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Whalum files lawsuit, poses question: ‘Is Memphis better than this?’

Whalum files lawsuit, poses question: ‘Is Memphis better than this?’

Within 60 days, Chancellor Kenny W. Armstrong is expected to issue a ruling that will reverberate throughout District 4 and quite possibly beyond.

Armstrong finds himself in that pivotal position after veteran school board member the Rev. Dr. Kenneth T. Whalum Jr. filed suit Wednesday (Aug. 22) challenging the results of the Aug. 2 election. Republican Kevin Woods squeaked out a narrow victory (108 votes) over Whalum, according to results certified on Monday.

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  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
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Team of feds served Memphis’ youth violence prevention strategy

Memphis' "comprehensive youth violence prevention and reduction strategy" includes a string of initiatives that has Mayor AC Wharton Jr. drawing upon fire-fighting tips this week.

"When there's a fire in the kitchen, you don't point the fire extinguisher at the flames on the ceiling or the walls," said Wharton, who highlighted the city's strategy on Wednesday during a visit to Memphis by a team of federal officials.

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BRIEFS & THINGS: BRIDGES welcomes Mayor Cory Booker

BRIDGES' 90th anniversary celebration will include a visit by Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, N.J., who will speak during a lunch event on Oct. 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

As leader of New Jersey's largest city since 2006, Booker and his administration have worked to set a national standard for urban transformation by marshaling the city's resources to achieve security, economic abundance and an environment deemed nurturing and empowering for all individuals and families.

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Family’s need, faith and candor yield home-makeover support

Family’s need, faith and candor yield home-makeover support

by Bernadette Shinault-Davis
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Kenneth and Yolanda Rogers joined Believers Unite! Worldwide Church eight months ago. She had no job, he didn't make enough to support his wife and three children and the family desperately needed a place to call home.

Yolanda Rogers said she decided to face life's challenges head on and chose to share her family's story during a Sunday service.

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Prayer vigil Monday for teen shot while handcuffed

Prayer vigil Monday for teen shot while handcuffed

Memphis and Mid-South residents are invited to attend a public rally Monday, Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the National Civil Rights Museum to express support for the family of Chavis Carter. Jonesboro, Ark. police claim he committed suicide while handcuffed in the back seat of a police cruiser.

Carter, who was arrested July 29, used a .380-caliber Cobra semi automatic handgun to fatally shot himself, police assert, after he was apprehended on an outstanding drug charge warrant. Officers said Carter, 21, could have hidden the gun while not handcuffed and waiting to be officially charged.

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In Memphis, Allison Leslie sees a place for ‘Aspire’

Allison Leslie is new to Memphis. In neighborhoods that will house schools assigned to the still evolving Achievement School District, her name tends not to register – yet.

Leslie has been tapped as the executive director of the Aspire Public Schools Memphis region. She is a 12-year veteran of Aspire Public Schools (APS), which the Achievement School District (ASD) has embraced to manage select schools in the Memphis market beginning in August 2013.

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