Posts Tagged ‘Justice Department’

Rival plans filed to end Cleveland schools federal oversight

CLEVELAND — Local school officials and the Justice Department have filed with a Mississippi federal court competing plans to desegregate the Cleveland, Miss., school system. The Cleveland school district is seeking to come out from under federal oversight that has been in place since 1965, when plaintiffs sued the Bolivar County school system, including Cleveland, […] [...]

With judge’s ruling, cleanup of old Kerr-McGee site can begin

COLUMBUS — A judge has cleared the way for the Environmental Protection Agency to get started on the cleanup of the old Kerr-McGee Chemical Plant in Columbus. The EPA is putting $68 million into cleaning up the 90-acre site that was shut down in 2003, as well as other places where creosote is located. In […] [...]

Noted civil rights attorney Doar dies at 92

WASHINGTON — John Doar, a top Justice Department civil rights lawyer in the 1960s who fought to protect voting rights in the South, has died at age 92. His son, Burke Doar, says Doar died today in New York of heart failure. Doar was a Justice Department civil rights lawyer from 1960 to 1967, serving […] [...]

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Hello, Mr. President, can you hear me now?

My kids, all three of them, are really big fans of President Obama. It has nothing to do with their political affiliation, mind you, considering they are all 8 and under. My 7- and 8-year-olds got to meet him and shake his hand when he was running for president back in ’08, and, from then […] [...]

Federal prosecutor’s memoir highlights his law and order career

Retired federal prosecutor John Hailman’s book “From Midnight to Guntown” is a page-turning, tell-all of some of the U.S. Attorney Office’s best-known as well as obscure cases in North Mississippi from bank robbers to corrupt supervisors. With twisty plots and colorful characters reminiscent of a John Grisham thriller, Hailman offers a candid and captivating perspective […] [...]

BP’s ability questioned as Gulf oil chokes marshes

BARATARIA BAY, La. — The Gulf of Mexico oil spill seeped miles deeper into Louisiana’s fragile marshes, making it tougher to clean up or to rescue wildlife like the brown pelican, as the federal government questioned whether BP will be able plug its blown-out well on the seabed. With frustration mounting at the global oil […] [...]

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