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NY Times obit for Lee Lorch, little-known civil rights fighter from the 40s-50s

Here’s a truly amazing obituary for Lee Lorch, a mathematician who led a fight against segregation in the Stuyvesant Town housing project in New York, and then, losing his academic position in New York, was variously at Fisk University in Nashville, and then at Philander Smith in Little Rock, just in time for the […]

Monday Afternoon Various

Let’s Mandate Speech! And Music! As Kylve Veasley reports in his Clarion Ledger blog, some genius in the legislature representing Mantachie wants to add this to the Mississippi Code:  “The University of Mississippi shall bear the nickname ‘Ole Miss Rebels’ and its mascot shall be ‘Colonel Rebel.’ The University of Mississippi’s marching band, known as […]

NY Review blog asks: What are the most interesting secrets of modern Chinese history?

There was a apparently recently a highest-possible level meeting of Chinese Communist Party officials, worrying about the security of the most sensitive of government documents– what happens if there’s a day of reckoning and these documents come out, wikileaks style?

This caused online speculation about what events would be most interesting to those focused […]

Some interesting early Memphis history at the Commercial Appeal

There’s an interesting historical story on the Commercial Appeal site this morning with a lot of early Memphis history, about its first mayor, Marcus Winchester.   The story came to light when an alderman descended from Winchester started doing genealogical research.

When the city was incorporated in 1826, [Winchester] became its first mayor. But the […]

Wilson responds to Government motion to strike his claim to Ed Peter’s ill gotten gains

Roberts Wilson has filed a response to the Government’s motion to strike his claim on what remains of the fee Ed Peters was paid for improperly influencing Judge DeLaughter.

Between Christmas and New Year, the Government filed an suit stating that Ed Peters had surrendered $425K in cash that remained after taxes and market […]

Interesting Clarion Ledger stories about the murder of French journalist Paul Gulhard during the Meredith riot

The Clarion Ledger reported Saturday that a man may have come forward with a small clue about the 1962 murder of French journalist Paul Gulhard during the Meredith riots.

Gulhard, a journalist for Agence France-Presse, was shot and killed at point-blank range during the 1962 riot at Ole Miss over the admission of James […]

Daily Journal reports that Nunnellee is closing in on a decision to run against Childers…

… but then says that sitting legislators have a poor history of success in Mississippi congressional races.  I’m mildly dubious that his status as a legislator is really a problem.  He does have a bad case of taking-forever-to-decide about running in the past, but seems headed that way now.  He’s doing a “listening tour” […]

The Mississippi Supreme Court decided an interesting workplace injury case.

There’s a fascinating group of opinions (unanimous as to result) in Thursday’s Supreme Court decision list about injuries to workers and the circumstances where workplace injuries are not limited to worker’s compensation.

One rule-of-thumb lawyers carry in their heads is that worker’s compensation is the “exculsive remedy” against an employer for workplace injuries.  This […]

Helpful pig related tip for readers of tomorrow’s NYTimes food column

You may be asking tomorrow:  “what is a long cut pig’s foot?”

Or maybe not.

The New York Times Sunday food column has had a series (which I’ve greatly enjoyed) in which Amanda Hesser takes a past recipe from the Times, describes it, perhaps updates it slightly, and gets a restaurant chef to do […]

T-P story about preservation of historic Mandeville jazz club

Folks who do blues tourism know how rare rural buildings associated with the blues have become– they tend to have been pretty ephemeral buildings to start with, and no effort was made toward preservation for the better part of a century.   There’s a rural jazz club in Mandeville that’s been preserved, and local government […]