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Facebook posts worry police in Pa. hostage-taking

Posted 9/22/2012 in National

Pittsburgh police said they had serious concerns when an armed man took a business owner hostage in a downtown high-rise office building -- and not just because he had a knife. The suspect, 22-year-old Klein Michael Thaxton, made Facebook posts during the five-hour ordeal Friday, authorities said, and they feared that responses from friends, family and others might goad him into violence.

 

iPhone 5 launch draws Apple fans worldwide

Posted 9/21/2012 in National

In a now familiar global ritual, Apple fans jammed shops from Sydney to Paris to pick up the tech juggernaut's latest iPhone.

Three killed in prophet protests in Pakistan

Posted 9/21/2012 in National

Protests by tens of thousands of Pakistanis infuriated by an anti-Islam film descended into deadly violence on Friday, with police firing tear gas and live ammunition in an attempt to subdue rioters who hurled rocks and set fire to buildings in some cities. Three people were killed and dozens injured on a holiday declared by Pakistan's government so people could rally against the video.

 

Panetta: U.S. surge troops out of Afghanistan

Posted 9/21/2012 in National

 

 

Texas hospital plans 'moonshot' against cancer

Posted 9/21/2012 in National

The nation's largest cancer center is launching a massive "moonshot" effort against eight specific forms of the disease, similar to the all-out push for space exploration 50 years ago.

 

Romney tries to seize mantle of change

Posted 9/21/2012 in National

Now it's Mitt Romney who wants to be the candidate of change.

Anti-jihad 'savage' ads going up in NYC subway

Posted 9/21/2012 in National

A provocative ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages is set to go up in the city's subway system as violent protests over an anti-Islamic film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad sweep over much of the Muslim world.

Shuttle to sightsee around Calif. with low flyovers

Posted 9/21/2012 in National

Space shuttle Endeavour will spend its last flying day today not rocketing into space, but doing what most tourists do when visiting California: Taking in the state Capitol, Golden Gate Bridge and the Hollywood Sign.

 

Unemployment claims fell last week to 382,000

Posted 9/21/2012 in National

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell only slightly last week to a seasonally adjusted 382,000. The level suggests hiring remains weak.

 

 

Black women rally against voter ID laws

Posted 9/21/2012 in National

Deidra Reese isn't waiting for people to come to her to find out whether they are registered to vote.

 

 

Chamber, Link will go separate ways by 2014

Posted 9/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

By next month, the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link will exist only in the annals of local history, a fact which has left many to wonder what will happen to the Chamber of Commerce once the economic development portion of the Link is folded into a new tri-county regional partnership between Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay counties.

 

 

Volunteer Fair promotes parental involvement

Posted 9/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Marcus Carpenter sat at the doorway to the Columbus High School gym, chatting with a classmate as his gaze flitted from the newcomers to the pamphlet-strewn table, where his mother, Mattie Jones, stood talking with his 10th-grade algebra teacher, Amanda Taylor.

 

Crappie Masters should bring big bucks to Columbus

Posted 9/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Recreation is big business in Columbus. A $5 million sports complex is scheduled to open Saturday and stake-holders are hoping to see it bring tourism dollars and more sales tax revenue to the area. And with a national professional fishing tournament starting the first week in October, recreation could mean millions of dollars spent in Columbus.

Ex-Supe Terry arrested for probation violation

Posted 9/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Former Lowndes County Supervisor Jim Terry was arrested by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office Thursday morning for violating probation.

Old school ties lead to ship christening for Starkville woman

Posted 9/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Thanks to Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus, a Starkville woman was given the honor of christening a new high-speed vessel last Saturday in Mobile.

Monroe County car dealer arrested on drugs, weapons charges

Posted 9/21/2012 in Area

The owner of a Monroe County car dealership was arrested on Thursday and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of stolen firearms.

Silicor officials arrive for meeting with Supes

Posted 9/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Company officials with Silicor Materials, formerly Calisolar, are in Columbus this week to update local leaders on the progress of their proposed 1 million-square-foot silicon metal production and purification facility.

EMCC is lone bidder for Columbus Country Club

Posted 9/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An expansion for the Mayhew campus of East Mississippi Community College may be just around the corner. While the school's interest in purchasing the bankrupt Columbus Country Club has been discussed publicly since April 2011, the purchase could finally become official.

Seven arrested in Lowndes County drug bust

Posted 9/20/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Seven people were arrested Wednesday night and face various drug-related charges after agents with Columbus-Lowndes Metro Narcotics executed a search warrant at a Hill Drive residence located off Land Road in Lowndes County.

 

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