April 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A Mississippi man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama, a U.S. senator and another official, authorities said. The FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service said Paul Kevin Curtis was taken into custody at 5:15 p.m. for sending three letters "which contained a granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin. " Ricin, a poison, is deadly in small amounts if inhaled or ingested. Further tests will be performed on the letters to confirm whether the substance is ricin. The letters went to the White House, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)
April 11, 2013 |
A fierce storm hugged the eastern portion of the nation in an icy, wet grip Thursday, spawning strong winds, tornadoes and the possibility of floods through the region where just days ago spring was beginning to bloom. At least one death related to tornado activity was reported in Mississippi, bringing the toll from this week's freakishly winter-like weather to two. Tornado watches remained in effect in Mississippi and next door in Alabama while Missouri had declared a state of emergency because of drenching rains.
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March 24, 2013 |
Olen Burrage, a farmer and Ku Klux Klan member who owned the Mississippi land where the bullet-riddled bodies of three civil rights workers were found buried in the 1960s, has died. He was 82. Burrage, who was acquitted on civil rights charges related to the murders, died March 15 at a medical center in Meridian, Miss., the McClain-Hays Funeral Home announced. The cause was not released. The Ku Klux Klan slaying became one of the most infamous episodes of the civil rights era and led to the 1965 passage of the Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discriminatory practices that kept African Americans from voting.
March 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday he was “shocked” when a judge this week invalidated an anti-obesity law that would have blocked sales of super-sized sodas, and he took a jab at Mississippi politicians for passing their own legislation to protect fattening food and drink. “You gotta love it. In the state with the highest rate of obesity, they pass a law that says you can't do anything about it,” Bloomberg said during his weekly radio interview.
March 4, 2013 |
The family of an openly gay man who was running for mayor in Mississippi and whose body was found last week, said that he was beaten, dragged and burned, but officials have refused to comment on those allegations. The body of Marco McMillian, 34, was found on Wednesday near the Mississippi River west of Clarksdale, the city where he was running for mayor on a platform of helping the poor and fighting crime. McMillian had been missing for about a day. Lawrence Reed, 22, has been charged with murder in the case and is in the custody of officials, Will Rook, a spokesman for the Coahoma County sheriff's office, told the Los Angeles Times on Monday.
February 28, 2013 |
A person of interest is being held in the death of an openly gay candidate running for mayor of Clarksdale, Miss., officials said on Thursday. The person being held has not been charged, Will Rooker, a spokesman for the Coahoma County sheriff's office, told the Los Angeles Times by telephone. “We have an ongoing investigation into the death,” he said. The sheriff's office has not classified the death as a homicide, Rooker said. “It's not clear at this time what has happened,” he said.
February 28, 2013 |
A 22-year-old Mississippi man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of an openly gay candidate for mayor of Clarksdale, Miss., officials said. Lawrence Reed of Shelby, a resident of Clarksdale, was charged with murder, the Coahoma County sheriff's office announced on Thursday. There was no immediate indication of a possible motive. The body of Marco McMillian, 34, was found near a Mississippi River levee about 15 miles from Clarksdale, in the southwest part of Coahoma County at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
February 21, 2013 |
“The Daily Show” has had a lot of fun with regional peculiarities this week. On Wednesday, Jon Stewart had a good laugh at the expense of the Russian people and their blasé attitude about seemingly everything -- including giant flaming space rocks. Last night, he targeted a place closer to home: Mississippi. Stewart began by noting how some states have reputations that are hard to overcome. Fair or not, the Magnolia State has never quite been able to shake the legacy of slavery and segregation.
February 18, 2013 |
Mississippi forgot something. Fully 148 years after the end of the Civil War and the U.S. end to slavery, the state has officially ratified the 13th Amendment ban on the practice. The state thought the amendment had already been ratified by its Legislature. Turns out it hadn't, at least in the eyes of federal record-keepers. "It was never transmitted to the national archivist to be put on the record," Pamela Weaver, spokeswoman for the Mississippi secretary of state, told The Times.
February 11, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Daylight Monday revealed damage done by a tornado that ripped through this southern Mississippi city the day before, sparing residents from major injury but destroying some homes and damaging scores more. At least 63 people were treated for storm-related injuries, and more than 200 structures were damaged by the storm, according to Kyle Hopkins, emergency operations manager of surrounding Forrest County. He told The Los Angeles Times that emergency managers were still tallying how many structures were destroyed.