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People of the Moundsnew

If your description of Native Americans includes "primitive" or "savages," listening to retired archeologist and Jackson resident Sam Brookes will blow your mind.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  10-03-2014  |  History

Childhood Obesity: Defying Easy Answersnew

Mississippi's obesity rates are staggering: 35 percent of adults and about 40 percent of our children are obese, the highest rates in the nation.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  09-25-2014  |  Health

Righting Our Grand Failurenew

No American in her right mind will consider Mississippi for high-quality medical treatment when the state's leadership flatly refuses to improve the well-being of its own citizens.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  07-24-2014  |  Health

Hope for Harper Gracenew

Cannabidiol, derived from the cannabis plant, may help with diseases such as Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  06-06-2014  |  Health

How The Clarion-Ledger Got It Wrong: The Importance of Contextnew

Metro dailies like The Clarion-Ledger often neglect to place important stories in context, which is a grave disservice to its readers.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  04-04-2014  |  Media

An Innocent Woman? Michelle Byrom vs. Mississippinew

If Mississippi executes Michelle Byrom, now 56, she will be the first woman the state has put to death in 70 years. It may also be a horrible injustice.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  03-25-2014  |  Crime & Justice

‘Standing Close By’ The JFP Interview with Dr. Hannah Gaynew

Dr. Hannah Gay received international acclaim after the news of an apparent “cure” of an HIV-infected child in her care became public in March.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  10-17-2013  |  Health

Ask the Questionsnew

Does the slug fest over gun rights (or reproductive rights or fill-in-the-blank rights) need to be at such a stalemate?
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  08-04-2013  |  Policy Issues

A New Realitynew

Pornography in 2013—the vehicle by which many boys learn how to be men—has turned women into objects of loathing, abuse and violence.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  07-18-2013  |  The War on Women

Just Average Girlsnew

Holly Austin Smith’s story demonstrates just how easily sex traffickers can lure girls—even “good” girls—away from home.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  07-18-2013  |  Crime & Justice

Sex Trafficking: What Now?new

During the last legislative session, Mississippi lawmakers sharpened the teeth of the state's laws addressing human trafficking. They now give cops and prosecutors the power to aggressively pursue traffickers and the men who buy the services of the women and men the industry victimizes.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  07-15-2013  |  Crime & Justice

Notes from the Fishbowlnew

When I moved to Mississippi in 1997, a friend from D.C. asked me if Mississippians were really as racist as she'd heard. I gave it some thought, and my conclusion seems as salient today as it was 16 years ago. Racism, I told her, may not be more prevalent here than in the nation's capital, but it's covert.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  06-13-2013  |  Culture

Move Your Feetnew

Democracy is people, and the people are us.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  04-08-2013  |  Commentary

Sit, Jacksonnew

Meditation is a great way to recognize and control negative emotions.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  03-21-2013  |  Health

Don't Look Away from Abusenew

The thing that binds Reeva Steenkamp and Nicole Simpson goes beyond the high-profiles of the sportsmen in their lives: it is the prevalence of violence, specifically, domestic violence.
Jackson Free Press  |  Ronni Mott  |  02-21-2013  |  Crime & Justice

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