When new technology emerges, it often takes a while -- sometimes years -- to understand its implications.
When Thomas E. McNamara arrived in Colombia as U.S. ambassador in 1988, he encountered a hit list issued by narco-terrorist Pablo Escobar. "I was No. 1," he recalls. "Ambassadors tend to get that kind of attention."
It began with a trickle of spectators braving the frosty early morning Tuesday to watch as the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based River Salvage Co. arrived at the John C. Stennis Lock & Dam to start work on removing two barges that had lodged against the dam, one half-submerged, the other resting tranquilly atop it.
As a select few accumulate massive fortunes, two schools of thought vie on how to funnel some of that money toward the public good.
Almost from the moment he arrived at Mississippi University for Women as its 14th president in 2012, Dr. Jim Borsig has said the return of college athletics would be a goal for the university.
The busy holidays had settled down and we were struggling to reclaim our regular schedules.
Maybe when a new chief is appointed and with some new guidelines implemented to procedure and such, we can finally let our city police department get back to their job, keeping us safe.
Thanks to social media and its capacity to fuel instant outrage, the wider world has met Jackson City Council member Kenneth I. Stokes, proudly representing Ward 3. He flickered, flamed, then fizzled in cyberspace last week.
Last week the Mississippi legislature convened for its annual session. My friend -- Representative Jeff Smith -- was there for the opening gavel.
Mrs. Leonard Ross sent us a letter last week. Enclosed was a check for six months of The Dispatch and a year's subscription to Catfish Alley. In a note with her check, Mrs. Ross wrote, "Have been subscribing to your paper since water!!! Keep it going to print!" She also wrote, "Tell Birney to keep 'Partial to Home' articles going. Printed news very important for us 'oldies,' who are not 'computer involved.'"
Fair play can sometimes be a raunchy racket.
In a matter of a few short weeks, Ted Cruz will become a household name. Which may -- or may not -- turn out to be good news for him.
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