Top Stories for Friday, November 28, 2014

Shoppers Brawl Over Black Friday Sales

From CBS, “Shoppers Fight Over Wal-Mart Deals In Michigan City”: “Things appeared to get a little out of hand Thursday night, as shoppers swarmed the Wal-Mart in Michigan City, pushing and shoving as they fought to grab heavily discounted merchandise.

A shopper named Rich grabbed his cell phone camera and filmed as one man tried to grab what appeared to be a home theater system from another man in a Bears jersey. The Bears fan was able to wrestle it away, and get out of the scrum.

Some bystanders seemed amused by the chaos, others looked a little frightened.”

From FoxDC, “Black Friday shopping leads to scuffles, fights”:

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Ferguson Protests Target Shopping Malls

From CBS, “‘Shut It Down’: Dozens Of Ferguson Protesters Interrupt Black Friday Shopping At Wal-Mart, Target”: “Demonstrators sought to catch the attention of shoppers looking for good deals on Friday, going to major retailers around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

Other Black Friday protests were planned at shopping centers around the nation, though attendance was seemingly sparse aside from in Chicago, where about 200 people gathered near the city’s popular Magnificent Mile shopping district.

Early Friday in the St. Louis suburb of Manchester, about two dozen people chanted “no justice, no peace, no racist police” and “no more Black Friday” after police moved them out of a Wal-Mart.

Officers warned the protesters risked arrest if they didn’t move at least 50 feet from the store’s entrance, then began advancing in unison until the protesters moved further into the parking lot. The mostly black group of protesters chanted in the faces of the officers — most of whom were white — as shoppers looked on.”

NFL Running Back Ray Rice Wins Appeal, Reinstated

From Yahoo, “Ray Rice wins appeal, eligible to play”: “Rice had been suspended since Sept. 8 following the public disclosure of a videotape that showed Rice striking his then-fianceé in an Atlantic City elevator. Rice had been suspended for two games prior to the release of the videotape, but in the wake of public outrage — Rice knocked Janay Palmer unconscious with a punch — the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely.

The NFL maintained that it had not seen the incriminating videotape when commissioner Roger Goodell levied the two-game suspension this past summer.

However, Rice argued that the NFL was in possession of all the facts of the case at the time of punishment, and that he was in effect being punished twice for the same offense. Rice appealed the NFL’s decision at a hearing in early November, a hearing at which Goodell testified before arbitrator Barbara S. Jones, a former U.S. District court judge…

Rice was released by Baltimore in September and is currently a free agent. He is eligible to be signed by any team, though there is considerable question about whether he’ll be able to contribute to a team on the field or overcome what would surely be substantial protest against him off it.”