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It’s time for “Life After College for Dummies”

Do you know someone who’s graduating from Ole Miss this weekend. Perhaps you have a relative or neighbor who’s finishing his or her college days and is about to join the “real” world. Editor Don Whitten gives a CliffsNotes version of tips for college graduates ranging from jobs to housing to money. (May 11, 2011, Page 4)

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    Trying to figure out our local gasoline prices

    While there’s a report that gasoline prices could start dropping, they have been doing just the opposite for quite a while now and are nearing the $4 a gallon mark. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the longstanding concern among local citizens about prices being higher in Oxford and Lafayette County than in towns and counties less than an hour away. (May 9, 2011, Page 4A)

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      Celebrating the lady we couldn’t do without

      It’s time for the busiest phone day of the year and one of the busiest days for cards. So what day is it – Mother’s Day, of course. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at our mothers and all they have done, and do, for us while urging all of us to show a little love this weekend to the lady responsible for us being here. (May 6, 2011, Page 4A)

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        Mental health

        With May being Mental Health Month and this week being Children’s Mental Health Week, staff writer Melanie Addington takes a closer look at the struggles we and our loved ones often have and our journeys to seek assistance. (May 5, 2011, Page 4)

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          Prices rising – and not just for gasoline

          Everyone notices when gasoline prices rise, especially when they near a noted level such as $4 a gallon. Editor Don Whitten has noticed, because of spending figures he’s seeing in his bank statement, a marked rise in the cost of food and household supplies at the grocery store, and he takes a look at some of the causes. (May 4, 2011, Page 4)

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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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                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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                  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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                    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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