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After having drinks with friends one night, Kristina Tanner left in her car to buy someone a pack of cigarettes.

Autumn ... a season filled with the aromas of hot apple cider, cinnamon-spiced muffins, an array of colors as breathtaking as the smells and of course, the anticipation of “The Great Pumpkin.”

While fighting and bullying is a problem at Oxford Middle School, the problem is not nearly as drastic as it was almost a decade ago.

In Thursday’s opinion piece, visiting professor Peter K. Frost introduced a couple of cold, hard facts about the historical significance of “From Dixie with Love” and the phrase “the South will rise again.”

Dead Confederate, a band from Georgia, will perform in Oxford at Proud Larry’s Nov. 5. The band is touring in support of their debut full-length album, “Wrecking Ball.”

I take great offense to Mr. Irvine’s story entitled “TSWRA will only hurt you in the long run”.

I’ve always been a less-than-proficient speller.

SPORTS EDITOR JASON SMITH ASKS JACOB:

Q: Jevan Snead’s struggles are evident. He seemed to rebound against the UAB Blazers but has yet to perform against a legitimate opponent. Is Snead going to turn the corner this season similar to last year or is this a one-hit wonder for the Rebels?

Pro-life organization Personhood Mississippi is seeking to stop abortions in Mississippi through a petition that will be on the 2011 voter’s ballot.

The University of Mississippi College Republicans are encouraging students who are registered voters in Mississippi to sign a petition that will attempt to amend the
Mississippi constitution, requiring voters to present identification in order to vote.

Following a five game road swing, the Lady Rebels soccer team is coming back home to the confines of the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.

The Ole Miss Volleyball team hits the road yet again this weekend except this time they’ll be familiar with both of their opponents across the net. The Rebels will face South Carolina for the second time this season tonight in Columbia and also No. 10 Florida Sunday afternoon in Gainesville.

When Chancellor Dan Jones arrived at the University of Mississippi in July 2009, he said his first action as chancellor would be to “listen and hear” before making any plans that would affect the university family.

No. 25 Ole Miss and unranked Arkansas have had some epic battles on the gridiron over the years. Rebels and Razorbacks cannot easily forget the marathon seven overtime game in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium that saw the Razorbacks and then head coach Houston Nutt outlast the Rebels, winning 58-56.

The University of Mississippi recently ranked ninth on a list of the 25 safest college campuses in the country.

U.S. Secretary of the Navy and former Mississippi governor Ray Mabus, along with other Navy department leaders have introduced new plans to boost the Navy and Marine Corps’ energy efficiency.

ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE CURRENT CONTROVERSY over the song “From Dixie with Love” -- particularly multi-generation Ole Miss fans like letter writer Samuel Parkin Jr. -- might be interested in a couple of facts that have not yet come into the debate.

In Wednesday’s opinion piece, Mr. Justin Head made a few suggestions that I would like to comment on.

I will preface the commentary by stating that I, too, was surprised at President Obama’s selection as Nobel laureate, but profess that I am also not an expert on what qualifies a Nobel Peace Prize winner neither.

The health care debate in Congress has now shifted from the committees to the floor of both houses of Congress.

Listen up, Ole Miss.

Rebel Ride, a free transportation service offered to Ole Miss students and Oxford residents, is in danger of becoming a thing of the past.

Earlier this month, state education budget cuts were announced, potentially affecting public schools in Oxford.

However, local school officials say careful planning and advanced thinking may keep the cuts from being damaging.

Gov, Haley Barbour recently announced that the state will cut money allotted for education (60 percent of the state’s budget) by five percent.

Members of Hinge will bring their mélange of dance styles together as they perform in the group’s feature dance concert, “Falling Free,” beginning Wednesday through Friday.

Part music, part testimonial, part drama, AfterDark was an event unlike anything Ole Miss has seen this fall.