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TODD SMITH — Holiday sales set records for Cyber Monday, Black Friday

Cyber Monday sales vaulted to a multi-billion-dollar record, easily surpassing last year’s total, marking the largest online shopping day of all time in the U.S. Based on data from Adobe Analytics – which tracks hundreds of retail websites – sales soared to $9.4 billion by the end of Cyber Monday, growing 19.7 percent year over year and beating last year’s record of nearly $8 billion. That’s on ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Ranking the professions

Each year the Gallup organization surveys Americans to determine how they feel about certain professions. The December 2018 survey revealed that nurses rated highest for honesty and ethics for 17th consecutive year. Members of Congress and telemarketers rated lowest. Below are the rankings for each profession. Respondents in the survey were asked the following question: Please tell me how you ...

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Analysis: Auditor continues push on non-classroom spending

State Auditor Shad White is continuing his push to get Mississippi school districts to cut non-classroom spending. A report that the Republican auditor’s office released in mid-November finds that Mississippi spends more on such purposes than most other states. He’s calling on districts to do more to streamline or cut spending on assistant principals, principals, superintendents and central offices and redirect the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will the light of Christmas reveal our leaders to be naughty or nice?

As we adults bumble into this Christmas season (Advent started December 1st), some of our attention should turn toward our behavior and that of our favorite leaders. When “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” written in 1934 by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, gets to “Oh, he’s making a list and checking it twice; He’s gonna find out who’s ...

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Analysis: Espy says he’s better prepared for 2020 campaign

Democrat Mike Espy says he has a clearer strategy to win a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi in 2020 than he had when he ran for the same seat last year. Espy anticipates another showdown with Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who defeated him in a November 2018 special election runoff. In announcing his 2020 candidacy Nov. 12, Espy said he ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Is Black Friday shopping ruining family-friendly Thanksgiving?

Happy Black Friday, er, I mean Thanksgiving. Yes, super shopping day Black Friday seems to be more top of the mind these days than family-friendly holiday Thanksgiving. Guess that’s just another example of how our lives have become much more transactional than relational.  “With maxims like ‘what’s in it for me’, ‘I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine’, and ...

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ROGER WICKER — Stand with Hong Kong protesters

For almost six months, the people of Hong Kong have taken to the streets to protest the abuses of the Chinese Communist Party. Recent clashes make clear that police are stepping up their cruelty, with beatings becoming the go-to tactic of repression and rubber bullets occasionally being replaced by live ammunition. Despite this brutality, the brave protesters are continuing to ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — You only thought no man was above the law

The use of that misleading axiom “no man is above the law” should be restricted to political rallies and bars. Our Orwellian laws make some men (and women) more equal than others. The aspirational maxim may conjure an image of a blindfolded, toga-clad Lady Justice, holding antiquated scales in her right hand and a quick sword in her left.  That ...

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TODD SMITH — Not milk? Largest brand buys the farm

Not Milk! With a nod to one of the greatest branding campaigns in the world – who can forget Got Milk! – our society has increasingly tossed the jug and opted for tea and soft drinks instead. This alarming trend recently led to the nation’s biggest milk producer filing for bankruptcy. Dean Foods blamed a decadelong drop in milk consumption ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — People learn in different ways so figure it out

People learn in different ways. And no one way is best in every situation. Experts say there are basically three types of learners: » Listening learners; » Seeing learners; and » Touch/experience learners When it comes to training a team to do a certain task to learn something, the best method might not be showing them how to do something, ...

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