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Pre-spring fun: dream real estate purchases

Got a few extra dollars – a few million – gathering dust? Looking for a real estate bargain? Editor Don Whitten takes a fun-filled look around the world of high-dollar, celebrity-oriented real estate as he prices a mobster’s home, Truman Capote’s spread and some private islands. What better way to spend a dreary late-winter, pre-spring day? (February 28, 2011, Page 4)

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    Animals recognized, finally

    It appears Mississippi is catching up to the rest of the country when it comes to protecting our pets and punishing those who mistreat them. Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a closer look at some of the bills dealing with the issue that are moving through the Legislature. (February 25, 2011, Page 4A)

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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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