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The Signal.com's Daybreak: Dec. 31, 2008

Posted: December 30, 2008 10:16 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2008 4:30 a.m.

A model of an 1879 street light burns in the Edison Museum in Edison, N.J., in front of a portrait of inventor Thomas A. Edison, in this Feb. 7, 2007 photo. After more than a century, his incandescent lighting is giving way to more energy-efficient fluorescent lighting.

 

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
"Tracy (Jara) proved that initiative, imagination and drive can bring real change..."
­- Michael D. Antonovich, L.A. County Supervisor (click here for story)

Today in History
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 31, the 366th and final day of 2008. Happy New Year!

Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 31, 1879, Thomas A. Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J.

Ten years ago: Europe's leaders proclaimed a new era as 11 nations merged currencies to create the euro, a shared money they said would boost business, underpin unity and strengthen their role in world affairs.

Watercooler Talk
PORTLAND, Ore. ­­(AP) - A car wash attendant chased off a would-be robber with a power washer - and for his trouble got thrown in jail on an old warrant. A gunman wearing a skeleton mask strolled into Washman Carwash in Portland on Dec. 13 and confronted employee Chris B. Truax. "Give me your money!" Truax remembers the man saying, producing what looked like a handgun.

"It was like a quick draw," Truax told The Oregonian newspaper.

Pulling the power washer from a pail and aiming it like a rifle, he directed a stream of soapy, lukewarm water at the robber with a force of 2,000 pounds per square inch. The man fled without the money.

Birthdays
TV producer George Schlatter is 79. Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is 71. Actor Tim Considine ("My Three Sons") is 68. Actress Sarah Miles is 67. Rock musician Andy Summers is 66. Actor Ben Kingsley is 65. Rock musician Peter Quaife (The Kinks) is 65. Producer-director Taylor Hackford is 64. Actor Tim Matheson is 61. Pop singer Burton Cummings (The Guess Who) is 61. Singer Donna Summer is 60. Actor Joe Dallesandro is 60. Rock musician Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) is 57. Actor James Remar is 55. Actress Bebe Neuwirth is 50. Actor Val Kilmer is 49. Singer Paul Westerberg is 49. Actor Don Diamont is 46. Rock musician Ric Ivanisevich (Oleander) is 46.

California Lottery 
Mega Millions
1-22-29-44-52 Mega: 39
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 30
Jackpot: $26 million

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

Fantasy 5
2-8-19-21-23
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 30

Daily 4
0-6-1-7
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 30

Daily 3
Midday: 3-7-2
Evening: 9-5-4
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 30

Daily Derby
1st: 10 SOLID GOLD
2nd: 06 WHIRL WIN
3rd: 12 LUCKY CHARMS
Race time: 1:48.68
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 30

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