Daily Archive: November 27, 2012


Millions chase record $425M Powerball jackpot

by Jeff McMurray CHICAGO (AP)—Eight months after a trio of ticket buyers split a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot to set a world lottery record, Powerball is offering up a prize that would be the second-highest. The $425 million jackpot, the largest in Powerball’s history, represents a potential life-changing fortune. But before shelling out $2 for a ticket, here are some things to consider: FEELING LUCKY—A customer purchases lottery tickets for the Powerball lottery at Foster Stationery in Bergenfield, N.J. on Nov. 24. (AP Photo/The Record (Bergen County), Don Smith)


Dixon suspends Pitt’s Zeigler for DUI charges

by Joe Mandak PITTSBURGH (AP)—Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon has indefinitely suspended junior transfer Trey Zeigler, who apologized for being charged with drunken driving after police said he was found passed out behind the wheel early Sunday. Dixon issued a statement Monday calling the incident “not only surprising, but incredibly disappointing” and “out of character” for Zeigler, who transferred to Pitt this season from Central Michigan after his father was fired as coach there in March. SUSPENDED—Pittsburgh’s Trey Zeigler, top, is lifted by J.J. Moore after getting a dual possession call with seconds left and driving the game to overtime Nov. 17 in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh was down by 14 points at the half and came back to win 72-62 in overtime. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Zeigler also issued a statement through the team apologizing for his actions and saying “this is not indicative of the kind of person I am, nor the kind of person I want to be.”


Rice’s star rises as congressional opposition dims

by Bradley Klapper & Matthew Lee WASHINGTON (AP)—With congressional opposition softening, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice could find her name in contention as early as this week to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. It’s a step that may signal greater U.S. willingness to intervene in world crises during President Barack Obama’s second term. FRONT-RUNNER—U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File) As Obama nears a decision on who should be the country’s next top diplomat, Rice has emerged as the clear front-runner on a short list of candidates that many believe has been narrowed to just her and Sen. John Kerry, despite lingering questions over her comments about the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya.


DC on pace for fewer than 100 homicides in 2012

by Eric Tucker WASHINGTON (AP)—The crack epidemic that began in the 1980s ushered in a wave of bloodletting in the nation’s capital and a death toll that ticked upward daily. Dead bodies, sometimes several a night, had homicide detectives hustling between crime scenes and earned Washington unwelcome monikers such as the nation’s “murder capital.” At the time, some feared the murder rate might ascend to more frightening heights. GUNSHOT SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP—Ismail Watkins listens during a group support session for gunshot survivors, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) But after approaching nearly 500 slayings a year in the early 1990s, the annual rate has gradually declined to the point that the city is now on the verge of a once-unthinkable milestone. The number of 2012 killings in the District of Columbia stands at 78 and is on pace to finish lower than 100 for the first time since 1963, police records show.


The Moody Male Voter…When it comes to gender gap, men play crucial role

by Connie Cass WASHINGTON (AP)—Sorry, fellas, but President Barack Obama’s re-election makes it official: Women can overrule men at the ballot box. For the first time in research dating to 1952, a presidential candidate whom men chose decisively—Republican Mitt Romney—lost. More women voted for the other guy. COURTING WOMEN— This Oct. 19 photo shows the audience, who were mostly women, listening behind President Barack Obama as he speaks about the choice facing women in the election during a campaign event at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) It’s surprising it didn’t happen sooner because women have been voting in larger numbers than men for almost three decades, exit polls show.


Grammy-winning bassist injured in Swiss bus crash

GENEVA (AP)—Grammy-winning jazz bassist Marcus Miller and several members of his band were injured when their bus overturned Sunday on a busy highway in Switzerland, killing the driver, police said. INJURED IN CRASH—Grammy award-winning jazz bassist Marcus Miller performs in concert at Papp Laszlo Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, May 23. (AP Photo/MTI, Balazs Mohai, File) The German-registered private bus tipped over as it drove into a bend on the A2 highway in central Switzerland and came to a rest on its side, police in the canton (state) of Uri said. The bus was carrying 13 people—two drivers and 11 members of the Marcus Miller Band, including Miller.


“Lincoln,” the Movie: What’s Missing?

“‘Negro History’ is the missing segment of world history”—Carter G. Woodson (NNPA)—Carter G. Woodson was right when he essentially said that Black history is the missing pages of world history. Never was such so true than in the movie, “Lincoln.” While I, as a “weekend historian,” was impressed by Daniel Day Lewis’ portrayal of the 16th president of the United States, my knowledge of history begged questions: Why were Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman not portrayed or mentioned? Why was the ancient Egyptian mathematical formula attributed to the Greek mathematician, Euclid?