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The skinny: Shirley Jones postpones 80th birthday skydive

Grounded grandma

Jones holds off on skydive for 80th birthday

Actor Shirley Jones is celebrating her 80th birthday on the ground, instead of skydiving as she had planned. A spokesman for The Partridge Family actor said Monday that Jones agreed to postpone the jump after her sons and grandchildren asked her to reconsider. Jones announced last week that she planned to celebrate her birthday by jumping from a plane for the first time, something she said she wanted to do all her life. She was inspired by former President George H.W. Bush, who skydived on several of his birthdays, including his 85th in 2009. Spokesman Edward Lozzi said Jones' family held an intervention Sunday to prevent her from going through with the jump planned for Monday. Jones insists she still plans to skydive, though no date has been set.

Lotto luck

Va. couple hits it big three times

A Virginia couple is averaging about $1 million a week in lottery winnings. The Virginia Lottery says Calvin and Zatera Spencer of Portsmouth claimed their latest prize last week — $1 million in the scratch-off game $100 Million Cash Extravaganza. The streak started when the Spencers won $1 million in the March 12 Powerball drawing. The couple struck again on March 26 when Calvin Spencer won $50,000 in the Virginia Lottery's Pick 4. The next day, Calvin Spencer bought the winning Cash Extravaganza ticket.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Shirley Jones postpones 80th birthday skydive 04/01/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 8:21pm]
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