Just take a gander at some of the stories our local news had missed during the course of today:
- The winner of the Big Game lottery's $46 million prize failed to come forward and claim the winnings. The deadline came and went on Saturday, but nobody had claimed the prize. The proceeds will now revert back to the 7 states that had participated in the lottery, and $10,000 will be given to the store in Montvale, NJ for selling the winning ticket.
- No repeat of last year's New York Puerto Rican Day parade as this year's was peaceful. After last year's parade, 50 women were groped and fondled, and as a result 18 men have been convicted.
A group of those women are now suing the NY Police Department for failing to intervene nor do anything to prevent further attacks.
- Funerals were held in Japan for 5 of the victims of Japan's worst act of violence since the subway's Serin nerve gas attack.
A 37 year-old man wielding a knife went on a killing rampage at a elementary school near Osaka resulting in the death of 8 children.
As an aside: because of strict gun laws, most violent crimes involve knives.
- Funerals were also held for 3 Palestinian women who were killed by Israeli soldiers yesterday. Israel claims the women had shot at them first, but the Palestinians claim otherwise.
- The Phillipine government has given into demands by rebels holding 20 hostages, including 3 Americans, to allow for mediation. The government had agreed after the rebels had theatened to kill one American.
- In Spain, thousands of protesters turned-out to protest President Bush's policies in advance of his visit next week.
This is Bush's first major world trip and will be the first time he and Russia's Prime Minister Putin will meet. Bush will be trying to persuade Europeans on the notion of a Missle Defense Shield and that the US is committed to dealing with Global Warming.
- Nepal's king has extended the deadline by four more days to complete a report on the killing of the royal family by the Crown Prince, who had also killed himself.
Many of the Nepalise people don't believe the account that the Crown Prince had gunned-down the royal family and the Uncle has been critized by the government for going public with the story without government approval.
- Compared to previous celebrations, last night's festivities in Denver were relatively quiet. The Colorado Avalanche had beaten the NJ Devils 3 to 1 to win the Stanley Cup.
- Five people, including Lebanon's first woman, had been granted sainthood by the Pope.
- In entertainment news: while on a visit to the LA Zoo, Sharon Stone's husband had been bitten on the ankle by a 10 foot Komodo Dragon.