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Should white mom be paid for brown baby mistake?



What is the price of being forced to raise a brown baby?

It's an unusual question, arising from an Ohio woman's unusual lawsuit prompted by an insemination gone wrong. And it has set off an extraordinary discussion touching on sensitive issues of race, motherhood, sexuality and justice, though the debate begins with one basic premise: You should get what you pay for.

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Counting down to the 2014 Block Party and Picnic for Peace

Block Party

“Social Responsibility” will be the focus of the 2014 Block Party and Picnic for Peace, which is set for Oct. 24-26th.

“Coming on the heels of such serious incidents as the mob attacks and domestic violence tragedies in our city, we feel it’s the right thing to do in focusing this year’s event on social responsibility,” said State Rep. Antonio Parkinson, Block Party founder and organizer.

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East-Whitehaven matchup looms large

Prep Football

The Mustangs of East High School are ranked second among Class 5A football powers by the Asssociated Press. Whitehaven High School’s Tigers are ranked third among the Class 6A elite. The two forces clash on Friday (Oct. 17th) at Whitehaven.

Coach Marcus Wimberly and the Mustangs (6-1, 3-1) will travel to Whitehaven (6-0, 3-0) for the big game, which is set to kick off at 7 p.m.
Here are the Associated Press’ Top 10 teams in each of Tennessee's six Division I non-financial aid classifications and in the combined Division II financial aid classification as selected by Tennessee AP-member sportswriters and broadcasters. It reflects first-place votes in parentheses, records through October 13, and total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote:

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Cornel West arrested while protesting in Ferguson


People protesting against police misconduct in Ferguson, Mo., continued to capture headlines Monday, especially with one of the nation's most famous public intellectuals, Cornel West, being among those arrested in front of a local police station.

According to a New York Times report, West told the police officers who were keeping demonstrators from entering the police station that he was there to support the youth.  

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Ebola’s other consequence: Conservative fear-mongering

Lee Daniels
The world is rightly on edge over the latest appearance of the lethal Ebola virus. President Obama has committed American troops and millions of American dollars to help those countries in West Africa where it threatens to reach epidemic levels. The diagnosis two weeks ago that Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national visiting relatives and friends in Dallas, was suffering from the virus (he died last week) raised alarm bells throughout the country, prompting government officials and the medical community to check and re-check the multi-faceted preventative “screen” they’ve assembled to defend against the virus.
On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that a nurse who had “extensive contact” with Duncan in Dallas has contracted the Ebola virus, the first time it has been contracted by someone inside the United States.