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A selfie made beneficial or self-indulgent?

Staff Writer Jerra Scott takes a look at a new trend — the No-makeup Selfies for Cancer Awareness, noting that it started out as a fundraiser but now seems to have gotten away from its original purpose. (April 3, 2014, Page 4)

Growing up in the age of technology

Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg looks at the Internet explosion and writes about how she’s worked with her children and now her grandchildren to navigate and use the world wide web safely. (September 19, 2013, Page 4)

Women lead the way in social networking

The Pew Research Center recently published an article that said women are using social media on a larger scale than men. Editor Don Whitten writes that he’s not surprised based on his non-scientific observations. (September 18, 2013, Page 4)

A step toward equality

Staff Writer Melanie Addington celebrates Wednesday’s decisions by the Supreme Court dealing with same-sex marriages and civil rights, but points out that there’s still lots left to do before everyone is equal. (June 28, 2013, Page 4A)

Getting caught, called out on social media

A recent story was about a local pizzeria using Facebook to shame customers who’d taken or damaged something, while an Associated Press report told how a Los Angeles restaurant owner tweeted out information about people who’d made reservations and then were no-shows. Editor Don Whitten wonders if social media is headed in yet another direction with it being used to shame or embarrass people into doing the right thing. (April 8, 2013, Page 4)

Complexities of Mississippi

Staff Writer Melanie Addington points out some of the good and bad about present-day Mississippi and notes that, while the state draws a lot of negative attention, there are many more good things that are part of her Mississippi. (March 7, 2013, Page 4)

Letters to the Editor

Student leaders at the University of Mississippi write an open letter to students, faculty and alumni responding to disturbing incidents on campus last week. (November 14, 2012, Page 4)

Thank goodness that’s over; now, can we move on?

Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg takes a look at the recent campaign season and election, wondering if people aren’t just glad it’s over with and now time to move on to other things. (November 8, 2012, Page 4)

Status update: Get to work!

Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks writes about his dislike for a popular social networking giant, Facebook, because of the time he sees people wasting communicating on the site. (October 5, 2012, Page 4A)

Opting in – What you are choosing

Beginning this fall, parents of seventh- and 10th-graders in school systems around the state will have to decide if they want their children to take part in a 10-day sex education course – either abstinence-only or abstinence-plus. Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the local options and expresses concerns about what’s ahead. (June 1, 2012, Page 4A)

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