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Harris, Weirich end up in winner’s circle

Harris, Weirich end up in winner’s circle
City Councilman Lee Harris on Thursday uprooted incumbent state Sen. Ophelia Ford who was vying to retain the District 29 seat held by a member of the Ford family for three-plus decades.
 
And in the race for Shelby County District Attorney, former TV judge Joe Brown was swamped by incumbent Amy Weirich in a high-profile race that ended up not being any where near the close contest that some had predicted.

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Luttrell gets another four years

 Luttrell gets another four years
The crowd erupted in applause at Owen Brennan’s restaurant on Poplar Avenue Thursday night after Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell Jr. made his way upfront to address his supporters and campaign staffers. 
 
“I am so very, very appreciative of the opportunities that you’ve given me. Eight years as your sheriff, now going into eight years as your county mayor,” said Luttrell, who’d just beat Democratic challenger Deidre Malone in a hotly contested mayoral race in the county general election.

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  • Written by Wiley Henry
  • Category: Original

Fund set up to help family of county employee killed while cutting grass

Fund set up to help family of county employee killed while cutting grass
An account has been opened at Evolve Bank & Trust to help the family of Shelby County Public Works employee Pierre Davis, who was killed this past Monday (August 4th) while cutting grass along a right-of-way near Raleigh.
 
“Mr. Davis had been married only a couple of months. The tragedy has been especially difficult for his wife, Ashley, and their two young children, Pierre, six-years-old, and Andre, three-years-old,” said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell Jr.

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How to change your image

How to change your image
Why do we care about how we look? Since the beginning of time, we as
women have concerned ourselves with our appearance and how physically attractive we are. However, in these modern times the normal concern of caring about how we present ourselves has turned into an obsession for far too many women. In today’s media, “thin-is-in.” 
 
Unfortunately several of us measure our body image on how we stack up against those bodies that have been cut and pasted into magazines or against our peers. When we view our body image poorly, that not only decreases general life satisfaction and happiness, but it can also cause severe eating disorders. Making a targeted effort to improve body image for ourselves and loved ones would be a smart, even life-altering thing to do.

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Obama seeks ‘long term’ partnership with Africa

Obama seeks ‘long term’ partnership with Africa
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the federal government and private U.S. companies are investing $33 billion in Africa – $12 billion in new commitments – as part of an overall plan for his administration to strengthen its relation with the world’s second-largest continent.
 
Speaking to nearly 50 African heads of state and top officials at the U.S.-Africa Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the nation’s capital, Obama said: “As president, I’ve made it clear that the United States is determined to be a partner in Africa’s success – a good partner, an equal partner, and a partner for the long term.

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Kerry and Biden urge African leaders to be more open

Kerry and Biden urge African leaders to be more open
WASHINGTON – Calling this an “extraordinary moment of opportunity,” Secretary of State John Kerry gently urged African leaders hosted by the White House to eradicate political corruption, limit their time in office to two terms, be more accepting of dissent and adopt universally accepted values that advance the lives and freedoms of its citizens.
 
Kicking off the 3-day US-Africa Summit that began Monday, Kerry said: “Empowered civil society is the foundation of every successful democracy here in the United States, in Africa, and around the world, because in the end, our most enduring relationships, most consequential relationships are not with one particular government at one moment in time. It’s not with those who are in power for the short run.”

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African-American unemployment rate increases

African-American unemployment rate increases
The African-American unemployment rate climbed from 10.7 percent in June to 11.4 percent in July, an increased attributed to more African Americans looking for work and finding it.
 
“Building off the strength of the previous month, people have been encouraged to re-enter the labor force and search for work and that caused the unemployment rate to tick up slightly,” said Valerie Wilson, an economist and director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE).

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