Poke Salad Revue — Issue #31

Mississippi

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Expert: Mississippi economy remains behind national average — www.wdam.com 
 An expert says Mississippi’s economy is growing at a modest pace but continues to lag behind the national average.

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Vote for your favorite ‘Give Back Like Dak’ video — www.clarionledger.com 
 Readers pick their favorites, starting March 29. The Top 5 participants will each win two Sports Award tickets…. AND meet Dak Prescott.

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A bar with a pool is planned for Pass Christian this summer — www.sunherald.com 
 With retail shops facing Scenic Drive, the bar will feature a pool on the bottom level.

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‘Southern Living’ magazine names Laurel as travel destination — www.wdam.com

The magazine highlights Laurel’s Main Street, Lauren Rodgers Museum of Art, the Day in the Park festival and some of Laurel’s local eateries. It also suggests shopping at HGTV host’s store Laurel Mercantile Co.

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The Crossroads Film Society hosts a screening of “Strange Weather” at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, at the Malco Grandview Cinema — www.jacksonfreepress.com 
 Movie fans may know Katherine Dieckmann as the writer and director of 2000’s “A Good Baby” and 2009’s “Motherhood,” and the director of 2006’s “Diggers.” However, it wasn’t so long ago that her career path was pointed in an entirely different direction.

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Tell us your favorite Jackson-area cocktail — www.clarionledger.com 
 Jackson has no shortage of brilliant mixologists and tasty adult treats, so we’ve decided to rank them.

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JA’s charity ball mixes society with philanthropy — djournal.com

JA participates in several events each year to give back to the community. Proceeds from its annual charity ball helps provide for such projects as scholarships, school supplies and Christmas gifts for children in need.

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Danny Glover speaks at Oxford Film Festival on documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” — www.wtva.com

Glover spoke about the influence James Baldwin had on his life growing up and credits him with being a strong voice of truth for African-Americans dealing with race in America.

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Tupelo seeks police academy participants — djournal.com

olks wanting to learn more about the law and the way police officers do their jobs will get their chance.

The South

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Mardi Gras: Rare Vintage Photos From America’s Most Famous Party — time.com 
 In 1938, LIFE sent photographer William Vandivert to New Orleans to cover the debauchery, whimsy and unalloyed fun of Mardi Gras.

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Where to Eat, Drink, and Party in New Orleans Right This Second — www.gq.com 
 Whether you’re in town for NBA All-Star Weekend or the legal public drinking, this is your guide. As chosen by NOLA resident and GQ eater-in-chief Brett Martin.

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Drink DAT New Orleans — www.indiebound.org

Where to drink next in New Orleans

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How crawfish and beer saved the NBA in New Orleans — sports.yahoo.com

Six years later, no one remembers who came up with the idea that saved the NBA in New Orleans.

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Ribs, Caviar, Million-Dollar Yachts? Just Another Day for Kenny Chesney, Sammy Hagar & Emeril Lagasse — www.nashcountrydaily.com 
 While rocker Sammy Hagar and celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse were cruising the high seas off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday (Feb. 11) during Emeril’s inaugural charity fishing tournament, they happened upon Kenny Chesney on a multi-million-dollar Riva Virtus yacht.

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Austin restaurant offering up mega-sized ‘Manmosas’ with a full bottle of champagne included — www.chron.com 
 A popular brunch spot in one of Austin’s coolest drinking districts is serving up a monster mimosa for when you just can’t get your fill of champagne on a Sunday Funday.

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Austin’s Famed La Barbecue Aims for a Second Location in Los Angeles — la.eater.com 
 One of Texas’s biggest names hits the West Coast

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Native Memphian expresses passion for hometown with paint — www.wmcactionnews5.com 
 Five dancers fill Stacey Saed Ferguson’s painting called “Strength” standing together on point in perfect symmetry.

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Memphis Film Prize Kicks Off Second Competition — www.memphisflyer.com

The Memphis Film Prize invites filmmakers to The Cove tonight, Feb. 16, for its second annual kick off party.

Memphis hotels see record revenue

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In 2016, Memphis hotels sold their most-ever rooms and revenue was the highest on record. The area’s average daily rate was $8 above the previous peak in 2007.

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Dave & Buster’s in Alabama? State’s first location might be in Hoover — www.al.com 
 The company, which offers a mix of arcade-style games, food, and adult beverages, will be going into the Forever 21 spot.

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Alabama Crimson Tide name New England Patriots assistant Brian Daboll as new offensive coordinator — www.espn.com 
 Brian Daboll has spent 17 seasons in the NFL, the last three as the Patriots’ TE coach. He was a graduate assistant at Michigan State for two years when Nick Saban was the Spartans’ head coach.

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Brace Yourselves: Peeps Oreos Are Here — www.eater.com 
 Plus other food news you should know right know

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McDonald’s unveils brand-new straw for optimal shake consumption — www.wdsu.com 
 ‘Real engineers’ helped design the new product

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AT&T to offer unlimited data once again — www.wbrc.com 
 The new plan will be available Friday.

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NASA wants you to help find new planet — www.fox8live.com 
 A NASA-funded space venture Is letting the public participate in a search for a new ninth planet.

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Something Else to Enjoy With Your Cat: Happy Hour — www.nytimes.com 
 Two start-ups are competing in the unusual business of selling catnip-laced “wines” to cat owners. So far, the drinks’ biggest fans are humans, not cats.

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Here’s a Mysterious Teaser for J.J. Abrams and Stephen King’s New Hulu Project, Castle Rock — io9.gizmodo.com 
 The first collaboration between Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams, author Stephen King, and Hulu yielded 11.22.63, an eight-episode time-travel drama about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Next up, apparently: a project called Castle Rock that looks squarely aimed at fans of King’s classic best-sellers.

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The 8 Best Romantic Comedies on Netflix — www.dailydot.com 
 It’s hard to beat these classics.

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