The Georgia Mae Morning News

President-elect Barack Obama is preparing to issue an executive order his first week in office to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay. Though it’s unlikely the detention facility at the Navy base in Cuba will be closed anytime soon — Obama has said it would be “a challenge” to close it even within the first 100 days of his administration — the order would start the process of deciding what to do with the estimated 250 al-Qaida and Taliban suspects and potential witnesses who are being held there. MSNBC

Senate Democratic leaders said yesterday that Roland W. Burris would be seated as the new senator from Illinois, resolving a conflict that had drawn the Senate into a corruption scandal surrounding Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich. NY Times

An Indiana judge yesterday froze the assets of Marcus Schrenker, a suburban Indianapolis financial manager who authorities say tried to fake his own death by crashing his private plane into a Florida swamp. Investigators looking into his business dealings for possible securities violations requested the temporary restraining order in Hamilton County Superior Court. CNN

Game show host and comedian Howie Mandel was expected to be released today from a hospital where he was taken after he experienced an irregular heartbeat. His publicist, Lewis Kay, insists that Mandel did not have a heart attack. Mandel, best-known for hosting the television show “Deal or No Deal,” was in Toronto, Canada, filming segments for a new hour-long prank show, “Howie Do It,” which debuted on NBC Friday. CNN

An Alaska lottery held to raise money for a group that helps sexual abuse victims had a surprise winner: a convicted sex offender. Alec Ahsoak, who was convicted in 1993 and 2000 for sexual abuse of a minor, came forward Saturday with the winning ticket for the $500,000 Lucky Time Pull Tabs jackpot. Proceeds of the lottery help Standing Together Against Rape in Anchorage, a nonprofit group that offers support to sexual assault victims. Ahsoak says he will use the money to buy a house and will donate part of it to charity. CNN



  1. thats so crazy about the Indiana guy. he really had things planned out.Hidden motorcycle and all.

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