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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Don Whitten

Some patrons were happier than others

A night out at a popular local restaurant left Editor Don Whitten and his party, along with other guests, understanding why they say discretion is the better part of valor when it comes to getting along. (April 4, 2014, Page 4A)

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    No billion dollar tourney, but a good one

    Editor Don Whitten admits his billion dollar bracket for the NCAA Tournament didn’t last very long, but he offers several comments and opinions on the first two weeks of the tourney, including a look at the SEC, familiar foes, last-minute strategy and possible rules changes. (April 2, 2014, Page 4)

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      College athletes employees of school? No way

      Are college athletes on scholarship employees of the school? A National Labor Relations Board ruling says they are, opening the door for Northwestern University football players to unionize. Editor Don Whitten disagrees with the ruling and explains his stance on the issue. (March 31, 2014, Page 4)

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        Surprise deaths part of TV series world

        With ratings periods coming around, it’s time in the TV world for changes. Sometimes those changes involve regular characters leaving a series or show. Editor Don Whitten, after seeing a regular killed off the other night in one of his family’s favorites, looks at shocking TV deaths through the years. (March 28, 2014, Page 4A)

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          Collecting coins for the parking meters

          If you’ve been collecting coins to use in parking meters in Oxford, Editor Don Whitten says it looks like you can continue. Whitten takes a look at the ongoing parking saga as the city brings back meters for the first time in 40 years. (March 24, 2014, Page 4A)

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            Seeking more information about Crimea?

            Can you point to Crimea on a world map? How big is this place that’s in the news? Editor Don Whitten writes about the part of the former Soviet Union that Russian President Vladimir Putin appears set to take back from Ukraine. (March 20, 2014, Page 4A)

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              Learning from first class of charter schools

              Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board chairman Tommy Cardin released last week a list of 12 potential charter school programs that could be approved for the state under a law passed last year. Editor Don Whitten looks at the list and wonders how much all educators in the state will learn from the charter schools that gain approval and open in the next year or two. (March 19, 2014, Page 4)

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                Will you give, or get, help when needed?

                First responders to a washout accident in Colorado last fall could be sued for their actions in a rescue, while it remains to be seen what will happen in the recent case in Florida where lifeguards and bystanders stopped a mother from driving herself and her kids into the ocean. Editor Don Whitten wonders how all of this will play out when it comes to the next accident — will people help or get helped because of the concern of lawsuits and criminal charges? (March 17, 2014, Page 4)

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                  Increasing minimum wage a complex issue

                  Increasing the minimum wage will make life more livable for millions; everyone knows that. Increasing the minimum wage will cost jobs; everyone knows that. Both predictions are true, Editor Don Whitten writes as he looks into both sides of a proposal to boost the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016. (March 12, 2014, Page 4)

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                    What’s really behind changes with SAT?

                    The SAT announced last week that it’s making changes in its college entrance exam and the way it is scored, prompting Editor Don Whitten to take a closer look at the issue of college exams and possible reasons behind the SAT’s changes. (March 10, 2014, Page 4)

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