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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Land surveys: More than just a sketch

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We suspect that most licensed surveyors never seriously considered careers in law.  Surveying is a precise business that deals in excruciating exactness.  Lawyers are masters of gray areas and debate, repeatedly uttering the tiresome phrase “on the other hand.”  Surveyors utilize relative positional precision and standard deviations in their efforts to pin down the facts.  Facts are something lawyers prefer ...

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DAVID DALLAS: A Mission of Love to End Racism

Auburn Sandstrom cries while praying at a sidewalk memorial in memory of the shooting victims in front of Emanuel AME Church, Monday, June 22, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.  A week of funerals lie ahead for victims of the Charleston church massacre that killed nine people. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Afew months ago, I started attending Mission Mississippi meetings in my home county. Hosted by different churches and community groups each month, the mission of these prayer groups is to encourage and demonstrate unity across racial and denominational lines. The hope is that communities throughout Mississippi will see practical evidence of the Gospel message among a diverse group of believers. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Academic standards ‘public’ input a joke

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When all is said and done and the board votes in December, we will finally have a set of Mississippi-centric college- and career-ready standards that every person in the state has had an opportunity to comment on,” touted state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright. Not exactly. The input tool provided by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) works for education ...

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BOOK BIZ: This classic story of the Himalayas endures

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In writer and naturalist Peter Matthiessen’s beloved nonfiction work The Snow Leopard, we’re transported to the far-away land of the Himalayas, as he joins biologist George Schaller on a quest to study the rare blue sheep of that region. Both Schaller and Matthiessen hope to catch a glance of the elusive and near-mythic snow leopard, as well, as it stalks ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Big Money, meet Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

When a young, unknown Senator from Illinois named Barrack Obama decided to run for the U.S. President in 2008, he got a lot of money from some peculiar groups, primarily from the U.S. financial industry. These groups had just sent the American economy into a tailspin. They knew there would be no way the American people would elect another Republican ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Loan guaranties: Skin in the game

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M any a furl-browed borrower has questioned a bank’s need for guaranties.  The borrower – excited about his can’t-miss venture – may be slightly offended that the bank even thinks a guaranty is necessary and, contradictorily, hesitant to put his net worth on the line.  Today’s bank – making loans at historically low rates but all too cognizant of several ...

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SUMESH ARORA: A deeper look at innovators in Mississippi

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A s we continue to look at ways of building a culture of innovation in Mississippi, we have to remember that people’s actions create the culture regardless of what type of culture it is.  Take for example the culture of charity.  Mississippi is recognized as one of the most generous states in the country because we have a culture of ...

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THE SPIN CYCLE: Rise in mobile reading could benefit newpaper websites

The average amount of time spent reading newspapers fell more than 25 percent globally from 2010 to 2014 according to a new ZenithOptimedia report. The amount of time spent reading newspapers across the world averaged 16.3 minutes per reader a day last year, down 25.6 percent from the 21.9 minutes daily average in 2010. By 2017 the global average will ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Cochran vs. McDaniel, the final chapter

Chris McDaniel (left) and Sen. Thad Cochran

Perhaps now, nearly a year later, the final chapter has been written in one of the ugliest Republican primary races in U.S. Senate history. It was just too tawdry a tale to end after aging and “established” Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran pulled out a controversial victory over the state’s Tea Party darling, Chris McDaniel. The Tale of the Mississippi’s Republican ...

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MARTY WISEMAN — Presidents going it alone

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There has been quite an “end zone dance” of late by conservative Republicans across the bitterly anti-Obama red states. The reason for such unbridled glee centers upon President Obama’s failure to persuade the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to undo an injunction by a federal judge in Brownsville, Texas.  This injunction blocks the implementation of Obama’s executive order allowing some ...

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