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Placentia, Ca. teacher hanging update: Jillian Jacobson, photography teacher, found hanging from cla...

jillan-jacobson (AP) A Southern California teacher -- Jillian Jacobson -- who committed suicide by hanging herself in her classroom was a well-liked 31-year-old photography instructor, authorities said Monday. Students arriving at El Dorado High School found Jillian Jacobson's classroom door locked, Placentia police Lt. Eric Point Read More...

Details, questions emerge on homeless man shot by LA police

460x (4) By TAMI ABDOLLAH LOS ANGELES (AP) — For months before he was fatally shot by police, a man walked the streets of Los Angeles' Skid Row, with few or no one he encountered knowing anything about his past bank robbery conviction, his wanted probation status or Read More...

Alabama probate judges ordered to halt gay wedding licenses

460x (3) By JAY REEVES (AP) Probate judges must again decide whether to issue wedding licenses to gay couples after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is legal, despite a federal court's decision to the contrary. The all-Republican court sided with a pair of conservative Read More...

Sports

NBA Capsules

Dwyane_Wade MIAMI (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored a career-high 26 points, Goran Dragic added 21 against his former team and the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 115-98 on Monday night in a game that included two third-quarter altercations. Hassan Whiteside finished with 17 points and Read More...

Harden suspended 1 game for kicking James in the groin

James Harden, LeBron JamesNEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has suspended Houston star James Harden one game without pay for kicking LeBron James in the groin. The All-Stars and Olympic teammates became tangled in the third quarter of Houston's 105-103 victory over Cleveland on Sunday and Harden fell Read More...

Sports Minute: The latest Mississippi sports news

Mississippi_St_Missouri HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Chip Armelin scored 21 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, to lift Southern Miss to a 70-66 win over Texas-San Antonio last night. Matt Bingaya contributed 17 points while dishing out a career-high 10 assists and Shadell Millinghaus sank four 3-pointers Read More...

Entertainment

Will Smith's con-man caper 'Focus' tops box office with $19.1 million

-4679f18e37f2862c NEW YORK (AP) -- Will Smith's con-man caper "Focus" dethroned "Fifty Shades of Grey" at the box office, but the film's modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star. According to studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros.' "Focus" Read More...

2 shot at T.I., Young Jeezy party in North Carolina club, police say

17147327-mmmain CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Two people were injured after being shot Saturday at a Charlotte nightclub where rappers T.I., Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti were advertised to appear, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman said. The Charlotte Observer reported that a popular club at the N.C. Music Factory Read More...

$150K dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars reported stolen

Lupita Nyong'o By ANTHONY McCARTNEY LOS ANGELES (AP) — The theft of a $150,000 pearl-covered gown worn by Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars doesn't surprise Hollywood stylists who have personally experienced the seedy side of red carpet fashion. Style expert and fashion commentator Mary Alice Stephenson has for years Read More...

Business

BlackBerry to offer 4 new phones, speeds shift to software

460x (1) By JOSEPH WILSON BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — BlackBerry will launch four new smartphones this year and a new package of cross-platform applications as it continues its "philosophical" shift to making software. The struggling company unveiled its BlackBerry Leap phone at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Read More...

Southern Co. suing former Kemper plant manager, wants him to stop talking

17130201-smallJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Southern Co. is suing a key employee who worked on the troubled Kemper County power plant, asking a judge to order him to not talk about the project. Southern Company Services, an arm of Atlanta-based Southern, will be in court Friday Read More...

2014 a banner year for filmmaking in Mississippi

17112958-mmmain COLUMBUS, Mississippi (AP) -- In 2014, 19 feature films along with six reality shows and six documentaries were shot partially or entirely in Mississippi. "We had a rather remarkable year last year and we expect that to continue," said Ward Emling, director of the Mississippi Read More...

Health

Plaque to honor Zuber Park namesake in West Point

zuberjpg-d690854ea0cdeaf0 WEST POINT, Mississippi (AP) -- Zuber Park, located on U.S. Highway 45 in West Point, was named for the city's first black physician. The family of Dr. Thomas L. Zuber is looking to update the history of the park's namesake with a new plaque commemorating Read More...

7 infected, 2 dead after 'superbug' outbreak at hospital

460x (10) By ROBERT JABLON LOS ANGELES (AP) — Contaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients — including two who died — with an antibiotic-resistant and potentially deadly "superbug" at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, hospital officials said. A total of 179 patients may be Read More...

Democrats seek relief from health law penalties

460x By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON (AP) — The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance. Three senior House members told The Associated Press that they plan Read More...

Religion

Alabama probate judges ordered to halt gay wedding licenses

460x (3) By JAY REEVES (AP) Probate judges must again decide whether to issue wedding licenses to gay couples after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage is legal, despite a federal court's decision to the contrary. The all-Republican court sided with a pair of conservative Read More...

Gay marriage becomes legal in Alabama; Same-sex marriage still banned in 13 states

shante-wolfe-tori-sisson-1662dc833e1d5736 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday despite an 11th-hour attempt from the state's chief justice -- an outspoken opponent -- to block the weddings. The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday morning that it wouldn't stop the marriages, and Read More...

Mississippi Supreme Court hears arguments in same-sex divorce case

randy-pierce-7bbeb3282a79ca90 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Mississippi, which does not allow same-sex marriages, should find a way to grant a divorce to a DeSoto County woman who married another woman in California in 2008, lawyer Casey Varnado told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday. The attorney general's Read More...

Obituaries

The Blazers honor Kersey with emotional tribute

460x (2) By ANNE M. PETERSON PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers honored beloved former player Jerome Kersey with an emotional 25 seconds of silence before their game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night. Kersey, who wore No. 25 during his 11-year tenure in Portland during Read More...

Legendary jazz musician Clark Terry dead at 94

460x By CHARLES J. GANS NEW YORK (AP) — Legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, who mentored Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and played in the orchestras of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington and on "The Tonight Show," has died. He was 94. Terry's wife announced his death Read More...

Hundreds pack Tupelo church for U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee's funeral

cf52f6d7f87c63056d0f6a706700c640jpg-232a7b8d8099a8ac TUPELO, Miss. (AP) -- Friends, family and political colleagues are remembering U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee as a dedicated family man and public servant. Hundreds of people packed the sanctuary of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo for Nunnelee's funeral Monday. The third-term Republican congressman died of an Read More...

Education

Placentia, Ca. teacher hanging update: Jillian Jacobson, photography teacher, found hanging from cla...

jillan-jacobson (AP) A Southern California teacher -- Jillian Jacobson -- who committed suicide by hanging herself in her classroom was a well-liked 31-year-old photography instructor, authorities said Monday. Students arriving at El Dorado High School found Jillian Jacobson's classroom door locked, Placentia police Lt. Eric Point Read More...

High school students will no longer be required to pass exams

17161457-large JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Current seniors in Mississippi public schools could be the first in decades to graduate without passing an exit exam. State Superintendent Carey Wright announced Tuesday before the Senate Education Committee that, while the department would continue giving subject-area exams in algebra, Read More...

Mississippi high school student back in court over rap song

17100516-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- It's back to court for a Mississippi high school student who argues he was exercising his right of free speech when he posted a rap song online that criticized two coaches he accused of misconduct toward female students. A three-judge panel Read More...

Opinion

Mississippi Judge's Speech To 3 White Murderers

reeves-f610c40457f259110600b974ae67c43aa313beb8-s400-c85The Mississippi Link Newswire What follows is the speech by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves that he read to the three young white defendants right before he sentenced them for the death of James Craig Anderson, the 48-year-old Black man. Anderson was beaten and killed Read More...

Black History Month – A Time to Know Who You Are

KPC - HeadshotAs a very young boy, I would love to wake up on Saturday mornings and watch Tarzan starring Johnny Weissmuller. The programs were all re-runs from the 1930's and 40's and they featured the main character leading, outsmarting and outfighting the savage native Africans Read More...

The Way Forward for Black Students

Peter Groff - HeadshotBy Honorable Peter C. Groff  For good reasons many African Americans have wonderful memories of their time in public schools. Among those recollections are the family and community legacies, the favorite teacher and the lifelong friends that were made. Even for those, particularly in the Read More...

The Buzz

Placentia, Ca. teacher hanging update: Jillian Jacobson, photography teacher, found hanging from cla...

jillan-jacobson (AP) A Southern California teacher -- Jillian Jacobson -- who committed suicide by hanging herself in her classroom was a well-liked 31-year-old photography instructor, authorities said Monday. Students arriving at El Dorado High School found Jillian Jacobson's classroom door locked, Placentia police Lt. Eric Point Read More...

Details, questions emerge on homeless man shot by LA police

460x (4) By TAMI ABDOLLAH LOS ANGELES (AP) — For months before he was fatally shot by police, a man walked the streets of Los Angeles' Skid Row, with few or no one he encountered knowing anything about his past bank robbery conviction, his wanted probation status or Read More...

LA police chief: Man killed on Skid Row reached for gun

460x (2) By TAMI ABDOLLAH LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row during a "brutal" videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had grabbed his gun, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday. Video showed the man reaching Read More...