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The's Daybreak: Feb. 17, 2010

Posted: February 16, 2010 9:29 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2010 4:55 a.m.

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 Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2010. There are 317 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 17, 1897, the forerunner of the National PTA, the National Congress of Mothers, convened its first meeting, in Washington.

Ten years ago: A House panel said in a report that the program to inoculate all 2.4 million American military personnel against anthrax was based on “a paucity of science” and should be suspended; the Pentagon defended the program and vowed to continue the inoculations.

Watercooler Talk
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The dogs in New Orleans’ Carnival pet parade included a pooch that hitched a ride 1,200 miles from Taos, N.M., to the city where his 26-year-old master had hitchhiked weeks earlier. Stephan Soleas came to New Orleans for a few weeks of visits and music. He said his 6-year-old Labrador mix, Charlie, went missing days after he left.

Charlie was found by a couple vacationing in Taos. The couple saw a collarless dog and tried to find its owner, but the veterinarian didn’t have a microchip scanner.

The couple gave up their airline tickets, rented a car and made the three-day drive back to New Orleans with the dog. Incidentally, they also named the dog Charlie.

Bandleader Orrin Tucker is 99. Actor Hal Holbrook is 85. Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 74. Actress Mary Ann Mobley is 71. Actress Brenda Fricker is 65. Actress Rene Russo is 56. Actor Richard Karn is 54. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 48. Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan is 47. Actor-comedian Larry, the Cable Guy is 47. Movie director Michael Bay is 45. Actress Denise Richards is 39. Rock singer-musician Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) is 38. Actor Jerry O’Connell is 36. Actress Kelly Carlson is 34. Actor Jason Ritter is 30. TV personality Paris Hilton is 29. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is 29.

Mega Millions
11-21-21-29-45 Mega: 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 16
Jackpot: $56 million

1-7-11-39-46 Mega: 11
Draw date: Saturday, Feb. 13
Jackpot: $8 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 16

Daily 4
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 16

Daily 3
Midday: 9-1-6
Evening: 6-1-4
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 16

Daily Derby
1st: 04 Big Ben
2nd: 10 Solid Gold
3rd: 01 Gold Rush
Race time: 1:46.30
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 16


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