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Michael Ugwueke named new president of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare

methodistpromo 600After serving more than a year as executive vice president and chief operating officer, the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare board has approved Michael Ugwueke as president and COO of its parent company Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, as well as president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare Memphis Hospitals (MHMH).

MHMH is the entity that includes the five Memphis hospitals licensed as one, including Methodist Germantown Hospital, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Methodist North Hospital, Methodist South Hospital and Methodist University Hospital. The move, effective May 1, is designed to help MLH become "a stronger integrated system to best serve our patients."

Reporting directly to MLH CEO Gary Shorb, Ugwueke will be responsible for operations across the system.

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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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