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Grandmother, grandson escape Thanksgiving fire in Harrison County

2254298_GGULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) -- A South Mississippi grandmother is counting her blessings this Thanksgiving Day, despite no longer being able to stay in her home after an early morning house fire. WLOX-TV reports shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday, firefighters responded to a fire at a mobile Read More...

Two Mississippi men charged in Ebola hoax that triggered emergency response

16427524-small HORN LAKE, Mississippi -- Two Horn Lake men have been indicted under a Mississippi law that makes it a felony to cause someone to falsely believe that a person has been "exposed to a harmful biological substance." Authorities said the two men are an Ebola Read More...

Federal judge overturns Mississippi same-sex marriage ban, state to appeal

16327112-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- A federal judge on Tuesday overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, but put his order on hold for two weeks so the state can appeal. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a preliminary injunction late Tuesday. State attorneys have already said they Read More...

Sports

College football: Leonard Fournette leads LSU over Texas A&M, 23-17

-204aedb4bc84225d COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Leonard Fournette ran for a career-high 146 yards and a touchdown, barreling over a defender to score, and Jalen Collins had a late interception to seal LSU's 23-17 win over Texas A&M on Thursday night. Texas A&M was driving late when Read More...

Justin Forsett leads Baltimore Ravens past New Orleans Saints, 34-27

-d1d9996dfe385b21 NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Justin Forsett ripped off one long run after another, and the Baltimore Ravens battered Drew Brees into a very costly mistake. Forsett rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns, and Baltimore beat New Orleans 34-27 on Monday night to hand the Read More...

'That was Mississippi State football': Bulldogs storm into Egg Bowl week with rout

megan-mullen-dan-mullen-f47d851b57eb8b99 STARKVILLE, Mississippi (AP) -- For perhaps the first time in more than a month, No. 4 Mississippi State actually looked like a team that belonged in the College Football Playoff. The Bulldogs' 51-0 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday night served as a reminder of how Read More...

Entertainment

Who We Be: The Colorization of America

Who We Be 1by Jeff Chang St. Martin’s Press Hardcover, $29.99 416 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-0-312-57129-0   Book Review by Kam Williams   “Race. A four-letter word. The greatest social divide in American life, a half-century ago and today. During that time, the United States has seen the most dramatic demographic and cultural shift in Read More...

OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules

11-28 KK Weekly PreviewsWeekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening November 28, 2014 BIG BUDGET FILMS Horrible Bosses 2 (R for pervasive profanity and crude sexuality) Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day reunite for revenge-fueled sequel as inept entrepreneurs-turned-kidnappers who hatch a Read More...

This Week’s DVD Releases

La Dolce Vitaby Kam Williams Top Ten DVD List for November 25, 2014     La Dolce Vita [Criterion Collection] http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00LUSUWB8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Jeeves & Wooster: Complete Collection http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00MXYG3M0/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Touch of the Light http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00NNN9AHK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   The November Man http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00O1D37NO/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis [Season Seven] http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00MK1RCVM/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Tyler Perry’s Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00N8JIHC8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Adventure Time: Finn the Human http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00MEXP5OW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   Tyler Perry’s A Read More...

Business

Mississippi's jobless rate at 7.6 percent in October

14060431-standardJACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi's unemployment rate fell slightly in October to 7.6 percent, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department. The rate was down from 7.7 percent in September and from 7.9 percent in August. Mississippi had an 8.2 jobless rate Read More...

Thanksgiving travel: With gas prices at 5-year low, 46.3 million expected on roads for the holiday

thanksgiving-travel-929c4c1785803ddf NEW YORK (AP) -- The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be on the road. During the long holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or Read More...

The Mississippi Link partners with Hansen Global Event Management

GildacaputohansenConnect 1 connects with New York firm The Mississippi Link Newswire Your ability to network and grow your business in Mississippi just got easier. Individuals, entrepreneurs, students and small business owners will have access to some of the nation’s top corporations and business minds in March 2015 Read More...

Health

Two Mississippi men charged in Ebola hoax that triggered emergency response

16427524-small HORN LAKE, Mississippi -- Two Horn Lake men have been indicted under a Mississippi law that makes it a felony to cause someone to falsely believe that a person has been "exposed to a harmful biological substance." Authorities said the two men are an Ebola Read More...

University of Mississippi Medical Center preparing Ebola isolation facility, renovating vacant build...

thomas-dobbs-mary-currier-ea4a05f34edb5681 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The University of Mississippi Medical Center is renovating a vacant building to serve as an isolation and treatment unit in the event of a confirmed or probable Ebola case in Mississippi. UMMC officials said in a news release Monday that the Read More...

Surgeon with Ebola dies at Nebraska hospital biocontainment unit

martin-salia-408fde2269fef2d1 OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) -- A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said. Nebraska Medical Center said in a news release that Dr. Martin Salia died as a Read More...

Religion

U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves Strikes Down Mississippi’s Marriage Ban, Paving the Wa...

gay-marriageThe Mississippi Link Newswire Jackson, Miss. – U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves issued a ruling this evening in Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant, striking down Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Reeves placed a 14-day stay on the order. The order can be Read More...

Mississippi pastor again seeks to not be required to register as sex offender

stallworthjpg-8132f4e693fa7cf0 JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- The Rev. Jeffery A. Stallworth is again arguing to the Mississippi Supreme Court that he couldn't have to register as a sex offender after his criminal record was expunged in Maryland. The Supreme Court threw out similar arguments in 2008. The Read More...

Federal judge mulls challenge to Mississippi gay marriage ban

12980422-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- A federal judge in Mississippi is considering whether to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves heard about five hours of arguments Wednesday -- first, from an attorney representing a gay-rights group and two lesbian couples Read More...

Obituaries

Celebrated Mississippi painter Andrew Bucci dies at 92

16367966-small RIDGELAND, Mississippi (AP) -- Modernist painter Andrew Bucci, whose work spanned nearly eight decades and appeared on a U.S. postage stamp, has died. Bucci died Sunday at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland after a brief illness, according to a statement his family released Tuesday. He was Read More...

John Doar, famed DOJ civil rights lawyer who escorted James Meredith at Ole Miss, dies at 92

barack-obama-john-doar-1ef3e4cf5d1d3783 WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Doar, who as a top Justice Department civil rights lawyer in the 1960s fought to protect the rights of black voters and integrate universities in the South, died Tuesday at age 92. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his son, Read More...

Carroll Waller, widow of former Mississippi governor, dies at 87

16200491-small JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Former Mississippi first lady Carroll Waller, who led efforts to restore the Governor's Mansion when her husband was in office, died Tuesday at age 87. Her family said she died at Manhattan Nursing Home in Jackson after a lengthy bout with Read More...

Education

Mississippi universities planning tuition increases averaging 3.2 percent

16378082-mmmain JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- In-state tuition at eight public universities is likely to increase by an average of 3.2 percent this fall, if the College Board approves plans Thursday for the Mississippi University for Women to raise prices. The board voted on a two-year tuition Read More...

State education board delays sports cuts in troubled schools

boardjpg-f7663dd38ea202cc JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) -- Cuts to sports and activities at schools districts that lose state accreditation would be delayed under a plan approved Wednesday by the Mississippi Board of Education. The proposed change received no remarks during a public comment period. But board members Johnny Read More...

African Americans We Must Do Better!!!

A12-page-001African Americans, Black History Month is in February.  It hasn’t changed, so please my Black Brothers and Sisters, let us not waste another 28 days sitting on the dock of the bay, watching the clouds roll away.  It just doesn’t make sense that approximately Read More...

Opinion

Can space industry survive 2 explosions in 4 days?

aptopix-spaceshiptwo-591ba899a9a31076 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fiery failures are no stranger to the space game. It's what happens when you push the boundaries of what technology can do, where people can go. And it happened again to Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. In the past decade, the space industry has Read More...

5 reasons the United States is not prepared to deal with widespread Ebola outbreak

us-health-care-preparedness-ebc49cccd5ee482aThe Associated Press The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at hospitals and Read More...

AP IMPACT: If Ebola batters US, we are not ready

460x By JEFF DONN and GARANCE BURKE  The Associated Press The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review of readiness at Read More...

The Buzz

Two Mississippi men charged in Ebola hoax that triggered emergency response

16427524-small HORN LAKE, Mississippi -- Two Horn Lake men have been indicted under a Mississippi law that makes it a felony to cause someone to falsely believe that a person has been "exposed to a harmful biological substance." Authorities said the two men are an Ebola Read More...

A glance at Ferguson: Then, now and the future

460x (5) ST. LOUIS (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown spoke publicly for the first time about the confrontation, and for the second straight night crowds poured into the streets of Ferguson to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict Read More...

Prosecutor faces new criticism over Ferguson case

460x (4) FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — He criticized the media. He talked about witness testimony that didn't match physical evidence. And he did it at night, as a city already on edge waited to learn if a grand jury would indict a white Ferguson police officer Read More...