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In Memphis, Zimmerman verdict stirs emotions, protest

In Memphis, Zimmerman verdict stirs emotions, protest

Emotions were high among several dozen young people assembled Sunday afternoon at the FedExForum to make a public statement to protest the "not guilty" verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial.

Zimmerman was acquitted late Saturday of all charges in the Feb. 26, 2012 death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

Eric Nelson, a 20-year-old student at Christian Brothers University, said, "This is about a system that has failed us time and time again. The government's not going to listen to just one person so we've come here to try to do our part in changing the world. A friend of ours went to the NAACP's protest in Florida and urged us to come out here today and make a statement."

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Klan Lite? Not! Say Sons of the Confederacy

Klan Lite? Not! Say Sons of the Confederacy

Attendees at a Sunday gathering noting the birthday of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest said people shouldn't see them as a bunch of sick, silly, retro racists.

"We've been doing this every year to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest. It's a part of all of our history and we think it deserves to be honored," said Ken Muska, a member of the N. B. Forrest Chapter of the Sons of the American Confederacy.

Muska's wife, Becky, kicked in.

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Learning to live gluten-free

Learning to live gluten-free

CHEF TIMOTHY: Do you know that something you're eating every day may be harming you – and it is called gluten. This protein is found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut and oats. It is hidden in your pizza, pasta, breads, wraps, rolls and most of your processed foods.

Gluten may cause serious health complications for many people, even health conscious people like you. As you look at ways to change or improve your overall health, consider living gluten-free and start enjoying the benefits of a healthier life.

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Rooftop benefit for Urban Equestrian Program

"Rockin' on the Rooftop," a benefit for the newly founded Urban Equestrian Program (UEP) presented by Southern Blues Equestrian Center in partnership with the City of Memphis, will be held on Aug. 17th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel Skyway Ballroom and Rooftop Terrace.

UEP offers inner city Memphis children the chance to learn about horses in a way that promotes responsibility, confidence, discipline, and empathy. The goal is to expose children to an opportunity they might otherwise never experience.

The program is currently offered at the Whitehaven Community Center and will gradually roll out to all Memphis community centers. After completing the classes, children who have shown an interest or skill may remain students at the Southern Blues Equestrian Center free of charge.

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New move on homelessness

New move on homelessness

Four years from now, 800 homeless families would have received short-term financial assistance and home-based support, and 100 "highly vulnerable" homeless families would have received long-term housing and intensive aid, if two major efforts unfold as envisioned by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr.

Wharton and Luttrell announced Thursday (July 11) what was labeled as "significant progress." The announcement came on the second anniversary of the Memphis and Shelby County Action Plan to End Homelessness.

The two initiatives are:

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GOOD BLUE: Captain Faith Cunningham

GOOD BLUE: Captain Faith Cunningham

"Grande Mocha is a mixture of coffee, hot chocolate and milk. If I had my way I'd definitely go by Starbucks every morning. Unfortunately, there's not one in my area, so I get by here as often as I can," said Captain Faith Cunningham of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Starbucks was a cool enough place for me, so I focused in on the interview. I'd read that she'd been on the force for 16 years, having spent eight years before that in the Reserves.

Kelvin Cowans: Tell me, what have you learned about people in all this time?

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‘Biggest Losers’ a good thing at Methodist Hospital South

‘Biggest Losers’ a good thing at Methodist Hospital South

Undaunted by uncertainty, Linda Smith – Methodist South Hospital community development manager – took on the task of putting a positive spin on the term biggest loser. Her resolve is paying off.

As part of Methodist Healthcare's myHealthy Life wellness program, Methodist South Hospital recently held a "Biggest Losers" competition. Smith designed the program, which also includes fitness speaker sessions, walks with administrators and exercise classes.

"We weren't sure what kind of participation we would have when we started," said Smith. "But we had 54 to sign-up and most have kept a great deal of interest and motivation in the program."

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