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It’s almost too hot for heat-related jokes

With temperatures moving into triple-digits and “feels like” temps in the 120s, it’s not surprising that there are a lot of “How hot was it?” and “It was so hot that …” jokes floating around. Editor Don Whitten passes along some he’s heard recently before getting serious and giving some helpful hints for dealing with the extreme heat now and ahead. (August 6, 2010, Page 4A)

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    That time of the year

    Staff Writer Melanie Addington urges parents to get involved with their children’s education, and notes the excitement at her house as her son gets ready for his first day as a seventh-grader. (August 5, 2010, Page 4)

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      Weatherly very deserving of latest honor

      Former Pontotoc High School and Ole Miss football standout Jim Weatherly, who followed his gridiron career with even more success as a singer and songwriter, will be honored with “Jim Weatherly Day” this weekend in his hometown of Pontotoc. Editor Don Whitten, a longtime Weatherly fan, tells why. (August 4, 2010, Page 4)

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        Airline ‘extra’ fees can add up quickly

        Oxford Town Editor Jeff McVay’s vacation involved flying from Memphis to the West Coast and back, and could have been a very expensive trip had McVay opted for some of the things now considered “extras’ on flights – checked baggage, extra baggage, taking his dog, et cetera. Editor Don Whitten and McVay looked up a short list and found McVay could have been out more than $500 extra had he not limited himself to one carry-on bag and left his dog at home. (August 2, 2010, Page 4)

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          Coming to Oxford – a little ahead of schedule

          Assistant News Editor Anne Pringle planned, like many, to retire in Oxford. Sometimes, however, things change and that’s what happened to her, bringing her to Oxford a bit sooner than expected. Pringle writes about the adjustments she and her daughter are making as they get accustomed to living in the community. (July 30, 2010, Page 4A)

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            Remembering the Lorenzen Wright I knew

            Editor Don Whitten looks back over years of contact with former Lafayette High School, University of Memphis and NBA standout Lorenzen Wright after learning Wednesday that Wright’s body had been found outside Memphis. (July 29, 2010, Page 4)

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              Who cooks your barbecue ribs?

              Editor Don Whitten notes that there are more and more local and regional barbecue joints and restaurants, sparking a trip back in time to when there weren’t very many options outside of those cooked at home. Who’s your favorite – the Rendezvous, Corky’s, Dreamland or any of several top-notch local barbecue specialists? (July 28, 2010, Page 4)

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                UM professors top list for Speaker of the House

                Did you know that the Constitution does not require the person elected as Speaker of the House to be an elected U.S. Representative. Editor Don Whitten, who learned that bit of info earlier this week, takes a look at the possibilities of someone else – he suggests UM professors John Winkle and Ron Rychlak – taking Nancy Pelosi’s position of power. (July 23, 2010, Page 4A)

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                  Girl Scouts provides more than delicious cookies

                  News Editor Jonathan Scott recalls his days as a Boy Scout and all that it did for him, and then relates that to the same types of things that girls get from Girl Scouts. A recent trip as a chaperone for some local Girl Scouts gave him even more appreciation for what belong to the organization means to those involved. (July 22, 2010, Page 4A)

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                    Retiring ice cream flavors to the ‘Deep Freeze’

                    Baskin-Robbins, set to celebrate 65 years in business, is retiring five of its “classic” flavors. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the flavors going into the “Deep Freeze” as well as some of the favorites remaining for customers. (July 21, 2010, Page 4)

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