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The-Signal.com's Daybreak: Dec. 21, 2008

Posted: December 20, 2008 6:32 p.m.
Updated: December 21, 2008 4:55 a.m.
 

Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! 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:

First Word
"Donations were phenomenal. We had volunteers like you wouldn't believe."
­- Laurie Baylis, Sheriff's deputy (click here for story)

Today in History
Today is Sunday, Dec. 21, the 356th day of 2008. There are 10 days left in the year. Winter will arrive at 7:04 a.m. Eastern time.

Today's highlights in history
On Dec. 21, 1620, the Pilgrims go ashore from ship Mayflower at what is now Plymouth, Mass., in the United States. On this day in 1817, Governor Lachlan Macquarie formally adopts name "Australia" for the British colony.

One year ago: A suicide attacker detonated a bomb at a mosque outside the home of Pakistan's former interior minister, killing at least 50 people.

Birthdays
Country singer Freddie Hart is 82. Actor Ed Nelson is 80. Talk show host Phil Donahue is 73. Movie director John Avildsen is 73. Actress Jane Fonda is 71. Actor Larry Bryggman is 70. Singer Carla Thomas is 66. Musician Albert Lee is 65. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas is 64. Actor Samuel L. Jackson is 60. Movie producer Jeffrey Katzenberg is 58. Singer Betty Wright is 55. Tennis Hall-of-Famer Chris Evert is 54. Actress Jane Kaczmarek is 53. Country singer Lee Roy Parnell is 52. Entertainer Jim Rose is 52. Actor-comedian Ray Romano is 51. Country singer Christy Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 46.

Watercooler Talk
PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) - Pathologists who examined a heart found this week at a southwestern Michigan car wash still haven't determined whether it came from a human or an animal. They plan to submit the organ for DNA testing in an effort to find out once and for all. The owner of Soapy's Car Wash in Paw Paw discovered the heart Monday on the floor of a manual car wash bay.

Local doctors said it's about the size of a human heart, but they couldn't tell for sure whether it actually came from a person.

Paw Paw Police Chief Patrick Alspaugh told the Kalamazoo Gazette more may be known about the heart within a week or two from the pathologists at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
3-13-16-39-54 Mega: 32
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 19
Jackpot: $22 million

SuperLotto
10-15-16-46-47 Mega: 22
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 20
Jackpot: $33 million

Fantasy 5
4-6-16-18-23
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 20

Daily 4
0-5-8-9
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 20

Daily 3
Midday: 9-1-7
Evening: 9-8-0
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 20

Daily Derby
1st: 06 Whirl Win
2nd: 08 Gorgeous George
3rd: 11 Money Bags
Race time: 1:48:31
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 20

Daybreak will dawn again tomorrow morning on The-Signal.com. Right now, head back to our home page and check out the rest of today's local news, sports, features, weather, traffic info, videos, blogs, community calendar, "Ask the Expert" and more. The-Signal.com is your community online, every day.

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