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Ole Miss frat suspended, 3 students expelled after noose incident

statue 600A national organization Friday indefinitely suspended a fraternity chapter at the University of Mississippi and expelled three of its freshman members because of their suspected involvement in hanging a noose on a statue of the first African-American student to enroll in the then all-white college, the Associated Press reports.

Sigma Phi Epsilon said in a statement obtained by the AP that it had suspended the Alpha Chapter at the university, and the chapter voted to expel all three men and submit their names and identities to investigators.

The statue of James Meredith was discovered Sunday with a noose tied around the neck, along with an old Georgia flag that bears a Confederate battle emblem.

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Taxes: What is my filing status?

taxes 600To adequately – and legally – decrease our tax liability we must understand various components of our tax return. Let's begin with filing status.

What is a filing status?

A taxpayer's filing status impacts which tax rate is used and which standard deductions apply when calculating federal income tax for the year. For the most part, five different statuses are considered. They are: single, head of household, married filing separately, married filing jointly and qualifying widow/widower with dependents.

Keep in mind that there may be exceptions to the rules that may be more beneficial to you. So, speaking with a tax professional is recommended. Let's review the categories to determine which status applies to your situation.

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Grizz outlast Clippers for a keep-pace victory

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Every NBA win is important, especially amid a dogfight for playoff position in the Western Conference. So Memphis' 102-96 victory at the FedExForum on Friday night was satisfying.

But, add in the detail that the win was at the expense of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers and a satisfying win gets an upgrade to sweet.

The Grizzlies-Clippers rivalry is punctuated by prickliness. Friday night's confrontation came with L.A. ranked among the Western Conference's top four teams and Memphis in a scruff with Phoenix, Golden State and Dallas to finish among the top eight teams that will battle for conference supremacy in the playoffs.

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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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