Daily Lead 3.17.14: A pot o’ virtual (journalistic) gold!

Thomas Wells | Buy at photos.djournal.com Just look at the flowers, Lizzie. Maybe there are some four-leaf clovers in there somewhere.
Thomas Wells | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Just look at the flowers, Lizzie. Maybe there are some four-leaf clovers in there somewhere.

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! You wanna punch me in the face now for uttering that stereotypical Irish phrase, am I right? Hey, my wife’s one-fourth Irish, so I’m allowed.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not wearing green, but I have a bottle of Bailey’s at the house, so that counts or something. Now, as we ponder how much therapy I’ll need after last night’s “Walking Dead” episode, let’s review today’s top headlines and take a look at the weekend.

• Lee legislators: State to help Cooper – Your local lawmakers are all about helping Cooper Tire get $20 million for upgrades, so as to keep those jobs here. I’ve got an idea that would help the company as a whole: Steal that voice-over guy from the Hankook Tires ads. I love the way he says “Hankook.”

Trial date set in lawsuit against Booneville, officers – The family of David Andrew Curtiss is seeking $150,000, saying two officers used excessive force when Curtiss was shot and killed during an altercation in 2012.

Rebels left on sidelines – The Marshall Henderson era at Ole Miss is at an end. The Rebels did not receive a bid to the 32-team National Invitation Tournament (NIT). They finish the season with a 19-14 record, and Henderson leaves behind a legacy of prolific scoring and flamboyance. His final career numbers: 19.6 points per game, 36.8 percent field goal shooting, 34.6 percent from 3-point range. I’m gonna miss the guy, because he was entertaining.


Weekend Wrap

Here are some stories from the weekend you might have missed.

Inmate re-entry problems – The state’s prisoners often have a hard time assimilating back into society upon release. JB Clark took an in-depth look at the recidivism issue how it might be improved. You know, Merle Haggard sang about this once.

Merit pay question – Some state leaders – like House Speaker Philip Gunn – believe merit-based teacher pay raises are unconstitutional. Gunn would like to see benchmarks scrapped, and I think we can all agree that this is a really tricky issue. Whenever I’ve gotten a raise, it’s been based on performance, but we all know that working in the private sector is a world away from working in the public sector.

Religious freedom – Riley Manning give us a history lesson on the concept of religious freedom in America and how it’s evolved over the years. Good read, whether you’re religious or not. (But let’s face it, we all worship something, so in a sense we’re all religious.)


Photo of the Week

This picture might have too much cute, but that’s why it’s the Daily Journal Photo of the Week. The kid is 4-year-old Miles May, who is having a sword fight with his scooter while spending Friday at Ballard Park with his nanny. The photo was taken by Thomas Wells.

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