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A photo from a previous Nashville AIDS Walk. Photo courtesy of Nashville CARES

Jane Boram has been a fixture at the Nashville AIDS Walk for three decades. The retired mental health counselor and pastor has walked every year, even while receiving radiation treatment for breast cancer in 2016.

And yes: She'll be back tomorrow for the 30th anniversary of the AIDS Walk, organized by Nashville CARES.

  • This year's walk is virtual, with separate groups walking their own routes through the city. Boram and friends are starting at Christ Church Cathedral before weaving through downtown.

Why it matters: The AIDS Walk is a major fundraiser for Nashville CARES, a nonprofit that provides education and support to those who live with HIV or are at risk of getting it.

  • Last year, the organization served more than 50,000 people in Middle Tennessee, including 10,000 free and confidential HIV tests.
  • This year, CARES hopes to raise $200,000 through the walk and a corresponding virtual festival that includes entertainment and giveaways.

What she's saying: "Part of my doing this so long is I'm stubborn," Boram told Axios. "When you're fighting for people's justice, their own personal justice, that becomes so passionate.

  • "You can't let go of it. It becomes part of who you are."

Between the lines: Boram started working with CARES in the 1990s, and served as a buddy for a man living with AIDS.

  • She became a family friend, sitting with his mother and walking with him through Shelby Park before he died.
  • Boram still thinks of him when it's time for another walk, but says she's heartened by a new generation of allies working to destigmatize the disease.
  • "That gives me a sense of joy and peace," she said. "It's like a big flock. You just keep adding more sheep."

How to participate: Learn more about the Nashville AIDS Walk, corresponding virtual community festival and grand marshal Leslie Jordan at nashvilleaidswalk.com.

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A coalition of city leaders is slowly making progress on its mission to attract a women's professional sports team to Nashville.

  • The women's professional sports ad hoc committee, led by influential attorney Margaret Behm, met last week to hear an update from the city's consultant.
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Why it matters: The storm will bring an array of hazards, from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten coastal property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.

Republican-led Pennsylvania court deems mail-in voting law unconstitutional

Workers count ballots for the 2020 Presidential election at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Nov. 3, 2020. Photo: Hannah Yoon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Republican-led Pennsylvania court on Friday ruled that the state's mail-in voting law is unconstitutional.

Driving the news: Three Republican judges sided with Republican challengers and ruled that no-excuse mail-in voting is prohibited under the state's constitution. Two Democrats on the panel dissented.