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8 Immigration Stand An ordinance before the city council says police can’t use profiling tactics.

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JRA v. Watkins, et al

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14........................ Editorial 14.......................... Stiggers 14.............................. Zuga 15........................ Opinion 28........................... 8 Days 29............................


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Road to Wellness

tripp segars Even from an early age, Tripp Segars knew the direction his life would take. When he was 4, he went on a preschool field trip to the “Mr. Knozit Show,” a local children’s television program in Columbia, S.C. When Mr. Knozit asked him what he’d like to be when he grew up, Segars replied: “I want to goes [sic] to the office and bes [sic] a lawyer like my daddy.” Segars, 26, continued his family’s legacy by attending Clemson University, where his brother, father and grandfather both attended, earning his bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2006. He moved to Jackson in June 2007 to attend law school at Mississippi College where he earned his law degree in May. Growing up around his father’s law firm, Segars gained a passion for the law and learned to stand his ground, coining his motto: “It’s important to serve others and to stand up for what’s right.” During law school, he interned with Justice Jess H. Dickinson of the Mississippi Supreme Court and served as a legislative intern for the Mississippi Association for Justice, whose mission statement, “represent individuals, not corporations,” struck a chord with him. While working with the MAJ, Segars spent much of his time at the Capitol, gaining a first-hand look at how the legislative process works and how it affects individuals’ rights in Mississippi.

“Too often you see big business taking advantage of people, and they should be held accountable for their actions,” Segars said. He met Joey Diaz of the Diaz Law Firm in Madison in his first year of law school at a MAJ event and found that they shared the same drive to protect the individual. Diaz invited him to work for his firm as a clerk in 2009. Segars’ work with Diaz involves everything from personal injury and criminal cases to pharmaceutical-drug litigation and representing individuals and businesses filing suits against BP. After more than five months of studying, Segars took the Mississippi Bar exam at the end of July. He is now waiting anxiously until Sept. 16 for his results. Segars’ passion for the city started when he first arrived and hasn’t stopped growing. “Jackson is a big city with a small-town feel,” Segars said. “It’s a very tight-knit community. I look forward to being in Jackson and in the state of Mississippi for a really long time, practicing law, and volunteering my time to people and organizations I believe in.” Among the things he loves about Jackson are the city’s intriguing history, the constant promotion of growth and the people. “Jackson has been really good to me,” Segars said. “I just hope I can repay it many times over.” —LeAnna Callon

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16 Pigskin Party Time It’s all football, all the time when Mississippi schools start the gridiron battles.

40 Sexy Sleek Exercise doesn’t have to give you bulging muscles. Pole fitness is sexy and fun.

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Meet author James L. Dickerson Tuesday, August 31 at 5 p.m. Lemuria Books 202 Banner Hall 4465 I-55 N, Jackson, MS America has 22 concentration camps in operation, with plans to build another 800.

Who are the camps for? Are you on the targeted list? Highlights of this book include: • Mississippi’s role in training Japanese American soldiers for heroic combat in Europe during WorldWar II • A look at the WWII camps in Arkansas, just across the river from Greenville • The story of German POW’s held in Mississippi during WWII—and the Delta planter’s wife who fell in love with a Nazi aviator and helped him to escape • The Mississippi journalist who redeemed America for its treatment of Japanese Americans during WWII

“This book should be a required read in every American high school and college—and for every President.” - Hodding Carter III, former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs

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ree homemade bread pudding from Hal and Mal’s? Free berry tea with any lunch order from Bon Ami? Discounts always have a great ring to them, but imagine receiving a deal just by dining out at your favorite Jackson restaurant or visiting your favorite attraction or museum? Thanks to a new innovative restaurant and attraction campaign the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, you can show a little soul and save a little money at the same time. Wear your SOUL BAND at any participating restaurant and attraction and receive a special discount while there. The “I’ve Got Soul” Soul Band campaign is designed to encourage local patrons and visitors to show their support for Jackson restaurants and attractions by wearing a Soul Band. The Soul Band is a free promotional wristband with the city’s brand, “Jackson, Mississippi – City with Soul” embossed on it. The campaign runs through December 31, 2010. It’s simple to sign up and receive your very own Soul Band. Become a Facebook friend of Jackson, Mississippi, or the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, and message us your personal mailing address and you will receive a free Soul Band. The Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau staff will be out and about in Jackson at various events distributing them to the general public, or anyone can stop by the JCVB office at 111 E. Capitol St. in downtown Jackson to pick one up. To sign up for the campaign, submit your name and email address or cell phone number. You will receive discount updates and other Soul Band promotions via text messages and email notifications. After receiving your Soul Band, you must have it on and show it at any of the participating restaurants and attractions to receive their offered discount. Additional restaurants & attractions will be added daily. The “I’ve Got Soul” Band information, such as participating restaurants & attractions and their discounts, will be listed on Jackson, Mississippi and Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau Facebook pages as well as the Bureau’s website ( For more information on the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, hit us up at or call 601-960-1891.

by Todd Stauffer, Publisher

Do You Know What it Means … ?


hat Super Bowl journey with the New Orleans Saints last year was such a roller-coaster ride that I’ll admit I’ve been slow to get back into the football-watching rhythm so far this preseason. Yes, I watched the draft with half an eye, checked in on training camp from time to time. I watched some of the Saints-Texans while we were here last Saturday finalizing BOOM Jackson’s fall issue, and I’ve got in my browser history as we speak—but I’ve tried (Lord, I’ve tried) not to get too carried away too early. After all, it’s been a nice spring and summer of reasonably productive weekends— and it will forever be tough for me to get too riled up about football when the heat index is over 105 degrees. But all that is about to change; the story lines are falling into place, and things are starting to get serious. For the first time in what feels like months, temperatures are forecast for the low 90s. (Yay, low 90s!) Brett Favre will play. (And he’ll forever give national TV interviews where he still hasn’t even gotten his story straight in his own head.) Another Saints running back (P.J. Hill) is out for the season. Reggie Bush actually ran straight up the field during a play in a preseason game, resulting in a worldwide chorus of approval. Pierre Thomas rambled a ridiculous number of yards on a screen pass. The New Orleans offense clicks so well that 23-year-old Chase Daniels was able to march down the field three times against Houston. Drew Brees is the best quarterback in

football today (I don’t remember him throwing a key interception on a 10-yard play during the fourth quarter of a Super Bowl), but we’re still going to have nothing but Peyton Manning ads this season. (It appears that the nod to New Orleans will be voiceover by Harry Connick Jr. on a variety of promotions.) Shout out to Mississippi State grad Anthony Dixon, who looked great in his firstever NFL start (preseason, yes) for the San Francisco 49ers, and who could beat out veteran Brian Westbrook as a starter. The Saints seem to be sticking with the “bend-but-don’t-break” style of defense where their secondary runs around looking utterly confused, letting you get easy 40-yard passes and 25-yard runs, but only giving up a touchdown every third possession. It’s a remarkable game plan, but only if you can count on your offense to score at least 38 points per game. When I think of all of this—and particularly the Saints stuff, and see the shots of the Superdome on national TeeVee—I think of New Orleans. Not that I relish the thought in this heat, mind you, but part of the Saints experience for me last year was the being-outin-it of New Orleans. Walking around the Quarter, drinking beer in the bars, listening to the other teams’ fans taunt and sing in the street, hearing “Oh When the Saints” over and over again played by actual brass bands, strolling among the tailgaters on Poydras and the street parties in the business district. Then there’s the gumbo before the game; the coffee-and-beignets afterward; the brunch the next day. Yes, there are also the storms and after-

math, the oil, the police scandals, the new mayor (with the old name), the “A-list” college graduates who are reportedly flocking to the city from Ivy League schools and walking around “in undershirts and straw fedoras” in the Bywater, according to a recent story at But those crazy kids are also some of the young folks who have put together a technology incubator in the city called LaunchPad ( where you can rent a desk or office by the month in order to hang out with other creative, techy folks. (They have on-site yoga classes, mixers, lunch-and-learns and programming meetups.) They’re down there to make a difference, trying out as teachers and firefighters and—perhaps—entrepreneurs participating in a bit of a New Economy renaissance that has been missed terribly by a place as cool and unique as New Orleans. If anyone could use a little New Economy, it might be the Big Easy. So being that this publication is called the “Jackson” Free Press, then what does this have to do with Jackson? Aside from the obvious connection to New Orleans (as the capital of South Mississippi), I think the takeaway is simply this: Remember that your choices—even during football season—affect your community. From where you watch the game to where you buy the beer and chips, you can make a ton of local choices on Saturdays and Sundays that can help Jackson flourish as a unique cultural entity in its own right. One thing that’s fun about football is sharing it with other folks in Jackson, including dropping some scratch with a local business. If you’re up for a little company, get out to a local restaurant or sports bar and enjoy the game with other partisans. (In most of these places, they’ll even bring the food and drink to you—by request—without creating tension in the relationship.) Or if you’re packing it in for the game, invite over friends and cook or tailgate—remembering, again, that it’s the Montgomery Hardwares, Rainbow Co-ops and McDade’s Markets that deserve some of your dollars for the grill and grill-ables. Maybe it feels easier and quicker to saunter into the Big Box and directly invest in making those rich folks richer in Bentonville (do they still live in Bentonville? Or have they moved to Shanghai?), but I bet you’ll get out of the local stores in the same amount of time—and with more smiles. Most importantly, don’t forget to get just a little crazy, whether at the game, in the bar or during the week at a local technology incubator. (Start one!) That’s not to say you should leave the designated driver at home, but go ahead and inject a little New Orleans attitude—old and new—into living “la vida local” this fall. Have fun and be safe. Even if you are a Colts fan.

Doctor S Doctor S is the JFP’s sports consultant. He is a graduate of Miskatonic U. in Arkham, Mass., where he majored in Cthulhu Studies and was a member of the varsity 43-man squamish team. He wrote the College Football Preview.

Bryan Flynn Bryan Flynn is a lifelong Mississippi native who resides in Richland. When not working for the JFP, he writes a national blog, He lives with his wife and their four cats. He wrote for the football preview section.

Quita Bride Quita Bride is a radio broadcasting professional and a Jackson State University grad. She is a Hearst Journalism Award recipient currently doing freelance public relations work and writing. She wrote Body/Soul.

LeeAnna Callon Editorial intern LeeAnna Callon is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. She loves reading, travelling and all things Harry Potter. She also enjoys trivia games and watching sitcoms with her Cairn Terrier, Rocko. She wrote the Jacksonian.

Robin O’Bryant Greenwood resident Robin O’Bryant is a stay-at-home-mom, humor columnist and author. Her kids keep her laughing every day, and she documents family adventures on her blog: www. She wrote a food piece.

David Dennis Native Jacksonian David Dennis Jr. is a freelance writer for the hip-hop site “The Smoking Section” (smokingsection.uproxx. com). He currently lives in New Orleans. He wrote a music piece.

Kimberly Griffin Advertising director Kimberly Griffin is a Jackson native who likes yoga, supporting locally owned businesses and traveling. In her spare time she plots how she can become Michelle Obama’s water holder.

Holly Perkins Editorial intern Holly Perkins is originally from the Jackson area. Holly loves the arts—acting, painting, photography, writing and music. She plans to attend Belhaven University this fall and travel the world after she graduates. She wrote a food piece.



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Thursday, Aug. 19 Transocean, owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig leased by BP, accuses BP of withholding critical evidence that could pinpoint the cause of the worst maritime oil disaster in history. … Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. announces the city’s budget for fiscal year 2011. Friday, Aug. 20 Watkins Development Vice President Jason Goree announces a new Hotel Indigo will open in the Farish Street Entertainment District. … Xe Services, the private security company formerly called Blackwater Worldwide, agrees to pay $42 million in fines resulting from its operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other wartorn nations, allowing it to continue to bid on government contracts. Saturday, Aug. 21 The Taliban continues its campaign to terrorize Afghan police; 15 officers are reported murdered today across the nation. … The New Orleans Saints trounce the Houston Texans 38-20 in a preseason game. … Comedian Jay Leno raises $100,000 for the Gulf Coast Community Foundation with a performance at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.

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Sunday, Aug 22 Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean tweets that he will challenge Haitian officials’ Friday rejection of his bid to be on the country’s next ballot as a presidential candidate. … Gen. Raymond Odierno, top United States military commander in Iraq, says the U.S. is ready to resume combat operations in Iraq if necessary. The last U.S. combat troops exited the country Aug. 18.


Council Moves to Reject Profiling

by Adam Lynch


n Aug. 19 Jackson City Council Planning Committee hearing on a new anti-discrimination ordinance created a stark contrast to many anti-immigrant rallies around the country. The new ordinance, which will be before the council in about two weeks, will prohibit municipal law-enforcement officers from inquiring about a person’s immigration status during routine interactions with the public. “What’s the point of a police department if immigrants like me must fear them?” asked Jackson resident Tatiana McDonald of a crowd of about 80 in the council chambers. “We need to set an example in the state and the rest of the country. Do we want to follow other states’ hate and discrimination in targeting immigrants in the way they look and sound? Citizens and non-citizens should always be able to report crimes and be protected by the police department. We all should have the right to feel safe.” The Planning Committee unanimously approved the new ordinance earlier this year prior to minute language changes and legal insertions that required a new public hearing. It would prohibit police from soliciting information concerning immigration status for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration law and from demanding immigration status from a person who is seeking police services,

Chokwe Anton Lumumba expresses support at a recent hearing for the new ordinance restricting municipal police from inquiring on residential status during crime-scene reports or routine public interactions.

including victims or witnesses to a crime. The ordinance does not restrict police from soliciting immigration status while assisting federal authorities or while looking into “the subject of an investigation,” although the ordinance only permits this when “relevant to the investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense, or when processing an arrested person.” Ordinance supporters on Thursday considered the ordinance a major step in racial fairness, despite its limitations.

Mississippi Immigrants Rights Executive Director Bill Chandler said fear of police officers submitting residential status to federal immigration authorities prevented many immigrants from approaching police with vital information on city crime. “There’s a perception in the immigrant community that any encounter they have with law enforcement would end them up in detention in Louisiana for weeks until PROFILING, see page 9

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Monday, Aug. 23 Toyota announces production and skilled maintenance positions for its new Blue Springs plant in north Mississippi. Tuesday, Aug. 24 The National Association of Realtors releases findings that the nations’ sale of previously owned homes was 25.5 percent lower in July 2010 than July 2009.

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Wednesday, Aug. 18 President Barack Obama ends a threeday, five-state mid-term campaign swing in Miami, Fla. … Health officials expand the recall of eggs due to salmonella contamination to 380 million eggs. … Georgia officials announce the discovery of Camp Lawton, a short-lived Civil War prison camp in northeast Georgia.

When Mississippi State University hired coach Sylvester Croom in 2003, he became the first African American head coach in Southeastern Conference history. Croom left MSU in 2008, and is currently the running backs coach of the St. Louis Rams.

“I’m deeply concerned about this. We’re using our credit card to pay the light bill.” —Ward 2 Councilman Jeff Weill regarding the city’s plan to restructure its debt and balance the budget.


n the wake of Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Lonnie Edwards’ dustup over his former school district spending thousands to buy his book, “A Teacher’s Touch: Reaching Beyond Boundaries,” we thought you’d like to hear about a few books JPS probably declined. • “Frank Melton’s Guide to Child Rearing,” by Frank E. Melton • “The Get Rich Quick Guide to Tutoring,” by Juan Gray • “Stuff White People Like,” by Ivory Phillips • “Life on the Outside,” by Jonathan Larkin • “Stuff White People Feel Quietly Satisfied About,” by George Schimmel • “Eat, Pray, Change the Subject,” by Lonnie Edwards • “Pimp My Mall,” by Harvey Johnson Jr.

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PROFILING, from page 8

they’re deported to their country,” Chandler told council members. “One Latino came forward and reported a recent home invasion, but there were 10 who were to afraid to come forward. This ordinance will change things. There are other cities with African American leadership who are doing the same thing. Many of the people who came here came as children know nothing about their native country anymore. They’re Americans. They would have to learn their old culture from scratch.” MIRA Central Mississippi organizer Ulises Hernandez Rincon told council members that by approving the ordinance they were making a stand for the downtrodden. “Everybody here has memories of elementary school and junior high school,” Rincon said. “What I remember most about those years were the bullies: bullies that stole lunch money, the bullies that stole toys and the ones that called names. I also remember the people who stood back and did nothing about that. … We know that members of the community are being harassed and bullied with names like ‘wetbacks’ and ‘abusers of the welfare system.’ By passing this, we’re telling people that it’s OK to come forward and talk to the police about violence and crime.” Council members presiding over the hearing included: Chokwe Lumumba, Ward 2; Kenneth Stokes, Ward 3; Charles Tillman, Ward 5; Frank Bluntson, Ward 4; and Tony Yarber, Ward 6. No council member spoke out against the ordinance.

Tilman pointed out that many of the people in the room would outlive him and asked that they change the world in a good way when he was gone, while Yarber made clear that the ordinance ultimately benefitted more than just immigrants. “Smart people who are opposing the kind of things we’re hearing about tonight—and I use the word smart loosely— they know that the minority today may not be the minority tomorrow. They need to understand that we’re really protecting them tomorrow,” Yarber said, referring to Arizona’s controversial law that critics say encourages racial profiling. The Jackson hearing was in sharp contrast to an Aug. 2 Mississippi Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement public forum in Madison, where guest speakers, including Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, accused organizations like MIRA of committing felonies by offering aid and information to non-citizens. Many participants in the Madison forum also complained that immigration promoted unemployment as non-citizen workers claimed valuable jobs. Chokwe Anton Lumumba, son of Ward 2 Councilman Lumumba, said the issue all came down to economics. “The problem is not the people seeking the jobs, but the people controlling the jobs who are trying to get over on everybody,” Lumumba said “… We don’t have look too far to see that any abuse of anyone’s rights is based upon economic interest. The measure to reduce immigration exists to take advantage of people and keep them in fear so that they can be exploited (for low wages).” More news at

Council May Revisit Wreckers


by Adam Lynch

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ackson City Council may soon revisit tion life of a few hours after which the asits recently enacted wrecker-rotation phalt couldn’t be used for paving. policy after three wrecker companies City spokesman Chris Mims said refused to tow a cityAPAC-Mississippi “generousowned vehicle in protest of ly” decided not to charge the the policy. city for the lost merchandise, Council President Frank but added that the city has Bluntson suggested duryet to work out its continuing Monday’s work session ing issue with local wrecker that it “may be time to look services; in the meantime, at” the rotation policy, after the city does not own a towlearning from Mayor Harvey ing rig capable of hauling a Johnson Jr. that companies commercial-grade truck. refused to pick up a stricken Three local wreckerdump truck full of 17,000 service companies, so far, have Jackson Mayor Harvey pounds of hot asphalt. refused to tow city-owned Johnson Jr. briefed the “We have a dump truck council yesterday that large commercial vehicles afthat was disabled, and every wreckers are on strike ter the city lowered towing (wrecker service) we called to protest a recently fees at an Aug. 10 meeting. enacted towing policy, said they’re on strike,” John- which caps towing At the time, Ward 3 Councilson said after the Monday service fees. man Kenneth Stokes argued work session. that city residents could not The dump truck, bound for a street afford exorbitant towing prices, but Trey paving project in Ward 1, broke down near Ward, owner of Ward’s Wrecker Service, south Jackson asphalt supplier APAC-Mis- said that towing companies would lose sissippi. Public Works Director Dan Gaillet money under the new policy. said the hot asphalt only has a transporta- Updates at



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he controversy surrounding Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Lonnie Edwards, whose former Georgia school district spent $16,169 on copies of his book, isn’t relevant under existing state law, Mississippi Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Hood said Monday. During a press conference last week, Edwards said he did not coerce his former district to purchase his book, “A Teacher’s Touch: Reaching Beyond Boundaries,� and had not sold any books to JPS. The book cost $19 for hardcover and $7.50 for paperback. “People need to quit comparing what has reportedly happened in Georgia to what has reportedly not happened in Mississippi. This is like comparing apples to oranges now,� Hood said. “People in Mississippi need to understand that they can’t do that; they can’t do business with their school districts.� Hood said existing Mississippi state laws prohibit school-district employees from obtaining a contract, subcontract or vendor services, or having a material interest in a contract or vendor for the district where they work or in any other districts in the state. Specifically, Mississippi code Section 37-11-25 states that it is unlawful for district employs to be “interested, either directly or indirectly, in the proceeds or profits of the sale or rental of any book, furniture, equipment or other property to be used in any public school.� The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Aug. 15 that several administrators in the DeKalb County, Ga., school system used school funds to purchase books they wrote. A school district internal investigation into the book sales resulted in the firing of two principals who authorized funds to buy their own books, and the demotions of two others who sold their books to the district. Edwards worked in the DeKalb school system from 1971 to 2004, rising to the position of assistant superintendent. During his time there, the district spent $12,745 to buy copies of his book, according to the JournalConstitution. DeKalb County Schools spent another $3,424 on the book after Edwards left the district.

Though his former school district purchased of $16,169 worth of his books, JPS Superintendent Lonnie Edwards will not face investigation or repercussions.

County school where he taught physical education in 1971. Miller was born without fingers, and Edwards, who was the first black teacher in the school, helped her gain confidence in her abilities. At the news conference, Edwards showed a television clip to reporters and approximately 20 JPS staffers of his 1996 appearance on Sally Jessy Raphael’s talk show “Sally,� where he was featured for making a difference in Johnson Miller’s life. After an hour of defending the books’ purpose and skirting specific questions on how the DeKalb school district used his book, Edwards told reporters that schools purchased approximately 100 books for libraries in the DeKalb County School System. “I couldn’t put myself, as the districtlevel administration, personally involved in that kind of thing,� he said. “But when they asked to buy it, I made it available for them and told them they could get it from Border’s bookstore in Buckhead ... or churches selling !QHMFSGHR@CENQ@%1$$NQCDQNE!DHFMDSR

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he Jackson Redevelopment Authority is looking to clear up a $61,253 bill lingering from Watkins and Young PLLC for office space in the renovated Union Station. JRA members noted during their July meeting that the firm has been delinquent on payments since June 15 for office space on the upper floor of the scenic Union Station building, which serves as a station port for the city’s municipal bus line, a Greyhound bus terminal, a terminal for Amtrak trains, and as a host for business suites and a cafeteria. Occasionally, the building is also used for public events. Members of the JRA, which operates Union Station and leases other downtown property, remarked during the meeting that the lease on the property holds the signature of attorney David Watkins, the developer behind the recent renovation of the King Edward Hotel and the nearby Standard Life Building. Watkins said he is a former partner of Watkins & Young, however, having left the firm in 2008, leaving his partner Jim Young with the business and the responsibility for paying the bill. “No, I don’t intend to make a payment on his behalf,” Watkins said, when asked if he planned to dedicate any cash to the delinquency. Watkins’ name remains on firm letterhead, however: a point of awkwardness considering the developer is pushing for new construction projects inside city limits. Those projects include relocating Jackson Public Schools’ administrative offices to his recently purchased property in the Metrocenter Mall on Highway 80, and a proposed graduate school for fine arts on Capitol Street, among other developments. Watkins is also the name behind the development of the Farish Street

Entertainment District, which contains more property leased by the JRA. “I retired, and the name Watkins & Young LLC is the name of a business I was associated with, and as long as I’m not working in law, (Young) is allowed to use it, and he’s stated that he wants to use it,” Watkins said. When Watkins abandoned the legal field for a stint in development he also resigned as attorney for the Jackson Public Schools Board. JRA attorney Zachary Taylor said the board needs to pursue Young for the payment, but Young says he has a dispute with the amount he’s paying for utilities in the building. “There are discussions ongoing back to 2004 about the utility bills, but it’s still in the discussion stage,” Young told the Jackson Free Press. The JRA expects Young to contest his costs for the Union Station’s common area utility expenses. Different organizations share electricity and water costs for the building, but some businesses, such as the Greyhound bus terminal, run 24 hours and use considerably more utilities than strictly daytime office users. Young claims he is paying a disproportionate amount for utilities and wants to recalculate the charges contained within his JRA lease. Board members scheduled Young to plead his issue before the board at its next meeting Aug. 24. If the board and Young do not come to an agreement on the issue, the JRA could submit request for bids on the property within 30 days. Young agreed that he has yet to decide if he will renew his lease on the building and contends the JRA overcharges him on his lease: “That’s a discussion I intend to take up with the JRA,” he said.

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will generate less than $20 million in immediate savings including savings of an average $5.5 million in the years 2011, 2012 and 2013, and about $2 million in 2014. However, beginning in 2015, the refinancing will begin costing the city money, with the city owing just under $1 million in annual extra funding for debt service in the years 2015 through 2018, and almost $2 million in funding in 2019. The years 2020 through 2023 will suffer an annual payment rate of $4.5 million while the year 2024 will cost the city about $6 million. The city would have to begin paying down its bond debt with or without the restructuring plan, but Deputy Director of Administration Rick Hill said the restructuring will add another $10 million to the municipal bond debt. The city is immediately applying $5.5 million in savings from the restructuring plan to a $9 million deficit in fiscal-year 2011, due to tax-revenue shortfall. “We’re buying ourselves some time to get ourselves out of this economic situation the city is in and allow for some development to get on the city books, and a subsequent revenue increase that development will bring,” said Hill, who added that he would not advocate for the restructuring plan “if there were any other way.” Hill said new revenue-generating projects should be up and running by the time the payments come due, including the renovation of the Farish Street Entertainment District and the beginning stages of the $1.3 billion Old Capitol Green development. Still, Weill said economic predictions did not support a robust prediction of new revenue coming into the city. “Mr. Hill’s explanation is, ‘Let’s just do this until Jackson grows its way out of the problem,’ but we’re only looking at three or four years down the road before the bill comes due, and all the economic arrows are not pointing up, so we’re not going to grow out of this. We’re just going to burden our children with this refinancing,” Weill said. Get breaking news at

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oon, the Jackson City Council Planning Committee is bringing a proposed ordinance before full council to restrict city police from inquiring about citizenship status during interdictions. The ordinance is designed to encourage members of the city’s immigrant population to more quickly come forward with information to help police do their job. The ordinance gives immigrants one less reason not to approach police to report a crime against them, including aggravated assault or robbery. Mississippi Immigrants Rights Executive Director Bill Chandler said at a council hearing last week that immigrants’ fear of police makes them an easy target for robbery. After all, you don’t want that robbery to eventually result in you losing your job, your rent and your family stability, so you might not report it. The move sets the city of Jackson apart from much of the rest of the state in terms of immigrant tolerance. Anti-immigrant parties are beating the drum for isolationism in large white communities, such as Madison—whining that immigrants are taking away valuable jobs and government services, without mentioning the benefit of the sales taxes they pay and unclaimed FICA payments. White state representatives, including Brookhaven Republican Becky Currie, plan to submit copycat legislation during the next legislative session to mimic Arizona’s infamous anti-immigrant law and require police to determine the residential status of people during traffic stops. Other big cities in largely conservative southern states are making moves similar to Jackson. In July, Birmingham Mayor William Bell issued a proclamation declaring Birmingham a city that is “welcome to all,” and that the city would “reject any policies that divide our community,” in a direct response to the Arizona law. Bell issued his proclamation even as Alabama Attorney General Troy King filed a July 14 brief asking a federal district court to dismiss the U.S. Justice Department’s challenge of the Arizona law. With all the anti-immigrant hooey politicians are throwing around, it apparently falls to a major metropolis to recognize that we are a country composed primarily of immigrants, and we do not want to return to hateful policies of our too-recent past in the South. Immigrant intolerance was just as much an issue in the 1800s, when the country scrabbled to lock out those hard-drinking Irish “tater-heads” and their willingness to pay $1.50 to cram their drunken Irish families into a single 11-bynine-foot room with no water or sanitation. We got over it. We’ll get over this too, but—like then—and it’s up to progressive places like the city of Jackson to lead the way, just as major cities blazed the right trail in the past. When the new city ordinance comes up for a vote, vote for it. It’s good.


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ear Diary, I have a serious concern about how I am serving my community. I am ashamed about how I’ve enabled my financially challenged customers to consume processed foods from my Pork-N-Piggly supermarkets. Today I saw a lady at the checkout counter with a shopping cart filled with 20 pounds of meat, three dozen eggs, four loaves of bread, 15 microwavable frozen dinners and snacks, eight cans of mixed veggies, several bags of chips, six gallons of juice, three gallons of milk, two bottles of soda and a gallon of Cootie Creek County Spring Water. This was enough to feed her family for a month. She paid for the food items with her WIC voucher and pre-paid debit card. I asked her how she felt about feeding her family all that processed food she purchased. She replied: “I may be financially challenged and on welfare, but I am somebody who will have plenty of processed food to eat.” I feel so guilty about selling my customers food products made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It bothers my conscience to know that my customers eat meat injected with growth hormones. And the words of Rev. Vegan of the Vegetarian Church, International, echo loudly in my mind: “If there is something wrong with the cows, what about the milk?” I must go now to the organic-foods isle to promote Bubba Robinski’s Barbeque Tofu Strips. They’re quite tasty. Sincerely, Ernest “Monday Night Football Head” Walker Pork-N-Piggly Supermarkets, Inc.


YOUR TURN by Rims Barber

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ary Jo went to the hospital recently and received a bill for more than $15,000. She was uninsured and unable to pay more than about $20 per week. It would take her about 15 years to pay off this debt. Many hospitals are established as private nonprofit entities and are expected to give back charity care to the community in exchange for their tax-exempt status. Under the new health-reform law Congress passed this year, non-profit hospitals will have to meet new indigent-care requirements. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It now requires nonprofit hospitals to publish guidelines for financial assistance, explain who is eligible and how a person can apply for assistance. To qualify for nonprofit status, a hospital must: • Develop written financial assistance policies; • Limit what they charge for services; • Observe fair-billing and debt-collection practices; • Conduct regular community-needs assessments. With the exception of the needs assessment, these requirements go into effect this year. The U.S. Treasury Department is charged with enforcing the new provisions and has authority to issue further guidance and regulations as needed to make sure they are correctly implemented. The hospitals will report to the IRS on their annual 990 forms. The Mississippi Human Services Agenda wrote all the private nonprofit hospitals in Mississippi asking them how they intended to comply

with this new requirement. Only three hospitals responded to our survey, and we were directed to their websites for specifics on their financial assistance/charity care policies. The web-published sliding scale showed discounts from the hospital charges, based on income. Because most hospitals accept a discount from insurance companies of 30 percent to 40 percent as payment in full, we can see that the hospitals are using their sliding scale to grant some patients the same discount they give insurance companies. Two hospitals used this sliding scale: Percent of Poverty

$ for Family of 4 Discount from charges

Below poverty $22,050 100-119 percent $26,240 120-139 percent $30,650 140-169 percent $37,265 170-199 percent $43,880 200-299 percent $62,930

100 percent 100 percent 90 percent 80 percent 70 percent 40 percent

Persons would have to bring documents with them to verify their income when they enter the hospital and declare that they are uninsured. If all our state’s nonprofit hospitals would make the effort to obey the law and let people know they may be eligible for discounts on their hospital care (and how they can qualify for this benefit), we would be much better off. People should let their local nonprofit hospitals know that they expect them to follow the law and treat the needy with equity. Rims Barber is director of the Mississippi Human Services Agenda. He can be reached at 601355-7495. The Mississippi Forum distributed this column on his behalf.

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t the end of July, I traveled to Arizona to join with other members of the Unitarian Universalist faith to protest the enactment of SB 1070, the infamous anti-immigration law, in solidarity with Puente, a human-rights organization. On the grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix stands a sculpture by John Waddell entitled “That Which Might Have Been: Birmingham 1963.” The statue is in memory of four young girls who died in the firebombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., on Sept. 15, 1963. The gifts of these would-have-been women facing outward are depicted in this sculpture, powerfully emoting the “what if’s” surrounding them. Coming to Arizona from Alabama, this image profoundly linked two moments in our history—a time when America was gripped in fear of a different “other,” and its now-ironic juxtaposition with Arizona. As I pondered the statue, I wondered what the “what if’s” might have been if legislators had not passed SB 1070 and the other laws. What would the lives of the families torn apart have been like had their mother or father not been deported? What gifts would these families have presented our country had a different scenario, filled with love and welcome, been played out? What was hailed as a post-racist America when the first African American president was elected has certainly proved to be, instead, a new incarnation of racism in America. And just as Arizonans like to exclaim to their out-of-state friends, “But it’s a dry heat,” this new incarnation of racism in America is a dry hate. There are no Jim Crow laws banning Latinos and Hispanics from whites-only drinking fountains or sitting at whites-only lunch counters. There are no laws segregating schools into white and brown. But as my friends on Facebook reminded me when I asked about the difference between Alabama’s 104 temps with humidity vs. Arizona’s 104 temps without humidity, hot is still hot. And so it is with hate. Arizona insists that it will not tolerate racial profiling in the enforcement of this new law. But profiling is evident in the actions of the Maricopa County sheriff who treats rescued, abused dogs better than he treats Latinos, Hispanics and indigenous people. It is evident in the actions of State Sen. Russell Pearce and Gov. Jan Brewer who have declared all undocumented persons from south of the border as criminals and parasites on the state. Such dehumanizing behavior is a necessary component to begin ethnic cleans-

ing, or as Arizona prefers to call it, “enforcement through attrition.” It is, indeed, a dry hate that is drying out the very heart of America as its fear spreads across the country into Mississippi and other states. Prior to going to Arizona, I was told that police could only enforce the law for reasonable suspicion that arose during investigation of another situation. I was told that with a judge suspending so many parts of the law, the reason for my being in Arizona was no longer valid because everything had changed. Talking with the people in Arizona, I see that suspending the law changes nothing. Employers cannot pick up day laborers along side the road, reducing opportunities to place food on the table or a roof over their families’ heads. Police can arrest church drivers for human trafficking and impound the church van should drivers pick up a parishioner who is undocumented. Residents can still sue police if they perceive officers are not enforcing the law. These components of the law are still in effect. The harassment is still occurring. Police are stopping people for minor infractions, like a broken taillight, and that becomes the reasonable suspicion to detain them for immigration authorities. Even settled traffic-court cases become the reason for detaining them. These examples of harassment were going on before the passage of SB 1070. Once officials hand a person over to immigration, there is no due process. Witnesses saw one of the leaders of Puente released from jail and enter a waiting van. The police immediately surrounded the van. The police wanted to arrest him again for violating the conditions of his release because of an expired meter. This is the harassment that is happening in Arizona. Several local people stated this happens daily, just as this sort of thing happened in the South in 1963. It is time for our nation to return to its core values of liberty, equality and justice for all. It is time for America to return again to being a nation worthy of its creed of all people being created equal with unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is time for America to return home to its soul. Rev. Fred L Hammond is pastor of the Our Home Universalist Church in Ellisville, Miss., and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tuscaloosa, Ala. He blogs at This column was adapted from a recent sermon.

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college football coach once said that if your team was any good, a coach was going to have to go pick up a player from the local jail every now and then. Based on what’s been going on with players from Mississippi’s Big Four college teams, they should all be pretty good this season. The number of football players who have had run-ins with the law isn’t remarkable. It’s remarkable that there aren’t more incidents. Think about it: Most football players, especially the ones in college, are large, aggressive men who enjoy hitting other people. Couple that with the fact that most of them have been pampered all of their lives because of their athletic talent, and you can see how they might have entitlement issues. And did I mention that football players like to hit other people? Usually, the players who make legal headlines are offensive linemen, running backs and defensive players. But the Big Four players who have run into problems with the law are “skill position” players.

Ole Miss went out and found an “outlaw” quarterback in Jeremiah Masoli. Oregon suspended Masoli the 2000-2010 season after pleading guilty to a felony burglary charge. He was then kicked off the team after being cited for marijuana possession. Jackson State has a former felon at quarterback, too. Casey Therriault did six months in jail in Michigan for his role in a bar fight that led to a man’s death. Southern Miss’ top player, wide receiver DeAndre Brown, was arrested in July after an incident at a Hattiesburg pool party. Mississippi State QB Chris Relf wasn’t arrested, but he was suspended for two games during the 2009 season for the infamous and vague “violations of team rules.” That was reportedly because he tested positive for marijuana. So will these guys stay out of trouble and lead their teams to victory? Doctor S is ready to supply his patented predictions and SWAGs (sophisticated wild-ass guesses).

Coach: Larry Fedora (third season, 14-12) 2009 season: 7-6 (5-3 C-USA), lost New Orleans Bowl Stadium: M.M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg Radio: 1180 AM/103.3 FM

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USM’s returning quarterback Austin Davis says about this year’s football season,“We need to get it done.”

outhern Miss finished 7-6 in Larry Fedora’s first two seasons. That’s not what he was hired to do. Heck, former coach Jeff Bower got fired after a 7-6 season in 2007. The last two seasons, the Golden Eagles had to go on late-season runs to reach the New Orleans Bowl. “We need to get it done,” quarterback Austin Davis told The Associated Press. “It’s just frustrating when you know you have the talent to win, and you’re coming up short for whatever reason.” On offense, Davis returns at quarterback after missing much of last season because of a foot injury. Martevious Young did an admirable job in Davis’ absence, so Fedora would have no hesitation going to him if Davis falters. Whoever is throwing will have a big target

in junior wide receiver DeAndre Brown. Brown, a freshman All-American in 2008, struggled last season because of injuries. He says he’s ready to return to form this season. “I can probably put up the best numbers in the nation in the type of offense we’re in,” Brown told The Hattiesburg American. “Just having a third year under my belt in this type of offense—there are a lot of things I expect to come out of it.” The Eagles still have to find a running back to replace Damion Fletcher and find four new starters on the offensive line. On defense, the Eagles have nine starters back. Considering how poorly the Eagles played on defense the last two seasons, that might not be a good thing.

Outlook: If the Eagles can find a way to win their opener at South Carolina, they could hit double digits in victories this season. After the opener, USM’s schedule is favorable. The Eagles play UCF on the road, but Kansas and Houston both come to Hattiesburg. USM is predicted to finish second in the C-USA East, but an improved defense should

put them and their, ugly-ass all-black uniforms over the top. Schedule: Sept. 2, at South Carolina; Sept. 11, Prairie View A&M; Sept. 17, Kansas; Sept. 25, at Louisiana Tech; Oct. 2, Marshall; Oct. 9, East Carolina; Oct. 16, at Memphis; Oct. 30, UAB; Nov. 6, at Tulane; Nov. 13, at UCF; Nov. 20, Houston; Nov. 26, at Tulsa


any at Mississippi State believe this will be the year Tyler Russell, Mississippi’s Mr. Football, finally gets on the field for the Bulldogs. Doctor S is not so sure. If Dan Mullen thought Russell was the answer, wouldn’t he have used him last year when the Bulldogs were struggling? Chris Relf made a strong case for winning the starting job in the 2009 season (after he served his two-game suspension for alleged hippie lettuce use), especially in the Bulldogs’ 41-27 rout of Ole Miss (it wasn’t that close) in the season finale. Relf ran for 133 yards and accounted for three touchdowns. “I think he’s had a great offseason,” Mullen told The Associated Press. “He picked up where he left off this offseason. If you look at what he’s done and the improve-

ments he’s made, he didn’t just sit and get satisfied with that game” Mullen has kept his preseason practices closed and Relf and Russell aren’t talking. The third man in the QB battle is freshman Dylan Favre, nephew of the legendary Brett Favre. (He’s not allowed to talk to reporters.) He appears to be a longshot, but never count out a Favre. The Bulldogs’ biggest problem on offense will be replacing running back Anthony Dixon, who’s now playing for the San Francisco 49ers. Will this be the year Robert Elliott finally asserts himself? The defense appears to be solid, thanks to the return of studs like defensive end Pernell McPhee, safety Charles Mitchell and linebacker K.J. Wright.

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Coach: Dan Mullen (second season, 5-7) 2009 record: 5-7 (3-5 SEC) Stadium: Scott Field, Starkville Radio: 105.9 FM

Last season, Chris Relf rushed for 133 yards and accounted for three touchdowns.

and gone to a bowl game. Will this be the year those breaks go the Bulldogs’ way? Schedule: Sept. 4, Memphis; Sept. 9, Auburn; Sept. 18, at LSU; Sept. 25, Georgia; Oct. 2, Alcorn State; Oct. 9, at Houston; Oct. 16, at Florida; Oct. 23, UAB; Oct. 30, Kentucky; Nov. 13, at Alabama; Nov. 20, Arkansas; Nov. 27, at Ole Miss

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Outlook: The Doctor knows he says this every year, but State’s schedule is absolute murder. The Bulldogs go on the road to play the last two national champions, Alabama and Florida, plus LSU, Houston and Ole Miss. After being outplayed and outcoached in 2008, the Bulldogs became competitive during Mullens’ first season. With a couple of breaks, the Bulldogs could have won two more games

Coach: Rick Comegy (fourth season, 24-21/15th season overall, 132-72) 2009 record: 3-7 (3-4 SWAC) Stadium: Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium Radio: 1300 AM

Outlook: The Tigers are predicted to finish second in the SWAC East. They get a huge break by hosting Alabama A&M and Alcorn State. Their toughest game might be their opener with Division II Delta State. If JSU can muster any kind of offense, they will win the SWAC East. If Comegy doesn’t at least reach Birmingham this season, JSU’s fickle fans will start grumbling.


ou’ve already heard the bad news about quarterback Casey Therriault. The good news: He threw for more than 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns for Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College. “As long as he abides our rules, he’s ready to go,” Rick Comegy told The Clarion-Ledger. “The only thing I know is he’s paid his debt to society. He’s got a clean slate. I’m looking at the present.” After finishing at the bottom of the SWAC in offense last season, JSU has installed a spread attack. Comegy had to do something.

The Tigers were 1-5 last season in games decided by eight points or less. Therriault appeared to take the lead over sophomore Dedric McDonald in the quarterback competition after his performance in Saturday’s scrimmage. Comegy said he planned to name a starter shortly (but not before press time). The Tigers return six starters from last year’s defense, which led the league in total defense last and was second in scoring defense. Three Tigers were named to the preseason All-SWAC team: defensive back Kerry Hoskins,

Schedule: Sept. 4, Delta State; Sept. 11, vs. Tennessee State (Memphis); Sept. 18, at Grambling State; Sept. 25, Mississippi Valley State; Oct. 9, Alabama A&M; Oct. 16, Southern; Oct. 23, at Texas Southern; Oct. 30, Prairie View A&M; Nov. 6, at Alabama State; Nov. 13, at Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Nov. 20, Alcorn State defensive back Anthony Johnson and defensive lineman Donovan Robinson. Comegy led the Tigers to the SWAC championship in 2007, his second season. The Tigers returned to the title game in 2008 but lost. Then things fell apart last season. Comegy insists he doesn’t feel any extra pressure from JSU’s demanding fans. “If I’m under pressure, then the kids are under pressure,” he told The Clarion-Ledger. “… This game is filled with pressure. You’ve got to get out of the game if you can’t handle it.”

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le Miss made national headlines for accepting last-minute transfer Jeremiah Masoli, but maybe not the kind of headlines UM wanted to make. (Before Mississippi State fans get too cocky, they should remember that State was looking at Masoli, too.) Masoli started the last two seasons at Oregon. Last season, he threw for 2,147 yards and 15 touchdowns, ran for 13 scores and led the Ducks to the Pac-10 championship and the Rose Bowl. But he played on an Oregon team that had a number of players involved in on- and off-field incidents. Coach Chip Kelly worried that his team was getting an outlaw image. So when Masoli pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree felony burglary, Kelly suspended him for the season. When Masoli was ticketed for misdemeanor traffic and marijuana possession Outlook: The Rebels, who are coming off the most disappointing 9-4 season in school history, have big holes to fill on offense. The Rebels have five new starters on the offensive line. The mobile Masoli should help cover that deficiency. The Ole Miss defense looks solid, thanks to lineman Jerrell Powe, who anchors an experienced front seven. With a pillow-soft schedule and the

Sophomore Stanley Nathan begins the 2010 season with limited on-field experience.

The tastiest morsels on this season’s state college football menu: • Sept. 2, Southern Miss at South Carolina (6:30 p.m., Columbia, S.C., ESPN): The Golden Eagles get their moment in the national spotlight against Visor Boy and the Chickens. • Sept. 4, Delta State at Jackson State (4 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Jackson): The Statesmen and Tigers both have aspirations of winning a conference title. This will be a major test for both sides. • Sept. 4, Mississippi College at Millsaps (7 p.m., Jackson): The Choctaws and Majors tangle in the Backyard Brawl. Start hating now and avoid the rush. • Sept. 9, Auburn at Mississippi State (6:30 p.m., Starkville, ESPN): The Tigers won 3-2 when these two played in StarkVegas in 2008. This game should be much more offensive. • Sept. 11, Belhaven at Millsaps (6 p.m., Clinton): Expect these two to pass early and often in the shadow of the Golden Dome. • Sept. 17, Kansas at Southern Miss (7 p.m., Hattiesburg, ESPN): The Jayhawks and Golden Eagles duel beneath the Friday night lights. • Sept. 25, Mississippi Valley State at

Jackson State (6 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Jackson): This series is two onesided to be called a rivalry, but these two put the grudge in grudge match. • Sept. 25, Georgia at Mississippi State (TBA, Starkville): It’s Dog-eatDog Night in Starkville. • Oct. 30, UAB at Southern Miss (11 a.m., Hattiesburg, CSS): The last time these two met, the Golden Eagles lost the game and quarterback Austin Davis. • Nov. 13, Southern Miss at UCF (11 a.m., Orlando, Fla., CBS-College Sports): The Golden Eagles and Golden Knights meet in the game that could decide who wins the C-USA East. • Nov. 20, Alcorn State at Jackson State (1 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Jackson): The Tigers will be hungry to avenge last year’s loss to the Braves. • Nov. 20, Ole Miss at LSU (2:30 p.m., Baton Rouge, La., Ch. 12): No matter where Houston Nutt coaches, he seems to always beat the Tigers. Can he keep that up? • Nov. 27, Mississippi State at Ole Miss (TBA, Oxford): Everybody at the School Up North has spent the last year thinking about the licking the Bulldogs laid on the Rebels in 2009. —Doctor S

charge in June, Kelly kicked him off the team. Masoli’s college football career might have been over were it not for the fact that he graduated from Oregon. He was eligible to play immediately at another Division I school if that university offered a graduate program that wasn’t available at Oregon. Masoli decided that he wanted to earn a master’s in parks and recreation at Ole Miss. That was good news for the Rebels, who have many playmakers to replace on offense, including two-year starting quarterback Jevan Snead. Nathan Stanley, a sophomore with limited experience, was the starter coming out of spring practice. But Masoli appears to have taken the lead in the quarterback competition. “I’m not going to let anybody else down,” Masoli told We’ll see. addition of Masoli, the Rebels should have their third straight winning season and bowl trip under Nutt. Schedule: Sept. 4, Jacksonville State; Sept. 11, at Tulane; Sept. 18, Vanderbilt; Sept. 25, Fresno State; Oct. 2, Kentucky; Oct. 16, at Alabama; Oct. 23, at Arkansas; Oct. 30, Auburn; Nov. 6, Louisiana-Lafayette; Nov. 13, at Tennessee; Nov. 20, at LSU; Nov. 27, Mississippi State

Doctor S sez: Slowly but surely, football is taking over the world. Finally. THURSDAY, AUG. 26 NFL exhibition football, Indianapolis at Green Bay (7 p.m., ESPN): The Colts call on the Packers. Will the Cheeseheads like what they see? FRIDAY, AUG. 27 High school football, Pearl at Brandon (7:30 p.m., Brandon, Fox Sports South): The Pirates and Bulldogs meet in the Rankin County Super Bowl. Get there early if you want a seat. … NFL exhibition football, San Diego at New Orleans (7 p.m., Ch. 12, 620 AM): The Saints host the Chargers in the closest thing to a real game you will see in the preseason. SATURDAY, AUG. 28 College football, Belhaven at Texas College (6 p.m., Tyler, Texas): The Blazers kick off the Mississippi college football season against the Steers. SUNDAY, AUG. 29 NFL exhibition football, Pittsburgh at Denver (7 p.m., Ch. 40): The Steelers and Broncos both have quarterback issues. This game won’t settle them.

MONDAY, AUG. 30 Tennis, U.S. Open (noon and 6 p.m., ESPN2): The season’s last major begins and goes and goes for about two weeks. … Southern League baseball, Carolina at Mississippi (7 p.m., Pearl, 103.9 FM): The Mudcats and M-Braves wrap up their series at the T-P. The Doctor just likes writing the word “Mudcats.” TUESDAY, AUG. 31 Southern League baseball, Mississippi at West Tenn (7 p.m., Jackson, Tenn., 103.9 FM): The M-Braves open a series against the Diamond Jaxx. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1 Major League baseball, New York Mets at Atlanta (6 p.m., ESPN, CSS, 620 AM): The Braves try to pad their NL East lead against the Mets, who are just marking time. The Slate is compiled by Doctor S between bouts with that Taco Bell lime. It’s a pity that a big corporation isn’t sponsoring JFP Sports at, because the Doctor would take that cash. How about you, Trojan Man?


Coach: Houston Nutt (third season, 18-8/18th season, 129-78) 2009 record: 9-4 (4-4 SEC), won Cotton Bowl Stadium: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford Radio: 97.3 FM


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Coach: Joseph Thrasher (second season 6-5/fourth season overall 21-23) 2009 record: 6-5 (4-2 MSC) Stadium: Newell Field, Jackson Radio: Online at

Coach: Earnest Collins Jr. (second season, 3-6) 2009 record: 3-6 (3-4 SWAC) Stadium: Jack Spinks Stadium, Lorman Radio: 90.1 FM

Outlook: Joe Thrasher made a successful debut as Blazers coach in 2009. Is Belhaven ready to challenge for the MSC title? The Blazers have seven starters back on offense including quarterback Alex Williams, running back Cordario Calvin and wide receiver Kevin Dixon. There are five starters back on defense, but the Blazers picked up a few talented newcomers. Now for the bad news: the University of the Cumberlands, which has won the last three MSC East titles, is moving into the MSC West this season. If Thrasher can keep the Blazers’ improvement going, they could be a year away from contending in the MSC. Schedule: Aug. 28, at Texas College; Sept. 4, Louisiana College; Sept. 11, at Mississippi College; Sept. 18, Lindsey Wilson; Oct. 2, Bethel; Oct. 9, at Faulkner; Oct. 16, Shorter; Oct. 30, U. of Cumberlands; Nov. 6, at Cumberland; Nov. 13, at Georgetown

Outlook: The Braves won just three games in Earnest Collins’ first season as coach, but they were are big victories: Mississippi Valley State, SWAC champ Alabama A&M and arch-rival Jackson State. The Braves have eight starters back on offense, but they’re looking for a starting quarterback. Terrance Barnes, who was the backup the last two seasons, is the front-runner now. Alcorn returns nine starters on defense. The ASU defense will keep the Braves in most games, but they have too many questions on offense to be a contender. Schedule: Sept. 4, Langston; Sept. 18, vs. Mississippi Valley State (Chicago); Sept. 25, Alabama State; Oct. 2, at Mississippi State; Oct. 9, Texas Southern; Oct. 16, at Grambling State; Oct. 21, Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Oct. 30, Southern; Nov. 6, at Alabama A&M; Nov. 13, at Prairie View A&M; Nov. 20, at Jackson State

Coach: Aaron Pelch (first season) 2008 record: 7-3 (5-1 SCAC) Stadium: Harper Davis Field, Jackson Radio/video: Online at

Coach: Ron Roberts (fourth season, 25-9) 2009 record: 5-5 (4-4 GSC) Stadium: Travis Parker Field, Cleveland Radio: 930 AM

Outlook: New coach Aaron Pelch has a tough act to follow. He succeeds Mike DuBose, whose four-season run included three straight SCAC championships. He spent the last four seasons as a Majors assistant, so continuity won’t be a problem. The defense returns six starters, including All-American linebacker Will Hawkins, the reigning SCAC Defensive Player of the year. On offense, the Majors have to find a new quarterback, but they have standout running back Shane Bowser and wide receiver Michael Galatas, last year’s SCAC Special Teams Player of the Year. The Majors are probably a year away from challenging from a conference title. Schedule: Sept. 4, Mississippi College; Sept. 11, at LaGrange; Sept. 18, Austin; Sept. 25, at Trinity; Oct. 2, DePauw; Oct. 9, Huntingdon; Oct. 16, at Rhodes; Oct. 23, at Centre; Oct. 30, Sewanee; Nov. 13, at Birmingham-Southern

Outlook: After winning two consecutive GSC titles, the Statesmen took a fall last season. DSU slipped to 5-5, its worst finish since 2002. The Fighting Okra is optimistic heading into this season, boosted no doubt by a No. 24 ranking in the AFCA preseason Division II poll. Senior running back Trevar Deed, a two-time All-GSC choice, led the league in scoring and was second in rushing and all-purpose yards. Senior transfer Micah Davis is the starting quarterback and has looked brilliant during preseason practice. The Statesmen get a break by hosting GSC favorite North Alabama, but can they win at West Alabama and Valdosta State? No. Schedule: Sept. 4, at Jackson State; Sept. 9, Arkansas Tech; Sept. 18, at Valdosta State; Sept. 25, Henderson State; Sept. 30, West Alabama; Oct. 7, at Arkansas-Monticello; Oct. 16, Harding; Oct. 23, at West Georgia; Oct. 28, North Alabama; Nov. 6, at Ouachita Baptist; Nov. 13, at Lambuth

Coach: Norman Joseph (fifth season 29-23/10th season overall 50-43) 2008 record: 9-3 (7-1 ASC), won ASC championship, lost in NCAA Division III playoffs Stadium: Robinson-Hale Stadium, Clinton Radio: Online at

Coach: Karl Morgan (first season) 2008 record: 3-8 (1-6 SWAC) Stadium: Greenville-Weston High School, Greenville

Outlook: The Choctaws finally broke through last season and won a share of the ASC title. Doing that again will be tougher because MC has to play the league’s top two teams, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Hardin-Simmons on the road. The Choctaws have seven starters back on offense, including All-ASC running back Steven Knight. Quarterback Tommy Reyer saw extensive action during the last two seasons, including eight starts as a freshman in 2008. Seven starters return on defense including Nolan Willisson, who led the league in sacks last season. The Choctaws will be an ASC contender again this season. Schedule: Sept. 4, at Millsaps; Sept. 11, Belhaven; Sept. 18, at Hardin-Simmons; Sept. 25, Louisiana College; Oct. 9, at Mary Hardin-Baylor; Oct. 16, East Texas Baptist; Oct. 23, at Howard Payne; Oct. 30, Sul Ross State; Nov. 6, at Texas Lutheran; Nov. 13, McMurry

Outlook: First-year coach Karl Morgan must be wondering what he got himself into when he took this job. He knew when he arrived in Itta Bena that his program had one of the smallest budgets in the SWAC. Then four Valley players were arrested on drug charges and eventually expelled from school. Finally, Valley’s stadium was condemned because of structural problems. So the Delta Devils, who only had four home games to start with, will play three “home games” in Greenville and the fourth in Chicago. Valley will be lucky to win three games this season. Schedule: Sept. 4, at Alabama State; Sept. 11, at South Carolina State; Sept. 18, vs. Alcorn State (Chicago); Sept. 25, at Jackson State; Oct. 2, vs. Prairie View (Greenville); Oct. 9, at Southern; Oct. 23, vs. Grambling State; Oct. 30, at Texas Southern; Nov. 6, at Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Nov. 13, vs. Alabama A&M

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now what this means? “There we were on the four-yard line with less than a minute to go in the game. Our quarterback was in our spread offense in the shotgun when he took the snap. Everything went wrong from the offensive line, and the running back performed poorly and missed the blitz.” “Our quarterback scrambles out of the pocket and throws the ball up to the wide receiver. The other team intercepts

by Bryan Flynn the ball and runs it back for a pick six.” Have no fear. Let’s break down the scenario above. “Yard line” tells you where the ball is. Here, it is four yards from the defense’s goal line. The quarterback is the leader of the offense. When his team has the ball, he leads the offense down the field to score. You need to know who he is and watch him closely. Anytime you hear the “spread”

or “west coast,” it tells you what offensive system a team uses to move the ball toward the goal line. Being in the shotgun means the quarterback did not put his hands between the legs of the center to grab the ball at the snap. Instead, the quarterback positioned himself five to eight yards behind the offensive line. The play starts when the center snaps the ball to the quarterback, and the offensive line protects the player with the ball. Offensive linemen can only block defensive players, most of the

time. In special situations, they can run or catch the ball. Quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs (“skill players”) can run, catch or throw the ball. While running backs and wide receivers can block, their main job is to advance the football by running or catching it. Scrambling means a quarterback or ball carrier is running from the defense because his blockers did not protect him. Interception or pick means the opposite team’s defensive player has

caught a pass instead of the offensive player. It is one of three ways the defense can stop the offense. The other two are: not allowing the offense to travel 10 yards within three plays, so they have to punt the ball on their fourth play; forcing the offensive player to fumble or drop the ball on the ground after he had possession of it. When a defensive player runs the ball back for a touchdown, it is also known as a pick/interception-six, or just pick-six. The six refers to the fact a touchdown is worth six points.


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was on a mission. Locked in a onewindow room with no air-conditioning, just a laptop and a notepad, I began to burn up the Internet with my searches, watching film. My mission was to discover a bold prediction for the three FCS, formerly known as Division I, college football teams in Mississippi. The room was stuffy and hot. With only a pot of coffee and high-speed Internet connection to guide my way, I began to absorb all the information I could find on my subject. Here are a few predictions so bold they will blow your mind.

Bold Prediction No.1: Ole Miss will go to a bowl game in 2010.

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Many experts say the Rebels underperformed with a 9-4 record last season. Ole Miss started in the top 10 of the major polls and climbed all the way into the top five until the third game of the season. They were doomed last season by an offense that could not move the ball and a defense that was worn out by the end of games. Gone this season is Jevan Snead, the quarterback who just could not keep from turning the ball over. Superstar Dexter McCluster, the explosive running back who nearly single handily carried Ole Miss on his back last season, has left for the NFL. But do not lose heart, Rebel fans: All is not lost going into this season. Former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli is taking his talents to Oxford. Add Masoli to running backs Brandon Bolden, Enrique Davis and Rodney Scott, and the Rebels will grind up more yardage on the ground than a butcher grinds meat. Seven to eight wins are not out of the question for this team if Masoli can learn the offense quickly and the defense holds up their end.


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Bold Prediction No. 2: Mississippi State’s best pure quarterback will be Dylan Favre. Look at the person next to you. Look back at the statement above. Look back at the person next to you. This is the bold prediction your man would make if he made bold predictions. Many erroneously think the Bulldogs’ best

chance at quarterback this season will be either Chris Relf or Tyler Russell. Sure, Relf ran all over Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl last year, but teams will be ready for him this season. That is why it makes sense for Mississippi State to use him in the “wild cat” offense instead of making him the starter for 2010. Anyone who watched the Bulldogs’ spring game saw that Russell still needs work to be a passer. In the Maroon and White game, Russell was 12 of 27 with no touchdowns and an interception. Favre will be the best pure quarterback in Starkville. He has the talent and the pedigree to be a starter. The major knock on Favre is that he is only 5 foot 11 inches, short for quarterback. Take this with a grain of salt if you want, but Drew Brees is only 6 foot, and Colt McCoy is 6 foot 1 inch. Favre is only a freshman so he has plenty of time to grow. He also broke the state record for touchdowns by 40 and had 81 touchdowns his senior year at St. Stanislaus High School on the Coast.

Bold Prediction No. 3: Southern Mississippi will win the Conference USA title. Larry Fedora has had two straight 7-6 seasons since replacing Jeff Bower, fired for having 7-6 seasons. That should all change this year, or Fedora could be packing up his office. Good news for Fedora and Eagles fans is that this team returns nine starters on defense. For the first time in the new era, the defense should earn the nickname “Nasty Bunch.” Also returning this season are quarterback Austin Davis and wide receiver DeAndre Brown. Both will be back on the field and healthy. The biggest concerns are that the offensive line has just one returning starter, and the school must replace its all-time leading rusher Damion Fletcher. Houston will get the majority of the publicity nationally in C-USA, but the Golden Eagles should prove that defense wins championships. As I finished the last words, I heard a key inserted into the lock to let me free. Good thing: The coffee’s gone and my laptop is smoking.

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t happens nearly every year for teams in college football. There’s one game coaches and fans point back to as the key game of the past year. Prefect example: Last season Ole Miss had a top-five ranking traveling to unranked South Carolina for a nationally televised game. On a hot and muggy September night in Columbia, the Gamecocks defense dominated the Rebels offense in a 16-10 loss. What if South Carolina hadn’t exposed the Rebels’ offense? Would they have beaten Auburn or Mississippi State? Ole Miss might have gotten enough offense to upset Alabama if they could have figured a

way to gut out a win at South Carolina. Here are the key games in 2010 that Mississippi teams need to win to reach their goals this season: Ole Miss Rebels: The first part of the Rebels’ season sets up nicely, with four of their first five games at home. Ole Miss should win its opener against Jacksonville State before its lone road game against Tulane, which should be a win. Fresno State comes to Oxford between two winnable home conference games against Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Ole Miss has the talent to be 5-0 at their bye week before they

travel to play Alabama and Arkansas in backto-back weeks. The key game for the Rebels this season is at home against the Auburn Tigers. If Ole Miss is 5-0 but drops the Alabama and Arkansas games, they need to beat Auburn to end a losing streak and get bowl eligible with six wins. Mississippi State Bulldogs: The Bulldogs have one of the toughest road schedules in the country. Mississippi State travels to play LSU, Florida, Alabama and Ole Miss. If the plan at MSU is to go to a bowl game this season, it has to win home

games against Memphis, Alcorn State, and UAB. It also must upset two of the following four at home: Auburn, Kentucky, Georgia, and Arkansas. That would get the Bulldogs to five wins, making their key game a road trip to play Houston. A win over the Cougars would get MSU to the magical mark of six wins with a chance at a bowl game. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles: USM wants to be a force in Conference USA again this season. This is doable for the Eagles since East division foes UAB, UCF, Memphis and Marshall all look to be down. Southern Mississippi has tough games against Houston and Tulsa in its conference, but both are winnable. The key game will be an October home meeting against East Carolina. The Pirates have been the class of CUSA the past few years, winning two of the last three conference titles. Beating East Carolina would signal a changing of the guard if the Eagles want to rise to the top of C-USA again. Jackson State Tigers: Jackson State wants SWAC titles, and if the Tigers are going to get one, the team must win the key game against Alabama A&M. The Bulldogs are the preseason pick to win the Eastern division with the Tigers in second. Alcorn State Braves: The Braves were picked to finish third in the SWAC’s Eastern division. Alcorn State’s key game will be against Texas Southern. A win over the team predicted third in the west could signal the Braves are ready to contend. Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils: Valley will find out if it can contend quickly with a home game against Alcorn State in the third game of the season. That makes the Braves the key game for the Devils this season. Delta State Statesmen: Delta State suffered its lowest win total last season since 2002. The Statesmen’s key game will be against last season’s GSC winner North Alabama.

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Millsaps Majors: The Majors finished in second place in conference play. A loss against DePauw kept them from a title, making this season’s meeting against the Tigers Millsaps’ key game.


Mississippi College Choctaws: The Choctaws finished second in the conference this season. Their key game will be against Mary Hardin-Baylor who has been the class of the conference, winning every title since 2005. Belhaven Blazers: Belhaven was picked to finish tied for fifth place in the west division of their conference this year. The Blazers need a win in the key game against Bethel University to challenge for the conference title.

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all is just around the corner, and with it comes the unique challenge that men such as myself face every year—how to talk football when you don’t religiously watch the sport. For me, being a hard-core fan of a team means knowing their city and at least three of the players’ names, but that won’t get you far at the office water cooler. As usual, I caught up with my buddy Brent to get his take on the subject. BRET: OK, so we enjoy watching the games, but we don’t “follow” the sport per se. How do we still hang on to our man cards? BRENT: It’s not easy, but it can be done, if you know the basic rules. My first Superbowl party, somebody asked me what I thought the next play should be. I panicked and said the quarterback should steal third. BRET: Ouch. That’s when they hand

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you a wine cooler and make you go watch cartoons. BRENT: “Ren and Stimpy” is more interesting, anyway. But I did learn a lesson in deflection. BRET: Is that when the one guy tries to tackle the other guy but just bounces off? BRENT: You’ve had a wine cooler or two in your day as well, haven’t you? BRET: Maybe ... BRENT: By deflection, I mean you deflect the focus of the conversation. BRET: Sounds good. How does it work? BRENT: It’s pretty simple, really. You just have a few topics in your back pocket that are likely to change the course of the discussion. BRET: Such as? BRENT: Such as Brett Favre. Specifically, whether or not he’s going to retire/ unretire, depending at what point in the season/off-season it is. BRET: Ooh, that’s a good one! BRENT: Sure is—reliable, too. This has been a guaranteed conversational spark plug for years now, and as long as he’s able to retain his godlike powers of recovery and athleticism, his employment status can be a red herring for guys like us for years to come. Plus, anytime his name comes up, you get the chance to quote the bestdelivered movie quote in cinematic history. BRET: “I love you, Mary.” BRENT: That’s the one. We may be pigskin pinheads, but we know our Farrelly brothers. BRET: Amen. Now give me another one. BRENT: Sure thing. Football players—both col-

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lege and professional—have a tendency to make headlines off the field at least as often as they do on the field, and not always in a good way. Pick one or two players, memorize their rap sheets, and toss their names out the next time you feel cornered in a gridiron conversation. BRET: I can do that! My hometown quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has had plenty of “incidents.” BRENT: That’s an understatement. Roethlisberger is a gold mine. The next time someone asks you to compare coverage schemes, just say something like, “Horrific motorcycle accident, alleged assault charges in multiple states … What’s Roethlisberger gonna get in trouble for riding this season?” BRET: Ouch. BRENT: Harsh, but effective. And finally, you’ve got the go-to line that always seems to work. “I don’t know, but they can’t be any worse than the Dolphins.” BRET: Yep. I’ve used that one myself many times. BRENT: Of course, these are all just last resorts. If you have a good entrance and exit strategy, you’ll never need them. BRET: Such as? BRENT: Since we live in Mississippi, we only need one. Step one: When entering a football conversation, just yell—the more loudly and obnoxiously the better—“Who Dat?” Step two: Leave the actual discussion to people who know what they are talking about and simply smile and nod. And finally, when leaving, repeat step one, and just hope with all your hoping muscles that no one asks you anything about a specific player. BRET: Yeah, things get tricky when they start asking for specifics, but there are ways to get around that. For instance, you don’t have to know every fact about every player, just a couple of impressive facts about a couple of background players and steer the conversation toward them. So Brent, think trading Polamalu was a good call? BRENT: Maybe, but getting back fourth-string running back Willie Parker

The Barstool Brothers should be their primary focus. BRET: Excellent, grasshopper. And Troy Polamalu is? BRENT: A Pacific island? BRET: Close. We also would have accepted “former Pittsburgh safety.” Well done, sir. BRENT: How about when they ask about specific historic games? You know, the ones every “true fan” should have seen? BRET: Also an easy fix. Just use one of my tried and true “escape phrases,” such as: • “I was more into college football at the time.” • “I was more into professional football at the time.” • “I didn’t have a TV at the time. You remember those years, am I right?” • “Dad only let us watch the Packers.” And if they don’t work, just start quoting “Rudy.” BRENT: Done and done. BRET: OK, so let’s give this a road test. Guy asks you what you thought of last night’s game. You then … ? BRENT: Deflect to a more familiar topic, bad-mouth the Dolphins, and quote “You’re the only one who takes me seriously, Pete.” BRET: Touchdown! He then asks whether Drew Brees called the right play. You answer … ? BRENT: The shotgun formation definitely gave him a leg up, but he deserved that yellow card when he double dribbled all over that royal flush. He totally earned the penalty box on that one. BRET: Here. Have a wine cooler. BRENT: Ooh! Bartles & Jaymes Passion Fruit! BRET: Can’t say I didn’t try.


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The Mississippi Artists’ Guild Exhibition at the Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.) closes Aug. 31. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1582. … Enjoy “Liquid Revolution” every Thursday at Poets II. $10 at the door, and everything at the bar is $1. … Gena Stringer performs at The Parker House (104 S.E. Madison Drive, Ridgeland) at 7 p.m. Call 601-856-0043. … The Mu Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. hosts the Image Awards & Scholarship Banquet at the Mississippi e-Center (1230 Raymond Road) at 7:14 p.m. $50; call 601-201-1710. … At Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.), The Piney Woods Playboys perform for free in the restaurant at 9 p.m., and Improv Comedy takes place in the Red Room for $5. … Michael Robinson performs at Dreamz Jxn (426 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-979-3994.

forms at its CD release party along with Diesel 255 and Common Ground Blues Band in Hal & Mal’s Big Room at 9 p.m. $5. … Rotary Downs and Big Rock Candy Mountain play at Martin’s at 10 p.m. $5.

368-1919. … Hunter Gibson and Rick Moreira perform at Fitzgerald’s from 8 p.m.-midnight. Free.

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Tuesday 8/31

The Tribal Fusion Bellydance Workshop at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.) begins at 1 p.m. and continues through Aug. 29. $95 weekend, $50 per day, $30 per session; call 601-594-2313. … The “Art by Choice” sale and live auction at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) starts at 5:30 p.m. $50; call 601-960-1515. … The Magnolia Roller Vixens take on the Belles N Bombshells at the “Back to School Brawl” roller derby at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.) at 7 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 day of bout, $5 children 12 and under; visit … The “Sex and the City Edition” White Party and Fashion Extravaganza benefiting the National AIDS Foundation’s Josue Homes is at Fondren Hall (Northwood Shopping Center, 4436 N. State St.) beginning at 7 p.m. Wear white clothing. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $50 VIP; call 601-506-7545. … Adam Perry and Rodney Moore perform at Burgers & Blues from 7-11 p.m. Call 61-8990038. … Alex Ross & the Cadillac Blues Band perform at Underground 119 from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $10. … Light Beam Rider and Swamp Babies play at Ole Tavern at 10 p.m. Call 601-960-2700. … The Mississippi Sound with Jonny Owens performs at F. Jones Corner from midnight-4 a.m. $10.

Sunday 8/29

Norman Clark & the Smokestack Lightning Band perform at F. Jones Corner from 6-10 p.m. Free. … Enjoy poetry readings at Cultural Expressions. Call 601-665-0815.


Taste five beer samples at the Lazy Magnolia beer dinner at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.) at 6 p.m. $55; call 601The Magnolia Roller Vixens compete in the “Back to School Brawl” at the Jackson Convention Complex Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.

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Catfish & Soul at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive) is at 6 p.m. $25; call 601-371-7335. … Salsa Mississippi’s Latin Rooftop Dance Party at Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.) kicks off at 8 p.m. $10; visit … The JSU Pre-Season Alumni Party at the University Club (210 E. Capitol St., suite 2200) is at 9 p.m. $10 in advance, $20 at the door; visit … The SWAC Kick-off Party at 4 Your Occasions Banquet Rental Hall (1015 W. Northside Drive) starts at 9 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601966-3724, 601-953-4664 or 769-251-9079. … Colour Revolt and Young Buffalo play at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.) at 9 p.m. $10. … The Molly Ringwalds play at Fire at 28 9 p.m. Call 601-592-1000. … The Jason Turner Band per-

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Mississippi Department of Archives and History historian Jim Woodrick presents “Another Hot Summer: Slocum’s 1864 Expedition to Jackson” during “History Is Lunch” at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring a lunch; call 601-576-6998. … The Second Line Fashion Show at Lott Gallery (1800 N. State St.) starts at noon and continues on Sept. 2. Free admission; call 601-2127707. … The Battle of the Bands Playoffs at Electric Cowboy is at 8 p.m. Call 601-899-5333.

Thursday 9/2

Enjoy art, shopping and music during Fondren After 5 from 5-8 p.m. Call 601-981-9606. … See artwork by Power APAC students and photography from the “Day in the Life of a Hutterite Child” exhibit at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.) at 6 p.m. Free; call 601-352-3399. More events and details at

Power APAC students (l-to-r) Quinton McDaniels, Kylin Gibson, Jarvis Mace, Douglas Campbell and Rahzizi Ishakarah display their artwork at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. Courtesy Martha Hamburg

Friday 8/27

James Dickerson signs copies of “Inside America’s Concentration Camps: Two Centuries of Internment and Torture” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North) at 5 p.m. $24.95 book; call 601-366-7619. ... Openmic poetry at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.) is at 6:30 p.m. Call 601-352-3399. … R&B artist Trey Songz performs at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.) at 7:30 p.m. $51.95, $72.50; call 601-9601537; visit … Cavo, American Bang, Atom Smash and Shaman’s Harvest play at Fire at 9 p.m. Call 601592-1000.


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Selective Memory

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not lost on the detained Americans. William Minoru Hohri, of Japanese ancestry but born in America, was 15 when America sent him to a concentration camp in Manzanar, Calif. “We could never escape the oppressive reality of incarceration. We were prisoners. Not prisoners of war, for we were not from the enemy nation,” he says. “We felt more like criminals. Our crime was genetic and cultural. It was not what we had done, but what we might be planning to do. … [W]e were such a feared species we were imprisoned in a concentration camp, surrounded by a barbed wire fence and guard towers.” More than 120,000 Japanese Americans and tens of thousands of German and Italian Americans and Jews populated concentration camps across the U.S. throughout the 1940s. They lived in filthy conditions, many with nothing but oneroomed tar-papered shanties to protect them from the elements. Many suffered abuses from soldiers who guarded the camp. Tokio Yamane, a camp leader in the Tule Lake, Calif., camp, attempted to stop a fight between prisoners and guards: “From about 9 p.m. that evening until daybreak, we were forced to stand with our backs against the office wall with our hands over our heads, and we were continuously kicked and abused as we were ordered to confess being the instigators of the disturbance.” In 1988, then-President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act, providing a formal apology and monetary compensation to the formerly detained Japanese Americans. Our government has not provided an equivalent apology or compensation to Italian Americans, German Americans and Jews subjected to its concentration camps, not that any amount of money could make up for what the detainees went through. President Barack Obama apologized to Native Americans in 2009, but compensation is unresolved. Near the end of the book, I was shocked to learn that after the obvious mistakes of detaining thousands of Americans, our government still insists on detaining and torturing prisoners at Guantánamo Bay under the presumption of guilt and without trials. “I don’t think we learned anything (from World War II internment). There is so little sense of history, a lack of any historical memory,” says Mitsuye Yamada, a World War II American concentration-camp survivor. Dickerson tackles that lack of historical memory with this book, bringing to light the atrocities that we are often so willing to conveniently forget. James Dickerson signs copies of “Inside America’s Concentration Camps: Two Centuries of Internment and Torture” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 I-55 N.) Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m., with a reading at 5:30 p.m.

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did not find out until college that my country interned Japanese Americans in concentration camps after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Even then, I did not know the full story; I certainly did not know that the United States also detained other American citizens of German and Italian descent. Or that our government saved Jews from Nazi concentration camps only to further detain them in the U.S. throughout World War II. Local author James L. Dickerson tells this story that is conveniently left out of American history books in “Inside America’s Concentration Camps: Two Centuries of Internment and Torture” (Lawrence Hill Books, 2010, $24.95). As Dickerson explains, Americans seem to have undergone self-inflicted amnesia concerning concentration camps in this country. Dickerson begins with his own ancestor’s forced immigration to this country in 1688. He traces our government’s forceful relocation and internment of Native Americans beginning with colonialism, and then that of Japanese, German and Italian Americans, and Jews into concentration camps in the 1940s. Dickerson ends with a brief overview of the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s current detention centers and the controversial prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The detainees’ stories live through their personal accounts, and Dickerson weaves his family’s history into the span of the centuries. Those narratives and his extensive research provide a poignant and accurate depiction of America’s concentration camps. The atrocities that these people experienced combined with the fact that they did absolutely nothing wrong makes this history appalling. The detainees’ fear and confusion is palpable in the story of then-11-year-old Doris Berg, who lived in Hawaii in 1941. FBI agents whisked away her parents, both American citizens (her father was of German descent), in the days following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, leaving Doris and her younger sister to fend for themselves. Two days later, her stepsister, Eleanor, arrived, but agents soon took Eleanor into custody as well. “I had to save my sister because she was going to be murdered, too,” Berg recalls thinking, assuming her father was dead. “They took her downstairs, and then across the lawn, and I was biting and kicking and scratching. One of the men … had this look in his eyes of tremendous compassion. ... [O]ut of desperation, I cried out, ‘Please don’t take my sister!’” “Armed conflicts in which the enemy is of a different race or religion” almost always motivates concentration camps, Dickerson explains. The state’s logic is “protection of the majority” by isolation of the enemy alien. The sheer racism behind the camps was

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Community Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). â&#x20AC;˘ Credit Training Aug. 26, 6 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room. A BankPlus representative will give tips on improving your credit. Call 601-982-8467. â&#x20AC;˘ Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Mississippi Delta Aug. 28, 7:30 a.m., at the Livingston Drive entrance. The caravan will leave the mall and make stops at the Medgar Evers Home and Museum, the Republic of New Afrikan Headquarters, the Oakes African American Museum (Yazoo City), the gravesite of Fannie Lou Hamer (Ruleville), the Emmett Till Historic Intrepid Center (Glendora) and other locations related to the fate of Emmett Till. The caravan will return to the mall by 8:30 p.m. Call 601-957-2969. â&#x20AC;˘ Habitat Metro Jackson Homeowner Application Meeting Aug. 28, 10 a.m., in the Community Meeting Room. The three-hour meeting will give potential homeowners with low incomes an opportunity to learn more about the Habitat for Humanity program. Free; call 601-353-6060. â&#x20AC;˘ Business Law Seminar for Current and Future Business Owners Aug. 31, 6 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room. Get your business law questions answered from qualified business attorneys. Registration is required. Free; e-mail â&#x20AC;˘ Parents for Public Schools Lunch Bunch Sept. 1, 11 a.m., in the Community Meeting Room. An RSVP is required. $5 lunch; call 601-969-6015. â&#x20AC;˘ Youth Flag Football Registration through Sept. 3, Youth ages 9-14 may participate. Interested individuals can fill out registration forms from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. The deadline for registration is Sept. 3. Call 601-960-0471. â&#x20AC;˘ NFL Youth Punt, Pass and Kick Competition Registration through Sept. 14. The competition is divided into four separate age divisions: 8-9 years old; 10-11 years old; 12-13

years old; and 14-15 years old. During registration, proof of age will be required. Registration forms can be filled out from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free; call 601-960-0471. â&#x20AC;˘ After-School Enhancement Program through May 27. The City of Jackson Department of Parks and Recreationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Youth ages 7-12 may participate. Activities include studying and learning during homework sessions, listening to guest speakers, and participating in arts and crafts. Immunization compliance is required. Parents and guardians must also provide transportation and food each day. Registration continues until all slots are filled. Free; call 601-960-0471. Events at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). Call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. â&#x20AC;˘ Skin Care, Botox, Face Lifts and More Aug. 27, 11:45 a.m., in the Baptist for Women Conference Center. Dr. David Steckler, Dr. William Wallace and Cathy Partridge, RN, are the presenters. The event is part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Timeless Transformations for Womenâ&#x20AC;? series. Registration is required. $5 optional lunch. â&#x20AC;˘ Cancer Rehab Classes ongoing, in the Activity Room of the Hederman Cancer Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. The class helps cancer patients enhance cardiovascular strength, endurance, their immune system and bone density. It helps to increase overall strength and stamina, decrease fatigue and weight loss, and improve digestion. Registration is required. Free. â&#x20AC;˘ Art Therapy For Cancer Patients ongoing, in the Activities Room of the Hederman Cancer Center on Wednesdays. The classes are designed to help cancer patients and provide an outlet to express feelings, reduce stress, assist in pain management, help build positive coping skills and increase self-discovery and self-awareness. Art supplies are included. Registration is required. Free. Computer Class For Adults Aug. 26, 10 a.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Learn the basic of preparing documents with Microsoft Word. Free; call 601-932-2562. Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors Aug. 26, 11 a.m., at Johnnie Champion Senior Center (1355 Hattiesburg St.). The City of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Human and Cultural Services and the staff of St. Dominic Health Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Care-A-Van outreach program will be providing blood pressure checks and information about cataracts to qualifying individuals ages 55 or older living within the city limits of Jackson. Free; call 601-960-0335. Spanish Night Aug 26, 5:30 p.m., at BRAVO! Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 North, #244). The three-course dinner includes a tapas platter, paella and bunuelos with a glass of sangria or Spanish-styled beer. Enjoy flamenco performances by guitarist David Hawkins and dancer Meredith McFerrin. No reservation required. The regular menu will still be available. $29; call 601-362-2900. Precinct 4 COPS Meeting Aug. 26, 6 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). These forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0004. Latin Rooftop Dance Party Aug. 27, 8 p.m., at Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). The dance party is sponsored by Salsa Mississippi and La Salsa Dance Studio. Beer, water and sodas will be available. $10; visit Pre-Season Alumni Party Aug. 27, 9 p.m., at University Club (210 E. Capitol St. #2200). The mixer with music by DJ Unpredictable is a fundraiser for the Jackson State University Alumni in Motion (AiM) Seed Campaign. The goal is

to give $75,000 to JSU at homecoming. $10 in advance, $20 at the door; visit SWAC Kick-off Party Aug. 27, 9 p.m., at 4 Your Occasions Banquet Rental Hall (1015 W. Northside Drive). Wear your school colors and come for food, music and fun. BYOB. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-966-3724, 601-953-4664 or 769-251-9079. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buy the Bookâ&#x20AC;? Book Sale Aug. 28, 10 a.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). The event is sponsored by Jackson Friends of the Library. Call 601-968-5811. ACT Test Prep Course, Session I Aug. 28, 10 a.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). This test prep course is a fast-paced presentation of test-taking strategies designed to help college bound students to test nearer to their ability levels on reasoning tests such as ACT, SAT, etc. $70; call 601-974-1130. Second Congressional District Democratic Executive Committee Meeting Aug. 28, 10 a.m., at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St., Indianola). Congressman Bennie Thompson is the keynote speaker. Call 662-335-1966 or 662-347-0326. Lazy Magnolia Beer Dinner Aug. 30, 6 p.m., at Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (565 Taylor St.). Beer samples will be paired with a five-course meal. Credit card reservation required. $55; call 601-368-1919. AmeriCorps Induction Ceremony Aug. 31, 10 a.m., at AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, Southern Campus (2715 Confederate Avenue, Vicksburg). Members will take the AmeriCorps pledge and display boards that depict their first service project, which will begin on Sept. 1. Free; call 601-630-4048. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jump Start Revenue Growth Through International Tradeâ&#x20AC;? Webinar Aug. 31, 10 a.m., at The event will provide information to companies interested in international trade and includes a discussion on opportunities for businesses to grow revenue through international trade. Registration is required. Free; call 601-960-3610 or 601-353-0909. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fund Meet-and-Greet Aug. 31, 5 p.m., at Electric Building (308 E. Pearl St.). On the first floor. The mixer with appetizers and wine is in honor of Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Equality Month. Free; call 601-326-0701. â&#x20AC;&#x153;History Is Lunchâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 1, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Mississippi Department of Archives and History historian Jim Woodrick presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Another Hot Summer: Slocumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1864 Expedition to Jackson.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 601-576-6998. Project Redirectory Recycling Program through Aug. 31. Telephone book recycling bins are located throughout the metro Jackson area, and you can schedule a pickup from your business if you have 50 books or more. Contact Keep Jackson Beautiful for a list of locations. Books may also be dropped off at Recycling Services (3010 N. Mill Street). Call 601-366-4842. Center for Cultural Interchange Call for Hosting Families through Aug. 31. CCI needs to place 1,000 foreign exchange students from more than 40 countries around the world for the 2010-2011 school year. All of the students to be placed are 15-18 years old and are proficient in English. The application deadline is Aug. 31. Call 800-634-4771. Ask for More Arts Call for Artists ongoing. Ask for More Arts is currently seeking artists to work with children in grades K-5 in the Jackson Public Schools district. Parents for Public Schools of Jackson is the sponsor. Call 601-969-6015. Medical Mall Moment Report ongoing, at WOAD 1300 AM. Find out about the Jackson Medical Mall Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current activities every second Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m.

Farmers’ Markets Greater Belhaven Market through Dec. 18, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Buy local fresh produce or other food or gift items. The market is open every Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573. Farmers’ Market ongoing, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Shop the Mississippi Farmers Market for fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans. The market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-354-6573. Farmers’ Market ongoing, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers’ Market (2548 Livingston Road). Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by participating local farmers. Market hours are noon-6 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-987-6783. Farmers’ Market through Dec. 24, at Old Fannin Road Farmers’ Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Homegrown produce is for sale Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday until Christmas Eve. Call 601-919-1690.

Stage and Screen

“The Playhouse” and “The Heart of Saturday Night” Aug. 28, 8 p.m., at The Church at Northshore (498 Northshore Parkway, Brandon). Presented by the floodlight theatre company, “The Playhouse” is a play about a conflict between two sisters, and “The Heart of Saturday Night” is a short film about a domestic-abuse victim. $5; call 601-954-8880 or 601-829-1600.

Music Travis Tritt Aug. 27, 8 p.m., at Silver Star Hotel and Casino (Highway 16 West, Choctaw). in the Convention Center. The Grammy award-winning country singer will perform live. $35, $45 VIP; call 866-44-PEARL, ext. 30356. Mississippi Boychoir Auditions. The Mississippi Boychoir is now auditioning for the 2010-2011 season. Boys in grades 1-12 may participate. Parents may call to schedule an audition. Call 601-665-7374 or 601-549-0473. • Aug. 28, 8 a.m., and Aug. 31, 5:30 p.m., at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). • Aug. 30, 5:30 p.m., at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church (2420 Hardy St., Hattiesburg).

Trey Songz Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The R&B artist performs live as part of his “Passion, Pleasure & Pain Tour.” Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. $51.95, $72.50; call 601-960-1537.

Literary and Signings “Forecasts and Faith” Aug. 27, noon, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road). WLBT meteorologist Barbie Bassett signs copies of her book. $22.95 book; call 601-932-2562. Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North). Call 601-366-7619. • Story Time Aug. 28, 10:30 a.m. This week’s book is “Bats at the Ballgame” by Brian Lies. Free. • “Inside America’s Concentration Camps: Two Centuries of Internment and Torture” Aug. 31, 5 p.m. James Dickerson signs copies of his book; reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. Mississippi Theatre Association Playwriting Competition through Oct. 1. The Mississippi Theatre Association is calling for Mississippi playwrights to submit their original, one-act plays. The winners of each division will have a staged reading of their work at the 2011 Mississippi Theatre Association Festival. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 1. $10 entry fee; e-mail

Creative Classes Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People Aug. 26, at Holmes Community College (412 W. Ridgeland Ave., Ridgeland), at the D. P. “Pat” McGowan Workforce Training Center. Classes are from 1-4:30 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m. Students will learn all the chords needed to play pop songs by reading chord symbols and how to add embellishments. Knowledge of treble clef is a plus. Registration in advance is required. $55 registration, $25 CD and manual; call 601-605-3370 or 601-605-3431. Tribal Fusion Bellydance Workshop Aug. 2829, at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Kristina Kelly of MissiHIPPY is the instructor. Aug. 28, the “Conditioning & Drills” class is from 1-3 p.m, and the “Digging Deep & Shimmy Drills” class is from 3-5 p.m. Aug. 29, the “Taking it Deeper” class is from 10 a.m.-noon, and the “Mixing It Up” class is from noon-2 p.m. $95 weekend, $50 per day, $30 per session; call 601-594-2313. Clogging Lessons ongoing, at Dance Unlimited Studio (6787 S. Siwell Road, Byram). Mississippi Explosion Dance Crew is offering lessons for ages 3 to adult. Classes from beginner to advanced/competition are available. Classes are

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Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition Call for Entries through Oct. 1, at Scriptapalooza is accepting ideas for pilots, sitcoms, one-hour dramas and reality shows. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 1. Call 323-654-5809.

Cantabile Youth Chorale Auditions Aug. 30, 3:30 p.m., at St. Anthony Catholic School (1585 Old Mannsdale Road, Madison). Girls entering grades 3-12 and boys entering grades 3-6 are welcome to audition. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 20. Call 769-218-0427.

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Jackson Comedy Night ongoing, at Dreamz Jxn (426 W. Capitol St.). Stand-up comedians perform every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $7; call 601-317-0769.

Amy Grant Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m., at Delta State University Bologna Performing Arts Center (1003 W. Sunflower Road, Cleveland). The Grammy-winning singer will perform live. Proceeds benefit the Delta Music Institute. $60, $45; call 662-846-4626.

Gluten free pizza available by request

You Have the Mic ongoing, at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.). The open political forum for discussing Jackson’s current issues is hosted by Othor Cain and Mista Main of Hot 97.7 FM on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. E-mail

Brian McKnight Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). With 16 Grammy nominations to his credit, Brian McKnight has a smooth sound that bears a remarkable likeness to the timbre and style of beloved vocalists such as Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. $55, $49; call 601-696-2200.

Call-ins to 601-995-1400 are welcome. You can send your questions and comments in advance to or call the office for more information. The broadcast is also available on Call 601-982-8467.



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held on Thursdays at 6 p.m. $25 per month; call 769-610-4304. Jewelry Making Class ongoing, at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.). This class is offered every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Free; call 601664-0411. Afrikan Dance Class ongoing, at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.). The class is taught by Chiquila Pearson on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. $5; call 601-951-8976.

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Looking for band mates? Wanting to sell your gear? Advertise here for free! Visit JFP If you are interested in sponsoring the Musicians Exchange call JFP Sales at 601-362-6121 ext. 11. 32

Bachata and Casino Rueda Class ongoing, at La Salsa Dance Club and Studio (303 Mitchell Ave.). Learn these Latin dances on Tuesdays from 8-9:30 p.m. $10; e-mail African Dance Classes ongoing, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in the George and Ruth Owens Health and Wellness Center. Classes are on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nana Yaa Abdullah and Dafina Skinner of the Footprints Creative Arts Institute are the instructors. $5, free for Tougaloo students; call 601-977-7910. Beading Class ongoing, at Art and Soul of the South (1312 Washington St., Vicksburg). Learn about making bracelets and crimping on 1st Saturdays, and get lessons on making earrings and wirework on 2nd Saturdays. Space is limited; a reservation is required. $15 per session; call 601629-6201.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Art by Choiceâ&#x20AC;? Sale and Live Auction Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The evening features a live art auction and the first opportunity to buy the art offered for sale in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art by Choice.â&#x20AC;? Refreshments served. The attire is cocktail. Although reservations are requested, admission fees will be accepted at the door. $50; call 601-960-1515. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Dressâ&#x20AC;? through Aug. 31, at Manship House (420 E. Fortification St.). The museum exhibits the Victorian practice of preparing the home for the heat, insects, and dirt of the summer months. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Free; call 601-961-4724. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paintings from the Soul of the Southlandâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whimsical Womenâ&#x20AC;? Exhibit through Aug. 31, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See artwork by landscape artist Alfred Nicols and clay sculptor Susan Clark. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-432-4056. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Got Artâ&#x20AC;? Camp Exhibit through Aug. 31, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.), in the Gertrude C. Ford Lower Atrium. See paintings and collages from students who participated in artist Roz Royâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Got Artâ&#x20AC;? camp.

Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Free; call 601-960-1557. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Second Line Fashion Show Sept. 1-2, at Lott Gallery (1800 N. State St.). The show begins at noon both days. Enjoy a fall preview of handcrafted jewelry by Sami Lott Designs and Jonah Monet. Sami Lott will also give a trunk show displaying hand-embroidered skirts, tapestry coats, hand-painted silk shawls and other creations. Free admission; call 601-212-7707. Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, e-mail all details (phone number, start/ end date and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601-510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.

BE THE CHANGE Seventh Annual Image Awards & Scholarship Banquet Aug. 26, 7:14 p.m., at Mississippi e-Center (1230 Raymond Road). The Mu Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is the host. A portion of the proceeds benefits the American Cancer Society and the chapterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scholarship program. $50; call 601-201-1710. Catfish & Soul Aug. 27, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Enjoy a night of Delta fun with music by Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Money and food by Catfish Haven. Proceeds benefit Harbor House Chemical Dependency Services. $25; call 601-371-7335. Third Annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sex and the City Editionâ&#x20AC;? White Party and Fashion Extravaganza Aug. 28, 7 p.m., at Fondren Hall (Northwood Shopping Center, 4436 N. State St.). The annual fundraiser with cocktails, jazz music and a fashion show benefits the National AIDS Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Josue Homes, a transitional housing program for people with HIV or AIDS. The attire is white clothing. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $50 VIP; call 601-506-7545. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eat Shrimp Mississippi 2010 Aug 29, 4 p.m., at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Rd.). Enjoy a shrimp creole dinner, a cash bar and music by artists such as Bill & Temperance, The Anderson UMC Choir, James Martin and Raphael Semmes & Friends. Presented by Lutheran Episcopal Services, proceeds benefit Breaking the Cycle Ministries, a nonprofit for non-violent juvenile offenders and children of incarcerated parents. $20; call 601-352-7175.

by Lance Lomax

Lucky 13 courtesy Jason Turner

welcomes guest appearances from other local artists. Turner spoke to the Jackson Free Press by phone. How did you get your start in music? Growing up, my uncle was a guitar player, my mom worked at Malaco records, and I was always surrounded by blues. When I was 12 or 13, Pearl Jam came out, and I started writing songs. What’s your favorite thing about performing? Crowd participation. If the crowd is rowdy and lively, I’m more energetic. I pull from within and build on their energy.

Jason Turner and his band release “13 Years,” this Friday, Aug. 27, at Hal & Mal’s.


he Jason Turner Band is practically a Jackson institution after performing for 13 years. Now, the band is preparing for the release of its new CD, appropriately called “13 Years.” With Jason Turner as the front man, the popular rock band has opened for many well-known musicians such as Robert Randolph and the Violent Femmes. Turner’s unique voice resonates through each venue as the band cranks through its shows. Always happy to take requests, he feels out the crowd and sings through the night. Jason Turner and his band started in 1997 as a three-man team, landing their first gig at Jubilee!JAM. Since that time, Turner has spent four years as a performer in Nashville and has played at various venues throughout the country. Now based in Jackson again, the band consists of Matt Newman on drums, Jay Wadsworth on pedal steel and guitar and Adam Perry on bass. (Perry also works for the Jackson Free Press.) The band

Is there anything that stands out about performing in Jackson in particular? How do you feel about the local music scene? I’m in my own scene. Everyone is supportive of local talent. All the bands seem to get behind each other and help each other out. Businesses are very supportive as well. Cellular South is featuring original music from local artists. We’re a part of their website. Who do you like to cover? I really enjoy playing my own music, but we will cover Ryan Adams, Allman Brothers and Drive-By Truckers, to name a few. What instruments do you play? Piano, guitar and a little bass. How long have you worked on your latest CD? About a year. I’m a perfectionist, so it took me a while to feel comfortable with it. I wrote all the songs. They’re streaming everywhere right now, on Facebook and our website. What songs should we look for on this album?

Soulful Sounds


by Garrad Lee

ulti-platinum and Grammy-nominated R&B singer Brian McKnight kicks off the fall/winter series with a performance at the Mississippi State University Riley Center Aug. 28. “There is something special about playing in Mis- Soulful R&B crooner Brian McKnight sissippi,” McKnight says. Beginning this month, the Ri- kicks off the MSU Riley Center’s ley Center in Meridian will switch fall/winter concert from a single, nine-month season series Aug. 28. performance schedule to two, sixmonth seasons. As a teenager, McKnight’s introduction to Mississippi’s musical tradition came from “Crossroads,” a film that traces and examines the legend of Mississippi bluesman Robert Johnson. McKnight says that while each part of America has its own musical tradition and roots, the unique musical history of Mississippi holds a special place in his heart. “It is always amazing to come here and be a part of that tradition,” he says. McKnight’s performance at the Riley Center kicks off a season that includes concerts by a wide-ranging list of musical acts and also a number of theatrical productions. And, in a bit of serendipity with McKnight’s introduction to the tradition of Mississippi music, the fall/winter series closes with “Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concerts” featuring Big Head Todd & The Monsters, David “Honeyboy” Edwards and others. Brian McKnight performs at the MSU Riley Center Saturday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $49 and $55. Visit for details and tickets, and for information about upcoming performances.

courtesy brian mcknight


“Nothing Town,” “Hotter Than the Sun” and “Tonight.” Join the Jason Turner Band at the “13 Years” album release party, Aug. 27 8 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s. The Blues Band, Sofa Kings and Diesel 255 will join the band that night. Cover is $5. Order CDs at

Music Wants to Be Free

Everyone Else Is Doing It Just this year in hip-hop alone, major stars put out free music by the boatload. T.I., Rick Ross and Wale are just a few of the major-label names that put out free mixtapes this year. If fans can get their full projects for free, they’re not going to shell out $5 for someone they’ve never heard of before. Think about it: If Julep is offering free plates of its famous fried chicken, why would anyone go next

People Will Eventually Pay For Music The idea that nobody buys music anymore is a total fallacy. If an artist builds up enough of a fan base and goodwill with his or her fans, the passionate followers will pay for something they believe in. Rappers like Curren$y and Tech N9ne have cult followings that have driven their sales. This dedication has come from large catalogues of free material that created believers out of people that had never heard their music before. Show Money Is Better Than Low Money There’s been a not-so-well-kept secret that regardless of how many records an artist sells, money from live performances trumps all. The only way to get booked for shows is to have venues full of fans that are familiar with the artist’s lyrics and want to pay money for tickets to support. This only happens if the fan is actually familiar with the music, which they won’t be if they don’t want to spend money to hear someone they’ve never

I’m Broke Spoiler alert: journalists are poor. Very.

Hustling musicians often don’t realize that potential patrons are broke, too.

Because you may see a few journalists on television or with bylines in magazines, the fact is most of us type up stories from a one-bedroom apartment the size of your Honda. That is, unless we’re living in our parents’ basements. So for us, $5 is a footlong sandwich from Subway. That’s lunch. And dinner.

Exposure = Profit In 2010, exposure is the new currency for musicians. John Mayer was discovered playing free shows at South by Southwest in Austin. Soulja Boy made his money after re-

leasing countless free songs on YouTube. These artists invested in their product, put it out for free and let the exposure drive their demand. The music business seems to have an inverted supply-and-demand curve. The more artists supply for free, the higher the demand for more music. Record labels will notice this demand and start putting money behind the product. This will be more important for your career than the money you’ll make selling your tape on the street.

heard of. See how this is working?

courtesy US Music Cooperative


few weeks ago, a guy approached me in the mall and passed me his new album to listen to and give him feedback. As someone who loves hearing new music, I gladly took his and walked off. The guy stopped me. “That’ll be five bucks,” he said. “Excuse me?” I asked, incredulously. “For my album. It’s five bucks,” he said. “I guarantee it’s worth it.” I come across people like him a lot— people who have a product but lose an opportunity to spread it to the masses because they would rather make a short-term profit. It’s 2010. People aren’t paying for music anymore. Here are five reasons musicians are better off giving music away for free:

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F. Jones Corner - Jason Bailey (blues lunch) free; Amazing Lazy Boi & the Blues at Sunset Challenge Band 10-4 a.m. free Lumpkin’s BBQ - Jesse Robinson (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - The Piney Woods Playboys (Cary Hudson’s latest) 9 p.m. free Hal & Mal’s Red Room - Improv Comedy $5 Poet’s II - Shaun Patterson 4:307:30 p.m.; Brooks Hubbert (funk jam/groove) 9 p.m. Underground 119 - Swing de Paris (gypsy jazz) 8 p.m. free Fenian’s - Legacy (Irish) 8 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning 9 p.m. $5 Burgers & Blues - Jason Turner 6-9:30 p.m. Cherokee Inn - D’lo Trio (Americana) 6:30-10 p.m. Ole Tavern - DJ Nick Regency Hotel - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Parker House - Gena Stringer & David Steele 7 p.m. Dreamz Jxn - Michael Robinson Philip’s, Rez - Bubba & His Guitar 6-9 p.m. free Electric Cowboy - DJ Cadillac 9 p.m. AJ’s Seafood - Scott Albert Johnson 6:30 p.m. Shucker’s - Rhythm Masters 7:3011:30 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer (classic rock) 6:30-9:30 p.m. McB’s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Roberts Walthall - Ben Payton (blues) 6:30-10 p.m. Proud Larry’s, Oxford - Colour Revolt

Aug. 27, Friday Lumpkin’s BBQ - Virgil Brawley (blues lunch) 12-2 p.m. Sneaky Beans - Colour Revolt, Young Buffalo (indie/all-ages) 8 p.m. Martin’s - Rotary Downs, Big Rock Candy Mountain (alt/rock) 10 p.m. $5 Univ. Club, Regions Building, Downtown Jxn - JSU Alum Party 9 p.m. $20 Fire - Molly Ringwalds (‘80s Tribute) 9 p.m. Fenian’s - Electric Co. (Blues Rock) 9 p.m. Poet’s II - Rollin’ in the Hay (funky bluegrass/roots) Burgers & Blues - Mark Whittington & Fingers Taylor 7-11 p.m. Hal & Mal’s Big Room - Diesel 255, Common Ground Blues Band, Jason Turner Band (cd release party) 9 p.m. $5 Underground 119 - Jeff Reynolds 9-1 a.m. $10 F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues/solo) noon; Miss. Sound w/Sherman Lee Dillon 12-4 a.m. $10 Dreamz Jxn - Too Short Ole Tavern - Gunboat (rock) 10 p.m. Irish Frog - Reed Smith 6:30-10 p.m.

Ag Museum Forestry Room - Catfish & Soul: Mo’ Money 6-9 p.m. $25 Shucker’s - Sinamon Leaf 8-1 a.m. $5 Electric Cowboy - DJ Cadillac 9 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, King Edward & the Smoke Stack Lighting Band 9:30 p.m. $10 Kristo’s - Shaun Patterson 7-10 p.m. Havana Smoke Shop - CookOut / Under Discussion Band 4-8 p.m. Dick & Jane’s - Show Night/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 McB’s - Greenfish 8-11:30 p.m. Cultural Expressions, 147 Millsaps Ave - Mr. C-Lecta’s Reggae Underground 10-2 a.m. Regency Hotel - Karaoke Philip’s, Rez - Jeff Maddox (country) 6-10 p.m. free Reed Pierce’s - Snazz 9-1 a.m. free Ameristar, V’burg - Hip Kitty, Broxton Silverstar, Choctaw - Travis Tritt (country) 8 p.m. 866-44PEARL Whistle Stop, Hazlehurst - Larry Brewer

Aug. 28, Saturday Fire - Corey Smith (Blues/Southern Rock) 9 p.m. $20 Hal & Mal’s Big Room - Pub Quiz Anniversary $5 Martin’s - Flow Tribe (psych-blues/ N.O. funk) 10 p.m. $5 Ole Tavern - Light Beam Rider, Swamp Babies (ex-Goodman Co) 10 p.m. Underground 119 - Alex Ross & the Cadillac Blues Band 9-1 a.m. $10 F. Jones Corner - Miss. Sound w/ Jonny Owens 12-4 a.m. $10 Fenian’s - Sound Wagon (bluegrass) 9 p.m. Electric Cowboy - Naked Eskimos (rock) 9 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Adam Perry & Rodney Moore 7-11 p.m. Sam’s Lounge - Soul Skard, Centerpeace 9 p.m. $5 soulskard. com Shucker’s - Mike & Marty 3-7 p.m. free; Sinamon Leaf 8-1 a.m. $5 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, King Edward & the Smoke Stack Lighting Band 9:30 p.m. $10 Philip’s, Rez - Shadz of Grey 6-10 p.m. free McB’s - PFC 8-11:30 p.m. Regency Hotel - Ghost Town Poet’s II - Scott Albert Johnson (blues juke) 10 p.m. Dick & Jane’s - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Havana Smoke Shop - Johnny Crocker 3-5:30 p.m.; Dirty Laundry 6-8 p.m. Petra Cafe, Clinton - Karaoke 8 p.m. Reed Pierce’s - The Rainmakers (classic rock) 9-1 a.m. free Club 43, Canton - Snazz 9-1 a.m. Ameristar, V’burg - Hip Kitty, Broxton The Warehouse - Pieces of Time (classic rock) 9 p.m. $5

Thirsty Hippo, H’burg - Colour Revolt, Young Buffalo Whistle Stop, Hazlehurst - Reed Rodgers MSU Riley Center, Meridian - Brian McKnight $49+, 7:30 p.m. 601696-2200,

Aug. 29, Sunday King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Jazz (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Lumpkin’s BBQ - Mac James & Randy (R&B lunch) 12-2 p.m. Warehouse - Mike & Marty Open Jam Session 6-10 p.m. free Fitzgerald’s - Andy Hardwick (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Sophia’s, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Shucker’s - Will & Linda 3-8 p.m. free Cultural Expressions - Poetry F. Jones Corner - Norman Clark & the Smokestack Lightning Band 6-10 p.m. free Ameristar, V’burg - Broxton

Aug. 30, Monday Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Fitzgerald’s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Martin’s - Open Mic Free Jam 10 p.m. free Fenian’s - Karaoke 8-1 a.m. Dreamz - Marley Mondays/DJ (world) 6 p.m. Irish Frog - Open Mic 6:30-10 p.m.

Aug. 31, Tuesday F. Jones Corner - Jesse “Guitar” Smith (blues lunch) free Lumpkin’s BBQ - Josh Taylor (acoustic/lunch) 12-2 p.m. Fire - Cavo, American Bang, Atom Smash, Shamans Harvest 9 p.m. Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. $2 Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Martin’s - Karaoke 10 p.m. free Welty Commons - Open Mic Poetry 6:30 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Ole Tavern - Open Mic Shucker’s - The Xtremez 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McB’s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free

Sept. 1, Wednesday F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Electric Cowboy - Battle of the Bands Playoffs (rock) 8 p.m. Shucker’s - DoubleShotz 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Ole Tavern - Karaoke Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. Philip’s, Rez - DJ/Karaoke 7-10 p.m. free

8/27 Billy Idol - IP Casino, Biloxi; 8/28 Resorts Casino, Tunica 8/31 Tegan & Sara - WorkPlay, Birmingham 9/03 Blondie - Memphis Botanic Garden 9/3-4 Memphis Hip-Hop Expo - Cook Convention Center, Memphis 9/07 Paramore/Tegan & Sara - Lakefront Area, N.O.

venuelist Footloose Bar and Grill 4661 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9944 Freelon’s Bar And Groove 440 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-5357 (hip-hop) Fusion Coffeehouse Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-6001 Gold Strike Casino 1010 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, 888-245-7529 Grand Casino Biloxi 280 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, 228-436-2946 Grand Casino Tunica 13615 Old Highway 61 North, Robinsonville, 800-39-GRAND The Green Room 444 Bounds St., Jackson, 601-713-3444 Ground Zero Blues Club 0 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, 662-621-9009 Grownfolks’s Lounge 4030 Medgar Evers Blvd, Jackson, 601-362-6008 Hal & Mal’s 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson, 601-948-0888 (pop/rock/blues) Hamp’s Place 3028 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-981-4110 (dance/dj) Hard Rock Biloxi 777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 228-374-ROCK Hat & Cane 1115 E. McDowell Rd., Jackson, 601-352-0411 Hauté Pig 1856 Main St., Madison, 601853-8538 Here We Go Again 3002 Terry Road, Jackson, 601-373-1520 Horizon Casino Mulberry Lounge 1310 Mulberry St., Vicksburg, 800-843-2343 Horseshoe Bar 5049 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-6191 Horseshoe Casino Tunica, 800-303-7463 The Hunt Club 1525 Ellis Ave., Jackson, 601-944-1150 Huntington Grille 1001 E. County Line Rd., Jackson, 601-957-1515 The Ice House 515 S. Railroad Blvd., McComb, 601-684-0285 (pop/rock) The Irish Frog 5o7 Springridge Rd., Clinton, 601-448-4185 JC’s 425 North Mart Plaza, Jackson, 601-362-3108 James Meredith Lounge 217 Griffith St. 601-969-3222 Julep Restaurant and Bar 105 Highland Village, Jackson, 601-362-1411 Kathryn’s Steaks and Seafood 6800 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland. 601-956-2803 Koinonia Coffee House 136 S. Adam St., Suite C, Jackson, 601-960-3008 Kristos 971 Madison Ave., Madison, 601-605-2266 LaRae’s 210 Parcel Dr., Jackson, 601-944-0660 Last Call Sports Grill 1428 Old Square Road, Jackson, 601-713-2700 The Library Bar & Grill 120 S. 11th St., Oxford, 662-234-1411 The Loft 1306 A. Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-629-6188 The Lyric Oxford 1006 Van Buren Ave., Oxford. 662-234-5333 Main Event Sports Bar & Grill 4659 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9987 Manda’s Pub 614 Clay Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6607 Martin’s Lounge 214 S. State St., Jackson, 601-354-9712 (rock/jam/blues) McB’s Restaurant 815 Lake Harbor Dr., Ridgeland, 601-956-8362 (pop/rock) Mellow Mushroom 275 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601-992-7499 Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music 103 Magnolia, Edwards, 601-977-7736 Mississippi Coliseum 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson, 601-353-0603 Mississippi Opera P.O. Box 1551, Jackson, 877-MSOPERA, 601-960-2300 Mississippi Opry 2420 Old Brandon Rd., Brandon, 601-331-6672 Mississippi Symphony Orchestra 201 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, 800-898-5050 Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium 2531 N. State St., Jackson, 601-354-6021 Monte’s Steak and Seafood 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-8182 Mugshots 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-713-0383 North Midtown Arts Center 121 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-497-7454 Okasions 1766 Ellis Avenue, Jackson, 601-373-4037 Old Venice Pizza Co. 1428 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-366-6872

Ole Tavern on George Street 416 George St., Jackson, 601-960-2700 Olga’s 4760 I-55 North, Jackson, 601-366-1366 (piano) One to One Studio 121 Millsaps Ave., in the Millsaps Arts District, Jackson One Blue Wall 2906 N State St., Jackson, 601-713-1224 Peaches Restaurant 327 N. Farish St., Jackson, 601-354-9267 Pelican Cove 3999A Harborwalk Dr., Ridgeland, 601-605-1865 Pig Ear Saloon 160 Weisenberger Rd., Gluckstadt, 601-898-8090 Pig Willies 1416 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-634-6872 Poet’s II 1855 Lakeland Dr., 601- 364-9411 Pool Hall 3716 I-55 North Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-713-2708 Pop’s Saloon 2636 Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-961-4747 (country) Proud Larry’s 211 S. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, 662-236-0050 The Pub Hwy. 51, Ridgeland, 601-898-2225 The Quarter Bistro & Piano Bar 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-4900 Que Sera Sera 2801 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-2520 Red Room 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson (Hal & Mal’s), 601-948-0888 (rock/alt.) Reed Pierce’s 6791 Siwell Rd., Byram, 601-376-0777, 601-376-4677 Regency Hotel Restaurant & Bar 420 Greymont Ave., Jackson, 601-969-2141 Rick’s Cafe 318 Hwy 82 East, #B, Starkville, 662-324-7425 RJ Barrel 111 N. Union 601-667-3518 Sal and Mookie’s 565 Taylor St. 601368-1919 Sam’s Lounge 5035 I-55 N. Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-983-2526 Sam’s Town Casino 1477 Casino Strip Blvd., Robinsonville, 800-456-0711 Schimmel’s Fine Dining 2615 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-7077 Scrooge’s 5829 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-206-1211 Shuckers on the Reservoir 116 Conestoga Rd., Ridgeland, 601-853-0105 Silver Star Casino Hwy. 16 West, Choctaw, 800-557-0711 Soop’s The Ultimate 1205 Country Club Dr., Jackson, 601-922-1402 (blues) Soulshine Pizza 1139 Old Fannin Rd., Brandon, 601-919-2000 Soulshine Pizza 1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-8646 Sportsman’s Lodge 1220 E. Northside Dr. at I-55, Jackson, 601-366-5441 Stone Pony Oyster Bar 116 Commercial Parkway, Canton, 601-859-0801 Super Chikan’s Place 235 Yazoo Ave., Clarksdale, 662-627-7008 Thalia Mara Hall 255 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, 601-960-1535 Thirsty Hippo 211 Main St., Hattiesburg, 601-583-9188 Time Out Sports Bar 6270 Old Canton Rd., 601-978-1839 Top Notch Sports Bar 109 Culley Dr., Jackson, 601- 362-0706 Touch Night Club 105 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-969-1110 Two Rivers Restaurant 1537 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-859-9979 (blues) Two Sisters Kitchen 707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180 Two Stick 1107 Jackson Ave., Oxford, 662-236-6639 Under the Boardwalk 2560 Terry Rd., Jackson, 601-371-7332 Underground 119 119 S. President St. 601352-2322 VB’s Premier Sports Bar 1060 County Line Rd., Ridgland, 601-572-3989 VFW Post 9832 4610 Sunray Drive, Jackson, 601-982-9925 Vicksburg Convention Center 1600 Mulberry Street, Vicksburg, 866-822-6338 Walker’s Drive-In 3016 N. State St., Jackson, 601-982-2633 (jazz/pop/folk) The Warehouse 9347 Hwy 18 West, Jackson, 601-502-8580 (pop/rock) Wired Expresso Cafe 115 N. State St. 601-500-7800

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88 Keys 3645 Hwy. 80 W in Metrocenter, Jackson, 601-352-7342 930 Blues Cafe 930 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-948-3344 Alamo Theatre 333 N. Farish St, Jackson, 601-352-3365 Alley Cats 165 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-855-2225 Alumni House Sports Grill 574 Hwy. 50, Ridgeland, 601-855-2225 America Legion Post 1 3900 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-605-9903 Ameristar Casino, Bottleneck Blues Bar 4146 Washington St., Vicksburg, 800-700-7770 Beau Rivage Casino 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 800-566-7469 Belhaven College Center for the Arts 835 Riverside Dr, Jackson, 601-968-5930 Bennie’s Boom Boom Room 142 Front St., Hattiesburg, 601-408-6040 Borrello’s 1306 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-638-0169 Buffalo Wild Wings 808 Lake Harbour Dr., Ridgeland, 601-856-0789 Burgers and Blues 1060 E. County Line Rd., Ridgeland, 601-899-0038 Capri-Pix Theatre 3021 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-9606 Central City Complex 609 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Jackson, 601-352-9075 Cerami’s 5417 Highway 25, Flowood, 601-919-2829 Char Restaurant 4500 I-55, Highland Village, Jackson, 601-956-9562 Cherokee Inn 1410 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-362-6388 Club 43 Hwy 43, Canton, 601-654-3419, 601-859-0512 Club City Lights 200 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-0059 Club O’Hara 364 Monticello St., Hazlehurst, 601-894-5674 Club Total 342 N. Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-714-5992 Congress Street Bar & Grill 120 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-968-0857 The Commons Gallery 719 N. Congress St., 601-352-3399 Couples Entertainment Center 4511 Byrd Drive, Jackson, 601-923-9977 Crawdad Hole 1150 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-982-9299 Crickett’s Lounge 4370 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-0500 Crossroads Bar & Lounge 3040 Livingston Rd., Jackson, 601-984-3755 (blues) Cultural Expressions 147 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-665-0815 (neosoul/hip-hop) Cups in Fondren 2757 Old Canton Road, Jackson, 601-362-7422 (acoustic/pop) Cups in the Quarter 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-981-9088 Davidson’s Corner Market 108 W. Center St., Canton, 601-855-2268 (pop/rock) Debo’s 180 Raymond Road, Jackson, 601-346-8283 Diamond Jack’s Casino 3990 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 1-877-711-0677 Dick & Jane’s 206 Capitol St., Jackson, 601-944-0123 (dance/alternative) Dixie Diamond 1306 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6297 Dollar Bills Dance Saloon 103 A Street, Meridian, 601-693-5300 Dreamz 426 West Capitol Street, Jackson, 601-720-0663 Edison Walthall Hotel 225 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-948-6161 Electric Cowboy 6107 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-899-5333 (country/ rock/dance) Executive Place 2440 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-987-4014 F. Jones Corner 303 N. Farish St. 601983-1148 Fenian’s 901 E. Fortification Street, Jackson, 601-948-0055 (rock/Irish/folk) Fire 209 Commerce St., Jackson, 601592-1000 (rock/dance/dj) Final Destination 5428 Robinson Rd. Ext., Jackson, (pop/rock/blues) Fitzgerald’s Martini Bar 1001 E. County Line Road, Jackson, 601-957-2800 Flood’s Bar and Grill 2460 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-713-4094



1 stick of butter 1 medium onion, peeled and diced finely 2 tablespoons of minced garlic 1 can condensed cream-of-mushroom soup (Don’t judge me, it’s worth it.) 1 16-ounce package of Velveeta cheese, chopped 1 cup of chicken broth or stock 2 packages of frozen, chopped broccoli 1 can of chopped mushrooms, drained Dash of hot sauce of choice, such as Crystal or Tabasco Ground black pepper to taste 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Sauté onion in butter on medium heat. Add diced garlic, ground pepper, condensed soup, Velveeta and chicken stock. Stir until smooth and cheese is melted. Add drained mushrooms, frozen broccoli, hot sauce and garlic salt. Serve in a crock-pot or chafing dish to keep warm, with plenty of Fritos for scooping. (This is also yummy served over a piping hot baked potato.)

BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP (This is only better than eating actual chicken wings because you get to put it on Fritos.) 2 cans chicken breast meat, drained, or 3 cups of cooked, diced and shredded chicken 2 packages of cream cheese 3/4 cup Crystal hot sauce 1 cup of ranch or blue cheese dressing (I prefer blue cheese.)

Heat all ingredients on the stove, or dump it all in your crock-pot and stir until mixed thoroughly. Don’t be fooled by the orange sherbet color: if you take this tailgating, you will leave with a dish that someone will have scraped clean.

Fritos and Football


hether you prefer The Grove at Ole Miss, The Junction at Mississippi State, rolled into Tuscaloosa to cheer on the Tide or headed to Toomer’s Corner in Auburn with a roll of toilet paper in your hand, chances are, if you were reared in the South, you grew up on football. I remember my parents plucking me from my bed, shoving me into an orange and blue cheerleading outfit and loading up into our maroon and cream Dodge Ram van at an ungodly hour of the morning for the four-hour drive to Auburn. It was magical to wake up on Thach Avenue, tucked under the heavy eaves of trees and the shade of the School of Pharmacy, in the midst of a sea of orange and blue. The shouts of “Go Dawgs,” “Roll Tide Roll,” “War Eagle” and “Hotty Toddy” have echoed across college campuses for decades. Generations of little boys have grown up spending their Saturdays huddled up in groups of four or five, wearing their team colors and running plays between parked cars, with adults yelling at them for tackling each other. Regardless of where your team loyalties lie, if you’ve been to a football game in the SEC, you’ve experienced the camaraderie, passion and, of course, the food. Football is the one and only occasion in the South that calls for more food than a funeral. The two are as interwoven as southern and storytelling. On football Saturdays, women stop dieting and counting calories as men stop counting beers, and they both allow children to indulge. Stadium food is a treat, and there’s nothing quite like the sharp bite of classic yellow mustard on a hot, soft, salty pretzel, or a funnel cake still hot out of the fryer and buried under mounds of powdered sugar that melts like snow on Mississippi asphalt. But

Lazy Dinner


August 26 - September 1, 2010

1 clove of garlic, cut in half 3/4 cup of beer (You make the judgment call about what to do with the rest of it.) 2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded 1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour Dash of Tabasco 1 loaf of French bread, sliced then and toasted until golden brown.


In a large bowl or sealed plastic bag, toss grated cheeses and flour. Rub the inside of a heavy saucepan with the clove of garlic, cut side down and then discard. Add beer and heat slowly, gradually adding the cheese and flour mixture until cheese is melted. Serve with toasted bread slices for dipping. I’ve never tried this with Fritos, but it couldn’t hurt.

even the best funnel cake can’t compare to a mediocre tailgating spread. In The Grove at Ole Miss, I’ve heard tell of real china and fine wines, but when it’s time for a football game, I tend to be more of a beer and Chinet kind of girl. When I was in college, my friends and I would send the boys the night before to stake our claim before some old alumnus parked his RV in our desired spot. On more than one occasion, someone’s La-Z-Boy ended up sitting right next to our grill and coolers with beers on ice. The older I’ve gotten, the more important the food has become and the less important the beer. And these days, I cross my fingers and pray to end up next to an RV with a friendly alumnus, a working restroom and enough hors d’oeuvres to share. Funeral food usually consists of casseroles in hundreds of varieties, fried chicken and the southern delicacy of deviled eggs. But football food is in a class of its own. Not only does football food need to be portable, it needs to be able to withstand the heat and humidity of at least 12 hours of story-telling, gossiping with friends and catching up with people you haven’t seen since college or at least since the last home game. Without the food and festivities, football would be … well, it would be bland. There is nothing like munching on spicy chicken wings in a lawn chair on your favorite college campus, talking smack about your rivals and cracking open an ice-cold beer. If you can’t make it to the actual games, the next best thing is to cram as many people as possible into one house, gather around the


azy Magnolia has been quenching the thirst of beer lovers all over the South since September 2003. As the state’s only brewery, Lazy Magnolia’s “Lazy Folks” have done an excellent job of putting Mississippi on the beer world’s map. On Aug. 30, two of the “Lazy Folks” partner with local eatery and longtime Lazy Magnolia supporter Sal & Mookie’s to showcase some of its beers, paired with a unique, five-course menu. “Brew Mistresses” Brandi Bradley and Kathryn Corr will host the five-course beer dinner. Bradley encourages people to come even if they don’t consider themselves beer drinkers. “It’s a great way to give people ideas of

things that they can do with beers, (even) if they don’t think they’re a beer drinker—how to use different types of beers and different menus—and not have to drink the beer if your palette’s not trained for that,” she says. Bradley says beer tastings are gaining popularity as a relaxed change of pace from wine tastings. “They’re a little more casual and a little more laid-back, which means they can be a little more enjoyable and fun and relaxing,” she says. The dinner will consist of five beers and five courses: First course: Reb Wheat Pale Ale (also known as the “Deep South Pale Ale”) paired with Thai fish cakes with cucumber relish and a Chile-garlic dipping sauce. Second course: Indian Summer Spiced Wheat Ale paired with curried cashew, pear



by Robin O’Bryant

TV with the volume blaring to drown out the screaming of small children, and watch the game. Regardless if you are sweating it out under a tent or in the comfort of your home, you don’t have to miss the three best things about football season: food, food and, yes, more food. I dream about football food of all shapes and sizes: finger sandwiches, cookies, cakes, chicken wings and dips of so many varieties, you’ll need a dozen bags of Fritos. And bless God, if there is anything I love as much as I love college football, it’s a bag of Fritos. I’m not above buying the cheapest, most disgusting can of bean dip on sale at a corner quick-stop simply for an excuse to eat Fritos. When I say Fritos, I most definitely do not mean those scrawny little toothpicks that are “Original” Fritos; I mean Fritos Scoops. No other snack chip is worthy of a good tailgating dip, not to mention the originals completely throw off your dip-to-chip ratio, which is always a delicate balance. (Their sheer scrawniness can also lead to dip under your fingernails.) But never fear, faithful football fans, I am here for you. I promise to provide you with recipes for your tailgate parties, to keep you out of the quick-stop and your fingernails clean. It’s the least I can do for the love of football.

by Holly Perkins and grape salad with orange vinaigrette. Third course: Southern Gold Golden Honey Ale paired with Fudge Farms roasted pork loin with lavender and honey over roasted fingerling potatoes. Fourth course: Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale paired with maple-cured duck breast smoked over pecan wood over soft polenta. Fifth course: Award-winning Jefferson Stout Sweet Potato Cream Stout paired with a sweet potato, date and pecan bread pudding with whiskey-caramel sauce. The Lazy Magnolia Beer Dinner at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.) begins at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 30. Tickets are $55. Call 601-368-1919, or e-mail andrewr@saland to reserve your seat; credit card needed to guarantee your spot; no cancellations.

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Cups Espresso CafĂŠ (Multiple Locations, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks, fresh brewed coffee and a selection of pastries and baked goods. Free wi-fi. Wired Espresso CafĂŠ (115 N State St 601-500-7800) This downtown coffeehouse across from the Old Capitol focuses on being a true gathering place, featuring great coffee and a selection of breakfast, lunch and pastry items. Free wi-fi. Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., 601 960-3008) Off JSU parkway is a pristine yellow house with beautiful hardwood floors; the perfect atmosphere for studying or gathering friends. Coffee and espresso, pastries, desserts, smoothies, sandwiches and breakfast. Free wireless Internet and two PCs are available for patrons.

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bakery Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) NEW MENU! Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas, pastas and dessert. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;see and be seenâ&#x20AC;? Jackson institution! Campbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery (3013 N State Street 601-362-4628) Now serving lunch! Cookies, cakes and cupcakes are accompanied by good coffee and a fullcooked Southern breakfast on weekdays in this charming bakery in Fondren. For Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Owner Dani Mitchell Turk was features on the Food Networkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultimate recipe showdown. Crazy Cat Bakers (Highland Village Suite #173 601-362-7448) Amazing sandwiches: Meatloaf Panini, Mediterranean Vegetarian, Rotisserie Chicken to gourmet pimento cheese. Outlandish desserts. Now open for dinner Wednesday through Friday. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution featuring a full breakfast (with grits and biscuits), blue-plate specials, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys and wraps. Save room for something from their famous bakery!



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ItalIan BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian fare, plus creative pastas, beef, and seafood specials. Wonderful atmosphere and service. Bravo! walks away with tons of Best of Jackson awards every year. Ceramiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami (white wine sauce, capers artichokes) along with veal, tilapia, crawfish, chicken and pasta dishes. Now with liquor license! Fratesiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (910 Lake Harbour, Ridgeland, 601-956-2929) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Authentic, homey, unpretentiousâ&#x20AC;? thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the regulars describe Fratesiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a staple in Jackson for years, offering great Italian favorites with loving care. The tiramisu is a must-have!

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Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma and much more. Consistent award winner, great for takeout or for long evenings with friends. Jerusalem Café (2741 Old Canton Road 601-321-8797) Yes, it’s a hookah bar in Jackson, which also happens to have a great Meditterean menu, including falafel, lamb shank, feta salad, kabob, spinach pie, grape leaves and baba ghanouj. Kristos (971 Madison Ave @ Hwy 51, Madison, 601-605-2266) Home of the famous Greek meatball! Hummus, falafel, dolmas, pita sandwiches, salads, plus seasoned curly fries (or sweet potato fries) and amazing desserts.

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steak, seafood & fine dininG Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches and much more in the “polished casual” dining room. Open 24/7 in the Riverwalk Casino. Parker House (104 South East Madison Drive, Ridgeland 601-856-0043) European and Creole take on traditional Southern ingredients in Olde Town Ridgeland. Crawfish, oysters, crab and steaks dominate, with creative option like Crab Mac ‘n Cheese, Oysters Rockefeller and Duck Jezebel. Or enjoy lighter fare (and a plate lunch special) during lunch hours!





Mimi’s Family and Friends (3139 North State Street, Fondren) 601-366-6111 Funky local art decorates this new offering in Fondren, where the cheese grits, red beans & rice, pork tacos and pimento cheese are signature offerings. Breakfast and lunch, new days are Tuesday-Sunday. Sugar’s Place (168 W Griffith St 601-352-2364) Hot breakfast and week-day lunch: catfish, pantrout, fried chicken wings, blue plates, red beans & rice, pork chops, chicken & dumplings, burgers, po-boys...does your grandma cook like this? Located downtown near MC Law School. The Strawberry Café (107 Depot Drive, Madison, 601-856-3822) Full table service, lunch and dinner. Crab and crawfish appetizers, salads, fresh seafood, pastas, “surf and turf” and more. Veggie options. Desserts: cheesecake, Madison Mud and strawberry shortcake. Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) 2010 Best of Jackson winner for fried chicken offers a lavish buffet of meat and veggies, a salad bar, iced tea & one of three homemade desserts. Lunch only. Mon-Friday 11-2, Sun. 10:30-2. Zydeco Restaurant and Bar (6340 Ridgewood Rd. 601-977-9920) Louisiana favorites such as gumbo, oysters, fried green tomatoes, po-boys and muffalettas. Steaks, seafood and jambalaya for dinner. Beignets, omelets and seafood for Sunday brunch!




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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Our sun doesn’t really have a name. The word “sun” is a generic term that can refer to any of trillions of stars. So I’d like to propose that you come up with a name for it. It could be a nickname or a title, like “Big Singer” or “Aurora Rex” or “Joy Shouter” or “Renaldo.” I hope this exercise will get you in the mood to find names for a whole host of other under-identified things in your life, like the mysterious feelings that are swirling around inside you right now, and your longings for experiences that don’t exist yet, and your dreams about the elusive blessings you want so bad.

The odometer will turn over soon, metaphorically speaking. The big supply of the stuff you stocked up on a while back is about to run out. The lessons you began studying a year ago have been completed, at least for now, and you’re not yet ready for the next round of teachings. These are just some of the indicators that suggest you should set aside time for reflection and evaluation. The world may come pounding at your door, demanding that you make a dramatic declaration or take decisive action, but in my opinion you should stall. You need to steep in this pregnant pause.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Most discussions on TV news shows involve so-called experts shouting simplistic opinions at each other. They may provide some meager entertainment value, but are rarely enlightening. In contrast to these paltry spectacles were the salons at Paris’s Cafe Guerbois in 1869. A group of hard-working artists and writers gathered there to inspire each other. The painter Claude Monet wrote that their discussions “sharpened one’s wits, encouraged frank and impartial inquiry, and provided enthusiasm that kept us going for weeks. … One always came away feeling more involved, more determined, and thinking more clearly and distinctly.” That’s the kind of dynamic interaction you should seek out in abundance, Scorpio.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

In the movies I’ve seen that depict battle scenes from hundreds of years ago, every army has numerous soldiers whose job it is to carry festive flags and pennants. If this is an accurate depiction of history, what does it mean? That powerful symbols were crucial to inspiring the troops’ heroic efforts? That touches of color and beauty lifted their morale? That they were more inclined to do their best if inspired to imagine they were participating in an epic story? Whether or not my theories apply to what actually happened back then, they apply to you now. As you go forth to fight for what you believe in, bring your equivalent of an evocative emblem.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Using a radio telescope, astronomers at Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy have been scanning the center of the galaxy. They’re looking for evidence of amino acids that could be the building blocks of life. So far, their hunt has been inconclusive. In my opinion, though, they’ve stumbled upon an even more appealing discovery: The huge dust cloud at the heart of the Milky Way, they say, tastes like raspberries and smells like rum. That’s the kind of switcheroo I predict for you in the upcoming weeks, Capricorn. You may not locate the smoking gun you’re hoping to find, but in the process of searching I bet you’ll hook up with something even better.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Each one of us is a blend of life and death. In the most literal sense, our bodies always contain old cells that are dying and new cells that are emerging as replacements. From a more metaphorical perspective, our familiar ways of seeing and thinking and feeling are constantly atrophying, even as fresh modes emerge. Both losing and winning are woven into every day; sinking down and rising up; shrinking and expanding. In any given phase of our lives, one or the other polarity is usually more pronounced. But for you in the foreseeable future, Aquarius, they will be evenly balanced. Welcome to the Season of Rot and Regeneration.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Allure magazine sought out Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, the women who wrote the book “Perfumes: The A to Z Guide.” Asked, “What are the sexiest-smelling perfumes of all time?” Turin and Sanchez said China-

town was at the top of their list. Their explanation: “If wearing Opium is like walking around with a bullhorn shouting, ‘Come and get it!’ Chinatown is like discreetly whispering the same thing.” The Chinatown approach is what I recommend for you in the coming weeks, Pisces.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Why should you work harder than everyone else? Why is it up to you to pick up the slack when others are suffering from outbreaks of laziness and incompetence? And why should you be the fearless leader who is focused on fixing the glitches and smoothing over the rough patches when no one else seems to care whether things fall apart? I’ll tell you why, Aries: because it’s the karmic-correction phase of your long-term cycle—a time when you can atone for past mistakes, pay off old debts, and make up for less-than-conscientious moves you got away with once upon a time.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

“What is the source of our first suffering?” wrote philosopher Gaston Bachelard. “It lies in the fact that we hesitated to speak. It was born in the moment when we accumulated silent things within us.” Luckily for you, Taurus, the cosmic rhythms are aligned in such a way as to free you from at least some of that old suffering in the coming weeks. I expect that you will have more power than usual to say what you’ve never been able to say and express a part of you that has been buried too long.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

More than 2,000 people have climbed to the top of Mt. Everest, and 12 men have walked on the moon. But only two humans have ever ventured to the lowest spot on our planet. In 1960, Jacques Piccard and Donald Walsh rode in a bathyscaphe all the way down to the Mariana Trench, which is almost seven miles beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Your assignment in the coming weeks, Gemini, is to move in their direction, metaphorically speaking. In my astrological opinion, ascending and soaring shouldn’t be on your agenda. It’s time to dive into the mysterious depths.

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1 Fictional dieter Jack 6 May honoree 9 Hutt in the “Star Wars” series 14 Refrain heard with animal noises 15 Lawyers’ gp. 16 Company that makes “Dial Up” mascara 17 Don’t buy it, in a way 18 Peppermint Patty, to Marcie 19 Hangman’s knot 20 “___ all come out in the wash” 21 Freezes the twos out of a deck of cards? 23 “OK, now I’m ready to play!” 25 ___ Aquarium (Chicago attraction) 26 Obligation 28 “Te ___” 29 Only Norwegian band to do a James Bond theme song 32 “National” mag for celeb breakups 36 “The ___ Sanction” 38 Rakish fellow 39 Home to the National Bunraku Theatre 42 Movie vampire, for short 43 They need wind 45 Brad Garrett sitcom that ended in June 2010

47 Gossip site 48 Toward the stern 51 Generation ___ 52 “Gawwwd, how boring” 54 Pearl Jam leader Eddie 58 Picture scribbled while talking on the phone? 62 It’s fought by willpower 63 “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” boy band 64 By way of 65 Old saying 66 Uttar Pradesh’s country 67 “Plus a bunch of other stuff” 68 Bricks for kids 69 Breaking even 70 That anonymous lady over there 71 Together


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CANCER (June 21-July 22)

I propose that we do to Mercury what astronomers did to Pluto in 2006: demote it. After all, it’s smaller than both Saturn’s moon Titan and Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. Who wants to bestow the majestic title of “planet” on such a piddling peewee? In fact, let’s make the change now, just in time for Mercury’s retrograde phase, which began recently. That way we won’t have to get all riled up about the supposedly disruptive effects this aspect portends. How could a barren runt like Mercury stir up any kind of meaningful ruckus? I hereby declare you free and clear of the whole Mercury retrograde superstition. Please proceed on the assumption that the period between now and Sept. 12 will be an excellent time to deepen and refine your communication with anyone you care about.


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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

A Chinese company reached out to me by e-mail today. “Dear Sir,” the message began, “As the leading professional conveyor belt manufacturers in Shanghai, we present to you our very best sincere regards, desiring to find out if there is a chance for us to be your top-rate conveyor belt supplier.” I wrote back, thanking them for their friendly inquiry. I said that personally I didn’t have any need of conveyor belts right now, but I told them I would check with my Leo readers to see if they might. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you see, you’re entering a time when it makes sense to expand and refine your approach to work. It’ll be a good time, for example, to get more efficient and step up production. So how about it? Do you need any conveyor belts?

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

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gram centered around performing gymnastics on a vertical pole. Pole fitness uses core body strength to perform movements on the pole. The strength and motion required tones up the whole body, giving beautiful definition to the arms, thigh, abs and shoulders. The moves are similar to techniques found in gymnastics, ballet, jazz and modern dance. The Ridgeland studio is one of more than 300 facilities throughout the world teaching pole fitness, the latest craze among women looking to get in shape, including Kendra Wilkinson, one of former Playboy founder Hugh Hefnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girlfriends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve definitely hit the pole a time or two just for fun, but I wanted to learn the best ways to use it to get my body in smoking shape and look hot while doing it,â&#x20AC;? she wrote on her blog at Wilkinson will also release a pole-fitness workout DVD soon. As one of People Magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2010, Wilkinson can influence a lot of women to try this alternative aerobic workout. I was convinced. Expect to tone some of the most common problems areas for women such as love handles, flabby arms, buttocks, stomach and back. Plus, cardio is a great soldier in the fight against heart disease, the number one killer of women according to Women

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â&#x20AC;˘ Reduced stress. â&#x20AC;˘ Reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer (as with any aerobic exercise). â&#x20AC;˘ Temporary relief from depression and anxiety. â&#x20AC;˘ More confidence about how you feel and how you look. â&#x20AC;˘ Better sleep. â&#x20AC;˘ More energy.

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A Small Victory After my last blog post and a poor cholesterol report from the doc, the results of my second round of blood work came in letter form to my home address: “Dear Lydia, We are pleased to inform you that the result(s) of your lab work done on 07/14/2010 was/were normal. We recommend this evaluation be repeated in one year.” And a little handwritten note on the bottom of the letter read, “Cholesterol 165. Great job! Keep up the good work!” I lowered my cholesterol 52 points in three months. It’s good to know that I can control this, and I don’t have to take medication to lower my cholesterol (maybe a few vitamins, but that’s cool with me). —Lydia Chadwick

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Me and My Cardio


I’ve developed a strong appreciation for the elliptical machine. I’d never really used one successfully until this Road to Wellness challenge, and now—unless they’re all taken when I get to the gym— I’m spending about 45 minutes at least four days a week on one. I like three things about a workout on the elliptical: 1. I can go four to five miles and burn around 500 calories (which I count in units of Becks Lights; 500 calories is about eight or nine of my favorite low-cal beer) without feeling like I’m getting instant shin splints. I’ve had on-again/off-again relationships with the treadmill because of the way my lower legs can feel after a few miles. And I’ve never been a street runner because I just can’t pace myself. (In that respect, either a treadmill or elliptical is the way to go.) 2. The options. I’ve been reading more about working out since I’ve gotten back into it and (aside from the weight training that I should be doing more of), the key element is variety. The elliptical offers tons of different options you can throw in, from higher tensions to focusing on arms over legs or legs over arms. The cross-training settings are where I have the most “fun”—they’re a challenge, but they speed things up and slow them down and create enough “turbulence” that, hopefully, I’m getting a good workout in those 45 minutes. 3. The TV attached to the top. Yeah, so I’m a sludge. Since we don’t have a full cable package at home (we have $9 localchannels cable—try it sometime when you’re looking to save some cash), I pretty much never get to see ESPN, except when I’m at the gym. Between the evening base-

ball games and, now, weekday football, I find that little flat-panel a nice distraction while I’m trying to get “through the burn” on some of the tougher parts of my cross-training course. (Tour de France was awesome—I could just try to fall into pace with the riders!) Tennis is good, too, and, really, anything that I get into can keep me up on that thing another 10 to 15 minutes while I wait to see “how it ends.” I’ve never been as dogmatic about getting to the gym as I am this time around—and at least part of it is that machine. It—by which I mean both the workout and the determination to get to that work out—feels good! —Todd Stauffer

Getting It Together I haven’t been as consistent with my Road to Wellness goals as I should have been. Actually, I forget about them quite often. I totally forgot about finding a new hobby, I still forget to stretch in the morning because the pets are begging for their breakfast, and don’t even ask me about going outside for 15 minutes. The last class I was in was very challenging, and I have a deadline looming, so thinking about anything else has been difficult. I’ve come to the conclusion that the Road to Wellness is way longer than 12 weeks. For me, it’s going to take much longer to learn to stop putting my needs on the back burner. I may need to just pick a goal and work on that for a while, and then I can move on to the next one. I think it would be better to meet one goal at a time than to meet none at all. —Latasha Willis

Mmmm Turkey I absolutely believe a person can be bullied by food. Picture it, Jackson, Miss. A hot muggy August afternoon in the JFP office and a can of “Mexican Layered Dip” Pringles walks into my life. We had a good time for a short while, but I had to let the relationship go. It wasn’t good for me. To make up for it, I made a batch of my very special turkey burgers I like to call “Mmmm Turkey,” and all was right with the world. —Ashley Jackson

Stones The road to wellness is paved in good intentions. And Scurlock Donuts. Right?? —Kristin Brenemen

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