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Culture

Black Women Firefighters Leading, Inspiring In Groundbreaking Roles on Gulf Coast

Both Fire Chief Deedra Burton and firefighter Lavonda Aldrich say women’s presence in the workforce can be helpful in and out of the fire-response field. They have each come to learn that women who are domestic-violence victims often feel more comfortable sharing sensitive details of abuse they’ve suffered at the hands of a loved one with another woman. They also attest that a woman firefighter can better assist little girls who tend to look for nurturing, motherly figures in trying times.

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In-Depth

From The Deep Sea, A Chance To Learn, Preserve on the Gulf Coast

For the field researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, the tournament is more than a cultural event: it is an unbeatable opportunity to get a glimpse into the deep, vast ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico. For a quarter of a century, GCRL researchers have attended the Billfish Classic, intercepting the trophy leviathans while returning fishermen celebrate.

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Shira Stallworth
People

‘Lavish Queen’ Shira Stallworth Running for Mayor of Moss Point, Pledges to Rebuild Public Trust

Shira Stallworth is the self-proclaimed Oprah Winfrey of Moss Point. “The Lavish Queen,” as the Moss Point personality is known from her popular local WGUD television show on the Gulf Coast, is one of eight candidates vying for the City of Moss Point’s top seat in the Democratic primary today, vacated by Mayor Mario King who resigned from office after he and his wife pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges in February.

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