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UM creates new position to fight poverty

The University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts has teamed up with Americorps to be a host site for a new position designed to fight poverty in North Mississippi.

Currently taking applications, the Volunteer In Service To America — or VISTA — employee will be a one-year full time position that includes a living allowance, health benefits and an education grant which can be used for graduate education or to repay student loans. (June 21, 2010, Page 1)

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    Toyota restarts its engine

    After a two-year delay caused by the international economic slowdown, Toyota Motor Corp. announced today it’s now planning to open its $1.3 billion Blue Springs assembly plant in the fall of 2011. (June 17, 2010, Page 1)

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      Local players get parts in “Royal Season”

      Local actors graced the stage during opening weekend of the Oxford Shakespeare Festival at the University of Mississippi. Opening the festival was the “Merry Wives of Windsor.” Also playing this year is “Hamlet,” and “King and I.” (June 14, 2010, Page 1, 2)

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        Stark Young’s days at the Walton Young Home

        One of the most distinguished graduates of the University of Mississippi was also a resident of Oxford.
        Although Stark Young was born in Como, he would later move with his family to Oxford. Young was born in 1881 and in 1890 his mother died. A few years later, his father, also a graduate of Ole Miss, would remarry and move to Oxford. (June 11, 2010, Page 3B)

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          How to succeed in life

          Neil Burton, a gifted-student teacher at Oxford Middle School, was one of several teachers who participated in the Mississippi Council on Economic Education’s Master Teacher of Economics program where teachers learn ways to bring lessons about financial responsibility, the economy and entrepreneur endeavors into the classrooms. (June 10, 2010, Page 1)

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            Being prepared for the worst

            Each time a police officer or firefighter responds to a call, there’s a risk they may not return home to their families that day.
            Everyone of them know the risk and still choose to spend their lives saving and protecting others.
            Several Oxford lawyers will be making sure all first-responder’s families are also protected in the event of their loved-ones death. (June 10, 2010, Page 1)

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              UM gets $1M for energy research

              The Department of Energy has awarded $1 million to the National Center for Physical Acoustics at the University of Mississippi.
              The center has been researching the use of wind farms as an alternative for electrical power. A wind farm is a group of wind turbines in the same location. Individual turbines are connected with a medium voltage power collection systems and communications network. At a substation, the current is increased in voltage with a transformer for connection to the high voltage transmission system. (June 9, 2010, Page 1)

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                Poor doesn’t equal failure

                Telling people Mississippi is poor and needs to improve its educational system is one thing, but Eric Weber, a professor at the University of Mississippi, hopes to show them. Working on a three-year research project that will result in a documentary, Weber intends to focus on the connection between poverty and failure in education which more often than not is due to self-fulfilling prophecy. (June 7, 2010, Page 1A)

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                  The first Yankees on the Ole Miss Campus

                  Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was making his first of three attempts to capture Vicksburg. This attempt would be over land from Tennessee after the Battle of Shiloh. He was following the railroad line that ran from Jackson, Tenn., to Holly Springs and then connected at Grenada with a line that ran from Memphis to Jackson. (June 4, 2010, Page 3B)

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                    Rowan Oak extends hours

                    Rowan Oak will now be open on Mondays this summer as well as additional evening hours for the summer. The change was due to demand from visitors. The museum is also now a member of the Blue Star program which allows active duty military and their families free access to the museum until Sept. 1. (June 1, 2010, Page 3A)

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