Daily Wrap 3.14.14: Hoopage, jail bait and plane theories

Wrapping up the day that was from DJournal.com and elsewhere.

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Hot clicks

• One dead in Pontotoc County crash – It feels a bit crass to file this under something called “hot clicks,” but it’s been far and away the most-read story on our site today. Folks seem to be drawn to this sort of news. It’s in our DNA.

• Rebels rally down the stretch – Ole Miss ended rival Mississippi State’s season in the SEC Tournament late Thursday night, and the reward is another late game tonight against Georgia. Look for coverage in Saturday’s Journal after Parrish Alford whips that Deadline Monkey’s tail again.

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Developments

• Booneville bests Belmont – A pair of local teams fought over the Class 3A girls state championship down in Jackson today, and Booneville came out on top. Remember, coach Michael Smith just took over the team in October when the previous coach stepped down. And he’s still the boys coach. Give the man a raise.

• Fire death update – The man who died in a Sunday fire was identified, and his cause of death was determined as well.

Child enticement appeal – One of the guys caught by a police sex sting – in which an officer posed online as a 15-year-old girl – is appealing his conviction of child enticement. The defense is, basically, “But she didn’t look 15!”

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Nation/world highlights

• Plane theories abound – Lots of people have ideas on what might’ve happened to that Malaysia Airlines flight, but nobody has any answers yet. A popular theory is that piracy is somehow involved. John L. Pitts, the Journal’s sports editor, has his own theory:

Iconic kisser dies – You know the photo: A Navy sailor kisses a nurse in the streets of New York on V-J Day, celebrating the end of World War II. That man, Glenn McDuffie, has died.

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Best of the blogs

Pay raise imminent (Journal Politics) – It’s all but a done deal: The state’s teachers are in line to get a pay raise, as Bobby Harrison writes. I know several teachers, and not only do they perform noble work, they have to put up with way too much crap from students and parents.

• A visit to “Night Vale” (Scene Now) – Entertainment reporter Sheena Barnett writes about traveling to Birmingham to check out a traveling podcast show. As she describes it, “Night Vale” is like NPR set to the “Twilight Zone.” So, doubly creepy.

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Talk it out

I’m watching “Speed” right now. Great movie. Is it Keanu Reeves‘ best?

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