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How do you pick your answers, candidates?

When picking an answer on a quiz or voting in an election, did you realize you’re more likely to pick the first option if you’re not very sure about which to pick? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at that slight edge and its effect on elections. (October 12, 2011, Page 4)

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    Amendment 26 getting groups to act political

    One of the more interesting movements against Proposition 26, the “Personhood Amendment,” is that by local groups that are normally not very political. Staff writer Melanie Addington takes a look at some of those involved in passing along information and influencing people about the issue that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. (October 11, 2011, Page 4)

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      Laws that could make things easier

      When state Rep. Johnny Stringer issued a release after Gov. Haley Barbour signed his bill that allowed driver’s licenses to be renewed every eight years, he said it was a good law because it would make things easier for people and eliminate frustration. Editor Don Whitten offers up a few more suggestions for laws that would probably do the same for a number of citizens. (October 10, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused

        Oxford EAGLE Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks takes a look at the past, present and future as he prepares for the biggest weekend of his life – his wedding. (October 7, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Bullying changes – and not for the better

          Bullying continues to be a problem, so much so that October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at changes in bullying through the years and notes that it’s a problem we all need to deal with. (October 5, 2011, Page 4)

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            $3 a gallon gas is better, but why not $2?

            It’s always good to see gasoline prices fall, but Editor Don Whitten wonders if we haven’t gotten too accustomed to higher prices if we think a drop to $3 is that good. He takes a look at the effect of high gas prices and wonders if we’ll ever see $2 a gallon fuel again. (October 3, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Art’s message also important

              Sometimes things get lost in translation, and staff writer Melanie Addington writes that is what happened this week with the controversy over the “Scratch and Sniff” art showing in Oxford. Addington talks about the purpose and message of the actual art and how it was overlooked because of all of the talk about where the show would be held. (September 30, 2011, Page 4A)

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                Art show interference sets troubling precedent

                Oxford EAGLE News Editor Jonathan Scott expresses concern that Mayor Pat Patterson’s recent involvement in one particular artist’s show and its appropriateness to be displayed at The Powerhouse could be setting a precedent that seriously affects the growing local art community. Scott takes a closer look at the actions surrounding the “Scratch and Sniff” show, and suggests that the Arts Council ought to have more say than the mayor in what is displayed. (September 29, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Are we seeing the effects of a curse on the Rebels?

                  There’s the Curse of the Bambino, the Curse of the Goat, the Sports Illustrated jinx, et cetera? Is there a Curse of the Rebels or something akin to that to add to the list. Editor Don Whitten’s not so sure, but he still examines the situation while taking a look at other “curses.” (September 28, 2011, Page 4)

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                    M-Club Hall of Fame inductees a special group

                    The M-Club inducts a new class of former Ole Miss athletes and coaches each fall into its Hall of Fame, and Editor Don Whitten says members of this year’s class hold special meanings to him as a writer, fan and member of the community. (September 26, 2011, Page 4A)

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