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The's Daybreak: Feb. 26, 2009

Posted: February 25, 2009 11:57 p.m.
Updated: February 26, 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
"My own family is made up of immigrants, and they also came to this country properly and stole no one's information."
­- Joe Messina, SCV Voices. (Click here to read story)

Today in History
Today is Thursday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2009. There are 308 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History
On Feb. 26, 1870, an experimental air-driven subway, the Beach Pneumatic Transit, opened in New York City for public demonstrations. (The tunnel was only a block long, and the line had only one car.)

Ten years ago
President Bill Clinton, outlining foreign policy goals for the final two years of his administration, urged continued American engagement in the quest for peace and freedom abroad during a news conference in San Francisco.

Watercooler Talk
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - Police said a bus passenger angry about a possible strike that would disrupt his commute threw a cup of hot coffee on the driver, then ran away with the driver in pursuit. The Sun of Lowell reported that Debra Kemp, a driver for the Lowell Regional Transit Authority, told police the passenger was upset by a newspaper story about a possible drivers' strike.

Police Deputy Superintendent Deborah Friedl said the man then doused the driver with his coffee at about 8 a.m. on Tuesday and took off.

Kemp abandoned the pursuit, told her dispatcher about the incident, then finished her route before notifying police and seeking medical treatment. She was not seriously hurt.

Singer Fats Domino is 81. Political columnist Robert Novak is 78. Country-rock musician Paul Cotton (Poco) is 66. Actor-director Bill Duke is 66. Singer Mitch Ryder is 64. Rock musician Jonathan Cain (Journey) is 59. Singer Michael Bolton is 56. Actor Greg Germann is 51. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is 51. Bandleader John McDaniel is 48. Actress Jennifer Grant is 43. Rock musician Tim Commerford (Audioslave) is 41. Singer Erykah Badu is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rico Wade (Society of Soul) is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Kyle Norman (Jagged Edge) is 34. Rock musician Chris Culos (O.A.R.) is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Corinne Bailey Rae is 30.

California Lottery Winners

Mega Millions
1-27-28-35-40 Mega: 6
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 24
Jackpot: $171 million

1-13-19-23-25 Mega: 12
Draw date: Wednesday, Feb. 25
Jackpot: $11 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, Feb. 25

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, Feb. 25

Daily 3
Midday: 7-2-7
Evening: 4-0-8
Draw date: Wednesday, Feb. 25

Daily Derby
1st: 02 Lucky Star
2nd: 12 Lucky Charms
3rd: 08 Gorgeous George
Race time: 1:48.04
Draw date: Wednesday, Feb. 25

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