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Critical thinking skills? Don’t make app for that

Some of the basics and fundamentals of education – think teaching cursive writing – are going by the wayside in many schools. The cause? Technology. Local columnist Deidra Jackson worries about the trend and how it may eventually affect critical thinking by our youngsters in the education process. (March 24, 2011, Page 4)

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    David J. Williams out on bond

    David Jackson Williams, 28, is at home in Olive Branch with family after posting a $100,000 bond at about 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. He was convicted in 2008 in the stabbing death of Demetria Bracey of Jackson three years before. The Supreme Court granted him a new trial in December ruling that the trial judge erred by not giving the jury the option of finding Williams guilty of assisted suicide. Since the conviction was overturned, the presumption of innocence returns to Williams and was granted bond. A new trial date has been set for Oct. 17. (March 23, 2011, Page 1)

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      Ole Miss Relay for Life set for weekend

      The  Ole Miss Relay for Life will begin at 6 p.m. at the Circle on campus and go all night until 6 a.m. Saturday. There are 36 teams signed up to participate with 322 people participating. As of Tuesday, the teams have raised about $20,000 collectively. (March 23, 2011, Page 3)

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        Book conference begins Thursday

        The eighteenth annual Conference for the Book kicks off Thursday with three days of free events celebrating literature. For information, visit (March 23, 2011, Page 1)

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          Double Decker lineup revealed

          Full Line up

          Friday night – on South Stage

          Ticketed event $10, show from 6 to 11 p.m.

          Okkerville River

          Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears

          Old Crow Medicine Show

          Saturday – Two stages

          Free music

          South Stage:

          11 -12:30 Rising Star Fife and Drum

          12:30-1:30 Valerie June

          2 -3 Shooting Out the Lights

          3:30-4:30 Eric Lindell

          5 -6 Glen David Andrews

          North Stage:

          11:30-12:30 Aaron Hall

          1-2 Jimmy Philips Band

          2:30-3:30 Lost Bayou Ramblers

          4-5 Justin Townes Earle

          5:30-6:30 Cedric Burnside

          7-8 North Mississippi AllStars (March 23, 2011, Page 1)

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            Legislators need to work this conflict out

            There’s a new “R” word being thrown around that has folks up in arms – “redistricting.” State legislators cannot agree on new district lines for the state House and Senate, and now it appears some members of the House will be joining a lawsuit that could involve the Senate. Editor Don Whitten notes that legislators need to work this one out – and soon – or voters will take care of the problem in one or two upcoming elections. (March 23, 2011, Page 4)

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              Rumors, concerns about hospital, possible site

              Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a closer look at the hospital relocation issue, commenting on rumors as well as public statements made about possible sites and options. (March 23, 2011, Page 4)

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                Miss. bar drops Scruggs’ complaint against attorney

                The Mississippi Bar has dismissed a complaint filed against attorney Tony Farese by one of his former clients — Zach Scruggs, who was one of several local attorneys who served time in prison for their rolls in a judicial bribery attempt. (March 22, 2011, Page 2)

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                  Think before you burn

                  With warmer temperatures and light breezes, burning leaves and lawn debris can get out of hand quickly. However, the U.S. Forestry and Mississippi Forestry Commission have been burning hundreds of acres over the last week in an attempt to keep wildfires at bay. (March 22, 2011, Page 1)

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                    Hospital talks continue

                    The city, county and hospital met behind closed doors on Monday to discuss how the Baptist Memorial Hospital Care Corp. selects the best site for a new hospital. The city and county also discussed concerns with the memorandum of understanding. (March 22, 2011, Page 1)

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