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The's Daybreak: Dec. 30, 2008

Posted: December 29, 2008 8:03 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2008 4:30 a.m.
Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! 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:

First Word
"We always give the fire department cookies because they save our community."
­- Nicole Jarel
Grade 5, Helmers Elementary
(Click here for winning essays)

Today in History
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 30, the 365th day of 2008. There is one day left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 30, 1853, the U.S. and Mexico signed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to buy some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico for $10 million in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.

One year ago: Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner of an election that opponents and observers alleged was rigged; violence flared in Nairobi slums and coastal resort towns, killing scores in the following days.

Watercooler Talk

CHICAGO (AP) - The robber's threatening note made a Chicago bank job easy to solve: The FBI says the suspect wrote it on his pay stub. An FBI affidavit said the man walked into a Fifth Third Bank on Friday and handed a teller a note that read "Be Quick Be Quit (sic). Give your cash or I'll shoot."

The robber got about $400 but left half of his note. Investigators found the other half outside the bank's front doors. Authorities say that part of the man's October pay stub had his name and address.

The suspect was arrested at his Cary home. A judge ordered him held without bond Monday. If convicted of bank robbery, he faces 20 years in prison.


Actor Joseph Bologna is 74. Actor Russ Tamblyn is 74. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax is 73. Actor Jack Riley is 73. Folk singer Paul Stookey is 71. TV director James Burrows is 68. Actor Fred Ward is 66. Singer-musician Michael Nesmith is 66. Singer Davy Jones is 63. Singer Patti Smith is 62. Rock singer-musician Jeff Lynne is 61. "Today Show" co-host Meredith Vieira is 55. Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is 53. Actress Patricia Kalember is 52. Country singer Suzy Bogguss is 52. "Today Show" newscaster Matt Lauer is 51. Actress-comedian Tracey Ullman is 49. Rock musician Rob Hotchkiss is 48. Radio-TV commentator Sean Hannity is 47. Runner Ben Johnson is 47.


Mega Millions
6-19-29-33-37 Mega: 31
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 26
Jackpot: $37 million

14-19-22-32-38 Mega: 1
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 27
Jackpot: $36 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 29

Daily 4
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 29

Daily 3
Midday: 9-5-8
Evening: 2-1-2
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 29

Daily Derby
1st: 11 Money Bags
2nd: 06 Whirl Win
3rd: 08 Gorgeous George
Race time: 1:41:26
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 29

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