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Multimillion-dollar diamond heist in Brussels

Posted 2/19/2013 in National

Eight masked gunmen made a hole in a security fence at Brussels' international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched some $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said today.



Texas police fatally shoot fugitive Fla. prisoner

Posted 2/18/2013 in National

The Florida prisoner who escaped in Texas after stabbing a detective with his eyeglasses was fatally shot early Saturday after refusing to cooperate with officers and lunging at them, police said.


Study: Better television might improve kids' behavior

Posted 2/18/2013 in National

Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found.


Man charged with slapping toddler now out of a job

Posted 2/18/2013 in National

A man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight is out of a job, his former employer said Sunday.



Obama offering immigration plan as backup for Senators

Posted 2/18/2013 in National

The White House is downplaying its draft proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don't come up with an immigration overhaul of their own. It won't be necessary, Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are telling the Obama administration.


Local business publishing land reference tool

Posted 2/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A comprehensive land information book of Oktibbeha County land parcels will soon be available for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Supes to continue school consolidation talks today

Posted 2/18/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

School consolidation discussions will continue today at the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors' recess meeting at the county courthouse. A new round of talks, placed on the agenda by District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer, is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. but could be pushed up or back due to the nature of how quickly the board attends to other business. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.


Qualifying deadline for municipal elections nears

Posted 2/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The deadline for candidates to qualify for the 2013 Columbus Municipal Elections is rapidly approaching. Prospective candidates have two weeks to submit a letter of intent to qualify. The deadline is 5 p.m. on March 8.


Coleman gives wife-beater a slap on the wrist

Posted 2/18/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Aug. 15, 2011, John Alan Redden got into an argument with his wife that quickly escalated into a savage beating. Redden beat his wife, Ginger Redden, with a belt, jabbed her with a golf club, then kicked her as she collapsed on the floor. Then he climbed on top of her and began choking her with his bare hands. When Ginger Redden broke free from his choke hold, he told her he would kill her if she left him.

City Council to make appointment to CMSD Board

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Columbus City Council will make its yearly appointment to the Columbus Municipal School District's Board of Trustees Tuesday. The five-year appointment will be for the seat currently held by board president Tommy Prude, whose term expires March 2.

Group's efforts to revive stadium evoke cherished memories

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's easy to overlook the squatting behemoth that serves as a gateway to downtown. Faded and worn, the stadium sits silent, encircled by concrete but endowed with a proud legacy -- somewhere in there. Once the home of victories and triumphs, there is little glory to be found in the Magnolia Bowl of today. No one clamors at the gates, and the storied walls whisper only of the ravages of time. But that could change if a local organization, Link'd Young Professionals, succeeds in an ambitious, five-phase restoration plan.

Bill allowing armed school employees heads to Senate

Posted 2/16/2013 in State

Mississippi Representatives passed a school gun bill Wednesday allowing local school boards to authorize district employees - administrative or instructional - to carry concealed firearms on campuses.

Smith joins Dispatch staff

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Carl Smith has joined the Commercial Dispatch staff, managing editor Slim Smith (no relation) announced Friday.

Borsig inaugurated as 14th MUW president

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For a college president who has embraced change since his arrival, Friday was a bit of a role reversal for Mississippi University for Women President Dr. Jim Borsig, who bowed to pomp and tradition this week for his inauguration as the 14th leader of the "long blue line."

Probation revoked, years added to murderer's life sentence

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Convicted murderer Joe Earl Smith's probation was revoked and three years were added to his life sentence during a probation violation hearing Friday in Lowndes County Circuit Court.

One dead, three injured in Valentine's Day shootings

Posted 2/16/2013 in Area

Two unrelated Lowndes County shootings, both by juveniles, left one man dead and three injured within less than 24 hours Thursday.


Dispatch wins 13 advertising awards

Posted 2/16/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Commercial Dispatch advertising department picked up 13 awards at the Mississippi Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest banquet, held Feb. 2 in Jackson.



Vatican raises possibility of early March conclave

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

The Vatican raised the possibility Saturday that the conclave to elect the next pope might start sooner than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules that require a 15 to 20 day waiting period after the papacy becomes vacant.



Could the next pope come from the United States?

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

Conventional wisdom holds that no one from the United States could be elected pope, that the superpower has more than enough worldly influence without an American in the seat of St. Peter.


Gun ban would protect more than 2,200 firearms

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.


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