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Mississippi governor: Close part of notorious state prison

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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi will take steps to close part of a state prison that has been rocked by deadly violence and beset by longstanding problems such as broken toilets and moldy showers, Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday in...

In appreciation: Kobe Bryant, a life defined by hard work

By Tim Reynolds --  It was April 14, 2016. It was the first full day of Kobe Bryant’s new chapter as a retired NBA player. All he had done the night before was score a mind-boggling 60 points in his farewell game, not getting out...

Jackson carries Grizzlies early, Morant finishes off Detroit, 125-112

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By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Jaren Jackson Jr.'s big first half helped the Memphis Grizzlies return to their high-scoring ways. Jackson scored 24 of his 29 points in the first two quarters, and he sank a big 3-pointer in the fourth to lift...

Fourth juvenile shot over last 5 days in Memphis

A fourth juvenile has been shot this week – the latest in Frayser. The 16-year-old male was taken to the hospital in critical condition early Friday morning after police responded to the shooting, according to a tweet from the Memphis Police Department. https://twitter.com/MEM_PoliceDept/status/1220699789710561280 Three other children have...

TIGER BASKETBALL: Memphis goes ice-cold in Tulsa, get blown out 40-80

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By JOHN TRANCHINA, Associated Press TULSA, Okla. — Jeriah Horne scored 21 points to help lead Tulsa to a surprisingly dominant 80-40 win over No. 20 Memphis on Wednesday night. The 40-point margin of victory is the largest-ever for Tulsa against a ranked opponent. Martins Igbanu had...

Celtics blow out Grizzlies in Boston, 119-95

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By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON — Jayson Tatum scored 23 points before leaving the game in the third quarter with a groin injury as the Boston Celtics routed the Memphis Grizzlies 119-95 on Wednesday night. Daniel Theis had 14 points, Enes Kanter finished with...

Black kids and suicide: Why are rates so high, and so ignored?

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By Rheeda Walker, University of Houston Teen suicide rates among black youth are increasing. In 2016 and again in 2018, national data revealed that among children age 5-11, black children had the highest rate of death by suicide. For the years 2008 to 2012, 59...

NAACP lawsuit claims Census Bureau is unprepared for count

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Calling preparations for the 2020 Census “conspicuously deficient,” the NAACP is suing the U.S. Census Bureau, demanding that the agency send more workers into the field and spend more money on encouraging people to participate in the...

Questions of racism linger as Harry, Meghan step back

By JILL LAWLESS and LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press LONDON (AP) — When accomplished, glamorous American actress Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in 2018, she was hailed as a breath of fresh air for Britain's fusty royal family. That honeymoon didn't last. Now the couple wants independence, saying...

Cannes does ‘right thing’ in appointing Spike Lee to lead

'By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — American director Spike Lee will lead the jury of this year's Cannes Film Festival, the first black person to hold the post in the event's 73-year history. Festival organizers hope Lee will "shake things up" among the world's...