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Former corrections commissioner Cabana dies at 67

HATTIESBURG — Donald A. Cabana, who ran the state penitentiary at Parchman and wrote about his experiences with death row inmates, has died. He was 67. Mississippi corrections officials say Cabana died yesterday at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg after a long illness. Funeral services are pending. Cabana spent 40 years in corrections including stints as warden at Parchman and ...

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Ex-chamber director Neill retires to his books

The Delta city of Leland has lost the leader of its chamber of commerce, but has gained a full-time author. Robert Neill has retired as executive director of the Leland Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held for the past seven. His resignation was effective Sept. 30. A three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, Neill said he plans on focusing on ...

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Faulkner heirs' lawsuit against Sony dismissed

OXFORD — A federal judge in Mississippi has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in Paris” improperly used one of William Faulkner’s most famous lines. Faulkner Literary Rights, LLC sued Sony Pictures Classics Inc. in October in U.S. District Court in Oxford Faulkner’s hometown. The lawsuit said a character in the movie took a line from ...

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Lawsuit over Faulkner quote will go to trial in 2014

OXFORD — A lawsuit filed by William Faulkner’s heirs over a quote in the Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris” has been scheduled for trial April 7, 2014, in U.S. District Court in Oxford. The Faulkner estate sued Sony Pictures Classics Inc. in October 2011, saying the company infringed on copyright when actor Owen Wilson slightly misquoted a line from ...

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Faulkner heirlooms going up on auction block

OXFORD — It’s a literary treasure trove. William Faulkner’s 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature. The Legion d’Honneur medal presented to him by France in 1951. Faulkner’s Nobel handwritten acceptance speech draft. All in an estate package that includes 26 letters and postcards sent by Faulkner, 25 leather-bound columns of the author’s work and manuscripts of “The Trapper Story,” ”Vision in ...

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Appeal of lawsuit against 'King of Torts' authors reinstated

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has reinstated the appeal of a lawsuit against a former federal prosecutor and a political blogger over a book they co-wrote about the judicial corruption case involving former attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. In 2011, FBI agent Hal Neilson sued authors Tom Dawson and Alan Lange and a publishing company. The lawsuit alleged Dawson, a ...

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