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New York attorney abandons claim to Iowa state lottery jackpot worth $14.3 million dollars


Crawford S. Shaw, a Yale graduate and attorney licensed to practice in New York, said he represents a trust that owned a winning Iowa Lottery jackpot ticket purchased at a convenience store in December of 2010 that was associated with criminal proceedings and bankruptcy filings in New York and Delaware for which the clients involved with the trust are in Belize and as such have abandoned the claim for the jackpot worth $14.3 million dollars. The Iowa Lottery has confirmed the ticket as authentic.

The Associated Press states that Shaw is the former C.E.O. of Industrial Enterprises of America Inc., a bankrupt public company District Attorney’s office in Manhattan said was looted in a securities fraud scheme valued at $100 million.

According to a report in MSNBC, Shaw referred a reporter to a statement issued by a law firm based in Des Moines that had performed work on behalf of the trust which said the identity of the buyer(s) of the ticket were unknown even to Shaw and offered to authorize the Iowa Lottery to pay the winnings, after taxes, to charities, but lottery officials declined, saying no payments would be made until the identities of the buyers were known.

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office and Division of Criminal Investigation announced a criminal probe into the matter.

According to the Des Moines Register, the ticket was signed by Shaw on behalf of an company called Hexham Investments Trust. The name Hexham, however, was misspelled on the signature.

Apparently, Iowa Lottery officials have given the winners until 3 p..m. Friday to reveal themselves or forfeit the prize.

Read the entire article at Allvoices.

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Facebook Will Not Shut Down On March 15, 2011

Facebook Shutdown A RumorThe rumor that Facebook will be shutting down entirely on March 15, 2011 caused confusion amongst many as it was thought to be true. Even Google Trends and Twitter had the Facebook shutdown rumor as hot topics and a Facebook group was started to stop Facebook from shutting down.

Although it is unknown how the Facebook shutdown rumor started, two things may have influenced the rumor.  First, a CNN opinion by Douglas Rushkoff wherein Mr. Rushkoff believes that the hype of Facebook will fade and the recent Goldman Sachs investment could signal the beginning of the end.  Additionally, Yahoo announced that it’s Yahoo Video will be closing down on March 15, 2011.

It is easy to see how someone listening to portions of a conversation could end up with Facebook will shut down on March 15, 2011.  However, this is not the case.  Facebook is not shutting down on March 15, 2011 and the rumor is just that – an unfounded rumor.  There is no reason for Facebook fans and users to panic or worry about removing photos from the Facebook site.

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Aflockalypse Now: The Coming of the End of The World As Birds and Fish Die Everywhere

AflockalypseIn what Melissa Bell of the Washington Post coins the “Aflockalypse,” in her article: “Dead Birds, Dead Fish Turn Up All Over the World: Signs of the Aflockalypse,” reports of dead birds falling out of the sky and dead fish washing ashore have come up all over the world. What started with 5,000 red-winged blackbirds in Beebe, Arkansas and 100,000 Drum Fish near Ozark in the Arkansas River, went on to include another 500 birds in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; 2,000,000 dead fish in the Chesapeake Bay the largest estuary in the United States; and now international with reports from Sweden, New Zealand, Brazil, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

But is it the end of the world? Is it truly the coming of the Aflockalypse?

Ms. Bell cautions conspiracy theorists with:

“It seems sudden bird deaths occur more often than one would think. About 500 million to 1 billion birds are killed every year and mass deaths have been noted about 16 times in the past 20 years, the PBS NewsHour reports.”

But conspiracy theorists aren’t down with the jest of the Aflockalypse. The eBible Fellowship believes in the Apocalypse and states that “on May 21, 2011: Judgment Day will begin and the rapture (the taking up into heaven of God’s elect people) will occur at the end of the 23-year great tribulation. On October 21st, the world will be destroyed by fire.”

So what did cause the birds and fish to die? Not the greatest of news to report, but there has been no conclusive evidence pinpointing an exact cause, although several theories about what is happening have surfaced: from conspiracy theories leading us to the end of the world and H.A.A.R.P., to traumatic stress syndrome, cold stress, cannons and fireworks.

The website All About attributes the bird and fish deaths to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill where two million gallons of Corexit was poured into the Gulf of Mexico since April 2010. “Corexit goes through a molecular change when it comes into contact with warm water; it changes from a liquid to a gas and evaporates into clouds,” reports France 24. Additionally, “A report prepared for President Medvedev by Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources warned that the BP oil spill would be the worst environmental catastrophe in all of human history, threatening the entire eastern half of the North American continent. Said report warned of years of toxic rain resulting in changes to the ecosystems. The questions then become: “Could nine months of toxic oil rain have somehow concentrated in these two areas, causing the death of the birds, and more than 100,000 fish in the same area at the same time? Could the birds have ingested contaminated prey?”

This article is reprinted from Allvoices.com

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