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A Week Without Mirrors

When you pledge to not look at your reflection for a week, it feels good to see the things you love about yourself at first glance.

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Celebrating Cuban Culture

On Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Latin-American Business Association, or LABA-Link, of Mississippi is hosting the state's fifth annual LatinFest at the Multipurpose Complex in ...

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Hispanic Teen Stabbed, Crime Down in Precinct 4

Central Mississippi has seen a spate of violent crime against the growing Hispanic and Latino community in recent months, notably the front-yard robbery and murder of Daniel Omar Gomez and ...

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JPD Escorts 'Champion,' Crime Up and Down, Depraved Heart' Killer Sentenced

Despite ongoing controversy over his role in Hinds County criminal case, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is bragging this week after several local court wins, including sending a Jackson man ...

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Beth Ann Fennelly: Why Poetry is Important

Mary Anna Malich, who lives in Chicago, and her daughter, Beth Ann Fennelly, a resident of Oxford, Miss., had recently driven into Jackson from Memphis. Then Malich sat on a ...

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JPD Honors William Winter; Fires Officer Who Propositioned Teen

Even though the Jackson Police Department learned it is facing a $2-million budget cut as the City wrestled with cutting its budget this week, 60 officers gathered with stoic professionalism ...

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Walls or Unity? GOTV for Mississippi Latinos Underway

Bill Chandler, the executive director of Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance in Jackson, says electing a president who is sympathetic to immigrants is the next step for families left in limbo ...

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Most Jackson Crime Down Except Precinct 4; Shooter Arrested; Latinos Targeted?

Overall, total major crimes (property and violent) have fallen 15.3 percent throughout Jackson in 2016 over the same period in 2015, but Precinct 4 has seen a 12.3-percent increase in ...

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Latin Flavors

Upbeat Latin music fills the dining area at El Sabor Latin Cuisine in Ridgeland. Once you open the restaurant's double-door entrance, you walk into a lofty, welcoming space adorned with ...

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No Sanctuary: A Rough, Undocumented Road

Melinda Medina was on a family road trip in summer 2014, returning from a Mobile, Ala., flea market near the Alabama and Mississippi state line when a patrol car suddenly ...

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Mohammad Alefrai

Three years ago, Mohammad Alefrai sat alone on a plane, somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, on a nearly 13-hour flight from Jordan, leaving everything and everyone he knew behind to ...

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