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'Gone With the Wind' at 75: Celebration, censure

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

As its 75th anniversary approaches, "Gone With the Wind" is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But now, even the film's distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic's portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate.

 

Pentagon wants tighter military short-term loan protections

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

Aiming to restrict lenders who prey on members of the military, the Obama administration on Friday moved to close legal loopholes that have placed hundreds of thousands of service members at risk of excessive payday and other short-term loan fees.

 

 

GOP rallies behind religious liberty

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

Fighting to improve their brand, leading Republicans rallied behind religious liberty at a Friday gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues.

 

 

No charges filed in toxic lye tea incident at Utah eatery

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

No charges will be filed in the case of a customer who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals at a suburban Salt Lake City restaurant, prosecutors said Friday.

 

 

Interview: Browns unmoved by Ferguson chief's apology

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

The parents of Michael Brown said Saturday in an interview with The Associated Press they were unmoved by the apology of the Ferguson, Missouri, police chief weeks after their unarmed 18-year-old son was killed by a police officer.

 

 

Life or death? Arias set for sentencing retrial

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

Jodi Arias' guilt has been determined. The only thing that remains is whether she dies for killing her ex-boyfriend.

 

Police department changes chase policy

Posted 9/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus Police Department is changing how it handles pursuits. Under former Chief Selvain McQueen, officers were instructed not to chase a suspect if he fled. Now, Chief Tony Carleton, is changing that policy.

Riverwalk connector getting closer

Posted 9/26/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Construction crews are about a quarter of the way through the process of building a sidewalk that will connect the Riverwalk to the Columbus Soccer Complex.

Legends, crowds descend on Old Waverly

Posted 9/26/2014 in Area

When Old Waverly founder George Bryan began lobbying for his new golf club to host the 1999 U.S. Women's Open, critics questioned the wisdom of staging the LPGA's most prominent event "in the middle of nowhere."

MSU student creates website in wake of mother's illness

Posted 9/26/2014 in Area

Kaylie Mitchell lost her smile in May, when her mother's cancer diagnosis came. The Mississippi State University junior was home in Pascagoula, on a break from school. The family ate dinner and everyone was in the living room when her mother asked that the T.V. be turned down.

Main Street group recognizes merchants, 182 project

Posted 9/26/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville Main Street Association organizers concluded the current fiscal year Thursday by recognizing numerous businesses' commitment to the city's economy and setting its sights on increasing the area's ever-growing push to attract new tourists and sales tax collections.

 

Obama pal Eric Holder to leave after 6 years as AG

Posted 9/26/2014 in National

It wasn't difficult for Barack Obama and Eric Holder to be in the same orbit. Both were sons of immigrants, Columbia Ivy Leaguers, basketball fans and prominent African-American political figures.

 

Arrest report: 9-26-14

Posted 9/26/2014 in Area

 

FBI: About 12 Americans fighting in Syria, not 100

Posted 9/26/2014 in National

The U.S. believes there are about a dozen Americans fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria, not more than 100, as has been cited for months.

 

Three charged in gay assault; lawyer denies homophobia

Posted 9/26/2014 in National

A defense lawyer for one of three young adults charged with beating a gay couple during a night on the town insisted the men were injured when a "fist fight ... got out of hand," and not, as Philadelphia police believe, during a homophobic attack.

 

Man who raised $55K is throwing potato salad party

Posted 9/26/2014 in National

A man who jokingly sought $10 from a crowdfunding website to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad and ended up raising $55,000 is making good on his promise to throw a huge party.

 

 

Abandoned truck dripping rancid chicken juice

Posted 9/26/2014 in National

A truck dripping rancid juices from thousands of pounds of rotting chicken sat in the heat attracting flies Thursday at a western Montana truck stop, where an Idaho trucking company employee abandoned it.

 

Challenges remain in missing UVa student case

Posted 9/26/2014 in National

Now that they have captured the man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia student, police face two other major challenges: making the charge stick and, most important, finding Hannah Graham.

 

U.S.-led airstrikes hit IS group oil sites for second day

Posted 9/26/2014 in National

U.S.-led coalition warplanes bombed oil installations and other facilities in territory controlled by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Friday, taking aim for a second consecutive day at a key source of financing that has swelled the extremist group's coffers, activists said.

 

 

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