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Dr. Sanjay Gupta, others reflect 10 years after Katrina

Health - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 7:23pm
As the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, CNN Opinion asked residents and those involved in New Orleans' recovery for their take on the lessons learned, and what the city means to them. All views are the authors' own.








Categories: Health

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

MSU News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 6:36pm
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.

'Star Wars' characters brighten 'Disney Infinity 3.0'

CNN Entertainment - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 6:36pm
In the "Star Wars" history and mythos, there are absolutes, such as: Darth Vader does not run -- ever. He walks.









Categories: Entertainment News

Virginia TV shooting leaves news crews rattled

Business News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 6:34pm
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 - 6:30pm
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.

4 dead, others missing after Erika's deluge

CNN World - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:49pm
Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Erika has caused devastation on the Caribbean island of Dominica, leaving at least four people dead and more than 20 missing, authorities said.








Categories: International News

Pilot practicing ahead of New York Air Show crashes

CNN - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:34pm
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 - 5:32pm
Yellow cabs are getting teched out.









Travel secrets of tech execs

Business News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:30pm
It's not uncommon for startup executives to jump on a plane multiple times a month -- or even within a week. They're meeting with investors, scoping out office space and researching cities for expansion.









New York Daily News defends showing shocking shooting photos

Business News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:28pm
The New York Daily News was widely condemned for its front page about the on-air murders in Roanoke, Virginia, with critics calling its use of the graphic images "despicable" and "heartless." The tabloid had a different description: newsworthy.









VBOC holds grand opening at research park

MSU News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:24pm
The Veterans Business Outreach Center in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park held a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Friday [Aug. 28]. The center helps veterans and their spouses either start a business or grow an existing business. From left are Bob Seitz, VBOC counselor; Sharon Oswald, dean of MSU’s College of Business; Mark Scott, VBOC director; Janita Stewart, director of the Small Business Administration’s Mississippi office; Trent Kelly, congressman for Mississippi’s

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The Veterans Business Outreach Center in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park held a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Friday [Aug. 28]. The center helps veterans and their spouses either start a business or grow an existing business. From left are Bob Seitz, VBOC counselor; Sharon Oswald, dean of MSU’s College of Business; Mark Scott, VBOC director; Janita Stewart, director of the Small Business Administration’s Mississippi office; Trent Kelly, congressman for Mississippi’s 1st district; MSU President Mark E. Keenum; Rodney Pearson, MSU business professor and VBOC board member; and Mike Pornovets, head of the VBOC’s satellite office at The Innovation Center in Biloxi. (Photo by Mitch Phillips)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A ribbon-cutting and open house formally welcomed to the Mississippi State University campus a new resource for military veteran entrepreneurs.

The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) hosted distinguished guests and members of the public for a grand opening ceremony Friday morning [Aug. 28] at its location in Suite 105D, 60 Technology Blvd., in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Park. In partnership with the College of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Center for America’s Veterans, the VBOC is providing guidance for veterans, and their spouses, who either want to start a small business or grow their existing business.

 â€śEntrepreneurship and support for startups are among our strengths,” said Sharon Oswald, dean of MSU’s College of Business. “The VBOC is a natural extension of what we are already good at. We’ve assembled a great team, and they are already working hard to help veterans.”

MSU received an $825,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to start its VBOC, which will serve veterans and their spouses in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee. MSU’s VBOC is one of 15 nationwide.

Trent Kelly, 1st district congressman for Mississippi and a colonel in the Mississippi National Guard, commended MSU for its commitment to veterans during Friday’s ceremony. He said veterans typically have a servant’s heart, a high level of intelligence and an innate ability to “not accept failure.” These traits, he added, often translate into business success.

“Our veterans are so important to this nation,” said Kelly, who serves on the House Small Business Committee. “This is a wonderful opportunity for them to become entrepreneurs and small business owners because they have what it takes.”

The VBOC officially became operational in May and has already served dozens of clients. Center Director Mark Scott said he and his staff field calls daily requesting consultations. Its free services range from developing ideas into businesses, identifying a business’ customer base and helping veterans form a business plan.

Further, Scott noted the VBOC has set up a satellite office in The Innovation Center in Biloxi to help better serve the four-state region.

A land-grant institution established in 1878 with the U.S. Military Academy as a model, Mississippi State has a long history of service and commitment to veterans. In 2013, U.S. News and World Report ranked the university 29th on its elite list of the 52 best national higher education organizations for veterans, service members, dependents and survivors.

On Friday, MSU President Mark E. Keenum said more than 450 veterans are enrolled at MSU, and more than 2,100 students are directly connected to veterans as dependents or spouses.

“We have a long history of engagement and involvement with veterans,” he said.

Since October 2012, VBOCs have helped more than 136,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs nationwide, said Mississippi SBA Director Janita Stewart. For more information on MSU’s VBOC, visit www.vboc.msstate.edu/~vboc/index.php. The telephone number is 662-325-4990; the email address, vboc@business.msstate.edu.

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

Mixed verdict in prep school rape trial

CNN - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 5:23pm
A New Hampshire jury resumed deliberations Friday in the trial of Owen Labrie, a 19-year-old graduate of a prestigious prep school who's accused of raping a girl when she was 15.









Categories: National News

Friday Links

Business News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:55pm
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News Corp. in talks to bring back Rebekah Brooks

Business News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 4:42pm
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Meet the shady ladies of anti-VD posters

Health - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:31pm









Categories: Health

Police seize wine collection; hospital wants to save it

CNN - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:30pm
The case is being called "Pennsylvania vs. 2,447 Bottles of Wine."








Categories: National News

Brazil falls deep into recession

Business News - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:12pm
Brazil is going bust.









Savannah State University student dies in campus shooting

CNN - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:11pm
Students at Savannah State University in Georgia were mourning Friday after a student was shot to death in the school's student union building.









Categories: National News

Government wins narrow victory in NSA Case

CNN - Fri, 08/28/2015 - 3:09pm
In a narrow victory for the government, a federal appeals Friday threw out a lower court decision that held the NSA surveillance program was likely illegal.









Categories: National News
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