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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ sequel clears the air

“Go Set a Watchman” is the sequel to Harper Lee’s first published novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “Watchman” was written first – as is widely known now thanks to the ballyhooed discovery of the manuscript. Then it was rewritten and turned into the acclaimed, nay, beloved “Mockingbird.” The original manuscript was put away and all but forgotten. “Watchman” removes any ...

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White’s ‘Outcasts’ being taken to the big screen

  Neil White’s memoir, “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts,” details White’s conviction for bank fraud and his incarceration at the Federal Medical Center in Carville, Louisiana, which also housed more than 100 men and women with leprosy. And now, producer Stratton Leopold of Mission: Impossible III fame has hired award-winning writer-producer-director Dax Phelan to pen an adaptation of “In the Sanctuary ...

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Coroner: No evidence B.B. King was poisoned before death

LAS VEGAS — Medical examiners found no evidence to prove the allegation that blues legend B.B. King was poisoned before he died of natural causes in May, according to autopsy findings made public Monday. Tests conducted after two of the musical icon’s 11 adult children said their father had been murdered showed the cause of death was Alzheimer’s disease, plus ...

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38th annual Delta Blues Festival set for Sept. 19

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival will pay tribute this year to the blues legacy of Bobby Rush. The 38th annual festival is scheduled for Sept. 19 in Greenville. Rush, who lives in Jackson, began his musical career on Chicago’s West Side blues circuit in the 1960s, nabbing his first hit, “Chicken Heads” in 1971. His sound ...

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Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s son dies in Mississippi

JACKSON — A son of legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson became rich by winning a court fight over his father’s estate. But even when finances were no longer a concern, an attorney said Claud Johnson kept the gravel truck he had driven for years — a reminder of the hard work that guided his own life. Claud Johnson was ...

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PHIL HARDWICK’S THE ALIBI, a serial novel: Chapter 9 The Chase is On

» Jack Boulder, Mississippi’s premier private investigator, seeks to recover the special Brett Favre MVP exhibit that has been stolen from the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. George Turnage spilled his guts to Jack Boulder. The two men were sitting at the dining room table at the Turnage home at Old Waverly. Across the hall was Turnage’s remarkable ...

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PHIL HARDWICK’S THE ALIBI, a serial novel: Chapter 8 Trophies found at Old Waverly

» Jack Boulder, Mississippi’s premier private investigator, seeks to recover the special Brett Favre MVP exhibit that has been stolen from the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Wednesday, March 4 Jack Boulder arrived at the Elite Restaurant in downtown Jackson at 7:30 a.m. and was shown to a booth next to a mirrored wall. Outside, a chilly rain ...

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PHIL HARDWICK’S THE ALIBI, a serial novel: Chapter 7: Off to Ocean Springs

» Jack Boulder, Mississippi’s premier private investigator, seeks to recover the special Brett Favre MVP exhibit that has been stolen from the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Tuesday, March 3 After interviewing Madison County Supervisor Ruth Ann Tucker, the suspect with an alibi, Jack Boulder called Laura Webster at her Jackson law office to get an update on ...

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Museum of the Mississippi Delta reopens with fresh look

GREENWOOD — The Museum of the Mississippi Delta is open again after a $450,000 renovation that took five months. The museum’s executive director, Cheryl Taylor, told The Greenwood Commonwealth that she’s pleased with the freshly updated space. “I didn’t have a vision of what it was exactly going to look like, but I had a vision that it needed to ...

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Against all odds, Grammy museum rising in Mississippi

Director calls project most advanced music museum in world By Jack Weatherly CLEVELAND — Why would the Grammy organization pick this town in the Delta to establish its first museum outside of Los Angeles? Emily Havens has some food for thought for you. The executive director of the Mississippi Grammy Museum, which will open in November, says it’s understandable, once ...

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