News Roundup

Friday, January 04, 2008

Some news from around the way:

Judge Judy Racist Lawsuit; Judge Judy Producer Claims Racial Discrimination In Casting

Veteran television justice enforcer Judge Judy is about to find herself on the wrong side of the bench-at least in the court of public opinion. A former producer on the court show Judge Judy says he was fired after complaining about a supervisor’s order to halt the booking of black litigants.
Prosecutors To Charge Arlington Woman, 66, With Hate Crime

Prosecutors said they will charge a 66-year-old Arlington woman with a hate crime in connection with the beating of a black neighbor. Officers said Grace Head beat Silk Littlejohn with a 2-by-4 in the front lawn of Littlejohn's home near Fielder Road and Sanford Street, which is under construction, on Dec. 19. Racist graffiti was sprayed on the house a few days later, police said.
St. Cloud State offers reward for racist-crimes information

St. Cloud State University has started a reward fund for information leading to whoever is responsible for the swastikas and other racist messages left on
campus in recent weeks.
Newsweek Names Rhee Person To Watch In 2008 (for another article on Michelle Rhee, go here)

Newsweek magazine has named D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee a person to watch in 2008 for her unconventional approach to reforming district schools. The magazine noted Rhee's straight-talking style and determination to improve education in the district--even if it ruffles feathers. Rhee has announced plans to fire more than 100 administrative workers and close down 23 schools, the magazine reported.
Yi Jianlian named Eastern Conference player of the month for December

The Milwaukee Bucks’ Yi Jianlian and the Seattle SuperSonics’ Kevin Durant today were named the Eastern and Western Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played for the month of December.
He's the rock star of ramen

IT may be true, as scientists tell us, that you can discover whole worlds in a drop of water, but Rickmond Wong would prefer to explore a bowl of soup. Not just any soup -- noodle soup. And not just any noodle soup, but ramen. On the Internet, at least, Wong just about owns the subject. He is the Rameniac. Wong's website,, is a lively compendium of all things ramen, one of the best of the food sites by single-topic fanatics.