Tag:  Mississippi

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Family Seeks Help for Child with Rare Disease

by Alice Thomas-Tisdale On June 25, Janiya Bowens will be 10 years old. Quite a feat for Jackson’s little champion. Since age six, Janiya has struggled to maintain her balance, keep her eyes open, move her limbs, keep her food down, swallow, and lately, smile or utter a single word. Janiya suffers from spinocerebellar ataxias. It is a hereditary defect in a certain gene that makes abnormal proteins. The abnormal proteins hamper the ability of nerve cells, primarily in the cerebellum and spinal cord, to function properly and cause them to degenerate over time. As the disease progresses, coordination problems worsen.

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Black man admits killing Black Miss. gay mayoral candidate

Mississippi mayoral candidate, Marco McMillian (l) and suspect Lawrence Reed(r). (Courtesy Photo) by Holbrook Mohr JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An autopsy report says a man admitted to killing a Mississippi mayoral candidate in February and that the victim died from lack of oxygen, but it doesn’t give an exact reason for the death beyond calling it a homicide.

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Health

Scientists say baby born with HIV apparently cured

LEAD INVESTIGATOR–This image provided by Johns Hopkins Medicine shows Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins’ Children’s Center in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Johns Hopkins Medicine) by Lauren Neergaard WASHINGTON (AP) — A baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.

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Miss. town stunned by slaying of openly gay mayoral candidate

RISING STAR SLAIN–This Jan. 20, 2007 photo shows Marco McMillian, 34, a candidate for mayor of Clarksdale, Miss., who was found dead on the Mississippi River levee Wednesday, between Sherard and Rena Lara, Miss. (AP Photo/The Clarksdale Press Register, Troy Catchings) by Holbrook Mohr Associated Press Writer JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Whatever his prospects for winning the coming mayoral election in his hometown of Clarksdale, Miss., Marco McMillian was considered by many to be a man on the rise. So word spread fast when his SUV was involved in a wreck this week, and he was nowhere to be found.

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Video: RNC finance chair blasts Detroit voters

DETROIT (AP) — The finance chair for the Republican National Committee told a Michigan tea party gathering this summer that Detroit’s plummeting population and lack of a mayoral machine to get voters “to stop playing pool and drinking beer in the pool hall” has decreased its influence in elections. Ronald Weiser, Republican National Committee Ron Weiser’s comments were secretly videotaped Aug. 9 by a Democrat shadowing a Republican congressional candidate. The Detroit Free Press obtained the video from the Michigan Democratic Party and reported (http://on.freep.com/ZaRArP) on it Sunday.