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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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‘Joe’ — not the book, but pretty close

Movie versions of books often leave a lot out and a lot to be desired. An exception, Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks writes after watching a special screening earlier this week, might be the film version of the late Larry Brown’s novel, “Joe.” (March 21, 2014, Page 4A)

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    Letters to the Editor

    Oxford School District Superintendent Brian Harvey writes about a new mobile app, Yik Yak, that’s surfaced locally and is causing problems, and he encourages students, parents and others to be responsible digital citizens. (March 21, 2014, Page 4A)

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      Seeking more information about Crimea?

      Can you point to Crimea on a world map? How big is this place that’s in the news? Editor Don Whitten writes about the part of the former Soviet Union that Russian President Vladimir Putin appears set to take back from Ukraine. (March 20, 2014, Page 4A)

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        Letters to the Editor

        Jessica Perkins writes to thank the volunteers and others who make donations and help with the More Than A Meal program that serves to make the LOU community better. (March 20, 2014, Page 4A)

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          Learning from first class of charter schools

          Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board chairman Tommy Cardin released last week a list of 12 potential charter school programs that could be approved for the state under a law passed last year. Editor Don Whitten looks at the list and wonders how much all educators in the state will learn from the charter schools that gain approval and open in the next year or two. (March 19, 2014, Page 4)

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            Letters to the Editor

            B.J. Davis writes to note that March is national Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and to encourage everyone to learn more about how programs like those offered at NMRC help people with IDD. (March 19, 2014, Page 4)

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              Sunshine Week brings advance in transparency

              Mississippi Press Association Executive Director Layne Bruce writes a guest column about Sunshine Week, two important bills that will help transparency in government and the importance of letting people know what is going on with their elected and appointed officials. (March 18, 2014, Page 4)

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                Waiting

                Local columnist Jimmy Reed passes along an important lesson he learned from his mentor, Jaybird: the difference between passively waiting for something to happen and exercising patience. (March 18, 2014, Page 4)

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                  Will you give, or get, help when needed?

                  First responders to a washout accident in Colorado last fall could be sued for their actions in a rescue, while it remains to be seen what will happen in the recent case in Florida where lifeguards and bystanders stopped a mother from driving herself and her kids into the ocean. Editor Don Whitten wonders how all of this will play out when it comes to the next accident — will people help or get helped because of the concern of lawsuits and criminal charges? (March 17, 2014, Page 4)

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                    Words of warning, alarm and comfort

                    Local columnist T.J. Ray passes along some tidbits of information and advice, some of it humorous and light-hearted and other serious and also comforting. (March 13, 2014, Page 4)

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