According to legend, it happened because he didn't want to leave the gaming table. Maybe he was riding a hot streak.
Monday's regular meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees deteriorated into a three-hour spectacle of petty bickering, icy exchanges and dogged devotion to personal agendas.
Toward the end of the presidency of George H.W. Bush, America stood alone at the top of the world -- the sole superpower.
On Monday, Lewis Whitfield of the CREATE Foundation spoke to the Starkville Rotary Club about the challenges facing our region.
Last year Mississippi lawmakers insisted it was essential to start drug-testing welfare applicants.
I was sitting on the porch and staring at the cat in my lap when the phone rang.
The sequester - you do remember the controversial budget sequester - has Republican deficit hawks and military hawks squabbling.
The competent Loretta Lynch can no doubt handle the job of cleansing professional soccer of widespread corruption. But why is that the U.S. attorney general's job?
On a recent gray, rainy afternoon a friend and I were in a trailer on a gravel road in one of the small towns scattered across southern Lowndes County. The woman who owns the trailer is related to a musician I photographed years ago. She greeted us warmly and invited us in.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I try to love Nashville because of its country-music heritage. Whenever I visit that city, I listen to WSM on the drive up to get my mind right, and I wear a plaid shirt that snaps and old blue jeans. It's a matter of reverence. Nashville ought to be different, somehow.
I am not normal. This, I learned from a news story 35 years ago. The details have faded with the passage of time, but the gist of it remains clear. Some expert had crunched a bunch of numbers in search of the "average" human being, the planetary norm, and found that she was an 8-year-old Japanese girl, living in Tokyo. I don't fit that profile; I'm willing to bet you don't, either. So as a matter of statistical fact, I'm not "normal" and neither are you.
Barring a terror strike or an Ebola outbreak to distract us, the 2016 presidential election seems headed for a gender identity showdown. Within days of the release of Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover photo, Republican presidential candidates were being asked to comment, while conservative pundits were warning of a political apocalypse.
The game had ended and the players were leaving the field, all except for one 8-year-old.
The Starkville Board of Aldermen received a good report on the status of the new city hall at a recent board meeting.
Several years ago, I heard Republican strategist Karl Rove give a most eloquent answer to a question about his faith, rendered here from memory: Faith is a gift that, unfortunately, I have not received.
An estimated half-million boys play high school basketball, but few play it as well as Robert Woodard II.
The culture war against Christianity is picking up speed.
The folks at CBS have a hit series on their hands, if last week's debut of the new "reality" series "The Briefcase" is any indicator.
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