Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check
January 19, 2011
No winner in Saturday night's drawing for the Powerball Lottery. That means tonight's drawing is valued at $96 million ($48.7 million cash value). Powerball is played in 41 states, Washington DC and the U-S Virgin Islands. Chances of winning the grand prize (all five numbers plus the powerball) are 1 in 195.2 million.
Trailer Park update:
One of the Mega Million winners who split that $380-million-dollar jackpot may have to split the money with her estranged husband.
He's 31; she's 29, and it's $190 million if you're keeping score ($90 million if she goes with the one-time payout).
HOLLY LAHTI, a bank clerk, married JOSHUA LAHTI in 2001, but they separated several years later. Never got a divorce --or at least there's no record of it. Under Idaho community property law, he appears well-positioned to claim half of his wife's winnings.
But this gets better because apparently, ol Josh was a real catch. He's been arrested more than a dozen times, and convicted of domestic battery, drug possession and buying alcohol for a minor.
And she's got her own colorful past: Both of them were booked on battery charges in 2003 and jailed. Mug shots from that arrest show Holly with a black eye. Holly was also once arrested on a battery charge against another woman but that case was later dismissed.
Last anyone's heard, Holly took her two children and left for an undisclosed location shortly after winning the jackpot.
Free Legal Advice update: The attorney on the "Today Show" had this idea: Propose to the courts to set up a trust fund for the kids: One third to the kids, one third to her, and one third to him. He'll still get money but it won't be as much and the kids will be taken care of. If she fights this, they may freeze all the money and tie this thing up in the courts for years. Additionally, she will incur tons of legal fees. (Maiman
Drugs and drug companies:
The biggest complaint most women have about menopause is the hot flashes. Right now the only approved treatment for the condition is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). But that's only prescribed sparingly since a few years ago a study showed HRT increases a woman's risk of breast and ovarian cancers and strokes.
Most women have been forced to tough out the hot flashes, but new findings suggest there may be another option for the bothersome condition. Researchers found the antidepressant Lexapro significantly cut the number and severity of hot flashes in healthy menopausal women. Writings in the Journal of the American Medical Association explain that after eight weeks, women given the drug endured only half as many hot flashes, and the ones they did have weren't as bad. Three weeks after the women stopped taking the antidepressant, the hot flashes came back.
FYI: Other antidepressants, including Paxil, Prozac and Effexor, have also been shown to help hot flashes. (Page)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
Pop music impressario DON KIRSHNERis dead. He died on Monday from heart failure at age 77. Don was known in the music biz as "The Man With The Golden Ear" and helped guide the careers of dozens of major artists. His publishing company, Aldon Music, gave a start to budding songwriters and performers like BOBBY DARIN, CAROLE KING and NEIL DIAMOND.
Don later became the musical supervisor for a new TV series called "The Monkees." He lined up the best songwriters in the world to come up with hits for the group and was in charge of all the music for the show. In the 1970's, Don moved in front of the camera as the host of "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" on ABC. While most shows had artists lip-sync, everyone on Don's show performed live. (Marino)
USTIN BIEBER's line of nail polish has completely sold out. People magazine says the six-color collection was only available at Walmart, and more than 3,000 locations have run through their entire stock. Not to worry though. Starting next month, there will eight more colors added to Justin's nail polish offering and you'll be able to buy them from a wide variety of retailers. (Marino)
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