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hen Blake Feldman was in college, he planned on going to medical school. The Newton, Miss., native received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011. However, after graduation he decided against the medical field and ended up going to University of Georgia School of Law instead. At first, he thought he would focus on public-health law, but in a class during the first year, he began to see injustices in the country’s criminal-justice system, particularly aspects of it in the Deep South. He says he got lucky during his first semester when he got one of the best criminal-law professors at Georgia Law, Erica Hashimoto. In that class, she covered topics such as racial bias in sentencing and prosecutorial discretion (authority of an agency or officer to decide charges in a case and how to pursue it). “Georgia Law isn’t a super progressive law school,” he says. “I was really shocked at really, really brilliant peers in my class who were unmoved by some things that I thought were just egregious.” That motivated him to change his elective to criminal procedure. “Criminal procedure is really where you see the systemic breakdown of fair


courts, especially for people of color and for low-income individuals,” he says. “You just start out thinking like, ‘Oh, the Fourth Amendment, this is such a great thing, and that it’s just over the course of three months, you just see it chipped and chipped and chipped away.” He received his law degree in 2015 and decided to focus on advocacy and community organizing, and policy council and analysis. In July 2015, he wrapped up his assignments with the public defender’s office in Athens, Ga., and that August, he became the advocacy coordinator for criminal justice reform at the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. In that position, he often spent time at the Mississippi Capitol during the legislative sessions, and when he was not there, he worked with ACLU on policy advocacy at county and state levels, and assisted with developing litigation for class-action lawsuits. He left the organization earlier this year and worked with Southern Poverty Law Center on a case and is doing policy advocacy consulting for a criminal-justicereform organization Justice Collaborative LLC in Louisiana. For the next year, he says he wants to keep doing part-time advocacy and consulting. —Amber Helsel

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Lessons in Stepping up from ‘Friday Night Lights’


t may be the peak of the baseball season, but my clear eyes and full heart have been fully set on football, thanks to my latest TV nostalgic kick. For those that don’t speak outdated pop-culture references, I’ve been re-watching all of the show “Friday Night Lights.” This is a weird decision for me for a few reasons. First, I really don’t care about football, and the show mostly focuses on a love for the game that I just don’t have. Second, the show ran for five seasons, so I’m basically condemning myself to at least 65 hours of a show that my wife gave up on after the first five minutes. The third reason is one I’m still discovering as I go, but it has made for an interesting experiment in observation. The show ran from 2006 to 2011, which isn’t so long ago in the grand scheme of things, but my goodness have we gotten better about weird gender stereotypes over that time. Of course, not every show has grown with the years—“The Bachelor” comes to mind, but honestly, fill in the blank with any reality TV show—but as much as I love “Friday Night Lights,” I’m seeing some unhealthy tropes at work. Meathead guys ignore education to focus on ever-important athletics. Meathead guys struggle with anger issues and an inability to share their feelings outside of said anger issues. Meathead guys objectify hot girls (who find that charming, for some reason). Hot girls, for the most part, are dumb. Hot girls shuffle their lives around to fit with their boyfriend’s future plans. Sure, it has been several years since I first tuned in to watch the weekly drama unfold on and off the field, so I can’t remember how much of this is working toward a series of cautionary tales. But there

has been one major through-line in most of these early episodes that I’m ready to see disappear from entertainment forever: It’s not OK for men to care. In “Friday Night Lights,” men can care about one thing, and that’s Dillon Panthers football (and you just heard that in a Texas accent if you were a fan of the show). Everything else is optional, from family to jobs to friendships. This is a show that, at its core, claims to be all about community, and yet,

Jackson has so many men who aren’t afraid to care. every male character on the show, and most female characters, agree that the only thing holding their community together is football. All it takes is a less-than-stellar game for people to be at each other’s throats. It’s only entertainment, I know, but to some people, that characterization may not be all that far off from what you’ve seen, or heck, from how you’ve acted. One thing that I have always been proud of about Jackson is that we have so many men who aren’t afraid to care and wear that on their sleeves. Equally important, we have men who are focused in that care, putting in effort to improve our city in a wide range of fields. The Jackson Free Press’ annual “Guys We Love” issue is essentially a testament to that fact.

This year, I had the opportunity to talk to three of the selected “guys”—D.J. Baker, Alan Grove and John Perkins. While they are all working toward bettering their communities and their efforts cross paths on several levels, I found the differences in approach and focus to be interesting. For Baker, the end goal is a healthier Mississippi, and the way he’s looking to accomplish that is through food education and local farming. Two of his projects almost seem stacked against each other from an outside perspective, as he grows produce with RD & S Farms and teaches others to grow it for themselves with his company, Esculent. In actuality, they’re all working toward the same thing. “If the concept is growing for community, (you should) allow the communities to grow some for themselves,” he told me. “You’re not going to have families that are going to go out and do whole farms for themselves, you know? … But you can cut grocery costs, and this is an opportunity for families to literally grow together.” Perkins and Grove both work to promote and develop west Jackson through the same organization, Common Ground Covenant Church, with the former as the lead pastor and the latter as operations and production manager. However, in some ways, they come at it from different angles, even while working on the same projects. For Perkins, Common Ground’s many projects center on providing a path for those who care to be active in seeing those projects come to fruition. This extends to several of the church’s annual events, including Taste of West Jackson, which supports local restaurants, and the annual Jubilee Conference, which helps local nonprofits, churches and government

groups find a unified approach to meet the needs of the poor. “We are asking people to get in the game, and I think there are also people who want to do more than stack chairs. We’re finding those people, or they’re finding us,” Perkins said. Grove has been living in Jackson for just over three years, although he started getting plugged into the west Jackson community about a decade ago while living in Seattle. For him, working with Common Ground opened the door to pursue two of his passions, social entrepreneurship and ministry. That didn’t mean coming in like a white knight but instead being willing to ask how he could help the people who were already hard at work. “A lot of it was just seeing the vision or the end goal of the project, and filling in the gaps the best you can, adapting if necessary,” he said. This week’s issue is filled with people like that and stories of men who not only care deeply about their city, but also are glad to share that passion in the hope that it inspires others to get active in their own way. What’s something that you are passionate about in your community but haven’t gotten plugged into yet? Maybe it just takes some research to find a way to get involved. Maybe you’re the one who has to take the lead on that front and launch a new community project so that others with the same passions can gather around it. As destructive as some of the “football first” atmosphere on “Friday Night Lights” can be, the show definitely gets a few things right. For one, if you want to be a part of something greater, allow the men in this issue to inspire you to do your part to make that greatness happen.

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Amber Helsel

Marie Weidmayer

Dustin Cardon

Ko Bragg

Arielle Dreher

Zilpha Young

Kimberly Griffin

Todd Stauffer

Managing Editor Amber Helsel is a storyteller who moonlights as an artist. She loves food, cats, anime and art supplies. You can often catch her running sound at CityHeart Church. She wrote about “Guys We Love.”.

News Intern Marie Weidmayer is a Michigan native and Michigan State senior who is still trying to adjust to the heat of a Mississippi summer. She interviewed “Guys We Love” and dug into how well the City’s 3-1-1 system works.

Web Editor Dustin Cardon is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoys reading fantasy novels and wants to write them himself one day. He interviewed “Guys We Love.”

City Reporter Ko Bragg is a Philadelphia, Miss., transplant who recently completed her master’s in journalism. She loves traveling and has been to 25 countries to date. She wrote about officer-involved shootings.

News Reporter Arielle Dreher is trying to read more than 52 books this year and wants to foster an otter from the Jackson Zoo. Email her story ideas at arielle@jacksonfree­press. com. She wrote about the “Brexit Boys” data project.

Zilpha Young is an ad designer by day, painter, illustrator, seamstress and freelance designer by night. Check out her design portfolio at She designed ads for the issue.

Associate Publisher Kimberly Griffin is a Jackson native who loves Jesus, her mama, cooking, traveling, the Callaway Chargers, chocolate, her godson, working out, Mississippi University for Women and locally owned restaurants.

Publisher Todd Stauffer is the author of more than 40 technology books on Macs, HTML, blogging and digital video. He grew up in Dallas and is a Texas A&M graduate. Email him about digital services at


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“We will not be able to address these very, very needed infrastructure needs with our district budget....” — JPS Chief Financial Officer Sharolyn Miller on the need for the district to have a bond referendum to fund infrastructure repairs.


Thursday, June 7 The Mississippi Supreme Court rules that local judges in the 14th Chancery District were wrong to ban people with enhanced concealed-carry licenses from taking guns into courthouses, saying only the Legislature “may regulate or forbid carrying concealed weapons.” Friday, June 8 The Jackson Free Press wins “Best in Division” in the Green Eyeshade Awards for a second consecutive year for its juvenile-justice reporting and commentary in 2017. The awards cover the southeastern United States. Saturday, June 9 After leaving the Group of Seven industrialized nations summit early, Donald Trump calls Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “dishonest and weak” in a tweet and pulls endorsement of the G-7 summit’s official communiqué that all seven leaders had signed just hours before. Sunday, June 10 A private rescue ship carrying 629 migrants remains stuck out at sea after both Italy and Malta deny it permission to dock in their countries. Spain later agrees to take in the stranded migrants on Monday.

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Monday, June 11 The Rankin-Hinds Flood Control District announces that the draft proposal of the “One Lake” plan to dredge out parts of the Pearl River adjacent to the Jackson-metro area should go public this month.


Tuesday, June 12 The Jackson Public Schools Board meets to discuss the three superintendent candidates in their search for a new district leader in an executive session. Get breaking news at



Less Info on Officer-Involved Shootings? by Ko Bragg


ust one month after Mississippi Bureau of Investigations officially began handling officer-involved shootings in Jackson, it has been harder to get information previously available to citizens and reporters following these incidents. Mississippi Department of Public Safety Communications Chief Warren Strain, who now handles all communications concerning officer-involved shootings in Jackson, told the Jackson Free Press that it is MBI’s policy not to discuss open or closed investigations with anyone who is not law enforcement or a district attorney. On May 8, the Jackson City Council approved a memorandum of understanding between the City and the state agency. Just a half-day later, the Jackson Police Department reported the City’s eighth officerinvolved shooting since Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba took office in July 2017. During a traffic stop around 1 a.m. on May 9, a JPD officer pulled over Elliot Reed and Chauncy Reed, apparently brothers, at the Valero gas station on Cooper Road. Public Information Officer Sgt. Roderick Holmes said in a statement that the officer and the suspects exchanged fire. The officer did not suffer any serious injuries, but Elliot died at a local hospital following

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Wednesday, June 6 The Mississippi Supreme Court hears arguments in a lawsuit that questions the governor’s power to make midyear state budget cuts and argues that the state constitution gives legislators the power to set budgets.


Since the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations took over officer-involved shooting cases in Jackson in May 2018, there has been seemingly less information given out to the public because the state agency does not have to provide updates to those outside of law enforcement.

the incident. Chauncy, who survived, was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and capital murder. Elliot is the third person to die at the hands of JPD in 2018. Holmes’ statement following this shooting was the last time reporters got information via email about developments in an officer-involved shooting, and this could be the reality going forward. Another one took place on June 1, but save for a tweet from JPD starved for critical information,

there has been little other information about the shooting. “#JPD is at the scene of an officer-involved shooting that occurred in 100 block of Calhoun St.,” the tweet reads. “MBI is currently at the scene conducting the investigation. No additional info available.” Holmes is aware of the concern that people will get less information following officer-involved shootings, but he cannot do much about it. “That’s out of our hands, because once (MBI) takes the investigation over, which as soon as it’s an officer-involved shooting ... there is very limited information if an that we’re able to release at that point because it is their active investigation,” Holmes said. Considering JPD likely never released the names of officers involved or the status of the investigation. The added lack of details from MBI compounds the information blockage. The two aforementioned shootings are the only two officer-involved shootings MBI has investigated, despite Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba informing the family of Lee Edward Bonner at a city council meeting in March that MBI would be stepping in to handle that case. ‘A Fact-finding Entity’ In the last couple of weeks, the mayoral-appointed officer-identification task

“This is a moral issue, and our collective honor is at stake.”

“We are losing students and families every day to the suburbs because they are choosing to put their children in a school district where they are investing and they are making improvements.”

— Local advocate and ADA council member Scott Crawford about the city’s need to increase the number of public buses in the city.

— Ward 7 Councilwoman Virgi Lindsay on the importance of a referendum for JPS infrastructure funding.

How A ‘Brexit Boys’ Project Ended Up in Jackson Court by Arielle Dreher

Kyle Taylor, director of Fair Vote U.K., filed a lawsuit against companies started by “Brexit Boys,” hoping to bring a data project to Mississippi.

project about potential data breaches started their cameras. Kidd made his clients’ position clear early. Eldon and Big Data Dolphins believe that the Mississippi lawsuit is improper because it deals with U.K. companies and a U.K.

A Bit of Sunshine Despite less forthright information from City or MBI officials, some sunshine is peeking through to illuminate how the system works. At a June 4 city press briefing, the mayor offered a glimpse into the officer-involved shooting on Calhoun Street. “We do know that one of the individuals involved in that admitted to firing at the officer,” the mayor said. Local media reported that the man injured in the shooting was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries and that the officer was not injured. No further information was made available by press time. An April Hinds County grand-jury af-

citizen. Taylor is a dual-citizen of Canada and the U.S. who has been living in the U.K. “No personal data of any British citizens has been transferred to Mississippi,” Kidd told Judge Owens, emphasizing that besides the signed lease for Insight Park space, Big Data Dolphins has no operations at Ole Miss. Investigations Across Waters The Information Commissioner’s Office, a public British agency that reports to Parliament, is investigating not only Eldon Insurance Ltd. but also Big Data Dolphins Ltd. The investigation is about how these companies might have used strategies including scraping and misusing U.K. citizen data. A letter saying so was not entered into evidence, but Carson gave the document to the Jackson Free Press. “The (ICO) investigation concerns the use of data and analytics methodology including the obtaining of personal information of U.K. citizens … for the purpose of deploying targeted political advertisements in relation to the 2016 ‘Brexit’ referendum, the alleged ‘scraping’ and misuse of data from millions of Facebook accounts in certain political campaign efforts, and whether any such conduct may have violated the British Data Protection Act of 1998, among other laws,” the letter says. The investigation springs from an inquiry into Cambridge Analytica, a data analysis group, that influenced the 2016 U.S. presidential election, using scraped Facebook user data. Last week, Alexander Nix, former head of the group, admitted that the group did receive the Facebook data. Nix denied Cambridge Analytica’s role in the “Brexit” election, however, Reuters reported.

fidavit of no-bills surfaced last week, and it shows a failure to indict JPD officers who have killed citizens in at least three incidents since November 2017. Officer Rakasha Adams was apparently involved in two of those deadly officer-involved shootings: one in November claiming the life of an unidentified man who allegedly brandished a knife at her, and the other in January, claiming the life of 21-year-old Crystalline Barnes. The Barnes family hired a high-profile Baltimore-based attorney, Jason Downs, who served as legal counsel to the Freddie Gray family. At a press conference outside City Hall in May, Downs said he believed Officer Albert Taylor was the second person involved with the Barnes shooting, and he

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is listed on the “no bill” list under the same case as Officer Adams. Downs, along with Mississippi attorney Carlos Moore, filed a petition on May 21 against the City of Jackson to retrieve the names of the two Jackson Police Department officers who were involved in the Barnes shooting following a traffic stop. At press time, it is not clear if this nobill list from April 2018 has any effect on Downs and Moore’s demand for JPD to release the names of officers who shot and killed Barnes. Email city reporter Ko Bragg at ko@ and read more at policeshootings. Follower her on Twitter for breaking news at @keaux_.

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force sent notice to MBI about the members’ desire to bring in a speaker from the agency to discuss its investigative process, but has not yet received a response. Attorney CJ Lawrence, the chairman of the task force, said at the last meeting on June 4 that it gives the members reason to question transparency from MBI. Strain told the JFP that the legal department is working on some kind of statement in response to the task force, but added that “typically MBI is not a policymaking entity; it is a fact-finding entity.” After three months of bi-weekly meetings, the task force has yet to delve into the City’s use-of-force policy. However, the members said they will give the mayor their recommendations by the end of August.

Courtesy Kyle Taylor


n a blistering Mississippi Tuesday, a camera crew followed Kyle Taylor, dressed in a tailored blue suit, from his attorney’s downtown Jackson office to the Hinds County Chancery Courthouse. Taylor had flown to Mississippi to challenge the latest data project of two British companies, with ties to the U.K.’s “Brexit” campaign to leave the European Union. The project was slated to be located at the University of Mississippi’s Insight Park with the help of state dollars. Taylor believes Eldon Insurance and Big Data Dolphins Ltd. might be using U.K. citizens’ data in their new artificial-intelligence project they have planned to start in Oxford, Miss. Attorneys and principals at those companies deny transferring any data from the U.K. to Mississippi as a part of the project, however. Arron Banks, a “Brexit” leader who co-founded the Leave.EU campaign with Andy Wigmore, owns Eldon Insurance, which started the Big Data Dolphins project. In the third-floor courtroom, a local Baker Donelson attorney, Sterling Kidd, represented the two British companies. He sat with a British attorney, John Banks (who the Associated Press reported is kin to Arron Banks), and Victoria Sena, an Eldon employee tasked with managing the Mississippi project. Chancery Court Judge Denise Owens had a child-support case ahead of Taylor’s, so both parties waited on opposite sides of the courtroom. Taylor sat with his attorney Dorsey Carson, who also does legal work for the Jackson Free Press, as well as Emma Briant, a British lecturer whose interviews with “Brexit” leaders became a part of Parliament’s inquiry into “fake news.” She would later testify in the hearing. When it was Taylor’s turn, videographers filming a


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City’s 3-1-1 Approach to Road Hazards Changes by Marie Weidmayer


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he City of Jackson changed how open, including incidents where the caller there they will come up with a plan, a conit responds to calls regarding road said they damaged their vehicle. Some of struction plan, to get it fixed.” issues after the fatal crash on May the open reports describe barrels or spray The content of the call affects how 17—by adding more phone num- paint to alert drivers to the potholes, but long it will take to close the report because bers to call to report issues. sometimes the department has to follow a then show the potholes were never fixed. The 311 hotline still enters calls into a The hotline averages 2,500 calls a specific protocol, Sanders said. database and immediately routes “Some departments/divithe information to the correct sions have a higher closure rate division, Director of Action Line than others just because it might and 311 Andy Boone told the be something that is a construcJackson Free Press. tion situation that might take a little bit longer,” she said. “It just There are five numbers really depends on the month and people can call to report issues, the type of call. … Some of them and the calls are entered into the might take a little bit longer.” same database as 311 calls, Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba’s office The information goes to said in an email. The changes are one of about 25 divisions in the relatively recent. He was unavailCity, depending on the nature of able for comment because he the call. Most of the divisions are was on vacation. under the Department of Public Jacksonians can now pick from five phone numbers Calls regarding potholes and when reporting issues on the roads. Works, including sewer maintemanhole covers have increased nance and paved roads, Boone since the crash killed Jackson Academy se- month, Constituent Services Manager said. One of the divisions that takes longer nior Frances “Franny” Fortner, Boone said. Keyshia Sanders told the Jackson Free Press. is community improvement, a division the Fortner hit a misplaced pothole cover that Each operator must get much information police department handles, Sanders said. citizens had alerted the City about earlier in as possible from the caller and then deter- It handles blighted buildings, overthe day, and her car flipped over. mine a priority level: low, medium or high. grown properties, among other property From April 1 to May 18, the hotline “From that point, it is then dispatched to re- issues. Responding to the reports requires received 874 calls that went to the paved spective department and division,” Sanders court proceedings, as they have to comply streets division, which takes care of potholes said. Then, the division should respond. with environmental laws, state statues and and other issues related to the surface of the “They will do an assessment,” Sand- city ordinances, she said. road, documents obtained by JFP show. ers said. “If it’s not something that can be Bad weather, a lack of manpower and The City closed a total of 227 calls, fixed at the current time, they will set up equipment slows responses, Boone said. meaning the reported issues were fixed, some kind of precautionary measure or The 311 center has three call represenusually by filling a pothole. However, 637 some type of preventative measure around tatives and one manager when the departcalls regarding road repair issues are still the area or whatever the case may be. From ment is fully staffed. However, one of the

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BREXIT from page 7


Cambridge Analytica harvested more than 87 million American Facebook user profiles and their data during the 2016 presidential election. To scrape a user’s data, it used third-party applications on the social-media network. How CA got access to so many users was tricky. In 2015, some Facebook users clicked on a third-party application titled “This is Your Digital Life.” When you use a third-party application, a pop-up box appears, asking you to give permission or access to some of your personal data. Users have two options—accept and allow the application to use all the data it lists, or decline and return back to Facebook without taking the quiz. Lots of Facebook users had their public profile, page likes, birthday and current city accessed if they clicked on the link. The catch was that even if you did not click on the link, if one of your Facebook friends did, your data was compromised, too. The Parliamentary “Fake News Inquiry” is looking

into whether or not U.K. citizens’ data was similarly scraped and used to influence the “Brexit” election. In April, Brittany Kaiser, a former CA employee, testified before a parliamentary committee about her work at the data firm. She testified that Cambridge Analytica engaged with Banks and Wigmore to design parallel proposals for Leave.EU as well as Eldon Insurance. She took the lead on negotiations between CA and Leave.EU and Eldon Insurance, she said. “Over a period of five months, we undertook both meetings and work at the Bristol headquarters of Eldon Insurance. ... Our work for UKIP/Leave.EU was never reported to the Electoral Commission by the party, the campaign or our company,” she told the committee. Banks denies Kaiser’s testimony, and in front of a Parliamentary committee this week called her a “fantasist.” Banks also said the committee had been “used by the Fair Vote campaign to push for a second referendum,” the Guardian reported on June 12. From ‘Fake News’ to Data Scraping? Documents revealed in court, including emails be-

representative positions is vacant, leaving two people to answer the phones, Sanders said. The time it takes for an answer to a call varies greatly depending on the day, she said. After a call rings for a set amount of time, and a representative does not answer it, the caller is able to leave a voicemail. Reps answer calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and citizens can file online reports through the City of Jackson’s website at any time of day. Workers handle online reports the same way as phone calls, meaning they immediately add them to the database and send to the correct department, Boone said. The 311 hotline does receive calls that are duplicates of earlier reports, as well as calls that are not valid, Sanders said. Sometimes, the operators misidentify a call, which means the call is marked as complete and then refiled in a different division, adding to the total calls received, she said. “There’s various things, but most of them are valid,” Sanders said. The numbers to call for non-emergencies between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. are 601960-7684 for potholes and 601-960-1870 for clogged drainage inlets, erosion and cave-ins from water damage. Emergency concerns during those hours can be reported to 601-960-1234 for missing or loose manhole covers. Any concerns outside of the hours, report to the Jackson Police Department at 601-960-1234. Read more at

tween Eldon employees, show substantial plans for an artificial-intelligence data project at Ole Miss, including plans to “scrape social media data.” A parliamentary committee is currently investigating how “fake news” can influence elections, and Banks and Wigmore were scheduled for an oral evidence session in the U.K. on June 12. On June 8, Banks wrote a letter to the committee declining to testify and claiming that the committee is colluding with the Fair Vote project. “It is perfectly clear that the committee, which comprises only of Remain supporting MPs is conducting a co-ordinated ‘Witch Hunt’ of Leave groups, involving the Electoral Commission & the ICO. You have called no witnesses from the Remain campaign or associated groups,” Banks writes. At the bottom of the letter, he listed “Facts” including that he met the Mississippi delegation at the Republican National Convention after the referendum, and they invited him to the state to meet Bryant. “The project is still at the planning stage and has not commenced. No data was transferred to Mississippi from the UK,” Banks writes.

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Nigel Farage (here in Mississippi stumping for Donald Trump in 2016) spoke with Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore about the Mississippi case on his talk show this week.

cally for the project in February 2018. The lease said the foundation would pay for $100,000 of the construction, and the rest would be paid with a $100,000 grant from the Mississippi Development Authority. MDA told the Jackson Free Press last week that it has not awarded that grant. Victoria Sena testified in a quiet British accent before Judge Owens last week. She had written in her affidavit that Eldon representatives visited Oxford, Miss., twice in October 2017 to begin lease negotiations. Beyond that, she testified that nothing else has happened with data of any U.K. citizens. “Neither Big Data nor Eldon have had or now have any equipment in Mississippi that would allow them to store the private data of British citizens there. Neither Big Data nor Eldon has, at any point in time, sent any personal data relating to citizens of the United Kingdom to the University of Mississippi, or to anyone else in Mississippi,” she wrote in her affidavit.

Emails between Eldon employees show that the project would have included data scientists, marketing execs and a psychologist “working on projects to disrupt the market... Retailing through peer to peer groups and social media are areas where Arron sees opportunity,” an email from Eldon employee Dave Taylor to Sena says. The Mississippi Project Big Data Dolphins staff were planning to work with Ken Cyree, the dean of the Ole Miss business school, and William Nicholas at Insight Park, the Big Data Dolphins’ white paper, also released in court documents, shows. “Within the first year of establishing a presence expectations are that the concept of establishing a presence at the Insight Park will be proven by the delivery of four to five AI projects across at least two of the above business areas,” the white paper says. Emails between Eldon employees show that Banks wanted to establish a “marketing focused AI office.” The list of specific projects was sealed in the court record, but the rest of the emails are public record. In an email from Dave Taylor, an Eldon manager, he writes about the projects briefly. “Arron would also like the team to acquire more sources of data and has mentioned that our plans to use software we have purchased (Kapow) to scrape social media data (Facebook profiles of our customers for starters) would fit in well with what is expected from Mississippi. “We are already building up a sizeable data set but need to supplement with data from social media and analyse (hence the psychologist) to build up psychometric profiles we can adapt or build marketing campaigns to/for,” Dave Taylor wrote in an Oct. 15, 2017, email to Sena. The emails do not seem to prove that Big Data Dolphins or Eldon have transferred data to Ole Miss, but they do outline the plans for the project. The companies were planning to recruit for the data-scientist positions through Mississippi Works, a website that lists jobs available in Mississippi. However, as Josh Gladden, the interim vice chancellor for research Ole Miss, testified in court last week, construction has not begun on the Big Data Dolphins office, despite the lease being signed in February. MDA has not awarded its grant, either, implying that the project is currently stalled. Judge Owens asked attorneys to submit briefs by June 12. She will have to decide whether to extend the temporary injunction on the two companies or lift it. Read more at


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Banks and Wigmore changed their minds about not testifying to Parliament over the weekend after The Guardian published a story detailing documents that suggest that Banks met with Russian officials before the referendum. The two Leave.EU leaders have visited Mississippi before. Gov. Phil Bryant invited Banks and Wigmore, Nigel Farage and Lord Ashcroft to an Ole Miss football game last fall, a photo on Banks’ Twitter account shows. Bryant said in an April statement that he initially suggested that the Big Data Dolphins project come to Mississippi. Plans for the project started as early as last fall. Eldon officials and the University of Mississippi Research Foundation signed the lease for a new office to be built specifi-


New Orleans: A Good Idea


the living are never far apart. “The ghosts race towards the light, you can almost hear the heavy breathing,” he writes in his autobiographical “Chronicles.” “Around any corner there’s a promise of something daring … something obscenely joyful behind every door—either flickr/vxla

EW ORLEANS—I made my first pilgrimage here back in the late 1960s, with my buddies crammed in a jalopy all the way from North Carolina. We stayed at the decrepit Hotel Paris, drank cheap beer on Canal, then wandered down Bourbon, where old-school jazz masters like Papa French and Sweet Emma still performed. My wife, Suzanne, and I rode in style this time on the City of New Orleans that Arlo Guthrie sang about, enjoying the club car as we passed through the Mississippi Delta with its endless fields, primeval swamps and bayous, and tiny, sunburnt towns. In the city, we stayed with our daughter Jessica in the Irish Channel and took a short Uber ride to Galatoire’s for a meal I couldn’t have afforded in the 1960s. Papa French and Sweet Emma are gone, but Steamboat Willie is there on Bourbon, playing “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?” at the Café Beignet. Steamboat knows what it means. Hurricane Katrina forced him to leave, but the former preacher and Bible salesman came back. “I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing,” he told me once during an earlier visit. “I am in the right place.” A different kind of musician, Bob Dylan, says New Orleans is a city where the ghosts of the dead and the laughter of

“There are a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better. Everything in New Orleans is a good idea.” —Bob Dylan, “Chronicles”

that or somebody crying with their heads in their hands.” The great New Orleans photographer Clarence John Laughlin captures this dichotomy in his haunting depictions of tombstones and Greek statues, Corinthian columns, strange figures peeking out of rooftop gables, young women staring off into the distance as if searching for something lost, forgotten or never found. From its founding, New

Orleans has offered a “special kind of fantasy,” Laughlin once wrote, whether it’s “the unparalleled development of funereal art in the old burial grounds” or “the wild fantasy of the Mardi Gras.” One evening we sat in a courtyard with some of Jessica’s neighbors, surrounded by banana plants, giant elephant ears and cats everywhere. We met an author of children’s books in training to become a voodoo priestess, a writer for the National Enquirer, a former missionary who now operates a women’s clothing store on Magazine Street, a restorer of 100-year-old shotgun houses and a civil engineer with deep roots in New Orleans who has come back home after years of being away. They talked of their city with joy and pride, of its resilience after the devastation of Katrina in 2005. Dylan wrote “Chronicles” just before Katrina, but he saw and felt the same. “There are a lot of places I like, but I like New Orleans better,” he wrote. “Everything in New Orleans is a good idea.” Joe Atkins is a veteran journalist, columnist, and professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi. His blog is, and his email is This column does not necessarily reflect the views of the JFP.

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Transparency in Officer Shootings Needs to Improve, Not Worsen


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ast month, with Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba’s support, the Jackson City Council voted on a memorandum of understanding to have the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations handle officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths in Jackson. This threw an axe in the potential for any future progress concerning transparency from Jackson Police Department so long as the state agency is involved. We now get even less information about the shootings. MBI does not have to disclose information concerning any open or closed investigations except to law enforcement. Considering the only information reporters and citizens got about the last officer-involved shooting was from a tweet on June 1, that policy is welloiled and working as intended. This decision also guts the mayoral-appointed officer-identification task force that has spent months meeting every two weeks to decide the best way to release details. The members’ work and upcoming August policy recommendation could be futile now that MBI is handling these cases. 10 “We don’t feel that it is a good practice to investigate yourself

We now get even less information.

in these circumstances,” Mayor Lumumba said on May 9. The mayor is right, in part. Outside, unbiased investigations are better than internal investigations. However, bringing in the State will make transparency impossible because they do not have the same duties to report to journalists and citizens as JPD does. It will not matter what Jackson’s policies are on releasing names following officer-involved shootings because of MBI’s code of silence. For a mayor who avoided a State takeover of his school district and who speaks openly about not wanting the State involved with the airport, it’s surprising he was so willing to usher in MBI when it comes to officer-involved shootings. This is a subject matter he often claims to care about more than anyone else because he handled these cases as a lawyer before jumping into politics. If the mayor would have just decided to lead the City through a policy change to releasing names, as he wanted to do before buying time with a task force, Jackson would not be in this information void. The likely result will be negative national publicity and more lawsuits forcing the names of officers into the public—as happened with a woman police officer involved in two shootings in a handful of months—because the City and the State seem determined to keep Jacksonians in the dark about officer-involved shootings. Read more at

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ach year around Father’s Day, we honor men in the Jackson metro area who are making differences in our communities. This year’s include leaders, policy advocates, south Jackson warriors, creators of welcoming spaces, social-media experts, and more. Meet the 2018 Guys We Love.

by Micah Smith


efore entering ministry, John Perkins, pastor of Common Ground Covenant Church, made a name for himself in the food scene. At age 22, he became the executive chef for the Eagle Ridge Convention Center in Raymond. It was after he and wife, Patrice, got married in 2006 that Perkins says he wanted to be a spiritual leader for his family and turned to the Bible. As he began to fall in love with the scriptures, his grandfather, pastor John M. Perkins, founder of the John & Vera Mae Perkins Foundation, began mentoring him. In 2009, Perkins began working with his grandfather’s ministry, and in 2010, he began leading the Spencer Perkins Center in west Jackson. Then, three and a

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persecution or things like that.” The Flamingo also partners with organizations such as Planned Parenthood to hold events and fundraisers. “We are able to support causes that we believe in,” Thompson says. “The Flamingo gives us a vehicle to allow people to express themselves in a healthy environment.”


or Blake Case, it’s important to help the community, and he understands the role social media can play in that. Case is currently the manager of marketing and public awareness for the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, which seeks to create economic security for women in the state. Case graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in social studies in 2013. From March 2014 to May 2017, he served as the social media manager for 42 for Better Schools, which appeared on the November 2016 ballot for public school funding. He started in his position with the Women’s Foundation in September 2017. The organization dedicates itself to funding programs that better the lives of women and girls in the state. The nonprofit also awards grants to programs that aid in social change such as ones that decrease unplanned pregnancies through accurate, evidence-based sexual

education. In his position, Case focuses on communications strategy, media relations, digital marketing and more. He has also contributed to social media for The Parent’s Campaign, a public-education advocacy group. He sees a need for media- and socialmedia savvy people in the nonprofit and Delreco Harris

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hmad Thompson, 33, along with Garrad Lee, Michael Milnick, Bradley Adair and Thompson’s brother Saddi Thompson, saw a need for a diverse gathering place in Fondren—a place that would be welcoming for all, Thompson says. That idea became The Flamingo. Thompson, who is originally from Crystal Springs, graduated with a bachelor’s in marketing from the University of Mississippi in 2008 and moved to Jackson in 2010. It was around that time that he and Saddi took over their father’s construction company, Thompson and Thompson Construction and Roofing, which has been in the Jackson community for more than 25 years. Thompson is the construction manager, while Saddi handles business and marketing. Since The Flamingo’s opening in fall 2017, the venue has hosted everything 12 from art shows to concerts to trivia nights.

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“It’s a place that’s welcoming for all races, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, religion, things like that,” Thompson says. “That’s what we want The Flamingo to be—a place where everybody can get together, and we can express people’s ideas through art and music and just general congregation without fear of

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half years ago, he launched Common Ground with the goal of expanding their efforts in the area. “It’s what we do for the kingdom that’s going to last, and the work we do in west Jackson is solely trying to meet Jesus where he’s already at work in our neighborhood and in our community,” he says. In addition to promoting local business, arts and education through events such as Community Nights, Thinker’s Fair and Taste of West Jackson, the church has a variety of mission-oriented programs, including English as a Second Language tutoring at Pecan Park Elementary School. Common Ground also recently launched a web platform, “Church in Community,” designed to share program results and provide tools for others to replicate them nationally. “We are asking people to get in the game, and I think there are also people who want to do more than stack chairs,” Perkins says. “We’re finding those people, or they’re finding us.”

community advocacy sectors. “We’re still trying to catch up to 2018,” he says. “There’s a limited number of people who know the basics of digital and social media, so I feel like I’ve been useful. There’s a real need in our area for communicators and mediaenriched people.”

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uch of D.J. Baker’s life has revolved around the connection between healthy food and family, starting when he would help his mother in the garden growing up. In 2015, Baker chose to leave his hometown of Edmond, Okla., where his family has lived for more than a century, and joined FoodCorps as a service member. The national nonprofit sent him to Mississippi, where he worked to provide children in low-income areas with access to healthy food. “That was showing kids how to garden and grow their own food, how to prepare food; talking about the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful of food in our everyday world; having conversations about culture, about what that looks like in history and what that looks like now,” he says. While Baker left FoodCorps earlier this year, he has continued his efforts to further nutrition education and

sustainable farming here in Jackson. Since June 2017, he has been partnering with farmer Felicia Bell on RD & S Farm, working to grow a diverse, sustainable farm in Brandon. In addition to farming, RD & S offers educational materials, workshops and agricultural consultations. Baker also works with the Alliance of Sustainable Farms, a Mississippi-based nonprofit that works to connect farmers throughout the state who want to address issues of sustainability. Among other projects, the organization offers a farmer-to-farmer mentoring program, and hosts events to help highlight and introduce local growers to the community. In February 2018, Baker launched his own company, Esculent, which aims to get more people involved with growing their own food, both through education and the installation of home fruit, vegetable and herb gardens. “If the concept is growing for community, (you should) allow the communities to grow some for themselves,” Baker says. “You’re not going to have families that are going to go out and do whole farms for themselves, you know? … But you can cut grocery costs, and this is an opportunity for families to literally grow together.”

“Two months ago, we demolished an abandoned house off of Martin Luther King Drive near Lanier High School, and we recently did another one,” he says. “We brought in a local gardener and landscaper named Hazzard Miller to help turn the first space into a community garden, and now residents maintain it and grow cucumbers, watermelon, tomatoes and other summer crops there.”

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onnie Crudup Jr., executive director of New Horizon Ministries Inc., has been hard at work in recent days fulfilling his organization’s goal of making life better for residents of south Jackson. Crudup, 41, is a lifelong Jackson resident and graduated from Murrah High School before attending Belhaven University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in history in 2006. “My family moved to south Jackson when I was a junior in high school for my father’s church,” he says. Other than a three-year period in north Jackson, he has lived there ever since. “I got involved in the south Jackson community because my whole working life has been here, my family is here, and my children go to the local schools. I want the same quality of life found in others parts of town to be here.” The most recent project for New Horizon Ministries has been renovating the Terry Road swimming pool, which Crudup says has been closed for the better part of two years. New Horizon received a memorandum of understanding from the City to work on the pool in April and has since been painting, fixing leaks and providing other necessary repairs. “We had painted that pool and tried to fix it up a few years ago because it’s not

far from our center, and our kids used it,” Crudup says. “When it closed, and they couldn’t use it anymore, we decided to take responsibility for it for both our kids and our community.” He oversaw a project in October 2017 to hire a Nashville artist, who was in town working on other projects, to paint a mural representing the south Jackson community over a formerly graffiti-covered wall at Tennis Center South. He has also been working to demolish abandoned houses and turn the properties into something positive for the community. Delreco Harris

In 2017, he became the director of the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Cancer Institute. Ruckdeschel says that working at UMMC gives him the opportunity to do what he does best: build and direct cancer centers. “I love being the conductor rather than the violinist or the trombonist or whatever, getting everybody to play together and to work together,” he says. “Cancer is a team sport. It really is. It requires teams to take care of people.” When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Angela, and family, and loves to cook, travel and bird-watch.

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hen John Ruckdeschel made the decision during his medical training to be an oncologist, it was not as common as it is today. “It was a need to do it, and it was different,” Ruckdeschel says. “Nobody in the ’60s wanted to be an oncologist. There just wasn’t a whole lot to do for patients with cancer. There weren’t very many chemotherapy drugs, and it was a whole brand new field.” For him, the field represented promise because doctors were just beginning to understand how cancer works. However, Ruckdeschel did not always plan to go into the medical field. In 1963, he began studying aeronautical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Then, in his second year, he realized he didn’t want to go into that field. He decided to take courses for a pre-medical degree to see how he liked it. “Math was never intuitive for me,” Ruckdeschel says. “I had to work at it. Biology and how biological systems and how the human body works, it’s all intuitive. Once I know one piece of it, the rest of it just falls into place.” He graduated from Rensselaer in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and then received a medical degree from Albany Medical College in 1971. That year, he also began his internal medicine

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internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital before moving on to an oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute from 1972 to 1975. Finally, he completed his senior residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in 1976. Ruckdeschel, 71, has held positions such as president and chief executive officer of Moffitt Cancer Center and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, and medical director of the oncology program and services at Intermountain Healthcare.

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by Dustin Cardon ustin Baney, head trainer and co-owner of CrossFit Fondren (3002 N. Mill St., 769208-6704), first heard about CrossFit in college. “I didn’t use to be an athletic kid growing up, but I later found that fitness was a great personal outlet for my wellbeing,” Baney says. “I ... fell in love with their approach to health and fitness in the community.” Baney, 24, was born in Memphis, Tenn., and his family has lived in Madison since 2005. He graduated from Madison Central High School and went on to Mississippi College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in social studies education in 2015. He worked as a social studies teacher at Hardy Middle School in Jackson during the 2016-2017 school year. During that time, he also worked

Conference, which brought together community leaders in January 2018 to consolidate efforts to fight poverty and provide resources. The church will host a “Community Night” summer series, featuring free events such as the Gospel Explosion on June 14 and Hip-Hop in the Park on July 12. part-time as a CrossFit trainer at Coyote CrossFit in Madison. He had not considered fitness as a career path until Lewis reached out to him in search of someone to coach classes ahead of CrossFit Fondren’s August 2017 opening. Baney currently handles the center’s day-to-day operations, including coaching classes and managing CrossFit’s social media marketing. “I believe that physical health is conDELRECO HARRIS

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or eight years before moving to Jackson, Washington native Alan Grove was already building friendships here, where his brother Bryan had moved. About a year after receiving a bachelor’s degree in comparative history with a certificate in sales and marketing from the University of Washington, Grove was working for a video-production startup in Seattle. He had a conversation with one of his Jackson friends, Pastor John Perkins of Common Ground Covenant Church, who was in Seattle at the time, and told him that he was unsure about what to do with his life. “I didn’t know if I wanted to do social entrepreneurship with my life or if I wanted to be a pastor,” Grove says, “so in our conversation, he described how he was both.” In May 2015, Grove moved to west Jackson and became the church’s operations and production director. While he had almost a decade of connections in the area, he says the first step in getting involved was to ask what he could do. “I went from a startup video pro-

duction company to then a church plant, and really, in those environments, you do what needs to get done,” he says. “A lot of it was just seeing the vision or the end goal of the project, and filling in the gaps the best you can, adapting if necessary.” Grove, 26, has helped coordinate many events to promote west Jackson and tackle issues, including the Jubilee

nected to mental, emotional and spiritual health, and our approach at CrossFit works to help a person as a whole when they come here,” he says. Baney lives in Flowood with his wife, Caitlyn Baney.


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The Iron Horse Grill (320 W. Pearl St., 601-398-0151, When: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood, 601420-4202, When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. TrEATS Nandy’s Candy (1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 380, 601-362-9553, nandys For Father’s Day, Nandy’s Candy has chocolate golfballs, “POP� and “DAD� chocolate letters, chocolate tool boxes, fudge, chocolate- and caramel-covered popcorn, caramel, smores, chocolate fish, peanut clusters and more. For more information on sweetness for Dad, find the business on Facebook. Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop (1220 E. Northside Drive, 769-257-5737, For Father’s Day, Buttermilk Sky will have a King of the Day signature pie stack, where fathers can choose one, two or three types of pies, which include ones such as apple, southern buttermilk and chocolate meringue. For more information, find the business on Facebook. The Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St., 601-352-2580, On Sunday, June 17, fathers will get in for half-off regular admission ($10.25) with a paid child ($7.25) or regular adult admission. For more information, visit For more events on and around Father’s Day, see

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The LeFleur East Flash Dash 5K is at Highland Village.

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“Sister Act” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The musical comedy is an adaptation of the 1992 film and follows a lounge singer who goes into witness protection at a convent. Additional dates: June 14-16, 7:30 p.m., and June 17, 2 p.m. $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, students, and military; call 601-9483533; Grammy Award-winning country artist Chris Stapleton performs Saturday, June 16, at the Brandon Amphitheater.


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“Community Night: Gospel Explosion” is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Claiborne Park (785 Claiborne Ave.). The family-friendly event features free food, activities, and performances from Miz Tiffany, Lady T, Equally Yoked Mime Ministry and Jaychelle & Destined. Free admission;

call 601-927-8867; … The “Same Kind of Different As Me” film screening is at 7 p.m. at The Alamo Theatre (333 N. Farish St.). Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear and Djimon Hounsou star in the 2017 inspirational drama, which was filmed in Jackson. Reception at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Additional dates: June 16, 6 p.m., and June 17, 3 p.m. $5 admission; email


The Juneteenth Jackson Festival is from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Battlefield Park (953 N. Porter St.). The festival in honor of by Micah Smith the cultural celebration features local vendors, food and drink for sale, children’s activities, and live music from Lady T, Miz Tiffany, Donna Fax: 601-510-9019 Walton, Surreal, Dent, Sebastian Daily updates at Gowdy, Clouds & Crayons, the Raul Valinti Band and more. Free admission; call 601-397-1671; find it on Facebook. … The Juneteenth on Farish Parade & Festival is from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Historic Farish Street District. The third annual festival features vendor booths from more than 40 black-owned businesses, tailgating, a parade, music, food and drink for sale, children’s activities and more. Tailgating begins at 2 p.m. Free admission; call 601-927-8867; find it on Facebook. … Chris Stapleton’s All American Road Show is at 7:30 p.m. at the Brandon Amphitheater (8190 Rock Way, Brandon). The country artist’s latest album is titled “From a Room: Volume 2.” Brent Cobb and Marty Stuart also perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. $42.75-$239;

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Hip-hop artist Miz Tiffany performs for “Community Night: Gospel Explosion” on Thursday, June 14, at Claiborne Park.


The Juneteenth on Farish Freedom Gala is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). The black-tie event in honor of the cultural celebration includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine, networking, a silent auction and 16 an awards ceremony. $30 for individual, $50 for couple;


“Blues in the Park” begins at noon at Battlefield Park (953 W. Porter St.). The City of Jackson Parks & Recreation Department presents the concert featuring performances from Betty Wright, Bobby Rush, Zac Harmon and Dexter Allen. Free admission, $10 parking (includes shuttle); call 601-960-0471; find it on Facebook.


The Edward Stierle Showcase is at 6 p.m. at the Belhaven Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The USA International Ballet Competition event features contemporary ballet pieces from around the world with performers who are not finalists in this year’s competition. Visit the website for a full schedule of events. $10 per person; call 601-973-9249;


Silas House signs copies of “Southernmost” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book; call 601366-7619;


Whiskey Flight Night is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Flamingo (3011 N. State St.). The event includes three one-ounce pours of select whiskeys for participants to sample. For ages 21 and up. $10 per person; email info@; find it on Facebook.

Mr. Manship’s Mystery Rooms June 13-15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 5-6 p.m., June 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at The Manship House Museum (420 E. Fortification St.). Participants of all ages solve puzzles in an escape room based on H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” or a more challenging quest to find Luther Manship’s World War I medal. Call to reserve a slot. Free from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $5 from 5-6 p.m.; call 601-961-4724; St. Andrew’s Speaker Series June 13, June 20, noon-1 p.m., at St Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). The lecture series features speakers such as artist Susan Anand on June 13, and playwright and actor John Maxwell on June 20. Bag lunches welcome. Free; USA International Ballet Competition June 13-23, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Dancers from around the world perform in the three-round competition culminating in an awards ceremony, the Grand Prix Ball and an encore gala. Also includes lectures, film screenings, showcases and more. Visit website for schedule and ticket prices; Juneteenth on Farish Freedom Gala June 15, 6-9 p.m., at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). The black-tie event includes free hors d’oeuvres and wine, a silent auction and an awards ceremony. $30 for individual, $50 for couple; Cigars Under the Stars June 16, 7-9 p.m., at Estelle Wine Bar & Bistro (407 S. Congress St.). The event includes two hand-rolled cigars, a fivecourse dinner with bourbon and cognac pairings, and live entertainment. $149 per person ($50 deposit required);

KIDS Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) • Curiosity Day: Falconry June 13, 1:303 p.m. Falconer Symeon Robbins leads the live demonstration about the art, science and sport of falconry. Included with admission; call 601576-6000; • Believe It or Not Fun Friday: Dinosaur Marvels June 15, 10 a.m.-noon. Participants examine fossils and dinosaur specimens, learn from paleontology experts, and meet the museum’s velociraptor. Included with admission; call 601-576-6000; Question It? Discover It!—Lungs June 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.). Children learn how human lungs operate through creating a lifesize model and traveling through an interactive exhibit. $10 admission;

FOOD & DRINK Mississippi Craft Beer Festival June 15, 6-9 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The festival features more than 100 beers from more than two-dozen breweries. For ages 21 and up. $30 admission, $60 VIP hour; Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off 2018 June 16, 2-6 p.m., at The Capital Club (125 S. Congress St.). Chefs from around the state compete to earn a spot in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. $35 per person;

SPORTS & WELLNESS LeFleur East Flash Dash June 14, 7-9 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road). The 5K and fun run also includes music from Patrick Harkins Band, food trucks, kids’ activities and more. $30 5K, $20 kids’ fun run, $100 family of four to six; Canton Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk June 16, 7:30 a.m., at Hickory Street (Canton). The 5K also includes music, food vendors and more. $25, $100 team of five;


CONCERTS & FESTIVALS Rupert Angeleyes & Joey Joey Michaels June 13, 8-11 p.m., at The Flamingo (3011 N. State St.). The Los Angeles alternative-pop duo originally hails from Minneapolis. Newscast also performs. Admission TBA; find it on Facebook. Community Night: Gospel Explosion June 14, 6-8 p.m., at Claiborne Park (785 Claiborne Ave.). The family-friendly event features free food, activities, and music from Miz Tiffany, Lady T and more. Free; find it on Facebook.

the best in sports over the next seven days

by Bryan Flynn, follow at, @jfpsports

Hats off to the Mississippi State University baseball coaches and players. After former head coach Andy Cannizaro resigned early in the season, the Bulldogs could have folded and forgotten about this year. THURSDAY, JUNE 14

CFL (7:30-11 p.m., ESPN2): Get your football fix with some Canadian League Football as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Edmonton Eskimos. FRIDAY, JUNE 15

CFL (8-11 p.m., ESPN2): Enjoy more football from north of the border as the Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Toronto Argonauts. SATURDAY, JUNE 16

College baseball (2-10 p.m., ESPN): The College World Series kicks off with games one and two of the eightteam, double-elimination tournament. SUNDAY, JUNE 17

College baseball (1-4 p.m., ESPN): Tune in for game three of the College World Series. … College baseball (6-9 p.m., ESPN2): Day two of the College World Series ends with game four, as every team now has a game under its belt. Rebecca Turner Nutrition Seminar June 16, 8:30-11 a.m., at CrossFit Fondren (3002 N. Mill St.). Nutritionist, author, and TV-show and radio host Rebecca Turner leads the workshop. $20 per person; call 769-208-6704; find it on Facebook. Hard Knocks Revolution II: Fan the Flames June 16, 6-10 p.m., at Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 N. Mill St.). The pro-wresting event features athletes such as David Ali, Austin Towers and more. $10;

STAGE & SCREEN “Sister Act” June 13-16, 7:30 p.m., June 17, 2 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The musical is about a lounge singer who goes into witness protection at a convent. $35 for adults, $30 for seniors, students, and military; call 601-948-3533;


College baseball (1-9 p.m., ESPN): If weather doesn’t play havoc on the College World Series, teams will face off in games five and six, with one squad facing elimination. TUESDAY, JUNE 19

College baseball (1-9 p.m., ESPN): The College World Series continues with games seven and eight, ending with one more team heading home. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

College baseball (7-11 p.m., ESPN): Game nine of the College World Series sees a third team head home from the tournament. Instead of packing up shop, Mississippi State University fought back from a losing sweep at the start of the season, now reaching the Bulldogs’ 10th College World Series in program history. The team’s Super Regional series against Vanderbilt University featured three instant-classic matchups. Events at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.) • Riverbend Reunion June 15, 10 p.m. The southern-rock band is from Nashville, Tenn. Patrick McClary also performs. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission TBA; • Lillian Axe June 16, 10 p.m. The New Orleans hard-rock band is in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. The Jason Turner Band also performs. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission TBA; Juneteenth Jackson Festival June 16, 1-7 p.m., at Battlefield Park (953 N. Porter St.). The festival in honor of the cultural celebration features local vendors, food and drink for sale, children’s activities, and live music from Lady T, Miz Tiffany, Donna Walton, Surreal, Dent, Sebastian Gowdy, Clouds & Crayons, the Raul Valinti Band and more. Free admission; find it on Facebook.

Juneteenth on Farish Parade & Festival June 16, 4-10 p.m., in Historic Farish Street District. The third annual festival features vendor booths from more than 40 black-owned businesses, tailgating, a parade, music, food and drink for sale, children’s activities and more. Tailgating begins at 2 p.m. Free admission; find it on Facebook. Thacker Mountain Radio Hour Live June 16, 6-9:30 p.m., at Clinton High School (401 Arrow Drive, Clinton). Special guests include Michael Farris Smith, Mr. Sipp, and Panorama Jazz Band. Includes an after-party on the Clinton Brick Streets. $15; Chris Stapleton June 16, 7 p.m., at Brandon Amphitheater (8190 Rock Way, Brandon). The country artist’s latest album is titled “From a Room: Volume 2.” Brent Cobb and Marty Stuart also perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. $42.75$239; Blues in the Park June 17, noon, at Battlefield Park (953 W. Porter St.). The concert features performances from Betty Wright, Bobby Rush, Zac Harmon and Dexter Allen. Free admission, $10 parking; find it on Facebook.

LITERARY SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • “The Secret Token” June 13, 5 p.m. Andrew Lawler signs copies. $29.95 book; • “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels” June 14, noon. Jon Meacham signs copies. $30 book; • “Treeborne” June 16, 4 p.m. Caleb Johnson signs copies. $26 book; • “Southernmost” June 19, 5 p.m. Silas House signs copies. $26.95 book; • “Sweet & Low” June 20, 5 p.m. Nick White signs copies. $25 book; History Is Lunch June 20, noon-1 p.m., at Two Mississippi Museums (222 North St.). Rebecca Tuuri discusses her new book, “Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle.” Sales and signing to follow. Free admission;

EXHIBIT OPENINGS MUSEUM17 June 16, 9 a.m.-June 17, 2 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The 17-hour event includes art activities, food trucks, tours, music from Hillary Watkins, Krystal Gem, 5th Child, DJ Young Venom, Bridget Archer and Elvis impersonator Tim Johnson, and more. Free admission;

BE THE CHANGE Boys & Girls Club Steak & Burger Dinner June 14, 6-9 p.m., at Outlets of Mississippi (200 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl). The fundraiser features a steak dinner for young people and burgers for adults. The speaker is Evander Holyfield. $100 per person, $175 per couple; Check for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.

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Voice & Growth in ‘Treeborne’ by Micah Smith

IrIna Zhorov

Caleb Johnson, an Alabama-native author now living in Philadelphia, signs copies of his debut novel, “Treeborne,� on Saturday, June 16, at Lemuria Books.



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he path to author Caleb Johnson’s much-praised debut novel, “Treeborne� (Picador, 2018, $26), was a winding one. For starters, the idea for the book initially spurred not from the titular family of peach farmers but rather from the fruit that they grow. At first, Johnson planned on writing a work of historical fiction focused on the expeditions of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, whom some historians believe introduced the peach to the American South via the Silk Road, a Chinese trading route. Upon learning about the connection between the conquistador and southern peaches, Johnson says he thought about how, growing up, his family would travel from their small hometown of Arley, Ala., to get baskets of Chilton County’s famed peaches each summer. “You’d just really anticipate these growing up in Alabama where I did, and Chilton County peaches—and the peach, period—seemed as Alabama to me as, you know, college football,� he says. “To learn it was this foreign fruit that had come all the way from China, across the European continent, eventually to America on a ship, was just fascinating and surprising to me.� As he developed a fictional retelling of de Soto’s time in the South, though, Johnson says he felt like he wasn’t the kind of person who could do the necessary research for it. Still, he couldn’t give up on the mythology of the peach. “I realized, ‘Well, since I’m writing fiction, I don’t really have to be at the whim of history. I can turn to myth and mythology. I can make this story and these obsessions I have with the story the obsessions of a fictional town and characters,’� he says. Once he decided on a direction, he

started to create the setting, Elberta, which shares the name of an actual place in Alabama but bears little resemblance to its realworld counterpart. Then, he began to find the characters that inhabit the world, such as Janie Treeborne, who becomes the caretaker of her family land, and Lee Malone, an African American orchardist with close ties to the Treeborne’s mother, Maybelle. “As I was writing this, and when I was younger, I would read author interviews, and when authors would talk about the characters as if they were sentient beings of some kind, I’d always kind of bristle at that,� he says. “But the more you spend time with a novel and the more you do this, they kind of do become real like that.� Ultimately, the novel itself grew into something more than he anticipated, spanning multiple decades, generations and points of view. While the characters are fictional, Johnson, who now lives in Philadelphia, says he took great care in representing the voice of his home region, as it isn’t one that readers normally find in literature. He attributes this to the fact that there is an amount of privilege to even having time to write a book, let alone getting it published. “A lot of people back home, they don’t get that chance,� he says. “I knew that if I had that chance, then I wanted to amplify those voices that I grew up around, not just out of a sense of—like, I don’t want to sound like I’m trying to do them a favor or be benevolent, but because I think they are original, beautiful voices.� Caleb Johnson signs copies of “Treeborne� at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 16, at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Visit

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1908 - Bill Ellison 6:30-9 p.m. Alumni House - Johnny Crocker 6:30-8:30 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 6-9 p.m. The Flamingo - Rupert Angeleyes & Joey Joey Michaels w/ Newscast 8-11 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - New Bourbon Street Jazz Band 7-9 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Gator Trio 6:30-9:30 p.m. MS Legends Grill - Phil & Trace 6:30 p.m. Old Capitol Inn - Ronnie Brown 7 p.m. Pelican Cove - Chad Perry Duo 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Proximity 7:30 p.m. Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.

JUNE 14 - THURSDAY 1908 - Hunter Gibson 6:30-9 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Claiborne Park - “Gospel Explosion” feat. Miz Tiffany, Lady T, Jaychelle & Destined and more 6-8 p.m. free District at Eastover - Jesse Coppenbarger 6-8 p.m. free Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 6-9 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Maya Kyles & the F. Jones Challenge Band 10 p.m. $5 Georgia Blue, Flowood - Aaron Coker Georgia Blue, Madison - Jason Turner Hal & Mal’s - D’Lo Trio 7-10 p.m. free Highland Village - “LeFleur East Flash Dash 5K” feat. Patrick Harkins Band 7 p.m. free Iron Horse - Mike Munson 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Scott Turner Trio 6:30-9:30 p.m. Kemistry - DJ Phingaprint 9 p.m. Pelican Cove - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Lovin Ledbetter 7:30-11:30 p.m. Soulshine, Flowood - Jessie Howell 7 p.m. Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m. Underground 119 - Fred T & the Band 7-10:30 p.m. free

JUNE 15 - FRIDAY 1908 - Johnny Crocker 6:30-10 p.m. Bonny Blair’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 7:30-11:30 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Jesse Howell 6 p.m. Center Stage of MS - Lari Johns’n & Malcolm Shepherd 8 p.m. $15 Cerami’s - James Bailey & Linda Blackwell 6:30-9:30 p.m. Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. Doe’s Eat Place, Florence - Aaron Coker 7-9 p.m. Drago’s - Greenfish 7-10 p.m. Duling Hall - Luckenbach 7 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Johnnie B. & Ms. Iretta midnight $10 Fenian’s - Risko Danza 10 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Shaun Patterson

Georgia Blue, Madison - Skip MacDonald Hal & Mal’s - Barry Leach 7 p.m. Iron Horse - Ben Payton 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Travelin’ Jane 7 p.m. Kemistry - DJ T Money 9 p.m. Lounge 114 - 601 Live 9 p.m. Martin’s - Katie & Doc 6-8:30 p.m. free; Riverbend Reunion w/ Patrick McClary 10 p.m. Old Capitol Inn - Jason Turner 7 p.m. Pelican Cove - Chris Gill & the Sole Shakers 7-11 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Oxford All-Stars Band 9 p.m. Shucker’s - Sonny Duo 5:30 p.m.; Spunk Monkees 8 p.m. $5; Chad Perry 10 p.m. Soulshine, Flowood - Alex Branch 7 p.m. Soulshine, Ridgeland - Casey Phillips 7 p.m. Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Underground 119 - Bill Howl-NMadd Perry 8:30 p.m.

JUNE 16 - SATURDAY American Legion Post 112 - The XTremeZ 9 p.m.-midnight Anjou - Stevie Cain 6-9 p.m.

Krystal Gem Battlefield Park - “Juneteenth Jackson Festival” feat. Lady T, Miz Tiffany, Donna Walton, Surreal & more 1-7 p.m. free Brandon Amphitheater - Chris Stapleton w/ Marty Stuart & Brent Cobb 7:30 p.m. $42.75-$239 Burgers & Blues - Brad Biard 6 p.m. Char - Bill Clark 6 p.m. Clinton High School - “Thacker Mountain Radio Hour” feat. Mr. Sipp & Panorama Jazz Band 6 p.m. $15 Club 43, Canton - Trademark 9 p.m. Courtyard Jackson Airport/Pearl Gib Maynard (Elvis tribute) 6 p.m. $20 admission $30 VIP Doe’s Eat Place, Florence - Jerry Brooks Duo 6:30-8:30 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Big Money Mel & Small Change Wayne 10 p.m. $5; Todd Thompson & the Lucky Hand Blues Band midnight $10 Farish Street - “Juneteenth on Farish” feat. Dolla Black, Yung Jewelz, Tlo da Champ, Scottie Pimpen & more 4-10 p.m. free Fenian’s - Scott Albert Johnson 10 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Dustin Moulder Georgia Blue, Madison - Brandon Greer Iron Horse - Chris Gill & the Sole Shakers 9 p.m.

Kathryn’s - Lucky Hand Blues Band 7-10:30 p.m. Kemistry - Kujho & the Nasty Sho 9 p.m. Martin’s - Lillian Axe w/ Jason Turner Band 10 p.m. MS Museum of Art - “MUSEUM17” feat. Tim Johnson (Elvis tribute) 1 p.m.; Hillary Watkins 3 p.m.; 5th Child 9 p.m.; Krystal Gem 11 p.m.; DJ Young Venom midnight-2 a.m. free Pelican Cove - Steele Heart 2 p.m.; Keys vs. Strings 7 p.m. Pop’s - Chase Tyler Band 9 p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 3:30 p.m.; Spunk Monkees 8 p.m. $5; Todd Smith 10 p.m. Soulshine, Flowood - Chad Wesley 7 p.m. Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Underground 119 - Ghost Town Blues Band 9 p.m.

JUNE 17 - SUNDAY 1908 - Knight Bruce 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Battlefield Park - “Blues in the Park” feat. Betty Wright, Bobby Rush, Zac Harmon & Dexter Allen noon $10 parking Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m.; Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Kern Pratt 6-9 p.m. Pelican Cove - Hunter Gibson & Ronnie McGee noon-4 p.m.; Acoustic Crossroads 5-9 p.m. Shucker’s - Greenfish 3:30 p.m. Table 100 - Raphael Semmes Trio 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dan Michael Colbert 6-9 p.m. Wellington’s - Andy Hardwick 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

JUNE 18 - MONDAY Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society (rest) 7 p.m. $5 Kathryn’s - Joseph LaSalla 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Two for the Road 6-10 p.m. Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.

JUNE 19 - TUESDAY Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 6-9 p.m. Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Raphael Semmes & Friends 6-9 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Andrew Pates, Jay Wadsworth & Jenkins 6:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Redeem 6-10 p.m. Table 100 - Chalmers Davis 6 p.m.

JUNE 20 - WEDNESDAY 1908 - David Keary 6:30-9 p.m. Alumni House - Jerry Brooks & Jack Beal 6:30-8:30 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 6-9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 6:30-9:30 p.m. Old Capitol Inn - Shaun Patterson 7 p.m. Pelican Cove - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Proximity 7:30 p.m. Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.




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Last Week’s Answers 55 Joule fraction 57 “Lucky Jim” author Kingsley 59 Crucifix symbol 61 ‘80s-’90s cars 64 From Bhutan or Brunei 67 Element #53 knew what was up? 70 Concert venue 71 Bring together 72 Barinholtz of “The Mindy Project” 73 Satchel Paige’s real first name 74 Magnet ends 75 “On the Road” narrator Paradise


43 Author Harper 45 ___ out a profit 46 Fast-food drink size 47 Civil War side, for short 48 Tributes 52 Standard Windows sans serif typeface 53 He played 007 seven times 54 Computer programmer 56 Arise 58 “... or thereabouts”

60 “The Flintstones” pet 62 “That’s a shame!” 63 Garden material 65 “___ silly question ...” 66 Christmas song 68 Dissenting vote 69 Salt Lake City collegian ©2018 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@ For answers to this puzzle, call: 1-900-226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800 655-6548. Reference puzzle #881.


“Elements of Surprise” —it’s all on the table. Across

1 Field official 4 Ensembles 9 Tarzan creator ___ Rice Burroughs 14 NASDAQ newcomer 15 “Gone With the Wind” surname 16 “___ Doone” (1869 historical novel) 17 Phobic of element #4? 20 Transition 21 ___-majestÈ 22 “Rent” heroine 23 State trees of North Dakota and Massachusetts 25 Feel bad

27 Sign for Daniel Radcliffe and Chris Hemsworth 28 Giant legend Mel 30 Shortened aliases 33 Paddle 35 “Element #33? That’s unlikely!”? 40 “Today” co-anchor Hoda 41 Kennel noise 42 Call 44 The odds that it’s element #102? 49 Genre for the Specials 50 Currency in Colombia 51 Hawaiian instrument, for short 52 “Fear the Walking Dead” network

1 Barbecue specialty 2 Olympic dueling weapon 3 Doesn’t remember, as with a task 4 Gary of “Diff’rent Strokes” 5 Minor league rink org. 6 Cruise 7 Answer that won’t get you an F? 8 “The Metamorphosis” character Gregor 9 One of the main players in “Gauntlet” 10 School housing 11 Quest object in a Monty Python movie 12 “Dragon Ball Z” genre 13 Part of NPR 18 Brynner of the original “Westworld” 19 List appearing once each in a supervocalic 24 Hit the slopes 26 Statute 28 Bourbon barrel wood 29 1980s Disney film 31 Smoothie berry 32 Dessert bar option 34 Rapper Flo ___ 36 Recedes 37 “For the life ___ ...” 38 It may require antibiotics to treat 39 Break in illegally

BY MATT JONES Last Week’s Answers


Each of the 26 letters of the alphabet is represented in this grid by a number between 1 and 26. Using letter frequency, word-pattern recognition, and the numbers as your guides, fill in the grid with well-known English words (HINT: since a Q is always followed by a U, try hunting down the Q first). Only lowercase, unhyphenated words are allowed in kaidoku, so you won't see anything like STOCKHOLM or LONG-LOST in here (but you might see AFGHAN, since it has an uncapitalized meaning, too). Now stop wasting my precious time and SOLVE!

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

“Whether you love what you love or live in divided ceaseless revolt against it, what you love is your fate.� Gemini poet Frank Bidart wrote that in his poem “Guilty of Dust,� and now I offer it to you. Why? Because it’s an excellent time to be honest with yourself as you identify whom and what you love. It’s also a favorable phase to assess whether you are in any sense at odds with whom and what you love; and if you find you are, to figure out how to be in more harmonic alignment with whom and what you love. Finally, dear Gemini, now is a key moment to vividly register the fact that the story of your life in the coming years will pivot around your relationship with whom and what you love.

Congratulations on the work you’ve done to cleanse the psychic toxins from your soul, Cancerian. I love how brave you’ve been as you’ve jettisoned outworn shticks, inadequate theories and irrelevant worries. It makes my heart sing to have seen you summon the self-respect necessary to stick up for your dreams in the face of so many confusing signals. I do feel a tinge of sadness that your heroism hasn’t been better appreciated by those around you. Is there anything you can do to compensate? Like maybe intensify the appreciation you give yourself?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

I hope you’re reaching the final stages of your year-long project to make yourself as solid and steady as possible. I trust you have been building a stable foundation that will serve you well for at least the next five years. I pray you have been creating a rich sense of community and establishing vital new traditions and surrounding yourself with environments that bring out the best in you. If there’s any more work to be done in these sacred tasks, intensify your efforts in the coming weeks. If you’re behind schedule, please make up for lost time.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

“Necessity is the mother of invention,� says an old proverb. In other words, when your need for some correction or improvement becomes overwhelming, you may be driven to get creative. Engineer Allen Dale put a different spin on the issue. He said that “if necessity is the mother of invention, then laziness is the father.� Sci-fi writer Robert Heinlein agreed, asserting that “progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.� I’m not sure if necessity or laziness will be your motivation, Virgo, but I suspect that the coming weeks could be a golden age of invention for you. What practical innovations might you launch? What useful improvements can you finagle? (P.S.: Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead attributed the primary drive for innovative ideas and gizmos to “pleasurable intellectual curiosity.�)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

Would you have turned out wiser and wealthier if you had dropped out of school in third grade? Would it have been better to apprentice yourself to a family of wolves or coyotes rather than trusting your educational fate to institutions whose job it was to acclimate you to society’s madness? I’m happy to let you know that you’re entering a phase when you’ll find it easier than usual to unlearn any old conditioning that might be suppressing your ability to fulfill your rich potentials. I urge you to seek out opportunities to unleash your skills and enhance your intelligence.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

The temptation to overdramatize is strong. Going through with a splashy but messy conclusion may have a perverse appeal. But why not wrap things up with an elegant whisper instead of a garish bang? Rather than impressing everyone with how amazingly complicated your crazy life is, why not quietly lay the foundations for a low-key resolution that will set the stage for a productive sequel? Taking the latter route will be much easier on your karma, and in my opinion will make for just as interesting a story.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Each of us harbors rough, vulnerable, controversial, or unhoned facets of our identity. And every one of us periodically reaches turning points when it becomes problematic to keep those qualities buried or immature. We need to make them more visible and develop their

potential. I suspect you have arrived at such a turning point. So on behalf of the cosmos, I hereby invite you to enjoy a period of ripening and self-revelation. And I do mean “enjoy.� Find a way to have fun.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

For the next two-plus weeks, an unusual rule will be in effect: The more you lose, the more you gain. That means you will have an aptitude for eliminating hassles, banishing stress and shedding defense mechanisms. You’ll be able to purge emotional congestion that has been preventing clarity. You’ll have good intuitions about how to separate yourself from influences that have made you weak or angry. I’m excited for you, Capricorn! A load of old, moldy karma could dissolve and disperse in what seems like a twinkling. If all goes well, you’ll be traveling much lighter by July 1.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

I suggest you avoid starting a flirtatious correspondence with a convict who’ll be in jail for another 28 years. OK? And don’t snack on fugu, the Japanese delicacy that can poison you if the cook isn’t careful about preparing it. Please? And don’t participate in a sÊance where the medium summons the spirits of psychotic ancestors or diabolical celebrities with whom you imagine it might be interesting to converse. Got that? I understand you might be in the mood for high adventure and out-of-the-ordinary escapades. And that will be fine and healthy as long as you also exert a modicum of caution and discernment.

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

I suggest that you pat yourself on the back with both hands as you sing your own praises and admire your own willful beauty in three mirrors simultaneously. You have won stirring victories over not just your own personal version of the devil, but also over your own inertia and sadness. From what I can determine, you have corralled what remains of the forces of darkness into a comfy holding cell, sealing off those forces from your future. They won’t bother you for a very long time, maybe never again. Right now you would benefit from a sabbatical -- a vacation from all this high-powered character-building. May I suggest you pay a restorative visit to the Land of Sweet Nonsense?

ARIES (March 21-April 19):

My Aries acquaintance Tatiana decided to eliminate sugar from her diet. She drew up a plan to avoid it completely for 30 days, hoping to permanently break its hold over her. I was surprised to learn that she began the project by making a Dessert Altar in her bedroom, where she placed a chocolate cake and five kinds of candy. She testified that it compelled her willpower to work even harder and become even stronger than if she had excluded all sweet treats from her sight. Do you think this strenuous trick might work for you as you battle your own personal equivalent of a sugar addiction? If not, devise an equally potent strategy. You’re on the verge of forever escaping a temptation that’s no good for you. Or you’re close to vanquishing an influence that has undermined you. Or both.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

You have caressed and finessed The Problem. You have tickled and teased and tinkered with it. Now I suggest you let it alone for a while. Give it breathing room. Allow it to evolve under the influence of the tweaks you have instigated. Although you may need to return and do further work in a few weeks, my guess is that The Problem’s knots are now destined to metamorphose into seeds. The awkwardness you massaged with your love and care will eventually yield a useful magic.

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