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2008-06-25 12:02:33

By Mary Perez, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jun. 25--Commercial construction booms in May Commercial building on the Coast surged in May, with $57 million in new contracts signed in the Gulfport-Biloxi reporting area last month and $55 million in the Pascagoula region. Residential construction continues to slow from last year. The latest figures from McGraw-Hill Construction show combined commercial and residential building is down 21 percent in Gulfport-Biloxi for the first five...

2008-06-24 09:02:46

By Karen Nelson, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jun. 24--PASCAGOULA -- The Pascagoula River Audubon Center, two years in existence, is growing as the gateway to the largest, free-flowing river in the continental United States. Mark LaSalle, center director, gave the county Board of Supervisors an update Monday on Audubon's progress in Moss Point along the river. Established near the city's popular Pelican Landing and the river exit off Interstate 10, the center is utilizing a small...

2008-06-22 12:00:16

By Doug Barber, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jun. 22--David Scarborough and friends were swimming with the fishes early in the week. And having a rousing good time. Scarborough, a Gulfport firefighter, was spear fishing Monday with James Caldwell, Alan Agent and John Self. Two of their sons were also involved in the deepwater fishing trip. And they had quite a haul in amberjack, snapper and grouper in deep water below the rigs off the 225 Block, the 265 Block and the 165 Block....

2008-06-22 09:00:23

By Jay Hughes, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jun. 22--PASCAGOULA -- Question: How many elementary school students, lying head-to-foot, does it take to equal the length of a 100-foot blue whale? Answer: 20, including 13 5th-graders and seven kids from fourth grade. Fun math problems like this one worked out Friday are the point of Summer Exploration, a Pascagoula School District program for students who can benefit from a little remedial work before moving on to the next grade in the...

2008-06-21 21:00:08

GULFPORT, Miss. _ Some legislators say "quick take" is a dirty phrase. The governing board of a massive post-Katrina water and sewer project wants legal authority to require South Mississippi property owners to turn over rights of way in an effort to speed up the project. But Mississippi House Bill 6, sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tem J.P. Compretta, D-Bay St. Louis, which would give the board that power, is stalled in a House committee in an ongoing special session. The measure has an...

2008-06-21 12:00:11

By Michael Newsom, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jun. 21--GULFPORT -- Some legislators say "quick take" is a dirty phrase. The governing board of a massive post-Katrina water and sewer project wants legal authority to require South Mississippi property owners to turn over rights of way in an effort to speed up the project. But House Bill 6, sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tem J.P. Compretta, D-Bay St. Louis, which would give the board that power, is stalled in a House committee in an...

2008-06-21 09:00:00

By Maria Recio, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jun. 21--WASHINGTON -- A group of 12 House members, including powerful committee Homeland Security Committee chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Financial Institutions Committee chair Barney Frank, D-Mass., are trying to block Mississippi's diversion of $600 million in federal Katrina housing funds to Gulfport port improvements. But Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Bay St. Louis, stands in the way. Responding to questions about a letter the 12 sent this...

2008-06-18 09:00:35

By Justin Hooks, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jun. 18--GULFPORT -- Starting today, residents don't need to drive to Jackson County to get a heaping helping of barbecue and blues. The Shed Barbeque and Blues Joint opens its first franchise today in Lyman, one mile west of U.S. 49 on Mississippi 53, on five acres of land previously held by Smiley Tubb's Marine and Repair. Allyson Brewer of Gulfport is the principal franchisee. Brewer is the former accounting manager for the...

2008-06-18 09:00:00

GAUTIER -- Nearly 30 Mississippi Sandhill crane nests were located and monitored during a busy spring at the National Wildlife Refuge devoted to the birds. Fire crews burned 5,460 acres during the spring. The contained fires serve to keep the pine savannah habitat healthy for the cranes by removing the buildup of overgrowth. Cranes, deer and other native wildlife need the open landscapes produced by fire for food and shelter. Recently burned areas are less susceptible to destructive...

2008-06-17 09:01:11

By Melissa M. Scallan, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jun. 17--Dr. Charles "Catfish" Allen had a reputation from a young age of having a hard head -- hence the nickname -- but he also was known for the special care he gave his patients. Allen, 78, spent more than 40 years practicing medicine, and 30 of those were at the emergency room at Singing River Hospital. When he left there to work at a clinic the hospital operated in Grand Bay, Ala., his patients followed him. Allen died Sunday...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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