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2008-09-15 21:00:18

By Lindsay Melvin Gospel music, historically, was sung and played to praise God - predominantly a Christian God. But Washington lawmakers say the music that was meant to spread the "Good News" has transcended faith and today is as American as apple pie. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives resolved this year that September 2008 be recognized as Gospel Music Heritage Month. "It's a uniquely American music," said 9th-District Congressman Steve Cohen, who co-sponsored the bill....

2008-08-26 00:00:38

By Lindsay Melvin Long after their bodies were cancer-free and their treatments and surgeries behind them, patients would still call Dr. Edwin Wesley Cocke Jr. to thank him for their health. The renowned throat and neck surgeon, whose patients ranged from actor Yul Brynner to uninsured Memphians, died at the age of 89 on Friday. "He saved many lives," said Debbie Autry, his secretary of 32 years. An otolaryngologist specializing in the head and neck, Cocke will be best remembered for...

2008-08-17 18:00:18

By Lindsay Melvin After agreeing to open their 5,000-seat sanctuary to memorialize music legend Isaac Hayes, clergy at Hope Presbyterian Church were bombarded Thursday with scathing e-mails and phone calls. The mention of a Scientology minister being present at the Monday memorial, detailed in a story in The Commercial Appeal, launched a bitter response from Scientology critics. For the last 16 years of his life, Hayes was an outspoken Scientologist and helped found the Memphis Church...

2008-06-30 21:02:21

By Lindsay Melvin Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have condemned sexual predators and are urging churches to flush out molesters using federal background checks. But a simple search on the convention's Web site shows they have yet to purge their own house of predators. SBC's MinisterSearch, a Web database for finding clergy members, contains the names of pastors both indicted and convicted of sexual abuse. Among them is a former Cordova pastor charged in October with rape...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'