Post It Notes: Hottest Headlines on 10/29
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On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast and devastated thousands of homes, leaving billions of dollars in damage in its wake. A year later, the superstorm’s survivors are still coping with the loss of loved ones and, for many people, their homes. People gathered in New York and New Jersey Tuesday to remember the natural disaster.
Stressing that improvements are happening daily, the senior Obama official closest to the administration’s malfunctioning health care website apologized Tuesday for problems that have kept Americans from successfully signing up for coverage under the program known widely as Obamacare. “I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should,” Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner said as she began her testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee. It was the most direct mea culpa yet from a top administration official.
Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will officially begin serving his 2-1/2 year sentence Tuesday. After originally being turned away from the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina on Monday, the Chicago congressman successfully entered the facility Tuesday morning. The sentencing judge instructed Jackson to surrender no earlier than this Friday, November 1.
Rapper 50 Cent has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to vandalism in a case filed after an alleged fight with his ex-girlfriend earlier this year. Los Angeles City Attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan says the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was ordered on Monday to pay $7,100 in restitution and take a year of domestic violence classes.
Morgan State University student Brian Stewart is filing a claim against the Baltimore HBCU for alleged discrimination. According to Stewart, who has worked with first lady Michelle Obama, he was denied membership to fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi because of his sexual orientation. The university began investigating the claim last week.