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Eddie Van Halen dead at 65



Eddie Van Halen in 2007 (photo by Anirudh Koul from Montreal, Canada - Eddie Van Halen Shredding His Guitar @ "Eruption" - Van Halen Concert, CC BY 2.0,

Rock ‘n’ roll guitarist Eddie Van Halen, co-founder of the eponymous band Van Halen, is dead at 65.

Van Halen died after a decadelong battle with throat cancer at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday with his wife, Janie, son, Wolfgang, and brother, Alex, at his side, reports TMZ.

Van Halen formed the band in 1972 with his brother, Alex, on drums and David Lee Roth as lead singer. Sammy Hagar joined the band in 1985 on lead vocals after Roth left.

Considered by many to be one of the best rock guitarists in the business, Eddie Van Halen’s guitar was the basis for the band’s many hits, among them “Runnin’ with the Devil,” “Unchained,” “Hot for Teacher,” “Panama” and “Jump.”

Van Halen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

“He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on stage and off stage was a gift,” his son, Wolf, wrote on social media Tuesday. “My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.”

“I love you so much, Pop,”

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Vicksburg native Wheezy continues to make an impact in the music business with big name artists



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Vicksburg native Wesley Glass aka Wheezy has made a big name for himself in the music business these days as he has now been working with major rap artists and producing many hit records.

Wheezy was born and raised in Vicksburg but also has ties to Atlanta. He attended Vicksburg High School where he maintained a passion for music in his teenage years, which would soon lead him to finding a career in the music industry.

“I started working with Shad Da God from Hustle Gang,” Wheezy said to Complex.

Since working with Shad Da God, Wheezy has now worked with many other artists which has given him a big name in the industry.

In 2016, Wheezy began working on rap star Young Thug’s album Barter 6 which produced many hit records as his name continued to grow and all of his hard work was paying off. He still continues to work heavily with Young Thug and most recently on his 2019 “So Much Fun” album.

With all of the work Wheezy has been doing over the years with Young Thug, he still manages to work with plenty of other artists as he creates beats and produces hit records that many fans enjoy.

As of now, some of the big name artist that Wheezy has worked with are Young Thug, Future, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Migos, Gunna, Drake, Lil Gotit, Drake, and many more which has helped him become a brand in the industry.

Wheezy also works on music with his older brother FlyGuy Tana who is also from Vicksburg and has records that Wheezy has produced. Shad Da God was also featured on one of FlyGuy Tana’s songs, “Spare None”, which Wheezy helped produce.

At the rate Wheezy is going in the music industry, he will become a legend in the game and he has already made a tremendous impact on music at the age of 27. The city of Vicksburg is more than happy to have a native doing so well in the music world and Wheezy will continue to have fans supporting him back home.




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Alcorn senior aspiring to cancer research selected for prestigious MIT internship



Toni-Ann Nelson (photo courtesy Alcorn State University)

A senior at Alcorn State University was one of six students from across the country to be selected for a research internship at one of the world’s most prestigious schools.

Toni-Ann Nelson, a Portland, Jamaica, native majoring in molecular biology, was selected as a Gould Fellow for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology virtual Summer Research Program in Biology this summer.

MIT is one of the nation’s top engineering schools and is one of the most selective schools in the world. The school’s mission is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other scholarship areas that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

The Bernard S. and Sophie G. Gould Fund was established in 2016 to support MRSP-Bio participants. MRSP-Bio was established in 2003 to provide an intensive research experience for undergraduate students from institutions with limited research opportunities. The program’s goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students, first-generation college students, and students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Nelson studied under Dr. Tyler Jacks, director of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. She reflected on her excitement about starting the program and learning from a seasoned cancer researcher.

“I was elated to get hands-on cancer research experience at one of the world’s most prestigious universities,” Nelson said. “I was shocked when I received my acceptance letter a week after I submitted my application. I could not wait to learn from Dr. Jacks.”

COVID-19 forced the program to move to a virtual format, but the change didn’t stop Nelson from having an enriching experience. She applauds MIT for delivering quality lessons despite the circumstances.

“The program was well designed to give students the best summer experience, even in a pandemic,” she said. “I didn’t know what to expect when the program became virtual due to COVID-19, but I learned so much more than I ever anticipated.”

An aspiring cancer researcher, Nelson fulfilled her dream by working on a project that focused on lung cancer. She spoke on how the project was important for her development as a researcher.

“Working on this project taught me how to use computational research programs and how to do dimensional reduction of data. My MIT experience was enlightening because it showed that certain scientific tools are key to understanding the disease,” she said. “I can see myself using these tools on projects in the future. Also, the project showed me the importance of computational tools for data analysis. I am grateful to the program for this opportunity.”

Nelson is no stranger to research. While at Alcorn, Nelson has spent three years as a research assistant in Dr. Yan Meng’s lab at Alcorn’s Biotechnology Center. During her tenure, she researched improving sweet potato viral disease resistance by using genetic modification processes. She also developed an efficient plant regeneration protocol for sweet potato and presented her findings during the University’s annual Center for Research Excellence Symposium, where she won the Best Undergraduate Oral Presenter award.

Thanks to the knowledge she’s gained from her mentors, Nelson was prepared to thrive at MIT. She appreciates her professors for preparing her for the opportunity.

“I would not have gained any research experience in molecular biology had it not been for the Biotechnology Center,” she said. “My mentors taught me several molecular techniques and showed me how to use various research machinery. I am truly grateful to my mentors for allowing me to get hands-on research experience and apply the knowledge I’ve learned in my biology lab courses.”

Biology piqued Nelson’s interest when she was a teenager. Learning about the human body’s cellular makeup made her want to know more about the subject.

“Biology has been my favorite course since high school,” she said. “It was fascinating to me that humans started as a single cell and developed into a multicellular organism. I was excited to learn more about genes, DNA replications and various cellular processes.”

However, tragedy struck Nelson and her family when her grandfather died from lung cancer. Her grandfather’s death inspired her to delve deeper into cancer research to possibly lead the charge on finding a cure in the future.

“I lost my grandfather to lung cancer in 2014. My passion for research started when I was in high school, but my grandfather’s death led me to cancer research,” Nelson said. “I was broken when he died, but my curiosity about this disease led me to seek a better understanding of cancer. I wanted to know the cause of this disease and learn to develop a cure.”

Since then, Nelson has used the passing of her loved one as motivation to help others fighting the disease.

“Although it is too late to help my grandfather, I want to help patients battling cancer. His death increased my passion for biology. It inspired me to major in molecular biology to understand the body on a molecular level. I believe that understanding cells and their normal activities will provide me a foundation to learn more about cancer and other diseases. My goal is to do intensive studies on cancer and develop effective methods to detect, treat and cure this disease.”

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