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TENNESSEE: Flooding menace continues

Mud Island, which juts into the Mississippi River, pays homage to the Big Muddy with a scale model of the river, a museum about its history, and a paddle-wheeler that looks like something straight out of "Huckleberry Finn." But now Mud Island is getting too much of the Mississippi. Rising waters practically lapped at the back porches of some of the island's expensive houses Thursday, and homeowners weighed whether to stay or go. Up and down the river, from Illinois to Louisiana, thousands faced the same decision as high water kept rolling down the Mississippi and its tributaries, threatening to swamp communities over the next week or two. Mud Island is a three-mile-long strip of land that is part of Memphis. Residents have been warned they may need to leave as the river rises toward an expected crest next Wednesday of 48 feet, about 3 feet higher than on Thursday. The record in Memphis, 48.7 feet, was set in 1937.


MASSACHUSETTS

Probation for 3 in bullying

Three teenagers admitted Thursday that they participated in the bullying of a 15-year-old girl who later committed suicide. Sharon Chanon Velazquez, 17, and 18-year-olds Flannery Mullins and Ashley Longe were sentenced to less than a year of probation after they admitted to sufficient facts to misdemeanor charges in the bullying of Phoebe Prince, a freshman at South Hadley High School who hanged herself in January 2010. Prosecutors said Prince, who had recently emigrated from Ireland, was hounded by five teens after she briefly dated two boys.


NEW JERSEY: Carl Lewis back on ballot

A three-judge panel of the Philadelphia-based U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the name of track and field legend Carl Lewis should be included when the ballots are printed for the 8th Legislative District Democratic state Senate primary. Republicans contend that Lewis does not meet a residency requirement. Lewis, 49, who grew up in Willingboro, bought a home in New Jersey in 2005. He also has a home in California.

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