‘Restoration Saturday’ offers financial assistance for expungement, drivers license reinstatement

BY , WREG

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Metropolitan Baptist Church will host “Restoration Saturday” this weekend to help people who want their criminal records expunged or those who need help getting a drivers license reinstated.

Pastor Reginald Porter explained why he wanted his congregation to help.

“There are so many people of color, African-Americans, who’ve been incarcerated in the justice system and lost citizenship rights,” said Pastor Reginald Porter of the Metropolitan Baptist Church. “That means you can’t be a provider for your family and can’t take care of your children.”

District Attorney General Amy Weirich said she and others from her office will be there to give advice for expungement. Also officials from the Tennessee Department of Safety will be there to help with drivers licenses.

More info: https://wreg.com/2018/10/22/restoration-saturday-offers-financial-assistance-for-expungement-drivers-license-reinstatement/

Grizzlies hang on to beat Jazz on road

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – Big test in the NBA for the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies Monday night at Utah.

The Grizzlies headed west with Rookie Jeran Jackson, Jr. in the starting lineup for JaMychal Green, who’s out 5-6 weeks with a broken Jaw.

Marc Gasol is also battling back spasms, and Kyle Anderson is fighting an illness.

Early on, Jackson is running things in the paint for Memphis making the most of his first start as a professional, with 11 points and 7 rebounds for Jackson as the Grizz mix it up with Utah.

More: http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2018/10/23/grizzlies-hang-beat-jazz-road/

Tennessee Democrats highlight voter suppression issues in Shelby County

, Memphis Commercial Appeal

One week into early voting, the Tennessee Democratic Party has identified a number of issues across the state and in Shelby County.

“What troubles us is it seems to be favoring one party and one type of voter over another,” said party chair Mary Mancini. “It seems to be suppressing voters that would vote for Democrats, voters of color. These are things that are really troubling to us.”

Lee Mills, chairman of the Republican Party of Shelby County, said the only major issue he has seen was the Shelby County Election Commission having to deal with thousands of registration applications turned in near the deadline, some of which “may be fraudulent.”

The commission has said that nearly 10,000 applications were turned in on the final day to register, many with missing information.

More: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2018/10/22/tennessee-election-voter-suppression-memphis/1728630002/

Prepared salads recalled for salmonella, listeria risk

No one has been reported sick because of the potential contamination.
by Maggie Fox, NBC

Ready-to-eat salads made by small suppliers across the country are being recalled because they might be contaminated with listeria or salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday.

Suppliers in Florida, California, Washington, Oregon and Texas have recalled mixed salads sold at retailers that include Trader Joe’s, Walmart, 7-Eleven and Whole Foods, the USDA said.

More: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/prepared-salads-recalled-salmonella-listeria-risk-n922066

How high can it go? Record Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs

, USA TODAY

Lottery players have a chance to win big — colossally, hugely, extraordinarily big — in Tuesday’s record Mega Millions drawing worth $1.6 billion.  The semi-weekly jackpot been growing since July 24, causing a frenzy at many convenience stores across the USA. Based on sales projections, 75 percent of the 302 million possible combinations will be chosen for Tuesday’s drawing, according to the Associated Press, making it more than likely there will be a winner this time. Here’s why the jackpots have gotten so huge lately.

More: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/10/20/no-mega-millions-winner-jackpot-climbs-1-6-billion/1709316002/

Hurricane Willa now an ‘extremely dangerous’ Category 4 storm as it nears Mexico

, USA TODAY

Hurricane Willa has grown into an “extremely dangerous,” 145-mph Category 4 storm in the eastern Pacific on a path toward Mexico’s western coast, forecasters say.

Earlier on Monday, Willa had attained Category 5 status, with 160 mph winds.

Landfall is predicted for late Tuesday or early Wednesday, likely as a major hurricane (Category 3 or above), the National Hurricane Center said.

The center said Willa is expected to “produce life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall over portions of southwestern and west-central Mexico beginning on Tuesday.” It also is expected to spawn life-threatening surf and rip tide conditions.

“Willa is expected to make landfall about 40-60 miles south of Mazatlan, Mexico,” AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski said.

The area at risk includes a stretch of high-rise resort hotels, surfing beaches and fishing villages.

Hotels started taping up their windows and officials began evacuating thousands of people and shuttered schools in a low-lying landscape where towns sit amid farmland tucked between the sea and lagoons.

“The people don’t want to evacuate, but it’s for their security,” said Enrique Moreno, mayor of Escuinapa, a city of about 60,000 in Willa’s forecast path.

A hurricane warning was posted for Mexico’s western coast between San Blas and Mazatlan. Tropical storm warnings were raised from Playa Perula to San Blas and north of Mazatlan to Bahia Tempehuaya.

As of 11 p.m. EDT Monday, Willa was centered about 195 miles south-southwest of Mazatlan. It was moving north at 9 mph.

More: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/10/22/hurricane-willa-winds-strengthen-pacific-storm-threatens-mexico/1725349002/

Researchers just found a bizarre ‘headless chicken monster’ swimming deep in the Antarctic Ocean

, USA TODAY

A “headless chicken monster” was spotted swimming in the Antarctic Ocean, Australian researchers announced Sunday.

The bizarre creature that does indeed look like it’s missing a head is actually a sea cucumber scientifically known as Enypniastes eximia. As if looking like a headless chicken wasn’t enough, it also has a webbed veil and a transparent body that shows its internal organs. The “monster” is also extremely active for a deep sea creature, and can measure up to 9-inches, past research has shown.

It was previously filmed in the Gulf of Mexico, and now the Australian Government announced researchers with the Australian Antarctic Division captured clear video of this odd sea cucumber flapping its veil and appearing to feed or crawl using its tentacles across the ocean floor.

This is the first time the headless chicken monster has been sighted in southern ocean waters, the Australian government noted in a release.

More: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/22/bizarre-headless-chicken-monster-discovered-antarctic-ocean/1725422002/

Tom Petty’s hometown names park in his honor

One of the better small towns in Florida is Gainesville. A hotbed of punk rock over the last two decades, it’s also the birthplace of the late Tom Petty, which is why the city has gone ahead and renamed a nice, little park in honor of the former Heartbreaker.

This past weekend, a dedication ceremony went down at what was formerly Northeast Park to celebrate Petty’s 68th birthday. Both Petty’s daughter, Adria, and his brother, Bruce, were in attendance and spoke to fans, even sharing memories of his youth.

“My brother and I grew up in this park,” Bruce Petty explained to the crowd (via The Gainesville Sun). “We played as kids. My cousin reminded me the other day of my remark that it was a sanctuary, and it really was,” Bruce Petty said. “It was a place for us to escape and be kids and have fun. The fact that we are doing this today and the part that we played in it makes it so much more special.”

His daughter spoke highly of the city, digressing on an eponymous song Petty wrote for his hometown, which appeared on last month’s box set, An American Treasure:

More: https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/10/tom-petty-park-gainesville/

Paula Abdul falls off stage into the crowd at Mississippi concert

Susan Haas, USA TODAY

Paula Abdul is “Crazy Cool,” even when she falls off the stage.

The former “American Idol” judge, 56, was in the middle of her single “The Promise of a New Day” during a concert at the Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Saturday when she danced too close to the edge and toppled head-first into the audience.

A video of the fall was caught by a fan and posted online. Fans can be heard shrieking as she drops out of sight.

More: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2018/10/21/paula-abdul-falls-off-stage-into-crowd-mississippi-concert/1723516002/