WINNING POWERBALL TICKET SOLD IN PR
One winning ticket for last night's $564 million Powerball drawing
was sold in Puerto Rico, while two other winning tickets were sold
in Texas and North Carolina. Puerto Rico only joined the Powerball
lottery last October, and this is the first time the island has sold a
The unidentified winner is from Ponce's Cotto Laurel neighborhood,
and is expected to receive $188 million. The ticket was sold at a Shell
PARENTS OF OBESE CHILDREN MAY BE FINED
From NBC News:
Lawmakers in Puerto Rico are debating a controversial bill that
would fine parents of obese children up to $800 if they don't make
efforts to improve their child's health.
"That child is a health issue and can become an economic burden
because he/she could develop heart disease, diabetes and other
illnesses," Senator Jose Luis Dalmau said to El Nuevo Día, Puerto
Rico's largest newspaper.
If the bill is approved, public school teachers would flag potential
obesity cases and report them to social workers and counselors. The
Health Department would then get involved and work with parents
to determine if the child's obesity is due to poor eating habits or
other health problems.
PR MURDER SUSPECT CAUGHT IN MASS.
From The Boston Herald:
The suspect in a 2006 double slaying in Puerto Rico has been
captured in Massachusetts. Police say 36-year-old Luis Carras-
quillo-Lizardi was arrested Wednesday in New Bedford in a
third-floor apartment where he had been living under an alias.
He was arraigned on a fugitive from justice charge later Wed-
nesday in New Bedford District Court and held without bail.
SOME DRUGS IN SHORT SUPPLY IN ISLAND
From The San Juan Daily Star:
Hospital patients in Puerto Rico should be aware that there is a
shortage of critical drugs that are used to treat them during a
medical emergency. Island hospitals are only getting 40 percent of
the drugs needed because of lower production by U.S. manufacturers,
which are limiting purchases. New Progressive Party Rep. Gabriel
Rodríguez Aguiló urged Health Secretary Ana Ríus to obtain a waiver
from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so island hospitals
can buy the critical drugs from manufacturers that are not from U.S.