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October 26, 2012

Fifty years ago on Sept. 30, 1962, the familiar sights of the Grove, the Lyceum and the Circle were grotesque images filled with smoke, chaos and hatred.

 

Fifty years ago on Sept. 30, 1962, the familiar sights of the Grove, the Lyceum and the Circle were grotesque images filled with smoke, chaos and hatred.
 
Bobby King, a Corinth native who was a journalism senior at Ole Miss in 1962, said Sept. 30 started out just like every other Sunday.
 

October 2, 2012

Actor and musician Harry Belafonte spoke to a packed house at the Ford Center Monday night.

Actor and musician Harry Belafonte spoke to a packed house at the Ford Center Monday night. “Civil rights is not just a movement, it’s a way of life,” Belafonte said. Chancellor Dan Jones opened the ceremony with a brief statement about the day’s meaning for The Uni- versity of Mississippi. With the help of faculty members and a civil rights committee, headed by university profes- sor Charles Ross, the univer- sity was able to organize a series of events that will continue throughout the year.

September 5, 2012

The Dodge Dart that most people remember was a V-8, rear-wheel drive, drag strip king that put fear into any driver who dared to cross its path. 

 
The Dodge Dart that most people remember was a V-8, rear-wheel drive, drag strip king that put fear into any driver who dared to cross its path. 
Of course, it also had an interior that could be rivaled by a Greyhound bus and put fear into many Dart drivers because its brakes worked about as good as a Roman Chariot’s. 

August 28, 2012

Kenyon King knows a little something about reaching for the stars. 

Kenyon King knows a little something about reaching for the stars.
In 2007, King started with the Sunflower County Freedom Project, a program striving to create “a corps of academically capable, sdocially conscious, and mentally disciplined young leaders in the Mississippi Delta,” according to its website.
“I started because of Taekwondo” King laughed. “Not academics. I guess it was more than I bargained for.”

June 19, 2012

 
It’s been said that being a Republican this year is like being single in your 30s – you’ve seen better, but you’re just going to have to settle with what you can get. Some Republicans argue that Mitt Romney was the least conservative candidate this year and are disappointed about his eventual nomination in Tampa. They shouldn’t be.

June 13, 2012

An event that has become a summertime staple in Oxford is returning this June and July. The Oxford Shakespeare Festival (ShakesFest) will be performing William Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” and “King Lear,” in addition to the Rodgers and Hammerstein family classic “The Sound of Music.”

 
An event that has become a summertime staple in Oxford is returning this June and July. The Oxford Shakespeare Festival (ShakesFest) will be performing William Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” and “King Lear,” in addition to the Rodgers and Hammerstein family classic “The Sound of Music.”

February 23, 2012

Photo Credit: Jeff Bellante

(Photo credit: Jeff Bellante)

 

The Tony Award-winning musical "Spamalot" is coming to Ole Miss for one night only on Feb. 25.

Photo Credit: Jeff Bellante

(Photo credit: Jeff Bellante)

February 22, 2012

So the Academy Awards are Sunday and millions of people will tune in to see which movies will win – many of which they probably haven’t even seen.

 

So the Academy Awards are Sunday and millions of people will tune in to see which movies will win – many of which they probably haven’t even seen.

February 6, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Eli Manning is elite, for sure. A king of comebacks, too. And far, far more than Peyton’s little brother now.

 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Eli Manning is elite, for sure. A king of comebacks, too. And far, far more than Peyton’s little brother now.

Spot-on from beginning to end Sunday night, Eli Manning won his second NFL championship - and second Super Bowl MVP award - for leading the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots.

February 1, 2012

At long last, we within driving distance of the Oxford Malco Theater, have now been deemed worthy enough to get to see “The Descendants.”

 

January 26, 2012

At the end of his tenure as governor, Hayley Barbour pardoned 200 felons as one of his last official acts. This act, uncommon on such a large scale, will likely have far-reaching implications on Mississippi’s constitutional rules regarding pardons. On top of that, Atty. Gen. Jim Hood believes that at least 156 of the pardons do not meet constitutional requirements and has launched an investigation.

 

At the end of his tenure as governor, Hayley Barbour pardoned 200 felons as one of his last official acts. This act, uncommon on such a large scale, will likely have far-reaching implications on Mississippi’s constitutional rules regarding pardons. On top of that, Atty. Gen. Jim Hood believes that at least 156 of the pardons do not meet constitutional requirements and has launched an investigation.

January 23, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech nearly 49 years ago, rallying over 200,000 civil rights supporters in Washington, D.C., during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech nearly 49 years ago, rallying over 200,000 civil rights supporters in Washington, D.C., during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Just over a week ago, Kelly Shannon and a group of University of Mississippi students were recognized for their efforts, this time through community service in King’s name.
King’s legacy lives on through Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and observed as far away as Hiroshima.

November 13, 2011

So in “Immortals,” a ruthless maniacal king wants to, you guessed it, take over the world.  Along the way, he and his army come across a village where they slaughter everyone except a muscle-bound warrior who they turn into a slave, but he escapes and seeks bloody vengeance on them.  

So in “Immortals,” a ruthless maniacal king wants to, you guessed it, take over the world.  Along the way, he and his army come across a village where they slaughter everyone except a muscle-bound warrior who they turn into a slave, but he escapes and seeks bloody vengeance on them.  

Sound familiar?

Also, that muscle-bound warrior has been trained and looked after his entire life by none other than Zeus, king of the gods, disguised as an old man.

Sound familiar?

November 9, 2011

AUSTIN MILLER: What are your overall thoughts on the Houston Nutt’s four seasons at Ole Miss?

EDWARD ASCHOFF: I think things started off better than anybody could have ever imagined with back-to-back Cotton Bowl victories. He was the king of town. People loved Houston Nutt, and he was really engaging. He fit in well with the community and was exactly what a team like that needed at the time after the disaster with Ed Orgeron.

October 18, 2011

 

Students who use the many taxi services provided in Oxford may see some changes in the months to come. 

The Board of Aldermen held a public reading Tuesday on eight new amendments to the city taxi ordinance.

This could make it harder for new taxi companies to open shop in Oxford. 

“We’ve got to clean up our act here,” Mayor Pat Patterson said. “I mean, I hate regulation but this is too important. If you ask me if I would rather not have the taxis then them not have the insurance.”  

October 9, 2011

 

Whether you liked Michael Jackson or not, there is no mistaking the fact that he was definitely a presence. He lived his life in the spotlight of critics and fans alike, while remaining even today, two years after his death, still “dancing on the floor in the round.”

October 5, 2011

In last week’s review of “The Lion King 3D,” I lamented the fact that some parents insist on bringing their screaming spawn to the theater in a merciless attempt to destroy all that is good and enjoyable about the theater-going experience.  
“The Lion King” is a children’s movie though, so it’s at least understandable that there would be children there to see it.  
“50/50,” on the other hand, is an R-rated dramatic comedy (or comedic drama?) about a guy with cancer.  

September 19, 2011

 

First, a word on bringing children to the theater: If your child is physically incapable of shutting up for longer than 30 seconds, take one for the team and just stay home.

So yeah, “The Lion King.”  Originally released in 1994, “The Lion King” was the last truly great hand-drawn animated movie and marked the high point of the “Disney Renaissance” that began with “The Little Mermaid” a few years before.  

September 14, 2011

 

“Don’t Worry — We’ll Get More!” I saw this slogan on a poster in the 1993 movie “Super Mario Brothers.” 

In the movie, a dystopian, fungus-infested Manhattan is ruled under the thumb of Dennis Hopper, who sees the city’s resources dwindling.

The poster in question promoted Dennis Hopper’s character, King Koopa, as an environmentalist whose solution to the problems facing his people is to find more.

September 7, 2011

The butterflies in the stomach, the rush of those adolescent hormones — it’s a hallmark of those tumultuous early teenage years.

For a few of us, that first crush results in bliss; however, for the rest of us, it’s a heartbreaker. For 15-year-old Larry King, it killed him.

August 28, 2011

 

After 27 years of dreaming, the national order of Alpha Phi Alpha has spearheaded a monu- ment in Washington D.C. of Martin Luther King Jr.. Two Ole Miss students were present to ex- perience its completion, despite the approaching hurricane.

 

After 27 years of dreaming, the national order of Alpha Phi Alpha has spearheaded a monument in Washington D.C. of Martin Luther King Jr.. Two Ole Miss students were present to experience its completion, despite the approaching hurricane.

July 14, 2011

 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Almost as soon as it began, former baseball star Roger Clemens' perjury trial ended Thursday - in a mistrial the judge blamed on prosecutors and said a "first-year law student" would have known to avoid.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton left the question of a new trial up in the air. But he called a halt to the trial under way after prosecutors showed jurors evidence that he had ruled out - videotaped revelations that a teammate had said he'd told his wife Clemens confessed to using a drug.

June 30, 2011

 

Not everyone can handle a classic Shakespearean play, but most everyone loves a classic musical, right? Amid the two Shakespeare shows this summer, the Oxford Shakespeare Festival is drawing in the family crowds with Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s “Camelot,” a musical extravaganza of medieval proportions.

June 2, 2011

 

Obesity rates in Mississippi, specifically Lafayette County, are high and have health professionals concerned for the well being of the state. 

Trend data gathered by the Center for Disease Control in 2009 shows that 35.4 percent of Mississippi is obese. Another 34.9 percent are overweight and are at risk for obesity.