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Harris, Weirich end up in winner’s circle

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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.

Who decides who lives and who dies when an Ebola outbreak creates hysteria?

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Two Americans with Ebola have been flown in from Liberia over the past week and treated with a “secret serum” in the hopes of helping them successfully combat the deadly virus.
 
However, Ebola has already taken its first American victim.

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
 
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
 
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” (PG for mature themes, mild epithets, violence and brief sensuality) Three-time Oscar-nominee Lass Hallstrom directed this adaptation of Rochard Morais’ best-seller about an immigrant family which opens a Indian restaurant in a quaint village in the South of France, much to the chagrin of the steely proprietor (Helen Mirren) of a trendy bistro right down the street. Cast includes Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon. (In English, French and Hindi with subtitles) 
 
“Into the Storm” (PG-13 for profanity, sexual references, and scenes of intense peril and destruction) Found footage thriller about some storm chasers and thrill-seekers who get more than they bargained for when they decide to film a tornado bearing down on a tiny town in Middle America. Co-starring Matt Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta, Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies.  

The Power of the Vote

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Today (Aug. 7th) is Election Day and while some participated in early voting, the majority of voters will not participate in the election at all. Voting is a right that was fought on many fronts by many people over many years.  However, so few of us utilize this right that eluded us for so many years.  
 
Disenfranchisement
 
History has shown that the disenfranchisement took on many forms. The right to vote has been based on race, national origin, sex, property ownership, citizenship, religion, taxes, and income. Overall the individual states were allowed to determine who received voting rights without any federal involvement. So only approximately 6 percent of the population held the right based on the eligibility requirements.

Congressional races top Tennessee primary election

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NASHVILLE – Republican voters will decide Thursday whether to re-nominate Lamar Alexander, a 40-year veteran of Tennessee politics, to a third term in the U.S. Senate.
 
They will also decide if they want to stick with embattled Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais despite a series of personal scandals that have dogged him since he was first elected in 2010, and whether to retain or replace any of three Democratic state Supreme Court justices up for another eight-year term.