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Knight Pulliam tells students to follow their dream

After starting her career as a 9-month-old in an advertisement for baby products and going on to appear in the long-running “The Cosby Show” on television, Keishia Knight Pulliam said Thursday her decision to go to college “was the first time she ever said no” to her father.

Showing Appreciation

Historian Paul Perdue shows a reproduction of an artist’s perspective sketch of Pine Bluff drafted in 1887 while speaking Thursday morning at the annual Member Appreciation Breakfast of the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce at Harbor Oaks. Perdue was the featured speaker of the event. He showed the audience his online Pine Bluff Desktop Museum and explained many of the entries of the museum. (Special to The Commercial/Joe Dempsey)

Five Things to Do This Weekend

1. Cowabunga! The Ninja Turtles will take over the Pine Bluff Convention Center on Sunday for a live-action show that will focus on an anti-bullying message. The Guardian Anti-Bullying campaign has been on the road since December 2014 and does two to four shows a week, Mark Anthony Baca, the owner of the company, said Thursday. Baca said the show features some of the top martial artists in the country performing a variety of skits and interacting with members of the audience. “The program is useful for adults as well as kids,” he said. The show is due to begin at 3:30 p.m. with a special VIP event beginning at 2 p.m. The doors for general admission will open at 2:45 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door. General admission tickets are priced at $15 plus a $1.75 handling fee. Tickets for the VIP event will be $35 with a handling fee of $2.75. Details: http://ninjaturtleslive.ticketleap.com

Back to School

Students at 34th Avenue Elementary School play during the noon recess as all the school districts in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County started up Monday. Cooler temperatures greeted students and teachers for the first day of school. At Pine Bluff High School, a large poster depicting a school bus welcomed students back to class after the summer break. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)

First pitch

Mayor Debe Hollingsworth throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series on Saturday at Taylor Field. The pitch was part of the tournament’s opening ceremony, which also included a fireworks display. The national tournament, which includes three local teams, will run through next Saturday. (Special to The Commercial/Joe Dempsey)