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Don Whitten

Delivering pizza and practicing the Golden Rule

The story of a pizza delivery driver noticing that one of her elder customers hadn’t ordered anything for several days and helping save the Memphis woman’s life has gone from a regional TV story to a national and international story. Editor Don Whitten sees a hero and also the value of loyalty, commitment and following the Golden Rule. (February 24, 2011, Page 4)

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    Open meetings laws there to protect all of us

    Violations or possible violations of open meetings and records laws are usually made by members of the media to protect the public’s right to know what their government agencies and representatives are doing. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at why the media makes such complaints, and he also comments on a proposed law that would stiffen penalties for violations. (February 23, 2011, Page 4)

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      March madness – even with three more teams

      Increasing the field for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships from 65 to 68 teams made the job of picking the teams much easier for the selection committee, right? Not so, says chairman Gene Smith. Editor Don Whitten, whoenjoyed a bit of “bracketology” during his years covering sports, agrees as he takes a look at the possibilities with the larger field. (February 21, 2011, Page 4)

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        Toy sparks memories of spit balls, paper footballs

        A gun that shoots paper wads – easily made into “spit balls” – 100 feet? Wow. All most folks have for spit ball fights are straws and pens with the ink cartridge taken out. Editor Don Whitten’s look at this newest toy coming out sparked memories of days in grammar school and junior high where spit balls and paper footballs were part of a regular day for young boys. (February 16, 2011, Page 4)

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          Oher’s story gets even more inspirational

          The third book covering the story of former Ole Miss football standout Michael Oher may well be the most inspirational, Editor Don Whitten writes. Oher, who has combined with best-selling author Don Yaeger to give his side of the story in “I Beat The Odds – From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond,” will be at Off-Square Books on Tuesday to sign copies of the just-released book. (February 14, 2011, Page 4A)

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            Forget Valentine’s Day? You’d better not!

            You can miss some holidays and get away with it. But not Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries – and Valentine’s Day. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the sweetheart-oriented holiday that’s coming up Monday and reminds all to not forget their favorite people. (February 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Oxford Film Festival features local touch

              This weekend’s Oxford Film Festival, in its eighth year, will be featuring lots of films directed, produced and filmed locally and featuring local residents in the cast. There are a number of narratives and documentaries with the local touch as well as a couple of non-competing movies and works-in-progress. Editor Don Whitten talks about some of the must-see movies and warns that planning and early arrival is important. (February 9, 2011, Page 4)

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                Don’t be messing around with my astrological sign

                How many of you know your astrological sign? Do you know the traits and characteristics for people with that sign, and do they fit you? Now, after hearing that there’s another zodiac sign and period, Editor Don Whitten wonders if he’s really a Leo or now a Cancer? (February 7, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Nonpartisan voting would be easier, cheaper

                  With nonpartisan – no party affiliation – voting, recent races have been settled easily and simply. Editor Don Whitten points to these races and what’s ahead with primaries this summer as proof that we should consider wide-open elections, particularly when it involves local offices. (February 2, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Who suffers in pro sports work stoppages?

                    Who’s gonna get locked out? Who’s gonna strike? Will we have NFL football, NBA basketball or NHL hockey next season? Editor Don Whitten ponders these questions as it looks more and more like one or more of the leagues will have one of their every-so-often conflicts between millionaire players and even-richer owners. (January 31, 2011, Page 4)

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