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UK private prisons in spotlight after 'crisis' jail takeover

London - The British government seized control of a squalid contractor-run prison on Monday where inspectors said officers were locking themselves away as protection from prisoners, raising questions about its privatisation programme.

Review: Sandi Morris wins pole vault at IAAF Diamond League Birmingham Special

Birmingham - On August 18, American pole vaulter Sandi Morris won first place in the women's pole vault competition at the IAAF Diamond League Birmingham.

Review: Lea Sprunger wins 400 meter hurdles at Diamond League Birmingham Special

On August 18, Swiss athlete Lea Sprunger reigned supreme in the women's 400 meter hurdles at the IAAF Diamond League in Birmingham.

Review: Jeff Lynne's ELO headline Wembley Stadium 'for one night only' Special

Award-winning, singer, songwriter, musician, producer and bandleader Jeff Lynne brought the current incarnation of his Electric Light Orchestra to Wembley Stadium, the home of English football, treating the crowd to all the hits and more.

Review: Johnny Normal and Marco Pirroni: 'Kings of the Wild Frontier'

Coming 36 years after it first saw the light of day, Johnny Normal, a talented musician and producer, has, with the help of songwriter and guitarist Marco Pirroni, recorded his own version of Adam & the Ants' era-defining LP 'Kings of the Wild Frontier.'

Op-Ed: Brian Williams goes to MSNBC while inaccurate Fox News stays same

Brian Williams will not be returning as anchorman for NBC Nightly News. Instead, he will be joining MSNBC as anchor for breaking news stories and special reports. NBC veteran Lester Holt, who has been filling in for Williams will now be chief anchor.

Interview with Jimmy Brown of UB40 Special

The drummer with the reggae giants, who have been making music since the late 1970s, gave Digital Journal the lowdown on the band's plans for 2015.

Alabama man allegedly robs 4 Subway stores, blames 'Jared Diet'

Fairfield - An Alabama man has been arrested by police after allegedly robbing four Subway stores in four days, saying he was upset that the "Jared Diet" didn't work for him.

Three dead, including shooter at UPS facility in Alabama

Birmingham - Three people were killed Tuesday morning, including the suspected gunman, in a shooting incident at a warehouse next to the UPS offices at 4601 Inglenook Lane, Birmingham, Alabama.

Robin Campbell of UB40 Special

The guitarist and occasional lead vocalist for one of Britain's best loved bands discusses their extensive touring plans, the joys of playing smaller venues and country music's long-standing relationship with reggae.

Birmingham's Yeung sentenced to six years jail for money laundering

Hong Kong - Hong Kong businessman and Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung was on Friday sentenced to six years in jail for laundering HK$720 million ($93 million).Judge Douglas Yau handed down the sentence in the southern Chinese city's district court after convict...

Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung guilty of money laundering

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong court on Monday found Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung guilty of five counts of money laundering.The 54-year-old businessman had denied laundering HK$720 million (US$93 million) between 2001 and 2007.Judge Douglas Yau said Yeung was "self...

Birmingham's Yeung money-laundering verdict delayed

Hong Kong - Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung will have to wait until next week to find out whether he has been convicted in a multi-million dollar money-laundering trial as the judge adjourned a long verdict hearing until next week.The Hong Kong tycoon had been ...

Birmingham City boss Yeung faces money-laundering verdict

Hong Kong - Hong Kong businessman and Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung faces up to 14 years in jail if found guilty at the close of his multi-million dollar money-laundering trial on Friday.For over two years the case has been in the courts, with the 53-year-old...

Birmingham future is bright after owner resigns - club

The future of Birmingham City is bright, the English soccer club said on Wednesday in a bid to reassure fans and shareholders a day after owner Carson Yeung resigned as chairman of the parent company.

Pregnant young British woman dies at Girona-Costa Brava airport

Girona - While traveling with her family to Birmingham, UK, a 21-year-old pregnant British woman has died at Spain's Girona-Costa Brava airport on Tuesday. The incident could lead to charges as the airport's medical center was closed down in 2012.

Op-Ed: The English Defence League protests in Birmingham

Birmingham - The English Defence League protested in Britain’s second city of Birmingham on Saturday, which they describe as a “literal hotbed of Islamic extremist activity.”

4 dead, 4 injured in two separate Alabama shootings

Birmingham - Police in Birmingham, Alabama received a call at approximately 4:00 a.m. on Saturday stating there was a male subject with a gun in St. Vincent's Hospital.

Fans bid farewell to ‘The L Word’ at Starfury’s L10 convention Special

Birmingham - UK promoter Starfury staged the tenth and last ‘L’ event at Hilton Birmingham Metropole from August 17 to August 19, 2012, where fans have officially said goodbye to the groundbreaking lesbian TV drama ‘The L Word.’

Teen living off chicken nuggets collapses and sent to hospital

Birmingham - A 17-year-old Birmingham girl was rushed and admitted to the hospital this week after she collapsed at work and had trouble breathing.

Airline asks for fuel money from passengers, travelers stranded

It is no big secret airlines are already charging for every possibly necessary and optional amenity they can, such as checked baggage, food, drinks and seat assignments. The extra fees are par for the course nowadays if you want to fly.

Op-Ed: Clarke Pearce (1964-86) - twenty-five years gone, not forgotten

Birmingham - On November 16, 1986, Clarke Pearce was murdered in a Birmingham restaurant; for the next decade and a half and more, his murderer spat on his corpse aided and abetted by a broad coalition of unscrupulous liars.

Op-Ed: True crime author Ian Hitchings investigates murder mystery Special

True crime author Ian Hitchings has come up against the most perplexing murder mystery of his career, but it isn't the murderer giving him headaches, it's the legal authorities.

Op-Ed: Luddites, loonies, and the SWP

According to the Socialist Workers Party, a defence campaign is being launched in Tottenham for those arrested in the riots. What next, a Christmas support group for turkeys?

Op-Ed: How the London riots will benefit the economy

The riots that swept Britain recently are said to have cost around £200 million, but the government is looking on the black side; there are rich pickings to be made here that will benefit the economy no end.

PM Cameron authorises use of water cannons against rioters

London - Following a fourth night of rioting and looting across many English cities the British Prime Minister authorised the use of water cannons against those rioting.

Op-Ed: Playtime is over, now there is blood on Birmingham's streets

Birmingham - Today, three young men were murdered by suspected looters in Birmingham. We should consider ourselves lucky the death toll is not considerably higher.

UK violence spreads to Birmingham city centre

Birmingham - Following the current riots throughout London, they have now spread to Birmingham city centre as several shop windows have been smashed.

Op-Ed: Bellfield trial delayed; more paedophiles convicted

A report on the delay in the trial of Levi Bellfield for the murder of 13 year old Amanda Dowler, and on two recent cases of child abuses in the UK.

School disciplines students with mace

Birmingham - No dunce hats or detentions according to SPLC and parents of the Birmingham City School System. Authorities crossed the line of student's civil rights when mace was used on students, critics allege.
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An armed rioter takes aim at a police helicopter; a photo released by Birmingham Police, August 20, 2011.
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UB40 with Jimmy (far left) and the now-departed Astro (far right).
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Entrance to the National Motor Cycle Museum in Birmingham, UK.
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An official three-in-one photograph of the three men murdered in Birmingham during the August 2011 riots.
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