Local Leads: 8/29/2009

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By Michelle Tetu
|  Saturday, Aug 29, 2009  |  Updated 8:15 AM EDT
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Local Leads:  Honoring Ted Kennedy, Two Mega Millions Winners

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The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

HONORING THE LION OF THE SENATE
In April 1963, President John F. Kennedy stood on the heights outside Arlington House, gazed across the vast cemetery below, the grand monuments of Washington in the distance, and said the spot was so beautiful he could live there the rest of his life.  Seven months later, after the tragedy of his assassination, he was buried just down the grassy hill from where he spoke that day. Five years after that, his brother Robert, also an assassin's victim, was laid to rest 100 feet away.  On Saturday, their brother, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, is to be buried beside them -- on the hill once revered for its vistas, now hallowed by the graves of the three Kennedys.  On Friday, a tiny wooden stake, spray-painted white, marked the spot between two maple trees 100 feet south of Robert Kennedy's grave where the senator is to be buried about 5:30 p.m. Saturday
(WASHINGTON POST)
 

TWO TICKETS WIN MEGA MILLIONS
The Mega Millions jackpot couldn't quite reach a record before it was won Friday night -- on two different tickets.  The winning numbers during Friday's drawing were 01-17-31-37-54, and the Mega Ball was 31.  A winning ticket for the $333 million prize was sold in Bronx, N.Y., as well as in San Gabriel, Calif. The winners will split the prize after coming forward with their tickets.  The jackpot figure approached a record. In 2007, the jackpot reached $390 million, and the winning tickets were eventually sold in Georgia and New Jersey.  The odds of having the winning ticket are 176 million to one.  There were nine $10,000 tickets sold Friday night in Maryland. There was one "second-tier," $250,000 winner in Maryland.
(WBAL TV)
 

DJ AM FOUND DEAD IN NEW YORK
Nearly a year after surviving a plane crash in South Carolina, disc jockey Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein was found dead in his New York apartment Friday afternoon, his publicist said. He was 36.  "The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear," his publicist, Jenni Weinman, said in a statement confirming the performer's death. "Out of respect for his family and loved ones, please respect their privacy at this time."  Goldstein was found unconscious and unresponsive in his lower Manhattan apartment Friday afternoon, New York police said. The cause of death would be determined by medical examiners, but "There is no criminality suspected at this time," a police statement reported.
(CNN)

WATER TAXI TO NATS PARK
Nationals fans will soon be able to take a water taxi from the Alexandria waterfront dock to a dock right next to the ballpark.  Tickets for the 40-minute boat trips go on sale Friday at noon.  "I think it's a great price, $12 one way and $20 round trip," Charlotte Hall, Vice President of the Potomac Riverboat Company, tells WTOP. "That includes tax."  Fans who live in Maryland can park at National Harbor, and take a separate water taxi across the river to catch the "baseball boat" in Alexandria. However, that will require a separate ticket for $8 one way or $16 round trip.  Hall says they're offering water taxi rides to and from seven Nationals home games in September, beginning with a game against Philadelphia on Tuesday, Sept. 8.  You can also buy water taxi tickets to home games on Sept. 9, 10, 25, 28, 29, and 30.
(WTOP)

FOURTH ANNIVERSAY OF KATRINA
President Obama used the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina to pledge a visit to New Orleans by the end of the year and to showcase the new administration's disaster preparedness efforts.  "On this day, we commemorate a tragedy that befell our people. But we also remember that with every tragedy comes the chance of renewal," he said in his Saturday radio address, also posted on video at WhiteHouse.gov . "It is a quintessentially American notion — that adversity can give birth to hope, and that the lessons of the past hold the key to a better future," the president said. "[T]ogether, we can ensure that the legacy of a terrible storm is a country that is safer and more prepared for the challenges that may come."
(WASHINGTON TIMES)

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