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Lessons from Mark Essex and Christopher Dorner

Lessons from Mark Essex and Christopher Dorner

Over a 43-year career in journalism, I have been blessed with some memorable experiences: I have covered presidential and vice presidential campaigns, I have flown on Air Force One, I have gone to parties at the White House, met Pope John Paul II, spent two weeks in Egypt, visited former slave dungeons in Dakar and Accra and have traveled around the world, including Rome, Paris, London, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Havana, Vienna and recently Beijing and Shanghai.

Of the thousands of stories I covered since I began my career in 1970 – primarily for Sports Illustrated, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Chicago Tribune, Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service – one has affected me more than any other. It was the violent death of 23-year-old Mark Essex on Jan. 7,1973.

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  • Written by George Curry

The key to a good smoothie is the ingredients

The key to a good smoothie is the ingredients

No matter what plan you've tried, losing weight is not all that easy. A smoothie – if it's prepared the right way – can be a big boost.

This week, I'm going to share with you some of my world-famous smoothie recipes that have helped many in their quests to feel better and return to that youthful look.

These smoothies are fruit rich and blended with water instead of yogurt and milk. Convenient, ultra-fast and energizing, they can be used as a meal replacement. Choose your fruits carefully, because our bodies are made differently.

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Why I’m quitting Facebook

Why I’m quitting Facebook

I used to be able to justify using Facebook as a cost of doing business. As a writer and sometime activist who needs to promote my books and articles and occasionally rally people to one cause or another, I found Facebook fast and convenient. Though I never really used it to socialize, I figured it was OK to let other people do that, and I benefited from their behavior.

I can no longer justify this arrangement.

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  • Written by CNN

Governors should stop bashing liberal arts

Governors should stop bashing liberal arts

(CNN) – It seems everyone knows a college degree is important but few have a plan to keep it affordable.

Just this past academic year, tuition went up twice as fast as inflation and the cost of textbooks rose faster than tuition. Meanwhile, The New York Times recently reported that "wages have fallen to a record low as a share of America's gross domestic product."

As a result, the average 2011 graduate left school with $26,600 in student loan debt, helping to push the country's total student loan debt past $1 trillion.

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  • Written by LZ Granderson/CNN

Child development: The Urban Child Institute, WLOK form outreach partnership

Child development: The Urban Child Institute, WLOK form outreach partnership

One of the leading child advocacy organizations in Shelby County and one of the oldest locally-owned radio stations in the Mid-South are joining forces to take their messages to the streets, literally.

The Urban Child Institute recently formed a new partnership with WLOK to increase awareness for best practices to promote optimal brain development in young children from birth to age three.

The shared commitment from both partners is to ensure that more parents have access to information and resources that will help to position their child for academic and career success.

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KKK countdown to what?

KKK countdown to what?

While the KKK stands for Ku Klux Klan, the letters actually are an acronym representing standstill and decline.

The group's hooded history is the saga of a group of American citizens who occupy a "hall of shame" that is home to far too many whose beliefs fly in the face of the "ideal" of the country.

Now, a KKK countdown is on. Klan members have applied to rally in Downtown Memphis on March 30. That intention has stirred an array of emotions and has appointed and elected officials engaged in a variety of activities associated with the possibility – indeed the likelihood – of the gathering.

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Healthy-eating path easier to find than youth fountain

Healthy-eating path easier to find than youth fountain

During my extensive travel around the country, I've met some interesting people. Many of them were inquisitive about their health. But to my surprise, the discussion oftentimes centered on their search for the elusive "fountain of youth."

Conclusion? People will go to great lengths to try to slow down the aging process.

Breaking news: There is no such thing as the magical "fountain of youth."

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