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Judge Throws Out Murder Charge in Mississippi Fetal Harm Case

The ruling means that the woman whose drug use had her facing a possible life term can at most be charged with manslaughter in the death of her stillborn daughter.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE



Mayor Chokwe Lumumba: A Life of Struggle, a Legacy of Progress

The world lost a visionary activist this week, with the death of Chokwe Lumumba, the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Miss.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Half of U.S. Public School Students Living in Poverty, Study Finds

A new study points up the links between poverty and school performance, as experts say punitive test score-based assessment programs miss the most crucial factor in student success: readiness to learn.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE



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With Auto Industry Recovery, UAW Comes Fighting Back

The United Auto Workers union has mounted significant efforts to do what seems the impossible: Organize two foreign-owned auto plants in the Deep South, the cradle of the nation’s right-to-work movement. Their success could mean a rebirth for a major player in organized labor.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Willie Manning Execution Postponed

Just hours before he was scheduled to die Tuesday, Willie Manning—who had been convicted of two murders and was recently denied a DNA test that could exonerate him—had his execution stayed by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Death Row Inmate Denied DNA Test, Scheduled to Be Executed Tuesday

According to Dov Fox of the Georgetown University Law Center, there was never any physical evidence linking Willie Jerome Manning to the slayings. The FBI has also recently acknowledged that the forensics evidence used to convict him was flawed.

Posted on May 6, 2013 READ MORE



Mississippi Finally Ratifies 13th Amendment, Thanks to ‘Lincoln’

A doctor inspired by the movie “Lincoln” has spurred Mississippi to become the final state to officially ratify the amendment that abolished slavery in the U.S., 148 years after the fact.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 READ MORE



Bachmann Accused of FEC Violations, Fox News Hires Kucinich, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Jamie Dimon’s “punishment” for a massive trading loss and Jimmy Kimmel spoofs the gun control debate.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Racist Election Tweets Mapped Out

According to geography research group Floating Sheep, pinpointing the spike in Twitter hate speech is a “useful reminder that technology reflects the society in which it is based, both the good and the bad.”

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall

Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana on Tuesday evening as a Category 1 storm, bringing with it wind gusts that reached speeds of up to 106 miles per hour off the state’s southeast coast. It then headed back out into the Gulf and is now barreling toward New Orleans on the eve of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Weather Takes a Bad Turn for Mitt

Mitt Romney and the Republican National Convention are being buffeted by a force outside their control: the weather. Tropical Storm Isaac already has caused the GOP to cancel Monday’s opening events in Tampa, Fla., and it’s not finished yet.

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE



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The Voter ID Trap

Voter ID laws adopted in 10 states representing nearly half of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of poor and minority Americans to vote and could decide the outcome of the 2012 election.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



Murdoch vs. Romney, Christie Insults Reporter, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another Romney flip-flop and pro-life Republicans getting dealt a blow in Mississippi.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 READ MORE


Mississippi Lawmaker Touts Possible Return of ‘Coat Hanger’ Abortions

A recent anti-abortion bill signed into law by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant threatens to close the state’s only abortion clinic. That, in turn, could force women to turn to dangerous alternatives, including “coat hanger” abortions.

Posted on May 15, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Eric Gay

Big Whoop: Santorum Wins Alabama, Mississippi

Not to rain on Rick Santorum’s parade, but Mitt Romney’s campaign was unusually on the level when it dismissed Santorum’s victories in the Deep South on Tuesday night.

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Mississippi Legislators Decide When Life Begins

Conservative types sure are liberal about whom, or what, they’re willing to call a person. Hey, corporations are people too! And according to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and other like-minded state legislators, so is a fertilized egg.

Posted on Nov 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Reconciling ‘The Help’ With the History

There has to be a lingering suspicion (and hatred) that “The Help” cannot bear to contemplate. It wants us to believe that all involved learned their costly lessons in the Mississippi of 50 years ago.

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Mississippi Still Burning

A scenario ripped from our nation’s troubled racial past made new headlines this week: the slaying of a man allegedly for the simple reason that he was black. But a little digging reveals that there’s more to this story than the label “hate crime” suggests.

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Record ‘Dead Zone’ Expected in Gulf of Mexico

Scientists fear that farm chemicals carried from fields into the Mississippi River by this spring’s record floods will create the largest “dead zone” the Gulf of Mexico has seen since measurements were first taken in 1985. (more)

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Rising Mississippi River Threatens Residents

People living along the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tenn., are being asked to evacuate their homes after rising floodwater levels broke an 80-year record high earlier this week.

Posted on May 6, 2011 READ MORE


In the Wake of the Southern Tornadoes

The death toll from Wednesday’s outbreak of devastating tornadoes in several Southern states has risen past the number reported Thursday afternoon in this Associated Press clip, but the twisters’ scope and strength are evident from the visuals recorded ...

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE


Whistling Dixie—Again

Does Haley Barbour really have a warped and offensive view of America’s racial history? Or is he just playing a dangerous game? Perhaps both.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


Haley Barbour’s Civil Rights Airbrush

It’s too bad for Haley Barbour, a smooth pol who seems to stumble whenever he encounters the subject of the South and race, that he’s not in my book group.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE



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Resistance, Acquiescence and My Friend J. Edgar Hoover

Three moments—1911, 1964, now—coming together compelled me to think about when and why people resist power, why they acquiesce, and why, sometimes, they may believe they are resisting when they are in truth acquiescing.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE


Getting to Know Our Celebrity President

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour just said we know less about Barack Obama “than any other president in history.” Maybe he should read one of Obama’s autobiographies.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE


Haley Barbour’s Ridiculous Story

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who may seek the Republican nomination for president, is trying to sell the biggest load of revisionist nonsense about race, politics and the South that I’ve ever heard. Ever.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

Surprise News Bulletin: Oil Spill Cleanup Will Take Years

The oily eco-nightmare that the BP spill has become in the Gulf of Mexico isn’t going to go away for a long while. According to Coast Guard chief Thad Allen, it probably will take “years” to restore affected regions to some semblance of their pre-spill existence.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE



"Scars of a Whipped Slave" / National Archives

The Confederacy Isn’t Something to Be Proud Of

Slavery wasn’t just “a bad thing,” as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour recently said in dismissing it. Littering is a bad thing. Slavery was this nation’s Original Sin, and the revisionists behind Confederate History Month should be ashamed.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE


McMillen
AP / Rogelio V. Solis

Did Mississippi School Trick Lesbian Student With ‘Fake Prom’?

The American Civil Liberties Union is investigating the possibility that Mississippi’s Itawamba County Agricultural High School sent lesbian student Constance McMillen and her date to a separate prom, not the one reportedly attended by many of the other students from her school last weekend.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


McMillen
cnn.com

ACLU Sues School for Nixing Prom in Dispute With Lesbian Student

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Thursday against Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Miss., after the school district decided to cancel this year’s prom rather than let a lesbian student, Constance McMillen, don her choice of formal wear and take her girlfriend to the dance.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Rebels Among the Civil War Rebels

Jon Stewart interviews Sally Jenkins, author of “The State of Jones,” about a Mississippi county that seceded from the Confederacy during the Civil War and the ensuing insurrection it led against the Confederate army. Later it battled the KKK. Check out this clip from last night’s “Daily Show.”

Posted on Jul 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Some Governors May Tell Obama to Stuff It

While just about every state in the Union is starving for funds, a small band of Republican governors is debating whether or not to reject the stimulus bill’s cash infusion, citing concerns over future taxes. This California editor says good. Give their stimulus money to my state. It’s broke.

Posted on Feb 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama and McCain Face Off in First Presidential Debate

Thankfully, Jim Lehrer wasn’t left at the moderator’s podium on Friday, as both Barack Obama and John McCain showed up for their scheduled presidential debate at the University of Mississippi to field questions about the economy and foreign policy.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 READ MORE



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McCain Blinks, Claims Debate Victory

John McCain has caved as expected and will debate Barack Obama in Mississippi. But rather than give his opponent a chance to win, McCain is already claiming victory. The whole saga has left a bad taste in Mike Huckabee’s mouth.

Posted on Sep 26, 2008 READ MORE


Laurel ICE Raid
nytimes.com

ICE Raid Arrest Numbers Rise

ICE raids—federal officials who bust into rural factory towns to arrest suspected “illegal immigrants”—continued this week in Laurel, Miss. The town of about 18,000 saw federal officials revise the number of people arrested in the raid to 595. It remained unknown whether the majority of detainees would serve jail time or be immediately deported.

Posted on Aug 27, 2008 READ MORE


John McCain
Flickr / marcn

Fortune Frowns on McCain

John McCain had hoped for a photo op atop an oil rig, but he got a hurricane and an oil spill instead. The senator is known for his superstitions, but lately his lucky charms don’t seem to be doing the trick. The Washington Post takes a closer look at McCain’s week of bad luck and finds there’s more to frown about on the horizon.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


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portland.indymedia.org

Outcry on Savage’s Savage Comment About Autism

Shock jock Michael Savage clearly has an overblown sense of the extent of his “expertise” on a wide range of topics, but he overstepped his bounds by attempting armchair psychology about a sensitive subject last week—autism—and drew fire from angry parents and supporters.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008 READ MORE


Arkansas storms
AP photo / Mike Wintroath

Arkansas Slammed by Deadly Storms

Emergency response teams faced a busy weekend helping Arkansas residents cope with the aftermath of another round of severe weather that pounded the Southern state Friday with heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes. Eight lives were lost, raising the state’s storm-related death toll for the year to 24.

Posted on May 3, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
Flickr / BohPhoto

Add Mississippi to Obama’s List—Texas Caucuses Too

Barack Obama won the Mississippi primary by 24 points on Tuesday. CNN is also projecting Obama as the winner of last week’s Texas caucuses. Now it’s a question of momentum and the tone of the campaign as the candidates head toward Pennsylvania, where Hillary Clinton is heavily favored in the polls. Updated

Posted on Mar 11, 2008 READ MORE


lott
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

Lott’s Wisdom: Illegal Immigrants Are Like Goats

When you combine a goat with an electric fence you get the solution ... to illegal immigration? That’s Sen. Trent Lott’s answer to the immigration question.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


Rangel and Pickering
Images: Wikipedia; composite: Blair Golson

Biloxi Blues (and Reds)

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), above, raised the ire of not a few Mississippi residents, including Rep. Charles Pickering (R-Miss.), for telling the N.Y. Times on Nov. 8, “Mississippi gets more than their fair share back in federal money, but who the hell wants to live in Mississippi?” Who, indeed? Truthdig takes you beneath the headlines.

Posted on Nov 11, 2006 READ MORE


Operation Save America/Operation Rescue
From Operation Save America/Operation Rescue

Last Clinic Standing

An extremist pro-life organization that helped make doctors the targets of deadly attacks in the 1990s is now mobilizing a protest to shutter the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. With reproductive rights under assault across the country, pro-choice activist Sunsara Taylor reports on the high-stakes battle about to take place in Jackson, Miss.

Posted on Jul 13, 2006 READ MORE


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