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Rheta Johnson: Fine art on layaway

Posted 5/25/2013 in National

There was this glorious routine. My Mississippi Coast visits in the 1980s were frequent, full and never varied. Every nice weekend, three or four of us newspaper buddies would pool our resources, fill up the Mustang with cheap gas and drive down from Jackson to catch the first ferry to Ship Island. That was the main event.



Defense releases photos, texts of Trayvon Martin

Posted 5/25/2013 in National


Obama: Sexual assault threatens trust in military

Posted 5/25/2013 in National

With a growing sexual assault epidemic staining the military, President Barack Obama urged U.S. Naval Academy graduates Friday to remember their honor depends on what they do when nobody is looking and said the crime has "no place in the greatest military on earth."


French soldier stabbed in throat

Posted 5/25/2013 in National



Netflix looks to hook subscribers with 'Arrested Development'

Posted 5/25/2013 in National



Gaskin challenges Starkville Ward 4 alderman race

Posted 5/24/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Ward 4 candidate John Gaskin's attorney, Matthew Wilson, confirmed he has formally challenged the May 7 Democratic primary and is seeking a new election during the June 4 general election.


Veteran says Vietnam taught invaluable lessons

Posted 5/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Turner Jackson was 21 when he left Columbus, headed for the jungles of Vietnam. As a young black man, the first lesson he had to learn was trust.

Council mulls variance to fire sprinkler requirement

Posted 5/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Renovation of a downtown mixed-use building could soon slow down while the city council decides whether to allow a variance bypassing installation of a sprinkler system.

CMSD teacher resigns amid test-taking accusation

Posted 5/24/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A city school teacher indicted for fraud in connection with a test-taking scheme has resigned from her position with the Columbus Municipal School District.


Obama balances threats against Americans' rights

Posted 5/24/2013 in National


SPD arrests Maben man in connection with robbery

Posted 5/24/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A joint city-county effort led to the Wednesday arrest of a Maben man in connection with a recent gas station armed robbery.

Sweet poison useless on quickly-evolving cockroaches

Posted 5/24/2013 in National

For decades, people have been getting rid of cockroaches by setting out bait mixed with poison. But in the late 1980s, in an apartment test kitchen in Florida, something went very wrong.


'I'm not racist': Common claim after racial slurs

Posted 5/24/2013 in National

It's almost a cliche. First, someone talking about blacks makes reference to fried chicken, watermelon, monkeys or dogs -- or even uses the indefensible N-word. Then, along with the inevitable apology, comes the kicker: I'm not racist.



Report: Nation's kids need more P.E.

Posted 5/24/2013 in National



Hurricane outlook: Another busy Atlantic season

Posted 5/24/2013 in National



Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys

Posted 5/24/2013 in National



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