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Entries for May, 2013

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Why does the Ledger's Brian Eason ooze contempt for so many Jacksonians?

OK, Snark King, it's your turn. I've had it in the back of my head to blog about a really offensive post by The Clarion-Ledger's city reporter Brian Eason for weeks now, but it had fallen to the side in the need to report actual news. But while cleaning up ...

New York Times Finds (Parts of) Jackson Delightful

Social media is buzzing today about a New York Times article that features a lot of amazing personalities and locally owned businesses that make our city great—many of which started in the city's last decade of progress. This is the kind of media we need to see more of about ...

Is Bryant Trying to Influence the Ethics Commission?

Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey L. Cole's letter to the state ethics commission.

WAPT Headline Misleads on Lumumba and Christopher Columbus

You want to know why people are scared of Chokwe Lumumba? Here's a good place to start. The headline that appears on a story that the WAPT web site (www.wapt.com) reads, "Lumumba wants to remove Christopher Columbus from history books." The headline is misleading at best. I was at the ...

JFP Bringing Home More Awards

The Association of Alternative Newsmedia has announced its award finalists for stories published in 2012.

Old Canton Road Closed at Crane for Repair of Sinkhole

A major sinkhole on Old Canton Road at Crane Boulevard that became a whipping post in the mayoral election is being repaired starting today. The city sent out this alert this morning: Traffic Alert The City of Jackson Department of Public Works announces that it has closed Old Canton Road ...

Open Letter to Mr. Lumumba from Ward 7 Couple

This open letter came late on runoff night. We are reposting it verbatim. Send other "open letter" submissions (up to 1,000 words with verifiable facts and respectful tone) to [email protected] Dear Mr. Lumumba, We are a white couple in our early 30s that live in Ward Seven who did not ...

Gulf Biz Smacked with $1m Fine for Mucking Wetlands

Verbatim statement from the US DOJ: MISSISSIPPI CORPORATION PLEADS GUILTY AND AGREES TO $ 1 MILLION FINE FOR ILLEGALLY FILLING PROTECTED WETLANDS WASHINGTON – Mississippi-based Hancock County Land LLC (HCL) pleaded guilty today to the unpermitted filling of wetlands near Bay St. Louis, Miss., and agreed to pay a $1 ...

This Ain't Cool, DOJ.

Today, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia released a statement joining other journalism organizations in protesting the U.S. Department of Justice's over-reaching subpoena of The Associated Press' phone records. The JFP joins other media organizations who have signed onto this letter by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. It ...

Summer Enhancement Program Registration Underway

The deadline for registration is May 24.

JFP Wins Multiple Journalism Awards

The Jackson Free Press is bringing home some Green Eyeshades again.

Death Row Prisoner Manning Gets a Stay

The Mississippi State Supreme Court has granted a stay of execution for death row inmate Willie Jerome Manning. Manning was scheduled to be put to death this evening at 6 p.m. at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Manning, accused of killing two people in Oktibbeha County in 1992, has maintained ...

Is Miss. About to 'Lynch' an Innocent Man?

Willie Jerome Manning, convicted of the 1992 murders of two Mississippi State students, is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday May 7. Manning has always said he did not commit the crime; in fact, he says he was at a club on the night of the murders. For years, he's ...

Much Ado About Signage

A disagreement over parking in Fondren caused a social-media stir this week.

Mississippi Denies Manning's Death Appeal

The state of Mississippi is moving closer to carrying out the first execution of 2013. The Mississippi State Supreme Court denied today Willie Jerome Manning's requests for a rehearing and a stay of execution. Manning wants DNA tests that were not available at the time of his conviction in the ...