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Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years

Posted 10/9/2012 in National

Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison -- effectively a life sentence -- in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.


EPA to Jackson: Stop dumping sewage in Pearl River

Posted 10/8/2012 in State

The city of Jackson released more than 2.8 billion gallons of minimally treated sewage -- enough to fill four NFL stadiums -- into the Pearl River system over the last four years, the Environmental Protection Agency says.


Nobel prize to Briton, Japanese for stem cell work

Posted 10/8/2012 in National

A British researcher and a Japanese scientist won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday for discovering that ordinary cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells, which then can turn into any kind of tissue -- a discovery that may led to new treatments.

Living room built around NYC Columbus statue a hit

Posted 10/8/2012 in National

Anyone hoping to commune with Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day will be disappointed: He's booked solid. Monday's tickets to the conceptual art installation that surrounds a 13-foot statue of the explorer with a well-appointed living room have all been snapped up.

'Fearless Felix' aims to break sound barrier in free fall

Posted 10/8/2012 in National

Experienced skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to take the leap of his life on Tuesday, attempting the highest, fastest free fall in history.

Acron's connection to downtown approaching 60 years

Posted 10/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Acron, who will turn 78 next week, has worked in downtown Columbus for nearly 60 years. He got his first job at the Straight 8 Cafe on Main Street as a dishwasher in 1954. After eight years there, he landed a job with Ernie Sisson's Shoe Store on Fifth Street, a position he acquired thanks to a bit of chicanery.

For Zetas, every month is breast cancer awareness month

Posted 10/8/2012 in Area

For the 200 members of Mississippi State University's Gamma Zeta chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha, breast cancer awareness is both national philanthropy and personal mission. And though October is traditionally set aside for awareness campaigns, for these young women, it is a year-round passion.

Heritage seniors rally around Humane Society

Posted 10/8/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Slowly, but surely, the new Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society is beginning to take shape. The 8,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor kennel is slated for completion by the end of the month, with one side of dog pens completely fenced and gated and the second side still lacking fencing and windows.

MSU team's research focuses on 'augmented' reality

Posted 10/6/2012 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

If you want to know about his research, Edward Swan, a computer scientist and professor at Mississippi State, first points to a piece of equipment. It is called a haploscope. It is an optical device which through a series of angled lenses and mirrors, projects a separate image to each eye.

Sisson named news editor

Posted 10/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Carmen Sisson has been promoted to news editor, Dispatch Managing Editor Slim Smith has announced.

Seventh Ave. Festival thriving at 30-year mark

Posted 10/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Kamal Karriem was wearing the official shirt for the Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival on Saturday, the last day of the biggest free festival in Mississippi. It read, "Commemorating 30 Years...not just an event, but a tradition."


Will Abstinence Plus curb tidal wave of teen pregnancies?

Posted 10/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As the Columbus Municipal School District and Lowndes County School District move forward with teaching state-required sex education in the classrooms, educators, students and their parents have very different opinions on the effectiveness of the fledgling program.



Court approves EMCC's purchase of Country Club

Posted 10/6/2012 in Columbus & Lowndes County

After months of turmoil, the Columbus Country Club was quietly sold Friday morning at the United States Bankruptcy Court in Aberdeen, fetching $1.6 million.



Entergy power plant purchases stalled by inquiry

Posted 10/6/2012 in State

Someday, Entergy Corp. may own power plants in Jackson, Miss., and Malvern, Ark. But no one's sure when, or even if, the New Orleans-based utility will complete its $469 million purchase of two natural gas-fired plants from KGen Power Corp.



FBI: Strong signs border death was friendly fire

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Friendly fire likely was to blame in a shooting near the Arizona-Mexico line that killed one federal agent and wounded another, the FBI said, noting the investigation was still ongoing in the case that reignited the political debate over border security.



Phoning home again: 'E.T.' 30 years later

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

How old is too old to sob like a little girl at "E.T. -- the Extra-Terrestrial"? Not 40, apparently.



Waiting, worrying amid meningitis outbreak

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Patsy Bivins tossed and turned all night after finding out the steroid shot she received to ease her chronic back pain could instead threaten her life.



War on 21st-century Jim Crow

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Kemba Smith Pradia went to Tallahassee, Fla., last week to demand the right to vote.



KO'd in Denver

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Contrary to conventional wisdom that debates are rarely, if ever, game-changers, the first presidential debate was a demolition derby.



Calif. gas prices hit all-time high

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

It's a record, though just barely. The price of gasoline hit an all-time average high in California of $4.6140 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced supply and a volatile market.



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