike O’Malley is 44. Rap musician Adrock (Adam Horovitz) is 43. Songwriter Adam Schlesinger is 42. Rap performer Vanilla Ice (aka Rob Van Winkle) is 41. Rock singer Linn Berggren (Ace of Base) is 39. Reality TV host Troy Hartman is 38. Gospel singer Smokie Norful is 36. Actress Piper Perabo is 33. Actor Brian Hallisay is 31. Actor Eddie Kaye Thomas is 29. Rock musician Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) is 28.

California lotto
Mega Millions

4-15-17-29-38 Mega: 20
Draw date: Friday, Oct. 30
Jackpot: $40 million 

19-27-31-33-38 Mega: 1
Draw date: Wednesday, Oct. 28
Jackpot: $12 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Friday, Oct. 30

Daily 4
Draw date: Thursday, Oct. 29

Daily 3
Midday: 3-9-2
Evening: 7-2-7
Draw date: Friday, Oct. 30

Daily Derby
1st: 07 Eureka
2nd: 04 Big Ben
3rd: 09 Winning Spirit
Race time: 1:43:43
Draw date: Friday, Oct. 30


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