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THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

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Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.

FRIDAY
 
Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular
9pm | Riverside
 
Southaven’s July 4th Celebration
7:30pm | 6285 Snowden Lane

Obama Administration makes room for a University of Memphis graduate

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Chimene Okere has had an interesting journey. Upon his graduation from Lane Tech College Preparatory in Chicago (2010), he went on to attend Depaul University, completing his freshman year before transferring to the University of Memphis. He never envisioned all of the transfers leading to a position in the Obama Administration.
 
Customarily, each U.S. President appoints students to non-career positions within their administration. The full-time positions are entry level and within the executive branch. As a result of President Obama’s desire to diversify the pool of students selected to the program, The University of Memphis was selected to send students of color for interviews.

What’s John Leake doing in Russia?

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Who would’ve thought that a childhood fascination with Russian culture would eventually morph into an opportunity to study in Russia? Yet, that’s exactly what happened to a recent Memphis high school graduate.
 
John Leake, a graduate of Lausanne Collegiate School, was awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship by the U.S. Department of State. That is why he is in Yaroslavl, Russia right now studying Russian language and culture during a six-week adventure that ends Aug. 4th. 
 
“Ever since I was a child, I have always loved Russia,” Leake told The New Tri-State Defender before leaving for the Russian stay that began June 21st.   

Brown bristles at ‘homophobic’ tag

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The race for Shelby County District Attorney has entered into murky territory with Democratic Party nominee Judge Joe Brown saying that an Internet post of him making reference to incumbent Amy Weirich’s marital status and her sexual preferences reflect an off-the-cuff moment never meant to be aired or used by his campaign or supporters in any form.
 
“This came about due to the fact that my opponent will not debate me,” Brown told The New Tri-State Defender on Wednesday. “It was a private moment just blowing off steam and never meant to be used in any context.”
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Plan in works for coverage options for all retirees

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The City of Memphis plans to launch an aggressive education campaign to apprise retirees of their options in the wake of a scramble to put in a place a multi-year, guaranteed healthcare assurance plan with good coverage options for all City retirees.
 
The office of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced earlier this week that the City “and its partners” were putting such a healthcare assurance plan in place. The plan was described as being in addition to continued medical insurance coverage for surviving spouses and dependents of employees who died in the line of duty and certain Medicare ineligible retirees.
 
The educational campaign, which was projected to kick off “in the coming weeks,” would include the convening of community meetings that provide retirees and their families with opportunities to ask questions and to be provided with one-on-one counseling regarding recent changes to their benefits. Those moves would be in addition to information they would receive in the mail, individual appointments, phone calls, social media and a website serving as an information repository.

THIS WEEKEND IN MEMPHIS!

Your source of information for where to go and what to do each weekend in the Greater Memphis area.
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FRIDAY
 
* Lowery Carnival 
6pm | Wolfchase Galleria 
 
* National Baptist Convention of America: Faith Fest
10:30am| Memphis Cook Convention Center
 
* Redbirds vs. Round Rock Express
7:05pm | Autozone Park
 

Hattiloo Theatre – new venue, same mission

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Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday (June 28th) and continuing through midnight, the black repertory’s new venue at 37 South Cooper in Overton Square will usher in attendees during the Community Grand Opening sponsored by FedEx and The Mustang Fund. 
 
Founder and Artistic Director Ekundayo Bandele, who is known to be meticulous about providing an excellence and presence that serves and validates the black community in the Bluff City, will be center stage. 

Patrolman Kasandra Smith

(Kelvin Cowans takes readers inside the lives of Memphis and Shelby County law enforcement officers. Just as a neighborhood should not be judged by the actions of a few bad apples, neither should law enforcement agencies. This week’s focus is on Memphis Police Department Patrolman Kasandra Smith.)
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Memphis Police Department Patrolman Kasandra Smith is a 14-year-veteran who serves her community with pride and heart. She has a Master’s in Business Administration Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organization Management from Bethel University. With a son and a daughter both in college (Pine Bluff and M.T.S.U.), and a progressive career in law enforcement, it would be easy for many to say that her plate is full. But not Smith, who helps teach at the Kids Church at the Life Church Collierville location and who also is a public speaker against domestic violence.
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