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Scientists say farewell as Rosetta space probe prepares for crash-landing on comet early Friday

21214966-mmmain BERLIN (AP) — Scientists began saying their final farewells to the Rosetta space probe Thursday, hours before its planned crash-landing on a comet, but said that data collected during the mission would provide discoveries for many years to come. Although the European Space Agency has promoted Read More...

California officer guns down 'mentally ill' Ugandan refugee in 'shooting stance'

21206371-mmmain EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — The fatal police shooting of a Ugandan refugee who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a "shooting stance" happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived at the scene where a Read More...

Authorities: Teenage shooter in SC killed dad before opening fire at nearby grade school

21206501-mmmain TOWNVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A teenager killed his father at their home Wednesday before going to a nearby elementary school and opening fire with a handgun, wounding two students and a teacher, authorities said. The teen was apprehended within minutes of the school shooting in this Read More...

Sports

President Obama hopes national anthem protests 'spark' discussion on race, other concerns

21206906-mmmain FORT LEE, Va. (AP) — Asked by a service member to weigh in on some NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he hoped the controversy would spark Americans to listen to others' concerns and not just go into Read More...

Devilettes declaw Lady Golden Tigers of Tuskegee 3-1

17valleyvolleyThe Mississippi Link Newswire The Mississippi Valley State Devilettes soundly defeated the Lady Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University 3-1 Sept. 27. The opening set began with Mississippi Valley having first serve. Megan Jones’ killer spike landed the point for MVSU and assisted the Devilettes in maintaining Read More...

Florida hires Stricklin to follow Foley as athletic director

screen-shot-2014-12-29-at-11jpg-678188b04d32db69 GAINESVILLE, Florida (AP) — Florida hired Scott Stricklin as its athletic director Tuesday, giving him a six-year deal worth $1.076 million annually, and said Jeremy Foley will remain on the job for another month. The University Athletic Association voted unanimously to approve the moves at Read More...

Entertainment

Gala to honor 5 native Mississippians

1bossladygalaimg_0474By Shanderia K. Posey Editor With plans to celebrate the accomplishments of five African-American women celebrities native to Mississippi, the first Boss Lady Diamond Gala is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 8, at the Mississippi Grammy Museum in Cleveland. The women to be honored are Actress Read More...

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...

Business

Just how bad is Yahoo's security breach? 'Equivalent of ecological disaster,' expert says

21199331-mmmain LONDON (AP) — As investors and investigators weigh the damage of Yahoo's massive breach to the internet icon, information security experts worry that the record-breaking haul of password data could be used to open locks up and down the web. While it's unknown to what Read More...

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...

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

Funeral services set for Mary Ann Marshall

3obitThe Mississippi Link Newswire Funeral services for Mary Ann Marshall, 86, the mother of former Mississippi Link editor Gail H. M. Brown, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Rosebank M.B. Church, Rosebank/Mt. Olive Road in Lexington, Miss. (off Highway 12). Burial will Read More...

Shimon Peres, former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at 93

21199620-mmmainJERUSALEM (AP) — Shimon Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister, whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state and who was celebrated around the world as a Nobel prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace, died early Wednesday, a person Read More...

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...

Education

Obamas help ring in opening of new Smithsonian museum chronicling black history

obama-smithsonian-african-american-museum-4WASHINGTON (AP) — Black history officially has a new, prominent place in America's story. With hugs, tears and the ringing of church bells, the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors Saturday to help this nation understand, reconcile and Read More...

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...

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

Man sentenced to life in prison in death of girlfriend's son

1332168019259BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A 47-year-old Biloxi man has been convicted of killing his girlfriend's son and sentenced to life in prison. The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2deoLVV) Harrison County Circuit Judge Chris Schmidt sentenced Rodise Jenkins Wednesday for the Oct. 11, 2014, shooting death of Read More...

Natchez High School football bus takes gunfire

police-tapeJACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Natchez High School football bus traveling home after a recent game was shot at. Jackson Police Department spokesman Commander Tyree Jones tells local media that during the incident on Friday, none of the players were shot. However, a few were Read More...

Child on life support, mother arrested for abuse

lewis NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Police in Natchez say a 23-month-old girl is on life support and her mother behind bars charged with child abuse. Detective Jerry Ford tells The Natchez Democrat (http://bit.ly/2cHSgjL) 32-year-old Shalae Lewis was charged last week with felony child abuse after an Read More...