Obama between paychecks
Barack Obama resigned his Senate seat shortly after the election. He certainly is working through this time. Is he paid a government salary for being president-elect?
No. Under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, the president-elect and vice president-elect are allocated money by the General Services Administration for furniture and office equipment, staff, consultants, travel, communications, postage, printing, etc. The total is $8-million.
They also get additional Secret Service protection beyond what they had been getting during the campaign.
For greater detail about presidential transition, go online to: www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/ contentView.do?noc=T&contentType=GSA_BASIC&contentId=24780.
Who wins the lottery?
A recent article states that by law, Florida lottery winners are publicly identified. In all the years I've been reading your newspaper, I have never seen any person's name listed with the amount of money they have won.
Among the frequently asked questions on the Florida Lottery Web site, there is this one:
Q. Can Lottery winners remain anonymous?
A. No. Florida Lottery winners cannot remain anonymous. Florida law mandates that the Florida Lottery provide a winner's name, city of residence, game won, date won and amount won to any third party who requests the information. However, Florida Lottery winners' home addresses and telephone numbers are confidential.
So while the information is available to the media, including this newspaper, whether it's published or broadcast is a decision made by each media company.
Generally speaking, interest in lottery winners increases when they live in the media company's coverage area or when the jackpot is very large.
A quick glimpse through our archives, for instance, shows we wrote a story about a Pinellas Park woman who won $37-million in February but not about a Wildwood man who won $23-million in October.
Mostly, our coverage is simply reporting the winning numbers for Cash 3, Play 4, Fantasy 5, Mega Money and Lotto on Page 2A, and noting when there are winners in Fantasy 5, Mega Money and Lotto and the payouts. We also list cities where winning Lotto tickets are sold.
'Life on Mars' to return
I was really enjoying Life on Mars, and it hasn't been on for a couple of weeks. What happened? I hope it wasn't canceled.
The show is taking a mid-season break. It will be back on Jan. 28, following new episodes of Lost, which will be back on Jan. 21. Private Practice, which had been leading into Life on Mars, is being shifted to 10 p.m. Thursdays, after Grey's Anatomy.