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Students should withdraw from some credit card programs

Charlene Crowell-160As 21st Century employers continue to seek a highly-trained workforce, the marketable value of a college education has never been higher. At the same time, the rising costs of a college education force growing numbers of families and students to seek federal financial aid.

In FY 2012, according to the Department of Education (DOE), federal student aid programs provided about $142 billion in grants and loans to 15 million students. Although a large portion of these funds are paid directly towards tuition, many students also receive a portion of their aid to cover the costs of textbooks or living expenses. To facilitate these direct student payments, many colleges have partnered with financial firms that provide debit cards and/or bank accounts.

These disbursement products can serve as a revenue opportunity for colleges; but they may not be the best deal for students.

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Students get hands-on experience with emergency preparedness kit

midsoutharc 600Students in the Career Development /Job Placement program at The Arc Mid-South recently had the opportunity to get valuable hands-on experience and job training.

Thanks to a collaborative project between Volunteer Mid-South and CN Railroad, the students assembled "build your own emergency preparedness" kits to be given to students in Title 1 programs in area schools.

The bags included a calendar with disaster tips, a card with disaster numbers and information, and an activity book for kids provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) that focuses on responding to disasters in a fun format.

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This Weekend in Memphis!

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

FRIDAY
AFRICA IN APRIL: Children & Senior Citizens Day
International Diversity Parade
10:30 a.m. | Beale Street @ Robert R. Church Park

* Dopeness: The Lyric Lounge
8:00 p.m. | KPreSha Boutique

* "unMosqued" Documentary Showing
7:30 p.m. | Memphis Islamic Center

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Early voting – It’s on!

earlyvoting 600Anna Richardson walked assuredly, a smile on her face, clutching the documentation she received after voting for the first time in her life.

For Richardson, 52, her first voting experience was an early-voting journey. She was among those who cast ballots Wednesday morning at the Shelby County Office Building at 157 Poplar Ave. on the first day for early voting.

Early voting for the May 6th Shelby County Democratic and Republican Primary Elections runs through May 1st. Voting at satellite sites begins on April 25th. Until then, those who choose to weigh in early must take advantage of the Downtown opportunity.

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Is a sex tape key to a successful relationship?

Myron-Mays-160Big talk this week is the leaked sex tape between "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" stars Mimi and Nikko. If you haven't heard about this or at least heard, seen or read a "shower rod" joke in the past few days, you must be living underneath a rock...a very large one.

Admittedly, I've been spending a little time under that rock myself. I have never watched an episode of the show. Before this week I couldn't have picked Mimi or Nikko out of a line up. However, I know them both quite well now. Possibly more than I'd really like.

OK, first off, it's not really a sex tape; it's a "DVD." A sex tape is a video between two people that is meant to be kept private. This was a production with a professional cameraman that was made for retail. Ever since Kim Kardashian made the spotlight for a "sex tape" there seems to be never-ending quests for 15 minutes of fame...or the extending of it, that is.

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