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Councilwoman Wants Jackson Honored in Subway

Monday, August 24, 2009

Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James wants to see Michael Jackson honored at the subway station where the star made a music video for his 1987 hit, "Bad."

James wants a plaque placed at Brooklyn's Hoyt-Schermerhorn station - or even to have "Jackson" added to the name.

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman says it's unlikely to happen, as the MTA prohibits station plaques. The agency is currently developing naming-rights guidelines. Developer Bruce Ratner could pay $4 million over 20 years to add the name of his planned Barclays Center NBA arena to a Brooklyn transit hub.

Councilwoman James is planning a petition drive.

Jackson died on June 25th, and today, the coroner ruled his death a homicide, due to lethal amounts of the drug propofol in his system. His doctor had been giving Jackson the medication for about six weeks, to treat the singer's insomnia.

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