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Two Dozen Rikers Inmates Released Erroneously

Posted On November 24, 2014

(New York, NY) -- There's another black eye for New York's Rikers Island. This time, it's over the erroneous release of nearly two dozen inmates over the past five-and-a-half years. The New York "Daily News" reports the separate screwups were due to clerical errors, similar names and inmate scams. Most of the prisoners were re-arrested…

Mayor For Life Remembered

Posted On November 24, 2014

(Washington, DC) -- Say what you will about former Washington, DC Mayor Marion Barry, but he was a survivor. He survived a shooting just above his heart in 1977, escaping death by inches, according to one report. And he famously survived a drug bust as mayor followed by a prison term to become councilman and…

Black Friday, Cyber Monday Shopping Could Be Slower

Posted On November 24, 2014

(Undated) -- The bottom line on Black Friday might be a little gray this year. More than half of Americans don't plan to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving. The online coupon codes website RetailMeNot reports 55-percent of people surveyed plan to stay on the sidelines on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday. A survey…

Godfather Of Soul Street-Naming In NYC

Posted On November 24, 2014

(New York, NY) -- A street in Harlem is now named for the Godfather of Soul. The late James Brown was honored yesterday by New York City which renamed a stretch of 126th Street that runs right behind the Apollo Theater "James Brown Way." Brown was born into extreme poverty in South Carolina and spent…

China Defies U.S. Call To Stop Island Project

Posted On November 24, 2014

(Undated) -- China is defying a U.S. call to stop a land reclamation project on a disputed island in the South China Sea. China's foreign ministry today called an American military officer's comments over the weekend "irresponsible." Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Pool urged China to stop its land reclamation program and use diplomacy to settle disputes…