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Court hearing looms for Thaddeus Matthews

Controversial – yet wildly popular – independent blogger and radio personality Thaddeus Matthews will appear before arbitrator D.J. Alisandratos on Tuesday, June 5th to decide if he will possibly be r


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Briefs & Things: Speakers set for 2012 Kennedy Day Dinner

Jimmy Naifeh, who was first elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1974 and was Speaker of the House from 1991 to 2009, will be honored at the traditional Kennedy Day Dinner on June 8, 2012. Naifeh, who served longer as Speaker than anyone else in Tennessee history, will be awarded the Kennedy Award by the Shelby County Democratic Party.

The keynote speaker will be D'Army Bailey, attorney, judge, author and a founder of the National Civil Rights Museum. Bailey now practices with the law firm of Wilkes and McHugh.


FUBU founder, ‘Shark Tank’ star talks with TSD

FUBU founder, ‘Shark Tank’ star talks with TSD

Daymond JohnA few years ago, the unusual occurrence of a Manatee in the Memphis area caused great local buzz and attention. The salt water giant found his way into the waters of the Mighty Mississippi and into the hearts of Memphians as they tracked his movements.

Well, in similar fashion we recently had another giant of the sea, a "Shark", (not the aquatic variety), visit our fair city to much fanfare and accolade.

Daymond John, a fashion industry pioneer, is founder of the FUBU clothing line and star of the ABC reality show "Shark Tank,"


Organ donor fight calls for front-row action


It appears that as has occurred in far too many instances on far too many issues in recent times, a fight has broken out in Memphis.

In one corner is Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, and in the other is the Mid-South Transplant Foundation. Although not at the root of the debate, it appears the large African-American population in Memphis and the Mid-South is certainly a big part of it.


With new tools in hand, teacher helps students grasp math

by Dena L. Owens
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Everyone agrees that teachers should perform to the best of their abilities to increase student academic performance in public schools. How they achieve that goal has been a hot topic, as it should be.

Angela Staples, a ten-year, 6th-grade instructor at Ridgeway Middle School, uses several tools to strengthen her teaching effectiveness in a subject many of cringe to think about – math. One method she uses to help children "get it" is called Reflective Practice.