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Alabama State................... 21 Jackson State..................... 14

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By The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry worked to convince Florida Republicans Saturday that he is the strongest contender for the GOP nomination despite a shaky debate performance earlier this week that has sparked jitters about his bid. Perry lost a key test vote in Florida to businessHerman man Herman Cain Cain on Saturday after making a strong effort to win. Perry’s second-place finish in the straw poll came just days after he faltered in a debate in Orlando, Fla. Perry’s recent troubles have sparked another round of angst among Republicans about their slate of presidential candidates. In an interview with the Associated Press Saturday after he had left Florida for a lunchtime speech in Michigan, Perry addressed speculation that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might reconsider running for president in 2012. “I see anybody that gets in the race that believes in America and is a small government but efficient government individual, I would welcome into the race. It just strengthens the point that the Republican Party’s all about getting our country working again — whoever that is,” Perry said of

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The Iowa Memorial in the Vicksburg National Military Park

Millions spent to maintain memorials, monuments By Pamela Hitchins

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Vicksburg kids who grew up playing on the Iowa Memorial in the Vicksburg National Military Park had no idea they were hopping, jumping and skipping on art. In what’s been called the “art park of the world,” arguably the greatest outdoor exhibition of art anywhere, the Iowa Memorial is a standout. “It’s the most exquisite bronze we have in the park,” said Terry Winschel, VNMP historian. The stately Greek-Doric monument, 64-feetwide-by-29-feet-high, cost a hefty $100,000 in 1906. In addition to Vermont white granite blocks and columns, it includes six bronze relief panels that tell the story of Iowa’s service during the 1863 battles and siege of Vicksburg. Before it stand a horse and rider, which Winschel calls simply, “the American soldier.” “He’s there to demonstrate the indomitable spirit of the American fighting man, his face always to the foe,” Winschel said. The equestrian statue looks out over a valley topped on the opposite rise by the Texas state memorial. Iowa’s shining moment during the

Significant recent repairs and renovations at VNMP include: • Texas state memorial — Renovations were completed in 2000. The bronze statue of a Texas Confederate soldier was cleaned and rewaxed; mortar was replaced; steps were realigned; and inscription letters were gilded. The $40,000 cost was paid by Texas Legislature from a 1997 appropriation. The Texas memorial was dedicated in 1961. Its original cost was $100,000. • Mississippi state memorial — A move to restore the monument was initiated in the early 1990s. A group of school children in Madison County raised $10,000 over

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two years by collecting aluminum cans; the Mississippi Legislature appropriated about $250,000; and Congress gave $1 million for the repair of the monument’s bronze panels, cleaning the granite and other work completed in 2001. The memorial was dedicated in 1907 and cost $32,000. • Cairo — New canopy, $2.9 million in 2001. • Shirley House — In 2005 and 2010-11, roof restored, windows replaced, chimney straightened, inside walls reinforced; new front porch, floors and ceiling repairs; paint inside and out; $300,000 federal appropriation in 2004; $1.75 million in federal stimulus funds in 2009.

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Dead satellite finally falls; mystery where By The Associated Press

The details show water stains and chipping at the Iowa Memorial.

“The American soldier” rides in front of the memorial.

WASHINGTON — It’s as big as a bus and weighs 6 tons, but officials probably will never be able to pinpoint exactly where a massive NASA satellite plummeted to Earth. NASA space junk scientists believe that all — or nearly all — of the parts of their 20-year-old dead satellite safely plunged into the Pacific Ocean, likely missing land. But if their estimates are off, by only five minutes or so, fiery pieces could have fallen on parts of northwestern North America. No injuries or damage have been reported on land, which NASA officials said was a good indication the satellite went into the ocean. That doesn’t necessarily mean it all fell into the sea. Some debris could have fallen over areas such as Portland, Ore.; Seattle; Calgary, See Satellite, Page A11.



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Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, leading the Army of the Potomac after the Union defeat at First Bull Run, faces pressure in September 1861 to attack Confederates outside Washington. Months later, McClellan will go on to failure with his Peninsula Campaign. And, he will halt Confederate Robert E. Lee’s invasion of Maryland at bloody Antietam, yet still lose his command for settling for a draw that tests President Abraham Lincoln’s patience.

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Monument Continued from Page A1. campaign was a May 22 breach of Confederate lines at the nearby Railroad Redoubt, Winschel said. Iowa sent the greatest number of soldiers per capita of any state in the Union to Vicksburg, said Iowa state Sen. Dennis Black, and 57 of its soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration awarded by the U.S. government. But Black’s first glimpse of the jewel was sparked by an e-mail from a constituent worried about its condition — mold and mildew; vandalized bronze; and broken and missing tuck pointing, the mortar placed between blocks of granite to hold them together and protect the entire structure from moisture, vegetation and other causes of deterioration. “To be honest, I was kind of awestruck,” said Black, who spent a week here in August. “I was not aware, and I’m sure most Iowans are not aware, that Iowa had such a large memorial at Vicksburg.” Black went home with photographs of every aspect of the memorial and a determination to introduce legislation in January to pay for restoration of the jewel. “It needs to be — it’s got to be — restored,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “We’ve just got to ensure that it’s protected and preserved for future generations to see and reflect upon. It’s a visual representation of the experience of those soldiers of days gone by.” State memorials like the Iowa are funded by states or private groups within states, and when dedicated, are turned over to the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior,

which then has the responsibility for their care and maintenance. But stretched by funds becoming more scarce every year, budgets of the park service and individual parks such as Vicksburg are bolstered by gifts, donations and state appropriations like the one Black will sponsor. VNMP Superintendent Mike Madell said a recent budget request for $346,000 for repair and restoration netted just a $100,000 appropriation. The unfunded balance will be requested again in the next budget cycle, but in the meantime, some repairs will have to wait. Madell said the needs are many and include work on at least nine state memorials, the African-American Monument, the Navy Monument, the Stephen D. Lee statue, the Gen. John Alexander McClernand statue, the Gen. John C. Pemberton statue, and the U.S. Grant Monument. In addition, a bluff behind the Texas memorial might need to be stabilized to prevent further erosion threatening the memorial. In recent years, state memorials erected by Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Missouri have been cleaned and repaired, Winschel said. States are given an opportunity to contribute. “Some of the states have been willing to cooperate with us, some have not,” he said. “Some have been very generous, while others have made just a token contribution.” The Louisiana memorial, an 81-foot Corinthian granite column atop a 397-foot hill near the Great Redoubt, is the tallest spot in the park. Hit twice by lighting within

“In 1996 we launched what we termed ‘Operation Eagle,’ where we challenged a number of groups in Illinois — most of them in the greater-Chicago area, Civil War roundtables and other history groups — to raise money to regild the eagle on the Illinois monument, and we also worked with the Mississippi Army National Guard. The Guard sent over a Chinook helicopter, plucked the eagle off the monument and took it down to our maintenance area. We cleaned it and brought it up to our visitor center, and actually had gilders regild it in the center, where our visitors could see the gilding process, talk to the skilled artisans doing the work. “It was so successful, we went back and challenged those very same groups to raise more money, and we gilded the exterior lettering on the monument next to the relief portraits of Grant, Lincoln and Illinois war governor Richard Yates. “And a few years after that, we went back to those very same groups and they raised $10,000 more and we gilded the lettering on the interior of the monument, the names etched in the marble.

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Water stains on the Iowa monument whatever was needed, by members of Americorps NCCC, employees of Entergy, Boy Scouts and other groups, said Madell. A cursory look at Iowa’s memorial reveals the mildew and tuck pointing problems, but a closer inspection shows missing pieces of bronze in the relief panels — rifle barrels, bayonets, flag staffs and other objects. A specialist with the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center examined it recently and will prepare an estimate for its restoration. “One of the things he found is that there’s an eagle on top of one of the flags that had been about 80 percent sawed through,” said Madell. “Somebody apparently inter-

rupted them before they got the last little bit.” Black said he expects to ask the Iowa Legislature for $250,000, but the exact figure will be determined by the estimate. Iowa’s economy is one of the few that has not been hard-hit by recession, said Black, and the state has $1 billion in cash reserves. Black is optimistic about his chances and thinks the restoration will be complete for the 2013 rededication. Whatever is appropriated will be turned over to the Friends of the VNMP, a nonprofit that will in turn pay the bills. The arrangement allows any money left over to be returned to the state of Iowa, Black said.

enough, so they used what was left in the appropriation they already had and put bronze leafing on it. That wore off in about three to five years. But as it was the original intent of the Illinois commissioners to gild it in 24-carat gold leaf, that’s how we justified doing it in the ‘90s.” — VNMP historian Terry Winschel

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The Illinois Memorial “All of that lettering had been gilded initially, but it had been gilded in bronze leafing versus gold leafing. When the Illinois commissioners came down here in 1906 to inspect the monument prior to accepting it, and they realized the stark contrast between that bronze eagle and the white marble was so apparent, and that you couldn’t read the names on the interior of the monument, they went back to Illinois and asked for more money to gild it in 24-carat gold leaf ..., the Legislature turned them down, saying the appropriation had been generous

In the 1980s some repairs and cleanings were done to the Illinois Memorial, including affixing gold leaf to certain sections, cleaning and repointing in the interior. Crushed walnut shells were used to restore the previous glimmer to the interior tablets affixed to the walls. “The park service prefers the walnuts because it’s kinder on the monument, plus it’s environmentally friendly and we don’t have to worry if a few pieces of walnut get into the area,” said park superintendent Mike Madell. Another method uses glass beads. Sandblasting is no longer used.

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days in May 1999, the monument had to be taken down at a cost of $600,000, and then repaired and replaced, which cost an additional $1 million. The state was suffering through a collapse of its oil industry at the time and was not able to help with those costs, Winschel said. Other states, however — Texas, Pennsylvania, Mississippi among them — have pitched in funds for such restoration work as realigning steps, applying gold leaf lettering, repairing bronze panels and cleaning of granite and other stone. In addition, historical groups in Illinois were tapped several times for donations to affix gold leaf to the state memorial’s eagle and lettering, making names in the white stone easier to read, Winschel said. Smaller regimental monuments throughout the park also have needed repair. “Over the years we have done restoration work on a number of our monuments and in many of those cases we have challenged Civil War roundtables in those states to raise funding to assist us,” said Winschel. “We’ve been very successful in that.” Groups in Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland donated money to raise two Ohio monuments that had been toppled by fallen trees, and a donation by a Kansas City group restored a similarly toppled Missouri monument, he said. In addition to financial help, gifts of sweat and labor have been welcomed. Headstones in the national cemetery and bronze tablets throughout the park that detail battles and combatants have been cleaned, righted, repainted,

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Benefits Fish Fry — 11-2 today; allyou-can-eat with trimmings and tea; $8 per ticket at the door; 601-636-1688; Knights of Columbus, Fisher Ferry Road; benefits VHS National Technical Honor Society and 4-H Club. Shopping Extravaganza Tickets — Outlets at Vicksburg; available from high school DECA members and marketing students at Hinds Community College; $15 per ticket, available until Oct. 7; Donna Cook, 601-629-6808 or Tamale Meals — Noon-2 p.m. Oct. 8; tickets, $7 adults and $5 children, ages 12 and under; 601-885-6454 or 601-8858763; benefits Utica Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Unit; Utica Christian Church, 316 E. Main St., Utica.

Churches Spiritual Education of Children — 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays; for ages 6-14; co-sponsored by the Baha’is of Vicksburg; Jeanine Hensley, 601-4153253; Alma Smith, 601-6368628; Christ Episcopal Sunday school building, two doors

down from church at 1115 Main St.; youth.educ@gmail. com. New Hope M.B. — Choir program, 5 p.m. Saturday; choirs, soloists and praise dancers invited; 6320 Bovina Cutoff Road.

CLUBs American Legion Post 213 — Dance at 9 tonight, DJ “Horseman” Mitchell; $3 single or $5 couple; cash raffle drawing each night. Mu Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority — 4 today; Dr. Casey D. Fisher Multipurpose Building, 2717 Alcorn Drive. Les Soeurs Charmantes Social and Civic Club — Seeking former debutantes to help celebrate 40 years of cotillions in Vicksburg; Carolyn Strothers, 601-636-5857, or Lisa Johnson, 601-899-1659. Vicksburg Association of Marketing Professionals— Noon Tuesday; Lindsey Doyle Bradley, founder of Bargaining with the Bradleys; Ameristar’s Heritage Buffet. Warren County Democratic Executive Committee — 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; Warren

County Courthouse, Chancery Courtroom. Lions — Noon Wednesday; Mac Chaney Brown, Mississippi Children’s Museum; Toney’s. Vicksburg-Warren ASU Alumni — 2012 midwinter conference plenary committees meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday; Walter Sheriff, 601-638-7812, or Dr. John Walls, 601-6346349; Jackson Street Community Center. Vicksburg Kiwanis — Noon Tuesday, Jacques’ Cafe; Miss Mississippi Mary Margaret Roark, speaker. Jackson Audubon Society — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, business meeting; 7, chapter meeting; topic: Birding Trip to Paraguay; Bart Barrack, speaker; 601956-7444; 300 N. State St. TRIAD — 2 p.m. Wednesday; Dennis Norris, chief of operations, Mississippi Valley Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; City Hall Annex. Vicksburg Toastmasters Club No. 2052 — Noon Thursday; ERDC’s IT Lab, Porters Chapel Road; Derek Wilson 601-634-4174. Warren Central Big Blue Reunion — 5:30 p.m. Friday, WCHS band hall; 6 p.m. Sat-

urday, Roca; Allison Hubbard, 601-636-5458, or David Cox, 601-415-9976.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS Narcotics Anonymous — River City Group, 8 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Saturday; Good Shepherd Community Center, 629 Cherry St.; daytime, Alvin J., 601-661-7646 or 601-415-1742; evening, Joseph P., 601-278-1808; Jackie G., 601-636-8739. Dog Obedience Classes — Registration, 7 p.m. Monday; City Park Pavilion; 601-6340199; sponsored by Vicksburg Parks and Recreation Department. Fit Friendly Symposium and “Biggest Loser’s” Patrick House Meet-and-Greet — Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday; encouraging local businesses to become Fit Friendly; Hal Harrington, 601-883-5906; River Region Medical Center, conference rooms A&B. Town Watch Meeting — 6-7 p.m. Tuesday; discussing home security and safety; how to set up a neighborhood watch group; Beverly Prentiss, 601-218-4379; Hawkins United Methodist Church,

3736 Halls Ferry Road. Share a Prayer — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; bring favorite prayer, spiritual reading or meditation; sponsored by Baha’is of Vicksburg; Alma Smith, 601-636-8628. Serenity Overeaters Anonymous — 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Bowmar Baptist Church, Room 102C; 601-638-0011. Vicksburg Al-Anon — 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; family, friends of alcoholics and addicts; 502 Dabney Ave.; 601636-1134.25-28 Bricks and Spokes bike ride — 8 a.m. Saturday; $35; www., 601634-4527 or mainstreet@ to register. Painting Class — 6-8 p.m. Oct. 10; $30, includes all supplies; Ivy Place, 2451 N. Frontage Road. Free Hunter Safety Course — 6-9 p.m. Oct. 17-19; Social Security number and all three nights mandatory; minimum age 10 in calendar year; Lonnie Friar, 601-636-8883; Hinds Community College, Mississippi 27.

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World powers seek to steer debt crisis Europe’s woes huge threat, U.S. official says WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from skeptical financial markets, the world’s economic powers scrambled on Saturday for ways to keep Europe’s debt crisis from spiraling out of control. The continent’s financial woes grabbed the attention of the policysetting committees of the 187-nation International Monetary Fund and the Timothy World Bank Geithner during the lending institutions’ annual meetings. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the IMF panel that the debt crisis posed the most serious threat to the global economy and that failure to take bold action raised the risk of domino-style defaults by heavily indebted European countries. He said the European Central Bank should try to ensure that governments pursuing sound reforms could get loans at affordable rates and that European banks have access to the capital they need to operate. The ECB is the central bank for the 17 nations that use the euro as a common currency.

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Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, speaks Saturday in Washington. Global financial markets plunged this week on fears of a possible default within weeks by Greece on its government debt and on worries a default would cause runs on major European banks with heavy exposure to Athens’ debt. “The threat of cascading default, bank runs and catastrophic risk must be taken

off the table. Otherwise, it will undermine all other efforts, both within Europe and globally,” Geithner said. “Decisions as to how to conclusively address the region’s problems cannot wait until the crisis gets even more severe.” Geithner was one of a number of finance leaders demanding forceful action. Mark Carney, the head of

Obama: Tossing schools law will boost students, economy WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says kids and the economy will benefit from the changes he’s making in education policy and his plan to spend billions to upgrade schools and keep teachers on the job. Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to push his $447 billion jobs bill through the prism of education. He recapped steps he has authorized to let states opt out of unpopular proficiency standards because Congress has

been slow to update the existing law, called No Child Left Behind. “If we’re serious about building an economy that lasts, an economy in which hard work pays off with the opportunity for solid middle-class jobs, we had better be serious about education,” Obama said. “We have to pick up our game and raise our standards.” At least 31 states were seeking waivers from No Child Left Behind. Mississippi Superintendent of Education Tom

Burnham said in a statement that the state Department of Education was weighing its options. Obama said the package of tax cuts and direct spending he has sent to Congress would put tens of thousands of teachers back to work and modernize at least 35,000 schools. He called on lawmakers to pass the bill “right now.” But the bill received a cool reception on Capitol Hill and it could be weeks before lawmakers even begin to debate it.

Canada’s central bank, called for “overwhelming” the problem with a big increase in Europe’s rescue fund for heavily indebted countries. In an interview with CBC radio, Carney suggested that a European financial stability fund should be increased from 440 billion euros to 1 trillion euros. At current exchange rates, that would be the equiv-

alent of expanding a $590 billion fund to $1.35 trillion. “You need a big pot of money,” he said. For Christine Lagarde, who took over as head of the IMF in June, the debt crisis was a tough first test. Lagarde has warned that without strong and collective action, the world’s major economies risk slipping back into recession.

To avoid that, finance officials of the Group of 20 major economies pledged on Thursday to “take all necessary actions to preserve the stability of banking systems and financial markets.” German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said a second bailout package for Greece may have to be reevaluated because of Athens’ problems in fulfilling earlier financial promises. This re-evaluation could include changing the terms of the voluntary contribution from banks and other private investors to Greece’s rescue, two European officials said. One of the officials said that Germany and other rich eurozone nations, including the Netherlands and Austria, are now pushing for an “orderly default” by Greece. That would entail losses for investors that go beyond the 21 percent cut in the face value of government bonds foreseen under the voluntary contribution. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity. The comments underline how confidence is eroding among core eurozone countries over whether they can actually save Greece. Greek debt is close to 160 percent of its gross domestic product and its economy looks set for a fourth year of recession. Stock markets in Europe and the U.S. recouped some of their previous day’s hefty losses Friday, but investors remained skeptical.


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State retirement benefits have long been the “third rail” of state politics much as Social Security and Medicare have been the “third rail” of national politics.

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Bridge Get the job done Construction on New York’s Empire State Building took one year and 45 days. The building stands more than 1,000 feet tall and has 102 floors. San Francisco’s majestic Golden Gate Bridge, with its span of 8,981 feet, took slightly more than four years to complete. So far, the 315-foot span of the Washington Street bridge over Kansas City Southern tracks at Clark Street has taken 15 months. On Friday, the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen granted another extension to Feb. 28, 2012 — eight months after the project’s first deadline. We certainly hope there will be no need for another

extension. Unfortunately, the city contract with KCS includes no penalties for the project’s being late, only that KCS will have to pay for costs over the allotted $8.6 million for the project. The bridge has been closed to traffic since January 2009. Businesses have suffered and it has been a tremendous inconvenience for those wanting to drive back and forth to downtown from Interstate 20. Six days worth of phone calls and e-mails by The Vicksburg Post reporters to KCS officials two weeks ago went unanswered. Two weeks before the deadline, Vicksburg City Attorney Lee Davis

Thames said he had heard nothing from KCS “officially,” though he expected the extension request. That lack of communication is abysmal at best. The fact is the bridge needs to be repaired and reopened. City officials from Mayor Paul Winfield to Thames to acting city engineer Garnet Van Norman should be hammering the telephones every day. Winfield said he wants to see the project moving. Let’s see if his influence as mayor is worth his words. Certainly times have changed drastically since the construction of the Empire State Building.

Same playbook, different president “The last thing you want to do is raise taxes during a recession.” •

Those words were spoken in August 2009 when the United States was coming to grips with a financial calamity. Those words were spoken by President Barack Obama. Those words were fundamentally correct. Raising taxes on anyone — ever — is the wrong solution for a country’s economic growth, but raising them in a recession is even worse. By his ideology and that of the party to which he belongs, one of the tenets of growing an economy is redistributive economics — taking from those with means and allocating them through social programs to those without means rings of a kind of “ism” that once ran rampant in the Soviet Union. The fact, though, is that when Obama made those comments in an

interview with NBC News, he was figuring that by September 2011 the country would have come out of the recession. The Democrats had control of the executive and legislative branches of government and had just passed nearly a trillion dollars in government “stimulus” to pull the country from disaster. But fast forward to today. Unemployment is at a disastrous 9.3 percent nationally. The housing market growth is stagnant. One ratings agency downgraded the United States’ credit rating. The International Monetary Fund has pegged economic growth in the USA to move at a snail’s pace through 2012. On Monday, Obama laid out his new plan to get America working, although it has not been presented to Congress on paper. The new plan — since the government spending binge hasn’t seemed to work — is to

hike taxes on “millionaires and billionaires” to the tune of $1.5 trillion over 10 years. The country is still stuck in recession. So, following the president’s words in 2009, he is doing exactly what he said is bad for the economy. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. While not calling the president insane, such cannot be said about his economic policies. All that will be accomplished with this plan will be for Obama to shore up his “tax-and-spend” voting base. Forgive those who question this strategy. If it is never a good time to raise taxes during a recession, why is he posing massive tax increases? Simple: His ego and ideology will not allow for any other plan. He is the epitome of tax-and-spend. And he is wrong.

Highlighting Mississippi’s history The unveiling Wednesday of the Blues Trail marker in honor of the Blue Room is one more example of Mississippi’s embracing its rich history. The Blue Room, a nightclub on Clay between Mulberry and Washington streets, played host to such musical legends as Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, B.B. King and Ray Charles. It was operated by the flamboyant Tom Wince from 1937 to 1972. Its recognition in the ever-evolving Mississippi Blues Trail is the fifth in the River City. Markers honoring Highway 61 South, Marcus Bottom, the Red Tops and Willie Dixon already are reminders of the city’s connection

to music. Mississippi has laid claim to being the birthplace of American music, and these markers are reminders of the past and certain tourist draws. In the same vein, another bit of information — this one disseminated across the state — also should enhance tourism. The Mississippi Bond Commission on Monday approved bonds for the nation’s first state-sponsored civil rights museum. Two museums — the Mississippi History Museum and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum — are hoped to be open by 2017, the state’s bicentennial. “Given Mississippi’s place in civil

rights history in the (USA), I think this place will become a mecca for scholars or tourists who are interested in understanding our history,” said State Sen. John Hohrn of Jackson. He is right. Mississippi has a wide history, albeit not always viewed in the most positive light. What these museums and markers do is give people more reason to visit and learn the good, and the bad. To borrow a line from the Hollywood movie “Field of Dreams,” “People will come.” And that is what is needed — people to come and learn. Hopefully, they’ll leave with better understanding of Mississippi’s role in American history.

STARKVILLE — News of the sounding of political alarms by leading state Democrats has been topping the news ever since the Labor Day holiday earlier this month. For state Democrats and for labor unions alike, rhetoric from a Labor Day picnic hosted by a Jackson union local chapter could signal the beginning of an ominous political dynamic. Press reports are that leading Democrats — including new party executive director Rickey Cole and state Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson — have predicted a hard time for the state’s public employees if Republicans take control of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Cole, a seasoned political veteran, was quoted as saying: “This is not an important election, this is the last election. It’s the last damn chance. It’s the last train leaving. “If we don’t win the (state) House of Representatives, if we don’t win a majority in the Senate, if we don’t elect Johnny DuPree governor, then in SID six weeks there won’t be a State Personnel Board. You’ll have to promise to be a good Republican to get a job.” After the turmoil in other states over public employee benefits, one has to question the wisdom of couching the outcome of legislative elections as determining the future of state retirement benefits and public employee benefits. While there are Republicans — Gov. Haley Barbour among them — who have long called for a review of what he has called “unsustainable” benefit increases to the state’s Public Employees Retirement System by lawmakers. In August, Barbour created a 12-member Public Employees’ Retirement System Study Commission to analyze the program’s structure and recommend changes. The 12-member commission will provide a comprehensive report to Barbour and the Legislature by Nov. 15. “The current funding path for Mississippi’s pension system relies too heavily on increased contributions from taxpayers,” Barbour said. “Large benefit increases adopted in the 1990s and early 2000s, coupled with the impact of the economic downturn, have created a financially unsustainable system. The commission will take a hard look at the tough decisions that need to be implemented to ensure the long-term solvency of the system.” That announcement stirred concern among PERS’ recipients. State retirement benefits have long been the “third rail” of state politics much as Social Security and Medicare have been the “third rail” of national politics. But as has been seen at the national level, state governments are increasingly being forced to examine their retirement systems. But Democrats who seek to make such reviews a litmus test of support for state public unions likely do so at their own political peril. The Mississippi Association of Educators and the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees are the two unions most vulnerable to anti-public employee sentiments. The Mississippi Legislature has historically been slow to tamper with PERS benefits or employee participation in the system. Barbour’s commission aside, that’s still likely to be true. Why? Because changing the system for public employees shines light on changing the system for legislators, too. That’s true unless public unions turn the debate — as it was in Wisconsin — into a highly partisan “us against them” political standoff. Unlike those in Wisconsin, Mississippi public workers have never had collective bargaining rights in a right-to-work state. State Republican leaders pray Cole continues the partisan rhetoric regarding public workers and organized labor. •


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Sunday, September 25, 2011

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WEEK IN Vicksburg High temperatures crept into the upper 80s by week’s end as overnight lows ranged from the mid-50s to lower 70s. No rainfall was recorded locally. The Mississippi River on the local gauge dropped during the week from 17.8 feet to 14.6. The decline was expected to continue as forecasters predicted a reading of 13.8 for today. Joseph Renfroe and William Ryals, residents of Bradford Ridge Apartments on Cain Ridge Road, helped extinguish a fire at the complex in which Sara Myers was burned. The pair saw Myers, 76, vacate her unit as smoke poured from her doorway and ran separately to assist. China Maxwell, 17, was crowned Homecoming Queen at Vicksburg High School’s Memorial Stadium by VHS Principal Derrick Reed. Anthony Sims, 40, was struck by a car driven by Ashley King around 5 a.m. and killed as he walked along U.S. 80. King, 19, was injured and airlifted to University Medical Center in Jackson. Kenneth Patterson of Mount Alban Road was killed in a single car accident at Jeff Davis and Mallett roads. Patterson apparently lost control and probably overcompensated, officials said. Jacob Lynn Foster, 27, died from a gunshot wound to the head in what has been ruled an accidental shooting. Officials said it appeared Foster was handling the gun when it discharged and struck him. Warren County supervisors are being taken to court by M&M Property landowning group over the Kings Point Ferry’s operating hours. The rekindled suit claims the county hasn’t honored terms of a 1997 order that stipulated the vessel be open 15 hours daily. The City of Vicksburg is planning the construction of a 5,000-square-foot concrete skate park near City Park, along with improvements to a walking path in the area. A $100,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will fund the project. In the first visible activity since August at the Washington Street bridge site near the Kansas City Southern Railroad tunnel, dump trucks were spotted moving dirt. The increased activity came as KCS was preparing to ask for more time to complete the project. The installation of a sidewalk to the MV Mississippi IV has resulted in an 18-day extension of renovation completion at the old Levee Street Depot. Officials are now expecting the work to be finished near the end of October. A special meeting is planned by the Vicksburg Housing Authority Board of Commissioners to trim the list of applicants for executive director. The board has received 35 applications for the position. A Mississippi Blues Trail marker was unveiled in downtown Vicksburg to honor the Blue Room, a haven in the 1940s and ’50s for jazz and blues acts. The marker was placed near the northwest corner of Clay and Mulberry streets, across the street from the former site of the club. Three schools labeled near the bottom of the 2011 accountability ratings will be visited by the Mississippi Department of Education representatives beginning Monday, Vicksburg Warren School District officials said. Visits to Vicksburg Junior High, Warren Central Intermediate and Vicksburg Intermediate are planned. William Edward “Eddie” Broadwater, 55, was killed as his motorcycle skidded in a sharp curve on Nine Mile Cut-Off Road just past its intersection with China Grove, county investigators said. Broadwater, who was wearing a helmet, died of a broken neck, Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey said. In addition to Sims, Patterson, Foster and Broadwater, local deaths during the week were Irene Briggs Sanders, Shirley J. Williams, Bennie Williams Jr., Mary Ellen Reed, Flora Mae Jones, David Paul Waddell and the Rev. Prentiss Harry Hawkins.


Tax talkers way out of touch with the real world OXFORD — Picture this: Fat cat directors of Buzz Beverages sit at a board table in their threepiece suits. Their company has announced record profits, so they’re puffing on cigars as their accountant prepares to deliver the year-end report and distribute hefty dividend checks. As he takes his seat and cracks open his portfolio, the accountant has a sudden realization. “Dang,” he says, “I just remembered. I was supposed to pay corporate income taxes.” He continues, “Not only that, I failed to include the property taxes on our manufacturing plants and our headquarters, our equipment and inventory taxes, the taxes due for our fuel, on our trucks and warehouses. Oh, and I forgot the payroll taxes and Social Security matching money on our employees. And I forgot the excise, sales and use taxes we owe, too, as well as the regulatory and inspection fees.” The accountant stands up to leave. “Sorry,” he says. “Be right back.” Cigars drop to the floor. The scene is ridiculous, but it comes to mind every time someone suggests that “taxing business” is a surefire way out of an economic black hole. It embodies the idiotic view that commercial enterprises don’t calculate their overhead — including taxes — in setting prices and operational plans, including whether and where to build plants or expand operations. Simplified, let’s say it this way:


Raise taxes 10 percent on Buzz Beverages and the price of Buzz products rises proportionally. The business doesn’t pay taxes, the customers do.


Raise taxes 10 percent on Buzz Beverages and the price of Buzz products rises proportionally. The business doesn’t pay taxes, the customers do. Some people — and some politicians — refuse to realize that no enterprise, from a lemonade stand to a multinational corporation, can stay in business unless it makes money. Do some sellers of goods and services set prices unreasonably high? Is there profiteering from time to time? Yes. But a parallel business precept is that the marketplace will eliminate the overchargers, too. Equally irritating is the insistence that “the rich don’t pay their fair share.” In the first place, both Mississippi and federal income tax laws have from their inception been “progressive.” It’s not the more you make the more you pay. It’s the more you make the larger the percentage due each April 15. Think of household income as a pie. A low-income household has a small pie and the taxman takes a small slice, if any. A high-income

household has a much larger pie and the taxes take a larger slice of the larger pie. President Barack Obama says closing personal and corporate loopholes could result in billions of new revenue. No doubt he’s right. Any licensed CPA will tell you the behemoth IRS code as well as the much smaller binders filled with Mississippi tax laws are slap full of carve-outs for special industries or employers who have hired the right lobbyists and made the appropriate campaign donations. It is well-documented that even the IRS can’t interpret or apply with certainty some of its regulations that are conflicting at best, overlapping at worst. What’s most offensive, however, is when the president and some of like-minded supporters explain taxing the rich even more because “they don’t need the money.” For a long time now, Congress has felt moved to establish minimum wages and other workplace rules, but never before in American history has a public official felt there was any authority to establish a

“maximum income.” The nation has always had the rich and the super-rich, Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Fords and, more recently, Bill and Melinda Gates. They’ve been friends to humanity, not enemies. They should be (and have been) our philanthropic heroes for their energies and innovations, not vilified because wiping them out would be a convenient fix for an irresponsible government. Flat tax. Never argued for one before, but will now. We need government and the services and security it provides. Government needs money — lots of it. Everybody benefits from government. Everybody should pay. Everybody, even people on welfare and unemployment. Pull the plug on all the speechifying and deduct, or otherwise collect, 10 percent of each dollar of income. Force Congress to budget the way the Mississippi Legislature does, meaning last year’s income is the general basis for this year’s budget — including scheduled payments on the debt. It would put a lot of lobbyists and perhaps entire accounting firms out of business. It would leave a lot of news-talk shows with nothing to yap about. And it would restore fiscal sanity. Do it. Then let’s go out for a Buzz. •

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


Key to improving recreational facilities is a new director In response to the Letter to the Editor regarding Lights on the City Park field, I agree the youth baseball and softball fields need attention. The fields have been neglected for a number of years. The girls have been put on the back burner for the longest. They have only three fields with lights and have not had any improvements for a number of years. They also have to share them with the high school softball teams. I think we should all step back and start looking at the recreation department leader. The leader of the recreation department has been in office for several years, maybe we need someone new with new ideas to better all the recreation instead of fighting over what little attention we are getting. A few months ago South Ward Alderman Sid Beauman stated in The Vicksburg Post that he was going to lay off staff because we didn’t need all

More investment fruitless

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. the employees on the payroll and could save Vicksburg the income. Well, my question to him is, why, if we are overstaffed, is the recreation in this town always behind? Many issues need to be addressed, but fighting each other is not the answer. We need to stick together and start making the recreation department leaders step up or step out. No. 1 is cheap and simple: we need someone to shoot the grade of all the fields and rework them for

drainage. There are times water is standing for days on the end fields with a small rain. The lights were extremely bad at the men’s field and someone was soon to be injured. This was put off until they had to get them replaced or shut the fields down. Last question: What happened to the complex? Brenda Shiers Vicksburg

The latest proposal to boost the economy includes an ‘investment’ in education. But it seems no one can explain exactly how greater investment would improve student performance. All schools produce students with both excellent and poor education performance. This seems to indicate that students can learn in almost any school. Schools and teachers are responsible for teaching, but parents and students for learning. The problem inhibiting education is irresponsibility by undisciplined family units, and lack of parental and student resolve. More investment would be fruitless. Chet Barber Vicksburg

Republicans might end up opting for the trusted old hand WASHINGTON — Many Americans are still picking through the wreckage of overturned mortgages and lost jobs, trying to rescue old pictures of their middle-class aspirations. But another economic tropical storm is now being tracked. It is probable that the Greek government will default by the end of the year, perhaps followed by Portugal, Spain and Italy. The shock to international markets would further undermine the economic confidence needed for a healthy American recovery. Few believe that President Barack Obama would be able to rally the world during a Eurozone crisis, especially since he is increasingly irrelevant to the politics of his own country. His American Jobs Act — combining minimal ambition and minimal creativity — was greeted with bipartisan skepticism. Obama has repeatedly demanded that Congress “act now.” In response, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has effectively told the president to get in line for the Senate’s “next work period” in October. In this atmosphere of mounting challenge and diminished leadership, economists have lowered their predictions of future economic growth and now see a one in three chance that America slips back into recession during the next 12 months. With the arrival of a second economic crisis, America would enter a new phase. Our politics would pass beyond Tea Party anger toward a more generalized economic fear — the fear of durable stagnation and


With the economy suffering a series of complex maladies, who wants a surgeon who only performs amputations?


national decline. And this raises a large political question: Would an economic crisis favor a revolutionary candidate or a reassuring candidate? In Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, we have undiluted representatives of each type. Perry is purposely provocative in style and content. He questions the legitimacy of 70 years of federal entitlement commitments. He proposes a fundamental reordering of the relationship between the federal government and the states. He is highly critical of the Federal Reserve and its chairman. Perry’s specific economic policies remain defiantly unspecific but his rhetoric and intentions are ideologically ambitious. Romney is running at Perry from the reassuring center. Both are harshly critical of Obama’s economic policies. But unlike Perry, Romney refuses to hurl the accusation of “socialism.” Romney argues that an overbroad condemnation of Social Security would leave Republicans “obliterated as a party.” His own 59-point economic plan contains a “number of options” for

incremental entitlement reform — an approach The Wall Street Journal has criticized as “timid and tactical.” But Romney’s timidness on some issues is his main tactic against Perry. With the economy suffering a series of complex maladies, who wants a surgeon who only performs amputations? The outcome of a presidential primary can’t be predicted by a single theory. A well-run campaign, or a poorly timed gaffe, can make all the difference. And, even at this late hour, the GOP field may not be complete. Republicans may insist on a choice beyond category A, the combative tradition of Barry Goldwater, and category B, the business-oriented blandness of Thomas Dewey. But if this is the choice during a period of national stress, the advantage goes to the reassuring. During the financial panic of September 2008, John McCain’s response was emotional and chaotic — suspending his presidential campaign in order to make time for a series of rash and contradictory statements. Obama said little of interest, but he said it calmly. And he benefited

greatly. Within the Republican Party, primary voters have a history of preferring less ideologically vivid, more electable candidates. Iowa caucus-goers — disproportionally religious and conservative since the late 1980s — do their best to change this habit. But they seldom pick the eventual winner in contested races. The party faithful may flirt with Phil Gramm or Pat Buchanan, but they typically end up at the altar with George H.W. Bush or Bob Dole. Goldwater was the great exception — a grand ideological romance that was eventually consummated. But his selection was made in a time of economic optimism — with unemployment about 5 percent and falling — and not in a sobering period of economic hardship. None of these historical precedents make Romney a shoe-in. But they indicate his prospects are better than his current polling. Perry is a perfect candidate for a time of Tea Party anger — say, around 2010. But Romney has a better case in a time of economic fear — like the one we may be entering — when competence becomes a desperate political demand. In this case, Republicans may choose, once again, not the purist they love but the old hand they trust. •

Michael Gerson’s email address is michaelgerson(at)


Sunday, September 25, 2011

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Sunday, September 25, 2011



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Eight-year license law takes off Saturday



By Jack Elliott Jr. The Associated Press

U.S. needs ‘spenders anonymous’ Upon pushing a tax plan that, in theory, will help drive down our national debt and, in theory, get America working again, leaders have ignored a stark reminder — an addiction to spending. Give us more money and this time — we promise! — it will be different. Will it? I know a man who works full time and makes a sixfigure salary. He is to running his finances what Vivaldi is to throwing a curveball. His home is wall-to-wall “stuff.” Much of the stuff is in boxes, having never been opened and likely never will be opened. His credit is on the brink of ruin, but does that stop his spending binges? Hardly. Instead of paying his creditors, he turns the phone off, ignores the messages and buys more stuff. He plays three-card monty with his finances much the way our leaders play with OUR money. He takes money from his right hand, puts it in his left hand and believes he is flush with cash. Upon applying for a car loan, he trumpeted his chances of getting a used car despite his finances because the credit card companies are no longer looking for him, because it is the collection agencies who are now troubled with tracking him down. His house is cluttered with a laminator, vegetable processor (still boxed), cameras, televisions and a freezer so full of meat there is not room for a bookmark. A week ago he “bought” himself a video camera to go along with two others he already had. This man does not have an income problem, he has a disease called spending. When it catches up to him, he will be ruined financially. So what to do with him? Give him another car loan he won’t pay? How about another credit card? Or should we take the credit card away and say, “You will not get this back until you can prove to everyone that you can live within your means.” Now, if we could only tell Washington, D.C., the same thing. Even if we did, though, would they listen? Probably not. When arithmetic finally wins the day — and it always does — America will face its own austerity measures. Unless, of course, we somehow could enroll our government into a spenders anonymous program. Step 1: This addiction to overspending the people’s money will no longer stand in America. If we don’t, we all might be saying, “I can’t believe America is no longer standing.”

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

David Jackson•The Vicksburg Post

Surrounded by canine friends, Kim Rymer, 14, the daughter of Alan and Tammy Rymer, takes a break from the excitement of the fourth annual Paws Rescue Bark in the Park, held Saturday at Riverfront Park. The event is a fundraiser for Paws, a no-kill animal rescue league. At right, Lori Williams offers her dog, R.J., a toy. Below, Speckle, Ashley Sevier’s Jack Russell terrier, gives the camera a good sniff.

JACKSON — In 2009, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety launched an attack on long lines at driver license renewal stations with self-service kiosks. There are now 29 of those kiosks, which operate like automated bank teller machines, at driver services’ offices around Mississippi, including in Warren County. There are also two stand-alone machines at courthouses in Yazoo and Harrison counties. Officials didn’t stop there. They put more employees and examiners at the license centers to speed up the process, and they urged more people to go online to renew licenses. Beginning Saturday, motorists will be able to buy eight-year driving licenses. A new state law passed by the Legislature this year will make it an option to the regular four-year licenses. Other states offer similar options to motorists. Connecticut (four or six years), Georgia (five or 10 years) and New Mexico (four to eight years) allow drivers to choose the length of a license. In South Carolina and Colorado, a driver’s license is good for 10 years. In Arizona, a license is good until a motorist turns 65, then the license must be renewed every five years. Public Safety Department spokesman Jon Kalahar said every step taken in Mississippi thus far is part of an ongoing plan to make license renewals less frustrating. However, Kalahar said the eight-year license can only be bought at driver service centers. He said motorists going online can only buy a four-year license. “The eight-year license can only be done at the counter for right now,” he said. “We have to see who comes in for the eightyear license and how popular it becomes. After we see that, we may want to tweak the program later.” State Rep. Johnny Stringer, D-Montrose, who filed the bill that became law, said convenience is the issue. “The biggest complaint I get is people having to wait in line to renew their driver’s license,” said Stringer, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Stringer said the state will save money in the long run because MDPS will take license photos half as often for the 8-year licenses. He joked that constituents will be happier, too, because they can have younger-looking license photos, longer. “My mother is 84, and she wanted an 8-year license,” Stringer said. Kalahar said it is too early to tell whether the new license option will save money. “We will run a cost analysis once we see how many people are See License, Page A8.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

A view from the top Historic photos taken in and around Vicksburg are featured on Sundays in The Vicksburg Post. Many of the photos are from the J. Mack Moore Collection at the Old Court House Museum. Though not all photos were taken by Mr. Moore, they are part of

the collection given to the museum by longtime Vicksburg Post managing editor Charles J. Faulk. Appropriate photos from the public will also be accepted and published. To submit a photo, contact Karen Gamble at 636-4545.

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Thirsty La. gets a sip, courtesy of storm Lee BATON ROUGE (AP) — he said. Tropical Storm Lee helped Tropical Storm Lee brought relief from a recent drought to some cattle farmers with extra hay they needed, but others just under half of Louisiana. According to the U.S. were forced to sell their cattle, Drought Monitor, about 45 said Kurt Guidry, an agriculpercent of the state — primar- ture economist with the LSU ily along the track of Tropical AgCenter. The storm was “too Storm Lee along the eastern little, too late” for producers side of the state — is no longer of row crops such as corn, considered in drought condi- soybean, and cotton, Guidry tions. At the ‘Lee took a big bite said. “Most yields end of August, out of the drought in for row crops the entire state of Louisiana Louisiana. It produced were already made by this was listed in that much rain.’ time,” Guidry some form of said. drought. Barry Keim The respite “Lee took a State climatologist could be tempobig bite out of rary, Keim said. the drought in Louisiana,” said state clima- There hasn’t been much rain tologist Barry Keim. “It pro- since the storm, he said. Keim also said a La Nina duced that much rain.” At the Baton Rouge Metro- weather pattern has set up, politan Airport, the rain gauge although it’s weak. That patmeasured 8.81 inches of rain tern usually means warmer from Sept. 1 through Sept. 5 and drier winters for Louisiand the Louis Armstrong New ana, Keim said. So far this year, the state has Orleans International Airport had 11.05 inches during that received 31.1 inches of rain, which is below the normal same period. Some areas of the state got rainfall by this point of 44.6 between 10 inches and 15 inches, Keim said. “There’s a good chance we’ll inches, Keim said. The rain fell over a matter of days instead move back into drought in of a few hours, allowing the Louisiana,” he said. rain to soak into the ground,

Race for oyster permits starts online Monday

Former U.S. Sen. John C. Stennis holds an ear of corn as he visits with C.L. Tullos, center, and Eric Biedenharn during a Soil Conservation Field Day in the 1940s at Biedenharn’s Blue Lake Plantation. Tullos was the district conservation

public meetings Monday • Warren County Board of Supervisors, 8:30 a.m., Board of Supervisors building, rear conference room • Vicksburg Housing Authority, special meeting, 4:30 p.m., 113 Elizabeth Circle

Tuesday • Vicksburg Board of Architectural Review, 4 p.m., City Hall Annex

Wednesday • Vicksburg Warren E-911 Commission, 9 a.m., E-911 Dispatch Center, 1401 Clay St. • NRoute Transportation Commission, 5 p.m., 2501 Halls Ferry Road

Thursday • Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen, 10 a.m., City Hall Annex

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officer and Biedenharn was president of the Mississippi Association of Soil Conservation Commissioners at the time. The photo was contributed by Biedenharn’s wife.

License Continued from Page A7. obtaining the 8-year license. Right now, it’s about saving people time in our lines and not having to come back as often,” he said. Kalahar said many people will like the license because “they won’t have to come to the building as much. For people who have to get there, it keeps the lines a little shorter.” He said people in rural areas, who have to drive a long distance to get to a license station, would not have to do so as often. In Mississippi, a four-year license costs $21. The eight-year license will cost $43. Mississippi’s neighboring states have similar fees. Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana have fouryear licenses. In Tennessee, the licenses are good for five years. Tennessee’s licenses cost $19.50. In Alabama, the cost is $23.50 and in Arkansas, $20. In Louisiana, drivers pay $24.50 until they reach 70, when the license costs $15.50.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will begin taking applications at 9 a.m. Monday for permits to harvest oysters in Calcasieu Lake — and it’s only taking them online. The 126 one-year permits are first-come, first-serve. Half are limited to people who have historically taken oysters from the lake since 2001. The others can go to anyone eligible — which includes already having licenses for commercial fishing and harvesting oysters. The permits will help protect the lake as a source of oysters, according to the Coastal Conservation Association

Online Permit applications are at of Louisiana, which worked with state Sen. Blade Morrish, R-Jennings, on the bill passed by the Legislature this year. The total number of oysters fell by one-third between 2009 and 2010, and the number of market-sized oysters fell by almost half, it said. The group said the number of boats working the lake had been increasing — and skyrocketed after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill closed other parts of the state to fishing and oystering.

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Warren County employee Archie West, bottom left, watches as co-worker Casey Smith, behind truck, prepares to drop a refrigerator during a white goods and tire disposal pick-

up Saturday. The county organizes such events periodically for unwanted items. Saturday’s was at Bovina Volunteer Fire Department.

Interstate traffic stop turns up pot, Ecstasy A Brandon man faces a charge of possession of Ecstasy after his arrest Saturday afternoon during a traffic stop on Interstate 20 West near Bovina, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said. Pace said Robert Williams, 28, 252 Brandon Place, was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy for a moving violation. During the traffic stop, the deputy saw a small amount of marijuana in the car and arrested Williams. While searching Williams after the arrest, he said, the deputy found a small amount of Ecstasy, an illegal drug that can cause hallucinations. Williams was being held without bond in the Warren County Jail.


from staff reports

GPS, cash, credit cards missing on Amberleaf A Garmin GPS and a purse containing cash, credit cards and travelers checks were reported stolen Friday morning from a car parked at a home in the 400 block of Amberleaf Drive, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said Saturday. He said the car was one of four reported burglarized in the 400 block of Amberleaf Friday. The other three cars were parked at another home on the street. A driver’s license was taken from one of those cars, and nothing from the other two. No arrests had been made.

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40 dead in crackdown after Yemeni president’s return SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Forces loyal to Yemen’s newly returned president attacked pro-opposition troops with mortar shells and heavy gunfire Saturday and used rooftop snipers to pick off unarmed protesters fleeing in panic, killing more than 40 people and littering the streets of the capital with bodies. One of the most powerful rivals to President Ali Abdullah Saleh — a senior general who threw his support and his troops behind the antiregime uprising — warned that the president appears set on driving the country into civil war, calling on the international community to help. Saleh, who has clung to power despite nearly eight months of protests and an assassination attempt that left him severely burned, abruptly returned to Yemen on Friday after more than three months of treatment in Saudi Arabia for his wounds.

Libyan rebels make first strides in week

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Protestors demand the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh at a rally in Sanaa Saturday.

Americans jailed in Iran board U.S.-bound plane MUSCAT, Oman — Two Americans released from an Iranian prison told reporters Saturday they were “eager to go home” just before their flight to the U.S. Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer made brief statements before boarding a plane in the Josh capital of Fattal Oman, the Gulf sultanate that helped mediate their release Wednesday. The Americans were held for more than two Shane years on accuBauer sations they were spying for the United States. A spokeswoman for their families said they are scheduled to arrive in the United States this afternoon. The men were released under a $1 million bail deal.

Palestinian leader shuns peace plans UNITED NATIONS — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas strongly suggested Saturday that he would reject a peacemaking blueprint put forward by international mediators, saying he would not agree to any proposal that disregarded Palestinian conditions for the resumption of peace talks. Abbas, who returned to the West Bank on Saturday after submitting a statehood bid at the United Nations a day earlier, told reporters he was still studying the proposal by the peacemaking Quartet — the U.S., European Union, United Nations and Russia. But he appeared to tip his hand by saying “we will not


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS deal with any initiative” that doesn’t demand a halt to Israeli settlement construction or negotiations based on borders before the 1967 War when Israel captured land the Palestinians claim for their state. The Quartet statement made no such demands. Abbas dug into his positions after resisting heavy, U.S.-led pressure to abandon his bid to have the U.N. recognize a state of Palestine in the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Prosecutors seek more jail for Knox PERUGIA, Italy — Italian prosecutors asked an appeals court on Saturday to uphold the conviction of Amanda Knox for the murder of her British roommate and increase her sentence to life in prison. The 24-yearold American sat motionless as Prosecutor Giancarlo CostagliAmanda ola made his Knox request. The prosecutor sought the same sentence for Knox’s co-defendant, former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, capping two days of closing arguments by the prosecutors. A verdict is expected in early October. Knox, of Seattle, and Sollecito, an Italian, were convicted by a lower court of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher while they were all studying in Perugia in 2007. Knox was sentenced to 26 years, her codefendant Raffaele Sollecito to 25 years.

SIRTE, Libya (AP) — With NATO jets roaring overhead, revolutionary forces fought their way into Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown Saturday in the first significant push into the stubborn stronghold in about a week. Libya’s new leaders also tried to move on the political front, promising to announce in the coming week a new interim government that it hopes will help unite the country. The National Transitional Council led the rebellion that forced Gadhafi into hiding and has taken over the leadership

of the oil-rich North African nation even as it continues to fight forces still loyal to the fugitive leader. The NTC-appointed prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril sought support from leaders at the United Nations on Saturday, telling them that “a new Libya is coming to life” as a nation committed to democracy, equality and reintegration into the international community. He said the council was committed to drafting a constitution that would be put to the Libyans for a referendum.

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UBS CEO resigns over rogue trading loss GENEVA (AP) — UBS chief executive Oswald Gruebel has resigned over a $2.3 billion loss caused by rogue trading at its investment division, which is to be restructured now to prevent similar incidents in future, the Swiss bank said Saturday. Gruebel, who had come under heavy pressure from shareholders over the scandal, said he hoped his resignation would allow the bank to restore its reputation in the eyes of clients and investors. “As CEO, I bear full responsibility for what occurs at UBS,” he said in a memo to

staff. “From my first day on the job I placed the reputation of the bank above all else. That is why I want to and must act according to my convictions.” UBS Europe chief Sergio P. Ermotti will take over immediately as interim chief executive until Gruebel’s replacement is appointed. Gruebel’s departure caps 10 days of speculation over his future following the bank’s announcement that a single London-based trader had evaded internal control systems and gambled away $2.3 billion.

The trader, 31-year-old Kweku Adoboli, was arrested Sept. 15 and charged with fraud and false accounting. A judge ordered him Thursday to be held in jail until a hearing next month. The rogue trading loss is the third major scandal to hit Switzerland’s biggest bank in recent years, and the second to come out of its investment unit. During the financial crisis, UBS was one of the European banks worst hit by failed investments in the subprime mortgage market. A year later, it became embroiled in an embarrassing U.S. tax

evasion case. UBS President Kaspar Villiger told reporters the board had tried to persuade Gruebel to stay until the bank’s annual shareholder meeting next year, but the gravel-voiced German had wanted to send a strong signal about the trading loss immediately. “He thinks that this act could maybe create a new basis for UBS to continue,” said Villiger, who earlier noted that UBS wants to “turn this disaster into an opportunity.” Speculation has already begun over who is to succeed the 67-year-old Gruebel.

Oswald Gruebel, who resigned Saturday from his post as CEO of UBS, Switzerland’s biggest bank

implodes,” Lewin said. Perry, a late entrant into the Republican primary who quickly led national polls, has stumbled in recent weeks. His defense of in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants put him on the wrong side of the GOP’s conservative base. His rivals worked to exploit his opposition to a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border and his support of a mandatory vaccine for girls against a sexually transmitted disease. Perry left Florida to speak to GOP activists at a gathering on Mackinac Island in Michigan. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the son of a former Michigan governor, also was attending that event. Cain captured 37.1 percent of the vote at Saturday’s Presidency 5 straw poll in

Orlando, with Perry coming in second with 15.4 percent. Mitt Romney came in third with14 percent and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania followed with 10.88 percent. While all declared candidates were on the ballot, the first-tier candidates did not compete. Perry bought hundreds of activists’ breakfasts on the sidelines before heading to Michigan. Romney skipped and didn’t send representatives to the forum. Romney and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota both left Florida before the voting began and their campaigns discounted the straw poll’s role in the campaign. Bachmann finished eighth with 1.51 percent in the straw poll. The results were unlikely to shuffle the campaign’s standings. Instead, they were

mostly a popularity contest among the delegates selected by local party organizations. Ahead of the test vote, Perry’s campaign bought breakfast for hundreds of the party faithful assembled for a three-day conference and debate. Perry said skipping the straw poll was a blunder. “I think that’s a big mistake. I think it’s very important,” Perry said, citing its history. Previous straw polls have predicted the GOP nominee. Ronald Reagan won in 1979, George H.W. Bush in 1987 and Kansas Sen. Bob Dole in 1995. The Republican Party of Florida, however, has not organized the test vote in recent years. After the vote, Perry released a statement congratulating Cain. His spokesman, Mark Miner, acknowledged his debate performance played a role

in the straw poll vote, but insisted the campaign would not change strategy. “He’s the commander in chief, not the debater in chief,” Miner said. Cain’s speech Saturday energized the attending activists. “Let’s send Washington a message: We the people are still in charge of this country. Not we, the bureaucrats. Not we, the government,” Cain told the conference. Santorum said delegates should stand with “someone who can win the election, someone who is a consistent, authentic conservative ... who has proved they can win in states that we have to win.” Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he was the one who could best take on Obama.

Continued from Page A1. “We don’t know where the re-entry point exactly was. We don’t exactly know where the debris field is,” Johnson said. NASA’s earlier calculations had predicted that the former climate research satellite would fall over a 500mile swath and could include land. Officials said the 35-foot satellite fell sometime between 10:23 p.m. Friday and 12:09 a.m. Saturday. Much of the speculation focused on unconfirmed reports and even video of debris from the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite over Alberta, Canada.

NASA spokesman Steve Cole said that was possible because the last track for the satellite included Canada, starting north of Seattle and then in a large arc north then south. From there, the track continued through the Atlantic south toward Africa, but it was unlikely the satellite got that far if it started falling over the Pacific. Some 26 pieces of the satellite representing 1,200 pounds of heavy metal had been expected to rain down somewhere. The biggest surviving chunk should be no more than 300 pounds. NASA urges anyone who

thinks they’ve found satellite debris to call police. It’s government property and illegal to keep it or try to sell it. The debris has no toxic contamination, but there could be sharp edges, NASA officials have said. UARS is the biggest NASA spacecraft to crash back to Earth, uncontrolled, since the post-Apollo 75-ton Skylab space station and the more than 10-ton Pegasus 2 satellite, both in 1979. Russia’s 135-ton Mir space station slammed through the atmosphere in 2001, but it was a controlled dive into the Pacific.

Before UARS fell, no one had ever been hit by falling space junk and NASA expected that not to change. NASA put the chances that somebody somewhere on Earth would get hurt at 1-in-3,200. But any one person’s odds of being struck were estimated at 1-in-22 trillion, given there are 7 billion people on the planet. The satellite ran out of fuel and died in 2005. UARS was built and launched before NASA and other nations started new programs that prevent this type of uncontrolled crashes of satellite.

ful sense of humor and a zest for life. She cherished spending time with her family and friends, and was preceded in death by her husband and two brother and five sisters. Survivors include sons Jerry Owen of Long Beach, Steve Owen of Vicksburg, Ronnie Owen of Vicksburg and Michael Owen of Ridgeland; daughters Marcia

Lumpkin of Jackson, Susan Patterson of Ridgeland and Laura Reed of Jackson; 25 grandchildren, 19 greatgrandchildren and one greatgreat-grandchild. Memorials may be made to Northeast Christian Church, 3169 West Tidewater Lane, Madison, MS 39110-8928.


Virginia Brown JACKSON — Virginia “Jenny” Brown died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. She was 76. Mrs. Brown had lived in Vicksburg for the past 55 years. She was a homemaker and was active in woodcraft making. She was devoted to her family, especially to her grandchildren. She was known as “granny” to her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Onie Sasser; four brothers; and two sisters. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Glenwood Funeral Home. Services will be held Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at Glenwood chapel at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Greenlawn Gardens, with the Rev. Brian Ivey officiating. She is survived by her husband, Jack Brown of Vicksburg; son Kevin (Kelly) Sanders of Vicksburg; daughters, Kim (Kenny) Landers of Utica, and Mitzi (Danny) Kent of Vicksburg; stepdaughters, Jackie Brown of Columbus, and Cindy (James) Sparks of Columbus;




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Alberta; and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, said Jonathan McDowell of the HarvardSmithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “Pieces are falling off of this flaming fire ball, and some of it has enough momentum to go hundreds of miles,” he said. Speculation was rampant on sites such as Twitter. There were no credible reports of debris on the ground, said Nick Johnson, NASA’s chief scientist for orbital debris. But if the satellite fell even five minutes later than estimated, some of it could have hit land, he said.


Mostly sunny with a high in the low 90s and a low in the high 60s

Cain Christie. “And I’m also a big believer in these governors being freed up to be able to compete against each other. Chris Christie is a great competitor — and I’ll be up there, you know, in Jersey, looking for some businesses to move to Texas.” Christie has insisted, as recently as Thursday, that he does not plan to run for president in 2012. But the more intense discussions of a Christie candidacy are further evidence that Perry’s bid could be in trouble. Activists at the Florida test vote kept bringing Christie up as a possible contender. Merick Lewin, who owns a marketing company in Davie, Fla., said he believes it’s a two-person race — unless Christie runs. “He’s tough. He’s strong. He could really shake this up — especially if Rick Perry


sister Jean (Ralph) Young of West Monroe, La.; a special niece, Sue Butler Crouch of Vicksburg; a special friend, Pauline Renfroe of Vicksburg; numerous nieces and nephews; four grandchildren, Kyle Landers, Kristen (Clell) Allred, Chasity (Jason) Easton and Candy (Dan) Wiltfong; and seven greatgrandchildren. Pallbearers for the service will be Kyle Landers, Clell Allred, Danny Mills, Bill Libbey, Bubba Comans, Jacob Darden and Eddie Hendry.

Versie Elizabeth Tabb JACKSON — Versie Elizabeth Tabb, 86, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at Central Mississippi Medical Center. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland, with burial following in Jessamine Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and at noon Tuesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Tabb was born on March 22, 1925, in Sumrall, the daughter of the late John and Molly Dickens. A graduate of Sumrall High School, she attended Hinds Community College. Mrs. Tabb and her late husband, Billy, published The Messenger, the official publication of the Free Will Baptist Church, and traveled gathering stories and photos for the publication

all over the Southeastern United States. An accomplished musician, she played the guitar, bass, piano and harmonica. Mrs. Tabb loved to sing and taught The Owen Brothers and other members of her family to sing in harmony. Mrs. Tabb loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Northeast Christian Church. A breast cancer survivor, she had a wonder-

monday-wednesday Mostly sunny with a high in the mid-80s and a low in the mid-60s, 30% chance of rain

STATE FORECAST TOday Highs in the low 90s and a low in the high 60s monday-wednesday Mostly sunny with a high in the mid-80s and a low in the mid-60s, 30 percent chance of rain

Almanac Highs and Lows High/past 24 hours............. 83º Low/past 24 hours............... 58º Average temperature......... 70º Normal this date................... 74º Record low..............46º in 1990 Record high............94º in 1933 Rainfall Recorded at the Vicksburg Water Plant Past 24 hours.................0.0 inch This month..............6.28 inches Total/year.............. 30.06 inches Normal/month........ 2.7 inches Normal/year...........39.2 inches Solunar table Most active times for fish and wildlife Monday: A.M. Active............................ 4:12 A.M. Most active...............10:25 P.M. Active............................. 4:38 P.M. Most active................10:51 Sunrise/sunset Sunset today........................ 6:57 Sunset tomorrow............... 6:56 Sunrise tomorrow.............. 6:53

RIVER DATA Stages Mississippi River at Vicksburg Current: 13.9 | Change: -0.5 Flood: 43 feet Yazoo River at Greenwood Current: 13.3 | Change: -0.3 Flood: 35 feet Yazoo River at Yazoo City Current: 9.6 | Change: -0.5 Flood: 29 feet Yazoo River at Belzoni Current: 12.5 | Change: -0.5 Flood: 34 feet Big Black River at West Current: 2.9 | Change: -0.1 Flood: 12 feet Big Black River at Bovina Current: 7.1 | Change: +0.1 Flood: 28 feet StEELE BAYOU Land....................................69.4 River....................................60.6

MISSISSIPPI RIVER Forecast Cairo, Ill. Monday.................................. 18.8 Tuesday.................................. 19.0 Wednesday........................... 18.7 Memphis Monday.....................................2.6 Tuesday.....................................2.5 Wednesday..............................2.6 Greenville Monday.................................. 19.4 Tuesday.................................. 19.3 Wednesday........................... 19.2 Vicksburg Monday.................................. 13.6 Tuesday.................................. 13.6 Wednesday........................... 13.6


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Putin seeking presidency again, could govern Russia until 2024 MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin said Saturday he’ll run for Russia’s presidency next year, almost certainly ensuring he’ll retake the office and foreshadowing years more of a strongman rule that many in the West have criticized as a retreat from democracy. The announcement sets up the possibility that Putin could reign over Russia until 2024. In nominating Putin on Saturday, his United Russia party also approved his proposal that President Dmitry Medvedev take over Putin’s current role as prime minister. Putin took over the premiership after serving as president from 2000-2008, bowing to term limits. But he was always the more powerful figure, with Medvedev viewed as a caretaker president. Putin’s return to the presidency also is unlikely to ease Russia’s dispute with the United States over the building of a European missile-defense system. Economic pressures, however, could push Putin to pursue more business-friendly policies, analysts said. During his presidency, Putin

During his presidency, Vladimir Putin ruled Russia with a steely command, bringing about a system known as ‘managed democracy’ that saw opposition politicians all but eliminated from the national eye. ruled Russia with a steely command, bringing about a system known as “managed democracy” that saw opposition politicians all but elimi-

nated from the national eye. His personal popularity aided his maneuvering. Many Russians view Putin as the strong, decisive figure needed by a country troubled by corruption, an Islamist insurgency and economic inequality. Putin cultivates an image of absolute certainty, substantial strength and acerbic humor. The 58-year-old’s pursuits often revolve around “manly” activities, such as hunting, fishing and motorcycling. Photos of a bare-chested Putin have been a hit. His nomination at a congress of the United Russia party ends months of intense speculation as to whether he would seek to return to the Kremlin or whether he would allow the more mild-mannered and reform-leaning Medvedev to seek another term in next year’s election. The presidential election, to be held March 4, is preceded by national parliamentary elections on Dec. 4, in which United Russia will seek to retain its dominance; the party has 312 of the 450 seats in the current parliament.

River Region Medical Center welcomes Dr. Dedri Ivory, Vicksburg’s first rheumatologist, to our community. Dr. Ivory specializes in treating patients with arthritis, osteoporosis, gout and other diseases that cause muscle, bone and joint pain. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Ivory completed her residency at Akron General Medical Center and her rheumatology fellowship at the University of Missouri. She treats patients at Street Clinic, which features a convenient on-site infusion area where patients may receive IV treatments, if needed. For an appointment with Dr. Ivory, call 601-883-3340.

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Florida 48 / Kentucky 10

Notre Dame 15 / Pittsburgh 12

Alabama 38 / Arkansas 14

USM 30 / Virginia 24

Mississippi State 26 / La. Tech 20

Georgia 27 / Ole Miss 13

Georgia Tech 35 / North Carolina 28

Duke 48 / Tulane 27

Oklahoma State 30 / Texas A&M 29

Clemson 35 / Florida State 30



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Rebels continue SEC slide By David Brandt The Associated Press

NFL on TV Noon Fox - New York Giants at Philadelphia Noon CBS - Houston at New Orleans 3:15 p.m. Fox - Atlanta at Tampa Bay 7:15 p.m. NBC - Pittsburgh at Indianapolis NFL preview/B4

On TV 1 p.m. ESPN - Ryan Newman will lead the field at New Hampshire from the pole position as the Sprint Cup’s Chase for the Championship continues. Preview/B6


Southern Miss signal caller threw for 313 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-24 win over Virginia on Saturday.

Sidelines Nationals wound Braves’ hopes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Atlanta Braves still lead an NL wild card race they already should have clinched. Atlanta’s offense was shut down Saturday by Chien-Ming Wang, who also drove in a run with his first career hit in a 4-1 victory. With St. Louis rallying in the ninth inning to beat the Chicago Cubs, the Braves’ lead over St. Louis was cut to two games with four remaining. “It’s another day knocked off the schedule,” said Freddie Freeman, who homered for the Braves. “Obviously, we’re scoreboard watching.” Atlanta lost for the 16th time in its last 26 games. “We’ve got to win ballgames,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “It’s nice to watch the scoreboard and do all that kind of stuff, but we’ve got to win our games that are in front of us.” Making his 11th start since returning from a two-year layoff after shoulder surgery, Wang (4-3) allowed one run and four hits in six innings and lowered his ERA to 4.04.

LOTTERY La. Pick 3: 4-3-0 La. Pick 4: 2-5-2-5 Easy 5: 9-10-17-25-33 La. Lotto: 2-7-24-27-29-37 Powerball: 3-4-12-27-44 Powerball: 26; Power play: 5

Weekly results: B2

OXFORD — Ole Miss is 0-2 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 2007. An inept offense is the main reason why. The Rebels gained just 183 total yards and scored one offensive touchdown in a 27-13 loss to Georgia on Saturday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. “Obviously 183 yards of offense isn’t enough to win in this conference or any conference,” Ole Miss offensive coordinator David Lee said. “We’ve got to improve on

Georgia 27, Ole Miss 13 Records: Georgia (2-2, 1-1 SEC); Ole Miss (1-3, 0-2) The skinny: Punchless offense makes Houston Nutt’s seat a little hotter Up next: Ole Miss at Fresno State that.” The loss is another blow to Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt’s job security. The Rebels have a 5-11 record dating back to last season and the backlash from fans has grown louder by the

week. Athletic director Pete Boone said he wanted to see more “fire” from the football team after a 30-7 loss to Vanderbilt on Sept. 17. The Rebels were slightly more competitive. But the results were the same. Georgia’s Aaron Murray completed 17 of 26 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs won their eighth straight in the series dating back to 1997. Freshman Isaiah Crowell rushed for 147 yards on 30 carries, helping Georgia (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) See Ole Miss, Page B3.

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Ole Miss quarterback Zack Stoudt is sacked by Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones during the first quarter Saturday, Georgia won 27-13.

Golden Eagles hold off Cavaliers By The Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Austin Davis threw three touchdown passes and Southern Miss held on for a 30-24 victory against Virginia on Saturday. Davis’ biggest completion came with less than 3 minutes to play — a swing pass that Tracy Lampley took 41 yards down the left sideline to convert a third-and-23 from the Golden Eagles’ 41 yard-line. Virginia (2-2) had closed to within a field goal on David Watford’s 1-yard TD pass to Jeremiah Mathis and his 2-point conversion pass to Kris Burd with 5:18 left, but Lampley’s huge catch-andrun led to a 27-yard Danny Hrapmann field goal with 1:31 left. After picking up one first down on its ensuing possession, Virginia gave up the ball on downs. Southern Miss (3-1) beat the Cavaliers for the second straight time and beat a BCS-level school on the road for the first time in five tries. Just like when the teams met in Hattiesburg in 2009, and the Golden Eagles rallied from a 27-10 halftime deficit to win, this one was a heartbreaker for the Cavaliers. Playing from behind most of the game, they seemed poised to make a dramatic rally when Watford drove them 76 yards for the score with 5:18 to play. But then Davis made all the key plays, hitting Kelvin Bolden for 13 yards on third-and-9 from his 41, and Lampley for the big gainer from the same spot after a personal foul negated a big gain and moved the ball back.

Tigers bury West Virginia By The Associated Press

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Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis is sacked by Virginia defensive tackle Chris Brathwaite during the first half Saturday. After the Golden Eagles eventually settled for their final field goal, Watford scrambled 15 yards for one Virginia first down, but he missed on third- and fourthdown passes to end it. Davis finished 27 for 41 for 313 yards with no interceptions. He threw touchdown passes of 32 and 3 yards to

Bolden and a 20-yarder to Ryan Balentine. The Golden Eagles intercepted Michael Rocco three times, and while the turnovers led to only one field goal for the visitors, they kept Virginia’s defense on the field. See USM, Page B3.

Southern Miss 30, Virginia 24 Records: USM (3-1); Virginia (2-2) The skinny: Austin Davis leads USM to big road win with three TD passes Up next: Southern Miss hosts Rice

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Jarrett Lee threw three touchdown passes, Michael Ford ran for two scores and No. 2 LSU made a case to be No. 1, beating No. 16 West Virginia 47-21 Saturday night. The Tigers (4-0) converted two turnovers into scores, built a big early lead and withstood West Virginia’s strong comeback for its third win over a ranked opponent this season, with all of three coming away from home. Every win so far has been by double digits. Lee’s three TD passes tied a career high and matched his output of the three previous games. He finished 16 of 28 for 180 yards. West Virginia (3-1) outgained LSU 533-366. West Virginia’s Geno Smith set school records for completions (38), attempts (65) and passing yards (463). But he was intercepted twice after making one in the previous three games. For the second straight year, the Mountaineers (3-1) couldn’t overcome a doubledigit halftime deficit to the Tigers. Pinned deep by superb punting from Brad Wing, who averaged 49 yards on six kicks, West Virginia time after time stared at needing to drive the length of the field. The Mountaineers started six possessions inside their 15.

Mississippi State wards off Louisiana Tech upset bid By The Associated Press STARKVILLE — Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf’s last seven passes in regulation missed their mark. He hadn’t completed a pass since the third quarter. But when he finally did — a 17-yarder to LaDarius Perkins — it was a game-winner. Relf hit Perkins on MSU’s second play of overtime, sealing a 26-20 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday night. “I don’t think Chris played his best game today at all,” MSU coach Dan Mullen said,

“but give him credit. He stood in there under extreme pressure and threw the game-winning touchdown pass. Fifteen years from now, that’s one that people are going to remember.” La. Tech had the ball first in overtime, but free safety Nickoe Whitley intercepted quarterback Nick Isham on the second play from scrimmage. Relf did the rest. Mississippi State (2-2) scored first and led at half, but could never put the Bulldogs away. Late in the fourth, with the

game tied 20-20, La. Tech went on a nine-play, 60-yard drive and had the ball in field goal range with less than four minutes to play. But an interception by Jonathan Banks ended the drive. In overtime, MSU won the toss and elected to go to defense first. A wise choice, it turned out. La. Tech (1-3) outpaced Mississippi State 252-164 on the ground and led in time of possession. Both are usually a source of strength for Mullen an MSU, but injuries on the offensive line have left the Bulldogs, a team ranked

in the preseason Top 25 and expected to challenge for the SEC West title, struggling to move the ball. “I give our guys credit,” Mullen said. “They kept playing, kept fighting for four quarters and beyond, and when we needed to make a play, we made a play.” Vick Ballard paced MSU with 71 yards on 17 rushes and a touchdown. Perkins finished the game with 47 yards rushing and two catches for 22 yards, including the game winner. Relf was 14-of-29 for 165 yards guiding the struggling

Miss. St. 26, La. Tech 20 Records: Miss. State (2-2); Louisiana Tech (1-3) The skinny: Nickoe Whitley’s interception saves MSU in overtime Up next: Mississippi State at Georgia MSU offense. Lennon Creer led the La. Tech attack with 83 yards on 24 rushes with one touchdown. Isham, a 17 year-old See MSU, Page B3.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUTO RACING 6:30 a.m. Speed - Formula One, Singapore Grand Prix 1 p.m. ESPN - NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Sylvania 300 6 p.m. ESPN2 - NHRA, Fall Nationals (tape) GOLF 4 a.m. TGC - LPGA, The Solheim Cup 11 a.m. TGC - PGA Tour, TOUR Championship 12:30 p.m. NBC - PGA Tour, TOUR Championship 12:30 p.m. TGC - European PGA Tour, Austrian Open (tape) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon TBS - Boston at N.Y. Yankees 1 p.m. WGN - Kansas City at Chicago White Sox 3 p.m. TBS - San Francisco at Arizona NFL Noon Fox - New York Giants at Philadelphia Noon CBS - Houston at New Orleans 3:15 p.m. Fox - Atlanta at Tampa Bay 7:15 p.m. NBC - Pittsburgh at Indianapolis WNBA PLAYOFFS 2 p.m. ESPN2 - Game 2, Indiana at Atlanta 4 p.m. ESPN2 - Game 2, Minnesota at Phoenix


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Prep swimming St. Al finishes strong at Clinton Invitational The St. Aloysius swimming team finished second in the boys’ standings and sixth in the girls’ standings at the Clinton Invitational on Saturday. Madison Central won the boys’ event with 208 points, with St. Al tallying 90 for second. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Winston Hayes, Chris Luke, Dixon Stone and Wally Wibowo finished third with a time of 3:50.84. Luke finished second in the 100yard backstroke with a time of 1:05.46. Wibowo finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.35. John Phillips was fourth with a time of 1:11.68. The 200-yard medley relay team of Luke, Andy Bell, Phillips and Morgan Stone finished second with a time of 1:55.42. Morgan Stone finished fifth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.86. Phillips was fourth in the 100-yard fly with a time of 1:10.04. Blaine Butler was fifth in the girls’ 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:12.32.

golf Baddeley, Mahan tied for the lead at East Lake ATLANTA — The cup is close enough now for Hunter Mahan and Aaron Baddeley to seriously consider how much it’s worth to them. Even if they’re not thinking about the same cup. Baddeley knew when he showed up at the Tour Championship that it was his last chance to convince captain Greg Norman that he was worth a spot on the Presidents Cup team in his native Melbourne. He made quite an impression Saturday at East Lake, running off four straight birdies on the back nine for a 6-under 64 and a share of the lead. “That’s a huge goal of mine, to make that team and play down in Melbourne,” Baddeley said. “It was definitely on the forefront of my mind to be able to knuckle down, play well this week and show Greg that I’ve got some form.” Mahan is No. 21 in the FedEx Cup, and after he narrowly wrapped up a spot on the U.S. team, said last week he looked forward to the Tour Championship and “not having to worry about 10 things.”


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sept. 25 1962 — Sonny Liston knocks out Floyd Patterson at 2:06 of the first round at Comiskey Park in Chicago to win the world heavyweight title. 1982 — Ricky Edwards rushes for 177 yards and four touchdowns to help Northwestern end its 34-game losing streak in a 31-6 victory over Northern Illinois. 1995 — Jerry Rice has 181 yards receiving in San Francisco’s 27-24 loss to Detroit. It’s his 51st 100-yard game, which breaks Don Maynard’s NFL record. 2001 — Richie Sexson and Jeromy Burnitz become the first teammates to hit three home runs apiece in a game as Milwaukee defeats Arizona 9-4.

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scoreboard College Football The AP Top 25 Fared No. 1 Oklahoma (3-0) beat Missouri 38-28. Next: vs. Ball State, Saturday. No. 2 LSU (4-0) beat No. 16 West Virginia 47-21. Next: vs. Kentucky, Saturday. No. 3 Alabama (4-0) beat No. 14 Arkansas 38-14. Next: at No. 15 Florida, Saturday. No. 4 Boise State (3-0) beat Tulsa 41-21. Next: vs. Nevada, Saturday. No. 5 Stanford (3-0) did not play. Next: vs. UCLA, Saturday. No. 6 Wisconsin (4-0) beat South Dakota 59-10. Next: vs. No. 9 Nebraska, Saturday. No. 7 Oklahoma State (4-0) beat No. 8 Texas A&M 30-29. Next: vs. Kansas, Saturday, Oct. 8. No. 8 Texas A&M (2-1) lost to No. 7 Oklahoma State 30-29. Next: vs. No. 14 Arkansas, Saturday. No. 9 Nebraska (4-0) beat Wyoming 38-14. Next: at No. 6 Wisconsin, Saturday. No. 10 Oregon (2-1) at Arizona. Next: vs. California, Thursday, Oct. 6. No. 11 Florida State (2-2) lost to No. 21 Clemson 35-30. Next: at Wake Forest, Saturday, Oct. 8. No. 12 South Carolina (4-0) beat Vanderbilt 21-3. Next: vs. Auburn, Saturday. No. 13 Virginia Tech (4-0) beat Marshall 30-10. Next: vs. No. 21 Clemson, Saturday. No. 14 Arkansas (3-1) lost to No. 3 Alabama 38-14. Next: at No. 8 Texas A&M, Saturday. No. 15 Florida (4-0) beat Kentucky 48-10. Next: vs. No. 3 Alabama, Saturday. No. 16 West Virginia (3-0) vs. No. 2 LSU. Next: vs. Bowling Green, Saturday. No. 17 Baylor (3-0) beat Rice 56-31. Next: at Kansas State, Saturday. No. 18 South Florida (4-0) beat UTEP 52-24. Next: at Pittsburgh, Thursday. No. 19 Texas (3-0) did not play. Next: at Iowa State, Saturday. No. 20 TCU (3-1) beat Portland State 55-13. Next: vs. SMU, Saturday. No. 21 Clemson (4-0) beat No. 11 Florida State 35-30. Next: at No. 13 Virginia Tech, Saturday. No. 22 Michigan (4-0) beat San Diego State 28-7. Next: vs. Minnesota, Saturday. No. 23 Southern Cal (3-0) at Arizona State. Next: vs. Arizona, Saturday. No. 24 Illinois (4-0) beat Western Michigan 23-20. Next: vs. Northwestern, Saturday. No. 25 Georgia Tech (4-0) beat North Carolina 35-28. Next: at N.C. State, Saturday.

College Football Scores EAST

Albany (NY) 44, Columbia 21 Boston College 45, UMass 17 Bryant 30, Wagner 28 Bucknell 34, Princeton 9 Delaware 27, Old Dominion 17 Georgetown 52, Marist 28 Lehigh 27, Liberty 24 Monmouth (NJ) 24, CCSU 12 Notre Dame 15, Pittsburgh 12 Penn St. 34, E. Michigan 6 Rhode Island 21, Fordham 17 Rutgers 38, Ohio 26 Sacred Heart 24, Dartmouth 21 Stony Brook 37, Lafayette 20 Syracuse 33, Toledo 30, OT UConn 17, Buffalo 3 Villanova 30, Penn 21 Yale 37, Cornell 17

MIDWEST Akron 36, VMI 13 Ball St. 48, Army 21 Bowling Green 37, Miami (Ohio) 23 Dayton 17, Central St., Ohio 7 Drake 24, Butler 14 Illinois 23, W. Michigan 20 Illinois St. 20, S. Dakota St. 13 Indiana St. 37, Youngstown St. 35 Iowa 45, Louisiana-Monroe 17 Kent St. 33, South Alabama 25 Michigan 28, San Diego St. 7 Michigan St. 45, Cent. Michigan 7 N. Illinois 47, Cal Poly 30 N. Iowa 38, W. Illinois 10 Ohio St. 37, Colorado 17 S. Illinois 20, Missouri St. 18 Wisconsin 59, South Dakota 10

SOUTHWEST Ark.-Pine Bluff 9, Clark Atlanta 7 Oklahoma St. 30, Texas A&M 29 Prairie View 43, MVSU 34 TCU 55, Portland St. 13 Texas Southern 14, Alcorn St. 7 UTSA 54, Bacone 7

SOUTH Alabama 38, Arkansas 14 Alabama A&M 20, Grambling St. 14 Alabama St. 21, Jackson St. 14 Appalachian St. 14, Chattanooga 12 Clemson 35, Florida St. 30 Coastal Carolina 31, NC A&T 14 Duke 48, Tulane 27 East Carolina 28, UAB 23 Elon 18, The Citadel 15, OT Florida A&M 38, Southern U. 33 Furman 62, Presbyterian 21 Georgia 27, Ole Miss 13 Georgia Southern 52, W. Carolina 20 Georgia Tech 35, North Carolina 28 Jacksonville 57, Campbell 21 Kansas St. 28, Miami 24 Louisiana-Lafayette 36, FIU 31 Morgan St. 14, Howard 9 New Hampshire 45, Richmond 43 Norfolk St. 33, Charleston Southern 3 Northwestern St. 34, Nicholls St. 0 SC State 69, Delaware St. 0 SMU 42, Memphis 0 San Diego 48, Morehead St. 44 Savannah St. 33, NC Central 30 Southern Miss 30, Virginia 24 Temple 38, Maryland 7 Troy 38, Middle Tennessee 35 Virginia Tech 30, Marshall 10

FAR WEST Air Force 63, Tennessee St. 24 Fresno St. 48, Idaho 24 N. Arizona 20, Idaho St. 3 Sam Houston St. 48, New Mexico 45, OT San Jose St. 34, New Mexico St. 24 UCLA 27, Oregon St. 19 Washington 31, California 23 Weber St. 45, N. Colorado 21

Georgia Ole Miss


10 14 0 3 — 27 0 13 0 0 — 13 First Quarter Geo—FG Walsh 36, 6:52. Geo—Murray 1 run (Walsh kick), 1:08. Second Quarter Geo—Charles 2 pass from Murray (Walsh kick), 6:01. Miss—Moncrief 38 pass from Mackey (Rose kick), 5:00. Geo—White 35 pass from Murray (Walsh kick), 2:38. Miss—Brassell 81 punt return (kick failed), :49. Fourth Quarter Geo—FG Walsh 43, 4:16. A—58,042. ——— Geo Miss First downs................................25..........................8 Rushes-yards.....................56-207...................26-34 Passing....................................268......................149 Comp-Att-Int..................... 17-26-1............... 12-30-2 Return Yards.............................26......................102 Punts-Avg............................4-55.3..................9-50.8 Fumbles-Lost............................2-0.......................0-0 Penalties-Yards......................4-30.....................8-69 Time of Possession.............38:36...................21:17 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Georgia, Crowell 30-147, Samuel 10-40, Thomas 5-37, Murray 11-(minus 17). Mississippi, J.Scott 8-34, Brassell 1-14, Thomas 2-9, Bolden 5-2, P.Moore 1-(minus 6), Stoudt 5-(minus

6), Mackey 4-(minus 13). PASSING—Georgia, Murray 17-26-1-268. Mississippi, Stoudt 9-23-1-71, Mackey 3-7-1-78. RECEIVING—Georgia, Charles 5-59, Mitchell 3-93, White 3-52, Samuel 2-31, Bennett 2-19, T.King 1-9, Thomas 1-5. Mississippi, Moncrief 3-68, Brassell 2-52, Logan 2-10, J.Scott 2-10, Bolden 1-13, Herman 1-1, P.Moore 1-(minus 5).

MISS. ST. 26, LA TECH 20, OT

Louisiana Tech 3 7 7 3 0 — 20 Mississippi St. 7 10 3 0 6 — 26 First Quarter MSSt—Bumphis 82 punt return (DePasquale kick), 9:20. LaT—FG Nelson 43, 5:49. Second Quarter LaT—Creer 4 run (Nelson kick), 14:17. MSSt—Ballard 11 run (DePasquale kick), 8:45. MSSt—FG DePasquale 36, 1:38. Third Quarter LaT—Patton 14 pass from Isham (Nelson kick), 8:25. MSSt—FG DePasquale 24, 5:21. Fourth Quarter LaT—FG Nelson 28, 8:42. Overtime MSSt—Perkins 17 pass from Relf. A—55,116. ——— LaT MSSt First downs................................20........................20 Rushes-yards.....................37-107.................44-176 Passing....................................252......................164 Comp-Att-Int..................... 30-41-2............... 14-29-1 Return Yards........................... (-7)......................124 Punts-Avg............................7-45.1..................7-44.7 Fumbles-Lost............................1-1.......................0-0 Penalties-Yards......................4-40.....................4-45 Time of Possession.............33:32...................26:28 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Louisiana Tech, Creer 24-82, L.Fitte 4-19, Holley 2-17, Patton 2-7, Isham 5-(minus 18). Mississippi St., Ballard 17-68, Perkins 12-47, Lewis 3-32, Bumphis 2-25, Relf 9-20, Team 1-(minus 16). PASSING—Louisiana Tech, Isham 29-40-2-233, Waters 1-1-0-19. Mississippi St., Relf 14-29-1-164. RECEIVING—Louisiana Tech, Patton 11-87, Casey 4-49, M.White 4-15, H.Lee 3-43, Ikharo 3-16, Gru 2-24, L.Fitte 2-8, Holley 1-10. Mississippi St., C.Smith 3-31, Green 2-31, Perkins 2-23, R.Sanders 2-23, Bumphis 2-17, Clark 1-18, Lewis 1-16, Heavens 1-5.


Southern Miss Virginia

7 14 3 6 — 30 13 0 3 8 — 24 First Quarter USM—Bolden 32 pass from Davis (Hrapmann kick), 11:55. UVa—Rocco 6 run (pass failed), 6:24. UVa—Parks 9 run (Randolph kick), 2:04. Second Quarter USM—Balentine 20 pass from Davis (Hrapmann kick), 12:05. USM—Bolden 3 pass from Davis (Hrapmann kick), 4:34. Third Quarter UVa—FG Randolph 21, 7:31. USM—FG Hrapmann 43, 3:58. Fourth Quarter USM—FG Hrapmann 35, 8:54. UVa—Mathis 1 pass from Watford (Burd pass from Watford), 5:18. USM—FG Hrapmann 27, 1:31. A—43,220. ——— USM UVa First downs................................17........................24 Rushes-yards.......................35-61.................40-153 Passing....................................313......................221 Comp-Att-Int..................... 27-42-0............... 26-44-3 Return Yards.............................24..........................8 Punts-Avg............................4-51.0..................4-39.5 Fumbles-Lost............................2-1.......................0-0 Penalties-Yards......................8-80.....................4-40 Time of Possession.............29:31...................30:29 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Southern Miss., Hardy 12-33, Hrapmann 1-31, Duhon 0-4, Sims 1-2, Davis 10-2, Woodyard 5-(minus 1), Lampley 3-(minus 4), Team 3-(minus 6). Virginia, P.Jones 17-82, Parks 9-33, Watford 5-22, Richardson 5-13, Rocco 2-11, Milien 1-(minus 1), Jennings 1-(minus 7). PASSING—Southern Miss., Davis 27-41-0-313, Pierce 0-1-0-0. Virginia, Rocco 16-24-3-140, Watford 10-20-0-81. RECEIVING—Southern Miss., Bolden 7-66, Lampley 5-100, Balentine 5-68, Pierce 4-29, Llanos 2-9, Triplett 1-15, Sullivan 1-9, Woodyard 1-9, Spight 1-8. Virginia, Burd 9-88, P.Jones 6-47, M.Snyder 5-39, Jennings 2-23, Ti.Smith 1-18, Freedman 1-4, Mathis 1-1, Milien 1-1.


Alcorn St. 0 0 0 7 — 7 Texas Southern 0 7 7 0 — 14 Second Quarter TxSo—Fitzhugh 7 pass from Smalls (Ortis kick), :55. Third Quarter TxSo—Smalls 16 run (Ortis kick), 7:09. Fourth Quarter Alc—Te.Lewis 84 punt return (Tamayo kick), 6:40. A—2,735. ——— TxSo Alc First downs..................................9........................20 Rushes-yards.......................25-33.................37-173 Passing......................................99......................160 Comp-Att-Int....................... 9-33-3............... 17-39-0 Return Yards.............................84........................79 Punts-Avg............................9-39.3..................7-41.0 Fumbles-Lost............................0-0.......................4-2 Penalties-Yards....................13-96.....................8-59 Time of Possession.............23:44...................36:16 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Alcorn St., Walker 10-35, Duckworth 3-11, An.Williams 2-3, Doss 1-0, Team 1-(minus 1), D.Smith 1-(minus 6), Bridge 7-(minus 9). Texas Southern, Gilbert 21-87, Wright 10-37, Smalls 5-25, Ejiofor 1-24. PASSING—Alcorn St., Bridge 5-21-2-56, D.Smith 4-12-1-43. Texas Southern, Smalls 17-39-0-160. RECEIVING—Alcorn St., Collier 3-53, Te.Lewis 2-13, Parker 1-22, Duckworth 1-9, Doss 1-5, An.Williams 1-(minus 3). Texas Southern, Samuel 4-28, Anderson 3-37, Davison 3-31, Shipman 3-20, Ingram 1-21, Trahan 1-14, Fitzhugh 1-7, Wright 1-2.


Alabama St. Jackson St.

0 7 14 0 — 21 0 7 0 7 — 14 Second Quarter AlSt—Jenkins 18 run (Wenzig kick), 11:05. JcSt—Wilder 12 pass from Therriault (Ja.Smith kick), 1:40. Third Quarter AlSt—Lee 20 interception return (Wenzig kick), 8:39. AlSt—McKibbens 4 run (Wenzig kick), 3:31. Fourth Quarter JcSt—Wilder 25 pass from Therriault (Ja.Smith kick), 10:39. A—16,286. ——— AlSt JcSt First downs................................18........................31 Rushes-yards.......................37-80...................31-77 Passing....................................147......................410 Comp-Att-Int..................... 15-26-0............... 36-67-6 Return Yards.............................90..........................7 Punts-Avg..........................11-45.4..................5-35.6 Fumbles-Lost............................2-1.......................1-1 Penalties-Yards....................7-114...................12-96 Time of Possession.............25:57...................33:01 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Alabama St., Jenkins 20-57, McKib-

bens 15-21, Cyrus 1-2, Team 1-0. Jackson St., Gooden 8-44, Sims 6-27, Lee 7-26, T.Davis 1-4, Team 1-(minus 2), Therriault 8-(minus 22). PASSING—Alabama St., Jenkins 15-26-0-147. Jackson St., Therriault 36-67-6-410. RECEIVING—Alabama St., N.Andrews 7-79, McWilliams 5-56, McKibbens 2-2, Adams 1-10. Jackson St., Wilder 10-146, Lee 6-29, Rollins 5-93, Tillman 4-43, Richardson 3-44, Gooden 3-32, T.Davis 2-7, Corley 1-7, Drewery 1-5, Perkins 1-4.


W New England...... 2 Buffalo................ 2 N.Y. Jets............. 2 Miami.................. 0 W Houston.............. 2 Jacksonville........ 1 Tennessee.......... 1 Indianapolis........ 0 W Baltimore............ 1 Cincinnati............ 1 Cleveland............ 1 Pittsburgh........... 1 W Oakland.............. 1 San Diego.......... 1 Denver................ 1 Kansas City........ 0

L 0 0 0 2

T 0 0 0 0

South L 0 1 1 2

T 0 0 0 0

North L 1 1 1 1

T 0 0 0 0

West L 1 1 1 2

T 0 0 0 0

Pct 1.000 1.000 1.000 .000

PF PA 73 45 79 42 59 27 37 61

Pct 1.000 .500 .500 .000

PF PA 57 20 19 46 40 29 26 61

Pct .500 .500 .500 .500

PF PA 48 33 49 41 44 46 31 35

Pct .500 .500 .500 .000

PF PA 58 58 45 52 44 45 10 89


W Washington......... 2 Dallas.................. 1 Philadelphia........ 1 N.Y. Giants......... 1 W New Orleans...... 1 Atlanta................ 1 Tampa Bay......... 1 Carolina.............. 0 W Green Bay.......... 2 Detroit................. 2 Chicago.............. 1 Minnesota........... 0

L 0 1 1 1

T 0 0 0 0

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T 0 0 0 0

North L 0 0 1 2

T 0 0 0 0

PF PA 50 35 51 51 62 48 42 44

Pct .500 .500 .500 .000

PF PA 64 55 47 61 44 47 44 58

Pct 1.000 1.000 .500 .000

PF PA 72 57 75 23 43 42 37 48

W L T Pct San Francisco.... 1 1 0 .500 Arizona............... 1 1 0 .500 St. Louis............. 0 2 0 .000 Seattle................ 0 2 0 .000 Today’s Games Houston at New Orleans, Noon Denver at Tennessee, Noon Detroit at Minnesota, Noon San Francisco at Cincinnati, Noon New England at Buffalo, Noon N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, Noon Miami at Cleveland, Noon Jacksonville at Carolina, Noon Kansas City at San Diego, 3:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Oakland, 3:05 p.m. Baltimore at St. Louis, 3:05 p.m. Arizona at Seattle, 3:15 p.m. Green Bay at Chicago, 3:15 p.m. Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 3:15 p.m. Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 7:20 p.m. Monday’s Game Washington at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

PF PA 57 44 49 43 29 59 17 57

auto racing Sprint Cup-Sylvania 300 Lineup After Friday qualifying; race Sunday At New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, N.H. Lap length: 1.058 miles (Car number in parentheses) 1. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 135.002 mph. 2. (4) Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 134.763. 3. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 134.648. 4. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 134.587. 5. (22) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 134.382. 6. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 134.354. 7. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 134.16. 8. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 134.146. 9. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 134.146. 10. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 134.075. 11. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 134.056. 12. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 133.981. 13. (43) A J Allmendinger, Ford, 133.821. 14. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 133.816. 15. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 133.792. 16. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 133.769. 17. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 133.755. 18. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 133.595. 19. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, 133.572. 20. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 133.445. 21. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 133.357. 22. (36) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 133.245. 23. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 133.203. 24. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 133.114. 25. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 132.905. 26. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 132.896. 27. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 132.665. 28. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 132.591. 29. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 132.572. 30. (51) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 132.429. 31. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 132.232. 32. (38) J.J. Yeley, Ford, 132.213. 33. (34) David Gilliland, Ford, 132.048. 34. (30) David Stremme, Chevrolet, 131.856. 35. (66) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 131.797. 36. (7) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 131.352. 37. (13) Casey Mears, Toyota, 131.293. 38. (55) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 131.058. 39. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 130.833. 40. (32) Mike Bliss, Ford, 130.613. 41. (37) Josh Wise, Ford, 130.55. 42. (46) Scott Speed, Ford, 130.304. 43. (71) Andy Lally, Ford, owner points. Failed to Qualify 44. (35) Steve Park, Chevrolet, 128.398. 45. (50) T.J. Bell, Chevrolet, 127.483.

mlb American League East Division

W x-New York....................96 Boston...........................88 Tampa Bay....................87 Toronto..........................80 Baltimore.......................67

L 61 69 71 78 91

Central Division

W x-Detroit.........................91 Cleveland.......................80 Chicago.........................77 Kansas City...................69 Minnesota......................60

L 67 78 81 89 98

West Division

W x-Texas..........................92 Los Angeles..................85 Oakland.........................71 Seattle...........................66 x-clinched division

L 66 72 86 92

Pct GB .611 — .561 8 .551 9 1/2 .506 16 1/2 .424 29 1/2 Pct .576 .506 .487 .437 .380

Wild card standings

Saturday’s Games Cleveland 8, Minnesota 2, 1st game N.Y. Yankees 9, Boston 1 Texas 7, Seattle 3

GB — 11 14 22 31

Pct GB .582 — .541 6 1/2 .452 20 1/2 .418 26

Team GB Boston...........................................- Tampa....................................... 1 1/2

L10 2-8 5-5

National League East Division

W x-Philadelphia................98 Atlanta...........................89 Washington....................77 New York.......................76 Florida............................71

L 60 69 80 82 87

Central Division

Pct 1.000 .500 .500 .500


Baltimore 6, Detroit 5 Cleveland 7, Minnesota 6, 2nd game Chicago White Sox 6, Kansas City 3 Tampa Bay 6, Toronto 2 Oakland at L.A. Angels , (n) Today’s Games Baltimore (Matusz 1-8) at Detroit (Penny 10-11), 12:05 p.m. Boston (Wakefield 7-7) at N.Y. Yankees (A.J.Burnett 10-11), 12:05 p.m., 1st game Minnesota (Hendriks 0-2) at Cleveland (Carmona 7-15), 12:05 p.m. Toronto (Cecil 4-10) at Tampa Bay (W.Davis 10-10), 12:40 p.m. Kansas City (Mendoza 1-0) at Chicago White Sox (Floyd 12-12), 1:10 p.m. Seattle (Furbush 4-9) at Texas (D.Holland 15-5), 2:05 p.m. Oakland (Harden 4-4) at L.A. Angels (Pineiro 7-7), 2:35 p.m. Boston (Lackey 12-12) at N.Y. Yankees (Nova 16-4), 5:30 p.m., 2nd game Monday’s Games Boston at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m. Cleveland at Detroit, 6:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 6:10 p.m. Kansas City at Minnesota, 7:10 p.m. Toronto at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m. Texas at L.A. Angels, 9:05 p.m. Oakland at Seattle, 9:10 p.m.

W x-Milwaukee...................93 St. Louis........................87 Cincinnati.......................76 Pittsburgh......................71 Chicago.........................70 Houston.........................55

L 65 71 82 87 88 102

West Division

W x-Arizona.......................91 San Francisco...............84 Los Angeles..................79 Colorado........................70 San Diego.....................69 x-clinched division

L 66 73 78 87 89

Pct GB .620 — .563 9 .490 20 1/2 .481 22 .449 27 Pct GB .589 — .551 6 .481 17 .449 22 .443 23 .350 37 1/2 Pct GB .580 — .535 7 .503 12 .446 21 .437 22 1/2

Wild card standings

Team GB Atlanta...........................................- St. Louis....................................... 2

L10 5-5 7-3

Saturday’s Games Washington 4, Atlanta 1 St. Louis 2, Chicago Cubs 1 N.Y. Mets 2, Philadelphia 1, 1st game Pittsburgh 4, Cincinnati 3 Colorado at Houston, (n) Milwaukee 6, Florida 4 N.Y. Mets 6, Philadelphia 3, 2nd game San Francisco at Arizona, (n) San Diego 3, L.A. Dodgers 0 Today’s Games Atlanta (Minor 5-2) at Washington (Detwiler 3-5), 12:35 p.m. Cincinnati (Willis 0-6) at Pittsburgh (Ja.McDonald 9-9), 12:35 p.m. Colorado (Millwood 3-3) at Houston (Harrell 0-1), 1:05 p.m. Florida (Nolasco 10-11) at Milwaukee (Narveson 10-8), 1:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Halladay 18-6) at N.Y. Mets (Pelfrey 7-12), 1:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs (R.Wells 7-5) at St. Louis (E.Jackson 5-2), 1:15 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 20-5) at San Diego (Luebke 6-9), 4:05 p.m. San Francisco (Lincecum 13-13) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-10), 4:10 p.m. Monday’s Games Cincinnati at N.Y. Mets, 6:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Atlanta, 6:10 p.m. Washington at Florida, 6:10 p.m. St. Louis at Houston, 7:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 8:40 p.m. Chicago Cubs at San Diego, 9:05 p.m. Colorado at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m.

transactions BASEBALL

American League

CLEVELAND INDIANS — Purchased the contract of RHP Mitch Talbot from Columbus (IL). Placed OF Shin-Soo Choo on the 60-day DL. MINNESOTA TWINS — Placed C Joe Mauer, 1B Justin Morneau and INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka on the 15-day DL, Mauer retroactive to Sept. 15 and Morneau and Nishioka to Sept. 12.

National League

ATLANTA BRAVES — Activated RHP Kris Medlen from the 60-day DL. Designated OF Matt Young for assignment.


National Hockey League

NHL — Suspended Minnesota F Brad Staublitz and Columbus D James Wisniewski indefinitely, pending a hearing and completion of review by the league’s Department of Player Safety for separate incidents during Friday’s game. BUFFALO SABRES—Waived F Ales Kotalik and D Shaone Morrisonn. CAROLINA HURRICANES — Assigned F Nicolas Blanchard, F Mike McKenzie, F Cedric McNicoll, F Jared Staal, F Justin Shugg, D Michal Jordan and D Rasmus Rissanen to Charlotte (AHL). CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Assigned F Rob Flick, D Brian Fahey and G Alec Richards to Rockford (AHL). COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS — Assigned F Oliver Gabriel, D Anton Blomqvist, D Steven Delisle, D Dalton Prout and D Brent Regner to Springfield (AHL).

LOTTERY Sunday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 9-0-3 La. Pick 4: 8-9-4-0 Monday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 3-4-4 La. Pick 4: 7-6-3-5 Tuesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 4-8-6 La. Pick 4: 6-3-2-6 Wednesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 4-9-7 La. Pick 4: 7-8-4-8 Easy 5: 3-12-23-24-27 La. Lotto: 18-24-26-32-37-39 Powerball: 12-47-48-52-55 Powerball: 13; Power play: 4 Thursday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 1-3-9 La. Pick 4: 4-0-5-7 Friday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-3-0 La. Pick 4: 6-2-1-5 Saturday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 4-3-0 La. Pick 4: 2-5-2-5 Easy 5: 9-10-17-25-33 La. Lotto: 2-7-24-27-29-37 Powerball: 3-4-12-27-44 Powerball:26; Power play: 5

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Vicksburg Post


college football

Southern trips Alabama barbecues Razorbacks Texas up Alcorn State, 14-7 By The Associated Press

No. 3 Alabama turned the showdown with the Southeastern Conference’s No. 1 offense into a showcase for the top defense. And the Crimson Tide’s special teams. Trent Richardson, too, of course. Richardson rushed for 120 yards and caught a 61-yard touchdown pass and the Tide defense pretty much unplugged No. 14 Arkansas’ normally high-powered passing game in a 38-14 win on Saturday. The Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) scored on special teams, defense and using the old-fashioned power run to emphatically win a game that the Razorbacks (3-1, 0-1) hoped would stamp them as legitimate contenders in the SEC. Instead, the league’s top defense thoroughly overpowered Tyler Wilson and the No. 1 offense. “Well, we set out to establish that we were going against the best offense in the SEC and a lot of people were labeling us as the best defense in the SEC,” Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower said. “So we wanted to go out and show people what we were capable of with all cylinders turning.” The result looked a lot like the Tide’s 2009 national championship defense. Alabama had 10 tackles for loss, two interceptions, six pass breakups and four quarterback hurries. The downside: Linebacker C.J. Mosley sustained an elbow injury, and Saban said he is questionable for next weekend’s game at No. 15 Florida. Tide quarterback AJ McCarron also came up big in his first SEC start. He completed 15 of 20 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Marquis Maze scored on an 83-yard punt return and DeQuan Menzie returned an interception 25 yards for another score. McCarron, also the holder, hooked up with tight end Michael Williams for a 37-yard touchdown on a fake field goal.

From staff, wire reports Riko Smalls passed for one touchdown and ran for another to lead Texas Southern past Alcorn State 14-7 on Saturday. Smalls connected with Kirk Fitzhugh for a 7-yard score in the second quarter and ran 16 yards for a TD in the third quarter for Texas Southern (2-1, 1-1 SWAC). The Tigers’ defense did the rest, holding Alcorn State (1-3, 1-3) to nine first downs and just 132 yards of total offense. The Braves’ only touchdown came when Terrance Lewis returned a punt 84 yards for a score with 6:40 to play

Alabama State 21, Jackson State 14 Casey Therriault threw six interceptions and Alabama State, despite gaining just 227 yards, beat Jackson State for a second straight year, dish-

The associated press

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy stiff-arms Arkansas cornerback Greg Gatson for a first down run during the first half Saturday.

South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 3 Marcus Lattimore scored two touchdowns and had 150 total yards from scrimmage to lead No. 12 South Carolina to a win over Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) won on defense, holding the Commodores (3-1, 1-1) to 77 yards. South Carolina is 4-0 for the first time in coach Steve Spurrier’s seven years with the team. But it was frustrating for the coach. Quarterback Stephen Garcia threw four interceptions.

Florida (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) scored three touchdowns in a 4:31 span during the first quarter, taking advantage of two turnovers by Kentucky (2-2, 0-1). Trey Burton had a 1-yard touchdown run that put the Gators up 21-0. Demps had an 84-yard touchdown run, Florida’s longest since Emmitt Smith’s 96 yarder against Mississippi State in 1988. Chris Raney added 105 yards, and John Brantley was 8 for 14 for 115 yards and a score. Kentucky’s lone touchdown came after an interception thrown by backup Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel.

Florida 48, Kentucky 10 Auburn 30, FAU 14 Jeff Demps ran 10 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns as No. 15 Florida routed Kentucky for the Gators’ 25th straight win in the series.

Interceptions by Jermaine Whitehead and Neiko Thorpe led to third-quarter scores that helped Auburn stamp out a Florida Atlantic upset bid.

With the defending national champion Tigers (3-1) leading by just four points, Whitehead stepped in front of a Graham Wilbert pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown and a 17-6 Auburn lead 1:26 into the second half. After Onterio McCalebb took a Barrett Trotter screen pass 51 yards for a touchdown several minutes later, Thorpe intercepted another Wilbert pass and returned it 46 yards to the 19 of Florida Atlantic (0-3) midway through the third quarter, setting up Cody Parkey’s 31-yard field goal. Auburn’s offense managed only 315 yards. The Owls’ first touchdown this season came midway through the fourth quarter, a 12-yard screen from Wilbert to Alfred Morris, but they managed only two Vinny Zaccario field goals against Auburn’s first-team defense.

Cowboys survive late Aggie charge By The Associated Press The first big game on the season in the Big 12 went to Oklahoma State, with Brandon Weeden leading the Cowboys from behind at Texas A&M. Weeden threw for a schoolrecord 438 yards and two scores as No. 7 Oklahoma State rallied for a 30-29 win over the Aggies on Saturday. Oklahoma State won its fourth straight in the series with Texas A&M, a series that is likely to be put on hold when the Aggies’ move to the SEC is complete. The Cowboys also won their seventh overall on the road in the first top 10 matchup at Kyle Field since 1975.

Okla. 38, Missouri 28 Landry Jones threw for 448 yards and three touchdowns to Ryan Broyles, leading topranked Oklahoma back from a rare home deficit to beat Missouri. With two starting receivers out of the lineup, Broyles had to play up to his usual AllAmerican standard without proven sidekicks. Kenny Stills, who caught the go-ahead touchdown in a win at thenNo. 5 Florida State last week, was out with a head injury and Trey Franks is suspended indefinitely. The Tigers (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) pounced early to take a 14-3 first-quarter lead, breaking a streak of 20 straight home games in which Oklahoma (3-0, 1-0) never trailed. It didn’t last long, though.

Wisc. 59, S. Dakota 10 Nick Toon had a careerhigh 155 yards receiving and

ing the Tigers a hurtful blow in its hopes of winning a black national championship. The Tigers committed seven turnovers and have 17 in the last three games and 19 for the season.

Louisiana College 52, Miss. College 17 Louisiana College (3-0, 1-0 American South Conference) scored 38 unanswered points over the first three quarters on their way to a win over Mississippi College (2-2, 1-1 ASC).

Delta St. 34, Henderson St. 31 Third-ranked Delta State (4-1) capped off a four-game road trip over the last month with a win over Henderson State. Quarterback Micah Davis completed 24-of-34 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown for DSU.

Ole Miss Continued from Page B1. grind out the road victory. Malcolm Mitchell caught three passes for 93 yards to help the Bulldogs gain 475 total yards. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 17-0 lead by midway through the second quarter and took a 24-13 lead into halftime. Georgia kicker Blair Walsh missed three field goals in the second half, but the Ole Miss offense could never capitalize. Ole Miss (1-3, 0-2) has lost 10 of its past 11 SEC games. Georgia dominated early, with the 5-foot-11, 215-pound Crowell gashing the Ole Miss defense on the ground for several big gains. Murray’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Orson Charles gave the Bulldogs a 17-0 lead with 6:01 in the second quarter. “The first half was great offensively,” Murray said. “We didn’t make mistakes

and we were efficient ... You could tell today that we’ve made some big strides since week one.” But the Rebels responded with an unexpected flurry that briefly made things interesting. After a reverse handoff, Randall Mackey hit a wide-open Donte Moncrief for a 38-yard touchdown to pull within 17-7. Then Ole Miss immediately recovered an onside kick and the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium crowd of 58,042 finally had something to cheer about. The momentum was short lived — Mackey threw an interception three plays later. “I thought our defense came out in the second half and played a dominant game,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “The defense finished this game extremely well.”


Continued from Page B1. So did the Golden Eagles, at the most unlikely of times. On fourth-and-15 from their 8 in the second quarter, trailing 13-7, Hrapmann, the punter, rolled right in the end zone as if he was going to do a rugby kick, saw green and took off. He gained 31 yards and a first down, keeping alive a 14-play, 87-yard drive that featured two third-down conversions and a short pass that Balentine took 20 yards for a touchdown. An exchange of punts found the Cavaliers starting at their own 1, and coach Mike London sent Watford in at quarterback. Three plays netted 2 yards, and Jimmy Howell’s punt set the Golden

Eagles up at the Virginia 35. A 23-yard connection from Davis to Lampley highlighted the 8-play drive, and Davis found Bolden with no one near him on third-and-goal from the 3 for the TD. The Cavaliers scored on consecutive drives to go ahead 13-7. Rocco scored the first touchdown on a 6-yard keeper, and after the defense held, he led the team on a 69-yard drive in six plays. Perry Jones had a 20-yard run in the drive, a 15-yard personal foul helped too, and redshirt freshman Kevin Parks scored from the 9, running over defenders near the goal line.

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Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant makes a 33-yard reception over Florida State defenders Lamarcus Joyner (20) and Mike Harris (1) Saturday. two touchdowns in No. 6 Wisconsin’s final tune-up for Nebraska at Camp Randall next week. Wisconsin (4-0) recovered from a slow start to take control of the game with a 21-point outburst in the final six minutes of the second quarter.

Va. Tech 30, Marshall 10 Illinois 23, W. Mich. 20

Clemson 35, Fla. St. 30

TCU 55, Portland St. 13

Tajh Boyd threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as No. 21 Clemson opened Atlantic Coast Conference play with a victory. Boyd threw for 344 yards for the Tigers, who reached 4-0 for the first time since 2007. Freshman Sammy Watkins had two of Boyd’s scoring passes for 24 and 62 yards as Clemson beat the No. 11 Seminoles (2-2, 0-1) for the fifth straight time in Death Valley.

No. 20 TCU scored three touchdowns in a span of 1:18 just before halftime and Waymon James ran 65 yards for a score on the first play of the second half as the Horned Frogs won easily.

David Wilson rushed for 132 yards, Josh Oglesby scored two touchdowns and No. 13 Virginia Tech won its final tuneup before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play against Clemson.

Mich. 28, San Diego St. 7 Denard Robinson ran for a season-high 200 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Wolverines past No. 22 Michigan coach Brady Hoke’s former team.

Troy Pollard ran for a careerhigh 133 yards and Derek Dimke kicked three field goals as No. 24 Illinois survived. The Illini trailed at the half 13-10 and the game was tied 20-20 with less than nine minutes to play. Booing Illini fans recalled a 23-17 loss to the Broncos (2-2) the last time the teams met in 2008.

Ga. Tech 35, N. Carolina 28 Tevin Washington threw a long touchdown pass and ran for two scores, including a 5-yarder that gave No. 25 Georgia Tech a 4-0 start. The Tar Heels (3-1, 1-1 ACC) fought back from a 28-14 deficit, tying the game on freshman Giovani Bernard’s 55-yard run with 7:22 left.

Continued from Page B1. freshman, finished 29-of40 for 228 yards, but he was sacked three times and picked off twice. “He played real well, just made a few mistakes down the stretch,” La. Tech coach Sonny Dykes said. “Which most young players do. What he did do, he played well enough for us to win it at the end of the game.” Neither team ever gained a sizeable lead in regulation. Mississippi State struck first on Chad Bumphis’s

82-yard punt return for a touchdown, but Tech responded with 10 unanswered points to take the lead. But midway through the second quarter, Vick Ballard broke free on a fourth-andone and scampered for an 11-yard touchdown run, putting MSU back on top. Derek DePasquale hit a 36-yard field goal in the closing minutes of the half to put MSU up 17-10 at the break.


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Saints, Texans bring potent offenses into today’s matchup By Brett Martel The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees can relate to the sense of reinvigoration and optimism surrounding the Houston Texans. The quarterback recognizes some similarities between how the Texans are evolving now and what New Orleans experienced in 2009, when the Saints won their first NFL title. Both teams have had prolific quarterbacks for a while, and like the Saints of 2009, Texans have brought in a new defensive coordinator in hopes of no longer seeing their gaudy offensive statistics go to waste in seasons that fall short of a playoff berth. “Anytime there’s struggles (and) you make a change, there’s renewed enthusiasm,” Brees said in reference to Houston’s addition of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who’ll be trying to slow down Brees when the Texans (2-0) visit New Orleans (1-1) today. “Wade has a great reputation as a defensive coordinator and a lot of respect from quarterbacks like me,” Brees added, noting he has not only played against Phillips’ defenses, but practiced against them when Phillips and Brees were together in San Diego. “You see that renewed enthusiasm and confidence on the defensive side of the ball that maybe hasn’t been there in the past.” The Saints missed the playoffs in both 2007 and 2008 despite having one of the best offenses in the league. Coach Sean Payton then hired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who instituted an aggressive, hard-hitting, blitz-heavy scheme. The Saints wound up near the top of the NFL in takeaways with 39, and opened their championship season with a 13-game winning streak. Houston, which has never made the playoffs, is trying to improve to 3-0 for the first time. The Texans would not only hit that mark with a victory at New Orleans, but also prove they are good enough to win on the road against a team that has won 11 or more games and made the playoffs in each of the past two seasons. “It’s a great test for us and we’re excited about it,” Houston quarterback Matt Schaub said. Houston started last season 2-0, then stumbled against Dallas, marking the beginning of six losses in an eight gamestretch from which the Texans never recovered. This time, the Texans aren’t getting ahead of themselves

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New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith stretches during practice on Wednesday. Smith is returning after serving a two-game suspension.

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New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram rushes against the Chicago Bears at the Louisiana Superdome last week.

NFL on TV Sunday Noon Fox - New York Giants at Philadelphia Noon CBS - Houston at New Orleans 3:15 p.m. Fox - Atlanta at Tampa Bay 7:15 p.m. NBC - Pittsburgh at Indianapolis Monday 7:30 p.m. ESPN - Washington at Dallas after a season-opening victory over an Indianapolis team without Peyton Manning, followed by a win over a struggling Miami squad. “There’s definitely a lot more maturity,” Houston linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. “Guys are taking a businesslike approach each week. I’m loving that about the guys. No one’s overly excited about being 2-0. No one cares.” It’s hard to knock the performance of Houston’s defense so far. Having switched from a 4-3 scheme to a 3-4, the unit ranks first in points allowed per game (10) and yards passing allowed per game (162.5). The Texans also have produced four turnovers. “I know it’s only two weeks in, but it’s an entirely different defense than in years past,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “Wade has done a really good job, really in a short period

of time considering we didn’t have an offseason (because of the NFL lockout), of installing this package and the players understanding the nuances of it.” The Saints’ defense, by contrast, has been inconsistent, giving up five TDs and nearly 400 yards in a loss to Green Bay before sacking Chicago’s Jay Cutler six times and holding the Bears to one TD in a win. New Orleans played both of those games without suspended defensive end Will Smith, who returned this week. Against Houston, the Saints might not have to worry as much about running back Arian Foster, who has been slowed by a sore left hamstring lately. But the Texans’ zone-blocking run scheme has functioned fine with Ben Tate rushing for 100-plus yards in each of the first two games.

the Bears (1-1). But what stood out most to defensive tackle Anthony Adams was this: “We were a couple plays away from playing in the Super Bowl, so of course that hurts. Just watching the film was disheartening, man, because of what was at stake. It still hurts a little bit.” The Packers clinched a playoff spot by beating the Bears at Lambeau Field to close out the regular season and never stopped rolling after that. In the NFC championship game, Adams said the Bears “definitely” let one slip away. Either way, the Packers were celebrating in the end. With the championship run, Aaron Rodgers completely leaped out of Brett Favre’s shadow. The win over the Bears was a springboard even if he wasn’t at his best in that outing. He was good enough in that game, running for a touchdown and saving one by tackling Brian Urlacher after throwing one of his two interceptions. There was also a big interception by B.J. Raji, who picked off third-string quar-

terback Caleb Hanie and held the ball in his outstretched right hand as he rumbled 18 yards for a touchdown to give the Packers a 21-7 lead. Once he reached the end zone, he placed his hands on his hips and started gyrating. That provided one lasting image from the game. Another was Cutler spending most of the second half on the sideline and coming under siege from cyberspace, with current and former players questioning his toughness on social media. Never mind that Cutler absorbed more punishment than any quarterback last season, with 52 sacks. Or that he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee late in the first half against the Packers. Todd Collins came in and struggled, and the Bears came up short with Hanie trying to direct a comeback. Now, they’re trying to shake off a 30-13 loss at New Orleans that spoiled the good feelings created with a lopsided victory over Atlanta in the opener. “It’s going to take five or six games to see what we have,

“We have an offensive line that’s been together now for a few years,” Schaub said. “The continuity that they have goes a long way for what we do in the run game as well as in the passing game.” These teams met as recently as the preseason, with Houston dominating in a 27-14 win. Houston coach Gary Kubiak said the basic schemes and mixing of personnel makes it hard to predict any kind of carry-over from a preseason win at Houston to a regular-season meeting in New Orleans. This weekend, the Saints will have a home advantage with an added twist. today marks five years since the Saints played their first game in the rebuilt Louisiana Superdome after it — and much of New Orleans— had been wrecked by Hurricane Katrina. The Superdome has been a tough place for some visiting teams to function when emotions have run high in the crowd, and that could be the case again today. The reopening of the dome “represented the coming back and the return of not just a team, but more importantly, a region and a city,” Payton recalled.

Packers and Bears renew rivalry LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Every year before the Green Bay Packers face the Chicago Bears for the first time, coach Mike McCarthy shows a video highlighting the NFL’s longest rivalry. “We’ve got all the old stuff in there,” he said. What about the most recent stuff? “I haven’t seen this year’s copy, but that’s probably not a bad one to put in there,” McCarthy said. The last time the Packers met the Bears, they left Soldier Field owning the NFC championship. They kept the party going right through a victory over Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl. Well, here they are again. The Packers (2-0) are returning to Chicago for the first time since that 21-14 knockout last season, when they drove Jay Cutler out of the game with a knee injury and held Devin Hester in check while flooring the Monsters of the Midway. As if that weren’t enough, watching their rivals hoist the George Halas Trophy at Soldier Field added to the pain for

to see what we’re good at, and what we can go out there and execute well,” Cutler said. The Bears reverted to the pass-happy ways they showed early last season, when they looked like they were ready to crumble. They called 52 pass plays and handed it off 11 times. They wound up with 12 runs, including Cutler’s one scramble, and matched their third fewest attempts in a single game. Their quarterback, meanwhile, took another beating. Cutler got sacked six times, bringing his league-leading total to 11. To put it in perspective, that matches his total for his final season in Denver in 2008. “They’ve given up some pressure,” Raji said. “I mean, I think they play hard as a unit, but they definitely won’t be the best group we’ve gone up against.” The Bears’ line is shorthanded, too, with right tackle Gabe Carimi not expected back anytime soon after leaving last week’s game with a right knee injury. Guard Lance Louis sat out against the Saints because of a sprained ankle.

METAIRIE, La. — As pleased as Will Smith was to be back at practice on Wednesday, he seemed even happier that he no longer has to worry about the specter of a suspension that has weighed on him for three seasons. “I’m just glad to put it behind me,” said Smith, who in 2008 tested positive for a diuretic that is banned by the NFL because it can be used to mask steroid use. “I know the coaches were always concerned about it, the fans, everyone was always concerned about it, and I’m happy that it’s over with now so I don’t have to worry about it and can just focus on football, focus on the Houston Texans and focus on the rest of the year.” Smith, who has been New Orleans’ sack leader in four of the past six seasons, was among several players who delayed and ultimately reduced a four-game suspension they initially received for using StarCaps weightloss pills. The pills contained the banned substance bumetanide, but players challenged the suspensions in court, arguing they should escape punishment because the banned substance was not listed on the StarCaps label, and because StarCaps was not on the NFL’s list of banned supplements. Shortly before this season, the league decided to cut the suspensions to two games, and Smith served his during the Saints’ past two contests, a 42-34 loss at Green Bay and a 30-13 victory over Chicago. Now, as New Orleans prepares to host Houston and prolific quarterback Matt Schaub this Sunday, Smith is officially back for his ninth NFL season. “I’m pretty fresh. I haven’t done anything other than

work out. So I don’t have the bumps and bruises as the other guys have,” Smith said. Saints coach Sean Payton said he was eager to have Smith back after the way the former first-round draft pick out of Ohio State performed in the preseason. “Will had one of his better training camps prior to the suspension. He’s in real good shape,” Payton said. “Any time you get a player like Will Smith back, one of your captains, someone who has been real steady for us and gives us a ton of good snaps, both against the run and the pass, it can only help you.” Last season, Smith was second on the team with 51⁄2 sacks, a half-sack behind tackle Sedrick Ellis. He was one of the stars of the Saints’ victory on Thanksgiving in Dallas, with an interception and forced fumble. The 6-foot-3 Smith said he is now between five and 10 pounds lighter than the 282-pounds he played at last season, and in better shape. “I had a lot of free time this offseason just to kind of focus on things, get healthy, do little things to improve my body weight, lean up a little bit,” Smith said. “I feel probably the best I’ve felt since I’ve been playing, just comfortable with the calls and my ability to go out and do whatever I want to do.” Smith gets his first chance to prove that against Schaub and the Texans’ offensive line. “He’s been a great player in this league and we’re well aware of him coming back,” Schaub said. “Those guys up front are preparing for him. ... It’s unfortunate when anybody gets suspended or anything like that, but you want to go against the best and you want to go against a team when they have everyone out there.” Smith is two seasons removed from his career-high 13 sacks in 2009.

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Old friend goes through the motions “With the motions!” A good friend died last week, and we had a memorial service for him in a small church — but with a big crowd, as so often happens. Also just so happens that your Uncle Bob had a ringside seat, so to speak. The widow, who is one of my wife’s best friends, had requested a song. Both husband and wife had worked for decades, like Betsy and I have, in the Kairos International Prison Ministry. Lonnie is probably the person most responsible for getting Kairos into Mississippi over two decades ago, and Cindy later led the push to get our ministry into the Mississippi Women’s Prison in Rankin County. One of the highlights of a typical Kairos weekend is the music, and I have been blessed to lead that often. Not necessarily because of any musical talents, but enthusiasm counts too. Cindy had called as they planned the Service, saying that she wanted the MS Kairos Music Team to come play and sing “Lights of the City,” the Kairos National Anthem. “With the motions!” she declared. This song is based on the 22nd chapter of Revelation, wherein John is carried by the

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Spirit unto a great and high mountain, and there he saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, which needs no sun, no moon, no stars, because the Light of that City is the Lamb thereof, Jesus Christ. We get pretty wound up singing that song, and even the inmates have added their motions to it, to pep things up. Understand that we go into each medium or maximum security prison in a state (Kairos is now the world’s largest prison ministry, in 32 states and a dozen foreign countries) every six months for a four-day weekend with 42 inmates who have not had the Kairos experience yet. We ask for the tough guys. The negative leaders, as the Manual calls them. Thirty-plus-year statistics show that not only does a Kairos graduate stand a five times better chance of staying out of prison once he or she has served their sentence and been released — as

opposed to maybe and 80 percent chance of going back into the joint — but we have had testimony from prison officials that once a Kairos community has been established in a facility, within two years as much as 40 percent less security may be needed there. The prison environment is changed, by changing the hearts within the walls and razor wire. At any rate, Kairos volunteers from across the state showed up to pay their last respects to Lonnie at the memorial service. One of the Chaplains with whom he had worked for many years led the procession down the aisle and placed the box with the deceased’s ashes reverently on a small pedestal table at the front of the steps going up to the sanctuary part of the church. The chairs for the Music Team had been placed before the front kneeling rail on that side, so Lonnie was within arm’s reach of the Music Team. Two members of the Team had been outside tuning up, however, and missed seeing the opening procession led by St. Dave and the Ashbox, which had then been loving covered by an embroidered cloth draped over it. I should have told them when they

slipped in to sit next to me, turns out. The time came when the Pastor nodded at us to come lead “Lights of the City,” and most of the congregation stood to honor Lonnie’s service with the motions, as instructed. It was in going back to our seats after the song that the Pastor and I witnessed the dearly deceased using his own motions, posthumously. For as he passed the draped box, Stephen’s guitar brushed against the side of it, tipping it precariously. Mark was next in line, but did not notice, although I knew what was under the drape and was desperately trying to reach around him to catch the Ashbox. The Pastor was holding his breath, perhaps trying to recall the Prayer Book page where it specifically mentions scattering ashes prematurely. Then, as the guitar moved on, the rocking box rocked back the other way, and settled back down — secure, upright, and unspilt. The Pastor and I breathed sighs of relief, and thought, “Praise God! Lonnie got to do his motions, too!”

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

Cavaliers’ draft pick Irving returns to school with lockout WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) — Kyrie Irving left college after one year to play in the NBA. He’s back in school. It’s all the No. 1 overall draft pick can do during the lockout, and Cleveland’s rookie point guard has no idea when he’ll start his real job. As Irving waits for the league to settle its labor dispute, the 19-year-old is working toward a psychology degree in North Carolina — and getting healthy. Irving has played in just 11 games since last year because of a severe injury to his right foot, which doctors have told

him won’t be fully healed for three more months. Irving said he hasn’t had pain in his foot for seven months. A delay to the start of the season might help. “My foot is not going to completely heal for a full year,” he said Saturday while taking a break during a two-day youth basketball camp he’s hosting. “I still feel 150 percent healthy. But as far as my foot healing properly, it will take another three months.” Irving has been working out without any restrictions while taking four courses this semester. He’s also keeping an eye on the labor dispute, which reached a crucial

juncture Friday when the league postponed training camps indefinitely and canceled 43 preseason games. “I’m not really disappointed,” Irving said. “I’m trying to be as optimistic as possible with this whole labor situation.” While other players, including superstar Kobe Bryant and other big-name stars, consider playing overseas to stay sharp — and get paid — during the lockout, Irving is content to remain part of Duke’s student body. “I’m going to try and stay in school as long as possible until the lockout is over,” he said.

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Vicksburg High golf tryouts Vicksburg High School will have its varsity golf tryouts for students in grades 7-12 on Oct. 5-6 at 4 p.m. at the Clear Creek golf course. All participants should have their own set of clubs and a current copy of their physical. For information, call coach Troy Stewart at 601-636-2914.

Bricks and Spokes bicycle ride The second annual Bricks and Spokes bicycle ride is scheduled for Oct. 1 in downtown Vicksburg. The recreational ride will include three distances — 10, 30 and 50 miles — and each route will take cyclists across the

Old Mississippi River Bridge and into Louisiana.All bikes are welcome, and the ride is open to cyclists of all skill levels. The registration fee is $35, and cyclists can sign up the day of the ride. To register, or for more information, go to, call the Vicksburg Main Street Program office at 601-634-4527, or e-mail to request a form.

Junior high, JV football roundup Warren Central 31, Ridgeland 6 - Hunter Bell threw a pair of touchdown passes to David Culbertson, and Warren Central’‘s junior varsity team blasted Ridgeland. Terrell Hutchinson added a 60-yard TD run for the Vikings, Aarion Galloway had a 2-yard TD run. On defense, Chipper Leech, Jeremy Jones and Jarvis Baldwin all recovered fumbles to set up touchdowns.

YMCA youth football roundup Bovina Giants vs. Beechwood Vikings - Landon Stewart caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Colin Standish. FJ Barum scored two TDs, one a 20-yard run and the other a 60-yard run. Bowmar Cubs v South Park/Dana Rd. Gators Damonte Stamps scored on a 3-yard run. Leon Bradley scored on a 82-yard run. Jason Benard scored on a 48-yard pass. Leon Bradley scored on a 1-yard run Redwood Rockets (R) v Bovina Giants (M) - Cameron Harvey scored on a 22-yard run. Donnell Curtis scored on a 70-yard kickoff return and Donnell Curtis scored on a 54-yard run. Redwood Rockets (B) v Sherman/Warrenton Eagles - Graham Tweedle scored on a 17-yard run Bowmar Bears v Beechwood Vikings - Walt Hopson scored on a 40-yard run and Christian Oaks added on a 10-yard run.

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The MS Brilla Juniors won first place in the Gold Division of the Memphis SuperClubs Regional Championship on Sept. 18. This select team is comprised of players from Vicksburg, Clinton, Jackson, Ridgeland, and Madison. First row, from left, are Conner Henderson, Jack Dowe, Connor Bottin, Glen

Allen Kittrell, Tucker Richmond, Cooper Carroll and Matt Mills. Second row, from left, are coach Colin Thompson, Isaiah Johnson, Briggs Comley, Wayne Gale, Brooks Italiano, Conner Carter, Greg Hayden and coach Lee Johnson.

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Hamlin needs good run in today’s race LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — One and done? Title hopes up in smoke? For the Chase drivers who ran out of gas or good luck in the playoff opener, they have kept the faith that their championship pursuits aren’t spoiled because of a bad start. But it doesn’t help. Denny Hamlin, inconsistent all season, is stuck in 12th place and already 41 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. He struggled all day in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship kickoff last week at Chicagoland and staggered to a 31st-place finish. Matt Kenseth (10th) and Jeff Gordon (11th) are ahead of him in the standings, yet Gordon is only 25 points out of first. Not an enviable position, but certainly no reason to panic — not with nine races left starting today at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Hamlin, though, could find his championship push extinguished with a similar poor run in the No. 11 Toyota. He couldn’t find a spark Friday and qualified 28th, the worst start among the 12 Chase drivers. “We’re struggling right now just to get consistency and I can’t pinpoint one particular place where we need to work,” Hamlin said. “Someone asked me where we lacked and I don’t know. It’s something different every two to three weeks. It’s painful at this moment.” A year ago, Hamlin was on the brink of his first championship heading into the finale at Homestead. Hamlin entered the race leading the standings only to spin out and slide through the grass to derail his effort and pave the way for Jimmie Johnson to win the title for a fifth straight

On TV 1 p.m. ESPN NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Sylvania 300 season. For Hamlin, it wasn’t just a bitter end to the season — it seemed to set the tone for this one. He had only one top 10 in the first eight races. While he did get hot late, he had only one victory and qualified for the Chase with a wild card. “I don’t think anyone has huge expectations for us this Chase,” Hamlin said. “I personally do and still do. I think that we’ve really underachieved quite a bit, so you get frustrated.” Kenseth and Gordon certainly understand Hamlin’s frustrations. Unlike Hamlin, Gordon and Kenseth had two of the cars to beat last week until they ran out of gas in a finish decided on fuel mileage. Because Gordon and Kenseth have been so steady all season (each driver has multiple victories), it’s easier to envision their cars getting back on a roll Sunday and making a charge up the standings. Kenseth ran out of gas at the end and was pushed across the finish line by JJ Yeley. NASCAR ruled the last-lap assistance was illegal and dropped Kenseth to 21st in the final running order. Kenseth said it’s too early in the Chase to worry about one tough finish. “It’s not like there is a Hail Mary you can throw,” he said, “but it’s not time to throw it anyway.” Harvick leads Chicagoland winner Tony Stewart by seven points.

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GASOLINE PRICES Average regular unleaded self-service prices as of Friday: Jackson..............................$3.37 Vicksburg..................$3.39 Tallulah..............................$3.42 Sources: Jackson AAA, Vicksburg and Tallulah, Automotive. com

PORTFOLIO Coupon expert set for VAMP meeting Lindsey Doyle Bradley, a Vicksburg native and founder of Bargaining with the Bradleys, will be the guest speaker at the Vicksburg Association of Marketing Professionals’ Oct. 4 noon meeting at Ameristar Casino’s Heritage Buffet. A graduate of St. Aloysius High School and Hinds Community College with a degree in clinical laboratory science, Bradley works with River Region Health System, in the allergy and asthma office and in the laboratory. She became interested in couponing five years ago to help offset her health care costs associated with Type I diabetes, and teaches money-saving couponing classes in Mississippi and Louisiana. Bradley volunteers with the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. VAMP meets at noon each first Tuesday. Lunch is $12. E-mail for more information.

Vickswood’s Austin set for Hall of Fame Howard Austin of Vicksburg, a member of Vickswood Credit Union’s board of directors, has been nominated for the Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals Howard for years of Austin credit union service and involvement at the local, chapter, state and national levels. Austin was elected to Vickswood Credit Union’s board of directors in 1974, and has served as vice president and president. He was instrumental in building the Redwood Branch when the credit union moved from International Paper Co. Vickswood Credit Union has branches in Vicksburg on North Frontage Road and in Redwood.

Soil, water office sets field day The Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District is organizing a Wednesday grazing lands field day in Warren County through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Grazing Lands Conservation Coalition. The field day will give farmers, ranchers and landowners the opportunity to learn about solar powered watering systems, conservation buffers and other practices. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Ferris Farms, 11186 Fisher Ferry Road, Vicksburg. The free program includes lunch and will end around 1 p.m. Reservations must be made by 4:30 p.m. Monday. Call the Vicksburg NRCS Field Office office at 601636-7679, ext. 3.

Debt collectors: Business great but hard as ever By The Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — These are the best of times, and the worst of times, for America’s debt collectors. The prolonged economic turmoil has created more opportunity than ever for the profession, even while making it harder than ever to get folks to pay up. A gathering of debt collectors in Atlantic City this week found many willing to work out payment plans with debtors in which payments of as little as $5 or $10 a month are acceptable. “It’s harder to collect than

‘With unemployment the way it is and the terrible foreclosures, people are having a harder time making ends meet. There’s more potential business, and we’re having a tougher time trying to collect it.’ Harry Strausser III

president of Mid-Atlantic Collectors association ever because people are in genuine hardship,” said Harry Strausser III, president of the Mid-Atlantic Collectors Association, who has his own collection agency in Bloomsburg, Pa. “With unemployment the way it is and the terrible foreclosures, people are having a harder time making ends

meet. There’s more potential business, and we’re having a tougher time trying to collect it.” Also growing is the number of consumer complaints about debt collectors. The Federal Trade Commission says it receives more complaints from consumers about debt collectors than

any other industry. Last year, it received 140,036 such complaints, up from 119,609 in 2009. “They called me three or four times a day, every day, asking all kinds of personal questions, like am I married, do I have custody of my kids, can my kids pay this bill?” Scott Tillman III, a 53-yearold musician from Oroville, Calif., told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. He said he was harassed over an auto lease for a vehicle he returned to a dealership 15 years ago. Businesses nationwide placed $150 billion worth of

debt with collection agencies last year, Strausser said. Of that total, agencies were able to collect about $40 billion, a figure that has held roughly steady for the past three years. There are 4,100 debt collection agencies in the United States, employing nearly 450,000 people, and the industry expects to grow by as much as 26 percent over the next three years. The industry averages about 20 percent recovery on delinquent debt, Strausser said. Several decades ago, it See Debt, Page B9.

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Flights fuller due to push to eliminate routes By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Don’t expect much elbow room on flights this fall. Planes have never been so full. There was barely a spare seat this summer, and the next few months should be the same. To the list of things airlines have taken away — hot meals, blankets, headphones — you can add personal space. For airlines and the people who invest in them, it makes sense. Because of consolidation, partnerships and a push to eliminate unprofitable routes, airlines can adjust schedules to match demand and charge more. But customer comfort is an afterthought. Not to mention space in the overhead bin. “There are some days on some flights when there are simply no physical seats left,” says Jim Reichart, vice president of marketing and sales for Frontier, which sold 91 percent of its seats in July and August. Frontier and US Airways both had their best August for percentage of seats filled. The figures shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who fought over an armrest this summer. With 130 million people flying, little perks like empty middle seats or flying standby were hard to come by. Airline executives used to add flights and routes to protect market share. This often meant there were more seats than travelers. “In the past we had the problem of people operating

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Airline passengers go through the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta. airlines based on ego,” says airline consultant Michael Boyd. “Now they’re operating on the basis of how much money they can make.” Overall, 86.4 percent of seats were filled by paying customers in July and August, according to an Associated Press analysis of preliminary data reported by 16 major U.S. airlines. That edges last summer’s record of 86.3 percent. Add in seats occupied by off-duty airline staff, who

often fly free, and passengers who redeemed frequent-flier miles, and there was hardly any room this summer. Analysts say there might be more space this fall, but not much, if the economy slows further. Either way, flights around Thanksgiving and Christmas will be packed. And fuller flights anytime mean you’re less likely to get a seat if your flight is canceled. Airlines generally lose money on empty seats

because they are already paying for fuel, pilots and flight attendants. But how many seats are filled is only one factor in airline profitability. Airlines have to make enough money from fares and fees to cover fuel and labor costs. “The question then becomes whether fares paid to fill those seats are sufficient enough to not only cover our costs but also generate a return for investors, repair balance sheets and

invest in the product,” says Steve Lott, spokesman for the Air Transport Association, the industry’s trade and lobbying group. All the major airlines except American have made money this year. United charged about 8 percent more for each seat in July than last year, and 11 percent more in August. Until 1978, regulation limited airline competition, See Planes, Page B9.

Company hires adults with autism to test software By The Associated Press HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — The software testers at Aspiritech are a collection of characters. Katie Levin talks nonstop. Brian Tozzo hates driving. Jamie Specht is bothered by bright lights, vacuum cleaners and the feel of carpeting against her skin. Rider Hallenstein draws cartoons of himself as a DeLorean sports car. Rick Alexander finds it unnerving to sit near other people. This is the unusual workforce of a U.S. startup that specializes in finding software bugs by harnessing the talents of young adults with autism. Traits that make great software testers — intense focus, comfort with repetition, memory for detail — also happen to be characteristics of autism. People with Asperger’s syndrome, a mild

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Employees Oran Weitzberg, left, and Rick Alexander, celebrate a breakthrough, at Aspiritech, a nonprofit enterprise that specializes in finding software bugs, in Highland Park, Ill. form of autism, have normal to high intelligence and often are highly skilled with computers. Aspiritech, a nonprofit in Highland Park, Ill., nurtures these skills while forgiving

the quirks that can make adults with autism unemployable: social awkwardness, poor eye contact, being easily overwhelmed. The company’s name plays on the words “Asperger’s,” “spirit”

and “technology.” Clients, nine companies in Aspiritech’s first two years, have been pleased. “They exceeded my expectations,” said Dan Tedesco of Shelton, Conn.-based HandHold Adaptive, which took a chance on Aspiritech to test an iPhone application. “There is a pride in their product you don’t usually see in this type of work.” Aspiritech was founded by Moshe and Brenda Weitzberg after their son, Oran, now 32, was fired from a job bagging groceries. Oran was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when he was 14. He now works at Aspiritech. “He went from failing at bagging groceries to being one of the best software testers on our team,” said Brenda Weitzberg. The Weitzbergs modeled Aspiritech on a successful Danish company called Spe-

cialisterne, or “the Specialists.” Specialisterne also employs software testers with autism. Its satisfied clients include Oracle and Microsoft. Other companies in Belgium, Japan and Israel are either hiring or training adults with autism as software testers. This year, Aspiritech projects $120,000 in revenue, with 60 percent coming from donations and 40 percent from clients. The Weitzbergs hope to raise the client revenue to 50 percent next year. “There have been a couple of attempts in the U.S. and Aspiritech is the one that’s making it,” said Scott Standifer of the University of Missouri’s Disability Policy and Studies office and the organizer of a national conference on adults with autism See Autism, Page B9.

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Austism Continued from Page B8. and employment. The exact unemployment rate for adults with autism is unknown, but it’s thought to be high, Standifer said. “We don’t know how many adults have autism and, because of that, we don’t know their rate of unemployment,” he said. “We do know from tracking adults just emerging from high school that they are having great difficulty finding jobs.” A 2009 U.S. Department of Education survey found the employment rate for young adults with autism was on par with that for deaf-andblind young adults, and well below the rate of those with blindness alone or learning disabilities or traumatic brain injuries, Standifer said. Since Asperger’s syndrome didn’t become a standard diagnosis until the early 1990s, many of Aspiritech’s software testers were adults when they first learned they were on the autism spectrum. They are pioneers, the first generation of adults with Asperger’s. Katie Levin, 35, was diagnosed in her late 20s with Asperger’s. As a child, she’d been labeled as mentally ill. “Asperger’s is not a mental illness,” she said. “I definitely feel like I identify with the Asperger’s community more than I did with the mental illness community.” She tests software and runs Aspiritech’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Rick Alexander, 24, another tester, has a degree in computer science from the Illi-

nois Institute of Technology and completed an internship developing software for the city of Chicago. “I have a lot of social anxiety. I don’t like meeting new people,” said Alexander, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome as a teenager. Like many of the other testers, he lives with his parents. He’d rather be a software developer than a tester, he said. But selling himself in a job interview is “very difficult for me.” “When you’re a child, the school is very concerned with you, the state is very concerned with you,” Alexander said. Organizations help adults with autism, he said, but “you need to approach them and for somebody with Asperger’s syndrome, it’s very difficult to do the approaching.” Most research dollars have gone toward studying

children with autism while adults have been neglected, said Molly Losh, an autism researcher at Northwestern University. “Our vocational structure really isn’t suited to funnel people with autism into the work force,” Losh said. Aspiritech “is a magnificent and innovative venture,” she said. Many businesses hire offshore companies to test software. Mike Mestemaker, director of engineering for Schaumburg, Ill.-based ISI Telemanagement Solutions, chose Aspiritech because it offered competitive rates but was based in the United States. “They dove right in and worked very quickly,” Mestemaker said. “They were very detail-oriented people. They really got the job done.” ISI was happy with the work and has hired Aspiritech for a second project, he said. Aspiritech provides meaningful work (pay is $12 to $15 an hour) in a relaxed environment where bosses never yell if you’re late and nobody minds if you need to be alone for a while. What’s more, the company is building social skills. The software testers, who are in their 20s and 30s, are trained to work together and they take part in organized outings: miniature golf, bowling, eating at a restaurant. “We want to improve social skills among people who tend to be socially isolated,” said Marc Lazar, Aspiritech’s autism specialist.

In the early 1970s, before airlines were deregulated, about half of seats were sold. In the first decade after deregulation, airlines sold about 60 percent of seats. That number slowly increased over the decades.

In 2008, faced with high fuel costs and falling demand in a recession, airlines ended hundreds of money-losing flights. With the summer travel season over, airlines are cutting seats available in the

U.S. by about 2 percent this fall, according to Barclays Capital. Lucrative international flights, which make up a smaller number of airline routes, will increase by 3.5 percent to 5 percent. On Tuesday, major U.S. air-

lines said they would limit available seats, most likely by cutting more flights. That could reduce the airlines’ costs while driving up ticket prices. Airline stocks rose. Planes on Allegiant Air, which flies vacationers from

small U.S. cities to tourist destinations, were 93 percent full this summer. This fall, it plans to reduce the available seats by almost a third, says Jude Bricker, the airline’s treasurer.

situation and if the debt is not owed, halt further collection efforts. “Then the threats started,” he said. “They said, ‘We’re going to take it out of your Social Security.’ Because I’m black, they had someone who was black call me as if they knew me, saying, ‘Hey Scotty, man, when you gon’ give us our money, man?’ One day one of them called and said, ‘We’re coming down there and we’re going to put you in jail and take you for everything you’ve got.” Kevin McNeill, 26, of Modesto, Calif., also got threatening calls for a $500 debt he incurred after a divorce. He was willing to pay it in two monthly installments but said the collector insisted on everything up front. “I get this call at work, and this guy is just going off, calling me a thief, a criminal, and saying that the sheriff’s office would be there in 10 minutes to arrest me in front of my co-workers,” he told The Associated Press by telephone. “Then he threatened to call the owner of the company and say, ‘Do you know you have a thief working in your finance department?’” Collectors interviewed this week in Atlantic City said such tactics, aside from being illegal, just don’t work. “Some agencies are into the intimidating side,” said Jeff Kotula, a manager with a Scranton, Pa., collection agency who trains others in acceptable techniques. “They try to scare people into paying. We don’t do that. We try to explain to people we’re helping them get their credit rating back.” Yet, collection agencies are quick to point out that unpaid debt is never truly written off: Someone, some-

where, has to eat it. An industry-sponsored study says debt collectors save the average U.S. household $354 a year in costs it otherwise would have been charged if businesses raised prices to cover losses instead of recovering it through a collection agency. “Say you own a small flower shop, and someone doesn’t pay a $3,000 bill,” Strausser said. “That’s a big hit for a small business. So next year, you charge more for deliveries or add $5 to the price of an arrangement to

try to make up for that lost money.” Kotula said most collection agencies will offer a debtor the option to slowly pay off the debt— as little as $5 or $10 a month in some cases. Some agencies will also offer settlements in which some of the outstanding debt can be forgiven if the rest is paid up front. “We have a lot of people who want to pay; they just don’t know how they can do it and still be able to live their lives,” said Hope Palmer, a Pennsylvania collections

manager. “The most difficult situation is the person who has been unemployed for several years and can’t find a job and can’t pay their bills. That’s most of our calls.” In those cases, she said, a collector is trained to look for alternatives: Do you have relatives who can help you pay? Do you have a 401(k) account you can tap, or stock you can sell? “We won’t turn away anything,” Palmer said. “There is always a way to work something out.”

Kotula said his agency never technically gives up on an unpaid debt. “You never want to count it out,” he said. “People’s situations can change in three months. They may get a job and they can pay $25 a month.”

‘A 2009 U.S. Department of Education survey found the employment rate for young adults with autism was on par with that for deaf-and-blind young adults, and well below the rate of those with blindness alone or learning disabilities or traumatic brain injuries,’ said Scott Standifer of the University of Missouri.

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Marc Lazar, autism specialist for Aspiritech, works with employee Alan Sun, as they test a new program in Highland Park, Ill.

Planes Continued from Page B8. allowing them to make money even when planes weren’t full. In more recent years, technology has allowed airlines to routinely schedule full flights — and cutthroat competition has forced them to.

Debt Continued from Page B8. averaged 30 percent. Sometimes that amount is shared on a contingency basis with the business to which a consumer owes money. Other times, a debt collection agency will buy debt from businesses at a discount and keep whatever it can pry from the debtor. That part of the industry has grown significantly in recent years, collectors said. The most common consumer complaints against debt collectors involved three big no-nos under federal law: calling a debtor repeatedly or constantly; misrepresenting the amount or status of a debt; and failing to notify consumers of their rights in writing. About half the complaints dealt with repeated calls from collectors. More than 20,000 people said debt collectors falsely threatened to have them arrested or seize their property, and more than 17,500 said collectors used profanity or abusive language on the phone. Nearly 4,200 consumers said a collector threatened them with violence if they did not pay up. “The way collection agencies try to get money from people who have less of it is to get more aggressive,” said Sergei Lemberg, a Connecticut attorney who represents debtors who feel harassed. “We get cases every day from people who have collection agencies calling them six, seven, 10 times a day. My own mother doesn’t call me three times a day.” Tillman, one of Lemberg’s clients, told the agency calling him that he did not owe the debt on the vehicle he had already returned. Under the law, when a consumer disputes a debt, the agency is supposed to investigate the

land transfers No commercial land transfers were recorded in the

Chancery Clerk’s Office for the week ending Sept. 23, 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:

July 2011.......................$615,497 Fiscal year 2010-11 to date... $5,987,831

July 2010.......................$608,681 2009-10 fiscal year to date..... $6,075,822

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:

August 2011 City...................................$467,765 County............................$230,127 Schools..............................$60,686

August 2010 City...................................$495,541 County............................$233,145 Schools..............................$63,364

Fiscal year 2010-11 to date City............................... $5,876,516 County........................ $2,443,377 Schools...........................$661,322

Fiscal year 2009-10 to date City............................... $6,193,286 County........................ $2,596,319 Schools...........................$704,905

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TONIGHT ON TV n MOVIE “Get Smart” — A newly promoted field agent, Steve Carell, partnered with veteran Agent 99, Anne Hathaway, blends inexperience, enthusiasm and ineptitude as he battles against KAOS./7 on TBS n SPORTS NFL — Two of the NFL’s most potent offenses, the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans, meet up in the Superdome for what should be a high-scoring game./Noon on CBS Steve Carrell n PRIMETIME “Desperate Housewives” — After helping Carlos conceal his crime, guilt weighs heavily on Susan, Gaby, Bree and Lynette; Tom and Lynette’s marriage continues to disintegrate; Renee pursues a sexy new neighbor./8 on ABC

THIS WEEK’S LINEUP n EXPANDED LISTINGS TV TIMES — Network, cable and satellite programs appear in Sunday’s TV Times magazine and online at www.vicksburgpost. com


n BIRTHDAYS Barbara Walters, broadcast journalist, 82; Robert Gates, former Defense secretary, 68; Michael Douglas, actor-producer, 67; Cheryl Tiegs, model, 64; Anson Williams, actor-director, 62; Mark Hamill, actor, 60; Michael Madsen, actor, 53; Heather Locklear, actress, 50; Tate Donovan, actor, 48; Keely Shaye Smith, TV personality, 48; Will Smith, actor, 43; Hal Sparks, actor, 42; Catherine Zeta-Jones, actress, 42; T. I., rapper, 31.


Jury selected in Jackson doctor’s case More than two years after the death of Michael Jackson, a judge has sworn in jurors to hear the case against the doctor accused of killing the superstar with an overdose of a powerful anesthetic in a rented Los Angeles mansion. Dr. Conrad Michael The jury of seven men and Murray Jackson five women chosen for the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray includes people who considered themselves fans of the King of Pop and others who had lost interest in his music. Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter in February 2010. Since then, both sides have jockeyed to frame the case in their favor. Opening statements are to begin Tuesday.

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Early Monroe photos set for auction Copyrights and images from Marilyn Monroe’s first photo shoot are hitting the auction block. A bankruptcy judge in Florida has ruled that photos taken in 1946 of Norma Jeane Dougherty — who went on to become the iconic Monroe — will be sold at auction to settle the debts of the photographer. Joseph Jasgur’s photos, negatives and image copyrights will Marilyn Monroe, 1946 be sold in December by Julien’s Auctions. The collection also includes several model-release forms Dougherty signed for Jasgur in Hollywood.


BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — If you are too indecisive, you might let a friend, associate or family member take it upon himself or herself to make a big decision for you. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — A big, urgent responsibility that you’ve been artfully dodging in hopes that someone else would do it, is likely to be dumped in your lap. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — If you refuse to go along with the majority, you are likely to create a lot of unnecessary dissension among your peers. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — At work you are more likely to be tripped up by your own poor choices than you would be by any opposition. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — A lot of time and effort on your part could be wasted if your strategies are poorly planned or executed. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — If the money isn’t already in your bank account, don’t think you can pay for something pricey without causing some big problems. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Do not assume to know what your mate would want when it comes to selecting something both you and she or he would use, especially if it’s a big purchase. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — You should take extra precaution when working with tools or materials with which you’re unfamiliar. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — A situation that has pronounced elements of possible failure attached to it should be checked very thoroughly before you get involved. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — If you are considering doing some refurbishing around your place, study your plan before drastically changing anything. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — If you check with someone who knows less than you do for advice, you are likely to compound your confusion. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Before making a large purchase, analyze your financial position very carefully to make sure it has the necessary elasticity to handle the financial stretching.

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R&B’s Vesta Williams dead; autopsy ordered EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Big-voiced R&B diva Vesta Williams, perhaps best-known for her 1980s hits “Don’t Blow A Good Thing” and “Congratulations,” was found dead of a possible drug overdose in a Southern California hotel room, coroner’s investigators said. She was 53. Williams was found dead at Thursday night in an El Segundo hotel room, Los

Angeles County coroner’s Capt. John Kades said Friday. An autopsy will determine the cause of Vesta death. A toxiWilliams cology examination will take six weeks to be completed, Kades said.

Born Mary Vesta Williams on Dec. 1, 1957, to a disc jockey in Coshocton, Ohio, she had hits with “Once Bitten Twice Shy,” “Sweet, Sweet Love” and the torch song “Congratulations,” where she emotionally bids goodbye to her ex, about to marry someone else, on his wedding day. Williams also appeared in movies and on television. She was a saloon singer in

the Mario Van Peebles movie “Posse” and she had a recurring role on the sitcom “Sister, Sister,” playing actress Jackee Harry’s best friend Monica. Williams continued to make albums, and was a regular performer on the concert circuit. She was supposed to perform at the 21st annual “DIVAS Simply Singing!” in Los Angeles next month. She is survived by an adult daughter.

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‘Pan Am’: First-class flight back to ’60s glamour By Frazier Moore AP television writer NEW YORK — They could have called it a stage or a studio, but the term they prefer is “the hangar.” Why not? Handily adjacent to Brooklyn’s Steiner Studios lot is a cavernous storage shed now used for housing a key component of ABC’s new series, “Pan Am”: the jet plane. That is, the life-size mockup of a jet plane’s passenger compartment. Mounted on a platform 5 feet off the concrete floor is the “fuselage” (no wings or tail) of the show’s proud Boeing 707 whose interior, in contrast to the raw shell of this plane-length tube, is designed in period-perfect detail that harkens back to the early 1960s — the dawning era of commercial jet flight when the luxury airline Pan American World Airways flourished and when “Pan Am” takes place. Two dozen “passengers” (the male extras crisp in their business suits, which is how men clad themselves for air travel in those days) are queued to enter the fuselage’s lopped-off aft to populate the next shot. Also ready to board: the stewardesses. Played by Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner, Karine Vanasse and Margot Robbie, they, of course, are the real stars of “Pan Am.”

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The cast of “Pan Am,” from left, Karine Vanasse, Michael Mosley, Margot Robbie, Mike Vogel, Christina Ricci and Kelli Garner

On TV “Pan Am” premieres tonight at 9 on ABC. Debuting tonight at 9 p.m., “Pan Am” is a globe-spanning melodrama set in the Kennedy presidency, with all its romance, glamour and excitement for a new, ascendant age

(plus a bit of the cloak-anddagger: one of the stewardesses is drafted by the government to be a spy). “I had an image for the first episode of the show,” says Thomas Schlamme, an executive producer who also directed the premiere. “The stewardesses’ high heels clicking on the tarmac, with a little girl watching from the gate

with admiration.” Look for something like that in the premiere. Schlamme said he knew the series would be received with misgivings that it was somehow sexist. As expected, early voices have been raised that “Pan Am” perpetuates prefeminist stereotypes. “I want to turn the stereotype on its head,” he said.

‘American Chopper’ star sued by upstate N.Y. town NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Reality TV star Paul Teutul Sr. and his business Orange County Choppers are being sued over a tax dispute with the upstate New York town where they’re headquartered.

The Town of Newburgh is seeking about $18,000 of an unpaid “payment in lieu of taxes” on Orange County Choppers’ $12.5 million headquarters. The town accuses the star of “American Chop-

per” of a “long-standing pattern and practice of defrauding creditors.” A lawyer for Teutel said that the accusation is baseless. He said they intend to pay the town.

Orange County Choppers Realty received a tax break on the building to pay a set annual sum for public services. The suit says the corporation failed to pay the fee due Jan. 1.

Bratty 4-year-old gives swift kick to friendship Dear Abby: I’m a licensed cosmetologist with 27 years of experience. My friend “Kara” brought her 4-year-old son in for a haircut two weeks ago. “Damien” would not sit still. He kept pulling the cape over his head, so I finally removed the cape and put it in a corner. As I leaned in to cut his bangs, he spat directly in my face. I told him never to spit on me again, and that I wouldn’t cut his hair until he could behave. In the past Damien has hit me in retaliation because he was in trouble. He once tried to kick me in the head as Kara carried him past me. His parents enforce no consequences for his bad behavior. “Timeouts” consist of him violently kicking the door and throwing things around his room while screaming at the top of his lungs. I apologized to Kara for becoming upset. It was unprofessional. She apologized for Damien, saying he was just trying to make a funny noise and be silly. I told her I’d like an apology from him, but she told me he was sorry. In all my years, I have never encountered a kid who behaved as badly as Damien. When a child whips his head and thrashes violently, he could be seriously injured during a haircut. I carry insurance in case of injury, but I’ll be darned if I will allow him to be my first claim. How should I handle this? Our friendship seems to have cooled since this incident. Please help me. — Disrespected Sytlist in



Washington Dear Disrespected: You handled the situation with more grace than many individuals would have. You should follow through on your statement that you won’t cut the boy’s hair until he can behave. There are salons that cater to small children, equipped with all kinds of distractions so the process isn’t intimidating or boring for them. The next time Kara calls, you should pleasantly direct her to one within a l00-mile radius that will “suit her needs.” If your friendship with Kara is based upon your willingness to tolerate her child’s misbehavior, you’ll be lucky to be rid of her.

Dear Abby: I was recently on a full three-hour flight. I was assigned an aisle seat instead of a window seat where I would normally sit. When my seatmates — a couple — came to take their seats, they were too large to fit so they lifted the armrests to squeeze in. The man said he’d have to keep the rests up and joked that he’d hold his breath so he wouldn’t spill over on me. As the other passengers boarded, I walked back and asked the flight attendant if something could be done. She said the gate attendant could remove the couple and have them each purchase a second seat. I was mortified that they’d be paraded through the plane because of their size, so I said I’d grin and try to bear it. Big mistake! The husband was in my seat the entire flight. I hugged the armrest in the aisle, which meant everyone who walked by bumped

me. I couldn’t watch the movie or recline my seat because I no longer had access to the other armrest with the controls, and it was impossible to lower my tray table because it would have rested on his arm. Abby, it shouldn’t have been my responsibility to be the bad guy and object to sharing the seat with that couple. It was unfair to me to suffer because they couldn’t fit into their seats. With the expanding waistlines in this country, how do I handle this next time? — Trish in Louisiana Dear Trish: Next time, take to heart the flight attendant’s suggestion because you have now learned firsthand what will happen if you ignore it.

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Children’s book author Maurice Sendak

‘Wild Things’ writer Sendak still working at age 83 By Hillel Italie AP national writer RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Maurice Sendak’s eyes harden and his off-center smile curls as he considers the idea of writing a memoir. “I didn’t sleep with famous people or movie stars or anything like that. It’s a common story: Brooklyn boy grows up and succeeds in his profession, period,” he explains in his friendly growl. “I hate memoirs. I hate them. What you have is your private life. Why make it public? And how different is it from anybody else’s life? People want to read things like, ‘Did you have an affair with Oprah Winfrey, really and truly?’” The world cares about the 83-year-old Sendak, whether he likes it or not. He’s a dark soul who has been canonized, a hero who never asked for the job. With a sigh, and a wink, he confides that bookstores still contact him for appearances and children still call out and ask if he’s the guy who wrote “Where the Wild Things Are.” He even has an “in” at the White House; President Barack Obama read “Where the Wild Things Are” for the 2009 Easter Egg Roll. Some contents in the unwritten book of Sendak: He loves Herman Melville, Mozart and Scottish author George MacDonald. He detests e-books (“ghastly”), Twitter (“Twatter”) and Winfrey (although he wouldn’t necessarily say no to an interview). He doesn’t bother much with living writers besides Philip Roth, whose naughty “Portnoy’s Complaint” he positively adores. “It was so dirty!” Sendak exclaims with the joy of a teenager who snagged a copy of Penthouse. Wearing jeans and a thin, buttoned shirt, he sits at the breakfast table of his 18th-century farmhouse in the Connecticut countryside, where artists and their fortunes have often settled. He looks out on a wondrous garden of elm and maple trees, and grass a damp green. Outside, it’s a Maurice Sendak kind of day, gray and rainy, but with a stimulating breeze. Indoors is an exhibition of old age (walking sticks, pills for every day of the week) and playtime. On tables, walls, chairs and sofas are carvings

books and cushions of the real and the created, from Disney characters to the beasts from his books to a statuette of Obama, who has landed on the plus side of Sendak’s checklist. A mellow German shepherd, Herman (named for Melville, not Goering, Sendak points out), rests at the author’s feet. Like an actor who keeps prematurely announcing his retirement, Sendak is back in the business that he swears he no longer cares about. “Bumble-Ardy” is the first book in 30 years he has written and illustrated, although the story dates to the 1970s, when he and Jim Henson collaborated on an animated project for “Sesame Street.” The title character is an orphaned pig whose parents have gone to the slaughterhouse and whose aunt won’t let him have a birthday party — so he throws one for himself. “He’s my usual kid. He’s not very nice, he’s disobedient, he’s unkosher,” Sendak says of Bumble-Ardy. “He’s just a kid, and in my books I like children to be as ferocious and inventive and troublesome as they are in real life. We’re painting pretty pictures about the world and there are no pretty pictures to paint. I like interesting people and kids are really interesting people, and if you don’t paint them in little blue, pink and yellow it’s even more interesting.” “You can see a lot of the usual Sendak romp in ‘Bumble-Ardy,’ the mayhem and the threat of family dissolution and the recovery at just the last minute,” says Gregory Maguire, whose fourth and final “Wicked” book, “Out of Oz,” comes out in November. Sendak’s books are less about the kids he’s known — never had them, he says with relief — than the kid he used to be. The son of Polish immigrants, he was born in 1928 in a Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn. The family didn’t have a lot of money and he didn’t have a lot of friends besides his brother and sister. He was an outsider at birth, as Christians nearby would remind him, throwing dirt and rocks as he left Hebrew school.

Total recall: Schwarzenegger memoir coming in 2012 NEW YORK — Arnold Schwarzenegger has a book deal. The bodybuilder, actor, former California governor and estranged husband of Maria Shriver has an agreeArnold ment with Schwarzenegger Simon & Schuster to publish a memoir in October 2012. According to Simon & Schuster, the book’s working title is “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.” Schwarzenegger is collaborating with Peter Petre, who has worked on best-sellers by former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf. Schwarzenegger began the book last year. Financial terms were not disclosed. The publisher is billing the book as “a larger-


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS than-life portrait of his illustrious, controversial and ever-entertaining life in and out of the public eye.”

Author Stephen King to speak in Savannah SAVANNAH, Ga. — Organizers of the Savannah Book Festival said that author Stephen King will deliver the closing address for the upcoming Savannah Book Festival. King will speak at 3 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Trustees Theater. Savannah Book Festival board president Stephanie Duttenhaver said King’s willingness to appear is a testament to the reputation and growth of the event. Tickets, which are $10, go on sale Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.

The Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library reports on new books regularly. • “Cleo: the Cat who Mended a Family” by Helen Brown is her family’s story. “We’re just going to look.” Helen Brown had no intention of adopting a pet when she brought her sons, Sam and Rob, to visit a friend’s new kittens. But the runt of the litter was irresistible with her overlarge ears and dainty chin. When Cleo was delivered weeks later, she had no way of knowing that her new family had just been hit by a tragedy. Helen was sure she couldn’t keep her — until she saw something she thought had vanished from the earth forever: her son’s smile. The reckless, rambunctious kitten stayed. Through happiness and heartbreak, changes and new beginnings, Cleo turned out to be the unlikely glue that affectionately held Helen’s family together. Rich in wisdom, wit, heart and healing, here is the story of a cat with an extraordinary gift for knowing just where she was needed most. • “Pukka: The Pup after Merle” is by Ted Kerasote, who wrote “Merle’s Door.” Told in the charming voice of Ted’s new pup and illustrated with more than 200 photos, this book tells the story of how Ted met the young yellow Lab, recounting the early days of their bonding as they explore Kelly, Wyo., and the wider world. Walks become hikes and hikes become climbs, their adventures culminating in a rugged wilderness journey that teaches both Pukka and Ted something new about the dog-human partnership. • “Dewey’s Nine Lives” by Vicki Myron explores the legacy of the small-town library cat who inspired millions. There are nine stories of extraordinary cats and the people who loved them. Three of the chapters are set in or around Spencer, Iowa, and feature Dewey stories that didn’t make it into the first book. The other six stories are about people who wrote to me after reading Dewey. They are the purest of contributors: Fans who wrote only to express their admiration and love for Dewey and their own animals, expecting nothing in return. • “oogy” by Larry Levin is the story of a dog only a family could love. In 2003, the author and his 12-year-old twin sons, Dan and Noah, brought their ailing cat into the neighborhood animal hospital to be euthanized. What began as one of their family’s saddest days took a sharp turn for the better when the oddestlooking dog they’d ever seen bounded into the waiting room and into their arms. Larry and the boys assumed that this white puppy had been in a fire — he was missing an ear and half his face was covered in scar tissue — but they learned he was part of a dog fighting ring. Discovered by the police, they left him at an after-hours vet service. When the hospital administrator found him in the morning, he was so blooded and battered she knew he had a slim chance of survival. But, determined to keep him alive, she convinced her veterinarian boss to perform a series of surgeries and readied him for adoption. The Levins accepted him as one of their own from the moment they met him. As the rambunctious puppy matured into a loyal and protective member of the family, he marked himself indelibly on their lives, healing longheld wounds and showing the twins, themselves adopted as infants, that unbreakable bonds can be formed in all kinds of families. • “The Cat Expert” by Rebecca Watson is the only cat book you’ll ever need. It is no surprise that the cat is our favorite domestic pet. Proven stress-buster, great pest-controller, a cat given a happy, safe environment and a balanced-diet will reward you with fun, comfort and years of problem-free companionship. Whether you are planning to bring home a kitten for the first time, already have a cat in the family or are caring for an elderly pet, this book

will show you how to choose the cat right for you; create the ideal environment inside and/or out; ensure your cat is well-fed, exercised and happy; travel with your cat; spot when something is wrong and how best to help. • “You Had Me at Woof” by Julie Klam shows how dogs taught her the secrets of happiness. Julie Klam was 30, single and working as a parttime clerk at an insurance company, and had resorted to consulting tarot cards about when she would finally meet that special someone. But when he finally showed up, he wasn’t exactly as she had pictured. Flat-faced, eyes askew, neutered and irresistibly sweet: He was a Boston terrier named Otto. This is a humorous and tender story of how one woman discovered life’s most important lessons from her relationships with her dogs. From Otto, Julie learned how it might feel to find “the one.” She learned to share her home, her heart, and her limited resources with another, and she found an authentic friend in the process. But Otto was only the beginning. Over the years, as Klam’s family grew to include a husband and daughter, they would take in many beloved canine companions, all with their own set of challenges and revelations. • “The Secret Life of Your Cat” by Vicky Halls shows how to unlock the mysteries of your pet’s behavior. Every area of your cat’s life is explained, from the mysteries behind kitten play and encounters with other cats, to where he goes at dusk and what he gets up to. With illustrations, real-life stories and Vicky’s expert, friendly advice, she will help you see the world through feline eyes and explains everything that has a bearing on your cat’s character, from anatomy to day-to-day behavior. With this book as your guide, you’ll be able to get inside your pet’s mind and discover what makes

him tick. • “Good Times with Older Dogs” by Dorothee Dahl aims to provide ideas on how to make the dog’s later years particularly enjoyable and how to give it everything it needs for this phase of its life. Readers will learn about the needs of older dogs, all the

changes that occur as their dog ages, and how to ensure that the senior dog stays fit and healthy for as long as possible.

• 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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TOPIC SUN DAY, sE P tember 25, 2011 • SE C TI O N C LOCAL EVENTS CALENDAR C2 | WEDDINGS C3 Karen Gamble, managing editor | E-mail: | Tel: 601.636.4545 ext 137

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The September/October issue of Southern Traveler

Travel magazine features River City The September/October issue of Southern Traveler, the tourism magazine for AAA members, features Vicksburg. The cover story, War and Remembrance, talks about the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and lists Vicksburg and its historical attractions. AAA is a motor club and leisure travel organization. The article may be viewed at html.

Put on your shoes, cut a rug at SCHC The Southern Cultural Heritage Center will offer free dance classes Oct. 30. Let’s Dance, the SCHC’s second annual ballroom exhibition and dance social, will begin at 1 p.m. The event is open to all ages and the program will include a variety of dance students performing with instructor James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory in Ridgeland. Frechette teaches ballroom dancing classes at the SCHC. Popular big band and jazz favorites will be played, and dances will be demonstrated. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch. Call 601-631-2997 or e-mail

Monroe tours set for next month A walking tour of Historic Forsythe Park and areas of the Garden District will be offered Oct.29 in Monroe. The Cooley House Foundation will sponsor the walk, set to start at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to meet in the Forsythe Park parking lot, 8475 Millhaven Road, at 9:45 a.m. The walking tour will be led by F. Lestar Martin, a practicing architect and retired Louisiana Tech professor. Tickets are $25. Call 318329-2237.

Monroe art gallery sets October events The Ouachita River Art Gallery in Monroe will host two artist events. • The featured artist for the month of October is Nancy Shutt of Monroe. Shutt, who grew up in Montana, is an awardwinning artist and charter member of ORAG. Her paintings feature figures in abstract backgrounds. • The October Art Crawl will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6. The event includes a sidewalk art viewing, live music, food, wine from Landry’s Vineyard and door prizes. The gallery will also welcome two new artists. For more information, call 318-322-2380. The gallery is at 308 Trenton St.

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Longtime educator remembered as fun, firm, fair When Elzene Bell recently met someone else named Elzene, she said she was “so surprised I didn’t know what to do. I had never run across another Elzene.” The other Elzene recently moved to Aldersgate, the retirement home where they both live in Meridian. Mrs. Bell, a former school teacher at Jett and Warren Central, said her mother was disappointed that she wasn’t a boy — she already had a daughter — “so she let my old maid aunt name me, and I don’t know where she got it. Names have left me — but not that one!” She’ll be 95 in a few days, but Mrs. Bell has changed very little over the years. She’s had white, or gray, hair since she was 30 — which made her students think she was old 60 years ago. The gray hair, she said, brought her a lot of attention. She was born near D’Lo where she began the first grade; then the family moved to Bude in Franklin County. Her maiden name was Ponder, and in later years some of her students thought it was the family in Eudora Welty’s “The Ponder Heart,” that Uncle Daniel Ponder was Mrs. Bell’s uncle, and she admits, “I probably let y’all think that.” As a teenager she worked at a five-and-dime store, S.H. Kress, on weekends, and after graduation went to school in Clinton at Hillman College, an old, old school with a lot of personal attention for the students. The president, Dr. Berry, took her on her first job interview when she applied for a teaching position. The job was at Strong Hope, just the other side of Hazlehurst, where she taught third and fourth grades.

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Strong Hope was “where I found my husband.” Louis Bell was a member of an old family there. He worked away from home, on construction jobs, but when the weather got bad he had to come home for a while. They met at church. They were both singing in the choir. He didn’t always carry the tune or stay on key — “He couldn’t sing good, but he sang loud. I couldn’t help noticing him.” She added, “He was a wonderful person, he just didn’t sing good.” Their meeting was “almost love at first sight.” Within a few weeks, they had a date to go to a Sunday school class party and then began dating. The next year she moved home to Bude to teach there, and though Louis’ work kept him on the move, he came as often as he could. They married at the end of the school year and then moved “from here to here to here — lived in three states before the war — not the Civil War! He went to war, I went back home, and by that time Jane (their daughter) had come,” so during the war Mrs. Bell taught history and English at Bude. It was a job at LeTourneau that brought the family to Warren County. Though, when Louis first came home from the war, he said, “I’m not going to work for six months. I’m not going to hit a lick at a snake.” But, in a week’s time, he was looking for a job. The second interview was with the R.G.

come,” he said. He looked forward to class because she “There was no better teacher than Mrs. Bell,” made the subject so interesting. He recalls said O.W. Mendrop, who was principal at Jett some of her teaching techniques: inspiring a and Warren Central during love of reading, her use of much of Elzene Bell’s career. current history to instill patriMendrop said he never saw otism and her hallmark each her angry, that she never Christmas season to memocomplained, and if she had rize the story of the birth of any discipline problems she Christ from the book of Luke. took care of them herself. He’ll always be thankful, “She was always profesSonny said, for her guidsional, one of those teachance both academically and ers who was the backbone of spiritually — “and for makthe school system,” he said. ing the seventh grade one “On a scale of from one to 10, of the most rewarding nine I rank her as a 10.” months of my life.” Their friendship has continued over the years. He served with Mrs. Bell on the Charles “Sonny” Rule and advisory council of the Vickshis wife, Martha Pharr Rule, burg and Warren County are among the scores of stu- Elzene Bell, 1967, Warren Cen- Historical Society, looking dents with fond memories of tral High School yearbook forward to their first Tuesday their days in Mrs. Elzene Bell’s meetings, and he and Marclassroom. tha visit her in Meridian, attending the MonThe Pharrs and the Bells lived near one anday night music programs with her “where other and attended Immanuel Baptist Church. she can play long lists of songs and requests Martha treasures a book, “Gold Dust”, which without sheet music. She always proudly inMrs. Bell gave her in the seventh grade for troduces them as her students, but he said making 27 book reports. they are prouder that she was their teacher. “She made learning fun and inspired in me Martha summed it up for both: “Her Christhe desire to become a teacher,” Martha said. tian influence through the years has meant a Sonny Rule first met Mrs. Bell when he trans- lot to me.” ferred from Jeff Davis, a small rural school, to Jett, “and she made us country kids feel wel-

Student memories

LeTourneau Co., and he stayed there until he was 70 and retired. Louis, Elzene and Jane moved into one of the concrete houses that comprised the LeTourneau community south of Vicksburg, and when Jane entered the first grade at Jett, a county school on the edge of town just south of the Mississippi River bridge, Mrs. Bell became associated with the school where she would spend many years. Virgil O’Neil, the principal, called on her to substitute teach,

and by the late 1940s she was on the faculty teaching history and English to seventhgraders. Her closest friend was another teacher, Mrs. Gertrude Hullum. Among her duties was also being librarian, and she had the unforgettable experience of teaching in the miserably cold one-room building that stood away from the main structure, a place dubbed by students and teachers as Siberia. She no doubt taught thousands of students — she can’t even guess at how many. Yes,

she said, some failed —but not many — and she agonized over them. Control in a crowded classroom wasn’t a problem. Her white hair along with a firm voice helped, but if students started talking or didn’t pay attention, she got them back on track with a hairbrush she kept in the desk drawer — it doubled as a gavel. One day she broke it and hasn’t forgotten, “Y’all laughed at me!” From Jett she went to See Bell, Page C4.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

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Port Gibson man wins title for barrel racing A Port Gibson man has won a championship barrel racing title, said the American Quarter Horse Association. David Headley, a family practice physician, captured the reserve intermediate title at the 2011 Adequan Select American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show on Aug. 31 in Amarillo, Texas. The competing horse, Rockettes Rumors, is a gray mare. The Adequan Select World Show is the world’s largest, single-breed world championship horse show open to amateur exhibitors 50 and older. Rockettes Rumors is owned by David Headley’s son Shelton Headley.

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from staff reports

Corinth sets events to mark Civil War Civil War events will be held in Corinth during October and November. Events for Journey into the Past, offered by the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, include: • Civil War Downtown Loop — 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25. The tour will begin at the Crossroads Museum at the Historic Corinth Depot, 221 N. Fillmore St. • Corinth City Battlefield Tours — 2 p.m. Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Nov. 6 and 13.

Participants should meet at 1:30 p.m. at the site of the Battery Robinett, adjacent to the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center at 501 West Linden St. The tour is free, but reservations are required. • Fourth annual Grand Illumination — 4:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Named a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the illumination honors the 12,000 Civil War casualties with luminaries. Also included in the free event will be downtown merchant open houses, carriage rides, walking tours and live entertainment. Call 800-748-9048 or visit

Thursday event aims to fight violence An event will be held in Jackson to kick off National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Purple for Peace will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Hilton Jackson Hotel, 1001 E. County Line Road. The event will include music by the Magnolia String Quartet and a five-day cruise to Mexico raffle. Jill Conner Browne, author and founder of the Sweet Potato Queens, and Tony Porter, co-founder of A Call To Men, will speak at the event. The cost is $25. Call 601-9819196, or visit

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Dr. David Headley of Port Gibson and Rockettes Rumors, who both won titles at the 2011 Adequan Select American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show on Aug. 31 in Amarillo, Texas

local happenings Book-signings

In town

4 p.m. Monday: Randy Pierce, “Pain Unforgiven”; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15: poet Gina Ferrara, book-signing and loft reading; 5 p.m. Oct. 20: Alan Brown, “Ghosts Along the Mississippi River”; 1103 Washington St., 601-634-8624,, also on Faceboook.

Second annual Bricks and Spokes 8-11 a.m. Saturday; begins at China and Washington streets; 10, 30 and 50-mile bike rides; $35; 601-634-4527,, or

17th annual Downtown Fall Festival

Jackson Audubon Society 8-10 a.m. Saturday: monthly bird watch; LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, Mayes Lake Entrance, 115 Lakeland Terrace, Jackson; park entrance fee, $3 per car; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 8: field trip to Rob Heflin’s Yazoo Valley Wildlife Birding Area in Belzoni; carpool: meet at 7 a.m. at Renaissance Hotel, off Interstate 55 at County Line Road, Jackson; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25: chapter meet-and-greet and business meeting; Welty Library, 300 N. State St., Jackson; 601-956-7444,

Mississippi Library Commission exhibit

• Dr. Zarr’s Funkmonster — ­ Oct. 28-29. Free at the Cabaret Lounge: • Groove Inc. — Variety; Friday-Saturday. • Terry Mike Jeffrey — Variety; Oct. 7-8. • Shabang — Variety; Oct. 14-15. • LaNise Kirk — ­ Variety; Oct. 21-22. • Nu Corp. — R&B/variety; Oct. 28-29.

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.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; sidewalk sales, food, live entertainment and children’s activities; 601-634-4527 or downtownvicksburg. org.

Through October, opening reception 5-7 p.m. Oct. 6; Bob and Mary Lynn Dunaway and Larry Smith, featured artists; 3881 Eastwood Drive, at Education & Research Center; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 601-432-4056,800-647-7542,

23rd annual Over the River Run

Fourth annual Woodville Wildlife Festival

• 9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday — Karaoke.

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; 601631-2997.

10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Oct. 8 at the town square, 145 Boston Row; $5 general admission, free for younger than 5; 601-888-3998,,, jim @

LD’s Kitchen, 1111 Mulberry St., 601-636-9838

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. Thursdays; 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;, also on Facebook

Southern Cultural Heritage Center Knitting class: 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays in September; Brenda Harrower, instructor; $80 members, $90 nonmembers; supplies provided and reservations required; Beginner Spanish: 5:30-7 p.m.; Tuesday and Oct. 4, 11, 18; Olivia Foshee, VWSD Spanish teacher, instructor; $70 members, $75 nonmembers; Drawing workshop: 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. Monday-Tuesday; Mark Bleakley, instructor; $55 members, $60 nonmembers; Contact: 601-6312997,,, also on Facebook.

Westside Theatre Foundation “The Rocky Horror Show”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28; 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29; midnight Oct. 31; Coral Room inside The Vicksburg on Clay Street; $12, no one under 17 admitted; “Rocky Horror” attire encouraged; $100 prize for best-dressed at each show; 601-636-8313, also on Facebook.

Vicksburg Theatre Guild Auditions: “Forever Plaid,” 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 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 students 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

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

Haunted Vicksburg ghost tours 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.

Out of Town Civil War re-enactments 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; Historic Jefferson College, off U.S. 61 South in Washington, near Natchez; free; 601-535-2872, www.

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,

Natchez Fall Pilgrimage Through Oct. 14.; 800-647-6724,

Great Mississippi Balloon Race Oct. 14-16, weather permitting; fairgrounds behind Rosalie Mansion on Canal Street in Natchez; for 13 and older: $5 Friday, $15 Saturday, $10 Sunday, $25 weekend pass; for ages 7-12: $3 Friday, $5 Saturday, $5 Sunday, $8 weekend pass; free for 7 and younger;, Natchez Visitor Center, 640 Canal St., at the gate, or

Flora Fall Plant Swap 9 a.m. Oct. 27; Flora Library meeting room, 144 Clark St.; bring one or two well-rooted plants to swap; free; 601-879-8835, 601879-8252.

For Foodies Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Soup and Sandwich 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Crawford Street United Methodist Church; tickets: $8 in advance only; 601-636-8531, cghudson4@; silent auction items at; also includes bake sale.

Nightlife 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. • Evelle — ­ Friday-Saturday. • Crossin Dixon — Oct. 8. • Slap Happy — Oct.15. • Easy Eddie — Oct. 21-22. • Snazz — Oct. 29.

Ameristar Casino, 4116 Washington, 601-638-1000, Free at Bottleneck Blues Bar: • Jarekus Singleton — Blues/variety; Friday-Saturday. • Mike Zito — Variety/classic rock; Oct. 7-8. • Venus Mission — 70s/80s/variety; Oct. 14-15. • Jewel Kisses — Variety; Oct. 21-22.

Bryan Adams

Jacques’ Cafe at Battlefield Inn, 4137 N. Frontage Road, 601-661-6264

• 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.

Martin’s at Midtown 1101 Belmont St., 601-636-235 On the deck, weather permitting: • 7-9 p.m. Fridays — Reed Rodgers.

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.

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; Contact: Liz Curtis, 601-638-3778 or

MPB holiday card contest For ages 4-12; entries accepted through Oct.28; forms and rules,; Mississippi Public Broadcasting: 601-432-6370, kids., club@

Sunday, September 25, 2011

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Brittany Summer Roof Engaged to marry Brandon Charles Waring

Roof, Waring to wed Nov. 8 in Puerto Rico Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Mayes The bride is the former Patricia Singleton

Mr. Mayes marries Singleton in Edwards Richard L. Mayes and Patricia Singleton were married at 11:15 a.m. Sept. 18, 2011, at Bethlehem M.B. Church in Edwards. Elder Michael R. Taylor officiated at the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Cornelius Singleton and the late Mary Singleton of Edwards. The groom is the son of Margaret Mayes of Edwards. Given in marriage by Cornelius Singleton, the bride’s chosen colors were red, black and white.

Maid of honor was Latarsha Singleton of Edwards. Bridesmaid was Ajah Singleton of Edwards. Billy Knight of Brandon served as best man. Groomsman was Jayden Singleton of Edwards. A reception followed at the home of the bride’s father in Edwards. The couple will make their home in Edwards. The bride is employed by Gulf States Canners, and the groom is employed by Western Express Transportation.

Jennifer Nicole Parker Engaged to marry Christopher Paul Sellers

Wayne and Diana Roof of St. Matthews, S.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Summer of Lexington, S.C., to Brandon Charles Waring. Mr. Waring is the son of Tom and Edie Waring of West Columbia, S.C. Miss Roof is the granddaughter of the late Jane Z. Cochran and the late Clifford H. Pryor of Augusta, Ga., and the late John and Frances Roof of Springdale, S.C. Mr. Waring is the grandson of Betty S. Hutto and the late Charles A. Hutto of Cayce, S.C.,

and Jimmy and Ida Waring of Vicksburg. The bride-elect received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and management from the University of South Carolina. The prospective groom attended Wofford College, majoring in business and economics. He is employed with the Baltimore Orioles MLB organization. The wedding will be Nov. 8, 2011, at El San Juan Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


forms proviDed through area hospitalS Charles J. and Ashley E. Moomaw of Madison announce the birth of a 7-pound, 4-ounce son, Grayson McMillin, on July 26, 2011, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Maternal grandparents are Dr. F. Lamar Jr. and Carol McMillin. Paternal grandparents are Ronald and Ellen Moomaw.

• Riley W. Jr. and Anne Marie Nelson announce the birth of a 7-pound daughter, Kennedy Victoria, on Aug. 25, 2011, at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg. Maternal grandparents are Fred and Olivia Lee. Paternal grandparents are William and Dorothy Holzmann and Riley and Brenda Nelson.

Lauren Elizabeth Posey Engaged to marry Mark Thomas Different

Mr. and Mrs. Torey Timmons The bride is the former Brandy Bush

Timmons, Bush are wed Sept. 17 in Dallas Torey Timmons and Brandy Bush were married at 3 p.m. Sept. 17, 2011, at The Chapel on Jim Miller in Dallas, Texas. Leon Schrei officiated at the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Robert and Sadie Bush of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of Barbara Bush of Butler, Ala. The groom is the son of Shelia Moss of Dallas. The bride’s chosen colors were royal blue and silver. Maid of honor was Beverly

Wilson of Vicksburg. Bridesmaid was Christina Martin of Duncanville, Texas. Tyrodrick Loftis of Tyler, Texas, served as best man. Groomsman was Brandon Moss of Tyler. Ushers were Tremayne Moss of Tyler and Jerrick Reynolds of Vicksburg. Flower girl was Jaliyah Armstrong of Houston, Texas. Ring bearer was Tre’Shaud Moss. A reception followed the ceremony.

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Oct. 1 • Amanda Brooke Delancey and Matthew Westley Thornton 6 p.m. at Hardy Street Baptist Church, Hattiesburg Reception at Legacy Town Hall

Sharhonda Buie Engaged to marry Gerald Anderson

Miss Parker to marry Mr. Different to marry Mr. Anderson to wed Miss Posey on Oct. 22 Mr. Sellers on Oct. 15 Miss Buie at B.B. Club The engagement of Jennifer Nicole Parker to Christopher Paul Sellers, both of Vicksburg, is announced today. Vows will be exchanged at 1 p.m. Oct. 15, 2011, at Redbone United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at Unique Banquet Hall. All relatives and friends are invited to attend. Miss Parker is the daughter of Norma and James Wilkerson of Vicksburg and the late Daniel Vernon Parker. She is the granddaughter of Patricia Hutchison and Ernest and Marion Parker, all of Vicksburg. Mr. Sellers is the son of Kim and Paul Sellers of Vicksburg. He is the grandson of Sylvia

and Darryl Hale and Sara Sellers and the late Dewey P. Sellers, all of Vicksburg. The bride-elect is a 2007 graduate of Warren Central High School. She served as DECA president and was a member of ROTC and varsity choir. She attended Hinds Community College. Miss Parker is employed at Beechwood Restaurant. The prospective groom is a 2009 YCP graduate from Camp Shelby. He was a YCP Ranger. Mr. Sellers is employed at Magnolia Marine Transport.

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lloyd Posey of Vicksburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Elizabeth, to Mark Thomas Different. Mr. Different is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Michael Different of Vicksburg. Miss Posey is the granddaughter of Dr. Betty Sue Drake and the late Dr. Franklin Lloyd Posey, both of Hattiesburg and the late Mr. and Mrs. George Gates Wedgeworth of Vicksburg. Mr. Different is the grandson of Mrs. Paul Rufus Different and the late Mr. Different of Hattiesburg and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Marshall Harris of Columbus.

The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate of Warren Central High School. She attended Mississippi State University, where she was a member of Phi Mu sorority. Miss Posey is a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG LLP in Jackson. The prospective groom is a 2004 graduate of Warren Central High School. He attended Mississippi State University. Mr. Different is a production planner at Cooper Lighting. Vows will be exchanged at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22, 2011, at Crawford Street United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center.

The engagement of Sharhonda Buie of Fayette to Gerald Anderson of Tallulah is announced today. Vows will be exchanged at 4 p.m. Oct. 15, 2011, at the B’nai B’rith Literary Club in Vicksburg. A reception will follow. All relatives and friends are invited to attend via RSVP. Miss Buie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Moore of Port Gibson. She is the granddaughter of Lela Buie and Grover Buie of Fayette. Mr. Anderson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Anderson Jr. of Tallulah. He is the grandson of the late Carrie Pattison

and the late Andy Thomas of Newellton, La., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Amos Anderson Sr. of Tallulah. The bride-elect is a 2000 graduate of Jefferson County High School. She attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Miss Buie is a respiratory therapist for River Region Medical Center. The prospective groom is a 1993 graduate of Newellton High School. Mr. Anderson is a rig manager for Ensign Drilling Services in Houston, Texas.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

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Skype makes it easier to use Internet from home phones By Peter Svensson AP technology writer NEW YORK — With two new products, Skype has made it easier to make Internet calls from home phones, for savings on international calls and potentially also domestic ones. But compared to other Internet calling options for the home, Skype’s solution is a piecemeal and complicated way to save money. All the same, some Skype fans might appreciate the new cordless phone with a built-in Skype function. We tested the phone along with the new Freetalk Connect-Me phone adapter, which Skype sells for $40. That price includes an hour calling. For an additional $20, you can get free calls to the U.S. and Canada for a year. Calls to people on Skype (as opposed to those reached by dialing a number) are free, no matter where they are. The adapter is a small box that plugs into a power outlet. You connect cables to your Internet router, your phone jack and your home phone. When you make a Skype call, the adapter diverts the call from the external phone line to your Internet connection. But first you have to pre-program the adapter to recognize certain speed-dial numbers as corresponding to Skype contacts or phone numbers. Since it’s truly a “black box” — with no buttons or screen — you reach it through your computer’s Web browser. This clunky setup prevents

you from making impromptu Skype calls. Because your phone isn’t designed to work with Skype, you can’t access your Skype address book directly on the handset, or see who’s online to take your calls. Since home phones don’t have cameras, you won’t be able to do video calls. On the plus side, the phone lets you receive Skype calls at any time, without having your computer on. But what really sinks the Skype adapter in my esteem is the sound quality. On calls to international and domestic phones, there were odd hissing noises in the background and voices were muffled. One person I called heard her own echo, a common phenomenon on poorly configured Internet phone systems. The audio improved greatly, to the level of a good cell phone call, when I ditched the adapter for the other recent Skype release, the GE Digital Cordless Expandable phone. It costs $70 with 400 minutes of calls thrown in. For another $20, you get a year of calls to the U.S. and Canada and 200 minutes of calls to international phones. It looks like any cordless phone, except it has a prominent “Skype” button. It can make and receive regular phone calls, and the buttons and screen make it a lot easier to make Skype calls than it is with the adapter. The phone shows you which of your

Skype contacts are online, and when you dial a number, you can choose whether to route it through Skype or the phone company. It sounds good to be able to choose between the boring old phone company and the jazzy new Internet guerrilla for every call. But how much

money will that really save you? Most plans from phone and cable companies already include unlimited domestic calling, so there isn’t much point to running those over Skype. Their international rates, though, are good. And of course, calls to Skype contacts are free. But if you call the same few people

phone, and Skype connects your international call at its rates, rather than the phone company’s. It’s like a calling card, but without the hassle of entering a bunch of numbers on the phone. (A competitor called Rebtel has a similar service.) The drawback to Skype To Go is that you can only

ove r s e a s ove r and over again, and they’re not big Skype users, there’s another way of making cheap Skype calls from your home phone, without the use of an adapter or special phone. You can sign up for the To Go service on Skype’s website. If you give it an international number that you like to call, it will give you a local number back. Call that number from your home

call phone numbers — it won’t connect you to Skype users for free. Now, it looks like you could reap some really big savings by eliminating your home phone service altogether in favor of the Skype phone or adapter. After all, Skype charges about as much for a year’s worth of service as a phone or cable company does for a month. But Skype isn’t set up as a replacement for a landline, and points this out at every

opportunity. For one thing, you can’t call 911 on it. Also, Skype doesn’t give you a phone number, unless you pay another $18 per three-month period. Without a phone number, you can make outgoing calls, but you can’t receive them. The exception would be any Skype call routed to your username. Try giving that to the doctor’s office! And even if you pay for a phone number, it will be a new one — you can’t move your existing home number over to Skype. See what I mean about a piecemeal solution? It’s like you have to pay for every little piece of the puzzle. To really break free from the phone or cable company, you need a full-service Internet calling product, like those sold by Vonage Holdings Corp. or Ooma. Both support 911 calls, and let you move over your phone number. Ooma’s sound quality is practically indistinguishable from a regular landline. Skype is a victim of its limited ambitions when it comes to home phone service. It wants to be an Internet phone company, but doesn’t want to bother with all the regulation and nitty-gritty details that come with the “phone company” part. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft Corp., which is planning to buy Skype for $8.5 billion, will take it in a different direction.

Bell Continued from Page C1. Warren Central when it opened in 1965 as head of the history department and remained there until she retired in 1978. She recalls her days of teaching as pleasant. Her favorite subject was world history, and she also taught Mississippi and American history. During those years, she went to Mississippi College, earning her master’s degree. Several trips to Europe gave her a personal view of some of the places about which she had taught, but an incident in Switzerland made her realize that you never get very far from home. She had decided not to accompany the tour group one afternoon, to go shopping instead. While trying to see something in a department store, she gently tapped a lady who was in the way on the shoulder — it was Gertrude Hullum! She said something to the effect of “Well, Gertrude, I should have recognized that dress.” After Louis Bell’s death, Mrs. Bell continued to live in Vicksburg for several years but then moved to Meridian to be near her daughter, Jane, and family. Jane, who married Joe Chambers, has three children and four

Control in a crowded classroom wasn’t a problem. Elzene Bell’s white hair along with a firm voice helped, but if students started talking or didn’t pay attention, she got them back on track with a hairbrush she kept in the desk drawer — it doubled as a gavel. One day she broke it and hasn’t forgotten, ‘Y’all laughed at me!’ grandchildren. On the day Mrs. Bell moved into her apartment at Aldersgate, she saw a lady sitting at the piano in the lobby. It was Mrs. Sansing, the mother of Dr. Gordon Sansing, who had been pastor of Vicksburg’s First Baptist Church. The two ladies had met before — they had been classmates at Hillman College. Both ladies were musicians — Mrs. Sansing played the organ and Mrs. Bell the piano. Together they began Music Night on Monday evenings at Aldersgate, part of the time with the two play-

ing a variety of songs and the second half with a singalong of familiar hymns. Mrs. Sansing is deceased, but Mrs. Bell has continued the Monday night programs.

Disney hopes game character will make move to big screen LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. has used mobile games to promote its movies, but now it’s trying something new: launching a cuddly character in a game in the hope he makes it to the big screen someday. In a first effort at the new strategy, Disney is launching this week an animated alligator named “Swampy,” whose bizarre quest in the 99-cent iPhone game “Where’s My Water?” is to keep clean. The reptile, unlike his inthe-wild counterparts, lives under a big city and mostly hangs around in his bathtub, waiting for iPhone owners to dig a digital trench that allows water to flow into his poorly connected plumbing. Disney Mobile general manager Bart Decrem said one

A Disney game character named “Swampy” goal of the launch is to incubate new characters that can cross over into other Disney business units like movies and merchandise. “Maybe five years from now, wouldn’t it be great if there was a movie that started up on the App Store?” Decrem said.

He said mobile devices are becoming central to kids’ lives and Disney wants to make sure it is there. “To me, this is where a generation of kids is growing up. And it’s really critical for the success of the company that we be there and telling stories and introducing characters to a new generation of kids,” he said. Disney’s interactive unit has long been a troubled one. Expensive forays into making video games for consoles such as the Xbox and PlayStation 3 have resulted in big losses. In the most recent quarter through July, Disney’s interactive unit lost $86 million on revenue that grew 27 percent from a year earlier to $251 million.

She’s been playing the piano “as far back as I can remember,” playing on parlor organs in the homes of both sets of grandparents. “I learned ‘Coon Shine’ (a

two-finger exercise) and little things like that even before I was old enough to go to school,” she said. She started taking music in junior high but plays mostly by ear, playing hymns by the music, “unless they have sharps in them.” When she lived in Warren County she played at Immanuel Baptist Church when they didn’t have a regular pianist, “which sometimes lasted for months at a time.” Louis Bell loved golf and she tried it “for about three days, and that was enough.” In her apartment are several oil paintings with her signature on them, but she said “That’s as far as I got.” Art filled up her time for a while after she retired, “but I didn’t take it enough to stay with it.” Sewing wasn’t her bag, either — “nothing to brag on,” she said. “I was not a seamstress so as you could tell it.” There’s a small but nice library at Aldersgate and Jane also brings her books, for she loves to read. She’s in a coffee club, plays cards, exercises three times a week, and of the many activities at the facility said, “and I’m in nearly every one of them. When it was pointed out that

an Elvis imitator was coming soon, there was a hint of sarcastic humor in her observation: “I just can’t wait!” She doesn’t drive any more. Several years ago she had trouble getting the car door unlocked, so she called Jane to have one of the boys come over and see what was wrong. “They came and got it and haven’t brought it back,” she said. “We never did even discuss it. It didn’t bother me one particle because Jane is here in a minute’s notice if I need her.” Long life is hereditary in her family, she said, as her father and several uncles lived into their upper 90s. She’ll be 95 on Wednesday, and Jane is planning a celebration complete with birthday cake at the coffee club and dinner with the family later that day. “My health is just fine,” Mrs. Bell said. “I go to the doctor every six months, whether I need to or not.” If you would like to wish her a happy birthday, Mrs. Bell’s address is 660 Poplar Springs Drive, Apt. B213, Meridian, MS 39305-1160. •

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

Sunday, September 25, 2011

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Hollywood balks at big budget movies as DVDs drop LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood — long considered the land of excess— is becoming more cost-conscious, as movie executives rethink what they’re willing to pay to make a blockbuster. After years of beefing up budgets to meet audience expectations, movie studios are cutting back and canceling projects that are too costly. Half-baked, expensive movie ideas that would have received approval a few years ago are now under scrutiny. For movies that are made, producers have to settle for toned-down special effects, cheaper actors and fewer locations for shoots. In the past five years, major studios have trimmed the annual number of films they release by nearly a third to cut costs and avoid having big movies compete head-tohead on opening weekends. In July, two major projects were stopped midstream because of budget pressures. The Walt Disney Co. halted “The Lone Ranger,” starring Johnny Depp, even though sets were already half-built in New Mexico. Universal pulled out of “The Dark Tower,” a three-movie, two-TV-series colossus based on books by Stephen King. A person familiar with Disney’s thinking said the budget on “The Lone Ranger” was creeping north of $250 million, and the company wanted to shave it to around $200 million. Universal, which became a unit of cable TV provider Comcast Corp. this year, withdrew from “The Dark Tower” because of problems with the business model, according to another person, who is familiar with that matter. Neither person was authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Daniel Craig in “Cowboys & Aliens”

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Emma Stone and Viola Davis in “The Help” Disney CEO Bob Iger to make up for excessive tougher to profit from the explained the company’s expenses. movie business. Blu-ray disc approach to analysts in July. “The DVD buying boom sales and gains in digital pur“It’s our intention to take a covered up a lot of sins in chases haven’t made up for very careful look at what the middle part of the last the shortfall. films cost,” Iger said. “If we decade,” said Tom Adams, Hollywood economics have can’t get them been strained Until recently, studios could afford to churn out to a level that by movie budwe’re comthat have movies with heart-pumping action scenes featuring gets fortable with, been rising pricey special effects and high-salary actors. we think that steadily over we’re better Although many of those movies cost more than they tc ho ue p l ep a so tf off actugarnered in ticket sales, Hollywood could count on decades. To ally reducing the size ut costs, overall strong sales of DVDs to make up for excessive csome of our slate studios expenses. than making have dropped films that are smaller bigger and budget increasingly movies with more risky.” principal analyst and director big-name, expensive actors, Blame it on declining DVD of U.S. media for IHS Screen but kept making summer sales. Digest. blockbusters based on franUntil recently, studios could But the curtain is falling on chises such as superheroes. afford to churn out movies the DVD era. IHS said U.S. That trend has increased with heart-pumping action video disc sales fell from the average cost of major scenes featuring pricey spe- $10.3 billion in 2004 to $7 bil- studio movies to $78 million cial effects and high-salary lion last year. in 2011 from about $42 million actors. Although many of The popularity of low-cost in 1995, according to Bruce those movies cost more than rental options, such as Net- Nash, the founder and presithey garnered in ticket sales, flix and Redbox, along with dent of Nash Information SerHollywood could count on the ease of piracy, has cut vices LLC, which operates overall strong sales of DVDs into DVD sales, making it

Fewer small movies means that each big-budget project has more pressure to deliver. Nash believes Hollywood will rely on tried-and-true material — sequels and reboots — rather than take a chance on untested pricey projects that follow in the footsteps of “Avatar.” “Studios are willing to spend money for well-established franchises,” Nash said. “There’s not that much enthusiasm in completely new franchises built from scratch.” While Hollywood’s newfound frugality doesn’t exactly herald the coming of sock-puppet cinema, the belttightening is likely to favor more character-driven productions such as “The Help,” which struck box office gold with sales of $139 million so far, despite costing an estimated $25 million to make. That was the strategy former Disney CEO Michael Eisner pursued when he brought cheap-to-produce but profitable films including “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and “Ruthless People” to the big screen. While the millions made on each film don’t stack up to the estimated $400 million profit on 20th Century

Fox’s “Avatar,” Eisner characterized his strategy as an attempt to string together a series of small hits rather than always swinging for a home run. Eisner said many major studio movie budgets these days appear frightening. Big films can make more money, and they can also lose a ton. “Yes, you can make a small fortune, but you better come with a large fortune,” Eisner said in an interview. “It’s just a riskier business.” Consider Universal Pictures’ “Cowboys and Aliens,” which had an estimated budget of $163 million but grossed $129 million in global ticket sales since its release July 29. Universal likely spent tens of millions of dollars on advertising, and it only keeps about half the take from theaters. Even if it does well on home video, the film is headed toward a multimillion-dollar loss. Hollywood couldn’t afford to make those bets any longer. In 2004, American audiences spent $2.04 at home consuming movies for every $1 they spent on theater tickets, according to IHS Screen Digest. But that ratio has been falling consistently for the past five years. Last year, the ratio was $1.37 to $1.

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By Charles J. Gans The Associated Press

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Gerard Butler portrays Sam Childers in “Machine Gun Preacher.”

Butler’s performance highlights ‘Preacher’ By Christy Lemire AP movie critic Gerard Butler gives it his all as the title character in “Machine Gun Preacher,” a drama based on the true story of biker-turned-humanitarian Sam Childers. It’s a performance that’s gruff and defiant, volatile and raging and even tender at times — the kind of role Mel Gibson might have played 20 years ago. Childers lived a life of drugs and crime until he found Jesus, then traveled to Sudan to build an orphanage for the youngest victims of the ravaged African nation’s civil war. But even though director Marc Forster’s film is rooted in actual events, it’s hard to shake the uncomfortable sensation of watching yet another story that glorifies the white savior. Aside from Souleymane Sy Savane as a rebel soldier named Deng who serves as Sam’s friend, guide and much-needed calming influence, the black characters who prompt Sam to sacrifice everything and put himself in danger feel more like ideas than fleshed-out humans. Forster clearly means well in bringing such an inspiring story to the screen, and he does depict this place vividly

film review On screen “Machine Gun Preacher,” a Relativity Media release, is rated R for violent content including disturbing images, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality. Running time: 123 minutes. Two stars out of four. — both its natural beauty and its brutality. As he proved with his breakout film “Monster’s Ball,” he’s not one to shy away from showing the uglier elements of human nature. Actually, some of the scenes at the start of the film, when Sam is hitting his lowest point, are just as startling as those that occur later on. But Forster makes some awkward tonal shifts between the violence in Africa and the increasing instability at home in rural Pennsylvania, where Sam’s ex-stripper wife, Lynn (Michelle Monaghan), and their daughter, Paige (Madeline Carroll), are waiting for him. Michael Shannon offers some intriguing moments, as always, as Sam’s former running buddy, but ultimately doesn’t get enough to do.

the Rodgers and Hart tune “The Lady Is a Tramp,” with a brassy big band swing arrangement. Bennett chuckTony les as a sassy Bennett Gaga alters the lyrics (“This chick is a tramp”), affects a Brooklyn accent, throws in updated references to the Yankees, and even scats briefly, but in the end she leaves no doubt about her impressive vocal chops. The mood turns somber on “Body and Soul,” a poignant ballad Winehouse recorded with Bennett in London just four months before her death.

Tony Bennett is as timeless as the songs he sings on “Duets II,” which should put him back on the charts for a remarkable seventh straight decade. His 2006 Grammy-winning “Duets: An American Classic” was weighted toward baby boomer superstars (Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder), but its sequel finds him reaching out to a new generation of singers: Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, John Mayer and Amy Winehouse in her last studio recording, with more moments of spontaneity. Bennett wisely does not treat the Great American Songbook as a museum piece, which serves him well on the opening duet with a flirtatious Gaga on

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The soul revivalist reveals her roots as a jazz singer influenced by Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington, her warm voice expressing pain mixed with beauty as she glides through and stretches her lines. Michael Buble and k.d. lang are the only holdovers from the first “Duets” CD: Buble effortlessly swings though Duke Ellington’s “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and lang tenderly embraces “Blue Velvet.” Other highlights include Mayer and Bennett playfully bantering in a version of “One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)” that’s more upbeat

and less melancholic than Sinatra’s; Norah Jones gorgeously singing in just above a whisper on “Speak Low”; Mariah Carey showing unusual restraint on “When Do the Bells Ring For Me,” and Aretha Franklin pushing Bennett to a rousing climax on “How Do You Keep the Music Playing.” Check out this track: On “Body and Soul,” Winehouse delivers a heartfelt, uncompromisingly honest performance as she sings lyrics from 1930 that speak to the sadness in her life (“My life’s a wreck, you’re making”).


Sunday, September 25, 2011

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Bunny Reihsmann

Joseph Jackson said he snapped this photo of a Vicksburg frog just as it was finishing its meal.

Bunny Reihsmann of Vicksburg said this herd of deer, young and old, is a daily part of the view from her front porch. She said the black cat and the deer simply ignore each other.

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Bill McMullen was on a boating outing on the Yazoo River near Kings Point when he spotted this gator, which was estimated to weigh about 600 pounds and be about 7 1/2 feet long. The photo was submitted by Debbie Kennedy McMullen.


Wendy Lee of Vicksburg had just refilled her hummingbird feeder when she saw Nancy Whitten said hummingbirds have been scarce at her Vicksburg home this summer, this lizard getting a drink. The intruder but in the past couple of weeks, she’s had to increase her offerings from two to six feeders stayed to enjoy the sweet nectar for to accommodate the number apparently migrating south for the winter. quite a while.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

108 Sawgrass

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. REDUCED!

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!

Luxury living with waterfront views in Fairways. This 4 bedroom 3 & 1/2 bath home features stained concrete PRICE REDUCED! floors, granite counter tops, custom built-ins, and expansive master suite. For your tour please call Christy with Vicksburg Realty at (601)529-9304.


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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

102 Grand Bear



Call Andrea at

601-831-6490 Over 33 years of experience put to work for you! EMAIL: ANDREA@JONESANDUPCHURCH.COM Andrea Upchurch WWW.VICKSBURGHOMES.COM

REDUCED! $299, 900 for 2892 sq ft beautiful home in immaculate condition! Dining Room, family room, eat-in kitchen w/ all appliances, 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths. Hardwood floors & granite counters. Enjoy the landscaped yard with inground pool, hot tub, gazebo & sprinkler system. MoveIn Ready. This is the best of the best!

103 Pear Orchard Drive 601-636-3116 or 601-529-9304


Christy Wilson

601-415-6868 2735 Washington Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180 • 601-638-6243



3703 Halls Ferry Road Large home w/ 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Reasonably priced for your growing family.

201 Signal Hill COMPLETLY REDONE & Country living at its best located on 2.3 acres. Sit on the 90 x 12 ft deck overlooking the woods and watch the wild life. Very private property with 2253 sq. ft. that features 3 bdrms, 2.5 bths, open floor plan, large bar, bonus rm/office, inground pool, wired workshop, & pasture area suitable for horses.

Jimmy Ball

111 KING ARTHUR’S RIDGE Beautiful wooded setting compliments this custom built home in Sherwood Forest. Features include brick floors, hardwood floors, large real fireplace, large bedrooms,central vacuum system and large deck overlooking the 2.4 acre lot. Under ground dog fence.

REDUCED!! $269,900 601-636-5947 or 601-415-4114

WHAT A VIEW! Openwood Plantation! REDUCED! 4 BR, 2 Full BA, Living Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Fireplace, Hardwood Floors, Eat-In Kitchen, Double Oven, Cooktop, Microwave, Refrigerator, Laundry Room, 2 Car Garage, Updated, Move-In Ready!


Real Estate McMillin And

& Coldwell Banker All Stars

Beverly McMillin



601-831-1742 601-634-8928

07. Help Wanted

07. Help Wanted


DENTAL/ OFFICE ASSISTANT needed for busy office. Please submit resume in person to 1212 Mission 66, Monday- Thursday, 8am-4pm. No phone calls please.

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

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 AVON. NEED EXTRA CASH? Become an Avon Representative today. Call 601-454-8038. BECOME A CERTIFIED pharmacy technician today! Call 601-540-3062 for more information.

Class A CDL Drivers Needed S/ East Region Home Weekends Benefits after 90 days Sign on Bonus & Passenger Policy 2 yrs OTR verifiable in the last 3 years with Van division Dancor Transit @ 866-677-4333

EXPERIENCED BODY MAN with own tools needed immediately. Apply in person at Jerry's Collision, 1124 Adams Street, Vicksburg. NO phone calls.. KANZA CONSTRUCTION SEEKING experienced dump truck, belly dump drivers and heavy equipment operators. Drivers must possess Class A CDL, clean driving record, and be able to pass drug screening. Fax resume to 601-634-8978 or call 785-230-6953.


   !! " # $%&'$($' )*)* #     ' + " Schulz Xtruded Products LP, Tunica, MS. Now accepting applications for NDE Level II UT Inspector. Must be SNT-TC-IA Level II Certified in Ultrasonic Inspection. Must be able to provide evidence of required NDE hours. E-mail resumes to Equal Opportunity Employer


Classified Advertising really brings BIG results!


10. Loans And Investments “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.

14. Pets & Livestock Vicksburg Warren Humane Society & MS - Span Low Cost Spay & Neuter Program 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.

Hwy 61 S - 601-636-6631




Call the Shelter for more information.


CALL 601-636-SELL

DOG OBEDIENCE CLASS REGISTRATION, Monday, September 26th , 7pm, City Park Pavilion. Information/ Pre-Registration, 601-634-0199, 601-456-9709,

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

15. Auction LOOKING FOR A great value? Subscribe to The Vicksburg Post, 601-6364545, ask for Circulation.

17. Wanted To Buy 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.

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


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

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

Classifieds Really Work!

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

WE PAY CASH! for gold, silver, diamonds & coins Scallions Jewelers 3425 Halls Ferry Rd. • 601-636-6413


Now accepting applications for NDE Level II UT Inspector Must be SNT-TC-IA Level II Certified in Ultrasonic Inspection Must be able to provide evidence of required NDE hours. e-mail resumes to Equal Opportunity Employer

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

19. Garage & Yard Sales

ATV REPAIR. HONDA, Yamaha, Polaris, Rangers. In business since 1998. Pick up welcome. Call Rob at 318-467-5552. 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.

THE VICKSBURG BRIDGE Commission has cross ties, walk boards and phone poles for sale, see Legals in today’s paper.

THE PET SHOP “Vicksburg’s Pet Boutique� 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!

COMPLETE QUEEN SIZE bedroom set, all wood, $1,400. Formal silk sofa, $400. 601-529-0820.

Ask us how to “Post Size� your ad with some great clip art! Call the Classified Ladies at 601-636-Sell (7355). STILL HAVE STUFF after your Garage Sale? Donate your items to The Salvation Army, we pick-up! Call 601-636-2706. 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

GUNS FOR SALE! 601-529-0950.

21. Boats, Fishing Supplies

24. Business Services

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

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

24. Business Services



Toni Walker Terrett Attorney At Law 601-636-1109

Annette Bryant, PhD-ABD, LCSW BCBS, Medicaid, Medicare, Tri-Care (Most Insurances covered)

• Bankruptcy Chapter 7 and 13 • Social Seurity Disability • No-fault Divorce

By Appt: 601-831-4402


1107-B Openwood St. Vicksburg, MS

•Trimming • Lawn Care • Dirt Hauled • Insured For FREE Estimates Call “Big Jamesâ€? 601-218-7782 Classifieds Really Work!

EAP - Employment Assistant Program

The Life Balance Clinic

Don’t send that lamp to the curb! Find a new home for it through the Classifieds. Area buyers and sellers use the Classifieds every day. Besides, someone out there needs to see the light. 601-636-SELL.

HOME COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Reasonable prices. Pick up available .601502-5265, 601-636-7376. HOTEL MATTRESS SPECIAL! Full- QueenKing sets, all starting at $129. 1420 Washington, 601-631-0010. NEW LOCATION/ NEW Name! Hotel Furniture Outlet, formerly All About Bargains, now at 1420 Washington Street, across from the old Valley. 601-631-0051. OLD BRICKS AND old timber for sale. Coming from Surplus building on Levee street. 601-301-0841. 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.

Don’t miss a day of The Vicksburg Post! Our ePost now available! Call 601-636-4545 Circulation, for details!

Good to the

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


601-415-9179 Home for Sale? Show it to the world at

3 PIECE BEIGE leather living room set. Great condition. $350. 601-415-7913.

Adopt Today!

CALL 601-636-7535

07. Help Wanted

14. Pets & Livestock

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

NOW HIRING LPN OR RN STAFF DEVELOPMENT/ INFECTION CONTROL NURSE (Monday through Friday) Competitive Salary and Benefits

Contact in person:


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That s the word from our readers. Our newspaper has daily: captivating news stories, dining and entertainment reviews, travel deals, local weather reports and so much more! Get a heads-up on what s happening locally and beyond; call 601-636-4545 to subscribe to today!


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Classified • S O M E T H I N G N E W E V E R Y D A Y • We accept: e y r w • Call Direct: (601)636-SELL Online Ad Placement:

We Write Thousands Of Best Sellers Every Year... We’re The Vicksburg Post Classified Advertising Department . . . our job is to help you write effective classified ads so you can have best sellers too! Give us a call . . . we’ll write one for you! Call (601) 636-SELL.

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, Closed Saturday & Sunday. Post Plaza, 1601-F North Frontage Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180 • P. O. Box 821668 Vicksburg, MS 39182.

Classified Information Line Ad Deadlines Deadlines Ads to appear Deadline Ads to appear Monday Monday Tuesday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Thursday Friday Friday Saturday Saturday Sunday Sunday

Deadline 2 p.m., Friday 55p.m., p.m.,Thursday Friday 35p.m., p.m.,Friday Monday 3 p.m., Monday p.m.,Tuesday Tuesday 35p.m., p.m.,Wednesday Wednesday 35p.m., 11 a.m., Thursday 11 a.m., Thursday 11 11a.m., a.m.,Thursday Thursday

Classified Display Deadlines Ads to appear Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

24. Business Services

24. Business Services

24. Business Services

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

I-PHONE REPAIR. Buy, sell and repair. Arcue Sanchez - 601-618-9916.

29. Unfurnished Apartments

29. Unfurnished Apartments

ELVIS YARD SERVICES. General yard clean-up, rake leaves, grass cutting, tree cutting, reasonable. 601415-7761. Quick response.

FREE ESTIMATES TREY GORDON ROOFING & RESTORATION •Roof & Home Repair (all types!) •30 yrs exp •1,000’s of ref Licensed • Insured 601-618-0367 • 601-456-4133 Looking for roofers? Check our online listings today. Just go to

29. Unfurnished Apartments

Deadline 5 p.m., Thursday 3 p.m., Friday 3 p.m., Monday 3 p.m., Tuesday 3 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m., Thursday 11 a.m., Thursday

24. Business Services River City Lawn Care You grow it - we mow it! Affordable and professional. Lawn and landscape maintenance. Cut, bag, trim, edge. 601-529-6168.

STEELE PAINTING SERVICE LLC Specialize in painting/ sheet rock. All home improvements Free Estimates 601-634-0948. Chris Steele/ Owner CALL 601-636-SELL AND PLACE YOUR CLASSIFIED AD TODAY.

29. Unfurnished Apartments

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


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

601-661-0765 • 601-415-3333

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

INTO THE GOOD LIFE! Apartment Homes

Spacious 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartment homes!



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

• 2160 S. Frontage Rd.

PUT THE CLASSIFIEDS TO WORK FOR YOU! Check our listings to find the help you need... • Contractors • Electricians • Roofers • Plumbers • Landscapers


Classified Classified Line Line Das Ads: Starting at 1-4 Lines, 1 Day Starting at 1-4 Lines, 1 Day for for $8.32 $8.28 Classified line ads are charged according to the number of lines. For complete pricing information contact a Classified Sales Representative today at 601-636-SELL. Ads cancelled before expiration date ordered are charged at prevailing rate only for days actually run, 44line lineminimum minimumcharge charge.$8.32 $8.28minimum minimumcharge. charge.

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29. Unfurnished Apartments

26. For Rent Or Lease RICHARD M. CALDWELL BROKER SPECIALIZING IN RENTALS (INCLUDING CORPORATE APARTMENTS) CALL 601-618-5180 RV LOT RENTAL. Private property, off Glass Road. $370 month. Includes water and electricity. 601-831-7453.

28. Furnished Apartments 3 BEDROOM DUPLEX. Fully furnished, $950 month, water, electric, DirectTV included. 601-218-5348.

1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Call for information on move-in specials. 601-636-0447.

Place your classified line ad at

Errors In the event of errors, please call the very first day your ad appears. The Vicksburg Post will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion.

Mis-Classification No ad will be deliberately mis-classified. The Vicksburg Post classified department is the sole judge of the proper classification for each ad.

29. Unfurnished Apartments

29. Unfurnished Apartments

1, 2 AND 3 Bedroom apartments/ townhouses from $425- $550. Managers special no deposit required. 601-631-0805.

2 AND 3 bedroom spacious apartment, Downtown area, water/ cable included. Immediate occupancy. 601-446-2957.

We’re Almost FULL! Come In & See WHY!


2/ 3 BEDROOM. ALL electric includes water $450. With stove and refrigerator. $200 deposit. 601-634-8290.


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

• 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Apts. • Beautifully Landscaped


• Lake Surrounds Community


• Pool • Fireplace • Spacious Floor Plans 601-629-6300

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

501 Fairways Drive Vicksburg

HILLVIEW ESTATES “Vicksburg’s Premier Rental Community” Hillview Estates is a family oriented community featuring an ON SITE MANAGER for 24/7 response to your every need. The grounds are meticulously maintained by our professional staff. We are here to serve you. WITH ONLY A FEW HOMES AVAILABLE NOW, PLEASE COME TOUR OUR COMMUNITY AND MEET YOUR NEW NEIGHBORS. TOTALLY RENOVATED to like new condition with fresh paint, new carpet, etc: •Large 3 bedrom 2 bath doublewide •Spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath singlewide •Roomy 2 bedroom 2 bath singlewide

Please call our resident manager Bobby Allen 601-941-6788

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

601-638-2231 No matter what type of work you’re seeking, the Classifieds can help you find it!

24. Business Services

Bradford Ridge Apartments



Classified Ad Rates

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

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

Barnes Glass Quality Service at Competitive Prices #1 Windshield Repair & Replacement

Vans • Cars • Trucks •Insurance Claims Welcome•

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

Simmons Lawn Service

Professional Services & Competitive Prices • Landscaping • Septic Systems • Irrigation: Install & Repair • Commercial & Residential Grass Cutting Licensed • Bonded • Insured 12 years experience


FOR LEASING INFO, CALL 601-636-1752 •

New Homes

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

Jon Ross 601-638-7932

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

Roy Simmons (Owner) 601-218-8341

BUFORD CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. 601-636-4813 State Board of Contractors Approved & Bonded Haul Clay, Gravel, Dirt, Rock & Sand All Types of Dozer Work Land Clearing • Demolition Site Development & Preparation Excavation Crane Rental • Mud Jacking





601-636-SELL (7355)

SPEEDIPRINT & OFFICE SUPPLY • Business Cards • Letterhead • Envelopes • Invoices • Work Orders • Invitations

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


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


(601) 638-2900 Fax (601) 636-6711 1601-C North Frontage Road Vicksburg, MS 39180

Show Your Colors!

Ask about our FALL HOME IMPROVEMENT section that prints Oct. 2nd


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29. Unfurnished Apartments

32. Mobile Homes For Sale

BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN LOCATION, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, large screened porch, washer/ dryer, central air/ heat. $695 monthly, deposit/ references required. 601-529-8002

1979 14x70 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Includes covered 10x12 porch. Must be moved. $7,000. 601-415-5935.

Riverbend Apartments 2 Bedroom Apartments Available Rental Assistance Security Deposit $300 Call today for more information

318-633-9526 Office hours: Monday- Thursday 8am-11am.

30. Houses For Rent 1455 PARKSIDE, $1350 monthly. 2606 Oak Street, $725 monthly. 1865 Martin Luther King Boulevard, $675 monthly. Renovated. 732768-5743. 3 BEDROOM 2 bath South county. $750 monthly, $500 deposit. References required. 601-529-0824 3 BEDROOMS 2.5 baths. 4 years old, 2-story, all electric, garage, 2000 square feet, hardwood and ceramic. $1500 monthly, deposit/ references required. 601218-1002. LAKE HOUSE AT Eagle Lake. Has 6'x100' pier . 601-218-5348. LOS COLINAS. SMALL 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cottage. Close in, nice. $795 monthly. 601-831-4506. RECENTLY UPDATED. 3 Bedroom, South Vicksburg. Large den, carport, storage shed, no pets. $950 monthly. 601-529-7960.

31. Mobile Homes For Rent 16X60 2 BEDROOM, 2 Bath, 12x60 porch. No pets. $200 deposit, $650 monthly. 601-631-1942. COUNTRY LOT, NICE 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. $565 monthly with deposit and references. 601-638-6660. MEADOWBROOK PROPERTIES. 2 or 3 bedroom mobile homes, south county. Deposit required. 601-619-9789.

Looking for a new home? Check our online listings today. Just go to

34. Houses For Sale

BIG FOUR BEDROOM. 2008 28x80 4 bedrooms, 2 baths. Delivery, set-up, tie-down and central air included. $499 per month. Call 662-417-2354, 601-624-3287. GREAT STARTER HOME! Large 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Delivery, set-up and tie down, central air included. $9,950. Call 662-417-2354, 601-624-3287. KEEP UP WITH ALL THE LOCAL NEWS AND SALES... SUBSCRIBE TO THE VICKSBURG POST TODAY! CALL 601-636-4545, ASK FOR CIRCULATION. SINGLE WIDES, DOUBLE WIDES, TRIPLE WIDES AND LAND/ HOME PACKAGES Mississippi's Largest REPO Dealer. Payments starting at $199/ month www.vicksburghome Call 662-417-2354, 601-624-3287.

34. Houses For Sale 1455 PARKSIDE, $150,000. 2606 Oak Street, $50,000. 1865 Martin Luther King Boulevard, $22,500. Renovated. 732-768-5743.

34. Houses For Sale

34. Houses For Sale

4 BEDROOMS, 2 baths. Hardwood floors, appliances included. 129 Lightcap Boulevard. $107,000. 601-831-3918.

Licensed in MS and LA

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

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


34. Houses For Sale Eagle Lake - 16853 Hwy 465. 1.5 story, 3/2, open living area, apartment downstairs, furnished, pier, bar, porch. $149,500. McMillin Real Estate. Bette Paul-Warner, 601-218-1800.









Please call one of these Coldwell Banker professionals today: Caffie Ellis 601-415-7010 Herb Jones 601-831-1840 Jimmy Ball 601-218-3541 Katherine Crawford 601-218-0020 Kellye Carlisle 601-529-4215 Reatha Crear 601-831-1742 Valorie Spiller 601-618-6688 Harley Caldwell, broker

Interest Rates As Low As 3% 601-634-8928

2170 I-20 S. Frontage Road


LOT FOR SALE. Bovina/ Tiffentown Road, 3.95 acres. Road frontage, Ready to build. 601-218-8292.

40. Cars & Trucks

40. Cars & Trucks

40. Cars & Trucks

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Daryl Hollingsworth..601-415-5549

80 ACRES HUNTING and hardwood timber land in Redwood. $2000 per acre. 601-630-4111, 601-218-4263.

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

YOU ARE APPROVED! 601-636-6490 START REBUILDING Kay Odom 601-638-2443 YOUR CREDIT HERE! Kay Hobson 601-638-8512

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

36. Farms & Acreage

LAKE FOREST AREA. 211 Cobblestone Drive. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage. 601-415-4869 or 601-636-6312.

2170 S. I-20 Frontage Rd.

Broker, GRI

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



S ALES/ R ENTALS Get a Late Model Car With a Low Down Payment IF B.K. W WH E D O REPO WE AT Y N’T CA OU HAV DIVORCE N G WA E NT LOST JOB ET IT! , ! MEDICAL YOU ARE STILL OK!!! NO CREDIT APP REFUSED!!! 24 Month Warranties Available

601-636-3147 2970 Hwy 61 North • Vicksburg Monday - Saturday 8am-7pm

40. Cars & Trucks

40. Cars & Trucks

1989 BLACK BLAZER. Runs good, new tires. $1,600 or best offer. 601218-8690.

2001 TOYOTA CAMRY LE. 1 owner, all power, well maintained, high mileage, new timing belt done. $3000. 601-529-1268.

1995 FORD F150. 4X4, good condition. $2300. 662347-7295. 1999 DODGE CARAVAN SE. Silver, 101,000 miles. $4400 (must have payoff). 601-415-6514 601-4156849.


40. Cars & Trucks

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who’ll play Frankie’s sister on The Middle this season, has been guest-hosting The Talk, and she’s developing a show for HBO “about a nun who leaves the convent after 20 years to go into the world of dating,” she says. Shannon, 47, has also just published a children’s book, Tilly the Trickster. “My dad was a big trickster when I was growing up. He loved mischief,” she says. “I passed that on to my kids.”

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A: Recently, a government employee in Detroit actually sued and received a $100,000 settlement after she claimed that a

colleague’s perfume made it difficult for her to breathe. She not only had chutzpah, she had a real allergy. Do you? If so, you may have cause to complain to HR—but only if you can prove it. If it’s simply that you can’t stand the smell of her perfume—and don’t feel like getting even by wearing a garland of onion and garlic to work every day—find a fragrance you like and leave it on her desk, with a sweet note telling her to give it a spritz. If she’s still adamant about sticking to her own Eau de Stinkbomb, there’s little you can do but avoid her. And given how insensitive she seems—really, all you’re asking her to do is dial it back a bit—that might be the best solution. —Judith Newman Send your questions to



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Use of the verb “impact” as a synonym for “affect” has invaded the media. Has the meaning changed? My dictionary notes only the definition “to force tightly together.” —Terry Hamrick, Justice, W.Va.

Yes, the meaning has expanded. All languages are in a constant state of evolution, which is the reason we find reading the works of Geoffrey Chaucer (ca. 1343–1400), who is sometimes called the father of English literature, extremely difficult. Newer dictionary editions include the latest definition of “impact.” Personally, I think that the additional meaning is helpful to the language. “Impact” implies having a strong effect. The verb “affect” is more straightforward and has no such connotation.


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russet or Idaho potatoes. Since potatoes are 80 percent water, you’ll need to remove some moisture before cooking to ensure that your hash browns are crispy. The

easiest way to drain moisture from your grated potatoes is to put them into a clean tea towel and squeeze. Finally, serve the potatoes immediately after cooking.

HOW TO LIVE LONG— AND WELL The subtitle of Roy Rowan’s book, Never Too Late, is “A 90-year-old’s pursuit of a whirlwind life.” And Rowan is living proof that your golden years can be among your most pleasurable and fulfilling. We asked the journalist, now 91, to share how he has remained sharp and vibrant into his 10th decade. You officially retired in 1985, but you’ve stayed just as busy in the years since. Why not kick back and relax? I think a lot of people figure that when they retire, they won’t just quit going to work—they’ll quit working. But retirement shouldn’t mean giving up your passions, and it shouldn’t mean that you stop contributing. You

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Alton Brown, star of the Food Network’s Good Eats (and author of Good Eats 3, out in October), takes his morning meal seriously


Breakfast is my favorite meal, bar none. It’s the first meal of the day, so you have the whole day to work things off. If you’re going to have luscious, naughty things to eat, like crispy waffles, bacon, and sausage, why not eat them at breakfast? By and large, American men can’t cook. I blame the fact that they did not join the Boy Scouts. When you learn to cook your breakfast over a fire, you become a man, or at least take a significant step toward becoming one. But men can certainly learn to make what I call the Man Food Breakfast, which consists of bacon, eggs, hash browns, and coffee. Although the best hash browns will always be found at the local diner, here are a few tips for making good ones at home. For starters, you should use




Diner-Worthy Hash Browns 4 small Idaho or russet potatoes 4 Tbsp bacon fat 1 tsp kosher salt

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to the skillet and scatter the potatoes evenly in the pan. Sprinkle with salt and cook for 4 minutes without disturbing. 5. Lower the heat, flip the potatoes, and cook for 5 more minutes.

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THE AMOUNT OF TIME THE AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY SPENDS ON BREAKFAST EACH DAY Among moms, cereal is the top food choice (73 percent), followed by eggs (47 percent), bread or toast (43 percent), waffles (43 percent), and fruit (41 percent). To find out why a morning meal matters, go to Source: Kellogg’s Breakfast in America Survey



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go to a party, and people ask, “What did you used to be?” That’s not a question that I want to hear. You devote an entire chapter to resilience. Why is this quality so crucial to aging well? Everybody encounters roadblocks, but not everyone manages to get past them. Life doesn’t become less challenging as you age; in fact, it can get even more so, and you’ve got to be able to bounce back. The book includes a collection of centenarians’ obituaries. What have you learned from reading about their lives? One common thread was that they all stayed very productive, even into their later years. Organist Rosa Rio accompanied revivals of silent films almost up until her death. Designer Viktor Schreckengost was awarded the National Medal of Arts at age 100. Baseball pitcher Satchel Paige once said of aging, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you [were]?” For many of these folks, it seemed, the answer was quite a bit younger than their years. Visit us at PARADE.COM

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outside the gates of his 18th-century villa, paparazzi wait, ready to pounce. Tour boats pause as passengers snap photos. But inside, dressed in cutoffs and a T-shirt, George Clooney is relaxed and unfazed. Each summer, he retreats to this 13-bedroom piece of paradise, nestled beside Lake Como in the foothills of the Italian Alps. He has a studio here where he writes and edits his films, but mostly he loves to entertain friends. Clooney’s closest buddies stretch back to before he was a star, and they come year after year for conversation, lingering meals, wine, and the freedom to let go. ling In August, Clooney opened his doors to Cover & ope ning PARADE for an interview. The other guests photograph by that weekend included a human rights activist who has traveled with him to Africa and an L.A. pal of long standing. No girlfriend, no Hollywood. My tally for two days: 10 hours of sleep, 20 hours continued on page 17 ho


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ARICEPT PATIENT PACKAGE INSERT ARICEPT® (Air-eh-sept) (donepezil hydrochloride) tablets • Tablets: 5 mg, 10 mg, and 23 mg ARICEPT® ODT (Air-eh-sept oh-dee-tee) (donepezil hydrochloride) orally disintegrating tablets • ODT Tablets: 5 mg and 10 mg Read the Patient Information that comes with ARICEPT before the patient starts taking it and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This leaflet does not take the place of talking with the doctor about Alzheimer’s disease or treatment for it. If you have questions, ask the doctor or pharmacist. What is ARICEPT? ARICEPT comes as ARICEPT film-coated tablets in dosage strengths of 5 mg, 10 mg, and 23 mg, and as ARICEPT Orally Disintegrating Tablets (ODT; 5 mg and 10 mg). Except where indicated, all the information about ARICEPT in this leaflet also applies to ARICEPT ODT. ARICEPT is a prescription medicine to treat mild, moderate and severe Alzheimer’s disease. ARICEPT can help with mental function and with doing daily tasks. ARICEPT does not work the same in all people. Some people may: • Seem much better • Get better in small ways or stay the same • Get worse over time but slower than expected • Not change and then get worse as expected ARICEPT does not cure Alzheimer’s disease. All patients with Alzheimer’s disease get worse over time, even if they take ARICEPT. ARICEPT has not been approved as a treatment for any medical condition in children. Who should not take ARICEPT? The patient should not take ARICEPT if allergic to any of the ingredients in ARICEPT or to medicines that contain piperidines. Ask the patient’s doctor if you are not sure. See the end of this leaflet for a list of ingredients in ARICEPT. What should I tell the doctor before the patient takes ARICEPT? Tell the doctor about all the patient’s present or past health problems. Include: • Any heart problems including • Present pregnancy or plans to problems with irregular, slow, become pregnant. It is not known or fast heartbeats if ARICEPT can harm an unborn • Asthma or lung problems baby. • A seizure • Present breast-feeding. It is not • Stomach ulcers known if ARICEPT passes into • Difficulty passing urine breast milk. ARICEPT is not for • Liver or kidney problems women who are breast-feeding. • Trouble swallowing tablets Tell the doctor about all the medicines the patient takes, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. ARICEPT and other medicines may affect each other. Be particularly sure to tell the doctor if the patient takes aspirin or medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). There are many NSAID medicines, both prescription and non-prescription. Ask the doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure if any of the patient’s medicines are NSAIDs. Taking NSAIDs and ARICEPT together may make the patient more likely to get stomach ulcers. ARICEPT taken with certain medicines used for anesthesia may cause side effects. Tell the responsible doctor or dentist that the patient takes ARICEPT before the patient has: • surgery • medical procedures • dental surgery or procedures. Know the medicines that the patient takes. Keep a list of all the patient’s medicines. Show it to the doctor or pharmacist before the patient starts a new medicine. How should the patient take ARICEPT? • Give ARICEPT exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Do not stop ARICEPT or change the dose yourself. Talk with the doctor first. • Give ARICEPT one time each day. ARICEPT can be taken with or without food. • ARICEPT 23 mg tablets should be swallowed whole without the tablets being split, crushed or chewed.

• ARICEPT ODT melts on the tongue. The patient should drink some water after the tablet melts. • If you miss giving the patient a dose of ARICEPT, just wait. Give only the next dose at the usual time. Do not give 2 doses at the same time. • If ARICEPT is missed for 7 days or more, talk with the doctor before starting again. • If the patient takes too much ARICEPT at one time, call the doctor or poison control center, or go to the emergency room right away. What are the possible side effects of ARICEPT? ARICEPT may cause the following serious side effects: • slow heartbeat and fainting. This happens more often in people with heart problems. Call the doctor right away if the patient faints while taking ARICEPT. • more stomach acid. This raises the chance of ulcers and bleeding, especially when taking ARICEPT 23 mg. The risk is higher for patients who had ulcers, or take aspirin or other NSAIDs. • worsening of lung problems in people with asthma or other lung disease. • seizures. • difficulty passing urine. Call the doctor right away if the patient has: • fainting. • bowel movements or stools that look like black tar. • heartburn or stomach pain that is • new or worse asthma or breathing new or won’t go away. • nausea or vomiting, blood in the problems. • seizures. vomit, dark vomit that looks like coffee grounds. • difficulty passing urine. The most common side effects of ARICEPT are: • nausea • muscle cramps • diarrhea • feeling tired • not sleeping well • not wanting to eat • vomiting These side effects may get better after the patient takes ARICEPT for a while. This is not a complete list of side effects with ARICEPT. For more information, ask the doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. How should ARICEPT be stored ? Store ARICEPT at room temperature between 59° to 86°F (15° to 30°C). Keep ARICEPT and all medicines out of the reach of children. General information about ARICEPT Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not mentioned in this Patient Information Leaflet. Do not use ARICEPT for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give ARICEPT to people other than the patient, even if they have the same symptoms as the patient, as it may harm them. This leaflet summarizes the most important information about ARICEPT. If you would like more information talk with the patient’s doctor. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about ARICEPT that is written for health professionals. For more information, go to, or call 1-800-760-6029. What are the ingredients in ARICEPT? Active ingredient: donepezil hydrochloride Inactive ingredients: • ARICEPT 5 mg and 10 mg film-coated tablets: lactose monohydrate, cornstarch, microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, and magnesium stearate. The film coating contains talc, polyethylene glycol, hypromellose, and titanium dioxide. Additionally, the 10 mg tablet contains yellow iron oxide (synthetic) as a coloring agent. • ARICEPT 23 mg film-coated tablets: ethylcellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate and methacrylic acid copolymer, Type C. The reddish color film coating includes ferric oxide, hypromellose 2910, polyethylene glycol 8000, talc and titanium dioxide. • ARICEPT ODT 5 mg and 10 mg tablets: carrageenan, mannitol, colloidal silicon dioxide, and polyvinyl alcohol. The 10 mg tablet contains yellow iron oxide (synthetic) as a coloring agent.

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Likewise, he’s an engaging interview on a wide range of topics, starting with his new movie The Ides of March, a taut political drama about loyalty and betrayal, sex and power (in theaters Oct. 7). Clooney cowrote and directed the ďŹ lm, in which he plays an inspirational presidential candidate whose aws—and reluctance to compromise—may bring him down; Ryan Gosling costars as the candidate’s idealistic press secretary. Clooney also delved into more personal areas: turning 50, his work in South Sudan, the roles that luck and conďŹ dence can play in life. Serious but quick to laugh, he seems to be in the midst of a life transition, aiming to move from success to lasting significance. It is easy to see why he has great friends—and why they always come back. PARADE: The Ides of March, which is based on a play called Farragut North, is a cracking good story. It’s also quite dark.

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disappointment in the taking away of a dream. Ryan Gosling’s character goes through a really insane week, and you watch how quickly good ideas can be dashed on the rocks. I’ve seen that happen in my industry. Good people get caught in bad systems. And there’s a lot of ambiguity.

I’m at a point where I can make films that ask questions and don’t necessarily supply answers— because I don’t know what the answers are. I don’t know if winning at any cost is wrong or not. There are times I’ve thought that the end justified the means.

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most cutthroat game possible. That’s a scene where nobody wins. I really liked the idea of that. You know, we were in preproduction on this film in 2007, before the Obama election. And then we realized that a good portion of the country was elated with what happened in that election, so we had to shelve the movie until people were cynical again. I didn’t think it would be quite this quick. [laughs]


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Clooney on his fourth visit to Sudan, in October 2010.

There’s a scene late in the film between the candidate and his press secretary that has a very sinister quality.

Grant [Heslov, one of Clooney’s cowriters] and I sort of structured the movie around that scene. We were interested in taking two smart men who are very good at what they do, putting their livelihoods in jeopardy, and sticking them in a room to watch them play the

There’s a scene I have with my character’s wife that I sort of took directly from my father’s experience. We’re in the car and she asks if I’m going to take this senator on [offer him a position in return for his endorsement]. And I say, “I wasn’t going to do any of this. I wasn’t going to make union deals, I wasn’t going to run negative ads. I can’t on this one; I have to draw the line somewhere.” I remember my father saying, “I’m going to have to go out and shake hands with people I wouldn’t normally shake hands with [to raise funds],” and it killed him to do that. It’s soul-stealing. So I thought that was an interesting thing to talk about in this film—how nobody gets in without some dealings they wouldn’t normally do. Nobody. This fall, you’re starring in another film, The Descendants. But do you see yourself more as a director now?

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★ RUNNING ON EMPTY With Jeffrey Wright in The Ides of March.

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It’s like William Holden says in Network: “It’s all suddenly closer to the end than to the beginning, and death is suddenly a perceptible thing to me, with definable features.” I love that line! One theme I see in your life—not only in the way you live but also in the way you direct—is that you try to keep things simple.

I find that as you get older, you start to simplify things in general. By the time you get a subscription to AARP, which I just got, you have some idea of who your friends are, at least. Was getting the AARP magazine a surprise?

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acting. You know, I turned 50 [in May], and I look at myself onscreen and go, “I don’t look like I did when I was 40—I know that.” The people I’ve respected most in the industry over the years—Paul Newman, for instance. I just loved the way he handled growing old on-screen. It’s understanding that you’re now basically a character actor. Which is fine, but you have to pay attention to it.

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on the windswept plains of western Arizona sits the town of Parker (pop. 3,140). It has no central movie theater and no bookstores. What it does have is a library. When staffer Jeannie Smith opens the doors of the modest building on Mondays at 9 a.m., a crowd is usually waiting. There’s James Johnson, a cook and classic-movie fan, who is returning two John Wayne films. Post Office clerk Angie Crusinberry claims her favorite chair to read a mystery. A teacher from the nearby Colorado River Indian Reservation shushes her students as they run in. Parker’s library is one of the busiest in the country. But like so many others across the U.S., it’s struggling to stay alive. Contrary to what many predicted, the digital age has not rendered the nation’s 16,671 public libraries obsolete. Instead, it’s brought a pulsing new energy as patrons use the free computers and Internet access to research term papers, look for jobs, update Facebook pages, and more. In January 2009 (the latest date for which figures are available), over 25 million Americans reported visiting their libraries more than 20 times in the previous year, a 23 percent rise 22 • September 25, 2011


The Little Library That Could Arizona’s Parker Public Library is a lifeline for its patrons, but it’s struggling to stay afloat By Christine Wicker

from 2006. But at least 17 states have reported closures, and 16 percent of libraries have reduced hours. In July 2010, the Parker Library’s annual budget plunged from $215,000 to $168,000. Book purchases were halted, hours were cut, and the full-time staff was trimmed from four to two. The impact on the community could have been devastating. In La Paz County, where Parker is located, more than 25 percent of the people live below the poverty line, so residents depend on the library’s free health screenings, lectures, movies, reading groups, and story times. “The library

binds our town together,” says Buni Hooper, owner of the Gingerbread House preschool, who brings her students there often. “And it has pretty things the kids are allowed to touch. It opens up a whole new world for them.” Just as crucial are the library’s 20 computers. One patron, Dori Siers, 67, uses them to email her son, who is in the navy and has been at sea for four months. “If it weren’t for the library, I don’t know how I’d communicate with him,” Siers says. In the afternoons, eighth grader Devanie Fernandez and her friends check their

ALL ARE WELCOME The library gives Parker’s teens—and everyone else, from toddlers to seniors— a serene, safe place to socialize and read.

Facebook and MySpace pages, play games, and slouch on the worn couches. “Without the library,” she says, “there really would be nothing to do after school.” When word of the library’s troubles broke, the town rallied. Membership in the Friends of the Library group increased; the VFW gave $100 and the Soroptimists $500. “We’ve got a high mountain to climb, but we’ll climb it for the people who live here,” says library manager Ruthie Davis. “I love the people of Parker.” Her voice breaks, and she wipes her eyes. “They need this library.” Ensuring its long-term survival requires bigger solutions, such as the creation of a new library district. But the local pastor’s wife, Tammy Brookbank (a part-time employee), is not waiting for the government or a foundation to swoop in and save them. Because of budget cuts, the library seldom gets a thorough cleaning. So Brookbank recently came in after hours to shampoo the carpets. “Somebody had to do it. It’s like the pioneer days. ” At 7 p.m., Smith shoos out the stragglers and locks the doors for the night. She’s exhausted—but satisfied. “Every day, I know I’m doing something important for the community.” For information on how you can help the Parker Library, go to




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do “The Sexiest Man Still Alive.” How do you continue your public life and maintain privacy?

I don’t tweet, I don’t go on Facebook. I think there’s too much information about all of us out there. I’m liking the idea of privacy more and more. There will be funny things, like I’ll read something I’ve said about a woman somewhere. And I haven’t spoken about my relationships in 15 years. It will be something I said years ago, and they’re still using it. How did you come to buy this villa?

I was riding a motorcycle through the Alps [in June 2001], and my bike broke down. I knocked on this door, and they were nice enough to help out. The Heinz family owned it and offered to sell it to me. I said, “You think I have more money than I have.” [laughs] I bought it as an investment. I never liked the stock market—to me it’s Vegas without any of the fun parts, the girls in bikinis. I like owning dirt. You know, I spent a lot of time broke when I moved to California. So deep in my soul is still this idea of being unemployed. To me, owning land means you could sell it at some point and have money. But you also really like spending time here.

I love the way life is spent in Italy. It’s really nice to sit down and have a two-hour lunch, which the Italians do. I realized that I had spent probably 15, 20 years standing up and shoveling food down my throat. It’s not about wealth; it’s about taking time and actually enjoying things. All of my friends think of this as continued on page 27

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Old Faithfuls


ll day, the

same sounds trail my footsteps through the house. Click-click-click-swoosh. Click-click-click-swoosh. Each time, I hear the same paw give out. “Gracie,” I say, reaching down to scratch our pug’s chin. “I’ll be right back. You don’t have to follow me.” Gracie is nearly 14. She is deaf and sees only shadows, but the scent of my hand is enough for her. She is a lap dog who takes her work seriously. She wags her curly tail and waits. I scoop her up, tuck her under my arm, and move on. “We’re running a nursing home,” I tell my husband later. He is reading the paper, surrounded by Gracie and our two elderly cats, Reggie and Winnie. Sherrod laughs but only a little. We are both feeling the weight of their advancing years. Eight years ago, during our short courtship, Sherrod warned me that he didn’t like cats and also suggested my pug was an alien.“I don’t know what that is,” he said the first time he saw the sausage of a dog quivering at his feet. “But that is not a dog.” Gracie and the cats had arrived early in my single motherhood. My son was grown, but my daughter, Cait, was still little. She was having a hard time believing that one parent and one child constituted a family. We found Winnie at the Animal Protection League in 1994. Two

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Reggie and Gracie are like our children now.

years later, we adopted big-eared Reggie, after he latched on to Cait’s sweater and refused to let go. “He needs me, Mom,” she said. Reggie meowed his gratitude all the way home. Soon, Cait was cutting out pictures of pugs. I told her we couldn’t afford one. Then my father found out. Gracie arrived at our home swaddled like a newborn in my giggling mother’s arms. She has outlived both of my parents. These days, Sherrod carries Gracie around the house like a football. He’s become quite the cat person, too. His relationship with Winnie has always been fragile, as he is too boisterous for her delicate self. But he never stops trying to win her over. Lately, she has started leaving puddles whenever she is startled,

which is often. Sherrod approaches her with the timidity of a teenager on a first date, which suits her. Whenever she ventures onto his lap, I have to remind him to breathe. Reggie is a guy’s guy. When he was younger, he regularly leapt into bathwater, and a handyman once had to chisel him out of a wall. Now, he waits for Sherrod at the door and greets him by looping around his ankles like an eel. He plods around the house with the footfalls of a Clydesdale. When it rains, he limps. Our kids are grown now, and so in some ways our pets have become the children of a second marriage. We’ve grown so accustomed to the ways they make a fuss over us for no good reason. We hover, too. When Gracie underwent surgery two years ago to remove a growth,

my husband called every half hour for an update. Although our pets are increasingly frail, we fixate on signs of resurgence. Gracie barks at a squirrel, and we cheer. Reggie leaps onto the table, and Sherrod all but fist-bumps him before making him move. Dr. Nick Trout, a staff surgeon at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, is the author of Ever By My Side. When I called him recently, he reminded me that age is not a disease, for humans or for pets. He assured me it’s normal to feel the tug of loss as we watch our four-legged friends decline. “We’ve come to embrace our animals as family members,” he said. “We are not meant to lose our children. And yet we take pets on, knowing we’ll have to lose them. It’s the package deal, to the very end.” It is our turn to be inexplicably loyal and ever-vigilant. Last week, I heard Sherrod talking to Gracie. I almost reminded him that she couldn’t hear him, but when I peeked at the two of them, it was clear that wasn’t the point. They were nose-to-nose in Sherrod’s favorite chair. Gracie licked his face as he scratched her ears and whispered, “You are the greatest dog in the whole world. There will never be another dog like you, not ever. …” I sucked in a breath and tiptoed out of the room. Reggie followed. Editor’s note: Gracie passed away on Sept. 8, 2011.


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Important Safety Information about CRESTOR. CRESTOR is not right for everyone, including anyone who has previously had an allergic reaction to CRESTOR, anyone with liver problems, or women who are nursing, pregnant, or who may become pregnant. Your doctor should do blood tests before and during treatment with CRESTOR to monitor your liver function. Unexplained muscle pain or weakness could be a sign of a rare but serious side effect and should be reported to your doctor right away. Elevated blood sugar levels have been reported with statins, including CRESTOR. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any medications. The most common side effects include headache, muscle aches, abdominal pain, weakness, and nausea. If you can’t afford your medication, AstraZeneca may be able to help. For more information, please visit You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.



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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CRESTOR ® (ROSUVASTATIN CALCIUM) Please read this summary carefully and then ask your health care professional about CRESTOR. No advertisement can provide all the information needed to determine if a drug is right for you. This advertisement does not take the place of careful discussions with your health care professional. Only your health care professional has the training to help weigh the risks and benefits of a prescription drug.

WHAT IS CRESTOR? CRESTOR is a prescription medicine that belongs to a group of cholesterol-lowering medicines called statins. Along with diet, CRESTOR lowers “bad” cholesterol (LDL-C) and increases “good” cholesterol (HDL-C). If bad cholesterol levels are left untreated, fatty deposits (plaque) can build in the walls of the blood vessels. This plaque buildup, over time, can lead to narrowing of these vessels. This is one of the most common causes of heart disease. By lowering bad cholesterol in your blood, CRESTOR can slow this plaque buildup in the walls of blood vessels. CRESTOR has been proven to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people without known heart disease, but who are at increased risk based on age (men 50 years and older, women 60 years and older), elevated blood levels of hsCRP (a marker of inflammation that can be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke), plus at least one additional risk factor (such as high blood pressure, low HDL “good” cholesterol, smoking, or family history of early heart disease).

WHAT IS CHOLESTEROL? Cholesterol is a fatty substance, also called a lipid, normally found in your bloodstream. Your body needs a certain amount of cholesterol to function properly. But high cholesterol can lead to health problems. LDL-C is called bad cholesterol because if you have too much in your bloodstream, it can become a danger to your health and can lead to potentially serious conditions. HDL-C is known as good cholesterol because it may help remove excess cholesterol. Common health factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, family history of early heart disease, and age can make controlling your cholesterol even more important.

WHAT IS ATHEROSCLEROSIS? Atherosclerosis is the progressive buildup of plaque in the arteries over time. One major cause is high levels of LDL-C. Other health factors, such as family history, diabetes, high blood pressure, or if you smoke or are overweight, may also play a role in the formation of plaque in arteries. Often this plaque starts building up in arteries in early adulthood and gets worse over time.

HOW DOES CRESTOR WORK? Most of the cholesterol in your blood is made in the liver. CRESTOR works by reducing cholesterol in two ways: CRESTOR blocks an enzyme in the liver causing the liver to make less cholesterol, and CRESTOR increases the uptake and breakdown by the liver of cholesterol already in the blood.

WHO SHOULD NOT TAKE CRESTOR? Do not take CRESTOR if you ■ are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant. CRESTOR may harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant, stop taking CRESTOR and call your health care professional right away ■ are breast-feeding. CRESTOR can pass into your breast milk and may harm your baby ■ have liver problems (continued)

■ have had an allergic reaction to CRESTOR or are allergic to any of its ingredients. The active ingredient is rosuvastatin calcium. The inactive ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose, lactose monohydrate, tribasic calcium phosphate, crospovidone, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, triacetin, titanium dioxide, yellow ferric oxide, and red ferric oxide The safety and effectiveness of CRESTOR have not been established in children under the age of 10.

HOW SHOULD I TAKE CRESTOR? ■ Take CRESTOR exactly as prescribed by your health care professional. Do not change your dose or stop CRESTOR without talking to your health care professional, even if you are feeling well ■ Your health care professional may do blood tests to check your cholesterol levels before and during your treatment with CRESTOR. Your dose of CRESTOR may be changed based on these blood test results ■ CRESTOR can be taken at any time of day, with or without food ■ Swallow the tablets whole ■ Your health care professional should start you on a cholesterol-lowering diet before giving you CRESTOR. Stay on this diet when you take CRESTOR ■ Wait at least 2 hours after taking CRESTOR to take an antacid that contains a combination of aluminum and magnesium hydroxide ■ If you miss a dose of CRESTOR, take it as soon as you remember. However, do not take 2 doses of CRESTOR within 12 hours of each other ■ If you take too much CRESTOR or overdose, call your health care professional or Poison Control Center right away or go to the nearest emergency room

WHAT SHOULD I TELL MY HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL BEFORE TAKING CRESTOR? Tell your health care professional if you ■ have a history of muscle pain or weakness ■ are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant ■ are breast-feeding ■ drink more than 2 glasses of alcohol daily ■ have liver problems ■ have kidney problems ■ have thyroid problems ■ are Asian or of Asian descent Tell your health care professional about all medicines you take or plan to take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines may interact with CRESTOR, causing side effects. It is particularly important to tell your health care professional if you are taking or plan to take medicines for – your immune system – cholesterol/triglycerides – blood thinning – HIV/AIDS – preventing pregnancy Know all of the medicines you take and what they look like. (continued)

It’s always a good idea to check that you have the right prescription before you leave the pharmacy and before you take any medicine. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your health care professional. If you need to go to the hospital or have surgery, tell all of your health care professionals about all medicines that you are taking.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF CRESTOR? CRESTOR can cause side effects in some people. Serious side effects may include: Muscle problems. Call your health care professional right away if you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially with fever. This may be an early sign of a rare muscle problem that could lead to serious kidney problems. The risk of muscle problems is greater in people who are 65 years of age or older, or who already have thyroid or kidney problems. The chance of muscle problems may be increased if you are taking certain other medicines with CRESTOR. Liver problems. Your health care professional should do blood tests before you start taking CRESTOR and during treatment to check for signs of possible liver problems. Elevated blood sugar levels have been reported with statins, including CRESTOR. The most common side effects may include headache, muscle aches and pains, abdominal pain, weakness, and nausea. This is not a complete list of side effects of CRESTOR. Talk to your health care professional for a complete list or if you have side effects that bother you or that do not go away.

HOW DO I STORE CRESTOR? Store CRESTOR at room temperature, 68-77°F (20-25°C), in a dry place. If your health care professional tells you to stop treatment or if your medicine is out of date, throw the medicine away. Keep CRESTOR and all medicines in a secure place and out of the reach of children.

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CRESTOR? Talk to your health care professional. Full Prescribing Information is available on CRESTOR.COM or by calling 1-800-CRESTOR.

GENERAL INFORMATION It is important to take CRESTOR as prescribed and to discuss any health changes you experience while taking CRESTOR with your health care professional. Do not use CRESTOR for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give CRESTOR to other people, even if they have the same medical condition you have. It may harm them. NOTE: This summary provides important information about CRESTOR. For more information, please ask your health care professional about the full Prescribing Information and discuss it with him or her.

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their home. They come even when I’m not here. [laughs] There’s nothing that makes me prouder than this group of friends I’ve managed to stay very close to for a long, long time. Do you find yourself thinking about what your legacy will be?

I’m the first person to say that it’s all luck that I’m in a position where I get to pick what I want to do. But if you’re in that position, it’s your responsibility to pick projects that will last longer than an opening weekend, that you can look at in a couple of years and go, “Oh, that’s interesting.” I’m also spending time working on the issues in South Sudan. Maybe there’s some of this fame spotlight I’ve got that I can use elsewhere. My days are filled doing a lot of emailing and coaxing. I find it’s liberating to do those kinds of things and not have to worry about my career anymore.

You’ve traveled a number of times to Africa, especially to Sudan, drawing attention to conditions there after decades of civil war. You also put a spotlight on the successful referendum earlier this year for South Sudan to become a state independent from Sudan. What prompted you to make this your cause?

Two million people were killed in the north-south war in Sudan before 2005. I wasn’t going to stand on the sidelines and not participate. We [Clooney has traveled with organizations including the International Rescue Committee and the Enough Project] went there four times, got the Newsweek cover [Feb. 28, 2011]. I set up this satellite system on the border of Abyei, and we’ve had incredible success in photographing mass atrocities. The idea is, we’re just going to keep the pressure on. Turning the lights on

doesn’t mean anything stops. But it makes it harder, and that’s our job. Going there has been dangerous for you, hasn’t it?

There were times when it was hairy. Didn’t a 12-year-old kid put a gun to your head?

It was up against my throat. David Pressman [a human rights lawyer, now the director for War Crimes and Atrocities on the National Security Council] just grabbed the gun barrel and pushed it away, saying, “Don’t do that.” He treated him like a 12-year-old, and that was that. You also picked up malaria.

Yeah, that was on the first trip [which Clooney took with his father in April 2006]. That was a fun flight home. I think they had to hazmat the whole plane. You’ve talked about how lucky you are. What have you learned from your failures?

It’s hard when you get thumped. I’ve been proficient at failure. But the only thing you can do is say, “Here’s what I won’t do next time.” I was a baseball player in school. I had a good arm, I could catch anything, but I was having trouble hitting. I would be like, “I wonder if I’ll hit it; just let me hit the ball.” And then I went away for the fall, learned how to hit, and by my sophomore year I’d come to the plate and think, “I wonder where I want to hit the ball, to the left or right?” Just that little bit of skill and confidence changed everything. Well, I had to treat acting like that. I had to stop going to auditions thinking, “Oh, I hope they like me.” I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem. You could feel the difference in the room immediately. The greatest lesson I learned was that sometimes you have to fake it. And you have to be willing to fail.





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