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Emile Griffith, elegant boxing champ, dies at 75

Inside the smaller theater at Madison Square Garden about five years ago, shortly before a world title fight, Emile Griffith was introduced one more time to the crowd. He rose shakily from his seat, waved ever so briefly and then sat down.

The applause kept going.

Revered in retirement perhaps more than during his fighting days, Griffith died Tuesday, July 23, at 75 after a long battle with pugilistic dementia. The first fighter to be crowned world champion from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Griffith required full-time care late in life and died at an extended care facility in Hempstead, N.Y. […]


10 indicted in deadly prison riot

Ten additional individuals have been indicted in connection with the riot that occurred at the Adams County Correctional Center (ACCC) in Natchez, Mississippi on May 20, 2012, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney announced this week.

The ACCC houses approximately 2,500 non-resident aliens who have been convicted of federal charges in the United States. During the riot, several correctional officers were assaulted.

Correctional Officer (CO) Catlin Carithers died as a result of injuries he received during these assaults. […]


Doctor: Dennis Farina was being treated for cancer

Dennis Farina’s doctor says the actor died while being treated for lung cancer.

Farina, who died Monday after suffering a blood clot in his lung, had been under treatment for the cancer for several months, according to his cardiologist, Dr. Marc A. Kates.

Thirteen years ago Farina had been diagnosed with “a small cancer that was treated and cured with surgery,” Kates said in a statement on Tuesday. […]


Memorial honors ‘Enter the Dragon’ actor Jim Kelly

A memorial service was held in Lexington, Kentucky on July 13 for Millersburg native Jim Kelly. A 1970s black action hero, Kelly starred in at least 12 films including “Melinda“, “Three the Hard Way” and “Enter the Dragon” with Bruce Lee.

Kelly died of cancer at his San Diego home on June 30 at the age of 67.

Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Kelly and his lanky 6-foot-2 frame made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 martial arts classic “Enter the Dragon.” […]


Jackson-Hinds Library System’s new-hire continues to draw sparks

By Othor Cain

Contributing writer
At her first board meeting as Executive Director of the Jackson-Hinds Library System, Patty Furr was met with a strong out-cry of opposition from some library employees and community members. “Mrs. Furr, this isn’t personal and I feel as though you’re a very nice lady. But for some of us here, Charlotte will always be our leader,” said Celeste Ramirez, an employee of the Library. “We feel as if this process was flawed and Charlotte was over-looked.”

Ramirez was referring to Charlotte Moman, assistant director for Public Service at the Jackson-Hinds Library System. Several employees felt that Moman, who after 23 years of service should have been named executive director…. […]


Duck Dynasty stars raise $280K for children’s home

The head of a Hattiesburg children’s home says five “Duck Dynasty” stars helped raise $280,000 to $300,000 for Homes of Hope for Children.

Michael Garrett says officials are still tallying proceeds from the fundraiser Saturday night at the Forrest County Multi Purpose Center.

People and companies paid $30 to $1,000 per ticket to see members of the big clan from Monroe, La., featured on the A&E reality show. […]


Female inmate who died in police car bled out

A female inmate who died in the back of a police car while being transported to a hospital had fractured ribs causing her to bleed out, the Copiah County coroner said.

Coroner Ellis Stewart said 40-year-old Stephanie Fay Howell fell about a week before she was taken into custody around July 9 or 10, WLBT reported. Howell suffered fractured ribs and one of her ribs went into her spleen, which caused a slow bleed, according to the coroner.

Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones says Howell died in a police car outside a doctor’s office on July 12. […]


Itta Bena in serious trouble, mayor says

) Thelma Collins become mayor of the town of Itta Bena on July 1. Along with the job, she inherited a $500,000 debt.

“The city of Itta Bena is in serious trouble,” Collins told the Greenwood Commonwealth.

If the issues are not resolved, she said, “all of us will be shut down.” […]