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China hauls away activists in crackdown

Posted 11/6/2012 in National

During her 30-hour train journey to Beijing, Wang Xiulan ducked into bathrooms whenever the conductors checked IDs. Later, as she lay low in the outskirts of the capital, unidentified men caught her in a nighttime raid and hauled her to a police station. She assumed a fake identity to get away, and is now in hiding again.


Brother of Syrian parliament speaker assassinated

Posted 11/6/2012 in National

Gunmen killed the brother of Syria's parliament speaker as he drove to work in Damascus on Tuesday, the state-run news agency reported, as the international envoy for Syria warned the country could become another Somalia.



On final lap, Romney, Obama focus on key states

Posted 11/5/2012 in National

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney storm into the final day of their long presidential contest, mounting one last effort to protect their flanks while engaging in the toughest battleground of all -- Ohio.


Starkville awaits ruling on desperately needed municipal complex

Posted 11/5/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

City officials say there are many reasons the city of Starkville needs a new municipal complex.


Deadline for e-center applications approaches

Posted 11/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Applications are due next week for organizations interested in joining the Columbus Municipal School District's fight to bring high school dropouts back into the classroom.



City ready to work with county despite hard feelings

Posted 11/5/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After more than a month of hard feelings, the City of Columbus is getting over it. The "it" in question is some ill will between city and county officials, fostered by a derogatory remark made by a high-ranking county board member.



Miss. to vote on US offices, state judicial seats

Posted 11/5/2012 in State

Mississippi voters are preparing to choose one U.S. senator, four U.S. House members, four state Supreme Court justices and one judge for the state Court of Appeals.


Prison factories caught in private biz debate

Posted 11/5/2012 in Area

On the outside, Unicor, with its big oaks and magnolia trees, looks like it could be part of a landscaped industrial park. Step a little closer and it's clear the apparel shop lies in the middle of a medium-security federal prison in east Alabama.

Bridge damage won't lead to cost overruns

Posted 11/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Work has finally started on a long-planned, multi-million-dollar project for the Columbus Riverwalk.

Poindexter wows patrons

Posted 11/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

More than a century ago, Chattanooga, Tenn. architect Reuben Harrison Hunt designed the building that would become the crown jewel and pièce de résistance of Mississippi University for Women.

Thousands swarm Starkville for Bulldog Bash

Posted 11/3/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The weather warmed up a bit Friday, causing the vendors setting up tents in the Cotton District to sweat a little.


Fundraiser raises $9K for sick child

Posted 11/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Kroger parking lot was jam-packed Friday afternoon and the smell of hamburgers wafted through the air as hundreds of people waited in line to buy a Mugshots hamburger.



Student with gun causes lock-down at CHS

Posted 11/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus High School was on lock- down Thursday after a student brought a handgun onto the campus.



Change in CAFB contract could threaten jobs

Posted 11/3/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Nearly 500 Columbus employees were at risk for losing their jobs earlier this week after DynCorp lost its seven-year contract at Columbus Air Force Base.


Battered by storm, Staten Islanders feel forgotten

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

Gazing at her bungalow, swept from its foundation and tossed across the street, Janice Clarkin wondered if help would ever come to this battered island off the coast of Manhattan. "Do you see anybody here?" she asked, resignation etched on her face. "On the news, the mayor's congratulating the governor and the governor's congratulating the mayor. About what? People died."


Runners find no race in New York

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

Adam Frye got the news as he was headed toward the Javits Center on Friday to pick up his packet of material for the New York City Marathon. The race was canceled. Blame it on Sandy.


George Lucas' filmmaking rooted in rebellion

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

There's no mistaking the similarities. A childhood on a dusty farm, a love of fast vehicles, a rebel who battles an overpowering empire -- George Lucas is the hero he created, Luke Skywalker.


Fight intensifies over northwest coal exports to Asia

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

The progressive college town of Bellingham, Wash., is known for its stunning scenery, access to the outdoors and eclectic mix of aging hippies, students and other residents. But lately it's turned into a battleground in the debate over whether the Pacific Northwest should become the hub for exporting U.S. coal to Asia.


South Korean zoo elephant imitates human speech

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

An elephant in a South Korean zoo is using his trunk to pick up not only food, but also human vocabulary.


IRS not enforcing rules on churches and politics

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

For the past three years, the Internal Revenue Service hasn't been investigating complaints of partisan political activity by churches, leaving religious groups who make direct or thinly veiled endorsements of political candidates unchallenged.



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