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Anonymous Winner Of $1.5 Million Lottery Using Winnings To Help Alabama Tornado Victims

(CNN) — The winner of the largest Mega Millions jackpot in US history — $1.5 billion — is sharing her newfound wealth.

The lucky South Carolina woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, is donating to the Alabama Red Cross to aid tornado relief and several South Carolina charities.

She decided to donate because she claimed the money when a tornado struck Alabama in early March, her lawyer Jason Kurland said.

“It just felt like we were having this great event when there were people suffering nearby,” Kurland told CNN.

Kurland added the winner doesn’t want to announce exactly how much she’s donating to the charities.

“We spoke with the charities and agreed it would be best not to announce. We want to announce the charities to spread awareness,” Kurland said.

The other organizations include the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Columbia, South Carolina; In The Middle, a charity that helps women with breast cancer; the City of Simpsonville Art Center; and the One SC Fund for Hurricane Florence relief.

“Words can’t describe the feeling of such incredible luck,” the winner said in a Thursday statement through her lawyer.

“I do realize that such good fortune carries a tremendous social responsibility, and it gives me a unique opportunity to assist, support and contribute to charities and causes that are close to my heart.”

She did her research before claiming the prize

The winner chose to take home the one-time lump sum of $878 million from the October 2018 drawing, which was the largest jackpot payout to a single winner in US history.

However, she laid low for months and did not claim her winnings until March 4. She spent time researching professionals to help preserve her anonymity and manage her new fortune, her lawyer said.

She has decided to keep her identity private for her safety, her lawyer said. South Carolina is one of few states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.

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‘Mockingbird’ Author Compared Hometown To Elvis’ Graceland

(AP) — “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee railed against her Alabama hometown for trying to exploit her success in a letter that helps explain later legal battles involving commercialization of her novel.

The writer’s bitter assessment of Monroeville came in a three-page letter that is being sold with other items by the London-based Bonhams auctions.

Pulitzer Prize winner and “To Kill A Mockingbird” author Harper Lee smiles before receiving the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 5, 2007 in Washington, DC. The Medal of Freedom is given to those who have made remarkable contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, culture, or other private or public endeavors. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Lee used Monroeville as the model for fictional Maycomb, Alabama, in her Pulitzer Prize-winning book about racial injustice in the Jim Crow South. But in a letter she wrote to a friend in 1993, Lee complained harshly about the town.

Sandra Lindley, right and Lydia Kuhn behind listens to a reader at the Krispy Kreme shop Monday, March 6, 2006, in Fresno, Calif. Kuhn and others like her spent the morning reading “To Kill a Mockingbird,” as part of The National Endowment for the Arts effort to get American’s to read more. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

Referring to a sordid Southern family featured in some of William Faulkner’s works, Lee wrote: “You remember the Faulknerian prophecy — the Snopeses shall inherit the earth? They’ve already taken over Monroeville.

“What was once a tiny town of considerable character is now 6 times its size and populated by appalling people. Guess what: They are trying to turn Harper Lee into a tourist attraction like Graceland and Elvis Presley.”

This Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 photo, shows the clock tower of the old courthouse at the Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville, Ala., home to Harper Lee, the elusive author of best-seller “To Kill a Mockingbird.” A group in the south Alabama city of Monroeville hopes to develop new attractions and draw more tourists to the hometown of the late “To Kill a Mockingbird” author. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Lee died in 2016 following publication of “Go Set a Watchman,” an early version of “Mockingbird” that became only her second published book.

In her letter to the late Charles Weldon Carruth, an old friend and fellow Alabama native, Lee bemoaned both an interstate sign pointing the way to Monroeville and the prevalence of mockingbird images in the city of about 5,900 people, which is located 90 miles north of Mobile.

FILE – This Jan. 15, 2015 file photo shows the old courtroom that served as inspiration for the novel and movie “To Kill A Mockingbird” in Monroeville, Ala. Each spring, volunteers join together annually to perform a stage version of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” on the courthouse lawn in Monroeville, Ala. Yet the play may eventually be coming to an end. Organizers haven’t been able to obtain rights to produce the play beyond 2015. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Her most pointed criticism was aimed at the Monroe County Museum, which has displays about Lee and her book located in the old courthouse that was used as a set model for the film version of “Mockingbird” starring Gregory Peck.

FILE – In this 1962 file photo originally released by Universal, actor Gregory Peck is shown as attorney Atticus Finch, a small-town Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape, in a scene from “To Kill a Mockingbird,” based on the novel by Harper Lee. Lee and her publisher announced Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, that this summer they’ll release the 88-year-old author’s second book, “Go Set the Watchmen,” a kind of sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird.” (AP Photo/Universal, File)

“The hypocrites in charge, not one of whom I know, say they are doing this to ‘honor’ me. What they are doing is trying to drown me in their own bad taste, and are embarrassing me beyond endurance,” said Lee.

Lee later sued the museum for selling souvenirs related to her novel and using the title of the book for its website address. Her estate filed suit last year over the script for the current hit Broadway adaption of “Mockingbird,” starring Jeff Daniels as lawyer Atticus Finch.

Aside from the letter, the auction includes several sketches by Lee and a signed first edition of “Mockingbird.”

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Orange Crush: Clemson Topples No. 1 ‘Bama For National Title

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With stunning ease — and a freshman quarterback — Clemson toppled college football’s greatest dynasty again to become the first perfect playoff champion.

Trevor Lawrence passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns and the second-ranked Tigers beat No. 1 Alabama 44-16 on Monday night in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

In the fourth consecutive playoff meeting between the Tigers and Tide, Clemson evened the series and beat ‘Bama for the national championship for the second time in three seasons. Clemson is the first team in the AP poll era, dating back to 1936, to finish 15-0.

“We’re gonna enjoy this one. We’ve got a nice spot to put it in our facility, right next to that other one,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “We’ve got twins!”

Alabama coach Nick Saban and the Tide (14-1) were looking for a sixth national championship in 10 years, trying to add to an already unprecedented run in the sport. Instead, Clemson crushed Alabama, becoming the first opponent to beat the Tide by more than 14 points since Saban became coach in 2007.

Swinney’s Tigers sealed their status as a superpower, no longer just 1A to Alabama’s 1.

“We’re 15-0, we beat the best team ever, nobody’s taking that away from us,” Clemson All-America defensive tackle Christian Wilkins said.

Two seasons ago it was Deshaun Watson dethroning the Tide with a last-second touchdown pass. Clemson’s new star quarterback didn’t need the late-game heroics. The long-haired Lawrence cut though Alabama’s defense with the help of another fabulous freshman. Justyn Ross made a juggling grab, a one-handed snare and broke a 74-yard touchdown about midway through the third quarter that made it 37-16 and had Swinney high-stepping down the sidelines.

Ross, who scored two touchdowns in the semifinal rout of Notre Dame, had six catches for 153 yards against his home-state team.

Swinney takes a different approach than Saban, running a more fun-loving program than Alabama’s all-business organization. But the results have been every bit as good. And on Monday night at Levi’s Stadium, in a championship game played more than 2,000 miles away from Clemson’s South Carolina campus, the Tigers were way too much for an Alabama team that had spent the season mauling its opposition by an average of 31 points per game.

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa threw two crucial interceptions in the first half, the first returned 44 yards for a touchdown by A.J. Terrell to put Clemson up 7-0. The Tide came in scoring 48 points per game, but were shut out over the final 44 minutes by an opportunistic Clemson defense that stiffened in key spots.

Tagovailoa, the sophomore who came off the bench to win the championship game last year for the Tide, went 22 for 34 for 295 yards and two touchdowns.

“Good is not good enough,” Tagovailoa said.

The Heisman runner-up was also the second-best quarterback on the field in the championship game. Lawrence finished 20 for 32, but went 18 for 25 for 277 yards over the final three quarters.

The teenager who took over as the starter four games into the season raised the Tigers’ play, giving them an explosive offense to match a suffocating defense that was led by a star-studded line with All-Americans Clelin Ferrell and Wilkins.

“It’s been an awesome journey,” Lawrence said. “It’s really unbelievable.”

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Several San Jose Streets To Close For CFB Playoff Week

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Several streets in San Jose will be closed in preparation for College Football Playoff Week and for the NCAA National Championship Game, which will be played at Levi’s Stadium on Jan. 7.

Playoff Week begins Thursday, Jan. 3 to act as a “homecoming weekend” experience for fans ahead of the repeat matchup between Alabama vs. Clemson and to show off what San Jose has to offer.

Downtown San Jose will host CFP’s “Championship Campus,” which will be the epicenter of fan activities during Playoff Week.

Over 100,000 people are estimated to be in the area for the event, according to a memo to the San Jose City Council; this is the largest ever group of visitors expected by the city.

The city’s official website posted a list of events for Playoff Week, which can be viewed here.

Market St. and San Pedro St. will be closed the entire week until 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 8.

Three streets will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 3, five will be closed on Friday, Jan. 4, six will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 5 and 21 streets will be closed on Sunday, Jan. 6. due to the Extra Yard For Teachers 5K Run on that day.

To view a complete list of street closures, click here.

ALSO READ: College Football Fans Camp On San Jose Billboard To Win National Championship Tickets

VTA also posted guides for getting around on public transportation to the event and throughout the week. Below is a map of VTA service to Levi’s Stadium.

Levis Stadium Bus Service.png Several San Jose Streets To Close For CFB Playoff Week

Levis Stadium Bus Service (Source: VTA)

 

Febreze Freshens Up Town After ‘Poop Train’ Wreaks Havoc

PARRISH, AL (CBS Local) – How do you rid an entire town of the stench left by 200 poop-filled shipping containers? Apparently the answer is simple: you spray it with Febreze.

Carloads of the odor-eliminating products, produced by Proctor and Gamble, were recently delivered to residents in Parrish, Alabama after a New York City “poop train” was hauled away on April 17. The disgusting cargo had been sitting in rail cars near Parrish for over two months while it waited to be transferred to a landfill 20 miles from the small town.

“At Febreze, we believe that no one should be immersed in stink and are confident that our lineup of odor-eliminating products could finally bring a breath of fresh air to the good people of Parrish,” Proctor and Gamble’s Mandy Ciccarella said, via AL.com.

Many residents compared the overwhelming stink to trainloads of dead bodies. Some added that the smell was making them sick on a regular basis.

“The running joke was when the poop train came that we just needed to drop Febreze on top of the train,” a Parrish resident said in a video shared on social media by Febreze.

New York has been pushing its poop on other states after the federal government made it illegal for the city to dump waste in the ocean in 1988. The foul-smelling trains have been heading south after two landfills in Pennsylvania stopped accepting the sewage, according to CBS Sacramento.

Parrish officials have fought back against future “poop trains” entering their town by denying a business licence to the operator of Big Sky landfill. “The poop train brought the funk and Febreze came by to freshen us up,” one of the small town’s 960 residents added.

Febreze Freshens Up Town After ‘Poop Train’ Wreaks Havoc

PARRISH, AL (CBS Local) – How do you rid an entire town of the stench left by 200 poop-filled shipping containers? Apparently the answer is simple: you spray it with Febreze.

Carloads of the odor-eliminating products, produced by Proctor and Gamble, were recently delivered to residents in Parrish, Alabama after a New York City “poop train” was hauled away on April 17. The disgusting cargo had been sitting in rail cars near Parrish for over two months while it waited to be transferred to a landfill 20 miles from the small town.

“At Febreze, we believe that no one should be immersed in stink and are confident that our lineup of odor-eliminating products could finally bring a breath of fresh air to the good people of Parrish,” Proctor and Gamble’s Mandy Ciccarella said, via AL.com.

Many residents compared the overwhelming stink to trainloads of dead bodies. Some added that the smell was making them sick on a regular basis.

“The running joke was when the poop train came that we just needed to drop Febreze on top of the train,” a Parrish resident said in a video shared on social media by Febreze.

New York has been pushing its poop on other states after the federal government made it illegal for the city to dump waste in the ocean in 1988. The foul-smelling trains have been heading south after two landfills in Pennsylvania stopped accepting the sewage, according to CBS Sacramento.

Parrish officials have fought back against future “poop trains” entering their town by denying a business licence to the operator of Big Sky landfill. “The poop train brought the funk and Febreze came by to freshen us up,” one of the small town’s 960 residents added.

Febreze Freshens Up Town After ‘Poop Train’ Wreaks Havoc

PARRISH, AL (CBS Local) – How do you rid an entire town of the stench left by 200 poop-filled shipping containers? Apparently the answer is simple: you spray it with Febreze.

Carloads of the odor-eliminating products, produced by Proctor and Gamble, were recently delivered to residents in Parrish, Alabama after a New York City “poop train” was hauled away on April 17. The disgusting cargo had been sitting in rail cars near Parrish for over two months while it waited to be transferred to a landfill 20 miles from the small town.

“At Febreze, we believe that no one should be immersed in stink and are confident that our lineup of odor-eliminating products could finally bring a breath of fresh air to the good people of Parrish,” Proctor and Gamble’s Mandy Ciccarella said, via AL.com.

Many residents compared the overwhelming stink to trainloads of dead bodies. Some added that the smell was making them sick on a regular basis.

“The running joke was when the poop train came that we just needed to drop Febreze on top of the train,” a Parrish resident said in a video shared on social media by Febreze.

New York has been pushing its poop on other states after the federal government made it illegal for the city to dump waste in the ocean in 1988. The foul-smelling trains have been heading south after two landfills in Pennsylvania stopped accepting the sewage, according to CBS Sacramento.

Parrish officials have fought back against future “poop trains” entering their town by denying a business licence to the operator of Big Sky landfill. “The poop train brought the funk and Febreze came by to freshen us up,” one of the small town’s 960 residents added.