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Sharpton was FBI mob informant, report says

sharpton 600Al Sharpton has been called many names. Add CI-7 to that list.

According to a lengthy report published by The Smoking Gun news website, Sharpton was a confidential FBI informant—code named CI-7—for several years in the mid-1980s.

On Monday, the Smoking Gun published documents that purport to show that the current host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC was once an informant. According to the news site, Sharpton carried a briefcase fitted with a recording device that he used to tape conversations that detailed mob hits, extortion schemes and the activities of Genovese crime family.

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Technology changing classrooms, some more than others

techinclass 600Education in the United States is vaulting into the digital era. Students today can use Facebook to create book report-related author pages, while teachers can Skype in experts for in-class science lessons.

But with disparities in funding and allocation of resources, the rush to inject more technology into classrooms is leaving many behind.

"I saw maybe one or two very old computers in the Atlanta preschools [I visited]," says Pilar Carmina Gonzalez, a researcher for the Education Development Center (EDC), a global non-profit that works to enhance education through the use of technology. Gonzalez recently visited schools in Atlanta and Florida, and says some schools still struggle with even just email access.

 

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Acceptance by 8 Ivies doesn’t remove race stigma

enin 600You would think that news of a high school student from a family of African immigrants getting accepted into all eight Ivy League universities would be met with universal celebration. If you thought that, think again.

First the news:

In the next month, Kwasi Enin must make a tough decision: Which of the eight Ivy League universities should he attend this fall?

 

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Fight back against spring allergies

allergies 600Springtime brings warmer weather, outdoor family fun, BBQs, ballgames, and for many Americans, the start of allergy season. While making plans for outdoor activities this spring, keep in mind that Memphis traditionally ranks high on the list of top 100 allergy centers.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's latest list, Memphis ranks second among the top 10 allergy capitals.

 

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‘MED Night: A Soul Celebration’

temptation 600Regional One Health held its annual fundraising gala at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday night (April 5th) to raise money and awareness for the former Regional Medical Center at Memphis (the MED).

The premiere event, dubbed "MED Night: A Soul Celebration," benefits The MED Foundation and featured, as always, an all-star cast of soulful musicians and entertainers who'd topped the charts in their heyday and remain today as influential as they were during the days of vinyl records.

The sold-out event attracted a gala audience of men and women who listened intently and moved their bodies to the melodious music of the New Ballet Ensemble and the captivating performances by Shirley Alton Reeves, once the lead singer of The Shirelles, Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Revue, and Kool & The Gang.

 

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