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The Signal.com's Daybreak: Jan. 6, 2010

Posted: January 5, 2010 10:25 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2010 10:18 p.m.
 

Welcome to The-Signal.com'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 Wednesday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2010. There are 359 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 6, 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph, in Morristown, N.J.

Five years ago: Attorney General-nominee Alberto Gonzales, under scorching criticism at his confirmation hearing, condemned torture as an interrogation tactic and promised to prosecute abusers of terror suspects. Congress certified President George W. Bush's re-election.

Watercooler Talk
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A banjo player accused of assaulting another man with his instrument will get to keep pickin' while awaiting his trial.

Joseph Stancato, 33, of Denver faces second-degree assault charges after allegedly hitting another man upside the head with his banjo on New Year's Eve. Authorities said Stancato got into an argument with two men at a bus stop.

District Judge James Boyd on Monday approved Stancato's request to be allowed on the road to tour with a band while awaiting his next court date Feb. 6.

The banjo is considered "a deadly weapon" under Colorado law, so Stancato could face prison time, the Aspen Daily News reported.

Birthdays

Pollster Louis Harris is 89. Bluegrass performer Earl Scruggs is 86. Author E.L. Doctorow is 79. Actress Bonnie Franklin is 66. Musician Joey, the CowPolka King (Riders in the Sky) is 61. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 59. Singer Jett Williams is 57. Rock musician Malcolm Young (AC-DC) is 57. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 55. Golfer Nancy Lopez is 53. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kathy Sledge is 51. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 50. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eric Williams (BLACKstreet) is 50. Movie composer A.R. Rahman ("Slumdog Millionaire") is 44. Actress Rinko Kikuchi ("Babel") is 29. Rock singer Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) is 24.

Mega Millions

13-28-39-50-55 Mega: 10
Draw date: Tuesday, Jan. 5
Jackpot: $37 million

SuperLotto

4-9-19-24-41 Mega: 9
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 2
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5

13-24-25-26-36
Draw date: Tuesday, Jan. 5

Daily 4

2-2-6-4
Draw date: Tuesday, Jan. 5

Daily 3

Midday: 7-4-1
Evening: 0-9-4
Draw date: Tuesday, Jan. 5

Daily Derby

1st: 02 Lucky Star
2nd: 10 Solid Gold
3rd: 09 Winning Spirit
Race time: 1:42:52
Draw date: Tuesday, Jan. 5

 

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