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You can waste a lot of time trying to get others to appreciate what you see in certain people, certain places. If the beauty is less than obvious, and more of the haunting variety, it’s often a fool’s pastime even to try. I can, for instance, give a rhapsodic pitch for Patricia Neal, Harry Dean […]

Convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or die. Those are the conditions offered to Christians and other religious minorities in northern Iraq by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Since the Islamic State (formerly called ISIL and ISIS), a Sunni extremist group that has overrun vast swaths of the republic […]

By Errol Castens Daily Journal OXFORD – More than 60 people representing a variety of races and hues gathered Thursday on the Lafayette County Courthouse grounds to raise their hands as a gesture of non-violence. The gathering was part of the “national moment of silence,” which spawned similar observances across the country. The event’s scope […]

The capture this week in Oregon of fugitives Janet and Ramon Barreto, who fled the process of justice in Union County five years ago when facing manslaughter and felony child abuse charges, among others, continues a story of law enforcement diligence and patience spread over thousands of miles. The Barretos, whose life appears to be […]

TUPELO – Two suspects are in Tupelo Police custody in connection with a Thursday afternoon robbery. Police were called about 1:45 p.m. to Sprint Mart on Eason Boulevard at Highway 45, where someone had been robbed and struck with a handgun, said Sgt. Lynette Sandlin. The victim had nonlife-threatening injuries. Police were given a description […]

When liberal Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and conservative former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich agree on something, attention should be paid. Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said last Friday that the U.S. must confront the jihadists who call themselves the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL). “It takes an army […]

TUPELO – A professional angler will answer fishing tips today during a 5:30 p.m. online conversation. will host the live-streaming Google Hangout between Tupelo Middle School seventh-grader and avid fisherman Lance Fernando and Charlie Roberts of Melbourne, Florida. Ask questions with a Google+ account, on Twitter with hashtag #fishtup.

Twenty-five years ago, Tupelo’s growth was making travel on its limited streets almost impossible. Being Tupelo, we set out to fix that problem, and we have. The Major Thoroughfare Program was established as a citizen-led, pay-as-you-go plan to build the streets we needed. The huge success of that program is obvious this month with the […]

By Lena Mitchell Daily Journal Corinth Bureau TUPELO – Retailers and vendors in Tupelo Furniture Market Building 1 are open only periodically, but the business they attract is well worth it. The Furniture, Gift and Home Accessories Show – in its fifth year – offers shoppers a wide range of products to choose from. Retailers […]

By LYNN ELBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES – Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease at the time of his death, his wife said Thursday. In a statement, Susan Schneider said that Williams, 63, was struggling with depression, anxiety and the Parkinson’s diagnosis when he died Monday in his Northern California home. […]