by Max Brantley
Here's an open line. Closing out:
* WHAT WOULD JENNINGS SAY? It's not exactly a a good deed. But it IS a flamboyant Christmas lighting spectacle. It's by a Louisiana woman, feuding with neighbors, who's expressed her unhappiness in Christmas lighting that portrays an upraised middle finger. It took the ACLU and a judge to keep local police from shutting down this clear expression of free speech.
NEWS UPDATE: The Magnolia Reporter has a full report on the fatal shooting of a McNeil man who'd reportedly threatened a deputy sheriff with a knife. The article said Larry Pace, 60, was shot after pulling a knife on a deputy who'd gotten out of his car to talk to Pace on McNeil's Front Street about 10:30 a.m. today.