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Late attorney Doar was trusted advocate for racial equality

JACKSON — U.S. Justice Department attorney John Doar earned respect among Mississippi civil-rights activists in the 1960s as a trusted advocate who was committed to the ideals of racial equality. Doar was 92 when he died of congestive heart failure Nov. 11 in New York. Activists in Mississippi, including Flonzie Brown-Wright of Jackson, believe it’s important to remember his legacy. ...

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Rust College being honored with marker on Freedom Trail

HOLLY SPRINGS — The role of Rust College students during the Civil Rights era will be commemorated with a marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail tomorrow. The unveiling will take place at 4 p.m. on Rust Avenue, across from the main entrance to the Rust College campus. The public is encouraged to attend. The Mississippi Freedom Trail was launched in ...

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ALAN TURNER: Farewell to the orange and blue of Southwest Airlines

As we reported previously, Southwest Airlines has left Jackson for greener pastures. Most of us in Jackson are probably sorry to see those orange and blue planes fly away and not return, because it’s bound to limit our travel options, potentially increase costs, and generally take away some measure of convenience.  A great airport is essential to the growth and ...

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WaPo obituary hails hero of Emmett Till trial

Willie Reed did not know Emmett Till, the young black man whose murder in the Mississippi Delta became one of the most infamous lynchings in the history of the Jim Crow South. Mr. Reed saw him only once — on Aug. 28, 1955, during the last hours of Till’s life — in the back of a green and white Chevrolet ...

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WaPo: At 80, Myrlie Evers-Williams unhaunted by Mississippi ghosts

OXFORD, Mississippi — Myrlie Evers-Williams moves gingerly about the crowd, slowed by her 80-year-old knees. The University of Mississippi chancellor, who has invited her to speak at commencement exercises, takes her hand to lead her down a flight of stairs. Students, black and white, ask to pose for a photo with her as she makes her way to the stage. ...

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Skylar Laine returns home after 'American Idol' run

JACKSON — “American Idol” contestant Skylar Laine is back home in Brandon, for a few days. A crowd of family, friends and hometown fans greeted her Wednesday at the Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in Jackson. Laine made it to the show’s Top 5 before being voted out last week. She says it’s great to be home, and she’s looking ...

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Waller eulogized as transformative Miss. governor

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr. was remembered Saturday as a transformative figure who helped the state move beyond its segregationist politics during his tenure from 1972 to 1976. More than 1,000 people attended Waller’s funeral at First Baptist Church in downtown Jackson. Hundreds more streamed through the Capitol rotunda earlier in the day, where his open casket, ...

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Former Gov. Bill Waller dies

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr., 85, died today. On Tuesday Waller was admitted to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, his law office confirmed. Waller served as governor from 1972-76 — a time when Mississippi governors were limited to one term. He ran unsuccessfully for the state’s highest office in 1967, but went on to win the 1971 ...

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