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Hearing set for cop for alleged use of racial slur

BOSTON--Police have scheduled a termination hearing for an occur accused of using a racial slur to describe a Harvard professor in July, Startribune.com said.

Officer Justin Barrett, 36, was placed on administrative leave for an e-mail he wrote to Henry Louis Gates Jr. calling him a "banana-eating jungle monkey," World News said.

Barrett responded by filing a federal lawsuit against the city claiming his civil rights were violated.

 

The hearing is set for Jan. 6, 2010.

15-year-old cheddar selling for $50 by the pound.

MINERAL POINT. Wis.--A piece of cheddar is selling for $50 per pound on Friday, even though it s 15 years old, USAToday.com said.

 

Cheese maker, Tony Hook's sharp cheddar, was produced in 1994, has soled with success in a number of outlet stores, Startribune.com said.

 

"It started moving a lot faster than we expected," Hook, who runs Hook's Cheese Co. said. "People have been so excited about it."

 

The cheddar started out in a 5,200- pound batch. After 10-12 years, Hook soled some of the batch. He saved 1,200 pounds to let it mature and sell at a later time.

 

It's rare for cheddar to last that long, Executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, John Umhoefer said.

 

Hook keeps his samples in vacuum-packed plastic bags which help to fight the aging process and keep it edible.

 

"I certainly wouldn't put it in anything. It would be a waste of flavor to put it in mac 'n' cheese or something like that," he said with a laugh.

Redhead beating inspired by Facebook

LOS ANGELAS-The beating of a 12-year-old boy Friday in southern California may have been motivated by a Facebook posting, ABClocal.com said.

 

The A.E. Wright Middle School student was attacked by as many as 14 students because of a Facebook posting that encouraged violence against redheads, CNN.com said.

 

Authorities believe the posting was inspired by a South Park episode.

 

The boy was not seriously injured in the incident, and no one has been arrested.

Body of missing 5-year-old girl found in N.C.

A week-long search for the body of a missing N.C. 5-year-old girl ended on Monday but raised other questions of child prostitution, New York Times.com said.

 

The body is believed to be Shaniya Davis who had been missing since last Tuesday. Police believe she went missing after being offered for prostitution by her mother, Antoinette Davis, CNN.com said.

 

Davis, 25, was charged with human trafficking and felony child abuse, said Fayettville police.  

 

Davis' sister, Brenda Davis, 20, spoke at her sister trial in her defense.

 

''I don't believe she could hurt her children,'' Brenda Davis said.

 

Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, was also charged with Davis' kidnapping. McNeill was seen on surveillance footage with her at a hotel.

 

About 200 people were apart of the 8-day search party. Many were saddened by the outcome of the search.

 

''We were hoping that someone could carry her home,'' Syd Severe, who came from Raleigh to help with the search, said. ''It's just sick.''

Illinois prison strong candidate to hold Guantanamo detainees

WASHINGTON--An almost empty prison in northern Illinois has jumped to the fore-front of the line to house detainees from Guantanamo Bay on Saturday, Chicagosuntimes.com said.

 

The Thomson Correctional Center, about 150 miles west of Chicago, is a strong location to transfer detainees from the former military prison in Cuba, CNN.com said.

 

The correctional center is a strong possibility due to its massive size and vacant space, which would combat overcrowding.

 

There are about 215 men being held from the closed military prison camp. The group includes five suspects with alleged ties to 9/11.

 

The likelihood of this transfer near Chicago, which is home to the nation's tallest building, the Willis Tower, has sparked concern from critics of the Obama administration like U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois.

 

"We should not invite Al Qaeda to make Illinois its number one target," Kirk said.

U.S. unemployment rate hits high

The unemployment rate has reached 10.2 percent in October, the first time it has hit double digits in 26 years the NYTimes.com said.

 

According to the Chicago Sun Times, this is the second-time the unemployment rate has reached double digits since World War II.

 

In order to combat joblessness in the nation, President Obama signed a bill that benefits to the unemployed and temporary tax credits for home buyers.

 

Obama referred to the figure as, "a sobering number that underscores the economic challenges that lie ahead."

 

According to the Labor Department, the economy cut 190,000 jobs in October alone.

 

"It's not a good report," Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist for New York-based investment firm Miller Tabak & Co. said.

 

The unemployment rate for African-American men reached 17.1, 9.5 percent among white Americans, 13.1 percent among Hispanics and 27.6 among teenagers.

People resulting to the Internet instead of television

People are beginnig to move away from television and begin to watch their favorite programs on line.

According Startribune.com, people find that it's a great way to save money and time while watching the specific shows you prefer.

McNair mistress linked to gun seller

Steve McNair's mistress spoke with the man who sold her the gun used to kill the retired NFL quarterback and herself, police say.

 

McNair and Sahel Kazemi were both found dead in a Tennessee condo on July 3rd in what police determined to be a murder-suicide.

 

More than 200 calls and 49 text messages were made between Kazemi and Adrian Gilliam, the man who sold her the firearm a CBS report showed.

 

"Given the totality of the evidence as we know it now," Police spokesman Dan Aaron said, "The conclusion of the murder-suicide classification has not changed."

Interracial Couple Denied Marriage License

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A white Louisiana justice of peace refused to marry an interracial couple on Thursday.

 

Keith Bardwell, justice of peace in Tangipahoa didn't marry the couple because he believes most interracial marriages don't last long, Bardwell said.

 

"There is a problem with both groups accepting a child from such a marriage," Bardwell said. "I think those children suffer and I won't help put them through it."

 

Beth Humphrey, a white 30-year-old woman, and Terence McKay, a black 32-year old male, was the couple that was denied marriage. They will consult the Justice Department to file a discrimination complaint Humphrey said.

 

"That was one thing that made this so unbelievable," she said. "It's not something you expect in this day and age." Humphrey said.

 

Katie Shwartzmann of the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, has sent a letter to the Luisiana Judiciary Committee asking them to investigate Bardwell.

 

The letter recommended, "The most severe sanctions available, because such blatant bigotry poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the administration of justice." Shwartzmann said.

Letterman Apologizes

Late Night comedian, David Letterman apologized to his wife, staff and audience Monday night for his, recently revealed, sexual affairs.

 

These sexual affairs occurred with women who worked for his show. Letterman told audiences on Thursday that he has been caught up in extortion by television show, 48's, producer, Robert "Joe" Halderman.

 

Letterman than said that Halderman threatened to write a book exposing the comedians secrets.One day later, Halderman was indicted on a charge for grand larceny.

 

"David Letterman didn't give his side of the story, David Letterman gave what he wanted the public to know," said Halderman's attorney, Gerald Shargel.

 

According to Letterman, Halderman was asking for $2 million to keep quiet

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