N.J. Jackpot Winners to Aid
Victims of Hurricane Katrina
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- A couple who won a $258 million Mega Millions jackpot on Sept. 16 say some of the money will go to help Hurricane Katrina victims.
Harold Lerner, 60, said his wife, Helen, bought the winning ticket with numbers 5, 16, 41, 46, 50 and 1. They will take the cash option of $156.1 million, and federal tax will take about a quarter of that.
Along with helping Katrina evacuees, they said, some of their winnings would go to Seton Hall University, from which Helen Lerner graduated in 1976.
Both retired from their jobs. "We're really in dreamland at this point," Harold Lerner said. "I still don't believe it."
* PHILADELPHIA -- A woman convicted of kidnapping an infant during a fire, then raising the girl as her own for years, was sentenced to nine to 30 years in prison. In court, Carolyn Correa publicly accused birth father Pedro Vera of helping her commit the crime, a charge he denied after the hearing. The 10-day-old girl disappeared from her crib during a December 1997 fire at her parents' Philadelphia home. She was reunited with her parents last year after DNA testing proved the child's identity.
* LAS VEGAS -- A man accused of killing two tourists and injuring 12 others on the Las Vegas Strip told police he steered his car into the crowd on the sidewalk because they were staring at him like demons. Stephen M. Ressa, 27, of Rialto, Calif., also told police he saw people with their hands in their pockets and thought they might be armed with guns, according to an arrest report. "They were staring at him like they were 'demons,' " the report said. "Ressa admitted he became angry at them, and intentionally steered the vehicle toward them."
* MIAMI -- More than 300 ancient Peruvian artifacts, including a 3,500-year-old clay pot and a burial shroud used by royalty, were recovered in South Florida as part of a smuggling investigation, federal officials said.
* CHINO, Calif. -- A racial clash between inmates at a California prison erupted into a three-hour riot involving 200 inmates, critically injuring two, said state Department of Corrections spokesman Todd Slosek.
* BIRMINGHAM -- A judge rejected a jury's call for mercy and sentenced an admitted drug dealer to death for the murders of three police officers gunned down as they entered a crack house last year. Kerry Spencer, 25, was convicted of killing Officers Carlos Owen, 58; Harley Chisholm III, 40; and Charles Robert Bennett, 33.
* PITTSBURGH -- A federal jury awarded an Egyptian-born radiologist nearly $2.5 million for invasion of privacy after a property manager searched his apartment and called police on Sept. 11, 2001. The jury said the invasion of Basem M.F. Hussein's privacy was made with "malice of reckless indifference."
* CHATTANOOGA -- A man who sought safety from Hurricane Katrina in Tennessee was gunned down in the street and died, possibly during a robbery of his Red Cross relief money. Don Maurice Airline, 24, of Metairie, La., had received a debit card worth several hundred dollars that was missing when he was found on a secluded road.
-- From News Services