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Photographer Alex North captures coastal beauty

By LISA MONTI Alex North is widely known for his photos that capture the beauty of sunrises and sunsets, the drama of storm clouds and lightning strikes and the graceful movement of shorebirds on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. North considers himself an advocate for the beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast through his photography. “The scenes I shoot are not ...

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Mississippi firm, Duck clan answer the call to help Houston

By JACK WEATHERLY It’s got to be one of the most unusual rescue teams helping out the flood victims in the Houston area. One produces relaxation drink Lean Slow Motion Potion and “hemp-infused brownies,” Kush Cakes, and markets them with a decided hip hop slant. The other manufactures duck calls, and promotes duck hunting and duck culture featuring the Robertson ...

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TODD SMITH — Threat of fake news strengthens trust in traditional media

The rise in “fake news” has strengthened trust in traditional media, according to a recent survey of journalists worldwide. More than half of those surveyed (52 percent) find traditional media to be the most trusted news sources, followed by company websites and news releases (22 percent), according to the Ogilvy Media Influence’s annual global survey of 250-plus reporters and producers ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Book festival brings together thousands for solitary passions

The Mississippi Book Festival is held a week before the thunder of college football season just about drowns out everything else that is good in the state. Thousands packed the rooms of the state Capitol on Saturday for the third annual event celebrating the solitary passions of writing and reading. The sounds of music and smells of cooking emanating from ...

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Morgan Freeman to receive SAG Life Achievement Award in 2018

Morgan Freeman will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award at next year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony. The actors union announced Tuesday that Freeman will accept its highest honor on Jan. 21, 2018. The 80-year-old Freeman has already received lifetime achievement prizes from the American Film Institute and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, among many other acting accolades. He has ...

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Cartoonist Nobile creates his first book

After 20 years as the Mississippi Business Journal’s cartoonist, Ricky Nobile has created his first book — Homegrown, Home Drawn! 45 Years of Mississippi Editorial Cartoons. Nobile will be part of this year’s 2017 Mississippi Book Festival to be held on August 19th on the grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol beginning at 9 am where his book will be available under the ...

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Morgan Freeman series filming footage in Mississippi

Film crews will be in Mississippi to shoot footage for a National Geographic TV series hosted by Morgan Freeman, an Oscar-winning actor who lives in the state. The Oxford Eagle reports filming for an episode of “The Story of Us With Morgan Freeman” will take place Friday in Oxford. The series is set to premier this fall. City officials have approved a location release ...

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Glen Campbell’s last record ‘was therapeutic,’ says daughter

Glen Campbell’s last record, “Adios,” is a swan song for the ailing Grammy-winning performer and TV personality, but his daughter said the recording was also therapeutic for him as well. Campbell, known for his hits such as “Wichita Lineman” and “Gentle on My Mind,” was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. His farewell tour was captured in an Oscar-nominated documentary ...

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