Justice Dept. files suit against shopper

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against a Gulfport-based shopper product and a landlord and her agent for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against families with children.

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Barbour for prez no laughing matter

Writes David Hampton in The Clarion-Ledger: “When the subject of Gov. Haley Barbour running for president came up at the governor’s holiday reception at the Mansion a couple of years ago, he sort of laughed it off.

“No more. Barbour’s name is among the top Republican prospects. Barbour has been running around the country this past year using the Republican Governors Association chairmanship not only to elect Republicans, but also to refresh his power and reputation as a party leader. He has been successful in both…”

Bylines

We’re way behind on these items, but … Longtime Daily Leader staff writer Therese Apel departed the Brookhaven newspaper this summer to become a reporter for The Clarion-Ledger… Former Daily Corinthian editor Mark Boehler returned to the job recently. Boehler left the paper a couple of years ago and has most recently been working for its sister paper, The Banner-Independent, in Booneville. He succeeds Logan Mosby who returned home to Rolling Fork as managing editor of The Deer Creek Pilot.