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The-Signal.com's Daybreak: Dec. 22, 2008

Posted: December 21, 2008 7:46 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Opera composer Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Italy on Dec. 22, 1858.

 
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
"Pass the Mac-n-Cheese. Mmmm."
­- Steve Lunetta, Santa Clarita resident and columnist (click here for story)

Today in History
Today is Monday, Dec. 22, the 357th day of 2008. There are nine days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History
On Dec. 22, 1858, opera composer Giacomo Puccini was born in Lucca, Italy.

Five years ago: A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit California's central coast, killing two people.

One year ago: A jury in Riverhead, N.Y., convicted John White, a black man, of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Daniel Cicciaro, a white teenager, during a confrontation outside White's house.

Birthdays
Actress Barbara Billingsley is 93. Country singer Red Steagall is 70. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Steve Carlton is 64. ABC News correspondent Diane Sawyer is 63. Rock singer-musician Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) is 62. Baseball All-Star Steve Garvey is 60. Singer Robin Gibb is 59. Golfer Jan Stephenson is 57. Actress BernNadette Stanis is 55. Rapper Luther Campbell is 48. Country singer-musician Chuck Mead (BR549) is 48. Actor Ralph Fiennes is 46. Actress Lauralee Bell is 40. Country singer Lori McKenna is 40. Actress Dina Meyer is 40. Actress Heather Donahue is 34. Actor Chris Carmack is 28. Singer Jordin Sparks ("American Idol") is 19.

Watercooler Talk
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A lawyer has been arrested after he reportedly ignored orders not to give his shackled client a piece of candy in court, a Yavapai County sheriff's official said.

Damon Rossi, 38, was arrested at his home on Thursday, a day after he asked two detention officers if he could feed his client a piece of candy, sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said on Friday.

Rossi went ahead and gave the inmate the food despite being warned against it, reportedly asking the officers, "What are you going to do, arrest me?"

Detention officers took no action at the time because they didn't want to disrupt court, D'Evelyn said. They turned the matter over the sheriff's criminal division and a decision was made to arrest the lawyer.

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: $34 million

Fantasy 5
4-8-23-31-34
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 21

Daily 4
8-8-9-9
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 21

Daily 3
Midday: 7-2-8
Evening: 7-9-7
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 21

Daily Derby
1st: 03 Hot Shot
2nd: 11 Money Bags
3rd: 10 Solid Gold
Race time: 1:45.67
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 21

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