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The Week in Review

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Rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has been bumpy, and Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter says that’s just the way it’ll be in the early days. But as vaccine supplies stabilize, local health officials plan to make the Pipkin Building at the former Mid-South Fairgrounds the place to go. Meanwhile, county officials proposed a $2.5 million economic relief fund to aid local restaurant workers impacted by the pandemic.

In other news, local members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation mostly voted against challenging electoral results following last week’s chaos at the Capitol. But U.S. Rep. David Kustoff still voted in favor of the unsuccessful challenge to Pennsylvania’s electoral certification.

And the city lost a civil rights pioneer last week with the death of Miriam DeCosta-Willis, the first Black faculty member at then-Memphis State University. She was 86. — Metro editor Ron Maxey
 
 
Health Department has vaccine, will start Tuesday at Pipkin
 

Appointments may be made online, now. People without internet access may call 901-222-SHOT to schedule an appointment beginning Monday at 8 a.m.

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Memphis police officer accused in kidnapping, slaying
 

A Memphis police officer has been relieved of duty after being arrested and charged with kidnapping and killing a man.

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Harris says restaurant workers relief aimed at those most affected
 

The Shelby County Commission votes Monday, Jan. 11, on the proposed $2.5 million fund drawn from county reserves. 

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What will history say about COVID vaccine delivery, administration?
 

With supply amounts ever-changeable, local leaders scramble to adjust

Delivery and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine is just another step on the long road toward herd immunity. Getting there will require a level of effectiveness apart from the vaccine itself. History will judge leaders’ success as we all pursue a return to the “old” normal. 

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Gangs multiplying, adding younger members
 

About 28% of last year's homicides linked to teen groups, police major tells city council

Groups such as the Gangster Disciples, Crips, Bloods and Latin Kings are splintering into neighborhood cells with names like the Choppa Gang in Hickory Hill, Concrete Cartel in East Memphis, 4 Corners in Orange Mound, and Dixie Homes Murder Squad, Major Frank Winston of MPD’s Multi-Agency Gang Unit said.

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City's elected officials in D.C. respond to protesters storming Capitol
 

Here is the latest from the city’s representatives in the U.S. House and Senate.

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How Tennessee's two Senators and the city's two Congressmen voted on the Electoral College challenges
 

The House and Senate kept late hours, resuming the Electoral College certification after a violent protest shut down the process into Wednesday evening. The session continued until just before dawn Thursday.

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Local Democrats look to Georgia model to end GOP dominance in Tennessee
 

Former local Democratic party Chairman Corey Strong, on The Daily Memphian Politics Podcast, says the Georgia model of bringing activists and organizers into the state party machinery will take time — probably six to 10 years to take Tennessee from red to purple.

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Civil rights pioneer Miriam DeCosta-Willis dies at 86
 

Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis, a civil rights pioneer and champion of gender and racial equality, has died at age 86. 

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