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The real ‘King of R&B’

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Take U.S. 78 South about 90 miles from Memphis and you come to Tupelo, Mississippi and BancorpSouth Arena, where Robert Sylvester Kelly – widely known as the “King of R&B” put on a show that will have people talking…at least until he returns.

At first, I was a little skeptical about the show. I mean, when I arrived and took my seat, the only thing I saw on stage was a tall thin curtain and the blue lights. There did not appear to be any instruments behind it. Not a drum set. No keyboards. Not even so much as a guitar.

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NCAA announces graduation success rate; releases Federal Graduation Rate report

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INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA on Tuesday released the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and the Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) Report. For a second straight season, the University of Memphis graduated 84 percent of its student-athletes for the 2007 cohort against a Federal Graduation Rate of 59 percent for the same period.

The FGR accesses only first-time full-time freshmen and only counts them as an academic success if they graduate from their institution of initial enrollment within a six-year period. The GSR differs from the FGR in that it adds transfer students, mid-year enrollees and non-scholarship students (in specific cases) to the sample. This allows the GSR to more accurately look at student-athlete successes by taking in to account the full variety of participants in NCAA Division I and tracking their individual outcomes. For example, the FGR for the 2007 report takes in to consideration just 84,053 student-athletes in NCAA Division I. The GSR for that same period (2004-2007 entering classes) tracks 93,637 college athletics participants, an 11.4 percent difference.

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In defense of Tiny Harris’ new eye color

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Was I the only one who had absolutely no idea that people could permanently change their eye color with surgery? Apparently I was stuck in the ’90s, thinking that colored contacts, which never look real, were the only option. Who knew?

Apparently Tameka “Tiny” Harris—celeb mom, wife of rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris and reality-TV star—did. During promotional rounds for her latest reality show, Tiny & Shekinah’s Weave Trip, fans noticed that Harris had a new enhancement: a new color she would eventually call “ice gray.” Harris turned to BrightOcular to permanently lighten her dark-brown eyes by having an implant of “thin, flexible, biocompatible, colored, medical-grade silicone” applied to her eyes. The procedure costs around $8,000.

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Connecticut family sues over school's Ebola fears

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The father of a Connecticut third-grader filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday saying his daughter has been unfairly barred from school amid fears she may have been exposed to the Ebola virus while in Africa.

Ikeoluwa Opayemi and her family, who live in Milford, visited Nigeria for a family wedding from Oct. 2-13, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New Haven. The suit is seeking damages under the Americans with Disabilities Act, asserting that Ikeoluwa is being discriminated against because of a "perceived impairment."

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US Ed. Sec. speaks at Tenn. education conference

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NASHVILLE (AP) – U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday lauded Tennessee's educators for their extra effort in trying to help students be successful, and Gov. Bill Haslam said he will make it a priority to try to pay teachers more.

Duncan spoke at the Tennessee Educational Leadership Conference, which is being attended by more than 2,000 educators from across the state.

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