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TSD endorses Ricky E. Wilkins in 9th Congressional District

TSD endorses Ricky E. Wilkins in 9th Congressional District
The New Tri-State Defender received completed questionnaires from incumbent Steve Cohen and attorney Ricky E. Wilkins in the Democratic Primary for the 9th Congressional District. We will publish the questionnaires with the candidates’ responses on our website, TSDMemphis.com.
 
In 2010, the TSD endorsed Congressman Cohen over former Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton. At the time, Cohen was the right choice for the right reasons, which our endorsement detailed this way:

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TSD endorsements

TSD endorsements
It is a priority of The New Tri-State Defender to provide insight and leadership to its readers and the community-at-large in assessing key issues that impact the future of our city, county and region, including elections and the selection of candidates vying for elected office.
 
This election year is a critically important one. Voters are faced with the opportunity to vote for change or to continue to support current leadership and results. Depending on your plight and experiences over the past 4 to 6 years, your choice might be radically different from that of another. 

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Sugarmon v Michael

Sugarmon v Michael
 
City Court Judge Tarik Sugarmon says a speech given last year by Shelby County Juvenile Court Chief Magistrate Dan Michael clearly illustrates that Michael does not merit election as Juvenile Court Judge.
 
Sugarmon believes he’s the person for the job. The speech that Sugarmon references was reflected, in part, on the Midtown Republican Club’s website.

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  • Written by Tony Jones
  • Category: Original

Sheriff’s race pits two law enforcement veterans

 Sheriff’s race pits two law enforcement veterans
William “Bill” Oldham currently has the job of Shelby County Sheriff and Bennie L. Cobb, a retired captain from the sheriff’s office, would like to wrest it away from him.
 
Cobb is the Democratic nominee and Oldham, a Republican, has been the sheriff since the 2010 trouncing of the countywide Democratic slate.

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  • Written by Wiley Henry
  • Category: Original

Sierra Leone ‘hero’ Ebola doctor succumbs to deadly virus

Sierra Leone ‘hero’ Ebola doctor succumbs to deadly virus
Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor has lost his battle with the deadly virus that is sweeping through West Africa in a record outbreak, Reuters reports.
 
Virologist Sheik Umar Khan, who had treated more than 100 Ebola patients, died Tuesday after fighting the often-fatal virus, which is believed to have already taken the lives of more than 600 people across Guinea, Liberia and Khan’s home country of Sierra Leone. His death, less than a week after his condition came to light, is but one of the latest among the medical professionals and aides helping to fight the infection.

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Toward a cure for HIV: The promise of the ‘Mississippi Baby’

Toward a cure for HIV: The promise of the ‘Mississippi Baby’
MELBOURNE, Australia – Is the glass half empty – or half full? That was the framework for thinking about the so-called Mississippi baby case last week at the International AIDS conference here.
 
The glass was decidedly half empty earlier this month with the news that the baby, thought to have been cured of HIV, had rebounded with detectable levels of the virus in her blood. Quick as a heartbeat, cure was downgraded to remission.

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Upcoming changes to PLUS Loans may help African Americans

Upcoming changes to PLUS Loans may help African Americans
WASHINGTON – This fall, the Department of Education plans to announce changes to PLUS loans that officials say will make it easier for parents to qualify for the financial aid program that thousands of African-American college students rely on every semester.
 
In an effort to combat a rising number of parent loan defaults in 2011, the department began to enforce more strict borrowing guidelines, a move that disproportionately affected African-American parents, especially ones that lost homes and jobs and were burdened by high levels of debt incurred during the Great Recession.

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