College Football Week Two Picks

Week one of college football is finally finished after a slate of games that stretched over five days. It was a standard week of games with no thrilling upsets of top-ranked teams. There were some shocking final scores, though. However, there are several schools that some might say overachieved to start the season. Howard University deserves props for its victory over the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Bison’s win is the biggest upset against the points spread in college-football history. Continue Reading

Andy Taggart, Prominent Mississippi Republican, Sticking Toe into Racial Healing, Flag Debate

Andy Taggart has been on the Mississippi political scene for a long time, perhaps most prominently as the chief of staff for former Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice, a Republican who was, shall we say, Trumpian in his own garish ways. For one thing, Fordice was an unapologetic, public apologist for the pro-Confederate, wink-wink racism crowd that his party has bowed before since Dixiecrats defected to the Republican Party after northern Dems supported civil rights legislation in the 1960s. Fordice was one of the Mississippi politicians outed in the 1990s for speaking to the Council of Conservative Citizens, for instance. That group grew out of the mailing lists of the white Citizens Council that started in Mississippi in the 1950s, and is blatantly racist. So racist, in fact, that Dylann Roof wrote in a “manifesto” found in his home that the organization inspired him. Continue Reading

AP Rolls Out Story on Hillary Clinton’s ‘Angry’ New Book, Quickly Changes It

Today, I saw a tweet on @jxnfreepress of our latest Associated Press story: “In angry new book, Clinton defends campaign strategy.” I did a doubletake. I then read the story. The first sentence, or “lede” as we call it in the business, repeated the A-word, which at least most opinionated, educated women know is a common pejorative for opinionated, educated women. “In a candid and angry new book, Hillary Clinton relives her stunning defeat to Donald Trump, admitting to personal mistakes and defending campaign strategy even as her return to the stage refocuses attention on a race Democrats still can’t believe they lost,” AP writers Jonathan Lemire and Bill Barrow wrote. Continue Reading

MSU, UM, DSU and ASU Win Season Openers; JSU, MVSU and USM Lose

While a few teams started the 2017 college football season on Thursday, Aug. 30, the rest of the colleges and universities in our state kicked off the season on Saturday, Sept. 2. Most of the outcomes weren’t surprising for the level of competition each teams were playing. Mississippi State University, Delta State University, Alcorn State University and the University of Mississippi won their opening games. Continue Reading

Two Locally Owned Restaurants Closing

Two Jackson restaurants are set to close soon: Green Ghost Tacos in Fondren and The Feathered Cow in Jackson. Green Ghost announced on Facebook that it will close on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. The current location will be demolished as part of the boutique hotel construction project in Fondren. The restaurant is looking to secure a new Fondren location and plans to relocate and reopen in January 2018. The restaurant’s Ridgeland location will remain open. Continue Reading

New Stage Premiers 52nd Season

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, New Stage Theatre announced its 52nd season. Here is a rundown of the plays the theater will perform this season. “And Then There Were None,” Sept. 12-24—New Stage opens the season dramatically with this Agatha Christie thriller. Continue Reading

Belhaven, Holmes Win Season Openers as MC and Millsaps Fall

College football officially got underway in our state on Thursday, Aug. 31, when some community colleges and four-year schools got into action. In the Jackson area, Belhaven University, Millsaps College and Mississippi College along with Hinds and Holmes Community Colleges kicked off the 2017 season that night. Hinds Community College opened the season on the road against No. 6 Northwest Community College. Continue Reading