Today's small businessperson of the year award goes to...Youlanda Taylor for converting something as simple as a civic disturbance into an on the spot profit center (and having the good sense to pay the cable bill with the profits). It is unclear regarding whether or not she paid her tithes.


ST. JOSEPH -- A woman who admitted she sold stones to rioters in Benton Harbor last year has pleaded no contest to a felony charge that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Yuolanda Taylor, 32, toted rocks through a riot-wracked neighborhood on the night of June 16, 2003, according to police, and sold small rocks for $1 each and bigger ones for $5.

The rocks were thrown at police, prosecutors said, though Taylor claimed she did not participate directly in the violence that tore through the area around Empire Avenue and Broadway.

Taylor told police she collected about $70 selling rocks, but quit when she got hit by one herself. She later used the money to pay her cable TV bill.

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