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Grammy Museum attendance exceeds expectations in first month

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Grammy Museum Mississippi staff expected about 3,500 visitors in the first month after it opened on March 5, said Executive Director Emily Havens. The number was more than 5,000 – in line with the first-year projections of 65,000 for the museum in Cleveland, Havens said. “We’re tracking zip codes, states and countries,” she said. “We’ll start ...

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TODD SMITH — Twitter scores NFL streaming deal for 2016 games

Twitter has scored a big win for streaming live NFL games next fall! The social media company beat out heavyweights including Amazon and Verizon for global rights to stream the Thursday night games the league will host next season. The win gives Twitter the ability to show the games to users around the world, without requiring them to sign in ...

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Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show, citing state’s new law

BILOXI — Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is canceling a performance this week in Mississippi, citing the state’s new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples. Adams said in a statement Sunday night that he was canceling a show Thursday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. The singer says he can’t “in ...

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Major studios, Motion Picture Assoc. of America decry new religion law

By TED CARTER Representatives of Warner Bros., Sony Pictures and Universal have joined the Motion Picture Association of America in opposing Mississippi’s religion-based law that allows circuit court clerks, faith organizations and businesses to refuse service to gay people and others. In response to a query Friday, the Motion Picture Association of America said of the Mississippi law, “The MPAA ...

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Mississippi plays host to tourists, business travelers by the millions

By LISA MONTI Leisure and business travelers arrive in Mississippi by the millions every year to play or work at the state’s wide ranging event and entertainment venues, historical sites, state parks and various attractions. For small groups and family reunions to major conventions, meeting planners can choose from a variety of outstanding attractions and accommodations across the state. Options are ...

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State film office won’t address movie industry reaction to anti-gay law

By TED CARTER The state agency that recruits movie and television production to Mississippi said Thursday no films or shows in production have pulled out of the state in protest of a new religion-focused law that opponents say legalizes discrimination. But beyond that, neither the Film Office nor the Mississippi Development Authority that oversees the office has anything to say. ...

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Mississippi Braves — Some things new, some things old for 2016

By TED CARTER The Mississippi Braves will have the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in town April 7 to mark the start of their  11th season at Pearl’s Trustmark Park. First pitch is 7 p.m. The 2016 season for the Double A Southern League club brings the return of many of the same promotions as last year, minus the bobblehead doll giveaways ...

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BOOK BIZ — An arresting memoir about childhood, illness and loneliness

Lucy Grealy’s remarkable memoir, “Autobiography of a Face,” was published over twenty years ago. Discovering it now leaves me wondering how I missed it all this time, but grateful that I finally read it. Grealy was diagnosed at age nine with Ewing’s sarcoma, an extremely rare form of bone cancer that most often affects children and adolescents. For Grealy, the ...

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Dorothy Moore: From Farish Street to the world

By JACK WEATHERLY A woman sat on a stool, microphone in hand, while she and a keyboardist noodled on a song on the “front porch” of the museum. She sounded pretty good. No. Much better than that. They were working on a song, “Misty Blue.” The singer was Dorothy Moore, the Jackson native who made the tune a standard in the recording ...

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Cleveland moving from hospitality to hosting

By JACK WEATHERLY Cleveland will be turning a page in its hospitality handbook to a chapter titled hosting. The Grammy Museum Mississippi, which opened its doors on Saturday, is expected to attract 30,000 visitors in the first year. That figure, adapted from a study on the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, projected a direct and indirect impact of up to ...

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