The Lookout
  • What's better than winning $25 million in the lottery? How about winning $25 million when you never even intended to play?

    That's exactly what happened to Kathy Scruggs, 44, of Lithonia, Georgia. Scruggs, who won the state's Powerball jackpot last month, recently told lotto officials that she never meant to buy the ticket. The convenience-store clerk misunderstood her request.

    See Scruggs reaction here on CBS News.

    CNN's This Just In blog explains that Scruggs asked the store clerk for a Mega Millions ticket. Apparently the clerk thought Scruggs also said "Powerball" and charged her for that one, too. Scruggs didn't bother to raise a stink--probably the best decision the 44-year-old ever made.

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  • Anthony with his fiancee after his release from jail (AP)

    While Amanda Knox's release from Italian prison took the spotlight, two exonerated men who spent a combined four decades in prison were quietly set free on Tuesday.

    Obie Anthony, 37, and Michael Morton, 57, each insisted on their innocence throughout their many years in jail serving life sentences for murder. And each man was eventually freed with the help of the nonprofit Innocence Project, which works to overturn wrongful convictions.

    Anthony spent 17 years in prison after he was convicted of shooting and killing a man outside a brothel in Los Angeles. The prosecution's star witness, a pimp, eventually recanted his testimony. The pimp was offered a lighter sentence for his own crimes in order to testify against Anthony, the L.A. Times reports, and no one else at the crime positively identified Anthony as the shooter. Anthony said he was never there.

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  • Students who did not perform well on tests were given white ID cards (Thinkstock)Is this the modern-day academic equivalent of the Scarlet Letter?

    Kennedy High School in La Palma, California gave out IDs and student planners in three different colors to its students based on how well they performed on state standardized tests. The school distributed black and gold cards to students who scored "advanced" or "proficient" on the tests--distinctions that gave them special privileges and discounts at school events and at some local businesses, reports Scott Martindale at the Orange County Register. Students with white cards--more than half of the 2,400-strong student body--had to stand in a separate cafeteria line at lunch and received no special privileges.

    The California Department of Education is now intervening, saying the school's policy violates a state law that prevents anyone from publicly releasing a student's standardized test scores. "It's clear—when you see a white card, that inadvertently identifies a student as low-performing. We really urge them to find another way," department spokeswoman Tina Woo Jung told the paper.

    "You see a lot of condescending attitudes toward everyone without a black card," Kennedy senior Kiana Miyamoto, who has a black card, told the Orange County Register. "One [International Baccalaureate] student said in class, 'Hey, you're in IB. Anyone who has a white card shouldn't even be in IB.' It's really sad to see people who have the black cards acting this way." Students with white cards told the paper their separate lunch line was much longer than the one for better-scoring students.

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