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City photo contest winners announced

Winners in the second annual “Beauty in the Bluff” fall photo contest sponsored by Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth’s office have been announced, and Hollingsworth said she was “ecstatic” about the entries.

Book Notes: Digging into the Salem Witch Trials

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff’s “The Witches: Salem, 1692” delivers Salem 1692 — on the edge of a dark and dangerous wilderness — nearly fully fleshed. She’s a digger of detail and an original thinker. Her work is pleasingly comprehensive, insightful always, colorful and entertaining. She acknowledges early on that America’s “first crime story” is a vexing one. It perennially taunts but refuses to relinquish its essential DNA.