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Cops: Jailed Inmate Ordered Prosecutor's Dad Kidnapped

Had phone in prison; victim was rescued

(Newser) - An inmate in North Carolina is accused of getting revenge on the prosecutor who put him away for life by orchestrating the kidnapping of her father from behind bars, reports the News & Observer . Authorities say Kevin Melton had a cell phone in prison and exchanged more than 100 calls... More »

Los Angeles Gangs Make Peace to Boost Profits

Blood red and Crip blue make green

(Newser) - After decades of violent conflict, Los Angeles gangs like the Bloods and Crips are joining together across racial divides and neighborhood turf lines—not to end their life of crime, but to make more money from it. Gang violence in Southern California has plummeted in recent years as longtime enemy... More »

Gangs, Race, and More Limbaugh NFL Slams

Talk show host has repeatedly bashed players and culture of football league

(Newser) - Al Sharpton has urged the NFL to block Rush Limbaugh's purchase of the St. Louis Rams, calling him “anti-NFL.” Sharpton was particularly disturbed, Politico reports, by a “recent statement that the NFL was beginning to look like a fight between the Crips and the Bloods without the... More »

Gutsy Cons Bust Out, Leave Thank-You Note for Guard

Pair leap 30 feet over razor wire to escape

(Newser) - One of two prisoners who staged a Hollywood-style escape from a New Jersey jail left behind a thank-you note to a prison guard, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. "Thank you officer for the tools needed. You're a real pal! Happy holidays," it said. The jailbirds chipped away cinder blocks... More »

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