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Today in History

Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 31, 1964, the American space probe Ranger 7 reached the moon, transmitting pictures back to Earth before impacting the

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Public Affairs Calendar

Events listed in this column are generally open to the public, although admission fees may be charged. To request changes or additions or notify The Sun of special meetings for this listing, call 935-5525 or 1-800-237-5341, fax to 935-5823 or

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Sales tax holiday comes soon


Staci Vandagriff | The Sun
Taylor Wilson, a guest service team member of Target, smooths out the window decal for tax free weekend on the store’s door on Wednesday.

By Christi Crawford, Sun Staff Writer, ccrawford@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Dating back to the Boston Tea Party, Americans have hated paying taxes, but this weekend Arkansans can enjoy a temporary holiday from state and local taxes on back to school

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ASU to play fast, furious


Staci Vandagriff | The Sun
Kickers Luke Ferguson (left) and Dallas Kepler pass the time between interviews on their phones during Arkansas State’s football media day on Wednesday.

By Matthew V. Roberson, Sun staff writer JONESBORO — Fast and Furious Football has arrived at Arkansas State. From the hurry-up offense of Hugh Freeze to the faster Gus Malzahn to the methodical approach of Bryan Harsin, Arkansas State has seen its. . . more »

What NFL team once had Bob Hope, Henry Mancini, Maureen Reagan and Danny Thomas on its advisory board?

How many of the five Dallas teams Tom Landry took to Super Bowls were victorious?

What golfer had played 87 straight Grand Slam tournaments until a shoulder injury forded him to miss the 1996 British Open?

True or False. Pete Maravich made the top 50 NBA players of all time?

Who was the youngest Wimbledon women's champion of the 20th century?

Who was involved as a player or coach in three Super Bowls with the Cowboys, two with the Eagles and one with the Bears?

What golfer won nine tournaments during her 1978 rookie year on the LPGA Tour?

How many years must a player be retired to be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame?


Peace Corps evacuates over Ebola
Hutchinson to pay for tax credits
ExxonMobil restarts Pegasus pipeline
UN school, shopping area hit as Gaza fighting intensifies
Obama takes tougher line against casualties
Congress cooperates — and fights — as recess nears
Iraq to assist those displaced by militants
Thousands flee to escape Libya fighting
GOP pushes toward Obama lawsuit
Murder suspect arrested in Blytheville
Prison, jail time ordered for convicted burglars
Man pleads guilty to ex-roommate assault
Ghost hunters get community service
A-State’s ROTC program expects cadet growth
School safety lessons learned at conference
Miracle League needs $500,000 to finish
Connect Arkansas to offer free digital literacy classes
Purple Heart Parking seeks expansion

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

Killer of Grammer's sister denied parole

DENVER (AP) — A man who raped and killed Kelsey Grammer's sister nearly 40 years ago has been denied parole after the actor testified against his release. A prison spokeswoman said Wednesday that Freddie Glenn's parole request has been denied for . . .

Williams headed skyward as NBC's Peter Pan

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has picked its Peter Pan: high-flying "Girls" star Allison Williams. The network announced Wednesday that Williams will play the boy who refused to grow up in NBC's new staging of "Peter Pan Live!" The live telecast of this musical . . .


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