The word came down in a hushed Manhattan courtroom on Friday. At 4:30 p.m. prosecutors announced to the media that a NY grand jury cleared ex-McDonald's cashier Rayon McIntosh of all felony assault charges connected with the savage beating of two female customers that was caught on tape.

"I'm just glad to be home," McIntosh, 31, told DNAinfo after being released from Rikers Island Friday night. "I feel elated, I feel splendid."

The case was a flash point for angry Americans who have grown wary of the national media portraying criminals as victims in cases such as this.

McIntosh, who served 11 years in prison for manslaughter, was fired from his job after the incident took place at a Greenwich Village McDonald's in July. He spent the next seven weeks in a Rikers Island jail cell praying and awaiting his fate.

"We were begging them to get security," McIntosh told DNAinfo.com by phone early Saturday morning. "The McDonald's itself is a problematic store. It has a high, concentrated number of people every day. "In the Village, it's crazy."

The restaurant's owner, Carmen Paulino, told DNAinfo that she hired security to patrol the restaurant every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. After the incident, which occurred early on a Thursday morning, she hired additional security for Wednesday nights as well.

But police sources told DNAinfo after the incident that McDonald's management chose not to hire off-duty NYPD officers to patrol the restaurant because it "wasn't in their financial interest."

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, families around the country will sit down to feast on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and all the fixings.

Registered dietician Ellie Krieger has seven superfoods that can help you see better, increase your energy and make your skin look more youthful.

Krieger recently appeared on 'Inside Edition' with Deborah Norville where she explained the benefits of eating healthy by including these 7 superfoods in your holiday meals.

Superfood #1: Kale

"Kale is great for your eyes because it has lutein that can help your eyes and prevent damage from aging." Sauté it or throw it in a salad.

Superfood #2: Dried cherries

"Especially tart cherries. Interestingly, they contain melatonin which has been shown to help regulate sleep patterns." They're great as a snack or toss them in a salad, pancakes or muffins.

Superfood #3: Salmon which is loaded with omega-3 fats.

"Omega-3 fats reduces the inflammation in the body. So inflammation is thought to be at the root of many diseases, including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, even cancers. Fresh salmon costs about $20 per pound. You can get a can of salmon which will run you about $4 per pound and it has all the omega fats."

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Singer Akon just tweeted this pic of himself giving back to his community here in Atlanta. He tweeted, "Feels good to feed 500 families this year for Thanksgiving. Thanks to the YMCA Lakewood for their support!"

Meanwhile, 10,000 people In South Los Angeles are expected to benefit from the 23rd annual Turkey Dinner Giveaway by the Jackson Limousine Service being held today.

Basketball Wives cast member Jennifer Williams, rapper Jim Jones and TV personality Al Reynolds got into the holiday spirit yesterday. The trio attended the 2011 turkey drive at Ricardo's Steak House in Harlem where they handed out 5,000 turkeys to needy families.

Meanwhile, Jones spoke with TMZ yesterday about the scripted fight that occurred between his baby mama, Chrissy Lampkin, and Juelz Santana's baby mama, Kimbella Vanderhee, on Love & Hip Hop.

Jones told TMZ that he spoke with his best friend after the fight, and smoothed things over with him.

Jones said,

"I wish that it wouldn't have happened, but things happen." He added, "I spoke to my brother about it, we cool. Shout to my lady Chrissy. It's all good."

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Celebrity blogger Tami of Talkingwithtami.com got the chance to interview R&B Diva Monica at Sam's Club on Clairmont Rd in Atlanta yesterday.

Monica was there to give back to those less fortunate by participating in a meet & greet during the store's annual “A taste for you” event that is also held simultaneously at Sam's Club stores nationwide. Customers were invited to meet Monica and to sample a variety of gourmet holiday foods.

Sam’s club also donated $1 million dollars to support child hunger programs through Feeding Americal, the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity. Atlanta Community Food Bank received $75,000 from Sam's Club.

After signing autographs, Monica took pictures with Sam's Club staff, including store Manager, Mike Jones, and her mom, Rev. Marilyn Best!

According to Tami, Monica became involved in the efforts to help raise awareness of child hunger after Mo discovered one of her sons sneaking food out of the house to feed a hungry classmate.

Visit Tami's blog HERE to read the interview!

According to media Guru, Jawn Murray, Oprah's struggling OWN Network has ordered up 10 more episodes of its #1 rated show 'Welcome To Sweetie Pies'.

According to STLToday.com, 'Sweeties' averages 388,000 viewers per episode, up 73 percent from a year earlier.

The show follows owner Robbie Montgomery -- a former original back-up singer for Ike & Tina Turner -- as she serves her mother's soul food recipes at her popular St Louis-based "Sweetie Pie's restaurant.

Miss Robbie, who at age 72 has never been married, was in Atlanta yesterday attending the 2011 Soul Train Awards with her family. Her oldest son, Tim, who helps run the business, told blogger Tami of Talkingwithtami.com that he was incarcerated for 10 years and turned his life around when he got out. Tim and his girlfriend, Jenae, have a son who was born prematurely during taping of the show [Thanks, iscream].

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According to a press release, Ciroc sponsored a meet and greet for rapper T.I. at the ultra-chic Philippe Restaurant in Manhattan on October 17, 2011. Celebrities guests included Super producer Swizz Beatz, Young hip hop star J. Cole, BMX superstar Nigel Sylvester, Los Angeles Lakers Derek Fisher, New York Giants Deon Grant, rap icon(?) Jadakiss and many others.

T.I. was dressed casually in AKOO jeans, Air Jordan sneakers, a fleece hoodie and his favorite iced-out Audemars Piguet watch (around $100k). During the affair, guests received signed copies of Power & Beauty along with a lavish gift bag courtesy of AKOO Clothing.

“We’re happy and extremely proud of T.I.’s newest achievement adding novelist to his repertoire and seeing him grow into this multi-talented and inspiring individual,” said Jason Geter, Co-founder of AKOO Clothing and CEO of Grand Hustle Records.

Geter is pictured above, 2nd from right, with L-R: Grand Hustle's Mel Testamark, Swizz Beatz, and AKOO's Jeff Belizaire.

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The Wing Stop in Memphis that rapper Rick Ross invested in was already open for business by the time he made it there from an Alabama hospital in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 16.

TMZ.com reported the "Boss" suffered two seizures while on board two separate jets that delayed his arrival in Memphis over the weekend. But, yesterday, music producer Khaled tweeted this pic of a frail looking Ross at his Wing Stop restaurant.

We're not sure why bloggers think Ross's seizures are related to his massive wight. Seizures are caused by electrical disturbances in the brain -- not in the stomach.

One would think that if the first seizure didn’t encourage Ross to slow down and rest then the second round would cinch that situation. But no, as DJ Khaled tweeted a photo of the two at a Memphis Wing Stop restaurant last night (Oct. 16) with the caption "My brother ROZAY!! IS GOOD!!!," meaning Ross had finally made it to Memphis--and most likely not on doctor’s orders. His former romantic interest Elise Neal even spoke about Ross' situation, "I think they're [Def Jam and Ross’s camp] pushing him too hard. They don't think about him or his health, pushing him to do all these videos, pushing tours and shows’…’He is not 20 years old anymore…”

A McDonald's cashier is in hot water after beating two unruly female customers with a metal rod, according to DNAinfo.com.

The two women, one a Stud and the other a femme, were seriously injured following a physical altercation with cashier Rayon McIntosh, 31, at the West 3rd Street restaurant in Greenwich Village, NY early Thursday.

The video, shot by a customer, shows Denise Darbeau, 24, of Queens, and her friend, Rachel Edwards, 24, of Brooklyn -- arguing loudly with McIntosh after he told them he had to authenticate their $50 bill. Darbeau and Edwards reached over the counter and slapped McIntosh, who shoved them back.

Both women then leapt over the counter and approached McIntosh who took them both out with a metal rod.

A customer can be heard screaming "STOOOOP!" "CALL THE POLICE!" as McIntosh (pictured above in blue cap) continued to beat the women who lay wounded on the floor of the restaurant. Darbeau (the Stud) got the worst of it. McIntosh beat her so badly she suffered a cracked skull and a broken arm.

The beating ended when a male co-worker wrestled the metal rod out of McIntosh's hands.

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Loyal reader BK2ATLMAN wrote in to let us know all about his experiences at T.I.'s "A King Of Oneself" Birthday Brunch on Sunday, October 2nd!

Hey Sandra.

I just wanted to thank you again for the tickets. It was a great event. Before I tell all the details, I also wanted to give a shout out to Hannah Kang, who welcomed me and my business partner, made sure we had our table and was just an overall great person. Cute smile too...

She even made sure T.I knew I was the winner and brought him to my table to chop it up a bit. Also it was recorded for his [reality] TV show.

The Good:

The place was beautiful, everything was setup perfect. There was an open Ciroc bar, so that was one of my best friends throughout the day. Can't believe everyone was getting sauced that early in the day. The food was good, except for some egg seafood thing that just wasn't the business. The chicken breast was the bomb, but after a couple bites it was done.

More Good:
My table was the bomb, on the left of me I had the A&R from badboy and on the right side of me I had Shawn Holiday from Interscope, who I already knew. I made tons of new connections and might have to cut you a check in the near future.. lol.

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