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The's Daybreak: Feb. 1, 2009

Posted: January 31, 2009 10:06 p.m.
Updated: February 1, 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 saw Jack Lambert kick somebody and I said, 'That’s my guy.'"
-- Mark Blazer, Beth Ami Rabbi (click here for story)

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke up during re-entry, killing all seven of its crew members: Commander Rick Husband; pilot William McCool; Michael Anderson; Kalpana Chawla; David Brown; Laurel Clark; and Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli in space.

One year ago: Exxon Mobil posted the largest annual profit by a U.S. company — $40.6 billion — and the biggest quarterly profit to that time, breaking its own records.

Watercooler Talk
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is the latest state trying to unload pricey property because of the economic meltdown.

The state House voted Thursday to sell an eight-seat jet valued at $3.7 million that’s used to haul Gov. Haley Barbour and other officials around. The plan needs Senate approval.

The jet can be sold by competitive bid or on eBay. It costs about $1,600 an hour to operate.

House Appropriations Chairman Johnny Stringer says selling the jet would provide another revenue source for the cash-strapped state. Officials would still have three taxpayer-funded planes to use.

Stringer says he got the idea from Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who made headlines when she tried unsuccessfully to sell her state’s jet on eBay.

Actor Stuart Whitman is 81. Singer Don Everly is 72. Actor Garrett Morris is 72. Singer Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) is 72. Actor Sherman Hemsley is 71. Bluegrass singer Del McCoury is 70. Jazz musician Joe Sample is 70. Comedian Terry Jones is 67. Rock musician Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) is 59. Blues singer-musician Sonny Landreth is 58. Actor-writer-producer Bill Mumy is 55. Rock singer Exene Cervenka is 53. Actor Linus Roache (TV: “Law and Order”) is 45. Princess Stephanie of Monaco is 44. Country musician Dwayne Dupuy (Ricochet) is 44. Actress Sherilyn Fenn is 44. Lisa Marie Presley is 41.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
13-16-19-53-55 Mega: 2
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 30
Jackpot: $50 million

4-34-35-38-43 Mega: 17
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 31
Jackpot: $66 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 31

Daily 4

Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 31

Daily 3
Midday: 3-9-0
Evening: 6-8-6
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 31

Daily Derby
1st: 03 Hot Shot
2nd: 02 Lucky Star
3rd: 12 Lucky Charms
Race time: 1:49.55
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 31

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