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Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Diddy 600For movies opening April 11, 2014

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Draft Day" (PG-13 for brief profanity and sexual references) Kevin Costner stars in this gridiron saga as the Cleveland Browns' general manager determined to turn the franchise around after 13 years of bad luck with the help of this year's #1 draft pick. Ensemble includes Jennifer Garner, Terry Crews, Frank Langella, Sam Elliott, Chadwick Boseman, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, Rosanna Arquette and Sean "Puffy" Combs.

"Oculus" (R for terror, violence, disturbing images and brief profanity) Supernatural thriller about a woman's (Karen Gillan) effort to exonerate her brother (Brenton Thwaites) of their father's (Rory Cochrane) killing by proving that the perpetrator was actually an evil spirit that had inhabited their home. With Katee Sackhoff, James Lafferty and Garrett Ryan.

 

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Teens learn to plan brighter financial futures

teensummit 600About 100 students from Memphis high schools such as Booker T. Washington, Melrose and White Station spent Saturday (April 5th) preparing for their financial futures.

The Planning Your Dreams Summit was held at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis Technical Training Center, where the teens focused on improving their understanding of financial terms and learning how to budget and manage their income.

The summit was hosted by The RISE Foundation, a nonprofit that empowers Memphians by improving their financial literacy skills. The teens who participated are members of the RISE Foundation's Goal Card program, an incentive-based program that requires goal setting and improvements in grades, conduct and attendance.

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Michael Ugwueke named new president of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

methodistpromo 600After serving more than a year as executive vice president and chief operating officer, the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare board has approved Michael Ugwueke as president and COO of its parent company Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, as well as president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals (MHMH).

MHMH is the entity that includes the five Memphis hospitals licensed as one, including Methodist Germantown Hospital, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Methodist North Hospital, Methodist South Hospital and Methodist University Hospital. The move, effective May 1, is designed to help MLH become "a stronger integrated system to best serve our patients."

Reporting directly to MLH CEO Gary Shorb, Ugwueke will be responsible for operations across the system.

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Sharpton was FBI mob informant, report says

sharpton 600Al Sharpton has been called many names. Add CI-7 to that list.

According to a lengthy report published by The Smoking Gun news website, Sharpton was a confidential FBI informant—code named CI-7—for several years in the mid-1980s.

On Monday, the Smoking Gun published documents that purport to show that the current host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC was once an informant. According to the news site, Sharpton carried a briefcase fitted with a recording device that he used to tape conversations that detailed mob hits, extortion schemes and the activities of Genovese crime family.

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Technology changing classrooms, some more than others

techinclass 600Education in the United States is vaulting into the digital era. Students today can use Facebook to create book report-related author pages, while teachers can Skype in experts for in-class science lessons.

But with disparities in funding and allocation of resources, the rush to inject more technology into classrooms is leaving many behind.

"I saw maybe one or two very old computers in the Atlanta preschools [I visited]," says Pilar Carmina Gonzalez, a researcher for the Education Development Center (EDC), a global non-profit that works to enhance education through the use of technology. Gonzalez recently visited schools in Atlanta and Florida, and says some schools still struggle with even just email access.

 

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