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The's Daybreak: Feb. 19, 2010

Signal Staff and Wire Services

Posted: February 18, 2010 9:50 p.m.
Updated: February 19, 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 Friday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2010. There are 315 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 19, 1945, during World War II, some 30,000 U.S. Marines began landing on Iwo Jima, where they commenced a successful month-long battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces.

Five years ago: Eight suicide bombers struck in quick succession in Iraq in a wave of attacks that killed dozens. Ex-Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton visited a Thai fishing village that had been devastated by the December 2005 tsunami.  The USS Jimmy Carter, the last of the Seawolf class of attack subs, was commissioned at Groton, Conn.

Watercooler Talk
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland state legislator says it’s time to ban marriages between first cousins and stop playing what he calls “genetic roulette” with their offspring.

Henry Heller, a Democratic delegate, or state representative, says he wants to bring Maryland “into the enlightened world of other states such as West Virginia and Arkansas” that prohibit unions of first cousins.

Heller, a retired special education administrator, says couples who are first cousins are at an increased risk of having a child with birth defects.

Singer Smokey Robinson is 70. Singer Bobby Rogers (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles) is 70.  Sony Chairman, CEO and President Howard Stringer is 68. Singer Lou Christie is 67.  Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) is 62. Author Amy Tan is 58. Actor Jeff Daniels is 55.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 51. Britain’s Prince Andrew is 50. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Hana Mandlikova is 48.  Rock musician Jon Fishman (Phish) is 45. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 43. Pop singer-actress Haylie Duff is 25.

Mega Millions
11-12-21-29-45 Mega: 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 16
Jackpot: $68 million

11-21-23-29-41 Mega: 9
Draw date: Wednesday, Feb. 17
Jackpot: $10 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Thursday, Feb. 18

Daily 4
Draw date: Thursday, Feb. 18

Daily 3
Midday: 1-3-9
Evening: 8-8-8
Draw date: Friday, Feb. 18

Daily Derby
1st: 01 Gold Rush
2nd: 04 Big Ben
3rd: 06 Whirl Win
Race time: 1:48.13
Draw date: Thursday, Feb. 18


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