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Bin Laden celebration too much or too early?

You knew it was big news when a presidential news conference is announced at 9:30 p.m. on a Sunday night. And it was big news – terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan. The reaction across the country and in most of the world has been that of euphoria, but Editor Don Whitten wonders if we are celebrating and partying a bit too much and a bit too soon. (May 2, 2011, Page 4A)

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    Youngster’s song brings out the worst in critics

    Rebecca Black. “It’s Friday, Friday. Gotta get down on Friday.” Ring a bell now? Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg takes a closer look at the Internet uproar caused by a 13-year-old’s music video, and wonders if we aren’t being a bit too critical of the youngster and of something that’s not that important in the scheme on things. (April 29, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Ode to the tub

      Have you ever noticed the used tub yard west of Oxford? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at the tub and its uses, both before and after it hits the tub yard. (April 29, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Dealing with storms very nerve-racking

        People throughout Lafayette County and surrounding areas spent a hectic 24 hours or so dealing with storms, tornadoes and the threat of them, and will now begin dealing with the aftermath and helping those who suffered major damage. Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at Tuesday night and Wednesday, and hopes for a long spell without any more days like them. (April 28, 2011, Page 4)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Danielle Grose writes to commend the faculty, staff and students at Lafayette Elementary School for their Tornado Action Plan and how they carried it out Wednesday, while Joanne Wilkinson writes to talk about the wonderful Aluminum Show that capped an excellent season of programming at the Ford Center. (April 28, 2011, Page 4)

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            Carr dealing with tragedy of house fire

            Yes, bad things do happen to good people. Just ask Janice Carr, whose home and all her belongings were destroyed last week in a fire. Carr, who’s involved in a large number of community-oriented projects and programs, is dealing with the loss, however, as Editor Don Whitten writes in explaining her positive approach to life’s challenges. (April 27, 2011, Page 4)

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              Foolish Mistakes

              Few aviators complete their careers without escaping dangerous incidents, usually when they have little flying experience. Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates the stories of his two big escapes, one when attempting a foolish maneuver and the other when he almost hit another aircraft. (April 26, 2011, Page 4)

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                Who will join Meridian in policing sagging?

                The Meridian city council recently passed an amendment to the city’s indecent exposure laws that outlaw wearing pants more than three inches below the hip. Editor Don Whitten wonders how long it will be before other cities and towns across the state take on sagging pants and baggy britches. (April 25, 2011, Page 4A)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  Patti C. Harris writes about true unsustainability, noting U.S. plans with taxes, programs, et cetera that have to be paid for by someone. (April 25, 2011, Page 4A)

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                    Easter – what does it mean to you?

                    What is Easter all about? Some youngsters might say bunny rabbits and egg hunts, while others think of days out of school and parties. It is, Editor Don Whitten writes, a religious holiday for most even though we sometimes seem to forget that. (April 22, 2011, Page 4A)

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