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10 Local Stories of the Week

There's never a slow news week in Jackson, Miss., and last week was no exception. Here are the local stories JFP reporters brought you in case you missed them.

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BRICE: Pick Up Elijah Cummings’ Torch

"It is we the living who are left behind that must stand in (Elijah Cummings') absence and speak for him. The road for a black man in America has been paved with pain since his forefathers were forced from Ivory shores and distant lands."

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UM Faculty Senate Votes 'No Confidence' In IHL; Media Leak 'Suspicious'

The Faculty Senate of the University of Mississippi passed a resolution late last night declaring "no confidence" in the Institutions of Higher Learning board's search process to find a replacement chancellor for the university, and no confidence in IHL itself "by reason of its conduct in connection with that search process."

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DOSSIER: Hinds Doc Destruction Still Threat; Disrespect in Green's Court; N-JAM Club

If you've been reading Seyma Bayram's coverage of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors and my previous Friday columns, you know that she was shocked to discover that the county voted one month ago to destroy a long list of documents spanning 23 years.

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Oleta Fitzgerald

Oleta Fitzgerald, who has served as director at Children's Defense Fund-Southern Region for 24 years, will be one of four honorees at the Women's Foundation of Mississippi's Women of Vision 2019 awards on Monday, Oct. 21.

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Abortion at Center as Women's Groups Offer Collins, Fitch Endorsements

EMILY's List, a Washington, D.C.-based group dedicated to helping elect more women to offices nationwide, on Tuesday endorsed Democrat Jennifer Riley Collins in the Mississippi attorney general's race.

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Hood Claims Reeves Cut Public Ed Money to Give Favors to Campaign Donors

"It's time to get the money changers out of the temple," Democratic nominee for governor Jim Hood said on Wednesday, standing inside the Italian-white marble walls of the Mississippi Capitol Building rotunda. "I'm talking about Tate Reeves."

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National Chemistry Week, First-Generation College Celebration Day and M Partner Community Day

The Student Members of the American Chemical Society at Mississippi State University is planning a series of activities in honor of National Chemistry Week, which begins on Saturday, Oct. 19. The theme of the event is "Marvelous Metals."

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Jaylin Jones

One player who could prove to be the key to the Choctaws newfound success is running back Jaylin Jones. The junior running back had a breakout game in MC's last outing against Florida Tech.

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Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings Has Died

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the powerful chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was 68.

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Ghoulish Gifts

Whether you are celebrating the fall season or "spooky season," local businesses in the Jackson area have goodies you can use to decorate your home or office to give it an autumn vibe. Take a gander at this shopping list for a few ideas on what all you may want to pick up this October.

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Switchfoot Still Rides the Wave

From his home in the North County section of San Diego, Switchfoot lead guitarist Drew Shirley describes the controversy that surrounded the band's move away from gospel-centric music, into the secular mainstream.

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Nick Cave’s Equity and Identity

The Mississippi Museum of Art will present "Nick Cave: Feat.," a survey of the renowned Chicago-based artist's work, on view in the Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions October through Feb. 16, 2020.

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Chicks We Love 2019

The Jackson metro area is full of entrepreneurial, innovative and influential residents. For this year's Chicks We Love, the Jackson Free Press shines the spotlight on women who play vital and interesting roles in our community on a daily basis.

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‘It All Starts With Education’: The JFP Interview With Jay Hughes

Education is the No. 1 issue for Mississippi House Rep. Jay Hughes, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor this year, who has taught in public schools himself.

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OPINION: Do Jacksonians Know Our Greatness?

"My hope is that everyday citizens and local and state government work harder together to make sure our capital city excels in the Southeast and beyond."

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How to Revive Humanization

The dehumanization of people of color affects everyone. Often the narratives about children of color begin and end with what Dr. Howard Stevenson and Dr. Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant call the "Cycle of Dehumanization."

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The Street That Jim Crow Paved

Mobile Street in Hattiesburg served as one of Mississippi's most important hubs of black entrepreneurship, professional life, commerce and, later, a crucible of civil-rights activism that would have ramifications across the state and the nation.

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Gamma Rae Cosplay

Rachel Sprinkle may work as a lawyer by day, but by night she doubles as a cosplayer, under the name Gamma Rae Cosplay.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Recovering Out Loud from Loss and Breast Cancer

"We must breathe through it all—the physical pain, anguish, stress, disappointment. We must just be present in our lives and accept and release whatever happens. Honestly, I can't imagine a better Zen practice than recovering from cancer while being a woman newspaper editor in a conservative state."

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