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Battling domestic violence

Domestic Violence

The news of Sept. 2nd hit Gwendolyn Turner like a ton of bricks. Tasha Thomas, a woman she knew, had been shot and killed outside the University of Little Scholars daycare in Whitehaven. Thomas’ estranged husband had instigated the deadly encounter on the parking lot where Thomas worked.

 “I was breathless and speechless to learn that another woman had become a victim of domestic violence,” said Turner, who’d suffered verbal, emotional, mental, sexual and physical abuse off and on for nearly 20 years.

  • Written by Wiley Henry
  • Category: Original

Shopping Center beatings – the threads

Shopping Center Beatings

“It was supposed to be a fight between two groups of African-American females. …At some point during that gathering at CiCi’s Pizza they encountered each other and a fight did ensue.

“…That fight spilled out into the parking lot and after it spilled out into the parking lot it basically turned into a flash mob resulting in the vicious attack that was on the two Kroger employees as well as a potential customer.”
– Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong

Need builds for youth violence prevention

Youth Violence Solutions

Recent events made for an all-too-real backdrop as a National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention unfolded at the Board of Education on Tuesday (Sept. 9).
 
Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr. hosted the forum along with District Attorney General Amy Weirich and Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong. Also in attendance were representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, standing in solidarity with Memphis’ efforts to prevent youth violence.

Nurturing independence in young children – parenting’s critical component

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When a baby is first born, he is totally dependent on his parents to take care of his every need. But parents are also responsible for establishing the foundation for future learning and adaptability. Nurturing independence in young children is a critical component of parenting. It promotes later self-sufficiency and self-reliance, and the process should begin during the earliest years of life. 
 
Certainly, during the first few months after a child is born, there are no outward signs of independence, yet a baby is already developing the skills that will support later independence. 

Wilkins says, ‘no regrets’ as Cohen embraces ‘landslide’

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Votes were still coming in at 8:40 p.m. on Thursday when attorney Ricky E. Wilkins made his entrance into his campaign headquarters. His opponent, Steve Cohen, who has held the 9th Congressional District seat since 2007, was in the lead, but it didn’t disturb the hopeful attitudes and confidence of Wilkins and the many supporters on hand.
 
“It’s been a long road,” Wilkins said. “We had a campaign strategy that we executed and I’m very happy about the execution of the strategy. We gained momentum as time went on and I’m feeling real good about standing here tonight.”
 

Luttrell gets another four years

Luttrell Wins
The crowd erupted in applause at Owen Brennan’s restaurant on Poplar Avenue Thursday night after Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell Jr. made his way upfront to address his supporters and campaign staffers. 
 
“I am so very, very appreciative of the opportunities that you’ve given me. Eight years as your sheriff, now going into eight years as your county mayor,” said Luttrell, who’d just beat Democratic challenger Deidre Malone in a hotly contested mayoral race in the county general election.
  • Written by Wiley Henry
  • Category: Original

Get FDA-approved diabetes medication at no cost

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According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), 4.9 million African-Americans have diabetes, which includes those who are diagnosed and undiagnosed. That means 18.7 percent of all non-Hispanic African-Americans aged 20 years or older have this life-altering disease.
 
If you have adult diabetes and have had it for less than 10 years, you may be eligible to join GRADE -- a study that provides FDA-approved diabetes medications at no cost. The study is designed to help participants improve control of adult diabetes.

At Kamp KSI, unlocking global competencies is a chest move away

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Kevin Monroe, 9, and Evan Bean, 10, stare intently at the pieces on a chess table. Kevin moves a pawn and looks at Evan. “You can do whatever you want to do now…” he says. 
 
“I know what I won’t do,” says Evan, as he slides a piece to a green space. 
 
The two cousins are just two of many children attending Kairos Services’ Kamp KSI summer camp. A nonprofit that works to help people become self-sufficient through employment, Kairos is committed to unlocking children’s global competencies by teaching children ages 6 to12 various disciplines to foster critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.