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Was ‘Trial of the Century’ news or entertainment?

Local columnist T.J. Ray, like many others, wondered why cable news networks spent so much time on the recent trial of Casey Anthony. He decided to write to the head of CNN seeking answers for his questions – and his concerns about how the story will continue to play out and be covered. (July 15, 2011, Page 4A)

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    The magical land of fun and heat

    Not all that long ago, when temperatures were low and snow and ice covered the ground, EAGLE Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks longed for warmer temps and time to fish, golf, et cetera. He’s gotten his wish – and now wonders about the wisdom of questioning Mother Nature. (July 14, 2011, Page 4)

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      Candidates, if you’re not sincere, voters will say ‘no’

      When strange men start knocking on her door, local columnist Deidra Jackson knows it must be election time. Jackson takes a look at the door-to-door campaigning and offers a few tips to those who are out to sway those who’ll be voting in upcoming elections. (July 14, 2011, Page 4)

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        Raising kids – neither easy nor inexpensive

        Did you realize it will take about a quarter of a million dollars to raise  a child born into a middle income family in 2010 to the age of 17? Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at raising children after seeing those figures from the USDA. (July 13, 2011, Page 4)

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          Letters to the Editor

          Jean M. Shaw writes to thank those involved with the Ole Miss Ambassadors for helping with local charities, while Barbara J. Smith thanks local churches and Bost Farms for their assistance to The Pantry. (July 13, 2011, Page 4)

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            Green-uns

            There are all kinds of ways to learn valuable lessons, and local columnist Jimmy Reed writes about one as he revisits memories of pilfering green, juicy plums from trees in the yard of one of his teachers at school. (July 12, 2011, Page 4)

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              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)

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                Letters to the Editor

                Robert J. Osterman writes to give an engineer’s perspective on banning loggers from driving across wooden bridges on CR 432, while Charles Scott writes to say that the convictions of Zach and Dickie Scruggs should be overturned now that those laws have been declared unconstitutional. (July 11, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Can wordy Faulkner exist in time of tweets?

                  Could William Faulkner and his writing be the anti-tweet? That’s quite likely, but it doesn’t mean that Faulkner’s not moving up in this age of electronic communication. News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a closer look at Mr. Bill and some of his work as Oxford gets set to host this year’s Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference. (July 8, 2011, Page 4A)

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                    Maybe ‘not proven’ should be a jury option

                    For many, the Casey Anthony trial has been a daily reality show for months. For others, it’s just a tidbit of news. Editor Don Whitten writes, however, that it’s also a picture of how our justice system works – even if we might need another jury option besides “guilty” or “not guilty.” (July 6, 2011, Page 4)

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