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6 Hot Property Did another local publication get it all wrong about the city’s Convention Center Hotel plans? ADAM LYNCH
Cover illustration by Kristin Brenemen Inspired by Greenpeace photo taken by Chuck Cook
Corporate media’s mandate is to “maximize shareholder profits.” What about employees and readers?
sara murphy it as a natural part of aging,” Murphy says. But Alzheimer’s is a disease, and we want people to know that it is a publichealth crisis.” Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, she says, but its deadliness is unknown. The cause Murphy advocates is personal to her. At 19, she saw a relative suffer from the disease. “I saw my great-uncle suffer from Alzheimer’s, and it really affected me,” she says. “It hurt to have someone you love not be able to recognize you.” In May, Murphy helped organize and then played in the “Blondes vs. Brunettes” flag football game in Jackson. Young women with different hair colors battled each other and raised more than $21,000 for Alzheimer’s research. Even though she has red hair, she played on team blonde. Murphy hopes the fundraiser will become an annual event in Jackson and draw more support. Murphy has spent most of her life advocating awareness. She recognizes that people fear Alzheimer’s, but lack the resources to deal with it. Even though Murphy has a difficult challenge, she has no plans to stop. “I love what I do,” she says. “I want to continue to spread knowledge about the brutality of Alzheimer’s.” —Brianna White
32 And the Winner Is … Local star MC Pyinfamous proves that Mississippi (and Jackson) wins in the music category. JULIE SKIPPERA
ike David fighting Goliath, Sara Murphy is attempting to slay a monster: Alzheimer’s disease. Murphy, 30, is the outreach coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter, an organization working to raise awareness and help victims of the disease. Murphy’s job is to spread the word about Alzheimer’s destruction and to aid anyone affected. A Virginia native, Murphy moved to Ridgeland in 2009 with her husband Tim Murphy, a local radio personality on Y101. Throughout her life, Murphy had a strong bond with her family, specifically her grandmother. And when her grandmother injured herself and moved to an assisted-care facility, Murphy decided that her destiny was in helping elderly people. To fulfill her dream, she acquired her bachelor’s degree in nutrition at Bridgewater College near Harrisonburg, Va., and a gerontology certificate from James Madison University. Murphy sees her education as an opportunity to study the aging process and the diseases that strike some. As one of only four employees of the state’s Alzheimer’s Association chapter, Murphy works throughout Mississippi creating support groups and providing help to victims. One of the biggest obstacles Murphy sees in fighting Alzheimer’s is public opinion. “People incorrectly assume that
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Alex Woodward Alex Woodward is a staff writer with New Orleans alt-weekly newspaper Gambit and a journalism graduate of Loyola University New Orleans. He joined Gambit in 2008. He wrote the cover story.
Brianna White Editorial intern Brianna White is an avid sports fan who loves Harry Potter and Mandarin Chinese. Everyone thinks she would make a great doctor, which means she’ll become a writer. She wrote the Jacksonian.
Richard Coupe Richard Coupe, lover of the beautiful game (soccer), husband, brother, father of four and still wondering what he wants to be when he grows up. He wrote about Vicksburg.
Pamela Hosey Pamela Hosey is originally from West Point, Miss. She loves to write, read James Patterson novels and spend time with her family. She wrote a Body/Soul and a food feature
Brooke Kelly Brooke Kelly is an editorial intern from Jackson State University. She likes to watch movies, play card games, dominoes and chess, read, go to new places and eat good food. She wrote a July 4 FLY feature.
LaShanda Phillips Editorial assistant LaShanda Phillips is a recent graduate of Jackson State University. She is the third oldest of seven children. Her motto is: “Make-up is fantastic!” She wrote a July 4 FLY feature.
Meredith W. Sullivan Former New Yorker Meredith W. Sullivan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. She spends her days dreaming about where to travel next. She is enjoying life in Fondren with her husband and Diggy dog. She styled a July 4 FLY feature.
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Advertising designer Andrea Thomas is a native of Ridgeland and is a recent Antonelli College graduate. She loves to sing, dance and write poetry in her free time.
by Todd Stauffer, Publisher
Why We Do It
n just the past week or so, I’ve become a bit obsessed with the question of “Why?” It started with a TED Talk that I watched one evening on YouTube while making dinner. The talk was by Simon Sinek, author of the book, “Start With Why” (www. startwithwhy.com). I haven’t read the book, yet, but I plan to dig into it almost immediately; it might be a perfect fit for the long Fourth of July weekend. But even the very premise he communicates in his talk—the idea that to truly inspire people you need to lead with your passion, or your “why” for doing something—has my head spinning on a number of different levels. There’s the JFP level. We produce the Jackson Free Press for a fairly straightforward reason, but one that we don’t always articulate. Our goal is to make Jackson—and Mississippi—a better place for its citizens by celebrating their diversity, creativity and vitality. That’s why we publish. As an independent media outlet, I think we can add to the dialogue, helping people make informed decisions, and shining a light on public decision-making and the use of community resources that don’t benefit the diversity of our population. We’ve devoted all our resources and efforts to that end, and we’re constantly striving to get better at it. Sinek’s proposition is that you move from your “why” to your “how”—how you do something is informed by why you do it. Our “how” is that we produce engaging stories that seek to grab our readers’ attention and give them new information. Above all, we seek to publish the truth—not always “both sides” of a story, as false objectivity is the refuge of a press that seeks primarily not to offend advertisers. As Carl Bernstein of “Woodward and Bernstein” fame has said, we seek to print the “best obtainable truth.” It’s a good start. This past week the Jackson Free Press’ editorial staff was again commended for doing that job well. In the 61st Annual Green Eyeshade Awards, the JFP staff was given four awards for excellence in reporting in the southeastern United States by the Society of Professional Journalists. First Place in Courts and the Law reporting went to Valerie Wells and Donna Ladd for their in-depth narrative story about prosecuting children as adults. Second place in Political Reporting went to Adam Lynch for his cover story about judicial corruption in the state, and Third Place in Feature Writing went to Lacey McLaughlin for her in-depth and unpredictable story about teen pregnancy and the problems with abstinence-only education. And Donna got her second First Place in Serious Commentary in as many years from the SPJ for her Editor’s Notes. We’re particularly gratified by these awards as they give us an opportunity to compete against a variety of publications in towns and states much larger than ours, giving our staff the well-deserved kudos that they can bring back to Jackson and Mississippi with
great pride. And we were the only media outlet in Mississippi that won Green Eyeshade awards—for the second year in a row. Beyond our award-winning news and analysis, we seek to tell stories about authentic local people and the businesses and organizations they create. We champion the idea of buying local and we encourage you—whenever possible—to consider the source of your goods and services. We believe strongly that local businesses, organizations and arts groups are what make Jackson unique and vital—and that it’s small, local businesses that will drive the economy and create jobs. It’s local people, engaged in innovation, entrepreneurship and free enterprise—working with smart government, people of faith and dedicated non-profits—who will lift Jackson to new heights. Another “why” level to what we do is the idea that we can use media to do good in our community, bringing people together in common cause. That fundamental “why” has led to a “what”—the JFP Chick Ball. Now in its seventh year, the Chick Ball celebrates female musical talent in Jackson (a frequently overlooked and under-booked group of creatives) while driving donations to an extremely worthy cause—the cessation of domestic abuse in central Mississippi. The JFP is partnering with the Center for Violence Prevention to plan the biggest evening, yet, of entertainment, food, drink, art and music. Already, the donations and sponsorships are higher than they’ve ever been, with more people participating prior to the event than ever before. The music is lined up, the supporters and volunteers are pitching in, and one heck of a party is coming together for July 9, 2011 at Hal & Mal’s. The suggested donation
to get into the event is only $5, with ample opportunity for you to give more. Sponsorships start as low as $50 and includes entry to the Chick-A-Boom VIP reception from 6 to 8 p.m. during the regular Chick Ball. If you’d like to be a sponsor, call 601-3626121 x16 or write chickball@jacksonfreepress. com or just swing by the JFP with a check made out to Center for Violence Prevention. You’ll find details online at www.jfpchickball. com and in next week’s 2011 Chick Issue, featuring a guide to the Chick Ball, its silentauction items and the 2011 “Chicks We Love” feature. Or follow @jfpchickball on Twitter or look us up on Facebook. The goal this year with the Chick Ball is to raise at least $30,000 to go to rural programs in the counties surrounding Jackson; in years past the Chick Ball has bought the Center a “Freedom Van,” raised seed money for the area’s first batterer-intervention program and created a fund to help victims get out of legal entanglements with their abusers. Along the way, the Chick Ball has celebrated heroes who have worked to pass important legislation, bear witness and make changes to help battle domestic violence. Why do we do the JFP? Why do we throw the Chick Ball every year; keep a watchful eye on issues of vital public interest; and support local arts, non-profit fundraisers, entrepreneurs, educators, musicians, festivals, markets, artists, creatives and local business? Like most of you, we want to help make Jackson a better place for everyone who calls it home. We believe the community includes every neighborhood and every ZIP code and that each person deserves a chance to help build a great city and state. What could be a better “why” than that?
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Wednesday, June 22 President Obama announces that he will pull 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next summer, with 10,000 troops leaving the country by the end of this year. … Comedian ventriloquist Jeff Dunham performs at the Mississippi Coliseum. Thursday, June 23 Columbus District Attorney Forrest Allgood announces that Robbie Norton will not face felony charges for striking a 57-year-old cyclist with her car in Clay County. … The Mississippi Department of Transportation reopens Mississippi Highway 465 in Warren and Issaquena counties after floodwaters recede. Friday, June 24 First lady Michelle Obama uses her trip to South Africa to defend the president against criticism that he does not pay attention to the continent. … New York state lawmakers vote 33-29 to legalize samesex marriage. Saturday, June 25 Former Jefferson County Justice Court judge Charlie Chambliss, 58, is arrested for allegedly selling drugs to undercover officers in separate instances. … At least 35 people die in a suicide car-bomb attack at a small clinic in eastern Afghanistan. Sunday, June 26 A Jackson County wildfire breaks out in a new subdivision in south Gautier, threatening to destroy an animal shelter. … The maker of tear gas used in a 2006 Jackson police raid owes $1.1 million to the five children of a woman who died after inhaling the fumes, a judge has ruled.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both former presidents, died on July 4, 1826.
City Not Ready on Hotel Deal
The city is not ready to finalize plans for a convention center hotel in downtown Jackson.
Mississippi Business Journal article reporting that the city of Jackson is “set to bet” $40 million from its general fund to own half of the long-proposed convention center hotel is misleading, city spokesman Chris Mims says. No agreement is before the city council at this time. “Number one, I don’t know where they got that number from, and number two, I can’t see us ever pulling $40 million out of the general fund for any development,” Mims said. “That’s not what the general fund is for.” Earlier this month, the Business Journal’s page-one article “A Wing and a Prayer” focused on the development, long
stalled due to financing issues. Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.’s relationship with the developers of the convention center hotel resembles an arranged marriage. The late Mayor Frank Melton secured the deal with MJS Realty, an offshoot of the Texas-based real estate firm, TCI Investments, in 2006 to purchase the property from the Jackson Redevelopment Authority. Since Johnson took office in 2009, the city hasn’t approved a cost-sharing agreement with the developers needed to make the hotel a reality. The hotel would enable the Jackson convention center to secure larger events and boost the city’s economy, according to city and convention center officials.
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In March, TCI Investment Executive Director Alfred Crozier presented the city with a draft of a cost-sharing agreement. The proposal requires the city to obtain 50 percent ownership of the hotel. The city would also designate four blocks of Pascagoula Street as an urban renewal area and extend the terms of a $7 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development loan the city gave to the developers in 2007. The proposal states that the developers have secured $84 million in GO Zone bonds to fully fund the project and calls for the city to “approve the bonds to be secured by grants and contributions from the general fund.” Congress has extended GO Zone bonds, which were set to expire last year. The new deadline is Dec. 31. The mayor and developers have had discussions over the past several months regarding the development, said City Attorney Pieter Teeuwissen. He has not reviewed an agreement for a legal opinion, however. “(The Mississippi Business Journal) has assumed that this draft is what the administration and city council supports,” he said. The Business Journal also reported that the developers conducted a TCI-financed feasibility study determining that the hotel would need to charge $150 per night to be financially viable. Teeuwissen said that before a proposal is put before council, the city would likely conduct an HOTEL see page 7
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Monday, June 27 A 5-year-old boy drowns at Clarkco State Park in Clarke County. … The Jackson school board votes to name Jayne Sargent as interim superintendent. Tuesday, June 28 The Texas Legislature approves a bill to prohibit airport security officials from conducting invasive pat downs on airline passengers. … Columbus District Attorney Forrest Allgood reopens his investigation into Robbie Norton, who accidently struck a cyclist with her car in Clay County. Get daily news at jfpdaily.com.
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Tuesday, June 21 Rubel L. Phillips, former chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party and threetime gubernatorial candidate, dies at 86.
Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant faces off against other Republican gubernatorial candidates. p 9
With the Fourth of July just around the corner, what does freedom mean to you?
Tony Compton, veteran, 53: “It’s about what your forefathers have done for everyone. I believe very strongly in the flag of the United States and about what it represents.” James Ford 29: “Freedom means life without restrictions. Freedom means opportunity.” Mary Bennett, 22: “It means being able to have your constitutional right to express yourself.”
“If I tell you a chicken did snuff, you could look under his wing and see the can.” — Republican gubernatorial candidate Hudson Holliday during a debate June 25, describing his integrity. He said that he won’t take a “no new taxes” pledge because circumstances can change.
Blake Giles, 22: “Freedom to me is having the ability to express yourself how you choose. You can pursue whatever outlet you want in life. Delois Felder,, 43: “Being able to live out my own choices in life.”
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independent market study or update the current study so it doesn’t solely rely on the developer’s numbers. In June 2010, the Jackson City Council approved a non-binding resolution that called for the city to issue an unspecified amount of bonds to finance the hotel project. Original plans for the Capital City Center included a $200 million multi-use development with a 19-story Crowne Plaza Hotel, a Staybridge Suites Hotel, a 1,500car garage, skywalks linking the hotels with the convention center and a 200-unit apartment building. The Business Journal reported that developers have temporarily postponed the retail, residential, garage and Staybridge Suites portions of the development. Mark Small, president of MJS Reality, had been the front man for the proj-
ect; however, Teeuwissen confirmed that Crozier has now taken a dominant role in negotiations with the city. In a February 2010 email to the city, Downtown Jackson Partners President Ben Allen wrote that “the developers may be near snake eyes” and suggested two alternate firms to take over the project: Dallasbased developers Garfield Traub and Missouri-based developers John Q. Hammons Hotels and Resorts. Mims said that the mayor is still on board with TCI and that the city is not expecting anyone else to take over the project at this time. “Johnson has said that he is more confident now that he has been in the past with this project,” Mims said. Crozier and Small did not return calls for this article. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
‘They’re Going After Me’
by Adam Lynch
Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham says a state auditor’s investigation is politically motivated.
the governmental entity of which he is a member, officer, employee or agent, other than in his contract of employment. Jackson spokesman Chris Mims said the city was withholding judgment against Graham in the case. Graham questioned why Pickering, who is Republican, released the results of his investigation during an election year, considering Pickering’s office had been working on the case since 2007. “The timing seems suspect,” said Graham, who faces no Democratic opponent in the primary but runs against Republican challenger Roger Davis in November. Graham’s attorney Lisa Ross said Graham will dispute the $45,000 demand from Pickering’s office. “We intend to put Pickering to the test. If he says the money is owed, then he should have to convince a jury,” Ross said. “Pickering says the $45,000 represents an amount paid to Mr. Graham and others. Where are the others?” Ross added that Pickering frequently makes demands of officials but rarely releases the news of the demands to the public. She said Pickering would likely turn the case over to Attorney General Jim Hood since Graham disputes the demand. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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inds County Supervisor Robert Graham is calling a state auditor’s investigation “political.” “I believe they’re going after me,” Graham told the Jackson Free Press last week. “I’m not finding anything coming out of the state auditor’s office on any relevant issue against Republicans, but I see that they’re investigating me.” State Auditor Stacey Pickering served a demand in May for $45,736 for wages Graham received from the city between 2004 and 2007 of Jackson while he was conducting dispatcher certification classes. Graham taught the courses, Pickering said, during regular work hours when Graham—then a city employee—indicated on his time sheet that he had been at work as a spokesman for the Jackson Police Department. Pickering, who did not return calls, said students taking the course paid fees to Professional Dispatch Management, a company that Graham owns, through the National Emergency Communications Institute from 2004 to 2007. NECI Executive Director Charles Carter instigated the investigation when he sent an October 2007 complaint to Pickering’s office, accusing Graham of failing to obtain permission from the Mississippi Board of Emergency Telecommunications Standards and Training to conduct the training. NECI revoked Graham’s certification as an emergency-response trainer after Carter issued the 2007 letter. Carter said that aside from defrauding the state of Mississippi, Graham also defrauded the city of Jackson by earning extra contract work while on the city’s payroll. State law, particularly Section 25-4105, states that no public servant shall “be a contractor, subcontractor or vendor with
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by Adam Lynch
earl River County Supervisor Hudson Holliday is not the kind of guy to shy away from questions. At times, his frank opinions surprise reporters who are more accustomed to politicians versed in the art of question-dodging. Holliday’s multiple careers cover almost every facet of legal employment. He’s been a logger, a crop-duster, a developer, a pilot, a soldier, a banker, and now a supervisor and wetlands mitigation fund manager—which he admits is a long way from logger. What separates you from the other candidates? In some ways, the candidates running for governor ain’t all that different. You could put them all in a sack, shake it up and whatever falls out is identical to everything else that’s in the sack. But I like to think I’m different, in that I’m aware we have a really negative image in this state with the rest of the nation. Some of my opponents say I’m running this state down. I’m not running it down. I love this state. I love it so much that I don’t want it to be on the bottom anymore. I’m tired of being No. 50. With all the resources and the quality people we have here, the state’s economy ought to be booming. I see that one of your priorities will be to “represent all Mississippians.” Which ones need more representation? The middle class really needs some representation right now. Go to the secretary of state’s website and count up the number of campaign contributors, and you’ll see that the money’s not coming from even one-tenth of 1 percent of the population of this state. One out of a thousand might be giving money to a politician, but who represents the other 999? What politicians are doing, whether we like it or not, is they’re taking the rich man’s money and buying the poor man’s vote. But they’re obligated to the rich person, and there’s no correlation between how much money a candidate has in his campaign chest and the support they offer the public.
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What kind of representation is the poor man not getting? The best way to grow the state is to change the image of it, and we haven’t done that. Governor Barbour worked on tort reform and made some changes—a little of that went almost too far. It really did. It went too far. As a businessman, wouldn’t tort reform protect your interests? Nobody that I know of wants frivolous lawsuits, but my wife had knee surgery, and a doctor put her knee on crutches, and I wound up having to take her to Georgia to get it fixed. She was in a wheelchair. She’s out of it now, but she was crippled on account of a doctor’s bad decisions, and tort-reform changes protected him, when he really didn’t deserve that protection. What’s your take on the illegal immigration issue? I think that law went after the wrong person. If a guy came here, and he could not find a job because he was an illegal immigrant, how long would he stay? He’d move on. They come here for a job. Can’t blame them for wanting to come here—if you and I were below the border we’d probably both be coming to America because it’s a great country. But there are proper channels for doing that. I think businesspeople who hire illegal immigrants so they can gain a competitive advantage over the guy who doesn’t need to be held accountable. It’s a violation of the law. If there were some really stiff fines out there for these companies that engage in this kind of thing it would make a difference. How do you feel about cuts to Medicaid? Would you consider it to balance the state budget? You have to look at the pros and cons of everything. Just like when I was a general, I always asked the staff, ‘How do we minimize the impact and maximize the use of our money?’ and, ‘What’s the right thing
Hudson Holliday, GOP Candidate for Governor Age: 67 Home: Poplarville Education: University of Southern Mississippi Career: Mississippi Army National Guard, 38 years (major general, retired); principal owner of Wetlands Solution, LLC; Pearl River County supervisor Family: Wife Paulette, three adult children
to do for the people?’ It may take weeks to figure out what we’re going to do, but if it makes sense, I’ll do it. If it doesn’t make sense, or it’s not logical, or it won’t better this state, I won’t do it. It won’t happen. Everybody’s talking about debt reduction, but you know as a county supervisor that much of this debt deals with bonds that fund many hometown projects. How do you balance that? There’s no free ride. I know this will cost me votes, but I’ll never make the statement that I will never raise taxes—because there may come a time when we have to. Some legislators and candidates brag that, ‘I never raised taxes,’ but what they did was push that tax burden on down to the county, so the Board of Supervisors had to raise taxes or cut services to meet needs. You have to be realistic. Our job is to make sure that every dollar we get is spent efficiently. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
by Adam Lynch
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Republican gubernatorial candidates, from left, Dave Dennis and Hudson Holliday parted ways with frontrunner Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant on education and tort reform.
that as a politician, “I’m not responsible for educating your child. You are.” “I’m responsible for making sure we’ve got good safe schools for them to go to, but we need competition. If they’re not getting a good education, they need to go to a school where they can get that,” Bryant added, and advocated expanding charter schools in the state. Mississippi charter schools use state funding slated for public education, but most charter formulas also allow the schools to weed out problem and low-performing students through expulsion—an option less available to public schools, which must follow a mandatory government enrollment policy for schoolage children. Holliday, who represents a largely rural county with a population of about 56,000, said many children would not have access to charter schools. “It’s fine to have a charter school here and there. It’s fine to let the rich folks do it, but what about the poor folks?” Holliday asked. Dennis and Holliday both parted ways with the frontrunner on tort reform. Bryant said he supported imposing new anti-plaintiff state laws to impose penalties on plaintiffs or plaintiff lawyers who lose a suit that he considers frivolous. “(G)uys that are out here with these big billboards who say, ‘Call me,’ for your suit, that guy would have to pay your cost if he sued you frivolously. You’re absolutely right, I’m for that,” Bryant said. The other two, however, said the term “frivolous” is a matter of opinion. “No one likes frivolous lawsuits, but I think it would keep a lot of people with legitimate claims from trying to get their just reward,” Holliday said. “People need to have their day in court, as provided by the Constitution.” “It would be punitive,” Dennis said. “On the surface it sounds great, but candidly … you don’t know how a jury’s going to react.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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hree Republican gubernatorial candidates took different views of taxes and education this weekend at a Mississippi Tea Party-sponsored debate at Northwest Rankin High School. Republican frontrunner Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant pushed all the right Tea Party buttons at the debate, which was sponsored in part by WAPT News Channel 16. Mississippi businessman Dave Dennis and Pearl River County Supervisor Hudson Holliday refused to follow him down some of those rabbit holes. The most obvious difference between the three was how they dealt with an Americans for Tax Reform pledge to oppose and veto any proposal for a statewide tax increase. Bryant embraced the pledge in an attempt to emulate popular Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, who has claimed a “no new taxes” philosophy. “I have signed it, and that’s why I have made sure I have not voted for any tax increase. As governor, I’m going to make sure I’m there to veto tax increases,” said Bryant. Holliday said he would not agree to raise taxes except under the most “dire need,” but refused to commit to the pledge. “If I tell you a chicken did snuff you could look under his wing and see the can,” Holliday said. “I fought against tax increases in Pearl River County … but I don’t know what’s going to happen down the road. We’re in for some hard times.” Dennis, similarly, said that if a candidate commits to a pledge, “you fundamentally need to make sure you can do it.” Both then cited examples of local tax increases the state suffered due to Barbour’s policy of blocking most statewide tax increases. Dennis pointed out that in April, employers’ unemployment compensation doubled. Holliday said beds at nursing homes “went up from $9.27 to $12 a day,” even though this did not count as a tax increase in the code, either. Holliday and Bryant disagreed regarding public education as well. Bryant pointed out
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new Mississippi ethics policy for teachers raises questions about student-teacher relationships in the digital age. The policy prevents teachers from directly communicating with students through social media websites and text messaging. In 1998, the Mississippi Department of Education enacted an educator code of ethics and standards of conduct policy. This year, the state Legislature approved changes to the code to reflect changes in technology and the use of social media. A 20-member legislative task force updated the policy’s guidelines for professional conduct, unlawful acts, and teacher-student relationships. If teachers do not adhere to the code, they could be terminated or suspended. Rep. Brandon Jones, D-Pascagoula, said he supports the new requirements. His district has seen an increase in student and teachers engaging in sexual relationships, and he said modern technology makes it easier for inappropriate relationships to form. For example, in April, police arrested Ocean Springs Middle School teacher Grady Brown, 33, for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old. “I’m glad that we are revisiting the code because it reminds teachers of their responsibility and some of the pitfalls of using social media and other outlets to communicate with students,” Jones said. At a time when teachers compete with
technology to reach their students, it’s not uncommon for them to use social networking websites to engage their students. Jackson Parents for Public Schools Executive Director Susan Womack said she knows teachers who create pages on Facebook for afterschool clubs and send updates to members. She says the code leaves some ambiguity about what is permissible. “I hope it does not prohibit creative use of technology as an efficient and practical communication tool,” Womack said in a statement. “It would be a shame to have the actions of a minority of irresponsible adults and students serve as a barrier for the majority of adults and students who do you use technology responsibility.” Mississippi Department of Education spokesman Pete Smith said the policy is meant to give school districts an outline of what is ethical and what is unethical. Local school districts have the authority to enact their own detailed policies on social media use, and many already have. A coach who sends out a mass text message to his team to let them know that practice is canceled, for example, would not violate the policy, Smith said. “That’s not anything that’s unethical or sexual in nature,” Smith said. “In that case, it’s clearly being used as a communication device.” Jackson Public Schools’ “Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Policy” addresses student and teacher use of the district’s network, but does not specifically address relationships between students and teachers. Michelle Mangum, whose four children attend Jackson Public Schools, said she supports tighter restrictions monitoring student and teacher communication. “As far as the teacher and student goes, I just don’t think that after hours, or anytime, that teachers should have access to student’s Facebook page or cell phone or that private information should be transpired between students and teachers,” she said. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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It’s All Slipping From Reach $5 million annually. “A big payday for the boss while handing out a blizzard of pink slips suggests that Gannett’s corporate management is egregiously tone deaf,” Gilbert Cranberg, a journalism professor at the University of Iowa, wrote on the Nieman Foundation website. “Look, running Gannett Co. Inc. isn’t easy these days, but it isn’t the roughest thing in the world, and I haven’t heard anything that makes these folks seem like they’ve got any kind of grasp on where to go in the splintered media age. And those salaries are awfully high for a company barely hanging on to its Fortune 500 status and dropping fast,” Ryan Chittum wrote on the Columbia Journalism Review website at www.cjr.org. In April, The Clarion-Ledger began clucking about its new feature: Deal Chicken, a national Gannett attempt to get in on the Groupon and LivingSocial model that offers huge deals to customers. The Wall Street Journal explained the bigger picture: “The plan also calls for greater matching of hyperlocal community efforts tied to its TV broadcast stations as part of Gannett’s rebranding campaign emphasizing itself as a traditional media company with a digital core.” Many national and multi-national corporations sell themselves in local markets as a “hyperlocal” solution.
Back in March, Gannett launched the “It’s All Within Reach” campaign with a new logo that no longer included the planetoid employees called the “deathstar.” The news release said advertisers could get their message “right down to a targeted demographic, watching an ad in an elevator.” Gannett rolled out the campaign, then announced the job cuts June 21. “By shifting resources to local interactive marketing efforts, Gannett believes it can do more with less, especially as it becomes a different company,” Dan Kaplan writes on PaidContent. org. “To be sure, digital does allow that. But the results, though still positive, will still take time to balance out the print losses, as digital represents 20 percent of all Gannett’s revenues.” The Clarion-Ledger recently reported 40 layoffs at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and averted layoffs at Jackson Public Schools, but did not report its own layoffs last week. Of the 10 people fired, at least four worked in the newsroom—and one was reportedly its Metromix editor. Gannett Blog, an independent site that former USA Today business editor Jim Hopkins runs, featured The Clarion-Ledger several times this week. “Publisher Leslie Hurst established 10 strategic goals for her staff. Among them: ‘Reconnect with our readers, advertisers and our communities, demonstrating that we
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haven’t lost our community heart,’” Hopkins writes. “Indeed, only last week, Hurst directed her employees—shaken by a new round of layoffs—to seek consolation in a re-reading of those goals.” In that memo, Hurst talked about RIFs, an acronym for “reduction in force” as a euphemism for fired people. Hopkins said Hurst told employees at The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, La.—a paper she headed before she came to The Clarion-Ledger in December—that “she would not speak to the public, would not answer emails, and if called would not pick up the phone. She also will not answer voice mails.” Hurst did not return calls for comment. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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he saga of the Old West is long, filled with tales of pioneers travelling across the uncharted plains west of the Mississippi River. Among those early pioneers was a faction of African Americans who helped to write the story of the Old West. Of those early African-American pioneers came the story of real black cowboys: a mixed group of cowhands that included white and Mexican cowboys and many exslaves headed to Texas to work as cowboys. Real Cowboy Association Honoring that tradition, the modernday cowboys of the Real Cowboy Association celebrate the history and heritage of the African-American cowboy and the skills they brought to the sport. On July 9th the Mississippi Coliseum will shake with the pounding of cattle and horse hooves and the roar of an expected sold-out crowd to witness the 9th Annual Jackson Mississippi Black Rodeo. The Black Rodeo is a family-friendly event celebrating the skills of African-American cowboys, with modern rodeo stars and amateurs competing in events like roping cattle, bull-riding, and other events. The rodeo festivities also include a parade through downtown Jackson. Rodeo producer Frank “Penny” Edwards came to the sport as an adult. “I didn’t know there were black cowboys. I was an adult when I went to my first black rodeo.” Edwards, who is the founder of the Texas-based Real Cowboy Association, brought the Black Rodeo to Jackson first in 2003 along with Mayor Harvey Johnson, an avid horseman, to show others just how vibrant the cowboy culture can be. In addition to being a dynamic and exiting event for any audience, the Black Rodeo plays an important role in its economic impact to Jackson. In 2010 the Black rodeo saw an attendance of just under 13,000 fans and had an economic impact of $1.11 million to Jackson. Audiences of all ages will be thrilled with the non-stop action of this year’s Black Rodeo. With ticket prices at $16, it’s a fun, affordable event for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location or at the Mississippi Coliseum box office. Looking for something fun, exciting, and out-of-the-ordinary for your post-holiday weekend? Giddy-up and head on over to the Mississippi Coliseum to take a gander at a Real Cowboy.
he Clarion-Ledger is hiring a humanresources professional, the Gannett Co. website announced June 1. A cynical observer might assume this is an easy H.R. job, as it calls for someone to “coordinate recruitment and retention initiatives, training opportunities and maintain effective employee relations.” With frozen positions and fewer people to retrain, one has to wonder what “effective employee relations” are left. “This is a HR Generalist position that will be instrumental in facilitating an employee-oriented, high-performance workplace culture.” That “culture” at Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger resulted in at least 10 layoffs last week, and more than 700 throughout Gannett. (Some of them posting on independent Gannett Blog call it the 700 Club.) The cuts over the past few years hit The Clarion-Ledger hard: 15 in November 2010, 20 in July 2009, 15 in November 2010, 11 in December 2008 and 20 in August 2008. Now, rumors are swirling online that Gannett is about to slash 5,000 more jobs this year. It’s not just gossip on Gannett Blog. News agencies are also criticizing the media giant. Adding to the burn of lost jobs and insecure futures, any Gannett employee will tell you that the CEO of the company, Craig Dubow, just got his salary doubled to almost
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Ledger: Never Say RIFs Again
ere at the Jackson Free Press, which has been blessed to grow steadily during the economic downtown, we were saddened to watch The Clarion-Ledger’s latest round of layoffs. We feel bad for the demoralized and unemployed that the Gannett Corp. coldly leaves in its wake in its effort to increase “shareholder value.” We do not, however, feel sorry for a company that, like many, orchestrated its own demise by thumbing its corporate nose at the need for community building and in-depth reporting, instead choosing to sensationalize crime and bash the capital city at nearly every turn (remember the infamous “non-existent nightlife” news report?). The Clarion-Ledger has missed so many reporting boats in the last 10 years—from its adoring endorsement of former Mayor Frank Melton to its sophomoric coverage of so-called “jackpot justice” to their reportage that former Klansman James Ford Seale was dead when he was living in a trailer next to his brother’s home in Roxie. Then there is the abysmal passive- and cliché-ridden writing that makes Mississippians look backward, and the complete lack of fact-checking. Although this paper fact-checks every story, mistakes make it into print. But we rush to correct them prominently, not just sheepishly run a follow-up story backtracking without admitting error as The Clarion-Ledger did recently after reporting that the Farish Street Entertainment District was “on the shelf.” But it’s the shell of a news organization now that is the most sad—with yet another publisher lording over the layoffs. The latest publisher, Leslie Hurst, specializes in corporate speak, assuring her staff on layoff day in a peculiar fashion, according to the Gannett Blog: “I hope that after you absorb the information about the RIFs, you will re-read the strategic objectives and feel good about the direction in which we are headed.” (RIFs=”Reduction in Forces”). Those “strategic goals” contain some pretty obvious newspaper tasks that have been sorely missing at the Ledger for years. Like No. 5: “Execute watchdog journalism that holds government accountable. Empower and compel readers to engage in a collaborative, positive conversation to right community wrongs.” This is laughable. Those folks couldn’t even pull need-to-know information about Melton out of their own files before helping to foist him on our city. As for “positive conversation,” has she read the racist trash talk on her website? Her paper sends the message to the world that racists still dominate our state. Ms. Hurst, it’s going to take more than hawking 10 bullet points to rebuild public trust in your corporate brand. And if you really want to show you have “community heart,” you might consider starting with your own employees. If you want to learn from us—your-competition—start here: Corporate B.S. never inspires greatness.
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n 1995, my family uprooted from my familiar New England beaches and replanted in the Deep South. My father, a Jackson native, wanted to live closer to his family and show his northern-born children his old stomping grounds. Before leaving, several classmates showed concern for my well being, citing TV shows that depicted the South as dangerous and still rife with racial strife and inequalities. I was convinced that this was merely an exaggeration on the directorsâ€™ part as I had been to the Hospitality State when visiting my dadâ€™s family. And while the area was certainly a lot more rural than I was used to, I felt no fear or dread. Perhaps my black father and white mother shielded me during those visits, because upon venturing out into our new home, I received a culture shock that was completely unexpected. What I expected was an extended version of these previous visits. One of my first memories of living in Mississippi is playing in the yard with my siblings. I expected neighborhood children to walk by and ask to join us. Instead, they patrolled the streets in feral packs, hurling obscenities and racial slurs with the same precision they used to hurl stones through my parentsâ€™ car. These were children I would see in school every day, filled with disgust over something as trivial as my skin tone. It didnâ€™t matter what race they were; I wasnâ€™t one of them, and thatâ€™s all that mattered. Needless to say, high school was a bit rough for me, not only because I was somewhere new, but because I wasnâ€™t wanted here. From school to work to relationships, racism has slimed its way into all facets of my life. When given tests at school where students had to circle their race, I would circle all the appropriate answers despite the instructions telling us to circle only one. In the workplace, a human-resources assistant returned my application, saying that I could only circle one race. I erased all my circles and circled â€œPacific Islander.â€? When asked if I was a Pacific Islander, I replied, â€œNo, but Iâ€™m not one of the other races, either.â€? While my mom mentioned altercations when she and my dad dated in late-1970s Texas, she didnâ€™t really give details. She didnâ€™t name it as racism to her children until, 15 years later, her oldest daughter was encountering problems of her own. I was 16 the summer before my senior year and head-over-heels for a guy Iâ€™ll call Morris. In my eyes, Morris was the Mississippi version of Hugh Grant, floppy hair included, but he traded the lovely accent for a more muscular build. After a month of dating, he invited me to dinner with his parents. His parents were polite, and his mom and I chatted while I helped with the dishes. As Morris drove me home, he said he felt the visit went well and that he thought his mom
really liked me. The next day, I got a call from a harried-sounding Morris saying he wouldnâ€™t be able to see me until the weekend. As we sat pointing out stars that Friday night, he told me that he had moved into a friendâ€™s spare room the day he had called me. And while he debated telling me the reason, he felt I should know what happened: His parents were furious. They couldnâ€™t have their son dirtying himself with â€œthat girlâ€™s kind,â€? so they gave him an ultimatum: Dump her or get out. Morris chose the latter. We broke up a month later, but I still think of him fondly and appreciate him for showing me that, when forced to make a choice, some people will choose love. Because isnâ€™t love about whatâ€™s on the inside, not what color a personâ€™s skin is? In March, The New York Times ran an article showing that Mississippiâ€™s mixedrace population had grown 70 percent between 2000 and 2010, and that the state was leading the nation in multiracial marriages. While mixed-race people only make up about 1.1 percent of the stateâ€™s population, I was still amazed and overjoyed that progress was documented. Sadly, this joy was overshadowed two weeks later by another article in a local newspaper. The first line said it all: â€œNearly half of Mississippi Republicans believe interracial marriage should be illegal, a new poll says.â€? For a week afterward, I was in a daze. Knowing that people believe my parentsâ€™ marriage and therefore my existence should be illegal was mind-boggling. On the other hand, why was I surprised? Iâ€™ve had two boyfriends kicked out of their homes for dating a girl who wasnâ€™t white. Iâ€™ve had a friend tell me that we could not hang out at his house because his grandmother didnâ€™t want anyone that wasnâ€™t white on her property. My parents had all the windows in their newly purchased vehicle shattered because they were a multiracial couple. Iâ€™ve had rocks thrown at me, my life threatened and my existence questioned. I believe my inherent naĂŻvetĂŠ keeps me from descending into a bitter, raging mess. There has been one constant that has traveled alongside racismâ€™s looming presence. Some kind souls have made the road bright: friends and lovers who have loved me for who I am, teachers that have helped me keep a brave face and other mixed-race children who wouldnâ€™t let me be anything less than proud. Rose Pendleton is an artist, writer and photographer who hopes to find more people who will choose love over skin tone. She lives in south Jackson and spontaneously writes at rosebrokethis.blogspot.com.
CORRECTION: In â€œOpportunities Aplentyâ€? (Vol. 9, Issue 41), we incorrectly reported that Jennifer Jackson took part in programs at the Opportunity Center to help her rebuild credit and get a job. It was a city of Jackson program, not an Opportunity Center program. She went to work earlier this year for the private nonprofit Opportunity Center. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the error.
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T S GULF COA DROM N E Y S One year after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and ensuing BP oil disaster, Gulf Coast communities blame oil exposure and dispersants for health problems they say threaten their lives. by Alex Woodward
June 29 - July 5, 2011
his is the best-hidden secret perhaps in the history of our nation.” Dr. Mike Robichaux speaks into a microphone while standing on a truck bed parked in the shade of a massive tree in his yard in Raceland, La. He’s wearing a blue polo shirt and jeans, and his whitegray hair is parted neatly. The former state senator, known affectionately as Dr. Mike, is an ear, nose, and throat specialist in Lafourche Parish and self-described “too easygoing of a guy.” Today, he’s pissed. “Nobody is fussing about this,” he says. Robichaux invited his patients and dozens of others to speak about their situations. Outside of The Houma Courier, The Daily Comet and The Tri-Parish Times, their stories exist solely on blogs and Facebook—unless you visit Al Jazeera English, or sources in Germany, Belgium and elsewhere in Europe. A Swiss TV crew asks me why U.S. media aren’t talking about this. It’s a good question. In the wake of the BP oil disaster, thousands of Gulf cleanup workers and residents have reported illnesses, with symptoms as tame as headaches or as violent as bloody stools and seizures. Nonprofit groups and teams of scientists are looking for answers using blood tests, surveys, maps, and soil and seafood samples. The National Institute of Health began its “Gulf Long-Term Follow-Up Study for Oil Spill Clean Up Workers and Volunteers,” aka the GuLF Study, to follow the health of 55,000 cleanup crewmembers over 10 years. It’s the largest study to monitor the disaster, but it won’t be treating its participants. The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a nonprofit environmental group, recently completed its survey of coastal Louisiana residents and found a dire need
for medical attention. GuLF Study leader Dr. Dale Sandler says the illnesses “need to be taken seriously.” “People are sick, and they have concerns,” she says. So where is the help? Behind Robichaux, cars line a gravel drive along the bayou. Guests pull up chairs around the truck bed, cameras are rolling, and members of the media outweigh the guests 10 to one. One year after the April 20, 2010, wellhead explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers, spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf for more than 100 days and closed fisheries and businesses along the Gulf Coast, people are listening. Headaches, Brushed Off “We wanted to be proactive and go out there and get it cleaned up as fast as we can, and do whatever it takes,” remembers charter-boat captain Louis Bayhi, who worked for BP in the early days of the
disaster. When his crew made it to shore, he went through a triage tent where doctors asked how he was feeling—but his complaints of headaches were brushed off as seasickness, he says. Months later, Bayhi still hasn’t been paid for his work as a Vessels of Opportunity participant, a sum he says is $255,000. He’s visited hospitals for severe abdominal pains, but he doesn’t have health insurance, and no insurance provider will take him on, he says. He lost his home, and he and his family— his wife and his 2- and 3-year-old daughters—now live with his wife’s grandmother. The family visited Grand Isle beaches in August, where his kids swam in the water and played in the sand. “My little girls now have more toxins in their blood than I have. That hurts more. I blame myself,” he says, fighting back tears. “I let them go and swim and play in the beach, but at the same time those sons of b*tches said it was safe.”
“My little girls now have more toxins in their blood than I have. That hurts more. I blame myself. I let them go and swim and play in the beach, but at the same time those sons of b*tches said it was safe.”
Bayhi’s story is not uncommon for many living on the Gulf Coast. One of the first “whistleblowers” in south Louisiana, Kindra Arnesen, a fisherman’s wife in Plaquemines Parish, became a public face of mysterious diagnoses and chemical exposure symptoms in south Louisiana last summer. Others have come forward, like 22-year-old Paul Doom from Navarre, Fla., who says he swam in the Gulf last summer and now experiences daily seizures and is in a wheelchair following a stroke, yet the hundreds of doctors he has seen can’t explain why, he says. Clayton Matherne is a former professional wrestler of 15 years, and at 295 pounds, he looks it. “When I first met him, he was dying. Literally dying,” Robichaux says. Matherne was an engineer on a support boat near the Deepwater rig when it exploded, and says crews sprayed dispersants directly on top of him. Matherne wasn’t provided a respirator. Since May 30, 2010, he has suffered paralysis, impaired vision, severe headaches, and he frequently coughs up blood. “I don’t know why things are happening like this,” he says through tears in a YouTube video dated March 25. “It seems to get worse every day. … It’s driving me crazy. … I prayed that God last night would let me die. I’m tired of suffering and tired of watching my family suffer.” Matherne’s wife, Becky, says her parents are supporting the family after they lost their house. She says she and her husband have been approved for a home through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “It’s really not like anything I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been doing this 25 years,” says Louisiana En-
vironmental Action Network director Marylee Orr. LEAN started receiving health complaints from Gulf workers and residents in the explosion’s aftermath. The group purchased $10,000 worth of respirators (about 200) and protective gear for oil cleanup responders, but BP wouldn’t allow the workers to use them, she says. Stuart Smith, the group’s attorney, argued that the Master Vessel Charter Agreement, a contract to hire fishermen to perform cleanup operations for BP, didn’t account for the health and safety of the workers. Smith has served as lead counsel against more than 100 Big Oil cases and currently represents at least 1,000 clients along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida tackling BP and others involved with the Deepwater rig. His clients include the United Commercial Fisherman’s Association, the Gulf Coast Charter Captain Alliance and hundreds of sick Gulf workers. (The firm is scheduled to face Transocean Ltd.—the company that owned the rig—in court in February 2012.) “They did what they did,” Smith says. “My job is making them pay for it.” Working with LEAN and Smith is a team of researchers and scientists across the Gulf Coast led by environmental scientists and toxicologists William Sawyer and Marco Kaltofen. The team has collected seafood samples for safety tests and sent blood work to Metametrix, a clinical laboratory in Duluth, Ga. Results from one patient’s volatile-solvents blood screening show higher-than-average levels of ethylbenzene and xylene, two compounds present in oil. According to Metametrix, adverse effects that can follow exposure to the compounds include “brain fog,” hearing loss, headache and fatigue. Con-
Staying Alive Many cleanup workers and coastal residents blame the dispersants and an oil-dispersant mix for their illnesses. Sprayed by planes and pumped into the Gulf, BP used more than 1.8 million gallons of the dispersant Corexit to break up the oil—though the product is banned in the U.K.. In May 2010, the EPA provided BP with a list of less harmful dispersants. BP stuck with Corexit. BP hired Douglas Blanchard, a third-generation fisherman (“I got my degree on the back deck of a shrimp boat,” he says), to handle dispersants, but he says he wasn’t allowed to use a respirator. “They never gave us no nothing to breathe, no protection,” he says. “It was a bad smell—it’d burn your nose, your eyes, your throat, headaches. Take pills like they’re candy, all day.” He was flown via helicopter to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero where he says hazmatclad workers scrubbed him with soap. “Afterward, GULF COAST SYNDROME, see page 16
Greenpeace USA Executive Director Phil Radford walks through oil washed up along the break water in Southpass where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana May 20, 2010.The BP leased Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded April 20, 2010 and sank after burning, leaking more than 210,000 gallons of crude oil per day from the broken pipeline to the sea.
tinued exposure to xylene can affect kidneys, lungs, heart and the nervous system. The patient’s blood work also showed the presence of hexane, 2-Methylpentane and 3-Methylpentane and isooctane—all compounds present in oil and gas. LEAN also reported three divers from EcoRigs, a nonprofit marine science group, found high levels of ethylbenzene and xylene in their blood tests after diving in the Gulf near Grand Isle and the Mississippi Canyon, the site of the Deepwater rig explosion. Their symptoms include bloody stools, bleeding from the nose and eyes, nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps and dizziness. From July to October 2010, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Tulane University’s Disaster Resiliency Leadership Academy performed 934 health surveys of residents in Terrebonne, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes at seven survey sites. The results show three-quarters of respondents reported an increase in coughing, eye irritation, headaches and sinus irritation. Grand Isle resident Betty Dowd, who suffers a persistent cough, says its residents need blood work “to find out what exactly is causing these problems—whether it’s BP or not, we just need to know where it’s coming from.” Pointing to the health and lack of long-term studies of Exxon Valdez victims, Sept. 11 cleanup workers and FEMA trailer residents, Bucket Brigade Director Anne Rolfes says she hopes the survey results serve as a warning sign. “We don’t want to be in a situation 10 years from now … where we wish we would’ve done something,” she says. The data should be used “not just to study people but treat their problems,” she says. “We don’t want to end up in 10 years with data on a bunch of dead bodies.” The report recommends the government provide better access to health care (including mental-health services). Only 54 percent of respondents had health insurance, and just 31 percent sought treatment. “The money’s another situation. That’ll come. The good Lord will take care of me and my family,” Bayhi says. “But without your health, you don’t have nothing. I just praise God every day that I’ll be able to wake up and continue to watch my little girls grow up.”
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by Elizabeth Waibel
• 44 percent of Mississippians living near the coast reported being exposed to the spill as of July 2010, a National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University survey reports. • 39 percent of Mississippi children near the coast reported physical or mental effects, the NCDP survey reports. • 25 percent of Mississippians near the coast said they might move from the Gulf because of the spill, the NCDP survey reports. • 55 oil-related visits were reported by patients to coastal emergency departments in Mississippi, from June 11 to Sept. 15, 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. • 262 calls were made to poison centers in Mississippi for information or to report exposure to an oil-spill related toxin as of Oct. 15, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reports. • Three workers involved in the Deepwater Horizon response April 23-July 27 received first aid for exposure to oil or dispersant vapors, Unified Area Command safety officials reported to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. • 56,036 people and businesses in Mississippi have filed claims with BP, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which processes claims relating to the oil spill, reports. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court April 7, 2011, by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood: • On average, BP has offered less than $8,200 to individuals as a final payment. • On average, BP has offered less than $56,000 to businesses. • BP pays claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg $1.25 million per month From the Centers for Disease Control: • Most people in coastal areas are not coming in direct contact with oil spill dispersants. • Brief contact with a small amount of dispersants should not be harmful. • Long-term, repeated exposure is unlikely; however, the health impact has not been studied.
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• Contact with dispersants that have not been mixed with water, oil or land could cause rash, dry skin and dry, irritated eyes. Breathing in fumes repeatedly or for long periods of time can irritate the nose, throat and lungs.
• If swallowed, unmixed dispersants could cause an upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. More contact could cause a metallic taste in the mouth and could make the liver and kidneys not work as well as they should. It could also cause people to pass out and, in rare, serious cases, go into a coma.
they told us it’s not harmful,” he says. “We made good money, but the money’s not worth it.” Tate Cantrell also remembers bringing a respirator on board his boat before handling dispersants and says he and his crew would be fired if they were caught wearing them. He says he now has trouble breathing. “It feels like an elephant on your chest all the time, like your lungs want to collapse,” he says. “I made a little bit of money, but everything I have now I’m trying to sell just to stay alive.” The dispersants Cantrell and others were exposed to are a product of Nalco Holding Co., which has several high-profile oil industry ties. Exxon Mobil former president Daniel Sanders now sits on Nalco’s board of directors, and its audit committee chairman, Rodney Chase, served as BP’s chief executive and managing director from 1992 to 2003. Deepwater Horizon Response, the multi-agency oil response team helmed by BP, says it halted dispersant use in July, but both residents and cleanup workers say dispersant still was being sprayed months later. Dr. Sandler with the NIH GuLF Study says one of the aspects of the study is a look at the effects of dispersants versus the effects from oil exposure. “I think the exposure people have had varied quite a bit, depending on where they where and when, and when things during the spill were happening,” she says. “The issue is, what is the source of the chemicals in their blood, and how to interpret it? By starting with the workers, we can see who among them get sick. It will be easier to draw conclusions, (and) we’ll understand the full range. If one person gets sick, that’s not a trend.” “One of the concerns people have is if you measure someone’s blood today, it does not reflect exposure they received from the oil spill, unless there are ongoing exposures. As best I know, that oil well is capped,” Sandler says. “There may be other ongoing sources of oil in the community or other things to cause the (levels of contaminants in the blood) to go up, but until you’ve done studies like ours, you just don’t know what to make of it. But we do have concerns for these people. They need to get medical care. They need to be seen.” What puzzles Robichaux and others, however, is that many blood screenings show no sign of chemicals despite the patients’ illnesses. Commercial fisher and marine toxicologist Riki Ott believes chemicals may have “parked” in fatty tissue, and other tests are necessary. “If you go get a blood test now, it might not show any oil in your blood,” she says. “It’s not a clear reflection of what’s in your body.” Ott closely studied the environmental and health effects following the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska, after which she wrote two books: “Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill” and “Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.” Since 2004, she has helped shift oil-dependent communities to more sustainable resources. She arrived in the Gulf in May 2010 and has been here since. “I witnessed the emergence of a public-health epidemic,” she says. “I think 6 million people, conservatively, were overexposed to dangerous levels of chemicals,” accounting for residents along the coast and its tourists. Ott believes Gulf residents deserve long-term medical attention, an overlooked need in Alaska, where workers who cleaned up following the Exxon disaster continued to suffer long after their jobs were finished. Sandler says the GuLF Study will examine long-term health effects and chronic diseases like cancer and heart dis-
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Greenpeace Senior Campaigner Lindsey Allen takes a sample of oil in May 2010 on the breakwater in the mouth of the Mississippi River where it meets the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana.
ease. She points to the 2002 Prestige disaster that spilled 20 million gallons of oil into the Atlantic Ocean off the Spanish coast. A Spanish Navy study five years later found those involved with cleanup suffered from lung and cardiovascular diseases. “I’m very happy they want to put resources in documenting the workers’ health, but that’s not enough,” says Orr with LEAN. “Where’s someone to help them with all this?” ‘We Don’t Have Answers” After the testimonies, Robichaux’s patients and their families and reporters swarm him. He smiles and shakes hands before going inside the house to see his daughter before she leaves for a dance. In a private conversation, Robichaux confides, “I’ve been working for this community for 40 years. These are my people.” He sees about 60 patients, he says, though most from a distance. His wife Brenda is principal chief of the United Houma Nation. “We don’t have answers,” Brenda tells the audience in Raceland. “But we’re trying to come together, get a really good handle on what’s happening—the illnesses and all the consequences—and stand together to see what we can do to see something happen.” Clayton Matherne’s wife, Becky, echoes Brenda. “We all need to stick together as one,” she says. “Without us being a whole, we can’t fight, we can’t do nothing.” Becky lowers her voice before she leaves the microphone. “I hope you all aren’t that sick,” she says. “And our prayers go out to you if you are.” This story originally appeared in Gambit Weekly in New Orleans.
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by Meredith W. Sullivan
ost retailers consider July to be the end of the season for swimwear. I, however, firmly believe that they are more “in” now than ever. When the temps reach 100 degrees daily, of course girls are still busting out their bikinis! Here’s a tip: Take advantage of the retail swimsuit season and score a new one from the sale rack.
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The best age to start teaching your kids to swim is between 6 months and 12 months, says Rita Goldberg, author of “I Love to Swim!”
he American Red Cross says drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14. It is vital to always supervise your children while around or in water. Though swimming is fun and beneficial, it can be dangerous unless you take the proper precautions. Use these tips to keep your child safe while having fun in the water: • Enroll your kids in age-appropriate swim classes. According to Rita Goldberg, author of “I Love to Swim!” (Launch Pad Publishing, 2010, $19.95), the best age to start teaching your kids to swim is between the ages of 6 months and 12 months. • Do not prohibit your children from going near water. Instead, calmly teach them important techniques like floating on their backs, which is the most important survival skill of all according to Goldberg. • Swim in designated areas that are supervised by lifeguards. • Although lifeguards may be present, parents should still actively watch and interact with their children. • Establish rules and set restrictions based on your child’s abilities. • Never leave a child unattended near the water. Use the buddy system. • Teach your child to always ask permission before entering water. • Prevent unsupervised access to a pool by choosing one with high barriers that enclose the entrance. Keep tempting and colorful pool toys out of sight. • Children should wear U.S. Coast Guardapproved life jackets when in or around water, but do not rely on these alone. • Keep a first-aid kit, a cell phone, and reaching and throwing equipment nearby whenever you are near a pool or beach. • Enroll in some safety courses such as CPR or first aid to know how to prevent and respond should an emergency occur. • Check the water first if a child goes missing near water. Seconds can mean the difference between survival and brain damage to your child—or death. • Know when to call 9-1-1. SOURCES: WWW.REDCROSS.ORG AND WWW.ILOVETOSWIMTHEBOOK. COM.
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The Rogue & Good Company (4450 Interstate 55 N., Suite A, 601-362-6383) Save 30 percent on all spring and summer items through June 30.
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Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St., 601-594-2313) Summer Special through June 30: Get 30 days of unlimited classes for $77 (usually $90).
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