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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2018. There are 349 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History

On Jan. 16, 1978, NASA named 35 candidates to fly on the space shuttle, including Sally K. Ride, who became America's first woman in space, and Guion S. Bluford Jr., who became America's first black astronaut in

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Public Affairs Calendar

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Memories of King don't fade for elders

Sarah Morris | The Sun
A young man dances during the 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade held Monday on the Arkansas State University campus.

By Keith Inman and Sarah Morris

JONESBORO — Willie Jones of Jonesboro was 12 years old when he heard the news that Martin Luther King Jr. was dead.

"I was shocked," Jones, who grew up near Forrest City, said Monday. "I couldn't believe it. As

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Unbeaten Marked Tree sits atop 2A hoops

Staci Vandagriff | The Sun
Marked Tree’s Markel Perry (2) battles East Poinsett County’s Jonathan Gilmore for a loose ball as the Indians’ Jack Brown (11) and Paul Coleman (23) watch during the Northeast Arkansas Invitational championship game in December. Perry is Marked Tree’s second-leading scorer and leads the 15-0 Indians in rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots.

By Sean Saunders, Sun Staff Writer

Marked Tree has been on the mark so far this 2017-18 basketball season.

After avenging a loss in last year's Class 2A championship game with a pair of wins over Earle, the Indians remain the state's lone. . . more »

Names released from sex offender investigation — A6
Palestinians brace for Trump's cuts to foreign aid — A10
Twin bombings in Baghdad kill 38 — A10
Pope met with protests, skepticism in Chile — A10
N. Korean orchestra, maybe joint hockey team at Olympics — A10

Read about all these and more in today's print edition or online e-Edition.

Gospel star Edwin Hawkins, known for 'Oh Happy Day,' dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Edwin Hawkins, the gospel star best known for the crossover hit "Oh Happy Day" and as a major force for contemporary inspirational music, died Monday at age 74. Hawkins died at his home in Pleasanton, California. He had been . . .

Danica Patrick finds love away from track with Aaron Rodgers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick's heart is racing for Aaron Rodgers. Patrick, a Chicago Bears fan, confirmed Monday she is dating the Green Bay Packers quarterback. "Yes, Aaron and I are dating," Patrick told The Associated Press. Rodgers . . .

January 2018