By Hillel Italie AP National Writer NEW YORK – Ben E. King, the unforgettable lead singer for the Drifters and solo star whose plaintive baritone graced such pop and rhythm ‘n blues classics as “Stand by Me,” “There Goes My Baby” and “Spanish Harlem,” has died. He was 76. King died Thursday of natural causes, […]

It’s a tale as old as time. Boy’s planet is doomed. Boy’s parents put him in a rocket and send him to Earth to save him. Boy is adopted by kindly farmers in Kansas. Boy possesses powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Boy goes to work as a reporter for a great […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Car enthusiasts, assemble. The Blue Suede Cruise returns this weekend with what Allen McDaniel hopes to be their biggest event yet. “It’s lucky number 13,” McDaniel said. “We started in 2003, and I think we’re going to have a really big show this time around.” More than […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal “Ex Machina” is an intimate science-fiction story about two men and a robot. Oscar Isaac is Nathan, a genius who invented something very much like Google when he was 13. Now he’s a billionaire who thinks he’s created artificial intelligence. He brings one of his employees, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal BALDWYN – Fayro, Texas, is about to have one, wild day. Frankie Futrelle Dubberly’s daughter, Tina Jo, is set to be married – complete with a “Gone With the Wind”-inspired ceremony, and everyone is working overtime to make sure the nuptials go off without a hitch. But plenty of […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo Elvis Festival is among 20 nominees in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice contest for Best Southern Event. The contest runs through May 25, and voters can vote once a day. The winner will be announced May 27. To vote, visit This year’s Tupelo Elvis Fest is June 4-7. […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Vicky Manning, Teen Librarian, sounds like she could be a character in a Japanese comic book: By day, a mild-mannered school girl, by night, a heroine with her magic books and wildly improbable hair. In reality, Manning is teen librarian at Lee County Library, where she’s in […]

“Courage can’t see around corners, but goes around them anyway.” – Mignon McLaughlin “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves – say rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” – Victor Hugo ––––– Later this week I’ll be sitting in the audience at The Lyric to watch Tupelo […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The weather cooperated Saturday for the second NOleput festival in downtown Tupelo. Overcast skies and a breeze kept folks cool as they ate boiled crawfish and listened as 18 bands performed on three separate stages into the evening. The crowds were slow to arrive at the New Orleans […]