Archive for Monday, June 11, 2001

Nation briefs

June 11, 2001



No Powerball jackpot winner

None of the tickets sold for the Powerball game Saturday night matched all six numbers drawn in Des Moines. Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $14 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $16 million for Wednesday. Tickets that match the first five numbers, but miss the Powerball, win $100,000 each, and there were two of those. One ticket was sold in Delaware and the other in Connecticut.


Museum to send back Alaskan totem pole

The Field Museum of Natural History will give one of its most treasured items, a 27-foot totem pole, to an American Indian tribe that asked for its return. The totem pole was taken as part of an 1899 expedition to collect American Indian artifacts and other items in the Alaskan territory for the museum. It will be shipped by summer to Cape Fox, Alaska, a spot considered sacred by members of the Tlingit Native American nation.

The pole is the latest of several items the museum has returned to American Indian groups under terms of the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. The museum, which has one of the country's largest American Indian collections, has returned a carved wheel, beads and eagle feathers to the Arapaho tribe in northern Arizona.

New Jersey

$23 million jackpot goes unclaimed

A $23.7 million lottery prize went unclaimed because no one could produce the winning ticket within a one-year deadline, officials said Sunday. Saturday was the last day to turn in the June 9, 2000, ticket and collect the prize. The Big Game jackpot will be returned to the lottery agencies in the seven states that participate in the game. The jackpot the night of the drawing was $46 million, but because the lump-sum payment option was chosen the ticket was only worth $23,748,052, before taxes.

The ticket was sold at a Montvale, N.J., convenience store on the day of the drawing last year. The store collected a $10,000 commission even though the would-be multimillionaire didn't surface.

On the high seas

Cruise ship group sets environmental rules

The cruise industry's top trade group has a new environmental message for its members: tow the line or sail the seas alone. Beginning July 1, ships run by Royal Caribbean Cruises, Holland America, and Disney Cruise lines, among others, must meet or exceed recycling and waste discharge guidelines set by the International Council of Cruise Lines. If they fail to comply, the companies face losing membership in the ICCL, a powerful industry lobby.

Over the weekend, Alaska lawmakers passed a bill that sets a cleanup standard for the wastewater from sinks and showers and requires the ships to provide information on their solid and hazardous waste handling practices. The bill also gives the state access to water testing and discharge records and authority to board ships to do its own testing.


Home intruders kill family of 3

Two men barged into a home and fatally shot three people early Sunday. Detroit television station WXYZ said police reported that the gunmen were wearing masks and may have been posing as narcotics agents. It does not appear the residents knew the assailants, said Cmdr. Anderson Brown of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. Willie Jones, 31, his girlfriend, Gerylanne Harris, 40, and Harris' son, Jesse Post, 14, were killed in the shooting about 1 a.m., the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office said. Two other people inside the house escaped.

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