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The-Signal.com's Daybreak: Dec. 23, 2008

Posted: December 22, 2008 8:57 p.m.
Updated: December 23, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Guitarist/composer Jorma Kaukonen, 68 today, first came to fame in the mid-1960s as a member of Jefferson Airplane and a few years later as co-founder of Hot Tuna with Airplane bassist Jack Casady.

 

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
"No child should be without a toy on Christmas morning."
­- Alison Jordan, Rio Norte student collecting "fuzzy friends" for underprivileged kids (click here for story)

Today in History
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 23, the 358th day of 2008. There are eight days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History
On Dec. 23, 1968, 82 crew members of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they had been captured.

One year ago: A Cessna 172 crashed in Panama, killing California businessman Michael Klein and his daughter, Talia, as well as the pilot; the sole survivor was 12-year-old Francesca Lewis, a friend of Talia's.

Birthdays
Actor Gerald S. O'Loughlin is 87. Actor Ronnie Schell is 77. Emperor Akihito of Japan is 75. Actor Frederic Forrest is 72. Actor James Stacy is 72. Rock musician Jorma Kaukonen is 68. Rock musician Ron Bushy is 67. Actor-comedian Harry Shearer is 65. Actress Susan Lucci is 62. Singer-musician Adrian Belew is 59. Rock musician Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) is 52. Actress Joan Severance is 50. Singer Terry Weeks is 45. Rock singer Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) is 44. The first lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, is 41. Actor Corey Haim is 37.

Watercooler Talk
BERLIN (AP) - A man jumped into the Berlin zoo enclosure of famed polar bear Knut on Monday, but officials were able to keep the animal away from the intruder by distracting him with a leg of beef, police said.

The 37-year-old man jumped over a fence into a water-filled ditch at the edge of the bear's enclosure Monday morning, police said in a statement.

Zookeepers, who had just let Knut into his outdoor enclosure, were able to lure the bear back into his cage by producing a leg of beef.

Police said the man, a German, was less cooperative, initially ignoring instructions to leave the enclosure. He was led away unharmed but, although he was soaked and cold, he refused to undergo a medical checkup.

Police said that, before being let go, the man told them he felt lonely and the bear appeared lonely, too.

California Lotto 
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
11-12-20-35-39
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 22

Daily 4
9-0-9-4
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 22

Daily 3
Midday: 9-5-6
Evening: 4-3-3
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 22

Daily Derby
1st: 03 Hot Shot
2nd: 10 Solid Gold
3rd: 04 Big Ben
Race time: 1:45.26
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 22

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