three-minute read/inside reading


Writers galore

A literary gathering in Oxford will attract readers, writers and publishers from throughout the world to honor writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. Page 1D

Green learning

Landscape specialist Jeff Fields not only applied for a beautification grant, but also he planned for and planted 100 trees on the Itawamba Community College campus in Tupelo. Page 16A

Can you hear me now?

Put aside whining and acting like a victim the next time you get the chance to talk or meet with the big boss. For more tips, see Page 13A.

Good family fun

Tupelo’s residents braved the threat of storms to wear some green and cheer for the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday. Page 10A


n Selling sex isn’t illegal in Sweden, but buying is – a radical approach to prostitution that faced ridicule when it was introduced nine years ago. Now, while Americans are preoccupied with the downfall of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in a prostitution scandal, some countries are considering emulating the Swedish model, which prosecutes the client but views the prostitute as an exploited victim. Officials say the changed approach has reduced the demand for prostitutes.

n Soldiers on foot and in armored carriers swarmed Tibet’s capital Saturday, enforcing a strict curfew a day after protesters burned shops and cars to vent their anger against Chinese rule. In another western city, police clashed with hundreds of Buddhist monks leading a sympathy demonstration. The violence erupted just two weeks before China’s Summer Olympic celebrations kick off.

n A meat thief is no match for an angry restaurant owner swinging a ham. Joe Scola says he heard a noise in his Scola’s Place restaurant in Gloucester, Mass., and saw a man trying to get away with his arms full of meat from the restaurant freezer. Scola says that when he caught up with the man, the man raised a 5-pound log of frozen Italian meat over his head as if to use it as a weapon. The restaurant owner had a frozen ham in his hand and slammed it into the man’s face. The stunned thief dropped his loot and ran. He hasn’t been caught.

n The Smithsonian Institution, beleaguered by questions over how much it pays its executives and how they spend the organization’s money, said Saturday it has picked Georgia Tech President G. Wayne Clough as its new leader. Clough will become the 12th secretary of the world’s largest museum and research complex on July 1, assuming control of an institution that has been in turmoil in the past year.

n Ole Miss, State baseball (6 p.m. game)

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