Black districts are on the line when the GOP redraws maps due to slow county growth, early data collection cutoff

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Guest column: “Having a gun pointed at me was a terrifying end for an already emotional day.”

Several of the demonstrators who had a gun pulled on them by Paul Staples Wednesday speak during a Thursday press conference near his South Main residence. From left: Aaron Boggan, Latoya Chatman, Shannon Bourne, Rev. Edith A. Love and Lj Abraham. Photo by Wendi C. Thomas

Paul Staples first told police he’d aimed a .22 caliber pellet gun, then turned in a toy gun, and then the gun he’d actually used: A 9 mm pistol.

Paul Staples, 39, was booked into the Shelby County Jail Friday and charged with eight counts of aggravated assault and one count of tampering with or fabricating evidence.


Free COVID-19 mobile testing sites have been available in Choctaw, Miss. One in 10 members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has tested positive for COVID-19. Courtesy Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
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Boxtown residents have had little say in the Byhalia Connection pipeline project, which could erase property values and threaten Memphis’ water supply

Samuel Hardaway stands for a portrait near his family’s land in the Boxtown neighborhood in September 2020. Hardaway grew up in the community and spent his childhood playing in the woods before the neighborhood was annexed by the city of Memphis in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He’s among the residents who want more answers about the proposed Byhalia Connection pipeline’s impact on his home. Photos by Andrea Morales.

Black Lives Matter

Guest column | “To my fellow white people who have been upset about graffiti, I ask you, what is your priority?” asks Memphis minister

A screenshot of an Instagram post on the Levitt Shell account regarding the graffiti.

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