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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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A selfie made beneficial or self-indulgent?

Staff Writer Jerra Scott takes a look at a new trend — the No-makeup Selfies for Cancer Awareness, noting that it started out as a fundraiser but now seems to have gotten away from its original purpose. (April 3, 2014, Page 4)

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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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          Keep your trash; I have enough of my own

          Staff writer Alyssa Schnugg admits that she spends a lot of time cleaning up and picking up —because, in great part, she has two grandchildren living with her. She writes that’s all right; it’s the trash that others throw out of their vehicles that makes its way into her yard that really bothers her. (March 27, 2014, Page 4)

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            Small-town life offers training in impatience

            Living in Oxford has lots of obvious benefits. One of the ones we don’t think about, Senior Staff Writer Lucy Schultze writes about, is that we rarely have to wait very long to get, or do, anything. (March 26, 2014, Page 4)

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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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                ‘Joe’ — not the book, but pretty close

                Movie versions of books often leave a lot out and a lot to be desired. An exception, Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks writes after watching a special screening earlier this week, might be the film version of the late Larry Brown’s novel, “Joe.” (March 21, 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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