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LOC goes ‘midnight mad’ in basketball showcase


On Tuesday evening and into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, The LeMoyne-Owen College hosted Midnight Madness, a showcase of its 2014 men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The event was part skills showcase, part rap concert, part Greek step show, and all around “a lot of fun, and good for the students,” said second year athletic director Clint Jackson.  “It’s good to get the students out of the dorms and here to support our teams.”

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ASD targets 12 Memphis schools for possible takeover

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The state will seize control of nine chronically-underperforming public schools in Memphis next year and hand them over to privately-run charter school operators, officials with the state-run Achievement School District announced Thursday.

The entire staffs at those schools will be forced to reapply to their jobs, and the chosen charter operators will have the power to change the school’s name, switch out curriculum, and bring in new discipline models, among other things.

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Thunder beat Grizzlies 117-107 without Durant


OKLAHOMA CITY— As Russell Westbrook sat out for two months while recovering from knee surgery last season, he watched Kevin Durant emerge as a leader.

Westbrook said two things stood out most about the way Durant picked up the slack for him — the stream of victories and the way Durant showed confidence in his teammates who also had to take on more significant roles.
In Oklahoma City's first preseason action since learning that Durant would be out with a Jones fracture in his right foot, Westbrook showed that same kind of confidence in his teammates and got similar results. He had 14 points and 12 assists in three quarters as the Thunder beat the Grizzlies 117-107 on Tuesday night.

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Early voting underway in Tennessee


NASHVILLE — Tennessee voters can get a head start on casting their ballots for the Nov. 4 general election starting today. Early voting runs through Oct. 30. Here is a look at some of the state's top races:

U.S. SENATE: Republican Lamar Alexander, a former two-term governor who also ran for president twice, is seeking a third term in the Senate. The Democratic nominee is Gordon Ball, a Knoxville attorney. The two candidates have waged campaigns heavily critical of each other. Ball has called the incumbent out of touch with Tennessee voters, while Alexander has sought to label his challenger as beholden to the policies of President Barack Obama. The lone joint appearance of both candidates was scheduled for a Farm Bureau forum Thursday in Cookeville.

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Chris Rock will host ‘Saturday Night Live’ with Prince as the musical guest


Chris Rock is returning to his old stomping grounds Nov. 1, when he hosts an episode of Saturday Night Live. And if that’s not a big enough reason to catch the episode, his Royal Purpleness, aka Prince, will be the musical guest.

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