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Prosecutor: Fatal police shooting of Maryland black woman armed with shotgun justified

21158076-mmmain TOWSON, Md. — No one will be charged in the shooting death of a woman during a standoff with police that she posted on social media, a Maryland prosecutor said Wednesday. A review of the police investigation into the shooting of 23-year-old Korryn Gaines in Read More...

Trump says law-abiding African-Americans are 'main victims' of violent protests

21166553-mmmain PITTSBURGH (AP) — Stepping deeper into America's race debate, Donald Trump on Thursday warned African-American protesters that their outrage was creating suffering in their own community, as he worked to walk a line between his law-and-order toughness and new minority outreach. "The rioting in our Read More...

Hostages freed from Jackson boarding house, suspect still inside

mississippi-hostage-standoff-716615c0391585d9-1 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Police believe all the hostages have been safely removed without a shot being fired, but the man suspected of holding about a dozen people against their will Thursday morning remained inside a Mississippi boarding house. Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance said Read More...

Sports

Golfers unite to save Grove Park course

1groveparkimg_3226Historic course was first venue created for blacks By Othor Cain Contributing writer Last week when word began to circulate that the 57-year old Grove Park Golf Course, nestled between Wards 3 and 4 in Jackson, was on the chopping block for closure, as part of Read More...

JSU Tigers fall to Grambling in home opener

img_1611The Mississippi Link Newswire The Jackson State football team looked to pick up its first win of the season, but the Tigers were unable to “Protect their House” (the team’s new motto for home games), falling 35-14 to the Grambling State Tigers Sept. 17, in Read More...

College Board rejects settling suit with fired JSU coach

denise-taylor-travis JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's College Board has rejected a proposed settlement of a lawsuit against Jackson State University by a former women's basketball coach. The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/2cX6OeE) reports the board rejected the agreement with Denise Taylor Travis Thursday while meeting in Purvis. The move could Read More...

Entertainment

Black Press visits new black museum

1museumfreedom-summerBy Jackie Hampton Publisher Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the grand opening of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture Sept. 24; however, members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, also known as the Black Press, were among other media groups privileged Read More...

Clopton screens documentary on 1947 Lanier High School bus boycott

1cloptonimg_4078By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer Before a standing room only crowd, Wilma Mosley Clopton, Ph.D., screened her documentary titled “Elport Chess and the Lanier High School Bus Boycott of 1947” at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is Lunch Series Sept. 7. During the Read More...

Letterman, Aykroyd to honor Bill Murray at Kennedy Center

bill-murray-c55cae34286965f4WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Bill Murray was the first and last guest on David Letterman's late-night show, and Letterman will return the favor by making a rare public appearance when Murray is presented with the nation's top prize for humor. On Tuesday, The Kennedy Center Read More...

Business

Will $3B from Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan rid the world of disease?

21158484-mmmain SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a goal that's even more ambitious than connecting the entire world to the internet: He and his wife want to help eradicate all disease by the end of this century. Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are committing Read More...

Mississippi hosting session on doing business with Cuba

MDAJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state agency that promotes job creation in Mississippi is hosting a session next month about developing trade ties with Cuba. Mississippi Development Authority says in a news release that the event takes place Oct. 20 at The South Warehouse in Read More...

FAA warns airline passengers not to use Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on flights

21072904-mmmain WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. aviation safety officials took the extraordinary step late Thursday of warning airline passengers not to turn on or charge a new-model Samsung smartphone during flights following numerous reports of the devices catching fire. The Federal Aviation Administration also warned passengers not Read More...

Health

Will $3B from Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan rid the world of disease?

21158484-mmmain SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a goal that's even more ambitious than connecting the entire world to the internet: He and his wife want to help eradicate all disease by the end of this century. Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are committing Read More...

Walk, run, ride for sickle cell disease Sept. 25

1sicklecellwalkBy Shanderia K. Posey Editor Coming upon the 11th year of having the annual 5K Walk, Run and Ride, Cure Sickle Cell Foundation co-founder, Dee Nixon, has come to a disheartening realization – “This past year (in comparison to the 10 years prior), we have Read More...

More midwife stories sought

1midwiferyimg_4115By Janice K. Neal-Vincent Contributing Writer Brainstorming on the care nurse midwives once provided to women and babies decades ago took place at the Smith Robertson Museum Sept. 17, during the Scott Ford House Midwifery Project. One of the project’s visionaries, Alferdteen Harrison, Ph.D., led the Read More...

Religion

Christian prayers at county board meetings ruled OK by federal court

21143625-mmmain RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Elected officials may open public meetings by praying according to their chosen religion as long as they don't pressure observers to join in, a divided federal appeals court ruled Monday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Read More...

The Latest: Hattiesburg pastor to be free until sentencing

e2ef4690fc884791b2a0b067560f8d08jpg-17655c213d1fb21e HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi pastor convicted of federal conspiracy and theft charges will remain free while he awaits sentencing. Multiple news outlets report that the Rev. Kenneth Fairley will be out on an unsecured $25,000 bond. That means he will pay nothing unless he Read More...

Mississippi gospel singers perform for members of Congress

hqdefaultCLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) - A gospel choir and a soloist from the Mississippi Delta are preparing to sing for members of Congress. The Coahoma Community College Gospel Choir is made up of high school and college students. The group will perform Thursday in Washington during Read More...

Obituaries

Services set for WJTV’s Dotson

6dotsonFrom staff reports The Jackson community continues to mourn the loss of WJTV-TV reporter Melanie Dotson, 22, who died Sept. 16. Described as a young and promising reporter, Dotson was an alumna of Tougaloo College and native of Brandon. A public viewing is set for 4-8 Read More...

WJTV reporter — Melanie Dotson — dies

melanie-dotson-e1472594180301 From staff reports WJTV-TV reporter Melanie Dotson passed away today. News anchor Melanie Christopher made the announcement today at the top of the 4 p.m. newscast. Dotson was an alumna of Tougaloo College. She graduated in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. Her first Read More...

Remembering Ollye B. Shirley

1ollyeshirleyChampion of education By Shanderia K. Posey Editor Ollye Brown Shirley, Ph.D., described as a Mississippi icon in education and civil rights, died Sept. 10, of natural causes at her home in Jackson. Family and friends of Shirley, 82, will cherish her memories and impact on Jackson and Read More...

Education

Voter Education Series launched at Tougaloo

1votingphoto1By Chinyere Brown Special to The Mississippi Link Emphasizing the importance of voting in the black community, a six part interactive voter education series was launched at Tougaloo College Sept. 15. Sponsored by the Reuben V. Anderson Pre-law Program at Tougaloo, the series began by Read More...

Self-labeled 'disgraced trial lawyer' funds job training

11088818-largeBy EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A foundation formed by a man calling himself a "disbarred and disgraced trial lawyer" is helping cover education expenses for 100 Mississippi adults who dropped out before earning a high school diploma. Richard "Dickie" Scruggs of Oxford Read More...

Mississippi sets new score levels for A-to-F school grades

scoresBy JEFF AMY Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's Board of Education is approving a new scoring levels system for assigning A-to-F grades to schools and school districts. The state Board of Education voted Thursday to approve the system, clearing the way to release the letter Read More...

Opinion

Life sentences for nonviolent crimes have to stop in state

6simmonsletterLetter to the editor Earlier last week, Jimmie Gates (The Clarion-Ledger) covered the story of Patricia Brown, who was sentenced to life without parole for a single rock of cocaine. This shocking sentence was possible because, unfortunately for Ms. Brown, her case was covered by Mississippi’s Read More...

15 years after Sept. 11: How the unity we forged broke apart

sept-11-american-unity-b7b3d36273533a86 NEW YORK (AP) — For a time, it felt like the attack that shattered America had also brought it together. After Sept. 11, signs of newfound unity seemed to well up everywhere, from the homes where American flags appeared virtually overnight to the Capitol steps Read More...

AP analysis: Secrecy plagues court cases involving Hinds DA

district-attorney-charged-9c2a2120bc38e1ef JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — The American justice system requires trials to be open to the public. But, so far, secrecy shrouds the legal maneuvering that could lead to a criminal trial where the defendant is the top prosecutor in Mississippi's largest county. Citizens can't understand Read More...

The Buzz

Prosecutor: Fatal police shooting of Maryland black woman armed with shotgun justified

21158076-mmmain TOWSON, Md. — No one will be charged in the shooting death of a woman during a standoff with police that she posted on social media, a Maryland prosecutor said Wednesday. A review of the police investigation into the shooting of 23-year-old Korryn Gaines in Read More...

Meridian woman pleads guilty to computer fraud

embezzlementJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Meridian woman has pleaded guilty to using her work computer to embezzle nearly $798,000. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, in a news release, says 51-year-old Teresa Wash entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves, to one Read More...

Police: Philadelphia shooter left anti-cop note

21096285-mmmainPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A "rambling" note expressing hatred for police was found after a man opened fire on a Philadelphia police officer then went on a shooting spree, injuring a second officer, killing a woman and wounding three other people before he was shot Read More...