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October 28, 2010

Suicide reported off Lynn Lane Thursday

Starkville Police Department officers responded to a reported suicide on Helen Circle off Lynn Lane on Thursday.
Information on the incident — including the name and gender of the victim — was not released by police officials on Thursday.

MSU president to be roasted by MPA

Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum will be roasted by the Mississippi Press Association at an annual benefit for its education foundation.
Keenum, who was named as MSU president in 2008, will be the guest of honor during the MPA Education Foundation Celebrity Roast Jan. 20 at the Jackson Marriott.
He joins a long list of notable Mississippians, including Gov. Haley Barbour and the late comedian Jerry Clower, who have been roasted as a benefit to raise money for MPAEF’s scholarship and internship programs.
Roastmaster for the event will again be Sid Salter, past MPAEF chairman and longtime political columnist and editor for The Clarion-Ledger.
Tickets for the MPA Celebrity Roast ast will go on sale in late November.
Keenum became the 19th president of MSU after serving as Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he provided oversight for the Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency and Foreign Agricultural Service.
Keenum is a graduate of MSU and worked on faculty with the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service.
He later was an adjunct professor at MSU from 1997 to 2006, teaching an annual course on legislative policy.

Clarification made on dismissal of dress code lawsuit against SSD

In Thursday’s edition of the Starkville Daily News, a story about the dismissal of a lawsuit against the Starkville School District over the mandated dress code requires further clarification.
The three plaintiffs named in the story were not the only ones involved in the lawsuit, which appealed the decision by the Starkville School District Board of Trustees to enact a dress code policy mandating specific types of clothing.
There were dozens of plaintiffs involved in the lawsuit, but only three were specifically listed on copies of the dismissal order received by the Daily News staff on Wednesday.
Further conversation with some of the plaintiffs on Thursday also revealed that not all of the plaintiffs were in favor of seeking dismissal of the lawsuit, though court documents received by the Daily News staff stated that the plaintiffs requested dismissal.
Attempts to contact the plaintiffs’ attorney, Daniel Tucker of Tupelo, by phone for comment on the dismissal and to clarify points in the court documents were not successful Wednesday and Thursday.
The Daily News staff apologizes for any confusion that may have resulted from the initial story in Thursday’s edition and is glad to set the record straight.

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