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From hunter to hunted: The rise and fall of treasure sleuth Tommy Thompson

Posted 9/15/2014 in National

One of the last times anyone ever saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but eye glasses, leather shoes, black socks and underwear, his brown hair growing wild. It was a far cry from the conquering hero who, almost two decades before, docked a ship in Norfolk, Virginia, loaded with what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history.

 

Charlie Mitchell: Uber is under pressure globally -- including Mississippi

Posted 9/15/2014 in State

A rising and enterprising international car service finds itself at the intersection of civics and technology. In Mississippi and elsewhere, this means the company has been and continues to be in trouble with the law, too.

 

Police detain 'Django Unchained' actress in LA

Posted 9/15/2014 in National

Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in "Django Unchained," is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion.

 

Miss. medical board sues VA for radiology records

Posted 9/15/2014 in State

Mississippi's state Board of Medical Licensure has sued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over its refusal to release the names of patients who may have suffered because of the misconduct of a former radiologist at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center.

 

 

Bryant distrust on government refugee program

Posted 9/15/2014 in State

Gov. Phil Bryant's distrust of President Barack Obama is flaring again.

 

 

Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily

Posted 9/15/2014 in National

Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.

 

 

Britain mourns slain hostage; another under threat

Posted 9/15/2014 in National

Now it's Britain's turn to mourn.

 

Browning named Dispatch managing editor

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

William Browning has been named managing editor of The Commercial Dispatch. Browning has served as interim managing editor since August and previously as news editor. He joined the staff of The Dispatch in July 2013.

New Hope High getting new field house

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New Hope High School is getting a new field house. Lowndes County School District board members voted Friday to spend approximately $2 million on the 16,000-plus square foot building.

Columbus native set for Miss America pageant

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Jasmine Murray of Columbus will take part in the Miss America Pageant tonight in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

New cafeteria program highlights importance of CMSD staff

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Paula Baker gets to work at 6:30 a.m., she has a lot of mouths to feed. Baker, for the past eight years, has been the cafeteria manager at Columbus High School. Everyday, she and her staff prepare 2,324 meals -- two for 1,162 students.

Slain 5 kids loved to play, wrestle with their dad

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

The five children who authorities say were killed by their father loved to dress up as superheroes, play in the park and pool, and pose for the camera, always smiling. And they loved "wrestling with their dad."

Port authority board hires Sanders

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus-Lowndes County Port Authority's board of directors has named Will Sanders the port's new director.

Arrest report: 9-14-14

Posted 9/13/2014 in Area

 

Overall county millage rate increasing .91 mills for school needs

Posted 9/13/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Oktibbeha County supervisors on Monday are expected to approve an overall 111.88-mill governmental and school ad valorem tax rate, which is almost a mill increase from the current levy.

 

 

Lowndes budget hearing set for Monday

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

New debt service payments and employee raises will likely result in Lowndes County dipping into its reserve fund next fiscal year to make up for an estimated $550,000 deficit.

 

 

Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal prosecutors.

 

 

Eyeing 2016, Sen. Rubio stresses border security

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

Two years ago, immigration activist Gaby Pacheco got a call from Marco Rubio. The Florida senator wanted advice as he tried to develop a plan to help people like her: immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

 

Woman charged in dead babies case

Posted 9/13/2014 in National

A woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home where the bodies of three infants were found was charged Friday with covering up the deaths, while neighbors said they wish they had acted themselves to call attention to the house with the foul smell and the shades that were always drawn.

 

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