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LYNN LOFTON — Gray hair, travel deals, ice cream and other serious Covid issues

Oh great, Harvard researchers are saying that stress causes hair to turn gray. I think we sort of knew that before but now it must be so if Harvard says it, right? Show me anyone in the U.S. who isn’t stressed right now and I’ll show you a five year old. In fact my five-year-old granddaughter thinks everything is just ...

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LAW ELEVATED — NLRA considerations during COVID-19 pandemic

As if employers and their HR personnel do not have enough to deal with, all must be mindful of the protections and prohibitions found under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when addressing the many employment-related issues brought on by the coronavirus. Whether you have a union or not, the NLRA can be implicated when making difficult employment decisions in order ...

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BRETT KITTREDGE — A path toward recovery in Mississippi

The spread of the coronavirus pandemic has uprooted many in this country, and all over the world. Kids are at home. The same place many of us are working. If you still have a job at all. Things are being done differently. We watch church online. We use Zoom video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings. We pick up our groceries ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Thanks to all our heroes helping during this pandemic

As we Mississippians know well, crises bring out the best and worst of us. Heroes emerge to do all sorts of innovative and caring things. Villains emerge to take advantage of the suffering in myriad ways. We should be thankful for the heroes among us and celebrate them. Here is a small collection of stories about those making a positive ...

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Analysis: More jail review sought over coronavirus concerns

The coronavirus pandemic is prompting the Mississippi attorney general and the state public defender to seek a temporary change in rules governing the criminal justice system. The goal is to require more frequent judicial review of conditions for pretrial detainees — people being held in county jails as they wait to go before a grand jury or to trial. Many ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Home, not so alone

There is something ancient about all of this. There is an invisible killer threatening everyone, regardless of where you live. In the ghetto, on the street, in a gated community, in the city, the countryside, north, south, east or west. It is as old as the plagues of the Middle Ages. And older. Instead of the blood of a lamb ...

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BRIAN ESTES — What impact will COVID-19 have on commercial real estate.

As I’m writing this column, my family and I have quarantined ourselves in our home with limited trips to the store, office and to see extended family. Unfortunately, both of my parents are recovering from cancer so I have not been able to visit either one of them for fear that I might possibly bring the virus unknowingly to them.  ...

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TODD SMITH — Consumers have confidence brands can lead in Coronavirus response

Edelman’s trust barometer has previously identified a shift in consumer sentiment where more people are valuing the actions of brands over institutions like the media and government. That trend has jumped to center stage in a more significant way as countries around the world scramble to respond to a coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in a climbing human toll and upturned industries. ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Mortgage process illustrates solving pandemic economy not simple

It will be a sad and desperate time in a few months when millions of laid-off homeowners receive foreclosure notices. Add to that, the thousands of renters and commercial leaseholders who will face eviction. Is this a problem that can be solved now? And who will solve it? One idea is to simply call a timeout. Consider how a timeout ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — ‘Blackwood’ takes us on a journey into the darkness

‘In the midway of this our mortal life, I found me in a gloomy wood, astray.’ – Dante’s Inferno, Canto 1, lines 1, 2 Michael Farris Smith has taken two Southern jokes and turned them on their literary heads. Kudzu and ghosts are not worthy of serious fiction unless in the hands of a master storyteller, such as Smith in his ...

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