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10 Local Stories of the Week

Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon said at the meeting that the city has too much at stake to not help the Jackson Zoo maintain its accreditation.

Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon said at the meeting that the city has too much at stake to not help the Jackson Zoo maintain its accreditation. Photo by Trip Burns

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:

  1. The kingdom of Kush served as a model and namesake for the Jackson-Kush Plan, which the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement developed to promote self-determination, participatory democracy and economic justice in Mississippi.
  2. What's better than giving a child a book? Through Dec. 13, you can help a child learn how to read.
  3. The therapeutic benefits of practicing yoga are well documented, but this coming weekend, the power of yoga will be on display in a different way.
  4. Lately, Beth Poff has been concerned about the Jackson Zoo's dire financial situation, which threatened the park's national accreditation.
  5. Cedric Willis, who was arrested in 1994 and charged with murder, rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault, and was exonerated 12 years later, doesn't buy the argument that law-enforcement officials don't have enough money to stop the illegal trade.
  6. La Finestra, a new restaurant owned by local chef Tom Ramsey, opened its doors Monday, Nov. 11.
  7. Hours after state Sen. John Horhn hosted a forum to fight what he called the "recent onslaught of crime in Jackson," Horhn himself contributed to the city's crime problem by being arrested on DUI charges.
  8. The Outlets of Mississippi, a retail shopping center located near Interstate 20 in Pearl, opened Thursday morning with ribbon-cutting ceremony that Bryant and other officials attended.
  9. On a day made for honoring veterans of American wars, the members of VFW Post 9832 did just that—and in high fashion.
  10. In recent years, David Watkins has taken credit for several successful renovation projects—the King Edward Hotel, the Standard Life Building and Retro Metro, which renovated a large chunk of Metrocenter Mall.

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