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Daily Corinthian Vol. 116, No. 129
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Woman found dead in car in parking lot Officials say foul play not suspected BY MARK BOEHLER firstname.lastname@example.org
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CHS senior moment Corinth High School seniors Shannon Marlar (left) and Alexis Willis have some fun prior to the CHS graduation on Friday night at the Crossroads Arena. More photos from the Corinth Class of 2012 commencement will be published Sunday.
No foul play is suspected after a woman was found dead in her vehicle over the weekend in a Corinth convenience store parking lot. Alcorn County Coroner Jay Jones identified the victim as 32-year-old Meleah Lewis of Danville, Ark., who was found dead behind the wheel of her late 1990s model Crown Victoria on the east side of Flash Market at the corner of Cass
and Meigg streets. Jones said Monday afternoon that no foul play is suspected as he awaits the results of an autopsy report expected to be released this week. Corinth Police Chief David Lancaster also said Monday afternoon that no foul play was expected, as there were no signs of a struggle nor was any blood found in the victim’s car. Jones noted Lewis’ car keys and wallet with money were still in her car. As ambulances, Corinth Fire Department First Responders and several patrol units Please see DEATH | 3
Memorial Day weekend theme: ‘Let’s not forget’ BY MARK BOEHLER email@example.com
Memorial Day weekend is full of family gatherings and reunions, backyard barbecues, picnics at the lake and baseball games, but the underlying theme is “let’s not forget.” Those were thoughts offered by Maj. Gen. Leon Collins during the Sunday afternoon program at Corinth National Cemetery sponsored by American Legion Perry Johns Post #6 in Corinth. “The Memorial Day holiday is a time to give thanks to those who have served,” said Collins, adjutant general of Mississippi who serves as the commanding general of both Mississippi Army and Air National Guard. “Let’s don’t forget the true meaning of this holiday.” “Let’s not forget,” added the Booneville native. “Those who have served and those who gave all.” The Rotary Club motto is “Service Above Self.” Collins said the same theme can be applied to the 1.4 million service men and women who are serving their country on active duty today. Representing 1 percent of the United States population, those on active military duty “are prepared to give of themselves,” added Collins, who was employed at Halls of MissisPlease see VETERANS | 3
Staff photos by Mark Boehler
World War II veteran Charles Shipman listens during the Memorial Day program Sunday afternoon at Corinth National Cemetery. The 84-year-old Corinth man served in both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.
Three-year-old Anna Stella Reyes takes a rest during the Sunday program at Corinth National Cemetery. Her grandfather, James Embrey, performed taps on his bugle during the program.
French leaders honor Corinth veteran with Legion of Honour Medal BY BOBBY J. SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org
A Corinth man was recently honored by the French government for his service in World War II. Harold Owens, 88, a resident of the MS Care Center, received the French Legion of Honour Medal on Friday. Owens was a soldier in the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR), part of the 82nd Airborne Division that landed in Normandy and later Holland in gliders. He was part of the A Company Mortar Battery.
“As infantry assaulted a position on a hill, the mortars would fire over the heads of the advancing troops,” explained Bill Huff, the Corinth Honor Guard member who led the ceremony. Huff is also a laterera veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division. “We appreciate the sacrifice these men made,” Huff said. “If not for them, half of this country would be speaking German and the other half would be speaking Japanese.”
Staff photo by Bobby J. Smith
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World War II veteran Harold Owens of Corinth was recently awarded the French Legion of Honour Medal. Owens is pictured here with his wife, Jona, and members of the Corinth Honor Guard.
Index Classified...... 12 Comics...... 10 Wisdom........ 9 Weather........5
Obituaries........ 3 Opinion........4 Sports........7
On this day in history 150 years ago The Confederate army begins to quietly slip out of Corinth and by foot, horseback and rail commence the 50-mile trek south to Tupelo. Train whistles and military bands fool the Union troops into believing the city is being heavily reinforced.
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'HHSZDWHU+RUL]RQ2LO6SLOO Economic and Property Damages Settlement Providing Money to Individuals and Businesses If you have economic loss or property damage because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you could get money from a class action settlement with BP Exploration & Production Inc. and BP America Production Company (“BP”). Go to DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com for more information, including information on how to ﬁle a claim.
WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE ECONOMIC & PROPERTY DAMAGES SETTLEMENT? The Economic and Property Damages (“E&PD”) Settlement Class includes people, businesses, and other entities in the states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, and certain counties in Texas and Florida, that were harmed by the oil spill. The website DeepwaterHorizonSettlements. com has detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a geographic location may be included in the E&PD Settlement. Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail questions@ DeepwaterHorizonEconomicSettlement.com to ﬁnd out if a geographic location is included.
WHAT DOES THE ECONOMIC & PROPERTY DAMAGES SETTLEMENT PROVIDE? The E&PD Settlement makes payments for the following types of claims: (1) Seafood Compensation, (2) Economic Damage, (3) Loss of Subsistence, (4)Vessel Physical Damage, (5) Vessels of Opportunity Charter Payment, (6) Coastal Real Property Damage, (7) Wetlands Real Property Damage, and (8) Real Property Sales Damage. There is no limit on the total dollar amount of the E&PD Settlement; all qualiﬁed claims will be paid.
HOW TO GET BENEFITS FROM THE ECONOMIC & PROPERTY DAMAGES SETTLEMENT You need to submit a Claim Form to request a payment. You can get a copy of the various Claim Forms by visiting the website or by calling 1-866-992-6174. Claims can be submitted online or by mail. If you have questions about how to ﬁle your claim, you should call the toll-free number for assistance.
The deadline to submit most E&PD claims will be April 22, 2014 or six months after the E&PD Settlement becomes effective (that is, after the Court grants “ﬁnal approval” and any appeals are resolved), whichever is later. There will be an earlier deadline to submit E&PD Seafood Compensation claims. The earlier deadline to submit Seafood Compensation claims will be 30 days after ﬁnal approval of the Settlement by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (regardless of appeals). Actual claim ﬁling deadlines will be posted on the website as they become available. Valid claims will be paid as they are approved, beginning shortly after the Court-Supervised Settlement Program commences. It is highly recommended that E&PD Settlement Class Members complete and submit their claim forms promptly. Please read the Medical Beneﬁts Settlement notice because you may also be eligible for beneﬁts from that settlement.
YOUR OTHER OPTIONS If you do not want to be legally bound by the E&PD Settlement, you must Opt Out or exclude yourself by October 1, 2012 or you won’t be able to sue BP over certain economic and property damage claims. If you stay in the E&PD Settlement, you may object to it by August 31, 2012. The Detailed Notice explains how to exclude yourself or object. The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012 to consider whether to approve the E&PD Settlement. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost. The Court will also consider Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses including an interim payment of $75 million and additional awards equal to 6% of class claims and beneﬁts paid. Class Counsel fees, costs and expenses under the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement and the Medical Beneﬁts Settlement Agreement jointly cannot exceed $600 million. Class members’ payments will not be reduced if the Court approves the payment of Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately pay these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.
Medical Benefits Settlement Providing Beneﬁts to Clean-Up Workers and Certain Gulf Coast Residents If you have a medical claim related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you could get beneﬁts from a class action settlement with BP Exploration & Production Inc. and BP America Production Company (“BP”). Go to DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com for more information, including information on how to ﬁle a claim.
INCLUDED IN THE MEDICAL BENEFITS SETTLEMENT? IS
The Medical Class includes (1) clean-up workers and (2) certain people who resided in speciﬁc geographic areas in coastal and wetlands areas along the Gulf Coast during speciﬁc periods in 2010. The website DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com has detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a geographic location may be included in one of these zones. Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail info@DeepwaterHorizonMedicalSettlement. com to ﬁnd out if a geographic location is included.
MEDICAL BENEFITS SETTLEMENT PROVIDE? DOES THE
The beneﬁts of the Medical Beneﬁts Settlement include: (1) payments to qualifying people for certain acute (short-term) and chronic (ongoing) medical conditions occurring after exposure to oil or chemical dispersants; (2) provision of periodic medical examinations to qualifying people; and (3) creation of a Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, consisting of projects to strengthen the healthcare system. Beneﬁts (1) and (2) will be provided only after the Court grants ﬁnal approval and any appeals are resolved.
HOW TO GET BENEFITS FROM THE MEDICAL BENEFITS SETTLEMENT You need to submit a Claim Form to request beneﬁts. You can get a copy of the Claim Form by visiting the website or by calling 1-866-992-6174. Claims can be
submitted by mail. If you have questions about how to ﬁle your claim, you should call the toll-free number for assistance. The deadline for ﬁling a Claim Form is one year after the Medical Beneﬁts Settlement becomes effective (that is, after the Court grants “ﬁnal approval” and any appeals are resolved). The exact date of the claim ﬁling deadline will be posted on the website. It is highly recommended that Medical Class Members complete and submit their claim forms promptly. Please read the Economic and Property Damages Settlement notice because you may also be eligible for a payment from that settlement.
YOUR OTHER OPTIONS If you do not want to be legally bound by the Medical Beneﬁts Settlement, you must Opt Out or exclude yourself by October 1, 2012 or you won’t be able to sue BP over certain medical claims. If you stay in the Medical Beneﬁts Settlement, you may object to it by August 31, 2012. The Detailed Notice explains how to exclude yourself or object. The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012 to consider whether to approve the Medical Beneﬁts Settlement. You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost. Class Counsel will ask the Court to consider an award of fees, costs, and expenses of 6% of the value of the beneﬁts actually provided under the Medical Beneﬁts Settlement Agreement. Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses under the Medical Beneﬁts Settlement Agreement and the Economic and Property Damages Settlement Agreement jointly cannot exceed $600 million. Class members’ payments will not be reduced if the Court approves the payment of Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately pay these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.
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Silver Airways to serve 3 cities Associated Press
JACKSON — Three Mississippi cities that are losing their federally subsidized air connections to Memphis, Tenn., will now be served through Atlanta. Silver Airways Corp. will provide 12 flights a week between Atlanta and Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport. The airline will fly 18 times a week from Atlanta to Tupelo, continuing to Greenville. The communities had to seek new service when Mesaba Aviation, operating as Delta Connection, filed notice last year to end service to Memphis.
Delta is paring service at the Memphis hub it inherited when it merged with Northwest Airlines, cutting regional feeder service to many cities. The Mississippi communities went through two previous rounds of bids before agreeing to support Silver Airways. Earlier proposals featured service on smaller singleengine planes, when by law the communities are entitled to service on larger twin-engine planes. The U.S. Transportation Department projects it will cost $2.97 million a year to subsidize ser-
vice to Hattiesburg for a projected 20,825 passengers. That’s $142.41 per passenger. Subsidy costs for passengers in Greenville and Tupelo will be higher, $7.04 million for 35,851 yearly passengers, or $196.50 a head. Though many passengers drive to larger airports, local officials say commercial air service is important for business travelers and economic development. “For each airport, this service is an important asset for supporting manufacturing, tourism and other economic de-
velopment activities in our state,” said U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. Delta Air Lines said it would be willing to work with Silver to allow flights to be booked through Delta and to allow passengers to earn frequent flier miles. Silver Airways, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was formerly known as Gulfstream International Airlines. The company has also submitted a bid to fly to Meridian under the federal subsidy program. Federal officials also awarded contracts for Silver to fly to Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Lewisburg, W.V.
Tennessee man dies in one-vehicle crash For the Daily Corinthian
FINGER, Tenn. — A 23-year-old Finger resident died in a one-vehicle wreck on Saturday night, according to a report from the Tennessee High-
way Patrol. Jimmy Lee Miller of Finger-Leapwood Road was driving south on Litt Wilson Road in a 1988 Chevrolet S10 pickup when he lost control of
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with the Corinth Police Department responded to the scene at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, fear spread there had been a shooting in the same parking lot where a fatal shooting occurred late last year. Surveillance tapes revealed Lewis had purchased a pack of cigarettes inside the Flash Market at 8 p.m. Saturday, said Jones. A store employee went to check on Lewis about
11⁄2 hours later and found her sitting upright behind the wheel, but unresponsive, said the coroner. The employee called 911 and all agencies responded. The vehicle was on the east side of the store, parked next to a large green dumpster, he said. The victim, of Danville, Ark., had recently been staying in Corinth, said Jones. “We should have an autopsy report back in a few days,” said Jones.
his vehicle and ran off the road into a ditch. The wreck happened at 8:06 p.m. Saturday one mile south of Finger in north McNairy County, according to the report filed by Tennessee Trooper Sam Bryant.
Trooper Bryant said drinking was involved in the accident and the victim was not wearing a seat belt. The trooper said the driver wearing a seat belt would have probably made a difference.
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sippi and later the state employment office in Corinth before his military career. The major general also recognized Gold Star families, the name given to those who have lost a loved one while serving their country. “Our prayers go out to you,” he told the crowd of over 100. “This nation can never repay you for
your loss.” Bill Huff recognized all Gold Star families and veterans in attendance, giving special mention to the war or conflict where service was attained. The program included the annual Laying of the Memorial Wreath and presentation of colors and traditional “Firing of Volley Three” by the local volunteer Funeral and Honors Guard.
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Deaths Kevin Carpenter
BOONEVILLE — Funeral services for Kevin Carpenter, 25, are set for 11 a.m. today at Beckley Chapel CME with burial at Springhill Cemetery. Mr. Carpenter died Thursday, May 24, 2012, in Booneville. Born Dec. 30, 1986, he was a high school graduate and employed as a cook at Hardees. Survivors include one child, Tristan Dewayne Carpenter; his parents, Larry and Charita Carpenter; and a sister, Nakesha Carpenter. Rev. Charles Shack will officiate. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth “Chubby” Fowler
TISHOMINGO — Funeral services for Kenneth “Chubby” Fowler, 51, were held Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with burial at Burgess Creek Cemetery. Mr. Fowler died Friday, May 25, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Linward W. “Bud” and Jewel Fowler. Survivors include his wife, Debra Fowler of Tishomingo; two sons, Brad Moss (Mendie) and Ben Moss, both of Iuka; one sister, Mary Ann Linton of Tishomingo; one brother, Harold Wayne Fowler of Tishomingo; and four grandchildren, Shelby, Haley, Cole and Tyler. Bro. Benny McKinney and Bro. Robbie Crane officiated the service.
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The following letter accompanied the award: Dear Mr. Owens, This is with endless respect and affection, in recognition of your noble contribution during World War II and in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives for the cause that you will find enclosed the French Legion of Honour Medal. The Consulate General of France in Atlanta had
organized several ceremonies to bestow upon World War II veterans the French Legion of Honor Medal. Although it would have been with greatest pleasure to bestow in person this well deserved Medal, as you were unable to attend one of those ceremonies, please accept my sincere thanks for all you have done to help my country in those times. Best regards, Pascal Le Deunff Consul General
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Negative campaign won’t kill Romney BY DICK MORRIS AND EILEEN MCGANN In a survey of 6,000 likely voters, including a special sample of 1,500 swing voters taken from May 5-11, I probed how Obama’s attacks on Romney were likely to play in the general election. As the economy declines and his chances for victory fade, President Obama is resorting to a virtual wall to wall negative campaign in a desperate effort to win re-election. It is vital that the Republicans answer these charges as they surface -- one by one -- but what rebuttals will work? Obama’s first broadcast negative ad attacks Romney for cutting jobs at Bain. The polling shows that Romney can survive the hit by saying “that sometimes he succeeded in helping companies and sometimes he failed.” The key is to cite the Wall Street Journal study showing that 22 percent of the companies he helped went broke but that 78 percent did fine. When Romney says, “780 is a good batting average in any league!” it rebuts the accusation effectively. On the other hand, arguments about the need for a high return for investors, Obama’s lack of experience at creating jobs or a defense of the economics of outsourcing do not work well. Early in the campaign, Obama released a negative ad aimed at criticizing Romney for outsourcing jobs to other countries at Bain Capital. But when Republicans point out that General Motors, a federally owned company, outsources 160,000 or its 220,000 jobs worldwide, it blunts the criticism and turns it back on Obama. Medicare, sure to be a key controversy in the election, would have been a big win for Obama were it not for his own Medicare cuts and Romney’s repositioning on the issue. The $500 billion cut the president imposed on Medicare turns off most of the voters who are suspicious of Republican cuts in the program. And when swing voters learn that Romney supports keeping the current Medicare system as an alternative to vouchers if the elderly opt for it, the proposal blunts the president’s accusations that the GOP wants to slash the program. But a key finding is that the GOP can avoid the false choice between slashing benefits and raising taxes on Medicare by focusing on expanding the number of doctors to avoid rationing and to allow lower costs through greater efficiency rather than by restricting coverage. By 52-25, swing voters embrace this option. From the start of the campaign, Obama has linked Romney to high oil company profits. This attack is likely to be effective, since most swing voters blame oil companies rather than global markets for high gasoline prices and support repealing their tax breaks. But when you take the issue beyond mere class warfare and envy, it loses its sting. The key is for Romney to explain that higher oil company taxes will “only cut the money they have available for exploration and drilling” and to warn that doing so will “not cut and might raise gasoline prices.” Swing voters break even on agreeing or disagreeing with this line of argument by 47-46. To survive this issue, Romney needs to get beyond class warfare and evil oil companies and discuss the pragmatic impact of raising their taxes. Swing voters agree with Obama’s proposal that millionaires pay 30 percent of their income in taxes. But when told that Obama himself only pays 20 percent in taxes, it blunts the issue. The second rebuttal is to tell voters that the bill would garner only $70 billion to remedy a $3.7 trillion deficit. After learning this, most swing voters see the president’s position as more motivated by getting votes than by cutting the deficit. There is nothing in Obama’s arsenal of negatives that Romney need fear as long as he rebuts each of the charges using the talking points polling suggests. (Dick Morris, former advisor to the Clinton administration, is a commentor and author of “Rewriting History.” He is also a columnist for the New York Post and The Hill. His wife, Eileen McGann is an attorney and consultant.)
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Position on outside counsel powers takes blows STARKVILLE — The impact on John Q. Public from the passage of the so-called “sunshine law” regarding the implementation of restrictions and oversight of the hiring of outside counsel attorneys by the Mississippi Attorney General’s office has been vastly overstated by Attorney General Jim Hood and, to a degree, by Hood’s Republican political antagonists who passed the law over his objections. “If this bill passes, then agency heads with agendas and interests of their own will be allowed to pursue those interests on the taxpayers’ dime over the states interest as a whole with no oversight,” Hood said back in February when the handwriting was on the wall that this legislation was on the fast track to passage. “What you have here is nothing more than an attempt to weaken the power of the Attorney General and to create a ‘good ole boy’ system of doing legal business in this state.” The truth is that the sky won’t fall in Mississippi merely because there is oversight of what has been a highly politicized process of hiring expert attorney to handle cases that were either too complex, too timeconsuming or too resource intensive for the staff of the attorney general’s staff to handle.
The Mississippi Legislature fasttracked the legislation during the 2012 regular Sid Salter session and the measure Columnist got universal support from the new Republican leadership at the state Capitol with Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and House Speaker Philip Gunn singing from the same political hymnal on its passage. Bryant signed it into law – and shortly thereafter the state Supreme Court removed any doubt as to where the majority stood on the question. In a ruling on an ancillary case, the state’s high court ruled that court ruled against Hood in separate outside counsel fees cases related to litigation involving MCI and Microsoft. In both cases, the court found that state law requires that any outside counsel Hood hires must be paid from funds the Legislature appropriates to his office. The court ruled that the contingent fees are public funds and that outside counsel lawyers can be paid from fees awarded in outside counsel until the state first receives the funds and then the Legislature appropriates the legal fees. In response, Hood said:
“We will implement and follow the law created by the court. In this ruling, the court does not call into question the ‘validity of the retention agreement’ or the right to the attorneys being paid. It simply says that the lawyers in these cases could not be paid directly from the defendants, and that money must flow through a state account first. In fact, the court reiterated the Attorney General’s ability to hire good lawyers to bring important suits on behalf of Mississippi, such as with these cases.” Two key points: Hood’s reaction spins a huge loss for his office in an unbelievably positive light – and the Supreme Court indeed didn’t “create” new law. The code section in question has been on the books longer than has the MCI or Microsoft fee disputes. This fight has been going on since the Kirk Fordice administration and the state’s tobacco litigation in the 1990s. Former Gov. Haley Barbour and Reeves struck the first blow against bypassing legislative appropriation and executive branch audit of tobacco lawsuit settlement winnings in winning a Supreme Court challenge of the direct funding of the former Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi that stopped a $20 million annual diversion of settlement
funds into an anti-smoking campaign that became highly politicized. The most recent court ruling comes in challenges to the outside counsel system begun by Bryant and finished by Auditor Stacey Pickering. Back in the days before mass tort litigation and before multi-million jury awards, the most politically sensitive question involving politicians and lawyers in the state was which law firm would get the state’s lucrative bond business. Only in the 1980s and 1990s after Richard Scruggs parlayed his personal and political friendship with former Attorney General Mike Moore first into successful asbestos litigation and later into the state’s historic tobacco litigation did anyone pay much attention to the obscure outside counsel statutes or the interrelationship between those contracts and political contributions. The combination of the new legislation and the recent court ruling has left Hood with little left to do on the question of outside counsel issues but to spin those facts as best he can – because the “old” outside counsel system has taken a withering if not fatal political and legal blow. (Sid Salter is a syndicated columnist. Contact him at 601-507-8004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Heading back to court with legal fees cases BY JACK ELLIOTT JR. JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has settled the dispute over fees paid to private attorneys hired by the attorney general to assist with lawsuits on behalf of the state -- sort of. There continues to be disagreement over what the Supreme Court meant in decisions handed down this past week, and rectifying that falls to judges in the Hinds County Circuit Courts where this began five years ago. Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, said the opinions “simply give us direction” about how to handle attorney payments. “It simply says that the lawyers in these cases could not be paid directly from the defendants, and that money must flow through a state account first,” Hood said. “In fact, the court reiterated the attorney general’s ability to hire good lawyers to bring important suits on behalf of Mississippi, such as with these cases.” State Auditor Stacey Pickering, a Republican, was on the other side of the dispute.
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“The Supreme Court agreed that the Mississippi statute uses the mandatory term ‘shall,’ and we view this mandate as declaratory that all fees paid through contingency fee contracts are public funds and must be appropriated by the Mississippi Legislature,” Pickering said. They are both right and wrong -- sort of. Presiding Justice Jess Dickinson said in the two cases that when Hood pays special assistants -- meaning, outside counsel -- Mississippi law “requires that they are paid from the attorney general’s contingent fund or from other funds appropriated to the attorney general’s office by the Legislature.” Pickering said all of the money should go into into the state treasury after which the lawyers should submit a bill, or voucher, to the Legislature and the Legislature would pay them. The Supreme Court didn’t do what Pickering wanted. A Hinds County judge in 2010 ruled the $14 million in fees paid to the Langs-
ton Law Firm for handling a state lawsuit against telecommunications giant MCI was properly handled. Another Hinds County judge ruled the same in another case in 2010 involving $10 million in fees paid to lawyers for handling a state lawsuit against computer software maker Microsoft. Hood has said that paying the private attorneys is part of the settlement of the lawsuit but is not counted as part of the money the state receives. He has said the lawyers’ fees were negotiated separately with MCI and Microsoft after settlements were made with the state. Pickering said the Hinds County court will decide if the attorneys should return the money so the money can be paid through the attorney general’s office. The MCI case involved the resolution of an unpaid tax debt to the state. Dickinson, writing for the Supreme Court majority, said all the delinquent tax funds should have gone to the “proper” treasury and then paid to the Langston law firm.
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Justice Leslie King said the law firms had a valid contract with the state and were entitled to their fees being paid from the settlement. “Beyond question, the better approach would have been to submit all of the settlement proceeds to the attorney general, have him to deposit those settlement proceeds into his contingency account and then write a check to Langston Law Firm for the fees earned for professional services. “However that did not happen,” King said. King said for the Supreme Court to now require that “would, at best, be an inefficient and totally symbolic gesture.” Fred Krutz, an attorney for the Langston law firm, said the Supreme Court’s decision is being reviewed. Now, while the Supreme Court has said what the state law provides, the Hinds County court must now apply it. The dispute is far from settled -- sort of. (Jack Elliot Jr. is a writer for the Associated Press based in Jackson.)
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Local Retired colonel speaks at Shiloh BY BOBBY J. SMITH email@example.com
Col. Roger Hill, a retired U.S. Army attack helicopter pilot and Vietnam War veteran, gave the Memorial Address at Shiloh National Military Park’s observance of Memorial Day on Monday. Hill’s speech was centered on the men and women who lost their lives in service of America. “You’re on a national battlefield today — on Memorial Day — to remember these guys and gals behind me,” he told the crowd while standing on a podium near the site of Grant’s headquarters in Shiloh National Cemetery. The speaker told the spectators that the spirits of the fallen soldiers in the cemetery were looking over them in gratitude for their involvement in the Memorial Day program. He returned several times to the words “last full measure of devotion,” a phrase from Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” that is displayed on a plaque on the gates of the cemetery. “That’s what the last full measure of devotion looks like,” he said, gesturing to the multitude of nearby tombstones. “It looks like a rock on top of you.” In the days preceding the Shiloh event, Hill spent hours in the cemetery pondering the message he would deliver on Memorial Day. During a quiet moment in the cemetery, he suddenly felt like he heard a voice speaking to him, Hill said. “It’s like I heard some-
Retired U.S. Army aviator Col. Roger Hill was the main speaker. body say, ‘Tell them why we’re here’,” Hill said. He spoke about the experience of being in combat, when all is confusion and soldiers have rely on training and their fellow soldiers to survive. “I was in combat. It’s not pretty. It’s over before your realize what’s happened,” said the retired colonel. “We did what we had to do, and that’s what they did.” Describing himself as an “old retired guy who’s proud of the day I wore that uniform and did what I did for my country,” Hill said he was even more proud of the soldiers who wore the uniform and gave their lives for their country. In closing, Hill challenged everyone present to always remember Memorial Day and to keep it sacred. The Shiloh Memorial Day service also featured a welcome message by Stacy Allen, acting superintendent of the park; an invocation by Dr. Ron Brown, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Savannah, Tenn.; a flag presentation by Savannah’s Boy Scouts Troop 34; musical performances by the Farmington Bap-
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Reenactors portrayed soldiers from the different eras of America’s military history.
Boy Scout Troop 34 from Savannah, Tenn., and the Farmington Baptist Church Children’s Choir contributed to the Shiloh Memorial Day service. tist Church Children’s Choir; and the story of a fallen soldier by Chris Schwartz, a Boy Scout
from Savannah. The service ended with a military salute by the Shiloh Park Honor Guard
and “Echo Taps,” with buglers Dr. Jerry Rogers, Demetri Forakis, John Tyson and Ian White cre-
ating an echo effect by playing “Taps” from different positions around the national cemetery.
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Obama says Vietnam War veterans were â€˜denigratedâ€™ BY KEN THOMAS Associated Press
WASHINGTON â€” President Barack Obama paid tribute Monday to the men and women who have died defending America, pointing to Vietnam veterans as an under-appreciated and sometimes maligned group of war heroes who remained true to their nation despite an unwelcome homecoming. â€œYou were sometimes blamed for the misdeeds of a few,â€? Obama said at the Vietnam War Memorial. â€œYou came home and were sometimes denigrated when you should have been celebrated. It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened.â€? â€œEven though some Americans turned their backs on you, you never turned your back on America,â€? Obama said. Marking Memorial Day at both the black granite wall honoring more than 58,000 soldiers who died in the Vietnam War and earlier at Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from the capital, Obama noted that for the first time in nine years, â€œAmericans are not fighting and dying in Iraq,â€? and the nation was winding down its role in the conflict in Afghanistan. â€œAfter a decade under the dark cloud of war, we can see the light of
the new day on the horizon,â€? Obama said to an audience gathered at the Arlington amphitheater lined with American flags under a warm, brilliant sun. In this election year, Obama said the nation must remain committed to providing for the families of fallen soldiers and help returning service members seeking a job, higher education or health care benefits. â€œAs long as Iâ€™m president, we will make sure you and your loved ones will receive the benefits youâ€™ve earned and the respect you deserve,â€? Obama said. â€œAmerica will be there for you.â€? Obama said sending troops into harmâ€™s way was â€œthe most wrenching decision that I have to make. And I can promise you I will never do so unless itâ€™s absolutely necessary.â€? As he seeks re-election, Obama has reminded audiences about the end of the war in Iraq and the move to bring all troops home from Afghanistan by 2014. And in a campaign ad released last week, he credits U.S. servicemen who helped in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, meantime, promised to maintain an American
military â€œwith no comparable power anywhere in the world.â€? The presumptive Republican presidential nominee appeared with Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the GOPâ€™s 2008 presidential candidate, before a crowd in San Diego estimated at 5,000 in what was billed as a Memorial Day service, not a campaign event. But Romney nevertheless drew clear contrasts with Obama. The former Massachusetts governor warned against shrinking Americaâ€™s military in Europeâ€™s image and said the nation must have the worldâ€™s strongest military to win wars and prevent them. Veterans could play a significant role in the 2012 election. Exit polls in 2008 showed that Obama was supported by about 44 percent of voters who said they served in the military, while 54 percent voted for McCain, a former Navy pilot who was a prisoner of war for more than five years during the Vietnam War. A poll released Monday by Gallup found that 58 percent of veterans support Romney and 34 percent back Obama. The results were based on a sample of 3,327 veterans who are registered voters and had a margin of error of 2 percentage points.
Bryants now living in newly renovated Governorâ€™s Mansion BY EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press
JACKSON â€” Gov. Phil Bryant and his wife, Deborah, have started living in the renovated Governorâ€™s Mansion, more than four months after he took office. â€œWeâ€™ve got a bed, a couch, a chair, a television,â€? the governor said. â€œWeâ€™re sort of camping out.â€? The home in downtown Jackson underwent $465,000 worth of work, mostly in the residential wing. The heating and air conditioning system was repaired; duct work was cleaned, re-insulated and sealed; four sewer vent pipes were replaced; and
plaster and wall finishes that had been damaged by leaks were repaired. Two gazebos outside also were rebuilt after workers found they had deteriorated significantly and structurally unsound. The original estimate for all the repairs was $425,000. The tab increased because of the gazebos. Under the original plan, the gazebos were only supposed to get a fresh coat of paint, said Kym Wiggins, spokeswoman for the state Department of Finance and Administration. The state Department of Archives and History says Mississippi has the secondoldest continuously occupied governorâ€™s residence
Be Not Deceived Toward the close of Jesusâ€™ earthly ministry, He solemnly warned His disciples against false Christs who would come in His name. â€œ... Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive manyâ€?. â€œAnd many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity-sin-shall abound the love of many shall wax cold.â€? â€œThen if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or these, believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you beforeâ€?. Matt. 24:4-5, 11-12, 23-25. The full impact of His teaching may be gathered by taking a full view of both Matthew 24 and 25. The warning was needed then. The pretenders who arose before the destruction of Jerusalem were many and very persuasive. Many are they who have become deceived through the centuries. Jesus said, â€œFor I am come down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me.â€? â€œNo man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up in the last day. It is written in the prophets, and they shall all be taught of God. Every man therefore hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.â€? John 6:38, 44-45. Man will be lead astray when he rejects the teaching from the Bible. The warnings that Jesus gave was timely and must be observed. Such warning is needed now. So many different doctrines, and it is enough to confuse man. The best advise - Read your Bible. The apostle Paul issued many warnings, lest we be lead astray. â€œbe ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.â€? â€œLet no man deceive you vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.â€? - Eph. 5:1, 6-7.â€? Beware lest any man spoil - rob - you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.â€? Col. 2:8. â€œLet no man deceive you by any means...â€? â€œRemember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?â€? 2 Thess. 2:3,5. â€œBehold, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.â€? - I John 4:1. We must respect and obey these warnings, or be lead astray - by man.
in the nation. The Greek Revival-style home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975. The state spent about $50,000 to build the mansion starting in 1839 and Gov. Tilghman Tucker and his family started living there in 1842. The residential wing, at the back, was added in 1908 and 1909. Thatâ€™s where the Bryants are living now, along with their 23-year-old son, Patrick; and the familyâ€™s chocolate Labrador retriever, Maddie. The mansion was closed for public tours from January through early April. Now, Deborah Bryant goes out of her way to invite people to see what some governors have (sort of jokingly) called the nicest public housing in the state. â€œIâ€™ve always wondered what the whole house looks like, so if someone wants to see it, Iâ€™ll drag them in and show it to them,â€? Deborah Bryant said. She recalled seeing a group of people snapping photos of each other outside the black iron fence that surrounds the mansion. She went out to the fence and invited them in. Turns out, it was a group of missionaries from Mississippi, Norway and South Africa, and they were accompanied by a homeless woman and her two young sons. The group came in and toured the mansion, and Deborah Bryant said they
â€œI want people to come in and see this. This is their house. Weâ€™re just passing through.â€? Deborah Bryant first lady steps leading to a childsized door that opens onto a small enclosed area on the roof. The attic walls are decorated with signatures or outlined handprints from children or grandchildren of several former governors. It also has a mural of the mansion itself, painted in 1975 by a daughter of then-Gov. Bill Waller Sr. â€œIâ€™m going to have my grandchildrenâ€™s handprints up here one day,â€? Deborah Bryant said with a smile. There are no Bryant grandchildren yet, but the first lady notes that more than 3 1/2 years remain in this term. The mansion survived the burning of most of Jackson by Union troops during the Civil War. Gen. William T. Sherman used the mansion briefly as a command post, according to a book by historian David Sansing and Carroll Waller, wife of former Gov. Bill Waller. In 1971, inspectors declared the mansion unsafe, and Democratic Gov. John Bell Williams and his family moved out. The mansion underwent extensive renovations again from 1972 to 1975, during most of Wallerâ€™s term as governor. It had been in such bad shape at the time that some people wanted to raze it and use the prime downtown Jackson location for commercial de-
velopment, said Sansing, whoâ€™s now retired. The mansion periodically undergoes some type of upkeep, from painting to mechanical work. In late 2009, the state spent $49,675 for a private contracting crew to repaint the four front columns and to do other maintenance work on the porch. In recent years, the state has set aside money from the sale of NASCAR specialty car tags to help pay for upkeep of the Governorâ€™s Mansion. People pay an extra $35 for the NASCAR tags. Wiggins said the state started planning in 2005 for the renovations that were just completed, and the work was funded by a combination of bond money and money from the NASCAR tags. The older part of the mansion, which is open for public tours, also needs some repairs. Deborah Bryant pointed out spots where ceilings are peeling from a leaking roof and walls are developing puffy spots from condensation in the air conditioning system. She said she keeps a constant watch on the home, knowing that old homes can be fragile and the mansion is important to the state. â€œI want people to come in and see this,â€? the first lady said. â€œThis is their house. Weâ€™re just passing through.â€? J7NĂ‚<H;;Ăƒ?DL;IJ?D=
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