TOPIC • D1 RELIGION • B1 JABBERWOCK TOGETHER AGAIN 11 girls will compete in biennial contest Merger reunites sister sisters SATURDAY, j une 5, 2010 • 50¢ Keeping the faith Sports City, Kanzaa reach deal to replace bridge Work to start June 15 By Steve Sanoski College Baseball email@example.com Ole Miss beats St. John’s in regional; Clemson batters USM C1 WEATHER Today: Chance of rain; high of 89 Tonight: Partly cloudy; low of 73 Mississippi River Friday: 41.4 feet Fell: 0.4 foot Flood stage: 43 feet A7 DEATHS • Rosa Mary Gross McKnight • Bobby G. White • Velton Jessie Copeland A7 TODAY IN HISTORY 1910: Author William Sydney Porter, who’d written short stories under the pen name “O. Henry,” dies in New York at 47. 1940: During the World War II Battle of France, Germany attacks French forces along the Somme line. 1950: The U.S. Supreme Court, in Henderson v. United States, strikes down racially segregated railroad dining cars. 1968: Sen. Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel after claiming victory in California’s Democratic presidential primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was immediately arrested. 2004: Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, dies in Los Angeles at age 93 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. INDEX Business................................A6 Classifieds............................. C6 Comics...................................D2 Puzzles................................... C5 Dear Abby............................ C5 Editorial.................................A4 People/TV............................. C4 CONTACT US Call us Advertising....601-636-4545 Classifieds....... 601-636-SELL Circulation......601-636-4545 News................601-636-4545 E-mail us See A2 for e-mail addresses ONLINE www.vicksburgpost.com VOLUME 128 NUMBER 156 4 SECTIONS KATIE CARTER•The Vicksburg Post Jerome Myles of Natchez, from right, his son Kobe, 6, and wife, Elizabeth, sing and clap along with the King of Kings Christian Center praise team as they sing gospel music during the 5th annual Faith Fest at Riverstage Plaza in down- town Vicksburg. The event, hosted by Our House Ministries and King of Kings Christian Center, was dedicated to the youth of Vicksburg. Proceeds from Faith Fest will go to a local youth organization focused on stopping youth violence. Ferris to receive group’s highest honor MIAL lifetime achievement recipients include Welty, Freeman and Foote By Steve Sanoski firstname.lastname@example.org It started when directors of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters wanted to recognize Vicksburg-native Dr. Bill Ferris for his most recent book, “Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues,” which is accompanied by Ferris’ audio and video field recordings from the 1960s and ’70s. “We were trying to find a category for it, but we were stuck because it overlaps so many,” explained Margaret Robbins, institute executive secretary. “Somebody pointed out that it’s really the culmination of a lifetime of work, and it just went from there.” Today, Ferris will be honored by MIAL with a Lifetime Achievement award in Jackson at Bill the MissisFerris sippi Museum of Art. The institute is marking its 31st year of awarding Mississippi writers, artists and musicians for their work. Awards and high praise are not exactly rare for Ferris, a folklorist, professor, author of 10 books, former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities and current professor and senior associate director of the Center Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Awards In addition to Vicksburgnative Bill Ferris, those being honored in Jackson today for works published or shown in 2009 include: • D.C. Berry — poetry; “Hamlet Off Stage.” • Frederick Barthelme — fiction; “Waveland.” • Charles W. Eagles — nonfiction; “The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss.” • Charles Crossley — vifor the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. President Bill Clinton sual arts; “Charles Crossley: Textures-Shapes and Forms of Spirits.” • Michael Loyd Young — photography; “Blues, Booze, and BBQ.” • Shandy Phillips — music composition (classical/concert); “Sonata No. 2.” • Caroline Herring — music composition (contemporary/popular); “Golden Apples of the Sun.” has bestowed him with the Charles Frankel Prize in the Humanities, France has recSee Ferris, Page A7. June 15 is the new date on which Vicksburg officials have been assured Kanzaa Construction will begin work on the bridge replacement project at Washington and Clark. A contract with that date was eagerly inked by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen at a special called meeting Friday afternoon. “You have a motion, Mr. Mayor, and I’m glad to make it,” said North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield of the lone item on the agenda. “And I’ll make a happy second,” responded Mayor Paul Winfield before the two unanimously approved the deal with Kansas City Southern’s project contractor. South Ward Alderman Sid Beauman was absent. In a meeting that lasted four minutes, the board essentially put an end to a multi-year search for a solution to one of the city’s biggest transportation dilemmas. The 200-foot bridge has been closed to all traffic since January 2009 and was troublesome long before that. It crosses a steep cut in the bank about a half-mile from the Mississippi River. Sloughing kept claiming approaches and shifting piers. As the span connecting Interstate 20 and downtown along the city’s main north-south Washington Street corridor, its continued closure has been a headache for motorists, residents, business owners and politicians alike. The 80-year-old bridge is to be replaced with a road-topped rail tunnel, of which KCS, See Bridge, Page A7. ANGER BREWING Obama lashes out at BP over spill The Associated Press GRAND ISLE, La. — Dogged for being too calm in crisis, President Barack Obama unleashed frustration for all to see Friday, warning BP it had better do right by the people whose lives it has wrecked. The president’s third trek to the Gulf of Mexico was about the workers with no government titles, the shrimpers and the shopkeepers, the fishermen whose lives have been upended and are running out of people to blame. Yet Obama’s trip was also about him. He says it serves little substantive point to go around and yell — that people want results, not a show — but presidents face peril if they ‘I don’t want them nickeland-diming people down here. ... I don’t want somebody else bearing the costs of those risks that they took. I want to make sure that they’re paying for it.’ President Barack Obama do not connect emotionally. As the crisis has dragged on — and his poll ratings have slipped — his words for BP’s leaders have grown sharper. “I don’t want them nickeland-diming people down here,” Obama said after his latest briefing on the oil response. He promised his government would look over BP’s shoulder to ensure it was paying out claims. His visit amounted to one long I’m-on-your-side passage for reeling communities. Along that same line, he invited family members of the 11 workers killed when the BP rig blew up to visit the White House next Thursday. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the president had written to each of the families. As for BP, Obama cast the oil company as a corporate giant interested in protecting its image with TV ads and its shareholders with bountiful dividends. “I don’t want somebody else bearing the costs of those risks that they took,” Obama said. “I want to make See Spill, Page A7. The associated press Steve Gardner of Mobile, Ala., scrapes oil from the sand along a 700-yard long strip of oil that washed up on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., on Friday.