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New Orleans' uneven recovery is leaving blacks behind

Business News - 2 hours 47 min ago
Katrina10.org, a web site created by the city of New Orleans to commemorate its revitalization 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, ticks off a number of successes: major rebuilding projects, criminal justice and education reforms and the rebirth of neighborhoods.









Chinese official defends intervention: 'We must take action'

Business News - 3 hours 16 min ago
Expect the Chinese government not to sit still when its financial markets are falling apart.









How to learn about investing...by watching Netflix

Business News - 3 hours 51 min ago
Too many Americans think of the stock market as the "final frontier" -- something worthy of a "Star Trek" episode.









23 officers shot to death this year

CNN - 4 hours 28 min ago
With the "execution-style" killing of a Houston-area deputy Friday night, the number of U.S. law enforcement officers shot to death this year rose to 23.









Categories: National News

Theater shooter gets 12 life sentences

CNN - 4 hours 32 min ago
A Colorado judge formally sentenced James Eagan Holmes to multiple life terms plus thousands of years in prison for the Aurora movie theater massacre that killed 12 and wounded 70.








Categories: National News

Why U.S. has most mass shootings

CNN - 4 hours 33 min ago










Categories: National News

Pilot dies practicing for air show

CNN - 4 hours 33 min ago
The New York Air Show will continue Saturday despite the crash of a single-engine aerobatic plane that killed the pilot a day earlier, officials said.









Categories: National News

Tropical storm Erika weakens

CNN - 4 hours 35 min ago
A day before a weak Tropical Storm Erica was predicted to arrive, Florida's governor declared a state of emergency. He was worried about flooding from the storm, which has killed 20 people.









Categories: National News

Possible highway shooter in Michigan

CNN - 4 hours 35 min ago
Authorities in southern Michigan are investigating the possibility that someone fired upon vehicles on two freeways.









Categories: National News

Pluto probe gets new assignment

CNN - 4 hours 36 min ago
NASA has picked the next target for New Horizons, the piano-sized spacecraft that took all those amazing photos of Pluto during its historic flyby in July.









Categories: National News

Hurricane Ignacio barrels toward Hawaii

CNN - 4 hours 36 min ago
Hurricane Ignacio will start affecting Hawaii this weekend, starting by riling up ocean waters followed by heavy rains and strong winds, forecasters say.









Categories: National News

Why Saudi Arabia won't cut oil production

Business News - 5 hours 36 min ago
Read full story for latest details.









Bulldogs Sweep Pair Of Matches In McFatrich’s Debut

Bulldog Beat - 13 hours 31 min ago
STARKVILLE, Miss. – In front of a two-match crowd of 1,846, including the third-largest crowd in school history in the nightcap, the Mississippi State volleyball Bulldogs swept a pair of opponents to open the David McFatrich era Friday at Newell-Grissom.

Perseverance, academic achievement in focus for MSU’s Men and Women of Color Summit

MSU News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:36
The Mississippi State University Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion honored six alumni and faculty for their achievements during an empowerment dinner Thursday [Aug. 27] in the Mill at MSU Conference Center as part of the Men and Women of Color Summit. From left are Camille Scales Young, Linda Cornelious, Albert J. Williams, Sebetha Jenkins, Marilyn Crouther and Wanda Williams. The summit continued with a full day of educational sessions Friday [Aug. 28]. (Photo by Russ Houston)

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The Mississippi State University Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion honored six alumni and faculty for their achievements during an empowerment dinner Thursday [Aug. 27] in the Mill at MSU Conference Center as part of the Men and Women of Color Summit. From left are Camille Scales Young, Linda Cornelious, Albert J. Williams, Sebetha Jenkins, Marilyn Crouther and Wanda Williams. The summit continued with a full day of educational sessions Friday [Aug. 28]. (Photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—“Where will you be on Labor Day weekend 2035?”

With that prompt from speaker Albert J. Williams, hundreds of students who were gathered in the Mill at MSU Conference Center ballroom – eyes closed – visualized futures that involved success and accomplishment. Moments later, Williams, a Mississippi State alumnus and president of Chevron Pipeline Company, instructed the students to open their eyes.

“That vision you had will not happen if you do not have a plan,” Williams warned. “You must try and not be afraid of failure.”

Williams was one of three keynote speakers Friday [Aug. 28] for the MSU Men and Women of Color Summit, organized by the university’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. He also was one of six MSU alumni and faculty honored for their achievements during an empowerment dinner Thursday night [Aug. 27].

Themed “Reframing the Dialogue around Men and Women of Color: Academic Success in Higher Education,” workshops and panels focused on the importance of education and developing life skills.

More than 700 registered to attend the summit, and students from six other universities – the University of Mississippi, Mississippi Valley State, Jackson State, Mississippi University for Women, Southern Mississippi and Alabama – joined a strong MSU contingent.

MSU President Mark E. Keenum said he believes the university reflects the kind of impact a focus on diversity can make, and events like the summit help strengthen that impact.

“We take great pride in what we do to promote diversity because diversity enriches and empowers any institution and the people in it,” Keenum said.

One component of each keynote speech, however, was perseverance, and Williams hit that keystroke in his Friday morning speech hard and often.

A Jackson native who came to MSU on a football scholarship, Williams dealt with injury and a rigorous academic regimen on his way to earning an historic place in Bulldog football history – he returned an interception for the game-winning touchdown against Louisiana State University in 1990, breaking a five-year losing streak against the Tigers – as well as earning an electrical engineering degree.

His parents, he said, always valued education, leading eight of the 11 children in his family to receive degrees. He urged participants to get the most from their education, welcome adversity as a building block for success and use their “God-given talents” to realize their potential.

“Strive to shape history rather than just be shaped by it,” he said. “Through academic achievement, anything is possible for you and for us. And remember, life itself is a class, and school is always in session.”

Much in the same vein as Williams’ message, lunch speaker Lori A. Harper told summit participants how she trudged through college as a single mother of two and eventually became the first African-American woman to reach vice president status at Ingalls Ship Building. Working out of Pascagoula, Harper manages the company’s supply chain.

“Life happens,” she said. “When life happens, it’s how you respond that makes a difference.”

Participants also heard from La Doris “Dot” Harris, the director of the Office of Impact and Diversity and assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy. She worked in the private sector for almost 30 years before President Barack Obama appointed her to her current post in 2012.

To persevere, she said, students have to fight against fear.

“You should never have fear in anything you do,” Harris said. “When you tolerate fear, you contaminate faith.”

MSU is Mississippi’s flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

Virginia TV shooting leaves news crews rattled

Business News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:34
Live shots are not supposed to end with shots fired.









Soccer Drops Decision to Florida Gulf Coast 2-0

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:30
TAMPA, Fla. – On a muggy and humid afternoon the Mississippi State soccer team displayed a tremendous effort as the Bulldogs took Atlantic Sun favorite Florida Gulf Coast to the limit, but ultimately fell 2-0.

Pilot practicing ahead of New York Air Show crashes

CNN - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:34
A prop-driven stunt plane practicing ahead of an upcoming New York state air show crashed Friday, killing the pilot, police said.









Categories: National News

NYC yellow cabs get their own hailing app

Business News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:32
Yellow cabs are getting teched out.









 

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