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Karanja A. Ajanaku

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The TSD Interview, Part I: OTIS L. SANFORD

The veteran journalist digs into the history of Memphis politics with his new book, “From Boss Crump to King Willie.”

The veteran journalist digs into the history of Memphis politics with his new book, “From Boss Crump to King Willie.”

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Her Prom Closet supplies dresses and life lessons

Davina Jones: “There is a bigger picture to this. The overall thing is about giving back and blessing others."

Davina Jones: “There is a bigger picture to this. The overall thing is about giving back and blessing others."

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THE PIANO LESSON

Is this really W.C. Handy’s piano?

Is this really W.C. Handy’s piano?

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LIVE! Breast Cancer Summit set for Feb. 4

Event at Patterson Family Life Youth Center.

Event at Patterson Family Life Youth Center.

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What Dr. Herenton said: Declaration, backlash and next step?

Mayor’s prayer breakfast has a lot of talk; will action follow?

Mayor’s prayer breakfast has a lot of talk; will action follow?

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Memphis Branch NAACP salutes Madeleine C. Taylor

Longtime leader retires after six years as executive director and 25 years of service.

Longtime leader retires after six years as executive director and 25 years of service.

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Spanning the racial divide

At 15, St. Jude Marathon keeps extending hospital’s bridge-building history

At 15, St. Jude Marathon keeps extending hospital’s bridge-building history.

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GALLERY: Rev. Dr. James L. Netters' 60th Pastoral Anniversary

Photos by Tyrone P. Easley

Enjoy these scenes from Rev. Netters' 60th Anniversary Celebration on Nov. 19.

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‘Moving parts’ aplenty in aftermath of grand jury decision

Requests for a special prosecutor and an investigative grand jury among activity expected next week in the case involving the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart.

Requests for a special prosecutor and an investigative grand jury among activity expected next week in the case involving the fatal police shooting of Darrius Stewart.

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BREAKING: No federal civil rights charges against Connor Schilling

U.S. Attorney Stanton: Insufficient evidence to prove willful violation of Darrius Stewart's civil rights.

U.S. Attorney Stanton: Insufficient evidence to prove willful violation of Darrius Stewart's civil rights.

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A crying need to do more about crime

One year later, soldier’s family, friends mourn; murder unsolved.

One year later, soldier’s family, friends mourn; murder unsolved.

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Elections administrator on his way out

Push for an investigation rolls on.

Push for an investigation rolls on.

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Public may get to see TBI file on Darrius Stewart’s killing on Dec. 15

Chancellor’s ruling opens door pending a possible appeal by the MPD officer who killed the unarmed 19 year old.

Chancellor’s ruling opens door pending a possible appeal by the MPD officer who killed the unarmed 19 year old.

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Clinton breaks ground in Memphis ahead of March primary

Courting elements of the Democratic Party base, Clinton reaches out during stop at The LeMoyne-Owen College.

Courting elements of the Democratic Party base, Clinton reaches out during stop at The LeMoyne-Owen College.

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Memphis workers and supporters keep on pushing toward minimum wage boost

National day of demonstrations echo here.

National day of demonstrations echo here.

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Officer who killed Darrius Stewart now faces Police Department hearing

Rally involving slain 19 year old’s mother also set for next week.

Rally involving slain 19 year old’s mother also set for next week.

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Cooking up good health

Chefs Gina and Ayanna pitch seafood.

Chefs Gina and Ayanna pitch seafood.

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The second time around!

After his second baptism, Marvin Johnson reflects on its meaning and importance in his life.

After his second baptism, Marvin Johnson reflects on its meaning and importance in his life.

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Memphis Millennials move to push and pull peers to the polls

Multi-element strategy designed to pump up the turnout.

Multi-element strategy designed to pump up the turnout.

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LEGACY: Ben Cauley dies at 67

An original member of the Bar-Kays; lone survivor of plane crash that killed most of his fellow band members and Otis Redding.

An original member of the Bar-Kays; lone survivor of plane crash that killed most of his fellow band members and Otis Redding.

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Model job readiness program for high school students draws SCS career technical instructors to take a look

Road trip to ASU Mid-South part of paving the way for a similar program in Shelby County.

Road trip to ASU Mid-South part of paving the way for a similar program in Shelby County.

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Rotary forum gives glimpse of race for City Council Super District 9, Position 2

IN POLITICS 2015: Early Voting begins Sept. 18.

IN POLITICS 2015: Early Voting begins Sept. 18.

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Dr. Glover speaking

Amid expectations, TSU president embraces “an awesome blessing”

Amid expectations, TSU president embraces “an awesome blessing”

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House trim is a court matter

Harbor Point resident Roby S. Williams will get his day in court over a covenant that he says is outdated and no longer valid.

Harbor Point resident Roby S. Williams will get his day in court over a covenant that he says is outdated and no longer valid.

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Traffic-stop-to-jail aftermath leaves Memphis doctor 'completely undone'

“I love America; I love being an American. But what is happening in our country we’ve got to address!”

“I love America; I love being an American. But what is happening in our country, we’ve got to address!”

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The painful fall of Robert Lipscomb

For many who “know” Lipscomb, this matter goes beyond surprise. It’s painful to them on a gut level.

For many who “know” Lipscomb, this matter goes beyond surprise. It’s painful to them on a gut level.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Emmett'

Pioneering Emmett Till-scholar Dr. Clenora Hudson looks at the horrific Emmett Till saga through the lens of racial healing.

Pioneering Emmett Till scholar Dr. Clenora Hudson looks at the horrific Emmett Till saga through the lens of racial healing.

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Tremaine Wilbourn’s surrender: ‘It worked out’

‘The Lord led me to go and find him,” says the Rev. Ralph White.

‘The Lord led me to go and find him,” says the Rev. Ralph White.

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Performance is the plank anchoring Wharton’s bid for another term

‘We will run on our record,' incumbent mayor says.

‘We will run on our record,' incumbent mayor says.

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City officials searching for answers after teen sneaks into public pool and drowns

Mayor A C Wharton Jr. used a Monday afternoon press conference to weigh in on the drowning of 13-year-old Cedric Walton at L.E. Brown pool.

Mayor A C Wharton Jr. used a Monday afternoon press conference to weigh in on the drowning of 13-year-old Cedric Walton at L.E. Brown pool.

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Rep. Cohen’s view of a ‘historic day’

President’s Obama’s address reflects a definite shift, says Ninth District Congressman.

President’s Obama’s address reflects a definite shift, says Ninth District Congressman.

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Update: First woman elected to serve in LOC’s 153-year-plus journey

Dr. Andrea Lewis Miller: ‘Learn, grow…find purpose’ The LeMoyne-Owen College locks in on its next president

Dr. Andrea Lewis Miller: ‘Learn, grow…find purpose’ The LeMoyne-Owen College locks in on its next president

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It’s Dr. Andrea Lewis Miller!

Former LOC graduate named the college’s next president.

Former LOC graduate named the college’s next president.

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Ready to serve Southwest

The Tennessee Board of Regents is expected to back the recommendation of Dr. Tracy D. Hall as next president for Southwest Tennessee Community College in a vote this week.

The Tennessee Board of Regents is expected to back the recommendation of Dr. Tracy D. Hall as next president for Southwest Tennessee Community College in a vote this week.

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Journey of service continues for Edward L. Stanton III

President Obama makes his choice to fill the U.S. District Court vacancy for the state’s Western District.

President Obama makes his choice to fill the U.S. District Court vacancy for the state’s Western District.

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‘Dance Crash’ anchored by Memphis’ Brandee Evans

One-hour special May 30 on OWN.

One-hour special May 30 on OWN.

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LEGACY: Kathyrn I. Bowers

COMMENTARY: A person of passion and many layers, Bowers was on target about the need for more voter participation and communication beyond differences – real or imagined.

COMMENTARY: A person of passion and many layers, Bowers was on target about the need for more voter participation and communication beyond differences – real or imagined.

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Rail safety on the menu as City’s partnership with CN Railway rolls on at barbecue fest

Roquita Coleman Williams has the green light to establish strategic relationships.

Roquita Coleman Williams has the green light to establish strategic relationships.

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Two finalists emerge in the search for a new LOC president

Board of Trustees is on target to make a choice in June

Board of Trustees is on target to make a choice later this month.

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Hamilton students demonstrate resolve with walkout

Pending departure of principal that students had learned to embrace prompts concern about the future.

Pending departure of principal that students had learned to embrace prompts concern about the future.

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‘It is our turn’

Luncheon sets tone for MLK Day

Luncheon sets tone for MLK Day

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Making sense of police-community talk

Whitehaven Kiwanis Club luncheon is a case in point.