Stories for August 2012


Friday, August 31

FEMA Update: Life-Saving and Life-Sustaining Efforts Ongoing

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate was on the ground in Louisiana and met with U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser today to discuss FEMA's efforts to support response and recovery in Louisiana following Hurricane Isaac.

Romney Fails to Mention War or Soldiers, and Eastwood Gets It Wrong

With America embroiled in its longest armed conflict, Mitt Romney became the first Republican since 1952 to accept his party's nomination without mentioning war.

Ex-Marine Kills 2, Self at NJ Supermarket

Authorities say the gunman in the New Jersey supermarket shooting fired at at least six employees, including one outside the store, before killing himself.

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Crews Release Pressure on Dam

Emergency crews continue to relieve pressure on the dam--an earthen levee--at Percy Quin State Park and prepare for a controlled release of the pressure Tropical Storm Isaac put on it.

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"Wilderness" Book Signing at Lemuria

Lance Weller signs and reads from "Wilderness" Sept. 5 at Lemuria Books beginning at 5 p.m.

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Betsy Bradley

When Betsy Bradley was in high school, she took a course about authors who hailed from her hometown of Greenville.

Eastwood Mocked for Convention Performance

Clint Eastwood earned plenty of bad reviews for his latest performance: a bizarre, rambling endorsement of Mitt Romney.

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Factchecking Romney's Acceptance Speech

Mitt Romney left voters to take it on faith that he could deliver.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that people will be talking about today.

Isaac Clean-Up Begins on Miss. Gulf Coast

Life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is slowly returning to normal as residents return home.

Thursday, August 30

NYPD: Hip-hop Mogul Lighty Dead from Apparent Suicide

NEW YORK (AP) — A hip-hop mogul who managed Sean "Diddy" Combs, 50 Cent and Mariah Carey was found dead in his New York City apartment Thursday in an apparent suicide, police said.

U.S. Retailers Report Best Sales Growth Since March

This summer, Americans were walking contradictions: They opened their wallets despite escalating fears about the slow economic recovery and surging gas prices.

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AP: Romney Short on Details, Says Voters Should Trust Him

Republicans wrapped up their "trust me" convention Thursday, sending presidential nominee Mitt Romney into the final weeks of a campaign that is long on promises and strikingly short on details.

Federal Court Rejects Texas Voter ID Law, Calls 'Unforgiving' to Poor, Minorities

A three-judge panel in Washington unanimously ruled that the law imposes "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor" and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty.

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Jackson Copes with Isaac

As steady rains continue to fall, Hurricane Isaac ambled through central Mississippi, where city of Jackson and utility crews are busy cleaning up after the storm.

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Percy Quin Controlled Release Under Way

Update: A controlled release of water has begun at a southwest Mississippi state park, reducing the threat of danger.

Key Points in GOP Platform Adopted in Tampa

Some key elements of the Republican platform, which is to be approved Tuesday at the party's national convention in Tampa, Fla.

Defiant GOP Wants Broader Gun Rights, Unlimited Clips

Republicans have strengthened the pro-gun-rights portion of their party platform, including a new call for unlimited bullet capacities in guns.

Updated: Man Gets 99 years for Sex Assault of Texas Girl

The prosecution and defense are set to make closing arguments in the first trial stemming from the alleged sexual assault of a young Texas girl by 20 men and boys over three months of 2010.

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Venkata Dodla

Venkata Dodla is the driving force behind a new hurricane-tracking model that is at least as accurate as that of the National Weather Center, which uses real-time data.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that people will be talking about today:

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AP Finds Falsehoods in Ryan, GOP Speeches

A closer look at some of the words spoken at the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla.:

Isaac Debris Closes 146 Miles of Natchez Trace

The Natchez Trace Parkway is closed between milepost 146 near Kosciusko to Natchez at milepost 0.

Isaac Knocks Out Power to Half of Louisiana

Nearly half of Louisiana is without power as Tropical Storm Isaac moves inland.

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Isaac Bringing Heavy Rain

Jackson may see 12 to 18 inches of rain.

Wednesday, August 29

JMAA: Flights Cancelled Out of Jackson


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FEMA: Flash Flooding High Risk as Isaac Moves Inland

"As the storm continues to move inland, there are a number of areas both along the coast and inland that can be affected by strong winds, storm surge and inland flooding and tornadoes.

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In Search of an Honest Portrayal

The subSIPPI team leans into a computer screen, entranced by film footage of Jackson's Urban Gardening initiative.

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The Latin Beat Goes On

Julio Del Castillo is a warm, outgoing and energetic man who splits his time between family, work and service, and is enormously proud of his Latino heritage.

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Road Trippin'

I admit that I had a complete lack of interest in seeing "Hit and Run," a low-budget movie written, co-directed, co-edited, co-produced and starring Dax Shepard.

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Isaac Soaks Coast, Meanders North

Hurricane Isaac spreads flooding, harsh winds across coast, will bring sustained winds and rain to capital city.

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Wired and Soulful

Two intricate Mike Schofner murals of Jackson and Midtown adorn the outside of Soul Wired Café. Inside are more Schofner paintings for sale.

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The Process: New Directions with 5th

On Sept. 25, Jackson rapper, producer and audio engineer 5th Child (aka Stephen Brown) will release his newest album, "Love Letters and Suicide Notes."

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[The Slate] The Best In Sports In 7 Days

The youth movement is in full effect in the NFL. With Russell Wilson starting for the Seattle Seahawks, 10 of 32 teams are starting a rookie or second-year quarterback.

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The Saints: A Preview

This promises to be an interesting season for the New Orleans Saints.

Doughnuts Anyone?

It has been a tough off-season for college football. The never-ending Penn State scandal continues to make headlines, and North Carolina's academic scandal gets bigger.

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Farm Fresh

The piece of furniture that restaurant Table 100 is named after is topped with three long planks of glossy bodock wood, a light chestnut brown compared to the deep coffee tones of the other tables around it.

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Winning Dish

Last Thursday, four chefs gathered to pit their culinary skills against one another in the annual fundraiser Clash in the Kitchen, benefitting the Mississippi Burn Foundation.

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Food Deserts: Oases of Pollution?

News reports of late have attempted to debunk the existence of "food deserts"—areas of the country where there is no easy availability of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Water: Refreshingly Healthy

Agua. Wasser. Eau. Voda. Maji. Regardless of what you call it, water serves the same function. Water is a necessary element; regardless of race, gender or age, we all need it.

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‘If You Give Your Best, You Win’

When he was 9 years old, Andy Till ran a mile in six minutes and ten seconds. His physical-education teacher called his mom and said, "You know; there's something he's pretty good at."

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The Pinterest Problem

Ahh, Pinterest. It seems tailor-made for wedding planning. It couldn't be easier to curate nuptial images and ideas, either by searching within the site or pinning from an outside websites.

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Team Spirits

Although the temperature outside still feels like summer, this southern girl's mind is on two things: breaking out my fall wardrobe items and football season.

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Charles Tillman: Speak Softly

Ward 5 Jackson City Councilman Charles Tillman's soft-spoken approach doesn't immediately give the impression of former middle-school principal.

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Chef Buys Into Downtown's Promise

For the sixth year in a row, Mississippi has earned the title of the most obese state in the nation, according to The Trust for America's Health's annual study.

Fix What's Broken, Mississippi

Voter ID may be a non-issue for Mississippi in the upcoming presidential elections in November, but the fight is far from over for the Magnolia State.

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Right on the Edge

Welcome to the final round of the Open Air Cultural Theater Open Mic Poetry Showcase for the Unemployed.

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Making Others 'Comfortable'

Of dreadlocks and MBAs; of fashion trends and government intervention; of earrings and the news. Don't worry; I'm about to make my point.

Mayor Johnson Declares State of Emergency

Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. declared a state of emergency for the City of Jackson today as Tropical Storm Isaac continues to move into the Jackson area. The storm will continue into Thursday and is expected to dump 6-8 inches of rain. Some tornados could occur as a result of this storm through the night.

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A Pistol, and a Plea

There's something I need to tell you that I've not had the strength to share. There's something I've alluded to over the years that I've not had the will to move beyond.

Isaac's Damage Could Be Pricey for Pass Christian

A contractor had been dredging sand for Pass Christian to expand its municipal boat harbor. This morning, the big piles of sand piled up by that $5 million operation were melting away.

Hinds CC Cancels Some Classes, Closes Thursday

Hinds Community College announces schedule changes because of concerns about wind and rain from Hurricane Isaac.

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Voter ID Laws

Voter IDs laws have become a political flashpoint in what's gearing up to be another close election year.

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Where Voter ID Stands in Mississippi

After years of unsuccessfully trying to get the Mississippi Legislature to pass a voter ID law, last November, state conservatives put the issue of voter ID to the state's voters.

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The New Immigration Fight

Maria Mazy, 19, could be the poster child for either side of the national discussion on immigration.

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Witch Hunt on Watkins?

A local television news channel's recent stories about David Watkins' legal issues regarding the Metrocenter project sound like a witch hunt, Retro Metro partner Socrates Garrett said.

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Chanelle Renee

Model Chanelle Renee is more than just a pretty face. Renee is also a graphic designer, creative director and design editor.

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Flipping the 'Race Card'

I almost spewed coffee all over my screen. I had just opened a "Haley Barbour" news alert and read that our esteemed former governor had accused Democrats of playing the "race card."

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Growing a Legacy

JSU alum Tony Davenport will showcase his art at the Sidewalk Soiree Aug. 31.

Tracking Isaac: The Latest on the Hurricane's Path

Isaac began its long, slow trek inland on Wednesday.

Mississippi Coast Reports Flooding from Isaac

The sun rose over the Mississippi Gulf Coast on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina to flooded and deserted streets.

Republican Convention is in Full-Throated Roar

Nominee Mitt Romney and his team are reaching out in all directions Wednesday to connect with key voting groups.

Isaac Could Stay Strong Through Day

The director of the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Isaac could keep its strength through the day.

Graduation Rates, Test Scores Up

Mississippi's graduation rate rate rose to 73.7 percent in 2011, according to the state Department of Education.

Tuesday, August 28

Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall in Southeast Louisiana

The Gulf Coast braced for the landfall of Hurricane Isaac late Tuesday, hunkering down behind boarded-up windows with stockpiles of food and water as wind-driven rain lashed bayous and beaches.

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Utilities Prep for Isaac Blackouts

Electric utilities around the state say they're ready for power outages related to Hurricane Isaac, upgraded about 11:30 a.m. to a full-scale hurricane.

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Hotel Business and Price Gouging Increase as Isaac Approaches

Attorney General Jim Hood warned Mississippians about the potential for price gouging as Isaac draws near.

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Robert R. Latham Jr.

Robert R. Latham Jr. is the man in the middle of the storm.

FEMA: Obama Signs Mississippi Emergency Order

Federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Mississippi to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Isaac starting two days ago.

Rep. Ryan Tried to Scrap Obama-Backed Disaster Aid System

Rep. Paul Ryan's House budget would have cut $10 billion in disaster help; party elders told him no way, at least for now.

Isaac Becomes Cat 1 Hurricane, Could Flood 4 States

Isaac became a hurricane Tuesday that could flood the coasts of four states with storm surge and heavy rains on its way to New Orleans, where residents hunkered down behind levees fortified after Katrina struck seven years ago this week.

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Obama Campaign Focusing on Strong Base: College Students

Obama's campaign said it registered 10,000 voters on college campuses in Ohio last week and signed up 300 new volunteers at colleges in Iowa.

Isaac Almost a Hurricane, Threatens Gulf with Flooding

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami predicted Isaac would power up to hurricane strength, which is measured by winds of 74 mph, later in the day.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that people will be talking about today:

Drought-stricken States Welcome Isaac's Rain

Rain welcome to some, but it's unlikely to break the drought.

Miss. Opens Shelters on Coast

Officials in Mississippi's most populated coastal county have started transporting people with special needs to shelters.

Monday, August 27

Ron Paul Delegates Making Trouble in Tampa

Rep. Ron Paul's delegates are trying to mount a floor fight over new GOP rules designed to limit the ability of insurgent presidential candidates to amass delegates to future Republican conventions.

Jackson on CodeRED, Continues to Prep for Isaac

The City of Jackson continued to make preparations today ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac.

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Romney Claims Abortion Ban Exceptions, Party Disagrees

Mitt Romney would allow abortion in some cases, although his party will not.

MEMA Releases Shelter Update

Public shelters will begin opening as Tropical Storm Isaac continues its move toward the Gulf Coast.

Isaac Threat to Gulf, Not Just New Orleans

With its massive size and ponderous movement, a strengthening Isaac could become a punishing rain machine depending on its power, speed and where it comes ashore along the Gulf Coast.

Isaac Gaining Strength in Gulf, Surge Major Threat

Tropical Storm Isaac is gaining strength as it gets closer to predicted landfall along the northern Gulf Coast.

Beware of Price Gouging, Repair Fraud

Hoods Warns Against Gouging, Repair Fraud

Apple Stock Hits All-Time High, Everything Else In Waiting Mode

Stocks nosed higher, but trading was light, even by the slumberous standards of August. The investors who weren't on vacation were biding their time until a big speech Friday by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Routine Use of Marijuana By Teens Linked to Later Drops In IQ

A new study suggests that teenagers who routinely smoke marijuana may end up with a long-term drop in their IQ.

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Mississippi Readies for Isaac

On the eve of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting the Gulf Coast, Mississippi is preparing for a storm that could become a hurricane by Tuesday.

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Another Mississippi Soldier Dies in Mideast

Over the weekend, Pfc. Patricia L. Horne became the second soldier with Mississippi ties to die in Afghanistan in the past week.

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Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong, who had bypass surgery earlier this month, died Saturday at age 82 from what his family said were complications of heart procedures.

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Community Events and Public Meetings

The Summer Book Sale is Monday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 Madison Public Library.

Isaac Has Jindal, Bryant Staying Home From GOP Convention, For Now

Louisiana's Republican elected officials are scrapping or delaying Florida travel plans for the GOP's national convention. Some who had arrived in Tampa quickly turned around and headed home to wait for Tropical Storm Isaac.

As The Conventions Fire Up, Women Loom as Undecideds in Key States

A nation at war, crippling joblessness and a looming budget standoff that could wreck the economy have been overshadowed in recent days by an issue that polls show doesn't even crack voters' lists of top 10 concerns: abortion.

10 Things to Know for Monday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that people will be talking about today.

City, County Seek Details of DOJ Claims

Officials in Meridian and Lauderdale County want details from the Justice Department to back up its allegations that local students' rights have been violated.

All Eyes on Isaac as GOP Convention Approaches

Mitt Romney's Republican National Convention sputters to life Monday with the lonely banging of a gavel in a mostly empty hall, then hits full speed on Tuesday.

Isaac Claims 10 Lives, Headed for Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Isaac targeted a broad swath of the Gulf Coast on Monday and had New Orleans in its crosshairs, bearing down just ahead of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Sunday, August 26

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10 Local Stories of the Week

Once again, Jackson found itself in the thick of national debates on immigration, women's issues and voting rights.

Saturday, August 25

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Tropical Storm Isaac: News, Links, Info

News and information tracking Isaac as it reaches the Gulf of Mexico.

Friday, August 24

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NAACP: No Voter ID Expected for November Elections

There will be no voter identification requirements at the polls in Mississippi this November, according to state NAACP president Derrick Johnson.

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Once Again, Mississippi Takes on Immigration

Once again, in Mississippi a movement is under foot to address what many Mississippi officials believe is a scourge of illegal immigrants flooding the state's borders.

Isaac Storms Toward Haiti and the Gulf

Tropical Storm Isaac strengthened slightly as it spun toward the Dominican Republic and vulnerable Haiti on Friday, threatening to bring punishing rains but unlikely to gain enough steam to strike as a hurricane.

Romney Goes Birther? 'No One Has Asked to See My Birth Certificate'

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney Friday raised the discredited rumor that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and thus ineligible to be president.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that people will be talking about today.

Norway's Killer of 77 Deemed Sane

Breivik got what he wanted: a ruling that paints him as a political terrorist instead of a psychotic mass murderer.

UCI asks USADA to Explain Case Against Armstrong

International Cycling Union expects the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to produce evidence before stripping Lance Armstrong of his records.

Judge: TVA Liable for Massive Tenn. Coal Ash Spill

Decision a victory for hundreds who sued after 5 million cubic yards of toxin-laden sludge flowed into a river and spoiled hundreds of acres west of Knoxville.

Gov. Bryant Chimes in on Immigration

Gov. Phil Bryant has issued an Executive Order reaffirming Mississippi law that prohibits illegal immigrants from receiving public benefits.

Sempra Opens Second Miss. Gas Storage Cavern

Sempra Energy says it's opened a second natural gas storage cavern southeast of Jackson.

At Least Four Shot Outside Empire State Building

New York City police say at least four people have been shot outside the Empire State Building and that the gunman is dead.

Thursday, August 23

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Court-Ordered Henley-Young Fixes Not Made

Hinds County is not complying with its part of a federal settlement agreement to end systematic mistreatment of children at the county's Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center.

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JPD Reports Crime Increases

Violent crime in Jackson is up 92 percent from the same week last year reported the Jackson Police Department in its weekly statistics.

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Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton has been tearing up base paths all season long in minor-league baseball.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories people will be talking about today.

Ex-Penn State President Goes on Offensive

Penn State's disgraced former president is trying to convince the public he had no idea that Jerry Sandusky was a child molester.

East Coast Earthquake Created a 'New Normal'

Earthquake drills are now as ubiquitous as fire drills at Louisa County schools in central Virginia.

Miss. River Reopened to Barge Traffic

Shipping is being allowed to move slowly through a stretch of the Mississippi River near Greenville.

Most Miss. Students Unprepared for College

Mississippi's ACT scores remained the worst in the nation last year, despite an increasing number of students taking courses that are supposed to prepare them for college.

Bryant Creates Council for Gulf Funds

More than 100 business and civic leaders from the Mississippi Gulf Coast will advise Gov. Phil Bryant on how to spend funds to help with oil-spill recovery efforts.

Wednesday, August 22

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Art with Heart

Miranda Jordan got a diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes, in December 2003.

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Treasuring 'Sparkle'

Directed by Salim Akil ("Jumping the Broom") from a screenplay written by Mary Brock Akil, "Sparkle" centers on a middle class matriarchal household in Detroit in 1968, though the civil-rights landscape barely infiltrates this musical melodrama.

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Delta Pilgrims' Progress

In the case of the Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Mississippi Delta, the semi-annual pilgrimages are a means to connect with past, both physically and spiritually, by traveling to and visiting sites relevant to Mississippi black history.

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Batter Up for the Seedsters

In a charity softball game Thursday, Aug. 23, at Trustmark Park, two local teams will take to the diamond competing not only for bragging rights but to benefit local non-profit, the Mustard Seed.

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Stretching Their Sound 'Coast to Coast'

The River City Tanlines are back with some new sounds. The Memphis-based trio, led by singer and guitarist Alicja Trout, recently released "Coast to Coast," its first album in six years.

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30 Years and Going Strong

Over the years, I have seen Hunter Gibson perform everywhere from weddings and private parties to corporate events and local venues.

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One Seed at a Time

As summer continues to blaze, some of our early-planted varieties will start to bolt, or produce seeds.

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Why California's Prop. 37 Matters

If you care about food safety, human health and the environment, and if you haven't heard of California's Proposition 37, yet, please read on.

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Where's the Smoke?

Any lover of Memphis-style barbecue knows the first rule of a good barbecue joint is judged with the nose.

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Stay Injury Free

Runners can be stubborn people. Often, runners stick out that last one or two miles even if they're experiencing pain.

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Model Off Duty

Have you ever had one of those days where you just don't feel like dressing up but you have a quick meeting?

2012 Games of the Week

In a perfect world, I would traverse the country watching the biggest college football games each week.

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2012 JFP Top 25

The Jackson Free Press College Football Poll returns for a second year. This year begins just like last year ended—with Alabama atop the poll followed by LSU in second.

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Conerly Hopefuls 2012

After the 2012 season ends, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame will award the Conerly Trophy to one player from a four-year university or college as the best college football player in Mississippi.

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Missing Starting QBs

In 1997, singer Paula Cole asked "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone." Well, I am sure top men are working on finding out the answer to what could be the biggest question of our time.

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18 straight and counting

Fans of Mississippi State and Ole Miss don't want to hear this, but Southern Miss has been best FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision), formerly known as Division I-A, in the state.

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[The Slate] The Best In Sports In 7 Days

College football starts in a week. Tigers, Eagles, Bulldogs, Rebels and more will spend their nights dreaming about historic seasons.

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Redistricting Raises Eyebrows

The Jackson City Council finally has its redistricting options in hand. However, a few of the plans have citizens and council members on the offensive.

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MetroCenter, JPS Budget Worry Council

Watkins Development is facing lawsuits from subcontractors who say developer David Watkins has not paid them for work they did at Metrocenter Mall.

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Cause of Riot Revealed

Little made sense in the hours after a riot erupted at a privately run federal prison in Natchez on May 20.

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Beyond 'The End of History'

In a fascinating article: "We, The Web Kids," Pietr Czerski, makes a statement that is as startling as it is startlingly true: "We do not use the Internet, we live on the Internet."

Rape Is Not A Political Weapon

The last week has been a tough week for women, especially rape victims. And it's been a very revealing one.

Saggy Pants and JSU

While I understand the cartoon was intended to poke fun at Stokes' attempt to better our region's youth, it took an unfair swipe at Jackson State University students.

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'Parent-Trigger Law' Important

In their push for a more expansive charter-school law in Mississippi, charter proponents have attempted to repeal our existing charter-school law.

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Not Better, Just Regular

Watching the last two weeks of preseason games, I have decided that NFL fans have been hoodwinked, bamboozled, had the wool pulled over their eyes ... well, you get the idea.

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JFP 2012 College Football Preview

There seem to be more questions than answers heading into the 2012 college football season for Mississippi teams.

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Is 'Forcible' Better than 'Legitimate'?

Unless you've been hiding from everything electronic this week, you've heard about Rep. Todd Akin, a six-term Republican from Missouri, making comments about rape last weekend.

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Can Charters Plug the 'Pipeline'?

Officials in Meridian and Lauderdale County appear to be running a school-to-prison pipeline.

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Clyde Muse

Dr. Clyde Muse could be the poster guy for community-college success.

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Beating the Spread

When I think of my childhood, I remember love and drama, my alcoholic daddies, a hard-working mother and lots of football.

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A Place for Living

Rev. Molly MacWade helped start Grace House almost 20 years ago for people in need living with HIV/AIDS.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that people will be talking about today.

Miss. Business Journal Bought by Tupelo publisher

The parent company of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo is buying the Mississippi Business Journal in Jackson.

Teacher Evaluation Talk Skips Details of Miss. Plan

Mississippi lawmakers are learning about teacher evaluations, but some may not realize the state Department of Education is creating a statewide evaluation system.

Millsaps College Recognized as a Top Educational Value

Millsaps College is the best college in the state of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama based on student satisfaction, postgraduate success, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards.

7 Arrested for Jail Contraband

Seven people were arrested for allegedly trying to introduce contraband to the Hinds County jail.

Tuesday, August 21

Rep. Akin Defies GOP, Romney to Stay in Senate Race

"I misspoke one word in one sentence on one day, and all of a sudden, overnight, everybody decides, 'Well, Akin can't possibly win,'" Akin said on a national radio show hosted by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

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Obama Criticizes Romney, Ryan on College Funding Cuts

President Barack Obama told Ohio students Tuesday that proposed Republican cuts to college aid show that opponent Mitt Romney "does not think investing in your future is worth it."

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City Not Liable for Contractor Suits

The city made one thing clear Monday: It will not pay for developer's mistakes.

Akin Rejects Uproar Over 'One Word,' Vows to Stay in Race

Rep. Todd Akin renewed his vow to carry on with his embattled Senate campaign Tuesday, even as a key deadline loomed to withdraw from the race over his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."

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Lil's, UMMC and Wall Street

Lillie Naylor's friends have a running joke about her jewelry business she started out of her home in 2006.

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Calvin Stodghill

Calvin Stodghill bought Martin's Lounge when its longtime patriarch and namesake, Martin Lassiter, got too sick to run the lounge.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that people will be talking about today.

11-mile Stretch of Mississippi River Closed

Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage Monday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels.

Howard Ind. to Settle Discrimination Suit

A Mississippi company that was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on undocumented workers has settled a discrimination lawsuit by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to Latinos.

Asbestos Found on Miss. Horn Island

Authorities have indefinitely closed about 30 acres on Horn island in the Gulf Islands National Seashore for a cleanup.

State GOP Hires New Exec. Director

Brandon Payne is taking over as the Mississippi Republican Party's executive director.

Monday, August 20

'Toxic' Rep. Akin Fights to Save GOP Senate Bid

Rep. Todd Akin fought to salvage his Senate campaign Monday, even as members of his own party turned against him and a key source of campaign funding was cut off.

Paul Ryan in 2010: 'I'm As Pro-Life as a Person Gets'

Since Mitt Romney selected Paul Ryan as his running mate, the presidential campaign's focus has largely centered on the Wisconsin congressman's ambitious plan to transform Medicare and slash government spending. But President Barack Obama's re-election team and its allies have also been highlighting the congressman's staunchly anti-abortion stance, hoping to buttress its argument that the Republican ticket is hostile to women's rights.

Rep. Akin Apologizes But Won't Leave Senate Race

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin apologized Monday for his televised comments that women's bodies are able to prevent pregnancies if they are victims of "a legitimate rape," but he refused to heed calls to abandon his bid for the Senate.

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Hinds Sagging Ban Voted Down

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors declined to implement a ban on sagging pants.

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Food and Health Should be Synonymous

If we want nutritious food, then we must pay attention to the labels on the packaging—even ostensibly healthful fruit and vegetables.

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Don Barrett

Attorney Don Barrett is no stranger to taking on big-name, big-budget opponents in the courtroom.

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Community Events and Public Meetings

Today, JAM 2012 is at 5 p.m. at center court in the Jackson Medical Mall.

Parties Push 'Nonpartisan' Judges

Mississippi has nonpartisan judicial elections in name, if not in practice.

10 Things to Know for Monday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories people will be talking about today.

Dems: Redistricting Dilutes Rankin's Black Vote

Democrats have sent a federal complaint alleging that Republican leaders purposely diluted black voting strength when redistricting the county.

Kemper Startup Expected for 2014 Despite Problems

Mississippi Power says its $2.8 billion lignite power plant is on track to open in May 2014.

Sunday, August 19

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10 Local Stories of the Week

There's never a slow news week in Jackson, Miss., and last week was no exception. Here are the local stories JFP reporters brought you in case you missed them.

The 'Solid South' Growing More Complex As Demographics Change

The "Solid South" was a political fact, benefiting Democrats for generations and then Republicans, with Bible Belt and racial politics ruling the day. But demographic changes and recent election results reveal a more nuanced landscape now as the two major parties prepare for their national conventions.

Persuading the 'Persuadables' -- Presidential Candidates Reach for Undecided Voters

Rushing toward their party conventions, the rival presidential campaigns are trying to invigorate core supporters while reaching out to a sliver of undecided voters who harbor doubts about President Barack Obama yet aren't sold on Republican Mitt Romney.

Saturday, August 18

Ryan Campaigning with His Mom, Obama Calls Romney's Tax Plan 'Trickle Down Fairy Dust'

Paul Ryan, a champion of changing Medicare, spoke as a passionate defender Saturday, promising seniors that he and Mitt Romney would save it, and he introduced his mother to voters to drive home the point that the health program "was there for our family" and "we have to keep that guarantee."

Friday, August 17

BizBriefs: Apple at a New High, Facebook at a New Low... and Monday Is Jus' Plain Blue

It's not just in your head. Mondays really are the worst. Monday is the only day the stock market is more likely to fall than to rise. The Dow Jones industrial average has been down 10 of the past 11 Mondays. And the two worst days in market history are both known as Black Monday.

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Jackson Redistricting Stirs Midtown

Several Midtown residents are worried after seeing one of the redistricting options D.L. Johnson Consultants has proposed for the city of Jackson.

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Miss. Jobless Rate Rises

Mississippi's jobless rate rose for the second straight month in July, as the state's job market continued to stall.

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Pastor Dwayne K. Pickett Sr.

Dwayne K. Pickett rejects the parochial attitude that the church's primary role is to convince people to join as a solution to its problems.

Treasury Changing Terms of Fannie and Freddie Bailout; Will Now Grab All Their Profits

The government is changing the terms of its bailout agreement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a way that will shrink the holdings of the two mortgage giants more quickly and will require payment to the government of all quarterly profits the companies earn.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that people will be talking about today.

Tenn. Abortion Clinic Closes, Citing New Law

A new Tennessee law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals is being blamed for the closure of a longtime Tennessee abortion provider.

For Miss., an Angst-Filled Civil War Anniversary

With its long history of racial strife and a state flag that still bears the Confederate battle emblem, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War can be touchy.

Rep. Ryan Switches Course, Admits to Seeking Stimulus To Help Create 'Green' Jobs

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Thursday reversed course and acknowledged lobbying the government for millions of dollars in economic stimulus money after twice denying he had done so.

Reeves Taps Committee Chairs

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves switched around a couple Senate committee seats to fill a vacancy left by Sen. Merle Flowers, R-Southaven, who resigned earlier this year.

Thursday, August 16

Democrats in New York, California and Illinois Considering Tighter Gun Restrictions

Democratic leaders in three big states have used this summer's mass shooting in Colorado to push bills that would crack down on assault weapons and ammunition sales, rekindling a debate that has not gained much traction in Congress or on the presidential campaign.

CO2 At 20-Year Low Thanks To More Natural Gas, Less Coal

In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years, and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.

Rep. Ryan Denies Seeking Stimulus Dollars Despite Writing Letters Seeking 'Green' Funds in 2009

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Thursday denied for a second time that he ever lobbied the government for stimulus money, even though he sent letters —with his signature — to the Energy Department and Labor Department asking for millions of the program's dollars on behalf of two companies in Wisconsin.

FRC Head Perkins Blames Southern Poverty Law Center, Others for Shooting

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said "reckless rhetoric" from organizations that disagree with his group's opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage was to blame for the shooting.

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Feds Act to Make Drilling Safer

The White House finalized new federal regulations Wednesday that the Obama administration hopes will make offshore drilling safer.

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City Says Go Direct

Go Direct Day is coming to help Jacksonians set up direct deposit payments for their federal checks before next year's deadline.

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Anaso Jobodwana

Jackson State University welcomed back one of its Olympians yesterday.

Romney Goes On Record: He's Paid Taxes Every Year

Mitt Romney says he's never paid less than 13 percent of his income in taxes during the past decade.

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One for the Ladies

With the closing ceremonies of the London Olympic games, finally the twitter complaints about tape delays and spoilers can end.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories people will be talking about today.

Gov't Finalizes Offshore Drilling Safety Rule

Regulators issued a final set of safety rules for offshore drilling, fine-tuning emergency measures put in place after the 2010 BP oil disaster.

Thousands Mark Elvis' Death, Get Surprise Visit

Thousands of devotees converged on Graceland to mark the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.

Romney's Pledge to Restore Higher Payments to Medicare Providers Could Undermine Program

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's new promise to restore the Medicare cuts made by President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law could backfire if he's elected.

Ecuador Grants Wikileaks Founder Asylum, Standoff in London Continues

Ecuador said Thursday that it was granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a decision that thrilled supporters but will do little to defuse the standoff at the Latin American nation's London embassy, where the Australian ex-hacker has been holed up for almost two months.

7 Americans, 4 Afghans Killed In Black Hawk Crash in Afghanistan

A Black Hawk helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan killed 11 people on Thursday morning, including seven American troops and four Afghans, the NATO military coalition said. A Taliban spokesman claimed the insurgents shot down the aircraft.

State Reports Fewer Alcohol Deaths

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety reports the number of drunk driving fatalities in the state fell dramatically from 2009 to 2010.

Wednesday, August 15

Gulf Coast's Palazzo: Mississippi Should Deny Medicaid Expansion under ACA

Freshman U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo says Mississippi should not expand Medicaid to cover more people under the federal health care overhaul.

Felix Hernandez Pitches the Mariners First-Ever Perfect Game

The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner has long talked of his desire to achieve pitching perfection. He finally accomplished it against the Rays, striking out the side twice and finishing with 12 strikeouts.

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Seven Minutes, Two Days

The 48 Hour Film Project is no walk in the park. On the weekend of Aug. 17-19 when filmmakers gather in the capital city to participate in this exhaustive competition, they will have no idea what's ahead for them.

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Laugh 'Til You Cry

"The Campaign" squares off Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as opposing candidates running for a U.S. congressional seat from the Tar Heel State of North Carolina.

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Brutal and Poetic

Author of numerous non-fiction books, award-winning author Peter Heller's first foray into fiction gives readers an unusual look at one possible future.

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Music For Miles and Me

It's a whole new trip, though, to know that my brother has a child and that, genetically speaking, I could have some influence on him—hopefully not too much. But what I can offer up is some tunes, as you probably could have guessed. So, here is a list of songs for me to enjoy with Miles.

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[The Slate] The Best In Sports In 7 Days

Congratulations to all the Olympians from (or with ties to) Mississippi. You were all classy, no matter if you won or lost, earned a medal or didn't.

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Back in the Swing of School

Pristine marble composition books with still-stiff spines. The fragrance of freshly sharpened pencils. Embarrassingly white new school shoes. It is hard to believe that time is here again.

Court Upholds Sentences in Minor Corruption Case

A federal appeals court has upheld the sentences of a once-successful attorney and two former judges in a Mississippi corruption case.

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Pop-Up Pizza

It seems like Jesse Houston won't be satisfied until he's put his spin on every cuisine in town. In addition to running the popular downtown eatery Parlor Market as its Chef de Cuisine, Houston regularly surprises local foodies with one-night-only pop-up restaurant events.

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One-Skillet Wonder

This creation is a combination of my love for cheese and my dislike of cleaning up after I have consumed such a fabulous meal.

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Making Good Decisions

I was out running for exercise on a recent Sunday around 7 a.m. It was a little warm—this is summer in Mississippi, after all—but I was fine.

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Laura and the Fly Trap

Chocolate or strawberry? Quit my job or stay? Life or death?

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Find Your Running Niche

Though our capital city is catching on a little slower than places like Portland, Ore., the metro area has more runners than you might think.

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Oiled Up and Shirtless

Like many Americans, for the past two weeks, I have tuned in to watch the world's top athletes compete in the Olympics.

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The 'Dirty' South

Another wrinkle for Mississippi Power Co.'s Kemper County power plant came last week as the company announced it had terminated a contract with a joint venture of KBR and W.G. Yates & Sons Construction, which was working on part of the $2.8 billion project.

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Fellowship, Koinonia Style

On the day Lee Harper graduated from Mississippi Valley State University in 1978, the U.S. Department of the Treasury offered her a job. It was a good paying job—"Nobody made that kind of money back then," she says.

Believe In All Our Kids

Over the last week, we heard from two people upset that editorial cartoonist Mike Day wrote "Tigers" on the cap of a teen in last week's cartoon. Why? Because the kid was wearing saggy pants, and they didn't think that sent the right image about the Jackson State University Tigers.

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Don't Take It Personal

Despite what other people do or say, I encourage you all to be strong and confident—like Gabby Douglas—during these trying times. Also, read, study and understand why the 'blues' are so at home in America: It's because mean spirited and self-hating folks created the atmosphere.

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Be Smarter, Jackson

The political gamesmanship has begun. It's nearly seven months until our next municipal elections and, already, folks are jockeying for position.

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The Dark Side

It was decades ago, but I'll never forget that night. I'm glad I wrote the details down in a journal.

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Entry Plan Highlights

Dr. Cedrick Gray's entry plan focuses on engaging the following three groups (JPS's Board of Trustees & superintendent's staff, Community leaders, Legislative (city & state) members with parents, and school staff.)

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Today: "A Daring Life" Author Signing

"A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty" profiles the Jackson author, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

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Health-Care Corridor Plan Coming

The Jackson Medical Mall and its partners are almost ready to present a completed strategic plan for the Jackson Health-Care Corridor to the public.

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More Water, Sewer, But No Raises

Major increases in water and sewer spending and no raises for city employees were on the docket when Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. unveiled his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year at City Hall Aug. 8.

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Sheka Epps

These days, Sheka Epps enjoys her successes. But the businesswoman and prize-winning platform hair stylist had to overcome some life-altering obstacles to get here.

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A More Intolerant Nation

This week, a local dentist showed up on Facebook agitated that we had dared publish a story about guns in a public-health context.

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Honky Tonk Night

Just when you thought things couldn't get any hotter this summer, Pryor and the Tombstones will heat up the stage as the featured performers at the C Spire Summer Music Series at The Cedars Aug. 16.

New 'Childhood Arrivals' Immigration Policy Starts Today

Young undocumented immigrants are scrambling to get passports and other records in order as the Homeland Security Department starts accepting applications to allow them to avoid deportation and get work permits.

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The JFP Interview with JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray

The atmosphere at the Jackson State University e-Center on Aug. 2 was more like a wedding reception than a welcoming for a public school superintendent.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories people will be talking about today.

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UM Physics Researchers Contribute to Higgs Boson Discovery

Researchers in the University of Mississippi Department of Physics played major roles in the research and discovery of the Higgs boson,

2nd Agency Cuts Mississippi Power's Credit Rating

Lower credit ratings may be causing Mississippi Power Co. to pay more to borrow money.

Tuesday, August 14

Online Deals Fatique? Groupon's Stock Slides After Disappointing Revenue Report

Groupon's stock fell as analysts slashed targets and ratings on the online deals company after it reported its first-ever quarter-to-quarter decline in gross billings, a measure of how much money Groupon collects from customers.

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'Obamacare' Still Might Not Cover Many Working Mississippians

Many working parents are below the federal poverty line but don't qualify for Medicaid, a decades-old state-federal insurance program. That's especially true in states where conservative governors say they'll reject the Medicaid expansion under Obama's health law.

Madison Attorney Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud

Michael E. Earwood, 60, an attorney from Madison, Mississippi, pled guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of bankruptcy fraud.

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FBI: Disgruntled Inmates Sparked Prison Riot

A Federal Bureau of Investigations report about the cause of a May riot at a privately run federal prison in Natchez refutes initial reports that a gang fight sparked the melee.

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Bike Shop Coming

Jackson Bike Advocates and Bike Walk Mississippi are teaming up to start a volunteer-run Community Bike Shop in Midtown, at 121 Millsaps Avenue.

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Yohance Myles

Yohance Myles, a Birmingham native who got his master of fine arts degree from Louisiana State University, has been burning up the big and little screens in recent years.

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Jackson Ranks in Top 100 Metro Economies

Jackson ranks 89th out of Top 100 Metro Economies, according to U.S. Conference of Mayors report.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories people will be talking about today.

American Spending Up

Americans boosted their retail spending in July by the largest amount in five months.

Miss. West Nile Cases Up Over 2011

The Mississippi Department of Health is reporting 26 new cases of West Nile virus.

Mississippi Still No. 1 in Obesity

Nearly 35 percent of Mississippi adults are obese.

Monday, August 13

With A Machete and a Smile: Inside Paul Ryan's Budget Proposals

Paul Ryan traveled a perilous route to political stardom. While other lawmakers nervously whistled past trillion-dollar deficits, fearing to cut popular programs, he waded in with a machete and a smile.

'F-Bomb', 'Craft beer' and 'Sexting' Added in Merriam-Webster's 2012 Update

The term "F-bomb" first surfaced in newspapers more than 20 years ago but only landed in the mainstream Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary on Tuesday, along with sexting, flexitarian, obesogenic, energy drink and life coach.

UPDATED: Gunman, Officer and Civilian Dead over an Eviction Notice Served Near Texas A&M University

A gunman and a law enforcement officer were among three people killed Monday in a shooting near the Texas A&M University campus, police said.

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DOJ: State Again Stepping on Kids' Rights

On Aug. 10, the DOJ released a new investigative report that found violations of the constitutional rights of children in Mississippi, this time in Meridian.

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MDOT Gets 511 System

MDOT has contracted a 511 traffic-and-travel telephone system to British-based engineering firm Atkins.

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Paul Ryan

The knock against Rep. Ryan, the person who'll fill the No. 2 slot on the GOP's presidential ticket, is that Ryan would make life hard for grannies across the U.S.

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Community Events and Public Meetings

The W.I.N.E. (Women Inquiring, Networking and Engaging) Meeting is tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., at the home of deborah Rae Wright on 135 Grand Ave.

Romney Airs New Cut Of Already Debunked Ad, Says He's Not Running on Ryan's Budget

Romney walked a careful line as he campaigned with Ryan, a tea party favorite, by his side in North Carolina and Wisconsin, singling out his running mate's work "to make sure we can save Medicare." But the presidential candidate never said whether he embraced Ryan's austere plan himself.

Obama Barnstorms Iowa, Blames Rep. Ryan for Blocking Farm Bill During Drought

President Barack Obama is blaming Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan for blocking a farm bill that could help voters in Iowa and elsewhere cope with a crippling drought, as both candidates campaigned in the important Midwestern battleground.

10 Things to Know for Monday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories people will be talking about today.

Jackson Police Say 1-year-old Shot and Killed

Jackson police say a 1-year-old girl has died after being shot in the head.

Mississippi Inmates Released Early to Save State Money

The Mississippi Department of Corrections is using early release, house arrest and probation to save at least $5 million on inmate housing.

Sunday, August 12

10 Local Stories of the Week

From saggy pants and red sneakers to young lesbians winning a battle with the state, it was a week of young Mississippians grasping for their rights as Americans.

YouTube Series Targets Military Sexual Assault

Featuring "Flashdance" star Jennifer Beals and Troian Bellisario, "Lauren" gives a close-up look at the challenges women service members face in trying to find justice after being raped.

AP Factchecks Romney-Ryan's First-Day Claims

Not all the rhetoric fit neatly with reality or with the record when Romney introduced his Republican vice presidential choice to the nation Saturday.

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Brittney Reese Home, Gives Coast Credit for Gold

About a thousand people welcomed Olympic long-jump champion Brittney Reese back to south Mississippi, and she gave them credit.

AP Analysis: By Picking Paul Ryan for V.P., Romney Makes 2012 Election a Clear Choice

Mitt Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan for the Republican presidential ticket brings clarity to the stark election-year choice for voters — the competing Democratic and GOP visions about the size and role of the federal government in Americans' lives.

Saturday, August 11

Doctors Call for a 'Public Health' Solution to Gun Violence in the United States

Is a gun like a virus, a car, tobacco or alcohol? Yes say public health experts, who in the wake of recent mass shootings are calling for a fresh look at gun violence as a social disease.

Olympics Closing Ceremonies: a 'Mashed Up Symphony' of British Pop, Rock and 'Humour'

Get the Union Jacks out and prepare to party: Olympic Stadium is being transformed into a giant jukebox of British pop and pizazz for the ceremony that wraps up the so-far spectacularly successful London Games.

Romney's Veep Pick, Rep. Paul Ryan, a 'Double-Edged Sword'

Even before Wisconsin sent Paul Ryan to Congress, he was meticulously carving a path that seemed to point only upward.

Friday, August 10

UPDATED: Romney to Announce VP Saturday Morning, AP Confirms It's Tea Party Favorite Paul Ryan

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has decided on a running mate and will announce his decision Saturday morning in Norfolk, Va., his campaign said Friday night.

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A Big Ole Southern Party

With five music stages, a free raffle, food from various local restaurants and a plethora of street vendors, Belhaven’s Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights might be one of the most anticipated festivals of Jackson.

Affordable Care Act's Tax Increases Are Coming: Who Pays?

Who gets thumped by higher taxes in President Barack Obama's health care law? The wealthiest 2 percent of Americans will take the biggest hit, starting next year. And the pain will be shared by some who aren't so well off — people swept up in a hodgepodge of smaller tax changes that will help finance health coverage for millions in need.

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Raymond Man Charged with Possession of Child Porn

A Raymond resident is behind bars following his arrest today for alleged possession of child porn, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Democrats Say Their Attacks on Romney Over Taxes - Personal and Policy - Are Working

Democrats are growing increasingly confident that a two-pronged tax attack on Republican Mitt Romney — one part policy, one part personal — will help President Barack Obama lure pivotal support from middle class voters.

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War on Saggy Pants, Colorful Shoes

For the second time this week, local officials made headlines for their reactions to children's clothing styles.

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MHAP Praises Affordable Care

With a few aspects of the 2010 Affordable Care Act taking effect Oct. 1, the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program is working to make sure citizens have access to the best medical care possible.

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Joey Brinson and Ryan Estep

Starting August 29, another group of athletes will travel to London to compete without television coverage, hordes of journalists or nightly medal counts.

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It's the Weekend!

On Saturday, Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights is at 5:30 p.m. at Carlisle Street and Kenwood Place behind McDade's in Belhaven.

Feds Searching in Hinds County For 'America's Most Wanted' Murder Suspect

Authorities have searched a house in central Mississippi for a man suspected of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend and wounding her adult daughter in Tennessee in 2005.

U.S. Stocks Open Lower On Fresh Worries About Asia's Economy

U.S. stocks opened lower on Wall Street Friday morning following unsettling reports out of China and elsewhere.

10 Things to Know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that people will be talking about today.

NOAA Raises Hurricane Season Prediction

Despite expected El Niño, updated outlook calls for near- or above-normal Atlantic season.

Not Enough Water in Mississippi to Float Steamboat

The American Queen steamboat is docked in Memphis, unable to paddle on down the Mississippi River because of low water.

Drilling Appeal Ends; Decision Up To MDA Chief

Opponents of offshore drilling say Mississippi officials didn't do enough to consult with others or properly consider all possible economic impacts.

Thursday, August 9

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Neighbor Arrested in Teen's Murder

Cedric Ratliff, 25, surrendered today for his involvement in the shooting death of 15-year-old Edward Evans Jr. in July.

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Ag Head Unhappy About Same-Sex Reversal, Vows to Pass New Law

Ag commissioner vows to change the law allowing same-sex couples to have commitment ceremonies on state property.

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Ceara Sturgis: Paving the Way

Ceara Sturgis and Emily Key wanted to hold their commitment ceremony in the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum's Masonic Hall, but were thwarted by the museum's stance of turning down same-sex couples for grounds rentals.

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JPS Chief Ready for 'Gameday'

When new Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray put the kibosh on a basketball tournament at Lanier High School in July, some people might have gotten the impression that Gray isn't into sports.

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Allison Washington

Allison Washington, a 2009 graduate of Belhaven University and former member of the Sonic Boom of the South, won the first-ever open auditions for band announcer.

Romney Accuses Obama of False Advertising, Leaves His Own Disputed Ads On the Air

Mitt Romney on Thursday accused President Barack Obama and his allies of launching personal attacks and perpetuating lies about him in TV ads. The Republican also rolled out a new commercial of his own that questioned Obama's values and accused the president of waging war on religious freedom.

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Ag Museum Repeals Anti-Gay Policy

Museum Agrees to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Hold Commitment Ceremonies.

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that people will talk about today.

NOAA Forecasters To Update Their Hurricane Outlook Today

U.S. forecasters are updating their outlook for the six-month Atlantic hurricane season.

Jackson Crime Stats

Major crimes in Jackson are down 20 percent from last week.

Wednesday, August 8

Susan G. Komen President Resigning, Founder Shifting Roles

The president of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is resigning, and founder Nancy Brinker is moving away from its day-to-day management

U.S. Census Wants to End Its Use of 'Negro,' Broaden 'Hispanic'

The Census Bureau wants to make broad changes to its surveys that would treat "Hispanic" as a distinct category regardless of race, end use of the term "Negro" and offer new ways to identify Middle Easterners.

Tupelo Elvis Fest Posts $68,000 Profit

The King can still turn a profit.

Oxford's Downtown Inn to Be Demolished, Replaced

The owners of the Downtown Inn in Oxford say it will be demolished after football season and replaced with new hotel.

FBI Suspect in Drug-Trafficking Case Surrenders

Marquis Carl "Ke Ke" Richmond turned himself in about 1 a.m. Wednesday at the Stone County Jail, a regional correctional facility that houses most defendants held on federal charges in South Mississippi.

Opponents: Missisippi Officials Wrote Rules Favoring Drilling

Opponents say Mississippi officials stacked the deck in favor of offshore natural gas drilling when they wrote rules to allow it.

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Shopping the Shoot

Back-to-school is always a time to re-examine your closet and inject some life with new—or at least, new-to-you—items.

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Obama's Welfare Waiver: Gutting Rules or Tweaking?

Welfare is causing a ruckus in the presidential campaign. But the program is a shadow of its old self from the 1970s, when Ronald Reagan used the image of "welfare queens" to assail government poverty programs promoted by liberals.

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Freshman 15

The transition from high school and living at home to a college environment and living on campus can be difficult.

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Where to Shop: Thrift & Vintage

We all love the looks that Nasty Gal, Urban Outfitters and Top Shop feature: the sheer blouse, the color blocking, the shoulder pads, the lace and even the spandex.

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Young Boutique Owner Spots Trends

Marissa Simms, 23, envisioned a store where she and her peers could don the latest fashion trends.

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Study in Style

While some people like to study in silence, I like to have some good music in the background.

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Urban Nights

Jackson's urban and hip-hop nightlife is thriving all around town any given weekend. Here are just a few of Jackson's hot spots to try.

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9 under $9

Looking for a good meal that isn't fast food, but hearty and affordable?

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Big, Bad, Bold

Get ready to time travel with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science with "Dinosaurs: Big, Bad, Bold and Back," now until Jan. 6, 2013.

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The Day the Music Died

A couple of mornings ago, I woke up and started my day as usual (making coffee, watching the news on TV, checking emails)

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[The Slate] The Best In Sports In 7 Days

The best part of the Olympics is how they inspire a new generation of kids.

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Screw U: A Higher Ed Bubble?

Football coaches often earn more than university presidents.

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Running Shoes: Support and Cushions

There's nothing I hate seeing more than runners at a 5K toting water belts, gel packs or Gatorade bottles.

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Lives Cut Short

News broke early Sunday morning that Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid's oldest son, Garrett, 29, had been found dead at Lehigh University.

Stokes: Help Ward Keep Young People

The Rev. Jesse Jackson came to town this week and promptly took Hinds County Supervisor Kenny Stokes to task for his campaign against saggy-pants.

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Trails, Trails, Trails!

Jackson may not seem like a town that would be accommodating to runners and bikers, but these active cultures are growing

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Universities to Cut Energy Costs

Eight public Mississippi universities will be cutting energy costs with a grant from the Department of Energy.

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Techy Tools and Apps for Students

Headed to college—or back to college —and want to take some tech with you?

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Some Things Aren't Funny

Imagine a picture of 25 bodies of African descent sprawled lifeless across the ground with their faces hidden.

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It's Cool, We Promise

If you haven't heard it yet, you will: "There is nothing to do around here. I can't wait to move somewhere else."

Mars Crater Where Rover Landed Looks 'Earth-like'

The ancient Martian crater where the Curiosity rover landed looks strikingly similar to California's Mojave Desert with its looming mountains and hanging haze, scientists said Wednesday.

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Mayor Johnson Presents Budget Address

Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. delivered his 2012-2013 budget address to the Jackson City Council today.

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Fitting Together

Quvenzhane Wallis stars as Hushpuppy in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," set in the fictional town of Bathtub in the Louisiana bayou.

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Council Shelves Panhandling Sanctions

Some believe goodwill may have triumphed when the Jackson City Council shelved Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell's amendment to the city's panhandling ordinance July 30.

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Jackson Teens Fight the Power

The ACLU's Hip Hop Summit was just one of several Jackson-area events that put youth activism in the spotlight.

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Jayson Porter

Last semester, Jayson Porter flew to Washington, D.C., with Dr. Darby Kathleen Ray, former professor of religious studies at Millsaps College, to speak on a panel on bringing civility theory to practice.

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Get Out There

When I first arrived in Jackson two years ago to attend Millsaps College, I wasn't fortunate enough to know what Jackson had to offer.

FBI: Temple Gunman Shot Himself; Still No Motive

Wade Michael Page is dead, having shot himself in the head after being wounded by police responding to the fatal shooting of six people at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee.

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Their Final Plea

For seven years, the members of Christian metal band A Plea For Purging lived on the road.

July in U.S. Hottest Ever in History Books

Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the contiguous United States.

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Friends Mourn JSU NAACP President's Death

Friends are remembering Michael Teasley for his loyalty and activism.

Mississippi State's Cornerbacks Form Strong Duo

Johnthan Banks has the sheer talent. Corey Broomfield has the smarts.

Man Guilty for Smuggling Undocumented Immigrants

Authorities say a Texas man has pleaded guilty in Mississippi to transporting undocumented immigrants.

Republicans Endorse 3 for Miss. Supreme Court

The Mississippi Republican Party has endorsed Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller, Justice Mike Randolph and Josiah Coleman for seats on the state's highest court.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Ernesto's spin, more Tea Party candidates, the mystery of the Sikh Temple shooter, more.

Miss. Power Fires Contractors at Kemper Site

Mississippi Power Co. fired a contractor at its $2.8 billion Kemper County power plant, which is more than $400 million over budget.

Egypt Airstrikes Target Militants in Sinai

Helicopters carried out missile strikes against Islamic militants in Egypt's first airstrikes in the Sinai Peninsula since 1973.

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Curiosity Floods Us with Images of Mars

"Spectacular," mission deputy project scientist Joy Crisp said of the footage. "We've not had that before."

PSC Launches Utility Probe

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has opened an inquiry into the state's largest providers of electric power.

Tuesday, August 7

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Romney Targets Blue-collar Whites with 'Culture of Dependency' Charge

Republican Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of ditching a long-standing work requirement for welfare recipients, accusing him of fostering a "culture of dependency" and backing up the charge with a new television commercial.

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Hate Music Big Business for White Supremacists

When they aren't ranting in Internet forums, many of the nation's white supremacists seek a louder outlet for their extreme views: thunderous, thrashing heavy metal or punk music with lyrics that call for a race war.

Romney's 'Wind Tax' Position Thrills Tea Party; Draws Ire Of Swing-State GOP Lawmakers

The Republican challenger criticizes the government program that propped up solar manufacturer Solyndra, and he mocks Obama's vision of a boom in employment, citing a European study to argue that new solar or wind-energy positions would destroy jobs elsewhere.

Couple Turns Abandoned Houses into Youth Center

The walls of a future youth computer center may now be scribbled with gang messages, but Joe and Dianne Good say they will use the center to keep area youth off the streets and in school.

Report: Mississippi Port Faces Challenges

A report says the Port of Gulfport faces numerous challenges as it tries to capitalize on $570 million in federal money it was given after Hurricane Katrina.

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Talking Thalia Mara Upgrades

A program management firm has studied Thalia Mara Hall and is recommending the city make some major upgrades to the theater and hire an events manager.

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Yay, Farmers, Golf, Free Money!

Finally, a good reason to give someone a fruit basket: It's National Farmers Market Week.

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Mahesh Bhupathi

India tennis team member Mahesh Bhupathi played tennis at the University of Mississippi from 1994 to 1995.

US 'Help Wanted' Postings At Highest Level Since 2008

U.S. employers posted the most job openings in four years in June, a positive sign that hiring may pick up.

Kudzu Bugs on the Ground in Mississippi

Kudzu bugs, pea-sized Asian insects with hearty appetites for soybeans as well as the weed they're named after, have hitchhiked from Alabama to western Mississippi.

Gunman Called on Fellow White Supremacists to Act

Wade Michael Page played in white supremacist heavy metal bands and posted frequent comments on Internet forums for skinheads, repeatedly exhorting members to act more decisively to support their cause.

Oxfam: Hundreds Being Killed in East Congo

New militia groups have arisen and older ones are reasserting themselves, killing hundreds of defenseless civilians, the British charity Oxfam said Tuesday.

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Sikh temple shooter wanted to advanced his supremacist views, Jared Loughner sentencing, Usain Bolt in the 200m.

Feds Moving Ahead With Healthcare Exchanges in States Refusing to Implement Healthcare Law

Opponents of 'Obamacare' say they won't set up new private health insurance markets called exchanges. But increasingly it's looking like Washington will just do it for them.

Flaggs: Too Many In Prison

Mississippi House Corrections Chairman George Flaggs, D-Vicksburg, said that many inmates would be better off confined at home and monitored electronically.

Inmates Injured in Jail Fight

A fight that broke out this afternoon at the downtown Jackson jail resulted in injuries for three prisoners, WAPT reports.

Monday, August 6

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Criminalizing Saggy Pants

More than a dozen people spoke on District 5 Supervisor Kenneth Stokes' proposal to impose nominal $10 fees on anyone caught wearing their pants low in Hinds County.

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Reddix Ends Jail Contract

Hinds County is searching for a new medical provider for the Hinds County Correctional Facility after current provider Reddix Medical Group turned in a letter of resignation July 26.

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Jennifer Gillom

Born in Abbeville, Miss., in 1964, Jennifer Gillom first made a name for herself on the Lafayette High School basketball team.

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Community Events and Public Meetings

The Privette School Scholastic Book Fair is Aug. 6-10 at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church.

MSU Sets Conference for Non-White Men

Mississippi State University will hold a conference Aug. 31 on scholastic needs of non-white male students at the university and beyond.

One Man Dead, Another Injured in Apartment Shooting

Police were sent to Belvedere South Apartments Sunday evening for a shots fired call. There they found an unidentified man dead of a gunshot wound.

Feds Auditing How Post-Katrina Sewer Cash Used

Federal housing authorities are auditing the use of more than $650 million in grants designated for an ambitious plan for sewage and water systems across south Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Church Apologizes on Website for Refusing Black Wedding

A church that wouldn't allow a black couple to get married in its sanctuary has apologized. However, the couple didn't know about it until reporters called.

Sikh Shooter Was White Supremacist, Purchased Gun Legally

The gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin before he was shot to death by police was identified Monday as a 40-year-old Army veteran and former leader of a white supremacist metal band.

10 Things To Know for Monday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

News in Brief for Monday, Aug. 6, 2012

Top of the morning reports on Syria, the Olympics, Ernesto, more.

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Mars Rover 'Curiosity' Lands Successfully On Mars

A chorus of cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Sunday night after the most high-tech interplanetary rover ever built sent a signal to Earth. Curiosity had survived a harrowing plunge through the thin Mars atmosphere.

Sunday, August 5

Syrian Forces Vow 'Decisive' Showdown for Aleppo

Syrian forces threatened Sunday to mount a "decisive battle" for Aleppo even as rebels clawed toward the city's ancient center under intense bombardment and strafing from warplanes. I

Hattiesburg Settles Suit Against Fortune-telling Ban

The City of Hattiesburg has settled a federal lawsuit filed by a couple who closed their business — "Marie: Psychic Reader" because of a ban that the city later overturned.

NASA Braces for '7 Minutes of Terror' Mars Plunge

NASA's most high-tech Mars rover on Sunday zeroed in on the red planet where it will attempt a tricky celestial gymnastics routine during a "seven minutes of terror" plummet through the atmosphere.

Gay Ban Firm As Eagle Scouts Return Medals in Protest

"I can no longer maintain any connection to an organization which actively promotes such a bigoted and misguided policy," Dr. Robert Wise of Chicago wrote to Scout headquarters in Texas.

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JFP Sunday Report: 10 Local Stories of the Week

It was an enterprising news week at the Jackson Free Press. Here are 10 local stories you shouldn't miss.

Police Call Sikh Temple Attack 'Domestic Terrorism'

Sikh rights groups have reported a rise in bias attacks since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Murray Drubs Federer for Olympic Gold

Andy Murray stood with the Union Jack draped over his shoulders, an Olympic gold medal around his neck, flanked by the man he had just beaten, Roger Federer, and basking in the roar of the Centre Court crowd.

Man Accused of Raping Ex-Girlfriend 7 Times

Authorities say a Greenwood man has been charged with raping his ex-girlfriend on seven different occasions and threatening her with a gun if she reported the assaults to police.

Miss. State Expects Record Fall Enrollment

Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum says the university is undergoing massive infrastructure upgrades and expects record fall enrollment.

Feds Want Doctor to Forfeit Weapons Cache

Authorities are seeking the forfeiture of 73 guns and nearly 60,000 rounds of ammunition from a Mississippi doctor charged with shooting at deputies after a domestic disturbance in February.

5 Olympic Things to Know for Sunday

From British jubilation to McKayla Maroney in the vault, Sunday will be a sassy Olympics day.

Son of Philadelphia Eagles Coach Found Dead

Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday morning in his room at training camp at Lehigh University.

Ernesto Could Become Hurricane by Monday

U.S. forecasters say Ernesto is becoming less organized as it threatens Jamaica with heavy rains.

Oklahoma Wildfires Destroys Dozens of Homes

One roaring fire near Luther, about 25 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, destroyed nearly five dozen homes and other buildings before firefighters gained a measure of control Saturday.

Saturday, August 4

Britain Has a 'Super Saturday' Including Three Golds In 44 Minutes

In one unforgettable night for a nation, the Olympic Games and host Britain were the best they can be.

Death-Row Inmate Appeals Lethal Injection in Miss., Fed Court Will Review the Case

A federal appeals court has agreed to review a death row inmate's challenge to Mississippi's method of execution by lethal injection.

Ernesto Continues Track Toward Jamaica, 'Florence' Forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Ernesto blew across open waters Saturday on a projected path that would skirt Jamaica and hit Mexico after dumping heavy rain on islands in the eastern Caribbean.

9 Things to Know This Saturday

Are digital devices keeping us "at arms length" from real-world events? Plus, Clinton in Kenya, Phelps for his last gold, and the men's track sprinters are up next.

Ole Miss Football Vets Say They're 'Playing for Now,' Not Just Rebuilding

Mississippi won only two games last season, so it would appear obvious that the Rebels are rebuilding. But the team's veterans say they're not allowing themselves to think that way.

Friday, August 3

Is the Flap Over Chick-Fil-A a Southern Thing?

When public officials in Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago tell a Southern icon such as Chick-fil-A that it's no longer welcome, and that Cathy should keep his opinions to himself, many in the Atlanta-based chain's home region hear more than a little northern condescension.

Ernesto Heads for Jamaica, Mexico

Tropical Storm Ernesto is dumping heavy rain across the eastern Caribbean as it heads west toward Jamaica and Mexico.

Wall Street Rallies On Unexpected July Jobs Report

Stocks are finishing sharply higher on Wall Street, breaking a four-day losing streak, after the government reported a big pickup in hiring by U.S. employers in July.

NASA Picks Three Companies to Build Next-Gen 'Space Taxis'

NASA picked three aerospace companies Friday to build small rocketships to take astronauts to the International Space Station.

Miss. State Receives $1 Million Grant to Boost Rural Economy, Minority Businesses

Mississippi State University aims to create or save 500 jobs and boost the state's rural economy with a $1 million federal grant.

DiamondJacks Casino Files Bankruptcy; Plans Sale to Chickasaw Nation

The owner of casinos in Vicksburg, Miss. and Bossier City, La., has filed for bankruptcy and plans to sell its casinos to an Oklahoma Indian tribe.

LGBT Supporters Stage 'Kiss-In' Protests at Chick-fil-A

Gay rights activists were kissing at Chick-fil-A stores across the country Friday, just days after the company set a sales record when customers flocked to the restaurants to show support for the fast-food chain president's opposition to gay marriage.

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Chamber Pulls Forum Sponsorship

The Jackson Chamber of Commerce is no longer sponsoring Koinonia Coffee House's signature Friday Forum event.

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Yarber Shakes Up Committees

New Jackson City Council President Tony Yarber has shaken up of the council's committees, including adding two new committees to the list.

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Trey Hardee

U.S. Olympic track team member Trey Hardee only spent a short time in Mississippi, but does have ties to the state.

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It's the Weekend!

Today, the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza begins at 3 p.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart.

Tougaloo College Acquires TV Station

Tougaloo College announced yesterday that it had agreed to acquire television station WUFX-TV, Channel 35, in Jackson.

10 Things to Know for Friday

A look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories people will talk about today.

ACLU to Protest Proposed Saggy Pants Ban

The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting a plan to ban saggy pants in Hinds County.

Miss. State Football Overhauling Offense to Fit Russell's Strengths

Much of State's success will depend on Tyler Russell's progression as he takes over at quarterback after two seasons as the backup.

Tropical Storm Ernesto Forecast to Strengthen and Continue Towards Gulf

Tropical Storm Ernesto has passed over or near the island of St. Lucia and is moving into the eastern Caribbean sea.

U.S. Economy Added 163k Jobs In July, Beating Expectations

U.S. employers added 163,000 jobs in July, a hopeful sign after three months of sluggish hiring.

Thursday, August 2

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FBI Seeking Fugitives Grayhead, Thompson

The FBI has arrested at least one man tied to the alleged "Grayhead" organization, and are looking for man it was named after.

Ex-Greenville Superintendent Pleads Guilty

Former Greenville Schools Superintendent Harvey Franklin Sr. has pleaded guilty to overpaying the owner of a Conyers, Ga., reading company and getting more than $47,000 back in bribes and kickbacks.

Economic Bright Spot? Retail Sales Beat Expectations in July

Solid sales reports from retailers Thursday took some of the sting out of weak June manufacturing data. And improving trends in unemployment benefit applications provide hope for slightly better job growth in coming months a day before the government reports on July employment.

Beyonce Joins UN's Global Humanitarian Campaign

Beyonce is teaming with the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations on a global campaign to encourage people around the world to get involved.

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The Undecideds: Tough for Obama, Romney

Undecided voters in swing states hold the key to the presidential election, but neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama has an easy recipe for winning them over.

Feds Indict Five Jackson Men on Drug Charges

Five men indicted in federal drug charges include one man who was close to the late Mayor Frank Melton.

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Nunnelee Slams 'Malicious Criticism' of Chick-Fil-A

Rep. Alan Nunnelee and 16 of his House colleagues pledged supported to Chik-Fil-A, "an American success story."

Gov. Bryant: 'Unfortunate' Church Denied Black Wedding

Gov. Bryant says Mississippi should encourage the union of any couple—as long as it is a man and a woman.

House and Senate Take Two Different Approaches To 'Tax Reform'

The Senate's tax-writing panel is moving to revive dozens of tax breaks for businesses like biodiesel and wind energy producers, even as the GOP-controlled House trumpets symbolic legislation to erase them and create a new tax code with lower rates and fewer special interest tax breaks.

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Families Fear Inmates' Safety

The families of two of the three Pod C inmates still in the Hinds County Correctional Facility say they want officials to move their relatives to a different facility immediately.

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Dead Man's Family Wants Fairness

On July 22, Johnny Lee Butts went out for his usual morning stroll near his home east of Como in rural Panola County. But this time Butts, 61, did not return home.

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Trell Kimmons

Nicknamed the "Coldwater Comet," U.S. Olympic track team member Trell Kimmons holds the Mississippi state record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.39 seconds.

Tropical Depression in Atlantic Threatens Caribbean, Expected to Strengthen

Forecasters say a tropical depression is speeding toward a chain of small, popular vacation islands in the Caribbean Sea.

Blues Trail Marker Erected... In Norway

Mississippi has erected more than 150 Blues Trail markers to highlight the music and its influence on Mississippi. A marker to be unveiled Friday in Notodden, Norway, is the first international marker. It will be unveiled during the 25th Annual Notodden Blues Festival.

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Barrett-Simon: Eyes on the Streets

Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon has fought for the Fortification Street renewal for years.

News in Brief

Immigrants a boon to private prisons; the fight in Syria; the Olympics; more

Reeves Attacks Graduation Rate Omission

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says the Mississippi Board of Education made a mistake when it decided to omit high school graduation rates from school ratings this year.

Senate May Go On Recess With GOP Blocking Cybersecurity Bill

The Senate could leave town this week for a monthlong break without passing legislation to protect the U.S. electrical grid, water supplies and other critical industries from cyberattack and electronic espionage.

Detaining 'Illegals' Is Big Money for Private Prison Companies and the Politicians They Lobby

The U.S. is locking up more illegal immigrants than ever, generating lucrative profits for the nation's largest prison companies, and an Associated Press review shows the businesses have spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying lawmakers and contributing to campaigns.

Wednesday, August 1

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Defending Voter ID

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann vehemently defended the state's ability to provide free Ids for its as-yet approved Voter ID law, issuing a scathing retort July 26 to "The Challenge of Obtaining Voter Identification," a report issued July 17 by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

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A Taste of Mississippi

Anytime food inspires music such as Moses Mason's "Molly Man" or Robert Johnson's "They're Red Hot," you can guarantee you're in for a treat.

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Storytellers Bring the Blues

A few things are distinct to Mississippi culture: We deal with the heat by complaining about it.

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Get Wild

If you love to fish, hunt or just sit out on a boat, the 26th annual Wildlife Extravaganza is for you.

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The Ones They Haven't Made, Yet

Last Friday, theatrical movie releases reeled back in the shadows of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games opening ceremonies.

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Bob's Love Poems and Tornados

I'll never forget hearing Bob Hudson read poetry at the first Nameless Poets Open Mic poetry night at Suite 106 last summer.

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Here Comes the King

Speaking with Justin Scott, aka Big K.R.I.T., left me with more questions than I began with.

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Dress Better, Test Better

There comes a time when an issue of importance forces you to take a public stand.

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Fondren Hosts 'Greening' Conference

It's all too easy to bring the city to the outdoors by paving over natural habitats, but recently cities are striving to bring the outdoors back to urban areas.

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Divine and Decadent

One of the more memorable parties I have ever attended was a house-warming party on a Sunday afternoon.

Lots of Lowlights

The opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games had its highlights and lowlights.

[The Slate] The Best In Sports In 7 Days

Welcome back, football! It seems like football has been away forever, but starting Sunday and going through February, America's biggest sport is back.

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Poker Run: Not Your Average Race

Under cover of the narrow eaves at Fleet Feet Sports in Ridgeland, all shapes and sizes of runners and walkers huddled together to stay out of the rain.

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The Right Fuel

For serious runners and athletes, working out is a way of life rather than a means to an end.

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7 Innings to Extraordinary Kids

Rafe Esquith, who has taught at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School in Los Angeles since 1984, inspires young students—all from a poor, immigrant community—to become extraordinary students and citizens.

Federal Reserve Says U.S. Economy Slowing, But Takes No New Action

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy is losing strength and repeated a pledge to try to boost growth if hiring remains weak.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves Bashes 'Feel-Good Debt'

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves: “I have a message for people in both parties who are scared of the future of education reform: buckle your seat belts."

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School Daze

Let's just be honest. Whether or not you're still in school, back-to-school time makes you want to shop.

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City Election Blunders Continue

It seems even a trial in which a jury unanimously tossed out the original Ward 3 runoff election wasn't enough to ensure that city election officials got their act straight.

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Why Are Our Kids Last?

Jackson-area child advocacy organizations say Mississippi's kids don't have to be in last place.

Stop Phoning It In

There are problems with elections in this city, problems that every citizen should be worried about.

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Time to Retire

Aunt Tee Tee, the Ghetto Science Team and members of the Compensatory Investment Request Group to create an alternative toward helping disenfranchised people achieve some economic stability.

To The Reverend Jim Futral

To The Reverend Jim Futral, Executive Director, Mississippi Baptist Convention

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Opening the Door

I drive past the abortion clinic on State Street daily. Or rather, I drive past the Jackson Women's Health Center office on State Street daily. Because that's what it is: a medical office.

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Inside The Abortion Clinic Battle

Emily Lyons arrived at work early the morning of Jan. 30, 1998.

Resources for Sexual Assault Victims, Survivors and Those Who Love Them

If you are in danger or need immediate assistance, please call 911.

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A Culinary Dream Made Real

John Bell and Allison Meyer are out to give Jackson a taste of the Americas that's a bit more traditional than a run-of-the-mill Tex-Mex joint.

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Inmates Take Over Jail Pod

After a disturbance at the Hinds County Correctional Facility, law enforcement officers took more than 12 hours to take back and fully secure the facility.

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Laurie Bertram Roberts

When she was 18, Laurie Roberts lay on a hospital table on the edge of life.

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On Milestones and Missions

As we push into August 2012, the Jackson Free Press has a couple of milestones to celebrate and a few to look forward to.

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We Love the '80s

This weekend, the Molly Ringwalds bring their signature sense of camp to Hal & Mal's for the third time.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Power restored in India: Gore Vidal; Romney vs. Obama overseas compared

Fact Check: Romney's 'Free Enterprise' Poland Has Full Healthcare, Free College, E.U. Subsidies

Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney hailed Poland's economy Tuesday as something akin to a Republican dream: a place of small government, individual empowerment and free enterprise.

Today: Get Help with Utility Bills

Entergy and the Salvation Army team up to help residents with energy costs.