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At 89, Omega’s Epsilon Phi Chapter is in full stride

omega 600The eclectic brothers of the Epsilon Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. recently came together to celebrate the chapter's rich and full 89-year history.

The celebration (April 19th) was held at the historic Four Way Grill, which was well suited for the recognition and reverence of an Omega chapter that has meant much to the Mid-South. Filled with fellowship and the sharing of stories (some even true), the outing included special recognition of the Episilon Phi Chapter's Golden Ques (GQ).

The GQ are men of Omega who have attained 65 years of age; have met financial requirements as set forth by the chapter; embrace the cardinal principles of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and readily fraternize with like-minded brothers of the fraternity.

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R.I.D.D. poised to rid streets of distracted, texting drivers

RIDD 600"I really didn't think it was that big a deal – you know, texting and driving. All my friends text or check their email. We all do it. To me, it seemed like doing them both at the same time wasn't really hard. Actually, it's pretty easy to me. But I don't want to get caught doing it. I know it's against the law. I'm stopping because I'm just scared of getting stopped by the police."
– Jackie, 17
– Southwind High School

"Jackie," who feels that texting and driving is an easy prospect, is not alone. According to textinganddrivingsafety.com, about 55 percent of teens nationwide also feel, "It's easy to text and drive."

Apparently, it is not. The numbers don't lie. Distracted driving, or texting while driving, is the number one killer of teens nationwide, according to the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office, headed up by Director Kendell Poole.

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Outstanding Boy Scout gives back to the church

goodscout 600Thomas Y. Norton, a 17-year-old senior patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop #144, netted the highest award any scout can earn – the Eagle Scout Court of Honor Award. It is a sign of his leadership ability, which he drew upon to spearhead the renovation of the children's nursery at his place of worship, Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church.

With the help of Troop #144, friends and church and family members, Norton was able to go beyond the $1,500 budgeted to renovate the nursery. The nursery enhancements feature new paint and upgrades, including the electronics. The result is a more inviting learning space for the children at MBCC.

"This project has inspired me to become a better leader and businessman, which I believe will help me in my future endeavors," said Thomas, a senior at Memphis University School, who plans to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and major in Supply Chain Management.

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Don’t knock V. Stiviano’s gold-digging hustle

sterlingwoman 600Like every other adult with Internet access, I've been following the Donald Sterling saga since TMZ released the hidden recording of his racist rants on Friday night. Over the past many days, it's all anyone seems to talk about. Surely, recently departed "Scandal" co-star Columbus Short is somewhere thanking the gods for taking the attention off him.

I've taken to calling this whole affair As the Plantation Turns (which I can't take credit for). The unique cast of characters – the geriatric billionaire racist sugar daddy, his not-so-estranged wife and the biracial mastermind mistress; the guest appearance by basketball legend, businessman and HIV activist Magic Johnson (who was unfairly dragged into all this mess); and the setting of professional basketball during the high-stakes playoffs are better than anything a novelist could create. This all lends credence to the popular joke that sports are reality TV for men.

At the heart of this drama is V. Stiviano – a mysterious woman who apparently has gone by several different names – whose voice is heard on the TMZ tapes that started this whole debacle. So the story seems to go like this: Sterling's billionaire wife was angry that her husband spent around $2 million on gifts for his lady "friend" of four years, a woman young enough to be his granddaughter. The Los Angeles Times reports that over four years, Sterling bought Stiviano four luxury cars and a $1.8 million duplex home in Stiviano's name and gave her $240,000 in "living expenses."

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Barnes & Noble: Gone by New Year’s?

BandN 600If anyone gives you a Barnes & Noble gift card, be sure to cash it in by the end of the year.

This may be the last year that Barnes & Noble bookstores remain open.

It's bad news for people who love books. It's worse news for the next generation of readers, who may never experience buying a book in a bookstore.

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