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Pardon list includes four from area Full pardon goes to Alcorn County’s Joel W. Vann, sentenced for DUI death in 1996 BY JEBB JOHNSTON jjohnston@dailycorinthian.com

Of the more than 200 pardons signed by Haley Barbour upon his exit from the governor’s office, four of the cases are from local counties, according to records filed with the

Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office. One of the pardoned individuals was sentenced in an Alcorn County case. Barbour granted a full pardon to Joel Warren Vann, who was sentenced on a charge of DUI death on Aug. 8,

1996. The court imposed a suspended 15-year sentence pending good behavior and completion of at least 18 months of drug and alcohol rehabilitation and probation. Vann was discharged from probation on

May 31, 2000. Vann was 19 years old at the time he was sentenced. The crash happened on Kendrick Road on Oct. 16, 1995, and resulted in the death of 18-year-old Scotty Plunk of Counce, Tenn.

Others from the region: ■ Burton Hill Waldon was sentenced in September 2002 on a charge of aggravated DUI death in Tippah County. He was given a suspended 10-year Please see PARDONS | 2

Facility inmates work toward better future BY BOBBY J. SMITH bjsmith@dailycorinthian.com

Inmates at the Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility are working toward a brighter future. A commencement ceremony for the facility’s first class of graduates was held Sunday at the Alcorn County Courtroom. Ten inmate students received their Adult Basic Education/ General Educational Development (GED) diplomas during the ceremony. “This is a step forward for you,” said Warden Doug Mullins during the commencement’s Words of Encouragement. “When you’re getting a job these days, the first thing they ask is if you have a GED or graduate certificate. You all really studied hard, did really well and I’m proud of you.” Local officials — including Sheriff Charles Rinehart and members of the Board of Supervisors — attended in support of the facility’s first class of GED grads. The students who received their GED diplomas are: Donnie Bridgman, Fredrick Butler, Danny Dean, George Fairley, Jason Harris, Lee Holloway, Antonio Isabell, Derrick Johnson, Albert Martorano and Jeffery Morgan. The commencement included two soulfully inspirational songs performed by Lawrence Payne; a welcome message from Trezvant Hymon; a poem from Instructor Daphne Cummings; a speech by Albert Martorano; an essay by Ernest Beasley; and a class outlook given by Derrick

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Lawrence Payne (left) sings soulful songs of perseverance to the graduating class (right) while Warden Doug Mullins and Instructor Daphne Cummings (center) look on Sunday afternoon in the Alcorn County Justice Center courtroom.

“This is a step forward for you. When you’re getting a job these days, the first thing they ask is if you have a GED or graduate certificate. You all really studied hard, did really well and I’m proud of you.” Warden Doug Mullins Alcorn County Regional Correctional Facility Johnson. GED grad Albert Martorano earned one of the highest scores in the state on his exam. His words to his fellow graduates and those in attendance were humorous, sincere and encouraging. “Today, for the first time, I don’t have to lie on the job ap-

plications,” Martorano said. He quoted the author C.S. Lewis (“You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.”) and expressed the class’ gratitude to Northeast Mississippi Community College and the City of Corinth for the classroom supplies donations. “Most of all, thanks to Ms.

Daphne Cummings,” Martorano said, thanking the class’ instructor. Graduate Derrick Johnson said the evening’s ceremony gave him a feeling of accomplishment. He said his fellow students all worked hard, and he expressed the class’ debt of gratitude to its instructor and

her efforts to push her students to success. Johnson also had words of encouragement for the students who have to retake the exams before getting their certificates. “We should pray for these guys didn’t make it, and let this be a motivation for them as well,” Johnson said. Warden Mullins expressed his gratitude for the Corinth School District for helping out with computers, desks and filing cabinets; Wal-Mart for the donation of classroom supplies; and the support of the Board of Supervisors. “Without them, all of this would have been much, much harder,” said Mullins.

Congressional seat has slate of candidates BY JEBB JOHNSTON jjohnston@dailycorinthian.com

Qualifying for U.S. Congressional seats ended Friday, and voters will see contested races on the ballot. One-third of the Senate and all of the House of Representatives are up for election this year. In Mississippi, the party primaries will appear alongside the presidential preference primary on the ballot on March 13. In the first district House race, Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo, elected in 2010, is seeking a second term with opposition from the Democratic ticket and two Republicans. Making another run for the House seat as a Republican is Henry Ross, a former Eupora mayor, circuit judge and senior counsel to the U.S. assistant attorney general. He is kicking off his campaign today with stops in Hernando, Tupelo, Columbus and Eupora. Campaigning in Corinth today is Robert Estes, owner of Estes Grading & Trucking in Southaven, who is also challenging Nunnelee for the GOP nomination.

Brad Morris, an Oxford attorney, will be unopposed for the Democratic nomination. Formerly of Itawamba County, he served as chief of staff and as a senior advisor to Travis Childers, Nunnelee’s predecessor. Danny Bedwell of Columbus is running as a Libertarian candidate and will not appear on the March ballot. Nunnelee, a former senator in the state Legislature, unseated Childers in the 2010 election. In the Senate race, incumbent Roger Wicker, a Tupelo Republican, is seeking election to his first full term after winning a special election to complete Trent Lott’s term. He’ll have to fend off a primary challenge in March and a Democratic opponent in November. His primary challengers are Republicans E. Allen Hathcock of Stewart and Robert Maloney of Madison. The Democratic primary for Senate is a three-man contest with Albert N. Gore Jr. of Starkville, Will Oatis of Silver Creek and Roger Weiner of Clarksdale.

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Dale Bain — son of the late Peggy Bain — is sworn in by James E. Price Jr., school board attorney, at Monday’s meeting of the Alcorn School District Board.

Board swears in new member BY BOBBY J. SMITH bjsmith@dailycorinthian.com

In an emotional meeting of the Alcorn School District Board on Monday, Dale Bain took the oath of office to fill his late mother’s District 2 seat. Bain, the 44-year-old son of late board member Peggy Bain, was appointed after his mother died Dec. 28 following a heart

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procedure. Bain is an industrial supply salesman with Riechman Crosby Hays Company. He started getting calls the day after his mother died from people wanting him to seek the board position, he said, and he intends to work on what his mother wanted to accomplish as a board member. The Alcorn Central graduate

has not decided if he will be a candidate in the November special election to fill the rest of the term. Mary Coleman, District 4 board member, made the motion to appoint Bain to his late mother’s position. “It’s my honor to place the Please see SCHOOL | 2

On this day in history 150 years ago Jan. 17 — The civilian pilot (navigator) of the USS Lexington is released after a day of confinement for running the gunboat onto a rock in the Tennessee River. The Captain, Lt. James Shirk, was furious, “I immediately put him off duty and confined him in double irons.”


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Old Hattiesburg High School project on hold BY TERRY L. JONES Hattiesburg American

HATTIESBURG — Since officials announced plans to restore the old Hattiesburg High School, the ambitious project has seemed to be cursed with setbacks — including an arson fire — that have prevented it from becoming the gem city leaders envisioned. And now the project is in a state of limbo again — due to a weak economy. But downtown officials are still optimistic their dreams for the structure will come to fruition, although it will probably take a lot longer than they would like. “We still believe we have a viable project, but like so many other projects that are major investments, this one has been impacted by the economy,” said Betsy Rowell, executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association. “There seems to be some promise on the horizon for an economic turnaround so we’re hoping — in the spring — to have conversations with people who are interested in the building.” When the old school’s restoration was announced, officials with the University of Southern Mississippi expressed interest in making a major investment in the project by using the structure as the new home for the college’s art department. Back in June 2010, HHDA officials said they were in negotiations with the university to broker a lease that would lock in USM’s commitment to the project. That was before the school was slammed with state and federal funding cuts. “Southern Miss has financial challenges like every college right now,” said Holt McMullan, HHDA’s project leader

for the endeavor. “I don’t know exactly what their game plan is now, (and) we’re trying to decide what to do next.” USM’s interest in the building hasn’t waned, according to officials. “The university is reviewing the feasibility of locating the arts programs at the old Hattiesburg High School building,” Chad Driskell, executive assistant to the president for external affairs, said. “While the university’s budget dictates that we concentrate on our core facilities at this time, we remain committed to partnerships that will result in the restoration of this historically and architecturally significant structure.” The last constructionrelated work that was performed on the structure, since it was heavily damaged by a May 29, 2007, arson fire, were rehab efforts on the front facade, which officials said helped in the securing of historic tax credits. About $3 million already has been invested in the project — $50,000 of which was generated through the HHDA’s Internet-driven Cornerstone Campaign. “Because it’s just sitting there waiting, we don’t think it’s fair to raise money in another campaign when we don’t know what’s going to happen with it yet,” Rowell said. “We still have people that make contributions to the project so there’s certainly not a lack of interest in it.” Rowell said the fencing around the structure was recently repaired to help ward off any potential outside threats. There already have been several instances of vandalism, she said. McMullan said the project’s stakeholders intend to meet next week to try to brainstorm what their next step should be.

Caterpillar donates to Lighthouse Foundation Caterpillar of Corinth recently made a generous donation to The Lighthouse Foundation in Corinth. Caterpillar representative Jeff Haworth, a 6 Sigma Black Belt, makes the donation to Lighthouse Foundation Executive Director Gary Caveness and Markenna Duff, assistant director of the Lighthouse Foundation.

Officials urge cancer screening BY JEFF YORK For the Daily Corinthian

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and the Tennessee Department of Health is urging all women to get screened for cervical cancer in 2012. Cervical cancer is a silent killer that strikes without symptoms or pain until the disease is in the most advanced stage. “The survival rate is almost 100 percent for women whose cervical cancer is found at an early stage. Deaths from cervical cancer could be decreased dramatically through the combination of vaccination and regular Pap testing,” Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, said. “We urge all women to get screened for cervical cancer and talk to their health care providers about ways to prevent and reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer.” Almost all cervical cancer is caused by infection with certain dangerous strains of Human Papillomavirus, a virus so common that about half of all sexually active people will be infected by one or more different strains in their lifetime.

“The HPV vaccine is quite safe and very effective at preventing infections that can lead to cervical cancer and other kinds of cancer in both men and women. For this reason, it is now recommended for both young women and men.” Dr. Kelly Moore Medical director, Tennessee Immunization Program HPV vaccines can prevent infection with the kinds of HPV that cause most cervical cancer. These vaccines are available from many healthcare providers and through the Vaccines for Children program in Tennessee’s public health department clinics for anyone under age 19 with TennCare or without insurance coverage. Even though the vaccine works very well, it cannot prevent every case of cervical cancer, so vaccinated women also need regular Pap smears. “The HPV vaccine is quite safe and very effective at preventing infections that can lead to cervical cancer and other kinds of cancer in both

PARDONS: Barbour hopes to help those pardoned find employment CONTINUED FROM 1

sentence and five years of probation. He was discharged from probation in January 2006. ■ David Willard Newcomb was sentenced in December 2000 in Tishomingo County on charges of possession of crystal meth with intent within 1,500 feet of a church, manufacture of crystal meth within 1,500 feet

of a church, and an additional charge of possession of crystal meth with intent. He completed probation in October 2002. ■ Terry James Lee was sentenced in December 1991 in Tishomingo County on a charge of burglary and larceny of a dwelling. He completed probation in 1994. In Barbour’s defense of the pardons, he noted

most of the individuals were no longer in custody, and the majority had been out of custody for a number of years. Some have chronic medical conditions. Barbour said he wants to help the people find gainful employment and obtain professional licenses, as well as vote and hunt. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood ques-

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name of Dale Bain, to try to fill that seat your mother filled so well,” she said. Coleman also presented a plaque in memory and honor of Peggy Bain’s support and love for the school district and Alcorn Central to an assembly of her family members at the board meeting. “She leaves such a fine legacy,” Coleman said.

Outgoing board president Carroll Morton paid tribute to Peggy Bain shortly before the swearing in. “She was a delight to work with and was kind to everybody on this board,” Morton said in a voice unsteady with emotion. He cited the late board member’s focus on the district’s children. “She always had them in mind in everything we discussed.”

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City Board Agenda The Corinth Board of Mayor and Aldermen is set to meet at 5 p.m. today. The agenda includes the following: ■ Reports of the department heads ■ Kenny Digby to ad-

dress the board ■ Presentation from Neel Shaffer Engineering - Walter Huff ■ Presentation from Tourism Director Kristy White ■ Presentation from The Alliance - Gary Chan-

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dler ■ December claims docket ■ Zoning matters, if any ■ Off-premises beer license request from Dollar General for four store locations

Things to do Today Activity center The Bishop Activity Center is having the following activity today -- Exercise. Senior citizens age 60 and above are welcome and encouraged to attend. Daily activities include crafts, jigsaw puzzles, quilting, table games (dominoes and Rook), washer games and Rolo Golf.

  Nature group meets Anyone interested in activities involving wild birds or nature can attend the next meeting of the Corinth Audubon Nature Group at 6 p.m. tonight in the Corinth Library audito-

rium. The guest speaker will be Andrea Schuhmann, outreach director at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. She will speak on “Predators.”

  Senior activities The First Presbyterian Senior Adult Ministry hosts a Wii sports class for senior adults on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. There is no cost to participate. Call the church office at 286-6638 to register or Kimberly Grantham at 284-7498.

  Culinary Food Month Alcorn County Welcome Center, 2028 South Tate

Street, Corinth is observing Culinary Food Month for January. Visitors to the center can go by and pick up recipe cards, sweet potato recipe brochures, valuable restaurant coupons (while supplies last), menus, the new “eat. drink.Mississippi” magazine with lots of wonderful recipes and other information. The Welcome Center will also be doing random giveaways throughout the month to out of state and/or local travelers who come in and sign in on their daily visitor register on numbered lines.

Wahlberg plays tough in entertaining, yet predictable action movie Contraband, R, ***, Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Foster; universal film; director Baltasar Kormakur; length — 110 minutes “Contraband” is based on “Reykjavvik-Rotterdam,” a film from Iceland. The main character, Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg), is a former smuggling expert who has given up his life of crime for a security business. As a former guy who broke the law more than most and knows the tricks of the trade, who could possible do this job better? Since his occupation is now preventing breaking, entering and illegal activity at homes and businesses, he has to be one of the best. Farraday is happily married to the beautiful Kate (Kate Beckinsale), and they have two children. The movie is set in New Orleans and includes some nervous moments for Farraday in the Big Easy along with a shoot-em-up thrilling visit to the country of Panama. Kate’s brother, Andy (Claeb Landry Jones), does not have a lot of common sense. He bungles a smuggling job and Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi), his drug boss, does not have mercy on anyone who cuts into the illegal profits of his crime organization. Yes, the reader has guessed it, Farraday must

put on his smuggling britches and save his brotherin-law’s life along with Terry his wife and Burns children. As FarMovie Critic raday gets back into illegal activity, it is obvious he has not lost his edge. He decides to smuggle counterfeit money in order to repay the illegal debt for good ole Andy. He pulls his old team back together and they are off to Panama to visit some old friends and return to those days of yesteryear when smuggling was his first occupation. He also engineers a shipyard heist. Meanwhile, Farraday’s old friend Sebastian (Ben Foster) stays behind to watch after Kate and the children. Of course, everything does not go as planned as Farraday gets involved with some tough characters from his days of stepping outside the law. The action is tense and the shoot-outs are strong. A seasoned movie-goer will soon figure out where ”Contraband” is going, however, there are enough small surprises to still make it interesting. Watch the movie closely, and think of abstract painting and one of the most influential painters

Terry Burn’s movie ratings: We Bought a Zoo, PG, *** 1⁄2 Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, PG-13, **** War Horse, PG-13, *****plus The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, R, *****plus Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, PG13, *** 1/2 in the last 60 years. This will help keep the viewer alert to watching small scenes that will become big payoffs before the movie is over. “Contraband” has its moments. What movie buff could keep from being for someone trying to save his family from the real bad, bad guys — not just the former bad guys? (Terry Burns is technology coordinator for the McNairy County School System. A life-long movie buff, he can be contacted by email at burns984@ bellsouth.net. Terry’s movie grading scale: fiveplus stars — as good as it gets; five stars — don’t miss; four stars — excellent; three stars — good; two stars — fair; one star — poor; no stars — don’t bother.)

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Ed Bradley

Funeral services for Edward Earl “Ed” Bradley, 77 were held Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Merl Dixon and James Moffitt officiating. Mr. Bradley died at his residence on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, with his family at his bedside. He was born on Thursday, Jan. 10, 1935, to the late M.C. “Mutt” and Edith Benjamin Bradley. During his life, he served his country in the U.S. Army, was a truck driver for the Corinth Street Department, from which her retired after 13 years, and was partners with his brothers in Bradley’s Body Shop. During his spare time he enjoyed fishing, working in the yard, watching NASCAR and spending time with his family. He put his faith in the words written in the Holy Bible. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Carter, Abram Nelson “Red”, Amos and Maurice Bradley; and two nephews, Jason and Steve Bradley, the sons of Maurice. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Clara Jewel Bradley; two sons, Eric Bradley and wife Kim, and Randy Lane Odle; one brother, Danny Bradley and wife Sue; three sisters, Clara Bennett and husband Johnny, Joyce Holley and husband Jimmy, and Jeanette Kirk; four grandchildren, Morgan and Paige Bradley, and Brandon and Joshua Odle; special friend, Raymond Glidewell; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. Condolences for the family may be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors. com.

  Barbara A. Ragan

Funeral services for Barbara A. Ragan, 69, were held Monday at Hight Funeral Home with burial at Forrest Memorial Park. Mrs. Ragan died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at her home. Born May 3, 1942, she was a talented seamstress who loved traveling, reading, flowers and decorating. She worked many years at Hall Printing (World Color). She never met a stranger and loved her family and friends very much. She was preceded in death by her mother, Irene Hancock Essary; a brother, Ricky Essary; a grandson, Nicholas Wayne Ragan; her mother-in-law, Ester Ragan; and her father-in-law, Son Ragan. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Buddy Ragan; her father, Honnell Essary; a daughter, Lisa Young Ragan and husband Tim of Corinth; her sons, Richard Ragan and wife Kathleen of Falkner, and Mitch Ragan and wife Sadonnah of Walnut; her sisters, Jane Rowsey and husband Phillip or Rienzi, Sue Crum and husband Tommy of Corinth, Debbie Essary and husband Ronnie of Cairo; her brother, Kenneth Essary and wife Lavon; her brother-in-law, Curtis Ragan, all of Corinth; her sister-in-law, Eva Caldwell of Horn Lake; her grandchildren, Andrew Ragan, Brad Young, Bryce Young and Matthew Ragan; her special friends, Sarah Robertson, Lou Chambers, Helen Dillingham, Vonnie Caldwell and Sue Morrow; and a loving host of family and friends. Minister Ferrell Hester officiated the service. Pallbearers were Andrew Ragan, Brad Young, Bryce Young, Matt Ragan, Andy Essary, Tyler Johnson, Eli Johnson, Steven Essary, Marty Childers, Jeff Pittman and Gavin Wood.

Constance Osborn

Constance Osborn, 78, of Corinth, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cutshall Funeral Home.

  Lisa Dean

IUKA — Funeral services for Lisa Diane Dean, 47, are set for 2 p.m. today at Fifth Street Baptist Church with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Dean died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. She was a member of Fifth Street Baptist Church and a cosmetologist. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Pickle. Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Kenneth Dean of Iuka; one son, Joseph Dean of Iuka; one daughter, Kendra Dean of Iuka; her father, Tommy Joe Pickle of Selmer, Tenn.; one brother, Joey Pickle (Delana) of Farmington; and three grandchildren, Jada Dean, Aden Dean and Anniston Tensley, all of Iuka. Bro. Tony Curtis and Bro. Robert Armstrong will officiate. Visitation is today from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.

  Arnold Plunk

SELMER, Tenn. — Funeral services for Arnold Plunk, 96, are set for 1:30 p.m. today at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer with burial at Lake Hill Memorial Gardens in Bethel Springs, Tenn. Mr. Plunk died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Selmer, Tenn. Born April 10, 1915, in McNairy County, Tenn., he worked for Whalley Construction Company. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sard and Flossie Sheets Plunk; his wife, Johnnie Mae Patterson Plunk; a brother, Clifford Plunk; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Survivors include four daughters, Gene Shelton of Selmer, Tenn., Betty Jane Smith of Corinth, Joan Plunk of Selmer, Tenn., and Jackie Walker of Selmer, Tenn.; a son, Roy Plunk of Selmer, Tenn.; a sister, Elizabeth McCann of Milan, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-greatgrandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends. Bro. Jetta Forsythe will officiate the service.

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Romney wants to save our souls BY ROGER SIMON NASHUA, N.H. — Alone in his hotel room on a dark and stormy night, the presidential candidate was memorizing his talking points when the Devil appeared before him. “Worry not,” the Devil said. “I can grant you a victory in the primaries and the nomination of your party. But in return, you must sell me your soul. You must betray all decent principles. You must pander, trivialize and deceive. You must gain victory by exploiting bigotry, fear, envy and greed. And you must conduct a campaign based on lies, sham, hype and distortion.” “So?” the presidential candidate replied. “What’s the catch?” An old joke. But one of my favorites. And perfect for the Republican nominating race so far. Even though the New Hampshire primary was marked by an odd lack of passion on the part of the voters, it was marked by a high degree of Republicanon-Republican brutality. It came to a head on the day before the primary. Mitt Romney, speaking about free market capitalism, spoke of bad insurance companies and how, “if you don’t like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.” His statement was quickly chopped down to “I like to fire people,” and almost the entire Republican field jumped down his throat. “Gov. Romney enjoys firing people; I enjoy creating jobs,” said Jon Huntsman, knowing full well he was taking the quotation wildly out of context. The media, playing their role as observers who come down from the hills after the battle is over to shoot the wounded, went into a frenzy over the “gaffe,” threatening to make it the most trivial issue to affect an election since Howard Dean screamed. Rick Perry savaged Romney and his former company, Bain Capital, as practicing “vulture capitalism.” “They’re just vultures,” Perry said. “They swoop in, eat the carcass and leave the skeleton.” Which might have been a vivid and effective attack — if Perry were running in the Democratic primaries. Most Republicans, however, are not outraged when companies buy up other companies, sell them off, make profits and cause the stock to rise. Why? Because you know what they call people who own a lot of stocks? Republicans. Somehow, Perry and the others had confused their own party with Occupy Wall Street. Rick Santorum said the whole incident was an example of how “inarticulate” Romney was, and Newt Gingrich said it showed how Romney could never win a debate against Barack Obama. But Gingrich has his own vulnerabilities, such as his continuing insistence on referring to himself as a member of “the middle class.” Romney was ready for that one. “If you have a half-a-million-dollar purchase from Tiffany’s, you’re not a middle-class American,” Romney said. But Romney, even during his moment of victory Tuesday night, could not keep himself from letting a little bitterness creep into his speech. “President Obama wants to put free enterprise on trial,” Romney said, “and in the last few days, we’ve seen some desperate Republicans join him.” “Soldiers coming home from the front lines are now standing in the unemployment lines,” Romney said, and then said Obama’s philosophy was, “It could be worse.” “’It must be better, and it will be better!” Romney said. “This campaign is about more than replacing a president. It’s about saving the soul of America.” Gingrich was not buying it. “I am actually electable,” Gingrich said about the difference between himself and Romney. “We’ve spent a lot of time in South Carolina, and we’ve made several visits there, but our name recognition is low. But tomorrow, there will be a new order to the universe.” Tomorrow dawned, however, and the order of the universe was the same. Mitt Romney is 2-0. After the South Carolina primary on Jan. 21, he will probably be 3-0. And after Florida on Jan. 31, he will probably be 4-0. And there will be nobody who can stop him. Mitt Romney has become what every capitalist dreams of: He has become too big to fail. Roger Simon is chief political columnist of politico.com, an award-winning journalist and a New York Times best selling author.

Prayer for today Dear God of assurance, train our spiritual eyes to focus on you and our mission in life, for the growth of your kingdom. Amen.

A verse to share Jesus said to them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” — Luke 9:23 (NRSV)

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Mississippi school transfer law challenged JACKSON (AP) — Under Mississippi law, students must attend schools in the district where they live unless there is a mutual transfer agreement between school districts. Not everyone likes the idea, as the Mississippi Supreme Court will learn as its referees a dispute between Mark and Laura Fails. The couple filed a lawsuit against the Jefferson Davis County school system that goes to the heart of the transfer law. By law, students can transfer between school districts only if both school boards agree. There have been some failed attempts to tinker with the law, but Mississippi legislators have generally agreed the transfer issue is a local one. It hasn’t been all peace and harmony. Generally, parents have seen the issue as a freedom of choice. The school district wants to protect its right, under the law, to prevent a wholesale exodus and to protect local funding. In Mississippi when students transfer to other districts, state money goes with them. Several school

districts across the state have been reviewing their local transfer policies particularly during the tough economy. In 2003, the Fails family, who lived in Jefferson Davis County, obtained a transfer for their daughter to attend school in Sumrall in Lamar County Public School District. In 2007, the Jefferson Davis school district went into conservatorship. As a result, it revoked all previous transfers. That meant the Fails’ daughter had to return to Jefferson Davis schools. The couple sued and lost in circuit court. The state Court of Appeals last May sided with the school system. Among the arguments by the Fails were that school board couldn’t revoke a student’s transfer from one district to another after the transfer was approved. They also claimed the school board could not adopt a blanket policy against transfers from one district to another. The Appeals Court said nothing in state law suggests that once consent has

been given for a transfer it cannot be withdrawn. The school district had obtained an attorney general’s opinion that said: “The release of the student to attend school in another school district is not permanent. The transfer is effective until either party revokes its consent.” The Appeals Court also ruled the school district was allowed to adopt any transfer policy it wanted, including a blanket policy that banned all transfers. There have been some court cases on the school transfer issue. In 2007, the Booneville and Prentiss County school districts settled out of court a year-old dispute over the transfer of students. The Prentiss County Board of Education the previous year voted to end student transfers to other school districts. Parents of 135 students who live in an area of Booneville annexed in the late 1980s sued the Prentiss County School Board. They wanted their children to attend Booneville schools. The Booneville School District and the city of Booneville joined the parents’

group as plaintiffs in the case. The settlement spelled out how student transfers would be handled in the future and the rights of students in the annexed to stay where they were. In 2010, a federal judge ordered a small south Mississippi school district to stop allowing hundreds of white students to transfer out of majority-black schools. The U.S. Justice Department contended the school district had, for years, allowed hundreds of white students to transfer from predominantly black Tylertown schools to Salem Attendance Center. The judge ordered the Walthall County School District to change its transfer policy to only allow transfers to a school outside a student’s residential zone only if students can justify it as a well-documented medical emergency or if students have a parent working fulltime at a school outside their zone. Jack Elliott is a writer for the Associated Press in Jackson.

Achievement is an ignored ‘disparity’ in America With all the talk no means a majorabout “disparities” ity, much less such in innumerable conan overwhelming texts, there is one very majority as they are important disparity among those winning that gets remarkably high tech awards. little attention — disThis pattern of disThomas proportionate repparities in the abilSowell resentation of parity to create wealth. People who are preticular groups among Columnist those with special occupied, or even obsessed, with dispariskills and achieveties in income are seldom ments is not confined to interested much, or at all, in Asian Americans or even to the disparities in the ability the United States. It is a phenomenon to create wealth, which are often the reasons for the dis- among particular racial, ethnic or other groups in parities in income. In a market economy, countries around the world people pay us for benefit- — the Ibos in Nigeria, the ing them in some way — Parsees in India, the Arwhether we are sweeping menians in the Ottoman their floors, selling them Empire, Germans in Brazil, diamonds or anything in Chinese in Malaysia, Lebabetween. Disparities in our nese in West Africa, Tamils ability to create benefits for in Sri Lanka. The list goes which others will pay us on and on. Gross inequalities in skills are huge, and the skills required can develop early — and achievements have been the rule, not the exor sometimes not at all. A recent national com- ception, on every inhabited petition among high school continent and for centuries students who create their on end. Yet our laws and own technological advances government policies act as turned up an especially high if any significant statistical share of such students win- difference between racial ning recognition in the San or ethnic groups in employFrancisco Bay Area. A closer ment or income can only be look showed that the great a result of their being treatmajority of these Bay Area ed differently by others. students had Asian names. Nor is this simply an opinAsian Americans are a ion. Businesses have been substantial presence in sued by the government this region but they are by when the representation

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of different groups among their employees differs substantially from their proportions in the population at large. But, no matter how the human race is broken down into its components — whether by race, sex, geographic region or whatever — glaring disparities in achievements have been the rule, not the exception. Anyone who watches professional basketball games knows that the star players are by no means a representative sample of the population at large. The book “Human Accomplishment” by Charles Murray is a huge compendium of the top achievements around the world in the arts and sciences, as well as in sports and other fields. Nowhere have these achievements been random or representative of the demographic proportions of the population of a country or of the world. Nor have they been the same from one century to the next. China was once far more advanced technologically than any country in Europe, but then it fell behind and more recently is gaining ground. Most professional golfers who participate in PGA tournaments have never won a single tournament, but Arnold Palmer, Jack

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Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have each won dozens of tournaments. Yet these and numerous other disparities in achievement are resolutely ignored by those whose shrill voices denounce disparities in rewards, as if these disparities are somehow suspicious at best and sinister at worst. Higher achieving groups — whether classes, races or whatever — are often blamed for the failure of other groups to achieve. Politicians and intellectuals, especially, tend to conceive of social questions in terms that allow them to take on the role of being on the side of the angels against the forces of evil. This can be a huge disservice to those individuals and groups who are lagging behind, for it leads them to focus on a sense of grievance and victimhood, rather than on how they can lift themselves up instead of trying to pull other people down. Again, this is a worldwide phenomenon — a sad commentary on the down side of the brotherhood of man. Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com.

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State Lawmakers propose limits on governor pardons Associated Press

JACKSON — Some Mississippi lawmakers want to limit the governor’s pardon powers, a discussion prompted by Republican Haley Barbour’s actions as he left office last Tuesday. Barbour granted pardons or other reprieves to more than 200 people, including many convicted of violent crimes. He said 189 had served their time, and pardons offer a chance for redemption. “We believe in forgiveness of sin. We believe in second chances,” Barbour said last Friday, explaining his decisions. The new governor, Republican Phil Bryant, said last week he has no intention to pardon anyone. He’s also changing a trusty program that allows a few inmates to cook, clean or do other odd jobs at the Governor’s Mansion. Trusties are chosen by the state Department of Corrections. and they’re traditionally pardoned or given some other

relief, such as suspended sentence, when a governor leaves office. Barbour pardoned the 10 trusties who worked during eight years at the mansion — five each term. Eight were convicted of murder, one of manslaughter and one of robbery. Barbour said he was so confident that the trusties had been reformed that he had let them watch his grandchildren while they played at the mansion. The governor’s pardon powers are spelled out in the state constitution. Democratic Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis is proposing a constitutional amendment to ban any governor from granting pardons during the final 90 days of a fouryear term. Baria is also proposing a bill — not a constitutional amendment — that would require notice be given to the local sheriff or district attorney when a pardon is considered. Baria said that would allow the sheriff or prosecutor to hold a public

hearing in the county where the crime occurred to give victims and others a chance to speak. He said a transcript of that information could be sent to the governor. “I’m not trying to eliminate this governor’s or any other governor’s constitutional prerogative to do pardons,” Baria said. “But, we could put reasonable restrictions to allow people to be heard before a pardon is granted.” When Bryant became governor last Tuesday, he immediately halted the practice of trusties spending the night on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion in downtown Jackson, Bryant spokesman Mick Bullock said. Bryant is also ending the use of violent offenders as mansion trusties, Bullock said. “That was discussed several weeks ago,” Bullock said Monday. Bullock said Bryant’s changes in the trusty program were not prompted by the uproar over the Bar-

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PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — Authorities say a pilot died when a small twinengine plane crashed in east-central Mississippi. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters told The Associated Press that the pilot was the only person on board. He was killed when the plane crashed for unknown reasons after taking off from Philadelphia Municipal

Airport in Neshoba County. Peters said the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. FAA records show the twin-engine, propellerdriven Piper Aerostar is registered M&H Ventures LLC in Missoula, Mont. Dan Cumberland, manager of the Philadelphia airport, said he wasn’t sure of the plane’s intended destination when it took off from Philadelphia.

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Out of room, man gives up 94 hamsters Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Mass. — A Massachusetts man has turned over 94 hamsters to a local animal shelter, telling officials he was running out of room in his apartment. The director of the shelter says the rodents were

well cared for and will make nice pets. Shelter director Mike Keiley tells the Eagle-Tribune that the hamsters’ owner, whom he didn’t identify, stopped by this month and said he had a lot of hamsters to surrender. A Lawrence animal con-

trol officer says the man was “overwhelmed” when officials came to get the hamsters Friday, and initially wanted to keep a few. But she says he changed his mind. Officials say the man started keeping the hamsters about five years ago.

GOP maps strategy after payroll tax cut debacle BY DONNA CASSATA Associated Press

WASHINGTON — When last seen in Washington, House Republicans were furious with their own leader, Speaker John Boehner, and angry with their Senate Republican brethren over how the showdown over the Social Security tax cut turned into a year-end political debacle. The holidays and three weeks away from the Capitol have tempered some of the bad feelings, but several GOP lawmakers’ emotions are still raw as Congress returns for a 2012 session certain to be driven by election-year politics and fierce fights over the size and scope of government and its taxing, spending and borrowing practices. In the week before Christmas, House Republicans revolted against the Senate-passed deal to extend the payroll tax cut

for two months for 160 million workers and ensure jobless benefits for millions more long-term unemployed. Facing intense political pressure, Boehner, R-Ohio, caved, daring tea partyers and other dissenters to challenge his decision to pass the short-term plan without a roll-call vote. None stepped forward to stop him. “A lot of us who went into battle turned around and no one was behind us,” freshman Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., said last week, sounding like the fight was still fresh and insistent that leadership had abandoned them. “A lot of us are still smarting,” he added. The two-month extension that Senate Republican and Democratic leaders Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid had characterized as a draw ended up as a big victory for

President Barack Obama at the end of a year in which Republicans had forced him to accept a series of spending cuts. Grievances are certain to be aired at a House GOP retreat in Baltimore later this week. The strategy and agenda session also will be a gripe session for some of the 242 House Republicans. “It might be a little more spunky than normal,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. Senators come back to Capitol Hill on Jan. 23. The wave of Republicans who lifted the GOP to the House majority in the 2010 elections emerged from their first year frustrated by the limitations of divided government and the recurring, downto-the-wire fights over spending — in April, the squabble was over keeping the government operating, and in August lawmakers dueled over

Rally marks MLK day with voting rights message BY JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Thousands commemorating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday outside South Carolina’s capitol heard a message that wouldn’t have been out of place during the halcyon days of the civil rights movement a halfcentury ago: the need to protect all citizens’ right to vote. A similar tone was struck at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where King preached from 1960 until his death. There and

in South Carolina, speakers condemned the voter identification laws they said are meant to suppress black voter turnout. For most of 13 years in South Carolina, the attention at the NAACP’s annual rally has been on the Confederate flag that still waves outside the Statehouse. But on Monday, the civil rights group shifted the focus to laws requiring voters to show photo identification before they can cast ballots, which the group and many other critics say is especially discriminatory to-

ward African-Americans and the poor. South Carolina’s new law was rejected last month by the U.S. Justice Department, but Gov. Nikki Haley vowed to fight the federal government in court. At least a half-dozen other states passed similar voter ID laws in 2011. “This has been quite a faith-testing year. We have seen the greatest attack on voting rights since segregation,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.


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Local Schedule Today Basketball Belmont @ Central, 6 Ripley @ Kossuth, 6 (WXRZ) Jumpertown @ Biggersville, 6 Corinth @ Pontotoc, 6 Calhoun City @ Walnut, 6 South Side @ McNairy, 6 Soccer New Albany @ Corinth, 5/7  

Thursday Basketball Middle School ACT @ Kossuth (7G) Kossuth-Biggersville, 5 (7B) Kossuth-Central, 6 (8G) Corinth-Central, 7 (8B) Central-Kossuth, 8

Friday Basketball Wheeler @ Biggersville, 6 Central @ Walnut, 6 Kossuth @ Booneville, 6 McNairy @ JCM, 6  

Saturday Basketball Walnut @ Biggersville, 6 McNairy @ Adamsville, 6 Tish Co. Shootout (B) Central (B) Corinth Middle School ACT @ Kossuth (7G) Championship, 10 a.m. (7B) Championship, 11 a.m. (8G) Championship, Noon (8B) Championship, 1 p.m. Soccer Corinth @ New Albany, 11/1  

Monday, Jan. 23 Basketball Walnut @ Falkner, 6  

Tuesday, Jan. 24 Basketball Kossuth @ Central, 6 (WXRZ) Corinth @ Itawamba, 6 Walnut @ Potts Camp, 6 Fayette-Ware @ McNairy, 6 Soccer Class 4A Playoffs (G) Corinth vs TBA (B) Corinth vs TBA  

Friday, Jan. 27 Basketball Central @ Corinth, 6 (WXRZ) Holly Springs @ Kossuth, 6 Biggersville @ Pine Grove, 6 Walnut @ Bruce, 6 McNairy @ Chester Co., 6  

Saturday, Jan. 28 Basketball Corinth @ Adamsville, 6 Walnut @ Middleton, 6

Shorts BHS Fundraiser The Biggersville High School Athletic Department is generating funds to renovate the weight room and offset costs of the new practice field. To help do so, it is asking for help from all alumni and supporters by making a $100 contribution to the program. Half of the proceeds will be raffled to those contributors at the final home basketball game on Jan. 30. For more information, contact any of the BHS coaches or call the school at 2863542.  

CHS Softball There will be a Corinth Lady Warrior Fastpitch booster club meeting on Thursday, January 19 at the school library at 5:30. All parents of players are encouraged to attend.  

Winter Tennis Academy Shiloh Ridge will begin its Winter After School Tennis Academy Jan. 23. Open to ages 6-12 and beginner and intermediate players. Participants will learn sound tennis fundamentals while learning to compete in a family friendly environment. Academy will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5 p.m. Cost is $10 per day per child. Non-member cost is $15 per day. For more info call Shiloh Ridge at 286-8000 or Willy LaFerney at 662-603-7453.  

1st Pitch Banquet The New Site Royals Baseball team is pleased to announce Ole Miss Rebel Head Baseball Coach Mike Bianco will be the featured speaker for its Third Annual 1st Pitch Banquet and Silent Auction, which is being held on Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. on the campus of New Site HS. Seating is limited to the first 150 tickets sold, and must be purchased in advance. Cost is $15.00, which includes the meal, access to the silent auction, and seating for the speaker’s presentation. For more info or to purchase a ticket, call 662-322-7389 or 662-728-5205.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Grizzlies trounce Rose-less Bulls The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley delivered a direct message to his Memphis Grizzlies before they played the Chicago Bulls. “I said, ‘Let’s not forget what happened,” Conley recounted from the pregame huddle. “That was the last thing I said to them: ‘That was an embarrassing loss. Let’s go out there and just play hard and leave it all out there on the court,”’ he said. Beaten by 40 points by the Bulls on New Year’s Day, the Grizzlies bounced back to defeat Chicago 102-86 Mon-

day. “I thought guys really took that to heart, especially in the first 6-7 minutes of the game,” Conley said. Rudy Gay scored 24 points and Conley added 20 points and eight assists as Memphis ended Chicago’s fivegame winning streak. The Bulls played without leading scorer Derrick Rose, who missed his second game in the last four with a sprained left toe. Quite a different outcome than the Grizzlies’ 104-64 drubbing in Chicago two weeks ago. “Without having D-Rose

out there, we had to take advantage of it,” Conley said. Marc Gasol had 19 points and 10 rebounds while Marreese Speights finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for Memphis, which extended its winning streak to three games. Gay was 11 of 18 from the field while Gasol and Conley both hit nine of their 13 shots. “I thought we came out with great energy and great focus,” Memphis coach Lionel Holllins said. “Our defense was really good.” Luol Deng led the Bulls with 20 points and C.J. Watson finished with 17. Taj Gib-

son had 16 points and Carlos Boozer added 13 points, all in the first half, and seven rebounds. “I don’t think we did a good job mentally preparing for them. We should have been ready for that,” Deng said of the potential retaliation factor. “We should have known that anytime you beat a team like that in the NBA, next time, they can’t wait to see you. We should have been more prepared.” The Bulls rallied late in the third period and cut the lead to nine early in the fourth. Please see GRIZZLIES | 9

Kossuth puts 3-game streak on the line BY H. LEE SMITH II lsmith@dailycorinthian.com

The hottest boys’ team in Alcorn County will have its mettle tested tonight. Kossuth, winners of three straight, will play host to perennial Division 1-3A contender Ripley tonight. The Tigers, directed by one-time Kossuth coach Grant Gardner, are 16-4 overall and 1-0 in the league following a 59-56 win at Central on Friday. Scotty Shettles’ Aggies have won three games in five days after mustering just a pair of wins in their first 13 outings over a near twomonth period. The streak began with a 69-62 win at Belmont, which ended a 12game regular-season Division 1-3A losing streak. After beating Falkner on Friday, Kossuth routed Hatley 60-23 in Saturday’s Belmont Challenge. Heath Wood, who is averaging 22 points per game during the streak, led the way with a

season-high 25. Alcorn Central and Biggersville will also play host to league foes. The Golden Bears (9-10, 0-3) will be looking to end a three-game slide when they entertain Belmont. The Cardinals are 8-12 overall and 0-2 in the league, meaning someone will pick up its first division win. Biggersville has split its last four games after getting off to a 13-4 start. The Lions will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s twopoint loss to defending 1A champion Durant when Jumpertown comes calling. BHS has beaten the Cardinals twice this season -- 8575 in the Thrasher Tournament and 93-68 in the first half of the home-and-home 1-1A series. Corinth will travel to Pontotoc on the heels of its second loss in the 2012 portion of the schedule. The War-

Staff Photo by H. Lee Smith II

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Biggersville Head Coach Cliff Little looks on during the seminfinals of the Alcorn County Tournament.

Giants believe only they can stop themselves The Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Antrel Rolle doesn’t come from the Tom Coughlin mold for the New York Giants. There’s a touch of Jets coach Rex Ryan in him. The safety says what’s on his mind and he doesn’t care if it irritates an opponent, even if Coughlin doesn’t approve of the message. And that brings us to the NFC title game Sunday in San Francisco. The only way the Giants (11-7) don’t beat the Niners (14-3) and advance to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis is if they beat themselves, a cocky Rolle said Monday, a day after New York ended the Packers’ hopes for the second straight NFL title with a 37-20 win in Green Bay. The victory was the Giants’ fourth straight and clearly this is a team that is playing

its best football after a season marked by inconsistency. Eli Manning and his brigade of receivers continue to make play after play, while the defense is once again harassing quarterbacks and slowing down potent offenses in the process. It is 2007 all over again, the year the Giants made a late season run to their third Super Bowl title. “We are not going to be denied,” said Rolle, who was not a member of the team that beat the-then undefeated Patriots in February 2008 for the championship. “We are not going to be denied at this point. We understand what we have as a team. It’s not all talent, it’s about chemistry and we are jelling at this point. Coaches and players being one the same page at the same time. We have one mind, to win a championship.” When asked if the Giants

were unstoppable after following a 24-2 win over the Falcons in the wild-card with the throttling of the Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (15-2) , Rolle didn’t hesitate. “We don’t want to say we are unstoppable,” said the six-year veteran who appeared in a Super Bowl with the Cardinals in 2009. “Our mindset is extreme at this point. We are not going to be denied, that is our mindset. I may be a little biased, but in our minds we know we can’t be beat. That’s the approach we are taking week in, week out.” The way the Giants are playing, it’s hard to argue with Rolle. In the past four games, the Giants have outscored their opponents 121-50. Opponents have been limited to 22 points in the postseason, and that total should have an asterisk. The Falcons

got two points when Manning was called for illegally grounding a ball in the end zone and the Packers’ two touchdowns came on drives where questionable calls by the officials kept both drives alive. “We believe the only people who can stop us is us,” punter Steve Weatherford said. “I’m just speaking from the mood in the locker room, from the confidence we have. As a punter, it’s not like I control the game as much as these guys, but as a punter I have more time to notice things and, for me, it’s a confidence thing right now. We have incredible personnel and that incredible personnel is being very productive right now. It starts with our D-line and quarterback, when those guys are rolling, it’s tough to stop us.” Please see GIANTS | 9

Players, teams start rush to settle in arbitration The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Players and teams started rushing to settle arbitration cases Monday, a day before the sides were to swap proposed salaries. Eleven players agreed to contracts, leaving 126 set to exchange figures after 142 filed for arbitration last week. About 100 more were expected to reach agreements before the sides submit proposals Tuesday afternoon for one-year contracts that are not guaranteed. San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum was expected to set records for the highest salaries asked for and received in arbitration. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner made $13.1 million last season, completing a two-year deal worth $23.2 million.

The highest figure ever requested was $22 million by Houston pitcher Roger Clemens in 2005 after he became a free agent and accepted arbitration. Among players with less than six years of major league service, the high of $18.5 million has been held by Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter since 2001. San Francisco figures to top the $14.25 million the Yankees submitted for Jeter. Others set to swap include NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Andre Ethier, Philadelphia pitcher Cole Hamels and teammate Hunter Pence, World Series star Mike Napoli of Texas and Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza. Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez, acquired from Oakland last month, has the

big deal thus far, a $42 million, five-year contract that includes both a club option and a vesting player option. It could be worth $65.5 million over seven seasons. Settlements are happening more slowly than in recent years: The 142 players who filed were the most since 150 in 1992. About a half-dozen more players will become eligible for arbitration next year, when eligibility increases slightly for players with two to three years of major league service, from the top 17 percent by service time to the top 22 percent. They join unsigned players with at least three but less than six years of service. Among one-year contracts announced Monday were deals for San Francisco outfielder Angel Pagan ($4.85 million), Pittsburgh

All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan ($4.1 million) and righthander Charlie Morton ($2,445,000), Detroit righthander Rick Porcello ($3.1 million) and left-hander Phil Coke ($1.1 million), Kansas City second baseman Chris Getz ($937,500) and catcher Brayan Pena ($835,000), New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes ($3.2 million), Los Angeles Angels third baseman Alberto Callaspo ($3.15 million), Milwaukee outfielder Nyjer Morgan ($2.35 million) and Washington catcher Jesus Flores ($815,000). Among free agents, oft-injured reliever Joel Zumaya and Minnesota agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract, a person with direct knowledge of the deal said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce it.


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GRIZZLIES: Rose sits

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Chicago got no closer. Memphis had more trouble handling the ball in the first half than shooting it. Still, the Grizzlies were able to extend their lead through the second quarter when they cut back on their turnovers. The Grizzlies overcame eight firstquarter turnovers by shooting 78 percent to open the game. Memphis led 58-38 at halftime. Memphis built its biggest lead at 69-42 early in the third period. Later in the period, Chicago got to the basket for layups and the Grizzlies were adding fouls to mistakes, sending the Bulls to the line. The Memphis lead dwindled to 11 by the end of the period. The Bulls kept up their defensive pressure to open the fourth, and Chicago was able to get the lead under double digits early in the period. But Memphis scored nine unanswered points, capped by Gasol’s second basket in the streak, and Memphis had stretched the lead to 92-74 with 6:36 left. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau noted that the Grizzlies dominated key parts of the game by outrebounding the Bulls, the league’s leading rebounding team, 46-34. “They got great shots. They killed us on the boards. They turned us over,” Thibodeau said. “If you don’t defend, you don’t rebound and you turn it over, you don’t give yourself much of a chance to win.” NOTES: The game was played on the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The Grizzlies annually play on the date. Before the game, former NBA stars George Gervin and Clyde Drexler were recognized for their contributions to civil and human rights. Memphis is 5-5 on MLK Day games. ... Rose played one year at the University of Memphis. ... The game drew 18,119, Memphis’ second sellout of the season. Memphis was only the fourth team this season to score 100 points on the Bulls. Chicago is a different team at home. Entering the game, the Bulls have allowed teams only 66.8 points a game. On the road, they had allowed 93.2 before Monday’s game.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL AP men’s Top 25 The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 15, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. Syracuse (60) .............19-0 1,619 1 2. Kentucky (4) ...............17-1 1,558 2 3. Baylor (1)....................17-0 1,503 4 4. Duke ..........................15-2 1,380 8 5. Missouri .....................16-1 1,335 9 6. Ohio St.......................16-3 1,312 5 7. Kansas ......................14-3 1,218 10 8. North Carolina ............15-3 1,172 3 9. Michigan St. ...............15-3 1,119 6 10. Georgetown ..............14-3 884 11 11. Indiana.....................15-3 858 7 12. Murray St. ................18-0 825 15 13. UConn ......................14-3 807 17 14. UNLV ........................16-3 651 12 15. Virginia.....................14-2 649 16 16. San Diego St. ...........15-2 621 22 17. Florida ......................14-4 596 19 18. Mississippi St...........15-3 590 20 19. Creighton .................16-2 471 23 20. Michigan ..................14-4 461 13 21. Marquette ................14-4 278 25 22. Illinois ......................15-3 257 — 23. Louisville ..................14-4 208 14 24. Saint Mary’s (Cal)......17-2 167 — 25. Kansas St. ...............12-4 102 18 Others receiving votes: Vanderbilt 101, Wisconsin 90, Seton Hall 79, Gonzaga 64, New Mexico 61, Harvard 22, Cincinnati 17, Stanford 16, West Virginia 16, Alabama 10, Wichita St. 3, Iona 2, Florida St. 1, Northwestern 1, Wagner 1.

USA Today/ESPN Top 25 The top 25 teams in the USA Today-ESPN men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 15, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Syracuse (31) .............19-0 775 1 2. Kentucky ....................17-1 742 2 3. Baylor.........................17-0 714 4 4. Duke ..........................15-2 654 6 5. Missouri .....................16-1 629 9 6. Ohio State ..................16-3 619 5 7. Kansas ......................14-3 591 10 8. North Carolina ............15-3 569 3 9. Michigan State ...........15-3 509 7 10. Murray State.............18-0 449 14 11. Connecticut ..............14-3 416 16 12. Georgetown ..............14-3 410 11 13. Indiana.....................15-3 358 8 14. Florida ......................14-4 304 19 15. Mississippi State ......15-3 288 20 16. San Diego State .......15-2 282 22 17. Virginia.....................14-2 269 17 18. Creighton .................16-2 260 21 19. Michigan ..................14-4 259 13 20. UNLV ........................16-3 252 12 21. Louisville ..................14-4 130 15 22. Marquette ................14-4 119 24 23. Saint Mary’s .............17-2 100 — 24. Harvard ....................15-2 61 25 25. Illinois ......................15-3 58 — Others receiving votes: Vanderbilt 47, Kansas State 46, New Mexico 41, Wisconsin 27, Gonzaga 21, Middle Tennessee 21, Seton Hall 16, West Virginia 13, Wichita State 13, Alabama 7, Nevada 3, California 2, BYU 1.

AP women’s Top 25 The top 25 teams in the The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 15, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. Baylor (39)................. 17-0 975 1 2. Notre Dame ............... 17-1 936 2 3. UConn ....................... 14-2 887 3 4. Stanford .................... 15-1 865 4 5. Duke ......................... 14-2 797 7 6. Kentucky ................... 16-2 739 9 7. Rutgers ..................... 15-2 719 8 8. Maryland ................... 16-1 718 5 9. Tennessee................. 13-4 667 6 10. Ohio St.................... 17-1 630 11 11. Miami ..................... 15-3 606 13 12. Green Bay ............... 15-0 500 14 13. Purdue .................... 15-3 424 17 14. Texas A&M .............. 11-4 413 12 15. Georgia ................... 15-3 403 19 16. Delaware ................. 14-1 367 20 17. Texas Tech............... 14-2 355 10 18. Louisville ................. 14-4 342 16 19. Georgetown ............. 14-4 285 18 20. Nebraska ................ 15-2 282 15 21. DePaul .................... 14-3 249 21 22. Penn St. .................. 13-4 180 — 23. Kansas St. .............. 13-3 132 — 24. North Carolina ......... 12-4 60 22 25. Vanderbilt ................ 14-3 50 25 Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 41, LSU 20, Georgia Tech 10, South Carolina 7, Kansas 4, Hofstra 2, Michigan St. 2, Oklahoma 2, St. Bonaventure 2, BYU 1, Princeton 1, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 1, Southern Cal 1.

Monday men’s scores EAST Boston U. 70, Albany (NY) 57 Fairfield 61, Rider 52 Longwood 87, Fairleigh Dickinson 83 Rutgers 65, Notre Dame 58 Stony Brook 61, New Hampshire 52 Syracuse 71, Pittsburgh 63 Vermont 79, Maine 65 SOUTH Austin Peay 69, Tennessee St. 63 Belmont 95, Florida Gulf Coast 53 ETSU 64, North Florida 63 Florida A&M 86, SC State 69 Jackson St. 54, Texas Southern 51 Jacksonville 77, SC-Upstate 74, OT Lipscomb 104, Stetson 103, OT MVSU 77, Southern U. 56 Morgan St. 68, Hampton 56 NC Central 69, Howard 53 Norfolk St. 74, Coppin St. 66 Prairie View 81, Grambling St. 64 MIDWEST Marquette 74, Louisville 63 Missouri 70, Texas A&M 51 SOUTHWEST Ark.-Pine Bluff 75, Alcorn St. 69

Women’s scores EAST Boston U. 58, Albany (NY) 54 Fairleigh Dickinson 71, LIU 65 Holy Cross 81, Brown 74 Maine 70, Vermont 60 Monmouth (NJ) 53, St. Francis (NY) 44 New Hampshire 63, Stony Brook 53 Quinnipiac 82, Robert Morris 74 UConn 86, North Carolina 35 UMBC 71, Hartford 59 SOUTH Bethune-Cookman 58, Savannah St. 54, OT Coastal Carolina 58, Radford 56 Coppin St. 67, Norfolk St. 62

Girls Three of the four local units will have their hands full tonight in league action. Alcorn Central (12-9, 1-2) hosts Belmont (18-3, 3-0) in 1-3A warfare. After putting together their second four-game winning streak of the season Dec. 28-Jan. 3, the Lady Bears have dropped four straight, including two league games and a three-point loss to Hatley at Belmont on Saturday. Kossuth (11-5, 0-1) will try to get its first league win. To do so, the Lady Aggies must knock off defending 3A champion Ripley, which comes into tonight’s road contest at 18-2, 1-0. The Lady Aggies lost at Belmont last Tuesday, before countering with wins over Falkner and Blue Mountain over the weekend. Corinth (8-11, 2-5) travels to unbeaten Pontotoc on the heels of a 59-38 win over Bruce at Belmont on Saturday. CHS, who two league wins are over a winless Amory team, played Pontotoc to within five points in their first meeting on Dec. 9 -- just the third-narrowest win by an 18-0, 5-0 club. Biggersville will look to get back to within one game of the .500 mark and extend its 1-1A winning streak to three tonight at home against Jumpertown. The Lady Lions (8-10, 5-2) rolled to a 59-32 decision in the first half of the home-and-home series.

E. Kentucky 61, Austin Peay 59 Florida A&M 79, SC State 62 Hampton 83, Morgan St. 51 Howard 67, NC Central 26 Jackson St. 55, Texas Southern 38 Liberty 79, Charleston Southern 64 MVSU 78, Southern U. 61 Maryland 68, Virginia 61 Murray St. 73, Jacksonville St. 57 NC State 75, Wake Forest 66 Prairie View 68, Grambling St. 55 Presbyterian 62, UNC Asheville 54 Winthrop 86, Gardner-Webb 48 MIDWEST E. Illinois 70, UT Martin 63 IPFW 73, Longwood 54 IUPUI 56, S. Utah 49 Northwestern 59, Illinois 58 Oral Roberts 78, W. Illinois 66 S. Dakota St. 59, South Dakota 51 SIU-Edwardsville 58, SE Missouri 43 UMKC 76, N. Dakota St. 58 SOUTHWEST Alcorn St. 65, Ark.-Pine Bluff 51 FAR WEST Idaho St. 78, Portland St. 63

PRO BASKETBALL NBA standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Philadelphia 10 3 .769 New York 6 7 .462 Boston 4 8 .333 Toronto 4 10 .286 New Jersey 3 11 .214 Southeast Division W L Pct Orlando 9 3 .750 Atlanta 10 4 .714 Miami 8 4 .667 Charlotte 3 11 .214 Washington 1 12 .077 Central Division W L Pct Chicago 12 3 .800 Indiana 9 3 .750 Cleveland 6 6 .500 Milwaukee 4 8 .333 Detroit 3 10 .231 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct San Antonio 9 4 .692 Dallas 8 5 .615 Memphis 6 6 .500 Houston 6 7 .462 New Orleans 3 10 .231 Northwest Division W L Pct Oklahoma City 12 2 .857 Utah 8 4 .667 Portland 8 5 .615 Denver 8 5 .615 Minnesota 5 8 .385 Pacific Division W L Pct L.A. Clippers 7 3 .700 L.A. Lakers 9 5 .643 Phoenix 4 8 .333 Golden State 4 8 .333 Sacramento 4 10 .286 ___ Monday’s Games Memphis 102, Chicago 86 Orlando 102, New York 93 Cleveland 102, Charlotte 94 Houston 114, Washington 106

St. Louis 1, Dallas 0 Today’s Games Ottawa at Toronto, 6 p.m. Winnipeg at New Jersey, 6 p.m. Minnesota at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Carolina at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Washington, 6 p.m. Edmonton at Columbus, 6 p.m. Nashville at N.Y. Rangers, 6:30 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m. Detroit at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Vancouver, 9 p.m. Calgary at San Jose, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Washington at Montreal, 6:30 p.m. Buffalo at Chicago, 6:30 p.m. Florida at Colorado, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

Philadelphia 94, Milwaukee 82 Portland 84, New Orleans 77 L.A. Clippers 101, New Jersey 91 Atlanta 93, Toronto 84 Minnesota 99, Sacramento 86 Oklahoma City 97, Boston 88 Dallas at L.A. Lakers, (n) Today’s Games Golden State at Cleveland, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Orlando, 6 p.m. San Antonio at Miami, 6:30 p.m. Phoenix at Chicago, 7 p.m. Detroit at Houston, 7 p.m. Denver at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Utah, 8 p.m. Wednesday’s Games San Antonio at Orlando, 6 p.m. Oklahoma City at Washington, 6 p.m. Denver at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Toronto at Boston, 6:30 p.m. Golden State at New Jersey, 6:30 p.m. Phoenix at New York, 6:30 p.m. Memphis at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Portland at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Indiana at Sacramento, 9 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

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PRO FOOTBALL NFL playoffs schedule

HOCKEY NHL standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA N.Y. Rangers 43 28 11 4 60 122 90 Philadelphia 43 26 13 4 56 144 128 New Jersey 44 25 17 2 52 121 125 Pittsburgh 44 23 17 4 50 134 116 N.Y. Islanders 43 16 21 6 38 103 134 Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Boston 42 29 12 1 59 153 83 Ottawa 47 25 16 6 56 146 148 Toronto 44 22 17 5 49 137 137 Buffalo 45 19 21 5 43 112 134 Montreal 45 17 20 8 42 116 123 Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Florida 44 21 14 9 51 112 123 Washington 43 24 17 2 50 125 124 Winnipeg 45 21 19 5 47 115 128 Carolina 47 16 24 7 39 123 154 Tampa Bay 44 17 23 4 38 121 156 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA St. Louis 45 27 12 6 60 116 94 Chicago 46 27 13 6 60 150 133 Detroit 45 29 15 1 59 146 103 Nashville 45 26 15 4 56 125 120 Columbus 44 12 27 5 29 106 147 Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Vancouver 46 28 15 3 59 149 114 Minnesota 45 22 16 7 51 105 113 Colorado 47 24 21 2 50 120 134 Calgary 46 21 20 5 47 111 131 Edmonton 44 17 23 4 38 114 127 Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA San Jose 42 25 12 5 55 123 99 Los Angeles 46 22 15 9 53 102 103 Dallas 44 24 19 1 49 120 126 Phoenix 46 21 18 7 49 120 119 Anaheim 44 15 22 7 37 113 138 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday’s Games Boston 3, Florida 2, SO Nashville 3, N.Y. Islanders 1 Phoenix 6, Colorado 1 Winnipeg 2, Ottawa 0 Detroit 5, Buffalo 0

Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 14 San Francisco 36, New Orleans 32 New England 45, Denver 10 Sunday, Jan. 15 Baltimore 20, Houston 13 N.Y. Giants 37, Green Bay 20 Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 22 Baltimore at New England, 2 p.m. N.Y. Giants at San Francisco, 5:30 p.m. Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5 At Indianapolis NFC vs. AFC, 5:20 p.m.

MISC. Transactions BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Agreed to terms with RHP Darren O’Day and LHP Dana Eveland on one-year contracts. BOSTON RED SOX—Agreed to terms with LHP Franklin Morales on a one-year contract. Agreed to terms with RHP Aaron Cookand and RHP Justin Germano on minor league contracts. DETROIT TIGERS—Agreed to terms with LHP Phil Coke and RHP Rick Porcello on one-year contracts. KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Agreed to terms with C Brayan Pena and 2B Chris Getz on one-year contracts. LOS ANGELES ANGELS—Agreed to terms INF Alberto Callaspo on a one-year contract. NEW YORK YANKEES—Agreed to terms with RHP Phil Hughes on a one-year contract. TAMPA BAY RAYS—Agreed to terms with LHP J.P. Howell on a one-year contract. National League CINCINNATI REDS—Agreed to terms with C Dioner Navarro on minor league contract. COLORADO ROCKIES—Acquired RHP Guillermo Moscoso and LHP Josh Outman from Oakland for OF Seth Smith. MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Agreed to terms with OF Nyjer Morgan on a one-year contract. PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Agreed to terms with RHP Joel Hanrahan and RHP Charlie Morton on one-year contracts. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS—Agreed to terms with OF Angel Pagan on a one-year contract. WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Agreed to terms with C Jesus Flores on a one-year contract.

Tebow has earned starting status in 2012 BY ARNIE STAPLETON Associated Press

riors (16-3, 6-1) travel to Pontotoc to complete the home-and-home series in 1-4A. CHS won the first encounter 9362 in the last of a three-game home stand that saw the Warriors prevail each time by a combined 130 points, including a record 70-point decision over Itawamba.

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The debate over Tim Tebow’s worthiness as an NFL quarterback will undeniably continue in the offseason. What’s not in doubt is his status as the Denver Broncos’ starter. The team sought to curb the circus that’s sure to surround Tebow over the next several months by declaring him the incumbent at a season-ending news conference Monday. “Well, I think Tim’s earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into training camp next year,” Broncos boss John Elway declared at the begin-

ning of a 40-minute news conference in which 24 of the 47 questions were about Tebow. “I think he made some good strides this year,” Elway said. “He obviously played very well against Pittsburgh and played very well in a lot of football games.” And exceedingly poorly in plenty of others. That’s why Elway, a Hall of Famer who rejoined the team a year ago as chief of football operations, has pledged to personally work with Tebow this offseason to polish his passing game and help him become a better quarterback. He has a willing pupil in Tebow, who said his offsea-

son goal was “to work pretty hard and try to get a lot better.” Elway said he wants to “help Tim in every way I can, to be able to improve through what I learned.” And that was this: Mobility is great, but to compete for a championship, you have to become a pocket passer. That’s what Elway learned late in his career, which he capped with backto-back Super Bowl titles after losing the big game three times. “Hopefully, I can teach him what I learned over my 16-year career,” Elway said, “to be able to tell him what I learned in Year 10, hopefully get that to him in year 3 or 4.”

The Broncos, like everyone else, are looking for that franchise quarterback “and we’re so hopeful that Tim’s that guy. Obviously, we have some work to do and he knows that, too.” Tebow took over a 1-4 team in October and guided the Broncos to their first playoff berth since 2005. But the clunky dual-threat quarterback completed just 46.5 percent of his passes in the regular season and 40.4 percent in the playoffs while compiling an 8-5 overall record that included five second-half comebacks. His 80-yard TD toss on the first play of overtime beat Pittsburgh in the wildcard round and capped his best performance as a pro.

GIANTS: ‘That has been shown throughout the course of this year,’ said Boley CONTINUED FROM 8

Linebacker Michael Boley, whose return to the lineup in early December helped get the defense back on track, said there is no mystery why the Giants were beaten 2720 in their trip to Candlestick Park on Nov. 13. They lost turnover battle, gave up two big touchdown plays and saw San Francisco recover a surprise onside kick to set up a field goal. Even with all that, the Giants had a final drive stall at the San Francisco 10 when Justin Smith battled down a fourth-down pass by Manning. Like Rolle, Boley believes

the Giants control their destiny. “No doubt about it,” said Boley, who had nine tackles and two sacks on Sunday. “That has been shown throughout the course of this year. All the games we lost, we lost. It’s not like one team came in here and absolutely killed us or there was no way we were going to beat them. We beat ourselves.” Veteran defensive end Dave Tollefson doesn’t think the Giants are being brash. He said this is a very focused team. He saw it on the plane ride home from Green Bay. Guys were already watching film on San Francisco. “This journey isn’t over,”

he said when asked if players took time out to celebrate. “You just have to keep going. Everybody else around you is going for it, so you have to keep moving forward.” Having another shot at the Niners is bonus. “”To be the best, you have to beat the best,” Tollefson said. “So we are heading to San Francisco to play the best team left in the NFC playoffs. We’re excited and it’s going to be great. Whoever wins that game is going to the Super Bowl. You can’t beat that.” NOTES: The game will be a homecoming of sorts for center David Baas. He left the Niners after last

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Today in History 1501 Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna 1562 Edict of St Germain recognizes Huguenots in France 1584 Bohemia adopts Gregorian calendar 1595 French king Henri IV declares war on Spain 1601 France gains Bresse, Bugey, Valromey & Gex in treaty with Spain 1718 Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switz; kills 53 1746 Battle of Falkirk, Scotland-Edward I defeats & massacres Scots 1757 German Diet declares war on Prussia 1773 Capt James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle 1775 9 old women burnt as witches for causing bad harvests, Kalisk, Pol 1775 R B Sheridan’s “Rivals,” premieres in London 1779 Capt. Cook’s last notation in ship’s log Discovery 1821 Mexico permits Moses Austin & 300 US families to settle in Texas 1827 Duke of Wellington appointed British supreme commander 1832 Johannes van den Bosch appointed gov-gen of Dutch-Indies 1852 British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa) 1861 Flush toilet patented by Mr Thomas Crapper (Honest!) 1863 Civil War skirmish near Newtown, Virginia 1864 General Longstreet’s command ends heavy fighting at Dandridgem TN 1871 1st cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie (begins service in 1873) 1874 Armed Democrats seize Texas govt ending Radical Reconstruction 1882 1st Dutch female physician Aletta Jacobs opens office 1885 Brits beat Mahdists at Battle of Abu Klea in Sudan

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Daughter could use counseling to cope with mom Mom pays for DEAR ABBY: a landline in my I’m 23, the only apartment that I child of a controldon’t want, but ling, paranoid, she insists because hermit-like and she’s convinced hyper-religious that cellphones mother and a Abigail cause cancer. She peace-loving, Van Buren calls me constantpassive father. I ly, and if I don’t graduated from Dear Abby answer she leaves college last year. frantic messages Shortly after, my boyfriend and I accepted about how “disrespectful” dream jobs in the same I am, and how she and town several hours away Dad are “praying for my soul.” from my parents. This has gotten out of Mom was appalled. She “warned” me that I control. I try talking to wouldn’t last and would her, but she won’t listen come home. Instead, I and laughs at the idea of have embraced my new counseling. She says it’s city and job. Mom is at her “job” to tell me what her wits’ end. When I to do. My father agrees mentioned that my boy- that her behavior and friend had recorded a approach are wrong, but movie for me, she said he says she has good intenwas controlling me via tions and I need to “work technology. If I tell her with her.” Abby, I don’t know about a project I initiated at work, she says my em- what to do. She’s becomployer is taking advan- ing increasingly controlling and worried about tage of me.

my soul. I’m worried that my distance is affecting her health. Some advice, please! — WANTS A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH MOM DEAR WANTS: If you return home because you’re afraid having moved away and asserting your independence is negatively affecting your mother’s health, you will never have a life of your own. Because she laughs at the idea of counseling doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get some in order to help you separate yourself from her constant efforts to manipulate you. Her dependence on you is not normal. That’s why you should enlist the help of a mental health professional. It will give you some insight in how to deal with her. If you try to “work with her” without that help, she will suck

you in and you will never be free. DEAR ABBY: I have very nice neighbors who believe in leaving the wild and natural growth on their property. They have posted a sign that claims it to be a “certified natural habitat.” They never weed or cut anything back. At first, it was cared for, but now it has become an eyesore, and people who visit our house have made comments. I have tried to grow border plants to hide the mess, but nothing seems to help. I believe it affects the value of our home. My husband doesn’t want me to say anything for fear of hurting their feelings. They’re nice people, but we don’t live in a rural area where this might be more acceptable. Have you any suggestions? — THORN IN OUR SIDE DEAR THORN: Yes. Who certified your neigh-

bors’ yard as a “natural habitat”? The city? If so, call City Hall and find out if their yard still qualifies. What you have described may be a fire hazard, so some investigation may be in order. If there is a homeowners association in your neighborhood, it should also be contacted to ensure their house is in compliance with the codes, covenants and restrictions. If necessary, someone who is close to these neighbors should volunteer to “help” them with their yard. A natural landscape can be beautiful, but only if it’s properly maintained. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Horoscopes by Holiday BY HOLIDAY MATHIS The moon in Scorpio adds weight to the emotional and spiritual water sign influences overhead. Just as water rises to its own level, our moods will easily follow the tone of those around us. Someone has to lead, though. Will it be you? ARIES (March 21-April 19). You may feel out of sync with the people around you. You like people, but social connections are not your main source of happiness right now. Solitude has a way of centering you. TAURUS (April 20May 20). If you expect yourself to be an expert right out of the gate, you’ll only set yourself up for disappointment. False starts and reversed directions are a key part of your learning process. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ll be critical to the success of a team. You will be motivated by intangible rewards. Being recognized for something you do well may be an even better reward of your efforts than money. CANCER (June 22July 22). You’ll be at ease

Will I Do Better In 2012? The passed days of 2011 should tell us that it is easy to make resolutions but it is difficult to keep them. Think back to the beginning of 2011 and of the resolutions that were made. How many of them have been kept throughout the year? The passing of the old year and the beginning of a new year brings sober reflection and self-examination, but the passing of time can weaken the sober thought and inspiration of the hour or day until our resolutions die. The days of 2011 should speak to us of the importance of taking time in the coming year for sober thinking and self-examination, so that our resolutions of this year may be carried through the new year. The new year will bring many new opportunities. I resolve to... 1. Read my Bible each day - with the expressed purpose of understanding its message as it fits into my life. When one obeys to teaching good changes are made in life. I once was lost but now I am found - Note Acts 2:14-47. 2. Do not be mislead by the many dooms day advocates. The days of 2011 should teach us that many of our worries and anxieties are uncalled for. To obey the gospel - becoming a Christian - and living a Christian life is not difficult to do. To get our mind focussed on the Lord’s way must be our goal. If we are not knowledgeable of the scriptures, we can be easily mislead. The Bible teaches us - me - “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane - useless theories that do not honor God - and vain babblings, for they will increase unto more ungodliness” - 2 Timothy 2:15-16 3. Remember that we have one life-time to prepare to meet our Lord. Each person is important and so is our time to prepare - ONLY ONE. “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double-minded” - James 4:9. The responsibility of drawing near to God lies directly on our shoulders. While approaching God through repentance, confession and baptism, we are assured that we are drawing near to God - He is “faithful and just to forgive us our sins” - 1 John 1:9, Hebrews 5:8-9. Man has a tendency to be “double-minded,” that is, having the desire to please both men - Galatians 1:10, and God Luke 6:46. Make wise choices in 2012.

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when considering other people’s viewpoints, a sign of maturity and sophistication that won’t go unnoticed by equally sophisticated individuals. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). A touch of restlessness might put you in a shopping mood, although it’s not a great time for it. You will be much better off consolidating what you have instead of buying more. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The group won’t seem to know what they are doing, but the collective intelligence of the group is higher than you think. Besides, going solo may be a good way to get lost today. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). In order to stay abreast of the competition, you’ll figure out what your competitors are doing and why. It’s also a good time to seek and implement new technologies for improving efficiency and output. SCORPIO (Oct. 24Nov. 21). You’ll catch your loved ones doing something right and give spontaneous and enthusiastic praise. You’ll make someone happy while paving the way for the stellar results in the future. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you are tenacious enough, you

will have a breakthrough today. If the first or second attempt fails, you’ll use what you learn, adjust the plan and go for round three. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19). The more people you know, the luckier you’ll be. Ask friends to introduce you to the people they know. New contacts will be the catalyst for a windfall or romance. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 18). No one develops alone. You’ll enjoy letting others know what you’ve learned from them. And you’ll continue to let new connections help launch and support your growth. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Look for the good news hidden in the bad. Maybe it will only amount to a speck of sunshine, but that’s enough to illuminate other pieces of goodness and change the way everyone sees things. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 17). Your personal life blossoms as you assert yourself. Refuse to be put on the spot. Give yourself plenty of time and space to make major decisions. You’ll advance projects having to do with communication and closing the gaps between people. March features domestic upgrades. You’ll win money in June. Cancer and Virgo adore you.

Your lucky numbers are: 40, 12, 22, 6 and 19. ARIES YEAR AT A GLANCE 2012: JANUARY: You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that there are good-hearted individuals who simply need to give. FEBRUARY: Put off financial decisions until after the full moon on the 7th. Venus moves into your sign to turn up the romance. MARCH: The Mercury retrograde will strongly affect you. Put systems in place that will prevent you from making mistakes. APRIL: Mercury in your sign helps you get heard and be often understood. MAY: The more you can appreciate — and even love — about your circumstances, the better able you will be to mold them to your vision of the future. JUNE: The effects of Uranus square Pluto will be reflected in the microcosm of your personal life. The change you seek is possible. JULY: Fortune favors you as you explore new territory and are audacious in

matters of love. AUGUST: A teacher will help along your quest for meaning, motivation and knowledge. SEPTEMBER: Venus sparks an exciting new connection. OCTOBER: You’ll have the energy and time to tackle health and fitness related goals. NOVEMBER: Your romantic life will need attention. Love will be a roller coaster. DECEMBER: The final stretch of 2012 will favor moving or making the decisions that precede a relocation. CELEBRITY PROFILES: The highly accomplished lawyer, scholar and wife of the 44th president of the United States describes herself first and foremost as Malia and Sasha’s Mom. First Lady Michelle Obama was born when the sun and Mercury were in the highly traditional sign of Capricorn. If you would like to write to Holiday Mathis, please go to www.creators.com and click on “Write the Author” on the Holiday Mathis page.

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