• Sports Briefs

    Tennis NEW YORK (AP) — Wiping away tears, former top-five player James Blake announced he will retire from tennis after the U.S. Open. The 33-year-old Blake, who attended Harvard before turning pro in 1999, reached a career-high ranking of No. 4 in 2006. He is …

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  • First woman member of NYSE dies

    NEW YORK — Muriel “Mickie” Siebert, who started as a trainee on Wall Street and became the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, has died of complications of cancer at age 84. Siebert died Saturday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer …

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  • Midwest heat prompts early school dismissals

    LINCOLN, Neb. — An unusual, late-summer heat wave has enveloped much of the Midwest, putting schools and sports events on hold. Schools in Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, the Dakotas and Illinois let out early on Monday as temperatures crept toward the mid-90s — beyond in some …

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  • UA releases documents on spokesman’s firing

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas is disputing claims that it fired its former chief spokesman because of disagreements over the school’s openness and accountability to the public. University officials, including Chancellor G. David Gearhart, held a press conference Monday to discuss the firing …

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  • Niko Moores

    Niko Moores, infant son of Joseph Moores and Lena Millington of Batesville, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Batesville. He was born Aug. 24, 2013, in Batesville. Survivors include his parents; his grandparents, Teena Kolton of Bradford, Barry Millington of Missouri and Albert Moores and …

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  • Frankie Crow

    CAVE CITY — Frankie Hudson Crow, 78, of Cave City died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in a Batesville hospital. Born Nov. 19, 1934, at Batesville, she was the daughter of Paul Butler and Zelda Ollie Brooks Hudson. She was a homemaker and had worked at …

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  • Bette Middleton

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Bette Jean Middleton, 89, died Aug. 10, 2013, in Cherokee Village. She was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Detroit. After graduating from high school, she joined the U.S. Marines and served as a corporal stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., during …

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  • Linda Ellis

    CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Linda Ray Ellis, 66, of Cherokee Village died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in a Batesville hospital. Survivors include two sons, Larry Lyles Jr. and Vance Holper; two daughters, Tammy Wyatt and LaDonna Renee Hackman; a brother, Rayburn Ellis; a sister, Pamila Bingham; …

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  • Debbie Boyer

    Debbie Boyer, 59, of Batesville died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, in a Batesville hospital. Born May 8, 1954, at Batesville, she was the daughter of Glenn and Jean Moody Beck. She had worked at White-Rodgers in Batesville for 17 years. She was of the Baptist …

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  • Pearlene Bixler

    OIL TROUGH — Ora Mae Pearlene Bixler, 82, of Oil Trough died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Batesville. Born Aug. 8, 1931, in Marrietta, Okla., she was the daughter of Ira James Daniel and Ollie McCracken Daniel. She married J.C. Bixler on March 7, 1952. …

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  • MLK and the Declaration of Independence

    Aug. 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at that great rally is rightly honored as one of the greatest speeches in American history. All Americans recognize the soaring rhetoric of the final portion of the …

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  • Affleck, Cyrus blowing up news feeds on social media

    What’s worse — the news that Ben Affleck will be playing the next Batman, or Miley Cyrus’ performance on the MTV Video Music Awards? For many of my friends, it seems Ben “Daredevil” Affleck couldn’t be a worse choice. They’d almost rather see Adam Sandler …

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