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The's Daybreak: Feb. 24, 2010

Posted: February 23, 2010 9:44 p.m.
Updated: February 24, 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 Wednesday, Feb. 24, the 55th day of 2010. There are 310 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 24, 1868, the House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate.

Ten years ago: The state of Texas executed Betty Lou Beets, 62, by injection for murdering her fifth husband after Governor George W. Bush refused to intervene. John Paul II arrived in Egypt on a pilgrimage to retrace some epic passages from the Bible.

Watercooler Talk

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A group opposed to increasing Michigan's taxes wasn't about to let a good snowstorm go to waste.
Common Sense in Government crafted more than three dozen snowmen on the state Capitol lawn to greet lawmakers Tuesday. The snowmen, complete with menacing or sad faces, hold signs with slogans including "Don't raise our taxes!" and "I'm mad and I vote."

To stop a widening budget gap, Gov. Jennifer Granholm has proposed extending the state sales tax to cover some services, while lowering the sales tax rate by half a percentage point.

Michigan faces a budget shortfall of roughly $1.7 billion. 

Actor Abe Vigoda is 89. Actor Steven Hill is 88. Actor-singer Dominic Chianese is 79. Movie composer Michel Legrand is 78. Actor James Farentino is 72. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) is 68. Actor Barry Bostwick is 65. Actor Edward James Olmos is 63. Singer-writer-producer Rupert Holmes is 63. Rock singer-musician George Thorogood is 60. Actress Helen Shaver is 59. Apple CEO Steve Jobs is 55. News anchor Paula Zahn is 54. Singer Michelle Shocked is 48. Movie director Todd Field is 46. Actor Billy Zane is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Brandon Brown (Mista) is 27. Rock musician Matt McGinley (Gym Class Heroes) is 27.

Mega Millions
4-16-36-40-53 Mega: 18
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 23
Jackpot: $83 million

19-20-21-24-25 Mega: 13
Draw date: Saturday, Feb. 20
Jackpot: $11 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 23

Daily 4
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 23

Daily 3
Midday: 6-9-9
Evening: 1-7-9
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 23

Daily Derby
1st: 12 Lucky Charms
2nd: 04 Big Ben
3rd: 08 Gorgeous George
Race time: 1:43.86
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 23


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