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Convicted murderer Joe Earl Smith's probation was revoked and three years were added to his life sentence during a probation violation hearing Friday in Lowndes County Circuit Court.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


Budget cut warnings may prove harsher than reality

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

Get ready for two weeks of intensifying warnings about how crucial, popular government services are about to wither. Many of the threats could come true.



Karzai says he'll ban airstrike requests

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

Angry over civilian deaths, President Hamid Karzai announced plans Saturday to ban Afghan security forces from requesting international airstrikes on residential areas.



Cruise passengers became comrades on trip home

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

When their cruise ship lost power, passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph could have been selfish and looked out only for themselves and their loved ones.



1st lawsuit filed in cruise mishap

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

The first lawsuit has been filed in the wake of the crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship that left thousands of passengers in miserable conditions for days.



Facebook gets unwelcome look at hackers' dark side

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

Facebook is getting an unwelcome look at the shady side of the hacking culture that CEO Mark Zuckerberg celebrates.



How life on run ended for California police killer

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

As soon as he heard officers were chasing the suspected cop killer in a stolen truck, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Roger Loftis was certain: His buddy Jeremiah MacKay would be there.


Passengers cheer escape from 'horrible' cruise

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

Passengers who finally escaped the disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph were checking into hotels early today for a hot shower, fresh-cooked food and sleep or boarding buses for a long haul home after five numbing days at sea on a powerless ship.

Meteor explodes over Russia, nearly 1,000 injured

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people.


Dorner's remains ID'd, cause of death unclear

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

Investigators determined fairly quickly that the burned human remains found after a shootout in Southern California mountains are those of Christopher Dorner, the ex-police officer suspected in a rampage that left four people dead. But the answer to a second question will likely prove more elusive -- how did he die?



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