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Winter weather warming centers update

4streetDSC 9754Due to an emergency situation at I-40 and I-55 that has left hundreds of motorists stranded for hours, the City of Memphis will continue the sheltering operation at Hollywood Community Center in partnership with the American Red Cross. The location at 1560 N. Hollywood Ave. is about a mile from the interstate and easily accessible to motorists detoured and seeking shelter.

The warming center at Charles Powell located at 810 Western Park will be shut down at 3 p.m. Any resident there will be offered transportation to the Hollywood Community Center.

The Orange Mound Community Center at 2572 Park Ave will operate at its normal business hours today and close at 8 p.m.

Bundled up, Greater Memphis moving forward, cautiously

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With the temperature gauge engaged in an arduous push to edge above freezing and the forecast suggesting a warming, Greater Memphis is bundled up and moving forward, cautiously.

The National Weather Service projects a Tuesday high near 34, with a jump to near 42 on Wednesday, near 47 on Thursday and near 56 and Sunny on Friday.

Across the metropolitan area, the weather front that dumped snow, ice, sleet and rain left frozen reminders of its interruption of the routine. Although major streets and passageways were passable, ice remains forcing motorists to adjust accordingly.

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Gun violence aimed at black males triggers concern

gunviolence 600WASHINGTON – Several new studies confirm what most people have suspected all along: No group is harmed more by gun violence than young black males.

"While 13 percent of Americans are black, in 2010, 65 percent of gun murder victims between the ages of 15 and 24 were black," revealed a report by the Center for American Progress (CAP). "Forty-two percent of the total gun deaths of individuals in this age group were of black males."

This trend has continued, the report noted, even as crime rates decline.

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The beef between ‘12 Years’ writer and director

12yearsbeef 600A bitter feud brewing between "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen and writer John Ridley came to frosty head during the Oscars Sunday. Ridley won for best adapted screenplay, and in accepting his award, he bypassed the director to hug director David O. Russell. Ridley did not mention McQueen in his acceptance speech, and McQueen's empty applause at Ridley's win would have barely disturbed the most anxious golfer.

Later that evening, when "12 Years a Slave" took home the award for best picture, McQueen returned the shun, making no mention of Ridley during his acceptance speech.

How did the relationship between writer and director of one of the greatest period pieces in history turn so cold? According to rumors, the two have been at odds for quite some time over screenplay credit, and the feud has bubbled to the threshold of public rudeness and caused producer Brad Pitt to play Switzerland, but even he has proved an unsuccessful peacemaker.

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