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Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize winning author, dead at 88

Toni Morrison, the first African American woman to receive the Nobel Prize in literature, died late Monday. She was 88. As news of her death was announced Tuesday, tributes began to flood social media:
Stacey Abrams, former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate:
Toni Morrison was a towering intellect, a brilliant scribe of our nation’s complex stories, a heartbreaking journalist of our deepest desires, and a groundbreaking author who destroyed precepts, walls and those who dared underestimate her capacity. Rest well and in peace. Angie Thomas, bestselling author:
I’m writing in her honor today.

Clarion Ledger: 2 dead, suspect, officer injured in Walmart shooting

Clarion Ledger: Two people were killed and two people were injured in a shooting at the Walmart in Southaven, Mississippi, Tuesday morning, according to authorities:
The suspect was confronted by two officers. One officer was shot but was saved by his bulletproof vest. The other officer shot the suspect twice and the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect was taken to Regional One Medical Center. The wounded Southaven officer was taken to DeSoto Baptist Hospital where he is recovering, The Commercial Appeal reported. The suspected shooter was also an employee at the Walmart until Monday, The Commercial Appeal reported. Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite described the suspect as a disgruntled worker
Read Mississippi Clarion Ledger’s Harold Gater’s complete article here.

Millsaps announces honorary degree recipients: Jon Meacham, Jesmyn Ward, Dr. Lamar Weems

Mississippi author Jesmyn Ward, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham and Dr. Lamar Weems will receive honorary degrees at the Millsaps College May 11 commencement. “This is an incredible group of individuals, and we are excited about the opportunity to recognize and honor their contributions to our state and nation,” said Millsaps College president Dr. Robert W. Pearigen, in a news release. “The insight and skill they bring to our political discourse, our health care systems, and our literature are immeasurable.”

Ward, who grew up in DeLisle, is an associate professor of English at Tulane University and a novelist, essayist, and memoirist. Her novel “Salvage the Bones” won the National Book Award in 2011, and her novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing” was recognized with the award in 2017; she is the only woman to have won the National Book Award twice, notes the release by Millsaps. Ward also received a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant in 2017.