- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 28, 2009


Lottery winner worked 3 jobs

SANTA CRUZ | A man who works three jobs to support his family has turned in the winning ticket for Tuesday’s $39 million jackpot in California’s SuperLotto Plus.

Clyde Persley, 49, who is married and has a 4-year-old daughter, should get a check for about $16 million - a lump sum, rather than installments, after taxes - in four to six weeks, said a lottery spokeswoman.

Mr. Persley operates candy-making machines for Santa Cruz Nutritionals, drives a limousine and picks up extra hours at a restaurant.

He said his first moves will be taking his wife on a trip to Hawaii and hiring a financial adviser. He bought his winning ticket at a Santa Cruz market.


Pie is official, and it’s peach

DOVER | Delaware lawmakers have chosen peach pie to be the First State’s official dessert.

The Senate recently passed the House bill and Gov. Jack Markell’s office said he plans to sign the bill.

The peach flower is Delaware’s state flower, although there now are only three peach orchards in the state, down from several in the 1800s.

Credit students at St. John’s Lutheran School in Dover for learning that Delaware had a strong peach industry through the 1950s and spreading the word that they wanted to recognize the impact of peach farming.


Ex-mayor accused of public indecency

CLAYTON | Authorities arrested former Mayor Mark Musselwhite last weekend and charged him with public indecency after officers from the state’s Department of Natural Resources purportedly found him sitting nude at his Rabun County camp site.

Officers had received a complaint about a naked man walking along a nearby road earlier in the day, but Mr. Musselwhite, 43, a Republican, said he was not the same man. Mr. Musselwhite told the officer he had been swimming in a nearby creek.

He was elected to the Gainesville City Council in 2000, where he served for six years, including a stint as mayor. He lost a bid for a state Senate seat in 2006.


Governor’s mom praying for son

BEAUFORT | Gov. Mark Sanford’s mother told the Associated Press she is praying for her son, who last week admitted to having an affair with a woman in Argentina.

Speaking Saturday at her Beaufort home, Margaret Sanford, 83, expressed love and support for the governor. She said she had just returned to her home from Columbia, the state capital, but would not say whether she’d seen her son or what the two have discussed.

Meanwhile, pressure was mounting for a criminal probe into the Republican governor’s secret trip.

Democratic leaders want an investigation into Mr. Sanford’s use of state money to help pay for an earlier South America trip. Others are questioning whether the governor broke the law by leaving without giving the lieutenant governor control.


Prison guard shortage eases

AUSTIN | Hundreds of state convicts in Texas are going to be moving.

State prison officials said they plan to cancel contracts to house as many as 1,900 state convicts in county lockups because the number of convicts in state prisons has fallen.

State prison system spokeswoman Michelle Lyons told the Austin American-Statesman that officials plan to move the convicts now housed in county lockups back into state prisons by the end of August.

The decrease in the Texas inmate population - part of a national downtrend - also coincides with an increase in correctional officers at the state’s 112 adult prisons. Officials said more people have become guards because of pay incentives and the struggling economy.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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