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Hammering on Weirich’s record

With early voting for the August 7th election having now entered its second week, Judge Joe Brown says his “Law and Order” grassroots campaign will continue to zero in on the record of incumbent Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich.
That record, according to Brown, includes “Amy’s 8 Dirty Little Secrets She Does Not Want The Voters To Know.” Last week, Brown and his campaign alerted the media to those “Little Secrets” – eight cases they point to as instances in which Weirich’s performance was severely criticized by the presiding judges.
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Time to vote for the ‘Best in Black’

After receiving nearly 600 nominations during the two-week nomination period, the ballots have been set for The New Tri-State Defender’s 2014 Best in Black Awards competition and it is time for the public to vote for their favorites across 64 unique categories.
Online voting at www.bestinblackawards.com kicked off Friday (July 25th) and ends at midnight on August 9th. Each voter can vote one time per day during that time frame. The top three vote getters in each of the 25 top categories (based on total number of votes cast) will be invited to the Best in Black Pre-Awards VIP Reception (at Dorothy Mae’s at the Ernest Withers’ Gallery on Beale Street).
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Community in Photos

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Early voting kicked off Friday at the Shelby County Election Commission at 157 Poplar Ave. for the Federal and State Republican and Democratic Primary Election and Shelby County General Election. Voters can cast ballots at the site today through 4 p.m.

To vote or not to vote?

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When the executive editor of The New Tri-State Defender learned that I would vote for the very first time in the Aug. 7th election, he declared me the “perfect” summer intern for the assignment of identifying and talking with two eighteen year olds with nearly polar opposite views of participating in the electoral process.
My conversations with Taira Boltze and El’Keenan T. Liggins are the fruits of my journey of discovery. 
Candidates with ‘righteousness, braveness and willingness’
Taira H. Boltze has taken all the steps needed to do something on Aug. 7th that she never has done before – vote.


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* Lauren Hill Concert
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‘A nice piece of history’

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The descendants of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, an African-American journalist, suffragist, newspaper editor, teacher, anti-lynching crusader, and early leader of the civil rights movement, traveled from Holly Springs, Miss., to Memphis last Saturday (July 12) morning to commemorate her 152nd birthday. 
“We’re here to celebrate Ida B. Wells’ birthday (the 18th annual) on the date closest to her birthday,” said the Rev. Leona Harris, executive director of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum, a cultural center for African-American history in Holly Springs. 
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Brown launches zinger at Weirich ahead of early voting kickoff

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Barely 48 hours before the start of early voting on Friday (July 18th), the already contentious Shelby County District Attorney’s race between incumbent Amy Weirich and challenger Judge Joe Brown became even more intense.
The two-pronged accelerant came in the form of Brown’s campaign criticizing local media for being biased on Weirich’s behalf and the campaign bringing forward a list of eight court cases collectively deemed proof that Weirich is not worthy of the position.
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