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The's Daybreak: Feb. 17, 2009

Posted: February 17, 2009 1:07 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 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
"We wanted to do something nice for the homeless." - Julio Velasquez Charles Helmers Elementary third-grader (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
NEW YORK (AP) - Mad at disgraced investor Bernard Madoff? There's a toy just for you. One of the vendors at this week's Toy Fair is offering the "Smash-Me Bernie," a $99.95 Madoff lookalike doll that wears a devil-red suit and carries a pitchfork. It comes with its own hammer - so you can pulverize it.

Phoenix, Ariz.-based ModelWorks is behind the caricature Mini-Me figures, which can be customized to look like celebrities or whomever a buyer chooses.

Madoff was arrested in December after investigators said he confessed to his sons that he had swindled investors of $50 billion in a Ponzi scheme.

The toy fair is open only to the industry and runs through Wednesday.

Bandleader Orrin Tucker is 98. Actor Hal Holbrook is 84. Mystery writer Ruth Rendell is 79. Singer Bobby Lewis is 76. Comedian Dame Edna (AKA Barry Humphries) is 75. Country singer-songwriter Johnny Bush is 74. Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown is 73. Actress Mary Ann Mobley is 70. Actress Brenda Fricker is 64. Actress Rene Russo is 55. Actor Richard Karn is 53. Actor Lou Diamond Phillips is 47. Basketball player Michael Jordan is 46. Actor-comedian Larry the Cable Guy is 46. TV personality Rene Syler is 46. Movie director Michael Bay is 44. Singer Chante Moore is 42. Rock musician Timothy J. Mahoney (311) is 39. Actor Dominic Purcell is 39.

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

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

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Monday, Feb. 15

Daily 4
Draw date: Monday, Feb. 15

Daily 3
Midday: 1-6-6
Evening: 9-7-2
Draw date: Monday, Feb. 15

Daily Derby
1st: 05 California Classic
2nd: 10 Solid Gold
3rd: 07 Eureka
Race time: 1:40.49
Draw date: Monday, Feb. 15

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