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This Weekend in Memphis!

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Health in the Hood Wellness Festival | 9am-3pm | LeMoyne-Owen College

Women On The Move: A Clean and Green Memphis | 11:30am-1:00pm | Crescent Club

Clean Memphis' 'Trash Flash Mob! Downtown' | 11:00am-Noon | Court Square Park

"Art Lounge" | 6:00pm | On the Dock at South Main Artspace Lofts

Shark Tank Watch Party with Mo's Bows | 7:00pm | A. Schwab General Store

* New Ballet Ensemble's 'Coppelia Remix' | 7pm | The Salvation Army Kroc Center

* On Location: Memphis' International Film & Music Festival | All Day | Malco Studio on the Square

 

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City begins new parking ticket process May 1st

parking 600Three months after installing new electronic parking meters and expanding parking opportunities downtown and in the medical district, city officials are putting in place a new process for enforcing regulations, and issuing tickets for violations that carry fines averaging about $21.

The cost for illegal parking can rise to as much as $246 for violators who don't pay timely.

All fines are due within 15 days of the date the parking ticket is issued. If violators do nothing, a judgment will be issued which is enforceable for up to 10 years.

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‘Grit and Grind’ still fresh game plan for Grizz

grizzplayoff 600When the Memphis Grizzlies take the floor of the FedExForum on Thursday night, the buzz from the Game 2 victory in Oklahoma City will have given way to the delirium of hosting Game 3 knotted at a game apiece.

The Game 2 overtime win was a battle that few could argue was not an instant classic. And the bulk of those who would proffer such a position most likely live in Oklahoma and live and die with Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder.

In the Bluff City, however, there is no doubt. The 111-105 victory was monstrously rewarding and oh, so unforgettable, at least for Grizz fans. The Memphis players, however, don't have the luxury of dwelling on a memory. You can't beat super-All Star Durant with a memory.

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Faith, education and hard work yield promising future for Joshua Hawkins

joshua 600Joshua Hawkins, an outstanding student and athlete at Memphis University School, looks forward to a promising future.

The 18-year-old high school senior has been accepted at four elite Ivy League Colleges – Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Brown. If he doesn't choose from that quartet, Vanderbilt University and the University of Michigan also want him.

Representing the fourth generation of the Church of God in Christ, Hawkins is the son of Temple of Deliverance COGIC Pastor Milton R. Hawkins and first lady Catherine C. Hawkins.

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Amnesty for illegals can’t be defended

raynarrd 600I am totally perplexed by Republicans who advocate amnesty for those who entered the U.S. illegally. We Republicans are supposed to be the party of law and order, a party that stands on clearly defined principles. Let's cut through the pompous rhetoric: The issue of amnesty is only about cheap labor. All the other arguments are merely background noise.

With the national unemployment rate just under eight percent, how can you argue that illegals are doing jobs that Americans refuse to do? With all the unemployed engineers (partly because of the shutdown of NASA's Space Shuttle program), how do you justify increasing the number of H-1B visas? The special visa allows companies to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations for up to six years. How can six years still be considered temporary?

How do you explain to a kid in Virginia that he or she has to pay out-of-state tuition to attend the University of Maryland while a student in the country illegally is allowed to pay in-state tuition? Why should someone in the country illegally be able to obtain a benefit that even an American citizen can't have? Aren't these Republicans supporting discrimination against American citizens in their lust of the Hispanic voter?

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