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De la Cruz's first Thanksgiving inspires 'international' feast

Posted 11/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

It was Thanksgiving Day 1963, in the normally bustling college town of Athens, Ga. Armando de la Cruz was a graduate student living on the University of Georgia campus and he was in a pinch.


Posted 11/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kids have their own unique take on Thanksgiving

Brown: Education, health care will dominate budget talks

Posted 11/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus native Terry Brown, the Pro Tempore of the Mississippi Senate, has served in the state legislature since 1988 -- a part-time job requiring full-time energy, as he describes it. Before heading back to Jackson, where he will serve a key role as the state puts together its budget, Brown took some time to meet with Dispatch reporter Jeff Clark for a wide-ranging conversation.


Columbus merchants ready for Black Friday

Posted 11/21/2012 in Area

As families across the country gather over turkey and cranberry sauce to celebrate Thanksgiving, retailers and shopaholics alike are preparing for the biggest shopping day of the year -- Black Friday.


Unemployment numbers provide reason for optimism

Posted 11/21/2012 in Area

Unemployment figures continue to slowly drop, just in time for the holiday season, which should be a good bit brighter than last year for workers across the Golden Triangle.


Twin parties to mark end of hurricane season

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Actor Michael Cerveris is among the organizers of simultaneous parties set for New Orleans and New York to mark the end of hurricane season and raise money for storm recovery.



US abortions fall 5 percent, biggest drop in a decade

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the Great Recession in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, according to government figures released Wednesday.


Israel and Hamas agree to Gaza cease-fire

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip.


Woman gets 80 years for deadly day care fire

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

It had been Jessica Tata's dream to run a day care. She was soon in over her head, caring for too many kids and taking chances by leaving them alone to run errands.



Internal emails offer details on bin Laden burial at sea

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Internal emails among senior U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden's burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony.



Rep. Jackson Jr. resigns, citing mental health

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a once-rising political star who has been on a months-long mysterious medical leave for bipolar disorder while facing separate federal investigations, resigned from Congress Wednesday, citing his health problems.



Sandy victims prepare for subdued Thanksgiving

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

The things that Marge Gatti once cherished are lying on what's left of her deck, spattered in mud, like a yard sale gone awry.


New frontier for scaling up online classes: credit

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

In 15 years of teaching, University of Pennsylvania classicist Peter Struck has guided perhaps a few hundred students annually in his classes on Greek and Roman mythology through the works of Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus and others -- "the oldest strands of our cultural DNA."


Elmo actor resigns amid underage-sex allegations

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigned from "Sesame Street" on Tuesday amid allegations he sexually abused underage boys, bringing an end to a 28-year career in which he turned the furry red monster into one of the most beloved -- and lucrative -- characters on TV and in toy stores.



Stores borrow from fast-food industry's playbook

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

This holiday season, Burger King won't be the only place where you can have it your way.


MSU business manager Collum arrested for embezzlement

Posted 11/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The business manager for the office of vice president and provost of Mississippi State University has been arrested for embezzlement.

City Council approves bus line

Posted 11/21/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An independent transportation company will be allowed to operate a bus line in Columbus.


Israel-Hamas cease-fire remains elusive

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Israel and the Hamas militant group edged closer to a cease-fire Tuesday to end a weeklong Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, but after a day of furious diplomatic efforts involving the U.S. secretary of state, U.N. chief and Egypt's president, a deal remained elusive and fighting raged on both sides of the border.



OCEDA director confident Link won't require tax hike

Posted 11/21/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Though his budget had already been approved through the consent agenda, Jack Wallace, president of the Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority, made a presentation to the Board of Aldermen Tuesday night, highlighting the organization's most important projects and expenditures.



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