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World leaders, South Africans honor Mandela

Posted 12/10/2013 in National

World leaders and joyous, singing South Africans honored Nelson Mandela today at a rainy Soweto soccer stadium where U.S. President Barack Obama praised him as a "giant of history" and the last great liberator of the 20th century.

Sarah Palin to host outdoors show

Posted 12/10/2013 in National

The Sportsman Channel said Monday it has hired Sarah Palin to be host of a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the "red, wild and blue" lifestyle.

Tech firms vie to protect personal data, profits

Posted 12/10/2013 in National

Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.

Christmas with Lizzie: 10th Ave. home a holiday tradition

Posted 12/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It started small in the late 1990s. Lizzie Clemons put a few things out in her yard to celebrate the holidays. A Santa Claus. A wreath. Some lights. She lives at 820 10th Ave. S. People in the neighborhood liked her Christmas display. Some brought children by. This made Clemons happy. So she added more and more. And more.

Leaders want to continue aggressive stance on eyesores

Posted 12/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus councilmen and department heads are on the same page when it comes to addressing dilapidated structures: Everyone wants them gone. Not everyone agrees, however, on how many of the eyesores they expect to see demolished over the next three and a half years.

Millage increase discussion resurfaces

Posted 12/10/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When asked last week during a working retreat to list ways to bring more money into city coffers, a group of Columbus department heads had several suggestions. Get the Columbus crime lab accredited and utilize it more effectively. Be more creative in raising fees from events at the Trotter Convention Center. Sell more city-owned real estate.


Mississippi prepares for bicentennial

Posted 12/10/2013 in State

The Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration Commission will unveil its plans for the state's 200th anniversary on Tuesday.


Ga. man suffering from Alzheimer's fatally shot

Posted 12/9/2013 in National

The last walk that Ronald Westbrook took began as early as 1 a.m. when he slipped unnoticed from his North Georgia home with his two dogs. It ended three hours later when Westbrook, a 72-year-old who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, knocked in the dark on a stranger's door last month.

EMCC wins Mississippi Bowl

Posted 12/9/2013 in Area

In a season full of dominating performances, the East Mississippi Community College football team delivered another one in its final game. No. 2 EMCC rallied from two deficits to post a 52-32 victory against No. 1 Georgia Military College in the sixth Mississippi Bowl on Sunday afternoon at Indian Stadium on the Biloxi High School campus.

Council could demand quarterly reports from school board

Posted 12/9/2013 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Other than appointing officials to the school board, Columbus councilmen are limited when it comes to what they can legally do to facilitate improvement in the school district.


Christmas tree growers hoping for good 2013

Posted 12/9/2013 in State

First Lady Deborah Bryant has chosen a 12-foot Leyland cypress donated by the Lazy Acres farm in Chunky for this year's Christmas tree at the Governor's Mansion. It is the tallest tree ever selected for the Mansion, and growers are hopeful that is a good omen that sales will be solid in 2013.



Authorities target sellers of counterfeit goods

Posted 12/9/2013 in State

Mississippi authorities are making it a priority to target criminals who are roving Mississippi selling counterfeit goods like fake Louis Vuitton purses, Coach handbags and Nike caps.



Crews work to restore power in Miss. after storm

Posted 12/9/2013 in State

Crews were working Sunday to restore power to thousands of customers in north Mississippi after an ice storm.



Allain remembered as being undaunted by power

Posted 12/9/2013 in State

Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain was known for his quick wit, sharp analytical mind and willingness to challenge entrenched interests.



Sen. Roger Wicker to speak at Mississippi State graduation

Posted 12/9/2013 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., will speak to fall semester graduates at Mississippi State University on Saturday in Starkville.


Food-tech startups aim to replace eggs and chicken

Posted 12/9/2013 in National

The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.


Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers

Posted 12/9/2013 in National

In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer.



Obama to pay tribute to Mandela in South Africa

Posted 12/9/2013 in National

President Barack Obama will pay tribute this week to Nelson Mandela, making the long trip from Washington to South Africa Monday to attend a national memorial service for the anti-apartheid icon.



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