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UK police unable to identify man who fell from sky

Posted 12/11/2012 in National

Police believe he was from Africa, probably from Angola, but they don't know his identity. The mystery began in September when residents of a suburban street in the Mortlake neighborhood of West London woke up on a quiet Sunday morning to find the crumpled body of a black man on the sidewalk of Portman Avenue, near a convenience store, an upscale lingerie shop and a storefront offering Chinese medical cures.



Obama, Boehner discuss 'fiscal cliff' stalemate

Posted 12/11/2012 in National

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House to discuss the "fiscal cliff," while rank-and-file Republicans stepped forward with what they called pragmatic ideas to break the stalemate.



Scruggs home on prison release, appeal pending

Posted 12/11/2012 in State

Richard F. "Dickie" Scruggs, a noted plaintiff's attorney before being snared in a corruption investigation, has been released from prison pending an appeal.



New tests could hamper food outbreak detection

Posted 12/11/2012 in National

It's about to get faster and easier to diagnose food poisoning, but that progress for individual patients comes with a downside: It could hurt the nation's ability to spot and solve dangerous outbreaks.


Global study of student scores a mixed bag for US

Posted 12/11/2012 in National

Students in the U.S. perform better than the global average, but still lag behind many of their peers in Asia and Europe, an international study found.


Waste Management receives grant

Posted 12/10/2012 in Area

Golden Triangle Waste Management Authority received a grant this week that will be used to fund a household hazardous waste collection project.



AP Analysis: Court considers death penalty and intent

Posted 12/10/2012 in State

Death row inmate Bobby Batiste has left the Mississippi Supreme Court in a quandary over intent.


Smith announces run for third term as Columbus mayor

Posted 12/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 2013 Columbus municipal election season has begun, with mayor Robert Smith announcing his plans to seek a third term in office. Smith, a Democrat, made his announcement during a press conference at City Hall Monday morning.


Caledonia considers full-time park director

Posted 12/10/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It started out as a relaxing hobby, a way to unwind from the day's pressures while serving the community. But 15 years later, Caledonia Town Alderman Mike Savage is hoping someone else will take over the management and upkeep of Ola J. Pickett Park.



Black women battle obesity with dialogue, action

Posted 12/10/2012 in National

African-American women have the highest obesity rate of any group of Americans. Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Starkville forms community development department

Posted 12/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Despite reservations by some Starkville aldermen, the board approved a motion to restructure the building, codes and planning department, combining it with the engineering department and hiring a director to oversee operations.

Farm to Table dinner emphasizes growing 'locavore' movement

Posted 12/10/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

During the peak hours of the Farm to Table dinner Saturday night, it was hard to move, but no one seemed to care.

Coffee from an elephant's gut fills a $50 cup

Posted 12/10/2012 in National

In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world's most expensive coffee.


Five dead in Calif. Indian reservation shootings

Posted 12/10/2012 in National

PORTERVILLE, Calif. -- The church bell that rings out to announce the deaths of tribal members on the Tule River Indian Reservation tolled repeatedly after a man went on a shooting rampage that left a daughter, his mother and her two brothers dead. The suspect also died in a shootout with police.



Homeless rate steady in latest government estimate

Posted 12/10/2012 in National

A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggish economy.


Controversial method could lead to oil drilling in Caledonia

Posted 12/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Town of Caledonia has long enjoyed the financial benefits of sitting atop a natural gas field, and now, the hunt is on for black gold -- oil, that is.


Blue Christmas: For many, the holidays trigger depression

Posted 12/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Judy was a successful business owner, mother and wife at the beginning of 1994. Her life was as close to perfect as it could get. But then, without warning, she was struck with a debilitating disease just as she was at the top of her game, both personally and professionally.


Museum's new roof designed to help community 'think green'

Posted 12/8/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The finishing touches are being put on a new pavilion at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum.


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