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RIGHTS in March

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen and Everything In Between:

I know you probably don’t want to read this next story because you probably wish it was you but be Happy for your neighbor!!


LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.The sole winning ticket sold for Saturday’s $338.3 million Powerball drawing was purchased at a liquor store in northern New Jersey.
However, the winner has not yet come forward to claim the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history.
“Most people take their time, seek professional advice, and wait to know exactly what they’re doing before they come in,” said New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Carole Hedinger, adding that the winners have one year to come forward to claim their prize.
The New Jersey Lottery does not provide total anonymity to winners, Hedinger said, although they only reveal the winner’s name and hometown, but not their street address.
State lottery officials announced the ticket was bought at Eagle Liquors in Passaic
The numbers drawn were 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and Powerball 31. A lump sum payout would be $221 million. With 25 percent in federal taxes and three percent in state taxes would have, that would result in an after-tax total of about $152 million in cash, Hedinger said.
Powerball is played in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The chance of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is about 1 in 175 million.
Hedinger said reports about the winning ticket being sold in Bordenton, N.J., were false, and that they have “already begun our security procedures to validate the selling of (the winning) ticket.”
While officials are uncertain about whether or not an individual or group won, they are certain only one winning ticket was sold nationwide.
“Whoever they are, they should sign the back of that ticket immediately and put it in a safe place,” said Hedinger. “I do hope they come forward very soon. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to make millionaires.”

© 2013 CBS Interactive Inc.


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is broadening its examination of affirmative action by adding a case about Michigan’s effort to ban consideration of race in college admissions.
The justices already were considering a challenge to the University of Texas program that takes account of race, among many factors, to fill remaining spots in its freshman classes. The Texas case has been argued, but not yet decided.
The court on Monday said it would add the Michigan case, which focuses on the 6-year-old voter-approved prohibition on affirmative action and the appeals court ruling that overturned the ban. The new case will be argued in the fall. A decision in the Texas case is expected by late June.
The dispute over affirmative action in Michigan has its roots in the 2003 Supreme Court decision that upheld the use of race as a factor in university admissions. That case concerned the University of Michigan law school.
In response to the court’s 5-4 decision in that case, affirmative action opponents worked to put a ballot measure in front of voters to amend the state constitution to outlaw preferential treatment on the basis of race and other factors in education, as well as government hiring and contracting. In November 2006, 58 percent of Michigan voters approved the measure.
Civil rights groups sued to block the provision the day after the vote. In November, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 8-7 to invalidate the ban as it applies to college admissions. It did not address hiring or contracting.
The appeals court said the constitutional amendment is illegal because it prohibits affirmative action supporters from lobbying lawmakers, university trustees and other people who ordinarily control admissions policies. Instead, opponents of the ban would have to mount their own long, expensive campaign through the ballot box to protect affirmative action, the court said.
That burden “undermines the Equal Protection Clause’s guarantee that all citizens ought to have equal access to the tools of political change,” the court said. The 6th Circuit divided along ideological lines, with its more liberal judges in the majority.
In the Texas case, a white student who was denied admission to the University of Texas is suing to overturn the school’s use of race among many factors to fill out its incoming freshman classes. The bulk of the slots go to Texans who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.



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