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The's Daybreak: Dec. 12, 2009

Posted: December 11, 2009 9:51 p.m.
Updated: December 12, 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, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2009. There are 19 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Dec. 12, 1917, Father Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town outside Omaha, Neb.

Ten years ago: Author Joseph Heller, whose darkly comic first novel “Catch-22” defined the paradox of the no-win dilemma and added a phrase to the American language, died in East Hampton, N.Y., at age 76.

Five years ago: A bomb exploded in a market in southern Philippines, killing at least 14 people.

Watercooler Talk
SEATTLE (AP) — Police say an 18-foot-tall totem pole stolen from a West Seattle park has been found about 200 miles away in Oregon.

The Seattle Times reports a 69-year-old West Seattle man led investigators to the pole. Police say he apparently had a crew with a crane help move the totem, but it’s unclear if the crew knew the man didn’t have permission to take the landmark.

The totem pole was noticed missing last week. The Rotary Club of West Seattle donated the pole to the city in 1976 and estimates it would have cost about $75,000 to replace.

At the request of Seattle investigators, authorities in Oregon went to an address provided by the 69-year-old man and found the pole on a boat trailer in a Salem-area parking lot.

Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson says the pole appears to be undamaged, and detectives are putting together a case to send to the prosecutor’s office.

TV host Bob Barker (“The Price Is Right”) is 86. Former New York City Mayor Edward Koch is 85. Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Pettit is 77. Singer Connie Francis is 71. Singer Dionne Warwick is 69. Rock singer-musician Dickey Betts is 66. Former race car driver Emerson Fittipaldi is 63. Actor Wings Hauser is 62. Actor Bill Nighy is 60. Actor Duane Chase (“The Sound of Music”) is 59. Country singer LaCosta is 59. Gymnast-turned-actress Cathy Rigby is 57. Author Lorna Landvik is 55. Singer-musician Sheila E. is 52. Actress Sheree J. Wilson is 51. Pop singer Daniel O’Donnell is 48. Rock musician Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) is 46. Rock musician Nicholas Dimichino (Nine Days) is 42. News anchor Maggie Rodriguez is 40. Actress Jennifer Connelly is 39. Actress Madchen Amick is 39. Country singer Hank Williams III is 37. Actress Mayim Bialik is 34. Model Bridget Hall is 32.

California lotto
Mega Millions
2-21-27-34-44 Mega: 45
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 11
Jackpot: $100 million

5-14-27-30-44 Mega: 17
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 9
Jackpot: $39 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 11

Daily 4
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 11

Daily 3
Midday: 0-2-3
Evening: 2-6-2
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 11

Daily Derby
1st: 03 Hot Shot
2nd: 09 Gorgeous George
3rd: 11 Money Bags
Race time: 1:49:70
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 11


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