A riot can be many things.
Last week, as the city council and mayor were engaged in a discussion of the city's grim financial outlook, councilman Bill Gavin pushed back when the city's chief operations officer, David Armstrong, suggested that a tax increase was inevitable. Gavin's position was the city should explore all possible options of reducing expenses before taking that step.
As midday neared on a cool July day in Mississippi (strange as that sounds), a 91-year-old hopped (strange as that sounds) up the stage steps, approached and embraced the lectern at the Neshoba County Fair.
Monday afternoon, Philip Hickman, the new superintendent of schools in Columbus, met with The Dispatch editorial board. We left that meeting with a guarded sense of optimism.
It has been a week since Columbus Mayor Robert Smith broke a 3-3 tie to award himself a $10,000 pay raise during a special budget meeting that painted a grim picture of the city's financial picture.
When the news rippled out on Monday that Robin Williams had committed suicide, even I thought -- for a moment -- "but he had everything." As if suicide is a "choice."
On Aug. 5, we published a story on the renovations currently being made at the Kroger store on Highway 45. I didn't write that story, nor was it the story I had hoped to write.
New York's mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves "progressive," is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn't exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist.
Coming in from feeding the bunnies, I found Sam doing his morning pushups. He held the pose as he watched me lie on the floor and look up at him. "I have some news. There are skunks under the house."
In examining the historic architecture of Columbus, the earliest houses other than log houses are the vernacular raised-cottage and the late Federal style.
Mr. Mayor, do you have any idea what effect your actions Wednesday have had on the people of Columbus? You are the face of Columbus. Friday your face appeared in the state's largest newspaper under a headline proclaiming you had given yourself a $10,000 raise after a discussion of the city's budget deficit.
At first blush, the situation might appear counterintuitive: The Lowndes County School District will soon be awash in revenue, yet on Aug. 26 the district will ask voters to go to the polls to support a proposal to issue $47 million in bonds to be used to build, renovate or replace facilities on all three of the district's campuses.
WASHINGTON -- If the CIA spends half as much energy finding terrorists as it has spent fighting Congress, we should feel very safe. The spooks, taking a break from the mundane work of protecting the nation, have lately been turning their spycraft against the lawmakers who are supposed to be overseeing them. The not-so-secret mission: To block the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on tortu--, uh, enhanced interrogation methods.
GREENVILLE -- The skinny teenager holds his telephone in one hand and uses the other to hitch up low-riding jeans. "I want to tell you right," he insists. I had asked directions. We are only blocks from my intended location, he knows the place, but an opportunity to strut out a phone's high-tech features should not be wasted.
That is how one unnamed official described the military option in Iraq, last Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Of course, the war in Iraq is supposed to be over. It was called "Operation Iraqi Freedom" until its name was changed in 2010 to "Operation New Dawn." It ended in December of 2011, in its eighth year, with the American death toll standing just shy of 5,000.
Sometimes, it must appear that the media demonstrates a particular zeal in delivering what is rightfully considered "bad news."
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