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Vol. 116, No. 78
• Corinth, Mississippi • 16 pages • 1 section
Visitors can experience Corinth’s unique attractions BY BRANT SAPPINGTON firstname.lastname@example.org
Whether it’s great food, unique shopping, fine art, historic architecture or unrivaled museums a visitor is looking for, they can find it all in Corinth. Corinth’s downtown is one of the crown jewels of the area, filled with restaurants of all kinds, oneof-a-kind shops, museums telling the area’s story and historic buildings that have stood the test of time and continue to mark the history of the area. The tree-lined streets offer visitors the opportunity to stroll at their leisure, enjoying the surroundings and making memories to last a lifetime. Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Kristy White said as
Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Kristy White says visitors often talk about Corinth’s downtown as being authentic, beautiful and unique. The pedestrian friendly downtown area offers visitors the chance to truly experience the city while exploring at their own pace. visitors come into town to experience some of the big name and visible attractions like the incredible Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center telling the story of Corinth’s role in the war, downtown Corinth is often the next stop and can be the highlight of the visit. Downtown is located along and just off of Cass Street and is just blocks away from the interpretive center, which tells Corinth’s Civil War story through state of the art pre-
sentations, numerous unique exhibits and incredible fine art. Visit www.nps.gov/shil/planyourvisit/corinth.htm or call 662-287-9273 to learn more about this attraction. White said visitors often talk about Corinth’s downtown as being authentic, beautiful and unique. The pedestrian friendly downtown area offers visitors the chance to truly experience the city while exploring at their own pace. She said the best way to ex-
perience downtown is to park at the historic Corinth Depot, the historic centerpiece of the downtown area and start a visit from there. The depot, which sits beside the railroad crossing that gave birth to the town and made the area a vital strategic target during the Civil War, is home to the Crossroads Museum. The museum helps tell Corinth’s story through a variety of top quality professional exhibits beginning with fossils and American In-
dian artifacts and continuing through the Civil War and into Corinth’s role as a railroad town and industrial center. The museum is also home to a large collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia and artifacts on loan from the Corinth CocaCola bottling works with more than 1,000 pieces in the collection. More information on the museum is available at www. crossroadsmuseum.com or by calling 662-287-3120. Also located near the historic depot is the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau office. The office is housed in a restored building that once served as headquarters for a Please see TOURISM | 2
Event leaders hope for good weather Main battles begin at 2 p.m. Camp closes to public at 6 p.m.
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Corinth firemen use extrication equipment to free people from a pickup that left the gravel portion of Droke Road and slammed into a tree.
One injured in wreck BY JEBB JOHNSTON firstname.lastname@example.org
An Alcorn County man was taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., with serious injuries following a onevehicle crash in Corinth Friday morning. It happened at 10:04 a.m. during steady rain on the gravel portion of Droke Road east of the South Harper Road roundabout. The driver of the 1997 Chevrolet S-10 pickup, Shelby Scott Rickman, 18, of Rienzi, was taken by ambulance to the MED.
Two passengers were taken to Magnolia Regional Health Center — Jonathan Wayne Hume, 18, address unavailable, and Timothy Byrd, 17, address unavailable. Assistant Police Chief Scotty Harville said it appears the pickup turned from South Harper and lost control on the muddy gravel road. An officer at the scene said tracks were visible indicating the truck had fishtailed before leaving the road, where it struck a tree in a wooded area.
Corinth firemen used extrication equipment to cut away part of the truck and free the men from the vehicle. Police Chief David Lancaster said the department had a busy day with several other non-serious crashes occurring later, including one on Cass Street and one at South Harper and U.S. Highway 72. He said the department has extra officers on patrol this weekend because of the additional traffic expected with Civil War Sesquicentennial activities.
Event organizers at the two Shiloh reenactments are keeping their fingers crossed for good weather today as the dual Shiloh Sesquicentennial reenactments continue. The National Weather Service in Memphis forecast gives a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms for the Savannah, Tenn., area today. It estimates between a tenth of an inch and a quarter of an inch of new rainfall, with higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A downpour early Friday reportedly resulted in muddy sites and some problems with vehicles getting stuck in the mud. A large number of participants are flocking to the site in spite of the less-thanperfect weather, with car tags observable in the parking lots from almost every state in the country as well as a few from Canada. Gates open for the BlueGray Alliance’s event at 8 a.m. today. Discussions by guest speakers will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the opening ceremony an hour later. The ceremony will include special guests Shiloh National Military Park Superintendent Woody Harrell and Tennessee State Rep. Steve McDaniel.
Other events are planned throughout the day. The main event — two simultaneous “battles” — begin at 1:30 p.m. The reenactment site is adjacent to Shiloh National Military Park, at the northwest side of the intersection of State Route 22 and Route 142. Admission is $15 for adults and kids 12 and under get in free. Plenty of parking will be available for $5 per vehicle. Tickets are available at www.shilohbluegray.org. The site for the Armies of Tennessee’s event open for the public at 9 a.m. The 25-member 5th Alabama Regiment Band will perform period music beginning at 1 p.m. The main battles begin at 2 p.m. The camp closes to the public at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under get in free and parking is free. The site for the Armies of Tennessee’s event is located off Highway 142 at 145 Possum Trot Road in Counce, Tenn. For more information contact Paul Alford at 901-2996333.
Oasis Medical Center plans Walk for Life BY JEFF YORK For the Daily Corinthian
A spirited group of walkers will gather for the annual Walk for Life at the Crossroads Regional Park on Saturday, April 14. The two-mile walk will be a fundraiser for the Oasis Medical Center, formerly known as the Resource Center for Women. The 18th annual walk is the second largest fundraiser of the year for the Oasis Medical Center behind the group’s fall banquet. This year’s walk will begin at 10 a.m. with check-in set for 9:30 a.m. For a registration/ sponsor form, call the center at 662- 287-8001. There is no entry fee for the walkers. “Crossroads Regional Park is a great place for us to have the walk because of the safety for the walkers,” said Martha Jobe, the executive director of
the Oasis Medical Center. Jobe said the walk is open to all ages from babies in strollers on up. The largest fundraiser in last year’s walk was a seven-year-old. The center is a 501(c)3 Corporation which allows all donations to be tax deductible. If a walker gets $200 or more in pledges, they will receive a T-shirt. The top five individuals and top five teams in pledges will also be recognized on the day of the walk. Jobe said a good thing is the walkers do not have to collect the money after the walk. When they turn in their sponsor forms with their pledges, the center will then collect the money through the mail. If it rains, the walk will take place and the walkers just need to bring their umbrellas. Please see WALK | 2
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‘That’s My King’ The Oakland Baptist Church 2012 Passion Play “That’s My King” continues at 7 p.m. tonight, Sunday and Monday at the church at 1101 South Harper Road. Admission is free. The Crossroads area Easter tradition features a lengthy cast of talented singers and inspirational drama. Jesus is played by Samuel Bragg. Soloists include Michael Puckett, Tammie Ray, Tony Morgan, Kenny Miles, Tina Downs, Cindy Thomas, Traci Johnson and Rick Bridges. Director is Jim Pinkston.
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On this day in history 150 years ago “The peach trees are in full bloom & the spring flowers look so pretty & innocent it almost makes me forget for the time that my occupation is war.” — Private Isaac Parks, 52nd Illinois Infantry, camped near Pittsburg Landing, Tenn.
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‘That’s My King’ The Oakland Baptist Church 2012 Passion Play “That’s My King” continues at 7 p.m. tonight, Sunday and Monday at the church at 1101 South Harper Road. Admission is free. The Crossroads area Easter tradition features a lengthy cast of talented singers and inspirational drama. Jesus is played by Samuel Bragg. Soloists include Michael Puckett, Tammie Ray, Tony Morgan, Kenny Miles, Tina Downs, Cindy Thomas, Traci Johnson and Rick Bridges. Director is Jim Pinkston.
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Jobe said they have basically had good weather over the years. Jobe would like to have area industries, businesses and churches form teams of two to eight walkers. She thinks this creates team spirit and is a lot of fun If a person has a con-
flict with the date, Jobe said they can walk another time and turn in sponsor forms then. A few of the services offered at the Oasis Medical Center are pregnancy testing, limited obstetrical ultrasound, STD/STI testing and treatment, accurate info on pregnancy, adoption education, studies for sexual
healing, abortion recovery help, preparing for baby/parenting classes and referrals for community services. The Oasis Medical Center provides all its services free to clients. It is located at 2668 S. Harper Road, Suite 3, Corinth in the complex with Dr. Pat Tucker’s Physicians Urgent Care.
Artist gallery open today-Monday The Corinth Artist Guild Gallery will open on Sunday and Monday in conjunction with ongoing Civil War Sesquicentennial activities. The gallery will
open on Sunday from 1 until 4 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is also open today from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free. The current featured
exhibit is “Civil War Impressions,” a collection of art and photographs by local artists. Contact the gallery at 665-0520 for more information.
TOURISM: Center offers information on attractions formation on the numerous historic buildings and businesses in the area. The Alcorn Welcome Center on Tate Street just off U.S. 45 also has plenty of information on local and area attractions. From the depot area, visitors can travel in almost any direction as the walk the pedestrian friendly, tree lined sidewalks to view the architecture and visit the businesses. The downtown area is filled with unique, locally owned businesses offering antiques, specialty clothing, handmade art and much more. The
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shipping company that used the railroad and is an attraction itself. The tourism office offers visitors a wide variety of information about area activities, attractions and events and is staffed by knowledgeable people who know Corinth and are always excited to share its story. White suggests that while visitors are there, they pick up a brochure for the architectural walking tour which will help guide them as they head out into downtown and provide in-
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Corinth Artist Guild Gallery is also located downtown where visitors can view and purchase work by the area’s talented artists. Due to the large number of visitors in town over the weekend, the gallery is open today and Sunday afternoon. Downtown also offers a wide variety of food from traditional favorites such as Corinth’s signature slugburger and tamales to a casual comfortable coffee house, old fashioned Southern home cooking and fine dining. White said it’s very easy for visitors to spend a day exploring downtown and its treasures. Visit Corinth’s tourism website at www.corinth.net to learn more about all that Corinth has to offer.
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Deaths Joe Massengill Funeral services for Joe Edward Massengill, 63, of Corinth, are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with military honors and burial at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Massengill died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Massengill Magnolia Regional Health Center. Born Oct. 1, 1948, he retired from Caterpillar with 24 and a half years of service in maintenance. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the
Nettie Stinson WALNUT — Funeral services for Nettie Iris Pulliam Stinson, 98, are set for 1 p.m. today at Harmony Baptist Church with burial at Harmony
Vietnam War and was a Baptist. He loved his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed working on various things in his shop and going down to the pond near his home and setting on the pier and fishing. Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Dorothy Jones Massengill of Corinth; a daughter, Jennifer Williams (K.C.) of Corinth; his mother, Frances Massengill of Corinth; four grandchildren, Landon Lambert, Jenny Grace Lambert, Casey Williams and Emily Williams; three brothers, Erbie Massengill (Pam) of Brandon, Jerry Massengill of Booneville and Alan Massengill of Corinth; a brother-in-law, Charles Jones of Corinth; a sister-inlaw, Brenda Dunn (Eddie) of
Cemetery in Walnut. Mrs. Stinson, a homemaker, died Friday, March 30, 2012, at her home. Born Aug. 4, 1913, she was an Oxford resident and formerly of Walnut. She was a member of
Coming Up ■ The Blue-Gray Alliance’s 150th Battle of Shiloh Reenactment is underway near Shiloh National Military Park. It’s one of two reenactments going on this weekend near Shiloh. Unless they get stuck in the mud, see Staff Writers Bobby J. Smith and Jebb Johnston’s coverage of the Blue-Gray Alliance event in photos and stories in the Sunday Daily Corinthian. ■ The Junior Auxiliary of Corinth will name the 2012 Outstanding Citizen at the 50th Golden Charity Ball tonight. The Daily Corinthian has gained access to the top secret nomination files to learn more about this special person. See Editor Mark Boehler’s story about new Outstanding Citizen in the Sunday Daily Corinthian. And the winner is .... ■ Shiloh Tours owner and operator Larry DeBerry has been giving tours of Shiloh Battlefield for 25 years. DeBerry shares his love for history and the study of the Battle of Shiloh with Staff Writer Bobby J. Smith. See the story Sunday in the Daily Corinthian. ■ The Battle of Shiloh has inspired many history and fiction writers to produce hundreds of books. Staff Writer Bobby J. Smith gives a sample of books available in a story coming Sunday in the Daily Corinthian. ■ About 175 Confederate re-enactors traveled in the footsteps of history by marching Thursday and Friday from Corinth to Shiloh on the same route soldiers took 150 years ago. See more of Staff Writer Bobby J. Smith’s photos in the Sunday Daily Corinthian. ■ Corinth businessman Van Hedges collects documents which depict Corinth during the Civil War, especially letters from soldiers. Watch for Staff Writer Bobby J. Smith’s interview with Hedges coming soon in the Daily Corinthian.
Corinth; three nieces, Cindy Marsh (John), Becky McClamroch (Clint) and Kim Latch (Lamar), all of Corinth; five nephews, Brandon Massengill (Lisa), Aaron Massengill (Melissa) and Daniel Massengill, all of Georgia, Benji Massengill of Corinth, and Eddy Jones (Jamie) of Corinth; and other relatives and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa “Lisa” Jo Massengill, and his father, Erbie E. Massengill. Pallbearers are Benji Massengill, Julio Macias, Eddy Jones, Russell Lambert, Zendell Null and Ray Elam. Bro. Joe Spencer will officiate the service. Visitation is today from 5 until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. until service time.
Harmony Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Kay Gunn of Walnut and Ruth Williams (Ed) of Oxford; one sister, Carolyn Harrell of Ridgeland; one brother, James Pulliam (Louise)
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The Alcorn Narcotics Unit arrested two on methamphetamine charges on Thursday. Candy Dale Coln, 41, of County Road 400, Corinth, was charged with possession of two or more precursors with intent to
parents, Holmes Marshall and Lilliam Belle Byrd Pulliam; one sister, Annie Thomas; one brother, Mansel Pulliam; and two grandchildren, Kathy Gunn Wells and Marshall Gunn.
JACKSON — A federal appeals panel has ordered a new trial for Michael and Marie Salts on state charges of embezzlement. In a 2-1 order released Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a Mississippi trial judge erred when he didn’t consider a request by the Salts to be represented by their own attorney. The Salts were convicted in 2005 in Lee County of three counts each of felony embezzlement and one count each of misde-
manufacture methamphetamine, felony possession of diazepam and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. She is on probation with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Vivian Lynn Bancroft, 44, of Peacock Drive, Corinth, was charged with conspiracy to manufac-
meanor embezzlement. They were each sentenced to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors said the Salts kept burial insurance
ture methamphetamine. Narcotics Officer Darrell Hopkins said officers went to 712 County Road 400 in reference to methamphetamine being cooked at the residence. Officers gained consent to search and found 129 valium pills and several items used in producing methamphet-
amine in the house, backyard and garbage, according to Hopkins. He said officers found that one of the people at the residence was picking up items to cook meth for the owner. Bond was set at $9,000 for Coln and $3,000 for Bancroft.
premiums mailed to them by people to pass on to the insurance company. The week before trial, the Salts fired their attor-
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Funeral service for Stella Faye Trim, 72, are set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Danville Baptist Church with Bro. Charlie Cooper and Bro. Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in the Danville Baptist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Trim died Thursday March 29, 2012, at her residence. She was born March 13, 1940 in Rienzi, to the late Ellis and Effie Dees. She graduated from Rienzi High School and retired from Rienzi Elementary after 25 years as a cafeteria worker. A member of Danville Baptist Church, she enjoyed crochet, cooking, camping and watching her kids play ball. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Royce Trim; her parents; a brother Cavett Dees; a sister Audrey
of Bolivar, Tenn; eight grandchildren; 21 greatgrandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl M. Stinson; one son, Charles E. Stinson; her
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What’s different about Trayvon Martin case? If you watch the news in any large city you are probably desensitized to stories about crime involving young black men. Most nights there are reports about several of them getting shot; often, more than one dies. It might be a gang fight, a revenge killing, robbery or a drive-by. Someone is likely killed for their cellphone, or simply because they talked to the wrong girl at a party. Tragedy has become routine. Too many young black men die on our streets; too many rot in our prisons. Two weeks ago, the Chicago Tribune reported that at least 10 people, including a 6-year-old girl, were killed in weekend shootings in Chicago. The media love these stories because they up the ratings and spike newsstand sales. Fear sells. “If it bleeds, it leads” is a familiar saying among those in the news Cal business. Politicians use these Thomas horrific stories as an opportunity Columnist to pontificate for the cameras. They all deplore the violence, denounce it and demand its end, their outrage well timed to make the 10 o’clock news. The Rev. Al Sharpton frequently inserts himself into these situations, crying for “justice,” which in the case of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is likely to come without his help, given the multiple levels of government involvement in the investigation. The facts in this case are not yet fully known, but that doesn’t stop people from thinking they have them, giving some an excuse to resurrect racial templates from the past. The Washington Post featured this headline last week, “Florida Shooting Stirs Memories of Civil Rights Era.” Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a member of a neighborhood watch group. Whether Zimmerman was an official member, or a cop wannabe, is one of the questions investigators are asking. Zimmerman has yet to be charged, presumably, because officials are trying to sort out whether a Florida law known as “stand your ground,” which gives Florida residents the right to protect themselves with deadly force, applies in the Martin case. That hasn’t stopped nearly 1 million signers of an online “petition” from reaching conclusions before investigators and a grand jury have completed their work. In light of the number of young black men who are too often gunned down on America’s streets, what’s different about the Trayvon Martin case? Is it the fact that he was killed in a gated community and not in an alley in Detroit? If Zimmerman, a white Hispanic, were black, would we have the current controversy? If Martin were white, or any other race, would the president of the United States have called for “soul searching?” He made no comment about the Chicago shootings. Would Al Sharpton have made the trip to Florida if Martin had been white? Not likely. Sharpton apparently hopes people have forgotten the 1987 Tawana Brawley incident during which he waved the “racism” flag in support of the African-American teenager’s contention that she had been raped by six white men. A grand jury later found that Brawley had not been the victim of a forced sexual assault. The New York prosecutor whom Brawley had accused as one of her alleged assailants successfully sued Brawley and her three advisers, including Sharpton, for defamation. The media bear some responsibility for exacerbating racial tensions. By too often featuring stories of violent young black men they appear to promote the very racial stereotyping they deplore. Why don’t we see more stories about young black men making right choices, staying in school, rejecting drugs and getting married before having children? They exist. Can’t the media find them? The steady drumbeat of crime and violence in the media and their association of race and crime with certain parts of town feed into the often irrational fears of white people. I’m not suggesting these stories shouldn’t be covered. I am suggesting that local news ought to tell more stories of young black men who make good decisions that benefit themselves and their communities. Or have we forgotten what “good” looks like? Trayvon Martin should not have been killed, but Zimmerman shouldn’t be the only one facing indictment. (Readers may e-mail Cal Thomas at email@example.com.)
A verse to share Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. — 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)
Prayer for today Heavenly Father, forgive us when we fear giving back to you what is yours to begin with. Help us always to give to you with a cheerful heart. Amen.
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No, Geraldo, not all hoods wear hoodies BY ROGER SIMON I just checked my closet and find I own three hoodies. One is light gray, one is bright red and one is dark gray with a Nike swoosh. All are decades old, and I have never been shot while wearing any of them. But then I am a middleaged white man and not a black teenager. Four weeks ago, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black teenager who looked years younger, was shot to death in Sanford, Fla., by George Zimmerman, 28, whom the news media have taken to calling a “white Hispanic.” (The U.S. Census allow you to pick both your race and ethnicity.) Trayvon was unarmed, and Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch “volunteer,” which means he appointed himself to cruise around in his truck with a gun looking for people he thought to be suspicious. The Orlando Sentinel has reported that over the last 15 months, Zimmerman has called the Sanford police 46 times. Apparently he had his own definition of what is suspicious, and seeing a black teenager in his neighborhood on the night of Feb. 26 qualified as suspicious to Zimmerman. From the 911 tape of that night: Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. 911 Operator: Did you see what he was wearing? Zimmerman: Yeah. A dark hoodie, like a gray hoodie. . . . These a ---, they always get away. He’s running.” Things would have turned out much differently if Zimmerman had just let Trayvon run away or allowed the
police to track him down. Instead, Zimmerman told the 911 operator he was going to follow Trayvon on foot, and the operator said, “We don’t need you to do that.” But Zimmerman exited his truck and pursued Trayvon. A good lawyer might tell a jury that Zimmerman was not following Trayvon but stalking him. A good lawyer might tell a jury that Trayvon’s “suspicious” behavior consisted of no more than walking along the sidewalk carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea in his pocket. But because Zimmerman was never arrested, lawyers, good or bad, may never get a chance to say anything. We do know that when police got to the scene, Trayvon was lying dead facedown on the ground. According to phone logs obtained by ABC News, Trayvon called his girlfriend shortly before his death. According to the Martin family lawyer, the call went like this: Trayvon’s girlfriend: “He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man. I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run, but he said he was not going to run.” Eventually, according to his girlfriend, Trayvon did run, but Zimmerman caught up to him. Trayvon’s girlfriend: “Trayvon said, ‘What are you following me for?’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here?’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the headset just fell. I called him again, and he didn’t answer the phone.” A good lawyer might tell a
jury that Trayvon was running away from Zimmerman, not trying to attack him. And a good lawyer might tell a jury that Trayvon’s only crime was walking while black. But a month has passed, and Zimmerman, who, we should all keep in mind, may be innocent of any crime, still remains not arrested, not charged, not indicted. So who or what is responsible for Trayvon’s death? National embarrassment Geraldo Rivera knows. It was the hoodie that done it. “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was,” Geraldo said on “Fox and Friends.” Later, on “The O’Reilly Factor,” Rivera said: “I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies.” This is a familiar argument. Police used to refuse to arrest men for rape if the victim was dressed in a “provocative” manner because, obviously, she was just asking for it. For the past month, local police have refused to arrest Zimmerman because they say under Florida law Zimmerman “reasonably believed” he was in fear of “death or great bodily harm” from the unarmed Trayvon and had every legal right to shoot him dead instead of retreating. And there is another side to the story. Rene Stutzman reported in the Orlando Sentinel Monday: “With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of
George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times, leaving him bloody and battered, authorities have revealed to the Orlando Sentinel. “That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say.” But is there still reasonable cause to arrest Zimmerman? Why did he pursue Trayvon Martin even after police told him not to? Why did Zimmerman leave the safety of his truck instead of waiting for police to arrive? And if Trayvon did hit Zimmerman, could Trayvon have been acting to defend his own life from an armed pursuer? Is the mere act of wearing a hoodie suspicious? And if you confront a boy wearing a hoodie, do you have a right to shoot and kill him just because you then grow afraid of him? In an emotional moment in the Rose Garden on Friday, President Obama said: “I can only imagine what these parents are going through. And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we ... figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.” We have a way of doing that in America. It is called a trial. There should be one in this case. Unlike Geraldo Rivera, I don’t think “the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.” Hoodies don’t kill people. Killers do. (Roger Simon is chief political columnist of politico. com, an award-winning journalist and a New York Times best selling author.)
Take me out to the ballgame The urchins were startled. “Hey, let’s go outside and play some baseball,” I said. Outside? Are you kidding me? Inside, the two 8-yearold boys have an Xbox, iPads and personal computers at the ready. Outside? So I dragged them down to the ball field. “I need a helmet,” one wailed. “Where’re the helmets?” “And what about a heartguard?” the other one said. “Mom says I have to get a heart-guard before I can play.” “We’re just going to practice,” I replied. “No danger. Let’s just throw the ball around and hit a few.” The boys looked confused. “But we need helmets!” The year was 1957, and two Central Nassau little league teams were on the field. There were no helmets. No heart-guards. Just a dusty field with dirty bases and a coach who sat on a splintered
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bench drinking beer. I was 7 years old. Billy Weir was on the mound. I was at the plate. He threw; I swung the bat. The ball rocketed into left field. My first hit ever. I’ll
never forget it. “OK, I’ll hit you guys some grounders, and you throw the ball home. Got it?” The boys looked even more confused. “What happens if the ball hits me?” the smarter one asked. “Pain,” I said. “But that’s why you have a glove. You catch the ball in the glove, and that protects you.” I hit a slow grounder to the slower boy. He stood like a statue as the ball rolled through his legs.
“What was that?” I asked. “It was too low,” he replied. “It has to be higher.” “You’re supposed to bend down and catch the ball, “ I said gently. “That’s how you get guys out. You catch the ball and throw it to first.” The kid looked bored. The kid was bored. There were no electronic zombies to kill. There were no gadgets in sight. “OK, let’s do some hitting,” I said, attempting to refocus the boys. “I only use aluminum bats,” one of them said. “Mom says wood bats are too dangerous.” Luckily, I had the aluminum model. “It’s too heavy,” the kid wailed. “Choke up, move your hands up the handle of the bat.” I threw the urchins some soft tosses, and they began to hit the ball. On contact, the bat made a loud noise, which they liked. Reminded
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them of the noises that feed their gaming addiction. “OK, now we’re going to run the bases.” “Why?” they said in unison. “Because after you hit the ball, you run from base to base. That’s how you score runs.” “My mom doesn’t want me to get dirty.” “How about I bury you under the pitcher’s mound?” The kids ran to first. But they began to tire after reaching second. They both stopped and just stood there looking at me. I looked back. “How long are we going to do this?” the smarter one said. “I need a helmet if we’re gonna keep playing.” (Veteran TV news anchor Bill O’Reilly is host of the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor” and author of the book “Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama.”)
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House flips to favor workers’ comp changes BY JEFF AMY Associated Press
JACKSON — Mississippi House members now favor changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system after previously voting against them. House members voted 60-56 Thursday to pass Senate Bill 2576, which proponents say would balance a system that now unfairly favors workers. Opponents dispute that, saying the insurance system for paying for onthe-job injuries is balanced now and that the changes would put too
many hurdles between injured workers and payment. Because the House changed the bill, it returns to the Senate for more work. The Senate can accept the changes and send the bill to the governor, or it can seek final negotiations with the House. Tempers ran high among some Democrats after the vote, with Rep. Bob Evans, D-Monticello, getting into a scuffle with Rep Bennett Malone, DCarthage. Malone was one of three lawmakers, along with Ken Morgan,
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Friday he was plowing ahead with potential sanctions against countries that keep buying oil from Iran, including allies of the United States, in a deepening campaign to starve Iran of money for its disputed nuclear program. The world oil market is tight but deep enough to keep the squeeze on Iran, Obama ruled. The sanctions aim to further isolate Iran’s central bank, which processes nearly all of the Iran’s oil purchases, from the global economy. Obama’s move clears the way for the U.S. to penalize foreign financial institutions that do oil business with Iran by barring them from having a U.S.-based affiliate or doing business here. Obama’s goal is to tighten the pressure on Iran, not allies, and already the administration exempted 10 European Union countries and Japan from the threat of sanctions because they cut their oil purchases from Iran. Other nations have about three months to significantly reduce such imports before sanctions would kick in. Still, administration officials said that Obama is ready to slap sanctions on
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U.S. partners and that his action on Friday was another signal. At issue for Obama was ruling, by Friday, whether oil supplies were sufficient to keep demanding that nations cut off Iran — not an insignificant matter in a time of high electionyear gas prices at home. Obama gave his OK after considering available reserves, increased oil production by some countries and global economic conditions. The White House emphasized that he would continue to keep an eye on the oil market to make sure that it — and its consumers — could withstand shrinking purchases out of Iran. With oil prices already rising this year amid rising tensions over the nuclear dispute between Iran and the West, U.S. officials have sought assurances that pushing countries to stop buying from Iran would not cause a further spike in prices. The U.S. sanctions are set to take effect on June 28. A European oil embargo, approved in January, starts in July. Put together, Obama administration officials contend Iran is about to face its most severe economic pressure ever. The United States imports no oil from Iran. The main importers of Iranian oil that have not
received exemptions from the U.S. are China, India, Turkey, South Africa and South Korea. The administration would be loath to hit a close friend like South Korea or India, or a NATO ally like Turkey, with sanctions, and is working with those countries to reduce their imports. Turkey announced Friday it was shrinking oil imports from Iran by 20 percent, apparently bowing to pressure from the United States and the sanctions threat. U.S. officials hope ratcheting up economic pressure will both push Iran to abandon its nuclear program and convince Israel to give sanctions time to take hold before pursuing a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The U.S. and allies believe that Iran is pursuing a nuclear bomb; Iran denies that. Obama’s diplomatic squeeze on Iran comes with strong bipartisan support from Congress, which approved the sanctions plan as part of a defense bill in December. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who co-authored the sanctions legislation with Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, said he welcomed Obama’s support in targeting Iran’s Central Bank.
Americans bet nearly $1.5 billion to win record lottery jackpot BY MARGERY A. BECK Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. — Lottery ticket lines swelled as Americans wagered nearly $1.5 billion on the longest of long shots: a less than 1 percent chance to join the 1 percent Friday night as the winner of a record $640 million Mega Millions jackpot. A cafe worker in Arizona reported selling $2,600 worth of tickets to one buyer, while a retired soldier in Wisconsin doubled his regular weekly ticket spending to $55. But each would have to put down millions more to guarantee winning what could be the biggest single lotto payout in the world. “I feel like a fool throwing that kind of money away,” said Jesse Carter, who spent the $55 and donated the last two tickets he bought at a Milwaukee store Friday to a charity. “But it’s a chance you take in life, with anything you do.” The jackpot, if taken as a $462 million lump sum and after federal tax withholding, works out to about $347 million. With the jackpot odds at 1 in 176 million, it would cost $176 million to buy up every combination. Under
that scenario, the strategy would win $171 million less if your state also withholds taxes. Laura Horsley, who does communications and marketing for a trade association, bought $20 worth of Quick Pick tickets at a downtown Washington, D.C., liquor store Friday. But Horsley, who said she won’t buy a lottery ticket unless the jackpot tops $100 million, remained realistic. “I don’t actually think I’m going to win, and I don’t believe in superstitions or numbers or anything like that,” she said. “I just figured it’s right around the corner. I’d be crazy not at least to give it a shot.” Thousands of players — who converged on convenience stores in 42 states and Washington, D.C., where Mega Millions tickets are sold — agreed. Kelly Cripe, a spokeswoman for the Texas Lottery Commission, said that as of Tuesday, nationwide sales for the Mega Millions drawing totaled more than $839 million. Officials projected an additional $618.5 million in sales ahead of Friday’s drawing, however, for a projected total sales figure of more than $1.46 billion.
“This is unprecedented,” Cripe said Friday by email. Some Indiana players managed to get freebies, as Hoosier Lottery officials gave away one free Mega Millions ticket to each of the first 540 players at several outlets around the state Friday — a plan announced before the jackpot grew by $100 million. In Indianapolis, college student Chris Stewart said he showed up at the lottery’s headquarters at 6:30 a.m. to be first in a line. “I’ve never seen a jackpot like this before,” said Stewart, who bought five additional tickets. “If I won — I mean wow! I just don’t know what I’d do. I’d really have to think what I could do with it.” The lines were out the door at Rosie’s Den cafe in the rural northwestern Arizona community
EASTVIEW, Tenn. — The idea of winning a Mega Millions jackpot of $640 million has created a frenzy in the McNairy County stores that sell lottery tickets.
Eastview Quick Stop manager Dot Switcher said she had a customer that drove four hours from Columbus, Miss. to buy several lottery tickets. The store is located near the state line and at-
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