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Family reunion at sea

familyreunion 600BUSAN, Republic of Korea – Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Aleasha Gatewood, assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet Staff embarked on the flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), had a rare opportunity to spend time with her aunt Lt.j.g. Aricka Faulkner while underway in support of the ongoing Key Resolve 2014 exercise.

A Memphis native, Gatewood is a 2010 graduate of Bolton High School and has been serving her country for 3 years. This is the second visit the two have had on board Blue Ridge in the last 7 months as Faulkner participated in the joint U.S.-ROK exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian in August 2013.

"It was fantastic to see her and I am so proud of what she has accomplished since she has arrived on board as an E-2 three years ago and is now a second class petty officer," Faulkner said about Gatewood. "I have only heard positive reactions from the people she works for."

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Who killed the mayor?’

killedmayor 600Hinds County, Miss. supervisor Kenny Stokes believes that late Jackson mayor Chokwe Lumumba was assassinated and he wants an autopsy performed to rule out foul play, reports the Clarion-Ledger.

Lumumba, a legendary human rights activist and attorney who was elected mayor of Jackson last June, died of alleged natural causes on February 25.

Speculation has been rampant that he was killed because of his platform of self-determination for the black community and his refusal to tap-dance around issues of white supremacy and systemic racism in the Deep South.

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Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

AFragileTrust 600For movies opening March 7, 2014:

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"300: Rise of an Empire" (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity and pervasive violence) High body-count sequel, set in 480 BC, finds triumphant King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) now leading the Persian army against forces led by Greek General Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) in an epic naval showdown over Athens. With Eva Green, Lena Headey and Hans Matheson.

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" (PG for mild action and rude humor) Animated adventure about a brilliant beagle inventor (Ty Burrell) who makes his mark on iconic moments in history when he travels back in time via Wayback Machine with his pet boy (Max Charles). Voice cast includes Ariel Winter, Mel Brooks, Stephen Colbert, Dennis Haysbert, Leslie Mann, Allison Janney and Stanley Tucci.

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I’m self-employed: What are my saving options?

CharlesSimsJr-160Good news: There are a lot of them. The challenge is figuring out which of the major lone-eagle plans best suits you.

The most common retirement accounts for the self-employed are SEP IRAs, Simple IRAs and individual 401(k)s. These plans have two factors in common: up-front tax breaks and tax-deferred saving, meaning you don't pay taxes until you withdraw the money in retirement.

The Roth version of the individual 401(k) is slightly different: you don't get an up-front tax break, but your money not only grows tax free, withdrawals in retirement are also tax-free.

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Redefining truth has consequences

raynard jacksonIn all organized sports, there are clearly defined rules that must be adhered to. In all universities, there are clearly stated guidelines for admittance. In all religions, there are shared beliefs that all members must adhere to. Without these clearly defined rules of engagement (ROEs), there can be no order within groups; and without order there is nothing left but chaos.

Groups and organizations, by definition are all predicated upon certain agreed upon principles and values. These agreed upon principles and values are the raison d'etre of these entities.

You join the Boy Scouts, for example, because you are a boy and you join the Girl Scouts because you are a girl. You are a male because you are born with a penis and you are a girl because you are born with a vagina. These things used to be unquestioned statements of fact.

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