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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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Note to Gov. Bryant: Aunt Bea and Andy can’t fix our schools

It would be easy to pile on the comments Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant made about women and education this week in which he told an audience at a Washington Post event that America’s education mediocrity began when “the mom got in the work place.” However, while many folks, including Bryant, may pine for a kinder, gentler time when Aunt Bea ...

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(VIDEO) Gov. Bryant: Working moms led to nation's education woes

Gov. Phil Bryant told an audience at today’s Washington Post Live event that America’s education mediocrity began when “the mom got in the work place.” The comment is already a top headline trending on washingtonpost.com. The even was intended to focus on the importance of ensuring that children read well by the end of third grade. In a phone interview ...

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Not an Onion headline: U.S. government to spend $890K on nothing

If you are a federal worker on furlough this week — or an airline passenger delayed by federal furloughs — you might save your blood pressure, and go read another story. This one is about all the money the U.S. government spends on . . . nothing. As reported in the Washington Post, it is one of the oddest spending habits in ...

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Views differ on how friendly skies will be without air control towers

The head of the Mississippi Airports Association insists the federal budget cutting responsible for closing air control towers at five of Mississippi’s regional airports won’t jeopardize flight safety. On the other hand, the Federal Aviation Administration concluded in a 1990 study that the risk of a mid-air collision is three times greater around airports without control towers than around those ...

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Cochran says Hagel should ‘not be denied’ Senate vote as defense chief

Several media reports have listed Mississippi’s Thad Cochran as among at least two Senate Republicans who will support allowing a full Senate vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as defense secretary. Late Thursday afternoon, Senate Democrats were forcing a vote to end debate on the nomination of Hagel, bringing to a head a showdown over the confirmation of the former Republican ...

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Raspberry remembered

William Raspberry won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary and collected many other accolades during his long career at the Washington Post, but he never forgot his Mississippi roots. Just weeks after his death in July, Raspberry was recently the latest journalist to be celebrated posthumously in a program at the University of Mississippi’s Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics. ...

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Libor: An opaque scandal erodes confidence in major banks

Last month, one of the biggest financial scandals in history came to light, involving many of the most pre-eminent banks in the world. But public reaction has been so muted that a Los Angeles Times columnist was compelled to ask, “Why aren’t more people furious about the Libor scandal?” In fact, people are. The news media soon will be full ...

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Washington Post: Thompson, Wicker directed public money to private interests

A Washington Post investigation called “Capitol Assets” names members of Congress who have helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to dozens of public projects for work in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by them or their family members. Mississippi’s Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Roger Wicker were named in the report. Rep. Bennie Thompson ...

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