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Leading the Green

While admitting he had to be dragged into green interests, Mayor Pat Patterson said those who led him that way were right and he challenged the community to reach a 50 percent recycling goal by next year. The city currently has close to 41 percent recycling rates based on the number of residences within city limits. Patterson also offered the university a recycling bin that will be picked up for free by the city. The Mayor was on hand along with Chancellor Dan Jones to honor local sustainability leaders.

(more…) (April 22, 2010, Page 1)

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    Cost of death penalty

    With the news that the Mississippi attorney general’s office is requesting permission to hold three executions during the month of May, staff writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the death penalty and what its effects cost communities and the state. (April 22, 2010, Page 4)

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      Small steps save energy

      To help with understanding how small green changes can make a big impact, both on the environment and on your wallet, today’s Green Week activities are focused on helping with energy audits. Outside the student union, members of Habitat For Humanity is working with low-income residents in the Oxford area to provide free consultations and upgrades to lower electric bills. Several university buildings are also competing to see who can reduce their energy consumption the most. A workshop on energy conservation will be open to the community at 2:30 today which looks at the many ways to reduce the amount of energy consumed.

       (April 21, 2010, Page 1)

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        Will hot dog cart remain?

        A law aimed at cracking down on transient vendors is on hold as the Oxford Board of Aldermen tries to figure out how to word the measure in a way that it doesn’t harm small businesses, such as the popular hot dog cart frequently parked outside the Freeland Law Firm. (April 21, 2010, Page 1)

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          Thacker backers to stage radio play Thursday

          To help raise funds for Thacker Mountain Radio and to kick off his eighth novel, “Infamous,” local author Ace Atkins is presenting a vintage radio-style serial with a host of local actors who will bring the book’s characters to life on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Theater. Also featured in Oxford Town(April 21, 2010, Page 1)

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            Recycling workshop set May 20

            A free one-day workshop presented by the Southeast Recycling Development Council, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the Mississippi Recycling Coalition will help recycling programs improve efficiency and boost collection. The event is set for May 20 at the Oxford Convention Center. (April 21, 2010, Page 7)

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              Is it time to swap “virtual” fences for real ones?

              A few years back, the government decided to try “virtual fences” with radar, cameras and sensors along the border between the United States and Mexico. With illegal immigration becoming a bigger issue with each passing day, Editor Don Whitten wonders if lawmakers ready to swap virtual fences for real ones don’t have a pretty good idea. (April 21, 2010, Page 4)

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                Local equity organizations celebrate Equal Pay Day

                In honor of Equal Pay Day, the Sarah Isom Center is hosting a brown bag lecture on April 26 at noon in the Faulkner Room in the Archives and Special Collections on the third floor of the J.D. Williams Library. The lecture, “Gender Gap in Retirement Wealth in honor of Equal Pay Day,” will be presented by Yunhee Chang. (April 20, 2010, Page 7)

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                  Walking the walk

                  The theme of this year’s Green Week, hosted by the city of Oxford and University of Mississippi, is “walk the walk,” which is well suited for one of the main concepts in Sustainability: Transportation. Sustainable living, as defined by the Earth Policy Institute, is “shifting to a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle economy with a diversified transport system.”
                  A challenge to all community members this week comes from the Green Week pledge drive at the Student Union. Members of Oxford, Lafayette County and the university are encouraged to pledge to use an alternative means of transportation at least one day a week. While this could include biking or walking to work or using the OUT bus, it could also mean sharing a ride to work with someone else.

                   (April 20, 2010, Page 1)

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                    Education briefs

                    • Lafayette PTO Meeting set for Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
                    • Oxford High School Class of 1970 Reunion set for Double Decker Weekend
                    • Local students receive highest academic award at Honors Day convocation
                    • Lafayette Upper Elementary will host an open house for upcoming third-graders on Thursday from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
                    • Lafayette School District has two national winners in the Classworks WIN contest.
                    • Six inductees to enter NWCC Sports Hall of Fame with former Ole Miss player Don Kessinger as the keynote speaker.
                    • Summer Ecology camp offered and registration now underway.

                     (April 20, 2010, Page 6)

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