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Man who vandalized Ole Miss statue gets 6 months in prison

A former University of Mississippi student who admitted helping place a noose on a statue of a civil rights activist is going to prison. WTVA-TV reports a federal judge Thursday in Oxford sentenced Graeme Phillip Harris to six months in prison beginning Jan. 4, and 12 months’ supervised release. Harris’ lawyer argued he didn’t deserve jail time. Harris pleaded guilty ...

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1 Miss. flag initiative withering, but supporter plans more


JACKSON — One proposal to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is about to die. But, a flag supporter says others are being filed. Greg Stewart is director of Biloxi’s Beauvoir, the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. He’s among those pushing a ballot initiative to enshrine Mississippi’s flag design in the state constitution. Stewart says ...

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OUR VIEW: Our new flag will be a sight to behold


In general relativity, an event horizon is a boundary in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. In layman’s terms, it is defined as “the point of no return”, the point at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible. In Mississippi we passed an event horizon in 2001. That’s when Mississippi held a ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi’s thin racial veneer

Race persists as a predominant part of Mississippi life. There are the disparities revealed by objective facts:   Most Republicans are white. Most African-Americans are Democrats. All statewide elected officials are white. Most prison inmates are black. Most wealthy Mississippians, business owners, bank executives, physicians, and plant managers are white. Most poverty-level Mississippians and non-elderly Medicaid recipients are black. Most ...

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Barbour says 'tar babies' quote not meant to offend

JACKSON — Former Gov. Haley Barbour acknowledges he used the term “tar babies” to describe President Barack Obama’s policies, but says “neither the context nor the connotation was intended to offend.” The website Politico first reported Barbour made the remark during a Nov. 6 conference call with clients of the Washington lobbying firm he founded, BGR. In a statement sent ...

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Ex-housing official, Ann Jefferson, loses appeal

JACKSON, Mississippi — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority and her 32-month prison sentence. The ruling was issued Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. » READ MORE about this story … Ann Jefferson was convicted in ...

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UPDATE — Why is the history-depraved Smithville principal such a chicken?

From a Clarion Ledger report, the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s 13 private schools won’t be going anywhere, at least not anytime soon. A proposal aimed at banning private schools from the association stalled Thursday morning, when members of the MHSAA Executive and Legislative Council failed to motion the proposal forward. “There was no discussion,” MHSAA executive director Don Hinton ...

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Construction of Mississippi museums may be just few weeks away

The State of Mississippi is scheduled to select a general contractor Sept. 26 for phase one of a pair of museums whose construction is projected to run $80 million. The contract award — which could go as high as $40 million — is a prelude to an Oct. 24 groundbreaking for the long-awaited Mississippi Museum of History and the accompanying ...

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'Colonel Reb' title now 'Mr. Ole Miss'

OXFORD — When students at the University of Mississippi vote this fall on their favorite campus personalities, “Colonel Reb” won’t be on the ballot. Instead, students will pick from candidates for “Mr. Ole Miss,” a popularly elected male honor roughly equivalent to the female honor “Miss Ole Miss.” Fall personality elections are Sept. 24 Student judicial leaders last spring declared ...

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