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‘He is just a very modest, very humble man who does not want to be praised.’

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Bryant says lawmakers might tackle ‘personhood’ By Jeff Amy The Associated Press

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Herb Wilkinson in the lobby of the Purks Y.

A different calling

Family time on tap for retiring Y Director Herb Wilkinson By Sean P. Murphy The last person Herb Wilkinson wanted to speak about was Herb Wilkinson. It’s the way he is. The way he always has been, said his wife of 50 years, Faye. So one likely won’t hear him talk about being honored by the YMCA USA for lifetime achievement. He probably won’t offer up his many Y Director of the Year awards earned over a lifetime with the same organization. And he likely won’t tell you about having cataract surgery on Monday with a photo shoot for the local newspaper scheduled for Wednesday. The man winces in most of the pictures, having ditched the bandage for the occasion. But he won’t let on that it bothers him. And he probably won’t start a public speech telling about the time as a teenager he dove into the frigid waters of the Yazoo River only to come up with a piece of wood from the USS Cairo. Talk about the Y — and the Vicksburg Y in particular — and then the man gets to talking. It’s been his calling, he and his wife See Wilkinson, Page A2.

JACKSON — The “personhood” proposal contained in Initiative 26, or something like it, could resurface next year in the Mississippi Legislature, Republican Gov.-elect Phil Bryant said. But he stepped back from comments he made before the election that the anti-abortion initiative’s defeat would mean victory for Satan. Mississippi already has some of the nation’s toughest abortion regulations, and Bryant noted that anti-abortion bills are often introduced. “I would be very surprised if a member of the Legislature didn’t introduce some legislation similar to that,” the RepubPhil lican said Wednesday. Bryant Voters rejected the proposed state constitutional amendment by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin on Tuesday, with 98 percent of precincts reporting. The amendment would have defined life as beginning at fertilization. It sought to ban abortion, and many physicians said it could have made some birth control illegal, as well as deterring some doctors from performing in vitro fertilization. Some lawmakers already are looking at further ways to regulate or restrict abortion, said state Sen. Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula. “I think it’s going to be something that a lot of senators talk about because of the amendment,” Watson said Friday, adding that some abortion opponents were surprised by the defeat. Bryant backed away from comments he made See Personhood, Page A11.

GOP contenders spar over torture, Iran, Afghanistan By The Associated Press

Executive Director Herb Wilkinson smiles while sitting at his desk at the Purks Y.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Unsparing in their criticism of President Barack Obama, Republican presidential hopefuls disagreed in campaign debate Saturday night about the right course in Afghanistan, the use of waterboarding and the wisdom of a pre-emptive military strike to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon. “If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. And if you elect Mitt Romney, Iran will not have a nuclear weapon,” vowed the former Massachusetts governor. On waterboarding, Herman Cain and Rep. Michele Bachmann both said they would reinstate the technique designed to simulate drowning. Cain went one step further, adding that he would leave it up to military leaders — rather than their civilian superiors — to decide See GOP, Page A11.

WEATHER Today: partly cloudy; high of 77 tonight: partly cloudy; low of 49 Mississippi River:

13.5 feet Fell: 0.3 foot Flood stage: 43 feet



This week in the civil war Port Royal aftermath: Detailed accounts by The Associated Press and others of the Battle of Port Royal, S.C., are reaching newspapers in mid-November of 1861. AP reports Union forces off the South Carolina coast had captured 55 cannons, some 500

muskets and “any quantity of ammunition” in the attack. AP adds: “Thirty dead rebels have been found, and more are being found, having been hastily buried in the sand.” This month sees another key development in the federal capture of two Southern envoys, James Mason

and John Slidell, taken off a British steamer intercepted at sea by the Union warship San Jacinto. The detention of the envoys — sent by the Confederacy to Britain in hopes of boosting support for the South — heightens British tensions with Union warship Washington for weeks. San Jacinto



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Wilkinson Continued from Page A1. said, separately. On Dec. 31, he will retire as executive director after 46 years in that role. “It’s been my life and my calling for a long time,” Wilkinson said. “Much of who I am today, my identity, has been tied up with the YMCA, particularly this YMCA.” Even after an afternoon interview trying to talk about himself, he sent an e-mail deflecting as much praise as he could. “I think to a great extent our Y’s performance is identified with the person serving as Director. I guess that comes with the job,” he wrote. “The fact is the credit must go to the hundreds of capable staff and volunteers who make it work. I’m the cheerleader, but our staff and board members, coaches, counselors and donors deserve the credit. “I’ve been incredibly lucky to be surrounded by dedicated and capable people for many years. They make me look smarter than I am.” Others would disagree. “The people from the YMCA USA will come to meet with the board sometimes and they will say Herb is a legend in the YMCA for the entire United States,” said Landy Teller, a Vicksburg attorney and Y board member. “He won’t take any credit, and he’d say it’s because of the board. But the board is only as good as its executive director.” Pete Stone, Y executive board member, added, “He has an enduring dedication to the Y. I will say this, he does not have an 8-to-5 job. He starts the day early and ends it late, and not just Monday through Friday.” Born in 1938, Wilkinson, 73, joined the YMCA as a 7-yearold on a 6-month membership. He soon found the Y to be home. He learned to correctly fold towels, with a small bar of soap in each one, from his friend, Willie Chong. A photo of Chong and Bennie Parrott, another longtime Y staff member and friend of Wilkinson’s, hangs prominently on his office wall. To this day, Wilkinson sometimes finds himself folding towels at the Y. Wilkinson spent his formative years at the Y before leaving Vicksburg for Hinds Community College. He finished college at Mississippi State, graduating in 1960. He left Vicksburg for a Y job in Thomasville, Ga., then moved onto Augusta, Ga. “I never envisioned I would spend my career in Vicksburg after being in Georgia,” he said.

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Herb Wilkinson, right, shakes off applause during Y board meeting. But he did return from Augusta in 1966 to become executive director of Vicksburg’s Y. The facility, at Clay and Monroe streets, was low on amenities. He had a paid staff of two and an annual budget of $130,000. Most of that money came from renting 66 dormitory rooms on the upper floors. As the need for dorm room rentals diminished and then disappeared, the Y began to grow in other areas, Wilkinson said. Part of that growth was moving from the aging building in downtown and led to the most aggressive capital fundraising project in Vicksburg Y history. “We had an aging facility designed inadequately for today’s needs,” Wilkinson said. “It had an undersized swimming pool, undersized gym, a stage that was converted into raquetball courts and a Nautilus area in the lobby. “We were adapting a facility to meet the current needs.” Wilkinson, a gifted fundraiser with the ability to make a dollar go as far as possible, and the Y board launched Vision 2000, which actually began in 1999. The Y was able to sell the old building and had hopes of raising $2 million. The campaign collected nearly $4 million — and a donation of the property on which the Y sits today. The facility is paid for and the Vicksburg Y is debtfree, Wilkinson said. “Vicksburg is a great Y town,” he said. “The Y is a very integral part of the fabric of this town. A lot of people love the Y and they came forward with their support. We had some very generous donors and support from all segments of the community.” The Purks Y has been open

Herb Wilkinson outside of the Purks Y pool. 10 years and is one of three Y facilities in the area with the VerBeck branch on Oak Ridge Road and Warner Tully camp in Claiborne County. The jewel, however, is the Purks branch. “That facility is 95 percent Herb. I do not think it would be there today without him,” said Ken Rector, a Y board member and longtime friend of Wilkinson’s. “A lot of people worked on the campaign and gave money, but a lot of people gave because of Herb. “They knew that he would take care of the money and squeeze every dime out of every dollar raised.” Since the move, memberships and activities have tripled. The Y now has 4,000 members, seven full-time and nearly 100 part-time staff members and a budget of $1.3 million. Casey Custer, who has been working with Wilkinson for the past 11 years — the past five as associate executive director —

will assume the executive director post on Jan. 1. Friends said they would not be surprised if, for a while after his retirement, Wilkinson leaves the house at his standard 6:30 in the morning and instinctively heads for the Y. In the days following the move to East Clay, Wilkinson several times found himself driving toward the old facility. “It might happen for a couple weeks,” Stone said. “He’s been around the Y for so long, it’s not second nature but first nature for him. He wakes up and comes to the Y.” Faye Wilkinson said it wouldn’t surprise her either. She has planned a few trips and a cruise in January to try to get his mind off the Y. She hopes to get him into the sun where he can take to a golf course or two. (Don’t ask how good he is; he probably won’t tell you anyway.) “Faye has been the biggest part of my life and career

over the years,” he said. “What I have done, or whatever I have achieved, would be far less without her.” He also will be able to spend more time with his two sons, Bert and Brad, and their families, including six grandchildren. He can reel off their names instantly: Rachel, Chase, Brittany, Brice, Cade and Matt. The family celebrated in Orange Beach, Ala., on Aug. 6 when the couple celebrated their golden anniversary. Faye knew from Day 1, though, what the Y meant to her husband. “It’s been his calling,” she said. “At 7 years old, he knew he wanted to be executive director of the YMCA. He goes to sleep thinking about the Y and wakes up thinking about the Y. “He is just a very modest, very humble man who does not want to be praised. He has given his life to the Y and I’m a bit biased, but I think he has done a great job.”

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BENEFITS National Association of Letter Carriers — Dance, 8 p.m. Nov. 26; DJ Reo; ticket $10, purchase from any letter carrier or at the door; Tommie Atlas, 601-415-4576, Andrew Wildee, 601-529-7713 or Renee Maxey, 601-218-8691; The Hut, 1618 Main St.; benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS Christmas Parade of Lights — 5 p.m. Dec. 3; Disney theme; deadline to submit application, Monday; rules, regulations and application at or at 1617 Walnut St.; 601-634-4527. Senior Center — Monday: 9 a.m., Curtis ; 10, chair exercises; 1 p.m., card games and scratch art; 5:30, dance class. YMCA Thanksgiving Camp

— 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 21-23; swimming, basketball, crafts and movies; register online or Purks Center YMCA, 601-6381071. 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. CASA Volunteer Recruitment — Meeting, 5 p.m. Wednesday; Vicksburg CAP Center, 3527 Manor Drive, Suite F; 601-634-0557. Vicksburg Housing Authority Career Center — Job opportunities for Vicksburg Housing Authority residents only; Manney Murphy, 601638-1661 or 601-738-8140. Vicksburg Al-Anon — 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; family, friends of alcoholics and addicts; 502 Dabney Ave.; 601636-1134. River Region Healthy Woman Program — Noon Thursday; healthy eating and exercise for the holiday season; reservations required for lunch, Leigh White, 601-883-

6118; Gwen Robinson and Francine Nosser, River Region dieticians and Linda Fondren, owner of Shape Up Sisters; 3215 Plaza Drive.

Churches Greater Mount Zion Baptist — 113th church anniversary: 3 today, anniversary; today’s event, Georgia Kemp, 601608-0051, or Maxine Graham, 601-218-8435. Temple of Empowerment — Pre-Thanksgiving worship, 7 p.m., Tuesday; the Revs. James Archer and Joe Moseley; 707 Pierce St.; 4302 Fisher Ferry Road.

CLUBs Rosa A. Temple High Class of 1967 — Reunion meeting, 5 tonight; King Solomon Baptist church fellowship hall; 1409 Farmer St. Exchange Club — 12:30 p.m. Monday; the Rev. Mitchell Dent, pastor of Mount Carmel Ministries; Shoney’s. Ladies Auxiliary and VFW Post 2572 — Meeting 6 p.m. Monday; 1918 Washington St. Vicksburg Genealogical Society — 6 p.m. Monday, Shoney’s.

Vicksburg Kiwanis — Noon Tuesday, Jacques’ Cafe; Jason Martinez, Sports Center, speaker. Openwood Garden Club — Meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday; 109 Windy Lake Circle. Lions Club — Noon Wednesday; the Rev. Tim Brown, First Presbyterian Church, speaker; Toney’s. Lake Washington Foundation — Christmas Tea, 2-4

p.m. Dec. 4; Linden on the Lake, 1262 Lake Washington Road East, Glen Allan; tickets $10; Lynn Robinson, 662-8226868, or Barbara Linden, 662873-1236. WCHS NJROTC — Booster meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday; NJROTC building. Vicksburg Optimist Club — 6:30 p.m. Thursday; Malcolm Keown, past Lt. Governor installing new officers; Toney’s.

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Feds using more drones to secure border CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Two Border Patrol agents walked by a patch of brush on a remote ranch and saw nothing. But 19,000 feet overhead in the night sky, a Predator unmanned aircraft kept its heat-sensing eye on the spot. In an operations center about 80 miles away, all eyes were on a suspicious dark cluster on a video screen. Moments later, the drone operators triggered the craft’s infrared beam and pointed the agents directly to the undergrowth where two silent figures were hiding. Last week’s mission was just another night out for a Predator program that is playing a larger role in the nation’s border security as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection adds to its force of unmanned aircraft. The agency received its second Predator B aircraft in Texas last month and will add its sixth overall on the Southwest border when another is based in Arizona by the end of the year. The aircraft are credited with apprehending more than 7,500 people since they were deployed six years ago. They bring the latest in military technology to one of the oldest cat-and-mouse pursuits in the country. But on the border, even sophisticated devices struggle with the weather and conditions — just as humans do. “I’m trying to mark. I’m look-

Obama outlines agreement for Pacific trade HONOLULU (AP) — Courting help from Asian powers, President Barack Obama on Saturday sought to improve the beleaguered American jobs outlook with an eye toward next year’s election and contain deepening nuclear worries over Iran on a day of heavy diplomacy. On the sidelines of an AsiaPacific economic summit, Obama was to meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. The timing for Obama is significant, particularly with Russia and China, as the United States tries to increase world pressure on Iran amid a fresh U.N. atomic agency report that Iran is working secretly on a nuclear weapon. The president on Saturday announced the broad outlines of an agreement to create a transpacific trade zone encompassing the United States and eight nations. He said details must still be worked out, but added: ‘I’m confident we can get this done.” He called the agreement a model for the Asia-Pacific region and for other trade pacts. The eight countries joining the U.S. in the zone would be Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent William, right, monitors the activities of a Predator B unmanned aircraft. ing for a hole in the clouds,” said an exasperated operator as he lost his video image of a “hotspot” in a stand of trees. Cloud cover, along with crosswinds and rain, are the drones’ enemies. The aircraft can remain airborne for 30 hours though missions typically run eight or nine hours with the ground crews rotating in the control trailers. Smugglers of humans, drugs and guns are the chief prey. The Predators, which were being used in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, were introduced on the border in 2005, the year before Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared war on his country’s drug gangs and violence along the

border exploded. Since then, the aircraft have logged more than 10,000 flight hours and aided in intercepting 46,600 pounds of illegal drugs. “It’s like any other law enforcement platform,” said Lothar Eckardt, director of the Office of Air and Marine’s Predator operation housed at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. “No different than a helicopter.” A Predator system — the plane, sensors, control consoles and antennas — costs $18.5 million. The craft’s 66-foot wingspan stretches out from a relatively small body supported by spindly landing gear, making them appear almost insect-like. A single propeller powers them from

behind, allowing for relatively quiet flights. Inside the ground control trailer, a pilot and sensor operator sit side by side at consoles that include four screens each, a joystick, keyboard, several levers and rudder pedals. The pilot does the flying. The sensor operator works the infrared equipment and other technology under the aircraft’s nose. Some question whether the remotely-piloted aircrafts’ impact justifies the price. “The big knock on the UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) program ... is that it’s so expensive,” said T.J. Bonner, former president of the National Border Patrol Council, the agents’ union. He said the money would be better spent on more boots on the ground and manned aircraft. The Predator program now has one continuous patrolling zone from the Texas-Louisiana line, down the Gulf coast and up the border to El Centro, Calif. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, who pushed to add the second unmanned aircraft in Texas and eventually hopes to have six based here, called them an “extremely important” part of the border enforcement mix of agents and technology. “At that height out there, they can cover so much territory,” he said.



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OUR OPINION What isn’t expected to happen ... is that a new GOP speaker will shut the Democrats completely out of chairmanships or seats at the table on the money committees.

Significant changing of the guard evolves at the state Capitol


Repairing playground a job well done Remember the Mississippi River Flood of 2011? Saturday will mark six months from when waters reached historic levels on the Vicksburg gauge. The river topped at 57.1 feet, nearly a foot above the Great Flood of 1927. One of the casualties of this year’s flood was a playground at Waltersville Estates. The apartments were spared, but the 10,000-square-foot playground sat under 6 feet of water. When Vicksburg Kiwanis Club members searched for a project to assist flood victims, they chose the playground. A great decision, and one that will leave a lasting impact. On Nov. 5, volunteers from Kiwanis, the Vicksburg High Key Club, several from The Home Depot and others just wanting to help, braved cool temperatures to repair and replace the play-

ground. Ryan Lee, Kiwanis Club director, said volunteer efforts led to the collection of about $11,000 in money and equipment. Vicksburg’s businesses contributed as well. The outpouring of volunteer support was overwhelming. The project began in June by removing damaged equipment and flood debris. Delays in acquiring new equipment and meeting safety codes did not deter the effort. A commitment had been made to Waltersville, and that commitment was upheld. Volunteers began spreading mulch on Nov. 3, even getting the help of school children returning to their Waltersville homes. The playground provided neighborhood children a safe place to play. When it went underwater, that could have been the end of the story. The

playground easily could have been ignored or left in disrepair. No one had to fix it. But there was a need. And one thing we know about Vicksburg is when there is a need, the residents respond. Each volunteer who picked up a rake, climbed a ladder, hammered nails and gave up a day of college football to help put smiles on children’s faces, we thank you. To the children who will get the most use out of this playground, remember Nov. 5 and how residents came together to make your lives better. Next time, it might be you who is called on to do the right thing. We know you will answer that call.

Veterans worthy of our appreciation We would be remiss if we failed to recognize the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans. Veterans in Warren County and Vicksburg were honored during the past week with an annual breakfast, a parade along Washington Street, a service at the Municipal Rose Garden and the laying of a wreath. They deserve all of our respect and admiration. Oftentimes, Veterans Day is lost in the holiday shuffle. Tucked before Thanksgiving and the increasingly intrusive Christmas commercial rush, it is more of a day of remembrance and honor. Gifts are not exchanged. Large turkey dinners are not staples. Make no mistake, though, Veterans Day is as important a day as any of our national

observances. Veterans Day also is a chance to say “thank you.” Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait and today’s actions in the Middle East still live among us. America has assembled the greatest armed force in the history of mankind. Save Dec. 7, 1941, and Sept. 11, 2011, no major attacks have been launched against the United States since brother fought brother in the War Between the States. Contemplate that. In a violent world, only twice has our nation been attacked from foreign shores. Both of those were sneak attacks. Both were answered with deft fury. Our veterans helped beat back

Nazism and Fascism. They defeated the spread of Communism. They have captured or killed many of today’s greatest enemies of America. Their sacrifices last well beyond their time in the armed service. If you didn’t make the parade, or other events, or have yet to find a veteran to say thanks, it is never too late. Veterans will say they answered when duty called. Many Americans who never had to pick up a weapon in defense of freedom can do their duty as well — find a veteran, shake his or her hand and let them know how much their efforts are appreciated.

Time to get to work With exception of two election races, the final ballots in Warren County, the election is over so now it is time for the winners to get down to the business of moving Warren County forward. Tuesday’s election had contested races in five countywide races and all five county supervisor posts were contested. Of the supervisors, four incumbents were elected to another term, while John Arnold, who defeated incumbent David McDonald in the Aug. 23 Republican runoff, will fill out the five-member board. Sheriff Martin Pace, Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree and Tax Assessor Angela Brown easily won re-election. Two races — tax collector and chancery clerk — are being decided with hand counts of absentee and affidavit ballots. The count is

about halfway finished and is set to begin again on Monday. We congratulate the winners, and also those who were unsuccessful in their campaigns. Except for a few instances, the races were run cleanly and with respect for each candidate. Candidates acted professionally. Turnout for three forums to hear candidates speak before the election were dismal, but that did not reflect on the overall electorate turnout. In the county’s 22 precincts, 14,724 of a registered 30,771 voted in person, a more than 2,000 vote increase over the 2007 election, the last times these positions were up for grabs. The numbers were down from 2008, the presidential election that featured President Barack Obama. The turnout record came in 1996 — also a presidential election — when 72 percent of the

registered county voters cast ballots. The fact that 52.4 percent of the registered voters in Warren County did not cast a ballot is still alarming. Casting a vote takes a few minutes, and might include a few minor inconveniences and is of the utmost importance in choosing the future leaders. Even contemplating 100 percent turnout is unrealistic. At the least, the registered voters in this county should shoot for the record of 72 percent. Whether elections are minor, off-year, or presidential, the importance of voting does not wane. It’s the one way to keep the wheels of our representative government turning. The election is over. The posts are solidified. Work needs to be done. Let’s not waste time.

STARKVILLE — Mississippi Republicans have come a mighty long way since the days that Rubel Phillips, Gil Carmichael, Jack Reed and others laid the groundwork for the victory the GOP won in the 2011 Mississippi general election. There are other names — Wirt Yerger, Billy Mounger, the late Evelyn McPhail and Billy Powell — whose names are attached to that victory as well. But in holding control of the Governor’s Mansion and taking absolute control of the Mississippi Legislature in both houses for the first time since Reconstruction, there must also be a protracted nod to Gov. Haley Barbour, who brought Washington-style party discipline and organization to the Mississippi political party that in the days of Phillips and Yerger could hold their state conventions in a veritable phone booth. With Phil Bryant as the new governor and Tate Reeves as the new lieutenant governor, the only mystery at this point is who will lead the Mississippi House as the first Republican speaker in modern times. With SID the defeat of highly respected state Rep. Sid Bondurant, R-Grenada, the names most often mentioned in the GOP speaker’s race are state Rep. Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, state Rep. Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, state Rep. Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, state Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon, and state Rep. Mark Formby, R-Picayune. Bondurant’s defeat created a scramble among some GOP legislators who had been committed to him. Republicans lawmakers say they expect and orderly internal process and several Democratic lawmakers have said they have no intention of taking the speaker’s race “to the board” on a roll call vote — which would technically allow the speaker to eventually be named by acclamation. What isn’t expected to happen — despite what many conservative voters believe is a righteous anger over the last four years when Republicans were essentially shut out of committee chairmanships and from real influence on the House “money” committees (Appropriations and Ways and Means) — is that a new GOP speaker will shut the Democrats completely out of chairmanships or seats at the table on the money committees. With control of the Governor’s Mansion, the House and Senate, Mississippi Republicans have complete control of Mississippi government. But that reality also means that without some power sharing, the GOP likewise will be assigned – rightly or wrongly - total responsibility for problems that arise in government over the next four years. With the party switch of state Sen. Gray Tollison of Oxford, Lt. Gov.-Elect Tate Reeves will enjoy a GOP super majority in the state Senate. Such won’t be the case for the new GOP House speaker. In order to pass key legislation, the Republican majority in the House will need some level of political rapport with the Democrats. One fact is undeniable. After eight years of Gov. Barbour’s leadership — a time in which Barbour enjoyed more power than the state’s 1890 Constitution actually affords the governor — Republicans and Democrats alike in the Legislature are ready to more forcefully assert themselves into policy decisions. •


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WEEK IN Vicksburg Roller coaster temperatures prevailed as highs soared through the 70s to 80 before dipping back into the 60s by week’s end. Overnight lows followed suit, climbing to 60 before dropping back into the 30s. About .8 of an inch of rain fell during the week. The Mississippi River remained at 12.6 feet for much of the week before easing up to 13.3 on the local gauge. Another slight rise was predicted, as forecasters were expecting a reading of 13.8 feet for today. Greenlawn Gardens, the former Green Acres cemetery off U.S. 80, had its first columbarium installed as burial costs have risen in recent years. The cost for a columbarium, a hexagonal storage niche used for the burial of cremation urns, averages $1,200. Warren County supervisors OK’d an extension for the completion of new bridges across the Big Black River on Fisher Ferry Road. The builder, Fordice Construction, cited delays due to flooding and the need for longer support pilings underground. Vicksburg police issued a statewide plea at a Crime Stoppers meeting for help in identifying the man who raped and severely beat a 55-year-old disabled woman in her Drummond Street home in October. A group of “concerned citizens” has chipped in $1,300 in reward money to be added to the $2,500 already being offered by Crime Stoppers. Ameen Gamil, a suspect taken into custody after an August drug raid at the Pecan Mart on Culkin Road, was found to be in the country illegally. The Yemen native was transferred to the Madison County Jail where federal detainees are held. The store’s alleged owner, Alwan M. Obed, was out of town at the time of the raid but was arrested three days ago after a traffic stop led to the discovery of drugs and a rifle in his possession. The counting of absentee ballots is expected to be complete within several days to determine the winner in the tax collector and chancery clerk posts after Tuesday’s election left candidates in a neck-and-neck race. Official winners in other races were Martin Pace, sheriff; Shelly Ashley-Palmertree, circuit clerk; Angela J. Brown, tax assessor; and John Arnold, William H. Banks, Charles Selmon, Bill Lauderdale Jr. and Richard George, Warren County supervisors. Ashley Lynne King, a teen who was driving a car that struck and killed Anthony Sims on U.S. 80 in September, will be fined no more than $677. The amount was established after she pleaded guilty to a DUI charge; there is no automatic vehicular homicide charge and the investigation revealed Sims was in the highway and also drunk at the time of the accident. New maps for the county show about 20 areas that have been reclassified as lower flood-risk, thanks to technical adjustments geared to take properties out of so-called Special Flood Hazard Areas. The reclassification includes a stretch of Washington Street near the railway depot on Levee Street. Work has begun at the Vicksburg National Military Park to clear acreage and restore areas to their 1863 appearance. The purpose of alterations at the park is to more accurately represent what the terrain looked like to Confederate soldiers as they defended Vicksburg from Union troops in the Civil War. Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division passed command to Maj. Gen. John W. Peabody during ceremonies at the Vicksburg Convention Center. Walsh has been assigned deputy commanding general for Civil and Emergency Operations for the Corps in Washington, D.C. Eagle Lake resident Anthony Clark, 56, was arrested by Warren County officials and is expected to be charged with one count of trafficking stolen firearms, four counts of burglary and four counts of grand larceny. His arrest is also believed to have cleared burglaries in Adams and Issaquena counties as well. Local deaths during the week were Ellis J. Cummins, Lillie Mae McDuff, Mobrey K. Parker Sr., Jessie Thomas “Tommy” Bishop, Michael A. Reed, Betty Carol Wright Bulluck, Howard Lovell Naylor, O.D. Brown and Evelyn Marie Erwin Roach.


Mississippi’s food future could mirror its past OXFORD — The arc of world population growth is growing steeper, making folks fretful about a lot of things — including the food supply. Yet a windshield survey along almost any Mississippi road reveals vast acreage of fallow land. Most is not exactly fallow, just covered up by that wonderful long-term crop known as trees. But there are also miles and miles of empty pasture suitable for grazing. And there are thousands of acres where food crops could be grown, but are not. The reason is that today’s food “systems” really put small-scale livestock, dairy and food crop producers at an economic disadvantage. At the same time it’s a point of pride (and a good response when globalists complain that Americans use more than “our share” of fossil fuels and other raw materials) that a guy named John Deere invented machinery that has led to America providing much more than “our share” of the world’s food supply. Grain production in America’s heartland is still unsurpassed. Sit on a river overlook in Natchez, Greenville or Vicksburg and barge after barge passes south, with Russia, Africa, China, South America or Europe as the ultimate destination for the harvest within. Mississippi also contributes to these exports, mostly corn and rice. There was a day, however, when big-picture producers didn’t exist. And a growing number of people — which could also be called a number of growing people — believe the little guys are poised for a comeback. As humanity rockets from 7 billion people today to 8 billion over the next 14 years, this group believes individual or community gardens and slaughterhouses will be a smart thing to have, even if not strictly essential to survival. These folks are not hippie-freaks, communists, fear mongers, extremists or fashionistas who think it’s chic to “go organic.” Their not-so-reluctant prophet is a Joel Salatin of Swoope, Va. Never heard of Swoope? Probably for the same reason a lot of people haven’t heard of Morton, Petal or Marks in Mississippi. It’s rural. To a world that loves to stereotype individuals because it makes them easy to pigeonhole, Salatin, 54, describes himself as a “Christianlibertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic.” More simply, he’s an evangelical small-scale family



As we are on the cusp of a food-centered holiday created to remind us to be grateful, we truly can count our blessings in Mississippi.

farmer. In a recent profile in Time magazine, Salatin was also an equal opportunity offender. He blamed “Big Food” for hyper-processed goods that ruin Americans’ health and fitness. And he knocked those who produce healthy foodstuffs for shipping as merely marketeers and called on them to do as he does, make a living from what can be sold locally. As a concession to modern times, Salatin does have a website to share the message (polyfacefarms. com), which, succinctly is that he believes we are best served when we serve ourselves. While Salatin doesn’t necessarily impose government-set food standards and inspection requirements,

he seems to believe the Congress aids and abets Big Food — surprise, surprise, surprise — while making it too tough on local growers. If there is to be a shift, state and federal inspectors will have to back way off, he says. The biggest enemy the small producer has is government regulation. He told a Colorado newspaper, “If you don’t believe me, try selling raw milk to a neighbor tomorrow and see what happens. Try going to your church or your civic club and tell them, ‘I’m going to start making pickles in my kitchen,’ and try selling those. This isn’t just food regulation ... what we are doing today with our hyper-regulatory and paranoid, litigious society is that we are stifling the innovation that is the answer to many of

these issues.” As we are on the cusp of a foodcentered holiday created to remind us to be grateful, we truly can count our blessings in Mississippi. Earth’s population has more than doubled during the lifetime of anyone who is now 50 years old. That’s significant, to say the least. The 50-year-olds may not, but certainly their parents remember gardens, remember canning, remember killing chickens themselves so the family could have a meal. If the future brings back the past, it’s heartening to know we live in a region where the weather and most of the land is suitable for growing animals as well as crops. “Big Food” and “Big Government” are working hand-in-hand to meet increasing demand so we don’t have to think (or fret) about the food supply. Salatin says, however, that we should think about it more. And that the answers to what we need are, at best, in our own backyards or, at worst, down the road a piece. •

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


Fly-over at WC football practice a head-scratcher Here are my bullet point opinions on the recent plane fly-over incident surrounding the Warren Central/Vicksburg football game. • I have never, and may never, understand the nutsy obsession some people have with high school sports, and the Warren Central/ Vicksburg situation is crazy. When businesses won’t do business with you because you support one or the other school that borders on some sort of obsessive disorder or something. • The plane flying over and the dumping of leaflets on the field is not only illegal and irresponsible, but psychotic. The person or people behind this garbage should be punished severely. • Not that the fly-over itself wasn’t crazy enough, but then for the School District to set up a fly-over of their own was a bad move. But to do it and not notify local law enforcement was irresponsible and unprofessional. Those responsible for this should be reprimanded. These are more examples of behavior and a culture in this area that leave me scratching my head and always lead me to say that this area is retarded. Mike Corley Vicksburg

National Hospice month When we think of health care breakthroughs, we usually think of new surgical procedures or miracle drugs, not hospice care. Hospice’s story, however, is unique and remarkable. In just over three decades, hospice has quietly revolutionized the way people die in America by honoring wishes and bringing peace, dignity and comfort to millions of patients and families. November is National Hospice Month — a time when we at Odyssey Hospice honor

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. our patients and families, and recognize the contributions of professionals and volunteers who provide hospice care. Odyssey Hospice provides direct care, support and education to the residents in our community to ensure comfort, dignity and choice during life-threatening illness or the transition of dying. When patients and families choose hospice, they receive care unlike any other. The hospice team treats pain and symptoms and eases the emotional and spiritual suffering of patients, families and loved ones. Please remember the hospice professionals and volunteers who are making a difference every day in the lives of our community’s terminally ill and their families. They truly are the heart and soul of hospice. Mike Davis Executive Director Odyssey Hospice, Flowood

Sound system awful Last week I attended the Center for Pregnancy Choices Banquet at the Vicksburg Convention Center along with about 600 others. In addition last fall, I attended the Autism Conference there featuring keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra concerts over the last four years. At each event I tried to hear the song introductions announced by Crafton Beck over the sound of the air conditioning motors. After paying good money to hear Dr. Grandin squeak and squawk for several hours, I was about ready to go to the nearest sport supply store or eBay and purchase her an oldfashioned megaphone which she probably would have liked much better anyway. I find it an embarrassment to our community for a facility that prides itself in promoting such events and looks this nice, but lacks the acoustical dampening to have a public address system that it is actually pleasinging to listen to. I now cringe every time someone picks up a microphone. The podium mic sounded somewhat better than the wireless handheld, which may need an upgrade, but whatever is heard from my perspective is normally less than pleasing. I will say the system used at Christmas for the caroling contest, which was owned and operated by an outside source, was better than anything I have experienced there that is permanently installed. I do understand that this is a very open, high-ceiling room not conducive to good acoustics and that, combined with a “knob turner” who may not understand such, can be explosive. Being a musician and somewhat of a sound engineer

myself with my recording business, I hope that when renovation time comes, someone will carefully consider what they will spend more taxpayer’s money on. Mike Robinson Vicksburg

Vicksburg blues a boon Big time blues music was on display in our town last Sunday evening at The Vicksburg Coral Room. The Vicksburg Blues Society, chaired by “Blues Boss” Shirley Waring, showcased Grady Champion as part of the Heritage Concert Series 2011. What an electrifying performance it was. Winner of the 2010 International Blues Challenge, Grady is a gifted performer, both as singer/songwriter and musician. His soaring harmonica solos blew us away as did his sly/smooth delivery and killer smile. The Coral Room is an intimate venue inviting performer and audience to share the music in a personal way. Grady and his band had us clapping, shouting and dancing in the aisles. Drinks and light refreshments complemented the entertainment nicely, while deft use of sound and lighting systems highlighted each song. It was a firstclass performance and production which we thoroughly enjoyed. Can you tell we had a good time? More events are scheduled in the future. Check The Vicksburg Post or the Vicksburg Blues Society home page at www.digitalmantra. com/vicksburgblues for dates and times. I guarantee you’ll see exceptional entertainment and have a great time doing it. C’mon out, Vicksburg! Let’s get behind this locally produced expression of our blues heritage. See you at the next event. Joe and Darlene Lorinc Vicksburg


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Cain, Perry manage crises differently WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Perry and Herman Cain have chosen far different weapons in their race to recover first and best from the crises that have rocked their presidential campaigns. Humor is Perry’s choice. For Cain, defiance. The assignment for both men: Fit the response to the predicament, with no margin for error. Perry rushed to the talk circuit in a bid to persuade Republican voters not to take his forgetful Wednesday night debate “oops” so seriously. “I don’t know what you’re talking about — I think things went well,” the Texas governor joked the next evening on David Letterman’s “Late Show.” “I wanted to help take the heat off my buddy Herman Cain.” He certainly did, at least for a day, with the stunning 54-second brain freeze in which Perry tried and failed to recall a third Cabinet agency he would abolish. Cain, a week-and-a-half into denying at least four sexual harassment accusations, finally was able to talk about something else. Facing serious allegations, he hasn’t been laughing about any of it — with the brief exception of his reaction Thursday to a question about Anita Hill,

who had accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during Thomas’ confirmation hearing. “Is she going to endorse me?” Cain replies on camera, bursting out laughing. By Friday, he was back to explaining himself. “He said it in a humorous way, I gave back a humorous response,” Cain said on Fred Dicker’s radio show in Albany, N.Y. “It was no way intended to be an insult to Anita Hill or anybody else.” Private polling suggests the harassment controversy has taken a bite out of Cain’s oncesolid lead in Iowa. And a new nationwide CBS News poll out Friday indicates he has lost support among women. The CBS News poll, conducted Nov. 6-10 during the span of both crises, suggests a three-way tie for the nomination between Cain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and a resurgent Newt Gingrich among GOP primary voters. Crisis management is a distinct presidential fitness test, watched intently by influential politicos looking to support a campaign that might succeed. It can be a key indicator of who’s best suited to compete for the voters’ trust

and enthusiasm in a perpetual news cycle against the best strategists and communicators around. And it offers a hint of how the hopefuls might, as president, make snap judgments on sober matters in the White House. “The crisis creates, really, a stage,” said Daniel Diermeier, a professor and expert on reputation management at Northwestern University. “All eyes are on the leader, and how they conduct themselves leaves a very long and profound impression on the audience.” Perry’s stumble was hard to watch, an awkward 54 seconds that he has since noted felt like hours. “The third agency of government I would do away with — the Education, the Commerce. And let’s see. I can’t. The third one, I can’t,” Perry said. “Oops.” The response in cyberspace was swift and brutal, many saying the slow-motion flub suggests Perry isn’t, after all, ready for national politics. The candidate made a beeline for the press room to own up and vow to press on: “I’m glad I had my boots on because I really stepped in it tonight.”

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Preserving history Residents hope to save Ala. town’s historic square JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Jerry Klug sees Jacksonville as it was in the 1800s. Horses clop along, pulling stagecoaches down what was known as Wagon Road to a stop on the town square. Teenage boys march in Confederate garb. Townspeople gather around the old county courthouse, a wooden structure that was once fixed in the center of the square on the courtyard. “I close my eyes and I put myself into that time span,” Klug said standing on the square last week. “I think about what this did look like.” Prompted by Charlene Chapman, Klug, a member of the city’s Historical Society, is leading a renewed effort to encourage historic preservation in Jacksonville. Together, the pair is focusing on establishing a historic commission to set guidelines to enhance and preserve the character of the city’s historic district. Unlike the society, the commission would be city-chartered, and have some power to encourage preservation. “My hope was that we could do something to improve the looks around the square,” Chapman said. “If we could just get enough people to realize the potential and work together, I think we could encourage shopping and tourism there.” The society is only in the beginning stages of the effort, which is unlike any other the society has attempted, Klug said. To date, they’ve held a few meetings, identified some historic structures and begun reviewing the work of other cities that have established historic commissions. It’s a slow process that takes cooperation among residents, the city and business owners, Klug said. It involves the acquisition of grants to help store owners pay for exterior improvements, he added. “I want to bring business to Jacksonville,” he said. “I want to make Jacksonville more appealing by (improving) its facades.” The society would have to draft a plan and the city would have to adopt it before

Arab-American center head mistakenly jailed in Mich. DETROIT (AP) — Police in suburban Detroit mistakenly arrested the head of a popular Arab-American cultural center and held him overnight in jail, believing he was a man charged in a conspiracy to funnel money to Hezbollah from the sale of stolen and counterfeit goods. Dearborn police claiming to be investigating a break-in asked Ali Hammoud for identification and arrested him outside his home Friday night, attorney Majed Moughni said. “They said they had a warrant for his arrest. He was coming back from a dinner, a family gathering,” Moughni said. But police had the wrong Hammoud. A man with the same name was indicted with 18 people in Detroit in 2003 in a conspiracy involving the sale of illegal cigarettes, counterfeit Viagra and stolen goods to support Hezbollah, which the U.S. considers a terrorist group. That man has not been found. An FBI agent went to the Dearborn police station Saturday and told Hammoud he was not the man wanted by authorities, Moughni said. Hammoud is president of Bint Jebail Cultural Center in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb that is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the country. The center has hosted ceremonies for new U.S. citizens and speeches by prominent officials.

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Jerry Klug and Charlene Chapman talk on the square in Jacksonville, Ala. any measure could proceed, he said. The city would also have to select the commission that would form and establish architectural and aesthetic standards for the historic district, Klug said. “You just have to follow through with the long processes to get any type of legislation done,” he said. It’s not Klug’s first time to head up the historic society. He’s done it before, but past efforts have fallen flat due to lack of interest, he said. The current push began strong with an August meeting of 20 people. The second meeting saw just four attendees. The most recent, held at Klug’s own historic Jacksonville home, drew 18 people. A few years can make a big difference in historic preservation. In recent decades, Jacksonville has lost several of its historic structures. The post office, a Kentucky Fried Chicken, Grub Mart, and Waffle House all replaced historic structures. Many of the city’s historic buildings were lost to neglect. “Jacksonville as a community does not have a real stellar record as it pertains to his-

toric preservation,” Schneider said. “Part of it I think is that people aren’t very aware that those things are there, and then when they become threatened, there isn’t enough time to do anything about it.” More structures are either being saved from a similar fate, or are at risk of falling to neglect. Jacksonville resident Jerrod Brown is restoring two historic homes on West Mountain Street at the edge of the Jacksonville State University campus. Klug and Chapman aren’t alone in their hopes to see the square transformed. At least one new business owner was unaware of the plans, but said merging the old and new in a way that is aesthetically pleasing is already part of her plan. She opened her business, Wake and Bake Pizza and Coffee, just last week to attract new college students to the old square. “The square is definitely charming,” said Sandy Night, a former JSU student with plans to improve her building. “I guess ‘revive’ is the best word. We want to bring it back to all it can be.”



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League votes to End of an era: Italy’s Berlusconi resigns Arab suspend Syria over killings ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi resigned Saturday after parliament’s lower chamber passed European-demanded reforms, ending a 17-year political era and setting in motion a transition aimed at bringing the country back from the brink of economic crisis. A chorus of Handel’s “Alleluia,” performed by a few dozen singers and classical musicians, rang out in front of the president’s palace as thousands of Italians poured into downtown Rome to rejoice at the end of Berlusconi’s scandal-marred reign. Hecklers shouted “Buffoon, Buffoon!” as Berlusconi’s motorcade entered and exited the presidential palace, where he tendered his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano, the palace said in a statement. Respected former European commissioner Mario Monti remained the top choice to try to steer the country out of its debt woes as the head of a transitional government, but Berlusconi’s allies remained split over whether to support him. Their opposition wasn’t expected to scuttle Napoli-

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Silvio Berlusconi tano’s plans to ask Monti to try to form an interim government once Berlusconi resigns, but it could make Monti’s job more difficult. Napolitano was expected to hold consultations today with all of Italy’s political forces before proceeding with his expected nomination of Monti. Late Saturday, Berlusconi’s party said it would support Monti, albeit with conditions. Berlusconi’s resignation was set in motion after the Chamber of Deputies, with a vote

Saturday of 380-26 with two abstentions, approved economic reforms which include increasing the retirement age starting in 2026 but do nothing to open up Italy’s inflexible labor market. The Senate approved it a day earlier and Napolitano signed the legislation Saturday afternoon, paving the way for Berlusconi to leave office as he promised to do after losing his parliamentary majority earlier in the week. He chaired his final Cabinet meeting Sat-

IAEA shows Iran nuke intel to 35 nations VIENNA (AP) — In a showand-tell based on secret intelligence, the U.N. atomic agency shared satellite images, letters and diagrams with 35 nations Friday as it sought to underpin its case that Iran apparently worked secretly on developing a nuclear weapon. Iran’s chief envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency rejected the presentation as based on material fabricated by the United States and its allies. “There is no indication and proof that Iran’s activities is toward military purposes,” he told reporters, in comments that those inside the closed meeting showing the evidence said essentially matched his statement to that gathering. Western diplomats, in contrast, said that the briefing was a convincing supplement to a report presented earlier this week. Based on 1,000 pages of research and nearly a decade of probing Iran, that document included evidence that the agency says indicates the Islamic republic is working on the clandestine procurement of equipment and designs to

While some of the activities identified in the annex have civilian as well as military applications, others are specific to nuclear weapons, an IAEA report said. make nuclear arms. “While some of the activities identified in the annex have civilian as well as military applications, others are specific to nuclear weapons,” the report said. Among these were indications that Iran has conducted high explosives testing and detonator development to set off a nuclear charge, as well as computer modeling of a core of a nuclear warhead. The report also cited preparatory work for a nuclear weapons test, and development of a nuclear payload for Iran’s Shahab 3 intermediate range missile — a weapon that can reach Israel. The report implicated a “foreign expert” as helping Tehran on some of its alleged experiments, saying he worked on ways to set off a nuclear blast through a sophisticated multipoint explosives trigger. The IAEA report cited intelligence from a nation it did not name, saying the “for-

eign expert” worked “for much of his career” in developing explosive triggers for a nuclear blast in his home country. It said the expert was in Iran from about 1996 to about 2002, ostensibly to help Iran develop a technique to make the tiny industrial diamonds. The process also uses steel chambers, but one of the diplomats said the one at Parchin — the size of a double-decker bus — was much too large for this use. Kommersant said that starting in the 1950s and until his retirement, Danilenko had worked at one of the Soviet Union’s top nuclear weapons research centers, known as Chelyabinsk-70. Iran is under U.N. sanctions for refusing to stop uranium enrichment — which can produce both nuclear fuel and fissile warhead material — and other suspected activities that the international community fears could be used to make atomic arms.

urday evening. Berlusconi stood as lawmakers applauded him in the parliament chamber immediately after the vote. But outside his office and in front of government palazzos across town, hundreds of curiosity-seekers massing to witness the final hours of his government heckled him and his ministers. It was an ignoble end for the 75-year-old billionaire media mogul, who came to power for the first time in 1994 using a soccer chant “Let’s Go Italy” as the name of his political party and selling Italians on a dream of prosperity with his own personal story of transformation from cruiseship crooner to Italy’s richest man. While he became Italy’s longest-serving post-war premier, Berlusconi’s three stints as premier were tainted by corruption trials and accusations that he used his political power to help his business interests. His last term has been marred by sex scandals, “bunga bunga” parties and criminal charges he paid a 17-year-old girl to have sex — accusations he denies.

CAIRO — In a surprisingly sharp move, the Arab League voted Saturday to suspend Syria over the country’s bloody crackdown on an eight-month uprising and stepped up calls on the army to stop killing civilians. The decision was a humiliating blow to a regime that prides itself as a bastion of Arab nationalism, but it was unlikely to immediately end a wave of violence that the U.N. estimates has killed more than 3,500 people since mid-March. More than 250 Syrian civilians have been killed so far this month, including 12 on Saturday in attacks in the restive city of Homs, the Damascus suburbs and elsewhere, according to activist groups.

Bahrain: Iran-linked terror plot uncovered MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain said a terrorist cell plotting attacks against the Gulf kingdom has been uncovered by security officials in neighboring Qatar and that the four suspects


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS have links to Iran. The Interior Ministry said the four detained Bahrainis had a laptop containing sensitive security information about sites like the Saudi Embassy and the Interior Ministry building in Bahrain’s capital.

10,000 protest banks’ power in Germany BERLIN — German police said more than 10,000 people protested against the banks’ dominance in two of the country’s major cities. Police in Frankfurt, continental Europe’s financial hub, said about 9,000 people were peacefully protesting near the European Central Bank’s office tower in the city centre. Police in Berlin said demonstrators formed a human chain surrounding parts of the capital’s government district to call for an end to excesses of financial speculation and urge the government to dismantle big banks.

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Rural areas targeted for broadband

Lofts of Vicksburg

By The Associated Press JACKSON — As the federal government aims to bring broadband capability to as many Americans as possible, various groups in Mississippi are ramping up their efforts to bring the technology to those who don’t have it. The Federal Communications Commission recently announced its revamping its Connect America Fund to give high-speed Internet capability to 7 million people in rural or economically disadvantaged areas across the country in the next six years. And the need for better Internet access is great in Mississippi. FCC figures indicate about a third of the state’s rural population of roughly 1.5 million people lack high-speed Internet access. “It’s a natural process” to expand broadband, said independent telecommunications analyst Jeff Kagan. “This was bound to happen, as most (people) move away from landline service to wireless service.” Many people, especially in largely rural, poor states like Mississippi, can’t afford a computer or the capability to upgrade Internet speed. Clinton resident Jacque Bailey said Internet service is fine at her home computer. For many people in Bolton, where she operates a hair salon, the situation is different. “A lot of people here can’t get high-speed Internet,” she said, adding the kind of upgrade the FCC is eyeing is much needed. Jefferson County has the highest rate of people without access to broadband at 95.2 percent, according to the FCC. George County has the best access at 6 percent. Twelve counties have at least 70 percent of their rural population without high-speed Internet access, while just six had rates of less than 10 percent, including Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties. A 2009 World Bank report estimated an area’s economy could grow by 1.3 percent for every 10-percentage-point increase in high-speed Internet use. In Mississippi, that would translate to $150 million in revenue with a 20 percent usage increase, according to the nonprofit Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition. Businesses these days are looking at connectivity just as much as infrastructure and workforce availability when selecting a site, said Joe Max Higgins Jr., CEO of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link. The Lowndes County area has attracted dozens of companies to the area in recent years. PACCAR’s commercial truck engine

Woman claims bias in firing by Senate By The Associated Press

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Bryce Devine, top photo, from left, Starling Devine, 9, Jocelyn Devine and John and Anita Bonar marvel at Troy and Laura Weeks’ loft during the Lofts of Vicksburg tour on Saturday. About 325 people attended two tours — one in the afternoon and one Saturday evening. At right, Gwen Edris and Esther Banks walk through Amber Russell’s loft apartment. Below, Ava Register, left, and Violet Franco tour a loft in The Valley apartments. Both women had memories of the building when it was a department store.

JACKSON — A Jackson woman has filed a federal lawsuit claiming she was fired by the state because of her race. Janice Brown filed the racial discrimination lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Jackson. Nick Norris, one of her attorneys, says that from the evidence they have seen, it appears that the Mississippi Senate based its decision to terminate Brown on her race “rather than legitimate business reasons like seniority, experience, or performance.” The Senate leadership committee made the decision to fire Brown, according to senate staffers. State Senate President Pro Tem Billy Hewes couldn’t be reached for comment. State Senate officials said they have been instructed by the state attorney general’s office not to comment about the lawsuit because of the pending litigation. State Sen. Samuel Jackson II of DeKalb said the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission interviewed him. He said he knew Brown but didn’t have much interaction with her. He said the Rules Committee made the decision to fire Brown. See Bias, Page A10.

Two injured while leaving school bus By The Associated Press FOREST — Two girls were injured Friday evening while getting off a school bus around 5:15 p.m. on U.S. 80 east of Forest. Sheriff Mike Lee says 87-year-old Sammy Hunter of Forest told authorities he did not realize the bus was stopped. He continued past it, hitting the girls as they got off the bus to walk to their home across the street. One of the victims was grazed by Hunter’s truck, Lee said. The other, a 6-year-old, was taken to a hospital. She remained there Friday night in good condition. Lee says none of the injuries was lifethreatening. Hunter was charged with failure to yield to a school bus.

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If planning to protest, be careful in choosing your cause America was built on a protest. Tired of the overreaching arm of the British crown, freedom-seeking Americans began the march to independence with a protest. The act of protest is one of the founding tenets of this nation and one that should be cherished. Protests make a stand. Rosa Parks protested by not giving up her seat on a Montgomery bus in defiance of the politics of the times. Protesters are seemingly everywhere today. They are protesting the federal government, greed on Wall Street, eating meat and the use of incandescent light bulbs. Some have merit, some are misguided. Some are disgraceful. State College, Pa., is a



fairly small city tucked in central Pennsylvania in the Alleghany Mountains. Historically, the school has been renowned for its prowess on the football field and its love affair with its football coach, Joe Paterno. He has been coaching at the school for 61 years, 46 of those as head coach, and has the most football wins of any Divi-

sion I coach in history. He could have run for governor and won in a landslide. The people treated the man as a god. He was only a football coach. Late Wednesday night, the Penn State Board of Trustees sacked the iconic coach. Students, as is their right, protested the termination. They placed flowers of support at the front door of a man, it is alleged, who knew of the most heinous acts being perpetrated under his watchful eyes. The grand jury indictment against his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, on charges of sexual abuse against children is an abomination to humankind. If the allegations are proved

true, their is no hell fit for this man. The indictment, which easily can be found online, is 23 pages of disgusting, hardto-believe acts perpetrated against children as young as 10 years old stretching back as many as 15 years. The indictment alleges that Paterno was told by a graduate assistant of an episode of Sandusky in the shower performing horrible acts on a young boy. The graduate assistant told Paterno, who then passed the information up the chain of command in 2002. Nothing, it appears, was done. The indictment tells of eight victims being abused between 1996 and 2002. Students protested violently — not against the

coach and administration who allowed this to continue, but against the coach’s firing. A smattering of students gathered in protest for the children; most were for the coach. Morally bankrupt thinking at its worst. Obviously few, if any, read the indictment. Twentythree pages is not trying to sift through “War and Peace,” mind you. It’s 23 pages of pure hell against young boys. It’s 23 pages of a cover-up to keep the coffers overflowing for a football program and protecting the school’s “holier than though” persona. In the annals of American protests — from the Boston Tea Party to the Tea Party Express — this one will go

down with the worst of them: Protesting the firing of a coach who, although legally in the clear, failed morally. He could have done more. He should have done more. He was JoePa, an image crafted over 46 years of class and doing things right. Read the indictment, then decide which protest you would have joined. For the coach who knew? Or for the children? For those who choose the former, it’s time for a bit of soul-searching. •

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


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Garden bonanza

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Mark-Austin Graves, 5, stands behind his 14-pound organically grown watermelon. Mark-Austin is in kindergarten at Bovina Elementary School and is the son of De’Shawns Graves and DeDeDee Anderson.

Laurel to add $300K press box to sportsplex LAUREL — The Laurel City Council has approved the construction of a nearly $300,000 press box at the Laurel Sportsplex. The city will host the 2013 Dixie Youth World Series and the 2013 Dixie Youth O-Zone World Series.

Man sentenced to 15 years for meth HATTIESBURG — A federal judge sentenced a Meridian man to more than 15 years for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute the drug. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Michael Greenwood on Thursday. Greenwood was ordered to serve five years probation.

Delta literary landmark closing GREENVILLE — A neighborhood gathering place, the only spot in Greenville to get


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS a Sunday New York Times, a stop for visiting writers and tourists and a Greenville Main Street landmark since 1965 is shutting its doors. Owners Hugh and Mary Dayle McCormick have been recognized for preserving and promoting the literary heritage of the Delta.

Woman gets 3-years for food stamp fraud JACKSON — A Rankin County woman who lied on her food stamp application will serve three years in jail. Anita McLemore, 47, the mother of two teenage children, pleaded guilty in July to one count of submitting a false claim to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Temporary Assistance and Food Stamps program. She lied about not being convicted of a felony.

Ice chest full of loose change stolen from Culkin Road home A Warren County resident surprised a burglar in his home early Saturday morning but still lost an ice chest full of loose change, Sheriff Martin Pace said. The resident called 911 around 1:30 and reported that he had heard someone in his home, located in the 1800 block of Culkin Road, and when he confronted the


from staff reports intruder the man grabbed the cooler and ran out, said Pace. No one was injured, but the burglar got away with about $200, he said. Investigators are following several leads, said Pace.



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manufacturing plant, which opened in 2010 in Columbus, needed the ability to connect electronically with other plants in the company’s network so they could freely communicate in a matter of seconds, he said. “Today’s economic development is done with an iPad as much as anything else,” Higgins said. The Connect America Fund will be capped at $4.5 billion annually and will be funded by existing surcharges on monthly phone bills. It will include $500 million dedicated to building mobile broadband networks in areas currently lacking them. The FCC has said ratepayers shouldn’t pay any extra in surcharges to fund the expansion. People in some parts of the state are getting creative in how they use technology while awaiting larger-scale improvements. Some Delta farmers use

public meetings this week Monday • Warren County Board of Supervisors, 8:30 a.m., Board of Supervisors building, rear conference room Tuesday • Vicksburg Main Street, 8:45 a.m., City Hall Annex, Walnut Street

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• Vicksburg Housing Authority, 5 p.m., 113 Elizabeth Circle Thursday • Vicksburg Warren School District Board of Trustees, 5:30 p.m., district office board meeting room, 1500 Mission 66

“precision farming,” in which a satellite beams information to computers aboard tractors indicating which parts of their fields might need more of a particular chemical, said Bubba Weir, vice president for innovation resource development for the Mississippi Technology Alliance. The MTA is a nonprofit that promotes technology-based economic development. “Rural areas are the ones that are using broadband the least, but there are particular parts of the population” in those areas that have access and others that don’t, Weir said.

Hewes is chairman of the committee. State Sen. David Jordan of Greenwood, a new member of the Rules Committee, said Friday he didn’t want to comment and referred all questions to the lawyer representing the state. Attorney general’s spokeswoman Jan Schaefer said the policy of the office is to not discuss pending litigation. Brown, who is black, said she worked for the state Senate from 1995 until she was terminated on May 25, 2010. Brown held several different positions during her 15-year tenure with the state.

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Continued from Page A1. at a rally Monday in Tupelo. Standing next to the Rev. Donald Wildmon, founder of the American Family Association on election eve, Bryant said the defeat of Initiative 26 would mean “Satan wins.” After the election, Bryant seemed to offer only lukewarm support for a rerun of the personhood debate. “I believe there could have been a better job at presenting the information on 26,” Bryant said when asked if he believed Satan had won. “The people of the state of Mississippi have spoken on that issue, and one thing I’ve learned to do is listen to the people.” Bryant said he was upset because he felt opponents were distorting the issues. “When any political issue is in front of the people, all I ask is that the truth be told,” he said. “We can certainly differ on our opinions, but I hope we could keep the facts together.” Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, who voiced doubts about the amendment but ultimately said he voted for it, said Thursday that he thought proponents had erred in putting the amendment on the ballot through a petition instead of going through the Legislature. “If it had gone to the Legislature, the wrinkles in it would have been worked out, the ambiguities would have been understood and eliminated. Instead, these were some people from Colorado who had an initiative they tried twice to pass in Colorado and they couldn’t,” Barbour said. “And they thought, ‘What’s the most pro-life state in the country?’ Well it’s Mississippi. So they came to Mississippi with a halfbaked initiative.” Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, said he would consider retooling the amendment. “That exact language has been soundly rejected and I don’t think that would by a wise political move, but to improve upon the language would be a possibility,” said McDaniel, a leading abortion foe among lawmakers. Les Riley of Pontotoc, head of Personhood Mississippi, an affiliate of Personhood

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Adam Browne, right and his wife Debbie Browne, hold signs supporting Initiatve 26.

Lindsey Clark, left, and Ashley Fly urge voters to vote “NO” on Amendment 26. USA, an umbrella group for similar efforts around the nation, said he is considering the best course of future action. Revising language in the Legislature is one possible route. “We’d like to answer their concerns and answer those

questions and see if Mississippi voters and legislators would pass legislation to protect every life,” Riley said Friday. One voter who’d need to be persuaded is Kim Bourn of Madison, an accountant and married mother of two. She

said Initiative 26 was potentially too far-reaching. Bourn, now 40, said that during her first pregnancy, in 1994, she was carrying a daughter that she and her husband had already decided to name Meredith Anne. At 20 weeks, halfway into

the pregnancy, her doctor in Starkville discovered the baby had a fatal defect — the heart would pump fluid in but not out. Bourn said a specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson confirmed the condition. “The choices were to induce labor and the baby would die naturally during childbirth, or carry the baby until she died and I would naturally go into childbirth at that point,” she recalled. The newlyweds called on their minister and prayed. “We just decided it was best for this baby who was sick to go ahead and go into the arms of God,” Bourn said. “I was visibly pregnant. I couldn’t carry around this baby.” She paused. “Maybe that was selfish, too,” she said. “It was just emotionally the hardest thing either of us has ever gone through. ... It was a horrible, horrible, horrible time.” Bourn, who opposes abortion, said she and her husband opposed Initiative 26 because they feared it would limit options in situations like hers in 1994. “I am thankful that we had the choice to make on what we wanted to do,” she said. “I would hate for anyone to not ever have that choice.” Supporters of the personhood concept, though, think they can overcome such doubts. They have vowed to push the amendment in five other states this year. Colorado-based Personhood USA said Thursday that it had topped 1 million signatures in support of its position, in part because of publicity generated by the Mississippi vote. “Win or lose, Personhood USA and millions of pro-life Americans are prepared to dedicate our lives to this cause,” Keith Mason, the group’s president, said in a statement. “We will lose some battles, but the injustice of abortion cannot last in a society upholding our highest ideals.” •

Associated Press writer Emily Wagster Pettus contributed to this report.






Partly cloudy with a high in the upper 70s and a low in the upper 40s

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

LOCAL FORECAST monday-wednesday Chance of showers and thunderstorms; highs in the mid-70s; lows in the lower 60s

STATE FORECAST TOday Partly cloudy; highs in the upper 70s; lows in the upper 40s monday-wednesday Chance of showers and thunderstorms; highs in the mid-70s; lows in the lower 60s

Almanac Highs and Lows High/past 24 hours............. 72º Low/past 24 hours............... 37º Average temperature......... 55º Normal this date................... 57º Record low..............26º in 1970 Record high............85º in 1955 Rainfall Recorded at the Vicksburg Water Plant Past 24 hours.........................N/A This month..............0.96 inches Total/year.............. 33.82 inches Normal/month......1.50 inches Normal/year........ 44.06 inches Solunar table Most active times for fish and wildlife Monday: A.M. Active............................ 7:16 A.M. Most active................. 1:03 P.M. Active............................. 7:42 P.M. Most active.................. 1:29 Sunrise/sunset Sunset today........................ 5:04 Sunset tomorrow............... 5:04 Sunrise tomorrow.............. 6:30

Continued from Page A1. what forms of interrogation amount to torture, which he said he opposes. As for the war in Afghanistan, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas both said it was time for U.S. troops to come home after a combat mission of 10 years duration. While the Republicans were talking about foreign policy, Obama was on the world stage, as America’s diplomat in chief. After meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Hawaii, he said the two men intend to “shape a common response” to new allegations that Iran has been covertly trying to build a nuclear bomb. The issue is fraught because the regime in Tehran is harshly antiIsrael, a nation the United States has pledged to defend. If the presidential trip gave the Republicans pause, they didn’t show it in a 90-minute debate. “There are a number of ways to be smart about Iran, and a few ways to be stupid. The administration skipped all the ways to be smart,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The debate occurred less than two months before the formal selection of national convention delegates begins on Jan. 3 in the Iowa caucuses, with the race remarkably unsettled. Romney has been at or near the top of the public opinion polls for months, while a succession of rivals vying to emerge as his principal challenger has risen and fallen in turn.


The latest soundings show Cain the current leader in that sweepstakes, although Gingrich has risen significantly in national polls in recent weeks as Perry has fallen back. And while the subject matter of defense and foreign policy didn’t readily lend itself to a discussion of the principal campaign controversies, the race has had plenty of them in the past two weeks. Cain has stoutly denied any and all charges of sexual harassment — four women have leveled accusations — while Perry embarked on an apology tour after failing in a debate Wednesday night to remember the name of the third of three Cabinet-level departments he wants to abolish. The debate at Wofford College was crisp, and any attempts to score points off a rival lacked the personal antagonism of earlier encounters. The tone was set at the outset, when the Republicans were asked if they would support a pre-emptive strike to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Gingrich quickly agreed with Romney, saying that if all other steps failed, “you have to take whatever steps are necessary” to prevent the Islamic regime from gaining a nuclear weapon. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania agreed. Noting that a mysterious computer virus had caused disruption inside Iran’s nuclear labs, and that Iranian scientists have been killed in recent months, he said, “I

hope that the U.S. has been involved” in those and other covert actions. Paul wanted no part of a military strike. “It’s not worthwhile to go to war,” he said. He added said that if America’s security is threatened the president must ask Congress for a formal declaration of war before taking military action. Perry responded without answering the question. “This country can sanction the Iranian central bank right now and shut down that country’s economy, and that’s what the president

needs to do,” he said. The United States has long had sanctions in place against Iran, and Obama’s news conference in Hawaii suggested there will soon be more. The war in Afghanistan produced the same range of responses as the question relating to Iran’s nuclear ambitions — unanimous criticism of the president but differences among the Republicans seeking to take his place. Huntsman, who served as Obama’s first ambassador to China, said it was time to

withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, a land where their boots first touched the soil a decade ago. “I say it’s time to come home. I say this nation has achieved its key objectives,” he said. Romney and Perry said they would side with military commanders on the ground about when to withdraw troops. They criticized Obama for “telegraphing” the nation’s intentions. Yet Romney backed a timetable of a complete withdrawal by the end of 2014, the same that Obama has cited.

RIVER DATA Stages Mississippi River at Vicksburg Current: 13.5 | Change: -0.3 Flood: 43 feet Yazoo River at Greenwood Current: 16.4 | Change: NC Flood: 35 feet Yazoo River at Yazoo City Current: 12.3 | Change: 0.5 Flood: 29 feet Yazoo River at Belzoni Current: 15.8 | Change: 0.2 Flood: 34 feet Big Black River at West Current: 2.2 | Change: -0.1 Flood: 12 feet Big Black River at Bovina Current: 6.4 | Change: NC Flood: 28 feet StEELE BAYOU Land....................................69.4 River....................................60.2

MISSISSIPPI RIVER Forecast Cairo, Ill. Monday.................................. 18.0 Tuesday.................................. 18.0 Wednesday........................... 18.0 Memphis Monday.....................................0.6 Tuesday.....................................0.9 Wednesday..............................1.1 Greenville Monday.................................. 17.4 Tuesday.................................. 16.9 Wednesday........................... 16.9 Vicksburg Monday.................................. 12.0 Tuesday.................................. 11.4 Wednesday........................... 11.0


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Georgia 45/ Auburn 7

Louisiana Tech 27/ Ole Miss 7

Vanderbilt 38/ Kentucky 8

Nebraska 19/ Penn State 17

Kansas St. 53/ Texas A&M 50

Alabama 24/ Mississippi State 7

TCU 36/ Boise State 35

Purdue 26/ Ohio State 23

South Carolina 17/ Florida 12

Oregon 53/ Stanford 30



SPORTS Sunday, No vember 13, 2011 • SE C TI O N B PUZZLES B11

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Golden Eagles hold off UCF By The Associated Press

Smoking the field Tony Stewart gaining monentum in title chase. Story/B6

NFL on TV Sunday Noon Fox - New Orleans at Atlanta Noon CBS - Buffalo at Dallas 3:15 p.m. Fox - New York Giants at San Francisco 7:15 p.m. NBC - New England at New York Jets Preview/B4

HATTIESBURG — Danny Hrapmann kicked five field goals and No. 25 Southern Miss narrowly avoided an upset with a 30-29 win over Central Florida on Saturday night. Central Florida’s J.J. Whorton caught a 25-yard touchdown pass as time expired, but Southern Miss safety Jacorious Cotton got a hand on Blake Bortles’ 2-point conversion pass to seal the win. Hrapmann made all five field-goal attempts, including kicks of 42, 44 and 48 yards, and made both of his extra point attempts to

Southern Miss 30, UCF 29 Records: Southern Miss (9-1, 5-1 C-USA), UCF (4-6, 2-4) The skinny: Golden Eagles bat away two-point conversion pass to save win and give USM a 9-1 start. Up next: Southern Miss at UAB, Thursday propel Southern Miss to its first 9-1 start since the 1996 season. The five field goals gave him 48 in his career to tie Tulane’s Brad Palazzo for 11th-place on C-USA’s alltime list. Austin Davis completed 26-of-48 passes for 364 yards

and two touchdowns. It was his third 300-yard game of the season and eighth of his career. Kevlin Bolden caught one of those TDs, a 60-yarder, that was the longest of his career. USM wide receiver Ryan Balentine caught six passes for 122 yards, his third 100-yard game of the season. Bortles came on in relief of UCF starter Jeff Godfrey and completed 24 of 34 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. Chris Briggs caught four passes for a career-high 67 yards and a touchdown. Central Florida (4-6) has lost four of its last five games and six out of eight.

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Southern Miss wide receiver Quentin Pierce takes off on a 23-yard run Saturday.

Mississippi State defensive back Corey Broomfield tries to bring down Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood Saturday.

On TV 2 p.m. ESPN - Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards are just a few points apart in the Chase standings with two races to go with today’s race at Phoenix.

By The Associated Press

Who’s hot ANN GARRISON THOMAS St. Aloysius basketball player scored a careerhigh 23 points in a win over GreenvilleSt. Joe on Saturday. Story/B3

Sidelines Sam Hornish earns first NASCAR win

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Sam Hornish Jr. raced to his first NASCAR victory and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took a big step toward the Nationwide Series season title when Elliott Sadler was taken out late at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday. Hornish, a former IndyCar star, passed Stenhouse on a restart midway through the 200mile race and stayed up front on several restarts to claim his first win in 141 career starts between the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. Stenhouse finished fifth after Sadler, the only driver with a chance to catch him, was knocked out with 25 laps left on a bump from behind by Jason Leffler. Sadler’s crash gives Stenhouse a nearly insurmountable 41-point lead heading into the season finale at Homestead next weekend.

LOTTERY La. Pick 3: 6-9-1 La. Pick 4: 3-3-0-5 Easy 5: 2-4-14-15-27 La. Lotto: 1-5-6-12-25-27 Powerball: 4-35-36-51-56 Powerball: 8; Power play: 5 Weekly results: B2

Rebels egged by Tech

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Bulldogs can’t stem Tide By David Brandt AP Sports Writer STARKVILLE — Trent Richardson rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown, Alabama’s defense gave up just 131 total yards and the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide beat Mississippi State 24-7 on Saturday night. It was a typical no-frills victory for Alabama (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), which has won nine of its last 11 against Mississippi State, including four straight. The Crimson Tide defense has held 11 straight opponents to 14 points or less. Alabama struggled again with field goals, missing two of them in the first half after

Alabama 24, Miss. St. 7 Records: Alabama (9-1, 6-1 SEC); MSU (5-5, 1-5) The skinny: MSU can’t do enough damage against Tide defense Up next: MSU at Arkansas missing four in last week’s loss to No. 1 LSU. But Richardson and Eddie Lacy, who rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns, made up for those miscues. Mississippi State (5-5, 1-5) remains one victory from bowl eligibility. Third-year coach Dan Mullen is now 2-11 against SEC Western Division rivals, with both victories coming against Ole Miss.

The Bulldogs averaged just 2.2 yards per play. Richardson didn’t have his typical Heisman-caliber performance, finding little running room against Mississippi State’s defense, especially in the first half. But he got stronger as the game progressed, with an explosive 25-yard run early in the fourth quarter to Mississippi State’s 4. Two plays later, he plowed through the line for a 2-yard touchdown that gave the Tide an insurmountable 17-0 lead. He had 88 of his 127 rushing yards in the second half. Alabama could’ve had a bigger lead much sooner, but struggled once again

with the kicking game. The Tide missed two field goals — a 49-yard attempt by Cade Foster and a 31-yarder by Jeremy Shelley — before taking a 7-0 lead in the second quarter after Lacy’s 2-yard touchdown run. The Bulldogs blew their best opportunity late in the first half when Cameron Lawrence intercepted A.J. McCarron’s pass and returned it to the Alabama 4-yard line. But the ensuing three plays lost yards, and Brian Egan missed a 29-yard field goal as Mississippi State came up empty. McCarron completed 14 of 24 passes for 163 yards and an interception.

OXFORD — Chad Boyd and Javontay Crowe scored defensive touchdowns and Matt Nelson added a pair of field goals, helping Louisiana Tech romp to a 27-7 win Saturday night over Ole Miss. Boyd scooped up a mishandled backfield exchange and raced 33 yards for a third-quarter touchdown while Crowe’s 26-yard interception return in the fourth helped the Bulldogs erase a 7-0 deficit. Nelson added field goals of 43 and 35 yards. The win was the fifth straight for Louisiana Tech (6-4), which defeated a Southeastern Conference team for the first time since beating Mississippi State 22-14 in 2008. The Rebels (2-8), following Monday’s announcement that fourth-year head coach Houston Nutt would not return next season, lost their fifth consecutive game. Louisiana Tech led 10-7 at halftime, tying the game on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Colby Cameron to Taulib Ikharo and a 43-yard field goal by Nelson on the first half’s final play.

La Tech 27, Ole Miss 7 Records: Ole Miss (2-8); La Tech (6-4) The skinny: Turnovers provide crowning touch to a dismal Ole Miss effort Up next: LSU at Ole Miss

LSU overcomes slow start to wallop Hilltoppers By Brett Martel The Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. — Jordan Jefferson’s first start of the season went well enough for No. 1 LSU to win comfortably, even if it started a little slower than the Tigers would have liked. Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard each scored two touchdowns, and the Tigers domi-

nated the second half in 42-9 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday night. One week after playing most of LSU’s 9-6 overtime victory at Alabama, Jefferson got the start against the Hilltoppers, hitting 8 of 14 passes for 168 yards, including a 59-yard scoring strike to Rueben Randle. LSU (10-0), which came in favored by nearly six touch-

downs, led only 14-7 at halftime before dominating the second half to reach 10-0 for the first time since 1958. Keshawn Simpson had a 2-yard touchdown run for Western Kentucky (5-5), which saw its winning streak end at five. Hilltoppers quarterback Kuwaun Jakes completed 11 of 24 passes for 97 yards and was intercepted once by line-

backer Tahj Jones. While LSU struggled to run early, the Tigers eventually wore the Hilltoppers down and finished with 291 yards on the ground, led by Blue’s 119 on nine carries. Jefferson, who lost his starting job when he was arrested in connection with an August bar fight and then suspended for LSU’s first four games, has become

increasingly involved in the Tigers’ offense since his return. Last week’s victory at Alabama marked the first time all season he played the majority of the snaps, taking over in that game for good after Jarrett Lee had thrown his second interception of the contest in the third quarter. Jefferson played until 12 minutes remained in the fourth quarter.


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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUTO RACING 6:30 a.m. Speed - Formula One, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2 p.m. ESPN - NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Kobalt Tools 500 6 p.m. ESPN2 - NHRA, Finals (tape) GOLF 3 p.m. TGC - LPGA, Lorena Ochoa Invitational NFL Noon Fox - New Orleans at Atlanta Noon CBS - Buffalo at Dallas 3:15 p.m. Fox - New York Giants at San Francisco 7:15 p.m. NBC - New England at New York Jets


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Prep soccer WC gets split at Laurel tournament Warren Central got a game-winning corner kick from Lindsey Barfield to take a 2-1 victory over West Harrison on Saturday. Lindsey Burris scored the other goal for WC (4-1). In the other match, WC lost to two-time defending state champion Northeast Jones 4-2. After Northeast took a 3-0 lead, the Lady Vikes rallied in the second half, with goals by by Barfield and Taylor Hanes with assists by Burris and Barfield.

Vikings take two at Laurel tournament Warren Central (3-0-2) took a pair of wins at the Laurel tournament on Saturday. In the first match, the Vikings beat Meridian 4-3. Chandler Bounds had two goals and an assist, while Austin Greer and Oscar Kjellberg added the other two. Gray Cordes had an assist. In the second match, WC walloped host Laurel 8-1. Mickey Patel had two goals, while Greer, Albeto Capeleto, Michael Mason, Kjellberg and Bounds also scored for WC.

NFL Panthers add QB Newton to team injury report CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton was added to the team’s injury report Saturday as probable after developing stiffness in his right throwing shoulder. A team spokesman says he’s expected to play after having an MRI on Friday. Newton took all the reps last week in practice, but developed some soreness in the arm Friday. The Panthers host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

NBA Stern: ’Greedy’ agents hurting chances of NBA deal NEW YORK — Commissioner David Stern blamed “greedy” NBA agents Saturday for trying to scuttle a new labor deal and believes they are trying to push their clients into a “losing strategy” of decertification. And Stern says neither the threat of that process nor any request from the union will change the league’s negotiating position, repeating that there would be no further discussions about the revised proposal it offered Thursday. If players don’t accept it, Stern reiterated that he would move to the harsher proposal that is waiting.


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Nov. 13 1964 — St. Louis Hawks forward Bob Pettit becomes the first NBA player to score 20,000 points, with 29 in a 123-106 loss to the Cincinnati Royals. 1992 — Riddick Bowe wins the world heavyweight championship with a unanimous decision over Evander Holyfield. 1999 — Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne breaks the major-college career rushing record in the second quarter of Wisconsin’s victory over Iowa. Dayne finishes with 216 yards in the game and 6,397 for his career, breaking the record of 6,279 set last year by Texas’ Ricky Williams. 2005 — In the longest play in NFL history, Chicago defensive back Nathan Vasher returns a missed field goal 108 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half in a 17-9 win against the 49ers.

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scoreboard college football The AP Top 25 Fared

No. 1 LSU (10-0) beat Western Kentucky 42-9. Next: at Ole Miss, Saturday. No. 2 Oklahoma State (10-0) beat Texas Tech 66-6. Next: at Iowa State, Friday. No. 3 Stanford (9-1) lost to No. 6 Oregon 53-30. Next: vs. California, Saturday. No. 4 Alabama (9-1) beat Mississippi State 24-7. Next: vs. Georgia Southern, Saturday. No. 5 Boise State (8-1) lost to TCU 36-35. Next: at San Diego State, Saturday. No. 6 Oregon (9-1) beat No. 3 Stanford 53-30. Next: vs. No. 18 Southern Cal, Saturday. No. 7 Oklahoma (8-1) did not play. Next: at Baylor, Saturday. No. 8 Arkansas (9-1) beat Tennessee 49-7. Next: vs. Mississippi State, Saturday. No. 9 Clemson (9-1) beat Wake Forest 31-28. Next: at NC State, Saturday. No. 10 Virginia Tech (9-1) beat No. 20 Georgia Tech 37-26, Thursday. Next: vs. North Carolina, Thursday. No. 11 Houston (10-0) beat Tulane 73-17, Thursday. Next: vs. SMU, Saturday. No. 12 Penn State (8-2) lost to No. 19 Nebraska 17-14. Next: at Ohio State, Saturday. No. 13 Michigan State (8-2) beat Iowa 37-21. Next: vs. Indiana, Saturday. No. 14 Georgia (8-2) beat No. 24 Auburn 45-7. Next: vs. Kentucky, Saturday. No. 15 South Carolina (8-2) beat Florida 17-12. Next: vs. The Citadel, Saturday. No. 16 Wisconsin (8-2) beat Minnesota 42-13. Next: at Illinois, Saturday. No. 17 Kansas State (8-2) beat Texas A&M 53-50, 4OT. Next: at No. 21 Texas, Saturday. No. 18 Southern Cal (8-2) beat Washington 34-17. Next: at No. 6 Oregon, Saturday. No. 19 Nebraska (8-2) beat No. 12 Penn State 17-14. Next: at No. 22 Michigan, Saturday. No. 20 Georgia Tech (7-3) lost to No. 10 Virginia Tech 37-26, Thursday. Next: at Duke, Saturday. No. 21 Texas (6-3) lost to Missouri 17-5. Next: vs. No. 17 Kansas State, Saturday. No. 22 Michigan (8-2) beat Illinois 31-14. Next: vs. No. 19 Nebraska, Saturday. No. 23 Cincinnati (7-2) lost to West Virginia 24-21. Next: at Rutgers, Saturday. No. 24 Auburn (6-4) lost to No. 14 Georgia 45-7. Next: vs. Samford, Saturday. No. 25 Southern Miss beat UCF 30-29. Next: at UAB, Thursday.

College Football Scores

EAST Boston College 14, NC State 10 Bryant 45, St. Francis (Pa.) 34 Bucknell 21, Fordham 0 Nebraska 17, Penn St. 14 Rutgers 27, Army 12 SOUTH Alabama 24, Mississippi St. 7 Appalachian St. 46, W. Carolina 14 Ark.-Pine Bluff 15, MVSU 3 Bethel (Tenn.) 31, Shorter 20 Bethune-Cookman 59, Savannah St. 3 Centre 41, Rhodes 28 Clemson 31, Wake Forest 28 FIU 41, FAU 7 Florida St. 23, Miami 19 Georgia 45, Auburn 7 Georgia Southern 31, Wofford 10 Grambling St. 29, Texas Southern 25 Hampton 42, Delaware St. 6 Jackson St. 34, Alabama A&M 6 Jacksonville 34, Butler 24 James Madison 31, Rhode Island 13 Kentucky Christian 31, Pikeville 28 LSU 42, W. Kentucky 9 Louisiana Tech 27, Ole Miss 7 Louisiana-Monroe 42, Middle Tennessee 14 McNeese St. 24, UTSA 21 Miles 20, Albany St. (Ga.) 17 Murray St. 56, Austin Peay 24 Norfolk St. 47, Morgan St. 14 North Texas 38, Troy 33 Old Dominion 35, William & Mary 31 Pittsburgh 21, Louisville 14 Prairie View 40, Alcorn St. 14 South Carolina 17, Florida 12 Southern U. 26, Alabama St. 23 UAB 41, Memphis 35 Vanderbilt 38, Kentucky 8 Virginia 31, Duke 21 Webber 51, Apprentice 6 West Alabama 30, Georgia St. 23 William Jewell 17, Kentucky Wesleyan 12 Winston-Salem 38, Elizabeth City St. 18 MIDWEST E. Michigan 30, Buffalo 17 Jacksonville St. 22, SE Missouri 21 Kansas St. 53, Texas A&M 50, 4OT Kent St. 35, Akron 3 Michigan 31, Illinois 14 Michigan St. 37, Iowa 21 Missouri 17, Texas 5 N. Iowa 34, S. Utah 21 Northwestern 28, Rice 6 Notre Dame 45, Maryland 21 Purdue 26, Ohio St. 23, OT West Virginia 24, Cincinnati 21 Wisconsin 42, Minnesota 13 SOUTHWEST Arkansas 49, Tennessee 7 Arkansas St. 30, Louisiana-Lafayette 21 Cent. Arkansas 23, Texas St. 22 Navy 24, SMU 17 Oklahoma St. 66, Texas Tech 6 Tulsa 59, Marshall 17 UTEP 22, East Carolina 17 FAR WEST California 23, Oregon St. 6 Colorado 48, Arizona 29 San Diego St. 18, Colorado St. 15 Southern Cal 34, Washington 17 TCU 36, Boise St. 35 Utah 31, UCLA 6 Utah St. 34, San Jose St. 33 Wyoming 25, Air Force 17


7 14 7 6 — 34 6 0 0 0 — 6 First Quarter AlAM—FG Wilson 49, 13:32. AlAM—FG Wilson 45, 5:40. JcSt—Rollins 7 pass from Therriault (Ja.Smith kick), 2:33. Second Quarter JcSt—Drewery 30 pass from Therriault (Ja.Smith kick), 14:18. JcSt—Richardson 67 pass from Therriault (Ja. Smith kick), 3:04. Third Quarter JcSt—Rollins 15 pass from Therriault (Ja.Smith kick), 8:59. Fourth Quarter JcSt—Sims 7 pass from Chapman (kick failed), 2:25. A—5,831. ——— JcSt AlAM First downs................................24........................16 Rushes-yards.....................28-107...................28-58 Passing....................................440......................243 Comp-Att-Int..................... 26-46-0............... 18-46-0 Return Yards...............................0..........................2 Punts-Avg............................3-31.0..................6-31.0 Fumbles-Lost............................1-1.......................1-1 Penalties-Yards......................9-95...................12-77 Time of Possession.............24:58...................29:01 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Jackson St., Sims 6-56, Gooden 8-28, McCree 1-19, Lee 4-19, McDonald 1-9, T.Davis 1-1, Team 1-(minus 3), Corley 1-(minus 4), Therriault 5-(minus 18). Alabama A&M, Mason 11-33, Badie 3-19, Pride 1-3, Lacey 13-3. PASSING—Jackson St., Therriault 23-41-0-428, McDonald 1-3-0-3, Chapman 2-2-0-9. Alabama A&M, Mason 18-46-0-243. RECEIVING—Jackson St., Rollins 5-55, Richardson 4-137, Drewery 4-116, Gooden 4-41, Perkins 3-59, Lee 2-8, Tillman 1-9, Sims 1-7, Wilder 1-6, Young 1-2. Alabama A&M, D.Isabelle 7-78, Pride 4-23, DeJarnett 3-54, Lacey 2-60, Mo.Smith 2-28.


Ark.-Pine Bluff MVSU

0 10 10 7 — 27 7 0 0 0 — 7 First Quarter Miss—Bolden 34 pass from Mackey (Rose kick), 8:53. Second Quarter LaT—Ikharo 21 pass from Cameron (Nelson kick), 3:32. LaT—FG Nelson 43, :00. Third Quarter LaT—FG Nelson 35, 4:38. LaT—Boyd 33 fumble return (Nelson kick), 3:49. Fourth Quarter LaT—Crowe 26 interception return (Nelson kick), 11:08. A—44,123. ——— LaT Miss First downs................................15........................19 Rushes-yards.....................40-170.................43-128 Passing....................................180......................179 Comp-Att-Int..................... 13-27-1............... 14-37-1 Return Yards.............................41........................14 Punts-Avg............................7-43.0..................7-37.4 Fumbles-Lost............................1-1.......................2-2 Penalties-Yards......................7-50.....................7-59 Time of Possession.............29:12...................30:48 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Louisiana Tech, H.Lee 24-127, Creer 7-23, Cameron 5-14, Isham 1-3, Courtney 2-3, Duplessis 1-0. Mississippi, Bolden 14-46, Davis 9-39, J.Scott 7-26, Mackey 9-23, Singleton 3-1, Stoudt 1-(minus 7). PASSING—Louisiana Tech, Cameron 13-27-1-180. Mississippi, Stoudt 8-19-1-73, Mackey 6-18-0-106. RECEIVING—Louisiana Tech, Ikharo 3-34, Patton 3-33, Gru 2-39, H.Lee 2-18, M.White 1-47, Jackson 1-5, Casey 1-4. Mississippi, Moncrief 4-57, Bolden 2-66, Singleton 2-12, Davis 2-7, Herman 1-12, J.Scott 1-10, Logan 1-9, Sanders 1-6. 0 7 3 14 0 0 0 7 Second Quarter Ala—Lacy 2 run (Shelley kick), 9:59. Third Quarter Ala—FG Shelley 24, 7:32.

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6 7 20 7 — 40 7 0 0 7 — 14 First Quarter PVAM—Groover 22 run (kick failed), 9:13. Alc—Te.Lewis 92 kickoff return (Tamayo kick), 8:58. Second Quarter PVAM—Thurmond 22 pass from Lovelocke (Barrick kick), 12:29. Third Quarter PVAM—Anderson 13 run (kick blocked), 12:34. PVAM—Idowu 10 pass from Lovelocke (Barrick kick), 5:11. PVAM—C.King 65 interception return (Barrick kick), :25. Fourth Quarter Alc—Collier 11 pass from D.Smith (Tamayo kick), 14:06. PVAM—Brown 10 run (Barrick kick), 7:37. A—500. ——— PVAM Alc First downs................................26........................16 Rushes-yards.....................53-223...................34-99 Passing....................................164......................159 Comp-Att-Int..................... 15-25-1............... 11-27-2 Return Yards...........................126........................12 Punts-Avg............................4-34.3..................8-39.1 Fumbles-Lost............................2-2.......................3-2 Penalties-Yards......................3-26.................15-150 Time of Possession.............31:10...................28:50 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Prairie View, Groover 14-95, Anderson 14-45, Brown 10-39, Lovelocke 6-27, Waddy 4-14, Smiley 3-3, Cardwell 2-0. Alcorn St., Walker 17-92, An.Williams 7-25, D.Smith 10-(minus 18). PASSING—Prairie View, Lovelocke 15-25-1-164. Alcorn St., D.Smith 11-27-2-159. RECEIVING—Prairie View, Nelson 5-49, Thurmond 3-34, Idowu 2-36, Cooper 2-21, Anderson 1-15, Groover 1-5, D.Harris 1-4. Alcorn St., Te.Lewis 3-66, Collier 3-51, Parker 3-17,

Jackson St. Alabama A&M

Louisiana Tech Ole Miss



Prairie View Alcorn St.

An.Williams 1-16, Walker 1-9.


Alabama Mississippi St.

Fourth Quarter Ala—Richardson 2 run (Shelley kick), 13:39. MSSt—C.Smith 12 pass from Russell (DePasquale kick), 12:03. Ala—Lacy 32 run (Shelley kick), 1:18. A—57,871. ——— Ala MSSt First downs................................20..........................9 Rushes-yards.....................44-223...................29-12 Passing....................................163......................119 Comp-Att-Int..................... 14-24-1............... 15-30-0 Return Yards.............................21........................31 Punts-Avg............................4-37.3..................7-42.7 Fumbles-Lost............................1-0.......................1-0 Penalties-Yards......................6-40.....................6-49 Time of Possession.............34:50...................23:52 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Alabama, Richardson 32-127, Lacy 11-96, McCarron 1-0. Mississippi St., Ballard 9-21, Perkins 5-10, Favre 1-(minus 2), Relf 3-(minus 3), Russell 10-(minus 3), Swedenburg 1-(minus 11). PASSING—Alabama, McCarron 14-24-1-163. Mississippi St., Russell 13-25-0-110, Favre 2-3-0-9, Relf 0-2-0-0. RECEIVING—Alabama, Maze 4-22, White 3-21, Norwood 2-60, Richardson 2-26, Bell 1-16, M.Williams 1-16, Hanks 1-2. Mississippi St., C.Smith 5-42, Green 2-22, Bumphis 2-16, Clark 2-13, Griffin 1-8, M.Johnson 1-8, Ballard 1-6, Heavens 1-4.

24 7

0 15 0 0 — 15 0 0 0 3 — 3 Second Quarter AkPB—Anderson 1 run (Lofton pass from Godwin), 2:34. AkPB—Jones 10 run (Ewald kick), :34. Fourth Quarter MVSU—FG Sanchez 27, 14:56. A—4,209. ——— AkPB MVSU First downs................................11..........................8 Rushes-yards.....................46-110.................33-148 Passing......................................64........................55 Comp-Att-Int..................... 10-17-1................. 8-23-2 Return Yards.............................70........................14 Punts-Avg............................8-36.3..................8-45.9 Fumbles-Lost............................1-1.......................2-2 Penalties-Yards......................5-45...................8-127 Time of Possession.............28:09...................31:51 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Ark.-Pine Bluff, Moore 14-45, Jones 11-39, Jenkins 9-13, Billings 3-12, Anderson 9-1. MVSU, G.Jones 13-73, Pittman 5-35, Bateaste 9-18, Stansell 3-10, Dabney 1-8, Nickleberry 2-4. PASSING—Ark.-Pine Bluff, Anderson 10-17-1-64. MVSU, G.Jones 5-12-2-33, Pittman 3-11-0-22. RECEIVING—Ark.-Pine Bluff, Bailey 3-15, Beverly 3-13, Moore 2-36, Billings 1-4, Jenkins 1-(minus 4). MVSU, Cox 2-22, Stansell 2-14, Dabney 2-13, Sam 2-6.


W. Kentucky LSU

7 0 2 0 — 9 7 7 14 14 — 42 First Quarter LSU—R.Randle 59 pass from Jefferson (Alleman kick), 6:18. WKen—Simpson 2 run (Tinius kick), 1:26. Second Quarter LSU—Hilliard 1 run (Alleman kick), 3:32. Third Quarter LSU—Hilliard 1 run (Alleman kick), 8:58. WKen—Safety, 5:22. LSU—Blue 45 run (Alleman kick), 2:53. Fourth Quarter LSU—Blue 4 run (Alleman kick), 13:52. LSU—Boone 5 pass from Lee (Alleman kick), 5:45. A—92,917.

——— WKen LSU First downs................................15........................23 Rushes-yards.....................45-129.................40-291 Passing......................................97......................183 Comp-Att-Int..................... 11-24-1............... 10-19-0 Return Yards...............................0........................49 Punts-Avg............................6-41.3..................2-34.0 Fumbles-Lost............................0-0.......................4-1 Penalties-Yards......................6-50.....................5-44 Time of Possession.............35:55...................24:05 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—W. Kentucky, Rainey 28-85, Simpson 6-19, Brand 1-17, K.Jones 5-11, Jakes 5-(minus 3). LSU, Blue 9-119, Ford 11-62, Ware 6-39, Jefferson 5-20, Shepard 1-18, Magee 2-17, Lee 1-15, Gore 1-1, Hilliard 4-0. PASSING—W. Kentucky, Jakes 11-24-1-97. LSU, Jefferson 8-14-0-168, Lee 2-4-0-15, Team 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING—W. Kentucky, Doyle 5-44, Rainey 2-15, Andrews 1-11, Henry 1-10, R.Brown 1-9, K.Jones 1-8. LSU, R.Randle 3-76, Beckham 2-42, Clement 1-24, Landry 1-20, Dickson 1-10, Ware 1-6, Boone 1-5.


Florida South Carolina

3 0 3 6 — 12 0 14 0 3 — 17 First Quarter Fla—FG Sturgis 21, 6:01. Second Quarter SC—C.Shaw 10 run (Wooten kick), 7:07. SC—C.Shaw 1 run (Wooten kick), :31. Third Quarter Fla—FG Sturgis 24, 7:17. Fourth Quarter Fla—Brissett 2 run (pass failed), 11:23. SC—FG Wooten 28, 9:14. A—80,250. ——— Fla SC First downs................................17........................16 Rushes-yards.....................34-142.................52-215 Passing....................................119........................84 Comp-Att-Int..................... 13-23-0................. 7-13-1 Return Yards...............................6..........................8 Punts-Avg............................4-37.3..................4-38.0 Fumbles-Lost............................2-2.......................0-0 Penalties-Yards......................5-30.....................9-65 Time of Possession.............27:56...................32:04 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Florida, Rainey 17-132, Demps 9-33, T.Burton 1-5, Brissett 1-2, Team 1-(minus 2), Brantley 5-(minus 28). South Carolina, Wilds 29-120, C.Shaw 16-88, Ellington 4-4, Miles 3-3. PASSING—Florida, Brantley 13-21-0-119, Brissett 0-1-0-0, Team 0-1-0-0. South Carolina, C.Shaw 6-12-1-81, Ellington 1-1-0-3. RECEIVING—Florida, Reed 5-62, Rainey 3-30, Thompson 3-16, Leonard 2-11. South Carolina, A.Sanders 2-50, A.Jeffery 2-17, D..Moore 1-7, Cunningham 1-5, Miles 1-5.

Auburn Georgia


7 0 0 0 — 7 14 21 3 7 — 45 First Quarter Geo—T.King 8 pass from Murray (Walsh kick), 8:57. Aub—Lutzenkirchen 4 pass from Uzomah (Parkey kick), 6:13. Geo—Bennett 27 pass from Murray (Bogotay kick), 3:02. Second Quarter Geo—Figgins 15 pass from Murray (Walsh kick), 10:36. Geo—Rambo 24 interception return (Bogotay kick), 9:41. Geo—Mitchell 25 pass from Murray (Walsh kick), 5:00. Third Quarter Geo—FG Bogotay 26, 7:32. Fourth Quarter Geo—Crowell 9 run (Walsh kick), 5:59. A—92,746. ——— Aub Geo First downs..................................9........................30 Rushes-yards.......................25-51.................56-304 Passing....................................144......................224 Comp-Att-Int..................... 12-23-1............... 14-18-0 Return Yards...............................0........................24 Punts-Avg............................5-41.0..................1-17.0 Fumbles-Lost............................2-2.......................4-2 Penalties-Yards......................3-14.....................8-60 Time of Possession.............19:05...................40:55 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Auburn, Dyer 13-48, McCalebb 5-30, Frazier 1-1, Moseley 6-(minus 28). Georgia, Crowell 24-132, Thomas 15-127, Murray 9-21, Harton 4-15, Malcome 3-10, Team 1-(minus 1). PASSING—Auburn, Moseley 11-22-1-140, Uzomah 1-1-0-4. Georgia, Murray 14-18-0-224. RECEIVING—Auburn, Blake 6-101, McCalebb 3-19, Lutzenkirchen 2-14, Bray 1-10. Georgia, Bennett 5-50, Mitchell 3-85, T.King 2-43, Brown 1-25, Figgins 1-15, Charles 1-5, Crowell 1-1.

nfl AMERICAN CONFERENCE W New England...... 5 N.Y. Jets............. 5 Buffalo................ 5 Miami.................. 1 W Houston.............. 6 Tennessee.......... 4 Jacksonville........ 2 Indianapolis........ 0 W Baltimore............ 6 Cincinnati............ 6 Pittsburgh........... 6 Cleveland............ 3 W Oakland.............. 5 Kansas City........ 4 San Diego.......... 4 Denver................ 3


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NATIONAL CONFERENCE W N.Y. Giants......... 6 Dallas.................. 4 Philadelphia........ 3 Washington......... 3 W New Orleans...... 6 Atlanta................ 5 Tampa Bay......... 4 Carolina.............. 2 W Green Bay.......... 8 Detroit................. 6 Chicago.............. 5 Minnesota........... 2 W San Francisco.... 7 Seattle................ 2 Arizona............... 2 St. Louis............. 1


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L T Pct 1 0 .875 6 0 .250 6 0 .250 7 0 .125 Nov. 9 Oakland 24, San Diego 17 Today’s Games Buffalo at Dallas, Noon Denver at Kansas City, Noon Washington at Miami, Noon St. Louis at Cleveland, Noon Arizona at Philadelphia, Noon Tennessee at Carolina, Noon Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Noon Houston at Tampa Bay, Noon New Orleans at Atlanta, Noon

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, Noon Baltimore at Seattle, 3:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at San Francisco, 3:15 p.m. Detroit at Chicago, 3:15 p.m. New England at N.Y. Jets, 7:20 p.m. Monday’s Game Minnesota at Green Bay, 7:30 p.m.

college basketball Top 25 Fared Saturday

1. North Carolina (1-0) did not play. Next: at UNC Asheville, Sunday. 2. Kentucky (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. No. 13 Kansas, Tuesday. 3. Ohio State (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. No. 8 Florida, Tuesday. 4. UConn (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Wagner, Monday. 5. Syracuse (1-0) beat Fordham 78-53. Next: vs. Manhattan, Monday. 6. Duke (2-0) beat Presbyterian 96-55. Next: vs. Michigan State, Tuesday. 7. Vanderbilt (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Cleveland State, Sunday. 8. Florida (1-0) did not play. Next: at No. 3 Ohio State, Tuesday. 9. Louisville (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Lamar, Sunday. 10. Pittsburgh (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Rider, Sunday. 11. Memphis (0-0) did not play. Next: vs. Belmont, Tuesday. 12. Baylor (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Jackson State, Sunday. 13. Kansas (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. No. 2 Kentucky, Tuesday. 14. Xavier (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. IPFW, Tuesday. 15. Wisconsin (1-0) beat Kennesaw State 85-31. Next: vs. Colgate, Wednesday. 16. Arizona (2-0) did not play. Next: vs. Ball State, Sunday. 17. UCLA (0-1) did not play. Next: vs. Middle Tennessee, Tuesday. 18. Michigan (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Towson, Monday. 19. Alabama (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Oakland, Monday. 20. Texas A&M (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Southern U., Sunday. 21. Cincinnati (0-0) did not play. Next: vs. Alabama State, Sunday. 22. Marquette (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Norfolk State, Monday. 23. Gonzaga (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Washington State, Monday. 24. California (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. George Washington, Sunday. 25. Missouri (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Mercer, Monday.


SOUTH ALABAMA (0-1) Rubit 7-12 2-2 16, Carter 4-7 0-0 8, Anderson 3-13 1-1 7, Roberson 0-1 2-3 2, Wright 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Goldstein 4-9 0-0 11, Ammons 6-9 2-3 15, Lundy 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 26-57 9-11 65. MISSISSIPPI ST. (2-1) Moultrie 9-16 9-10 28, Lewis 2-5 0-0 4, Bost 6-13 2-5 16, Hood 6-11 1-2 15, Bryant 3-10 2-2 10, Steele 2-7 0-0 5, Clayton 0-0 0-0 0, Parker 0-0 0-0 0, Price 0-0 0-0 0, Luczak 0-0 0-0 0, Cunningham 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, D. Smith 0-5 2-2 2. Totals 28-69 16-21 80. Halftime—Mississippi St. 44-29. 3-Point Goals— South Alabama 4-10 (Goldstein 3-6, Ammons 1-1, Roberson 0-1, Anderson 0-1, Rubit 0-1), Mississippi St. 8-27 (Bryant 2-4, Hood 2-4, Bost 2-8, Moultrie 1-2, Steele 1-6, Cunningham 0-1, D. Smith 0-2). Fouled Out—Ammons. Rebounds— South Alabama 33 (Ammons, Rubit 9), Mississippi St. 41 (Moultrie 13). Assists—South Alabama 10 (Anderson, Goldstein, Roberson, Wright 2), Mississippi St. 13 (Bryant, D. Smith 4). Total Fouls— South Alabama 20, Mississippi St. 11. A—7,962.

Nascar Sprint Cup-Kobalt Tools 500 Lineup

At Phoenix International Raceway Avondale, Ariz. Lap length: 1 mile (Car number in parentheses) 1. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 137.101 mph. 2. (43) A J Allmendinger, Ford, 136.446. 3. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 136.307. 4. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 136.08. 5. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 136.08. 6. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 136.008. 7. (00) David Reutimann, Toyota, 135.988. 8. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 135.911. 9. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 135.701. 10. (4) Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 135.675. 11. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 135.609. 12. (2) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 135.415. 13. (6) David Ragan, Ford, 135.399. 14. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 135.298. 15. (78) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 135.272. 16. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 135.247. 17. (22) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 135.227. 18. (83) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 135.216. 19. (84) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 135.211. 20. (7) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 135.186. 21. (51) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 135.181. 22. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 135.166. 23. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 134.887. 24. (46) Scott Speed, Ford, 134.862. 25. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 134.852. 26. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 134.811. 27. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 134.756. 28. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 134.574. 29. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 134.549. 30. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 134.509. 31. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 134.363. 32. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 134.143. 33. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 134.078. 34. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 133.65. 35. (66) Michael McDowell, Toyota, 133.437. 36. (37) Mike Skinner, Ford, 133.22. 37. (55) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 133.136. 38. (13) Casey Mears, Toyota, 133.028. 39. (32) Mike Bliss, Ford, 132.431. 40. (36) Geoffrey Bodine, Chevrolet, owner points. 41. (38) J.J. Yeley, Ford, owner points. 42. (34) David Gilliland, Ford, owner points. 43. (35) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 132.563.

LOTTERY Sunday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 8-8-7 La. Pick 4: 2-4-6-9 Monday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 9-2-8 La. Pick 4: 5-9-8-2 Tuesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 1-6-3 La. Pick 4: 1-3-1-7 Wednesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 3-4-8 La. Pick 4: 0-5-9-9 Easy 5: 1-6-17-23-24 La. Lotto: 1-9-18-26-33-36 Powerball: 5-35-57-58-59 Powerball: 12; Power play: 3 Thursday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-7-9 La. Pick 4: 3-8-8-3 Friday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 4-2-8 La. Pick 4: 8-6-5-4 Saturday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 6-9-1 La. Pick 4: 3-3-0-5 Easy 5: 2-4-14-15-27 La. Lotto: 1-5-6-12-25-27 Powerball: 4-35-36-51-56 Powerball: 8; Power play: 5

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Vicksburg Post


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St. Aloysius can’t finish against Irish By Jeff Byrd St. Aloysius was right there, poised to give new coach Delvin Thompson his first win as a high school coach. But costly mistakes in the final 1:38 allowed Greenville-St. Joseph to escape with a 49-47 win. The loss drops the Flashes to 0-3. Thompson, a former Alcorn State guard, remains upbeat about his team. “Actually, I’m proud of them,” Thompson said. “We’ve got to that point where now we just have to finish the game. My two big guys played their butts off today. We’re that close.” The Flashes got yeomen efforts from the two post players, Kameron Reed and Rafiq Islam. The pair combined for 23 rebounds. Islam, however, shot too hard on a putback attempt with 31 seconds left as the Flashes tried to answer two

free throws from St. Joe’s Ramses Sandifer that had made it 49-47. Following the miss, St. Al had to foul. Kevin Ann Garrison Muzzi went Thomas to the line to ice it for the Irish (1-1), but missed both free throws to give St. Al one more shot. Elliot Bexley found an opening near the right side of the lane, but rushed a onehanded scoop shot and the Irish left Vicksburg with a win. The Flashes had two chances in the second half to take the Irish out before the last minute theatrics. Five points from Matthew Foley, who finished with 14 points, gave the Flashes a 31-21 lead early in the third quarter. The Irish rallied with an 11-2 run to make it 33-32. A steal, which led to a free

throw by Connor Smith, ignited an 8-0 burst to put St. Al up 41-32 with 6:15 to play. The Irish stormed back with 10 straight points to retake the lead after Sandifer’s onehanded shot made it 44-43 with 2:15 left. Smith came back with a backdoor basket and free throws by Bexley and Foley gave St. Al its last lead at 47-44 with 1:38 left. Muzzi then tied it with a 3-pointer. Sandifer led the Irish with 22 points and Muzzi finished with 11. Bexley paced the Flashes with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists. Reed had nine points, 12 rebounds, two steals and an assist.

(G) St. Aloysius 50, Greenville-St. Joe 24 Ann Garrison Thomas had a career-high 23 points to lead the Lady Flashes (2-1) to an easy home opener win. Freshman guard Allie

Willis added 11 points, three steals and three assists for coach Cookie Johnson’s team, which was coming off its first win over St. Andrew’s in four years. “Winning at St. Andrew’s was a really great deal for us,” Johnson said. “Today, we were able to come back and got to play everybody. We were able to work on switching our defenses.” St. Joe (0-2) got 14 points from Tiara Sykes.

(G) Terry 39, WC 33 Shegredda Shorter had nine points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a twopoint third quarter at home on Saturday. Shaniqua Love scored eight points to lead Terry.

(B) Terry 60, WC 43 Kourey Davis scored 13 points to lead WC. Clayton Tate lead Terry with 20 points.

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Vandy 38, Kentucky 8 Zac Stacy ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns, and Jordan Rodgers threw for 207

Jerry Lovelocke threw for two touchdowns and the Prairie View defense forced three turnovers and held Alcorn State to 99 total rushing yards in a 40-14 win Saturday. The Panthers (5-5, 5-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference), whose win kept them tied for first in the league, rushed for 223 yards with three different running backs notching a touchdown. Le’Darryae Grover (95 yards), Fred Anderson (45 yards) and Courtney Brown (39 yards) led the rushing attack and all scored on the ground for the Panthers. Terrance Lewis put Alcorn State (2-7, 1-7) ahead 7-6 after

At Penn State, the coach who wasn’t there was the story and the result of the game was almost secondary after a tumultuous week in Happy Valley. In the national championship race, TCU made the big news Saturday. The Horned Frogs upset No. 5 Boise State 36-35, scoring a touchdown and a 2-point conversion with 1:05 remaining to take the lead. Broncos kicker Dan Goodale booted a 39-yard field-goal attempt wide right as time expired. Consider Boise State’s national championship hopes over, as well as its chances to reach the Bowl Championship Series. It’s the second straight season the Broncos’ unbeaten run ended with missed kicks. Kellen Moore and the Broncos (8-1, 3-1) will again likely be relegated to a second-tier bowl. TCU has a clear path to the Mountain West Conference title. The Frogs also have won a league-record 22 straight games against conference foes and an MWCrecord 12 consecutive conference road games. In State College, Pa., No. 12 Penn State lost the first game of the post-Joe Paterno era, 17-14 to No. 19 Nebraska.

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Clemson 31, Wake Forest 28 Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 43-yard field goal as time expired and No. 9 Clemson rallied from 14 points down in the second half to win the ACC Atlantic Division title.

Mich. St. 37, Iowa 21 Kirk Cousins threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns and 13th-ranked Michigan State took control of the Big Ten’s Legends Division.

Wis. 42, Minn. 13 Montee Ball broke the Big Ten’s single-season touchdown record and 16th-ranked Wisconsin trampled Minnesota to keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the eighth straight year.

Kan. St. 53, Texas A&M 50 Collin Klein scored on a sneak in the fourth overtime for his sixth touchdown of the game, giving No. 17 Kansas State a dramatic victory.

Notre Dame 45, Okla. St. 66, Texas Tech 6 Maryland 21

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South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger, left, and linebacker Quin Smith, right, rush Florida quarterback Jacoby Brissett, center, as he attempts to throw for a two- point conversion Saturday. yards and two TDs as Vanderbilt routed Kentucky 38-8 Saturday in snapping a twogame skid.

S.C. 17, Florida 12 Quarterback Connor Shaw ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns to lead South Carolina to a win over Florida. Freshman Brandon Wilds ran for 120 yards as the No. 15 Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 Southeastern) pounded the Gators (5-5, 3-5) and left themselves a

chance to make it to a second straight SEC title game. South Carolina led 14-3 after Shaw’s sneak just before the half, but Florida rallied. A 2-yard touchdown run by Jacoby Brissett made it 14-12, but the Gators never threatened again.

Arkansas 49, Tennessee 7 Dennis Johnson accounted for 140 total yards and a pair of touchdowns to help No. 8 Arkansas beat Tennessee for

its sixth consecutive victory. The Razorbacks (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) kept alive their hopes for a second-straight BCS bowl game — and possibly more. They also earned their seventh straight win against an SEC East opponent. Johnson led Arkansas with 97 yards rushing, including a 71-yard touchdown run in the first half. He also had 43 yards receiving.

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Georgia crushes Auburn, closes in on East title Georgia is closing in on a trip to the Southeastern Conference championship game. Auburn is a long way from playing for another title. Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes to surpass Matthew Stafford’s school record and the No. 14 Bulldogs, with a dominating firsthalf performance, romped past the defending national champions 45-7 Saturday to move within one win of clinching the SEC East. The Bulldogs (8-2, 6-1 SEC) won their eighth in a row with a dominating performance in the Deep South’s oldest rivalry. They raced to a 35-7 halftime lead over the No. 24 Tigers (6-4, 4-3) and finished with their biggest win in the series since a 41-0 triumph in 1946. Georgia will be at home next weekend against Kentucky, looking to clinch its first division title in six years and completely snuff out any talk about Mark Richt’s coaching future. The Bulldogs have bounced back from a losing season in 2010 and an 0-2 start to this year. Murray threw all his scoring passes by halftime, giving him 27 TDs on the season and nine in the past two weeks. He broke the school mark of 25 set by Stafford in 2008 before he was picked No. 1 overall in the NFL draft. Murray threw touchdown passes of 8 yards to Tavarres King, 27 yards to Michael Bennett, 15 yards to Bruce Figgins and 25 yards to Malcolm Mitchell. Safety Bacarri Rambo tacked on a defensive TD, picking off a pass by Clint Moseley and returning it 24 yards to the end zone with a brilliant return that featured a soaring leap across the goal line.

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Boise State kicker Dan Goodale reacts after missing a field goal in the final seconds against TCU on Saturday. Boise State lost 36-35.

the opening quarter thanks to a 92-yard kickoff return for a score, but it was all Prairie View from there. Lovelocke, who passed for 164 yards with an interception, threw touchdowns of 22 and 10 yards during a span of 27 straight points by the Panthers. Chris King added a 65-yard interception return for a score.

JSU 34, Alabama A&M 6 Casey Therriault threw for 428 yards and four straight touchdowns as Jackson State defeated Alabama A&M, snapping the Bulldogs’ seven-game winning streak. The Tigers (8-2, 6-2 South-

western Athletic Conference) trailed 6-0 after Chance Wilson kicked field goals of 49 and 45 yards. Then Therriault threw a 7-yard TD pass to Renty Rollins with 2:33 left in the first quarter, followed by a 30-yarder to E.J. Drewery just 42 seconds into the second. He hit Rico Richardson with a 67-yarder to take a 21-6 lead into halftime. Therriault, who was 23 of 41 with no interceptions, threw his final scoring pass, a 15-yarder to Rollins, with 8:59 left in the third quarter. Jackson State rolled up 547 yards of offense compared to 301 for Alabama A&M (7-3, 6-2).

W. Ga. 39, Delta St. 35 Delta State (9-2, 3-1 Gulf South Conference) could not pull off another fourth-quarter comeback, as West Georgia (6-4, 2-2 GSC) pulled out a upset in the regular-season finale for both clubs. The Statesmen rushed for 398 yards on 46 carries, led by Brandon Lucas with 233 yards and two touchdowns.

McMurry 63, Miss. Coll. 38 Mississippi College (3-7) finished the season with a loss to McMurry University. Senior running back Steven Knight led the Choctaws with 20 carries for 118 yards and two scores.

Brandon Weeden threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns and Joseph Randle ran for three more scores to send the No. 2 Cowboys to the first 10-0 start in school history.

Jonas Gary ran for a careerhigh 136 yards and two touchdowns, and Notre Dame made itself right at home against skidding Maryland in a victory.


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The New Orleans Saints run onto the Superdome turf before last week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New

Orleans. The Saints and the Atlanta Falcons will play today for first place in the NFC South division.

Mississippi State guard Brian Bryant drives to the lane as South Alabama’s Wendell Wright attempts to cut him off Saturday.

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ATLANTA (AP) — This isn’t your father’s Saints-Falcons rivalry. Now the games are played for more than Southern bragging rights. There’s more on the line than a good excuse for a party. Before Sean Payton became the New Orleans coach in 2006 and Mike Smith was hired by Atlanta in 2008, Saints-Falcons games were highlights in usually dreadful seasons. The exceptions were rare, such as when Dan Reeves took the Falcons to the Super Bowl in the 1998 season. More often the typical goal was trying to avoid last place behind the 49ers and Rams in the old NFC West. The winner of today’s game at the Georgia Dome will claim first place in the NFC South, and that has become the norm. Last year, the Falcons won the division with the NFC’s best record, and the Saints were a wild card. In 2009, the Saints won the division and the Super Bowl, and the Falcons were second in the NFC South. The teams split two games last season, with each winning on the road and each game decided by three points, including the Falcons’ win in overtime. This is the first

NFL on TV Today Noon Fox - New Orleans at Atlanta Noon CBS - Buffalo at Dallas 3:15 p.m. Fox - New York Giants at San Francisco 7:15 p.m. NBC - New England at New York Jets Monday 7:30 p.m. ESPN - Minnesota at Green Bay game between the teams this season. The Falcons visit New Orleans on Dec. 26. The Falcons (5-3) will try to stretch their three-game winning streak and the Saints (6-3) hope to show they’re again the team to beat in the division. “I think our No. 1 rivalry in this division is the Falcons,” said Saints linebacker JoLonn Dunbar. “They’re just a good team. They’re physical. The last two or three times we played them it has been a close game. So you’re going to get a three-point game, an overtime game. “You’re going to get that when you’re playing Atlanta. It’s like Ali-Frazier. Expect 15 rounds. Somebody is going to get knocked down. Somebody is going to get up. But it’s going to be a tough one.” From a national perspective, this may not rank with Steelers-Ravens, Packers-Bears or Patriots-Jets rivalries. For Fal-

cons and Saints fans, this is the biggest game. Saints quarterback Drew Brees said, “if you’re just kind of walking around town” he often hears one popular request from fans: “’If you do one thing this year just beat Atlanta,”’ Brees said. “I think that’s probably the sentiment of fans that are longtime Saints fans. Maybe longtime Falcons fans say the same thing to them about beating the Saints. “I would say this, though, that if you look at the past four years, since Mike Smith’s been there and Sean’s been here, both teams have been up there as far as first or second in the division quite a few times. That’s part of the reason why it’s more competitive now than it ever has been.” Forget the days when the franchise’s former figureheads at quarterback, the Saints’ Archie Manning and the Falcons’ Steve Bartkowski,

had too little offensive help to field consistent winners. Brees directs a deep Saints offense that features two of the NFL’s top three in catches: running back Darren Sproles and tight end Jimmy Graham. Brees’ other top weapons include receivers Marques Colston and Devery Henderson and running back Pierre Thomas. The Falcons’ offense can’t match the Saints’ No. 1 ranking, but it looked just as deep with last week’s return of rookie receiver Julio Jones from a hamstring injury. Jones had 50- and 80-yard touchdown catches in a 31-7 win at Indianapolis. His emergence would make it more difficult for the Saints’ defense to devise plans to contain receiver Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez, while also stopping running back Michael Turner. Jones showed the explosive potential the Falcons expected when they moved up in the first round of this year’s NFL draft to make the Alabama star the No. 6 overall pick. Despite missing two games with the injury, Jones already has three 100-yard games, two more than White, a three-time Pro Bowl selection. “I think obviously if he could do that every week that would be great,” Ryan said of Jones’ two long touchdown catches.

Manning becoming an elite QB EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Halfway through the season, there is no longer a debate on whether Eli Manning ranks among the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. A career year and five fourth-quarter wins have put Manning in the same category as Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, and helped the New York Giants (6-2) take a twogame lead in the NFC East. So why the breakthrough this year? Why is everything falling into place for the 30-yearold, who never seemed to get credit despite leading the Giants to a Super Bowl title in February 2008? Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride says if you take away Manning’s 25 interceptions last year his statistics are about the same. Talk to his receivers, and they see a steady hand at the controls, the same guy who sits them down Fridays for Eli’s players’ only briefing. “His confidence is through the roof now,” receiver Michael Clayton said. “He’s really making some phenomenal checks at the line of scrimmage, not only passing but running the ball. I’ve played with a lot of quarterbacks in my career, more than 11, and he by far, how he reads coverages is the best of anybody I’ve seen. Our success is on his shoulders. He’s up there. He is

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after a touchdown during the second half against the New England Patriots last week. a special quarterback, a guy you can count on to put you in the best position to win.” That’s what Manning’s Friday meetings are all about. The get-together is usually 10 minutes after practice, giving the wideouts, tight ends and the occasional running back who is invited enough time to

run into the cafeteria to grab a bite before meeting in the receivers’ room at the Giants headquarters. Manning is usually in front of the room, ready to make a digital visual presentation of the defensive schemes of — let’s say — the San Francisco 49ers — this week’s opponent.

He has the players imagine certain plays being called and discusses how they will react against the schemes or how other teams have countered those schemes with plays that are similar to ones run by the Giants. “You try to imagine how they will play out, what everybody’s assignments will be and what we need to do,” Manning said. “It’s different things that maybe haven’t come up in practice that we need to talk about to make sure we are prepared for everything. It’s mental notes that I have seen and want to relate to them. You can talk to them about it, but visualization gets the point across.” Manning’s breakdown usually points out the middle linebacker, the checks on each play, or who’s coming on the blitzes. And if saying it isn’t enough, Manning usually circles the things he wants players to see when he runs the video. “I am a big believer in preparation, definitely,” Manning said. “There is a lot that goes on. New plays coming in, receivers have to understand what they are doing and you realize: ‘Hey it’s easy doing this.’ Everybody plays coverages and schemes a little different. You might say this is Cover 2, but maybe it’s a little different, they’re a Tampa 2 team.”

South Alabama By David Brandt The Associated Press Arnett Moultrie scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his second double-double in three games and Mississippi State cruised to an 80-65 victory over South Alabama on Saturday. The 6-foot-11, 249-pound Moultrie has been dominant in his first season with the Bulldogs since transferring from Texas El-Paso. The junior shot 9-of-16 from the field against the Jaguars, including a 3-pointer early in the second half that gave Mississippi State (2-1) an 18-point lead — its largest of the game. Dee Bost scored 16 points, Rodney Hood 15 and Brian Bryant 10 as the Bulldogs used a 19-0 run early in the first half to take an insurmountable 28-11 lead. Starting forward Renardo Sidney didn’t play because of a groin injury. The Bulldogs might have missed Sidney’s 290-pound body creating space in the post, but the shorter, quicker lineup had its advantages. Coach Rick Stansbury used more of an up-tempo style on both offense and defense that seemed to catch South Alabama by surprise in the Jaguars’ season opener, forcing 14 turnovers. Stansbury said he wasn’t sure when Sidney would return. Mississippi State was also much more active rebounding, with a 41-33 advantage that included 18 offensive

college basketball rebounds. Moultrie had seven of those offensive rebounds while Wendell Lewis, who was starting in place of Sidney, had six. Lewis also had three blocked shots. Augustine Rubit scored 16 points and nine rebounds in South Alabama. Mychal Ammons scored 15 points off the bench while Freddie Goldstein added 11. The Jaguars shot 26 of 57 from the field (45.6 percent).

Duke 96, Presbyterian 55 Mike Krzyzewski hustled off the court, just as he has done so many times during threeplus decades at Duke. The Hall of Fame coach tried to turn this one into just another victory, and it didn’t work. This time, Coach K caught his college coach on the career wins list. Krzyzewski tied Bob Knight atop the Division I men’s victories list with his 902nd victory in No. 6 Duke’s rout against Presbyterian. “Whenever an individual coaching honor occurs, it’s because of your players and your assistants and the infrastructure you build,” Krzyzewski said. “You’re just the recipient of a lot of good things, then, because you’re the head of it. Good players and unselfish kids win a lot of ballgames.”

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Stewart makes case for title CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When Tony Stewart passed Jimmie Johnson in the outside lane to win at Martinsville Speedway, he’d made, in his mind, a statement that nothing will get in his way of a third NASCAR championship. He celebrated with a customary victory lap, and as he came around the final turn, Stewart flipped off his engine to better soak in the roar of approval from fans pressed against the fence celebrating his improbable win. “I turned the engine off, I coasted, because I could hear (the fans) over the engine when it was running,” Stewart recalled. “So I shut it off, and when I heard it from that crowd, it was like ‘Yep, I know where they are wanting this to go.’” Stewart pumped his fist


2 p.m. ESPN Kobalt Tools 500 when recalling that moment of adoration at the end of the Oct. 30 race. He leaves no doubt that, despite wins in the first two Chase for the Sprint Cup championship races, Martinsville was the place that convinced him he could run down points leader Carl Edwards and be the driver who dethrones five-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. It would be fitting, too. Stewart was the last driver to win a title before Johnson’s record run and he’s now within striking distance to be the bookend to Johnson’s titles. With two races remaining, Stewart

goes to Phoenix today trailing Edwards by just three points in the Chase standings. Regardless of the outcome, his turnaround will rank among the greatest in NASCAR history. Stewart was seriously on edge nine weeks ago, when he needed a clean run at Richmond to ensure a spot in the 12-driver Chase field. He’d slumped through the summer — typically his strongest part of the season — and had openly said his Stewart-Haas Racing team didn’t deserve a spot in the Chase. Still, he made it, but refused to look at the 10-race title hunt as a fresh start and a chance to rewrite his disappointing season. When asked days before the Chase opener at Chicago who could win the title, Stewart left himself off

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Tony Stewart dons a boxing robe given to him after his win in the Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway last week. the list of contenders. Stewart doesn’t believe he’d been missing that edge the last few years, but as he struggled to maintain the pace he’d

set through his first 10 seasons, it was clear he’d been passed by several others on the list of NASCAR’s best drivers. So this recent run has

ignited something in Stewart, who has added a steady dose of trash-talking with Edwards to his game plan.

Chilly nights at Brownspur require a bonfire Betsy and I were keeping the grandboys last weekend, and the weather was just a little nippy at night — time for the blankets to be on the foot of the bed, so as to be pulled up during the wee hours, if needed. It was clear and cool, so we boys (four, two, and dirtaged) charged up the Gator that their “Uncle Adimal” and Aunt Ce-Ce gave them last Christmas, and charged forth to collect fuel for the fire: in this case, limbs around the yard and pasture that needed picking up and burning. We piled them up in the persimmon grove to over head-high on a near’bout five year old (“Sir”) and still had some daylight left before their “Doots” got home. In case you’ve forgotten, our grandparent names are Doots

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Golf tournament at Clear Creek The third annual “Turkey Tournament” for couples will be held at Clear Creek Golf Course on Nov. 19. Checkin is at 9 a.m. and tee time is at 10. The entry fee is $30 per team, and teams are also responsible for fees in the pro shop. For information, call Karen Carroll at 601-8311522, or the Clear Creek pro shop at 601-638-9395.

YMCA basketball registration open The Vicksburg YMCA is now accepting registration for its youth basketball program. There are three divisions based on age — junior prep (third- and fourth-graders); senior prep (fifth- and sixth-graders); and junior high (seventh- and eighthgraders). Games will be played at the Purks YMCA. Registration is open until Nov. 12, and the season starts Nov. 18. To register online, go to For more information, call 601638-1071.

Vicksburg adult basketball registration The Vicksburg Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for adult basketball through Dec. 24. Registration forms can be picked up athe Parks and Rec offices at 100 ArmyNavy Drive and at the Jackson Street Community Center at 923 Walnut Street. The league is for players ages 18 and older. Cost is $125 per team. A mandatory coaches meeting is scheduled for Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Parks and Rec offices. For information, call 601-634-4514.

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and Grunk. I got a pure-D unexpected compliment that made me purr all over when I picked the boys up from preschool that afternoon. I had a “Best of Andrew Lloyd Weber” CD plugged in, and was helping out the chorus on “Jesus Christ Superstar” when Sir yelled from the back seat, “Put in the Grunk Music!” I lead the MS Kairos Prison Ministry Music Team, which cut a two-dozen song praise and worship CD a year ago, and Sean wanted to hear his

Grunk. I gladly switched CDs at his request. Anyhoo, after Sir and Crash had helped pick up the makings for the bonfire, and Doots was bringing home the other needed ingredients: hotdogs, buns, and the marshmallows — I talked them into picking up pecans for Doots until she drove up about dusk. Sean is a veteran of four winters, three of which he remembers having bonfires to sit around. Crash is entering his third winter, so is still in the business of building such memories. Doots and I were pleased to sit and observe as Big Brudder pointed out the beauty of the rising red sparks blending with the gleaming stars already visible through the persimmon branches, which are now mostly bare of

leaves and fruit. For your information, yes, both grandboys had earlier enjoyed the taste of fresh-fallen persimmons, and had asked for seconds. Their dad is even working on a recipe for persimmon beer, which Uncle George Vickers used to have a widespread reputation for brewing. The basis for those rising red sparks caused all four of us to move our lawn chairs back from the fire before we settled on comfortable fire-viewing distance. My own moveback was comedic because of setting one chair leg into an unseen armadillo hole, so that when I sat down, I just kept on going over backward. But the boys got a kick out of seeing Grunk lying on his back with his feet in the air. Finally the flames died down

so that Grunk could approach the glowing embers with hot dogs to roast, and Doots had ketchup-covered buns prepared as the dogs were adjudged ready by hungry young’uns. One apiece was enough for the men so The Grunk went right to his specialty of toasted marshmallows once the hot dogs were disposed of. As Big Robert used to say, “We et and gouged,” and all the marshmallows consumed were not actually toasted, I have to confess, though enough were left to float atop the cups of coffee the next morning, which is not as bad an idea as it sounds, especially if suggested by a grandson in your bed. As the embers died down we commenced to hooting for owls, and Crash emitted

a credible coyote howl or two, which no bonfire should be without. When Doots took his hand to finally go inside, then Sir and I performed the agesold ritual that men have performed on dying campfires forever. My cousin Mountain Willy, God rest his soul, used to pontificate that, “God does not debit against a man’s lifetime those hours spent beside a campfire.” I have to agree. And I suspect that two Brownspur grandboys will also grow up believing that same wisdom. It’s probably in the Bible somewhere, anyway!

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

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Ebersole recognized for Corps relief work Ashley Ebersole, an emergency management specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District, has received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for excepAshley tional perEbersole formance during the Corps’ response and recovery efforts for the 2011 Alabama spring tornadoes. Ebersole was attached to the Corps’ Mobile District as the local government liaison officer, coordinating the staffing of local government agencies in seven sectors of the affected area. A native of Fairfield, Penn., she lives in Clinton and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in emergency management from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala.

MVD’s DuBowy part of Fulbright project Dr. Paul DuBowy, an environmental program manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division, has returned from a Fulbright Specialists project in Lodz, Poland, sponsored by the U. S. State Department and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Dr. Paul ScholDubowy arship Board. He taught ecosystem planning and restoration in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-sponsored Erasmus Mundus Master of Science Programme in ecohydrology at the University of Lodz. As a Corps environmental program manager, he provides technical guidance on environmental issues involving river structures, levees and tributary improvements that maintain navigation and provide flood control for about 1,200 miles of the lower and middle Mississippi River. He also has taught and conducted research as a professor at Purdue University, Texas A&M University and The University of Newcastle, Australia.

Industry says Africa fastest growing cell market By The Associated Press JOHANNESBURG — Sure, 24-year-old Gertrude Kitongo cherishes a cell phone as a link to family and friends, from her grandmother in a Ugandan village to former schoolmates in Zimbabwe. For Kitongo, her cell phone also serves as a radio, library, mini cinema, bank teller and more. The Kenyan-Ugandan who just finished marketing studies in South Africa is an urban, cosmopolitan, on-themove face of cell phone-users on the continent, where a report released Wednesday shows mobile penetration has reached 649 million connections, second only to Asia. The report by the industry group GSMA, or Groupe Speciale Mobile Association, said Africa is the fastest growing mobile market. For each of the past five years, the number of subscribers across Africa has grown by almost 20 percent and is expected to reach 738 million by the end of next year. In releasing its report, GSMA called on African governments to allocate more mobile broadband spectrum and cut taxes on mobile operators to further spur expansion. Citing studies by the World Bank and others, GSMA says that in developing countries, for every 10 percent increase in mobile penetration there is a 0.81 percent increase in GDP. Africa has been described as the Silicon Valley of cell phones because of the innovative ways they are used on the continent. Cell phone networks have been set up to help health care workers in remote villages consult with doctors in cities. Researchers have used cell phone technology to track animals for wildlife studies. Africans use cell phones to make payments across borders.

“The mobile industry in Africa is booming and a catalyst for immense growth, but there is scope for far greater development,” said Peter Lyons, a GSMA policy expert. While GSMA said voice service dominates in Africa, use of data service is increasing steadily. “I use my phone for everything,” Kitongo said. When she has a spare moment, wherever she is, Kitongo downloads and watches movies or catches up on her Oprah magazine

Gertrude Kitongo with her Blackberry mobile phone in Johannesburg

At a glance Fast penetration: An industry group says Africa is the world’s fastest growing mobile phone market. The group finds that subscriber levels have grown by almost 20 percent for each of the past five years, and the total is expected to hit subscription. She makes payments and checks her bank balance using her smart phone, and her bank sends her a text message, or SMS, when she receives a payment. Kitongo has a second, less high-tech phone she uses for its radio, and for her subscription to an east African mobile service that doesn’t charge roaming fees in that region,

735 million by the end of 2012. How it gets used: Researchers have used cell phone technology to track animals for wildlife studies. Africans use cell phones to make payments across borders. Lack of access for many Africans to formal banking and financial services

making it cheaper for friends and family in Uganda and Kenya to call her. If Kitongo uses the land line at her Johannesburg home at all, it’s to order in a meal. If she uses her laptop, it’s to hook its large screen to her phone for ease of reading Facebook messages. It’s cheaper, she says, to explore the Internet using her phone than her computer modem.

has spurred innovation. Policy changes: The group behind the study, GSMA, is calling on governments to allocate more mobile broadband spectrum and to cut taxes on operators to further spur expansion.

She also saves money by text and instant messaging instead of calling friends. She can sound like a saleswoman when discussing the airtime and other options open to her, including free messages if they are exchanged among others who use her brand of cell phone. For all the convenience, Kitongo questions some of the profound changes mobile

technology has brought to her life in just a few years. When friends get together for a coffee, she finds they’re often distracted, paying more attention to their phones. When she was in high school, she said, boys used to write letters to ask her on dates. Now, she said, no one takes time to do more than dash off a few lines in abbreviated “SMS language.”

United CEO sees more passenger choice — for a price By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Jeff Smisek says he was drawn to the airline business for a simple reason: the complexity. “People who love challenges get into this business,” said Smisek, a former corporate lawyer turned airline CEO. He faces many as he tries to combine United and Continental into the world’s largest airline. Most of his day is spent integrating the airlines’ different cultures, fleets and unions. Managing sky-high fuel costs is also high on his to-do list. And before he leaves the office, Smisek reads as many e-mails as he can, including those from passengers upset they got stuck with the middle seat. Smisek, 57, graduated with honors at both Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He was CEO of Houston-based Continental when it merged with United a year ago, leapfrogging Delta Air Lines Inc. as the biggest. The combined airline took United’s name and its Chicago headquarters, but the top executives who run the

‘We have an enormous amount of data about our consumers that we do not adequately use today. You’re going to see more targeted marketing, on an individual basis. We know how frequently they travel, where they travel, when they travel. Often we know whether they’re renting a car, or a hotel. We know their propensity to upgrade or buy an upgrade.’ Jeff Smisek

United Airlines CEO operation came mostly from Continental. In 1995, Smisek left a job as a partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, to join a turnaround team at Continental. Now, he oversees more than 86,000 employees and 5,700 daily flights. United Continental Holdings Inc. carries more than 142 million passengers a year to 376 destinations around the globe. Smisek jokes that if United and its partners don’t fly someplace, then “you don’t want to go there.” The combined airline isn’t worrying so much about attracting vacationers.

Instead, it is targeting business travelers who tend to pay more for last-minute tickets and focusing on lucrative international routes. The airline is also looking at new ways to get more money from passengers. Smisek says airlines probably won’t add more baggage fees. However, there will be plenty of other extra services that his airline will offer, for a fee. Smisek sat down with The Associated Press in New York and discussed the economy, airfares and why air travel was never glamorous. Below are excerpts, edited for length and clarity.

Q: What’s your take on the economy and how that might affect air travel? A: We have a lot of different geographies we operate in. Latin American markets are doing extremely well. The Pacific market is doing well. The European market is actually holding up far better than I would anticipate given all the turmoil. And the U.S. market is just sort of chugging along, sort of sideways. We’re not seeing any decrease in business travel. We’re not seeing any increase. Q: Are there two or three big changes that air travelers will see in the next five years? A: We have an enormous amount of data about our consumers that we do not adequately use today. You’re going to see more targeted marketing, on an individual basis. We know how frequently they travel, where they travel, when they travel. Often we know whether they’re renting a car, or a hotel. We know their propensity to upgrade or buy an upgrade. Q: Is there anything that will make airfare pricing less

complicated? A: No. I think what you’re going to see is more choice. And choice can become complex. Q: What’s your verdict on the status of the merger? A: We’re exactly where we expected to be, in terms of things that we’ve accomplished. The only thing where we haven’t gotten where we wanted to be by this point is in getting the labor agreements done. With the pilots, there has been some degree of intra-union politicking going on and that has delayed it. But that, you can’t lay at the feet of management. Q: A lot of people love to hate the airlines. Do they expect too much from you? A: We’re in the business of getting people safely from point A to point B, on time, with their underwear. That’s what we do for a living and we are really good at it. The mental image people have of the glamour of flying was when flying was unaffordable. When I was a child, I didn’t fly — we couldn’t afford to fly. Flying was for See United, Page B9.

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MF Global’s dive shows few changes on Wall Street WASHINGTON (AP) — After countless new rules designed to make Wall Street safer, it’s come to this: Another securities firm has collapsed from risky, poorly disclosed bets. Not enough, in other words, has changed since the U.S. financial system nearly toppled three years ago. The bankruptcy filing last week by MF Global Holdings Ltd. didn’t freeze lending and panic investors around the world, as Lehman Brothers’ did in 2008. But the rapid fall of the firm run by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine shows risky behavior persists, despite a vast regulatory overhaul. As lenders abandon Italy this week and stocks plummet on fear that defaults in Europe are all but inevitable, those new rules are about to be put to the test. One question no one can answer: Is the financial system, with its expanding web of connections that even experts can’t trace, any safer? “People are making the same dumb bets,” says investor Michael Lewitt of Harch Capital, who calls Washington’s new rules inadequate. MF Global’s collapse suggests that: • Financial companies are making risky bets with borrowed money and hiding them off their balance sheets. In MF Global’s case, scant disclosure made it harder for people to see the danger until it was too late. • Those bets are being made with their own money, but threatening customers and trading partners. Dodd-Frank, the Wall Street overhaul passed last year, focused on big, complex financial companies whose failure could topple other firms. The law bans these “systemically important” com-

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A sign for MF Global is displayed at an office building in New York. panies from making such bets with their own money, called proprietary trading. But it does little about smaller financial firms like MF Global. • Many financial companies operate without coordinated oversight by regulators. MF Global was watched over by several regulators. But no one was in charge of coordinating them. Financial companies, aside from the biggest, face the same patchwork oversight that failed to stop risky bets before the financial crisis.

The bust of MF Global itself is not an indictment of the new rules. Dodd-Frank wasn’t designed to prevent all financial failures. In fact, some failures can be healthy if they discourage investors from taking on excessive risk. But MF Global’s collapse brought heavy costs. It caused millions in losses for investors. It threw commodity markets into disarray. And it left customers confused and angry because $593 million of their money is missing.

“The question for regulators is, ‘How did this happen?’” says David Kotok, a money manager at Cumberland Advisors. “Could we have seen it coming?” The answer: Yes — but you had to look hard. MF Global failed after buying billions of European government bonds on a hunch they were less risky than many investors assumed. The trouble wasn’t so much the bet itself. It was how the firm disclosed it and financed it.

Leah Sullivan will lead VCVB visitor services The Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau has named Leah Sullivan manager of visitor services. She has a bachelor’s degree in business from Columbia State University, and was Leah the execuSullivan tive director at The Initiative for the last seven years. She also worked at the Warren-WashingtonIssaquena-Sharkey Commu-


Patricia Hemphill, deputy chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Programs and Project

Management Division, received the 2011 Technology All-Star Award at the Women of Color Science, TechPatricia nology, EngiHemphill neering and Math Conference in Dallas. The conference recognizes outstanding women and focuses on advancing them in the areas 0fscience, technology, engineering and math.

A Vicksburg native, Hemphill is a graduate of Warren Central High School and has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University. She has completed the Army Management Staff College program of sustaining base leadership management and Harvard University’s executive education program. She is a registered professional engineer in Mississippi.

you is arguing with his girlfriend for 3 of those hours, it’s going to be a pretty unpleasant flight. We’ve got to sort that out as a carrier and as an industry. Q: Do you ever fly in coach? A: I do. I prefer first class. Q: Window or aisle? A: Aisle. I’m working. I get up on the flight deck of every airplane before the flight and I visit with the pilots. I talk to them and answer their questions. Then I work the galleys and talk to flight attendants and answer their questions. Often customers will come up and start talking as well. I kind of hold a little session back there and listen to them. Q: Are you ever able to be on a flight and just be a guy in a seat? A: I can’t do that on United because I’m too visible. And I don’t want to — that’s my job. I expect my officers to do the same thing. But on competitors, I’m a passenger, I sit and watch. I just sort of watch things probably more closely than others, and I will occasionally visit with flight decks and ask them how things are going, and just listen. Q: Do they usually know who you are when you’re talking to them? A: Generally not, no. And I don’t tell them, either. Q: Tell us about the first time you started managing somebody. What did you learn?

A: My first experience managing people was really as a lawyer. What I learned was the value of communication: why something was needed, how it fit in the puzzle, what the deadline was, and then, feedback. Q: Your father was a bomber pilot during World War II. Did he push you toward an aviation career? A: No. If I were lying on a bench in a psychiatrist’s office, he could tease out from the recesses of my mind why I did this. But no, I never really gave a thought to a career in aviation. I just sort of stumbled into the business as part of a turnaround group. I was interested in it for sort of the business challenge. Q: What’s the last thing you do before heading home? A: I try to make it through my e-mails. We fly (millions of) people a year and my e-mail address is in the public domain, and customers write me all the time. I always try to personally answer co-workers, even if it’s: “I don’t know but we’ll figure it out.” I can’t keep up with the volume of customer e-mails. Those I tend to send to our customer care folks. I get interesting e-mails, like a customer that was just outraged that she was in 23B and she wanted to be in 23C and it was marked “Urgent — Fix This Tonight!” Q: At the end of the day, what are you doing to

unwind and relax? A: If I’m in Chicago, I go back to my lonely-guy apartment, I work out and then I take my microwave dish and eat it. I get my iPad out and I read the newspapers or I read a book. When I’m in Houston, I work out, then I walk my dog and I visit with my wife and I cook — because I can’t cook for one but I can cook for two.

nity Action Agency, where she is a board member. She and husband Laurence Sullivan have three children. She is a member of The Word Church of Vicksburg and Les Soeurs Charmantes Civic and Social Club.

District’s Hemphill named an All-Star

United Continued from Page B?. rich people. Today, flying is for everybody. Q: Are there any foreign airlines doing things you think are especially innovative? A: I like to fly competitors, because I learn. I like to go spy on them. We’re not proud. We’ll copy anything that makes sense. I can’t think of any particular item where we’ve gone, “Wow, we should do that,” but we’re always looking for it. Q: Is consolidation good for consumers? A: Ultimately, yes. It’s bad for consumers to have airlines that are always on the brink of insolvency, that are subject to potential strikes by labor, who cannot be depended on to be there the next day. Q: Do you have three tips for parents traveling with kids over the holidays? A: Pack light; arrive early; bring snacks. Q: Where is the use of cell phones on planes heading and where do you think it should go? A: To the extent that there’s going to be air-to-ground communication onboard airplanes by customers, I don’t think it will be cell phones. We’ll have a completely Wi Fi-enabled fleet over the next few years. There’s (voice over internet). It can be very beneficial if you need to make a phone call. However, if you’re on a 14-hour flight and the guy sitting next to

MF Global didn’t recognize those bonds on its balance sheet for all to see. Instead, they were shunted “off-balance sheet,” their presence noted deep in its financial statements. Some separate filings with regulators excluded them entirely. This sleight-of-hand was possible thanks to an accounting maneuver used by Lehman to hide its debt before it failed: Instead of holding onto the bonds it had just bought, MF Global “sold” them to other companies in exchange for cash — with the promise to buy them back later. In effect, it was borrowing the cash but not calling it that since technically it came from a “sale.” And because the bonds were off its books, MF Global didn’t have to acknowledge the risk they posed. Other firms have struck similar off-balance-sheet deals, but poor disclosure makes them difficult to track. The lack of detail about financial companies’ holdings can lead to panic selling. Fearing another MF Global, investors started dumping shares of broker Jefferies Group Inc. last month. The stock recovered after the company released details showing its bets were smaller and not funded by the same off-balance-sheet deals. Janet Tavakoli, president of Tavakoli Structured Finance in Chicago, says the hidden debt at MF Global makes her wonder if regulators have learned anything from the financial crisis. She notes that American International Group Inc. used off-balance-sheet “swaps” to bet that U.S. home-

owners would pay back their mortgages — that is, until it collapsed and had to be bailed out by taxpayers. “We’ve seen this movie before,” says Tavakoli. Under Dodd-Frank, large financial companies that played a big role in the financial crisis are subjected to new, stricter oversight. But that’s not the case with smaller firms. Christopher Whalen, managing director at Institutional Risk Analytics, notes that banks must file quarterly “call reports” listing a wide range of details about their risks — but no such disclosure is required of smaller financial firms like MF Global. “The problem is, they are still very opaque,” Whalen says. In the case of MF Global, it not only made “proprietary” bets banned at larger firms, it did so with gobs of borrowed money. One measure of that, its so-called leverage ratio, hit 31-to-1 in September, similar to Lehman’s before it failed. Most big banks are closer to 10-to-1 now. Of course, the risks taken by MF Global might prove more an exception than a rule. But Louise Purtle, an analyst at research firm CreditSights, is worried. She wrote in a report last week that, as regulators crack down on the largest financial companies, risk could be building in the “shadow banking system” — the thousands of hedge funds, small brokers, money managers and other non-bank financial firms out of the spotlight.

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:

August 2011................$637,673 Fiscal year 2010-11 to date... $6,625,504

August 2010................$582,154 2009-10 fiscal year to date..... $6,657,976

land transfers The following commercial land transfer was recorded in the Chancery Clerk’s Office for the week ending Nov. 11, 2011: Virginia Sanders Robin-

son and Eleanore Sue Sanders Sullivan to CDG Properties Inc.; Section 10, Township 14N, Range 3E; 102.381 acres off U.S. 61 South.

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 “Bulletproof” — A mobster’s, James Caan, goons pursue a fugitive underling, Adam Sandler, turning state’s evidence to an undercover policeman, Damon Wayans, he once shot./5:30 on IONDTV n SPORTS NASCAR — Tony Stewart needs a good run to the take the Chase for the Championship lead at Phoenix with just two races remaining./2 on ESPN n PRIMETIME “CSI: Miami” — After discovering another corpse without James Caan eyes, Horatio suspects his nemesis is to blame./9 on CBS

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

MILESTONES n BIRTHDAYS Garry Marshall, producer-director, 77; Joe Mantegna, actor, 64; Frances Conroy, actress, 58; Whoopi Goldberg, actresscomedian, 56; Jimmy Kimmel, comedian; Steve Zahn, actor, 44; Gerard Butler, actor, 42; Jordan Bridges, actor, 38; Nikolai Fraiture, rock musician, 33. n DEATH Charlie Lea — Tthe first French-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the major leagues was 54. The cause of death was not immediately known. Born in Orleans, France, Lea pitched from 1980 until 1988. On May 9, 1981, Lea threw a no-hitter as the Expos beat the San Francisco Giants 4-0.


Taylor on stage in ‘A Christmas Carol’ James Taylor is out to prove he can do more than write a catchy tune. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is taking up acting after more than four decades in the music industry. Taylor is to play Bob Cratchit next month in a Massachusetts’ theater group’s annual performance of “A Christmas Carol.” Taylor’s wife, Kim, is returning for her second year as Mrs. Cratchit. Their two sons are also in the production.

Action Comics No. 1 up for sale Up, up and away is synonymous with Superman and may have a new meaning for collectors, too, as an ultra-rare and pristine copy of Action Comics No. 1 goes up for auction online Friday. The issue, featuring the first appearance of Superman, is expected to surpass the $1.5 million record set in 2010. The issue for sale has a story of its own that wouldn’t be out of place in the pages of a comic book plot, either. Twice before it set the record for the most expensive book ever — it sold for $86,000 in 1992 and then $150,000 in 1997. That, Fishler said, was a nod to its near mint condition.

ANd one more

Cat descends cactus after 3 days A lot of cats get stuck in trees, but an Arizona kitty was perched atop a giant saguaro cactus for at least three days before finally coming down on its own. Residents living in a desert area northeast of Phoenix noticed the black cat with white patches at the very top of the 30- to 40foot cactus. Helicopter video from showed the cat eventually climbing down the cactus Friday. It started making its way down head-first before turning around and scooting backward. It finally took a big leap and landed on its feet before wandering into the desert.


BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — The interests of your listeners should be considered before bringing up a subject that could easily bore them to death. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — If you’re smart, you’ll take care of all of your obligations first thing in the morning. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Don’t let one small negative thought block all of your positive alternatives today. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Unless you are completely honest about your limitations, there is a strong likelihood you will take on far more than you can handle today and end up with a total meltdown. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — Don’t allow someone whose views oppose yours to coerce you into a debate today. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Early successes might spur you on, but take care not to overdo. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Rarely do you hesitate to express your opinions, but if what you’re thinking becomes emotional, you had better keep your thoughts to yourself. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Unless you handle commercial involvements in a sound manner today, you could quickly lose control of good business practices and get in way over your head. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Be careful not to put yourself in a position of being at the mercy of individuals who have caused you discomfort in the past. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — You might be faced with severe limitations today on handling a critical situation that now needs tending. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If there is someone in a social gettogether with whom you have a bone to pick, keep your discomfort to yourself. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — The only way you will achieve all of your objectives today is to roll up your sleeves and keep your nose to the grindstone.

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‘Walking Dead’ creator Kirkman keeping it real By Frazier Moore AP television writer NEW YORK — When Robert Kirkman talks zombies, he sounds more like a diligent student of such creatures than the guy who creates them for an audience of millions. For example, ask Kirkman if being transformed into a zombie is a fate worse than death and he replies, reasonably enough, “I don’t really know what it’s like to be a zombie. But I’m pretty sure what it’s like to be dead: You’re dead. That’s not good, right? Being a zombie looks bad from the outside, but from the inside, it could be a great existence. “How a zombie feels is a great mystery.” ‘The WalkA ing Dead’ is on hearty AMC Sundays chap of at 8 p.m. 32 with a n e at beard and an outgoing manner, Kirkman has clearly opted against being a zombie know-it-all, despite years dwelling on the subject for his wildly successful comic book, “The Walking Dead,” and the wildly successful AMC series of the same name that his comic inspired and that draws an average audience of 6.6 million viewers each week on Sundays at 8 p.m. As the second season unfolds, Kirkman continues to regard the zombie apocalypse at his series’ core as yet another mystery beyond his ken. “Who knows what causes a zombie invasion? I don’t think we’ll ever find out,” he says matter-of-factly. “But that’s not what the show is about. Our show is about a group of people dealing with the fallout. If a zombie invasion were to really happen, they would be more interested in finding food and staying alive. They would not be busy trying to find out where the zombies came from.” Like the comic book (with nearly 100 issues published so far), the series focuses not on zombies, but on a tattered group of survivors on the outskirts of Atlanta. Principal among them is Sheriff Rick Grimes (played by series star Andrew Lincoln), who, like the


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‘Who knows what causes a zombie invasion? I don’t think we’ll ever find out. But that’s not what the show is about. Our show is about a group of people dealing with the fallout. If a zombie invasion were to really happen, they would be more interested in finding food and staying alive. They would not be busy trying to find out where the zombies came from.’ Robert Kirkman

‘The Walking Dead’ creator rest of the band, must carry on in a shattered society while defending themselves against the ever-present plague of socalled “walkers,” zombies always hungry for something — like a human — to feed on or infect. “The more time you spend on the zombies,” Kirkman says, “the more it fits into the realm of science fiction. But we’re telling about a completely real world. The disaster could have been a massive earthquake that caused society to crumble. Having zombies instead just makes it more interesting. But they’re the only unreal thing about the show.” Growing up in Kentucky, Kirkman was a fan of zombie movies. “They’re totally entertaining and I have a hard time finding one that I don’t love,” he says. But he had a beef with the genre. “They always have one of two endings: Either everybody dies, or most people die and two people ride off into the sunset and you never see them again. “I wanted to follow survivors in that world and see what they do and where they go.” What they do is confront one obstacle after another.

On this week’s episode, the hunt goes on for a missing child. Another character falls victim to a crippling injury, a zombie attack and more. A romantic rendezvous takes a shocking turn. And Deputy Shane Walsh fondly recalls his many high school conquests, before the chilling thought hits him that, in this post-apocalyptic world, all those girls are gone. “It’s like we’re old folks,” Shane (Jon Bernthal) tells Rick. “The people in our stories are all dead.” Back in high school, Kirkman was bored and uncertain what to do with his life. After graduation, he was working at a lighting supply company when a friend suggested they collaborate on a comic book. With $200 he set up what he now terms a “rinky-dink publishing company and weaseled my way into comics.” Along the way, he resolved to establish some ground rules for how zombies should behave. “Vampires have their crosses and their garlic, and werewolves have their silver bullets,” he notes. “I’ve tried to canonize the most popular aspects of zombie lore. When

I set up ‘The Walking Dead’ I took the best aspects of classic zombie movies and played up that stuff: for instance, most zombies shamble along. Fine. But eating brains? Ridiculous! Getting through a skull is a pretty difficult thing. So we stick to the zombies being general flesh eaters. “I’m trying to add some new elements” — like the mindless mass migration of zombies, as if by some primitive herding instinct — “but mostly I’m trying to solidify what the actual rules are in a zombie universe.” And now he’s doing it in a TV writers’ room in Los Angeles. Earlier this year, Kirkman, his wife and two young children uprooted themselves from Kentucky and moved West, where Kirkman, with no previous television experience, now plays a full-time role in the series, of which he is an executive producer. “I created this world, and they optioned it for a reason, so they might as well have me involved in the process,” he says simply. “I’m one of many voices, but I feel like I’ve been included every step of the way. And it’s been fun.”

Man’s devotion to his ‘sister’ ends widow’s happy romance Dear Abby: I’m a widow who never thought I’d consider marrying again until I met “Lester” online two years ago. Being with him makes me feel like a teenager. He holds my hand when we go for walks, brings me flowers and is a wonderful lover. My problem is he’s taking care of his sister, “Gerda,” who has cancer. He said she doesn’t want him seeing anyone until she’s dead. (He stands to inherit her fortune and doesn’t want to take a chance on losing the money.) I told him we don’t need the money, but he says he has put up with her bad moods for too long to lose it now. My friends insist that because Lester doesn’t call or e-mail me much, Gerda is his wife, not his sister. I checked him out. Their last names are different and the house and his truck are in both their names. I’m lonely and want to be with him. I offered to help him with his sister, but he says she’s also an alcoholic and doesn’t want company. I haven’t heard from Lester since Gerda told him he can’t have a girlfriend until she’s gone. It’s been two months. Should I wait, or should I start looking elsewhere as my son suggested? — Lonely Without Him Dear Lonely: Listen to your son because it appears he has good common sense. As to Lester, don’t count on him because whatever Gerda is to him, it appears she has rallied



and might not be going anywhere for a long, long time. P.S. Married couples these days do not always share the same last name. Dear Abby: I have hosted Thanksgiving dinner for a small group of friends for the past 20 years. My brother and sister-in-law live 400 miles away and also attend. It is the only time I get to see them. Last week, I called my brother to invite him. He confirmed they would love to come and went on to say he feels the group should discuss our feelings about the presi-

dential candidates. I pointed out that discussions about politics or religion seldom have happy endings and I prefer they be left at the front door. My brother then announced that due to my decision about inappropriate subjects of conversation, he and his wife won’t be coming! I’m shocked, hurt and angry. I can’t stop crying. I can’t sleep, and I don’t know what to do. Can you help? — Saddened Sister in California Dear Sister: Dry your tears and stand your ground. That your brother would attempt to hijack your Thanksgiving celebration by injecting subjects that could make any of the guests uncomfortable is extremely rude. The coming election year is one that will determine the direction of this country, and it is already becoming emotional. Your

brother has made his intentions clear. Now move forward and do NOT waffle. Dear Abby: If family members provide significant services free for a wedding — officiate, conduct pre-marriage counseling, perform all the musical accompaniment for a long ceremony — is a wedding gift also expected to be given? This has been a family sore spot. Please help. — Weddings Are Our Business Dear W.A.O.B.: If family members are providing “significant services” for free, that IS the gift, and it is presumptuous for anyone to expect more.

• Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.Dear or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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new on the shelves The Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library reports on new books regularly. • “The Delta Solution” by Patrick Robinson is the third in the Mack Bedford series For the past three years, Somali

Pirates have been capturing and holding for ransom massive cargo ships, especially oil tankers, and violently demanding millions of dollars for their return. Pirating out of the tiny Somalian village of Haradheere has become a very lucrative, dangerous business. And each time an owner pays big for the return of his ship; the pirates immediately strike again, enraging the Pentagon more and more by the day. That is, until the “Somali Marines” make a big mistake, seizing at gunpoint two United States ships and demanding a $15 million ransom for their return. Hero Mack Bedford is deployed to SEAL Team 10 to form Delta Platoon. His objective: obliterate the Somali Marines in the middle of the Indian Ocean, at all costs, once and for all. •

“Something Old, Something New” by Beverly Jenkins is a Blessings novel. All Lily Fontaine and Trent July want is a nice, simple wedding, but their well-meaning neighbors are turning the no-fuss affair into the event of the decade. Bernadine, the town’s fairy godmother, wants Lily to have a storybook wedding fit for a princess, and Lily’s 9-year-old foster son is campaigning to be town preacher so he can officiate at the ceremony.

Trouble multiplies when Trent is called on to help a new family move to town, not to mention Lily and Trent’s task of blending their families together. With the bustle of the tight-knit, and often tightly wound, friends and family pushing them to the breaking point, the couple begins to wish they’d eloped. But as they’ll soon be reminded, happiness is meant to be shared. • “Chasing the Moon” by A. Lee Martinez is a comic fantasy. Diana’s life was in a rut. She hated her job, she was perpetually single, and she needed a place to live. But then the perfect apartment came along. It seemed too good to be true — because it was. The apartment was already inhabited by monsters. Vom the Hungering was the first to greet Diana and to warn her that his sole purpose in

life was to eat everything in his path. This poses a problem for Diana since she’s living in his path, and is forbidden from ever leaving the apartment. It turns out though that there are older and more ancient monstrous entities afoot — ones who want to devour the moon and destroy the world as we know it. Can Diana, Vom, and the other horrors stop this from happening? Maybe if they can get Vom to stop eating everything … and everyone. • “Good Neighbors” by Ryan David Jahn is based on a real-life murder. At 4 a.m., March 13, 1964, a young woman is attacked in the courtyard of her Queens apartment building. Not one of her

neighbors comes to her rescue.

This is the story of her last night — and of the bystanders who kept to themselves. • “No One in this World” by E. Lynn Harris and RM Johnson features the themes of family, loyalty and identity. Cobi Winslow, a handsome,

welleducated district attorney, knows nothing about the life of his estranged twin brother, Eric Reed, a career criminal raised in the foster care system. Following their parents’ death, Cobi searches for and finds his brother, hoping to regain lost years. Meanwhile, Cobi navigates the pressures of society as he lives life in the closet. The stress comes to a head when he learns that in order to inherit the wealth of his father’s estate and save the struggling family business, he must marry a woman before he turns 35. The task becomes more convoluted when Cobi’s sister proposes to pay Austen Greer, a once-successful and wealthy businesswoman who lost everything in the recession, to be Cobi’s wife. Eric discovered Cobi is gay and promises to keep it a secret. Instead he entrusts the info to his former prison cellmate, Blac, who endears himself to Cobi in hopes of securing a $150,000 loan from him to pay back a debt racked up by cocaine sales. As the clock runs down on Blac’s efforts to pay his deadly creditor and on Cobi’s attempts to save the family company, rash moves are executed, family and friendship bonds are tested and lifealtering sacrifices are made. • “The Five” by Robert McCammon tells the story of

a rock band struggling to survive on the margins of the music business. As they move through the American Southwest on what might be their final tour together, the band members come to the attention of a damaged Iraq war veteran and their lives are changed

Final ‘Inheritance’ novel has big day NEW YORK (AP) — The conclusion to Christopher Paolini’s “Inheritance” fantasy cycle sold nearly 500,000 copies on its first day of release, one of the year’s best openings, but a drop from Paolini’s previous book. Random House Children’s Books announced Thursday that the combined hardcover, audio and e-books sales for Paolini’s “Inheritance” was 489,500. The fourth and final book of his million-selling series came out Tuesday. The third “Inheritance” novel, “Brisingr,” was released in 2008 and sold 550,000 copies on its first day. Random House spokeswoman Judith Haut attributed the decline to the downfall of the Borders superstore chain, which went out of business earlier this year. As of Thursday afternoon,

“Inheritance” was No. 1 on’s best-seller list, displacing the long-run-

ning leader, Walter Isaacson’s “Steve Jobs.”

forever. • “The Little Women Letters” by Gabrielle Donnelly explores the imagined lives of Jo March’s descendants. With her older sister, Emma, planning a wedding and her younger sister, Sophie, preparing to launch a career on the London stage, Lulu can’t help but feel like the failure in the Atwater family. Lulu loves her sisters dearly and wants nothing but the best for them, but she finds herself stuck in a rut, working dead-end jobs with no romantic prospects in sight. When her mother asks her to find a cache of old family recipes in the attic of her childhood home, Lulu stumbles across a collection of letters written by her great-greatgrandmother Josephine March. In her letters, Jo writes in detail about every aspect of her life: her older sister, Meg’s, new home and family; her younger sister,

Amy’s, many admirers; Beth’s illness and the family’s shared grief over losing her too soon; and the butterflies she feels when she meets a handsome young German. As Lulu delves deeper into the lives and secrets of the March sisters, she finds solace and guidance, but can the words of her great-great-grandmother help Lulu find a place for her-

self in a world so different from the one Jo knew? • “The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil” by Victoria Christopher Murray features Adam and Evia Langston. They have lived in their own little Garden of Eden since the two married at the age of 17. Working their way up from the humblest of begin nings, the Langstons have thrived beyond anything they could have ever imagined. Now they live in the finest home, drive the best cars and indulge in all the trimmings that signify their massive success. But then the recession hits and rips apart the family’s financial stability. Unable

to support their three children and other relatives, Adam and Evia find themselves drowning in financial trouble teetering on the brink of complete disaster. With nowhere to turn the Langstons have no idea what to do until ShayShaunte, Evia’s multimillionaire boss, comes to the Langstons with a $5-million offer that seems so hard to refuse. Will the Langston’s make this deal or will they recognize that the glitter of $5 million might be far from gold?

• 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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Draft Crystal? Kermit the Frog? Oscars have job opening By David Germain AP movie writer LOS ANGELES — Maybe the Academy Awards need to launch a “Draft Billy” movement. Or even a “Draft Kermit” campaign. A return to the Oscar stage Eddie Hugh by Billy Crystal would be a true Murphy Jackman Hollywood ending after last week’s debacle that started with Brett Ratner’s resignation Tuesday as producer of the show over a gay slur, followed by his pal Eddie Murphy’s departure Wednesday as host. The most popular host of the Oscars in recent years, Crystal Anne James could be a real white knight if Hathaway Franco he returned to run the show for the first time since 2004. Sunshine.” “There’d be cheers across There also were homophoHollywood for Billy’s return,” bic overtones from Murphy’s said Tom O’Neil, editor of the early career, when crude gay awards web site GoldDerby. jokes were part of his standup com. “That could be the happy routine. ending for this story.” “I’m afraid of gay people. Murphy’s replacement is the Petrified. I have nightmares talk of the town, with people about gay people,” Murphy in Hollywood speculating joked in his 1983 comedy spewhether other past hosts such cial “Delirious.” as Steve Martin or Jon StewFinding the right talent willart might return or whether ing to take on the often thanka first-timer such as Tina Fey less job of playing master of or Neil Patrick Harris could ceremonies at Hollywood’s get the job. biggest party is arguably the There are even pages on toughest task for Oscar overTwitter and Facebook push- seers. They want a host who’s ing Kermit the Frog and his edgy but not offensive, irrevMuppets pals as Oscar hosts, a erent yet lovable. Someone truly clever notion that could who’s liked by be just the sort the stodgy Holo f r a i n b ow There are even pages on lywood estabconnection to Twitter and Facebook lishment but bring some has prospects pushing Kermit the fresh magic to of bringing Hollywood’s Frog and his Muppets hip younger big night. pals as Oscar hosts, a audiences to With the Feb. the broadcast. 26 Oscars still truly clever notion that A star who more than can mock and three months could be just the sort of embrace in the off, organizers rainbow connection to same breath. have plenty of Who knows if time to replace bring some fresh magic to Murphy could Murp hy, so Hollywood’s big night. have pulled t h e r e ’s n o t that off? But likely to be academy overmuch fallout for the show itself. seers have been willing to try Just hours after announc- new things to renew intering Murphy’s exit, organiz- est in the Oscars, whose TV ers signed up Brian Grazer, ratings have been on a genthe Oscar-winning producer eral decline the last couple of of “A Beautiful Mind,” to fill decades. the producing slot vacated by It paid off three years ago, Ratner. when “X-Men” star Hugh Grazer’s a class-act choice Jackman made good use of compared to Ratner, who is his song-and-dance skills as best known for directing the Oscar host. It backfired last “Rush Hour” flicks and drew season when Anne Hathaway the scorn of comic-book fans was teamed with leaden cofor “X-Men: The Last Stand,” host James Franco. widely considered a feeble If he’s interested in returnfinale to that superhero fran- ing to host for a ninth time, chise trilogy. Crystal seems like an obviIt’s now up to Grazer and ous go-to guy, though at 63, Don Mischer, who is co-pro- he’s no longer the sort of fresh ducing and directing the face likely to lure younger Oscar show for the second- viewers. straight year, to find a replaceSasha Stone, editor of ment for Murphy., suggested Ratner departed the show Oscar organizers aim for because of the uproar over a fresh blood with people such pejorative term for gay men he as Oprah Winfrey, Stephen uttered during a question-and- Colbert or even a pairing of answer session at a screen- “Bridesmaids” co-stars Krising of his new comedy, “Tower ten Wiig and Melissa McCarHeist.” Coincidentally, Grazer thy, who reunited recently on is a producer on the movie. “Saturday Night Live.” Murphy, who stars with “When I saw them together Ben Stiller in “Tower Heist,” on ‘SNL,’ I thought they were was picked by Ratner for the like Hope and Crosby,” Stone Oscar gig, a choice that puz- said. “They had such great chazled and intrigued awards risma and knew each other so watchers who wondered if he well. I would love to see them would be up to the challenge on the Oscars. They could defas host of one of the most initely have the ability to draw widely watched TV events of the higher ratings.” the year. No matter who is chosen, The once cutting-edge star though, the host likely will of “Beverly Hills Cop” has draw the ire of at least some lapsed into bland or outright Oscar viewers. dreadful family comedies “It’s a lose-lose situation for in recent years, and unlike them. No matter what they do, the beloved Crystal, he’s not people are going to complain,” exactly known around town Stone said. “It’s a show everyas a people person. one loves to watch and everyMurphy already had a shaky one loves to hate.” history with the Oscars, where he was the front runner the one time he earned a nomination, as supporting actor for 2007’s “Dreamgirls.” He showed bad sportsmanship that night, notoriously leaving the Oscars early after losing to Alan Arkin for “Little Miss

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Billy Crystal hosts the Academy Awards in 2004.


TOPIC SUNDAY, no vember 13, 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

THIS & THAT from staff reports

Caroling contest begins Nov. 28 The seventh annual V105.5 Caroling Contest will kick off Nov. 28 at the Vicksburg Convention Center. The contest, which will award over $10,000 in cash prizes, will hold preliminaries from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28 and from 6:30 to 9:30 Nov. 29 and Dec.1. Finals will be from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Tickets for each night are $5 for adults and free for those younger than 12. Call 601-630-2929.

‘I know that my brother ’ re e h m o fr s e il m 10 ls il h e th g was walkin

Parade of Lights Dec. 3 downtown The annual downtown Christmas Parade of Lights, sponsored by the Vicksburg Main Street Program, will roll along Washington Street at 5 p.m. Dec. 3. This year’s theme is “A Disney Christmas,” and area organizations and businesses are invited to participate. The deadline to submit a float application is Monday. Pre-orders for Christmas parade T-shirts are also being taken. Call 601-634-4527 or e-mail kimh@vicksburg. org. Parade applications are at www.downtownvicksburg. org.

Santa gearing up for Dec. 3 breakfast The 10th annual Breakfast with Santa will be Dec. 3 at Vicksburg Convention Center. From 8 to 10 a.m., the convention center will be transformed into Santa’s Village. Activities will include decorating cookies in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, reindeer games in the reindeer barn and e-mailing letters to the North Pole. Santa will be on hand for pictures and to give away door prizes. A McDonald’s breakfast will be served and money will be donated to Ronald McDonald House. Tickets are $7 and are available at, by calling 800745-3000, or by visiting the convention center box office. Call 601-630-2929.

Local voices sought for holiday show Local choirs will have an opportunity to perform with professional Broadway actors in a Christmas musical at the Vicksburg Auditorium “The Forgotten Carols,” a story of the hope and promise of Christmas, will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students, and tickets are available by calling 800-745-3000 or visiting To participate, call 601-601638-8562 or e-mail

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2nd Lt. Andrew Ferrara looks out from Observation Post Coleman in Kunar province, Afghanistan.

Soldier charts path for answers By The Associated Press ASMAR, Afghanistan — The mountainside is steep and large boulders up the slope provide perfect cover for insurgents. It’s been a frequent spot for roadside bomb attacks on passing convoys. Andrew Ferrara has come a long way to take this path. His immediate mission, as he leads his U.S. Army platoon up the mountain, is to find a trigger point from which insurgents set off the bombs. It’s a treacherous climb. Several of his soldiers slip and nearly fall on the sliding gravel and loose rock. But the 24-year-old 2nd lieutenant from California has a broader goal in being here. Here is where he can forge a bond with his older brother Matthew, who was killed in the same rugged mountains of Afghanistan’s

1st Lt. Matthew Ferrara Kunar province while leading a platoon of his own four years ago. “I know that my brother was walking the hills 10 miles from here,” said Andrew, who now has his brother’s initials “MCF” and date of his death tattooed on his left rib cage, the area where the bullet that killed

Matthew left his body. “You look around here and you understand the challenges that he found are similar to the challenges that I’m facing now,”

he said. “I get outside the trucks and walk up into the mountains and it really puts it in perspective. What kind of person he was, how strong he was and how

See Brother, Page C4.

Iranian ways creeping into Iraq as clock ticks on U.S. departure By The Associated Press

Natchez park sets Christmas program The Natchez National Historical Park will present Christmas at Melrose, a free holiday program, from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4. The event will focus on the holiday season of 1861 and include house tours, storytelling, crafts, music and caroling and refreshments. Tickets are required, and are available the day of the tour. Melrose plantation is at 1 Melrose-Montebello Parkway and can be reached by following signs along U.S. 61 North or U.S. 61 South. For more information, call 601-446-5790.

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The tattoo in memory of Matthew

much heart he had.” But it’s more than a matter of experiencing the same geography. Questions over Matthew’s death stirred up a swirl of emotions among his family beyond just grief. Guilt, feelings of betrayal and thoughts of revenge, even doubts over the principles that his parents tried to instill throughout their lives. Andrew, the youngest of four brothers and a sister, has been an ambassador for his whole family, and retracing Matthew’s footsteps has provided them not answers, but at least a way to absorb his death. The date was Nov. 9, 2007. Matthew, a 1st lieutenant, was on his final patrol before moving on to a new assignment. He and his platoon went to the village

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Iranian currency on the streets of Baghdad

MANDALI, Iraq — Iran’s presence is already visible in Iraq, from the droves of pilgrims at Shiite holy sites to the brands of yoghurt and jams on grocery shelves. But now Iraqis are bracing for a potential escalation of Persian influence as the U.S. military leaves at the end of the year. It’s a natural step, most agree, for the only two Shiite Muslim-led governments in the Sunni-dominated Mideast to expand their relationship. But it’s a fine line for Iraq to walk, with even many in Iraq’s Shiite majority wary of infringement of their country’s sovereignty and afraid of being overrun by the Iranian theocracy. From politics and weap-

ons to pilgrims and consumer products, Iraqis have for years stood by as Iranian influence seeped in. It’s been galling for many still bitter over the destruction that Iran heaped on their homes during the eight-year war in the 1980s that left a half-million people dead. “We hated the Iranians. And there are still bad feelings,” said Fouad Karim, a 36-year-old sheep trader in the northeast town of Mandali, about six miles from the Iranian border. The town was all but destroyed during the Iraq-Iran war, and travelers entering Mandali are greeted by a monument to a young woman killed by Iranian shelling at her own wedding in 1983. “The government should not tolerate any Iranian

interference, as our anger against them only gets worse when we hear about their deeds,” said Karim, a Shiite. Top Iranian officials maintain they are only strengthening diplomatic and economic ties with Iraq, as they have sought to do since the 2003 ouster of Saddam Hussein. American officials, however, have long feared what they describe as Iranian meddling in Iraq — and its potential to sow unrest across the Mideast. Those worries were a chief driver of failed efforts to leave at least several thousand American troops in Iraq beyond the Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline. At least three Shiite militias backed by Iran ramped up See Iran, Page C5.


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Three-day Woodville Antiques Show kicks off Friday The fifth annual Woodville Antiques Show and sale will be Friday, Saturday and Nov. 20. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Wilkinson County Park, 3200 U.S. 61 North. Dealers from five states are set to attend. Admission is $5 for three days. For more information, call 601-888-7868 or visit

Children’s museum to mark first year The Mississippi Children’s Museum will celebrate its first birthday Dec. 3. From 9 a.m. to noon, the museum will celebrate with a birthday party hosted by the Junior League of Jackson. The celebration will feature activities that focus on health, literacy, the arts, Mississippi heritage and science. Patrick House, formerly of Vicksburg and the winner of

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from staff reports NBC’s latest installment of “The Biggest Loser,” will be on hand. A giant birthday cake will be served in the Patrick atrium. House Admission to the museum at 2145 Highland Drive is $8. For more information, call 601-981-5469 or visit

Prehistoric tools at Trace center The Natchez Trace Parkway will host a free display of prehistoric American Indian tools Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pat Arinder, a volunteer interpretive historian with the National Park Service who has studied Early American

and American Indian cultures for over 40 years, will display replicas at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center, milepost 266, near Tupelo. The presentation will include examples of prehistoric American Indian knives, spears, bows, arrows, grinding stones and a bow drill. For more information, call 662-680-4027 or 800-305-7417.

Piney Woods topic of Picayune event The ninth annual Piney Woods Festival will be Saturday at Mississippi State University’s Crosby Arboretum in Picayune. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., festival participants may learn about the early days of the Piney Woods region. Included will be exhibits and woodcarving, spinning and beekeeping demonstrations. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. The arboretum is located at 370 Ridge Road, exit 4 off

Interstate 59. For more information, call 601-799-2311.

Festival of Lights Dec. 1 in Clinton Mississippi College will present its 26th annual Festival of Lights and other musical events. • The Festival of Lights, featuring the MC Singers, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Provine Chapel and will run Dec. 1-3. General admission tickets are $15; MC faculty and staff, $10; and students with ID, $5. Call 601-925-3440 • The Mixed Company Holiday Showcase dinner and show, featuring MC’s Mixed Company singing ensemble, begins at 6:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall, in the B.C. Rogers Student Center, Friday and Saturday. The dinner and show are $25, with reservations due by today. Cost for the show is $5. For more information, call 601-925-3440 or visit Other concerts, with free

admission, are: • At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, MC Jazz Band at the Jean Pittman, Williams Recital Hall. • At 8 p.m. Nov. 21, MC Fall Band, Swor Auditorium. • At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29, MC Women’s Chamber and Men’s Glee Club winter choral concert, at Provine Chapel.

Tourette’s expert to speak at USM The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Psychology and the Tourette’s Syndrome Association will host a free Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics program. The program will run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 2. in the Thad Cochran Center, Ballroom 1. Dr. Douglas Woods, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will be the presenter. Woods’ research interests include investigating nonmedication treatments for Tourette’s, the

impact of the disorder, environmental influences and assessment and treatment. For more information, call 601-266-4177.

DVD aims to help cancer survivors A DVD is being re-released to aid post-operative women in beginning a fitness program after breast cancer surgery. “Better Than Before” demonstrates how post-surgery exercises should be performed. The DVD was co-produced by Dr. Peter Neumann, a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and Lauren Antorino Griffin, who has a master’s degree in sports management. A portion of the proceeds from each DVD will go to cancer organizations to continue efforts in finding a cure. For more information, visit www.breastcancerexercises. net.

local happenings In town Southern Cultural Heritage Center Stained glass workshop: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; the Rev. Mark Bleakley, instructor; $160 members, $170 nonmembers; Annual meeting and luncheon: noon-1 p.m. Friday; $12, reservations by Wednesday; Holiday appetizer workshop: 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 29; William Furlong, instructor; $30 members, $35 nonmembers; Gold leaf workshop: 8:30-noon Jan. 14; Teri Taylor Roddy, instructor; $90 members, $95 nonmembers; Contact: 601-631-2997,,, also on Facebook.

Book-signings 2 p.m. Nov. 27: Neil White, “Mississippi’s 100 Greatest Football Players of All Time” and “Mississippians”; Lorelei Books, 1103 Washington St.; 601-634-8624,, also on Facebook.

per plate, Thanksgiving fare; 601-636-0542.

For kids The Y’s Thanksgiving Camp 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 21-23; swimming, basketball, crafts and movies; register at or Purks Center Y off East Clay Street; 601-638-1071.

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

Ameristar Casino, 4116 Washington St. 601-638-1000, Free at Bottleneck Blues Bar: • Dr. Zarr’s Funkmonster — Friday-Saturday and Dec. 30-31. • The Garry Goin Group — Variety; Nov. 25-26. • Mike Zito — Variety/Classic rock; Dec. 2-3. • Savannah Jack — Country Rock; Dec. 9-10. • The Ugli Stick — Variety; Dec. 16-17. • King of Hearts — Variety; Dec. 23-24. Free at the Cabaret Lounge: • Ben Shaw — Variety; Friday-Saturday. • Groove Inc. — Variety; Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2-3. • Broxton — Variety; Dec. 9-10. • Area Code — Variety; Dec. 16-17. • Sinamon Leaf — Variety; Dec. 23-24. • Groove Inc. — Variety; Dec. 30-31.

Jackson Zoo offerings and events

Vicksburg Theatre Guild Auditions: “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

Salvation Army Angel Tree drive Through Dec. 10 at: First Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cherry St., Bowmar Avenue Baptist Church, 1825 U.S. 61 S., Bass Shoe Outlet and Outlets of Vicksburg, 4000 S. Frontage Road; 601-6362706.

Out of Town Mississippi Museum of Art 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 5; 2011 Mississippi Invitational winner displays; 380 South Lamar St., Jackson; $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students, free for museum members; 601-960-1515, 866-8439278,

Arts Center of Mississippi photo exhibit Through Dec. 2; “Baghdad Beyond the Wire: Faces from the Fair Garden”; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sundays; 201 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson; 601-960-1557, ext. 224, tammy@

For Foodies

Food drive: $1 discount through Nov. 23 for visitors who bring a canned or nonperishable food item; Teacher training workshop: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 22; Free admission: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day; Safari Slumber Sleepover: 7 p.m.-9 a.m. Feb. 24-25; $25 members, $30 nonmembers, registration required; Contact: 2918 W. Capitol St.; 601-352-2580,; Admission: $9 for adults, $6 for ages 2-12, $8.10 for over 65, free for younger than 2.

Mississippi School for the Arts Applications accepted through Feb. 1; 355 W. Monticello St., Brookhaven; 601-823-1300,

Nightlife Vicksburg Convention Center 1600 Mulberry St., 601-630-2929 • TNA wrestling — 7:30 p.m. Saturday; $20 ticket with all-youcan-eat food and drinks; $55 ticket with meet-and-greet at 5:30;, 800-745-3000, convention center box office. • Ron White Moral Compass Tour — 7 p.m. Jan. 28; tickets: $40.75, $52.75, $184.75 for VIP pass with meet and greet;, VCC box office, 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. • Easy Eddie — Nov. 25-26.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal, Turkey Dinner and Bake Sale

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.

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

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

Roca Restaurant & Bar 127 Country Club Drive, 601-638-0800 • 6-8 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.

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday at the church at 920 South St.; $10

Lay the groundwork now for hassle-free holiday decor By The Associated Press It’s early November — the brief calm before the happy storm of holiday celebrating begins. We may be thinking about the gorgeous decorating we’ll do and the great parties we’ll throw, but we haven’t plunged into the work of it just yet. If you lay some groundwork now, however — before that crush of holiday gift shopping, cooking, baking and partying begins — you can make this year’s holiday decorating easier, and hopefully more spectacular, than ever.

Clear and clean Interior designer Betsy Burnham, founder of Burnham Design in Los Angeles, suggests clearing out small items now from the rooms you’ll be using for entertaining. “Clear off the surfaces, the

tabletops,” she says, so that you’ll have room to add holiday-themed items next month. Put away things you won’t need during the holidays, then give your home an especially thorough cleaning. She suggests choosing a few extra projects — such as shampooing rugs or touching up paint around window frames — that can be done now to make your home brighter during the holidays.

Think versatile Celebrity designer Thom Filicia, who has been decorating the grand foyer at New York’s Radio City Music Hall for HGTV’s “Radio City Holidays,” says the weeks before Thanksgiving are the perfect time to start bringing out versatile items that can be used throughout the holiday season.

Put out crystal and glass pieces for serving or decorating, along with any silver items and candleholders. With candleholders or tea light holders in place, he says, you can fill them now with candles in fall colors; swap those for different candles as Christmas or Hanukkah approach; and finally switch in silver candles for New Year’s. If you’ve created that foundation of sparkling items, he says, “then it’s really easy to just add those one or two little holiday items that really sort of sell the holiday that you’re embracing at that time.” Designer Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of decordemon. com, takes the same approach: “Find things that are not necessarily 100 percent aimed toward the holidays,” he says, “and get them out.” “If I’m at a clients’ place and I look in the garage and find a bunch of cool bronze acces-

sories, that’s the perfect thing to put out now. You probably have all these things that have a holiday feel, but they’re not technically ‘holiday’ pieces.”

Begin adding color Flynn suggests adding items — anything from throw pillows and tablecloths to picture frames and flower vases — in colors you’ll want to use throughout the holidays. If you bring out items that are hunter green and brown in early November, he says, they can stay in place through the Christmas season. Another favorite palette of Flynn’s that can be used from now until New Year’s: turquoise with silver and gold. It’s festive, he says, without being specific to any one holiday.

Include natural items Burnham suggests decorat-

ing now with natural items like pine branches, which look great all winter. Flynn agrees: “There’s something about using those organic textures at the holidays, the branches and even things like burlap and other natural textures.” Filicia suggests starting now with gourds and pumpkins on a dining table, then subbing those out with pinecones after Thanksgiving. These items can be displayed on the same glass tray or in the same silver bowl, making the switch simple. “Having that foundation not only makes the table look great or the house feel warm and inviting,” he says, “but it makes entertaining a lot easier, when you know you have those pieces ready to go.”

A tablescape by Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of, that could be used from Thanksgiving until New Year’s

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King to marry Carr at Berachah Miss Sias, Jefferson to marry Nov. 26 The engagement of Brittany LeAnn King to Thomas Allen Carr, both of Vicksburg, is announced today. Vows will be exchanged at 2 p.m. Dec. 17, 2011, at Berachah Church. A reception will follow at Wilsonwood Lodge. Miss King is the daughter of David G. Jr. and Allison Marie King of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of David G. Sr. and JoAnn King of Hattiesburg and Otto L. and Linda L. Moore of Vicksburg. Mr. Carr is the son of Harold T. and Delaine Carr of Vicksburg. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Butch Nygren and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Carr, all of Raymond; Judie Carr of New Orleans; Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Rodgers of Leland; and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Liner of Albany, Ga. The bride-elect is a 2010 graduate of Vicksburg High School, where she was a Gator Award recipient and a member of the Key Club and homecoming committee. She attended Hinds Community College, where she was a member of the Student Nurs-

Brittany LeAnn King Engaged to marry Thomas Allen Carr ing Organization. Miss King is employed at Bovina Elementary School. The prospective groom is a 2010 graduate of Vicksburg High School, where he was a

Gator Award recipient and a member of the Key Club and homecoming committee. Mr. Carr is a machine gunner in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The engagement of Keyera Vantrice Sias to LaMorris Dontae Jefferson, both of Vicksburg, is announced today. Vows will be exchanged at 4 p.m. Nov. 26, 2011, at Cedar Grove M.B. Church. A reception will follow at the church. All relatives and friends are invited to attend. Miss Sias is the daughter of Cherry Sias and the late Darryl Jones of Rolling Fork. She is the granddaughter of Doris Bunton of Mayersville and Daisy Jones of Rolling Fork. Mr. Jefferson is the son of Felisa Jefferson of Vicksburg and Zitapek Reynolds of Florida. He is the grandson of Della Jefferson, the late Ruther Smith and Clara Reynolds

Keyera Vantrice Sias Engaged to marry LaMorris Dontae Jefferson and James Reynolds, all of Vicksburg. The bride-elect is a 2007 graduate of South Delta High School. She received an associate degree in business and office technology from Hinds Community College. Miss Sias is a sales associate at Children’s Place. The prospective groom is a 2005 graduate of Vicksburg High School, where he was a

member of the varsity choir and football cheerleading squad. He received an associate degree in mortuary science from Holmes Community College. Mr. Jefferson is a front-desk clerk at LaQuinta Inn and is a chauffeur for Vicksburg Limousine Service.

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Williamses celebrate Leonardo DiCaprio, left, and director Clint Eastwood on the set of “J. Edgar”

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DiCaprio becomes J. Edgar Hoover in movie By Sandy Cohen AP entertainment writer BURBANK, Calif. — The Leonardo DiCaprio sitting inside an empty soundstage on the Warner Bros. lot on a sunny November afternoon looks very little like J. Edgar Hoover — his title role in Clint Eastwood’s new biopic of the longtime FBI director. On this day, DiCaprio looks relaxed and comfortable, lean and handsome. In “J. Edgar,” he’s anything but. DiCaprio portrays Hoover throughout his nearly 50-year reign over the Federal Bureau of Investigation. To play the elder Hoover, the actor endured grueling six-hour makeup sessions that left him unrecognizable even to his director. “I had a lot of weight on me, too,” DiCaprio said. “I kept adding this weight just because I wanted to feel the weight of the country and the world on his shoulders. I just kept feeling more and more claustrophobic, and I tried to use that for the character, because I felt like he felt more and more claustrophobic in his position: He was losing the power that he once had, he was being criticized more than ever and he tried to retain his staunch beliefs of the morals this country should live by.” Eastwood’s portrait of Hoover, from a script by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), follows the intensely private man throughout his career, from 1919 until his death in 1972. Hoover tells his own story for much of the film, which explores his relation-

Leonardo DiCaprio delved into his research about the nation’s top special agent. He visited J. Edgar Hoover’s hometown and toured the house where he died, taking notes about the car he drove and the route he took to work. He visited Hoover’s office, talked with FBI officials and spent time with retired agent Deke DeLoach, who worked with Hoover personally. He scoured old photographs and YouTube videos for insight into the always guarded G-Man. ships with the very few people he trusted: His mother (played by Judi Dench); his secretary, Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts); and his associate and companion, Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). It’s the depiction of the relationship between Hoover and Tolson that raised the hackles of historians and FBI officials when Eastwood and DiCaprio approached them during their research for the film. Officials maintain that the two men shared a brotherly relationship. The film suggests that perhaps it was more than that. “My answer is: No one has the real answer,” DiCaprio said. “What we’re trying to portray here is a partnership, a lifelong partnership that these two men had, and if there was a feeling of love there, I think we accurately portrayed that it was suppressed.” The 37-year-old actor found this story of Hoover so compelling because “the character made me have a million more questions.” “I just wanted to know everything there was to Hoover,” he said. “He’d always been

shrouded in so much mystery, from his personal life to his politics to his tactics to his highly controversial means of manipulating people politically. I wanted to know more about him, and this script for the first time answered a lot of questions I had about him and shaped a fundamentally interesting character.” DiCaprio delved into his research about the nation’s top special agent. He visited Hoover’s hometown and toured the house where he died, taking notes about the car he drove and the route he took to work. He visited Hoover’s office, talked with FBI officials and spent time with retired agent Deke DeLoach, who worked with Hoover personally. He scoured old photographs and YouTube videos for insight into the always guarded G-Man. Eastwood called DiCaprio “a total professional.” “He comes prepared,” he said. “From the start, I could see he’d done all of his homework, thought a lot about what he had to do, and was interested in my take on things. I was really impressed by his

focus, and I think it translated into the character.” Playing Hoover through so many decades over the quick month-and-a-half-long shoot was “very difficult to do,” the actor said. “The last two weeks were the heavy makeup stuff ... and trying to retain the same character from the earlier film, and add 50 years of experience to him, and the prosthetics slowing your movements down and still having that cadence, it was very stressful.” DiCaprio has played American figures before, including charming con-man Frank Abagnale, Jr. in “Catch Me if You Can” and reclusive eccentric Howard Hughes in “The Aviator,” but Hoover, he said, “was a real grab-bag of eccentricities.” “There was so much stuff to work with, but more than anything, I just liked the idea of this element of a man that didn’t have any kind of personal life,” DiCaprio said. “He got to enjoy himself, go to the track, go on vacations, but his whole life was about infiltrating other people’s secrets but repressing his own and attacking anyone who ever tried to reveal anything about his own life. It’s a pretty stressful existence.” DiCaprio’s own existence is a bit stressful at the moment, too. He’s filming “The Great Gatsby” in Australia with Baz Luhrmann and flew to Los Angeles and New York for a few days to promote “J. Edgar” before heading back down under. “I don’t even know what time zone I’m in,” he said.

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Brother Continued from Page C1. of Aranas to have one last meeting with local elders he had been dealing with often for the past months. On the way back, they were ambushed. The battle lasted an hour, killing Matthew and five other soldiers. It took two days to retrieve the bodies because of the difficulty of the terrain. It was in the backyard of the Ferrara family’s Torrance, Calif., home, that members of Matthew’s platoon told his father, Mario, about that day. Matthew didn’t have to go on that patrol, he just wanted to say goodbye to the elders. From everything he’s learned from the platoon members, Mario believes that the reasons for Matthew’s death go back to a previous battle, 10 weeks earlier. In that battle, roughly 100 Taliban led by a local commander named Hazrat Omar attacked Ranch House Outpost, where Matthew was stationed. Matthew and his platoon found themselves locked in fighting with Taliban only 10 yards away, firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenade. During three hours of intense combat, Matthew directed the return of fire, coordinated the evacuation of the wounded and called for airstrikes perilously close to his own position, ultimately repelling a force three times the size of his own. In the end, Omar and 10 of his fighters were killed. No U.S. soldiers lost their lives. Matthew received the Silver Star, awarded posthumously. Omar’s father is one of the top elders in Aranas. Mario is convinced the village elders with whom his son had long worked drew him into a trap. Matthew was the first one killed in the ambush as he left Aranas. “They knew who Matt was, they targeted him. They set him up,” says Mario. Now, Mario says: “I’d be going for Hazmat Omar’s dad.” “It’s an innate rage thing. I can’t help it. I know better but I can’t help it,” he said. “I look at myself and say, ‘Why can’t you practice what you preach?’ But it’s just there.” Mario and his wife, Linda, who run a bakery business, sought to instill in their children that all humanity is one tribe. Growing up in the Ferrara home meant mandatory readings of Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” — a tale of the dangers of vengeance — along with teachings from Hinduism’s Bhagavad Gita scriptures. Theirs was a selfdescribed “glass-half-full kind of family.” In the wake of Matthew’s death, Mario found himself tormented by the thought that after teaching his children the value of trust, his second eldest son may have lost his life in a betrayal of trust. “The guilt had come from the sense that we had tried to instill in them that people are good, and I felt I had betrayed them,” says Mario. Matthew, who was posthumously promoted to captain, was buried at West Point, where at the time Andrew was enrolled. Andrew took comfort in having Matthew nearby. Still, as he researched the events of his death, he grew angry, convinced that Matthew was set up by those he had worked with. Matthew’s platoon members believe that, the family says, though the military didn’t investigate that aspect of his death. “I was thinking the elders were in on that,” he said of the ambush on Matthew. “I wanted to go back on mission to that place, to that town to get my answers, to find out who these elders were. Really, just to understand what happened and why someone would want to kill someone that was so precious to someone else.” After graduation, Andrew

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The Ferrara siblings, from left, Damon, Marcus, Simone, Andrew and Matthew human being is a step in the right direction,” said Andrew from atop Observation Post Coleman overlooking Taliban attack positions around the village of Asmar. “I like to think that being here now that Matt made a difference in a lot more people’s lives in Afghanistan.” His father, as well, has stuck to the beliefs with which he and his wife raised their children. “I don’t regret it,” he said. “Andy is a goodhearted kid. He doesn’t see bad in people. I’d rather they be that way.” The Bhagavad Gita teaches

that by living up to duty and responsibility one can find balance and enlightenment and maintain harmony with all around them. The ancient texts now carry new meaning for Andrew. “I think in terms of peace with Matt’s death, I’ll never forget and I have a different level of understanding now,” says Andrew. “I do think I have gotten out what I thought I wanted. That’s just the product of spending six months of my life in the same shoes my brother spent six months of his life in.”

2nd Lt. Andrew Ferrara goes over the plan for a mission. went on to Ranger school and soon after finishing in February, he learned that the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment out of Hawaii, was soon deploying to Kunar. He quickly signed on to join it. The desire to follow Matthew to Kunar runs deep in the Ferrara boys, all of whom are in the military. The second youngest brother Damon, 25, deployed to Kunar late in 2010 for a little over two months as part of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne, the unit replaced by Andrew’s battalion. The eldest, 35-year-old Marcus, currently stationed in Thailand, requested to go as well but leading a platoon at this point after several tours in Iraq wasn’t in the career path for a U.S Army major. It’s a double-edged sword for the family, having Andrew in Kunar. He’s their link to Matthew, calling home from the mountains of eastern Afghanistan just like his older brother did. But then, he’s another son in the same dangerous, remote place from which one son never returned. “We hear stories firsthand where Andy is. To have any type of stories is our only way to get close to Matt again,” said Linda. She understands why Andrew wanted to go — “I completely understand, it doesn’t mean I’m completely happy he’s there.” “I want him to have the resolution to concerns he has,” she said. “I hope that Andy finds comfort in being close to Matt and I’m sure he will.” Six months into his year deployment, Andrew’s role in the 10-year-old Afghan war mirrors Matthew’s — meetings with village elders, fighting insurgents who slip in across the nearby border with Pakistan. He focuses on the feeling that every thing he does can help save a life. The descent from the

mountainside patrol brings Andrew’s platoon to the edge of the rushing Kunar River. A thick cable stretches across to the other side. It’s a location where U.S. soldiers have recently been attacked. Andrew inspects the cable making sure the basket once used by the Taliban to transport weapons and ammo across the river has been removed by Afghan troops. “He talks about blowing up positions the Taliban use to attack from. He went in there and personally set the charges,” his brother Marcus said. “He made sure

and that made me feel good ... that because of Andrew at that spot, no one will have to go though what we went through.” One thing Andrew hasn’t done is go to Aranas, the last village Matthew visited. Andrew hasn’t learned more about the circumstances of his death, no proof that he was betrayed, though he and his family still believe firmly he was. Still, Andrew is thinking beyond it, focusing on the belief that being here has helped. “Anything you can do as a human being to help another

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Iran Continued from Page C1. attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq this year in a warning not to stay beyond the deadline. U.S. and Iraqi intelligence officials said Iran supplied the militiamen with weapons, training and millions of dollars in funding. Those militias’ strength will no doubt give them influence in Iraq after the withdrawal. “Iran wants to make Iraq a weak state,” says Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, the U.S military spokesman in Iraq. “Iran is feeling increasingly isolated, and one of the ways it can avoid isolation is by coopting Iraq.” During a recent trip to Baghdad, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi described the neighborly relationship as “two branches belonging to one tree” and dismissed U.S. accusations of interference. “Iraqis know better than anyone else how to run their country.” Michael Knights, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, says U.S. fears about Iran’s influence are largely “overblown.” Experts and diplomats note that Iraq has stood up to Iran in a number of ways, including competition in oil production and crackdowns on militias attacking U.S. forces last summer. Iraq also has adhered to many U.S. and international sanctions against Iran. Still, Knights acknowledges, “the more you think about it, the more examples there are” of Iranian influence. “They’re circumstantial, but that’s how behindthe-scenes influence works.” Prime Minister Nouri alMaliki kept his job last year only after Iran pushed him to a detente with an old nemesis, anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. AlSadr, who was then studying religion in Iran, provided the political support al-Maliki needed to stay in power. Since, al-Maliki has all but ignored Iranian military incursions on Kurdish lands in Iraq’s north. The government has delayed, and in al-Sadr’s case, quashed, arrest warrants on militants backed by Iranian forces and financiers. Despite al-Maliki’s longtime anger at Syria for serving as a haven for Baathist and alQaida extremists, Iraq now is backing embattled President Bashar Assad, an ally of Tehran. Iraq also has sided with Iran to support Bahrain’s Shiites under assault by the tiny kingdom’s Sunni monarchy. In Mandali, a mixed Kurd-

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — people warm for centuries, but they’ve also been heating up Is Linus jumping for joy? The blanket, an all-purpose kids’ imaginations,” serving plaything as well as a comfort as magic carpets and superfor generations of thumb-suck- hero capes, a peek-a-boo veil, ers like Charlie Brown’s best a chair-draped fortress or “an friend in the “Peanuts” comic island of safety surrounded by strip, landed Thursday in the sea monsters.” For Linus, the comfort National Toy Hall of Fame along with Hot Wheels and imparted by his precious blue blanket blends the dollhouse. with its “play The trio take function” as a their places at lasso, a whip, The Strong, a a Snoopy towchildren’s and rope and, in cultural hislater adventory museum tures, “when in upstate New York, along- A Mattel Hot Wheels toy he talks about turning his side 46 classics car blanket into ranging from the bicycle, kite and teddy a sports coat when he grows bear to Barbie, Jack-in-the- up,” Bensch said. Longevity is a key criterion Box and Mr. Potato Head. Curators said the blanket for getting into the 13-year-old was a special addition in the hall, which was acquired in spirit of two earlier induct- 2002 from A.C. Gilbert’s Disees, the cardboard box and the covery Village in Salem, Ore. stick. They praised its ability Each toy must be widely recto serve either as recreational ognized, foster learning, creraw material or an accessory ativity or discovery through transformed in myriad ways play, and endure in popularity over generations. by a child’s daydreams. Trying to create a toy that “Every now and again we like to shake things up, remind would be as big a success folks there’s play experiences with boys as Barbie was with that happen purely creatively girls, Elliot Handler hit upon ... rather than coming with an idea for miniature die-cast rules, a path, a backstory you vehicles with sleek designs. feel constrained into,” said Hot Wheels were introduced Christopher Bensch, the Roch- in 1968 and the brand became ester museum’s chief curator. a big hit. “Blankets have been keeping

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Iranian pilgrims visit the Imam Abbas shrine in Karbala, south of Baghdad. ish-Arab city about 60 miles northeast of Baghdad, local officials complain Iran is taking advantage of the poorly marked 906-mile border to claim Iraqi territory with little to no resistance from Baghdad. In the southern port city of Basra, a half-hour from the Iranian border and 340 milesfrom Baghdad, Iran is helping supply electricity and cheap goods to Iraqis who would otherwise go without. Last summer, Iranian First Vice President Mohammed Reza Rahimi led a 170-firm business delegation to Baghdad, a visit Western diplomats in Baghdad saw as an Iranian move to muscle in on its economically stagnant neighbor. But Sami al-Araji, chairman of the National Investment Commission of Iraq, downplayed the concerns. “We are open for business and for trade with all those who are desiring to come into Iraq and to partici-

pate,” al-Araji said. “Let the politicians take care of the politics.” Ghanim Abdul-Amir, a Basra provincial councilman, hopes one aspect of Iran’s role will wane once the Americans leave. He said he has long complained to Iranian officials about weapons being smuggled into Iraq. The Iranians replied that it won’t stop until U.S. troops are gone. “The Iranians’ answer is that they cannot prevent people from fighting the occupier,” Abdul-Amir said. Ironically, it was the U.S. who opened Iraq’s door to Iran by ousting Saddam’s Sunni-dominated regime, allowing Shiite parties with historic ties to Tehran to rise to power. Iraq’s Sunnis deeply fear Iranian domination and the potential they will be even further shut out of the political process. Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia has also sought influence in Iraq, in part to

Ugandan gay rights activist wins RFK Award WASHINGTON (AP) — A gay rights activist in Uganda, where a bill that would punish gays with prison or death has stirred worldwide outrage, has received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in Washington. Ethel Kennedy, the widow of the former U.S. attorney general, was joined by Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry in presenting the award to Frank Mugisha at a ceremony on Capitol Hill Thursday. It is the first time the award has been bestowed on an activist working for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights. “It gives me more courage to continue doing the work I’m doing,” Mugisha told The Associated Press ahead of the award. “It sends out a message, not only to my country but to other countries that criminalize homosexuality.” The 29-year-old Mugisha leads an underground group whose members routinely shift locations in Uganda for their safety. Uganda, a conservative East African nation, is one of more than 70 nations that have imposed laws against being gay. Mugisha blames U.S. evangelical activists in particular for stoking fears and promoting homophobia with a 2009


visit and conference on “rehabilitation” for gays in Uganda. Since then, violence against g ays h a s Frank increased, he Mugisha said. After the visit, debate began over a Ugandan bill that would punish gay people with prison or death and

would threaten jail time for those who don’t report suspected gays to authorities. The bill was recently revived in Uganda’s parliament. “I think they are responsible for the bill,” Mugisha said of the evangelical activists. “They held a seminar and openly told Ugandans that they needed to tighten their laws on homosexuality and told Ugandans that homosexuals can be healed.”

counterbalance Iran. Saudi Arabia is believed to have funded Iraqiya, the Sunnidominated but secular political alliance that won the most seats in Iraq’s national election last year but was unable to form a government. Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, Iraq’s highestranking Sunni politician, warned last month that “if neighboring countries” see Iraq as weak, “there will be interference ... This interference does exist now” — though he diplomatically avoided mentioning Iran directly. In Mandali, Iran has left an indelible fingerprint on the city of 50,000. “Iran has quit the idea of invading Iraq with its military,” said resident Bassem Mohammed, a 45-year-old Kurd, who lost a leg in the Iran-Iraq war. “Now they are trying to occupy Iraq’s politics.”

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‘Distinguished’ rocker Keith Richards honored for biography NEW YORK (AP) — On a night he was honored for his way with words, Keith Richards was clearly winging it. “This is one for the books, if you get my drift — you hacks,” the 67-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist joked Tuesday as he accepted the Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography, a prize earned by his millionselling memoir “Life.” Wearing tinted glasses, a long

scarf around his neck and a wide red band around his sprawl of salt and pepper hair, Richards stood before hunKeith dreds dressed Richards in suits and gowns at the Mandarin Hotel in Manhattan and loosened up

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The door of a fire truck is part of an exhibit relating to the Sept. 11th attacks at the New York Historical Society museum in New York

N.Y.C.’s oldest museum reopens after $65M facelift NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s oldest museum has shed its vaultlike exterior for a luminous fagade that invites the public to peer in, explore its vast treasures and experience them like never before through loads of new and fun interactive features. The New-York Historical Society throws open its doors Friday following a $65 million, three-year renovation. The venerable institution for the first time also has established a children’s history museum within the building and a restaurant that will stay open after hours — all with the goal of making the museum a more open and engaging place. The front stairs have been widened and a wall of glass, visible from the street, has been installed behind an expanded main entrance. Anyone passing by the Central Park West museum can now easily glimpse the artwork in the new 3,400-square-foot front gallery. And two new life-size bronze figures of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass have been planted in front. “Now people know that history is the theme of our institution,” said Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the 207year- old institution devoted to the story of New York City and how it figures into the country’s broader history. Platt Byard Dovell White Architects led the building renovation and Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership was responsible for the children’s museum. When the museum opened at its current site in 1907, “the outlook at the time was you had to protect your treasures from the public,” added Mirrer, explaining that the original architects were known for their design of banks. With the reconfigured interior spaces, the museum now has 15 percent more of its collection on display. The first thing visitors will notice is the abundance of large

and small interactive and digital screens. At the “New York Rising” installation about New York’s Federal period, visitors can rotate one of five 46-inch touchscreens to view computer-generated representations of the objects displayed in front of them and access layers of virtual information to enrich their experience and knowledge of the works. Vertical flat screens, affixed to six columns in the main gallery, highlight the museum’s iconic objects, including Tiffany lamps, board games, Audubon watercolors and Hudson River School paintings. Elsewhere, visitors can explore New York’s role in American history by swiping, dragging or finger tapping six touchscreen displays mounted alongside key objects. The technology lets “you make as many or as few discoveries as you want,” said Mirrer. A “living painting” is among the most unique — and fun — new features. It’s a motion-sensitive panel of “Pulling Down the Statue of King George III,” a 19-century painting by Johannes Adam Simon Oertel. As museum visitors walk in front of the life-size reproduction, sections of the work become animated; with the right amount of movement, the statue on the LCD panels can be “pulled down.” The original work is on view on the other side of the gallery. And lest anyone think the museum is only about old historic artifacts, they need only look up above the admissions desk to see a psychedelic black-and-white piece by Keith Haring. It’s a section of a donated ceiling that once graced the “Pop Shop” that sold Haring’s graffiti-inspired T-shirts and souvenirs after his death in 1990. In terms of recent collections, the museum has one of the largest collections around the events of Sept. 11, 2001, currently on display.

as if presiding over a celebrity roast. He chuckled. He swore. He reasoned that since he had been writing — songs — since age 16, his appearance at a literary event was not a total “intrusion.” It had been an evening of earnest speeches about the importance of writing and education, about the disparity of wealth and the lasting lessons of the Holocaust, the latter point artic-

ulated by Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, winner of the Mailer prize for lifetime achievement. “You’ve heard from some incredible people about some serious stuff,” Richards acknowledged, before bringing the subject to his own demons, his longtime heroin addiction. “The only serious stuff I’m interested in I’ve given up.” The Mailer awards are named for Norman Mailer, who died in

2007, and are sponsored by the Norman Mailer Center and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, based in his longtime home of Provincetown, Mass. Previous recipients of Mailer awards, now in their third year, include Nobel laureates Toni Morrison and Orhan Pamuk and Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner. Bill Clinton, who introduced Richards, was for once a sup-

porting star. The former president called Richards “my friend” and “a good guy,” and repeatedly plugged “Life,” which was originally titled “My Life,” the same as Clinton’s memoir, until Richards decided it was best to get to the point and dispense with “My.” Clinton noted that his late motherin-law, Dorothy Rodham, was an avid fan.





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Toni Toney of Vicksburg used a platter to collect the roses she snipped in her yard.

Helen Grissom

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Michele Willis of Vicksburg was in Bonnie Springs, Nev., when, at a petting zoo, this burro nosed right up to the camera. The burro is part of a Wild Burro Management area.

Bobby Carpenter

Helen Grissom of Vicksburg was visiting family in Pensacola Mickey Williams of Vicksburg found this when she got to know this odd-colored fellow who visits daily. bumblebee feeding on a yellow flower.


Bobby Carpenter of Vicksburg submitted this photo of a tiger butterfly that had just landed on a butterfly bush.

01. Legals Public Notice Warren County Herbert Lowery will be applying for a full pardon 30 days from this posting for the crime of possession of more than 1 kilogram of marijuana with intent to deliver committed on September 8, 1978, charged in this county and has lived a law abiding life since the crime, forgiveness is sought. If there are objections to the granting of this pardon, please contact the Parole Board by phone at (601)576-3520, or fax at (601)576-3529. Publish: 10/25, 10/26, 10/27, 10/28, 10/29, 10/30, 10/31, 11/1, 11/2, 11/3, 11/4, 11/5, 11/6, 11/7, 11/8, 11/9, 11/10, 11/11, 11/12, 11/13, 11/14, 11/15, 11/16, 11/17, 11/18, 11/19, 11/20, 11/21, 11/22, 11/23, (30t)

Public Notice- Warren County. Amy D. Mooney will be applying for a full pardon 30 days from this posting for the crime(s) of uttering forgery, auto burglary, embezzlement committed on 8/16/1995 and 9/18/1996, charged in this county and has lived a law abiding life since the crimes, forgiveness is sought. If their are objections to the granting of this pardon, please contact the Parole Board by phone at (601)576-3520, or fax at (601)576-3528. Publish: 11/3, 11/4, 11/5, 11/6, 11/7, 11/8, 11/9, 11/10, 11/11, 11/12, 11/13, 11/14, 11/15, 11/16, 11/17, 11/18, 11/19, 11/20, 11/21, 11/22, 11/23, 11/24, 11/25, 11/26, 11/27, 11/28, 11/29, 11/30, 12/1, 12/2, (30t)

02. Public Service FREE ONLY TO good home. Pure bred Cocker Spaniel dog, 4 ½ years old, gentle, spayed, smart, obedient, house trained, needs fenced yard. 601-634-4734.

CANCELLED! Don't miss a thing! Subscribe to The Vicksburg Post TODAY!! Call 601-636-4545, Circulation.

05. Notices

BE A PART OF Baby's First Christmas. Call for more details: 601-636-7355.

Best Deal in Town When a little help is all you need, Call the people you can count on at EMERGENCY CA$H Byrum- 601-373-7661 Clinton- 601-924-7400 Vicksburg- 601-638-7000

Center For Pregnancy Choices Free Pregnancy Tests (non-medical facility)

· Education on All Options · Confidential Counseling Call 601-638-2778 for appt Find a Honey of a Deal in the Classifieds...Zero in on that most wanted or hard to find item.

07. Help Wanted

05. Notices ENDING HOMELESSNESS. WOMEN with children or without are you in need of shelter? Mountain of Faith Ministries/ Women's Restoration Shelter. Certain restrictions apply, 601-661-8990. Life coaching available by appointment. HEY! NEED CASH NOW? We buy junk cars, vans, SUVs, heavy equipment and more! Call today, we'll come pick them up with money in hand! 1-800826-8104.

Is the one you love hurting you? Call

Haven House Family Shelter 601-638-0555 or 1-800-898-0860 Services available to women & children who are victims of domestic violence and/or homeless: Shelter, counseling, group support. (Counseling available by appt.)

KEEP UP WITH all the local news and sales. Subscribe to The Vicksburg Post Today! Call 601-636-4545, ask for Circulation.

07. Help Wanted

Temporary Landscape Laborers, 5 openings, 3/1/12 to 12/30/12, Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Various work sites: Warren County mow grass, trim edges using weed eater or by hand, plant flowers, rake and remove debris from lawns, lawn maintenance. Use hand and power tools and equipment. Trim shrubs, irrigation systems maintenance. Employer will provide transportation from warehouse to job sites. Days of work and hours of work will vary. References required. Simmons Lawn Service Inc. will offer a wage of at least $8.06 hour. Simmons Lawn Service Inc. may be required to offer a wage of $10.60 for work performed on or after 11/30/11. Fax application to 601 279-6227

The Vicksburg Post will accept for publication photos submitted by readers. The photos should be current and of interest to the public, either because of their subject matter or their oddity, or the photographic skill shown. These are the criteria that will be used in determining which photos will be published. Submitted photos should be accompanied by complete caption information and include a phone number for the photographer, which will not be published. Photos may be submitted electronically at, in person at Post Plaza or by mail to The Vicksburg Post, News photos, P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182.

05. Notices

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

06. Lost & Found FOUND LARGE CAT. East Clay Street area. 601415-4413.

06. Lost & Found LOST DOG! LARGE, WHITE MALE. Vicinity of Redbone, Muirhead and Jeff Davis Roads. Call 601-631-1942 if found.

07. Help Wanted “ACE” Truck Driver Training With a Difference Job Placement Asst. Day, Night & Refresher Classes Get on the Road NOW! Call 1-888-430-4223

If you’re finding too much of this Veterans Day and that cluttering your house, sell it fast. Call and A TIME WE SET ASIDE TO HONOR AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO SERVED. place BOTH PAST.tribute, Recognize your PRESENT soldier(s) inAND our special your we remember that FREEDOM IS NOT FREE! classified as Today, we will recognize some of those soldiers Prints in Color on Sunday, November 13th ad Page D3 in this section. in theon Classified section. $17 per picture. Deadline is November 10th. today. CALL 601-636-SELL



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


SILVER GREY MALE Schnauzer. Highway 27/ Lee Road area. Clal 601-638-0130 or 601-415-4770.

MS Prop. Lic. 77#C124

Classified Advertising really brings big results!

Reflecting on the freedoms we enjoy, made possible by their sacrifices.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

TODAY 2 pm-4 pm

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!

306-A East Drive Peace and quiet on 2.3 acres with pond, outside H/A & wired workshop, heated pool. Custom designed inside with 3BR / 3BA, fireplace, open kitchen/ eating area, huge dining room.

JONES & UPCHURCH, INC. Call Andrea at

601-831-6490 Over 34 years of experience put to work for you! EMAIL: ANDREA@JONESANDUPCHURCH.COM Andrea Upchurch WWW.VICKSBURGHOMES.COM

Leech Real Estate of Vicksburg, Inc. A Reputable Real Estate Company with Proven Results 601-636-5947 Vanessa Leech, Broker Andrea Lewis Nina Rocconi Mindy Hall Tommy Shelton Richard Engel Cathy Mitchell

601-415-4114 601-218-0644 601-415-4503 601-631-4144 601-415-2507 601-831-2597 601-218-2763

07. Help Wanted AVON. NEED EXTRA CASH? Become an Avon Representative today. Call 601-454-8038. CONSTRUCTION COMPANY IS Looking for dump truck drivers and heavy equipment operators. Interested applicants please call 601-634-8979 or fax resume to 601-6348978. DENTAL/ MEDICAL Assistant requires warm, stable, outgoing person that desires challenge. Must be enthusiastic and enjoy working with a supportive team. Dental/ medical experience helpful but not required. Send resumes to: Dept. 3769 The Vicksburg Post P.O. Box 821668 Vicksburg, MS 39182

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

1-800-826-8104 LA DELTA COMMUNITY College, Tallulah Campus is currently hiring the following Health Occupation Instructor and an Adjunct Math Instructor. For more information and to apply please visit LA Delta is an EOE RESUMES ARE CURRENTLY being accepted for a pressman. Experience is preferred; mechanical skills are required. Some night, weekend work is required. Position includes benefits. To be considered for this position, please send resume and cover letter to: Dept. 3768, The Vicksburg Post, P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182.

HIGHLAND SUBDIVISION. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room, dining room, den, sunroom. Covered Patio and two car garage. Must See! $165,000.



CALL: DANCOR TRANSIT, INC. 866-677-4333 M-F 8 TO 5

Alfred Drive Priced at $45,000.

9.6 acres of beautiful rolling land. Wonderful home sites with lots of trees. Water and sewer access available.

McMillin And

Real Estate

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

The Classified Marketplace... Where buyers and sellers meet.


Nestled Among Trees. Hidden on 3+ acres in Sherwood Forest. Home features 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths, tremendous living and dining rooms, Eat in kitchen. New paint, new floors, new appliances. 2624 square feet. $199,900.

Our tradition of stability gives you a future of strength! 800-299-4744

Tim Anderson 228-697-2120 Western and English

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

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.



Adopt Today!

103 Pear Orchard Drive, Vicksburg, MS • 601-636-3116

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

18. Miscellaneous For Sale

3 3CUSHION CUSION ROSE ROSE sofa. sofa. Comfortable, good condition $100. Call after 5pm, 601-634-0958.

THE PET SHOP “Vicksburg’s Pet Boutique�

15. Auction OUR ON-LINE SUBSCRIPTION keeps you “plugged� in to all the local news, sports, community events. Call Circulation, 601-636-4545. NATCHEZ GUN SHOW, Saturday, November 19, 9am-5pm, and Sunday, November 20, 10am-5pm at the Natchez Convention Center, 211 Main Street, Natchez, MS. Clip this ad for $1 off, not valid with any other offer- $6 admission.

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

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. 601-638-5946 or 601-529-8249.

Turn your trash into cash with “The Classified Factory�. To place your ad in the Classifieds call 601-636-SELL!

19. Garage & Yard Sales

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!

RED OAK FIREWOOD. Delivered and unloaded for $75 per load. 601-5299279.

New to Vicksburg...

CHA Certified Riding Instructor and Trainer

GORGEOUS SHIH-TZU BABIES. Lots of colors, already paper pap trained. $200. Tracey 601-630-6185.

SUE L. RICHARDSON 601-415-0957

601-831-1742 601-634-8928

CALL 601-636-7535

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


& Coldwell Banker All Stars

14. Pets & Livestock


Custom Built home with quality features. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, formal living and dining rooms. Large family room, kitchen, breakfast room and laundry room. Excellent condition.




215 REDBUD DRIVE • TODAY • 2:00-4:00 PM

WE BUY ESTATES. Households and quality goods. Best prices. You call, we haul! 601-415-3121, 601-661-6074.

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


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

ATTENTION HAIR STYLISTS! Multi purpose salon chairs (3 to choose from) $125 each. 2 anti-fatigue mats, $40 each. Call 601-527-6474, leave message. FOR SALE. DINNING set . Seats 8, $250. 601-6387657, 601-618-9765 . HEY! NEED CASH NOW? We buy junk cars, vans, SUVs, heavy equipment and more! Call today, we'll come pick them up with money in hand! 1-800826-8104.

THE BEST WAY to bargain hunt is to check the Classifieds Daily. We make it easy with our convenient home delivery. For details call 601-636-4545, Circulation. USED TIRES! LIGHT trucks and SUV's, 16's, 17's, 18's, 19's, 20's. A few matching sets! Call TD's, 601-638-3252.

19. Garage & Yard Sales

18. Miscellaneous For Sale Âź CARAT SOLITAIRE diamond ring. Retail $875, sacrifice for $375. 601-2188326. 2005 TOSHIBA 65 inch High Defintion TV. $400. 601-638-2833, 601-2182160.

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

Call our Circulation Department for CONVENIENT Home Delivery and/ or our On-line Subscription. Monday- Friday, 8am-5pm, 601-636-4545. RUSTIC LOG BEDROOM suite with comforter. 580-618-3089.

HOME COMPUTER SERVICE and repair. Reasonable prices. Pick up available .601502-5265, 601-636-7376. KIND BEDROOM SUITE $450 or best offer, Lift recliner $350, Lawn Boy mower $50. 601-831-7199.

24. Business Services

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

Classifieds Really Work!

24. Business Services

24. Business Services


Clear out the skeletons in yours with an ad in the classifieds.


24. Business Services

1-800-826-8104 Call the Shelter for more information.


07. Help Wanted

WANTED: ANYTHING OLD-Money, coins, war relics, books, photos, documents, etcetera. 601-618-2727.

07. Help Wanted

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

Job Advertisement Madison Parish School Board

Vans • Cars • Trucks •Insurance Claims Welcome•

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



New Homes

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

Jon Ross 601-638-7932

Simmons Lawn Service

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

Job Vacancy: Director of Instruction and Accountability Salary: As proposed by the Madison Parish School Board


VenuWorks, Inc.,, seeks an experienced Executive Director for the Vicksburg Convention Center and Auditorium. The venues feature a 25,500 square foot convention center/ exhibition hall and 900 seat auditorium. Applicants must be skilled in providing direction in programming, fund raising, financial management and all aspects of managing a public assembly facility. Bachelor's degree in relevant field of study. At least 5 years experience and Certified Facility Manager (CFE) designation preferred. Reasonable accommodations will be considered for those with disabilities. Please submit resume, application letter and salary history, in confidence, to: Human Resources Director by November 16, 2011. VenuWorks, P.O. Box 625, Ames, IA 50010 or e-mail to: EOE


FLAT LAND IN WARREN COUNTY. 58.9 ACRES WITH 32 X 32 BARN, 150 X 250 RIDING ARENA. Power and water at site, cross fenced. Plenty of deer and turkeys.


Jimmy Ball

Sandra Hollingsworth REALTORÂŽ 601-415-5548 Christy Wilson

OFF SEASON GOLF Special at The Golf Center $40 one lesson, $200 6 lesson Package (Great Christmas gift!!) Contact Kathy Hester Class A LPGA Member 601-529-9007.


Completely redone on 2.3 acres. 90 x 12 ft deck overlooking the very private property with 2253 sq. ft. home that features 3BR, 2.5BA, open floor plan, & pasture area suitable for horses. 114 ROBERT E. LEE BEST BUY IN OPENWOOD! NOW ONLY $159, 900! Beautiful lot on cul-de-sac accents this newly inside painted 4BR, 2 BA home.


17. Wanted To Buy



103 Pear Orchard Drive • Vicksburg, MS 39180 601-636-3116 • Fax 601-636-3118

14. Pets & Livestock



12. Schools & Instruction

07. Help Wanted

The Vicksburg Post

Qualifications:As set forth in the Louisiana Standards for state certification of school personnel. Application Deadline: Letter of interest, resume and a copy of certifications will be accepted until Friday, November 18, 2011 at 4:30 P.M. Where to Apply: Mrs. Lisa M. Wilmore, Superintendent ATTN: Ruby P. Williams, Executive Secretary to Supt. Madison Parish School Board 301 S. Chestnut Street Tallulah, LA 71282 318-574-3616, Extension 3645 Note: Please specify what position you are applying for in your letter of interest. The Madison Parish School District is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or veteran's status.

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

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


Show Your Colors!

River City Dirt Work, LLC • Dozer / Trackhoe Work • Dump Truck • • Bush Hogging • Box Blade • Demolition • Debris Removal • Hydro Seeding • Deliver Dirt -13 yd. load $85 locally • Gravel • Sand • Rock Res. & Com. • Lic. & Ins. Robert Keyes, Jr. (Owner) 601-529-0894

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

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

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The Vicksburg Post

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Honoring our Veterans today and everyday. Taking time to remember and honor the brave men and women who have dutifully served and those who continue to serve our great country. THANK A SOLDIER TODAY! Freedom Is Not Free!!


Pvt. Ashton Everett

Norris Broome Fulgham, Jr.

US Army Ft. Hood, TX

US Pharmacists Mate 3rd Class WWII (Iowa Jima 1945)

Master Sgt. Hughie Lee Newman, Sr. US Air Force Retired

US Army Reserve Afganistan

Ethel Hunter US Army Drill Sergeant 1967-1969 at Fort Ord, CA NATO Headquarters Europe


Captain Willie J. Hunter US Army Vietnam with Special Forces 1964/1966/1967/1968 Vietnam Infantry Commander 1970-1971

Spec. Paul “Trey” Henson

Spc. Blake Kirklin 113th MP Company Brandon, MS Camp Buehring - Kuwait

Sgt. Wallace W. Raines US Air Force World War II England

1st Sgt Daniel Murray

SFC David Murray

101st Airborne Ft. Campbll, KY

1st Calvary - Medic Ft. Polk, LA

William E. Smallwood

Sheann Anthony Taylor

Sgt. 1st Class Korean War Era Kirchgons, Germany

168th Engineer Brigade Vicksburg, MS


Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Vicksburg Post

Classified...Where Buyers And Sellers Meet. 21. Boats, Fishing Supplies What's going on in Vicksburg? Read The Vicksburg Post! For convenient home delivery, call 601-636-4545, ask for circulation.

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

29. Unfurnished Apartments

24. Business Services AFFORDABLE PAINTING. Interior or exterior. Quality work, references. 601-2180263.

Disc over a new world of opportunity with The Vi cks burg Post Classifieds.

29. Unfurnished Apartments


INTO THE GOOD LIFE! Apartment Homes

24. Business Services Toni Walker Terrett Attorney At Law 601-636-1109 • Bankruptcy Chapter 7 and 13 • Social Seurity Disability • No-fault Divorce

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

24. Business Services

24. Business Services

CHIMNEY SWEEP. INSPECT/ clean, best price in town! Licensed/ insured. 601-218-0253 Jeff- Agape.

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

DIRT AND GRAVEL hauled. 8 yard truck. 601638-6740. HOLIDAY CLEANING GOT you down? We can help! Home/ Office, efficient/ reasonable/ dependable.1-601-826-7001 (local). PLUMBING SERVICES24 hour emergency- broken water lines- hot water heaters- toilets- faucetssinks. Pressure Washingsidewalk- house- mobile homes- vinyl siding- brick homes. 601-618-8466.

No matter what type of work you’re needing done, the Classifieds can help you find the right onet!

Classified Advertising really brings big results!

29. Unfurnished Apartments

29. Unfurnished Apartments

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



• 2160 S. Frontage Rd.


601-661-0765 • 601-415-3333

RESIDENTIAL/ COMMERCIAL GUTTER cleaning. Hedge trimming. 601218-4415. River City Lawn Care You grow it - we mow it! Affordable and professional. Lawn and landscape maintenance. Cut, bag, trim, edge. 601-529-6168.

26. For Rent Or Lease RICHARD M. CALDWELL BROKER SPECIALIZING IN RENTALS (INCLUDING CORPORATE APARTMENTS) CALL 601-618-5180 MULTI PURPOSE OFFICE/ Warehouse building. 4000 square feet. 5537 Fisher Ferry Road. $800 monthly. 601-638-3211 or 601-831-1921.

26. For Rent Or Lease

PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE. Great location. Utilities and janitorial service included. $600/ month. 601-638-4050.

28. Furnished Apartments 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT. Furnished, utilities/ cable/ internet/ laundry room provided. $900 per month. 601-415-9027 or 601-415-7974. 1001 ½ FIRST EAST. 1 Bedroom, total electric, appliances furnished, central heat. $200 deposit, $325 monthly. 601-638-8295. SINGLE OCCUPANCYCorporate Apartments, $700 to $900 Utilities/ Cable/ Laundry. Weekly cleaning. On-Site Manager. 601-661-9747.

29. Unfurnished Apartments

29. Unfurnished Apartments

2 BEDROOM APARTMENT with fireplace and washer/ dryer connections. Available now. Call Cannongate Apartments, 601-6348422.

2 BEDROOM, 1 bath. Central heat and air. $450 monthly includes water, plus deposit. 601-631-4755.

2 BEDROOM SPACIOUS apartment, Downtown area, $650 monthly. Cable included. Immediate occupancy. 601-4462957. 2 BEDROOM. ALL electric includes water $450. With stove and refrigerator. $200 deposit. 1 BEDROOM $425 monthly, $200 deposit. 601-634-8290.

THE COVE Stop looking, Start living! $0 deposit for November Paid cable, water and trash. Washer, Dryer and built-in microwave furnished.

601-638-5587 1-601-686-0635

CALL 601-636-SELL



29. Unfurnished Apartments

29. Unfurnished Apartments

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


• 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Apts. • Beautifully Landscaped • Lake Surrounds Community

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

501 Fairways Drive Vicksburg

CONVENIENT DOWNTOWN LOCATION. 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment, central heat/ air, washer/ dryer hookups. $800 monthly, deposit/ references required. 601-529-8002 COUNTY 2 BEDROOMS, 2½ baths. Openwood Townhouse. 1,400 plus/ minus square feet, cheap county car tags. 601-831-8900. Leave message.


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

BEATUIFUL DOWNTOWN LOCATION. 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Central air/ heat. Washer and dryer $750 monthly. Deposit and references required. 601529-8002.

Commodore Apartments 1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms LOOKING FOR YOUR DREAM HOME?

605 Cain Ridge Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39180

Check the real estate listings in the classifieds daily.


34. Houses For Sale

DOWNTOWN, BRICK, MARIE Apartments. Total electric, central air/ heat, stove, refrigerator. $520, water furnished. 601-636-7107, LUCKETT COMPOUND. DOWNTOWN 1 bedroom Central air/ heat, washer and dryer. $625 monthly. References and deposit required. 601-529-8002.

Units Available!!! Shadow Cliff Apartments 9:00am– 4:00pm Must be 62 or older 1 Bedroom Laundry Facilities Community Room On-site Service Coordinator 601-638-1684 2721 Alcorn Drive Vicksburg, MS 39180 Equal Housing Opportunity

SPACIOUS 2 BEDROOM apartment. 61 South area. Meadowbrook Properties, 601-619-9789.

30. Houses For Rent 1455 PARKSIDE, $1350 monthly, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, or sell $150,000. 2606 Oak Street, 2 bedrooms, computer room, $750. 732768-5743. 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. 3 BEDROOMS, 1½ BATH, very private location, $675 monthly plus deposit. Serious inquiries. 601-415-0784. 331 SHADY LANE. 4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, remodeled condition. $775/ month, $775 deposit. 605 RIGBY STREET, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, remodeled condition. $675/ month, $675 deposit. Broker/ Owner. Must leave message or visit 4 BEDROOM, 2 bath. Formal living/ dining, hardwood floors. Available December 1st.. $1150/ month, 601-831-0066, please leave message. WANT PRIVACY? 1 bedroom cottage. City located. Carport, yard. Deposit, $500 monthly. 601-529-2226 or 601-638-4496.

31. Mobile Homes For Rent 2 BEDROOM, 1 bath. Washer/ Dryer. All electric, No pets, $450 month, $200 deposit. 601-638-6239.

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. WITH ONLY A FEW HOMES AVAILABLE NOW, PLEASE COME TOUR OUR COMMUNITY AND MEET YOUR NEW NEIGHBORS.

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

The Vicksburg Post

Sunday, November 13, 2011


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

31. Mobile Homes For Rent 3 BEDROOM, 2 BATH double wide. $675 monthly, $675 down payment. South Warren County area. Rent to own. Call after 4pm for appointment, 601-638-7399.

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I recently chatted about the so-called “holiday rush” with cookbook author Nancy Hughes, who specializes in calorieconscious, diabetes-friendly recipes (find them at “The real rush of the holidays is the flood of feelings when you taste something that brings your memories to life,” she said. I’m right there with her. It would be unhealthy to deprive ourselves of traditional holiday dishes. The trick is to balance our indulgences by staying active and making smart choices—that’s the recipe for a truly healthy holiday. Here’s to memories, old and new.


THAT’S A FACT! Diabetics who use insulin pumps should take caution on planes—the change in cabin pressure can disrupt the device and cause it to dispense too much or too little medication, according to Australian researchers.

“Diabetes was first a curse, but is now a blessing.” So says Spry reader Patricia Celek of Oconomowoc, Wis., winner of our 2011 Better Than Before contest. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a teen, Patricia went on to become a nurse and diabetes educator. “The disease that had such an emotional punch when I was first diagnosed, has actually brought me to a career choice that I truly love,” she says. Read Patricia’s story and get advice on coping with diabetes at

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What is essential oil therapy? Essential oils extracted from plants and herbs are used by integrative medicine practitioners topically and orally to treat a variety of conditions. Peppermint oil rubbed on the abdomen, for instance, is said to ease stomach pain, and eucalyptus under the nose can help break up sinus congestion. Essential oil therapy is best left to a professional (find one at, at least at the beginning, but if you’d like to explore the benefits on your own, try a room diffuser to disperse the scent with little to no risk to your health.

3 Holiday Stress-Busters Overwhelmed by your holiday to-do list? Try one of these mini-meditations from David Harp, author of Mindfulness to Go, to calm your mind.

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Walk at a moderate pace, counting each step as your foot touches the ground. Count to four, then start over, to maintain a relaxing rhythm.

On your way to the mall? Turn off the radio and simply focus on your driving. Notice your speed and the road signs, pushing out any other thoughts.

Imagine you’re petting a beloved pet. Research suggests that the feeling you get can ease the adrenaline rush that comes with stress.





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Achoo! Cold or Flu? Headache, scratchy throat, clogged sinuses—cold and flu season is here. (Aren’t you thrilled?) Take this quiz to find out how to stay healthy no matter what bugs you run into. ; R Leslie Gilbert Elman

1 The average sneeze travels at the same speed as . . . A. a hurricane-force wind. B. the Space Shuttle in orbit. C. a cruise ship on the open sea.

6 Antibiotics are . . .

2 Cold and flu germs survive longest on your . . . A. hands. B. pillowcase. C. cell phone.

7 Flu shots . . . A. are different every year. B. can cause the flu in some people. C. protect you from flu for six months to a year.

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8 Which of the following

liquid is LEAST effective for eliminating cold and flu germs? A. bleach B. ammonia C. tap water

should you NOT take to ease cold and flu symptoms? A. over-the-counter pain relievers B. antihistamines C. decongestants

4 Grandma was right when

9 To avoid colds and flu . . . A. stay indoors as much as possible. B. exercise. C. ignore your symptoms and carry on as usual.

she told you . . . A. “Feed a cold, starve a fever.” B. “Bundle up, or you might catch a cold.” C. “Get to bed—you need your rest.”

5 Protect yourself from germs at a party by avoiding the . . . A. chips and dip. B. fried foods. C. cocktails.

A. a cure for the common cold. B. useless for treating colds or flu. C. recommended treatment for severe cold and flu symptoms.

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Answers 1. A One sneeze sprays tens of thousands of wet germs into the air at speeds of 80 to 100 miles per hour—as forceful as a hurricane, nearly four times faster than a cruise ship but not as fast as the Space Shuttle, which can do zero to 17,000 mph in 8 minutes. 2. C Germs may survive 10 hours or longer on hard surfaces such as cell phones, keyboards and TV remotes, and an hour or more on porous surfaces such as fabric. On your hands, germs stick around for about 30 minutes— less if you wash hands thoroughly with soap and water (as you should, often!). 3. B Even tap water works better than ammonia for killing rhinovirus, the most common cause of colds. But your best choices are liquid bleach diluted with water or a disinfectant spray containing o-phenylphenol (OPP) and alcohol. 4. C To keep colds away, aim for eight hours of sleep per night—anything less and your chances of getting sick increase. Cold weather doesn’t cause colds, although it might lower your resistance and make you more susceptible. There’s nothing to the feed-a-cold-starve-afever thing (or vice versa), but warm liquids can help soothe symptoms. 5. A Think twice before you reach for chips and dip or, at the very least, use serving utensils to help yourself. If you’re hosting the party, place at least one serving spoon,

fork or pair of tongs with every dish, and spear hors d’oeuvres with toothpicks before serving. Cocktails generally don’t transmit viruses (unless the bartender sneezes on your glass). 6. B Antibiotic medications do nothing to fight the viral infections that cause colds and flu. They only work on infections caused by bacteria, such as strep throat. If you have a cold or the flu, asking your doctor to prescribe an antibiotic won’t help. In fact, it could make you more vulnerable to strep and other infections in the future. 7. C Flu shots take about two weeks to kick in and typically protect you for six months to a year. Each vaccine protects against the three strains of flu most prevalent in a particular year. That means the formula can vary, but it doesn’t always. This season’s, for instance, is the same as last year’s. 8. B Antihistamines dry out membranes and prevent mucus flow. Decongestants are better choices as they shrink swollen membranes inside the nose, and pain relievers can reduce fever and ease aches. 9. B Evidence suggests that moderate exercise helps fight off colds and flu. Staying indoors won’t protect you— and, besides, fresh air is good for you! Ignoring symptoms is a bad idea: Not only will you feel terrible, you’ll increase your chances of infecting others. Rest, and be patient— you’ll feel better soon.

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Rice. All varieties of rice are gluten-free, but stick with brown, wild or black rice for the biggest bang for your nutrient buck. As a rule, long-grain versions are better for keeping blood sugars in check. Beat the brown rice blahs by baking it casserole-style with gorgonzola cheese, broccoli and chicken.

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Buckwheat. Despite its name, this fiber- and protein-rich grain is not related to wheat at all. It’s used as a base for pancakes and Japanese soba noodles, a delicious alternative to wheat pasta. Substitute hot kasha (buckwheat groats) for your morning oatmeal. Teff. This Ethiopian staple is higher in iron and calcium than many other grains. With a slightly sweet and nutty flavor, teff is delicious as a breakfast cereal or soup thickener. Find this and other unique grains at Bob’s Red Mill’s website (

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proposed the Red Rider diabetes in February 2010, recognition program. Now says Mari inspired her to cyclists with diabetes wear make exercising a habit. red “I Ride With Diabetes!” The self-described former jerseys in the more than 80 couch potato has lost 60 ure rides annual Tour de Cure pounds and is a member y. across the country. of Team WILD 101, e “Recognition is an exercise and Log on to dia important,” Mari diabetes support Spryliving. com/teamwild g says. “If you’re group. “You are for Mari’s top tips t only one taking charge the for managing wh prevents you of your health, who diabetes you deserve to be from living your sa Kerry, who celebrated.” life,” says Ever the observer, Mari also attended Mari’s Camp also noticed that most of the WILD, a four-day bootcamp Red Riders were men. So in for diabetics who want 2008, Mari founded Team to learn how to balance WILD (, an medications with food and organization that supports exercise. “If you don’t like and empowers female what you have become, no endurance athletes with one can change it but you.” diabetes. This year, Team Said like a pro—or like WILD has four teams, Mari Ruddy. In the next few including a group of 10 who years, Mari hopes to focus participated in an Ironman specifically on motivational triathlon in September, an speaking that highlights event comprised of a 2.4Team WILD and the Red mile swim, a 112-mile bike Riders. “I use endurance ride and a 26.2-mile run. athletics as a metaphor Team members across the for how we can choose to country have a monthly survive in life or give up,” conference call with a coach she says. “But I don’t want to and then meet for races. just motivate people—I want Kerry Snider, 50, who them to actually get out was diagnosed with Type II there and do it!”

N THE PERENNIAL CARD GAME OF LIFE, NO ONE WITH THE HAND MARI RUDDY HAS BEEN DEALT SHOULD BE AS UPBEAT OR HAPPY AS SHE IS. She was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when she was 16. She’s had breast cancer twice in the last six years, and a unilateral mastectomy. But Mari, 47, is happy. And she doesn’t exude a Pollyanna-ish kind of optimism. It’s real; a dig-deep, stay-in-the-game-oflife kind of joy. A motivational speaker, an executive coach for schools and nonprofits and the founder of Team WILD (We Inspire Life with Diabetes), Mari believes answers start with the individual. “In life, you get what you get,” she says. “The only thing you can control is your attitude. All right, this is happening to me—what am I going do about it?” Mari, who lives in Denver, walks the talk; or rather runs, cycles and swims it. She first started exercising at age 31, at the urging of a doctor who told her she would die otherwise. She had been heer terrified of low blood sugars and how her body might react to exercise. When she had radiation treatment g for her first cancer, she began training for a triathlon. “I rode my bike to chemo almost every day, and in the winter time, I rode my training bike inside, looking at a picture of Lance Armstrong,” says Mari. In 2006, she joined a Tour de Cure s before a Mari, center, stretche an n bicycle ride sponsored by the American Team WILD, of ers mb me th run wi betes. Dia th wi Diabetes Association. In that event, e We Inspire Lif she noticed there was no way to tell which participants had diabetes, so she



b better tthan before b online! o Log on to Spryliving. com/betterthanbefore for c diabetes-friendly recipes d and a tips from American Diabetes Association experts and authors.

Surviving the Holidays with Diabetes


Whether you or a family member is dealing with diabetes, simple strategies can help everyone get the most out of the season, says registered dietitian and epidemiologist Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, president of health care and education at the American Diabetes Association. “Planning ahead allows you to take ownership of your holidays and to experience them in the ways you want to,” MayerDavis says. Include these steps in your plan.

For the person with diabetes Don’t “bank” your calories or carbs. In other words, don’t save them all for one meal. The key to managing special occasions is to stick to your normal schedule as much as possible to avoid blood-glucose fluctuations. Control portions. Diabetes doesn’t mean having to forgo your favorite foods, Mayer-Davis says: “Portion control helps people accommodate different situations.” Prepare for tough challenges. Have a comeback for folks who may urge you to eat more than you want. “For instance, tell Grandma you’re really working on your health, but her casserole is too good to pass up, so you took a small portion instead,” Mayer-Davis suggests.

For well-meaning family Be open to new traditions. So your loved one wants to take a walk instead of watching the big game? Don’t fight it. “Families should be respectful that it’s important for people with diabetes to manage their disease with diet and physical activity. It is really just as important to their health as how they manage their medication,” Mayer-Davis says. Don’t make assumptions. “People assume that people with diabetes can’t eat carbs, but it’s very individual,” Mayer-Davis says. Many adjust their meds so they can indulge. Talk about it. If you’re not sure how to approach family gatherings with the needs of someone with diabetes in mind, have Can we talk? a conversation a few weeks ahead of time. “People really appreciate when someone respectfully says, ‘I know h t you’re ’ going i through, and is there anything I can do to make things what easier?’” Mayer-Davis says.

For the holiday hostess Serve healthy snacks. Options like fiber-packed nuts, veggies and whole grain crackers can help keep people with diabetes from getting too hungry and blood glucose levels from getting too low. Consider timing. Holiday meals are often at odd hours, which can wreak havoc with blood glucose levels. Check with your guest to see if there are concerns about timing. Put movement on the menu. After dinner, and before dessert, get everyone outside to toss the football or take a walk. Or start off the day by taking part in one of the many Turkey Trot run/walk events around the country. (See for our favorites by region.) SPRYLIVING.COM NOVEMBER 2011

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How Fit Moms Get Their Kids Moving

Make it a date “When my girls were little, they always wanted to be with their friends, so I’d call up the friends’ parents and say, ‘She’ll take dance if your daughter does,’ or ‘She’ll play lacrosse if your daughter does.’”


“It’s all about trying to make it fun” Dancing With the Stars champ and Olympic gold medal ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi may not be cha-cha-ing or fox trotting much these days, but she is doing a dance moms across the country know all too well: balancing family, home and work. Keeping her kids healthy is a priority for the 40-yearold mother of Keara, 7, and Emma, 5. When her girls need encouragement to exercise, Kristi gets creative. “It’s all about trying to make it fun,” says Kristi, who recently released her first fitness DVD, Kristi Yamaguchi: Power Workout. “We live on a hilly road so we walk the street up the hill. Get a 10-minute video workout from We write down a list of things to Kristi’s DVD at find on the walk—kind of like a scavenger hunt. It may be a cat, or yellow flowers. It’s a way to get us out in the fresh air and moving around.” Having athletes as parents doesn’t hurt, either. Not only was Kristi winner of the all-around gold in the 1992 Olympic Games, but her husband is retired pro hockey player Bret Hedican of the Carolina Hurricanes. “You have to set the example,” Kristi says. “When I’m exercising at home, they’ll come down and join me—they’re not doing it properly but it’s fun to let them improvise.” While she keeps up with Dancing With the Stars Season 6 partner Mark Ballas (“I saw him just a couple of nights ago”), Kristi hits the ballroom just once a year or so—mostly, she says, for charity events. “The farther I get from it, the more I’m forgetting everything,” she says. “It was such an incredible experience.”

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—Denise Austin, mom to Kelly, 20, and Katie, 17, and author of Get Energy!: Empower Your Body, Love Your Life

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Give ’em what they want

—Kathy Smith, mom to Katie, 21, and Perrie, 18, and star of the fitness DVD Ageless with Kathy Smith: Staying Strong

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Ellie Krieger Get Ellie’s low-cal Sweet Potato Casserole recipe Turn to page 12

“My favorite way to get my daughter, Isabella, moving is to be active with her! We will take a bike ride or walk in the park together or crank up Katy Perry and dance around our living room. This way we get to have good family time and both get some exercise.” —Ellie Krieger, mom to Isabella, 9, star of Food Network’s Healthy Appetite and author of the new book, Comfort Food Fix


“When it comes to fitness, it’s OK to use bribes sometimes. Like, ‘Let’s go for a hike or bike ride, and afterward I’ll take you to the . . . ’ movies, beach, nail salon, whatever works.”

Boys can be affected by HPV disease too. GARDASIL HELPS PROTECT BOTH YOUR SON AND DAUGHTER. Andrea Metcalf

Get competitive—and creative “When my kids were younger, I did an Olympics-themed summer camp with the neighborhood kids. We had ribbons, medals and fun competitions, like Big Wheel races.”

When it comes to human papillomavirus (HPV), females are only half the equation. There are 30 to 40 types of HPV that will affect an estimated 75% to 80% of males and females in their lifetime. For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear certain types, HPV could cause cervical cancer in females, and other types of HPV could cause genital warts in both males and females. And there’s no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus.

—Andrea Metcalf, mom to Bruce, 21, Maddie, 20, and Charlie, 18, and author of Naked Fitness: The Proven 28 Day Lifestyle Program for a Slimmer, Fitter, Pain-Free Body

GARDASIL is the only HPV vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV. In girls and young women ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 2 types of HPV that cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases. In boys and young men ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 90% of genital warts cases.

Jillian Moriarty

Play gym class “I recently taught Max about ‘burpees’—also known as squat-thrusts— and that evening the whole family had a ‘burpee-off’ to see how many we could do in a minute.”

GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone, nor will it protect against diseases caused by other HPV types or against diseases not caused by HPV. GARDASIL does not prevent all types of cervical cancer, so it’s important for women to continue routine cervical cancer screenings. GARDASIL does not treat cervical cancer or genital warts. GARDASIL is given as 3 injections over 6 months.

—Jillian Moriarty, physical therapist, mom to Max, 5, Hayden, 2, and infant Jack, and creator of On-The-MoveMunchkins, a DVD for moms and kids

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Anyone who is allergic to the ingredients of GARDASIL, including those severely allergic to yeast, should not receive the vaccine. GARDASIL is not for women who are pregnant. The side effects include pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site, headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and fainting. Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL. Sometimes people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your child’s health care professional may ask your child to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after he or she gets GARDASIL. Some people who faint might shake or become stiff. This may require evaluation or treatment by your child’s health care professional. Only a doctor or health care professional can decide if GARDASIL is right for your child. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088. Please read the Patient Information on the next page and discuss it with your child’s doctor or health care professional.

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USPPI 9883616 Patient Information about GARDASIL® (pronounced “gard-Ah-sill”) Generic name: [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant] 1

Read this information with care before getting GARDASIL . You (the person getting GARDASIL) will need 3 doses of the vaccine. It is important to read this leaflet when you get each dose. This leaflet does not take the place of talking with your health care provider about GARDASIL. What is GARDASIL? GARDASIL is a vaccine (injection/shot) that is used for girls and women 9 through 26 years of age to help protect against the following diseases caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV): • Cervical cancer • Vulvar and vaginal cancers • Anal cancer • Genital warts • Precancerous cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and anal lesions GARDASIL is used for boys and men 9 through 26 years of age to help protect against the following diseases caused by HPV: • Anal cancer • Genital warts • Precancerous anal lesions The diseases listed above have many causes, and GARDASIL only protects against diseases caused by certain kinds of HPV (called Type 6, Type 11, Type 16, and Type 18). Most of the time, these 4 types of HPV are responsible for the diseases listed above. GARDASIL cannot protect you from a disease that is caused by other types of HPV, other viruses, or bacteria. GARDASIL does not treat HPV infection. You cannot get HPV or any of the above diseases from GARDASIL. What important information about GARDASIL should I know? • You should continue to get routine cervical cancer screening. • GARDASIL may not fully protect everyone who gets the vaccine. • GARDASIL will not protect against HPV types that you already have. Who should not get GARDASIL? You should not get GARDASIL if you have, or have had: • an allergic reaction after getting a dose of GARDASIL. • a severe allergic reaction to yeast, amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, polysorbate 80. What should I tell my health care provider before getting GARDASIL? Tell your health care provider if you: • are pregnant or planning to get pregnant. GARDASIL is not recommended for use in pregnant women. • have immune problems, like HIV infection, cancer, or you take medicines that affect your immune system. • have a fever over 100°F (37.8°C). • had an allergic reaction to another dose of GARDASIL. • take any medicines, even those you can buy over the counter.

Can other vaccines and medications be given at the same time as GARDASIL? GARDASIL can be given at the same time as RECOMBIVAX HB ®1 [hepatitis B vaccine (recombinant)] or Menactra [Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y and W-135) Polysaccharide Diphtheria Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine] and Adacel [Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed (Tdap)]. What are the possible side effects of GARDASIL? The most common side effects with GARDASIL are: • pain, swelling, itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site • headache • fever • nausea • dizziness • vomiting • fainting There was no increase in side effects when GARDASIL was given at the same time as RECOMBIVAX HB [hepatitis B vaccine (recombinant)]. There was more injection-site swelling at the injection site for GARDASIL when GARDASIL was given at the same time as Menactra [Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y and W-135) Polysaccharide Diphtheria Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine] and Adacel [Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed (Tdap)]. Tell your health care provider if you have any of the following problems because these may be signs of an allergic reaction: • difficulty breathing • wheezing (bronchospasm) • hives • rash Tell your health care provider if you have: • swollen glands (neck, armpit, or groin) • joint pain • unusual tiredness, weakness, or confusion • chills • generally feeling unwell • leg pain • shortness of breath • chest pain • aching muscles • muscle weakness • seizure • bad stomach ache • bleeding or bruising more easily than normal • skin infection

Your health care provider will help decide if you should get Contact your health care provider right away if you get any symptoms that concern you, even several months after the vaccine. getting the vaccine. How is GARDASIL given? GARDASIL is a shot that is usually given in the arm muscle. For a more complete list of side effects, ask your health care provider. You will need 3 shots given on the following schedule: • Dose 1: at a date you and your health care provider choose. What are the ingredients in GARDASIL? • Dose 2: 2 months after Dose 1. The ingredients are proteins of HPV Types 6, 11, 16, and 18, • Dose 3: 6 months after Dose 1. amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, yeast protein, sodium chloride, L-histidine, polysorbate 80, sodium Fainting can happen after getting GARDASIL. Sometimes borate, and water for injection. people who faint can fall and hurt themselves. For this reason, your health care provider may ask you to sit or lie down for 15 minutes after you get GARDASIL. Some people This leaflet is a summary of information about GARDASIL. If you would like more information, please talk to your health who faint might shake or become stiff. This may require care provider or visit evaluation or treatment by your health care provider. Make sure that you get all 3 doses on time so that you get the Manufactured and Distributed by: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. best protection. If you miss a dose, talk to your health care Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889, USA provider. Issued April 2011


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Nonstick cooking spray 3 ½ lbs. sweet potatoes (5 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks ⅓ cup honey 1 large egg ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg ½ teaspoon salt 1 large egg white ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar ¼ cup superfine sugar 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8 x 8-inch casserole with cooking spray. 2. Cook sweet potatoes in a large pot of boiling water 20-25 minutes or until tender. Transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool slightly. Add honey, egg, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and whip using an electric mixer. Spread sweet mixture into prepared dish. 3. In a small bowl, beat the egg white and cream of tartar with an electric mixer until foamy. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating for 10 seconds between each addition. Whip until glossy and stiff peaks form, 4 to 5 minutes. Spoon 1-inch dollops on top of the casserole. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until meringue is browned and casserole is warmed through. Serves 8 Per serving (3/4 cup): 150 calories, 1g fat, 3g prot., 36g carbs, 3g fiber, 25mg chol., 190mg sodium.

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