8 meatpackers carve up jackpot - Laredo Morning Times by jianghongl


									THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2006
                                                                                                            NATIONAL                                                                                                            LAREDO MORNING TIMES | 9A

 8 meatpackers carve up jackpot
          By KEVIN O’HANLON

    LINCOLN, Neb. — Eight work-
ers at a Nebraska meatpacking
plant are really bringing home
the bacon now: They stepped for-
ward Wednesday to claim the
biggest lottery jackpot in U.S. his-
tory — $365 million.
    The seven men and one
woman bought the winning
Powerball ticket at a conven-
ience store near the ConAgra
ham processing plant where
they worked. At least three of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photo by Mike Derer | AP
the winners are immigrants —
two from Vietnam and one from                                                                                                                                                  Security officers for the Port Newark Container Terminal talk at the entrance to the
the Congo.                                                                                                                                                                     shipping terminal in Newark, N.J., on Wednesday.
    “This is great country!” said
Quang Dao, 56, who came to the
United States in 1988. He still has
family in Vietnam and said he
                                                                                                                                                                                 Bush in the dark on ports
plans to help them financially
with his winnings.                                                                                                                                   Photo by Bill Wolf | AP
                                                                                                                                                                                deal until after it was OK’d
    The previous U.S. jackpot          The eight winners of the $365 millions Powerball lottery pose with their individual checks Wednesday in Lincoln, Neb. Eight work-
record was $363 million, won by        ers at a Nebraska meat-processing plant claimed the record Powerball jackpot, giving each about $15.5 million after taxes. The                       By TED BRIDIS                 the Arab firm.
two ticketholders in Illinois and      seven men and one woman all work at a ConAgra ham processing plant near the U-Stop convenience store where they bought the                         ASSOCIATED PRESS                   Bush faces a rebellion from
Michigan in 2000.                      winning ticket last week for Saturday’s lottery. Clockwise from top left: Robert Stewart,Alain Maboussou, Dung Tran, Eric Zornes,                                                  leaders of his own party, as well
    The Nebraska workers had the       David Gehle, Michael Terpstra, Quang Dao and Chasity Rutjens.                                                                               WASHINGTON — President                 as from Democrats, about the
option of taking the money in one                                                                                                                                              Bush was unaware of the pend-              deal that would put Dubai Ports
lump sum or 30 annual install-         the civil war there. He said he            has no children, was unsure what                 Maboussou said he did not                   ing sale of shipping operations            in charge of major shipping op-
ments. They chose the lump sum         plans to quit work and return to           to do with the money.                        think employees who did not                     at six major U.S. seaports to a            erations in New York, New Jer-
and will get $15.5 million each af-    school for a degree in business                “Everybody has dreams,” he               chip in for the tickets would har-              state-owned business in the                sey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Mi-
ter taxes.                             administration. He said the mon-           said. “Buy an island. Buy an air-            bor any ill will toward the win-                United Arab Emirates until the             ami and Philadelphia.
    Three of the group quit their      ey will provide for his wife and           plane. In reality, I’m not a fan of          ners.                                           deal already had been approved                While Bush has adamantly
jobs when they hit the jackpot.        baby daughter.                             flying and don’t really like wa-                 “I don’t think they have a rea-             by his administration, the White           defended the deal, the White
    “I’ve been retired for about          “She’s going to be happy for            ter.”                                        son to be jealous because when                  House said Wednesday.                      House acknowledged that he
four days now,” said Eric Zornes,      the rest of her life,” he said of the          The winners said they often              it’s a pool day, we ask people to                   Defending the deal anew,               did not know about it until re-
40.                                    3-month-old girl.                          pooled their money with other                put like in five bucks, so if you               the administration also said               cently.
    Alain Maboussou, 26, fled             Mike Terpstra, a 47-year-old            workers when Powerball jackpots              wasn’t there or you didn’t put five             that it should have briefed Con-              “He became aware of it over
from the Congo in 1999 to escape       plant supervisor who is single and         exceeded $40 million.                        bucks in, sorry,” he said.                      gress sooner about the trans-              the last several days,” McClellan
                                                                                                                                                                               action, which has triggered a              said. Asked if Bush did not know
                                                                                                                                                                               major political backlash among             about it until it was a done deal,

 Study finds no benefit from supplements in treating arthritis                                                                                                                 both Republicans and Democ-
                                                                                                                                                                                   Bush on Tuesday brushed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          McClellan said, “That’s correct.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          He said the matter did not rise to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the presidential level, but went
           By ALICIA CHANG             relief and other factors, the study        tis. That number is expected to                At least 5 million Americans                  aside objections by leaders in             through a congressionally-man-
          ASSOCIATED PRESS             may not settle the debate about            double in the next two decades as           use the two supplements either                   the Senate and House that the              dated review process and was
                                       these unproven treatments even             baby boomers age. Osteoarthritis            alone or together, government fig-               $6.8 billion sale could raise risks        determined not to pose a na-
    Two hot-selling supplements        though it’s considered the largest         is a degenerative joint disease that        ures show. President Bush was                    of terrorism at American ports.            tional security threat.
used by millions of Americans are      and most scientific test to date.          affects the knees, hips, back and           among the customers for a while                  In a forceful defense of his ad-              “The president made sure to
of little help to most people with        “We still have a bit of a conun-        the small joints in the fingers.            because of knee pain, but spokes-                ministration’s earlier approval            check with all the Cabinet sec-
mild arthritis, concludes a large      drum,” said Dr. Tim McAlindon, a               The search for pain relief              woman Dana Perino said                           of the deal, he pledged to veto            retaries that are part of this
government study that is part of       Tufts University rheumatologist            helped boost worldwide sales of             Wednesday the president no                       any bill Congress might approve            process, or whose agencies or
an effort to scrutinize unregulated    who had no role in the research.           glucosamine and chondroitin to              longer takes the supplements.                    to block the agreement involving           departments are part of this
health remedies.                          Rheumatologist Dr. Daniel               $1.7 billion last year, according to        Bush has replaced running with                   the sale of a British company to           process,” the spokesman said.
    For most arthritis patients        Clegg of the University of Utah in         the Nutrition Business Journal,             mountain biking.
with aching knees, the health food     Salt Lake City, who led the study,         which tracks supplements. The
store supplements, glucosamine         suggested people with severe               supplements — made from ani-
and chondroitin sulfate, turned        arthritis talk to their doctors            mal cartilage and shellfish — have
out to be no better than dummy         about trying the supplements               had even wider appeal amid safe-
pills. People who had more acute       short-term to see if they work.            ty concerns over certain
knee pain seemed to show some             More than 20 million Ameri-             painkillers, including the arthritis
benefit.                               cans suffer from osteoarthritis,           medicine Vioxx, which was
    Because of that hint of possible   the most common form of arthri-            yanked from the market in 2004.

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