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By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

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Video: Explosion at Damascus, Syria

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A massive explosion hit a government military research facility and ammunition depot in Damascus, capital of Syria. The Syrian TV, owned by the government, blames the strike on Israel, who did confirm an airstrike on Syria yesterday, but the Syrian Free Army (rebels currently at war with the government) also claimed the attack. The word around twitter is that more explosions are happening at the moment in the area. Local reports also indicate the hearing of sounds of jets before the blast. Hezbollah are claiming a jet has been shot down, Israel hasn’t confirmed.

Some reports in Israel indicate that Syria will declare war in Israel tonight.

Here is a quick recap of the current situation in Syria, according to redditor felagund.


Written by Noé Cugny

May 5, 2013 at 1:51 am

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Hattiesburg Zoo Break-In

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On April 20th, 2013, three black, male suspects were caught on camera breaking into the Hattiesburg Zoo in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Although no money was stolen, large amounts of candy were taken. Hattiesburg police have been on the look out for the three thieves, one believed to be an adult while the other two believed to be minors. The suspects broke the lock to the Hattiesburg Zoo gate. This is the second Zoo break in within the past month. You can visit WDAM website for more details regarding the story and ways to help locate the criminals.

Written by haleywalley

May 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm

George Zimmerman will not have a pretrial for self-defense claim!

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The news stations have stopped reporting on this case but it is still open. George Zimmerman,27, the man accused of murdering the black teenager, Trayvon Martin, has made the decision mot to have a pretrial to plea for his immunity, but rather wait for his trial on June 10.

Zimmerman is currently pleading guilty to the murder, basically saying that he did shoot the teenager but only out of self-defense. It was just a short time ago, one night in a sub-division in Florida, when Zimmerman spotted Trayvon Martin walking and proceeded to call the police and follow him. The 911 dispatch recording that was head around the world clearly told Zimmerman not to approach or pursue Martin, but as we know he ended up shooting and killing Martin. He claims that Martin attacked him and he acted accordingly.

In the state of Florida, there is something called a, “Stand Your Ground” law – which bars prosecution of someone who uses lethal force when in fear for their life rather than opting to retreat. For Zimmerman to use this claim it would have had to be done before his second-degree murder trial June 10.

Judge Debra Nelson clearly asked him if he was sure and Zimmerman answered Yes.

The full story and Photographer information visit: Yahoo! News

Written by annafrancis2013

April 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm

South City Records holds its first music festival downtown

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This is an example of multimedia storytelling through video news story. On Saturday, April 13, I ventured down to Main Street in downtown Hattiesburg where South City Records, an independent student-run music label, held its first music festival. The festival was a free event and was open to the public. The music started at 4pm and included artists K. Juan, Roundhouse Groove, The Drew Young Band, Pell, Cardinal Sons and Oh, Jeremiah. The festival, coinciding with the Art Walk, brought out a large crowd of all ages.

Southern Miss Association for Black Journalists: Honoree Lecture

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The Southern Miss Association for Black Journalists held a honoree lecture on Monday evening to honor Ms. Riva Brown-Teague commence its Heritage Week 2013. Ms. Teague is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. She also serves as a graduate teaching assistant in the School of Mass Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Teague holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and news editorial and a master’s degree in public relations from Southern Miss, where she will earn a doctorate in mass communication later this year. During her undergraduate years, she wrote an independent publication entitled ” The Unheard Word”, in which she acts as voice for African-American students. She was also the first African-American executive editor of the Student Printz.

Born in New Orleans and although reared in a small Hancock County community called Catahoula, she is an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. She has worked for the Sun Herald, Clarion Ledger and even several other stories such as Hurricane Katrina. She has also worked as an independent PR consultant and a technical writer for Northrop Grumman.

Teague has had much success over the years; however, she has various challenges along her way. In the video, she mentions some of those challenges and childhood memories of why she motivated herself. Thus, allowing her to be where she is today.

The Mississippi Science Olympiad: ” The Future of the Scientific World”

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This is my audio slide show  of the Mississippi Science Olympiad. It was truly an awesome experience. It allowed me to see a lot of talented young individuals who will have promising futures in the scientific world.

Written by Wilton Jackson

April 3, 2013 at 10:13 am

Southern Miss prepares for conference tournament

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With only a few days between the regular season and conference tournament, the University of Southern Mississippi Men’s Basketball team prepares for their  first and could be last game of the 2013 basketball. The second-seed Golden Eagles will host the eighth seed University of Alabama Birmingham Blazers in the quarterfinal round of the Conference USA tournament. Because they were the second seed, they were able to receive a first round bye. Thus, they were to receive a few more days to rest and prepare for quarterfinal action. In earlier meetings during the regular season, the Golden Eagles won at home 74-59 but in Birmingham they won 79-75. Although the Eagles won both meetings, the last meeting between them was much closer than the  first meeting. The Blazers are coming in as the eighth seed; however, it is evident the Blazers will bring the same game plan, will, intensity and motivation from the nail-biting lost they suffered at home during the regular season.

Moreover, the Eagles finished the regular season strong. This is always a positive aspects because they can carry this momentum into the quarterfinal matchup with UAB. Nevertheless, it will take a complete team effort for the Golden Eagles to win comfortably and win out through the tournament. Because of the lack of strength  in the conference and two losses to Memphis, it is pivotal Southern Miss wins this game and this tournament overall to secure an automatic bid within the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Thus, Southern Miss senior forward Jonathan Mills and senior guard Dwayne Davis will be key factors in setting the overall tempo for the game. I feel that if they play well, get others involved in the game and play up-tempo Southern Miss basketball, the Golden Eagles will come away victorious against UAB and will await their next opponent within the tournament. Nonetheless, the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss have a great opportunity to make it to the conference championship game and win to secure a bid in the round of 64 in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Written by Wilton Jackson

March 14, 2013 at 2:48 am