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Tear Of Joy

Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at the story behind Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli’s creation, “Tear of Grief,” that is his country’s gift to the American people in memory of the 9/11 tragedy. (September 6, 2011, Page 4)

Speeding ticket from New York? Watch out!

Scams and computer viruses have a new angle – traffic tickets. Editor Don Whitten, somehow, was ticketed for speeding in east-central New York a little over a week ago – even though he’s never been to New York – and was given a chance to pay his fine by clicking on an email attachment. He declined and explains what additional information he’s discovered about this scam. (July 11, 2011, Page 4)

Reception at UM Museum launches Jaudon’s ‘White’ exhibit

OXFORD TOWN – In what is being billed as a “very important” art exhibition, the University of Mississippi Museum is featuring nationally recognized artist Valerie Jaudon’s “White” exhibit. Jaudon’s work can be viewed through July 2 at the museum. An artist’s reception will be held tonight (Thursday, April 14) from 5-7 p.m. Page 9 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has complete details about the artist who’s causing a buzz around the Ole Miss campus. (April 14, 2011, Page 9)

We’re No. 2 – and we wish we weren’t

Gasoline consumption down? Fuel prices rising? More costly in Mississippi? What’s the real story on gasoline and diesel fuel prices and how much it means to people. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the numbers which place Mississippi second only to Montana in how much consumers spend to run their vehicles. (December 27, 2010, Page 4)

9/11, books and the First Amendment

With the on-again, off-again plans of a Florida preacher to burn copies of the Quran in the news, staff writer Melanie Addington takes a closer look at issues involving the First Amendment and protection of freedom of speech. There’s a fine line that can be crossed when speech or actions become threats and dangerous to others, and there are many that feel this situation fits the bill. (September 10, 2010, Page 4A)

Dance troupe to perform on cruise

Soon dancers from the Deborah Kaye School of Dance will perform their way across the Gulf of Mexico on a five-day Carnival Cruise ship. The troupe, who range in age from 6 to 18, will have the opportunity to perform a 30-minute show that will include tap, jazz and lyrical dance routines. (July 22, 2010, Page 1A)

West Point cadet helps invent tourist toter

Going up 146 stairs to the Statue of Liberty’s crown to rescue someone who has fallen ill or suffered a heart attack can be a grueling climb.
Getting the patient back down those same stairs in a timely fashion is an even bigger challenge.
But for Oxford native Spurgeon Petty, one of eight U.S. Military West Point Academy engineering cadets who were commissioned by the National Park Service to create a safer way to evacuate seriously sick or injured tourists, the challenge was one he welcomed. (June 4, 2010, Page 1B)

End of an era with little fanfare

A lot has been made of the end of two popular TV shows, “Lost” and “24,” recently, but staff writer Melanie Addington thinks that another show going off the air after 20 years – “Law and Order” – deserves a bit more attention. (May 27, 2010, Page 4)

Out on the Street in Istanbul

OUT ON THE STREET – Oxford Town street beat reporter Phyllis Nobles slipped out of town about 10 weeks ago and literally hit the streets of Istanbul where she now works seasonally as an English teacher. In an effort to keep her Oxford ties strong, Nobles reports in this week to give us a glimpse of the Turkish culture as well as a heads up on when she expects to be hitting our streets again. This week’s Oxford Town features Nobles in the streets of Istanbul as she plans her return as a regular at Bottletree. (April 29, 2010, Page 12)

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