Miss. mayoral candidate found dead

By HOLBROOK MOHR (JACKSON, Miss., AP) – Whatever his prospects for winning the coming mayoral election in his hometown of Clarksdale, Miss., Marco McMillian was considered by many to be a man on the rise. So word spread fast when his SUV was involved in a wreck this week, and he was nowhere to be… Read more »

Flash mob swarms court at Tiger Spirit Night

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – The Warrensburg Booster Club gave away nearly 650 T-shirts for Tiger Spirit Night during the girls and boys basketball games against Smith-Cotton Feb. 23. To show their Tiger Spirit, a flash mob celebrated on the court during halftime of the boys game. “We were really pleased with the turnout even though the… Read more »

Grandma shot self, young grandsons in car

(PRESTON, Conn., AP) – A woman who picked up her two young grandsons from daycare drove them to a neighboring town and shot and killed the children and herself, state police and family members said. The bodies of 47-year-old Debra Denison and her grandsons, 2-year-old Alton Perry and 6-month-old Ashton Perry, were found Tuesday night… Read more »

City issues state of emergency

By ELLEN BECKER (WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – City Manager Paula Hertwig-Hopkins declared a state of emergency at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday as some 10 inches of snow blanketed the area overnight, adding to the heavy snowfall from last week. Downed trees covered roads and two roofs collapsed on local businesses. Plow trucks have opened major arterial roads… Read more »

First witness to testify in Gulf oil spill trial

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN (NEW ORLEANS, La., AP) – A University of California-Berkeley engineer who played a prominent role in investigating levee breaches in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is scheduled to be the first witness Tuesday at a trial involving another Gulf Coast catastrophe: the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Robert Bea, an… Read more »