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The skinny: Canadian couple happy to pass on their $10M lottery bounty

They're winners

Couple happy to pass on their lottery bounty

A Canadian couple who gave away almost $10.2 million in lottery winnings say they're just plain country folks who don't need more than what they have. Allen and Violet Large of Lower Truro, Nova Scotia, said Thursday they won $10.9 million in a July 14 Lotto 649 draw and decided to bank two percent for a rainy day and donate the rest. After taking care of their family, they donated almost 98 percent of their prize to churches, fire departments, cemeteries and the Red Cross in Lower Truro, as well as hospitals where Violet, who has cancer, has undergone treatment. Allen Large, 75, is retired from a 30-year career as a welder; Violet Large, 78, had worked for confectionery and cosmetic firms.

Bragging bust

Facebook status nets a fugitive

Anyone who has bragged on Facebook about getting away with something should know that status won't last. The latest proof: Robert Lewis Crose, 47, who absconded from parole in California 12 years ago, was arrested in Montana after disclosing his location. Crose's Facebook page had an Oct. 28 post complaining that his "water line froze even with heat tape and wrap" after the temperature fell to 20 degrees below zero. Life otherwise was okay. Facebook posts include his recent meals and that it snowed and he won $600 playing keno on Oct. 26. He was in Cut Bank, a small town just south of the Canadian border, he said. The knock on the door came a few days later . . .

Election specials

Detroit, Ore., pop. 271, likes its name

Detroit — the one amid the conifers of Oregon and not to be confused with a certain Midwestern Motor City — will remain Detroit. Residents voted 47-37 on Tuesday not to change the name of the tiny town southeast of Portland to Detroit Lake. In September, the Motor City mayor's office criticized California gubernatorial hopeful Meg Whitman for comparing Fresno to Detroit and calling it "awful." In Detroit, Ore. — population 271 — some wanted to switch to Detroit Lake because it "has a better sound" and would attract more tourists. The town's name was chosen by early settlers from Michigan.

He'll vote, even if he has to lie down

Charles Gorby, 83, wasn't going to let a small thing like a stint in hospital — and an ambulance ride home — stop him from voting. He persuaded an emergency crew to stop at his polling station Tuesday on the way home after a two-week hospital stay. Since the polling place was only about a block from Gorby's Havertown, Pa., home, the crew agreed. Gorby voted from a stretcher with his legs protruding from under the booth's curtain. He told the Delaware County Daily Times he just had to vote. "Voting is the least you can do" as a citizen, he said.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Canadian couple happy to pass on their $10M lottery bounty 11/04/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 11:06pm]
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