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Opting in – What you are choosing

Beginning this fall, parents of seventh- and 10th-graders in school systems around the state will have to decide if they want their children to take part in a 10-day sex education course – either abstinence-only or abstinence-plus. Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the local options and expresses concerns about what’s ahead. (June 1, 2012, Page 4A)

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    One of America’s icons saved – for now

    There are iconic buildings and sites you look for on city skylines. For Editor Don Whitten, one of those has always been the Astrodome, the first of the large indoor domed stadiums. He takes a closer look at the Houston, Texas, dome and what’s going on with the nearly 50-year-old facility. (May 31, 2012, Page 4)

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      Trip to Texas A&M one well worth taking

      Trips to Bryan-College Station, Texas, will soon become part of Southeastern Conference play for Ole Miss fans, but Rebel baseball fans can get a jump on the trip to take in a sporting event at Texas A&M. Editor Don Whitten, recalling a trip to a regional there years ago, points out some things to see and do in addition to the ballgames. (May 30, 2012, Page 4)

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        Sending a child off to the Big Apple no easy task

        New York – the Big Apple – was a familiar place for staff writer Alyssa Schnugg growing up. Still, Schnugg writes, there are hesitations and concerns as her daughter gets set to leave for a summer internship in the city that never sleeps. (May 24, 2012, Page 4)

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          Information thieves present new problem

          Most of us have heard about phishing – using email messages to “fish” for personal information that could lead to identity theft. What about “smishing,” the newest electronic slight of hand? Editor Don Whitten warns readers about getting smished through text messages. (May 23, 2012, Page 4A)

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            School’s out for summer – what’s next?

            The morning and afternoon traffic lines at the schools are disappearing and a car stereo or two was heard blaring Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.” Editor Don Whitten writes that means it’s time to start making summer vacation plans. What are you thinking about? (May 21, 2012, Page 4)

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              Youth leagues can teach more than the youth

              A recent trip to watch some summer league baseball in Water Valley brought on some exciting action, but also a disturbing exchange involving a fan, a player and an umpire. Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks looks at the situation and what it should teach adults as well as kids. (May 18, 2012, Page 4A)

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                Considering alternatives to defensive driving

                Been in a near fender-bender recently? Know someone who has? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at those near-misses and wonders if bumper cars might help some of the poor drivers pay a little more attention to others. (May 17, 2012, Page 4A)

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                  High school graduation a major milestone

                  Do you remember your graduation ceremony? What about what you did afterward? Editor Don Whitten writes about high school graduation and the few changes through the years as we get ready to honor our high school seniors this weekend. (May 16, 2012, Page 4)

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                    Middle class affected most by tuition crunch

                    Tuition increases at colleges and universities affect everyone, but they usually affect the middle class more. Editor Don Whitten gives Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones’ take on the situation in today’s column. (May 14, 2012, Page 4A)

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