Black General Demoted for Lavish Spending

In today's link roundup: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted William Ward. Plus: Actress rescues a Harlem neighborhood.

William Ward (the Huffington Post)

A black general is in big trouble: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted William Ward, the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, the Huffington Post reports.

Under 30? You probably support gay marriage and legalized pot: Do these policy-related demographic trends hold true for you?

Actress rescues a Harlem neighborhood: "There was a building in Harlem that became drug-infested. I moved away, kept the apartment, and after I became famous, I came back to save the building. It took five years of my life ... I closed three crack houses and a heroin shooting gallery in my building. I pretty much became a social worker," actress Phyllis Yvonne Stickney told Rolling Out.

Alvin Ailey soars into new season: The upcoming North American tour and season will premiere on Nov. 28 in New York City.

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