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Amendment 1 ruffles the feathers of my faith


I come from a tradition of prophetic Christianity. Within that tradition, religious extremism (or what I have come to describe as theological terrorism) has always been disturbing and counterproductive. Therefore, when I consider the impact of Amendment 1 on women’s health, I confess, the amendment ruffles the feathers of my faith.

Extreme is an understatement. Draconian is insufficient. This Amendment would limit a woman’s access to safe and compassionate abortion care, with no exemptions to save the life of the mother or even when the pregnancy has resulted from rape. There is not a faithful bone in my body that finds this amendment in alignment with religious righteousness.  

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Your vote is a really big deal


The mid-term elections will take place in a precious few weeks and even with my ear to the ground, I can’t hear very much. There doesn’t seem to be a buzz, urgency, or very much interest coming from our communities about the importance of, and the responsibility we have to vote and…get the vote out.

Actually, what I have noticed in many conversations is that the majority of people I talk to are not actually aware of what is at stake if we don’t go to the polls in droves this time. I sense quite a bit of apathy as so many are of the opinion that their one vote won’t count for a variety of reasons, the main one being that “the 1 percent, Koch brothers, and unlimited PAC money, even if it is dark, will prevail.”

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LOC goes ‘midnight mad’ in basketball showcase


On Tuesday evening and into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, The LeMoyne-Owen College hosted Midnight Madness, a showcase of its 2014 men’s and women’s basketball teams.

The event was part skills showcase, part rap concert, part Greek step show, and all around “a lot of fun, and good for the students,” said second year athletic director Clint Jackson.  “It’s good to get the students out of the dorms and here to support our teams.”

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ASD targets 12 Memphis schools for possible takeover

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The state will seize control of nine chronically-underperforming public schools in Memphis next year and hand them over to privately-run charter school operators, officials with the state-run Achievement School District announced Thursday.

The entire staffs at those schools will be forced to reapply to their jobs, and the chosen charter operators will have the power to change the school’s name, switch out curriculum, and bring in new discipline models, among other things.

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Thunder beat Grizzlies 117-107 without Durant


OKLAHOMA CITY— As Russell Westbrook sat out for two months while recovering from knee surgery last season, he watched Kevin Durant emerge as a leader.

Westbrook said two things stood out most about the way Durant picked up the slack for him — the stream of victories and the way Durant showed confidence in his teammates who also had to take on more significant roles.
In Oklahoma City's first preseason action since learning that Durant would be out with a Jones fracture in his right foot, Westbrook showed that same kind of confidence in his teammates and got similar results. He had 14 points and 12 assists in three quarters as the Thunder beat the Grizzlies 117-107 on Tuesday night.

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