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The-Signal.com's Daybreak: Feb. 11, 2009

Posted: February 11, 2009 12:50 a.m.
Updated: February 11, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! Welcome to The-Signal.com'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 artistic drive is so consuming I can’t escape the charm of art."
- Youhwa Shin,
Golden Valley junior (click here for full story)

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2009. There are 323 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 11, 1858, French teenager Bernadette Soubirous reported the first of 18 visions of a lady dressed in white in a grotto near Lourdes. (The Catholic Church later accepted that the visions were of the Virgin Mary.)

One year ago: The Defense Department charged Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and five other detainees at Guantanamo Bay with murder and war crimes in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks.

Watercooler talk

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — More than 100 chickens, rabbits, rodents, iguanas and tarantulas have been removed from a two-bedroom Buffalo apartment by authorities who needed three vans to cart off the menagerie.

Police officers responding to an animal mistreatment complaint at a South Buffalo apartment found the animals living in a couple’s cramped apartment Monday.

The animals were removed in dozens of cages and cardboard containers by officers from the local chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The animals included about 100 chickens and rabbits.

The couple living in the second-story apartment has been charged with animal cruelty.

Birthdays
Opera singer Leontyne Price is 82. Actor Robert Wagner is 79. Rock musician Don Wilson (The Ventures) is 76. Singer Roberta Flack is 72. Singer Jimmy Merchant (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 69. Jazz singer Kenny Rankin is 69. Rock musician Bob Spalding (The Ventures) is 62. Olympic gold-medal swimmer Mark Spitz is 59. Country singer Lionel Cartwright is 49. Movie director Alexander Payne ("Sideways") is 48. ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos is 48. Actress Laura Dern is 42. Country singer Dude Mowrey is 37. Actress Elizabeth Banks is 35. Pop singer Rosanna Taverez (Eden's Crush) is 32.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
18-29-38-43-47 Mega: 7
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 10
Jackpot: $73 million

SuperLotto
14-23-24-25-44 Mega: 18
Draw date: Saturday, Feb. 7
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5
1-2-6-38-39
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 10

Daily 4
9-9-4-3
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 10

Daily 3
Midday: 8-0-2
Evening: 4-8-2
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 10

Daily Derby
1st: 05 California Classic
2nd: 02 Lucky Star
3rd: 08 Gorgeous George
Place time: 1:49.66
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 10

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