Epic prom mom re­turns with ‘Black Pan­ther’ theme

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PHIL­A­DEL­PHIA (AP) — A Phil­a­del­phia mom who threw a $25,000 Dubai-themed prom for her son last year is back, this time with a “Black Pan­ther” theme complete with an ac­tual black pan­ther.

Sau­dia Shuler tells WPVI-TV she had a con­test this year where kids in her North Phil­a­del­phia neigh­bor­hood sent their re­port cards along with es­says ex­plain­ing why they de­served to have an epic prom send-off.

She had orig­i­nally planned to have one win­ner, but she ended up pick­ing 24.

Schuler’s cel­e­bra­tion Wed­nes­day had African dancers and peo­ple wear­ing cus­tom cos­tumes based on the movie. She dressed as Queen Mother Ra­monda, who was played by ac­tress An­gela Bas­sett.

Schuler says neigh­bors and friends helped pitch in for the undis­closed price of the cel­e­bra­tion, de­scribed as be­ing in the six fig­ures.

▶MIS­SIS­SIPPI TOWN LIFTS ITS OWN BAN ON SALE OF COLD BEER:

WA­TER VAL­LEY, Miss. (AP) — A Mis­sis­sippi town is ditch­ing its ban on the sale of cold beer.

Beer has been sold in Wa­ter Val­ley for just over a decade, but al­ways at room tem­per­a­ture. Al­der­men voted unan­i­mously this week to al­low the sale of re­frig­er­ated beer.

Mis­sis­sippi has a patch­work of city and county laws deal­ing with the sale of beer and al­co­hol.

The town’s Main Street As­so­ci­a­tion di­rec­tor, Mickey How­ley, tells The Ox­ford Ea­gle that Wa­ter Val­ley, pop­u­la­tion 3,400, is “catch­ing up with the times.”

A new truck stop is be­ing built near Wa­ter Val­ley, and How­ley says that could have drained away some town rev­enue if al­der­men had not le­gal­ized cold beer sales.

Wa­ter Val­ley is only five years be­hind nearby Ox­ford, which le­gal­ized cold beer sales in 2013.

▶PRI­MARY CAN­DI­DATE WINS RACE FOR PO­SI­TION HE WASN’T SEEK­ING:

MENDHAM, N.J. (AP) — A New Jer­sey college pro­fes­sor lost his bid for U.S. Congress on Tues­day — only to learn a suc­cess­ful write-in cam­paign chose him as the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee for mayor of the town where for­mer Re­pub­li­can Gov. Chris Christie lives.

Mark Wash­burne says it was a nice sur­prise af­ter he came up short in his con­gres­sional cam­paign, and adds that he’s will­ing to ac­cept the nom­i­na­tion. NJ.com re­ports Mendham’s municipal at­tor­ney is cur­rently re­search­ing elec­tion law to see if Wash­burne is eli­gi­ble for the Novem­ber bal­lot — not­ing that there’s no prece­dent of some­thing like this.

Wash­burne would face Re­pub­li­can Mendham Coun­cil­woman Chris­tine Ser­rano Glass­ner if cer­ti­fied, as cur­rent Mayor Neil Henry is not run­ning for re-elec­tion.

▶AMA­ZON UN­VEILS NEARLY HANDS-FREE STREAM­ING TV DE­VICE:

NEW YORK (AP) — Alexa for couch pota­toes is com­ing: Ama­zon’s new stream­ing TV de­vice will let users shout out when they want to turn on the TV, flip chan­nels or search for sit­coms — all with­out push­ing any but­tons.

The Fire TV Cube is not en­tirely hands-free yet, how­ever. Some apps or stream­ing ser­vices may re­quire view­ers to pick up the in­cluded re­mote to rewind or stop a show. Ama­zon says it’s work­ing with those ser­vices to in­te­grate voice com­mands.

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