• How the water crisis is impacting Jackson residents
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    How the water crisis is impacting Jackson residents

    Brad Vest/Getty Images (JACKSON, Miss.) — Jackson, Mississippi, resident Velma Warner says the city’s most recent flooding brings up memories of two years past, when Pearl River floods forced many in the Canton Club neighborhood of Northeast Jackson to leave their homes. Though Warner and her family had time to prepare their home for potential water breach, the effect flooding would have on the city’s water supply posed another–not entirely unpredictable–issue, she says. One month after the city issued a boil water notice, damage to the nearby O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant has left Jackson’s water supply contaminated and largely depleted. “This is an ongoing issue, like years of knowing that…

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  • City opens new eSports league for residents embracing online games | Local
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    City opens new eSports league for residents embracing online games | Local

    In the past month, the athletic courts at the Columbia Sports Fieldhouse have been mostly empty in the evenings. Even on these nights with only a few athletes inside, the building still serves as a hotbed of competition; it’s the venue for the city’s weekly Super Smash Bros. eSports tournaments. The online video gaming tournaments are organized by Tai Fletcher, a Columbia Parks and Recreation employee who has served as the city’s eSports administrator since March. “My position actually did not exist before I filled it,” Fletcher said. “(Columbia Parks and Recreation) was interested in having an eSports league. … They wanted to make as direct of a connection as…

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