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Respect begins with us

JineeaButler 600"What are we talking about? We talking about fiction or we talking about fact? You talking about fiction? Hold up pardon my back..."
– Excerpt from Jay – Z, "What We Talking About"

I've been at a lost for words lately watching all the New World Order-like advancements unravel before our eyes. From Stand your Ground to Stop and Frisk, war is being waged on those who refuse to follow the "logical" standards of our society.

And there have been a long list of murders, both old and new: Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, and Ramarley Graham. Why have people lost what little respect they had for our community? Why have they turned their backs and begun to raise deadly guns again?

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Tigers cap regular season with comeback win over SMU

seniorday 600On Senior Day, the University of Memphis reaped huge dividends from its departing class as the Tigers beat back the SMU Mustangs 67-58 at the FedExForum on Saturday.

"In the second half, the senior guards would not let us be denied," said head coach Josh Pastner. "This win will keep us in the top 25 for the entire season. This is a great feat in itself. Not too many programs stay in the top 25 the whole season."

The nationally televised game was punctuated by ear-ringing energy, with Tigers finding a way to overcome a 30-26 deficit at the half.

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Memphis plans ‘community conversation’ on improving schools, closing the achievement gap

NLC 600WASHINGTON, D.C. – Memphis plans to partner with the National League of Cities (NLC) and the U.S. Dept. of Education to hold a "community conversation" to discuss strategies to advance learning, enhance student engagement and improve schools.

Three goals for cities to focus on – early childhood education, afterschool and postsecondary attainment – were outlined Monday in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between NLC and the Dept. of Education. The MOU was unveiled at NLC's Congressional City Conference in Washington.

"We understand that increasing our educated workforce in specific areas directly improves Memphis' economic future," said Mayor A C Wharton Jr. "This partnership with the City of Memphis, the National League of Cities, the Department of Education and America's Promise with support from AT& T will assist the City of Memphis in creating pathways to prosperity for more of our citizens."

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The LeMoyne-Owen College reaches out to Victory University students

LO 600Counselors from financial aid, enrollment, records, athletics and each academic division will be on hand Wednesday, March 12 at 6.p.m. to provide information on how to successfully transition from Victory University to an institution of their choice.

The campus of The LeMoyne-Owen College, 807 Walker Ave., will be the venue Wednesday (March 12th) for the Tips to Transitioning session, with faculty and staff set to deliver critical information on how to make a smooth transfer from Victory University.

Citing a financial problem, Victory University last week announced that it would close its doors when the spring semester is over. It reportedly has about 1,600 students.

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When your child should file a tax return

MoneyMatter 600If your child only has earned income reported on a W-2 and the total isn't more than $5,350, then a return does not need to be filed. However, you'll want to file a return for a refund if there was any federal withholding, see Form W-2, box 2. If the total of earned income is over $5,350 a return must be filed.

Earned income includes wages and salaries on Forms W-2. If the child is self-employed, the Schedule C net income is included as earnings.

If the child received any 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, or 1099-B tax documents in addition to those W-2s, then unearned income was received and the rules does not apply.

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