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The's Daybreak: Dec. 17, 2009

Posted: December 17, 2009 10:29 p.m.
Updated: December 18, 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 Friday, Dec. 18, the 352nd day of 2009. There are 13 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Dec. 18, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery, was declared in effect by Secretary of State William H. Seward.

One year ago:
A U.N. court in Tanzania convicted former Rwandan army Col. Theoneste Bagosora of genocide and crimes against humanity for masterminding the killings of more than half a million people in a 100-day slaughter in 1994.

Watercooler talk
FREDERICK, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado mom with a nose for trouble marched her son into the principal’s office and said he was planning to set off a stink bomb at the school. Frederick High School was briefly evacuated on Thursday after the woman reported the alleged plot. There were no reports of any would-be bombs going off.

Police Chief Gary Barber said officers found a bag the boy had left near the school containing such ingredients as baking soda, flour, sugar and salt. Barber said the concoction would have to be set on fire to produce fumes, and it wasn’t clear if they’d be noxious.

It’s not certain what kind of punishment the boy might face. No names were released.


Television writer-producer Hal Kanter is 91. Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark is 82. Actor Roger Smith is 77. Blues musician Lonnie Brooks is 76. Actor Roger Mosley is 71. Rock singer-musician Keith Richards is 66. Writer-director Alan Rudolph is 66. Movie producer-director Steven Spielberg is 63. Blues artist Ron Piazza is 62. Movie director Gillian Armstrong is 59. Movie reviewer Leonard Maltin is 59. Rock musician Elliot Easton is 56. Actor Ray Liotta is 54. Comedian Ron White is 53. Actor Brad Pitt is 46. Actor and professional wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is 45. Actor Shawn Christian is 44. Actress Rachel Griffiths is 41. Singer Alejandro Sanz is 41.

California Lotto
Mega Millions

27-31-32-36-47 Mega: 35
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 15
Jackpot: $118 million

13-18-19-31-41 Mega: 12
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 16
Jackpot: $41 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Thursday, Dec. 17

Daily 4
Draw date: Thursday, Dec. 17

Daily 3
Midday: 4-0-7
Evening: 0-3-0
Draw date: Thursday, Dec. 17

Daily Derby
1st: 08 Gorgeous George
2nd: 04 Big Ben
3rd: 11 Money Bags
Race time: 1:49:45
Draw date: Thursday, Dec. 17


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