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TODD SMITH — Google launches new effort to flag offensive content

Google is undertaking a new effort to better identify content that is potentially upsetting or offensive to searchers. It hopes this will prevent such content from crowding out factual, accurate and trustworthy information in the top search results. “We’re explicitly avoiding the term ‘fake news,’ because we think it is too vague,” said Paul Haahr, one of Google’s senior engineers ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: MEC has supported tax cuts, tax increases

The highly influential Mississippi Economic Council is touting a House proposal that will take about $50 million out of the state general fund at a time when state tax collections are declining and multiple state agencies are facing cuts and layoffs. MEC believes that money should be diverted from the general fund to a program to improve what the business ...

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WEATHERLY: The magazine life and the death of a writer

The Oxford American was founded 25 years ago. Which doesn’t mean this is its silver anniversary. Not that there is anything dishonest about the current issue proclaiming a quarter-century of publication. It has been down some bumpy roads as it traveled the South to collect what it considers the best writing of the region. So the magazine missed some issues ...

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TODD SMITH — Media outlets receive boost since election

Rants by President Donald Trump and his administration on what they call the “dishonest media” appear to have had an unexpected – and welcome – side effect for some media companies, which have seen record numbers of new subscribers and donations. One of the most widely reported examples of this “Trump bump” is The New York Times, which added 235 ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: May Day shows rural communities can succeed

Rural communities in the South can succeed.    Thomasville, a small town in Alabama’s poor “Black Belt,” has thrived under the leadership of Mayor Sheldon Day. Indeed, Day has his folks believing it is “cool to be rural.”   Census data shows Thomasville with 4,209 residents and a low family poverty rate of 13% compared to 25% for the whole ...

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BRAD PIERCE: Why “I’m just not technical” is no longer an excuse in the C-Suite

I cannot tell you how many board presentations and meetings I have been in and heard “I am just not technical.” Not being “tech savvy” is no longer a valid excuse to not understanding the threats your organization faces and what needs to be done to provide protection. If you are in the budgeting, decision-making or approval process of technology ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Nissan march: running on fumes

A rally was staged Saturday in Canton to protest conditions at the gleaming-white, mile-long Nissan plant. The creation of 6,400 superior jobs does present some situations. Granted, losing fingers in on the job is bad, but, sadly, things like that happen in heavy industry. And keeping the line moving when an employee passes out on the plant floor and later ...

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