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Ferguson police chief identifies officer who fatally shot Michael Brown

Ferguson, Mo., Police Chief Thomas Jackson at a press conference early Friday morning released the name of the officer who was involved in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
The officer has been identified as Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran with no reported blemishes on his record.

Titans’ Oher motivated for matchup with Saints

NEW ORLEANS — The previous time Michael Oher played in New Orleans, he was a first-string tackle for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
He returns less than two years later on Friday night for a preseason game as a member of his new team, the Tennessee Titans, trying to prove he remains worthy of a starting job in the NFL.
After starting every game through his first five NFL seasons — all in Baltimore — Oher, signed a four-year, $20 million free agent deal with Tennessee that brought him back to his home state.

Memphis grad works to reverse ‘brain drain’

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Philip Blackett is familiar with the talk about Memphis’ “brain drain.” As the story goes, many of the city’s students graduate from Memphis and Shelby County high schools and depart for college outside of Memphis – and Tennessee – to get their degrees, with no plans of ever coming back to their hometown.
 A 2003 graduate of Memphis University School, Blackett is determined to do his part to reverse the so-called brain drain by adding value back into his hometown, even when he’s no longer in Memphis.

US military relaxes hairstyle policy

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After much outrage and criticism from service members and lawmakers, the United States military has responded by relaxing its restrictive hairstyle requirements that seemingly targeted popular black hairstyles, the New York Times reports.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Marcia L. Fudge, that all military branches, with the exception of the Marine Corps, would broaden their criteria of acceptable hairstyles to include cornrows, braids and twists.

Without Obama, Clinton could end up like Gore

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Although we’re all still sort of pretending that it remains to be seen whether Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016, she recently gave the most definitive confirmation she has to date of her impending candidacy. No, she didn’t say the words “I’m running for president,” but she publicly criticized President Barack Obama, and it’s been seen by political observers as proof that she’s trying to preserve her own political legacy, potentially at the expense of his.
The move won her plaudits in some corners, but the media firestorm it created was a stark reminder that if Clinton runs in 2016 – and specifically runs away from Obama’s record – history could repeat itself. And that would be bad news for her and those hoping to see her make history.