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National Campaign to Stop Violence

DoWriteThing 600(Memphis, TN) - Chairpersons representing many American cities will meet in Memphis at the Peabody Hotel to discuss the future of youth violence prevention in the United States. The meeting was hosted by the chairperson of the Memphis Program, District Attorney General Amy Weirich and by Councilman Harold Collins, coordinator of the Memphis and Shelby County program.

The program known nationally as the Do the Write Thing Challenge involves thousands of volunteers in both city-wide and state-wide programs around the United States. The focus of the program is to learn from middle school students what they think causes a young person to become violent and then to take steps with those young people to prevent this from happening.

The Do the Write Thing Challenge (DtWT) was first conceived by Washington, DC attorney Daniel Callister in 1992. During a dinner conversation at home with his family he recounted a tragic news story he read of one seventh grader killing another in a fight over a pair of shoes . The conversation turned into a general question of why anyone would commit such violence. When he asked his children why some youth perpetuate such acts of violence they responded by simply saying "Why don't you ask them?" So working with friends and like-minded people in the area a new program was created to gather information on youth violence directly from the young people who were living with it daily.

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E-BRIEFS: Drop the Mic, Stax focus at Rhodes, 2014 Emissaries of Memphis Music

brief 600Young poets to compete for Drop the Mic Crown

The National Civil Rights Museum will host the Drop the Mic Poetry Slam competition at the Rumba Room at 333 S. Main Street on Saturday (Feb. 22nd).

The event – set to run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – is one of several that will celebrate the Museum's grand reopening. Youth and young adults (15-25) will articulate their views on freedom.

Poets will perform original pieces following the theme "My Freedom Is." Celebrity judges are Danny Simmons, co-producer of "Def Poetry Jam," along with Memphis natives Aisha Raison and multi-platinum hit-maker Drumma Boy.

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Three Ole Miss students sought for questioning in James Meredith statue vandalism

statue 600OXFORD, Miss. – Three 19-year-old white male freshmen from Georgia were declining through their attorneys late Thursday (Feb. 20th) to be questioned by university police regarding the vandalism Sunday morning of the University of Mississippi's James Meredith statue, according to University Chief of Police Calvin Sellers.

Sellers said the University Police Department had gathered enough evidence by late Wednesday to bring charges through the student judicial process against two of the students. Both state and federal authorities were working in close coordination to determine whether criminal charges were applicable, he said.

Working through an advisor to the students, university police had arranged a meeting for Thursday morning, Sellers said, but the students did not appear as promised. As university police were attempting to locate the two students late Thursday, they became aware of an Oxford attorney who was representing one of the students, which then led to information that three students had retained legal counsel.

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OPENING THIS WEEK: Kam’s Kapsules

kamkapsule220 600For movies opening Feb. 21, 2014

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"3 Days to Kill" (PG-13 for sensuality, profanity and intense violence) McG directs this espionage thriller by Luc Besson about an ailing spy (Kevin Costner) who grudgingly agrees to crack a terrorist plot when he'd rather retire to spend some quality time with his teenage daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) and estranged wife (Connie Nielsen). Cast includes Amber Heard, Eriq Ebouaney and Richard Sammel.

"Pompeii" (PG-13 for intense violence, disaster scenes and brief sexuality) Romance drama, set in 79 A.D. against the backdrop of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, revolving around the efforts of a slave-turned-gladiator (Kit Harrington) to rescue his soul mate (Emily Browning) before she is forced by her wealthy father (Jared Harris) into an arranged marriage to a crooked politician (Kiefer Sutherland). With Rebecca Eady, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sasha Roiz and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.

 

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The Judge-Joe-Brown effect now showing for local Democrats

joebrown 600Last year and in the same week that he walked away from a reported $20 million offer from CBS to continue the wildly successful "Judge Joe Brown" television show, Brown made a very visible public splash.

With the directness that long has accented his character, Brown announced that he would host a fundraiser backing the campaign bids of retiring Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks for Juvenile Court Clerk and District Judge Tarik Sugarmon for Juvenile Court Judge.

Flash forward a year and it's official. Brooks and Sugarmon now are duly-filed candidates. So is Brown, who filed Tuesday for the Democratic Party nomination for Shelby County District Attorney General. And Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson says Brown's celebrity status could be a major tipping point for the party this election cycle.

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