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The Signal.com's Daybreak: Feb. 2, 2010

Posted: February 1, 2010 10:30 p.m.
Updated: February 2, 2010 4:55 a.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 Tuesday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2010. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 2, 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican-American War, was signed.

Five years ago: In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush called for changes in Social Security that would combine reduced government benefits for younger workers with “a chance to build a nest egg” through personal accounts.

Watercooler talk
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska now has its own version of Groundhog Day.

Then-Gov. Sarah Palin signed a bill last year to make every Feb. 2 Marmot Day in Alaska.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Linda Menard, a Wasilla Republican.

Because there are no groundhogs in Alaska, Menard says it made sense for the ground squirrel to become Alaska’s version of Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog famed for his winter weather forecasts.

Menard’s bill didn’t give marmots any weather forecasting duties, but she hopes the state will create educational activities around the animal.

Birthdays
Actress Elaine Stritch is 85. Comedian Tom Smothers is 73. Rock singer-guitarist Graham Nash is 68. Actor Bo Hopkins is 68. Country singer Howard Bellamy (The Bellamy Brothers) is 64. Actor Jack McGee is 61. Actor Brent Spiner is 61. Rock musician Ross Valory (Journey) is 61. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is 58. Model Christie Brinkley is 56. Actor Michael Talbott is 55. Actress Kim Zimmer is 55. Rock musician Robert DeLeo (Army of Anyone; Stone Temple Pilots) is 44. Actress Jennifer Westfeldt is 40. Rock musician Ben Mize is 39. Rapper T-Mo is 38. Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur is 37. Singer Shakira is 33. Country singer Blaine Larsen is 24.

California lotto
Mega Millions

1-10-22-23-38 Mega: 19
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 29
Jackpot: $12 million

SuperLotto
4-12-14-44-47 Mega: 18
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 30
Jackpot: $18 million

Fantasy 5
1-6-8-24-35
Draw date: Monday, Feb. 1

Daily 4
3-7-4-1
Draw date: Monday, Feb. 1

Daily 3
Midday: 3-4-9
Evening: 2-1-5
Draw date: Monday, Feb. 1

Daily Derby
1st: 09 Winning Spirit
2nd: 07 Eureka
3rd: 10 Solid Gold
Race time: 1:45.85
Draw date: Monday, Feb. 1

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