Thompson named as Vice-Chair of Congressional Gun Violence Task Force

January 16, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

U.S. Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) made a statement this week regarding the need for gun control legislation.

Thompson was recently asked by his colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus to serve as Vice-Chairman of the task force focused on reducing and preventing gun violence.

Headlines of 2012 mixed with sorrows, joy and uncertainties

December 27, 2012 in News, Top Stories

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa

Interim Managing Editor

Near top of the year, pulling at the heart strings of most Americans was news of the sudden death of pop icon Whitney Houston Feb. 11. She left behind daughter Bobbi Kristina. The star was found face down in a water-filled bathtub with drug paraphernalia nearby. The coroner’s initial report stated that she died of accidental drowning.

Forensic toxicologist Bruce Goldberger said the details about her blood from the toxicology report indicated she was “acutely intoxicated from cocaine” at the time of her death and was a “repeated cocaine user.” Traces of prescription medications were in her system, and blood tests indicated that she smoked marijuana within two weeks before her death….

Mississippi remembers victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School

December 20, 2012 in News, Top Stories

First memorial bell-ringing ceremony held at Jackson State University

Friday prayer vigils scheduled throughout city

Governor calls for moment of silence

By Ayesha K. Mustafaa

Interim Managing Editor

From the Governor’s office, the Mississippi Department of Education, Jackson Public Schools and Jackson State University, Mississippians expressed their sorrow and concern for the safety of all school children, after the Dec. 14 murder of 20 children and six adults by a lone gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn….

Classes resume in Newtown, minus Sandy Hook

December 19, 2012 in News, Top Stories

Newtown returned its students to their classrooms Tuesday for the first time since last week’s massacre and faced the agonizing task of laying others to rest, as this grieving town wrestled with the same issues gripping the country: violence, gun control and finding a way forward.

Funerals were held for two more of the tiny fallen, a 6-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl. A total of 26 people (list of victims below) were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, Dec. 14, in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S history. The gunman also killed his mother in her home before committing suicide.