Social Buzz: An Internet meme comes to life

When taking a photo, sometimes you capture a strange moment without meaning to. Witness one of the photos that accompanied today’s story about the Tupelo police and fire departments raising money at Buffalo Wild Wings.

The photo shows one fireman digging into his wings, while another looks as if he’s eaten one wing too many. Pretty good photo. But wait … there’s something else … in the back left corner … THAT WILL HAUNT YOUR DREAMS. Read more

Daily Lead 1.27.15: Don’t party with your kids

Your early leader for 2015 Parent of the Year in Lee County is Angie Floyd of Mooreville, who is accused of throwing an underage party that had drugs, alcohol and for good measure a couple of guns. It was a 17th birthday party – didn’t say for whom, but 2+2 and all that – and when things got too loud, the cops came out and issued a warning. Then they were called out again to bust it up. Read more

Daily Lead 1.23.15: Rebranding #education

Everything is about branding these days – excuse me, #branding – so of course Mississippi’s legislators voted to change the name of Common Core, and of course it’s a name that’s much longer and harder to remember: Mississippi College and Career-Ready Standards.

That’s what we call a #brandingFAIL.

Of course, many on the right side of the aisle want to do away with Common Core, period. Short of that, I guess a cumbersome new name will have to suffice. Read more

Daily Lead 1.22.15: Another blast of hot air

This fella wasn't actually listening to the governor, he was thinking about when he could go see "American Sniper." (AP)

This fella wasn’t actually listening to the governor, he was thinking about when he could go see “American Sniper.” (AP)

Gov. Phil Bryant gave his State of the State address yesterday, and for some reason “State of the State” always makes me chuckle inwardly. Anyway, the guv touted the good (or the positive spin, depending on your viewpoint) and ignored the bad (assuming anything negative in our state exists, of course). Much like Barack Obama‘s State of the Union address the day before, it probably wasn’t worth listening to (I listened to neither). Read more

Daily Lead 1.21.15: Use those commas correctly, please

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com April Friar knows how to use commas properly. Do you?

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com
April Friar knows how to use commas properly. Do you?

Good morning. We have a full menu of stories today, heavy on the education. The Tupelo Public School District named its Teacher of the Year yesterday, and it’s THS English teacher April Friar.

English was my favorite subject in school, and it was my minor in college. English teachers are a big reason I’ve come to value the language so much, and why I became a writer. They helped me, for instance, to understand proper comma usage. So yes, I’m judging every single one of you when you don’t use a comma in a compound sentence.

I’m judging you hard. Read more

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