Though he has claimed to have been frequently arrested while growing up in a middle class household in New Jersey, Akon's rap sheet (and court records) reflect no such cases. He told Vibe last year that he sold marijuana and test questions from his high school locker and that a friend named Tito got him his first gun, a .22. Which, Akon claimed, he rented out for $100 a day. As he explained to VH1 in 2005, he was a big deal back then: "I got accepted by the gangster crowd because they saw that I wasn't afraid of nobody and I would fight anybody...Before I knew it, I became the most popular kid in Jersey City as a good bad guy." Though he lived in the suburbs, Akon told Vibe he "hung out in the ghetto. The suburbs were just boring. We couldn't make any noise."
In 2007, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian , Alexie's semi-autobiographical novel, won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Alexie’s other novels for young adults include Indian Killer , published in 1996, and Flight , published in 2007. In addition, he has written several other short story and poetry collections, including War Dances , which won the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. In 2010, Sherman Alexie won the Native Writers Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award.
The date 17 62 was given here in three different renditions of Jefferson's Autobiography. I have edited it to 17 72 for the following reasons: The date is inconsistent with "...was considered at our session of the spring of 1773 as demanding attention." Any incident over ten years in the past would have been of little interest, even to the House of Burgesses. Though the vice-admiralty courts were established throughout the colonies shortly after the French and Indian War, I was unable to locate any specific incident concerning a court of inquiry in Rhode Island in 1762. The Gaspee affair, in 1772, did result in a special court of inquiry, charged with the authority that Jefferson describes here.