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Something very interesting happened on Tuesday that didn’t get much attention. The United States Supreme Court ruled that, for now, secret grand jury testimony from Robert Mueller’s witch-hunt investigation of President Trump’s collusion with Russia must stay secret.

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When we write sports stories, there’s an assumption that the reader has basic knowledge of the game. In basketball stories, basics such as a basket inside the 3-point arc counts for two points and a free throw is one point. In football, we don’t note that a touchdown is worth six points and …

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Did you notice what came on television this weekend, other than the droning COVID-19 coverage? Live sports. 

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One of the most somber, poignant days of the year occurs each May during National Police Week. Historically, ceremonies would have taken place this week honoring those who have died in the line of duty.

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Mercy, has this been a rough couple months! Two months have passed since we crafted almost an entire section of this newspaper out of COVID-19 information. 

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Imagine it was 2016 in the heat of the presidential election. A former staffer for candidate Donald Trump alleged that years ago, he had forced her up against a wall and sexually assaulted her. Imagine the TV news coverage. Getting the victim — and likely her attorney — on every show on ever…

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It was surprising to see how many local restaurants’ doors were still locked on Thursday when they were allowed to reopen — under strict guidelines, of course — by order of Gov. Tate Reeves.

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The sound of people moving and restaurants and shops reopening is music to our ears. It has been nearly two months since the COVID-19 virus changed our lives forever. The battle against COVID-19 is not over yet. We still have to be smart.

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As a professional wrestler in the hey-day of the World Wrestling Federation, Ted DiBiase went by the name “The Million Dollar Man.” If a report issued by State Auditor Shad White of Sandersville is proved correct, he will go down in history as The Million Dollar Sham.

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No image will define the disconnect between the elitist Establishment national politicians and the people who make this country run than that of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s now-infamous “Ice Cream Social.”

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Nearly seven weeks of constant COVID-19 coverage is enough to get every human being down in the dumps. Doom, gloom, death... Enough! Cover it, give out pertinent information in a timely manner, but this is no longer a 24-hour-per-day story. 

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Gov. Reeves will take a beating no matter what decision he makes. Extend the stay-at-home order and draw the ire of Mississippians thirsting to get back to work and open businesses. Protests have erupted in several states over stay-at-home orders as people are fed up with living in fear. End…

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No image will define the disconnect between the elitist Establishment national politicians and the people who make this country run than that of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s now-infamous “Ice Cream Social.”

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Count us as concerned with the amount of power being flexed by federal, state and local governments in the battle against COVID-19. 

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First of all, this is a newspaper, not a romance novel like so many of our critics must be accustomed to reading … The big bold words above our stories are “headlines,” not “titles.” 

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The Leader-Call was one of five news outlets in the state to receive a $5,000 grant from the Facebook Journalism Project to support our reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak. The other recipients were Mississippi Public Broadcasting, The Natchez Democrat, The Oxford Eagle and The Picayune Item.

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While politicians and national media continue to play gotcha games and, worse, blame games, there are millions of people nationwide — and thousands locally — who are putting their own lives on the line every day.

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In unprecedented times, parents have to think outside the box to make sure their children are entertained and educated during the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

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As we reach COVID-19 overload — it will happen — one would think nothing else on earth is happening right now. 

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Dear readers, thank you for standing with us in this time of great uncertainty. Our lives have been turned upside down by an enemy no one can see. Unprecedented steps have been taken in an attempt to stop the spread of what, depending on whom one trusts, will either wipe us out or is more hy…

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Wednesday morning, Editor-in-Chief Mark Thornton went to the Jones County School District Central Office on Highway 11 to report on a specially called “public” meeting to discuss the district’s plans for combating the COVID-19 virus.

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Add to the ever-growing list of consequences of the COVID-19 virus the need to get all Mississippians connected via the internet. It was disappointing to read Jones County School District Superintendent Tommy Parker saying there will be no instruction, even online, because too many people in…

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There is no template for the times we’re living in. The bad news is, there are plenty of people out there who believe they have the answers, and when they post them, tens of millions of people share them. It becomes even more difficult than usual to distinguish fact from friction.

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In the 1980s film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” a student opines on why Ferris was absent from school. She said, “My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with a girl who saw Ferris pass-out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess …

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The timing of the celebration of freedom of the press is interesting considering that more people than usual are blasting the media, including our own publisher in his upcoming Saturday column. Instead of enjoying “Sunshine Week,” in all of its possible connotations, they are sitting in the …

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March 16-20 is Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for the community

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In the days immediately following the terrorists’ attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Americans were told, ad naseum, to continue living their lives. Don’t let the terrorists win.

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One facet coming from the rising international crisis of the Covid-19 virus is that America can no longer rely so heavily on the Chinese — or any foreign country – for so many of our daily goods.

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The weather is warming up and the thoughts of Santa Claus and Christmas movies are far from the average person’s minds. But there is an everlasting teaching moment from the Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life” that is apt today as Americans tackle the coronavirus.

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A few things to ponder before you go to sleep tonight — don’t forget to set those clocks ahead one hour, there is no “s” in Daylight Saving Time and it is a completely worthless endeavor to manipulate the clocks twice per year.

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Approximately 18,000 people live in the City of Laurel, according to the U.S. Census Bureau using 2018 estimates because censuses are only completed every 10 years. Of that number, an estimated 4,500 are under the age of 18 and, hence, ineligible to vote. That leaves about 13,500 residents o…

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In a couple of weeks, those of us in journalism will celebrate “Sunshine Week.” It’s the one week we remind ourselves — and our engaged readers — of the year-’round effort to shed light in the dark corners where roaches thrive. The light, or even the threat of it, has a disinfecting effect. …

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Anyone who is a regular reader of this newspaper — these opinion pages, in particular — knows that we aren’t afraid to call ’em like we see ’em. Whether it’s a criminal or a cop, a prosecutor or a perp-protector, a judge or a jury, we will place the criticism where we believe it belongs. We …

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One of the characteristics of Laurel Main Street and the Jones County Chamber of Commerce we salute the most is their ability to think outside the box when it comes to attracting people to our community and keeping those who live here busy with plenty of fun activities.

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In less than nine months, another presidential election will be in the books. The entertainment value of what has become national politics in an election year will not subside. The next eight-plus months will be another roller-coaster ride.

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When you see us at the scene of a crime or wreck, we aren’t there to exploit your pain or to “sensationalize” your tragedy. We’re there to give as much accurate information as possible. A handful of haters will disagree … but we will counter with this simple question: How do we benefit by us…

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As you have noticed over the past month, on each Tuesday, the Leader-Call will have a poll question, which appears on our online site www.leader-call.com. With one exception, the poll has been posted and the people have responded in great numbers.

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These days, we are enjoying a good relationship with our local and area law enforcement agencies. That’s always a plus — for them, for us and for our readers.

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Mississippi casinos are rolling in a revenue stream that two decades ago would have seemed impossible. The addition of sports gambling at Mississippi casinos 18 months ago has led to an economic boom — and one that is poised for even more with the March Madness basketball tournament looming.

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In the county that launched the grassroots — and highly influential — Citizens Against Corruption, it is only appropriate that it is a Jones Countian tackling corruption statewide on a massive scale.

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The relationship between law enforcement and the media is much like a seesaw. Invariably, the media and law enforcement have to work together for the common good, but sometimes it is with trepidation on both sides. 

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It is human nature to make mistakes. From referees to highway workers to the highest senior level engineers at NASA, everyone makes mistakes. 

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In the spirit of the Super Bowl world of sports gambling, let’s take it up a notch: What will be the next “bombshell” to rock the Donald Trump presidency?

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On the last publication day of each month, the Leader-Call presents the Bobcat Jr. section. It is informative, educational and a huge hit among the young people of this area — and their teachers, too.

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For at least the 26th time since the beginning of last year, a felony suspect has avoided a day in court due to the failure of the previous administration of the Jones County Sheriff’s Department to serve timely warrants.

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What if the Congressional Democrats, most notably House of Representative members, would see things the same way District Attorney Tony Buckley saw in a case reported on today’s Page A1.

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For weeks now, one of the burning questions among locals has been, “What will Alex Hodge do next?” Conventional wisdom says that he wouldn’t want to just run his multimillion-dollar B-Clean business because, with a few more years working a job in state or local government, he would become fu…