Post It Notes: Hottest Headlines on 11/14
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Spike Lee has asked a federal judge to throw out lawsuit filed by a Florida couple who say the movie director mistakenly retweeted their address as the home of George Zimmerman. Lee’s attorneys filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Elaine and David McClain. The director’s attorneys argued the lawsuit should be tossed out since the couple reached a $10,000 settlement with Lee last year.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that they are reviewing possible charges against a suburban Detroit homeowner in the shooting death of a 19-year-old woman on his porch earlier this month after police provided additional material they had requested. Earlier this week, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said it had begun a warrant review process related to the Nov. 2 death of Renisha McBride, who was shot in the face outside a Dearborn Heights home in the early morning hours. The office said Wednesday that Dearborn Heights police have provided them with “additional investigation” material that will assist in their review of the case.
Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled. The administrative changes are good for just one year, though senior administration officials said they could be extended if problems with the law persist. Obama announced the changes at the White House.
Tavis Smiley, who has brought rare diversity to late-night TV for a decade on PBS, will add another two years to his run. The “Tavis Smiley” show has been renewed through 2015, PBS said Thursday. “The highlight for me is surviving,” Smiley said, noting the growing competitiveness in the late-night talk show realm.
After the Houston Texans released safety Ed Reed, the nine-time Pro Bowler agreed to a contract with the New York Jets. Reed will be reunited with former coach Rex Ryan, whom he played several years for in Baltimore.
After spending 13 years in jail for a crime they didn’t commit, the men who call themselves the Central Park Five are hopeful that a new mayor and hearing may be the closure to their long wait. The five men have spent the past 10 years waiting to settle a $250 million lawsuit they filed a year after their exoneration for the assault of an unnamed woman. The next hearing is scheduled for January 21, 2014.
“Honestly, I hated it,” says Mariah Carey about her experience as a judge on Fox’s hit singing competition American Idol. While she enjoyed the contestants, she admits that she was disappointed and believed it to be a three-person panel. Carey will not be returning for next season.