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Woman convicted of murder as teen wins clemency

by Kent Covington
Posted 1/08/19, 10:33 am

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday granted clemency to a woman sentenced to life in prison for murder when she was 16 years old. Authorities will release Cyntoia Brown, now 30, on parole in August. Brown said she was a human trafficking victim in 2004 when she shot a man who picked her up at a fast food restaurant in Nashville to have sex with her. Law enforcement officials opposed clemency, but vocal supporters, including a number of celebrities, argued Brown acted in self-defense and should not face life imprisonment.

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Clemson crushes Alabama in title game

by Kent Covington
Posted 1/08/19, 10:04 am

Clemson easily defeated defending champion Alabama Monday night in the College Football Playoff championship game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. It was an unexpected blowout by the second-ranked Tigers, who crushed No. 1 Alabama 44-16. With the victory, Clemson became the first team in 121 years at college football’s highest level to finish a season 15-0.

“All the credit, all the glory goes to the good Lord number one, and number two, to these young people,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said afterward.

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Southwest Airlines co-founder Kelleher dies

by Kent Covington
Posted 1/04/19, 11:02 am

Herb Kelleher, the eccentric co-founder of Southwest Airlines, died Thursday. He was 87. Not many CEOs dress up as Elvis Presley, settle a business dispute with an arm-wrestling contest, or appear on TV wearing a paper bag over their head, but Kelleher did all of those things. And along the way he practically invented the low-fare airline sector. Kelleher became Southwest’s chairman in 1978 and CEO in 1982, leading the company through its period of greatest growth. He stepped down as chief executive in 2001 and retired as chairman seven years later.

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