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The's Daybreak: Jan. 25, 2009

Posted: January 24, 2009 9:12 p.m.
Updated: January 25, 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:

Today in History
Today is Sunday, Jan. 25, the 25th day of 2009. There are 340 days left in the year.

First Word

"“The reason we did this show was to show gratitude to the (cities) of Saugus and Santa Clarita.”
- Mike Gleich, Chronic Tacos co-owner (cick here for story)

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 25, 1759, Scottish poet Robert Burns was born in Alloway.

Ten years ago: The Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that the 2000 census could not use statistical sampling to enhance its accuracy. In Louisville, Ky., a man who’d lost his left hand received the first hand transplant in the United States. A powerful earthquake rocked Colombia, killing more than 1,000 people.

Watercooler Talk
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman has been arrested because she failed to return a library book.

Thirty-nine-year-old Shelly Koontz was arrested Thursday night on a fifth-degree theft charge. She is accused of keeping “The Freedom Writers Diary,” which she checked out from the public library in nearby Jesup in April.

Police say the book — which is about a high school teacher’s effort to inspire students to write — is valued at $13.95.

Court records show library employees tried repeatedly to contact Koontz by phone and mail. A police officer even visited her home last September.

Officials at the Buchanan County jail say Koontz was released after posting $250 bond.

 Birthdays: Journalist-author Edwin Newman is 90. Actor Gregg Palmer is 82. The former president of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, is 81. Actor Dean Jones is 78. Country singer Claude Gray is 77. The former president of the Philippines, Corazon Aquino, is 76. Blues singer Etta James is 71. Movie director Tobe Hooper is 66. Actress Leigh Taylor-Young is 64. Actress Jenifer Lewis is 52. Actress Dinah Manoff is 51. Country musician Mike Burch (River Road) is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kina is 40. Actress China Kantner is 38. Actress Ana Ortiz is 38. Musician Matt Odmark (Jars of Clay) is 35. Actress Mia Kirshner is 34. Actress Christine Lakin is 30.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
2-17-20-27-28 Mega: 7
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 23
Jackpot: $30 million

5-22-25-29-35 Mega: 7
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 24
Jackpot: $56 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 24

Daily 4
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 24

Daily 3

Midday: 0-2-9
Evening: 2-6-7
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 24

Daily Derby
1st: 07 Eureka
2nd: 02 Lucky Star
3rd: 04 Big Ben
Race time: 1:40.84
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 24

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