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Gonzales Weekly Citizen - Gonzales, LA
  • Week in review: George Zimmerman, Mega Millions the talk of the week

  • Follow the link to see our roundup of the top national and international news stories of the week.

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  • News of the week
    Here are the top news stories from the past week:
    - George Zimmerman’s brother spoke to Piers Morgan on late Thursday and said that medical records will show that George Zimmerman was injured by Trayvon Martin. Robert Zimmerman Jr. said, "His nose looks swollen in that video. I'm his brother." He was referring to the police video released this week that don’t appear to show any injuries to George Zimmerman.
    - "He was really kind. And when he called us, you could just tell he really felt bad about it. And it was just a slip, and I just know that he really, really has been concerned." - Elaine McClain, talking about a call she and her husband received from Spike Lee. Lee called them after retweeting an address that purportedly was for George Zimmerman but was actually the address of an elderly couple. Lee reached a settlement with the McClains after they were forced to leave their home.
    - According to a poll taken by CNN/ORC International, 73 percent of Americans want George Zimmerman – the man who admitted to shooting Trayvon Martin – to be arrested for the death. Zimmerman said he acted in self-defense. Trayvon, 17, was unarmed and had only a drink and a package of Skittles on him.
    - Mega Millions fever gripped most of the nation this week, as no one won Tuesday’s lottery, sparking a flurry of sales. The Friday jackpot topped $640 million, a new record.
    - "Early detection is associated with better outcomes. The earlier kids are detected, the earlier they could get services, and the less impairment they'll have on their learning and in their lives on a long-term basis is our best understanding." - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, talking after a report from the CDC that autism has risen in U.S. children by 78 percent since a decade ago.
    - "I think the individual mandate is gone, based on the questioning. It sure looks like there are at least five votes to get rid of ... the individual mandate." - CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, talking on the last day of the U.S. Supreme Court health care hearings. The hearings concluded Wednesday afternoon.
    - A dog that was found sick and abandoned in a trash pile in Los Angeles now can see, thanks to animal rescue group Hope for Paws. The dog was covered with fleas and had no sight when she was found, but vets were able to restore sight in one eye.
    Page 2 of 2 - - "Despite some positive economic signs, home prices continued to drop. Eight cities - Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Las Vegas, New York, Portland, Seattle and Tampa - made new lows." - David Blitzer, spokesman for the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index, which reported that home prices fell in January, the fifth month in a row of falling prices. The group also said home prices have fallen 34.4 percent since July 2006.
    - "I don't think anything will really change my mind in believing that he did not do this. This is not what it appears to be." - Karilyn Bales, the wife of Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians in a shooting rampage. Karilyn Bales made the comment during an interview with NBC News.
    Video of the week: Elephant runs away from circus:
     
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