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The rent's on me, Powerball winner Pedro Quezada tells his Passaic, N.J., neighbors
Mar-31-2013 735 0

Powerball winner Pedro Quezada is hosting a rent party — for his entire block.

A close friend of the newly minted megamillionaire said Quezada promised to temporarily cover the housing costs for residents in the Passaic, N.J., neighborhood that housed his bodega.

“He said he’s going to pay the rent for everybody here on this block for at least a month or two months,” the friend said Saturday outside Quezada’s Apple Deli Grocery. “He’s such a good guy.”

Word of Quezada’s magnanimous gesture left several of his neighbors stunned.

“God bless him, and thank you,” crowed Richard Delgado, 45, after learning of the pledge.

John Koblarz’s eyes lit up when he heard Quezada had offered to cover his neighbors’ rents.

But then the 78-year-old landlord came to his senses.

“Oh, he can't afford to pay mine,” Koblarz said. “Mine is $20,000. I own the building!”

Neighbors were stunned over Quezada's kind gesture. Above, Pedro hoists his $338 million check.

Quezada, whose generosity is now the stuff of legend, was nowhere to be found Saturday, five days after he claimed the $338 million Powerball jackpot. But the Dominican immigrant was still the talk of the neighborhood.

Residents said the hardworking Quezada, 45, is considered a local hero.

“He’s somebody who needs it, not like the people who had millions already and won it,” said Delgado.
Cheech Rivera, 57, said he hardly ever saw Quezada or his wife because they were always too busy working to attend summer block parties.

“They struggled. They are always constantly working,” said Rivera. “They don’t really have time to get together with us.”

Piles of mail were stacked outside Quezada’s home, including a letter from a Morgan Stanley adviser with a handwritten note on the envelope.

“I want to help you,” it read.

Quezada put his bodega up for sale just two days after scoring the fourth-largest Powerball payout in history. The freshly retired Quezada opted for a lump-sum payout that will provide a $152 million payday.

And he’s already taken care of the $29,000 he owed in child support, according to his friend.

Officials in Passaic County said Saturday that a child-support warrant was stayed until 1:30 p.m. on Monday, when Quezada is due to appear in court.

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Mobley reconnected with her biological parents — mother Shanara Mobley and father Craig Aiken — in an emotional reunion Friday morning.

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“Alexis Kelli Manigo was going to be spoiled regardless,” Arika Williams told the magazine. “But I guess she said she lost Alexis Kelli Manigo. She was going to find Alexis Kelli Manigo and went and got Kamiyah.”

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Arika Williams, Mobley's friend, said Gloria Williams (pictured) broke down and told Mobley that she kidnapped her when the teen pressed her for copies of her birth certificate and social security card.

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“For all accounts she was well taken care of,” the sheriff said. “She was raised a normal, healthy 18-year-old girl. It is a lot for anybody to process much less a young adult.”
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Four months after issuing a blistering indictment of police operations in Baltimore, the Justice Department and the city struck a deal Thursday aimed at mending the "broken'' trust between law enforcement and the community whose African-American residents were targeted with excessive force and unlawful stops.

The announcement at Baltimore's City Hall by Attorney General Loretta Lynch marked her return to the city. The nation's chief law enforcement officer visited during the first days of her tenure as authorities struggled to regain control of violent uprisings after the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015. The unarmed man was fatally injured while in police custody.

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The reaction to Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter, a Republican, taking on Lewis a few days before the holiday honoring the life of counterpart Martin Luther King Jr. was varied – but swift.
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The woman who was stolen at birth 18 years ago has finally returned to her biological parents, but one person is still heartbroken — the man who raised her.

Charles Manigo is now left without a daughter — technically, twice over — after seeing Kamiyah Mobley, the girl he raised as his own, reunited with the parents who never knew her.

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“One of the hardest things she said on Friday was, 'Dad I love you,' even though she knows what's going on,” he told ABC.

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“The Chicago Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force,” Gupta said on Friday when she issued the long-awaited report detailing unconstitutional policing practices in Chicago.

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Deeply committed to his church, even in his last days, Bishop Long delivered his final message to New Birth as we ushered in 2017. He told the church that God was already working in our favor and what we have been praying for was already manifested. In his departure, we receive that and as faithful members of New Birth, we praise God for the life of Bishop Long. Bishop Long was known as one of the most influential faith leaders in the world. He stood strong as a Kingdom Builder, pioneering leader, and revolutionary mind changer. Long was a family man and spiritual leader who was well respected and loved for his passion to unapologetically and courageously preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Long inspired thousands of believers around the world through his global ministry that literally changed lives. Through his earthly battle, Bishop Long believed that God was once again using him to help others see the power of the Holy Spirit through the love New Birth displayed to him and the countless prayers sent up by others from every corner of the earth.Bishop Eddie L. Long was 63 years old. He is survived by his beautiful wife, First Lady Elder Vanessa Long, 4 children Eric, Edward, Jared and Taylor and 3 grandchildren. The Long family thanks you for your prayers, condolences and messages of love. The family appreciates your support and respect of their privacy, as they prepare along with New Birth, for the homegoing service to honor Bishop Long. The date and other details will be announced in the near future.

About New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

Internationally recognized as a premiere faith-based organization that leads extensive ministries, catering to children, families, community, business and public outreach initiatives, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is located in Lithonia, Georgia. Under the leadership of Bishop Eddie L. Long, New Birth grew from 300 to a membership of more than 25,000. Bishop Long has been the Senior Pastor of New Birth since 1987. The vision of New Birth is to Love, Live, and Lead like Christ. New Birth is located at 6400 Woodrow Road in Lithonia, Georgia, 30038. For more information visit: www.newbirth.org.
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