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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "2010 Books Issue," July 3, 2010

Tangela's stashes

For welfare queen Tangela Ridgeway, the party is over. Law enforcement authorities in California charged Ridgeway with 16 counts of welfare fraud after discovering the Cerritos, Calif., resident owned not only a business and a home, but also a luxury Maserati sports car. According to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, Ridgeway, 35, had pilfered more than $60,000 in welfare benefits while concealing her wealth. She also faces 14 counts of perjury, meaning she faces up to 19 years in the state penitentiary.

Lieutenant king

Elvis may have left the building, but now he's on the ballot. Perennial Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Ole Savior announced in June he'd found a man to serve as his running mate in the August Republican primary election: Elvis impersonator Todd Anderson. And while Anderson may admit he has little chance of winning by hitching his wagon to Savior-a four-time gubernatorial candidate-he does say on his website the candidacy may have an upside: "Let's be honest, even if I'm not elected the publicity may help my career as an entertainer."

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