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The's Daybreak: Jan. 19, 2009

Posted: January 18, 2009 9:55 p.m.
Updated: January 19, 2009 4:55 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
" ... I knew very early Barack had come for a reason. It is a fulfillment of the dream of Martin Luther King."
­- Samuel Billy Kyles, pastor

Today in History
Today is Monday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2009. There are 346 days left in the year. This is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 19, 1809, author, poet and critic Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston.

Five years ago: John Kerry won Iowa's Democratic caucuses, while John Edwards placed second; Howard Dean, who finished third, delivered a fist-pumping, bellowing concession speech that was viewed as politically damaging. A freighter capsized near the western Norwegian port of Bergen, killing 18.

Watercooler Talk
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Komodo dragon at the Virginia Aquarium bit the hand that fed it - literally - but aquarium officials said the incident Friday was likely more due to excitement than betrayal as the popular expression implies.

The condition of the reptile keeper was not immediately available at Sentara Virginia Beach Hospital, but the injury was not life-threatening, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center said in a statement.

"Sanchez", the 3-year-old Komodo dragon, was probably excited by the prospect of eating and bit the worker in a "feed response," said Chip Harshaw, curator of reptiles and mammals.

"These kind of things happen when you work with animals like this ... " he said.

Actress Jean Stapleton is 86. Actor Fritz Weaver is 83. Actress Tippi Hedren is 79. Former PBS newsman Robert MacNeil is 78. Movie director Richard Lester is 77. Singer Phil Everly is 70. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 67. Actress Shelley Fabares is 65. Country singer Dolly Parton is 63. ABC newswoman Ann Compton is 62. TV chef Paula Deen is 62. Rock singer Martha Davis is 58. Singer Dewey Bunnell (America) is 57. Actor Desi Arnaz Jr. is 56. Comedian Paul Rodriguez is 54. Actress Katey Sagal is 52. Reggae musician Mickey Virtue (UB40) is 52. Actor Paul McCrane is 48. Actor William Ragsdale is 48. Tennis player Stefan Edberg is 43.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
2-4-21-39-51 Mega: 29
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 16
Jackpot: $16 million

8-17-20-26-38 Mega: 19
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 17
Jackpot: $53 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 18

Daily 4
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 18

Daily 3
Evening: 3-5-2
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 18

Daily Derby
1st: 09 Winning Spirit
2nd: 07 Eureka
3rd: 02 Lucky Star
Race time: 1:46.84
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 18


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