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Signal Photos's Daybreak: Jan. 6, 2009

Posted: January 5, 2009 9:36 p.m.
Updated: January 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Joey the CowPolka King of Grammy-winners Riders in the Sky hits the big Six-Oh today. He and musical saddlepals Ranger Doug, Woody Paul and Too Slim play the 2009 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival in April.

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
"My favorite part was knowing that I'm helping other kids with their reading."
-- Shanti Iyenger, sixth-grade student at Pine Tree Elementary (click here for story)

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2009. There are 359 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 6, 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph, in Morristown, N.J.

Ten years ago: The 106th Congress convened with Dennis Hastert taking over as the new House speaker, Sophie Rhys-Jones, later in the year.

One year ago: Al-Qaida's American spokesman, Adam Gadahn, urged fighters to meet Pres. Bush with bombs during his upcoming Mideast visit.

Watercooler Talk
JACKSON, Ohio (AP) - Police say an angry 4-year-old Ohio boy grabbed a gun from a closet and shot his baby sitter. Nathan Beavers, 18, was hospitalized Sunday with minor wounds to his arm and side after the shotgun attack. Police say another teen was also injured.

Witnesses told police the child was angry because Beavers accidentally stepped on his foot. Beavers was watching the child at a mobile home in Jackson with several other teenagers and several other children.

Jackson County Sheriff John Shashteen says authorities are investigating. The child has not been charged.

Birthdays: Pollster Louis Harris is 88. Bluegrass performer Earl Scruggs is 85. Author E.L. Doctorow is 78. Actress Bonnie Franklin is 65. Musician Joey, the CowPolka King (Riders in the Sky) is 60. Rock singer-blues harmonica ace Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 58. Singer Jett Williams is 56. Rock musician Malcolm Young (AC-DC) is 56. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 54. Golfer Nancy Lopez is 52. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kathy Sledge is 50. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 49. Rhythm-and-blues singer Eric Williams (BLACKstreet) is 49. Movie director John Singleton is 41. TV personality Julie Chen (CBS' "The Early Show") is 39.

California Lottery
Mega Millions

2-11-19-21-34 Mega: 38
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 2
Jackpot: $12 million

5-14-37-44-47 Mega: 25
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 3
Jackpot: $41 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Monday, Jan. 5

Daily 4
Draw date: Monday, Jan. 5

Daily 3
Midday: 6-4-5
Evening: 6-8-6
Draw date: Monday, Jan. 5

Daily Derby
1st: 09 Winning Spirit
2nd: 12 Lucky Charms
3rd: 01 Gold Rush
Race time: 1:45.55
Draw date: Monday, Jan. 5

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