It wasn’t my first assignment, but it came early in my days as a newspaper reporter when I was mostly writing obituaries and police news. It’s a chore I never assigned when I later became an editor, nor do I recommend it to today’s bosses.
One of Mississippi’s most perplexing mysteries turned 30 years old this past summer.
On July 26, 1988, 72-year-old Annie Lauren Hearin, a prominent Jackson socialite and wife of one of the state’s wealthiest businessmen, went missing from her Jackson home where she had hosted a bridge club party earlier in the day.
The “mainstream media,” much maligned by many of those who call themselves conservatives, could be defined generically as traditional forms of communication such as newspapers, radio and television as opposed to social media on the internet.