Looks like some shoppers chose to stay at home with their families this holiday season — at least on Black Friday. Sales dipped in the 5 to 11 percent margins this year, as retailers expected 140.1 million shoppers and only received 133.7 million. Some decided to go out on Thanksgiving to shop, leaving the frenzy of Black Friday behind. Another contributing factor could be the huge amount of protests around the country over the crisis in Ferguson. Read more here…[Businessweek]
Speaking of Ferguson, President Obama plans to hold a meeting with his administration and young civil rights leaders to discuss the police practices in Ferguson and the “mistrust between law enforcement and communities of color.” The cabinet meeting will also circle in on federal programs that allow police to handle military-style equipment. Read about it here…[AP]
Ohio State Buckeye player Kosta Karageorge was found dead in a dumpster Sunday afternoon after he went missing for five days. The football player, who suffered from several concussions, sent a cryptic text to his mother before he disappeared on Wednesday that said he was sorry “if I am an embarrassment, but these concussions have my head all f—– up.” Karageorge was found with a gun next to his body, leading police to believe it was a suicide. Teammates and fellow students honored the player on campus in a somber vigil. He was 22-years-old. [The Columbus Dispatch]
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