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The's Daybreak: Jan. 27, 2009

Posted: January 26, 2009 10:30 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 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
"This will be the only opportunity some of these girls have because it's such a prestigious invitation."
- Danielle Wick, head cheerleading coach (click here for story)

Today in History
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2009. There are 338 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History
On Jan. 27, 1967, astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo spacecraft at Cape Kennedy, Fla.

Five years ago: John Kerry won the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary.

One year ago: Former Indonesian president Suharto, whose regime killed hundreds of thousands of left-wing political opponents, died in Jakarta at age 86

Watercooler Talk
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities said the St. Lucie County firefighter who took a man’s severed foot from an Interstate 95 crash scene last year has been charged with misdemeanor theft. The firefighter told the Florida Highway Patrol after the Sept. 19 crash that she took the remains to help train her cadaver dog. She eventually resigned from the St. Lucie County Fire District. She was arrested Monday.

FHP Lt. Tim Frith said the severity of a theft charge is usually determined by the value of what is stolen.

Since there’s no law specifically dealing with the theft of a body part, he said it was difficult to determine the monetary value of the foot.

The firefighter was released from jail on her own recognizance Monday afternoon.

Singer Bobby "Blue" Bland is 79. Actor James Cromwell is 69. Actor John Witherspoon is 67. Rock musician Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) is 64. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nedra Talley (The Ronettes) is 63. Ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov is 61. Chief U.S. Justice John Roberts is 54. Actress Mimi Rogers is 53. Rock musician Janick Gers (Iron Maiden) is 52.

Sophie Malchus, a fourth-grade student at Emblem Elementary School, is pictured on page A1 of the Jan. 26 issue (A cooking keepsake, Jan. 26).


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: $62 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Monday, Jan. 26

Daily 4
Draw date: Monday, Jan. 26

Daily 3
Midday: 4-2-3
Evening: 2-3-9
Draw date: Monday, Jan. 26

Daily Derby
1st: 09 Winning Spirit
2nd: 12 Lucky Charms
3rd: 06 Whirl Win
Race time: 1:43:81
Draw date: Monday, Jan. 26

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