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Daybreak: Dec. 15, 2008

Posted: December 16, 2008 7:20 p.m.
Updated: December 15, 2008 4:55 a.m.
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"The 65 and over crowd has grown by at least 7 percent since the year 2000."
­- Kathy Crone, Senior Center development director (click here for story)

Today in History

Today is Monday, Dec. 15, the 350th day of 2008. There are 16 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect following ratification by Virginia.

One year ago: Celine Dion concluded a five-year engagement at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Five years ago: Former nurse Charles Cullen was charged with murder after telling prosecutors he had killed 30-40 severely ill patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1987 by injecting them with drugs.

Country singer Ernest Ashworth is 80. Actor-comedian Tim Conway is 75. Singer Cindy Birdsong (The Supremes) is 69. Rock musician Dave Clark (The Dave Clark Five) is 66. Rock musician Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge) is 62. Actor Don Johnson is 59. Movie director Julie Taymor is 56. Movie director Alex Cox is 54. Actor Justin Ross is 54. Rock musician Paul Simonon (The Clash) is 53. Country singer Doug Phelps (Brother Phelps; Kentucky Headhunters) is 48. Movie producer-director Reginald Hudlin is 47. Actress Helen Slater is 45. Actress Molly Price is 43. Actor Michael Shanks is 38. Actor Stuart Townsend is 36. "Crowd-hyper" Kito Trawick (Ghostown DJs) is 31.

Watercooler talk
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - An Italian adventurer who spent 10 months rowing more than 9,500 nautical miles across the Pacific has been rescued a mere 65 nautical miles short of his goal - Australia - after rough weather sapped him of his final shreds of energy.

Alex Bellini, who began his voyage off Peru in February, contacted his wife Friday to say he was too exhausted to row his 25-foot boat any further, despite being nearly in sight of the eastern Australian town of Laurieton.

Bellini's wife contacted authorities, and an Australian tug boat towed the 30-year-old to shore. They reached Newcastle, 100 miles north of Sydney, Saturday morning.

Mega Millions
10-16-19-27-48 Mega: 25
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 12
Jackpot: $12 million

20-22-25-32-45 Mega: 12
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 13
Jackpot: $31 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 14

Daily 4
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 14

Daily 3
Midday: 5-3-1
Evening: 3-9-3
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 14

Daily Derby
1st: 06 Whirl Win
2nd: 01 Gold Rush
3rd: 02 Lucky Star
Race time: 1:45.93
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 14


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