Every week, it seems, a new study comes out that ranks colleges and universities in one area or another. It seems as though a cottage industry has sprung up around higher education, churning out "best of" lists with such regularity that it's tempting to disregard them altogether.
In what has been called the "Catholic moment" in America, in the late 1940s and 1950s, Catholics were admonished from pulpits to "live the faith" and "set an example" for others.
Jack Henry, Jack for short, is my cat, and he's finally given up trying to force himself on top of my laptop computer.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) reform task force held an open hearing in downtown Jackson at the Woolfolk building recently. About a hundred people attended.
It was 75 years ago that the first Columbus Pilgrimage was held.
My friend Axel called from Germany the other day. When I told him I was going to be interviewing Mack Banks later in the week, he threw out a quote from one of Mack's X-rated songs and asked me if I still had the album he gave me years ago.
"It was pride that changed angels into devils," taught Saint Augustine.
Am I the only person in America not making fun of Howard Schultz?
The forces that do not want a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, nor any U.S. detente with Iran, are impressive.
In roughly 25 years as a sports journalist, I've covered all sorts of basketball games - from Final Fours to the NBA Playoffs to innumerable high school and college games from Florida to California. But I never covered a game quite like the one staged Thursday at the Columbus High gym.
Since the current Starkville Board of Aldermen first convened in July 2013, one of its primary themes has been making wise fiscal choices and while this board has been generally faithful to that mission, there have been instances where that commitment has resulted in little more than obstinance.
Most people would never consider the topic of garbage bags to be a particularly inspiring subject for discussion let alone one that generates untold controversy. That only means they never lived in Starkville.
The Board of Trustees of Mississippi's Institutions of Higher Learning is no stranger to controversy over its long history of governing the state's eight public universities.
President Obama got it two-thirds right when he said that the delayed confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is owing to Senate dysfunction and Republican stubbornness.
In April, Joy Carino, a junior at Mississippi School for Math and Science from Starkville, will travel to Washington, D.C., to represent Mississippi in the national Poetry Out Loud competition.
Money, by far, isn't the only woe for some public schools in Mississippi.
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