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Delivering pizza and practicing the Golden Rule

The story of a pizza delivery driver noticing that one of her elder customers hadn’t ordered anything for several days and helping save the Memphis woman’s life has gone from a regional TV story to a national and international story. Editor Don Whitten sees a hero and also the value of loyalty, commitment and following the Golden Rule. (February 24, 2011, Page 4)

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    Open meetings laws there to protect all of us

    Violations or possible violations of open meetings and records laws are usually made by members of the media to protect the public’s right to know what their government agencies and representatives are doing. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at why the media makes such complaints, and he also comments on a proposed law that would stiffen penalties for violations. (February 23, 2011, Page 4)

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      March madness – even with three more teams

      Increasing the field for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships from 65 to 68 teams made the job of picking the teams much easier for the selection committee, right? Not so, says chairman Gene Smith. Editor Don Whitten, whoenjoyed a bit of “bracketology” during his years covering sports, agrees as he takes a look at the possibilities with the larger field. (February 21, 2011, Page 4)

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        Fundraising 101: Have an irresistible product

        There’s no doubt about one thing the Girl Scouts have learned to do better than their Boy Scout counterparts – pick items to sell for fundraising projects. News Editor Jon Scott has seen both sides, from his days selling flares as a Boy Scout to his current father role in selling Girl Scout cookies, and said there’s no doubt which one does the best. (February 18, 2011, Page 4A)

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          Toy sparks memories of spit balls, paper footballs

          A gun that shoots paper wads – easily made into “spit balls” – 100 feet? Wow. All most folks have for spit ball fights are straws and pens with the ink cartridge taken out. Editor Don Whitten’s look at this newest toy coming out sparked memories of days in grammar school and junior high where spit balls and paper footballs were part of a regular day for young boys. (February 16, 2011, Page 4)

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            Oher’s story gets even more inspirational

            The third book covering the story of former Ole Miss football standout Michael Oher may well be the most inspirational, Editor Don Whitten writes. Oher, who has combined with best-selling author Don Yaeger to give his side of the story in “I Beat The Odds – From Homelessness to The Blind Side and Beyond,” will be at Off-Square Books on Tuesday to sign copies of the just-released book. (February 14, 2011, Page 4A)

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              Forget Valentine’s Day? You’d better not!

              You can miss some holidays and get away with it. But not Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries – and Valentine’s Day. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the sweetheart-oriented holiday that’s coming up Monday and reminds all to not forget their favorite people. (February 11, 2011, Page 4A)

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                Winter wonderland? Bah humbug!

                With another snow storm and freezing temperatures shutting down most of the community, Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks wonders if all those who whined about not having snow are happy now. He longs for warmer days and getting rid of weather-induced sniffles, and is excited about the prospects for the weekend and beyond. (February 10, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Oxford Film Festival features local touch

                  This weekend’s Oxford Film Festival, in its eighth year, will be featuring lots of films directed, produced and filmed locally and featuring local residents in the cast. There are a number of narratives and documentaries with the local touch as well as a couple of non-competing movies and works-in-progress. Editor Don Whitten talks about some of the must-see movies and warns that planning and early arrival is important. (February 9, 2011, Page 4)

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                    Don’t be messing around with my astrological sign

                    How many of you know your astrological sign? Do you know the traits and characteristics for people with that sign, and do they fit you? Now, after hearing that there’s another zodiac sign and period, Editor Don Whitten wonders if he’s really a Leo or now a Cancer? (February 7, 2011, Page 4A)

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