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The Signal.com's Daybreak: Feb. 16, 2009

Posted: February 16, 2009 12:03 a.m.
Updated: February 16, 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
"We only implement programs that will lead people into jobs that are in high demand."
­- Jonathan Hayward, Dean of ITT, Sylmar (click here for full story)

Today in History
Today is Monday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2009. There are 318 days left in the year. This is Presidents' Day.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 16, 1862, during the Civil War, some 14,000 Confederate soldiers surrendered at Fort Donelson, Tenn. (Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's victory earned him the nickname "Unconditional Surrender Grant.")

One year ago: President George W. Bush, on a six-day tour of Africa, made his first stop in Benin before flying on to Tanzania.

Watercooler talk
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A high school student's keen eye has caught a state test error that managed to slip past teachers, test coordinators and other students for almost a year.

Geoffrey Stanford, 17, discovered during a Kansas writing test last week that an essay question concerning greenhouse gases incorrectly used the word "omission" for the word "emission," prompting the Wichita East High School junior to point out the error.

"I thought, `Surely they're not talking about leaving out carbon dioxide altogether.' It just didn't make sense," Stanford said. "It had to be a mistake."

The state Department of Education has e-mailed a corrected version of the essay question to test coordinators around the state, but the incident already has caused a lot of red faces at the department, which used a committee of more than 30 state teachers to develop the test almost two years ago.

Birthdays
Singer Patty Andrews is 91. Kim Jong Il, the president of North Korea, is 67. Actor Jeremy Bulloch is 63. Actor Pete Postlethwaite is 63. Actor William Katt is 58. Actor LeVar Burton is 52. Actor-rapper Ice-T is 51. Actress Lisa Loring is 51. Tennis Hall of Fame player John McEnroe is 50. Rock musician Andy Taylor is 48. Rock musician Dave Lombardo (Slayer) is 44. Rock musician Taylor Hawkins (Foofighters) is 37. Singer Sam Salter is 34. Rapper Lupe Fiasco is 27. Actor Mike Weinberg is 16.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
25-36-37-40-51 Mega: 20
Draw date: Friday, Feb. 13
Jackpot: $103 million

SuperLotto
15-26-29-40-42 Mega: 25
Draw date: Saturday, Feb. 14
Jackpot: $9 million

Fantasy 5
9-11-15-23-30
Draw date: Sunday, Feb. 15

Daily 4
5-0-1-3
Draw date: Sunday, Feb. 15

Daily 3
Midday: 2-3-9
Evening: 6-5-9
Draw date: Sunday, Feb. 15

Daily Derby
1st: 04 Big Ben
2nd: 03 Hot Shot
3rd: 05 California Classic
Race time: 1:47.96
Draw date: Sunday, Feb. 15

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