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Big Apple empties as Irene closes in Storm blamed for six deaths By The Associated Press


Wayne Richards, a DIMCO employee, walks near the bottom of a 990-foot-wide hole left by surging Mississippi River water when a levee broke during the spring.

‘Big ol’ hole’ left in rich farmland after spring flood

David Jackson•The Vicksburg Post

The illustration shows where the Mississippi River, which normally flows east of Bunches Bend, was able to encroach from the west during spring flooding. 12 feet

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By Danny Barrett Jr. LAKE PROVIDENCE — When the Mississippi River raged out of its banks this spring, along with debris and destruction, it left a giant hole in a levee north of Lake Providence and created a body of water that has taken away acres and acres of once-fertile farmland. “It’s a big ol’ hole in the levee, and it’s a substantial cost to fix it,” said Tap Parker, one of six farmers who produced on 10,000 acres underwater for weeks after an old levee gave way May 12. It’s the $10 million in crops

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and about 60 seasonal farm jobs lost to flooding that’s driving a race against time to rebuild the levee — by any means the farmers, including

sand deposits The day the old levee broke, May 12.

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See Breach, Page A2.

Vicksburg will be in the national spotlight Tuesday morning, and in the nation’s cash registers a little later in the day. The River City is featured on the latest issue in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program, representing the state of Mississippi. The quarter, which depicts the USS Cairo gunboat and honors the Vicks-

burg National Military Park, will be officially put into circulation following the 9:30 a.m. celebration. “Depiction of this historic icon on the quarter emphasizes the crucial importance of control of the Mississippi River to both the Union and the Confederate armies during the American Civil War, the contributions of the U.S. Navy in the Vicksburg Campaign, and Vicksburg’s role as the ultimate turning point of the war,” said Tim Kavanaugh, VNMP chief interpretive ranger.



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PAUL BARRY•The Vicksburg Post

Vicksburg quarter unveiling set for Tuesday at USS Cairo By Pamela Hitchins

NAGS HEAD, N.C. — Still menacing Hurricane Irene knocked out power and piers in North Carolina, clobbered Virginia with wind and churned up the coast Saturday to confront cities more accustomed to snowstorms than tropical storms. New York City emptied its streets and subways and waited with an eerie quiet. With most of its • Region lending transassistance/A7 porta• Sports disrupttion machined/B3 ery shut down, the Eastern Seaboard spent the day nervously watching the storm’s march across a swath of the nation inhabited by 65 million people. The hurricane had an enormous wingspan — 500 miles, its outer reaches stretching from the Carolinas to Cape Cod — and packed wind gusts of 115 mph. At least 1.5 million homes and businesses were without power. While it was too early to assess the full threat, Irene was blamed for six deaths. The hurricane stirred up 7-foot waves, and forecasters warned of storm-surge danger on the coasts of Virginia and Delaware, along the Jersey Shore and in New York Harbor and Long Island Sound. In the Northeast, drenched by rain this summer, the ground is already saturated, raising the risk of flooding. Irene made its official land-

The USS Cairo was a Union ironclad river gunboat sunk by Confederates in the Yazoo River north of Vicksburg on Dec. 12, 1862. The boat was raised exactly 102 years later, restored and put on permanent display at the VNMP along with many salvaged artifacts. The Vicksburg quarter is the ninth coin in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program, a multiyear initiative which began in 2010 to See Quarter, Page A9.

If you go A ceremony in honor of the release of the America the Beautiful Vicksburg quarter will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the USS Cairo at the Vicksburg National Military Park. Parking at the Cairo will not be allowed. VNMP staff will direct visitors to parking on Union Avenue and Confederate Avenue, where shuttle buses will run beginning at 7:15 a.m. Also, a coin forum will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the VNMP Visitor Center’s auditorium. Admission to both events is free. For more information, log on to and click on the quarter icon.

This week in the civil war

• Grant’s rise, a daring proclamation. On Aug. 28, Ulysses S. Grant takes early steps in his ascent to military fame, appointed commander of federal forces for the district of southeastern Missouri at Cairo, Ill., where the Ohio and Mississippi rivers converge. Experienced military officers are in much demand on

the Union side early on and Grant will soon be drawing recognition for his ability to fight hard and win battles further west. He will later drive Union victories at Vicksburg and battlefields in Tennessee en route to winning command of the Union army and — years from now — forcing the Confederacy’s surrender in 1865.



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Breach Continued from Page A1. Parker, can find. “The land isn’t good for anybody,” said Mark Brown, whose 300 acres of familyrun farm sprouts rotations of soybeans, corn, cotton, rice and wheat in more ordinary times. “Water gouged out that sand and just pushed it back onto the farmland. We have to rebuild it.” Grass and trees cover much of the levee, built in 1912 along a long oxbow of the river and once part of the mainline system that protected Louisiana. Once the current levee protection was built in the years after the 1927 benchmark flood, it was dropped for federal maintenance dollars and left to the farmers who tended vast fields of crops to its east. When the river rose this spring out of its banks, it attacked the old levee from the west. When the river receeded, it left a teardropshaped lake to the east of the old levee. Brown said he and neighboring farmers will vet multiple offers from contractors to tackle the job to correct the quarter-mile-long slew. Surveys by a Vicksburg digital mapping company, DIMCO, show holes 50 to 90 feet deep below the surface of the seepwater lake, at the bottom of a 990-foot chasm in part of an 18-mile levee at Bunches Bend maintained by farmers since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the current mainline levee system in 1932. Remaining water has poked holes 4 feet deep in islands of dry mud where crops once grew. Sand thrown by the river in May flooding has collected a mile inland, forming dunes in the middle of the Louisiana Delta. Money to fix the levee is a daunting task on several levels. Rebuilding the levee and raising it at least 4 feet will cost between $5 million and $10 million, according to the Fifth Louisiana Levee District. A cut of the kinds of

David Jackson•The Vicksburg Post

DIMCO employees John Ryan Lee, left, and Wayne Roberts survey a breach in the levee. money Congress allocates the Corps to maintain the dedicated, mainline system is out of the question, Corps officials say. Levee experts with the Corps’ Vicksburg District, which covers north Louisiana, has provided general information as an “unpaid courtesy” to the farmers and others in East Carroll, Corps spokesman Kavanaugh Breazeale said. “We were solicited by the local farmers for advice and showing different avenues for approach,” he said. “They’re at preliminaries as to what to do about it.” East Carroll was among 15 Louisiana parishes declared disasters by President Barack Obama Aug. 18 due to the flood, though no federal disaster aid is available to individuals, as was the

case for 14 counties in Mississippi. The same order made farmers in Warren County eligible for disaster loans due to the county’s proximity to the area. However, it does make money available to the state, eligible local governments and some nonprofit groups to repair flood-damaged facilities — which, even if the parish must match 25 percent of any award, could present the best option at the moment, said Reynold Minsky, levee district president. Minsky said the latest plan from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is to pay East Carroll’s share via a bond issue, with the money to be collected by the parish tax assessor and paid off over 20 years. If the river floods and damages the levee again, responsibility

for the match would revert to farmers, he said. East Carroll’s police jury-style parish board “does not have the 25 percent to match it,” he said. LDAF Secretary Mike Strain met with Minsky in July at a Louisiana Farm Bureau convention in New Orleans to talk funding strategies and was confident federal dollars could come through to rebuild the levee, according to a video release from the agency. Brown, part of Bunches Bend Inc., formed in 2005 to maintain the levee and the land next to it, said the parish has “uncovered” an ordinance from 1921 that established the Bunches Bend levee protection district. If it’s re-formed, it would be a vehicle to maintain it locally, likely through additional property taxes for

the farmers. “It’s already set up for that area, so we could probably work through that,” Brown said. Roger Clement, whose East Carroll Parish Police Jury district covers the levee break, concedes the levee must be rebuilt to save the agrarian economy of the region but isn’t clinging tightly to any single way to pay for it — pointing out the only flooded piece of land near the broken levee the parish can claim is a 14-mile access road that officials said was about 15 feet underwater for weeks after the breach. “It needs to be reconstructed,” Clement said. “It’s some of the best land in the parish. We’ll assist any way we can, but it’s still private land.”

community calendar We welcome items for the Community Calendar. Submit items by e-mail (, postal service (P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182), fax (634-0897), delivered in person to 1601-F N. Frontage Road, or by calling 636-4545 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. If corresponding by fax, mail or e-mail, be sure to include your name and phone number.

BENEFITS Darryl Moulder Fundraiser — 6 p.m. Saturday; son of Pastor Doyle Moulder; to help cover cost of speech therapy; Mitchel Jon, Voices for Chirst, Dave White, Stven Kight and Greg Newman; 4 p.m., barbecue diners, $; Living Water Christian Fellowship, 2075 Culkin Road.

Churches Explorers Bible Study — Sept. 7, 9:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesdays; cost, $60; scholarships are available; Rosalye Baldwin, 601-638-3994, to register; First Presbyterian, 1501 Cherry St.

CLUBs Exchange Club — 12:30 p.m. Monday, Shoney’s. Vicksburg Kiwanis — Noon Tuesday, Jacques’ Cafe; Lynne Posey, MS Public Service Commission, speaker. Lions Club — Noon Wednesday; Jimmy E. Fowler of the 412th Engineer Command, speaker; Toney’s. North/South and Warren Central High Class of 1972 — 6 p.m. Wednesday; call meeting to turn in ticket monies; LD’s Restaurant; 601-5291285 or 601-638-8058. Serenity Overeaters Anonymous — 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Bowmar Baptist Church, Room 102C; 601-638-0011. Vicksburg Toastmasters Club 2052 — Noon Thursday;

IT Lab, Porters Chapel Road; Derek Wilson, 601-634-4174. Army/Navy Club — 7 p.m. Thursday; monthly steak dinner; club house.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS Vicksburg Coin Show — 10-4 today; Battlefield Inn, 4137 I-20 Frontage Road; sponsored by Vicksburg Coin Club. Senior Center — Monday: 9 a.m., curtis bridge; 10, chair exercises; noon, AARP safe driving class; 1 p.m., scratch art; 5:30, line dance. Warren Central Open House — Positive Behavior Interventions and Support Kickoff for parents and students, 5 p.m. Monday, WCHS Gym A; food, information, giveaways; Alisha Creel, 601-631-2867. Vicksburg CAP Center — Mentorship training, 9:30

a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday; open to current mentors and anyone interested in mentoring; 601634-0557. Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter — 9:30 a.m. Tuesday; release ceremony for the Mississippi “America the Beautiful” quarter; U.S.S. Cairo Exhibit and Museum. Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers — 10 a.m. Tuesday; Kathy Perry, Marion County Extension Agent showing pictures of various animal tracks and pelts; WC Extension community room, 1100-C Grove St. Vicksburg Theatre Guild — Now offering online ticket sales at Hunter Education Course — 6-9 p.m. Sept. 5-7; Hinds Community College, 755 Mississippi 27; Lonnie Friar, 601636-8883.

Wrestling Against Underage Drinking — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; matches by universal championship wrestling; free admission, food and drinks; Kings Community Empowerment Center. Ghosts of Beulah Cemetery — Seeking photos of those buried there; photos due by Sept. 30; visit to send photo or mail to Vicksburg Tabernacle NO. 19, P.O. Box 822846, Vicksburg, MS 39182; volunteers needed to dress in cos-

tume Oct. 29; Karen Frederick, 601-629-42536. Vicksburg Al-Anon — 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; family, friends of alcoholics and addicts; 502 Dabney Ave.; 601636-1134. Adobe Photoshop Elements — 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 8 or Sept. 9; same curriculum each day; fee $20; MSU-ES Warren County office, 1100-C Grove St.; 601-636-5442.

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Al-Qaida’s No. 2 killed in Pakistan Poll: Obama faces trouble with key voters WASHINGTON (AP) — AlQaida’s second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, has been killed in Pakistan, delivering a big blow to a terrorist group that the U.S. believes to be on the verge of defeat, U.S. officials said Saturday. Since Navy SEALs stormed Osama bin Laden’s compound and killed him in May, the Obama administration has been unusually frank in its assessment that al-Qaida is on the ropes, its leadership in disarray. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last month that al-Qaida’s defeat was within reach if the U.S. could mount a string of successful attacks. “Now is the moment, following what happened with bin Laden, to put maximum pressure on them,” Panetta said, “because I do believe that if we continue this effort we can really cripple al-Qaida as a major threat.” A Libyan national, al-Rahman never had the world-

wide name recognition of bin Laden or bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri. But al-Rahman was Atiyah Abd regarded as al-Rahman an instrumental figure in the terrorist organization, trusted by bin Laden to oversee al-Qaida’s daily operations. When the SEALs raided bin Laden’s compound, they found evidence of al-Rahman’s deep involvement in running al-Qaida. Senior al-Qaida figures have been killed before, only to be replaced. But the Obama administration’s tenor reflects a cautious optimism that victory in the decade-long fight against al-Qaida could be at hand. “It does hold the prospect of a strategic defeat, if you will,

a strategic dismantling, of alQaida,” incoming CIA Director David Petraeus said in July. Since bin Laden’s death, counterterrorism officials have hoped to capitalize on al-Qaida’s unsettled leadership. The more uncertain the structure, the harder it is for al-Qaida to operate covertly and plan attacks. Al-Zawahiri is running the group but is considered a divisive figure who lacks the founder’s charisma and ability to galvanize al-Qaida’s disparate franchises. Al-Rahman was killed Monday in the lawless Pakistani tribal region of Waziristan, according to a senior administration who also insisted on anonymity to discuss intelligence issues. The official would not say how al-Rahman was killed. But al-Rahman’s death came on the same day that a CIA drone strike was reported in Waziristan.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whites and women are a reelection problem for President Barack Obama. Younger voters and liberals, too, but to a lesser extent. All are important Democratic constituencies that helped him win the White President Barack Obama House in 2008 and whose support he’ll need to keep it next year. An analysis of Associated Press-GfK polls, including the latest survey released last week, shows that Obama has lost ground among all those groups since he took office.

The review points to his vulnerabilities and probable leading targets of his campaign as he seeks to assemble a coalition diverse enough to help him win re-election in tough economic times. In his victory over Arizona Sen. John McCain, Obama cobbled together a base of support from across the political spectrum by wooing Democratic loyalists as well as independents and first-time voters. This time, Obama’s team is working to build voter outreach organizations and reconnect with supporters in hopes of expanding his pool of voters. It’s no easy task. The nation’s high unemployment is weighing on Obama,

dragging down his marks for handling the economy. His overall standing has slid, too, after a difficult summer marked by contentious negotiations over the country’s borrowing limit, a downgrade of the nation’s credit rating and concerns about the U.S. falling into another economic recession. The poll shows that 46 percent now approve of how he’s doing his job, down from 52 percent in June. The AP analysis looked at the viewpoints of all adults, not just those who plan to vote in 2012. In no way does it predict how Obama will fare with influential demographic groups next fall.


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The DuPree victory was a personal milestone and one that inspires pride in Mississippi’s 37 percent African-American demographic.

Underestimating DuPree is a mistake, but with caveats OUR OPINION


The need is still great Warren County needs a new jail. The facility on Grove and Cherry streets is too old, too crowded, has lost state certification and is unsafe to jailers and inmates alike. The most ardent proponent of the building of a new facility — District 1 Supervisor David McDonald — lost his re-election bid in a runoff on Tuesday. Republican challenger John Arnold captured 55 percent of the vote in a party primary runoff, defeating McDonald 866 votes to 698 votes. Arnold, in answers provided before the Republican primary elections on Aug. 2, said many county residents are not in favor of a new jail. Arnold said, “The taxpayers’ major concern is the idea of raising taxes to build and support this facility. I don’t feel the build-

ing, operating and maintenance of the new jail should be a burden to the taxpayers of Warren County in the years to come.” While the talk of raising taxes always causes anxiety, especially in lean economic times, the decision to do so should be weighed against the better good of the community. A new jail is one such consideration. The jail was built in 1906 and renovated in the 1970s. It can house up to 128 inmates and usually is at capacity with pre-trial detainees. City prisoners often are jailed at the Issaquena County Correctional Facility, increasing costs to cover housing and transportation. Arnold continued, “It is my belief that our county and city leaders need to draft a comprehensive plan that does

not include raising taxes.” We believe a plan already exists. For the past nearly three years, supervisors have been working on plans. We hope that work, that effort and certainly considerable expense have not gone for naught. We do not need to erase efforts put forth and start anew. Residents’ views on a costly project such as a jail will run the gamut. Many will see the dire need for a modern facility, while others will continue to say the century-old facility currently in use is adequate. Enough bandages can be applied to the current jail to keep it operational, but how long can we keep providing triage when surgery is desperately needed?

Sense of urgency needed by state auditor The time has come for State Auditor Stacey Pickering to recognize the need for urgency and finalize an ongoing dispute involving the Warren County Circuit Clerk’s Office. At issue are audits dating to 2006 that the state office says show inconsistencies in the fee practices of the circuit clerk. Shelly Ashley-Palmertree, who has been circuit clerk for eight years and is seeking re-election in the Nov. 8 general election, repeatedly has said she has been working with the state auditor’s office and that she has done nothing wrong. Before electing the circuit clerk for the next four years, the residents of this county need to know if the state investigation has merit. The state office has

said it will continue investigating about $300,000 the accounting firm Bridgers and Company says Ashley-Palmertree owes the county. Right now, the voters do not know. And the snail’s pace on reaching a decision — the investigation has been going on for nearly three years — is a disservice to all of the candidates, including Ashley-Palmertree. If she is found to have done nothing wrong, she should not have this cloud hanging over the head of the office she runs. If it is found that money is owed to the county, voters will have that knowledge entering the polling places in November. The money the state claims Ashley-

Palmertree owes is not chump change, especially in tight economic times. Warren County deputies desperately need pay increases and certainly the addition of six figures to county coffers could help that. But Ashley-Palmertree has yet to be found guilty of doing anything wrong. Instead, the state auditor officials answer inquiries by “no commenting” reporters and shielding themselves behind “the continuing investigation.” Seventy-three days from today, Warren County voters will elect a new circuit clerk. What a shame it would be to have such a dark cloud hanging over this important election. Put the pedal to the metal, Mr. Pickering, and finish this investigation. Now.

Preparation pays dividends Working people — unless working in Congress — are well-aware that to continue to spend more than one takes in is a financial disaster. Working people know that when times are tough and the future is unclear, it is time to tighten the purse strings a bit; possibly downsize. For the second straight month, sales tax collections turned over by the state to City of Vicksburg coffers have been down. Through June, city tax collections are down nearly $100,000 for the year. The shrinking numbers should give every resident and elected official pause. The Mississippi River Flood, which saw floodwaters rise to a historic 57.1 feet at Vicksburg, certainly has taken its toll on tax collections. Businesses were forced to close and residents were moved out of their homes. The

slow recession of water left a good part of the city and county saturated. The cleanup effort followed. Low sales tax collections also can be traced to an overall economic malaise affecting the entire country. Unemployment in Mississippi is at 10.4 percent and above 9 percent nationally. A seesawing stock market shows volatility. Consumer spending — and confidence — are down. A sharp division between Congress and a president with plummeting approval numbers does not lead to confident spenders. The prudent thing is to downsize. Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield intimated as much in a story on Aug. 12. He pointed to both gaming and sales taxes being “below our estimates.” In June, gaming revenues came in at $5.4 million, down from a projected $6.6 million. Sales tax collections in

June were down 10.6 percent from May, which was down 7.4 percent lower than April’s collections. The numbers don’t lie. The numbers show the time has come to pinch a little more, do with a little less and prepare. Think of a hurricane as it churns in the Atlantic Ocean eyeing the Gulf of Mexico. Prudence says check emergency kits and have plenty of food and water on hand. Don’t wait for the storm to reach land before starting to prepare. Consider the loss of tax collections over two months as a storm in the Atlantic. It could shift east — July tax collection numbers could skyrocket, or it could enter the Gulf — lower collections. Either way, preparation will pay dividends in the long run.

STARKVILLE — Perhaps it’s a matter of becoming jaded. Perhaps it’s a healthy dose of cynicism. Or perhaps it’s just a review of prior elections in which the guy with the most campaign cash usually wins. But this writer has twice now made the mistake of underestimating the ability of Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree’s campaign to overcome superior campaign finances and a larger campaign staff — and it’s not a mistake that should be repeated. A tip of the hat to DuPree’s campaign manager, Sam Hall, and the rest of the DuPree organization in winning the Democratic nomination for governor. DuPree made history on two fronts in his Democratic second primary race with Clarksdale attorney Bill Luckett. First, DuPree became the first African-American nominee of a major political party for governor since Reconstruction. Second, Luckett is one of the rare politicians to have a decided advantage in campaign resources to lose an election. The DuPree victory was a personal milestone and one that inspires pride in Mississippi’s 37 percent African-American demographic — a group of voters who have historically sided with the Democratic Party since the 1950s. But a look at the performance of Democratic presidential canSID didates over the last several elections suggests a hard road for Dupree in November against Republican nominee Phil Bryant. Democratic presidential contenders have won the following percentages of the vote in Mississippi: Barack Obama in 2008, 43 percent; John Kerry in 2004, 40 percent; Al Gore in 2000, 44 percent; Bill Clinton in 1996, 46 percent; and Clinton in 1992, 41 percent. With those numbers in mind, the path to success for a statewide Democratic candidate is clear — solidify the state’s AfricanAmerican vote and then win the support of 15 to 20 percent of white voters. The last time a Democrat won an outright 50 percent-plus-one majority in Mississippi gubernatorial politics was in 1987 when Ray Mabus defeated Jack Reed 53 percent to 47 percent. In 1999, Democrat Ronnie Musgrove was elected governor, but in a plurality. Musgrove won 49.5 percent of the vote; his Republican opponent, former U.S. Rep. Mike Parker, won 48.6 percent, and the rest was split between two minor-party candidates. The race was ultimately decided by a vote of the Democratic-controlled state House of Representatives. But other than that four-year interregnum from 2000 to 2004, the GOP has controlled the Governor’s Mansion with two terms from the late Kirk Fordice from 1992-2000 and Haley Barbour from 2004 to the present. Another piece of information on DuPree’s Democratic second primary win that can’t be ignored is this: DuPree won the state’s top 15 Republican voting counties: Rankin, DeSoto, Harrison, Jackson, Hinds, Madison, Lauderdale, Lamar, Pearl River, Forrest, Lee, Lowndes, Jones, Simpson and Warren counties. With many November Republicans voting in local Democratic primaries and second primaries in order to participate in choosing their local officials, there has to be some concern among Democrats that November Republicans voting in the Democratic primary chose DuPree over Luckett with an eye toward Bryant’s fortunes in November. Conversely, Republicans see DuPree’s victory as an effort by Democrats to bolster the African-American votes in contested legislative districts in November as a means to hold on to one of the last outposts of Democratic power in state government, the state House of Representatives. There’s likely some political truth in both theories. •


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Sunday, August 28, 2011

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WEEK IN Vicksburg High temps remained mostly in the upper 90s throughout the week in Vicksburg, and overnight lows were steady in the 70s. No rain was recorded during the week. The Mississippi River dropped from 21.4 feet to 19.5 on the local gauge. The decline was expected to continue; a reading of 19.3 feet was predicted for today. The Red Carpet Bowl, the longest running bowl game in the state, kicked off football season at Viking Stadium. The double-header saw Vicksburg lose to Brandon High School 47-14, and Warren Central was defeated by Pearl 41-6. Linda Powell, who left her Kings home to flee record flooding earlier this year, has returned to the area in a new, elevated mobile home with help from family, friends and FEMA. City records indicate that, in the Kings area, 13 people have received permits to demolish homes, and five new residential permits have been issued for new mobile homes with required elevation. At the first in a series of planned Town Watch meetings, Police Chief Walter Armstrong told a gathering of residents the police department needs help from the community. Police urged residents to cooperate and to be “nosey neighbors.” In local Republican runoffs, John Arnold defeated David McDonald for Warren County’s District 1 supervisor slot, and Donna Farris Hardy squeaked by Doug Whittington in the race for chancery clerk. Arnold will face independents Jerry Briggs and Reed Birdsong in the November general election, and Hardy will face Democrat Walter Osborne and independents Alecia Ashley and Gene Thompson. Following an address to Vicksburg Kiwanis members, Mississippi state auditor Stacey Pickering said an investigation into fee practices of Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree is expected to be resolved soon. He would not discuss a timeline, but the investigation centers around certain accounting methods used to keep the county’s books. Warren County deputies seized nearly 3 1/2 pounds of “ice,” a pure form of crystal methamphetamine, after a traffic stop on Interstate 20. The stash, found hidden in the tailgate of a pickup being towed, has a street value estimated between $225,000 and $400,000. Local businessman Harry Sharp announced his resignation after serving as chairman of the Vicksburg Main Street Board of Directors for 15 years. Sharp, 64, cited health problems and pressing business matters as his reasons for stepping down. The Vicksburg Warren School District Board of Trustees voted to extend Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Duran Swinford’s two-year contract by a year. Board members said they were pleased with improved test scores and Swinford’s positive selling of the district. The city board presented its proposed budget — $170,750 lower than the current $28.96 million budget. The proposal, which featured no millage increases and no layoffs, is expected to be formally adopted Sept. 6. The board also reinstated a 1995 injunction against a building at 1925 Washington St., closing down a teen club on the heels of a shooting at the facility a week ago. Local deaths during the week were Thomas Patrick Jackson, William Earl Bexley Jr., Douglas Cardell Lee and Tina May Keyes Hull.


Patience, planning essential to state progress OXFORD — Haley Barbour sees a day when the ongoing expansion of the Panama Canal brings unprecedented prosperity to Mississippi. Phil Bryant, the Republican nominee seeking to follow Barbour as governor, sees a day when Jackson is a center for health care with a dozen or more medical centers rivaling Houston, Texas. Democratic nominee Johnny DuPree will likely espouse some long-range goals, too. It’s the “vision thing” we hear about. But Barbour, preparing to leave office after eight years, says one thing he has discovered during his two terms is that state government is poorly structured to engage in long-range planning, especially of the type needed to create lasting economic development. At a meeting of the state’s newspaper industry in July, Barbour went so far as to say it is impossible for the legislators to think beyond their four-year terms. It was a criticism, but also a reality. Especially in recent years, lawmakers have been more like firefighters. Even if they had wanted to devise multiyear projects and programs, they’ve been putting out blazes, scrambling to find funds to get the state through the next 12 months. They’ve had no time (and little interest) in developmental measures. That’s what makes organizations such as Advance Mississippi and the Mississippi Economic Council essential. They and several other groups take



As Barbour and many others see it, if Gulfport, if prepared, would become the most affordable destination for hundreds of ships delivering goods from Asian ports.

the state’s economic pulse constantly. In addition to speaking to the press, Barbour was on the Gulf Coast to meet privately with stakeholders on his muchmaligned notion that a serious investment in port facilities now will result in thousands of jobs during the next 10 years to 15 years. The work in Panama will double the traffic capacity of the canal and is to be completed in 2014. As Barbour and many others see it, if Gulfport, if prepared, would become the most affordable destination for hundreds of ships delivering goods from Asian ports. Today, most of those ships offload on the West Coast. Containers are dispatched to their destinations via truck or train. Calculations show that once the canal is expanded, the most timeand cost-efficient route to any point east of the Mississippi is through Gulfport. But not without the infrastructure. It’s not clear — other than an overwhelming availability of health problems — why or how

Jackson would become a healthcare capital in the South. But Bryant wants to make it happen. And it would take more than one or two terms to see it to fruition. Same for any big ideas DuPree envisions. A particular area of emphasis for Advance Mississippi, led by Tupelo’s dynamic Glenn McCullough, is the availability and price of energy. If the American economy ever shows a pulse again — and the smart money says it will — multiple factors will determine where new investment will take place. The buzz terms are “stable taxes,” “adequate work force,” “predictable regulatory environment” and “ample energy at affordable prices.” It’s the old, “If you build it (or have it), they will come” model. Advance Mississippi has just released an audit showing Mississippi is very competitive today in the price of electricity. Specifically, a commercial customer would pay $93.20 here for the same amount of power that, on average, would cost $102.60 elsewhere in America. Because the power here is pro-

duced, for the most part, by natural gas or nuclear-fired boilers, the energy is also “clean,” which McCullough lists as another important factor. But like ports and medical complexes, new power plants do not come into existence quickly. For example, the owners of Grand Gulf Nuclear Station started the early site approval process nine years ago for a second reactor. Approval was granted, but has been shelved for three years. Behind all the clamoring for governments — local, state and federal — to do something to create jobs, there are certain truths. One is that government jobs are dependent on the private economy and do not add significantly to the private economy. Another is that government’s role in providing private sector jobs, opportunities and growth is mostly in the boring arena of long-term improvements. It falls to groups such as the MEC and Advance Mississippi to sit on the shoulders of lawmakers as long as it takes, to identify the state’s strengths and devise ways to parlay them into more good things for citizens. And it falls to us to realize that there are no miracle cures for an economy. Job creation is methodical. Speeches and slogans are fine. Patience and planning bring results. •

Charlie Mitchell is a Mississippi journalist. Write to him at Box 1, University, MS 38677, or e-mail


Tucker’s venom not needed in local newspaper Good grief! Did any of The Vicksburg Post’s staff read Cynthia Tucker’s editorial before it was printed in the Wednesday edition? I suspect not. For any newspaper worthy of the trust of the public would never have shared the venomous garbage this lying liberal fool churned out. Please read the nut’s column prior to printing it in the future so as to spare us the misery of exposure to such extreme leftist absurdity. Better yet, cease printing it altogether. Reading such tripe can cause heart failure or stroke in those who believe in conservative, constitutional government. Malcolm Allred Vicksburg

Tucker not credible I am writing in response to Ms. Cynthia Tucker’s Aug. 17 article that places sole blame for the problems with America’s economy on the GOP. How can she consider herself a credible journalist with this type of biased opinion? She states that “over 80 percent of the American people who were polled disapproved of Congress.” If this is true, wouldn’t that mean that Democrats and Republicans alike have failed in their duties to those who elected them? Placing blame on either party, in my opinion, is irresponsible journalism, and the news outlets that keep these reporting practices going have also failed the American people. We, as a nation, need to hold all parties responsible for their failures, and major reform to Washington, by way of impeachment if needed, should be an option that is open for debate. We need representatives who have the interests of America, not those who pursue their own interests, in Washington. As for the Tea Party ignoring the forecasts of our economic experts and the pleas of Wall Street to reach a debt deal, these forecasts are part of the problem with driving prices for such commodities as oil through the proverbial roof, and launching us into the recession in the first place. That is a problem that finger-pointing will never solve. John Perkins Vicksburg

Too many inaccuracies James Montgomery’s letter to the editor, “Don’t Blame Obama” (Aug. 21), is too full of inaccuracies to address them all, but I would like to address some of the more

Voice your opinion Letters to the editor are published under the following guidelines: Expressions from readers on topics of current or general interest are welcomed. • Letters must be original, not copies or letters sent to others, and must include the name, address and signature of the writer. • Letters must avoid defamatory or abusive statements. • Preference will be given to typed letters of 300 or fewer words. • The Vicksburg Post does not print anonymous letters and reserves the right to edit all letters submitted. • Letters in the column do not represent the views of The Vicksburg Post. egregious. Concerning his derision of “tax cuts for the rich,” there were no tax cuts for the rich. Under President George W. Bush everyone who paid income tax got a tax cut. According to IRS figures the top 1 percent of wealthy Americans pay 38 percent of the income tax. The top 10 percent pay 65 percent of the income tax, and the top 50 percent pay it all. Fully 50 percent of Americans pay no federal income tax. He states that we should not forget about the “tax cuts in education, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.” Aside from not being clear what is meant by a “tax” cut in these programs, the truth is that these programs have not been cut. They most certainly will be — one way or the other — either through an orderly, planned process, or through economic collapse because clearly, the current path is unsustainable. The United States is broke. And what about the claim that Bush left us with “record high unemployment?” How can that be true when unemployment is much higher now under Barack Hussein Obama? The math doesn’t work. Finally, what about the “radical group of Republicans who call themselves the Tea Party”? The Tea Party has three foundational principles: • Government within the parameters of the United States Constitution • Fiscal responsibility • Free markets and free enterprise. If these are radical, then what does that make Obama who has

quadrupled the annual budget deficit, added trillions to the national debt, watched helplessly as unemployment climbed to 9.2 percent, failed to pass a budget even when in control of both houses of Congress, traveled around the world apologizing for the arrogance of America, and for good measure, bowed to the despot King of Saudi Arabia? I suggest clueless, inept, incompetent, and surrounded by likeminded people. Robert Peters Vicksburg

Boat ramp issues I’m writing on behalf of pleasure-boaters and fishermen who use the boat ramp at City Front. I would like for the City of Vicksburg administration to address the use of the boat docks by commercial vessels, in particular the Sweet Olive, 365 days a year. I would like to see the city request the owners to secure their own commercial docking facilities. Recreational boaters as of the past weekend had one spot they could tie their boat up while parking. The second thing I would like implemented is for the city to maintain the boat ramp as the water levels drop. In the past, this has been neglected and has incurred safety issues to boaters attempting to launch their boats in dealing with bottles, scrap metal, mud, etc. I would hope The Vicksburg Post would follow up with a story on the city addressing these issues and having them corrected. Dan Hall Vicksburg

Left was against Bush Reference is made to two items in Aug. 21 letter to the editor (Support your president and don’t blame Obama). I remember a lot of Liberals didn’t support President Bush. I also remember the Democrats had a majority in the House and Senate and forced Obamacare on the American people instead of working on jobs. If I recall they shut out the Republicans. In fact the Senate has not provided a budget in two years and they voted 97 to 0 not to pass the President’s proposed budget. So who is not supporting the President? Now the President calls for everybody in both houses to come together. They didn’t care when the Democrats had a majority.

Until President Obama becomes more pro-business by getting rid of some burdensome regulations and making changes to some of his administration personnel the jobs situation most likely will not improve. For instance, the chairman of General Electric was appointed by the president to head his commission on job creation. GE is planning to move its 115-year-old division from Wisconsin to Beijing. The company also will invest $2 billion in China and train approximately 65 engineers and create six research centers. This is the same GE that made 5.1 billion last year but paid no taxes. Also this is the same company that employs more people overseas than it does in the U.S. I guess the President forgot to tell him in what country he was supposed to be creating jobs. About the debt ceiling, the president complained about problems in raising the debt higher. This is the same President, when he was a senator, who said that president Bush wasn’t a leader because the ceiling had to be raised. He then voted against raising the debt limit. My how things change. One other thing, it’s getting tiresome for the president to say he inherited this problem. The issue should be if you didn’t want to try and solve the problem you shouldn’t have run for president. What were you thinking, Mr. President? Every day would be party day? America’s problems come with the territory. Wilbur Ruhl Vicksburg

Lack of logic On cable and Internet news, a video of interviews with University of California students demonstrate the distortion of logic by indoctrination. Student supporters of wealth redistribution are asked if they will share their high GPA with less successful students: their answer, a resounding “no’; their reason, “I earned my GPA.” Indoctrination develops belief in liberal, often illogical visions of what should be, but thinking develops unique logical visions of reality. The lack of logic demonstrated by the students is a case study — not of thinking, but of believing. Education in America seems to have become enlightenment where students are sometimes educated, but always indoctrinated. Chet Barber Vicksburg


Sunday, August 28, 2011

U.S. writer recounts Libyan prison ordeal TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — An American writer and filmmaker who ended up in Libya’s most notorious prison during the turmoil of the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi feared he would be one of the dictator’s forgotten victims. When rescue came this week, Matthew VanDyke told Associated Press on Saturday, he did not at first believe his ordeal was over. A crowd wrestled open his Libyan jail cell after six months of tortuous solitary confinement. He feared an angry mob that believed he was a CIA spy. It was rebels and prisoners breaking the 32-year-old from Baltimore out of Tripoli’s Abu Salim prison, he told Associated Press Saturday. VanDyke was captured in March by government soldiers in the eastern oil town of Brega and then held incommunicado for six months in Tripoli — a third of it in a tiny four foot by seven foot (1.2 meter by 2.1 meter) cell. “I was in solitary confinement the whole time with nothing to do but stare at the wall,” said VanDyke, speaking outside the Tripoli hotel where he is now staying. Lanky and bearded, he wore his loose, dark prison uniform, the only clothing he has. His only human interaction was with the guards that

American writer and filmmaker Matthew VanDyke brought him his food. Though when he was transferred to Tripoli’s Abu Salim prison, all they did was slide his plates through a metal slot. VanDyke hadn’t come to Libya in March to work, but rather to visit Libyan friends caught up in the mad euphoria of the early days of the uprising against Gadhafi in the east. VanDyke had just finished traveling from Iraq, through Iran and into Afghanistan by motorcycle. He was riding in a pickup truck through the oil town of Brega snapping pictures of smiling children when a surprise advance by government forces caught him and his rebel friends unaware. He doesn’t remember what happened next. “Then I woke up in a cell with a man being tortured in the room above me,” he

recalled. They took his footage and camera, briefly interrogated him and then he was flown to a prison in Tripoli where he stayed for 85 days in a cramped cell where there was barely room to move. Around a dozen foreign journalists were taken by Gadhafi’s forces, including a team from the New York Times, Agence France Presse and a batch of freelancers. All were released in a matter of weeks, save for South African photographer Anton Hammerl, who was left dead in the desert after he was shot by government troops. VanDyke had no media credentials, and it is not clear what the Gadhafi regime thought he was doing or why he was held. The government denied his existence until just a few weeks ago. By the light of a small cell skylight, he recorded his days in solitary on the wall next to marks made by the cramped room’s previous occupants. His row grew to two to three times the others. “And that’s when I realized there was a big problem with

my situation,” he said. Eventually, he was transferred Abu Salim. He said the guards seemed confused about why he was being held. They passed on rumors he might be traded as a CIA spy or al-Qaida agent. And then one day it was over. There was a series of loud noises and then he could hear a crowd breaking open the gates to his cell bloc. “One guy said ‘Gadhafi is finished!’ and I didn’t believe it,” he said. Other prisoners hesitated to leave their cells, fearing it was some kind of trick. VanDyke met an inmate who spoke English and had been inside for 15 years. The man helped bring him to the safety of a nearby mosque where people were handing out food to the escapees. Since his escape, VanDyke has spoken with his mother, describing the conversation as “surprisingly normal.” He has no immediate plans to go home. He wants to find the Libyan companions he last saw in Brega. He said, “I would stay until Libya was free.”

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A different storm SEAN MURPHY


And here’s one just for the Yellow Dogs I knew it would happen. I just knew it. When anyone starts making lists of thanks to be delivered in public, invariably somebody gets left out and has their feelings hurt. Ever watch a sports awards show on TV? Athlete thanks God, then probably his parents and straight to the agent before trailing off into “and for everyone else, thanks.” I made my list for a preseason football column thanking all those who volunteer for thankless jobs throughout a season. I opted instead to mentally play out a football game in my head, all the while thinking of all the volunteers. It was a great list — concession stand, band parents, the guy who drives the band equipment and even the three guys who walk miles each night carrying the orange yard indicators. Adding one more generic paragraph — the one the athlete writes when his time in front of the camera is over — I said thanks to everyone who I forgot. Tuesday morning came and in walked a Vicksburg Warren School District bus driver. Bus drivers! I knew it immediately. I knew I had forgotten the bus drivers. In this district, let me tell you, they take their business seriously. The drivers take their buses and responsibilities seriously. The ones who cart athletic teams and band members from Grenada to Gulfport are serious about those buses. I even had a member of the transportation department relay a bus’ hurt feelings because I wrote that on a trip from Vicksburg to Olive Branch, those bench seats on Yellow Dogs are uncomfortable. So why did I leave out the one job that would result in a visit to discuss the snub? I tried in vain to find some trigger point that would have set off my intense bigotry toward buses. The last Greyhound I took made it from New Orleans to Hattiesburg in 4 hours, but the ambience was nice. I did have to squeeze three across on a bus bench seat once, but certainly that sardine-can ride would not make me a raging anti-bussite. I have no answer to the blatant snub. So, to all the bus drivers who tote football, softball, baseball, basketball or the band — or any other sport so as not to hurt those sports’ feelings — here’s to you. And to the buses: may your feelings grow strong, your tires stay round and let safety follow you on all your future journeys.

• Sean P. Murphy is web editor. He can be reached at smurphy@

Miss., La. assisting in hurricane response By The Associated Press

The associated press

Former Waveland Police Chief Jimmy Varnell, rear, with wife Michelle Varnell, gets a hug from officer Howard O’Gwin in Waveland after Varnell learned he was fired by the city. Varnell worked at the Waveland

Police Department since 1983 and had been chief since 1992. City leaders say such drastic cuts must be made or the city could go broke.

Coast town that weathered Katrina facing crushing debt, severe cuts

Police force fighting to stay afloat in Waveland By Holbrook Mohr Associated Press WAVELAND — Members of the Waveland Police Department survived Hurricane Katrina by grabbing a tree in front of their building and hanging on for their lives when a wall of water washed away most of the town on Aug. 29, 2005. Six years later, Waveland is swamped again, but this time in debt. And the police force, like the rest of the city’s departments, is fighting to stay afloat. City Attorney Gary Yarbrough said Waveland is facing a $900,000 deficit for the fiscal year. It’s a crushing amount for a town of a few thousand people trying to recover from one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. The tax base has never recovered from the storm. Stores and restaurants are back in business along Highway 90, the main artery through town, but recovery has been slower in other areas.

Six years later, Waveland is swamped again, but this time in debt. And the police force, like the rest of the city’s departments, is fighting to stay afloat. Streets near some of the most valuable beach property resemble ghost towns. Government agencies are still operating out of temporary offices. And heavy equipment is as common as cars on the city’s beachfront road, which is still being repaired. The economic recession and the fallout of the Gulf oil spill compounded Waveland’s budget crisis, so much so that many people don’t know which is to blame more. “It’s probably to some extent a mixture of the three,” Yarbrough said. Whatever the case, the consequences are easy to see.

Coast city to display beam from World Trade Center By The Associated Press OCEAN SPRINGS — The Ocean Springs Fire Department is determining the best way to display a steel beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. The building collapsed during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The 3-foot-long brace was awarded to the city this week and will be put on display at the city’s new firehouse at the Public Safety Complex. Deputy Fire Chief Nate Wilson said one consideration is centering the beam in the foyer of the new firehouse. The other is an outdoor exhibit with a bench. “Either way, it will be a great way to honor the people who lost their lives that day,” Wilson said. Among the 2,753 victims who died in the attacks on

the World Trade Center were 343 firefighters and 60 police officers. “It is an honor and privilege to receive a piece of American history that symbolizes heroism and bravery,” Fire Chief Jeff Ponson said. “We honor our fellow firefighters who gave the ultimate sacrifice to save lives on 9/11.” Ponson, Wilson, and Lt. David Wicker drove to New York this week to retrieve the beam and bring it to Ocean Springs. Mayor Connie Moran said the city would be honored to display the Twin Tower remnants when the new fire station opens next month. “The beam is a symbol of our American liberty, and a tribute to firefighters everywhere who put their lives on the line every day to ensure our safety,” Moran said.

Jimmy Varnell, the police chief who guided the department though Katrina, was fired Aug. 15 and escorted out of his office. Some of his officers have been let go, too. Those who remain face pay cuts and demotions, as do other city employees. “I have no idea why I was fired. They say it was for not maintaining a budget and for not having the police officers write enough tickets to maintain a budget,” Varnell said recently. “It was an unworkable budget. We haven’t had a capital outlay since Katrina.” Varnell’s firing angered many people in Waveland, but Mayor David Garcia created an even bigger stir when he proposed disbanding the police department entirely and letting the sheriff take over law enforcement. Residents turned out by the dozens to city meetings, which became a spectacle themselves, See Katrina, Page A9.

BILOXI — Mississippi Power Co., the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the south Mississippi chapter of the American Red Cross have sent workers to help with Hurricane Irene. Sixty Mississippi Power employees left Friday for a two-day drive to Washington. They’ll be helping Pepco Holdings Inc., a major energy company serving the midAtlantic region. The workers include line crews and support personnel. Entergy Corp. and Cleco Corp. of Louisiana also sent assistance. Mississippi emergency management response director Tom McAllister will be in Washington for two weeks to help coordinate resources in a national response effort. “My job in this disaster is to make sure states engaged in the emergency have resources available prior to landfall. If a state is stretched thin in an area, we reach out to other states to bring in the resources they need so response and recovery efforts can continue,” McAllister said in a MEMA news release. The South Mississippi chapter of the American Red Cross deployed two emergency response vehicles to the coast of North Carolina on Thursday. The mobile units will be able to get hot meals, water, ice, clean-up kits and other supplies to areas affected by the hurricane, said Red Cross spokeswoman Megan Burkes. Burkes said additional volunteers and staff, from the coast to Hattiesburg, will be sent to North Carolina, Virginia and other states where needed. Deployments typically last three weeks, she said. In Louisiana, the National Guard sent eight guardsmen and two helicopters with hoist capability in response to Hurricane Irene The troops and UH-60 Blackhawks have been stationed in South Carolina. The National Guard says the troops and equipment will be dispatched in any area hit by the storm. The emphasis is on search and rescue missions.

in good spirits

KATIE CARTER•The Vicksburg Post

Laura Blackwell, left, and Cathead Vodka co-founder Richard Patrick, center, prepare their signature drink, the “Lazy Cat,” for Greg McDade of Jackson during the first Rolling on the River Wine, Spirits and Food Festival at the Vicksburg Convention Center. The “Lazy Cat,” a summer cocktail, blends Cathead vodka, Lazy Magnolia Indian Summer beer and pink lemonade. The festival, sponsored by the Mississippi Hospitality Beverage Association, drew wine and spirits vendors from across the state as well as nine local restaurants.


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’Klan buster’ Stetson Kennedy dies at 94 MIAMI (AP) — Author and folklorist Stetson Kennedy, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan six decades ago and exposed its secrets to authorities and the public but was also criticized for possibly exaggerating his exploits, died Saturday. He was 94. Kennedy died at Baptist Medic a l Ce n t e r South near St. Augustine, where he had been receiving hospice care. Stetson In the 1940s, Kennedy Kennedy used the “Superman” radio show to expose and ridicule the Klan’s rituals. In the 1950s he wrote “I Rode with the Ku Klux Klan,” which was later renamed “The Klan Unmasked,” and “The Jim Crow Guide.” “Exposing their folklore — all their secret handshakes, passwords and how silly they

were, dressing up in white sheets” was one of the strongest blows delivered to the Klan, said Peggy Bulger, director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, in a 2007 interview with The Associated Press. She was a friend of Kennedy for about 30 years and did her doctoral thesis on his work as a folklorist. “If they weren’t so violent, they would be silly.” Kennedy began his crusades against what he called “homegrown racial terrorists” during World War II after he was deemed unworthy for military service because of a back injury. He served as director of fact-finding for the southeastern office of the Anti-Defamation League and served as director of the Anti-Nazi League of New York. “All my friends were in service and they were being shot at in a big way. They were fighting racism whether they

Cell phones found in Louisiana slaying suspect’s car, home

City woman charged in Saturday shooting

GRETNA, La. — POlicefound two dozen cell phones while searching the home and car of a man suspected of killing two women at suburban New Orleans hotels. Kylan Laurent, 22, of Vacherie, La., abandoned his car on the Veternas Memorial Bridge in St. James Parish after a chase with state police on Tuesday. He jumped 165 feet into the Mississippi River and has yet to be found. Kenner police said they found a phone, driver’s license and debit card stolen from 22-year-old Anita McDonald, 22, of Flowood, Miss. She was strangled Monday at the Comfort Suites motel in Kenner. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Jewell Normand said officers also found an identification card belonging to 21-yearold Jateese Hudgins, of Philadelphia, who was strangled Aug. 10 at a La Quinta Inn in Metairie.

public meetings this week

Wednesday Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen, 10 a.m., City Hall Annex, 1413 Walnut St. Thursday Vicksburg Flood Buyout Forum, 6 p.m., Vicksburg Auditorium, 901 Monroe St.

A Vicksburg woman accused of shooting her husband in the thigh following an argument Saturday morning was in the Warren County Jail charged with aggravated assault-domestic violence, police Sgt. Sandra Williams said. Galbrial Floyd, 30, 141 Morning View Drive, turned herself in to Vicksburg police at 10:28 a.m., Williams said. Police had responded to a domestic dispute at the home around 9:30, and were told that Floyd had shot her husband and left, the sergeant said. Larry Floyd then attempted to go to River Region Medical Center by private vehicle, but the car in which he was riding broke down on U.S. 61 North, Williams said. Vicksburg paramedics responded and took Larry Floyd to the hospital, where he was admitted, Williams said. His condition was not available Saturday night. Galbrial Floyd was being held at the jail without bond pending an initial hearing in municipal court Monday.

knew it or not,” Kennedy said. “At least I could see if I could do something about the racist terrorists in our backyard.” Using evidence salvaged from the Grand Dragon’s waste basket, he enabled the Internal Revenue Service to press for collection of an outstanding $685,000 tax lien from the Klan in 1944 and he helped draft the brief used by the state of Georgia to revoke the Klan’s national corporate charter in 1947. Kennedy infiltrated the Klan by using the name of a deceased uncle who had been a member as a way to gain trust and membership. But the Klan did not know that Kennedy was giving its secrets to the outside world, including the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Anti-Defamation League and Drew Pearson, a columnist for The Washington Post. When he learned of plans for the Klan to take action, he


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City teen jailed on drug, gun charge A Vicksburg teen was in the Warren County Jail Saturday charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of cocaine, Sgt. Sandra Williams said. Robert Graves Jr., 19, 2015 Oak St., was arrested by police at 4:46 a.m. after they responded to a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of Farmer Street, Williams said. Williams said Graves was found with crack cocaine and a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber handgun that had been reported stolen Monday from a vehicle parked at a local hotel. He was being held without bond pending an initial hearing Monday.

Traffic stop leads to drug, gun arrest An Edwards man was in the Warren County Jail Saturday after he was arrested during a traffic stop at 1:55 a.m.,

would make sure it was broadcast, thwarting them. “They were afraid to do anything. They knew that somebody was on the inside. They had first-class detectives looking, and I was trying hard not to be caught,” Kennedy said. In the late 1940s, Kennedy took his fight against the Klan to a national stage when, while working as a consultant to the Superman radio show, he provided information to producers on information about the Klan from their rituals to secret code words. The episodes were titled “Clan of the Fiery Cross.” He testified before a federal grand jury in Miami about the Klan chain of command in the 1951 bombing death of Florida NAACP leader Harry Moore and bombings aimed at black, Catholic and Jewish centers in Miami.

Sheriff Martin Pace said. Jigante Cassell, 30, 1265 Jones Flaggs Road, was stopped in the 1100 block of U.S. 80, Pace said. The deputy found a small amount of marijuana in the car as well as a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun directly under the driver’s seat occupied by Cassell, said the sheriff. A records check showed Cassell was on probation for a 2002 felony conviction in Hinds County, Pace said. Cassell was charged with possession of a weapon after felony conviction. Three passengers in the car were identified but not charged, Pace said. Cassell was being held without bond pending an initial hearing, and was also being detained for the Mississippi Department of Corrections because of his probation.

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complete with outbursts and shouting. One man was kicked out of a board meeting after accusing city leaders of “communism” for not recognizing people to speak. In the end, the department was spared, but the economic woes remain. The Associated Press left messages this week for the mayor, the new police chief and the city’s aldermen. They did not respond. Residents like Janis Vezzoso, a 66-year-old retired accountant who lost every-

thing in Katrina, are confident Waveland will be back. They see progress every day. “It’s disappointing to see the town struggle,” Vezzoso said. “But the level of destruction from Katrina, the level of debris — city hall was gone — there was a time when I really didn’t think Waveland would be able to come back at all.” Vezzoso said she and her husband started rebuilding on their same lot in Waveland less than a year after Katrina. Four of the six

houses on her street have been rebuilt, she said. But construction is spotty in some areas. Insurance rates soared after Katrina. New flood maps required some property owners to raise the elevation of their homes to rebuild, another added cost that some residents simply can’t afford. And some of the city’s most valuable property was owned by part-time residents who haven’t rebuilt their beach retreats. “Some people would have

to pay more for insurance than their mortgage payments,” Yarbrough said. “A lot of those people haven’t built back.” Vezzoso said people should be patient. “I don’t’ know why people think all these miracles are going to happen and all of a sudden everything is going to be good,” she said. “People have to be patient. Waveland will recover, it’s just going to take time.”

Irene Continued from Page A1. fall just after first light near Cape Lookout, N.C., at the southern end of the Outer Banks, the ribbon of land that bows out into the Atlantic Ocean. Shorefront hotels and houses were lashed with waves. Two piers were destroyed, and at least one hospital was forced to run on generator power. “Things are banging against the house,” Leon Reasor said as he rode out the storm in the town of Buxton. “I hope it doesn’t get worse, but I know it will. I just hate hurricanes.” By late evening, the storm had sustained winds of 80 mph, down from 100 mph on Friday. That made it a Category 1, the least threatening on a 1-to-5 scale, and barely stronger than a tropical storm. Its center passed North Carolina and was moving along the coast of Virginia. It also was picking up speed, moving at 16 mph. After the Outer Banks, the storm strafed Virginia with rain and strong wind. Hurricane force winds covered the Hampton Roads region, which is thick with inlets and rivers and floods easily, and chugged north toward Chesapeake Bay. Maryland transportation officials closed the Chesapeake Bay bridge when wind gusts reached 82 mph. The bridge connects the capital of Annapolis and the rest of Maryland to the Eastern Shore. A tornado touched down in Sussex County in Delaware, damaging at least 15 homes. The deaths included two children, an 11-year-old boy in Virginia killed when a tree crashed through his roof and a North Carolina child who died in a crash at an intersection where traffic lights were out. In addition, a North Carolina man was killed by a flying tree limb, a passenger died when a tree fell on in a car in Virginia, and a surfer in Florida was killed in heavy waves.

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Two men push a cart through a deserted Grand Central Terminal in New York. It was the first hurricane to make landfall in the continental United States since 2008, and came almost six years to the day after Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Experts guessed that no other hurricane in American history had threatened as many people. At least 2.3 million were under orders to move to somewhere safer, although it was unclear how many obeyed or, in some cases, how they could. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told 6,500 troops from all branches of the military to get ready to pitch in on relief work, and President Barack Obama visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s command center in Washington and offered moral support. “It’s going to be a long 72

hours,” he said, “and obviously a lot of families are going to be affected.” In New York, authorities began the herculean job of bringing the city to a halt. The subway began shutting down at noon, the first time the system was closed because of a natural disaster. It was expected to take as long as eight hours for all the trains to complete their runs and be taken out of service. The five main New Yorkarea airports — La Guardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark, plus two smaller ones — waved in their last arriving flights around noon. The Giants and Jets postponed their preseason NFL game, the Mets postponed two baseball games, and Broadway theaters were dark. New York has seen only a

handful of hurricanes in the past 200 years. The Northeast is much more used to snowstorms — including the blizzard last December, when Bloomberg was criticized for a slow response. For all the concern, there were early signs that the storm might not be as bad as feared. Some forecasts had it making landfall as a Category 3 storm and perhaps reaching New York as a Category 2. Airlines said 9,000 flights were canceled, including 3,000 on Saturday. Airlines declined to say how many passengers would be affected, but it could easily be millions because so many flights make connections on the East Coast. There were more than 10,000 cancellations during the blizzard last winter.

deaths Ben Comfort UTICA — Ben Comfort of Utica, but a longtime resident of Jackson, passed away Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at age 87 after a short illness. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Nora and William; his brothers, Marion, Lonnie, Tom, Jim, William “WA”, Floyd and Richard “Dick”; and his sisters, Maude Ezell and Bessie Peterson. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Audrey Little Comfort; sons, Daniel and Steven; a sister, Daisy Rogers of New Port Richey, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was owner and operator of Bet-R-Way Cleaners in Jackson for 40 years, 1 month and 8 days. Ben lived his life in service to God and family. A devoted Christian, he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, training union director, assistant scout master of Troop 14, scout master of Troop 34, member of board of directors for the Jackson Area Boys Club, president of the Dixie Youth Baseball League, president of the Barr Elementary School PTA, strong

supporter of the Baptist Children’s Village and president of the Glen Mary Street Association. Visitation will be Monday at Wright & Ferguson-Raymond chapel from 9 a.m. until service in the chapel at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson. Memorials can be sent to Utica Baptist Church, 220 West Main Street, Utica MS 39175.

Richard LaMont Poole Richard LaMont Poole died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at Covenant Health and Rehab. He was 36. A lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Poole was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Billy Poole. He is survived by his parents, Dale McDuff and Kathy Poole McDuff of Vicksburg; two sisters, Lisa McAdam and Lina Williams, both of Vicksburg; his paternal grandmother, Madelina Dove of Vicksburg; his maternal grandmother, Ruth Katherine Poole of Vicksburg; and several nieces, nephews,

aunts and uncles. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Glenwood Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Mike Pennock offici-

ating. Visitation will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

honor 56 national parks and other historically important sites. The Mint’s initial 50 State Quarters Program ran from 1999 through 2008. Vicksburg coin collector Milton Myers said the mint’s issuing of state quarters has given a huge boost to the hobby and freshened up coins in the till. “U.S. coinage had been standardized for so many years, and there are so many beautiful things in America worthy of being commemorated,” said Myers, who addressed the Vicksburg Rotary Club Thursday. “I think the Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Mint just decided to make our coins more varied and beautiful by recognizing some of these things.” Representatives from the U.S. Mint will also hold a coin forum Monday evening at 7 in the visitor’s center at the VNMP. Collectors and others interested in numismatics — the study of coins, currency, tokens and medals — can discuss future U.S. coinage and learn about upcoming Mint programs and initiatives. Tuesday, 2,000 students from the Vicksburg Warren School District and neighboring communities will take a field trip to attend the ceremony, and might go home with a surprise, VNMP superintendent Mike Madell said. The event will include Al Runnels, chief of staff at the U.S. Mint, Sarah McCollough of the Mississippi Development Authority tourism division and the Utica Jubilee Singers. Following the ceremony, the Cairo-VNMP quarters will be sold in $10 rolls, with a limit of 10 rolls per person. Festivities will go on, rain or shine. Park officials urge visitors to arrive early, bring hats, water, sunscreen and sunglasses. The National Weather Service is forecasting Tuesday’s high to reach 95, with mostly sunny skies and light winds. Park entrance gates on both Clay Street and Fort Hill will open at 7 a.m. Parking will not be allowed at the Cairo Museum, and visitors will be directed to parking areas on Union and Confederate avenues, where shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes beginning at 7:15 a.m. Seating will be limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. “Come on out — get there early,” said Myers. “Be a part of Vicksburg history and numismatics history.”





Clear with a high in the lower 90s and a low in the mid-60s

WEATHER This weather package is compiled from historical records and information provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the City of Vicksburg and The Associated Press.

LOCAL FORECAST Monday-wednesday Clear; highs in the mid-90s; lows in the upper 60s

STATE FORECAST TOday Clear; highs in the mid-90s; lows in the mid-60s Monday-wednesday Clear; highs in the mid-90s; lows in the upper 60s

Almanac Highs and Lows High/past 24 hours............. 92º Low/past 24 hours............... 67º Average temperature......... 80º Normal this date................... 80º Record low..............57º in 1896 Record high......... 101º in 1943 Rainfall Recorded at the Vicksburg Water Plant Past 24 hours.........................N/A This month..............1.45 inches Total/year.............. 23.78 inches Normal/month......2.76 inches Normal/year........ 36.20 inches Solunar table Most active times for fish and wildlife Monday: A.M. Active............................ 5:33 A.M. Most active...............11:46 P.M. Active............................. 5:59 P.M. Most active................12:12 Sunrise/sunset Sunset today........................ 7:33 Sunset tomorrow............... 7:32 Sunrise tomorrow.............. 6:36

RIVER DATA Stages Mississippi River at Vicksburg Current: 19.2 | Change: -0.1 Flood: 43 feet Yazoo River at Greenwood Current: 17.2 | Change: NC Flood: 35 feet Yazoo River at Yazoo City Current: 13.1 | Change: -0.1 Flood: 29 feet Yazoo River at Belzoni Current: 16.2 | Change: -0.1 Flood: 34 feet Big Black River at West Current: 2.4 | Change: -0.2 Flood: 12 feet Big Black River at Bovina Current: 6.9 | Change: NC Flood: 28 feet StEELE BAYOU Land....................................69.4 River....................................66.0

MISSISSIPPI RIVER Forecast Cairo, Ill. Monday.................................. 23.8 Tuesday.................................. 23.6 Wednesday........................... 23.3 Memphis Monday.....................................7.9 Tuesday.....................................8.2 Wednesday..............................8.2 Greenville Monday.................................. 24.1 Tuesday.................................. 23.8 Wednesday........................... 24.0 Vicksburg Monday.................................. 18.8 Tuesday.................................. 18.5 Wednesday........................... 18.2


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Libya: Looking ahead

New leaders face enormous hurdles TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — For 42 years, during the long rule of Moammar Gadhafi, the Libyan government barely even existed: state institutions had little power, the military was kept purposefully weak, tribal divisions were magnified. Gadhafi was the Brother Leader, the Guide of the Revolution, the King of Kings of Africa. He had no need for an effective government. N ow, a motley assortment of rebels who have forced Gadhafi from power must move fast to create what Moammar modern Gadhafi Libya never had, from the rule of law to an inclusive political system. It’s a tall order, but the alternative could be similar to postSaddam Iraq. “Don’t expect miracles. If you want miracles, look for them elsewhere,” a rebel spokesman, Mahmoud Shammam, warned Saturday. “We don’t want to repeat the experience of Baghdad,” Mahmoud Jibril, deputy chairman of the rebels’ National Transitional Council, said after opposition fighters poured into Tripoli, heralding the end of Gadhafi’s regime, although the leader himself is still missing. “The whole world is looking at Libya. We must not sully the final page of the revolution.” But the signals are far from clear, and the challenges to the rebels — a disparate group that includes former Gadhafi insiders, wealthy businessmen and semiautonomous militias — are enormous. Authoritarian Arab rulers like Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak managed to prevent simmering tensions from boiling over during most of their long years in power, creating the appearance of stability while unwittingly sowing the seeds of future violence. Saddam’s 2003 ouster after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, for example, unleashed a seismic wave of sectarian violence in which tens of thousands were killed. In Egypt, Mubarak’s Feb. 11 departure

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Libyans celebrate the liberation of their district in Tripoli on Saturday. sparked a surge in crime, an explosion of labor unrest and the emergence of Muslim extremists as a powerful political force. Libya faces many of the same challenges as those countries, and in some ways even more. Because while Gadhafi seized power in a coup and held no formal title, he had fewer limits on power than any other Arab leader. Libyan society was, in effect, governed by his whims. “A lot of good can be said about the (rebel) National Transitional Council, but no one knows whether this will be enough once it is in charge after the end of civil war,” said Dirk J. Vandewalle, a Libya expert at Dartmouth College in the United States. He cited a range of potential fault lines, including regional tensions, tribal rivalries and the divide between opposition politicians who remained in Libya under Gadhafi and those who fled into exile. Certainly, the rebels are trying. After sweeping into Tripoli, they formed a new, 24-member city council, announcing it with a declaration in an empty ballroom at a luxury hotel Thursday even as battles raged with pro-Gadhafi holdouts elsewhere in the city.

Only a handful of members were able to attend, braving the bullets of pro-Gadhafi snipers perched on the rooftops of high-rise buildings. In some neighborhoods, the rebels have also helped organize garbage collection — a major issue, with months of trash piled up on street corners — and many city residents, enjoying their new freedom, are pitching in. While most shops remain closed, local councils are springing up across Tripoli. In the Souk al-Jumma neighborhood, a former police lieutenant, Shukri Dernawi, is organizing a local police force. “We are starting from almost zero point in this situation,” said Shammam, the rebels’ spokesman. Jibril, the rebel deputy chairman, outlined a roadmap for the country’s transition to democratic rule this week during a visit to Paris. He said a “national congress” would soon be formed to create a committee to draft a constitution. Parliamentary elections will be held within four months after the document is written, and the speaker of the legislature will act as president until presidential elections are held. Officials are anticipating an interim government to be

operating in Tripoli within a month.

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SPORTS Sunday, Augu s t 28, 2011 • SE C TIO N B PUZZLES B8

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Keselowski takes victory at Bristol By Jenna Fryer AP auto racing writer

Gator Bait Eagle Lake hosts the Gator Bait triathlon. Photos/B3

Schedule PREP FOOTBALL PCA at Ben’s Ford Friday, 7 p.m.

St. Aloysius at Hinds AHS Friday, 7:30 p.m. Vicksburg at Richwood (La.) Friday, 7:30 p.m. WC at Hattiesburg Friday, 7:30 p.m.


BRISTOL, Tenn. — The race to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship heated up Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, where Brad Keselowski moved a step closer to making the field by continuing his monthlong march through the standings. Keselowski picked up his third win of the season and at minimum likely locked up one of the two wild cards into the 12-driver field. It’s an amazing turnaround for Keselowski and his No. 2 Penske Racing team. He was ranked 21st in points four races ago, when his struggling team went to a test session to work on road course improvement. But Keselowski was in a nasty

accident during that Aug. 3 session that left him with a broken ankle. It’s hardly slowed him. Since the accident, Keselowski won at Pocono, finished second at Watkins Glen, third at Michigan and now has the Bristol victory. Although he’s walked gingerly in the month since the crash, he hopped up and down in excitement as he climbed from his Dodge. “An awesome car, an awesome team!” he yelled. “Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt won this race. It’s a race of champions. There are races that pay more, that are races that might have a little more prestige, but this is the coolest damn one of them all.” The win moved Keselowski up one more spot to 11th in the standings, and he’s

jumped 10 spots over the last four races. He’s currently in position to claim the first wild card spot, and could clinch his berth next week at Atlanta by virtue of his three wins. What’s the secret of his turnaround? “A team that just starts to click and believes in each other,” Keselowski said. “We’ve just made good adjustments to our cars over the last few months. We made good adjustments to our car today and we find ourselves in Victory Lane. I can’t believe it, I really can’t.” Other Chase hopefuls didn’t fare so well. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Stewart and Clint Bowyer began the race ranked ninth, 10th and 11th, but because none

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Brad Keselowski celebrates after winning the Sprint Cup Series race Saturday.


prep softball

WC hosts Wingfield Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Lady Vikes dominate tourney

On TV 7 p.m. NBC - The New Orleans Saints take on the Oakland Raiders in a preseason matchup.

Who’s hot ALEXIS PATTERSON Warren Central softball player had seven hits as the Lady Vikes won three games at the Lucy Young Invitational on Saturday.

By Jeff Byrd

Sidelines Texas A&M expects to leave Big 12

Big 12 officials expect Texas A&M to announce within the next week that it plans to leave the conference. A person with knowledge of what was discussed during a conference call of the Big 12 board of directors Saturday told The Associated Press that Texas A&M officials talked about their anticipated departure. “No major surprises,” said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. “A&M didn’t say they were leaving, but certainly gave every indication that’s what they plan on doing.” As for the timing of such a move, that person said, “it would not be a surprise that it would happen sometime this week” and likely the only thing that could keep that from happening would be if the 12-team SEC determines it is not ready to add any more teams at this point. The Aggies have publicly expressed interest in joining the SEC.

LOTTERY La. Pick 3: 0-6-0 La. Pick 4: 2-5-1-1 Easy 5: 3-21-29-31-36 La. Lotto: 3-5-22-23-31-32 Powerball: 2-12-25-54-58 Powerball: 14; Power play: 3 Weekly results: B2

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees prepares to run a play at practice on Thursday.

Saints ready to test Raiders By The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — There are plenty of questions about the Oakland Raiders defense after being shredded by big pass plays by Arizona and gashed by the run by San Francisco in the first two exhibition games. With Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints coming to town tonight for what is considered a regular season dress rehearsal, the Raiders

On TV 7 p.m. NBC Saints at Raiders know they will be exposed on national television if they haven’t solved those problems. “This is probably the best test that we can get playing against a tremendous offensive football team with a quarterback that I think is

one of the best in football,” coach Hue Jackson said. “It’s a great test for our football team.” With starters usually getting their most extensive playing time of the preseason, the third exhibition game is often viewed as the best gauge for where a team stands heading into the season. Rarely has that game predicted what was to come better than it was two years

ago when New Orleans came to Oakland and dismantled the Raiders 45-7. The Saints went on to win their first 13 regular season games and then the Super Bowl a little more than five months later, topping 40 points in four of the first six contests. The Raiders, on the other hand, went on to their NFLworst seventh straight season of at least 11 losses, See Saints, Page B4.

With a new six-team division that features stalwarts Madison Central and Clinton, Warren Central must hit well if they want to make the Class 6A slow-pitch playoffs. The Lady Vikes, who lost to Madison Central 10-0 on Tuesday in their division opener, bounced back by winning all three games in Saturday’s Lucy Young Invitational at Lucy Young Field. WC (6-1) blitzed Vicksburg 9-1, Yazoo City 17-0 and Germantown 17-3 to roll to the title. Vicksburg won runnerup honors by beating Germantown 13-0 and Yazoo City, 12-4. Yazoo City was third with a 7-6 win over Germantown, a school in its first year of competition. The Lady Vikes got a big day from Alexis Patterson. She had seven hits in the last two wins, including three doubles and a single in the romp over Germantown. “When we hit, our defense picks up,” Patterson said. “If we hit like we did today, we can be good. That’s the difference with slow-pitch. It’s a more fun game, but it’s only fun when you can hit.” See Softball, Page B3.

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Tackles Cox, Boyd form core of tough Bulldog defense By David Brandt The Associated Press STARKVILLE — Mississippi State’s Fletcher Cox and Josh Boyd never had the luxury of many freshmen, spending time on the sidelines while learning from older, more experienced players. Instead, the defensive tackles contributed immediately when they arrived two seasons ago. Defensive tackle isn’t the ideal place to insert true freshmen. The line of scrimmage in the Southeastern Conference is inhabited by men — many of whom are over 300 pounds and possess a nasty streak. Not

Fletcher Cox

Josh Boyd

surprisingly, Cox and Boyd had some rough days as the Bulldogs stumbled to a 5-7 record. But during the process, the two became good friends, learning from each other because there weren’t many older players to provide mentoring. “When you’ve got two

young guys, playing as early as they did in the SEC, they needed somebody to hold onto at night,” defensive coordinator Chris Wilson said, laughing. Now the juniors are expected to anchor Mississippi State’s defense as the program enters a season with expectations not seen in Starkville in a decade. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 20 and could be a surprise team to contend in a loaded SEC Western Division that has four other ranked teams in Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and LSU. Mississippi State opens on the road against Memphis at the Liberty Bowl on Thurs-

day night. Since those tough 2009 days, Cox and Boyd have matured both physically and mentally. Cox is 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds while Boyd is 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds — plenty of mass to hang with the big boys on the line of scrimmage. And after two seasons on the defensive line, they’re quite familiar with the pounding an SEC game can bring. The two combined for 14 tackles for a loss, including five sacks, last season as the Bulldogs finished 9-4. The two roommates are from small-town Mississippi — Cox is from Yazoo City and Boyd from Philadelphia

— and have bonded easily over the past two years. “It’s good to have somebody that’s going through the same thing you are,” Boyd said. “We’ve grown up together on the field and now we’re confident we can have two more big seasons.” Their production was part of the reason Mississippi State’s defense was among the league’s best in 2010, giving up 19.8 points per game. The return of Cox and Boyd, along with the entire starting secondary, has the Bulldogs hoping for similar success this season. But the offseaSee MSU, Page B3.


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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUTO RACING 7:30 a.m. Speed - Formula One, Grand Prix of Belgium 3 p.m. Versus - IRL, IndyCar, Grand Prix of Sonoma CYCLING 1 p.m. NBC - USA Pro Challenge, final stage GOLF 8 a.m. TGC - European PGA Tour, Johnnie Walker Championship 11 a.m. TGC - PGA Tour, The Barclays 1 p.m. CBS - PGA Tour, The Barclays 1 p.m. TGC - LPGA, Canadian Women’s Open 3 p.m. NBC - USGA, U.S. Amateur Championship LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL 10 a.m. ESPN - World Series, third place game 2 p.m. ABC - World Series, championship game MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m. TBS - Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee 3 p.m. WGN - Chicago White Sox at Seattle 7 p.m. ESPN - L.A. Angels at Texas MAJOR LEAGUE LACROSSE 2 p.m. ESPN2 - Playoffs, championship match MOTORSPORTS 1 p.m. Speed - MotoGP World Championship, at Indianapolis 5 p.m. Speed - AMA XR 1200, at Indianapolis (tape) NFL PRESEASON 7 p.m. NBC - New Orleans at Oakland PREP FOOTBALL 11 a.m. ESPN2 - Glenbard West (Ill.) at Wheaton Warrenville South (Ill.) 2 p.m. ESPN - Cocoa (Fla.) at Colerain (Ohio) SOCCER 6 p.m. ESPN2 - MLS, Los Angeles at New York WNBA 8 p.m. ESPN2 - Los Angeles at Seattle


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Golf Clear Creek takes lead in Warren County Cup The Clear Creek golf team holds a two-point lead over rival Vicksburg Country Club after the first day of the Warren County Cup Saturday at Clear Creek. Saturday, the two teams competed in alternate shot and four-ball. Clear Creek earned nine points to VCC’s seven going into today’s 16 singles matches. VCC got the better of the alternate shot with 41⁄2 points as Jake Dornbusch, Parker Rutherford and Will Dottley powered their teams to wins. In the four-ball, Clear Creek bounced back with 51⁄2 points to just 21⁄2 for VCC. St. Aloysius golfer Nick Mekus teamed up with former teammate Chris Ingram for a 4 and 2 win over Bob Houser and Todd Boolos. Chris Whittington won his four-ball match 2 and 1 as did Quinton Lovins (6 and 5) and Mike Hurley (5 and 4).

College football Delta State wins opener in OT The Delta State Statesmen have a flair for the dramatic as they kicked off the season with an overtime thriller, defeating Elizabeth City State at home, 28-21. Statesmen sophomore Ixavier Triplett tipped a Creven Powell pass that fell into the hands of Jerry Barnes to seal the victory for DSU (2-0). The Statesmen took the lead in overtime with a Brandon Lucas touchdown run of five yards.


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Aug. 28 1908 — Fred McLeod wins the U.S. Open golf title with a onestroke victory over Willie Smith in a playoff. 1994 — Tiger Woods, 18, becomes the youngest winner in the history of the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, capturing the last three holes of his 36-hole title match against Trip Kuehne. 2008 — In one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history, topseeded Ana Ivanovic is ousted from the U.S. Open. Ivanovic is beaten by 188th-ranked Julie Coin 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the second round. Never before in the Open era that began in 1968 had the No. 1 woman lost this early in the tournament.

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scoreboard minor league baseball Southern League North Division

W Chattanooga (Dodgers).37 x-Tennessee (Cubs)......36 Carolina (Reds).............27 Jackson (Mariners)........27 Huntsville (Brewers)......24

L 24 26 34 35 37

Pct. GB .607 — .581 1 1/2 .443 10 .435 10 1/2 .393 13

South Division

W L Pct. yz-Mobile (D-backs)......41 20 .672 Mississippi (Braves)...30 32 .484 Montgomery (Rays).......30 32 .484 Jacksonville (Marlins)....29 33 .468 x-B-ham (White Sox)....27 35 .435 x-clinched first half y-clinched division (refers to second half) z-clinched playoff spot ——— Saturday’s Games Tennessee 5, Jacksonville 4 Jackson 6, Huntsville 1 Birmingham 1, Mississippi 0 Chattanooga 5, Mobile 4, 1st game Montgomery 5, Carolina 4 Chattanooga at Mobile, (n) Today’s Games Huntsville at Jackson, 3:05 p.m. Carolina at Montgomery, 3:05 p.m. Jacksonville at Tennessee, 4 p.m. Birmingham at Mississippi, 6:05 p.m. Chattanooga at Mobile, 6:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Jacksonville at Tennessee, 6:15 p.m. Chattanooga at Mobile, 7:05 p.m. Huntsville at Jackson, 7:05 p.m. Birmingham at Mississippi, 7:05 p.m. Carolina at Montgomery, 7:05 p.m.

GB — 11 1/2 11 1/2 12 1/2 14 1/2

L 51 51 59 66 77

Central Division

W Detroit............................73 Cleveland.......................65 Chicago.........................64 Minnesota......................55 Kansas City...................54

L 59 64 65 77 79

West Division

W Texas.............................75 Los Angeles..................71 Oakland.........................60 Seattle...........................56

L 58 60 73 74

Pct GB .617 — .605 2 .550 9 .500 15 1/2 .403 28 Pct GB .553 — .504 6 1/2 .496 7 1/2 .417 18 .406 19 1/2 Pct GB .564 — .542 3 .451 15 .431 17 1/2

Saturday’s Games Boston 9, Oakland 3, 1st game N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 1st game, ppd., rain Tampa Bay 6, Toronto 5 Detroit 6, Minnesota 4 Boston 4, Oakland 0, 2nd game Cleveland 8, Kansas City 7 N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 2nd game, ppd., rain L.A. Angels at Texas, (n) Chicago White Sox at Seattle, (n) Today’s Games Kansas City (Chen 9-5) at Cleveland (Masterson 10-7), 12:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Price 11-11) at Toronto (Morrow 9-8), 12:07 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Colon 8-8) at Baltimore (Britton 7-9), 12:35 p.m., 1st game Oakland at Boston, ppd., hurricane threat Detroit (Penny 9-9) at Minnesota (Duensing 8-13), 1:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Floyd 11-10) at Seattle (Vargas 7-11), 3:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Nova 13-4) at Baltimore (Matusz 1-6), 6:35 p.m., 2nd game L.A. Angels (Weaver 15-6) at Texas (C.Lewis 11-9), 7:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Kansas City at Detroit, 6:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m. Oakland at Cleveland, 6:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Toronto, 6:07 p.m. Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.

National League East Division

W Philadelphia...................83 Atlanta...........................79 New York.......................62 Washington....................62 Florida............................59

L 46 54 68 69 72

Central Division

W Milwaukee......................80 St. Louis........................69 Cincinnati.......................66 Pittsburgh......................62 Chicago.........................57 Houston.........................43

L 54 64 66 70 76 89

West Division

W Arizona..........................74 San Francisco...............70 Colorado........................63 Los Angeles..................62 San Diego.....................60

L 59 62 70 69 73

Pct GB .643 — .594 6 .477 21 1/2 .473 22 .450 25 Pct GB .597 — .519 10 1/2 .500 13 .470 17 .429 22 1/2 .326 36 Pct .556 .530 .474 .473 .451

GB — 3 1/2 11 11 14

Saturday’s Games Florida at Philadelphia, 1st game, ppd., rain L.A. Dodgers 7, Colorado 6, 11 innings Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 0 Atlanta at New York, ppd., hurricane threat Florida at Philadelphia, 2nd game, ppd., rain Milwaukee 6, Chicago Cubs 4 Cincinnati 6, Washington 3 Arizona 3, San Diego 1 Houston at San Francisco, (n) Today’s Games Atlanta at New York, ppd., hurricane threat Washington (Zimmermann 8-11) at Cincinnati (Cueto 9-5), 12:10 p.m. Florida at Philadelphia, ppd., hurricane threat Chicago Cubs (C.Coleman 2-6) at Milwaukee (Greinke 12-5), 1:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (Karstens 9-7) at St. Louis (Lohse 11-8), 1:15 p.m. Houston (Norris 6-8) at San Francisco (Cain 10-9), 3:05 p.m. Colorado (Chacin 10-10) at L.A. Dodgers (Eovaldi 1-1), 3:10 p.m. San Diego (Luebke 5-6) at Arizona (I.Kennedy 16-4), 3:10 p.m. Monday’s Games Florida at N.Y. Mets, 3:10 p.m., 1st game Philadelphia at Cincinnati, 6:10 p.m. Florida at N.Y. Mets, 6:40 p.m., 2nd game Pittsburgh at Houston, 7:05 p.m. Colorado at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. San Diego at L.A. Dodgers, 9:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m.

nfl NFL preseason schedule Week 3

Friday St. Louis 14, Kansas City 10 Green Bay 24, Indianapolis 21 Saturday Jacksonville at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay 17, Miami 13 Pittsburgh 34, Atlanta 16 Houston 30, San Francisco 7 Tennessee 14, Chicago 13 New England at Detroit, (n)

Sept. 1 Detroit at Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 6 p.m. Baltimore at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. St. Louis at Jacksonville, 6:30 p.m. Dallas at Miami, 6:30 p.m. N.Y. Giants at New England, 6:30 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Jets, 6:30 p.m. Tampa Bay at Washington, 6:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Chicago, 7 p.m. Kansas City at Green Bay, 7 p.m. Houston at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Tennessee at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Denver at Arizona, 9 p.m. San Francisco at San Diego, 9 p.m. Sept. 2 Oakland at Seattle, 9:30 p.m. ———


American League East Division

Week 4

Atlanta Pittsburgh

MLB W Boston...........................82 New York.......................78 Tampa Bay....................72 Toronto..........................66 Baltimore.......................52

Seattle at Denver, (n) San Diego at Arizona, (n) Sunday New Orleans at Oakland, 7 p.m. ———

3 13 0 0 — 16 10 14 0 10 — 34 First Quarter Pit—Mendenhall 1 run (Suisham kick), 13:30. Pit—FG Suisham 19, 6:30. Atl—FG Bryant 23, 2:09. Second Quarter Atl—White 10 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 9:35. Pit—A.Brown 77 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick), 8:00. Atl—FG Bryant 30, 2:53. Pit—A.Brown 44 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick), 1:41. Atl—FG Bryant 46, :04. Fourth Quarter Pit—Butler 95 interception return (Waters kick), 14:44. Pit—FG Waters 27, 1:51. A—56,754. ——— Atl Pit First downs................................26........................15 Total Net Yards.......................405......................320 Rushes-yards.....................25-106...................28-96 Passing....................................299......................224 Punt Returns..........................2-48.......................0-0 Kickoff Returns.......................1-17...................5-124 Interceptions Ret......................0-0...................2-139 Comp-Att-Int..................... 30-60-2............... 13-21-0 Sacked-Yards Lost.................1-10.....................2-14 Punts...................................4-35.0..................4-44.0 Fumbles-Lost............................2-1.......................1-0 Penalties-Yards......................6-50.....................4-43 Time of Possession.............35:22...................24:38 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Atlanta, Rodgers 7-38, Ryan 2-24, Turner 7-19, Snelling 4-12, Sylvester 1-7, G.Johnson 2-4, Redman 1-3, Smith 1-(minus 1). Pittsburgh, Dwyer 6-36, Redman 5-20, Clay 3-10, Dixon 4-9, Mendenhall 7-8, Leftwich 1-6, M.Moore 1-6, A.Brown 1-1. PASSING—Atlanta, Ryan 22-42-1-220, Redman 8-18-1-89. Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 11-16-0-214, Dixon 1-3-0-13, Leftwich 1-2-0-11. RECEIVING—Atlanta, White 8-101, Jones 5-59, Gonzalez 4-26, Douglas 3-31, Rodgers 2-12, Palmer 1-19, Smith 1-18, Weems 1-17, Cone 1-9, Strickland 1-9, G.Johnson 1-5, Snelling 1-3, Mughelli 1-0. Pittsburgh, A.Brown 4-137, Ward 3-29, D.Johnson 2-34, Battle 2-19, Lyons 1-13, Wallace 1-6. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.


Miami Tampa Bay

7 3 0 3 — 13 0 10 0 7 — 17 First Quarter Mia—Marshall 60 pass from Henne (Carpenter kick), 8:33. Second Quarter TB—FG Barth 28, 12:35. Mia—FG Carpenter 21, 4:15. TB—Graham 2 run (Barth kick), :25. Fourth Quarter Mia—FG Carpenter 47, 11:37. TB—Overbay 7 pass from Carpenter (Barth kick), 3:11. A—44,732. ——— Mia TB First downs................................10........................21 Total Net Yards.......................247......................366 Rushes-yards.......................17-22...................27-99 Passing....................................225......................267 Punt Returns..........................6-40.....................6-54 Kickoff Returns.........................0-0.....................2-34 Interceptions Ret......................0-0.......................0-0 Comp-Att-Int..................... 18-29-0............... 21-42-0 Sacked-Yards Lost.................5-40.......................0-0 Punts...................................7-59.0..................9-44.3 Fumbles-Lost............................2-1.......................0-0 Penalties-Yards....................11-76.................15-135 Time of Possession.............27:46...................32:14 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Miami, Thomas 7-16, Johnson 2-7, Henne 2-0, Polite 1-0, Bush 5-(minus 1). Tampa Bay, Freeman 1-17, Bradford 5-12, J.Johnson 1-12, Benn 1-11, Blount 5-10, Carpenter 3-10, Lumpkin 3-9, A.Allen 3-8, Graham 3-5, Madu 2-5. PASSING—Miami, Henne 10-13-0-175, Mat.Moore 8-16-0-90. Tampa Bay, Freeman 12-23-0-149, J.Johnson 4-11-0-59, Carpenter 5-8-0-59. RECEIVING—Miami, Fasano 3-39, Marshall 2-90, Mar.Moore 2-41, Bush 2-23, Bess 2-17, Gates 2-15, Grigsby 2-15, Thomas 1-19, Johnson 1-6, Shuler 1-0. Tampa Bay, Blount 3-62, Williams 3-22, Graham 2-27, Overbay 2-23, Madu 2-21, Winslow 2-18, Hardy 1-22, Allison 1-19, Gant 1-15, Benn 1-12, Spurlock 1-12, Stocker 1-8, Lumpkin 1-6. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.


Jacksonville Buffalo

0 10 14 8 0 — 32 3 14 0 15 3 — 35 First Quarter Buf—FG Lindell 21, 3:05. Second Quarter Buf—Easley 11 pass from Fitzpatrick (Lindell kick), 9:50. Buf—St.Johnson 52 pass from Fitzpatrick (Lindell kick), 8:45. Jac—Garrard 4 run (Scobee kick), 3:56. Jac—FG Scobee 45, :07. Third Quarter Jac—Bolen 2 run (Scobee kick), 8:19. Jac—Cutrera 16 interception return (Scobee kick), 4:53. Fourth Quarter Jac—Harris 11 pass from Gabbert (Harris pass from Gabbert), 14:55. Buf—Hall 5 run (Lindell kick), 8:00. Buf—Hubbard 4 pass from Thigpen (Hubbard pass from Thigpen), :38. Overtime Buf—FG Lindell 40, 3:04. A—50,615. ——— Jac Buf First downs................................21........................24 Total Net Yards.......................280......................443 Rushes-yards.....................32-145.................37-153 Passing....................................135......................290 Punt Returns..........................2-12.......................1-3 Kickoff Returns.......................3-64.....................2-48 Interceptions Ret....................2-16.......................1-0 Comp-Att-Int..................... 17-34-1............... 26-46-2 Sacked-Yards Lost.................3-23.......................0-0 Punts...................................5-46.8..................5-40.4 Fumbles-Lost............................1-1.......................2-0 Penalties-Yards......................7-50...................8-117 Time of Possession.............31:33...................40:23 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Jacksonville, Harris 9-41, Gabbert 3-26, Young 3-21, Owens 4-17, Bolen 6-16, Mur-

phy 2-13, Garrard 3-9, G.Jones 1-3, Jennings 1-(minus 1). Buffalo, Jackson 9-33, Hall 7-33, Elzy 7-26, Spiller 4-21, Smith 4-19, Thigpen 4-19, Fitzpatrick 2-2. PASSING—Jacksonville, Garrard 11-21-0-106, Gabbert 6-13-1-52. Buffalo, Fitzpatrick 11-120-165, Thigpen 12-28-2-101, L.Brown 3-5-0-24, Smith 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING—Jacksonville, Thomas 5-40, Hill 2-35, M.Lewis 2-19, Ellingson 2-18, Harris 2-9, Inman 1-22, Dillard 1-9, Shorts 1-3, Young 1-3. Buffalo, Easley 5-51, St.Johnson 4-76, Hubbard 3-39, K.Aiken 3-32, Elzy 3-13, Caussin 2-9, Jackson 1-30, D.Nelson 1-10, R.Martin 1-9, Huggins 1-8, Pianalto 1-7, McIntyre 1-6. MISSED FIELD GOALS—Jacksonville, Scobee 53 (WL).

college football Top 25 schedule

Sept. 1 No. 11 Wisconsin vs. UNLV, 7 p.m. No. 20 Mississippi St. at Memphis, 7 p.m. Sept. 2 No. 14 TCU at Baylor, 7 p.m. No. 17 Michigan St. vs. Youngstown St., 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3 No. 1 Oklahoma vs. Tulsa, 7 p.m. No. 2 Alabama vs. Kent St., 11:20 a.m. No. 3 Oregon vs. No 4 LSU, 7 p.m. No. 5 Boise St. at No. 19 Georgia, 7 p.m. No. 6 Florida St. vs. La.-Monroe, 2:30 p.m. No. 7 Stanford vs. San Jose St., 4 p.m. No. 9 Oklahoma St. vs. La.-Lafayette, 6 p.m. No. 10 Nebraska vs. Chattanooga, 2:30 p.m. No. 12 South Carolina vs. East Carolina, 6 p.m. No. 13 Va. Tech vs. Appalachian St., 11:30 a.m. No. 15 Arkansas vs. Missouri St., 6 p.m. No. 16 Notre Dame vs. South Florida, 2:30 p.m. No. 18 Ohio St. vs. Akron, 11 a.m. No. 21 Missouri vs. Miami (Ohio), 11 a.m. No. 22 Florida vs. Florida Atlantic, 6 p.m. No. 23 Auburn vs. Utah St., 11 a.m. No. 25 Southern Cal vs. Minnesota, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4 No. 8 Texas A&M vs. SMU, 6:30 p.m. No. 24 West Virginia vs. Marshall, 2:30 p.m. ———

Mississippi college schedule

Saturday Belhaven 47, Texas College 3 Delta St. 28, Elizabeth City St. 21 Sept. 1 Delta St. at Northwestern St., 6 p.m. Mississippi St. at Memphis, 7 p.m. Sept. 3 Concordia, Ala. at Jackson St., 1:30 p.m. BYU at Ole Miss, 3:45 p.m. Alabama St. at Miss. Valley St., 5 p.m. Alcorn St. vs. Grambling, at Shreveport, 6 p.m. Millsaps at Mississippi College, 7 p.m. Belhaven at Louisiana College, 7 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss, 9 p.m. ———

Southeastern Conference schedule

Sept. 1 Mississippi St. at Memphis, 7 p.m. Kentucky at Western Kentucky, 8:15 p.m. Sept. 3 Utah St. at Auburn, 11 a.m. Kent St. at Alabama, 11:15 a.m. BYU at Ole Miss, 3:45 p.m. Oregon at LSU, 4 p.m. Montana at Tennessee, 5 p.m. East Carolina at South Carolina, 6 p.m. Missouri St. at Arkansas, 6 p.m. Florida Atlantic at Florida, 6 p.m. Elon at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. Boise St. at Georgia, 7 p.m. ———

Conference USA schedule

Sept. 1 Mississippi St. at Memphis, 7 p.m. Sept. 3 Southeastern Louisiana at Tulane, 2:30 p.m. UCLA at Houston, 2:30 p.m. Charleston Southern at Central Florida, 6 p.m. Rice at Texas, 6 p.m. East Carolina at South Carolina, 6 p.m. Tulsa at Oklahoma, 7 p.m. Stony Brook at UTEP, 8:05 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss, 9 p.m. ———

SWAC schedule

Sept. 3 Concordia (Ala.) at Jackson St., 1:30 p.m. c-Alabama A&M vs. Hampton, 4 p.m. Alabama St. at Mississippi Valley St., 5 p.m. Langston at Ark.-Pine Bluff, 5 p.m. s-Grambling vs. Alcorn St., 6 p.m. Southern at Tennessee St., 6 p.m. Sept. 4 o-Prairie View at Bethune-Cookman, 11 a.m. c-at Chicago; s-at Shreveport; o-at Orlando, Fla.

nascar Sprint Cup-Irwin Tools Night Race Results Saturday

At Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn. Lap length: .533 miles (Start position in parentheses) 1. (8) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 500 laps, 128.2 rating, 47 points. 2. (27) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 500, 106.4, 43. 3. (4) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 500, 133.7, 43. 4. (13) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 500, 118.4, 41. 5. (6) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 500, 107.9, 40. 6. (3) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 500, 125.4, 39. 7. (20) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 500, 90.9, 37. 8. (1) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 500, 104.1, 37. 9. (2) Carl Edwards, Ford, 500, 106.2, 35. 10. (11) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 500, 94.5, 34. 11. (25) Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 500, 75.5, 33. 12. (18) A J Allmendinger, Ford, 500, 91.6, 32. 13. (9) Joey Logano, Toyota, 500, 85.3, 32. 14. (23) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 500, 92.9, 31. 15. (21) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 500, 73.5, 29. 16. (22) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 500, 76.3, 28. 17. (10) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 500, 84, 27. 18. (12) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 500, 83, 26. 19. (19) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 500, 67.5, 25. 20. (24) David Ragan, Ford, 500, 69.6, 24. 21. (26) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 499, 63.9, 23. 22. (15) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 499, 69.8, 22. 23. (29) Casey Mears, Toyota, 499, 57.4, 21. 24. (17) David Gilliland, Ford, 498, 52.7, 20. 25. (38) Andy Lally, Ford, 498, 44.3, 19. 26. (16) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 498, 53.5, 18. 27. (37) David Starr, Ford, 497, 53.1, 0. 28. (42) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 497, 46.6, 16. 29. (40) Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 497, 41.2, 0. 30. (7) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 496, 54.3, 14. 31. (14) Greg Biffle, Ford, 496, 65.1, 13. 32. (31) David Stremme, Chevrolet, 494, 37.1, 12. 33. (41) Terry Labonte, Ford, 494, 34, 11. 34. (30) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, ignition, 471, 53.8, 10. 35. (35) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, engine, 457, 44.9, 9. 36. (34) David Reutimann, Toyota, 430, 56.5, 8. 37. (33) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 371, 40.2, 0. 38. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, accident, 363, 67.3, 6. 39. (32) Michael McDowell, Toyota, electrical, 49, 31.5, 5. 40. (28) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, brakes, 42, 33.9, 0. 41. (43) Mike Skinner, Toyota, brakes, 28, 30.6, 0. 42. (36) Scott Speed, Ford, brakes, 28, 27.9, 0. 43. (39) Robby Gordon, Dodge, brakes, 10, 25.4, 1. ——— Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 96.753 mph. Time of Race: 2 hours, 45 minutes, 16 seconds. Margin of Victory: 0.951 seconds. Caution Flags: 6 for 42 laps.

Lead Changes: 22 among 10 drivers. Lap Leaders: R.Newman 1-4; J.Gordon 5-33; B.Keselowski 34-37; M.Kenseth 38-105; B.Keselowski 106; J.Johnson 107-182; J.Gordon 183-238; B.Keselowski 239; J.McMurray 240-241; Ky.Busch 242-245; J.Logano 246-247; D.Starr 248-249; M.Kenseth 250-266; J.Gordon 267-305; B.Keselowski 306; M.Kenseth 307-325; J.Gordon 326-363; B.Keselowski 364; M.Kenseth 365-370; J.Gordon 371-414; B.Keselowski 415; M.Truex Jr. 416-420; B.Keselowski 421-500. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): J.Gordon, 5 times for 206 laps; M.Kenseth, 4 times for 110 laps; B.Keselowski, 7 times for 89 laps; J.Johnson, 1 time for 76 laps; M.Truex Jr., 1 time for 5 laps; R.Newman, 1 time for 4 laps; Ky.Busch, 1 time for 4 laps; J.McMurray, 1 time for 2 laps; J.Logano, 1 time for 2 laps; D.Starr, 1 time for 2 laps. ———

Sprint Cup Points 1. Kyle Busch...................................................... 830 2. Jimmie Johnson.............................................. 830 3. Matt Kenseth................................................... 798 4. Carl Edwards.................................................. 795 5. Kevin Harvick.................................................. 782 6. Jeff Gordon..................................................... 782 7. Ryan Newman................................................ 762 8. Kurt Busch...................................................... 749 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr........................................... 728 10. Tony Stewart................................................. 710 11. Brad Keselowski........................................... 689 12. Clint Bowyer................................................. 688.

golf The Barclays Scores Saturday

At Plainfield Country Club Edison, N.J. Purse: $8 million Yardage: 6,964; Par: 71 Shortened to 54 holes due to Hurricane Irene (FedExCup points in parentheses)

Final Dustin Johnson (2,500)........ 66-63-65 Matt Kuchar (1,500) ........... 63-65-68 Vijay Singh (875) ................ 65-64-68 Brandt Snedeker (875)........ 70-66-61 Jonathan Byrd (550) . ......... 65-66-67 Brian Davis (444) ............... 69-66-64 Justin Rose (444)................. 67-65-67 Camilo Villegas (444) ......... 68-66-65 Y.E. Yang (444)................... 70-66-63 Charley Hoffman (350)........ 66-66-68 Webb Simpson (350)........... 71-66-63 Nick Watney (350)............... 67-69-64 Aaron Baddeley (282).......... 66-66-69 Jason Day (282).................. 67-68-66 Padraig Harrington (282)..... 65-67-69 Scott Piercy (282)................ 72-65-64 Gary Woodland (282).......... 70-66-65 Luke Donald (253)............... 70-66-66 Charles Howell III (253)....... 69-69-64 Ian Poulter (253).................. 71-67-64 Rory Sabbatini (253)............ 68-66-68 Chris Stroud (253)............... 65-69-68 Jimmy Walker (253)............. 71-64-67 Bill Haas (218)..................... 67-68-68 Jerry Kelly (218)................... 69-69-65 Anthony Kim (218)............... 68-67-68 William McGirt (218)............ 64-69-70 Kyle Stanley (218)............... 68-66-69 Steve Stricker (218)............. 69-68-66 Bo Van Pelt (218)................ 67-68-68 Mark Wilson (218)................ 69-66-68 Kevin Chappell (170)........... 67-69-68 K.J. Choi (170)..................... 70-67-67 Ernie Els (170)..................... 68-69-67 Trevor Immelman (170)....... 67-70-67 Fredrik Jacobson (170)........ 67-68-69 Marc Leishman (170)........... 69-68-67 Carl Pettersson (170)........... 69-66-69 Kevin Streelman (170)......... 69-66-69 Cameron Tringale (170)....... 74-63-67 Sergio Garcia (170)............. 68-66-70 Bill Lunde (170).................... 69-69-66 Arjun Atwal (120)................. 67-71-67 Greg Chalmers (120)........... 70-68-67 Hunter Mahan (120)............. 68-69-68 Graeme McDowell (120)...... 72-65-68 John Merrick (120)............... 68-68-69 Phil Mickelson (120)............ 67-70-68 Ryan Palmer (120)............... 66-72-67 Josh Teater (120)................ 72-66-67 Charlie Wi (120)................... 69-67-69 Robert Allenby (83).............. 67-68-71 Chad Campbell (83)............. 67-67-72 Rickie Fowler (83)................ 71-67-68 Jim Furyk (83)...................... 71-66-69 Robert Karlsson (83)............ 68-68-70 D.J. Trahan (83)................... 67-70-69 Kris Blanks (53)................... 67-69-71 Brendon de Jonge (53)........ 68-68-71 Harrison Frazar (53)............ 64-69-74 J.J. Henry (53)..................... 67-70-70 Ryuji Imada (53).................. 70-67-70 Martin Laird (53).................. 71-67-69 Bryce Molder (30)................ 70-68-70 Andres Romero (30)............ 72-66-70 Kevin Stadler (30)................ 68-70-70 David Hearn (15)................. 67-69-73 Joe Ogilvie (15).................... 68-70-71 Adam Scott (15)................... 66-67-76 Jhonattan Vegas (5)............ 70-66-74 Steve Marino (5).................. 72-65-74 Retief Goosen (5)................ 68-68-76

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FedExCup Top 10 1. Dustin Johnson 2. Matt Kuchar 3. Nick Watney 4. Webb Simpson 5. Luke Donald 6. Brandt Snedeker 7. Steve Stricker 8. Vijay Singh 9. K.J. Choi 10. Gary Woodland

LOTTERY Sunday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 4-9-9 La. Pick 4: 4-8-2-7 Monday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-3-9 La. Pick 4: 2-2-9-0 Tuesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 0-4-0 La. Pick 4: 9-0-5-3 Wednesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-3-4 La. Pick 4: 3-4-7-8 Easy 5: 2-10-19-28-30 La. Lotto: 3-24-26-27-31-36 Powerball: 9-13-47-49-53 Powerball: 39 ; Power play: 5 Thursday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-8-5 La. Pick 4: 0-5-3-7 Friday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 2-0-8 La. Pick 4: 0-8-6-0 Saturday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 0-6-0 La. Pick 4: 2-5-1-1 Easy 5: 3-21-29-31-36 La. Lotto: 3-5-22-23-31-32 Powerball: 2-12-25-54-58 Powerball: 14; Power play: 3

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Vicksburg Post


Gator Bait Triathlon

The associated press

David Jackson•The Vicksburg Post

A fan huddles under an umbrealla as the infield is covered in a tarp as rain falls before the start of a baseball game between the Florida Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

Irene throws wrench into East Coast sports

Above, a triathlete pedals on Mississippi 465 on a 25-mile bike race following a one-mile swim on Eagle Lake. Right, Ben Hall runs past Eagle Lake during the Gator Bait Triathlon. The overall winner for the triathlon was Hall, who finished the course with a time of 2:06:16.1.

By The Associated Press The Philadelphia Phillies and Florida Marlins were unable to sneak a game in Saturday as Hurricane Irene plowed its way up the East Coast. Top-ranked women’s tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, though, made quick work of Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska at the New Haven Open, where officials moved up the start time of the final and worked overnight to remove the two-ton scoreboards from the top of the tennis stadium with hopes of getting in the final on an outdoor court. A bevy of sporting events were either postponed, had their start times moved up or had their format altered in the days leading up to a storm that was predicted to cut a destructive path up the eastern seaboard, with its effects reaching all the way to Canada. Others tried to defy the expected conditions. After an initial rain delay of 1 hour, 40 minutes in the first set, New Haven officials said they believed they would have a window of about 1 1/2 hours for tennis. Wozniacki beat Petra Cetkovska 6-4, 6-1 in about 1:20. “I was like, ‘OK it looks like it’s going to start raining, let’s go indoors so we can go to New York,”’ said Wozniacki, talking about the U.S. Open, which starts Monday. “We got a window and were able to finish. It was nice to play outside, in front of the crowd.” As Irene’s first showers arrived in New York, the site of the U.S. Open was quiet and

Below, triathletes begin the one-mile open water swim during the Gator Bait Triathlon on Saturday. The top women’s finisher was Ginger Spansel, who finished with a time of 2:31:37.6. The overall winner for the swim was Manuela JojoaPortilla, who finished with a time of 24:16.9. Second was Kameron Orman with a time of 26:19.1.

nearly empty, a stark contrast to the customary hustle and bustle two days before the Grand Slam tennis tournament’s start. Normally, thousands of fans attend the celebrityand-music-filled Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, but that event was canceled Friday. And while dozens of players usually would be scattered around the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, a light rain pushed them off the courts before noon. “Sure, it’s somewhat scary, you know, because we don’t know how hard it’s going to hit us. I’ve got family. We’re in New York City; it’s not just a regular city. It’s quite something with all the buildings,” 16-time major champion Roger Federer said. “So it’s unusual, but we’ll follow the news closely.” In Philadelphia, the Phillies and Marlins hoped to outplay the weather. Their game scheduled for Sunday was switched to Saturday afternoon but the game was postponed before the first pitch because of rain. The regularly scheduled night game Saturday was already called off the night before. Both games will be made up in a split-doubleheader on Sept. 15. What it all means for Philadelphia: a grueling stretch of 33 games in 31 days. “We’re not the only people dealing with it, so you just have to move on and deal with it the best way you can,” Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said.

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WC coach Dana McGivney liked her team’s hitting on Saturday. Not only did she get five RBIs off three doubles from Patterson, but Katie Channel and Megan Marbury combined for five more RBIs. “We hit the ball a lot harder today than we have in earlier games,” McGivney said. “We had solid defense. The more we play together, the better we can get.” The three runs Germantown got were the most WC gave up all day. They built a 10-0 lead behind Marbury’s two-run triple, Patterson’s two-run single and Krista Cortezie’s two-run double. Against Vicksburg, Brooke Patterson had a two-run

single in the second to key a 9-1 win. Lexi Burleigh had two hits and Channel scored twice. Victoria Lewis scored Vicksburg’s lone run. Against Yazoo City, Marbury had a home run for one of her three runs scored. Alexis Patterson went 3-for-4 while Kortezie had two hits and two runs. Vicksburg blew out Germantown behind three RBIs from Morgan Callender and a two-run triple fron Kortni Newman. The Missy Gators got their second win over Yazoo City after Faith Thomas drove in four runs off two triples. Lewis had two hits and scored three runs.

has a victory, they could get bumped out of the Chase depending on how the wild cards develop. Earnhardt wasn’t a factor Saturday night and finished 16th, Bowyer struggled the entire race and was 26th and Stewart had a miserable weekend — he qualified last in the 43-car field, was quickly lapped and finished four laps down in 28th. It was no better for Paul Menard, who could earn a wild card spot based on his victory at Indianapolis. But he struggled, ran into the back of Denny Hamlin as they tried to avoid an accident in front of them, and wound up 30th. At the front of the field, Martin Truex Jr. finished

second and Gordon was third despite leading a race-high 206 laps. Five-time defending NASCAR champion Johnson was fourth and was followed by Jamie McMurray and Kenseth, who led 110 laps. Hamlin, clinging to one of the wild cards, rallied to finish seventh despite Menard running into the back of his car to cause serious damage. He jumped one spot in the standings to 13th and is currently holding the second wild card because of his one win this season. “We did what we had to do,” Hamlin said. “I wish I could race harder, but at this point we have to have solid finishes. If we just handle business the next couple weeks then we’ll be OK.”

son hasn’t been without a few adjustments. Geoff Collins and Wilson were named the team’s co-defensive coordinators after Manny Diaz left to become defensive coordinator at Texas. Cox says he’s not taking anything for granted. “The things I did last year really don’t matter anymore,” Cox said. “It’s a new year, a new defensive coordinator. So I’ve got to come out play hard, not forget my technique and come out doing everything the right way.” Wilson said even if Cox and Boyd aren’t always making tackles, their ability to command the attention of three or four opposing offensive linemen frees up other for big hits. Still, Mullen would

like to see the duo become more productive, especially Cox, who was named to the SEC coaches’ preseason second team. “We need to see a lot better things,” Mullen said. “I don’t think he was an allSEC player last year and we expect him to be that.” While the duo may be a work in progress, Mullen is pleased that Cox and Boyd provide a good example for the underclassmen, something that wasn’t always available when he became coach in 2009. “The defensive linemen coming in now are looking up to Fletcher Cox and saying ‘Wow, that’s a big-time guy. See how he works, see what he does, that’s what I want to do,”’ Mullen said.

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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis celebrates after cornerback Tarell Brown intercepted a pass against the Oakland Raiders on Aug. 20.

A complete linebacker Willis prospers under new 49ers coaching staff SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — They’ve asked All-Pro Patrick Willis to blitz, and he is all for it. Even as a kid with big football dreams, Willis realized being one-dimensional would not take him very far on the field. He still works each day, now as a fifth-year pro and already an elite NFL linebacker, to reinvent himself and improve his game. Willis, who maintains the proper manners of his Southern upbringing — “Yes, ma’am, Yes, sir,” he says with a smile — is clearly having fun doing it in San Francisco’s new system, too. “I always felt to be the best, whether as a kid and you were playing around, or whether it’s playing against other opponents during school, you had to be a complete guy,” Willis said Wednesday as the 49ers geared up for Saturday night’s home exhibition game with Houston. “I feel that way. I feel that every day is an opportunity for me to go out there and work on things I’m not so good on, and the things I do do well, just polish them and make them even better.” He does a lot of things very well. During practice last week, Willis made a pretty pick on a throw by rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Willis returned the interception all the way, gleefully yelling, “Hey, touchdown!” as he scurried into the end zone. He has been as active as ever in first-year coach Jim Harbaugh’s spirited training camp, and new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio likes what he sees. Harbaugh and Fangio

believe Willis can evolve into a reliable pass-rusher for the rebuilding 49ers. “Patrick Willis has been outstanding,” Harbaugh said. “As a playmaker, it’s like any position, you want to get better at every facet of your game, and his tempo and the timing of the blitz and the instincts of it. He could be great at it, and I think that’s what Coach Fangio sees. We all see that. Just perfecting all those techniques and details is what Patrick’s working on.” He had a team-leading 128 tackles with six sacks and two forced fumbles last season. Willis, who developed into a dynamic defensive playmaker under fired coach and Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary, has led the 49ers in tackles in each of his NFL seasons since San Francisco selected him with the 11th overall pick in 2007 out of Ole Miss. “I want to continue to build what we have now and make it even stronger,” Willis said. The 49ers rewarded Willis last year for the player he already has been in a young career. In May 2010, Willis received a $50 million, five-year contract extension that takes him through the 2016 season and includes $29 million in guaranteed money. He earns $10 million per season. For Willis and many others on the Niners, this marks yet another new start under another new regime. Not to mention another season of high hopes after the disappointment of a 6-10 finish last year, when San Francisco fully expected to win the NFC West and return to the playoffs but instead started 0-5. This team

hasn’t been to the postseason or had a winning record since 2002. There’s a fresh vibe around the 49ers in 2011 with Harbaugh leading the way. “Coach Fangio, I like the defense that he has in place for us. Opportunity awaits us all from every position,” Willis said. “When opportunity comes you have to capitalize. That’s what I’m thinking. I’m not going in saying, ‘Coach, I want to rush, I want to rush.’ But if he calls my number then I want to be able to get the job done in any aspect. That’s my focus. When my number’s called I’ve got to make it count.” In the final week last season, Willis underwent a second surgical procedure for a broken right hand and missed a start and game for the first time in his career. That after he played two games with a bulky cast on his hurt hand. Voted to his fourth Pro Bowl in as many seasons, Willis sat out football’s all-star game injured for the second year in a row. Willis said being sidelined helped him mature. He knew sitting out one game was in his best interest and the team’s for the long term. Now, he is eager to do whatever he can to aid in a turnaround for this once-proud franchise. “Yes, he has made some improvement in his rush abilities, still not where he wants to be, nor I’d like to see him at, but the one thing about Patrick, when he’s got something in his mind, he goes very hard to try and improve it, both mentally and physically,” Fangio said.

touchdown drives after that as the Saints took a 31-0 halftime lead, outgaining Oakland 344-60 in the first two quarters. Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt needed little reminding this week about what happened two years ago and said he views this game as a good barometer for what’s to come this season. “This is definitely going to be a test to see where we are, mentally, physically, just as a whole defense, offense,” Routt said. “It’s going to show a little bit of where you’re going to be able to start the season.” The Saints have split their first two exhibition games with vastly different defensive performances. New Orleans used an aggressive, blitzing defense to beat San Francisco 24-3 in the opener before giving up 436 yards in a 27-14 loss at Houston last

week. New Orleans is looking for a bounce-back performance in what may be the last opportunity for many starters to play this preseason. “The Raiders have a great running game, so that’s a great early test for us,” linebacker Will Herring said. “For me personally, anywhere I’m lining up, my goal has to be to stop their run.” Payton said he plans to play his starters on both sides of the ball for the entire first half and then possibly play one unit a little bit in the third quarter depending on how the game played out. Jackson hasn’t committed to how much his starters will play and even which ones will see the field. Oakland was without some key offensive players in losses to Arizona and San Francisco to open the preseason, including star running back Darren McFadden.

Saints Continued from Page B1. with five of those losses coming by at least 20 points. In the game two years ago, Brees completed 14 of 17 passes for 179 yards and drove the Saints to touchdowns on all three drives he played. The offense clicked so well that coach Sean Payton pulled most of his starters early in the second quarter instead of playing them into the third quarter as planned. “They’re obviously a much better team than they were two years ago,” Brees said. “I feel like we have the ability to be a better team than we were two years ago. That’s our goal, to build this team and develop young players. We just want to play well. If we walk away from that Oakland game and we play well ... it makes you feel like we have a chance to play well and continue growing in that first game.” Mark Brunell led a pair of

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K A N SAS C I T Y , M o . (AP) — Dexter McCluster is back where he feels most comfortable. That should make opposing defenses decidedly uncomfortable. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound selfdescribed “jitterbug” played mostly running back growing up, but he moved into a slot receiver role while becoming a multi-purpose star at Ole Miss. When he was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2010 draft, the idea was to use him a similar fashion, putting him in the backfield and at times splitting him out wide. Instead, McCluster wound up playing primarily receiver, starting seven games and catching 21 passes for 209 yards and a score last year. Sure, he also ran 18 times, but it was clear that coach Todd Haley had decided he would use McCluster to help quarterback Matt Cassel in the passing game. That appears to have changed in training camp. McCluster has been practicing mostly out of the backfield, and not just on toss sweeps that allow him to use his speed and shiftiness. He also took a couple of handoffs right up the middle during 11-on-11 drills Monday, breaking one of them into the secondary for a long gain. “They’re really putting me in position where I can use what I have, and I’m just thankful for that,” McCluster said. “Whatever my role is going to be, I’m just going to do it.” Haley seems to smile every time someone brings up McCluster’s name, and it’s clear that the third-year head coach is enamored by the different roles McCluster can play. That includes special teams, where the sparkplug averaged better than 15 yards on punt returns in 2010. “There’s a clear-cut vision for him right now, with the variables that we have,” Haley said. “Again, he’s a guy we knew he had versatility to do both — he did both in college, he was very productive in both. “I liked some of the things

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster reaches for extra yardage as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo closes in Friday. you were seeing the other night,” Haley added, referring to McCluster’s performance against the Baltimore Ravens. He ran four times for 24 yards and caught three passes for 47 yards in just about as good an all-around performance as you’ll see in the preseason. The biggest knock on McCluster is that, given his diminutive stature, he might not be able to pick up a blitzing linebacker or help doubleteam a defensive end in pass protection. That would limit the different packages in which Haley could utilize his talents. McCluster has no such concerns, though he acknowledges pass blocking is a work in progress. “I have no choice but to be comfortable with it,” he said. “Everybody can see I’m not the biggest running back out there, not the biggest guy, but my competitiveness is not going to let me shy away from the pass protection. I’m learning it. Jamaal (Charles) is helping me with it, I’m picking it up.”

Besides his ability to block, the other big question that surrounds McCluster is where he will get his touches. Haley said he’d like to see him with the ball in his hands about 10 times per game, probably split between catching passes and designed running plays. But the Chiefs have a loaded backfield with Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles (1,467 yards, five touchdowns in 2010), veteran running back Thomas Jones (896 yards, six TDs) and recently signed fullback Le’Ron McClain, a former All-Pro with the Baltimore Ravens who is primarily a blocking back but has also shown an ability to pound the ball between the tackles in short yardage situations. “Everybody is going to play,” McCluster said, standing before his locker after practice, with Charles next to him and McClain seated in the next locker down. “Jamaal with the speed, Thomas with the power — throw a little jitterbug in there you never know what’s going to happen.”

Colts face a decision on Manning INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Peyton Manning could be back on the active roster in the next two weeks. If not, the Colts will have to play the first six games without the four-time MVP. League rules require players on the physically unable to perform list to be activated by the team’s final cutdown, Sept. 3, or to sit out an additional six weeks. Conventional wisdom suggests Manning will be activated soon, something coach Jim Caldwell acknowledged Friday night after a 24-21 loss to Green Bay. “I would say that it’s certainly a realistic possibility here and it could happen shortly,” Caldwell said. That’s the closest Caldwell has come to say when Manning might return. Indy’s franchise quarterback has been on PUP since

practice began Aug. 1, and Caldwell has repeatedly said Manning will practice only after the doctors clear him. Last Saturday, Manning told reporters he would not play in the final two preseason games and that he needed the next two weeks to get healthy. While Colts officials continue to acknowledge that Manning’s rehab is progressing well, there is only one preseason game left and time is running short. “We’ve got a week and a half to make that decision,” general manager Chris Polian told The Associated Press on Friday night. Manning is still recovering from May neck surgery, which was supposed to keep him off the field for six to eight weeks. But the recovery has gone slower than expected, in part Manning said, because he couldn’t work out with the

team’s trainers during the 4 1/2-month lockout. Over the past week, concerns over Manning’s health have grown. Last Saturday, team owner Jim Irsay wrote on Twitter that the Colts needed to be prepared to start the season without their franchise quarterback, an inconceivable thought until now, and asked fans for suggestions about who Indy should sign as a veteran backup. On Wednesday, after speculation Indy was talking Brett Favre, the Colts brought another quarterback out of retirement, former Tennessee quarterback Kerry Collins. Manning has already ruled himself out of next week’s preseason finale at Cincinnati, and he told CBS at halftime Friday that he’s still hopeful he can play in the Sept. 11 opener at Houston.

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Richardson ready to run for Tide TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Trent Richardson is no longer one of college football’s most talked about backups. The tailback for No. 2 Alabama figures to be the centerpiece of the offense after taking over for Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. Richardson has already been on the cover of Sports Illustrated twice. He has drawn attention for his sculpted physique, weight room prowess and powerful runs. He’s even had some Heisman buzz of his own. But Richardson doesn’t seem all that impressed by any of those things going into his third season. “He’s not the type of person that gets hyped up by what fans are saying,” older brother Terrell Richardson said. “He doesn’t want to go out there like, ‘I’m going for the Heisman.’ He just wants to show people he can play football.” There’s no doubt about that. Richardson has spent the past two seasons bulldozing and outrunning defenders and even corralling some of the headlines from Ingram. He’s shown enough potential for stardom that losing Ingram has caused little, if any, concern leading up to the season opener against Kent State. Coach Nick Saban isn’t worrying about how Richardson will handle his new role — and increased attention. “I don’t see a big difference,” Saban said. “Trent is who he is, and he’s always been a good leader, a hard worker and a guy that affects other people because of the kind of person that he is. Now that his circumstances have changed, and he can be the lead dog at running back, that doesn’t really create a new person. “He’s always been a good player because of who he is.” Richardson has run for 1,451 yards and 14 touchdowns the past two seasons, averaging 5.6 yards per carry. He also caught 23 passes and returned kicks last season, racking up a team-high 36 plays of 15 yards or more. He started two games when Ingram was injured last season, seeing limited action in a route of San Jose State and rushing for 144 yards and a touchdown against Penn State — only his third 100-

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Alabama tailback Trent Richardson outruns Florida’s Jonathan Bostic last season. yard game. And with a new quarterback — still to be named — a veteran offensive line and no more receiver Julio Jones, there’s little doubt that Richardson is not only the lead running backs, but the leader on offense. He’s says he’s mindful of Ingram’s frequent advice “to never be complacent and stay humble.” Ingram is now with the New Orleans Saints as a first-round pick. “He was a humble player. Mark always kept us up,” said Richardson, a graduate of Emmitt Smith’s alma mater in Pensacola, Fla. “He always told me, ‘Nobody’s going to take you down at one time, one player.’ He was always talking about that. When we were out there doing reps or whatever, he’s always going to tell me, ‘Hey, I want you to be better than me.”’ The 5-foot-11, 224-pounder might be bigger, stronger and faster. The former Florida state weightlifting champion said he was measured at 6 percent body fat going into spring practice. Richardson said during the spring that coaches have stopped him at 475 pounds

on the bench press, and he “did that easy.” They’ve limited him to 600 pounds on the squat since his freshman year and 365 in the power clean, “and I was doing that in high school.” Noseguard Josh Chapman, regarded as one of Alabama’s strongest players, said Richardson returned this season “stronger and leaner.” He said the back often joins him in doing squats. “Sometimes I try to run away from it,” Chapman said. “The man’s strong. With him being a running back getting hit, he’s still squatting the house.” As for a tailback trying to lift weights with him, Chapman said: “That’s a whole different type of running back. I always tell him he ain’t human.” Terrell Richardson said they were raised to work hard and never have to ask for anything. Trent Richardson grew up playing basketball, football and baseball “and never had an offseason,” his older brother said. “He was kind of like a workaholic,” said Terrell Richardson, a former Louisiana-Lafayette defensive end.

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Vicksburg Warren Flag Football League The Vicksburg Warren Flag Football League will accept team registration until Sunday . The league is open to adults ages 18 and older. There will be a mandatory coaches’ meeting on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Parks and Rec office on Army Navy Drive. For information, call James Judge at 601-415-4500.

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Clear Creek Ladies Golf Association report On Wednesday, the Clear Creek Ladies Golf Association played a low-putt match. Linda Moss took first place, followed by Carol Roberson in second and Joyce Johnson in third. Linda McHann made a chip-in.

Hinds CC alumni golf tournament The Warren-Claiborne chapter of the Hinds Community College Alumni Association will host a golf tournament on Sept. 21 at Clear Creek Golf Course in Bovina. The tournament begins a 1 p.m., and the registration fee is $75 per player or $300 for a four-man team. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. All proceeds go toward student scholarships at Hinds. For information or to register, call Hinds alumni coordinator Abby Brann at 601-857-3350, e-mail her at, or call Clear Creek golf pro Kent Smith at 601-638-9395.

Wrestling Against Underage Drinking The Kings Community Empowerment Center will host a Wrestling Against Underage Drinking event featuring matches by Universal Championship Wrestling on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 601-634-4788

Adult co-ed softball league Registration for the Vicksburg Parks and Recreation Department’s adult co-ed softball league will continue until Wednesday. The league is open to players ages 18 and up, and the registration fee is $175 per team. There is an additional fee of $5 for each Warren County resident and $10 for residents of Sharkey,

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We had a bumper crop of figs in the backyard orchard this summer, the first in three or four years. Last year in the drought there were a lot on the trees, but just as they began turning brown, they all fell off, like, overnight. I disremember what happened to them the year before, but this hot dry summer Betsy made sure that I let the hose run on trickle overnight at the base of the fig trees every week. We’ve always had fig trees, and there ain’t nothin’ better than hot homemade whole wheat bread with butter and fig preserves, like Betsy makes. I prefer plain fig preserves, whereas she likes to gussy them up with strawberry Jello so that they taste like strawberry preserves. Once we got a big citrus basket for Christmas with those huge thick-rinded naval oranges, and she saved the rinds, ran them through a dehydrator, then chittled them up so she could add them to fig preserves along with orange Jello. Those two fig trees were huge before the Great 1994 Ice Storm, but when that hit, they were decimated; not a limb left knee high. But when we finished chainsawing all the bigger trees that were down in the yard, the downed fig branches had all begun to take root and greened up, so I left them alone. Now we have a fig thicket that covers a quarter of an acre. Enough for us and all the wildlife, matter of fact. There’s an annual coon family — momma and two kits — who

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make a yearly habit of coming off the Mammy Grudge ditchbank without ever touching the ground. They come from the big cottonwood across a hackberry and a pignut into the weeping willow that has limbs leaning down into the top of the fig thicket. Possums meander across the ground to get figs, as do skunks, minks, and we even had a Labrador that enjoyed figs one year. Armadillos burrow under the fig roots to be close to the food source and we war with each other once the fruit is gone and they start digging yard holes. Betsy picked into a wasp nest on the bottomside of a fig leaf last year, and got stung pretty good, although she isn’t allergic. However, she put me in charge of fig plucking thereafter, which is okay with me. I plan my mowing pattern to swing by for fig plucking on each round, eating them right off the tree. I experienced a different fig plucking denizen this summer, though. We make a treaty with the birds that we leave the top figs for them, if they leave the ones from about eight feet down for us, and that works pretty well. But I was plucking figs off the east side one morning and noticed a higher branch just loaded down with

ripe figs that was usually too high for me, but the weight of the fruit had drooped it down to where I could reach up, grab the end of the branch, then pull it down to where I could pluck the figs by handfuls. I reached as high as I could, got a good hold on the end of a branch, and slowly eased it down to where I could pluck the figs, careful not to break the branch. I was on my tiptoes when I felt something cross my left hand, which was holding the branch down to plucking level. I cast my eye thataway, not releasing my grip on the branch. The most beautiful little green snake I’ve ever seen was coiled around my wrist. Since it was facing east, the sun made its eyes positively gleam. Now, I’ve been struck three times by poisonous snakes, and have killed literally thousands of snakes in my life (snakeskin jackets were our motivation). I can recognize a poisonous snake instantly. This ‘un was not a bad ‘un. I stood there as the little serpent slowly coiled around my wrist, forearm, and elbow on its way down to another branch. His glistening eyes were not six inches from mine as he paused to say “Thanks,” and got off onto another fig branch. I grinned a “You’re welcome,” and continued plucking figs.

• Robert Hitt Neill is an outdoors writer. He lives in Leland, Miss.

Harris expects to play for Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Seeming upbeat as usual, Miami quarterback Jacory Harris did not hesitate when asked about the fast-approaching start of the Hurricanes’ season. “I expect to play,” Harris said. “Yes, sir.” The NCAA will decide soon

if that becomes reality. Harris and many other Miami players implicated by the extra-benefits scandal that threatens to negatively impact the program for years spoke out for the first time Saturday about the mess. None provided any specifics about the claims that former booster

and imprisoned Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro made to Yahoo Sports, alleging that he provided extra benefits to Hurricane players and recruits from 2002-10. But many, like Harris, expressed some sense of optimism that they may be cleared in time to play Sept. 5

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TONIGHT ON TV n MOVIE “Mercury Rising� — An FBI agent, Bruce Willis, tries to protect an autistic boy from government operatives after the lad deciphers a national-security code./7 on AMC n SPORTS NFL — The New Orleans Saints head to the West Coast for a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders./7 on NBC n PRIMETIME “True Blood� — Big trouble in Shreveport requires Soookie to draw on her untapped reserves of power to rescue Bill, causing Marnie to rethink her grand plans. Meanwhile, a fight between Marcus and Tommy cre- Bruce Willis ates a moral dilemma for Alcide; Terry stages an intervention for Andy; Jesus tries to free Tara and Holly: and a company of vampires sets out to wreak total havoc./8 on HBO

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Wife in middle of family feud faces painful choice Dear Abby: I’m an only child. My parents moved three miles from my husband and me after our first daughter was born. They were determined not to miss a minute of her life. Mom’s life has always been centered around Dad, my daughters and me. She has never approved of my husband because he didn’t finish college and enlisted in the military, unlike Dad, who has two master’s degrees and retired from the Navy as a lieutenant commander. She regards my husband as the “sperm donor.� Mom isn’t happy about anything unless she’s complaining. She resents that we spend part of Dad’s birthday with my husband’s family — never mind that it’s the anniversary of his father’s death. She has tried to discipline my daughters based on their grades, even though we have told her that her job is to “spoil them,� and it’s our job to discipline them. My husband now refuses to set foot in my parents’ home, and I dread the next event that will put them together in the



same place. I have asked them to agree to disagree for my sake and my girls, but both feel “justified� in their feelings. I feel as

though I must make a choice between the two. Please help. — Torn in Two Dear Torn: Since you must make a choice, choose your husband. If you don’t, you stand a good chance of being a divorced mother with overbearing parents judging every move you and your daughters make for the foreseeable future. Your parents owe you and your husband an apology for the way

they have treated him, and frankly, you need to distance yourself from them until you are strong enough to establish some adult boundaries.

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Jeter, actress Minka Kelly split up Derek Jeter is a free agent again. After three years together, the Yankees captain has broken up with Minka Kelly, the actress’ representative told The Associated Press. Jeter, in Baltimore for a series against the Orioles, would not comment. Kelly was a frequent visitor to Yankee Stadium while the two were dating. In a rare public display of their relationship, Kelly was included in the HBO documentary on Jeter’s chase for 3,000 hits, “Derek Jeter 3K.� Kelly is best known for her role in “Friday Night Lights� and is now filming ABC’s remake of “Charlie’s Angels.�

Gibson, ex-girlfriend reach settlement After sparring for more than a year, Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend have reached a financial and custody settlement of a bitter dispute that spawned a criminal case and left the Academy Award winner’s reputation damaged. Terms and conditions of the settlement were not announced, but a hearing Wednesday will be held to discuss the financial terms. Gibson and Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva have been at odds for more than a year over custody and financial issues in a mostly-secret court proceeding in Los Angeles. The “Braveheart� star was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery as a result of a January 2010 fight with Grigorieva and pleaded no contest earlier this year. The actor-director entered his plea in a way in which he admitted no guilt, and Grigorieva cannot use the outcome in a civil case.

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BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If you’re planning a group endeavor, get on the horn and do something about bringing those you need together. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Don’t be surprised if it seems like everybody’s attention is focused on you. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — What makes you such a standout among your peers is your philosophical outlook, which helps you to not only acquire knowledge but also to easily disseminate it as needed. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Even some of your opponents will be in awe of the way you handle challenging developments that suddenly arise. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Although you tend to handle things single-handedly, you might establish a temporary partnership for mutual reasons. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — There won’t be anything selfish about your current outlook. In fact, your primary concern will be that others fare as well as you. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — Dan Cupid is likely to be either looking to revitalize an old romance for you or casing the scene for a new target at which he can aim. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Getting off to a good start early in the week will help make the work you need to accomplish much easier to finish within the next few days. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Someone who can make your heart beat faster might display much more than a platonic interest in you. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Because you’ve been extra nice to a number of pals lately, they might want to do something special for you, each in his or her own way. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — It’s quite possible that even those friends who are closest to you aren’t aware of your wants and desires. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Some of your greatest benefits this week are likely to come from people you don’t even know.

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new on the shelves The Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library reports on new books regularly. • “Crowning Glory” by Pat Simmons is a tale of redemption. While Karyn served four years in prison for an unthinkable crime, she embraced salvation through Crowns for Christ outreach ministry. After her release, Karyn stays strong and confident despite the stigma society places on ex-offenders. Since Christ strengthens the underdog, Karyn refuses to sway away from the Scripture, “He who the son has set free is free indeed.” Levi Tolliver, for the most part, is a practicing Christian — except he doesn’t believe in turning the other cheek. He insists there is a price to pay for every sin committed, especially after the untimely death of his wife during a robbery. Then Karyn enters Levi’s life. He is enthralled not only with her beauty, but her sweet spirit — until he learns about her incarceration. If Levi can accept that Christ paid Karyn’s debt in full, then a treasure awaits him. • “Black Orchid Blues” by Persia Walker is the third in her Harlem Renaissance series. New performing sensation Queenie Lovetree, a 6-foot-3 drag queen, who bills himself as “Black Orchid,” approaches Lanie Price, the Harlem Chronicle’s society columnist at the Cinnamon Club. Queenie wants Lanie to profile him, but a man in a Stetson and trench coat, armed with a tommy gun, interrupts their conversation and forces Queenie to leave the club. Lanie’s involvement in the search for Queenie brings her into conflict with her editor, Sam Delaney, and Detective John Blackie — and into contact with such diverse denizens of 1920s Harlem as notorious loan shark Stax Murphy and transvestite Jack-a-Lee Talbot. • “Hurricane” by Jewell Parker Rhodes is third in the Marie Laveau series. An environmental disaster brews in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina threatens. Dr. Marie Laveau, a descendant of the legendary voodoo queen, awakens from a nightmare, goes for a drive to clear her head, and finds a crime scene: John and Mimi L’Overture and their baby have been shot and killed in the village of DeLaire. She reports the murder to Sheriff Aaron Malveaux and his brother Deputy Deet and meets their ailing Nana, a Voodooienne who’s foreseen Marie’s arrival. When Marie returns to work, a bullet meant for her kills one of her colleagues, so Marie returns to DeLaire to catch the killer and explore the next stage of her destiny. • “Midnight and the Meaning of Love” by Sister Souljah is a sequel to “Midnight.” Powerful and sensual, Midnight is an intelligent, fierce fighter and Ninjutsu-trained ninja warrior. He attracts attention wherever he goes but remains unmoved by it and focuses on protecting his mother and sister and regaining his family’s fortunes. When Midnight, a devout Muslin, takes 16-year-old Akemi from Japan as his wife, they look forward to building a life together, but their tumultuous teenage marriage is interrupted when Akemi is kidnapped and taken back to Japan by her own father even though the marriage was consummated and well under way. Midnight must travel across three countries and numerous cultures in his attempt to defeat his opponent. Along the way, he meets people who change him forever, even as he changes them. He encounters temptations he never would have imagined and takes risks that many a lesser man would say no to, all for the woman he loves and is sworn to protect. • “Justify My Thug” by Wahida Clark is the latest installment in the Queen’s Thug series. Trae and Tasha’s marriage is on thin ice. Will they find solid ground or will they allow Kyron to come between them and destroy everything? Jaz and Faheem

were living the American Dream until a haunting part of their past threatens their marriage, and ultimately their lives. In the meantime, Marvin is trapped in a living nightmare desperately trying to escape the mistakes of his past. Back in New York, Kaylin has to face the toughest decision of his life: Keep a brother and lose a friend or allow Tasha and Kyron’s love affair to put a dangerous end to the code of brotherly love? • “If Sons then Heirs” by Lorene Cary is the story of a family’s challenge to reunite. After World War II, Needham family members migrated north to Philadelphia from South Carolina, leaving behind the tragic injustice surrounding the violent death of their patriarch, King. His devoted widow, Selma, remains on the old home place. Over the years, she raises King’s children and also his greatgrandson, Rayne, on whom falls the responsibility to bring the family together to save their land and mend the rift between himself and his mother. • “Fourth Sunday” by B.W. Read is tale of seven women and their journey toward friendship by way of a simple book club. Over time, their friendship grows beyond books, as their lives, relationships, careers and families become one. The core group of women — Gwen, Natalie, Allana, Brianna, Camille, Destiny and Adriane — share not only their love of books at these monthly meetings but their life experiences as well. Over two years, the women undergo a number of trials within their own lives as they confront divorce, illness, romantic highs and lows, and career challenges. Throughout the good times and bad times, their book club family provides support, encouragement, laughter and love. • “A Preacher’s Passion” by Lutishia Lovely is part of the Hallelujah Love series. Passion Perkins is hot to trot. After being celibate for five long years, she’s ready, willing and able to end her drought. But she’s also determined to hold out for Mr. Right — a man her friends say doesn’t exist — until Lavon Chapman walks into her life: a powerful and handsome man who has come to the community to film an inspirational DVD about Passion’s minister, Doctor Stanley Lee, and his fiery wife, Carla Lee. But Lavon is in town for only eight weeks….

• Denise Hogan is reference interlibrary loan librarian at the Warren CountyVicksburg Public Library. Write to her at 700 Veto St., Vicksburg, MS 39180.

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Lippman’s stand-alone novel has tendency to drag By Bruce DeSilva The Associated Press

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“The Most Dangerous Thing” by Laura Lippman

Reichs’ ‘Flash and Bones’ is an intriguing puzzle By Jeff Ayers The Associated Press Kathy Reichs delivers another stellar effort in her Dr. Temperance Brennan forensic series with “Flash and Bones.” The Charlotte Motor Speedway is known for NASCAR, but it becomes the site of a homicide investigation when a barrel of asphalt containing a body is discovered near the track. Brennan examines the bones, and when the autopsy reveals the cause of death, the FBI is at her doorstep. Soon the remains are gone and cremated. A NA S CA R p i t c r ew member approaches Brennan with a question about the body. His sister and her militia extremist boyfriend disappeared 12 years ago. Could the remains found in the barrel be either one of them? The FBI was involved in the initial investigation, but dropped it a few weeks later. Brennan can never let a mystery go unsolved, so she risks her career, the wrath of the FBI — and her life — to get answers. Reichs knows what her readers like, and she has another hit with “Flash and Bones.” Knowledge of the

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earlier books in the series isn’t a requirement to enjoy this thriller, an intriguing puzzle that reads like a mixture of Agatha Christie and “CSI.” Reichs is a producer of the TV series “Bones,” and fans of the hit Fox show are among those drawn to her books. Overall, “Flash and Bones” is a quick and compelling read that will appeal to anyone who likes reading forensic thrillers.

In 1979, two girls and three boys on the brink of adolescence spent an idyllic summer exploring heavily wooded Leakin Park on the outskirts of Baltimore. But one day, something happened there that none of them wanted to talk about. The friends drifted apart. Decades passed. But now one of those old friends, Gordon “Go-Go” Halloran, gets rip-roaring drunk and smashes his car into a highway barrier. The funeral draws the surviving friends — a magazine editor named Gwen, a stewardess named Mickey and Go-Go’s brothers, Tim and Sean — back into the same orbit. Police figure Gordon’s death is either an accident or a suicide. Gwen, the protagonist of the story, isn’t so sure. As she pokes into the case, she and the surviving friends are pulled back into the past — to what happened long ago in those dark woods. Each of them, it turns out,

has a different memory of it. But it’s not just because childhood memories warp over time. It’s because each of the old friends, and their parents as well, never knew more than a small part of the story. And what each of them knew was a different part. “The Most Dangerous Thing” is Laura Lippman’s seventh stand-alone novel, although fans of her popular private eye series will be pleased to know that its hero, Tess Monaghan, makes a cameo appearance. The standalones, including “I’d Know You Anywhere” (2010) and “What the Dead Know” (2007), have been widely praised not only as mysteries but also as literature. “The Most Dangerous Thing” doesn’t quite measure up to the earlier stand-alones. The first third drags a bit, and the story doesn’t pack quite as much emotional punch. But it is nevertheless a fine and ambitious novel that explores how much parents don’t know about the lives of their children, and how little children know about their parents.

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Life after Steve Jobs Steve Jobs holds up an Apple iPhone at the MacWorld Conference in San Francisco.

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Chaney completes judicial course Ninth Circuit Court Judge M. James Chaney has completed the National Judicial College’s Advanced Evidence course. The class was held in July at the M. James University Chaney of Nevada at Reno. The Ninth Circuit Court includes Warren, Sharkey and Issaquena counties. The National Judicial College was founded in 1963 and is the nation’s leading provider of judicial education. It is housed at the University of Nevada at Reno.

VAMP speaker leads anti-tobacco group A local advocate of antitobacco policies will be the featured speaker at the Vicksburg Association of Marketing Professionals’ Sept. 6 meeting. Leslie Horton is director of the Tobacco Free Coalition of Warren & Claiborne Counties. She has lived in Vicksburg since 1983 and was a professional photographer for 20 years. She also has worked in marketing and has been a consultant for the United Way and Blue Cross-Blue Shield. She and her husband, Joel, have been married 34 years and have two children. VAMP meets at noon each first Tuesday at Ameristar’s Heritage Buffet. Lunch is $12. E-mail for more information.

Food business topic of MSU webcast Mississippi State University will present Food as a Business, a video conference Oct. 4 for new owners of food businesses. The conference will be broadcast at satellite locations at MSU in Starkville and at Hattiesburg, Raymond, Verona and Cleveland. Topics include business plans, legal issues, marketing, Internet sales, food processing and labeling regulations, funding sources, and product costing and pricing. The fee is $40 and covers snacks, lunch and conference materials. The registration deadline is Sept. 23. For more information and a registration form, go to www.fsnhp.msstate. edu.

Apple will keep growing, analysts say

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Steve Jobs pushed the envelope many times when it came to product design, and the results weren’t always pretty. Some products created under his direction that failed commercially or functionally: • Apple III (1981) — The successor to the very popular Apple II Steve Jobs had no formal was focused on business users schooling in engineering, yet and priced accordingly. But the he’s listed as the inventor or cohardware was unreliable. Apple inventor on more than 200 U.S. lost the business market to the patents. Some of the significant IBM PC, launched the same products created under his diyear, and a rapidly expanding rection: market of PC clones. • Apple I (1976) — Apple’s • Lisa (1983) — The first comfirst product was a computmercially proer for hobbyists duced computer and engineers, with a graphimade in small cal user interface numbers. Steve cost $9,995 when Wozniak deit launched. It signed it, while quickly fell into Jobs orchestratthe shadow of ed the funding the cheaper Macand handled the intosh, launched marketing. a year later. • Apple II (1977) • NeXT Comput— One of the er (1989) — Jobs’ first successventure after beful personal ing forced out of computers, the Apple created a Apple II was computer that designed as a was in many ways mass-market ahead of its time, product rather Steve Jobs and a new Apple but in the vein of than something the Apple III and II in 1977 for engineers or Lisa, it was also enthusiasts. It too expensive to was still largely Wozniak’s decatch on with mainstream ussign. Several upgrades for the ers. model followed, and the prod• Puck Mouse (1998) — The uct line continued until 1993. new iMac was the first ma• Lisa (1983) — Jobs’ visit to Xejor product created after Jobs’ rox Corp.’s research center in return to Apple in 1996, and Palo Alto inspired him to start it was a big success, despite work on the first commercial its tiny, round mouse. Users computer with a graphical couldn’t tell which way it was user interface, with icons, winoriented by feel, and it tended dows and a cursor controlled to disappear in the cup of the by a mouse. It was the foundahand, making it hard to use. tion for today’s computer in• The Cube (2000) — This small terfaces, but the Lisa was too desktop computer was beautiexpensive to be a commercial fully encased in a cube of clear success. plastic. It won design awards • Macintosh (1984) — Like but was a flop in stores bethe Lisa, the Macintosh had a cause of its high price. graphical user interface. It was Also, it didn’t realalso cheaper and faster and ly offer any had the backing of a large ad-

As CEO, he cultivated ‘culture of innovation’ By Rachel Metz AP technology writer SAN FRANCISCO — Since Steve Jobs’ return to Apple Inc. in 1996 as CEO, the company has been on an unparalleled upswing, highlighted by the immense popularity of the iPad and iPhone. Now, with Jobs no longer leading, Apple will have to prove it can keep its momentum. If the recent past is any indication, the company will continue to move forward. Apple announced Wednesday that Jobs, 56, had resigned from the CEO post, in a move that seems motivated by his ongoing, yet still unspecified health issues. Jobs had taken an indefinite medical leave in January, marking his third such leave in seven years. Jobs, who cofounded Apple in 1976, previously survived pancreatic cancer and received a liver transplant. Taking on the role of board chairman, Jobs now passes the CEO role to Tim Cook, 50, the company’s chief operating officer. Cook had been acting CEO since January. For years, he has been running Apple’s day-to-day operations, and has long been seen as the natural successor. He also served as Apple’s leader for two months in 2004 while Jobs battled cancer, and again for 5 1/2 months in 2009 when Jobs received a liver transplant. The company has thrived under Cook’s leadership, briefly becoming the most valuable company in America earlier this month. Cook is not nearly as recognizable as Jobs, who became the very public face of Apple, clad in his signature blue jeans, black turtleneck and wire-rimmed glasses when trotting out the company’s iPhones, iPads, iPods at immensely popular and anticipated media events. Though Jobs has looked increasingly frail, he emerged from his leave twice this year to tout products at such events: First, he unveiled the second version of Apple’s iPad tablet computer in March. Then, in June, he resurfaced to show off Apple’s iCloud music synching service. But while Jobs is the most recognized person at Apple, he is not the only one responsible for the company’s success. Many industry watchers believe that despite his importance, Apple will continue to innovate and not just survive, but thrive. Says Cross Research analyst Shannon Cross: “Steve Jobs put in place at Apple a culture of innovation.” See Apple, Page B10.

ERDC hands out awards in 17 categories

Good apples

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center has announced its annual award winners. ERDC is headquartered at Waterways Experiment Station. Recipients, as well as employees who have served 30, 35 and 40 years and who have deployed, were honored in an Aug. 18 ceremony. The awards: • Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees — Dr. Jim Houston, Bill Huff and Tom Richardson • Army Meritorious Civilian Service — Dr. David Horner. • Army Superior Civilian Service — Dr. Ray Brown, Alex Carrillo, Dr. Craig Fischenich, Dr. Richard Fischer, Gwen Foster, Ricky Goodson, Dr. Bill Grogan, Danny Harrelson, Amanda Hines, Carla Koestler, Warren Lorentz, Linda McGowan, Don Nelson, Stephanie Price, Mario Sanchez, James Stinson, Pat Sullivan and Ty Wamsley. • 2010 Army Research and Development Achievement — Dr. Jay Ehrgott, Dr. Steve Akers, Denis Rickman and Tim Shelton for three wall-breaching charges for soldiers; Dr. Mihan McKenna, Sarah McComas and Henry DiazAlvarez for technology that allows large infrastructure, such as bridges, to be assessed remotely using acoustic signals; Diaz-Alvarez for the world’s first plastic composite bridge; and Dr. Frances Hill for calculating sorption and reaction rates of contaminants on pipe surfaces and with water. • Research and Development — Dr. Jason McKenna, Dr. Steve Sloan, Sarah McComas, Kevin Parkman and Seth Broadfoot for a tunnel detection technology suite; John Ballard, Jay Bennett, Dr. Janet Simms and Don Yule for a seismic acoustic impact monitoring system; Dr. Phil Malone and Dr. Chuck Weiss for a porcelain coating for steel that reduces rust and corrosion and increases bonding of steel and concrete; Kelly Burks-Copes, Dr. Edmond Russo, Scott Bourne, Kyle McKay, Dr. Martin Schultz, Dr. Andy Morang, Dr. Jane Smith, Dr. Jay Ratcliff, Dr. Honghai Li, Dr. Cary Talbot and Jose Rullan-Rodriguez for hydrologic modeling, asset-capability networking and on-the-ground operational response times with uncertainty analysis; Stephanie Price, Raju Kala, Dr. Stacy Howington, Dr. Owen Eslinger and Amanda Hines for a nearsurface computational test bed to better understand geophysical phenomena that affect detection signatures; Dr. Jack Kilgore, Dr. Jan Hoover, Dr. Rick Lance, Dr. Ed Perkins and Dr. Al Cofrancesco for applications to manage advancing populations of invasive carp species; Dr. Jesse McNinch and Dr. Kate Brodie for advances in remote sensing in the coastal zone; Vince Chiarito for a structural health monitoring system; Dr. Pearce Cheng, Dr. Stacy Howington, Dr. See ERDC, Page B10.


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And its innovation has translated to sales. With Cook running the company, Apple sold 9.25 million iPads during the most recent quarter, which ended in June, bringing sales to nearly 29 million iPads since they first began selling in April 2010. Apple also sold 20.3 million iPhones in the same period, which was millions more than analysts expected. The company’s stock has risen 8 percent since Jobs announced his most recent medical leave. Cook’s track record at Apple is strong. The first time he was in charge back in 2004, things went so well that Apple promoted him from executive vice president to chief operating officer in 2005. During the second time, which lasted from mid-January to the end of June 2009, Apple released a new version of the iPhone and updated laptop computers on schedule. The company also announced that its iTunes app store hit a major milestone: More than a billion apps were downloaded within the first nine months of its existence. Apple’s stock rose 62 percent during that time, satisfying investors’ concerns over Jobs’ absence. Cook, an Alabaman with short, gray hair and a broad, thin-lipped smile, has been an asset to Apple since his arrival in 1998. He is credited with tuning Apple’s manufacturing process to solve chronic product delays and supply problems. His inventory management skills helped Apple build up its $72.6 billion hoard of cash and marketable securities — funds that it can use to keep its lead in the portable electronics market. Like IBM, McDonald’s or Ford, all of which lost visionary CEOs, Apple is not necessarily dependent on the immortality of the genius behind it, says Terry Connelly, dean of the Ageno School of Business at Golden

The new guy Some facts about Steve Jobs’ successor: • Name — Timothy D. Cook • Age — 50 • Education — Graduated from Auburn University with an engineering degree and earned a master’s in business administration from Duke University. • Career — Joined Apple Inc. in 1998 as senior vice president of worldwide operations and has been credited with tuning Apple’s manufacturing process to solve chronic product delays and supply problems at the time. He rose through the ranks to become chief operating officer in 2005. Ran Apple temporarily in 2004 and 2009 when CEO Steve Jobs took a medical leave of absence. Took that role again in January when Jobs went on an indefinite leave. Named CEO on Wednesday after Jobs resigned.

Tim Cook Before Apple, Cook worked briefly as vice president of corporate materials for Compaq Computer, now part of Hewlett-Packard Co. He had previous executive roles at Intelligent Electronics from 1994 to 1997 and International Business Machines Corp. from 1983 to 1994, most recently as director of North American fulfillment. He is also a director at Nike.

Gate University in San Francisco. “A company is dependent on its ability to institutionalize that genius in the corporate DNA,” he says. “Apple shows every sign of having done that. We will see that when we see how Cook responds to competitive pressure.” And, as Cross points out, Cook won’t be leading Apple alone. His supporting team includes Jonathan Ive, who oversees the elegant, minimalist design of Apple’s products; Ron Johnson, who runs Apple’s stores; Philip Schiller, the marketing chief; and Scott Forstall, who supervises the iPhone software. “The bench at Apple is extremely strong,” Cross says. “He has a good group of executives behind him.” And consumers — the group Apple really depends on to make its products

popular — may not be that affected by the change. Apple customers don’t buy the company’s products because of Steve Jobs, Gartner Research analyst Michael Gartenberg says, they buy Apple products because they’re Apple products. Without Jobs, he believes the company’s challenge will be the same as it was with him: continuing to find ways to raise the bar with its consumer electronics. “Yes, this is quite some transition at the end of Steve’s role and his time at Apple, but it doesn’t mean Apple itself will fundamentally change,” he says. “Certainly Apple’s competition would be foolish to think this is a situation they could somehow capitalize on.”

indirect and sniper shots. • Outstanding Achievement in Technology Transfer — Dave Derrick, Meg Jonas and Clay LaHatte for helping turn lecture material into DVDs, now available online through the USACE Learning Network; and Scott Waisner for aiding the Deployable Aerobic Aqueous Bioreactor platform. • Outstanding Team Effort — Dr. Jason McKenna, Frank Dallriva, James Ray, Bob Walker, David Hyde, Patrick Kieffer, Billy Bullock, Steve Rowell, Jesse Blalock, Alex Jackson, Robert Wayne, Burney McKinley, Wipawi VanaditEllis, Joseph Jordan, Sonny Johnson, Clifford Grey, Jason Ray, Darla McVan, Clay LaHatte, Jessie Gaskin, Jeremy Sellers and William Tennant for technologies to defeat improvised explosive devices; Dr. Rob Wallace, David Stuart, Robert Walker, Michael Freeman, Dr. Larry Lynch, Dr. Jeff Jorgeson and Rhonda Taylor for a digital system to capture, track and share Blue Roof and Rapid Temporary Repair mission data using smartphone technology; Terry Stanton, Henry Diaz-Alvarez, Danielle Whitlow, Rodney Gonzalez-Rivera, Orlando Carrasquillo, Jose Albarran-Garcia, Angela White, Sabrina KingstonMiles, Woodman Berry and Dr. Mark Jourdan for evaluating alternative logistic routes in Afghanistan; and Dr. Mike Sharp, Dr. Maureen Corcoran, Dr. John Peters, Joe Dunbar, Jose Llopis, Dr. Janet Simms, Dr. Johannes Wibowo, Bryant Robbins, Eileen Glynn, Ryan Strange, Tommy Lee, Dr. Monte Pearson, Raju Kala, Isaac Stephens, Clin-

ton Forsha, Tommy Berry, Joan Clarke, Dr. Craig Fischenich, Kyle McKay, Dr. Martin Schultz, Dr. Fred Tracy, Jim Dolan, Dr. Christopher Kees and Charlie Little for an understanding of the impact of woody vegetation on earthen levees. • Technical Support Achievement — Terry Jobe. • Administrative Support Achievement — Brandy Ellison and Chelsea Whitten, both of the contracting office, and Lorraine Smithhart of the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory. • Outstanding Achievement in Equal Employment Opportunity — Terry Stanton and Gerardo Velazquez. • Supervisor of the Year — Earl Edris. • Herbert D. Vogel Awards — Wanda Derrick, administrator; Bennie Edmond, craftsman; Dr. Andy Goodwin, engineer; Dr. David L. Smith, scientist; and Larry Garret, technician. • Commander’s Award for Civilian Service — Dr. Gary Anderton, Missy Arnold, Dr. Jacob Berkowitz, James Britt, Ray Castellane, Dr. Mei Chandler, Omar Flores, Bradley Foust, Billy Fuller, Raju Kala, Linda Lillycrop, Jose Llopis, Steve Lofton, Dr. Larry Lynch, Dr. George Mason, Tom McGill, Chris Noble, Dr. Jim O’Daniel, Dr. Richard Olsen, Carey Price, Dr. Todd Rushing, Dr. Steve

vertising campaign. People soon realized how useful the graphical interface was for design. That led “desktop publishing,” accomplished with a Mac coupled to a laser printer, to soon become a sales driver. • NeXT computer (1989) — After being forced out of Apple, Jobs started a company that built a powerful workstation computer. The company was never able to sell large numbers, but the computer was influential: The world’s first web browser was created on one. Its software also lives on as the basis for today’s Macintosh and iPhone operating system. • iMac (1998) — When Jobs returned to Apple in 1996, the company was foundering, with an ever shrinking share of the PC market. The radical iMac was the first step in reversing the slide. It was strikingly designed as a bubble of blue plastic that enclosed both the monitor and the computer. Easy to

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2010 iPad set up, it captured the imagination just as people across the world were having their eyes opened to the benefits of the Internet and considering getting their first home computer. • iPod (2001) — It wasn’t the first digital music player with a hard drive, but it was the first successful one. Apple’s expansion into portable electronics has had vast ramifications. The iPod’s success prepared the way for the iTunes music store and the iPhone. • iTunes store (2003) — Before the iTunes store, buying digital music was a hassle, making piracy

the more popular option. The store simplified the process and brought together tracks from all the major labels. The store became the largest music retailer in the U.S. in 2008. • iPhone (2007) — The iPhone did for the phone experience what the Macintosh did for personal computing — it made the power of a smartphone easy to harness. Apple is now the world’s most profitable maker of phones, and the influence of the iPhone is evident in all smartphones. • iPad (2010) — Dozens of companies, including Apple, had created tablet computers before the iPad, but none caught on. The iPad finally cracked the code, creating a whole new category of computer practically by itself.

functional benefits over other Macs. Apple’s designs are iconic, but people aren’t usually willing to pay a premium for design alone. The Cube idea lives on in the Mac Mini, a more successful but less eye-catching small Mac. • iTunes phone (2005) — It’s easy to forget that the iPhone wasn’t Apple’s first venture into the cell phone business. It formed a partnership with Motorola Inc. to launch the ROKR in late 2005. As a phone, it was decent if unexciting, but as a

music player, it fell far short of the iPod. It could only hold 100 songs, and transferring them from the computer was a slow process. It was also criticized for not allowing users to download music over the cellular network, a limitation that also applied to the first iPhone. Some even called the ROKR “the iPhone.” • Apple TV (2007) — Apple’s foray into the living room was an uncharacteristically half-hearted effort. Jobs later referred to the Apple TV

as a “hobby.” It was a small box that connected to a TV and to a Mac in the home. A tiny remote allowed the owner to play music and movies from the PC on the TV. It was expensive, at $249, and complicated to set up and use. Movies purchased from iTunes were low resolution and looked blurry on HDTV sets. In 2010, Apple introduced a much improved, cheaper Apple TV designed to connect directly to the Internet.

Sloan, Mazella Thomas, Dr. Chuck Weiss and Tammy Young. • Achievement Medal for Civilian Service — Dr. Jeff Allen, Dr. Paul Allison, Dr. Julie Baca, Alex Baylot, Brenna Bennett, Dr. Ernest Berney, Nick Boone, Beth Brown, Billy Bullock, Orlando Carrasquillo, Dr. Carl Cerco, Vince Chiarito, Dr. Charles Cornwall, Billy Crabtree, Al Crawley, Bob Davison, James Davis, Henry Diaz-Alvarez, Mike Doyle, Bart Durst, Jeff Durst, Sally East, Lauren Eckert, Bobbie Edwards, Michael Follum, Dr. Jimmy Fowler, Mark Freeman, Dan Freer, Sharon Garner, Larry Garrett, Chad Gartrell, Marsha Gay, Rodney Gonzalez, Dr. Chris Goodin, Wendell Gray, Brian Green, Donnie Guynes, Mary Hallberg, Andrew Harrison, Ben Haugen, Matt Hillman, Sam Jackson, Renee James, Teresa Johnson, A.J. Johnston, Randy Jones, Dr. Mark Jourdan, Julie Kelley, Patrick Kieffer, Pam Kinnebrew, Dr. Joe Kreitinger, Clay LaHatte, Dr. Jabari Lee, Sherry Little, Jerry Love, Stephanie Lowe, Ashley Manning, David Mark, Tim McCaffrey, Sara McComas, Hank McDevitt, Burney McKinley, Dr. Will McMahon,

Darla McVan, Jared Minor, Dr. Kenneth Mitchell, Speler Montgomery, Jackie Moore, Jason Morson, Dr. Norberto Nadal, Dr. Kent Newman, Howard Park, Matthew Parson, Joshua Payne, Dr. Monte Pearson, Barbara Pierce, Nora Ponder, Robbie Presley, Lucy Priddy, Amy Rainer, Tim Raines, James Ray, Richard Rhett, Carla RoigSilva, Edgardo Ruiz, Dr. Martin Schultz, Janice


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ERDC Continued from Page B9. Matt Farthing, Dr. Ruth Cheng, Amanda Hines and Chris McGrath for a flexible library that provides advanced technology capabilities to model transport phenomena in surface water and groundwater systems; and Dr. Joe Gailani for new modeling and measurement techniques. • Researcher of the Year — Dr. Kent Danielson. • Program Development Achievement — Jeff Lillycrop and Thad Pratt. • Excellence in Operational Support — Bruce Ebersole, Gary Brown, Mary Cialone, Ian Floyd, Dr. Tahirih Lackey, Dr. Chris Massey, Tate McAlpin, Jennifer Tate, Tommy Berry, Dr. Todd Bridges, Dena Dickerson, Dr. Beth Fleming, Charles Hahn, Dr. Joe Kreitinger, Elizabeth Lord, Warren Lorentz, Julie Marcy, Sean Melzer, Dr. Jeff Steevens, Heather Theel, Lacy Smith and James Stinson for technical support following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill; Dr. Mark Jourdan, Darla McVan, Kevin Winters, Charlie Little, Bill Seabergh, Clay LaHatte, Jennifer Tate, Gary Brown and Tate McAlpin for flood mapping support to military; Seth Broadfoot for support to the Combined Security Transition Command in Afghanistan; Dr. Jeff Steevens, Danny Averett, Dr. Tony Bednar, Mark Chappell, Jennifer Seiter, Dr. Jacob Stanley and Dr. Steve Scott for aid in removing ash from the Emory River in Kingston, Tenn., after a dike failure at the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston Fossil Plant; and Nick Boone, Omar Flores, Bill Heard, Jason Roth and Dr. Tom Slawson for a screen to protect military forces from

Sessum, Brian Skahill, Lacy Smith, Nell Southall, Alicia Souza, Terry Ann Stanton, Terry Stanton, Chris Sullivan, Heather Theel, Alfreda Thomas, Kevin Tillman, Gerardo Velazquez, Lance Walker, Terry Waller, Lucas Walshire, Dr. Jeff Waters, Angela White, Danielle Whitlow, Brett Williams, Kevin Winters and Don Yule.

land transfers No commercial land transfers were recorded in the Chancery Clerk’s Office for the week ending Aug. 26, 2011.

sales tax revenue The City of Vicksburg receives 18.5 percent of all sales taxes collected by businesses in the city limits. Revenues to the city lag actu-

al sales tax collections by two months, that is, receipts for April reflect sales taxes collected on sales in February. Here are the latest monthly receipts:

June 2011.....................$601,976 Fiscal year 2010-11 to date... $5,372,334

June 2010.....................$609,165 2009-10 fiscal year to date..... $5,467,142

casino tax revenue Vicksburg’s five casinos pay a 3.2 percent revenue tax to the State of Mississippi that is divided — with 10 percent going to schools, 25 percent to Warren County and 65 percent to the city. A second revenue tax is a 0.8 percent share of the state’s 8.8 percent revenue

tax. It is split based on population proportions between Vicksburg and Warren County. Each casino is also required to pay $150 for each gaming device annually to the city. To date, two casinos have paid the gaming device fee. These are the latest receipts:

June 2011 City...................................$529,071 County............................$194,114 Schools...........................$752,729

June 2010 City...................................$644,494 County............................$248,275 Schools..............................$67,380 Fiscal year 2009-10 to date City............................... $4,938,646 County........................ $2,121,072 Schools...........................$575,736

Fiscal year 2010-11 to date City............................... $4,643,603 County........................ $1,964,451 Schools...........................$533,166


TOPIC SUNDAY, august 28, 2011 • SE C TIO N C

LOCAL EVENTS CALENDAR C2 | WEDDINGS C3 Karen Gamble, managing editor | E-mail: | Tel: 601.636.4545 ext 137

THIS & THAT from staff reports

Celebrity waiters set for Tuesday event Ameristar Casino’s second annual Celebrity Waiter of Vicksburg event to benefit the American Cancer Society will be Tuesday night. Cocktails will be served at 6 and dinner at 6:30 at Bourbon’s Restaurant inside the Washington Street casino. Last year’s event raised $14,000. Local celebrities will include Mayor Paul Winfield, Rep. George Flaggs, Shape Up Sisters owner Linda Fondren and Blackburn Motor Co.’s Jeb Blackburn. Tickets are $45 per seat or $80 per couple. Call Ali Hopson at 601-831-6566 or Lori Burke at 601-618-1060.

VTG unveils new website The Vicksburg Theatre Guild has unveiled a new website that features online ticket sales. The former web address had been The new one is Typing in the old address will automatically route Internet users to the new site. The VTG is the oldest chartered theater guild in the state. It was chartered in 1936, but began presenting plays in ’33. Its headquarters is the Parkside Playhouse on Iowa Avenue. The group produces “Gold in the Hills,” the world’s longest-running melodrama, according to “Guinness World Records,” and other plays.

Bricks and Spokes back for 2nd ride The second annual Bricks and Spokes, a bike ride through and around Warren County, will be Oct.1 The 10-, 30-, and 50-mile bike ride will start at China and Washington streets. Bikers of all skills may participate. The cost is $30 before Sept. 9 and $35 afterward. Riders may also sign up the day of the race. To register, call the Vicksburg Main Street office at 601-634-4527, visit or e-mail

Downtown fall fest will be Oct. 1 Vicksburg’s 17th annual downtown fall festival will be Oct. 1. The Vicksburg Main Street event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature downtown merchant sidewalk sales, food, live entertainment and children’s activities. Call 601-634-4527 or

The associated press

Brownie Wise, the original Tupperware saleswoman, shows off products during a home party in the 1950s.

...of Kevin Farrell, dressed as Dee W. Ieye, sells Tupperware in Bellflower, Calif.

Same company, same values; new look, new style By The Associated Press Cindy Hallman-Morris grew up with Tupperware’s burping bowls, gelatin rings and pickle keeper, but she considered herself a casual buyer of the brand once she had her own kids. Until this year, when she was sucked — happily — into the Tupperware vortex. “I attended a party and then hosted a party and then

Sister Paulinus says...

SCHC offers classes on wreaths, drawing The Southern Cultural Heritage Center will offer a fall wreath workshop and a two-day drawing workshop. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20, Beau Lutz, owner of Belvedere & Co. will teach students to make a fall wreath. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27, the Rev. Mark Bleakly will teach drawing. The cost for each is $55 for members and $60 for nonmembers. Call 601-6312997.

it seemed everyone I knew was giving a Tupperware party,” said the 44-year-old high school math teacher in Asheville, N.C. “It’s never ending!” Tupperware, it seems, is enjoying a renaissance 65 years after it first hit the market with Wonder bowls, Bell Tumblers and Ice-Tup molds for homemade frozen treats. Long gone is the signa-

ture burp, that whoosh of air from pressing on the center of a lid to tightly seal in the goodness. Also gone is the color goldenrod, fussy floral accents and the soft pastels of the 1950s and ’60s. Today’s Tupperware is drenched in edgy shades of “purplicious” and “fuchsia kiss,” or crisp in greens dubbed “margarita” and “lettuce leaf.” You can buy contemporary takes on Won-

• “If you don’t return my pictures, I won’t kill you — but I might maim you.” • “Pope John canonized and made saints out of everybody you could think of. He took a Gypsy and made him a saint. I think he did that because they were such a persecuted minority. In Europe they’ve always persecuted the Gypsies — and other people, too. They need to back off from us Southerners.” Sister Paulinus Oakes

derlier bowls and those little salt and pepper shakers, but Tupperware Brands Corp. also sells an appetizer tray that looks like a caterpillar, fancy chef’s knives, bakeware and heavy stainless steel pots and pans. The company has choppers, whippers and microsteamers. Updated FridgeSmart containers with the two familiar vents are embedded with

dishwasher-resistant charts recommending how much See Tupperware, Page C3.

Sister Paulinus’ career has covered much ground The last in a two-part series on Sister Paulinus Oakes of the Sisters of Mercy:

• “We’re going to play ball,” the nun announced to the girls gathered on the volleyball court at the Catholic high school in Biloxi, and years later Virginia Boudreaux, who was a student at the time, vividly recalled the scene: the nun reached down, grabbed the bottom of her ground-sweeping file•The Vicksburg Post skirt, tucked it in her belt



and the game began. After a few years at Biloxi and enduring the horrors and rebuilding after Hurricane Camille in 1969, she was sent to Jackson for

a while. She heard they were looking for a principal at a school in Oklahoma City, and by then rules had been relaxed a bit so that nuns had some choices of where they would go, or as Sister Paulinus said, “I kind of called the shots.” The Oklahoma school was a mixture of people and was a “wonderful experience.” She had her work cut out for her — the preSee Sister, Page C2.


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Sister Continued from Page C1. vious principal had been weak (never let that be said of Sister Paulinus!), and their sports program was a disaster. Things shaped up really well, though, and she even got a Green Bay Packer to volunteer as coach, which ended the no-win tradition. During her teaching years she was at St. Peter and St. Joseph in Jackson, at Mount St. Mary, at St. Al and at St. Vincent de Paul in New Orleans. After a year at St. Al, she was named principal of her alma mater, St. Francis, in 1977. “I thought I had died and gone to Heaven,” she said, for a number of reasons, but one was, “I had the world’s greatest secretary, Marye Lou Lee.” The principals who had preceded her, she said were quiet and well-organized, “and I came in flamboyant. I’m messy, but I know where everything is. My desk is just a total mess, but I could depend on Marye Lou. She could run the school. I loved her, but I think she was aghast at me. But it was so easy here. There were no disciplinary problems. The teachers were so wonderful — they really didn’t even need a principal.” Among the changes she made at St. Francis was the Montessori program for the kindergarten. Some episodes she looks back on bring a ready laugh. She recalled the time someone broke into the school. She didn’t realize it then, but checks were removed from

Sister Paulinus Oakes and her father in 1956 the middle of the checkbook, so they weren’t missed, and much later several hundred dollars worth of whiskey was bought with them, but Sister Paulinus said she just thought, “Roboski (the cafeteria manager) is making a heck of a lot of fruit cakes this Christmas.” Another incident occurred the day a call came from the Vatican, and her first thought was, “Oh, my God, the pope’s caught up with me — I’m in bad trouble.” The situation was that an Italian official had come here to work at Waterways Experiment Station and had enrolled his two children at St. Francis. Seems the woman with him wasn’t his wife, and his wife was looking for him with help from the Vatican. “I told Marye Lou, if the police came, to hide those kids in a back room,” Sister Paulinus said. Over the years, she had gotten her master’s in theology and also had a master’s in administration and earned a degree to qualify her as a chaplain. She went to work at the Mississippi State Hospi-

tal at Whitfield, setting up a program to administer GED tests, worked in the Marian Hill drug dependency clinic and Mercy Hospital from 1987 to 1993 before taking the chaplaincy at Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge. In 1994 she returned to Jackson, working with Catholic Charities, starting a halfway house, Born Free, for women and the Isaiah House for men. From 1996 to the present she’s been working at St. Dominic in Jackson as chaplain in the behavioral health and chemical dependency units. She also did some college teaching — “I taught at Hinds forever” — holding forth in classes on American literature and English composition. She’s a Faulkner fan, loves the writings of James Weldon Johnson and the poetry of Vachel Lindsey, a Missourian who never had a job but who penned such classics as “General William Booth Upon Entering Heaven” and “The Congo,” its rhythm and cadence appealing and motivating students, though it is politically incorrect today.

Sister Paulinus has been described as creative, innovative and energetic, and she said, “I like things looking a little bit different. I think the world could be run very different.” She looks for innovative ways to approach problems and likes a challenge. Life has never been in a rut; she always has a lot of projects. Among those projects are researching and writing books, her favorite being the editing of Sister Ignatious Sumner’s journal; she was one of the original Sisters of Mercy who came to Vicksburg in 1860. Her accounts of the work of the Sisters, tending the wounded from both sides, tell of many harrowing experiences. Another one she wrote was a history of the Sisters of Mercy in the Southern states. She was told what had to be in it, and parts of the book she said are “as boring as the dickens.” She now works 20 hours a week and is on five boards. She is involved with mission work in Mound Bayou and has served in other towns including Woodville, Shaw and Indianola. She assists the Gleaners, who distribute food to the needy, and she secured sewing machines to teach people to make their own clothing. In working with those in need, she often advises them that their faith in God and their hope for things to get better keeps them going, “for God does answer prayers, though He answers ‘NO’ a lot of times. But you can look back and see some blessings you got in life when He said ‘YES.’ It’s hard to understand that sometimes, but don’t give up hope.”

local happenings In town Vicksburg quarter release 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday; USS Cairo at the Vicksburg National Military Park; no parking at Cairo; parking at Union and Confederate avenues, where shuttles will run beginning at 7:15; 601431-8052.

Fourth annual Classics in the Courtyard Noon-1 p.m. at Southern Cultural Heritage Center; entertainment, free; lunch, $9 with reservations due by 5 p.m. Fridays; Oct. 14: Celtic folk music by Nick and Julia Blake, lunch by Southern Sisters Cafe; Oct. 21: classic pop and country favorites by Maria Signa and Jim Robinson, lunch by Martin’s at Midtown; Oct. 28: classic pops and originals by Osgood and Blaque, lunch by Goldie’s Express; Nov. 4: classic blues, rock, pop and originals by Patrick Smith, lunch by Palmertree Catering; 601-631-2997 or

Vicksburg Cruisers Car Club Red Carpet Classic Auto and Bike Show Sept. 17 at Blackburn Motor Co. on North Frontage Road; registration, 8-11 a.m.; poker run, 10 a.m.; awards, 3 p.m.; 601-4150421, 601-831-2597.

Constitution Week kickoff 4 p.m. Sept.17 at Old Court House Museum; bell-ringing ceremony by Ashmead Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; 202-628-1776, 601-629-7655.

Vicksburg National Military Park Fee-free days: Sept. 24 and Nov. 11-13; $8 per vehicle.

23rd annual Over the River Run

dents and $5 for younger than 12; tickets for “Gold in the Hills,” other shows vary; Contact: Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Ave.; 601-636-0471 or

Southern Cultural Heritage Center “One Enchanted Evening”: 7 p.m. Sept. 8; $25 members, $30 nonmembers, $225 corporate tables; cash bar available; tickets at SCHC, Paper Plus,; Beginner Spanish course: 5:30-7 p.m. Sept.13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4, 11, 18; Olivia Foshee, VWSD Spanish teacher, instructor; $ 70 members, $75 nonmembers; Contact: 601-631-2997 or info@

Out of Town Eastside Son run, walk Saturday; 5:45 a.m., registration; 7, race begins; entrance of Mac and Bones on Riverwood Drive in Pearl; 601-939-2433, www.

Poverty Point Today: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., ranger led hike; Sept. 4: 1-4 p.m., tool demonstrations each hour; east of Monroe, near Epps on Louisiana 577; adults, $4; children and seniors free; 888-926-5492.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k walk Oct. 8; registration, 7:30 a.m.; opening ceremony, 8:30; walk, 9; south steps of the Capitol on High Street in Jackson; 601-3215500,

National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Bike MS Oct. 8-9; begins at Baptist Healthplex in Clinton, ends at Battlefield Inn in Vicksburg; 35-mile, 75-mile, 150-mile routes; 601856-5831,

8 a.m. Oct. 8; 5-mile run, 5-mile walk, 1-mile fun run; U.S. 80 bridge over the Mississippi River; entry fees: $25 individual, $15 for 10 and younger, $55 for family of five, $75 for corporate or civic teams of three to five members; $5 added after Oct.1; 501631-2997.

Mississippi Library Commission

Haunted Vicksburg ghost tours

For active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day; 380 S. Lamar St., Jackson; 601-960-1515 or

Fridays-Sundays through October; walking tour, $20 per person; haunted hearse, $25 for group of six; 601-618-6031 or www.

River Region Medical Center Women’s Health Expo 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19; Vicksburg Convention Center; $23 for fashion show, lunch; booth fees: $75 for nonprofits, $150 for others; 601-883-6916, 601-883-5217.

Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow Nov. 14-16 at Vicksburg Convention Center;, or 601-955-9298.

Vicksburg Theatre Guild Performances: “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9-10 and 16-17, 2 p.m. Sept. 11 and 18; opening night reception, Sept. 9; Auditions: “It’s A Wonderful Life,” 2-5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 19-20 for Dec. 2-4 and 9-11 shows; “Forever Plaid,” 2-5 p.m. Oct. 1-2 for Jan. 20-22 and 27-29 shows; “The Foreigner,” Feb. 11-12 for May 4-6 and 11-13 shows; Tickets for main-stage plays: $12 for adults, $10 for 55 and older, $7 for stu-

Photo and fiber exhibit; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Tuesday; 3881 Eastwood Drive; 800-647-7542.

Free Mississippi Museum of Art admission

For Foodies Sushi workshop 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Southern Cultural Heritage Center; William Furlong, DiamondJacks food and beverage manager, instructor; $30 members, $35 nonmembers; includes all supplies; 601-631-2997 or

Tailgate Cooking Workshop 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Southern Cultural Heritage Center; $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers; William Furlong, food and beverage manager of DiamondJacks Casino, instructor; 601-631-2997 or

For kids FitZone Elite Cheer Fall Schedule Runs through Dec. 20; Mondays: 4:15-5:15 p.m. for ages 4-8; 5:15-6:15 for 9 and older; and 6:15-7:15 for advanced students 7 and older; Tuesdays: 4:15-5:15 for 9 and older; 5:15-6:15 for ages 4-8; Thursdays: 5:15-6:15 for 9 and older; Fees: $50 per month, $25 registration fee for new members; Location: next to Tan Tastic in Big Lots shopping area on South Frontage Road;

The Vicksburg Post In counseling she has to be sometimes brutally frank. After a few sessions with one client, Sister Paulinus summed it up with, “She still likes me, sort of.” When she thinks of all she’s done, Sister Paulinus said, “I could be 106 years old!” Now that she’s semi-retired, she has time for such things as gardening and fishing — she has the time but not the patience. “I have no patience,” she said. She sees no joy in watching a tomato plant grow — she wants the edible fruit immediately. “My mother loved flowers and my daddy loved vegetables,” she said, and after her mother’s death she told her father, “You don’t have to fool with any more flowers. Just make it all vegetables. If you want to put bell peppers and onions in the front yard.... well, you don’t have to feel guilty about it. Do what you want to.” She loves a well-kept yard, “if somebody else keeps it. I have no patience whatsoever with that kind of stuff, but I like it. I like what I see.” She feels almost as strongly about fishing. Her dad could spend hours at Long Lake and maybe not catch anything. She likes to fish — for about half an hour — “but if I don’t catch anything, I’m going home.” She confesses that she does have a little window box, “but you wouldn’t believe what I have in it — two Poinsettias from last Christmas that are still green. And a little mint to put in my tea. I have to have something green or I’d go nuts.” She’s from a family with a history of longevity. Her

father died at 93 and was playing golf the week before his passing. She has an aunt who is 102, and Sister Paulinus said she hopes to keep on going “until I konk out, and then Charles Riles will come get me and take me to Cedar Hill. But I’ve been disgustingly healthy, thank God.” She’s slowed down a bit — not much — and will never quit because, “You don’t retire from being a Christian woman, do you? I hope not.” “I’ve really had no regrets,” she said, suiting up her years. “I like what I’m doing. Yeah, it would have been nice to have had children and grandchildren, but I don’t regret that too much, especially when I look around and see divorce and all that kind of thing. A life commitment is a longtime thing, man. I wouldn’t want to be a caretaker for some old guy,” and she reflected on the life of a friend who had married three times, always an old man, “and I thought, ‘Dear God, she could take that money and take a nice cruise somewhere or go some place.’” In her Bible she has a poem tucked away, written by Emily Dickinson, which expresses her philosophy: “If I can stop one heart from breaking I shall not live in vain. If I can ease one life from aching or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin into his nest again I shall not live in vain.” Sister Paulinus has done those things. Maybe that’s why, she said, “I’ve liked what I’ve done.” •

Gordon Cotton is an author and historian who lives in Vicksburg.

Contact: Liz Curtis, 601-638-3778 or

Nightlife Eddie Monsour’s at the Biscuit Company, 1100 Washington St., 601-638-1571 • 8-11 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays — Karaoke. • 8 p.m. Wednesdays — Biscuit & Jam; open mic. • Thursdays — Ladies night.

Ameristar Casino, 4116 Washington St., 601-638-1000, Free at Bottleneck Blues Bar: • Band X — Variety; Friday-Saturday. • Dr. Zarr’s Funkmonster — ­ Variety/funk; Sept. 9-10. • Jarekus Singleton — R&B/blues; Sept. 16-17. • The King Beez — ­ R&B/blues; Sept. 23-24. • The Beat Daddy’s — Blues/variety; Sept. 30-Oct.1. Free at the Cabaret Lounge: • Ben Shaw — Variety; Friday-Saturday. • Area Code — Variety; Sept. 9-10. • LaNise Kirk — Variety; Sept. 16-17. • Sinamon Leaf — Variety; Sept. 23-24. • Groove Inc. — Variety; Sept.30-Oct.1.

Vicksburg Auditorium, 901 Monroe St., 601-630-2929 • Bryan Adams, An Exclusive Engagement — 8 p.m. Oct.11 at Vicksburg Auditorium; $37, $52 and $77;, Vicksburg Convention Center box office on Mulberry Street or 800-745-3000.

Beechwood Restaurant & Lounge, 4451 Clay St., 601-636-3761 On stage, with a cover charge, at 9:15 p.m.: • Easy Eddie and the Party Rockers ­— Friday-Saturday. • Snazz — Sept. 9-10.

Jacques’ Cafe at Battlefield Inn, 4137 N. Frontage Road, 601-661-6264 • 9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday — Karaoke.

LD’s Kitchen, 1111 Mulberry St., 601-636-9838 • 8:30 p.m. each second and fourth Tuesday — Central Mississippi Blues Society Band, local artists; free. • 8:30 p.m. each first and third Tuesday — Soul Unlimited and Sounds Unlimited; free.

Roca Restaurant & Bar, 127 Country Club Drive, 601-638-0800 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays — Ben Shaw. • 7-10 p.m. Fridays — Dustin.

The Upper End Lounge, 1306 A Washington St., 601-634-8333 With a $3 cover charge: • 7-11 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays — Karaoke. • 7-9 p.m. Thursdays — Ladies night. • 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays — D.J.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Vicksburg Post

Tiffany Michelle Page Engaged to marry Nicholas Mark Davis

Mr. and Mrs. Kedron Alex Guinn The bride is the former Allison Andrea Burden


Candy Lynn Walley Engaged to marry Tony Ray Ainsworth

Page, Davis to wed Mr. Guinn marries Walley, Ainsworth at Immanuel Baptist Miss Burden Aug. 1 to marry on Sept. 17 The engagement of Tiffany Michelle Page to Nicholas Mark Davis, both of Vicksburg, is announced today. The wedding will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 8, 2011, at Immanuel Baptist Church. A reception will follow. All relatives and friends are invited to attend. Miss Page is the daughter of Wendell and Michelle Jarvis of Vicksburg and Glen and Christi Page of Bethel, Ohio. She is the granddaughter of Letha Bailey and James and Debra Hartley, all of Vicksburg; Frankie and Lisa Page of Yazoo City; and Dwight and Dorothy Talley of Jack-

son, La. Mr. Davis is the son of Bobby and Rae Rufus of Vicksburg and Simon and Jenny Davies of DeLand, Fla. He is the grandson of Norma Chappell of Vicksburg and Bob Rufus of Bud, W.Va. The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Vicksburg High School. She attended Hinds Community College. Miss Page is employed at Beechwood Elementary. The prospective groom is a 2009 graduate of Vicksburg High School. Mr. Davis is employed with Smith Lawn Care Inc.

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• LaWanda Shavét Polk and Leroy Jerome Allen Sr. 4 p.m. at Castle Hill Pavilion in Florence Reception to follow Family and friends are invited • Natasha Nicole Tedder and Christopher Alan Grafton 5 p.m. at McRaven House Reception at Eagle Lake, 16685 Highway 465 Family and friends are invited • Audrey Elaine White and Lee Travis Banks 5 p.m. at Cedar Grove M.B. Church Reception at Rainbow Arena • Maury E. Wolfe and Jared K. Minor 6 p.m. at Viva Las Vegas Chapel in Las Vegas Reception at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Strand Theater, 717 Clay St. Family and friends are invited to reception

LaWanda Shavét Polk Engaged to marry Leroy Jerome Allen Sr.

Miss Polk, Mr. Allen to recite vows Sept. 3 The engagement of LaWanda Shavét Polk to Leroy Jerome Allen Sr., both of Port Gibson, is announced today. Vows will be exchanged at 4 p.m. Sept. 3, 2011, at Castle Hill Pavilion in Florence. A reception will follow. All relatives and friends are invited to attend. Miss Polk is the daughter of Doris Polk of Port Gibson and the late Arthur Lee “Bozzie” Brown of Pattison. She is the granddaughter of the late Jessie King and the late Addie Parker and Evan Wilson. Mr. Allen is the son of Ethel Mae Allen of Hermanville and Robert Lee Allen of Port Gibson. He is the grandson of the late Betsy and William Allen and the late Abraham and Laura Lee Johnson.

The bride-elect is a 1994 graduate of Port Gibson High School, where she was named Star Student and was a member of the National Honor Society, Esquirette Club and JROTC Color Guard. She received a bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State University, where she was a member of the Food and Nutrition Club, Family and Consumer Sciences Club, MAMP and the Honors Program. Miss Polk is a nutritionist for the Mississippi State Department of Health. The prospective groom is a 1978 graduate of Port Gibson High School. He attended Walden University. Mr. Allen is an electrician with Duckworth Realty.

Kedron Alex Guinn and Allison Andrea Burden were married at 4 p.m. Aug. 1, 2011, at Word & Worship Church in Jackson. Bishop Jeffery Stallworth officiated at the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Shirley B. Smith and Leon Williams of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of the late Geneva and Charlie McGowan, George Smith and Virgie Williams and the late Charlie Williams of Vicksburg. The groom is the son of Johnnie and Ora Guinn of Vicksburg. He is the grandson of

Para Dorsey and the late Alex Dorsey and Oneda Guinn and the late Willie James Guinn of Houston, Texas. Given in marriage by Leon Williams, the bride’s chosen colors were silver, black and white. Music was presented by Sound Unlimited Band. A reception was held at Unique Banquet Hall in Vicksburg. For a wedding trip, the couple traveled to Biloxi. They will make their home in Jackson, where both are employed with Healthy You Vending Distributors.

The engagement of Candy Lynn Walley to Tony Ray Ainsworth, both of Vicksburg, is announced today. Vows will be exchanged at 4 p.m. Sept. 17, 2011, at Wilsonwood Lodge. A reception will follow. All relatives and friends are invited to attend. Miss Walley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald K. Laird of Vicksburg and Calvin L. Walley of Colorado City, Colo. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alton W. Hester and the late Mr. and Mrs. Mike W. Walley, all of Vicksburg. Mr. Ainsworth is the son of

Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Ainsworth and the late Darlene Ainsworth Nevels of Vicksburg. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gale Ainsworth and the late Gladys Healey, all of Vicksburg. The bride-elect is a 2003 honor graduate of Vicksburg High School. She graduated as a licensed practical nurse from Hinds Community College. The prospective groom is a 1995 graduate of Vicksburg High School. He is a member of the Local 619 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union.

Tupperware Continued from Page C1. air to let in for various fruits and vegetables. Broccoli’s a heavy breather, for instance. Asparagus isn’t. The Orlando, Fla.-based company has acquired a sense of humor with a set called Thatsa Bowl and Thatsa Mega Bowl, but left the Jel-Ring Mold pretty much alone while aggressively modernizing, diversifying and pursuing emerging markets around the globe. A few years ago, the company boasted that a Tupperware party was held somewhere in the world every 2.3 seconds. Now it’s 1.7 seconds, driven by a direct sales force of 2.6 million — still mostly women — in nearly 100 markets, said Rick Goings, the chairman and chief executive who arrived 20 years ago from Avon. Worldwide sales last year totaled $2.3 billion, including beauty and personal care products. “I got here and found out the company was in trouble,” Goings said. “The headquarters was for sale. They had just written off $100 million. Everybody loved it but they loved it in a historical sense, like the Model T.” One of the first things he did was hire Susan Perkins, the company’s first woman chief of design, to replace generations of stuffy industrial wonks who likely never had to use Tupperware at home. Also on Goings’ plate: making products more appealing to young people, and ceding ground to lower cost plastic containers and bags. The company has had more than seven straight quarters of positive sales growth and expanding earnings, due largely to markets outside the United States, but nothing quite so explosive as the early decades. The “party plan” for selling in homes to friends and neighbors was put in place by inventor Earl S. Tupper’s right hand, a divorced mom from Detroit named Brownie Wise, after Tupper’s failed attempts to sell in stores. Home parties remain the way most consumers scoop up their Tupperware, though there’s an option to host

online parties and Tupperware itself sells from its website. Admired by House Beautiful in 1947 as “Fine Art for 39 Cents,” Tupperware today is functional, fun and fashionable, but it isn’t cheap. The microwave SmartSteamer, for example, goes for $139 and a seven-piece Vent ’N Serve set for $130. “It IS quite pricey, but it lasts forever,” Hallman-Morris said. “It really does.” Pricey, that is, in today’s palooza of plastics. There wasn’t much by way of comparison back in 1938, when Tupper first got his hands on a sticky black glob of polyethylene slag, then figured out how to turn it into squishable kitchen storage and cereal bowls. Plastics of the time were hard, brittle and smelly, prone to leaks and easily breakable. Without lids, homemakers used moist towels, tin foil or shower caps to make food last on the counter and in ever-improving refrigerators. Tupperware’s success is a study in perfect post-war timing, a period of rapid growth in consumer products, consumption and the rise of suburban living after women were sent home from wartime factories. Not bad for a New Hampshire farm boy and failed tree doctor who barely graduated

high school. Tupper’s base material and introduction to the business came at DuPont during a year’s stint in its plastics division in Leominster, Mass. But it was the flamboyant Wise, not the all-business Tupper, who refined the party plan, allowing the company to soar to 20,000 dealers by 1954, a golden year. Stanley Home Products used the party plan before Tupperware came along, but Wise refined it, whipping women into a frenzy for selling the newfangled plasticware. She first peddled Stanley, adding a bit of Tupperware to the mix and later switching altogether, catching Tupper’s eye with an impressive sales network in Detroit, then Florida. Appointed vice president and head of sales, Wise promised real money and recognition for hard workers, without the need for formal education or job experience. The company’s lifetime guarantee that products won’t chip, break, crack or peel remains in place. So do big-ticket incentives for top sellers. “I basically was able to walk away from not knowing where my next paycheck was coming from,” said Kevin Farrell, a Los Angeles actor who dons Daisy Dukes, crazy makeup and a blonde wig to

sell Tupperware in drag as the brash southern trailerdweller Dee W. Ieye. He sells a lot of Tupperware — six figures’ worth most years. Farrell’s a regular recipient of big Wiseinspired prizes, a Pontiac G-6 convertible for one. Wise had her own rags-toriches story: a meager Georgia childhood and a desperate need to support son Jerry after a bad marriage to an abusive alcoholic whom she divorced in 1941. “Brownie made it clear — if you’re divorced, married, single, disabled, Asian, Hispanic, Jewish, Christian, it doesn’t matter. Tupperware is an opportunity for you,” said Laurie Kahn, who wrote, produced and directed the 2004 PBS documentary “Tupperware!” “These women were very traditional, yet they were subverting the system from the inside,” she said. “They could earn more money than their husbands if they were successful, and be able to put their kids through college and buy houses.” Wise, often photographed in her favorite peacock wicker chair amid fawning male Tupperware executives, was the first woman to make the cover of Business Week, in 1954, well before Mary Kay, Martha Stewart or Oprah. But four years later, she was unceremoniously dumped by the quirky, paranoid Tupper after seven years. The falling out was complicated, fed by Tupper’s disdain for Wise’s excesses and his desire to sell the company to avoid heavy estate taxes in the event of his death. According to Kahn’s film, Tupper felt suitors for the company would have no interest in taking on a woman at the top. After receiving a $35,000 settlement, slightly less than her annual salary, Wise was unable to make her magic reappear. She dabbled in real estate, took up pottery making and died in relative obscurity in 1992 at age 79. “She was living the life she wanted to, but Tupper held all the cards. She poured her whole life into Tupperware,” said Bill Kealing, who wrote “Tupperware Unsealed.”


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Muppets, penguins, vampires lead fall film lineup By David Germain AP Movie Writer LOS ANGELES — Brad Pitt reinvents baseball, while Kristen Stewart acquires a taste for blood. George Clooney runs for president, while Meryl Streep impersonates Margaret Thatcher. Leonardo DiCaprio puts America under surveillance, while Robert Downey Jr. faces a criminal mastermind. Variety abounds in Hollywood’s fall and holiday seasons as studios pack the schedule with Oscar hopefuls, action flicks, comedy and music-themed tales, as well as a family lineup that brings the return of the Muppets, dancing penguins, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Puss in Boots. Downey’s back in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” as the great detective and his ally Watson (Jude Law) meet archenemy Professor Moriarty. Clooney directs and stars as a White House aspirant in “The Ides of March,” with Ryan Gosling as an aide who stumbles onto disturbing campaign secrets. Stewart reunites with vampire lover Robert Pattinson and werewolf pal Taylor Lautner in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1,” the nextto-last chapter in their supernatural saga. Split into two movies, the final book in Stephenie Meyer’s series holds major life changes for Stewart’s Bella, which we won’t divulge here for sake of the handful of fans who haven’t read it. For those who have, director Bill Condon says the cliffhanger that concludes part one is a no-brainer. “The clue lies in the book,” Condon said. “I would say that if you know the book well, I think you’ll have a good sense of where the first movie will end.” The season also brings two films directed by Steven Spielberg, the globe-trotting story “The Adventures of Tintin” and the World War I saga “War Horse”; Martin Scorsese’s 3-D family film “Hugo,” about an orphan boy who lives in the

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Leonardo DiCaprio in “J. Edgar” walls of a Paris train station; “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” with Tom Cruise’s elite team going rogue after an attack on the Kremlin; the comedy “Jack and Jill,” with Adam Sandler in dual roles as a family guy and his pesky sister; and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” an adaptation of the Swedish best-seller starring Daniel Craig as a journalist aided on an investigation by a deeply troubled computer genius (Rooney Mara). Real people provide intriguing stories as Streep seeks to add to her record 16 Oscar acting nominations, playing the British prime minister in “The Iron Lady”; Pitt takes over the Oakland A’s front office as pioneering baseball strategist Billy Beane in “Mon-

eyball”; and DiCaprio takes on the sweeping life of FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover in “J. Edgar,” directed by Clint Eastwood. The film spans decades, covering the bureau’s successes taking down gangsters in the 1930s, Hoover’s paranoia about communists and civil-rights leaders, and questions about his sexual preferences. “He was surrounded in mystery. I’d always heard a lot about rumors of his sexuality, the cross-dressing, but more than that, the man had absolute power when it came to forming the bureau of investigation and its influence over the government,” DiCaprio said. “He was pretty much a historical figure that wasn’t to be messed with.” In “Moneyball,” Pitt’s Beane

takes over the A’s and builds one of baseball’s most costeffective teams through “sabermetrics,” a statistical analysis that broke with conventional Major League scouting by identifying undervalued players. “It’s tough, tough material in a sense of how do you make a dramatic film out of sabermetrics? But there is a story of going up against a system,” Pitt said. “If we hadn’t been doing it this way for so long, is this the way we’d begin if we were starting today? Like our use of oil. You could ask the same question if the automobile was being invented today. Would we really be going oil?” Hollywood is giving a fresh start to familiar titles and characters. Among them: the animated sequel “Happy Feet Two,” with Elijah Wood’s tapdancing penguin coping with fatherhood issues; “Puss in Boots,” an animated “Shrek” spinoff chronicling the early adventures of Antonio Banderas’ gutsy cat; “The Muppets,” the first big-screen outing in more than a decade for the beloved puppet gang; “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked!” with the talking rodents stranded on a

remote island; “The Thing,” a prequel to the 1982 horror tale about Antarctic researchers terrorized by an organism that replicates human forms; and “Footloose,” with newcomer Kenny Wormald as a youth rebelling against a town’s ban on dancing. “Footloose” director Craig Brewer was 13 when he saw the 1984 original. It was a seminal movie for Brewer, whose credits include the acclaimed “Hustle & Flow,” and it bothered him when the remake was announced and people asked, “Why would you want to do some tripe like ‘Footloose’?” “Are you kidding? ‘Footloose’ rocked my world. It really rocked my world,” Brewer said. “I made it for a new generation, but I’m a filmmaker because of ‘Footloose.’ I think I’m actually a better man because of ‘Footloose.’” Peter Jackson shares similar childhood fondness for “Tintin,” on which “The Lord of the Rings” filmmaker is a producer. New Zealander Jackson said that Belgian writer Herge’s stories of intrepid young reporter Tintin are as popular there as they are in Europe. But like most Americans, Steven Spielberg never heard of Tintin until he was in his 30s, only discovering Herge’s storybooks after French critics compared the character to Indiana Jones when 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” came out. “Indiana Jones is a chiseled character and I guess has a different kind of tenacity,” said

Spielberg, whose film stars Jamie Bell in a performancecapture role as Tintin, with computer animation providing the final look of the characters. “Tintin is much more of a Boy Scout. He’s a reporter, but he begins by reporting a story that is always about a mystery that needs to be solved or a puzzle that needs solving, and he winds up becoming the story. You’re not supposed to do that, I think, in journalism. You’re not supposed to become the story.” Spielberg also directs the live action “War Horse,” which follows the travels of a horse that journeys from rural England through the battlefields of Europe during World War I. Other films for the fall and holidays include “Tower Heist,” with Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy orchestrating a revenge raid on a swindling tycoon; “Arthur Christmas,” an animated adventure about a youth (voiced by James McAvoy) who delves into Santa’s high-tech operation; “Real Steel,” starring Hugh Jackman as an ex-fighter training a robot boxer in a world where machines have taken over in the ring; “In Time,” featuring Justin Timberlake on the run in a future where people scramble for time allotments to stay alive; “Immortals,” with Henry Cavill and Freida Pinto in a clash of ancient Greek gods and heroes; and “The Big Year,” casting Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson as rivals in a birdwatching competition.

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Don’t fear ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’

‘Our Idiot Brother’ rambles like its hero

By David Germain AP movie writer

By Christy Lemire AP movie critic Paul Rudd hops from one sofa to another to another as the title character in “Our Idiot Brother,” and that’s sort of what the film itself does, too. Rudd stars as an amiable, ambling dude named Ned who has no real goals in life; what he does have is a guilelessness that consistently gets him into trouble, both with his family and with the law. (At the film’s start, he sells pot to a uniformed police officer, which earns him some brief time behind bars.) He has a knack for always saying or doing the wrong thing, even though he always means well. Director Jesse Peretz, working from a script written by his sister, Evgenia Peretz, and her husband, David Schisgall, follows him as he bumbles his way from one situation to the next with no great momentum or sense of character evolution. Ned grows increasingly irritating to his hippie farmer ex-girlfriend (Kathryn Hahn), the three sisters he mooches off of (Emily Mortimer, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel) and to us. But then supposedly once they’ve all shunned him for causing so much inadvertent damage, they take him back because they realize what a positive influence he is in their lives. It makes no sense — there’s a gap of logic and emotion that’s hard to overcome.

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Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks in “Our Idiot Brother”

On screen “Our Idiot Brother,” a Weinstein Co. release, is rated R for sexual content including nudity, and for language throughout. Running time: 90 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. Still, the usually likable Rudd is totally committed to playing this annoying, goofy schlub: a Capraesque character in cargo shorts and shaggy facial hair. You don’t blame the sisters for ostracizing him — but then they’re all drawn in such an unlikable, two-dimensional way, you won’t want to be on their side, either. Director Peretz says they’re all meant to represent specific New York types, but they never feel like fully realized people. First, Ned stays with Mortimer’s Liz, the smug, hovering, ultra-P.C. Brooklyn mom; her kids are named River and Echo. She’s married to a skeevy and disdainful documentary filmmaker played by a surprisingly unfunny Steve Coogan. They are obsessed with getting their son into the right private school.

When he wears out his welcome there, he moves in with Banks’ Miranda, an impatient and ambitious writer for Vanity Fair (where Peretz the screenwriter is a contributing editor in real life). She’ll do whatever she must to get good play for her piece on a British royal, even if it means using Ned to obtain secondhand information. She also bosses around her neighbor (Adam Scott, who has some nice, easygoing banter with Rudd); he has a crush on her for reasons that are difficult to comprehend. (Again, it’s really hard to make Elizabeth Banks unlikable; “Our Idiot Brother” has achieved that dubious feat.) Finally he joins Deschanel’s Natalie, a bisexual, bohemian artsy type who lives in an already crowded loft. She’s dating a lawyer named Cindy (Rashida Jones), poses nude for painters and tries out awkward new material at poorly attended open mike nights. Whether Ned tears them all apart, brings them back together or finally finds a permanent home, it’s hard to care, because the film doesn’t seem to care, either.

Size shouldn’t matter when it comes to scary creatures. After all, plenty of people are terrified of rats and spiders. Yet savage and ugly as the tiny monsters are in “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” they’re not as frightening as the filmmakers would have you believe. These wee beasties are not all that interesting, either, and frankly, neither is the movie. Producer and co-writer Guillermo del Toro and director Troy Nixey manage a lot of creepy atmosphere in their story of a couple (Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes) and a young girl menaced by nasty little things that swarm up from beneath the mansion they’re restoring. With the girl at the heart of the tale and del Toro’s name the big selling point, the filmmakers want you thinking of the movie as a cousin to his masterful “Pan’s Labyrinth,” another story of a girl caught up in a world of fantastical terror. “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” is an awfully tame cousin, though, the creatures uninvolving and their antics more irritating than petrifying. Based on a 1973 television movie that starred Kim Darby and Jim Hutton, del Toro and co-writer Matthew Robbins’ update has architect Alex Hurst (Pearce) and girlfriend and collaborator Kim (Holmes) in the home stretch of their restoration of Blackwood Manor. A promising prologue lays out terrible doings that beset the manor’s old master, who discovered that small, ravenous creatures with an appetite for children’s teeth were living

son), leads to the discovery of a secret basement sealed decades ago to imprison the creatures, known as the homunculi. Now the monsters have just what they want: freedom to roam the house through the air ducts and a child with a mouth full of tasty calcium. Speaking in whispery voices, the homunculi are obnoxious taunters more than predators for much of the movie, causing “Gremlins”-style havoc, only without the gags.

On screen “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” a FilmDistrict release, is rated R for violence and terror. Running time: 100 minutes. Two stars out of four. below his home. What perfect timing that the arrival of Alex’s moody daughter, Sally (Bailee Madi-

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Feathers catching the fancy of fashion insiders By Samantha Critchell AP fashion writer NEW YORK — The fashion flock seems to have developed a fancy for feathers: They’re decorating cocktail dresses and bohemian jewelry, and being braided into hair. They’re statements of femininity and luxury — without being too frilly, experts say. “I think feathers are the ultimate in flirtatiousness,” says designer Peter Som. “There’s a sense of movement, and feathers take color really well.” Guess that means the sky is the limit. Som likes to see a kneelength feathered skirt paired with a simple white menswear-style shirt or a camisole. “Show some leg,” he advises, “and wear a strong shoe.” Naeem Khan, who has twice dressed Michelle Obama for black-tie state dinners, said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that he favors the “cloud effect” you’ll get from ostrich feathers on a grand-entrance gown. A stiffer feather — perhaps a rooster feather — can add a bit of a rock ’n’ roll texture to a skirt or vest, Khan adds, and other feathers can be used on outerwear for warmth. “I’ve used them in a practical way, on vests and jackets and capes. You can use them like fur.” Meanwhile, designer Pamella Roland’s favorite feathered look from her fall collection is a jersey dress with lace sleeves and ostrich feathers. “It’s a very glam look.” She has had feathers in her collection since “Day 1,” and, personally, she has several times worn a feather capelet with a simple black dress. With most of her clients in Florida and California, she notes that it’s nice to have feathers as a fur alternative. “These ladies love to dress up, but you can’t really wear fur

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A model wears a feather creation by Italian designer Giambattista Valli. in the sunbelt. ... You can wear feathers year-round — maybe white feathers for spring and black for winter.” Look for style commentator Mary Alice Stephenson to be wearing this fall a delicate top tipped with feathers around the neckline to offset masculine, high-waisted trousers, or a feather tank under a jacket with a pencil skirt. “Feathers inject glamour into clothes that are more straightforward, edgy or masculine,” she says. She also gushes over Alexander Wang’s sexy, strappy

sandals with a pouf of pink feathers at the toe. “My feeling about feathers is, if they’re done in a subtle, sensual way, then it’s something you want to embrace for fall,” Stephenson says. But too many tufts run the risk of a Big Bird effect. “That’s easy for me to say, being 6 feet tall. If I was swathed all over in feathers it would be too much,” Stephenson says. “Taking the runway to your life is about seeing feathers at the Pucci fashion show, and you see how to wear a feather purse from

Pet arthritis

No cure but meds, therapy can help LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tahlula started life as a victim of bad breeding and will end it as a victim of arthritis. The Rottweiler had hip dysplasia and ruptured knee ligaments when she was adopted in 2006 at age 4. Ligament surgery followed, then a diagnosis of a dislocated spinal disc and arthritis so bad that the dog would cry in pain and sometimes stumble and fall. Her owner, Lea Jaratz of Cleveland, wondered at times if she was putting her through unnecessary pain and should be putting her down instead. But after trying assorted therapies, Jaratz hit on a combination of an over-the-counter supplement, glucosamine, and a prescription drug, Tramadol, that seemed to help. While arthritis in dogs and cats is not curable, it is treatable, and pet owners should experiment with medicines, therapies and lifestyle changes until they find an approach that eases the pain and inflammation, said Dr. Wendy Baltzer, a veterinarian, surgeon and director of the Small Animal Rehabilitation Center at Oregon State University. One in five dogs has severe arthritis and 75 percent to 80 percent of cats over age 15 have arthritis, Baltzer said. “I always tell owners: ‘Yes. Try. Do.’ But if it doesn’t work, it’s OK, it’s just that it’s not going to work for your dog,” Baltzer said. Baltzer also stressed that overweight, sedentary pets are at higher risk for severe arthritis. Lean should be a lifestyle, exercise a habit and moderation in play a must, the veterinarian said. “The more weight you have, the more damage you do to the joint,” she said. Things young dogs do — leaping for balls, screeching to a stop after fetching, trying to stop on slick floors, running on concrete — can take a toll, she

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Tahlula, a Rottweiler with arthritis in Cleveland, Ohio. said. Grassy play areas and rugs on wooden floors will ease pressure on young joints. For arthritic dogs, soft beds, raised feeders and car ramps will help. If a flight of stairs becomes a problem, a pet may have to learn to live on one level. Swimming is a good form of exercise because it does not stress the joints, she added. Tahlula’s owner, Jaratz, who also has another dog with arthritis, said if she had it to do over, “I would have kept my pets’ weight down, managing their diet and exercise earlier on. Both of my dogs became overweight with time, compounding their arthritis pain.” As bad as arthritis is in dogs, it might be worse in cats, Baltzer said, because cats instinctively try to hide weakness. Be wary if your cat slows down, becomes irritable, doesn’t want to step in its litter box, doesn’t want to be petted near a joint, stops hopping on the couch or climbing its cat tree. Cats may also stop eating if their food dishes are up high, she said. “It is a very underdiagnosed disease in cats. People will say their cat is sleeping 12 hours a day because it’s getting older. But that’s not true. It’s just too painful to walk around,” Baltzer said.

Most pets get osteoarthritis, the vet said, a disease caused by the breakdown of articular cartilage over the bones that form joints. Without the cushion, bone rubs against bone, causing inflammation, swelling and pain. Arthritis can develop as a result of joint infection, trauma (including being hit by a car or physical abuse), genetics and aging. Big dogs tend to get it more than small ones but any dog or cat is susceptible, Baltzer said. Therapies — some of them still experimental in terms of research results but said anecdotally by veterinarians to provide some relief — include acupuncture, laser, massage, ultrasound, water, pulse signal, shockwave and stem cell treatments. Baltzer often recommends glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, and says some of her patients have also benefited from omega-3 fatty acids and an extract used in traditional Chinese medicine called elk velvet antler. Surgery is another option. Wrists (front paws) and ankles (back paws) can be fused in a procedure called arthrodesis, Baltzer said. “I’ve had dogs who have returned to competition as sports dogs and done very well with fused wrists,” she said.

Talbots, or a statement necklace with a feather, or even feather shapes or prints.” Lots of people are trying out the trend in their hair, reports Brenda Pederson, stylist at the Oscar Blandi Salon in Manhattan. There’s been a burst in requests over the past two months, she says. It takes just a few minutes to thread a feather into dry hair. “Most of the process is deciding where you want it to be and what color you want. ... I think it’s a new trend, makes people happy. It’s quick and easy, and it’s not a big commitment like a new hairstyle,” Pederson says. She had a purple one in her own hair for three weeks, although the feathers can last up to six. Mostly tweens, teens and 20-somethings are getting it done, but one woman in her 50s came in — and looked great when she walked out, Pederson says. “It looks good on every type of hair and hairstyle. It’s not for the conserva-

tive, though.” When “American Idol” stylist Soyon An first used feathers on Crystal Bowersox last year, she had to get them from a craft store because they weren’t readily available; now they seem like they’re everywhere. “It’s not just for the stage — or even just for your hair or earrings,” says An. “I think feathers are a great look for an event or cocktail party.” On the more casual, approachable side, she’s seeing feather prints on T-shirts and bags inspired by bohemian, Indian and Peruvian looks, especially in color combinations with turquoise, white and brown. Stephenson encourages women to give it a try — even if it’s in small, measured doses, and maybe in black at first. But more important than color, style or the wearer’s age is to wear it with confidence, she says. “People are really intimidated by feathers ... but they

can be a really great tool.” Treat them like sequins, she says, which you’ll now find on as many T-shirts as evening gowns. As he’s crafting a feather piece, Khan says he uses them as if they were indeed sequins or other embellishments such as crystals or beads. They’re in the same price range, too. On a technical level, they’re not more difficult to work with, he says, although, not surprisingly, you need a light touch. It’s the same thing with wearing them. “Yes, you have to treat the garment with care, but you can sit in a feather skirt and they don’t all fall off,” says Som. “Feathers are delicate but not as delicate as you think.” And, if one or two fall off, it’s OK, they’re a calling card for someone with a lot of style and glamour, she says. “Think of it like perfume, you leave a mark that you were there in a very fashionable way.”


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05. Notices Runaway Are you 12 to 17? Alone? Scared? Call 601-634-0640 anytime or 1-800-793-8266 We can help! One child, one day at a time.

06. Lost & Found LOST A DOG? Found a cat? Let The Vicksburg Post help! Run a FREE 3 day ad! 601-636-SELL or e-mail classifieds@vicksburg

LOST! WEDDING BAND SET and ruby ring. At Fox's Pizza, last November, sentimental value. Reward offered. 601-631-4144.

07. Help Wanted

Help create an exciting gaming and entertainment experience at Ameristar. AMERISTAR OFFERS: 6"3rding jobs 6fun, friendl53,rk environment 6Training and education assistance 6Opportunity for advancement Apply online at by Monday, September 12, then stop by the Administration Building to speak to a HR Recruiter

4116 Washington Street Vicksburg, Mississippi 601.638.1000 866.MORE FUN (667.3386) Please see Human Resources for complete details. Equal opportunity employer – M/F/D/V. Gambling Problem? Call 1-888-777-9696. Š 2011 Ameristar Casino Vicksburg

NOW HIRING COMPANY DRIVERS OWNER OPERATORS, LEASE PURCHASE & STUDENT DRIVERS $2000 Sign On Bonus for Owner Operators! Enjoy the open road with Our LineHaul division! Now Hiring Driver Trainers! CDL-A & 3 Mos OTR exp req’d

Our tradition of stability gives you a future of strength!


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Sunday, August 28, 2011

07. Help Wanted

07. Help Wanted

Al Williams Bail Bond Company a statewide operation. Manager/ Soliciting Agents in the Vicksburg area. Must be 21 years of age, have lived in the state of Mississippi for at least 12 months, and have your own transportation & cell phone. Call for an application 662-429-2730 or visit our website www.alwillliamsbail

Attention Students! Back to School Work $15 Base-Appt Flex hrs around classes Cust. Sales/Srvc Interview in Clinton Work in your area All ages 17+ Call NOW (601) 910-6111

“ACE� Truck Driver Training With a Difference Job Placement Asst. Day, Night & Refresher Classes Get on the Road NOW! Call 1-888-430-4223 MS Prop. Lic. 77#C124 AVON. EARN MONEY now! Representatives needed in your area. Will train. Call 601-259-2157. AVON. NEED EXTRA CASH? Become an Avon Representative today. Call 601-454-8038.

EXPERIENCED SHIPPING EMPLOYEE. Part Time Monday- Friday. 3-4 hours per day. Able to lift 25 pound boxes. Please send resume with work experience to: Dept. 3761 The Vicksburg Post P.O Box 821668 Vicksburg, MS 39182

HEY! NEED CASH NOW? We buy JUNK CARS, VANS, SUV’S, TRUCKS, SCHOOL BUSES, HEAVY EQUIPMENT, HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS & TRAILERS. Whether your junk is running or not, & PAY YOU CASH NOW. Call today, we'll come pick your junk up with CASH in hand!

Classifieds Really Work!


Care, Comfort & Compassion for the Whole Family

Hospice Advantage in Vicksburg is currently looking for: •Full Time and Per Diem Registered Nurses -Hospice exp preferred

•Per Diem MSW •Per Diem Chaplain

At Hospice Advantage, we believe our employees are our Greatest Asset!

We offer: •401k w/match – All Employees eligible!

•Mileage paid at $0.51 per mile! •Paid Weekly! •Flexible Schedules!

Send resume to Melinda at

or Fax 601-634-6546. EOE

Vicksburg, Mississippi

Immediate Opening for a

DIRECTOR OF NURSING • RN Required • Strong Management & Organizational Skills • At least 3 years experience as an RN • Minimum 1 year experience in Hospice or Home Health COME BE A PART OF OUR DEDICATED TEAM • PTO, Paid Holidays, 401-K • Competitive Salary


Contact Kim Carr at 601-638-8308 or fax resume to: 601-638-8420

07. Help Wanted

07. Help Wanted Hotel Head Housekeeper Experience a must Hands on position Ability to train, inspect, clean, supervise, meet corporate standards Send resumes to: Dept. 3760 The Vicksburg Post P.O Box 821668 Vicksburg, MS 39182

HEY! NEED CASH NOW? We buy junk cars, vans, SUVs, heavy equipment and more! Call today, we'll come pick them up with money in hand! 1-800826-8104.

Hotel Assistant General Manager

Experience a must. Hands on position. Experienced in training, front office systems, reservation/ revenue management, computer skills, and ability to work with flexible shift. Send resume to: Dept. 3759 The Vicksburg Post P.O. Box 821668 Vicksburg, MS 39182 Classified Advertising really brings big results!

05. Notices


   !! " # $%&'$($' )*)* #     ' + " MECHANIC NEEDED. Must have own tools. Experience required. Competitive salary. Apply in person at B&G Automotive, 2401 Halls Ferry Road. RAINBOW HOTEL LOOKING for a maintenance person. One year experience needed. Apply in person, 1350 Warrenton Road, Monday- Friday 8am-4pm. No phone calls, please. ST. MARK'S FREEWILL Baptist Church, currently accepting resumes for Pastor and Music Director, send to 105 Lena Drive, Vicksburg, MS 39183.

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07. Help Wanted

14. Pets & Livestock

14. Pets & Livestock

17. Wanted To Buy


Vicksburg Warren Humane Society & MS - Span Low Cost Spay & Neuter Program

4 MONTH OLD Siamese kittens. One male, one female. $30 each or $50 pair. Lots of fun! Wormed and litter box trained. 601-415-6803.

CATS: Male . .$25 Female ........$35 DOGS (UNDER 40 LBS): Male . .$55 Female ........$65 • For the above category of animals, pick up applications at the Humane Society DOGS (OVER 40 LBS): Male . .$70 Female ........$80 • For dogs over 40 lbs, call 866-901-7729 for appt.

17. Wanted To Buy

WE HAUL OFF old appliances, old batteries, lawn mowers, hot water heaters, junk and abandoned cars, trucks, vans, etcetera. 601940-5075, if no answer, please leave message.

needed for delivery of storage containers. Must have minimum Class A License. Apply in person @ Sheffield Rentals 1255 Hwy. 61 S. Vicksburg, MS

TOW TRUCK DRIVER Class A CDL, clean record, 5 years experience. Drug Free. Apply in person at Stevens, 800 Hwy 80. Monday- Friday 8am- 4pm.

10. Loans And Investments

Hwy 61 S - 601-636-6631

“WE CAN ERASE your bad credit- 100% guaranteed.� The Federal Trade Commission says the only legitimate credit repair starts and ends with you. It takes time and a conscious effort to pay your debts. Any company that claims to be able to fix your credit legally is lying. Learn about managing credit and debt at A message from The Vicksburg Post and the FTC.



Adopt Today!

Call the Shelter for more information.


11. Business Opportunities

Look for us on THRIVING WASHINGTON STREET restaurant needs new owner. Turn-key operation. 662-873-4236, 662-873-2878.

If you are feeding a stray or feral cat and need help with spaying or neutering, please call 601-529-1535.


05. Notices

05. Notices


is managed and operated in accordance with the provisions of Tide VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to the Acts, Tide 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 80, 84 and 91 and does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services, and activities, or in employment . For further information about this policy, contact: Joyce Hubbard, Administrator at (601) 636-1448.

is managed and operated in accordance with the provisions of Tide VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to the Acts, Tide 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 80, 84 and 91 and does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services, and activities, or in employment . For further information about this policy, contact: Amy Brown, Administrator at (601) 638-3632

Mississippi Projects

Competitive wages and benefits with a 51 year old company SAIA Electric, Inc. Email resume to: or Fax resume to: (225) 927-4791

18. Miscellaneous For Sale 82ND VICKSBURG COIN Show, August 27-28, Battlefield Inn, Saturday, 9am6pm, Sunday, 10am-4pm, sponsored by Vicksburg Coin Club. Information 601638-1195.

$ I BUY JUNK CARS $ Highest price paid, GURANTEED! Cash in your hand today! Call 601-618-6441.

A.R.E. HATCHBACK CAMPER cover for long bed pickup. $250. 601-6383918.

HEY! NEED CASH NOW? We buy JUNK CARS, VANS, SUV’S, TRUCKS, SCHOOL BUSES, HEAVY EQUIPMENT, HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS & TRAILERS. Whether your junk is running or not, & PAY YOU CASH NOW. Call today, we'll come pick your junk up with CASH in hand!

CEMETERY PLOTS 5 Perpetual Care plots. City Cemetery #78, Square 2, Div M. $240 per plot or $1000 for all. 334-741-6912. FOR LESS THAN 45 cents per day, have The Vicksburg Post delivered to your home. Only $14 per month, 7 day delivery. Call 601-636-4545, Circulation Department.

1-800-826-8104 WANTED: ANYTHING OLD-Money, coins, war relics, books, photos, documents, etcetera. 601-618-2727. WE BUY ESTATES. Households and quality goods. Best prices. You call, we haul! 601-415-3121, 601-661-6074.

07. Help Wanted

HOMEMADE OLD FASHIONED Sweet pickles. Pint $5, Quart, $8. 601-6198114.

Find a Honey of a Deal in the Classifieds...Zero in on that most wanted or hard to find item.

07. Help Wanted

Vicksburg Convalescent Home

IMMEDIATE OPENING Telecommunications Technicians and Voice/ Data Cable Installers and Helpers

WE PAY CASH for junk. Cars, trucks. Vans, SUVs, and old dump trucks. 601638-5946 or 601-529-8249.

Covenant Health & Rehab of Vicksburg, LLC “Every Day of Life Counts� We are a Dynamic skilled nursing facility seeking an energetic individual.

•RN’s -Weekend shift


VICKSBURG Mississippi

Outside Sales Representative Applications being taken for an

One year experience preferred Excellent communication skills Energetic personality Competitive salary Nonsmoking environment Applications Available Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. No phone calls.

Covenant Health & Rehab of Vicksburg, LLC “Every Day of Life Counts� We are a Dynamic skilled nursing facility seeking an energetic individual.

•LPN -Full time 3-11, 11-7

Covenant Health & Rehabilitation of Vicksburg, LLC 2850 Porters Chapel Road Vicksburg, MS 39180-1805 Phone: (601) 638-9211 Fax: (601) 636-4986

Covenant Health & Rehabilitation of Vicksburg, LLC 2850 Porters Chapel Road Vicksburg, MS 39180-1805 Phone: (601) 638-9211 Fax: (601) 636-4986

What are your dreams?�

What are your dreams?�



Classified Advertising really brings big results!

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Housing Authority of the City of Vicksburg, MS (Vicksburg Housing Authority) is seeking an Executive Director to manage a 430 unit public housing program. Candidates must be able to exercise independent judgment within the framework of established policy and existing laws governing housing authorities. Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, be knowledgeable of HUD rules & regulations, have experience in public housing & affordable housing programs. Experience in the creation of affordable housing is a plus. Minimum Requirements : Computer skills, Fiscal planning, Administrative and Management skills, Bachelor’s degree in public administration or related field and five (5) years progressive experience in Public Housing programs. To Apply, submit your resume to: Christopher M. Barnett, Sr. Chairman, Board of Commissioners Vicksburg Housing Authority P.O. Box 865 Vicksburg, MS 39181-0865 Open Until Filled.

Come try us on for size – we’ve got lots of opportunity! Must have excellent customer service skills and the ability to work any shift. Negative result from a pre-employment drug screen is required. Part-Time Hourly Positions Beverage Server • Cage Cashier • Dealer (Experienced) EVS Team Member • Food Server • Guest Services Host Human Resources Clerk • Slot Attendant Security Officer • Valet Full-Time Hourly Positions Maintenance Technician • Surveillance Observer Salaried Positions Director of Finance • Director of Gaming Operations Casino Host • Executive Chef • Maintenance Supervisor

Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short & long term disability, 401K, and PTO. Applications accepted in HR, 1380 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg, MS, 39180; Mon.-Wed. 8:30-4:30. FAX: 601-636-8205 or email EEO.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER MANAGER The Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau is seeking applicants for the position of Visitor Information Center Manager. The work involves responsibility for training and supervising a staff of Travel Counselors involved in providing informational services to visitors. Expanded knowledge of Vicksburg and area history and attractions a must. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing. Associate or Bachelor degree with minimum of 3 years customer service experience including 2 years of management required. Vacation and benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resumes to VCVB, P.O. Box 110, Vicksburg, MS 39181 by Sept. 16, 2011. EEOC

TALLULAH, LOUISIANA Immediate Opening for a


• RN Required • Strong Management & Organizational Skills • At least 3 yrs. experience as an RN • Minimum 1 yr. experience in Hospice or Home Health COME BE PART OF OUR DEDICATED TEAM

• PTO, Paid Holidays, 401K • Competitive Salary • EOE Contact James Kelly at 318-574-1573 Or fax resume to: 318-574-9613

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Sunday, August 28, 2011



Sunday, August 28, 2011

525 Grange Hall Road

1727 East Avenue Interior gutted & huge addition done by renowned contractor. Custom molding & huge 4BRs, plus 2 BAs. Custom kitchen, double ovens, JenneAire6 burner stove, separate dining room, breakfast room & large tree shaded flat backyard. MLS 20773

3 bedroom, 2 bath brick home on 1 acre lot. Open living area with 1500 sq ft.

201 Signal Hill Don't let this one get away. Well maintained family home with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. Large fenced backyard. Close in location.

418 Melrose Avenue Immaculate home decorated to perfection with 3 BR, 2 BA, living/ dining room, and den. All updated. Fenced back yard with lots of charm. A MUST SEE HOUSE!

Call Andrea at

Beverly McMillin



Over 33 years of experience put to work for you! EMAIL: ANDREA@JONESANDUPCHURCH.COM Andrea Upchurch WWW.VICKSBURGHOMES.COM

Home for Sale? Show it to the world at



Hidden treasure in Brookwood. Beautiful 3bdrm/2bath w/ study, large family room, formal dining room, & sunroom. Large master suite opens to private back patio. Arched doorways, custom molding & cabinetry, stained glass window over jacuzzi tub. Wooded lot w/ 2.45 acres. Call Marianne 601-415-6868.

Country living and great location. Brick. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, separate den. Good condition. Recently painted and updated. 20' X 20' Shop/storage. $118,500

Marianne May Jones 2735 Washington Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180 • 601-638-6243

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

THE PET SHOP “Vicksburg’s Pet Boutique”

PLAYSTATION 2 WITH controller, memory card and NEW 3 games $50. BRIDESMAID AND flower girl dress. 601-415-2024.

REESE 16K 5TH wheel hitch $150, SMALL air compressor $35, DUAL range 250 amp welder $50, 8,000 watt electric start generator $450, HANDICAP electric power scooter $200, DOG house $20. 601-831-0549, 601-638-3182.

PORTABLE GENERATOR, air compressor, table saw and leaf rake for mower. 601-638-2277.


29. Unfurnished Apartments


Licensed by the State of MS & the City of Vicksburg

29. Unfurnished Apartments


18. Miscellaneous For Sale RIDGEWAY GRANDFATHER clock. 601-638-4003, 601-529-8140. TUBBS BY GRUBBS. 1-day bathroom remodeling. 1-888-339-5992 Toll Free. 318-324-1232. Financing available.

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

29. Unfurnished Apartments

Bienville Apartments The Park Residences at Bienville 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms and townhomes available immediately.



FOR LEASING INFO, CALL 601-636-1752 •

Twin mattress sets, $189. Full mattress sets, $209. Queen mattress sets, $280. Discount Furniture Barn 601-638-7191. USED TIRES! LIGHT trucks and SUV's, 16's, 17's, 18's, 19's, 20's. A few matching sets! Call TD's, 601-638-3252.

19. Garage & Yard Sales

Quality Service at Competitive Prices #1 Windshield Repair & Replacement

Vans • Cars • Trucks •Insurance Claims Welcome•

AUTO • HOME • BUSINESS Jason Barnes • 601-661-0900

Touching Hearts, LLC Private Duty Sitting and Homemaker Service Caregivers available WHEN and WHERE you need them. •LPN’s •CNA’s •NURSE ASSISTANTS




If your floors are sagging or shaking, WE CAN HELP! We replace floor joists, seals & pillars. We also install termite shields. ✰ Reasonable ✰ Insured


BUFORD CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. 601-636-4813 State Board of Contractors Approved & Bonded





WHAT A VIEW! Openwood Plantation ! Four Bedrooms And Two Full Baths, Living Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Fireplace, Hardwood Floors, Eat-In Kitchen, Double Oven, Cooktop, Microwave, Refrigerator, Laundry Room, Two Car Garage, Updated, Move-In Ready! Call Reatha Crear 601-831-1742 $184,000


New Homes

Framing, Remodeling, Cabinets, Flooring, Roofing & Vinyl Siding State Licensed & Bonded

Jon Ross 601-638-7932

Simmons Lawn Service

Professional Services & Competitive Prices • Landscaping • Septic Systems • Irrigation: Install & Repair • Commercial & Residential Grass Cutting Licensed • Bonded • Insured 12 years experience Roy Simmons (Owner) 601-218-8341

SPEEDIPRINT & OFFICE SUPPLY • Business Cards • Letterhead • Envelopes • Invoices • Work Orders • Invitations (601) 638-2900 Fax (601) 636-6711 1601-C North Frontage Road Vicksburg, MS 39180

Haul Clay, Gravel, Dirt, Rock & Sand All Types of Dozer Work Land Clearing • Demolition Site Development & Preparation Excavation Crane Rental • Mud Jacking

All Business & Service Directory Ads MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE !

601-636-SELL (7355)

Cute, Cute, Cute home on a dead end street!! Great for children playing and riding bikes. 4 bedroom 1.5 bath. 4.2 acres to do whatever you want!! Privacy backyard with woods!! Must see to appreciate! $127,000. Call Debra @ 601-831-1386 for your showing.

Real Estate McMillin And

Debra Grayson 601-831-1386 I handle rentals. Give me a call.

Home for Sale? Show it to the world at

19. Garage & Yard Sales

24. Business Services

24. Business Services

24. Business Services

STILL HAVE STUFF after your Garage Sale? Donate your items to The Salvation Army, we pick-up! Call 601-636-2706.

Olde Tyme Barber Shop • Hair Cuts • Cut & Style • Hot Towel Shave • Shoe Shine


A-1 LAWN SERVICE. Cutting, trimming, edging. Reasonable. 601-218-1448 or 601-636-2629.

Dan Davis - Tracie Nevels 4407 Halls Ferry Rd.

D.R. PAINTING AND CONSTRUCTION. Painting, roofing, carpentry service. Licensed, bonded. Free estimates! Call 601-638-5082.

PLUMBING SERVICES24 hour emergency- broken water lines- hot water heaters- toilets- faucetssinks. Pressure Washingsidewalk- house- mobile homes- vinyl siding- brick homes. 601-618-8466.

What's going on in Vicksburg this weekend? Read The Vicksburg Post! For convenient home delivery call 601-636-4545, ask for circulation.

20. Hunting 2001 ARTIC CAT 4x4 250 with Outlaw tires and rims. $1,200. 601-4150088.

601-638-2522 M-F: 8a-7p Sat: 8a-4p Discount for Military/Civil Service

D & D TREE CUTTING •Trimming • Lawn Care • Dirt Hauled • Insured For FREE Estimates Call “Big James” 601-218-7782

Finding the 4-wheeler you want is easy, but now it’s practically automatic, since we’ve put our Classifieds listings online.

Ask us how to “Post Size” your ad with some great clip art! Call the Classified Ladies at 601-636-Sell (7355).

What's going on in Vicksburg this weekend? Read The Vicksburg Post! For convenient home delivery, call 601-636-4545, ask for circulation.

24. Business Services

29. Unfurnished Apartments

Dozer and Trackhoe Work Debris Hauling & Demolition. Give us a call. We will take care of everything. Call Dave 601-551-8503

I-PHONE REPAIR. Buy, sell and repair. Arcue Sanchez - 601-618-9916. LAWN SERVICES WE Specialize IN the appearance of green on your lawn as well as saving the green in your pocket. 601-529-5558.

500 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 4 wheeler. Excellent condition $3600. 601-8310549, 601-638-3182.

21. Boats, Fishing Supplies


Vanessa Leech


PROFESSIONAL ALTERATIONS AND sewing. 35 years experience. 601831-3650, leave message. QUALITY PAINTING and Pressure Washing for the lowest price. Call Willie Walker at 601-638-2107. River City Lawn Care You grow it - we mow it! Affordable and professional. Lawn and landscape maintenance. Cut, bag, trim, edge. 601-529-6168.

Roofing • Carpentry •Brick masonry

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•Plumbing •

Cover that old tub and tile walls with 100% acrylic. Many colors and styles available. Convert tub to showers.

Ready to Work Bonded

Call Malcolm 601-301-0841

STEELE PAINTING SERVICE LLC Specialize in painting/ sheet rock. All home improvements Free Estimates 601-634-0948.

1-888-339-5992 (Toll Free) 318-324-1232 100% Financing Available e


NEW LISTING! $259,900. Lakemoore Subdivision Built in 2000, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Large Bonus Room, 2631 Sq.Ft., 3.5 acre LAKE LOT.

Johnny Sanders 601-629-7808

601-831-1742 601-634-8928


Classifieds Really Work!

1710 Rollingwood Drive

& Coldwell Banker All Stars


3508 South Washington Street Pond fish, Gold fish, Koi, fish food aquarium needs, bird food, designer collars, harnesses & leads, loads of pet supplies! Bring your Baby in for a fitting today!

Sanders Hollingsworth Builders

Specializing In: Remodeling, Additions, Storm & Fire Damage Repairs, Drainage & Erosion Control

Real Estate McMillin And


The Vicksburg Post


601-661-0765 • 601-415-3333

Chris Steele/ Owner

29. Unfurnished Apartments


MAGNOLIA MANOR APARTMENTS Elderly & Disabled 3515 Manor Drive Vicksburg, Ms. 601-636-3625 Equal Housing Opportunity

NEED AN APARTMENT? Enjoy the convenience of downtown living at

The Vicksburg Apartments UTILITIES PAID! 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments Studios & Efficiencies 801 Clay Street 601-630-2921


•34 years experience •Fully





Great Staff Great Location, Location, Hard-Working Hard-Working Staff




Show Your Colors!

To advertise your business here for as little as $2.83 per day, call our Classified Dept. at 601-636-7355.

601-638-7831• •201 201Berryman Berryman Rd 601-638-7831 Rd.

Bradford Ridge Apartments Live in a Quality Built Apartment for LESS! All brick, concrete floors and double walls provide excellent soundproofing, security, and safety. 601-638-1102 • 601-415-3333

Apartment Homes



• 2160 S. Frontage Rd.

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24. Business Services

29. Unfurnished Apartments

33. Commercial Property

34. Houses For Sale

DIRT AND GRAVEL hauled. 8 yard truck. 601638-6740.

CANNON GATE APARTMENTS. 2 bedroom, 2 bath, washer/ dryer connections, wood burning fireplace, $805 monthly. Available 8/20/2011. 601-634-8422.

PRIME RETAIL/ OFFICE space available January st 1 , 2012. 6000 square feet located on North Frontage Road. One of the MOST desirable locations in the city. Interested parties should reply to Dept. 3762, In Care of The Vicksburg Post, P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182.

Kay Odom..........601-638-2443 Kay Hobson.......601-638-8512 Jake Strait...........601-218-1258 Bob Gordon........601-831-0135 Tony Jordan........601-630-6461 Alex Monsour.....601-415-7274 Jay Hobson..........601-456-1318 Kai Mason...........601-218-5623


Commodore Apartments 1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms 605 Cain Ridge Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39180


28. Furnished Apartments LOVELY FURNISHED 1 Bedroom Apartment. Safe, convenient, 1415 Washington Street, deposit required. 662873-4236, 662-873-2878. PRE-VIEW VICKSBURG'S FINEST furnished apartments on-line at www. vicksburgcorporatehousing. com Call today! 601-874-1116.

29. Unfurnished Apartments 2 BEDROOM 1 bath. Central heat and air, City location. On/ Off road parking. $450 monthly plus deposit. 601-631-4755. 2 BEDROOM. ALL electric includes water $450. With stove and refrigerator. $200 deposit. 601-6348290. 2 BEDROOMS. CENTRAL air/ heat, Speed Street, appliances. $350. 601-415-8197. Apartments/ downtown. 1, 2, 3 bedrooms. $400 to $650. Deposit/ credit check required. 601-638-1746.

THE COVE Tired of high utility bills? Country Living at it’s BEST! Paid cable, water & trash! Washer & Dryer, Microwave included! Ask about our

30. Houses For Rent 217 MONTAIGN DRIVE. $1250 monthly plus utilities (water,electric). 3 bedroom, 2 bath. 4th bedroom or office. 2,000 square feet with carport and attached two room storage. Available September 1. Call for appointment 601-529-6312. 4 BEDROOM, 2 BATH, off Highway 27 South. $500 deposit, $600 monthly. 601618-1597, leave message. LOS COLINAS. SMALL 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cottage. Close in, nice. $795 monthly. 601-831-4506. NEAR DOWNTOWN. 2 bedroom, central air/ heat, porches, stove, refrigerator, $450. 601-636-7107,

MEADOWBROOK PROPERTIES. 2 or 3 bedroom mobile homes, south county. Deposit required. 601-619-9789.

32. Mobile Homes For Sale 2011 NEW 16X76. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Delivery, set-up and tie down included. $29,900. 662-417-2354, 601-624-3287.

601-415-8735 CONFEDERATE RIDGE APARTMENTS 780 Hwy 61 North

HUGE TRIPLEWIDE- 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. Delivery, set-up and tie down included. $49,900. 601-6243287, 662-447-2354.

$200 Blow Out Special! Call for details!


$675 MONTHLY AND UP. 2606 Oak Street, 1865 Martin Luther King Blvd. Renovated. 732-769-5743. 1411 ELM STREET. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, new roof. $7,500. 601-529-5376.

Open Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm


34. Houses For Sale






EDWARDS- 2 ACRES. Near Battlefield Park, live able/ ready- mobile home/ house site, all utilities there. $13,500. 601-842-1261.


3 BR, 2 BA, 1200 Sq.Ft. on the lake. All cypress interior hardwood floors, 90 ft. pier with boat house, metal roof, screened-in back porch. $145,000. Rent for $1200/ month. Jennifer 601-218-4538 McMillin Real Estate

Licensed in MS and LA

Jones & Upchurch Real Estate Agency 1803 Clay Street Mary D. Barnes .........601-966-1665 Stacie Bowers-Griffin...601-218-9134 Jill WaringUpchurch....601-906-5012 Carla Watson...............601-415-4179 Andrea Upchurch.......601-831-6490 Broker, GRI

601-636-6490 LEASE TO OWN 1405 Wisteria Drive 4 bedrooms, 2 bath 2 story home. $1200 monthly View 662394-0715 or 601-218-9360

LOOKING FOR YOUR DREAM HOME? Check the real estate listings in the classifieds daily.

39. Motorcycles, Bicycles 2007 HONDA SPIRIT 1100. Accessories, silver, garage kept, 2000 miles. MUST SELL. $5500 or best offer. 601-301-0432.

40. Cars & Trucks


2170 S. I-20 Frontage Rd.

HEY! NEED CASH NOW? We buy junk cars, vans, SUVs, heavy equipment and more! Call today, we'll come pick them up with money in hand! 1-800826-8104.

Daryl Hollingsworth..601-415-5549

Sybil Carraway...601-218-2869 Catherine Roy....601-831-5790 Mincer Minor.....601-529-0893 Jim Hobson.........601-415-0211

36. Farms & Acreage

31. Mobile Homes For Rent

DOUBLEWIDE. 3 Bedrooms, 2 baths, air, delivery, set-up and tie down included. $349 per month. 662-417-2354, 601-6243287.


34. Houses For Sale

38. Farm Implements/ Heavy Equipment


40. Cars & Trucks

40. Cars & Trucks

40. Cars & Trucks

2003 DODGE RAM Quad Cab. $4,500. 601-529-5048.

2010 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY Limited Edition, Swivel & Go seating, Blackberry Pearl exterior, 32,000 miles. FULLY LOADED!! Leather, sunroof, navigation, dual DVD, back up camera, & more!! $28,500. Call 601619-6875.

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R.G. LeTourneau was building hybrids when hybrids weren’t cool

The hybrid Toyota Prius

By Pamela Hitchins R.G. LeTourneau was known for building some of the most innovative earth-moving machinery of his day — including early versions of hybrid vehicles that are becoming more popular every day for their fuel efficiency and low environmental impact. Starting in a mechanics garage repairing Fords, Buicks and hot rods in Stockton, Calif., before World War I, LeTourneau moved into farm machinery repair after the Great War, he wrote in his autobiography, “Mover of Men and Mountains.” Some of the machinery needed replacement parts that weren’t available — so LeTourneau got out a welding torch and made his own. By the early 1920s, he had begun to design and build large-scale, earth-moving machinery. “In 1923 he also built the first self-propelled, telescopic scraper in which each wheel was powered by an electric motor within the wheel,” writes Robert Colby in an article about the building of California’s Philbrook Dam. “Thirtyfive years later, the electrically powered wheel would become st a n d a r d o n all LeTourneau scrapers.” LeTourneau’s inventive use of the concept of electricpowered wheels was soon borrowed by the military, railroads and space program, said Newell Murphy, a Halls Ferry Road resident who worked for the Mobility Systems Division at what was then called Waterways Experiment Station for nearly four decades,

retiring as its chief in 1997. “I firmly believe that’s what opened the door to this hybrid vehicle concept,” Murphy said. At WES, the technology was applied to the wheels on the Lunar Rover and the Mars Rover, both developed and tested at the Vicksburgbased U.S. Army Corps of Engineers research facility in the 1960s and used in the space program. Murphy, who said he met LeTourneau during the 1950s when he and others at WES performed some of the tests on LeTourneau-developed military vehicles, said train locomotives also borrowed from the technology. LeTourneau’s early hybrid was valued not for fuel economy or environmental friendliness, but for its power. LeTourneau wrote, “My electrical system (in the Mountain Mover, an earth scraper) had made it possible for one man to do the work of two. What I wanted it to do now was make

R.G. LeTourneau’s early hybrid was valued not for fuel economy or environmental friendliness, but for its power. He wrote, ‘My electrical system (in the Mountain Mover, an earth scraper) had made it possible for one man to do the work of two. What I wanted it to do now was make it possible for one machine to do the work of two....I built four big steel wheels, and into the hub of each wheel I installed a secondhand electric car motor...’ it possible for one machine to do the work of two....I built four big steel wheels, and into the hub of each wheel I installed a second-hand electric car motor...” See Hybrid, Page E2.

Auto parts carve out place in economy • Page E3 Movers keep storage facilities stacked up • Page E4 Pawn shops are all-purpose • Page E6



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Continued from Page E2. LeTourneau also “geared in” three other motors —seven in all — and powered them with a Navy surplus generator, he wrote. The machine itself ran on “a Locomobile auto engine recovered almost intact from a wreck,” he wrote. “And it worked.” In 1962, LeTourneau wrote a poem about the power his idea produced — “LeTourneau’s Big Wheel.” “If you have horses that don’t pull together, You’ll find your job down in inclement weather. You have to get horsepower to the rim of the tires, And LeTourneau has what this requires,” read one stanza. “Mr. LeTourneau was very innovative,” Murphy said. “He didn’t invent the electric wheel — that was invented in the 1800s — but he transformed its use into transportation systems.” Today, nearly every major automobile manufacturer has announced either the launch of a hybrid car or plans for a launch, says the website, largely to meet Corporate Average Fuel Economy or CAFE regulations. Automakers are required to maintain a minimum gas economy of 27.5 mpg across their product lines, and can continue to offer faster, larger car engines by balancing their line with hybrid cars.

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• A hybrid car, also known as a hybrid electric vehicle, is an automobile that is powered by two sources — an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. • Hybrid cars do not need electrical plugs, as they are charged by the movement of the wheels and store the kinetic energy that is generated through a process called regenerative braking. • Hybrid cars produce 90 percent less pollution than comparable non-hybrid cars. • The U.S. government supports hybrid car ownership by allowing a tax writeoff which, in 2005, was as much as $5,000. • Hybrids require expensive parts, but they also have warranties that provide free replacement of the most expensive parts for many years. They do not require any more maintenance than gasoline cars. • Hybrid cars have much lower depreciation rates than standard gasoline cars. • Hybrid cars have been sold in Japan since 1997. • It is not unusual for a hybrid to run like new when it has 250,000 miles on it. Sources:,

LeTourneau opened his Vicksburg manufacturing plant in 1944, in time to help win World War II. For a time, the plant produced artillery shells, eventually moving into the earth-moving business here before turning to jackup drill rigs used in the offshore oil drilling industry.

The operation off U.S. 61 South was sold to Marathon Inc. in 1992; Rowan Inc. in 1994; and earlier this year to Joy Global.

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‘The industry is so competitive, it’s hard for the independent businesses to make it on their own. When big business discovered the profits being made, that’s when things changed.’ Jim Davidson

Manager, Auto Supply Inc.

KATIE CARTER•The Vicksburg Post

Auto parts hang on racks at Matthews Auto Parts on U.S. 61 South.

Auto parts stores carving out their place in weak economy By Terri Cowart Frazier Before computers, Ronnie Matthews could name “everything available in his shop from memory,” his wife, Joni, said. “I used to be able to know where (the vehicle) was hit, the color and how many miles — now I don’t (have to) care,” said the owner of Matthews Auto Parts on U.S. 61 South who now lets the computer serve as backup for his memory. The business was started by Matthews’ parents on Feb. 3, 1955 — and his 87-yearold mother still comes to work. The parts store is one of about eight in Vicksburg. Other retailers, including Walmart and Sears and auto dealerships, sell parts. Matthews’ shop is four floors of parts. The store sells new ones and used ones, with the bulk of the business being commercial, he said. “We also buy and sell used auto parts all over the country,” he said. Jim Davidson, manager of Auto Supply Inc., one of the three auto parts stores along Clay Street, said the industry is becoming competitive. Davidson, who ow n e d Pa r t s Exchange, which is

Ronnie and Joni Matthews of Matthews Auto Parts on U.S. 61 South located in the same building from where he works on Clay Street, sold out eight years ago after working independently for 32 years from the business his parents started in the 1950s. “The industry is so competitive, it’s hard for the independent businesses to make it on their own,” he said. “When big business discovered the profits being made, that’s when things changed.” The growth of auto parts stores, he said, is due to more cars being on the road. “Everybody thinks that auto supply store businesses are making lots of money, but people will drive a car ’til it falls apart in a bad economy,” he said. Davidson said the bulk of his business comes from local auto mechanic shops, but he still has customers he calls “shade-tree mechanics.” Kendra Brown is manager of Advance Auto Parts on Halls Ferry Road. She says the stores often have a loyal customer base and that a change in personnel can sometimes drive away business. A customer might get used to a particular sales person, Brown said, and if he or she moves to another parts store the customer follows — kind of like women and their hairdressers. Bobby Newell, a parts professional at Advance, said inventory and customer service are crucial, too.

The growth of auto parts stores, Jim Davidson, manager of Auto Supply Inc. said, is due to more cars being on the road. ‘Everybody thinks that auto supply store businesses are making lots of money, but people will drive a car ’til it falls apart in a bad economy.’

“It is becoming harder and harder to sell parts,” said Joni Matthews. “You would think that with the way the economy is that it would be more reasonable, but it is sometimes cheaper to buy a new car because it’s more expensive to repair.”


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Flood evacuees, everyday movers keep storage facilities stacked up By Terri Cowart Frazier Going once, going twice — sold for $60 to the fellow in the red jacket. That’s a typical line from “Storage Wars,” a reality television show that premiered in December 2010 on A&E. The show features four men traveling the country to bid on left-behind items in selfstorage units. Since the 1960s, the industry has grown to more than 2.35 billion square feet of selfstorage in the United States, or a land area equal to three times Manhattan Island. One in 10 U.S. households rent self-storage units. Ab o u t 4 0 Sonny million AmerJones icans move e a c h ye a r, according to the U.S. Census, and lists that as a reason for using selfTeresa storage. Jones A storage facility’s monthly cost can range from $30 to $140, depending on the size and whether it’s climate controlled. In Vicksburg, Sonny Jones, owner of Outback Storage at 4299 Halls Ferry Road, estimates there are more than 3,000 individual units divided among about a dozen businesses.

Henley. “We have one customer that has been in our facility since it opened,” her husband said, “and we’ve been in the selfstorage business since 1993. He comes in every week and visits with us.” Ed Fowler, who owns South

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Manager and co-owner Robert Henley enters a code into a unit at 61 North Mini-Storage. “Our facility was completely full during the flood,” said wife and co-owner Teresa Jones. “Now we have about an 80 percent occupancy rate.” In the spring, the Mississippi River at Vicksburg rose to a record 57.1 feet, 14.1 feet above flood stage, and 1.3 foot above the Great Flood of 1927. The Joneses don’t auction goods when a renter defaults, but says most items left behind are junk. “If it’s something I can donate, I’ll do that,” Teresa said. Robert and Dedra Henley, co-owners and managers of 61 North Mini-Storage, agreed that most stuff is junk and said they’ve never found anything unusual in one of their units. Paul Campbell, co-owner of Wisconsin Avenue Mini Stor-

age, said when he does hold an auction, he has a list of thrift shop owners he calls. A renter’s items may be auctioned when rent goes unpaid. Otherwise, a storage unit owner can’t enter the unit without permission. “Once the unit is rented,” Robert Henley said, “it’s the property of the renter.” The default process is lengthy. “Once a renter becomes two months behind on payment, by law I have to send a certified letter to the renter and run it in the paper three times,” Robert Henley said. He said he’s never made enough money from an auction to cover the unpaid rent. “Some people use the selfstorage units to store Christmas decorations,” said Dedra

Vicksburg Mini Storage on Fisher Ferry Road, said auctions are mainly a big-city thing. “Most people store their junk and keep the good stuff,” he said. “You might find a stash of dope.” Campbell and his business

partner, Joe Bonelli, say Vicksburg has more than enough self-storage businesses. But, “it’s still a good industry,” Campbell said. “Location of a storage facility is important, too. Most customers like to live relatively close to where they store their belongings.”

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The industry of looking good

Boomers predicted to spend billions to stay forever young NEW YORK (AP) — Baby boomers heading into what used to be called retirement age are providing a 70 millionmember strong market for legions of companies, entrepreneurs and cosmetic surgeons eager to capitalize on their “forever young” mindset, whether it’s through wrinkle creams, face-lifts or workout regimens. It adds up to a potential bonanza. The market research firm Global Industry Analysts projects that a boomer-fueled consumer base, “seeking to keep the dreaded signs of aging at bay,” will push the U.S. market for anti-aging products from about $80 billion now to more than $114 billion by 2015. The boomers, who grew up in a culture glamorizing youth, face an array of choices as to whether and how to be a part of that market. Anti-aging enthusiasts contend that life spans can be prolonged through interventions such as hormone replacement therapy and dietary supplements. Critics, including much of the medical establishment, say many anti-aging interventions are ineffective or harmful. From mainstream organizations such as the National Institute on Aging, the general advice is to be a skeptical consumer on guard for possible scams involving purported anti-aging products. “Our culture places great value on staying young, but aging is normal,” the institute says. “Despite claims about pills or treatments that lead to endless youth, no treatments have been proven to slow or reverse the aging process.” Its advice for aging well is basic: Eat a healthy diet, exer-

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“The Life Plan” by Dr. Jeffry S. Life cise regularly, don’t smoke. “If someone is promising you today that you can slow, stop or reverse aging, they’re likely trying hard to separate you from your money,” said S. Jay Olshansky, a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s School of Public Health who has written extensively about aging. “It’s always the same message: ‘Aging is your fault and we’ve got the cure,”’ Olshansky said. “Invest in yourself, in the simple things we know work. Get a good pair of running or walking shoes and a health club membership, and eat more fruits and vegetables.” But such advice hasn’t curtailed the demand for anti-

aging products, including many with hefty price tags that aren’t covered by health insurance. These include cosmetic surgery procedures at $10,000 or more, human growth hormone treatment at $15,000 per year and a skincare product called Peau Magnifique that costs $1,500 for a 28-day supply. Another challenge for consumers is that many dietary supplements and cosmetics, unlike prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines, aren’t required to undergo government testing or review before they are marketed. The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission do crack down at times on egregiously false

anti-aging claims, but generally there’s little protection for people who don’t get hopedfor results. Mary Engle, director of the FTC’s division of advertising practices, said her agency focuses on the cases that could cause serious harm, such as bogus cancer treatments that might prompt an ill person to forgo proper care. She said the agency lacks the resources to crack down comprehensively on ads with exaggerated claims that exploit customers’ hopes for better looks or more energy. “Often it doesn’t rise to the level of fraud,” she said. “There are so many problematic ads out there and we really have to pick and choose what we focus on.” In contrast to the caution of mainstream organizations, there are many vocal promoters of anti-aging products and procedures, including the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. It hosts annual conferences in the U.S. and abroad, and claims 22,000 members, mostly physicians. In its mission statement, the academy says the disabilities associated with normal aging “are caused by physiological dysfunction which in many cases are ameliorable to medical treatment, such that the human life span can be increased.” One of the academy’s cofounders is Robert Goldman, a doctor of osteopathic medicine. He contends that much of the resistance to the antiaging movement comes from sectors of the health and pharmaceutical industries that feel threatened financially — for example by the surging use of over-the-counter nutritional supplements.

“It all has to do with who’s controlling the dollars,” he said. Though many anti-aging interventions are expensive, Goldman said people on tight budgets still can take useful steps such as drinking purified water, taking vitamins and using sunscreen. “People should be healthy and strong well into 100 to 120 years of age,” Goldman says in a biographical video. “That’s what’s really exciting — to live in a time period when the impossible is truly possible.” Olshansky, who over the years has been among Goldman’s harshest critics, believes there will be scientific breakthroughs eventually, perhaps based on studies of the genes of long-lived people, that will help slow the rate of aging.

In the meantime, Olshansky says, “I understand the need for personal freedom, the freedom to make bad decisions.” A look at some of the major sectors in the anti-aging industry:

Hormone replacement therapy Numerous companies and clinics promote hormone replacement drugs, including testosterone for men and custom-mixed “bioidentical” hormones for women, as a way to slow the aging process. Many consumers have seen ads featuring muscle-bound Dr. Jeffry Life, now 72. He used testosterone and human growth hormone in his own See Young, Page E7.


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Brian Smith, owner of USA Pawn on Warrenton Road

KATIE CARTER•The Vicksburg Post

Loan outlet for some, treasure trove for others By Terri Cowart Frazier What’s a mother to do if she is short on cash and needs to get to Florida because her daughter is about to have a baby? It’s a true story, said local pawn shop owner Phil Tremaine of Top Dollar Pawn, 3421 Washington St. “So whatcha’ got” to sell?” Tremaine asked. The next thing he knew, the woman had whipped out her false teeth, put them on the counter and said, “They’re brandnew, and I just paid $400 for them. What will you give me?” Tremaine, thinking he would never see his money again, chose to loan the woman the cash she needed for the trip. Three weeks later, she returned for her teeth. Pawn loans are not new. They can be traced at least 3,000 years to China. It is even thought that Queen Isabella pawned her royal jewels to finance Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World. According to pioneerloan. com, there are more than 15,000 pawn shops in the United States, at least four in Vicksburg, and they shell out almost $4 billion in loans per year. With more than 75 mil-

lion people not having access to bank accounts, the site said, due to declining family earnings, changing structures of the family, a growing immigrant population, increasing bank fees and difficulty obtaining bank loans or a credit card, many people rely on pawn shops.

business. The inside of Tremaine’s shop looks like an arsenal. “He is a gun freak,” said his wife, Joan, who works at the shop. “He gets all the gun magazines and knows all about guns.” An out-of-state customer may purchase a handgun at a Mississippi pawn shop, but it must be shipped to another licensed pawn shop in the buyer’s home state. Mississippi residents may buy handguns at pawn shops if a current driver’s license and an address used for at least 90 days are available. “The gun business is probably the most work we do,” Joan Tremaine said. “The government and the FBI come around and inspect and

According to, there are more than 15,000 pawn shops in the United States, three in Vicksburg, and they shell out almost $4 billion in loans per year. With more than 75 million people not having access to bank accounts, many people rely on pawn shops. Brian Smith, owner of U.S.A. Pawn at 235 Warrenton Road, said he has a regular customer who does contracting work. “When he has a slow week and is unable to make his payroll, he’ll pawn his bulldozer to pay his workers.” When work picks back up, Smith said, he comes and gets the dozer. Pawn shops aren’t just in the business of making loans. They also serve as a retail store for customers seeking items at a reduced price. Tremaine, who has been in the business 27 years and whose shop is near the Washington Street bridge that’s being rebuilt, said more people used to pawn items in order to borrow money and when they returned for their pawn he made his money, from the interest. In today’s culture, he said, the pawn industry has become more of a retail

Phil Tremaine, owner of Top Dollar Pawn on Washington Street

go through all your records.” The pawn industry is one of the most regulated in the nation, said Pioneerloan. com, and most of the regulations were designed by pawnbrokers. Smith, who also owns pawn shops in Jackson, Canton and Pearl, said when an item is brought in by a seller, the person’s name is entered into a database and a description of the item is taken. The seller is given the money for the item, but the pawn shop must hold the item for 60 days before it can be sold. “We will alert the police,” Smith said, if an item registers as stolen. To protect yourself, “walk around your house with a video camera and video all serial numbers on your recorder,” he said. Smith enjoys the foot traffic Vicksburg’s five casinos bring. “Jewelry is our biggest seller,” he said. “It’s the easiest thing to move.” The Internet has been a big help, Smith said, especially

eBay, an online auction. “I use Ebay for everything,” he said. “I can look up what stuff is worth, and things that don’t sell fast I put on eBay.” Some folks don’t need the money and aren’t looking to sell something — they’re just looking. Betty Ann Carr and friend Martha Day decided to visit a pawn shop. “I walked in and saw this Chi Omega ring with diamonds and thought, ‘I just

can’t let anyone walk in and buy this,’” said Carr, an alumna of the sorority. “I talked to Motor (her husband) about it and told him the ring was $100.” On Mother’s Day her husband gave her a large, heavy gift. Once unwrapped, Carr discovered a brick and the Chi Omega ring. Carr still wonders if the ring was stolen or pawned by a Chi O sister “who lost her shirt at the boat.”

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Young Continued from Page E5. bodybuilding regimen and recommends hormonal therapy for some of the patients patronizing his age-management practice in Las Vegas. The FDA has approved hormone replacement drugs for some specific purposes related to diseases and deficiencies, but not to combat aging. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finding a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;fountain of youthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a captivating story,â&#x20AC;? says the National Institute on Aging. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The truth is that, to date, no research has shown that hormone replacement drugs add years to life or prevent agerelated frailty.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Evan Hadley, director of the instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Division of Geriatrics, says hormone replacement drugs can have harmful side effects. He said there is a need for more research, such as an institute study of testosterone therapy, to identify the potential risks and benefits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is indeed potential that people can be healthier in old age,â&#x20AC;? Hadley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it still requires evidence about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to help and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not.â&#x20AC;? Hormone drugs can be expensive. HGH shots can cost more than $15,000 a year, according to the institute. A hormone-based dietary supplement known as DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a precursor of estrogen and testosterone, is marketed online for $12.95 per capsule by Utahbased NutraScriptives. Some proponents say overthe-counter DHEA supplements can improve energy and strength, boost immunity and decrease fat. The institute says thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no conclusive scientific evidence of any such benefits. Life says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a staunch advocate of exercise and healthy eating, but insists that hormone replacement therapy, under a doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervision, is a crucial addition for some men, and that includes him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way I could look and feel the way I do if all I had done the last 13 years was exercise and eat right,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if you do everything right, if you have a deficiency in testosterone, you will lose the fight.â&#x20AC;? Life acknowledged that the cost of testosterone replacement, probably more than

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Dr. Robert Goldman, co-founder of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, stands in his trophy room. He has won Guinness World Records for strength and endurance. $5,000 a year and not covered by insurance, could be daunting for some. But he contends the investment pays off in more vitality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to put a price on good health,â&#x20AC;? he says.

Cosmetic surgery According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 13.1 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in the U.S. in 2010, a 77 percent increase over a decade. One notable trend is increased preference for less invasive procedures that enable patients to get back to work and social settings without a long leave of absence. The most popular of these is treatment with the wrinkle-smoothing drugs Botox or Dysport. They account for 5.4 million procedures, averaging about $400 per treatment. Other popular noninvasive procedures include soft-tissue facial fillers, chemical peels and microdermabrasion. More invasive procedures come at a higher price. Face-

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;People should be healthy and strong well into 100 to 120 years of age,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dr. Robert Goldman says. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really exciting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to live in a time period when the impossible is truly possible.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; lifts can run from $6,000 to $15,000; the plastic surgeonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; academy reported performing 112,000 of them in 2010. Dr. Peter Schmid, who runs a cosmetic surgery practice in Longmont, Colo., says his field is flourishing because of evolving attitudes among appearance-conscious boomers. A recent Associated poll found that 1 in 5 boomers either have had or would consider cosmetic surgery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cosmetic surgery has become table talk at home. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of satisfaction and acceptance from people whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had it, friend to friend, word of mouth,â&#x20AC;? Schmid said. While the noninvasive procedures cost less than a facelift, the effects wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t last as

long and repeat treatments might be needed several times a year, Schmid said. He advised patients to calculate carefully which type of procedure makes the most sense for them financially. Schmid, who is on the board of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, cautioned against any rush to try new procedures that get a burst of publicity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a certain vulnerability because everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking for that quick fix, that fountain of youth,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many people will shop emotionally instead of objectively, before something has been tried and tested.â&#x20AC;? Some critics of the anti-aging industry are supportive of cosmetic surgery, provided the

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patient can comfortably afford it. Professor Robert Binstock, an expert on aging at Case Western Reserve Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Medicine, told of a recently widowed friend whose spirits lifted after getting the bags under her eyes removed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you feel better looking in the mirror in the morning, fine,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have no objection to people being narcissistic.â&#x20AC;?

Skin care One of the industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s booming sectors is anti-aging skin care, featuring wrinkle creams and facial serums. By some estimates, the U.S. market for cosmeceutical products â&#x20AC;&#x201D; cosmetics with medicine-based ingredients â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is approaching $20 billion a year. The FDA, which oversees cosmetic safety and labeling, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require manufacturers to prove the effectiveness of cosmetic products before they go on sale, and many ads make claims which critics say are exaggerated or unverifiable.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends consulting a dermatologist on what skin care products have been proved safe and effective in human studies. Consumer Reports has ventured into the realm of antiaging cosmetics several times recently, using high-tech optical devices and other scientific methods to assess the products. Last year, the magazine tested nine face serums, available at drug stores for prices ranging from $20 to $65 and all claiming to reduce wrinkles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After six weeks of use, the effectiveness of even the best products was limited and varied from subject to subject,â&#x20AC;? according to the review. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we did see wrinkle reductions, they were at best slight, and they fell short of the miracles that manufacturers seemed to imply on product labels.â&#x20AC;? Earlier, the magazine tested wrinkle creams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even the best performers reduced the average depth of wrinkles by less than 10 percent, a magnitude of change that was, alas, barely visible to the naked eye,â&#x20AC;? it said. Its top-rated product, Olay Regenerist, cost about $19 at the time of the testing. La Prairie Cellular, the most expensive at $335, was rated among the least effective. Similar conclusions were reached in testing 16 over-thecounter eye creams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even among the best-performing products, wrinkle reduction around the eyes was generally pretty subtle,â&#x20AC;? the magazine said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After six weeks of daily use, none came close to eliminating wrinkles.â&#x20AC;? It said Perricone MD, at $95 a jar, was no better than cheaper drugstore brands. One recent development in anti-aging skin care is the use of stem cell technology. ReViveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expensive Peau Magnifique is among the new products, claiming to â&#x20AC;&#x153;recruit adult stem cells into brandnew stem cells.â&#x20AC;? Neither Consumer Reports nor the FDA has conducted any specific assessment of Peau Magnifiqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effectiveness. On a Web site called, some customer reviews raved about it; others trashed it as a waste of money.


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Elizabeth Banks Emmy-nominated for her role on 30 Rock, ck, the actress, 37, stars in Our Idiot Brotherr (in theaters now); she and her husband h. welcomed a son via surrogate in March.

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You wear a brown wig in the film. Who has more fun? Blondes. No one notices me if I’m a brunette, but they do take you more wyers. seriously and let you play doctors and lawyers. What are your Emmy chances? at, If I can win someday, that would be great, but I don’t think it will be this time out. mated How is new motherhood? I underestimated gger the amount of joy it brings. I’d love a bigger family, but I don’t want to say I’m not e. completely satisfied with my perfect one.

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Christie Brinkley is a vegetarian? And

if so, for how long? —Jennifer A.V., Illinois

A: “I’ve been a vegetarian almost my whole life,” says Brinkley, 57, who became one when she was 13 and then convinced her family to follow suit. “I urge everyone to go veggie and organic.” She took her commitment a step further this summer, creating a vegan and cruelty-free skin-care line. On ChristieBrinkleySkinCare .com, the former supermodel says the products were inspired by “the beauty secrets that … have helped me maintain my youthful appearance.”

his hii big personality and bo boldly flavored meals to th small screen. Starting the Se 26, fans can see his Sept. ne daytime series, Emeril’s new Ta on the Hallmark Table, Ch e, Channel. Each episode, ht five guests (who might ds to range from newlyweds k firefighters) will break nd bread with Lagasse and ions get their cooking questions answered. Says the d celebrity chef, 51: “Food brings us all together.”

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walked into the gym while I was shooting hoops,” says Harper, 45. “We shared many pickup games and developed a friendship that’s lasted for over 20 years.” When he’s not acting, Harper writes. His fourth book, The Wealth Cure, covers lessons he learned during his battle with thyroid cancer last summer. “My diagnosis gave me a newfound sense of purpose,” he says. PHOTOS, CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM LEFT: KOPALOFF/GETTY; ROBERT ERDMANN/AUGUST; LAMPARSKI/WIREIMAGE; LIVINGSTON/GETTY; SCHWAB/STARTRAKS. ILLUSTRATION: PABLO LOBATO

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From left, King on the National Mall in August 1963; the memorial, to be dedicated today.

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serving in Iraq, Spero Lucas has become one of the go-to guys in Washington for recovering stolen property. As he navigates both the shiny and the seamy sides of town (D.C. is as brilliantly drawn as the characters), he takes on a case involving drugs that may put a young boy, and even his own family, at risk. Pelecanos doesn’t win raves just for his fiction; he’s also an A-list TV writer, with shows like The Wire on his résumé.

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t’s been 25 years in the making, but the Martin Luther egf King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., is finally set to be dedicated today, the 48th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Jamie Foxx will be among those on

hand to celebrate. The site features a 30-foot-tall statue of King—the first AfricanAmerican to be honored with his own memorial on the National Mall—and a wall of his quotations etched in granite. It might never have been completed were it not for King’s Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers, who raised almost

$3.5 million toward the $120 million project. “I was told not to ride in the front of the bus; I couldn’t drink out of certain water fountains,” says William H. Gray III, 70, a retired minister and U.S. congressman who knew King. “Martin helped change all that. And he did it peacefully. I can’t think of a better man to honor.” Still, for a while funds only trickled in, and the project faced a number of controversies,

including the King family’s request for a licensing fee of a reported $761,000. But perseverance paid off. Among those expected at the opening is 11-yearold Amanda Barry from Levittown, Pa., a finalist in a nationwide school essay contest to remember the civil rights leader. “What each of us can learn from Martin Luther King is to never give up,” she says. —Lynn Schnurnberger

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GHOST ON THE CANVAS from Glen Campbell ($14) Diagnosed with earlystage Alzheimer’s eight months ago, Campbell shows no signs of wear and tear on his latest—and, he says, final—album. Backed by Chris Isaak, Billy Corgan, and others, he sounds as soulful and steady-handed as ever, particularly on the poignant “A Better Place” and the lushly orchestrated “There’s No Me … Without You.” A beautiful, bittersweet swan song from a legend.


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I M P O RTA N T I N F O R M AT I O N A B O U T S Y M B I C O RT Please read this summary carefully and then ask your doctor about SYMBICORT. No advertisement can provide all the information needed to determine if a drug is right for you or take the place of careful discussions with your health care provider. Only your health care provider has the training to weigh the risks and benefits of a prescription drug.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SYMBICORT? People with asthma who take long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) medicines, such as formoterol (one of the medicines in SYMBICORT), have an increased risk of death from asthma problems. It is not known whether budesonide, the other medicine in SYMBICORT, reduces the risk of death from asthma problems seen with formoterol. SYMBICORT should be used only if your health care provider decides that your asthma is not well controlled with a longterm asthma control medicine, such as an inhaled corticosteroid, or that your asthma is severe enough to begin treatment with SYMBICORT. Talk with your health care provider about this risk and the benefits of treating your asthma with SYMBICORT. If you are taking SYMBICORT, see your health care provider if your asthma does not improve or gets worse. It is important that your health care provider assess your asthma control on a regular basis. Your doctor will decide if it is possible for you to stop taking SYMBICORT and start taking a long-term asthma control medicine without loss of asthma control. Get emergency medical care if: ■ breathing problems worsen quickly, and ■ you use your rescue inhaler medicine, but it does not relieve your breathing problems. Children and adolescents who take LABA medicines may be at increased risk of being hospitalized for asthma problems.

WHAT IS SYMBICORT? SYMBICORT is an inhaled prescription medicine used for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It contains two medicines:

Budesonide (the same medicine found in Pulmicort Flexhaler™, an inhaled corticosteroid). Inhaled corticosteroids help to decrease inflammation in the lungs. Inflammation in the lungs can lead to asthma symptoms ■ Formoterol (the same medicine found in Foradil® Aerolizer®). LABA medicines are used in patients with COPD and asthma to help the muscles in the airways of your lungs stay relaxed to prevent asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath. These symptoms can happen when the muscles in the airways tighten. This makes it hard to breathe, which, in severe cases, can cause breathing to stop completely if not treated right away SYMBICORT is used for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as follows: Asthma SYMBICORT is used to control symptoms of asthma and prevent symptoms such as wheezing in adults and children ages 12 and older. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease COPD is a chronic lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. SYMBICORT 160/4.5 mcg is used long-term, two times each day, to help improve lung function for better breathing in adults with COPD.

WHO SHOULD NOT USE SYMBICORT? Do not use SYMBICORT to treat sudden severe symptoms of asthma or COPD or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in SYMBICORT.

WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY HEALTH CARE PROVIDER BEFORE USING SYMBICORT? Tell your health care provider about all of your health conditions, including if you: ■ have heart problems ■ have high blood pressure ■ have seizures ■ have thyroid problems ■ have diabetes ■ have liver problems ■ have osteoporosis ■ have an immune system problem ■ have eye problems such as increased pressure in the eye, glaucoma, or cataracts ■ are allergic to any medicines ■ are exposed to chicken pox or measles ■ are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if SYMBICORT may harm your unborn baby

are breast-feeding. Budesonide, one of the active ingredients in SYMBICORT, passes into breast milk. You and your health care provider should decide if you will take SYMBICORT while breast-feeding Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. SYMBICORT and certain other medicines may interact with each other and can cause serious side effects. Know all the medicines you take. Keep a list and show it to your health care provider and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.

HOW DO I USE SYMBICORT? Do not use SYMBICORT unless your health care provider has taught you and you understand everything. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have any questions. Use SYMBICORT exactly as prescribed. Do not use SYMBICORT more often than prescribed. SYMBICORT comes in two strengths for asthma: 80/4.5 mcg and 160/4.5 mcg. Your health care provider will prescribe the strength that is best for you. SYMBICORT 160/4.5 mcg is the approved dosage for COPD. ■ SYMBICORT should be taken every day as 2 puffs in the morning and 2 puffs in the evening. ■ Rinse your mouth with water and spit the water out after each dose (2 puffs) of SYMBICORT. This will help lessen the chance of getting a fungus infection (thrush) in the mouth and throat. ■ Do not spray SYMBICORT in your eyes. If you accidentally get SYMBICORT in your eyes, rinse your eyes with water. If redness or irritation persists, call your health care provider. ■ Do not change or stop any medicines used to control or treat your breathing problems. Your health care provider will change your medicines as needed. ■ While you are using SYMBICORT 2 times each day, do not use other medicines that contain a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) for any reason. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist if any of your other medicines are LABA medicines. ■ SYMBICORT does not relieve sudden symptoms. Always have a rescue inhaler medicine with you to treat sudden symptoms. If you do not have a rescue inhaler, call your health care provider to have one prescribed for you.

Call your health care provider or get medical care right away if: ■ your breathing problems worsen with SYMBICORT ■ you need to use your rescue inhaler medicine more often than usual ■ your rescue inhaler does not work as well for you at relieving symptoms ■ you need to use 4 or more inhalations of your rescue inhaler medicine for 2 or more days in a row ■ you use one whole canister of your rescue inhaler medicine in 8 weeks’ time ■ your peak flow meter results decrease. Your health care provider will tell you the numbers that are right for you ■ your symptoms do not improve after using SYMBICORT regularly for 1 week

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WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS WITH SYMBICORT? SYMBICORT can cause serious side effects. ■ Increased risk of pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract infections if you have COPD. Call your health care provider if you notice any of these symptoms: increase in mucus production, change in mucus color, fever, chills, increased cough, increased breathing problems ■ Serious allergic reactions including rash; hives; swelling of the face, mouth and tongue; and breathing problems. Call your health care provider or get emergency care if you get any of these symptoms

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Immune system effects and a higher chance for infections Adrenal insufficiency–a condition in which the adrenal glands do not make enough steroid hormones Cardiovascular and central nervous system effects of LABAs, such as chest pain, increased blood pressure, fast or irregular heartbeat, tremor, or nervousness Increased wheezing right after taking SYMBICORT Eye problems, including glaucoma and cataracts. You should have regular eye exams while using SYMBICORT Osteoporosis. People at risk for increased bone loss may have a greater risk with SYMBICORT Slowed growth in children. As a result, growth should be carefully monitored Swelling of your blood vessels. This can happen in people with asthma Decreases in blood potassium levels and increases in blood sugar levels

WHAT ARE COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF SYMBICORT? Patients with Asthma Sore throat, headache, upper respiratory tract infection, thrush in the mouth and throat Patients with COPD Thrush in the mouth and throat These are not all the side effects with SYMBICORT. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist for more information. NOTE: This summary provides important information about SYMBICORT. For more information, please ask your doctor or health care provider. SYMBICORT is a registered trademark of the AstraZeneca group of companies. Other brands mentioned are trademarks of their respective owners and are not trademarks of the AstraZeneca group of companies. The makers of these brands are not affiliated with and do not endorse AstraZeneca or its products. © 2010 AstraZeneca LP. All rights reserved. Manufactured for: AstraZeneca LP, Wilmington, DE 19850 By: AstraZeneca AB, Dunkerque, France Product of France Rev 12/10 1345100

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Are you as energetic as ever in your concerts? I used to leap off pianos in the ’70s. I don’t do that anymore—I’d probably keel over. It’s much more about the music now. I love to play live. In the studio, you pour your heart out with a vocal and they go, “Hmm, try that again.” But onstage, there’s no take two. Does a real-life guitar hero ever play a game like Guitar Hero? Yes, and he’s very bad. I was playing “Show Me the Way” on one of those iPhone guitar games, and at the end it said that maybe I should think about taking up drums.


What’s your advice for teen stars who want to be taken seriously as artists? A teenybopper career is about 18 months to two years, because the generation of your fans will move on. A musician’s career is a lifetime. It’s difficult to control the teen-appeal situation, but there are specific things you shouldn’t do.

Peter Frampton The guitar hero on ’70s fashion, getting sober, and becoming a U.S. citizen



may be gone, but Peter Frampton’s passion for egf playing live is stronger than ever. “I’m the least inhibited onstage,” says the 61-year-old Grammy winner, who’s now touring to celebrate the 35th anniversary of his multiplatinum album Frampton Comes Alive! The rocker, who has four children and has filed for divorce from his third wife, records at his home studio outside Cincinnati. He tells Erin Hill, “I’m pretty much a normal guy who plays music for a living.” How does a rock star enjoy life in the suburbs? I work in the fast lane and live in the slow lane. It’s

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much like the way I grew up in the t e th suburbs of South London—slower and not so many vehicles. My favorite thing to do here is to eat Graeter’s ice cream—I usually get the black raspberry chip. It’s a small company, and it’s Oprah’s favorite ice cream, too; when we did her show, I took her some as a present. How many guitars do you own? I lost over 40 in the floods last year in Nashville [where they were stored], so I probably have 30 or 40 now. I’ve had to replace about 12. I want to have ones that are really unique and play them all. I don’t ever want to say, “Oh, yes, I’ve got thousands of guitars, but I never play them.”

Like Don’t take your Lik L e what? wh shirt off, like I did! s shi rt of Any y ’70s fashion mistakes you’d like to own up to? yo Yeah, the satin pants. Y I had a ceremonial burning of them. What do you miss W most about that time? mo Not a lot! I wish I could keep my waistline down to 26 inches, but that ain’t gonna happen. I live in the moment. I’m nine years sober— it’s been a phenomenal journey, and it’s still one day at a time. You became an American citizen after 9/11. What did that mean to you? I have lived virtually as an American since 1975—I had a green card, and I’ve paid taxes. I was starting to become a little more politically aware, and I meant to do it earlier. But when 9/11 happened, I called my lawyer and said, “Let’s do it. I need to vote.” I felt very patriotic that day. See photos of the rocker through the years at

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BARBECUE GRILL By the end of summer, your grill may be a little, well, gunky. Just in time for the last big holiday weekend, here’s Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue Bible and Planet Barbecue, on getting the grease out.


Before cleaning, check

the grease collector under the grate. (On some models, the grease collector looks like a large sheet pan; on others, like a can or a cake pan.) If it’s full, empty it.


Crank up the heat—

grill grates should be cleaned while they’re hot. If you have a gas unit, turn it up all the way. If you have a charcoal grill, use a chimney starter; once the coals are lit, spread them around (a small hand rake works well) so the grate heats up quickly.


Once the grate is hot,

put on grill gloves and dislodge any burned-on debris with a stiff wire brush (available at Home Depot and other stores).


Take a paper towel and fold it into a tight

pad. Using tongs, dip the pad in a small bowl of vegetable oil, like canola, and rub it over the bars of the grate. The oil will clean them and prevent food from sticking.

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listening to tara and mark mincer of charlottesville, this way. There was a time when those two days were truly a Va., rattle off the items on their weekend schedule is enough collective respite. We mowed our lawns on Saturday, taking a to make you want to curl up and take a nap. Consider a recent break to cheer at our kids’ soccer game (which was across to-do list: one school talent show, one soccer game, two lacrosse town—not across state lines). Sunday mornings, we dressed up games (Mark’s a coach), a sleepover birthday party, a school for church, after which we bypassed the mall and went home fund-raiser, and church. And let’s not forget the chores: the (thanks to blue laws, stores were closed). On Sunday evegroceries that need buying, the basement that needs cleaning, nings, we relaxed in front of the TV—and our coworkers did the laundry that needs folding, the homework (they have four the same (no panicky 7 p.m. texts about Monday’s meeting). ¶ kids) that needs doing. ¶ Sound familiar? It should. These days, “Weekends used to provide a safety valve against stress,” says managing your weekend is like running a marathon at a sprintJohn de Graaf of the nonprofit Take Back Your Time. As they er’s pace—with a stagger across the finish line on Sunday say, those were the days. We can’t turn back the clock night. “Most people I work with aren’t enjoying on modern technology and convenience. But themselves on the weekends,” says psychologist we can take steps toward managing the load e id s Cover & Inns by Amy Wood, author of Life Your Way. “They’re better—and putting a bit more fun back into Illustratio drained by Monday morning.” ¶ It wasn’t always our free time. Turn the page to find out how.

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Take Back Your Weekend...

START PLANNING MIDWEEK. On Sunday night, Wood sits down with her husband and two teens to work out the family calendar. “We have a brainstorming session about what we want to do that weekend and discuss how we can budget our time so things go smoothly.” Make sure to pencil in the fun stuff, too. “Interspersing rewards throughout your schedule will motivate you,” says psychologist and time management expert Neil Fiore. Earmark a favorite activity for first thing Saturday morning to prevent chores from trumping play.

1 ... From an Avalanche of Chores DO A LITTLE AT A TIME, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. Professional

organizers insist that performing tasks here and there during the week—spending 20 minutes each evening straightening up, for instance—goes a long way toward making weekend work more manageable. (Don’t get us wrong: You may still have to clean the house on Saturday, but you won’t have to spend two hours decluttering it first.) Of course, this approach assumes you have time to spare after making dinner, paying bills, tucking in the kids, and getting organized for the next day’s commute. One alternative? Tackle chores as you wind down on Friday night—fold laundry, say, while you catch up on the shows you missed during the week. PUT ALL HANDS ON DECK (EVEN THE SMALL ONES). “Kids can help out a lot more—and a lot

earlier—than many parents think,” says Laura Stack, president of a time management firm in Denver. When her boys were younger, Stack had them lug laundry down to the basement, empty small wastebaskets around the house, and clear and set the table. Her daughter, meanwhile—as a partial list—cleaned the litter box, loaded and unloaded the dishwasher, packed lunches for school, and vacuumed the living room. (Uh, can we borrow her?)

… From the Same Old Date Night TRY SOMETHING NEW—TOGETHER. There’s


nothing wrong with dinner at your local bistro followed by a DVD at home. But according to Arthur Aron, a professor of psychology at New York's Stony Brook University who studies marital longevity, breaking up the routine can lead to a happier union. “If you do novel and exciting things together, you start to associate that excitement with the relationship,” Aron says. He doesn’t necessarily mean bungee jumping (we asked) or forcing yourself to take up your spouse’s favorite hobby. Instead, pick a fresh endeavor you both have an interest in pursuing, be it golf or salsa dancing.

We may be stressed, but we still love our weekends—and the great outdoors. A study by psychologists at the University of Rochester last year found that people are almost uniformly happier on Saturday and Sunday than they are during the week. The biggest sources of weekend cheer? Feeling socially connected and being outside, according to study author Dr. Richard Ryan. So make a date with nature. Ryan’s research shows that your mood will improve whether you hop on a mountain bike or take a simple evening stroll.

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… From Disorganization


FOR BIG PROJECTS, THINK AHEAD—WAY AHEAD. Lorie Marrero, who oversees the organizational coaching website, says that major jobs (garage sales, cleaning out the basement) should be scheduled weeks in advance, with input from the rest of the family. “Lining up everything ahead of time—arranging dumpster delivery, for example—makes weekend projects faster and friction-free,” she says. Plus, “looking ahead gives you a greater sense of commitment to the project and accountability to each other.”

… From Unrealistic Expectations DECIDE WHAT YOU TRULY WANT OUT OF THE WEEKEND. Resist making an exhaustive wish list and try to pinpoint one or two things you’re really after. For example, do you actually need to “get to the gym,” or would you rather find fun ways to fit the exercise in? If it’s the latter, why not trade sweating it out on the treadmill for shooting hoops at the neighborhood park with your daughter? ACCEPT THAT NOT EVERY PROJECT CAN BE FINISHED BY SUNDOWN ON SUNDAY. Fiore recommends that you


focus simply on launching a difficult undertaking—and recognize that it may have to be accomplished in stages, over the course of two or more weekends. “If you’re pressuring yourself to find a long, uninterrupted block of time, you’re never going to find it. It makes much more sense to say, ‘What can I start in the time I have now?’ ”


… From Your Kids and Their Activities REMEMBER: IT’S QUALITY TIME, NOT QUANTITY TIME. Christine Louise Hohlbaum,

author of The Power of Slow, has learned that the 20minute drive to her 12-year-old daughter’s Saturday horseback-riding lesson can be a prime bonding opportunity, and that being supportive of her daughter’s interests doesn’t mean she has to stay and watch the two-hour session. Instead, she swings over to a nearby café, where she sips tea and catches up on the week’s newspapers.

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6 … From Work SET THE RIGHT TONE ON FRIDAY. Let coworkers know

you won’t be checking email; ask them to call you instead if anything urgent comes up. “You’ll seem responsive but won’t invite unnecessary communication,” says Tom Connellan, author of The 1% Solution for Work and Life. If your office demands constant check-ins, raise the issue with colleagues. Half of the staff could agree to be on call Saturday, and the other half Sunday. GIVE YOUR BLACKBERRY A TIME-OUT. A 2009 survey

showed that while 70 percent of us work evenings or weekends, the majority do so because of “self-imposed pressure." Joe Robinson, a work-life balance coach, recommends checking your smartphone just one day a weekend.

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By Dr. Drew Pinsky

The Empty Nest x 3 A relationship expert talks about the bittersweet joy of sending his triplets off to college


y wife and

I have three children, triplets who are starting college this fall. It’s funny—while they were deep in the application process over the past year, Susan and I flashed back to the fears and hopes we had before they were born. I remember well some people telling us not to have triplets—that marriages don’t survive the strain, that the children would be at risk for health and emotional difficulties. Susan and I spent many hours agonizing over what to do. Finally, we decided that we had committed to this process, and we would simply throw everyTRIPLE PLAY Susan and Drew Pinsky in 1994 with (from left) Paulina, thing we had at these kids. Douglas, and Jordan, and today, In the beginning, it was overflanking their kids in the same order. whelming. Together we dealt with feedings, sleep deprivation, mounbegan operating a computer. I will tains of diapers, and an infant who never forget seeing his face needed brain surgery for an arachilluminated by the screen one evenoid cyst. I’ve said this before, and ning, a pacifier protruding from his it never gets old: During the first profile. (That’s when I thought, two years of their lives, my hair “Wow, I have to catch up with this turned gray. computer thing.” I didn’t even have We watched as they developed an email address at that point!) For distinct personalities. At 5, Douglas her part, Paulina took charge at age gravitated toward music, falling in 5 and began her career as a comlove with his piano teacher. Though petitive figure skater. Susan and I that relationship grew noticed how nuances stormy during Dougin our personalities— las’s adolescence, when her playfulness, my he itched to do other seriousness—surfaced Have your birds things, they stayed the in our kids, which was flown, too? Share your story course and his musical always entertaining. at achievements deepWe’ve tried hard to /emptynest. ened. At 2, Jordan get the balance right

in our parenting, encouraging the kids to be autonomous, yet keeping our claws in them enough to guide and influence. Sometimes I feel as if I’m pushing them away so they don’t become dependent; at other times, I think I should be digging in deeper, like the “helicopter parents” who hover around their kids all day long. Who knows what’s right? I feel as if I’m supposed to know, but I question whether I’m doing the best I can every day. A highlight this past year was seeing all three appear in the school musical, Beauty and the Beast. We

had a Gaston, a Belle, and a Cogsworth. As I delighted in their performances, I was excited for the people they’ve become. I want them to have more fun at college than I did and not worry so much about what will come next. I want to remind them to enjoy where they are and develop strong friendships. Now it’s August, and I hope Susan and I can hold it together when we send them off. Fortunately, the planning, packing, and sheer logistics of the task are so distracting we probably won’t have time for an emotional meltdown. They are all going to different colleges, and Jordan and Paulina must arrive on the same day. Susan and I will have to split up, and I’m not looking forward to missing one child’s experience—or being without my wife for support. After 18 years of defining ourselves as a family rather than as a couple, it’s a little scary—who are we if we’re not the parents of triplets? Thankfully, Susan and I really like each other and enjoy spending time together. Somehow, this is a part of the journey that I didn’t anticipate when we started out. I wouldn’t trade a minute of the time I’ve spent watching my kids grow up. But if I were to become locked in a cycle of eternal recurrence— reliving, say, Christmas circa 1997, when the sweetness and fantasies of their childhood filled our every waking moment—that would be a day worth experiencing forever. Pinsky’s new weekday series, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, premieres Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. ET/PT on the CW network.



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Ask Marilyn By Marilyn vos Savant

I understand why using a fan on the back porch, where the temperature is 102, won’t cool me off, because the air is warmer than I am. But why does sitting in front of the fan make me feel hotter than not using a fan at all? I can’t wrap my brain around this! —Lisa Ballay, Round Rock, Tex.

Sitting right in front of a fan, especially when it’s turned up all the way, may cause your skin moisture (a.k.a. sweat!) to dry up, taking away your body’s main means of cooling itself. When the temperature is dangerously high and there’s no air-conditioning, spending long periods of time in front of a fan can be risky unless you mist yourself frequently. If your skin gets blown dry, you could develop heat exhaustion—or worse, heatstroke. ®


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deafness, blindness, physical and mental retardation, and cerebral palsy. One in 150 babies are born with the virus—a higher rate than for Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, or spina bifida. But according to a 2008 CDC study, only 14 percent of Just after giving birth to twin women have heard of CMV. girls in August 2003, Janelle “The lack of awareness is Greenlee learned that both terrible, especially because were infected with a virus one easy way to called CMV, which is avoid passing the passed from a WHERE: virus on to your mother to her Sunnyvale, Calif. baby is by unborn child in WHAT SHE’S DOING: Saving thousands of babies washing your utero. Greenfrom debilitating birth defects hands regulee’s obstetriHOW YOU CAN HELP: larly,” says cian told her Go to Greenlee. that even if the Frustrated twins survived the by the silence initial complicasurrounding the tions, they might condition, Greenlee develop severe health launched Stop CMV, problems, including


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Q: Which vaccinations are most important for adults?

Everyone should get the flu vaccine once a year, and a one-time dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine. If you’re over 60, you should be immunized for shingles; if you’re over 65, for pneumonia as well. To help protect against several types of cancer, women up to age 26 should receive the HPV vaccine. If you’ve never had the chicken pox, get vaccinated; the condition can be more serious in adults. (For more information, go to —Dr. Lance Rodewald, director of the Immunization Services Division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



now the world’s largest organization dedicated to preventing the infection in up pregnant women. The group ed has created PSAs, connected parents to doctors who can treat babies born with CMV, and worked to educate mothers-to-be. Thanks in part to Greenlee’s efforts, in June the Senate passed legislation that recommends counseling women of childbearing age about CMV. “Janelle’s passion has made a huge impact in raising awareness about this devastating condition,” says Michael J. Cannon, an epidemiologist at the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Today, Greenlee’s 8-yearold twins, Riley and Rachel, are quadriplegics who are deaf and prone to seizures. Still, she says, “I feel peace knowing that my children will hopefully be one of the last generations born with CMV.” —Jenny Everett



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