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Memphis will pursue rape kit funding from NY prosecutor

Rape Kit
With a clear need for additional resources to complete the analysis of backlogged rape kits, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Wednesday the city would “seize the opportunity” to apply for funds through the Manhattan (New York) district attorney’s office when requests for proposals are issued next spring.

Manhattan D.A. Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced Wednesday that evidence from up to 70,000 rape cases nationwide would get long-awaited DNA testing as he pledged as much as $35 million to help eliminate a backlog that has long troubled authorities, victims and lawmakers.

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Domestic violence: It just ain’t right, no way!

Beard

I was raised to be a real man by a man who was a real man…my father. He wasn’t just a real man, but a gentleman as well who put my mother on a pedestal when they met at Tuskegee Institute in 1941 and he never took her off of it.

My parents loved and honored each other daily, my father literally “worshipped” my mother, she loved him madly and cared for him to perfection, seriously. They kissed on the lips in the morning as my dad would be on his way out; they kissed when he got home. They kissed in public; they even kissed outside in the backyard. And every time they kissed, they smiled at one another.

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Medicare plans offer improved quality, steady premiums

Tavenner

Fall is a wonderful time of year. Changing leaves. Cooler weather. It’s also the season for people with Medicare to review their current Medicare coverage, as Medicare Open Enrollment begins.

As we prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment, which began on October 15 and ends on December 7, Medicare wants everyone to know that quality continues to improve both in Medicare Advantage and in the Part D Prescription Drug Program.

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Former state Rep. Emmitt Ford dies in Memphis

Ford

(AP) — Former state Rep. Emmitt Ford has died in Memphis at age 70, a relative said Tuesday.

Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Jr. said his uncle passed away Monday night at Methodist Hospital after battling an illness.

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Everything wrong with the video of man ‘delivered from being gay’

Gay no more

The “I don’t like mens no more” video has gone viral. The almost seven-minute long clip purports to show a young man being “delivered” from homosexuality during the COGIC 107th Holy Convocation. There are so many things wrong with this video, but I’d like to highlight the most glaring eyebrow-raising moments.

The huge overarching note of wrongness that rings throughout the video is the notion that being gay is something that could and should be prayed away.  It’s painful to watch the bowtie-clad gentleman proclaim himself to be free of being gay. His church stomping, speaking in tongues performance is not quite believable. He seems to be trying to convince himself more so than the congregation. He lists the things he no longer desires to do such as carrying a purse and wearing make-up. Umm, sir. You can be a gay man and not wear make-up and not carry a purse. There’s no hard evidence, but I’d venture to say that most gay men don’t carry purses and wear make-up. If you’re going to ask the Lord to un-gay you, ask for more substantive changes.  Better yet, own the fact that you’re gay and extract yourself from any institution that makes you feel less-than for having a consensual relationship with another adult.

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