THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2006 NATIONAL LAREDO MORNING TIMES | 9A 8 meatpackers carve up jackpot By KEVIN O’HANLON ASSOCIATED PRESS 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- rats. 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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