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BOOK BIZ — This story of orchids and Florida captivates

» The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Passion and Obsession    
By Susan Orlean 
Published by Ballantine Books    
$14.95 softback

Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief is, quite simply, a wonder. You’ll find yourself fascinated (perhaps unexpectedly) by all the twists and turns and divergent paths Orlean takes you on. Inspired by a small newspaper article she read about the arrest of four men (three Seminoles, one white) for the theft of rare orchids from a protected Florida swamp, in Orlean’s ...

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ALAN TURNER: Taylor Sledge a rising entrepreneur

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Taylor Sledge is one of the group of young, aggressive entrepreneurs who are passionately working to build businesses and create jobs in Mississippi. As Chairman and owner of Sledge & Company, Taylor has built a successful business in the financial services sector.  He started the business eight years ago, when he was just 22, and today, the business has clients ...

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WILSON CROCKETT: Making the most of your summer internship

As you progress through your college career, the thought of finding a full-time job becomes more and more daunting. In the engineering field, more specifically the civil engineering field, there are many routes one can take upon graduation. For me, this provided quite a bit of uncertainty with regard to how I wanted to spend my career. I found that ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER: The BIG secrets of enthusiastic emotional engagement

What is engagement? Better stated, how can you engage other people to become interested in you and your product or service? Dale Carnegie (How to Win Friends and Influence People) says by becoming interested in them. And he’s partially right. The reality, and the secret of engagement is that BOTH people must be mutually engaged and mutually interested, and BOTH ...

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TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE: 5 ways to win with data-driven marketing

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Data-driven marketing has come to the forefront for companies that want to better engage their customers and prospects. With data-driven marketing, firms are able to gather, integrate, and assess data from a variety of internal and external sources to help enhance value. In “The Value of Data: Consequences for Insight, Innovation, and Efficiency in the U.S. Economy,” the Direct Marketing ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Riding with B.B.

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My big sister would tune the brown tabletop radio to WDIA, the pioneering black-music format station in Memphis. She listened when my father wasn’t around. If he caught her listening to that station, he’d say: “Turn off that music!” Except he would add an adjective or two that I won’t use here. One of the disc jockeys on that first-of-its-kind ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi’s greatest ambassador ‘irreplaceable’

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The “King of the Blues,” Mississippi’s B.B. King, passed away last week. His trajectory to fame and fortune was much like that of Elvis Presley’s, the “King of Rock and Roll.” Both were born in Mississippi and moved up to Memphis to hit it big. But this King, B.B. King, did so much more for his home state of Mississippi. ...

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Analysis: 6 new judge posts on Mississippi’s Nov. 3 ballot

Voters in some parts of central and southern Mississippi will elect new judges this fall because legislators created three new judgeships for chancery court and three for circuit court. Lawmakers file a handful of bills each session to seek additional judges for their regions. State law specifies what criteria should be considered, including population of the district, the number of ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: ‘GOT ’EM’ post on Hattiesburg deaths hateful

“GOT ’EM” shrieked the Facebook post by a Subway worker in Laurel. “Two police officers shot tonight in Hattiesburg.! – GOT ’EM” read the whole post. (Subway said it fired the employee.)  This was Laurel, Mississippi, not Ferguson, Missouri, or Baltimore, Maryland! We face growing sub-cultures, linked-up and emboldened by social media and the Internet, that target law enforcement and ...

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