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Douglas Corzine

Douglas Corzine was an intern at Nashville Public Radio during spring 2016.

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Tennessee State University has established a new tradition for the start of the school year. Freshman guys receive TSU neckties. In the process, many learn how to tie them.

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In the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s new production of Antony and Cleopatra, Egyptian characters are outfitted in bangles and golden dresses, with heavy black eye makeup. The promotional artwork depicts Cleopatra as a dark-skinned woman, which may be historically accurate.

However, the actress playing the leading role is white — a fair-skinned redhead. It’s a casting decision that upset some local actors, who took to social media throughout the summer to criticize the company’s perceived lack of sensitivity.

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Nashville students could get a few more second chances if Jesus Jara is chosen as superintendent. As part of his final round of interviews, he highlighted so-called “restorative justice” practices from his district in Orlando. 

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Nashville’s superintendent candidates who’ve returned for a second round of interviews are facing more specific questions about the district’s persistent problems. One problem is elevated teacher absences and a shortage of substitutes. Finalist Allen Smith says there’s no excuse for interfering with instruction.

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A finalist to be Nashville’s next superintendent called for unity on the school board during his callback interview Tuesday. Shawn Joseph also said he planned to be an open book, if he’s hired.

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Updated 10 a.m. Friday:

The Metro school board has narrowed its list of superintendent candidates down to three. They met Friday morning after 10 hours of back-to-back interviews on Thursday.

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WPLN sat through a marathon session of back-to-back interviews with all six finalists to be Nashville's next school superintendent. 

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Nashville’s school board will spend all of Thursday on interviews with six finalists who hope to become the district’s superintendent. The interviews come only two days after a recruitment firm announced the candidates, but the accelerated timeline could help the board secure its first choice.

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On Tuesday, the Metro Nashville Public School Board will announce finalists for its top job. We got an advance look at the list and did a little bit of research on the candidates.

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One of the state’s largest LGBT groups is compiling a directory of counselors who say they won’t discriminate against potential patients. This follows Governor Bill Haslam’s decision to sign a law letting therapists reject clients for moral reasons.