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‘I love Claiborne County’ By Pamela Hitchins firstname.lastname@example.org PORT GIBSON — “Opportunity” is a word that has always come easily to the mind of Frank Davis. For 32 years, Davis has been sheriff of Claiborne County, but following his defeat in the Aug. 23 Democratic primary runoff, he’s packing the photographs and mementos of a career in preparation for leaving office Jan. 3. He wasn’t quite ready to go, he said, but he’s not complaining. “I’m going to stay home and have an opportunity to appreciate life,” he said with a smile. It was the same when he lost his first job 45 years ago, fired by a Port Gibson grocer during the NAACP-led boycott of white businesses. “I saw it as an opportunity not to be a butcher for the rest of my life,” he said, and he smiled again. Davis, 64, will relinquish his post to Marvin Lucas, a former Claiborne County jailer who worked for him for more than 20 years before moving over to Parks and Recreation. “I’m proud to follow him,” said Lucas, 53. “He gave me my start, hiring me in October of 1981. I learned a lot of things from him just by being able to work for him during those years, and I’m grateful to him.” Chief Deputy Freddie Yarbrough has worked for Davis during all his years in office. “It’s been a privilege to work for him and to learn,” Yarbrough said. “His leadership is unquestionable. He likes to lead by example. He doesn’t just do the job — he has a lot of heart, and he cares about this county.” First elected in 1979, Davis became the first black sheriff in Claiborne County since Reconstruction, defeating longtime former Sheriff Dan McCay. Davis was one of three black sheriffs in the state elected that year. Davis is a native of Claiborne County, the third of the 13 children of Green Lee Davis and Mary Lee Triplett. He graduated from Addison High School, served in the U.S. Army with a unit in Korea during the Vietnam War years and attended Alcorn State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education. After college, he got a job teaching and coaching at Greenville High School, where he was the offensive line coach for the football team and head girls track coach. “I thought, this is my dream, this is what I’ll
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Claiborne County Sheriff Frank Davis recounts stories from his many years in office.
‘I think a lot of things went wrong in the election, things were done that were not correct. But as a whole, the community spoke. I could have challenged the election but I chose not to.’ Frank Davis Claiborne County sheriff do,” he said. Davis was married at the time, and he returned to Port Gibson when his wife, also a teacher, was unable to get a job in Greenville. McCay offered him a spot as a deputy. Over the next few years Davis took graduate classes in criminal justice at the University of Southern Mississippi, he said, and also took over as civil defense director for the county. In 1979, a group of pastors and business owners, both black and white, went to Davis
and said, “We’re going to change sheriffs,” and urged him to run. He had been close to McCay and resisted for a time, but finally agreed to run. It was a close race and Davis’ friendship with McCay was irrevocably fractured, he said. McCay died before they could reconcile, but Davis said he has been able to stay in touch with McCay’s widow and family members. “I respected him to the highest and still do,” he said. Re-elected seven times, Davis never received less than 85 percent of the vote, he said, until August, when he netted just 39 percent. Not being sure why the county voted for change is “the most difficult thing” about the election, but he also admits to private questions about some reported irregularities and errors in how it was managed. “I think a lot of things went wrong in the election; things were done that were not correct,” he said. “But as a whole, the community See Davis, Page A9.
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan on Saturday blocked vital supply routes for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan and demanded Washington vacate a base used by American drones after coalition aircraft allegedly killed 24 Pakistani troops at two posts along a mountainous frontier that serves as a safe haven for militants. The incident was a major blow to American efforts to rebuild an already tattered alliance vital to winding down the 10-year-old Afghan war. Islamabad called the bloodshed in one of its tribal areas a “grave infringement” of the country’s sovereignty, and it could make it even more difficult for the U.S. to enlist Pakistan’s help in pushing Afghan insurgents toward peace talks. A NATO spokesman said it was likely that coalition airstrikes caused Pakistani casualties. If confirmed, it would be the deadliest friendly fire incident by NATO against Pakistani troops since the Afghan war began a decade ago. A prolonged closure of Pakistan’s two Afghan border crossings to NATO supplies could cause serious problems for the coalition. The U.S., the largest member of the NATO force in Afghanistan, ships more than 30 percent of its non-lethal supplies through Pakistan. The coalition has alternative routes through Central Asia into northern Afghanistan, but they are costlier and less efficient. Pakistan temporarily closed one of its Afghan crossings to NATO supplies last year after U.S. helicopters accidentally killed two Pakistani soldiers. Suspected militants took advantage of the impasse to launch attacks against stranded or rerouted trucks carrying NATO supplies. The government reopened the border after about 10 days when the U.S. apologized. Also Saturday, the Pakistan government said that within 15 days the U.S. must vacate Shamsi Air Base, in southwestern Baluchistan province. The U.S. uses the base to service drones that target al-Qaida and Taliban militants in Pakistan’s tribal region.
‘Go, go, go!’: NASA launches the ‘monster truck of Mars’ By The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The world’s biggest extraterrestrial explorer, NASA’s Curiosity rover, set out for Mars on Saturday on a search for evidence that the red planet might once have been home to itsy-bitsy life. It will take 8 1/2 months and 354 million miles for Curios-
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ity to reach Mars. An unmanned Atlas V rocket hoisted the rover, officially known as Mars Science Laboratory, into a cloudy late morning sky. A Mars frenzy gripped the launch site, with more than 13,000 guests jamming the space center for NASA’s first launch to Earth’s next-door neighbor in four years, and the first send-
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off of a Martian rover in eight years. NASA astrobiologist Pan Conrad, whose carbon compound-seeking instrument is on the rover, jumped, cheered and snapped pictures as the rocket blasted off a few miles away. So did Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Roger Wiens, a planetary scientist in charge
of Curiosity’s rock-zapping laser machine, called ChemCam. Wiens shouted “Go, go, go!” as the rocket soared. “It was beautiful,” he later observed, just as NASA declared the launch a full success. The 1-ton Curiosity — as large as a car — is a mobile, nuclear-powered laboratory holding 10 science instru-
ments that will sample Martian soil and rocks, and analyze them right on the spot. There’s a drill as well as the laser-zapping device. NASA’s Mars exploration program director, Doug McCuistion, called it “the monster truck of Mars.” The primary goal of the $2.5 billion mission is to see whether cold, dry, barren
Mars might have been hospitable for microbial life once upon a time — or might even still be conducive to life now. The world has launched more than three dozen missions to the ever-alluring Mars, which is more like Earth than the other solarsystem planets. Yet fewer than half those quests have succeeded.
This week in the civil war
Word that the Union warship USS San Jacinto had stopped the neutral British ship Trent east of Cuba on Nov. 8, 1861, and seized two Confederate diplomats bound for Britain, inflames tensions between the two nations. The Trent steams on without the pair, arriving in London on Nov. 27, 1861. Britain demands an apology and the release of the Confederates. Northerners overwhelmingly laud their detentions; Southern authorities condemn the detentions. The Times-Picayune of New Orleans proclaims Nov. 23, 1861: “The act of the San Jacinto was in flagrant violation of the law of nations.” After heated Cabinet meetings, President Abraham Lincoln adopts a conciliatory approach, seeking to avert any armed conflict with Britain.
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Red-hot desire for deals fuels the frenzy that is Black Friday NEW YORK (AP) — Peppersprayed customers, smashand-grab looters and bloody scenes in the shopping aisles. How did Black Friday devolve into this? As reports of shoppingrelated violence rolled in this week from Los Angeles to New York, experts say a volatile mix of desperate retailers and cutthroat marketing has hyped the traditional post-Thanksgiving sales to increasingly frenzied levels. With stores opening earlier, bargain-obsessed shoppers often are sleep-deprived and short-tempered. Arriving in darkness, they also find themselves vulnerable to savvy parking-lot muggers. Add in the online-coupon phenomenon, which feeds the psychological hunger for finding impossible bargains, and you’ve got a recipe for trouble, said Theresa Williams, a marketing professor at Indiana University. “These are people who should know better and have enough stuff already,” Williams said. “What’s going to be next year, everybody getting Tasered?” Across the country on Thursday and Friday, there were signs that tensions had ratcheted up a notch or two, with violence resulting in several instances. A woman turned herself in to police after allegedly pepper-spraying 20 other customers at a Los Angeles-area Walmart on Thursday in what investigators said was an attempt to get at a crate of Xbox video game consoles. In Kinston, N.C. a security guard also pepper-sprayed customers seeking electronics before the start of a midnight sale.
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Black Friday shoppers line up outside a Kmart store in Salem, Ore. In New York, crowds reportedly looted a clothing store in Soho. At a Walmart near Phoenix, a man was bloodied while being subdued by police officer on suspicion of shoplifting a video game. There was a shooting outside a store in San Leandro, Calif., shots fired at a mall in Fayetteville, N.C. and a stabbing outside a store in Sacramento, N.Y. “The difference this year is that instead of a nice sweater you need a bullet proof vest and goggles,” said Betty Thomas, 52, who was shopping Saturday with her sisters and a niece at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, N.C. The wave of violence revived memories of the 2008 Black Friday stampede that killed an employee and put a pregnant woman in the hospital at a Walmart on New York’s Long Island. Walmart spokesman Greg Rossiter said Black Friday 2011 was safe at most of its nearly 4,000 U.S. stores
despite “a few unfortunate incidents.” Black Friday — named that because it puts retailers “in the black” — has become more intense as companies compete for customers in a weak economy, said Jacob Jacoby, an expert on consumer behavior at New York University. The idea of luring in customers with a few “doorbuster” deals has long been a staple of the post-Thanksgiving sales. But now stores are opening earlier, and those deals are getting more extreme, he said. “There’s an awful lot of psychology going on here,” Jacoby said. “There’s the notion of scarcity — when something’s scarce it’s more valued. And a resource that can be very scarce is time: If you don’t get there in time, it’s going to be gone.” There’s also a new factor, Williams said: the rise of coupon websites like Groupon
and LivingSocial, the online equivalents of doorbusters, which usually deliver a single, one-day offer with savings of up to 80 percent on museum tickets, photo portraits, yoga classes and the like. The services encourage impulse buying and an obsession with bargains, Williams said, while also getting businesses hooked on quick infusions of customers. “The whole notion of getting a deal, that’s all we’ve seen for the last two years,” Williams said. “It’s about stimulating consumers’ quick reactions. How do we get their attention quickly? How do we create cash flow for today?” To grab customers first, some stores are opening late on Thanksgiving Day, turning bargain-hunting from an early-morning activity into an all-night slog, said Ed Fox, a marketing professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Midnight shopping
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puts everyone on edge and also makes shoppers targets for muggers, he said. In fact, robbery appeared to be the motive behind the shooting in San Leandro, about 15 miles east of San Francisco. Police said robbers shot a victim as he was walking to a car with his purchases around 1:45 a.m. on Friday. “There are so many hours now where people are shopping in the darkness that it provides cover for people who are going to try to steal or rob those who are out in numbers,” Fox said. The violence has prompted some analysts to wonder if the sales are worth it. In a New York Times column this week, economist Robert Frank proposed slapping a 6 percent sales tax on purchases between 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and 6 a.m. on Friday in an attempt to stop the “arms race” of earlier and earlier sales.
Shoppers drop record $11.4B in first holiday rush, report says By The Associated Press The holiday shopping season got off to a strong start on Black Friday, with retail sales up 7 percent over last year, according to one survey. Now stores just have to keep buyers coming back without the promise of door-buster savings. Buyers spent $11.4 billion at retail stores and malls, up nearly $1 billion from last year, according to a report released
Saturday by ShopperTrak. It was the largest amount ever spent on the day that marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, and the biggest year-over-year increase since 2007. Chicago-based ShopperTrak gathers data from 25,000 outlets across the U.S., including individual stores and shopping centers. Online shopping was strong as well, with a 24.3 percent increase in online spending
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BENEFITS Christmas Trees — Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, 1-8 p.m.; next to old Kroger parking lot on Pemberton Square Boulevard; sold by the Optimist and Exchange clubs; proceeds benefit community youth events.
PUBLIC PROGRAMS Senior Center — Monday: 9 a.m., Curtis bridge; 10, chair exercises; 1 p.m., card games and scratch art; 5:30, dance class. Tuesday Vicksburg AlAnon — Noon Tuesday; second floor, First Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cherry St.; 601634-0152.
Serenity Overeaters Anonymous — 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Bowmar Baptist Church, Room 102C; 601-638-0011. Vicksburg Al-Anon — 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; family, friends of alcoholics and addicts; 502 Dabney Ave.; 601636-1134.
CLUBs Vicksburg Kiwanis — Noon Tuesday, Jacques’ Cafe; Dr. Elizabeth Duran Swinford, Vicksburg Warren School District superintendent, speaker. Lions — Noon Wednesday; Kearney Waites, Midd-West Industries, speaker; Toney’s. Woodmen of the World — 6 p.m. Thursday; business meeting; noon Saturday, Christmas banquet; call lodge officers for details; 601-638-2495. Army-Navy Club — 7 p.m. Thursday, steak dinner meeting.
on Black Friday, according to IBM, which tracks sales at 500 online retailers. Bill Martin, who founded ShopperTrak, said he was surprised by the strong showing. He had expected the weak economy to dent consumer confidence and keep more shoppers out of the stores, or at least from spending much. Instead, he said, consumers responded to a blanket of promotions, from 60-percent off
deals to door-buster savings on electronics. “I’m pleased to see it. You can’t have a great season without having a good Black Friday,” Martin told The Associated Press in an interview. Still, he suspects things will quiet down this weekend, as promotions end and the buying frenzy subsides. ShopperTrak is expecting holiday sales to be up 3.3 percent overall through Christmas.
There were few shoppers at Pioneer Place Mall in Portland, Ore., on Saturday. “This is great, I’m glad I waited,” said MaryJane Danan, who drove two hours from Corvallis, Ore., to go shopping with her teenage daughters. She stayed home on Black Friday because she thought the crowds would be huge. But she was surprised by how few people were out Saturday.
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At least 15 killed in Baghdad bombings
U.S. forces set to leave country, transfer security duties next month BAGHDAD, (AP) — A string of explosions hit a Baghdad market and the capital’s western outskirts on Saturday, killing at least 15 people and exposing the challenges still facing Iraqi security forces just over a month before all American troops leave the country. The bombings mark the second major attack against
Iraqi civilians this week and come as American forces are packing up to leave and handing over their remaining security responsibilities to Iraqi forces. Many Iraqis are concerned that insurgents may use the transition period to launch more attacks in a bid to regain their former prominence and destabilize the country.
Iraqi security officials maintain that they are fully prepared for the American withdrawal, which is required under a 2008 security pact between the U.S. and Iraq. About 15,000 U.S. troops remain in the country, down from a one-time high of about 170,000. Earlier this week, the top U.S. general in Iraq, Lloyd
Austin, said that there would likely be some “turbulence” after American troops leave. But he did not think there would be a wholesale descent into violence. The first blasts Saturday struck an area where people looking for work were gathered in the mostly Sunni village of al-Zaidan, west of Baghdad. Seven people were killed
American students arrested in Cairo homebound CAIRO — Three American students arrested during a protest in Cairo caught flights out of Egypt early Saturday, according to an airport official and an attorney for one of the trio. The three were arrested on the roof of a university building near Tahrir Square Nov. 20. Officials accused them of throwing firebombs at security forces fighting with protesters. On Thursday, a court ordered them released. All three were studying at the American University in Cairo. Luke Gates, 21, a student at Indiana University, and Derrik Sweeney, 19, a student at Georgetown University, left the Egyptian capital Saturday on separate flights to Frankfurt, Germany, an airport official in Cairo said. Gregory Porter, 19, a student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, also left the country, his attorney said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.
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Yemen sets date to elect president SANAA, Yemen — Yemen on Saturday scheduled early presidential elections for early next year in line with a power-sharing deal aimed at ending a nine-month political crisis, according to the country’s official news agency. The agreement would make President Ali Abdullah Saleh the fourth dictator pushed from power this year by the Arab Spring uprisings, although it has been rejected by many protesters because it would grant the reviled leader immunity from prosecution and does not include far-reaching political changes like those brought about by the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. The U.S.-backed Gulf Arab proposal signed Wednesday in the Saudi capital Riyadh calls for Saleh to pass power to his deputy within 30 days, after a new government sworn in by the vice presi-
dent passes a law protecting Saleh and his associates from prosecution. Presidential elections also were to be held within 90 days, well ahead of the original date in 2013. It came after months of resistance by the leader of 33 years despite massive protests calling for him to step down. Saleh had agreed to sign the deal at least three previous times only to back out at the last minute. Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi said Saturday that the vote will be held on Feb. 21.
Islamist party takes most seats in Morocco RABAT, Morocco — An Islamist Party was on track to become the largest party in Morocco’s new parliament with a dominant showing after two-thirds of the seats were announced by the Interior Ministry Saturday. The Justice and Development Party took 80 seats, almost twice as many as the next most powerful party,
with 282 seats announced out of the 395 up for grabs in the nationwide vote a day earlier. Barring a massive upset, the PJD — known by its French initials — will be the largest party in the new parliament and charged with forming a new government — making another Islamist victory in a election brought about by the Arab Spring. Last month, Tunisia’s Ennahda Party took 40 percent of the seats in elections in the country that started a wave of pro-democracy uprisings across the Middle East after its people overthrew their long-serving president. Egypt is set to hold elections of its own on Monday that are also expected to be dominated by Islamist parties, lending increasing weight to the view that religious movements have been some of the biggest benefactors of the Arab Spring. Like the rest of the region, Morocco was swept by prodemocracy protests decrying corruption, which the king attempted to defuse.
and 11 others were wounded, police officials said. Hours later, three bombs exploded near kiosks in a market in downtown Baghdad where vendors were selling CDs and military uniforms, killing eight people and wounding 19 others. “I went outside my shop and saw people running in all directions trying to leave
the market area. I saw several bodies and wounded people on the ground,” said Mohammed Youssef, who owns a clothing shop in the area. Iraqi military commanders later ordered all the vendors selling products in the area to close their kiosks and move, in an attempt to clear out the area and make it harder for insurgents to hide bombs.
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After the most recent Census, each of the four Mississippi congressional districts should have 741,824 people.
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Congress The divide is growing Americans, it turns out, had a right to be skeptical of the so-called “supercommittee.” The very idea that 12 members — six Democrats and six Republicans — were hand-chosen to drum up more than a trillion dollars in savings in four months was a stretch to begin with. And it sent a terrible message. Congress — a body with 435 elected representatives and 100 elected senators — could not agree on a deficit plan. Instead of working through it, those 535 ceded their power and responsibility to 12 members. As divided as the entire Congress is, those dozen were equally as divided. As many predicted, the group admitted failure on Monday. The divides were so wide, the abyss so deep that when either side made an offer, the other rejected that offer. The “Divide of the Dozen,” though, is simply a microcosm of the overall chasm America is facing when dealing with Congress.
Diagnosing the divide is simple; treating that disease, though, is proving futile. One side believes that the American taxpayer and businesses are stressed enough already by the burdens of taxes. They preach fiscal responsibility. They preach maximum freedom in the marketplace to succeed or fail on the merits. Success in business, they believe, will translate into success in the American economic market. More business, more employees, more taxes, a better way of life. They believe in low taxes for everyone. The other side believes in social justice. They believe that the federal government has a responsibility to take care of those who, for whatever reason, cannot or refuse to take care of their responsibilities. They believe in taxing the producers and doling out money as they see fit. They believe in higher taxes on the wealthiest among us — who already carry the lion’s share of
the American tax freight — and government spending to stimulate the economy. In America’s two-party political system, those are the options. Neither side is willing to budge. Whether it be to protect their own political careers by shoring up the base, or toeing the party line, compromise and deal-making are miles apart. And who suffers? The American people, who are just about worn down by the ineptness of those people we put in office. The people are being worn down by infighting. Worn down by political chicanery. Worn down by lies. Worn down by Washington, D.C. While we are not at all surprised by the supercommittee’s failure, it should still come across as an alarm bell. If any city knows the consequences of when two sides become so helplessly deadlocked in opposition, it is Vicksburg. And we all know how that turned out.
Buy local this holiday season Buy local. Sounds so simple. It is so important. As the holiday rush hits full stride — with Black Friday madness over and four weeks until Christmas Day — the stores will be abuzz with activity. Make an effort this year to give Vicksburg a chance. Yes, this city and its shops. There may be more in other cities, but more is not necessarily better. It might be easier to shop online, but to buy locally is to drive our own economy forward. Myriad options exist in Vicksburg. The Vicksburg Mall on Pemberton Boulevard is making a dramatic comeback. Belk department store in September announced more than $200 million for improvements to its stores nationwide, including the Vicksburg store. Belk is anchored nicely in the mall and should draw in many more
shoppers, leading to more businesses opening. No longer a place for midmorning walks only, the mall is again thriving. Residents of Vicksburg cannot get more local than downtown. With decorations throughout the downtown area, music playing and the warm holiday feelings inside, downtown is the place to be. Do some window shopping, eat at a local establishment and find the perfect gift. Also downtown today, Dillard’s department store will open a “temporary” store, open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at 1311 Washington St. It will be a part of today’s downtown Vicksburg Old Fashioned Christmas Open House. The goal of the weekend — it began yesterday and concludes today — is to attract foot traffic to downtown. For those who love history, Vicksburg is as historical as it gets. In the coming
20 months, the city will be a showcase for historians and common history buffs. The sesquicentennial of the Siege of Vicksburg will begin late next year. Get a piece of that history — trinkets, books, maps and other collectibles — are available right here. Visit the park and the museums in town. Any shopper can go into the biggest of the big box stores and buy this or that. Anyone can go online and spend money at a business in Oregon, or overseas. But to get the feel of Vicksburg, to find some gift unique to our area, to our history, is to buy local goods from local and locally owned stores. There is little need to go to Jackson for Christmas shopping. Give Vicksburg a shot. See what it has to offer. We know you’ll be glad you did.
Progress on bridge encouraging After Kansas City Southern Railway received its second extension for a project that was supposed to have been finished in June, we were skeptical that the Washington Street bridge would ever be completed. We pointed out that the closure since 2008 has created a nuisance — a costly one at that — to businesses and travelers on one of Vicksburg’s main northsouth thoroughfares. The required detour from Washington to Lee to Drummond to Army-Navy has been
more than a pain in the neck. Now, however, we’re feeling the kinks being worked out. The trucks are moving, the dirt is being packed and even nearby residents are quick to cite the progress that is evident up to 21 hours a day. The project needs to be finished and, we’re happy to see, it’s coming closer and closer by the day and truckload. Until midweek, the construction crews were blessed with nearly pristine autumn weather, quite a turnaround
from previous seasons during the job. Under the latest City of Vicksburgimposed deadline, Kansas City Southern has until the end of February to finish the project. That’s three months and a day, so we hope the word “extension” won’t have to even be muttered again. Two extensions were too many, and what’s done should be done. Tangible progress can be seen on the 315-foot bridge that has been a major hassle for Vicksburg’s residents, businesses and visitors. We’re glad.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi voters have completed their work in the 2011 state legislative elections and now face the question of whether there will be back-to-back state legislative elections because of the failure of state lawmakers to complete legislative redistricting during the 2011 regular session. But state lawmakers also face the task of congressional redistricting and it now appears that as in 2002, a three-judge federal panel will have to complete that task. In 2002, Republican appointees U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Grady Jolly and U.S. District Judges Henry Wingate and David Bramlette chose the congressional district lines that formed the state’s four congressional districts. With little progress being made on congressional reapportionment, Republicans have asked the federal courts again to intervene in the drawing of the state’s congressional district lines. Democrats have filed another federal lawsuit seeking to implement their pro-Thompson, pro-Democrat plan. Congressional districts are required to be redrawn every 10 years after Census results are released to reflect population shifts. After the most recent Census, each of the four Mississippi congressional districts should have 741,824 people. State law requires that lawmakers offer a new map by Dec. 4, 30 days before SID the start of the 2012 regular legislative session. But with 2nd District U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Bolton, and 3rd District U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Pearl, at loggerheads over the makeup of their respective districts after proposed tweaks have been made to their existing district, it appears unlikely that the two congressmen or the two parties they represent will reach an accord before the deadline passes early next month. Most Republicans believe that it’s easier to basically keep the demographics of each congressional district at about the same level as they were in the 2002 map, split as few counties as possible, and fix the population deviation of each district at about the most equal numbers possible — namely, get as close to 741,824 as possible. Clearly, one expected impact on both legislative and congressional redistricting is the fact that there has been substantial population flight from the Mississippi Delta to regions with more economic opportunity. But despite those obvious shifts, congressional district demographics maintained much the same characteristics since 2002. The 1st District was 71 percent white; it is now at 70 percent white. The 2nd District was 63 percent black in 2002, but it is now up to 66 percent black. The 3rd District was 64 percent white, but is now down to 63 percent white. Finally, the 4th District was 73 percent white; it is down to 71 percent white. Yet it’s critical to note that declines in white population numbers haven’t necessarily been met with rising African-American populations. On the contrary, what is evident is the growth in Mississippi’s Hispanic population and to a lesser degree, the state’s Asian population. Bottom line, while both Democrats and Republicans have no aversion to lawyering up over congressional redistricting, it’s clear that Mississippi will find that process far easier to solve in 2011 than it was in 2002. State legislative redistricting is a more complex problem that faces political and legal influences both from within and without the Legislature. There’s at least an even chance that the Legislature we elected earlier this month will serve until the next state general election in 2015. While some Democratic voters want new district lines, many Democratic lawmakers who got returned to office by the voters like the current districts just fine. •
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WEEK IN Vicksburg Highs during the week ranged from the mid-60s to low 80s. Overnight lows stretched from the 30s into the 60s. More than a half inch of rain fell during the week. The Mississippi River rocketed on the local gauge from 11.6 to 22 feet. The climb was expected to continue, as forecasters predicted a reading of 25.5 feet for today. Speaking to members of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, Mississippi Film Office Director Ward Emling emphasized the state’s popularity as a film location. He said filmmakers have realized the strong support gained from Vicksburg and other cities across the state in recent years. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved $4,000 for new holiday decorations for downtown. Included were new strings of energy-efficient LED lights. Willard Tyler Sr., one of the founders of Vicksburg’s iconic Red Tops band, died at 95. Tyler’s death left Rufus McKay as the last living original member of the 1950s blues/ jazz band. Progress on the railroad bridge near Washington and Clark streets is becoming evident as workers continue to dump dirt over the main tunnel late into the nights, residents near the site said. The portion of Washington Street has been closed to traffic for nearly three years, and Feb. 28 has been set as the completion date. The Vicksburg Police Department obtained a new K9 officer — Bosco, a 70-pound Belgian malinois who will work with officer Robert Arnold. The department is preparing the dog as a tracker and detector because of the advancing age of the current K9, Ranger, who is 7. Mountain of Faith Ministries announced plans to approach the Vicksburg Board of Zoning Appeals for an exception as the organization hopes to use the vacant Marian Hill chemical dependency as a “transitional living” facility for homeless people. Marian Hill is on the former ParkView Regional Medical Center property near Grove Street at McAuley Drive; opposition is expected from residents of the Wildwood neighborhood behind the former hospital. Allen Derivaux, a Vicksburg attorney and part-time city judge, was disbarred indefinitely after a Supreme Court-appointed panel found he violated professional ethics in a move to collect premiums for fraudulent title insurance policies. The judgement claimed Derivaux altered forms to improperly conduct loan closing that required title insurance. Local unemployment figures released showed Warren County’s jobless rate down from 11.7 percent to 11.3. Additionally, sales tax collections were reported up in Vicksburg over the same time period last year. Four Vicksburg police officers were promoted after approval by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in executive session. Uniform division commander Davey Barnett and criminal investigations chief Bobby Stewart were promoted from lieutenant to captain, and detective Sgt. Sandra Williams and traffic division commander Sgt. Jackie Johnson were promoted to lieutenant. Black Friday, historically the busiest retail shopping day of the year, saw thousands head out to local shops well before store doors opened. Kitchen items, luggage and shoes were reported to be the top-selling items. In addition to Willard Tyler Sr., local deaths during the week were Dorothy Nell Owens, James M. “Shorty” Williams, Delois Ann Barnes Henry, Willis W. Wolfe II, Doris L. Buford, Stanley B. Cordrey III, Deserie Scallions Edwards, Cora Virginia “Vertie” Lishman Neal, Leon H. “Lawrence “ Pollard and Mary Katherine “Kathy” Allen.
Most jobs created far from Washington, Jackson OXFORD — The greatest potential to bring new jobs to the communities where we live doesn’t rest with President Barack Obama or with Gov.-elect Phil Bryant. It doesn’t even rest with the 174 members of the Mississippi Legislature. The greatest potential belongs to officials who drive pickups for the most part, who campaigned with newspaper ads, yard signs and door-to-door. The greatest potential belongs to county supervisors, mayors, members of city councils and, along with them, a cadre of unelected folks serving on development boards. Who says? Experience says. Watching TV and listening to those in high office certainly creates the impression that job creation is a top-down phenomenon. It’s not. Waiting for Washington to reduce your local jobless figures is like waiting for Washington to improve your local schools. Communities in this state prove every day they can have good schools, even with limited resources. The losers sit back, complain and wait for somebody else to fix things. Now Congress (if members were not totally corrupt and self-centered) could set policies and create regulations conducive to job creation, but governments don’t (or shouldn’t) build and operate factories. Setting the stage starts with locals. This is often followed by significant legislative and other state support — but the local folks are essential. Take the Pontotoc-Union-Lee Alliance as an example from recent history. Gov. Haley Barbour earned the applause he received at the groundbreaking for the new Toyota plant the PUL Alliance recruited for Blue Springs near Tupelo. Barbour also earned
Watching TV and listening to those in high office certainly creates the impression that job creation is a top-down phenomenon. It’s not.
the applause he received when the first Corolla rolled off the assembly line two weeks ago. But it was PUL Alliance that started the process and stuck with it year after year after year. Mississippi communities that adopt their model of regional cooperation will have brighter futures even if Congress continues to preen, speechify and do nothing else. Let’s talk sectors. There are retail and service sectors — department stores, restaurants, tire shops and heating and cooling businesses. The “big box” operators of service sector employers make decisions on where to locate (and thus how many jobs will be created in a community) on existing business in a locale and short-term growth
prospects. That means Rolling Fork isn’t going to get a Macy’s and Macon isn’t going to get a Red Lobster. The supervisors, the mayor and the chamber of commerce people can court big chains — but they go where the data assures profitability. There are also government, agricultural and timber sectors. They are what they are. The remaining two large sectors where locals can be in the driver’s seat are manufacturing and tourism. And that’s enough because the retail and service sectors grow in step with manufacturing and tourism. What PUL Alliance members discovered was that serious com-
petitors for factories are prepared. Locals serious about increasing tourism get their ducks in a row, too. They don’t sit in an office, waiting for a phone to ring. Expanding and relocating companies want ready sites, access to river, rail or highway routes, utilities, zoning, clear titles and much more in place at the time of their first visit. Tour operators and travel writers want to know what you have, not what you plan to have. Few counties and cities in Mississippi have the economic depth or expertise to prepare shovel-ready sites. It’s daunting. Too, there’s absolutely no guarantee of success, while ample criticism is guaranteed if a prepared site remains empty year after year. The PUL Alliance members — not a Harvard business grad among them — took those risks, hired the expertise they needed and worked with their neighbors instead of competing with them. Attitude got them where they needed to be when Toyota showed up, ready to be courted. The lesson in this cannot be overstated for other Mississippi communities. If a town’s mayor or a county’s supervisors are always looking to Jackson or to Washington to add jobs to the local inventory, the town needs a new mayor and the county needs new supervisors. It’s not that the roles of state officials and federal officials don’t matter. They do. The local component is indispensable, though. Don’t take my word for it. Look at the communities doing well in this state. Look at those languishing. The most evident difference will be in local leadership. •
Charlie Mitchell is a Mississippi journalist. Write to him at Box 1, University, MS 38677, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Officials should adopt mall-manager’s ‘saggy pants’ policy I would like to thank Mr. Mike Carlisle, general manager of the Vicksburg Mall, for implementing and enforcing the policy on children wearing their pants below their waists in the mall. The policy requires that those who refuse to pull up their sagging pants be asked to leave the mall. I am asking our city fathers to follow suit. Also, children 18 and younger should be in school and should be required to show identification when asked by a policeman. No ID, take them to the station and call their guardians. Again, I’m asking the religious community leaders to comment. When I see a child walking the streets during school hours, I ask, why? I doubt if there is an elected official with a child walking around
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up to the plate, showing courage, they will get a lot of handshakes. When you see elected officials, ask them what they think about the baggy trousers. If they decline to comment, that should tell you something. At least once or twice a week, police scanner calls report 25 to
30 children ready to fight after the 10:30 or 11 at night. With the exception of a sporting event, school activity or work to assist in the household, 8 p.m. should be children’s curfew. A teen center won’t work if older children are allowed to cause disturbances. Babies having babies, 13- and 14-year-olds, what’s wrong with that picture? Again, I say don’t be ashamed to voice your opinion about the problems we are having with the young folks. Lastly, “those who help in this endeavor, I welcome wholeheartedly. Those who do nothing are inviting shame.” Wardell L. Wince U.S. Marine Corps, retired Vicksburg
GOP choice for 2012 coming down to pastel safety or neon risk WASHINGTON — Following guilty flings with Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain, the GOP is finally contemplating marriage, which concentrates the mind. The two current Republican frontrunners, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, come from the same political territory — the land of at least minimal presidential credibility. Both are economic conservatives without being demolition-derby libertarians. Both are Reagan-inspired internationalists. Both have interesting records of ideological deviance — Romney on health care, Gingrich on the environment. Both display a knowledge of history and current events and the capacity to reason in public — attributes that can’t be assumed in all of the Republican field. But for all these similarities, Romney and Gingrich are a study in contrasts. Seldom has a political choice been less ideological or more dramatic. Romney is a politician of moderate virtues and moderate vices. He is steady, disciplined and capable — important, but not Churchillian, leadership qualities. Romney’s eagerness to please has left a trail
Romney and Gingrich are a study in contrasts. Seldom has a political choice been less ideological or more dramatic. MICHAEL
of discarded policy positions — managing to displease true believers on all sides. While lacking scandalous personal vulnerabilities, he can also lack a human connection. This week Romney publicly confessed that he had “tasted a beer and tried a cigarette once, as a wayward teenager, and never did it again.” Americans might identify with Romney more if he had taken that second sip. Gingrich possesses larger strengths and larger weaknesses — both of which have been on recent display. In debates and forums, he shines. Sometimes he also preens. His sense of historical urgency can be exhausting. Every political moment, it seems, is the most decisive since the Battle of El Alamein,
or the rise of Kemal Ataturk, or the Lincoln-Douglas debates. It is not enough, for example, for the Congressional Budget Office to be wrong. Its bland, nonpartisan economists, according to Gingrich, are part of a “reactionary socialist institution.” He has perfected an unusual rhetorical method: provocation through exaggeration. Gingrich’s message is often driven not by strategy but by his constantly renewed stock of intellectual enthusiasms. So at a conservative forum I attended in Iowa, Gingrich used his time to criticize the tenure of Paul Bremer at the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, before calling for the elimination of certain federal circuit courts — a presidential maneuver that would invite a con-
stitutional crisis. Afterward, a Gingrich associate admiringly told me that the candidate had spoken from a few notes hastily jotted immediately before the event. It was simultaneously a triumph of extemporaneous speaking and a failure of message discipline. Gingrich is the former Speaker of the House of Representatives for a reason. In the success his talent brings, he lacks the discipline his prominence requires. He can spend years building a movement — then undermine it in a day. The phoenix always re-emerges, but there are ashes around him. So what do Republicans want? Pastel safety or neon risk? Romney should take comfort from the fact that political parties usually choose safety. But Gingrich’s indiscipline is sometimes admirable. Successful presidential campaigns are exercises in endurance and discipline, which makes Gingrich unlikely to beat Romney in the end. But Gingrich unplugged can be impressive. •
Michael Gerson’s email address is michaelgerson(at)washpost.com.
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4 accused of hacking into AT&T lines in plan to ship money to terrorists By The Associated Press Four people have been arrested in the Philippines for allegedly hacking into AT&T customers’ phones as part of a plan to funnel money to a Saudi-based terror group, according to police. The Philippine Criminal Investigation and Detection Group said it worked with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to arrest the suspects last week. The hackers, according to investigators, worked for a group that helped finance a deadly 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India. AT&T’s systems weren’t compromised but some of its customers were targeted,
spokeswoman Jan Rasmussen said Saturday. AT&T cooperated in the investigation with the FBI, she said. AT&T wrote off some fraudulent charges on customers’ bills, but Rasmussen wouldn’t say how much. Philippine police said the alleged hacking cost AT&T $2 million. Hackers unsuccessfully attempted to link mobile numbers with online customer account, AT&T said last Tuesday, but it wouldn’t say if that incident was linked to the four arrests in the Philippines. The hackers were working on commission for a terrorist group linked to Muhammad Zamir, according to the Philippine police. Zamir, a
Pakistani, was arrested in Italy in 2007, where he was running a call center that collected money from callers but then routed the calls through hacked phone lines. He also allegedly sold international access codes for long distance calls that were gathered by Filipino hackers. Since then, police said, Zamir’s group has been taken over by a Saudi national. Philippine police didn’t name the group, but India has blamed Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistanbased militant organization, for the Mumbai attacks. Three years ago, 10 Pakistanbased gunmen laid siege to India’s financial hub, killing 166 people.
Pope: Sex abuse ‘scourge’ for all society VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI insisted on Saturday that all of society’s institutions and not just the Catholic church must be held to “exacting” standards in their response to sex abuse of children, and defended the church’s efforts to confront the problem. Benedict acknowledged in remarks to visiting U.S. bish-
ops during an audience at the Vatican that pedophilia was a “scourge” for society, and that decades of scandals over clergy abusing children had left Catholics in the United States bewildered. “It is my hope that the Church’s conscientious efforts to confront this reality will help the broader community to recognize the causes, true
extent and devastating consequences of sexual abuse, and to respond effectively to this scourge which affects every level of society,” he said. “By the same token, just as the church is rightly held to exacting standards in this regard, all other institutions, without exception, should be held to the same standards,” the pope said.
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Group aims to save Civil War’s ‘Kitty Hawk moment’ By The Associated Press
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These times, they can’t be so terrible “Oh, this place is going to be a zoo on Friday,” I muttered to myself, scanning aisles and aisles and aisles of the trappings of Christmas. Linus of Peanuts fame would be devastated. The hunt for deals and bargains will dwarf all things everything, and it began Friday. Now remember, Americans are told nearly daily that we are living through the worst economy since the Great Depression — the fallacy being a complete and utter lack of perspective. Grandma was 11 when the real Great Depression hit. Her father worked for the railroad and had consistent employment, so their family never suffered the ways so many others did. But she saw the suffering and her family’s generosity in offering a sandwich to a stranger with an empty belly. To get a sandwich meant survival. Who knew when the next one would come? Here we are in what is told to us as the Great Depression of our times. Compared to 1998 or 2004, maybe. But come on. Drive around back of the biggest of the big box stores and notice the shipping containers. Everywhere containers, like the ones you see at the big-city ports. Each is filled, most likely, with junk. This year’s “must have” toy will be February’s cause of a sprained ankle. Piled 10 high in a garage normally used for oil changes were motorized, convertible Camaros — for children. It can only be assumed that those shipping containers contain more of the same. Anticipation for a banner year must be high, judging by those containers. I’d be willing to bet what’s in those containers came from a country other than our own. Most of it is cheaply produced using the cheapest labor possible. Low production costs lead to low consumer costs which leads to a flush bounty under the Christmas tree. Far be it for me to be a humbug already, and giving gifts is fun — so don’t stop completely, just add a bit of perspective. Shop locally and try to find America-made products. Don’t get down if the family finances will not allow for extravagance. Everyone will understand. My challenge this year — presence over presents. After all, there are few greater gifts than being with others. Try also to hold some perspective when talking heads warn of economic Armageddon and this being as bad as 1929. It’s not. It can’t be when people line up for Camaros for children, and not for soup and bread. •
MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — It was the Civil War’s “Kitty Hawk moment,” and it happened here when balloons manned by Confederate and Union aeronauts floated above a field of battle — the first time warring
armies sent their air ships aloft simultaneously over U.S. soil. The historic encounter in the skies occurred on June 27, 1862, when two Union balloons — the Intrepid and the Washington — rose aloft only miles west of Richmond while their Southern coun-
terpart, Gazelle, floated over the capital of the Confederacy. These balloons were the unarmed drones of war, collecting intelligence on rival troop movements from a vantage of 1,000 feet above the earth. “You had the Confederate balloon up and the Union bal-
loons up, all trying to exploit the advantages of being above and over the battlefield and providing tactical information to their respective generals,” says Mike Boehme, director of the Virginia Aviation Museum. “This was the first time that opposing air forces were
facing each other.” Today a multimillion-dollar preservation effort by the nonprofit group The Civil War Trust is seeking to save the ground where the Union launched its balloons here. Little of the origiSee Civil War, Page A8.
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Joseph Robert McNair’s tombstone in Pelahatchie
Case closed, but not cold, in ’65 Pelahatchie killing By Allen G. Breed and Holbrook Mohr The Associated Press PELAHATCHIE — On a late-fall evening 46 years ago, gunfire shattered the revelry at a nameless juke joint in this rural crossroads. When the smoke cleared, Joseph Robert McNair, a black father of six, lay at the feet of the community’s white constable. That McNair was dead, and that Luther Steverson had killed him are about the only details on which folks around here agree. Five months ago, the U.S. Department of Justice — which has been looking into scores of civil rights-era deaths — closed a reinvestigation of McNair’s shooting and informed family members that there was nothing to prosecute. But The Associated Press has found a number of people whose eyewitness accounts conflict with the official finding that
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Ralph McNair holds a picture of his late cousin Joseph Robert McNair. Steverson fired just once in self-defense. In response, the FBI made some more inquiries, but the agency insists that the witness accounts it has are “irreconcilably inconsistent,” and that the case remains unprosecutable. Local authorities, saying they trust the bureau’s judgment, con-
sider the case closed. But it’s far from solved, say others, including McNair’s three surviving children. In their minds, crucial questions — such as exactly where McNair was hit, and by how many bullets — remain unresolved. The only way to reconcile the conflicting stories, they agree, would
be to exhume the body. “I would like to know,” says Patsy Morrow-Whitfield, who was just 10 when neighbors led her and her siblings to the field where her stepfather lay. Still, she added, “It’s almost moot to me. Because the people that would get the great satisfaction out of this, other than my brother there and me and my sister, has already passed.” The dispute over McNair’s death illustrates the challenges — and high stakes — of seeking the truth so long after the fact. • McNair’s was one of 124 civil rights-era deaths that the Justice Department has reviewed since launching its “Cold Case Initiative” in 2006. Congress turned up the heat in 2007 with the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, setting aside millions of dollars “to ensure timely and thorough investigations in the cases involved.” His case was among more
than six dozen the Southern Poverty Law Center referred to the DOJ in Febrary 2007. Steverson shot McNair on Nov. 6, 1965, as he said he was attempting to serve a warrant on the 27-year-old laborer for nonsupport of his and his wife Myrtle’s six children. In a recent phone interview, the 84-year-old Steverson, who lives in nearby Pearl, told the AP that he had driven out to Pelahatchie — about 20 miles east of the state capital of Jackson — with town Marshal Cooper Stingley and Night Marshal Pat Wade to serve his warrant. He said he was riding in the back seat, the warrant in his shirt pocket and his .38-caliber service revolver in its holster on the seat beside him, when they came across McNair at the juke joint off U.S. 80. “I jumped out,” the former constable said. “And I didn’t See Cold case, Page A9.
saturday In the park Assistant Scoutmasters Michael Perez, left, and Jimmy McNamara lead Boy Scout Troop 231 member Ralph Michel, 12, and 20 others from Metairie, La., on a 14-mile hike through the Vicksburg National Military Park on Saturday. Rain the troop encountered was to linger today with a high in the lower-50s.
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Civil War Continued from Page A7. nal battlefield has been preserved. But the 285-acre slice of the Gaines’ Mill battlefield includes a ravine that shielded the North’s balloons from Confederate troops while they were launched. Gaines’ Mill was the stage for the one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of the Civil War and the battleground where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee recorded his first victory. The June 27, 1862, battle repulsed Union forces and their Peninsula Campaign, a disastrous attempt starting in March 1862 to occupy Richmond by way of the peninsula between the York and James rivers. The battle involved nearly 100,000 troops and left more than 15,000 dead or wounded. The trust’s Rob Shenk was attending a presentation on Civil War ballooning in June at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum when he made the aeronautic connection. “I realized, God, that looks like one of the tracts we’re about to save,” said Shenk, the trust’s director of Internet strategy and development. “How amazing it would be if we were saving a piece of battlefield land that had great aeronautical history.” Until the Civil War, balloons were fairgrounds attractions, taking the curious aloft for a few dollars. A New Englander, Thaddeus S.C. Lowe, changed all that. The father of military aerial reconnaissance, he had planned a trans-Atlantic balloon crossing until he was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as chief aeronaut of the Union’s balloon corps. He dazzled the president by taking a balloon over the White House and telegraphing Lincoln a message in June 1861.That was the beginning of the Union’s earliest “air force” and balloons would later be sent aloft on several occasions to spy on enemy lines — but not at the same time by rival forces until Gaines’ Mill. Intrigued by the intersection of Civil War and aeronautic history, Boehme and two experts in aviation history trekked to Gaines’ Mill one crisp fall day. They carried historic photos of ballooning from Gaines’ Mill, comparing the present-day contours of the spare landscape with the aging images. All agreed, this was the home of Civil War ballooning’s heyday. “Military ballooning spreads from here, really, to around the world,” said Tom D. Crouch, senior curator of aeronautics at the National
Air and Space Museum in Washington. “The high ground. It is the ultimate high ground,” said James L. Green, chief of planetary science at NASA and one of the three who viewed the site of the Union balloon camp. With Richmond about 6 miles due east and the faint sound of traffic on Interstate 295 in the distance, it now seems an unlikely setting for aeronautic history. A closer look, however, connects all the dots. Today the Union balloon camp is found beyond a field of grazing beef cattle and in a ravine studded with decaying logs and a thicket of boot-snagging grasses. In this trough, Union aeronauts hauled in wagons to inflate the balloons. The Gazelle, which was stitched together using silk common to dressmaking, was launched from a rail track close to Richmond. While Confederate forces had balloons, the North had the technological and financial edge to assemble a balloon corps. Still, even the Union’s use of balloons was limited to a couple of years. Military leaders weren’t quite sure how to effectively deploy this novelty. The balloons were tethered as aeronauts relayed observations by telegraph, the communication wire dangling to the ground. Residents in Richmond could see the Union inflatables. It was probably a terrifying sight. “If I was in Richmond and I saw the balloons, which they did quite frequently, I would be scared that the Union army is just over the hill,” Green said. The Union balloons were made of thick silk with a coat of varnish enveloped by a netting of Italian flax thread. The basket was made of willow and cane and had an armored floor. The three modern-day pilgrims stood near the banks of a small, clear brook, talking excitedly about what occurred here 149 years ago and how balloons could be inflated in the ravine by Union forces without being detected by Confederate forces. The hydrogen was concocted in inflation wagons using dilute sulfuric acid and iron filings. “This spot is incredibly historic for people who really enjoy aeronautics and the birth of flight,” Boehme said. “For me, personally,
this is like going down to Kitty Hawk and the Wright Brothers.” The Civil War wasn’t the first time balloons were used in a wartime environment. More than a half century before the start of the Civil War, France created the Corp d’Aerostiers in 1794. They too were used for military reconnaissance. Lowe, whom Crouch described as a showman, designed balloons that were sturdier than the fairground versions, with some able to carry five people aloft. One of the largest, the Intrepid, had a portrait on the balloon depicting Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, who led the Union’s Peninsula campaign. The portrait was suspended from an eagle’s beak. The Union’s balloon corps, which included seven inflatables, were sent aloft during the Peninsula campaign at Yorktown and at the Unionheld Fortress Monroe in Hampton, Va. There was even an early forerunner of an aircraft carrier: two balloons and their gas generators were loaded onto a converted coal barge for observations over water. expanded Despite the Union’s dominance of the skies, Lee’s troops had a rare edge in numbers at Gaines’ Mill and the Southern forces were able to drive back the Army of the Potomac and save the Confederate capital. The Civil War Trust is using state and federal funds to preserve the 285 acres of the battlefield, but a capital campaign is needed to raise an additional $1.2 million to close the deal. The land ultimately could be transferred to the National Park Service. At the 150th anniversary of the Gaines’ Mill battle next June, Shenk is hopeful a replica of the Intrepid can be launched from the same site.
public meetings this week Monday • Warren County Board of Supervisors, 8:30 a.m., Board of Supervisors building, rear conference room
Wednesday • Vicksburg Warren E-911 Commission, 9 a.m., E-911 Dispatch Center, 1401 Clay St. • NRoute Transportation Commission, 5 p.m., 2501 Halls Ferry Road
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spoke. I could have challenged the election but I chose not to.” Davis’ desk and office walls are filled with awards and plaques he’s earned, including the Distinguished Service Award for the Class of 1965 for Claiborne County Schools. In 2000 he was elected president of the 72-member Mississippi Sheriff’s Association. “That is one of my most prized things, being elected by my peers,” he said. “Even though I fought with them tooth and nail over the years, I am as proud of that as I am of anything in the world, and I want them to know that.” On Feb. 16, 2005, U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., filed a proclamation in the House of Representatives, placing Davis’ name in the Congressional Record for his achievements. He counts the startup of Claiborne County’s TRIAD program close to a dozen years ago as one of his most important contributions. The partnership of sheriff’s office, Port Gibson police and senior citizens feeds about 100 elderly a month and also helps look out for their safety and wellbeing, he said. He also served as campus police chief at Alcorn State for two years until June 2010. “Looking back on my career, I don’t think there’s anything I would change,” he said. “This was my life. I lived, I woke up every morning to come into this office and serve this community.” The final thing he hopes to accomplish is to complete Claiborne County’s entrance into the Mississippi Crime Stoppers program. “I’ve been working on it for the last year and a half or two, and we’re in the final stages now. I want to leave here with that up and running and operational,” he said. Once January comes, Davis, who is divorced, will spend time with his family — his daughter in Jackson, his son in Port Gibson, sister and niece next door and other relatives. He’s the ranking elder and chairs the deacon board at King David Christian Church, where he has been a lifelong member. He watches football, following ASU and the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles, and likes to go to drag races. Davis is still debating whether he will be at the office Jan. 3 to hand over the keys and pass the baton to Lucas, but wishes him the best. “Sometimes change is good, sometimes it’s bad,” Davis said. “We’ll have to live a little while to see which is which. I pray that the young man who chose to do this... did it for all the right reasons. I pray that he will be successful, but I also pray that he will have the love of this community in his heart as I have had over these years. I love Claiborne County.”
have time to grab my regular service gun.” Steverson said he pulled out his “safety piece” — a two-shot, .22 Magnum derringer — and ran after McNair. When he caught up with him in a field of waist-high grass, he said, McNair wheeled and knocked him down. “He said, ‘You’ve tried to kill me. I’m going to kill you,”’ Steverson said. “And he started down on me. It looked like he had a knife. Of course, I was laying on my back trying to get up, had the gun in my hand and I shot him.” He said the bullet struck McNair square in the chest. Steverson was cleared in a hearing before a justice of the peace. This year, the case became one of about 80 officially closed by the Justice Department. “After careful review of this incident, we have concluded that the federal government cannot now bring a prosecution against the officer,” Paige M. Fitzgerald, deputy chief in charge of the cold-case effort, wrote to McNair’s family. But after obtaining a copy of the FBI letter, the AP sought potential witnesses. Reporters located six people who say they were present when the shooting occurred, or in its immediate aftermath, and who dispute Steverson’s story. Their accounts converge on some key points: Two say they saw McNair fleeing, not lunging, and at least four remember hearing multiple gunshots, not one. “That man was shot down in the back like a damn dog!” Connie Harris, 63, told the AP in a late October telephone interview from her home in Pelahatchie. “I’m not telling you what people say; I’m telling you what my two eyes seen.” Harris, 14 at the time, said she and some friends were on their way to a “record hop” when she saw Steverson and McNair. “Why you doing this? I ain’t did nothing,” she remembered
PRECISION FORECAST McNair saying. When his pleading did no good, she said, McNair “broke out running.” Harris said Steverson fired two shots, and McNair “fell on his face.” Annie Hoard, 62, who was with Harris, said she also heard McNair pleading, then heard two gunshots . John Lee Hoard, 72, described a different perspective. He and McNair were drinking at the bar, he said, when Steverson arrived and told McNair that he was under arrest. “Joseph told him he hadn’t did nothing,” Hoard, McNair’s third cousin and Annie Hoard’s brother, told the AP. John Hoard said McNair ran out the back door, with Steverson in pursuit. He said he saw the constable fire at McNair’s back, then watched his cousin fall. The FBI said it had interviewed “no less than 11 civilian witnesses” before its initial decision to close the case. None of the people the AP spoke with had been contacted by agents. The FBI told the family that it had located one person who claimed to have been there that evening. That man, who was not identified, told agents that he heard two gunshots. These accounts echo a contemporary report located by the AP in the files of Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, the organization through which the state spied on its own citizens in an effort to resist desegregation. According to the 1965 memo, outlining an unnamed informant’s statement to the commission, a witness said Steverson “shot McNair once in the back, and then in the head as he was lying on the ground.” The informant said the FBI was investigating. But the letter to the family said agents had been unable to locate a file on the case. During the reinvestigation, Steverson told agents that he had been “charged, tried and
acquitted of murder,” which, if true, would mean he couldn’t be retried on the state level. But the FBI told the family it could find no records of any formal charges. In a local library, the AP found documentation of a coroner’s inquest and a justice of the peace hearing, however. In a Nov. 8, 1965, article, the AP quoted Jackson funeral home director Fred Banks, who was black, as saying that McNair “was shot in the front only.” Banks’ son Karl, now a county supervisor, said his late father would not have been intimidated despite the charged racial atmosphere of the time. “He would have called it just like he saw it.” The late Coroner Dempsey T. Amacker, who was white, said the same thing as Fred Banks during a hearing before Justice of the Peace Walter Ratcliff the following week. Public records of the hearing were possibly destroyed, local officials said. “J.P. Court Here Rules ‘Justifiable Homicide’ in Shooting of Negro,” read the headline in the Nov. 11, 1965, edition of the weekly Rankin County News. The hearing concluded that no crime had occurred. But conviction after conviction in these old cases has proven that such results cannot always be taken at face value, said historian David T. Beito. “There are certainly many examples that you could point to in Mississippi in that period of deception by authorities, of authorities circling the wagons to protect each other,” said Beito, a professor at the University of Alabama. McNair’s stepdaughter, Morrow-Whitfield, said her mother never got over the killing. Still, she wonders if pursuing the case is even worth it. “It would be like an empty victory, you know,” she said. Steverson “has lived his life. He’s an old man now. And all it is, is going to be just facts.”
deaths Lauralee Pond Helgason Lauralee “Peedy” Pond Helgason died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, in New Orleans. She was 78. She was born March 31, 1933, in Colon, Panama. She attended St. Mary’s Academy, Panama; Audubon School, New Orleans; and Ursuline High School, New Orleans. She attended Jefferson Parish Vo-Tec Nursing Program, becoming a licensed practical nurse, and Nicholls State University, becoming a registered nurse. She was employed by West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, La., for 18 years and Louisiana Health Care Review in Baton Rouge for five years. She loved traveling and, as a child, she traveled with her parents throughout the Caribbean. She later made several trips to Canada, Europe and many of the states, including Hawaii. At age 76 she went on a cruise through the Panama Canal, returning to her childhood home in Colon. She was a member of several genealogical groups: Madison Parish Historical Society, Louisiana Historical Society, New Orleans Genealogical Society, Jefferson Parish Historical Society and St. Bernard Historical Society. Lauralee was preceded in death by her husband, John “Jack” Helgason Jr.; her father, Walter A. Pond Jr.; her mother, Virginia Tete Pond Ivey, and her stepfather, Daniel H. Ivey Sr.; brothers, Daniel H. Ivey Jr. and the Rev. Jimmy Armstrong, S.J.; and sisters Helen Pond Owen, Lynn Marie Ivey, Karen Ivey Miranne, Kevin Ivey Hatcher, Louise Ivey Dillon and Katherine Armstrong Davis. Survivors include her eight children, John “Andy” Helgason III, Sandra Helgason Reeves and Joseph “Bam” Helgason (Gendora), all of Westwego, La., James “Randy” Helgason (Kathy)
of Colleyville, Texas, Jonathan Evan Helgason of Tallulah, La., Jeffrey Kevin Helgason (Angela) of Luling, La., Jon “Jonny” Helgason (Pamela) of Wichita, Kan., and Dr. Jay Walter Helgason of New Orleans; brothers Walter “Terry” Pond (Carol) of Metairie, La., and the Rev. John Armstrong, S.J., of New Orleans; sisters Jane Ivey Kammer of Pensacola Beach, Fla., Marianna Armstrong (Faradj) of Baton Rouge, and Susan Armstrong (Mother Benedict de la Passion, Little Sisters of the Poor) of Washington, D.C.; six grandsons; two granddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Fisher Funeral Home with the Rev. John Armstrong officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Richard T. McGee Richard T. “Rick” McGee died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery V.A. Medical Center in Jackson. He was 61. Born in Alabama, Mr. McGee lived most of his life in Vicksburg. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a licensed lay minister, a junior warden for three years, choir member and vestry member in the church. He worked in construction and computers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mildred McGee. He is survived by his wife, Lovie McGee of Vicksburg; two daughters, Heather Camp of Austin, Texas, and Holly Ann Downey of Vicksburg; a stepson, Carlos Wandembergh of Deridder, La.; one brother, Eddie McGee of Pelahatchie; two sisters, Rose Ardilen and Marilyn Paparone, both of Kentucky; and one grandson, Trevor Camp. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Christ Episcopal Church. Visitation will be
Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church.
Barbara A. Oswalt ROLLING FORK — Barbara A. Oswalt, a resident of Rolling Fork, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. She was 65. Mrs. Oswalt was born in Grace, but lived most of her life in Bowie, Texas. She was a retired secretary and a member of Deer Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gay Oswalt; her parents, Thomas and Sally Norris; and her sister, Marilyn Braxton. She is survived by two daughters, Christine Burrus of Rolling Fork and Leslie Schafft of Greenville, Texas; four sisters, Kathy Tatum of Belzoni, and Nita Chisom, Ann Wyatt and June Kelly, all of Rolling Fork; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Deer Creek Bap-
tist Church, with the Rev. Clyde Pullan officiating. Burial, directed by Glenwood Funeral Home, will be at Mound Cemetery in Rolling Fork. Pallbearers will be Johnathan Schafft, Ben Bryant, Thomas Kelly Jr., Marty Long, Michael Mobdell and Chuck Tatum. Tommy Kelly will be an honorary pallbearer.
James M. Williams Services for James M. “Shorty” Williams will be at noon Monday at St. Mark M. B. Church with the Rev. Joseph Willis officiating. Burial, directed by W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home, will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Mr. Williams died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was 87. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Rosie Williams; his brothers, George Williams, Arthur Williams, Jasper Williams
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and Willie Williams; a sister Mary Jane Williams; and a son James Williams. He is survived by his wife, Carol M. Williams; his daughters, Rosie Bowman of Yazoo City and Toriey Mae Bell, of Rialto, Calif; four stepchildren, Raymondia McKay of Plano, Texas, and LaQuinta Curtis, Chandra Curtis and Alonzo Curtis Jr., all of Vicksburg; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and others, including members of the Valentine family of Vicksburg.
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BY CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BARBIE BASSSETT TODAY
Light rain today with highs in the mid 50s; chance of rain tonight with lows in the mid 30s
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-Tuesday Light rain with highs in the upper 40s; Lows in the lower 30s
STATE FORECAST TOday Light rain with highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s Monday-Tuesday Light rain or snow with highs in the upper 40s; Lows in the lower 30s
Almanac Highs and Lows High/past 24 hours............. 68º Low/past 24 hours............... 47º Average temperature......... 58º Normal this date................... 53º Record low..............24º in 1938 Record high............79º in 1960 Rainfall Recorded at the Vicksburg Water Plant Past 24 hours.............. 0.36 inch This month..............2.08 inches Total/year.............. 34.95 inches Normal/month......3.42 inches Normal/year........ 45.98 inches Solunar table Most active times for fish and wildlife Monday: A.M. Active............................ 7:32 A.M. Most active................. 1:18 P.M. Active............................. 8:00 P.M. Most active.................. 1:46 Sunrise/sunset Sunset today........................ 4:58 Sunset tomorrow............... 4:58 Sunrise tomorrow.............. 6:43
RIVER DATA Stages Mississippi River at Vicksburg Current: 24.6 | Change: +2.6 Flood: 43 feet Yazoo River at Greenwood Current: 18.0 | Change: -0.2 Flood: 35 feet Yazoo River at Yazoo City Current: 14.0 | Change: NC Flood: 29 feet Yazoo River at Belzoni Current: 17.1 | Change: -0.3 Flood: 34 feet Big Black River at West Current: 3.2 | Change: -0.1 Flood: 12 feet Big Black River at Bovina Current: 6.6 | Change: +0.1 Flood: 28 feet StEELE BAYOU Land....................................71.5 River....................................71.4
MISSISSIPPI RIVER Forecast Cairo, Ill. Monday.................................. 34.1 Tuesday.................................. 34.2 Wednesday........................... 34.6 Memphis Monday.................................. 17.6 Tuesday.................................. 18.0 Wednesday........................... 17.3 Greenville Monday.................................. 32.7 Tuesday.................................. 33.2 Wednesday........................... 33.2 Vicksburg Monday.................................. 26.0 Tuesday.................................. 26.4 Wednesday........................... 26.3
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Second body identified in employment scheme COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A body found in a shallow grave in northeast Ohio was that of a man missing more than a week who answered a deadly Craigslist ad that police say lured victims into a robbery, a medical examiner said Saturday. Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon, was last seen Nov. 13 after driving to Akron for a job he called a “good offer but strange.” His family has said it was out of character for him not to be in touch. Kern died of gunshot wounds to the head, the Summit County Medical Examiner’s office said. Kern answered the same ad for a farmhand that authorities say led to the shooting death of Norfolk, Va., resident David Pauley, 51, in a rural area 90 miles south of Akron. A South Carolina man reported answering the ad but managed to escape after being shot Nov. 6. The discovery of Kern’s body Friday near the Rolling Acres shopping mall in Akron came just a few hours before the sheriff in Noble County in southeastern Ohio announced that another body had been found in a shallow grave there. Sheriff Steve Hannum is
Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon, was last seen Nov. 13 after driving to Akron for a job he called a ‘good offer but strange.’ His family has said it was out of character for him not to be in touch. under a judge’s gag order and can’t comment on the case, but the title of his e-mailed announcement — “second body” — implied the discovery was connected with Pauley’s death.
If the two bodies discovered Friday are both linked to Pauley’s case, that would bring to three the number of deaths associated with the phony Craigslist ad. Two people from the Akron area are in custody: a high school student who has been charged with attempted murder and 52-year-old Richard Beasley, who is in jail on unrelated charges. Beasley’s mother has previously told The Associated Press that her son has “a very caring heart” and she prays that reports he is a suspect are not true. She described her son’s relationship with the jailed teen as that of a mentor. She said the teen would sit with the Beasleys at church and her son would take him fishing and to the movies or to play video games, and the two would also deliver food to needy people. Agents have contacted individuals to check on their wellbeing, FBI spokesman Harry Trombitas said Friday in an email. The farm advertised on Craigslist does not exist; the area where the bodies were found in Noble County is property owned by a coal company and often leased to hunters.
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Kentucky 10, Tennessee 7
Southern Miss 44, Memphis 7
Stanford 28, Notre Dame 14
Delta State 42, North Alabama 14
Mississippi State 31, Ole Miss 3
Baylor 66, Texas Tech 42
South Carolina 34, Clemson 13
Florida State 21, Florida 7
Virginia Tech 38, Virginia 0
Air Force 45, Colorado State 21
Alabama 42, Auburn 14
Michigan State 31, Northwestern 17
Missouri 24, Kansas 10
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SPORTS SUNDAY, NO VEMBER 27, 2011 • SE C TI O N B PUZZLES B8
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Dogs are still golden Game on! NBA players, owners reach agreement to end long lockout/B6
Schedule PREP SOCCER
WC hosts Ridgeland Tueday, 5:30 p.m. Vicksburg at Florence Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
PREP BASKETBALL VHS at Forest Hill Tuesday, 6 p.m.
St. Aloysius vs. University Christian Tuesday, 4 p.m. at Hillcrest Academy
On TV Noon Fox - The oncepromising seasons of the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills have gone up in smoke in recent weeks. They’ll each try to snap a three-game losing streak when they meet this afternoon. Preview/B4.
Who’s hot DERRICK STEELE
Central Arkansas receiver and former Hinds AHS star caught six passes for 94 yards in a 34-14 win over Tennessee Tech in the first round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs on Saturday.
Sidelines RB Peterson out for Minnesota
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been ruled out of today’s game against the Atlanta Falcons because of a sprained left ankle. The Vikings announced Saturday that Peterson had been downgraded on the injury report from doubtful to out and would not travel with the team to Atlanta. This will be only the fourth game in Peterson’s five-year career that he will miss.
LOTTERY La. Pick 3: 9-8-2 La. Pick 4: 1-5-8-9 Easy 5: 1-12-13-14-25 La. Lotto: 1-9-14-19-21-39 Powerball: 20-37-39-45-55 Powerball: 28; Power play: 2
Weekly results: B2
MSU romps past listless Rebels to win the Egg Bowl
From staff reports
By Jeff Byrd email@example.com STARKVILLE — The steady, pouring rain that fell on Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday night provided an apt metaphor for Ole Miss’ season. Mississippi State was happy to dump more rain on its arch-rival. Vick Ballard rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown, and caught a touchdown pass from Chris Relf as Mississippi State laid a 31-3 beatdown on Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl. The Bulldogs (6-6, 2-6 Southeastern Conference) finished with 247 yards rushing to become bowl eligible for the second straight year. This was also their third straight Egg Bowl victory under coach Dan Mullen. MSU will find out its bowl destination after next Saturday’s SEC championship game, but the Music City or Liberty Bowls are the most likely landing places. “This is where you need to come if you want to win championships,” an elated Mullen said in his post-game press conference. “For the next year, we get to keep the big ole smile on our face when we go out through the state of Mississippi. We’ve made this a priority to win this game. We want to win this game every year.” Relf, who threw two touchdown passes and led three first-half scoring drives, said he was told midweek by Mullen that he would start. Mullen had told the media that all three Bulldog quarterbacks — Relf, Tyler Russell and Dylan Favre — would play. Relf, however, played all but the final series.
Bruce Newman•The associated press
Mississippi State players hoist the Egg Bowl trophy as they celebrate a 31-3 win over Ole Miss on Saturday night. At left, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt walks off the field for the final time as the Rebels’ coach. Nutt was fired earlier this month.
See Egg Bowl, Page B3.
Bruce Newman•The associated press
USM clinches division with rout of Memphis By The Associated Press HATTIESBURG — Austin Davis passed for 277 yards and two scores, and ran for another touchdown as Southern Miss breezed past Memphis 44-7 on Saturday afternoon. Davis completed 14 of 26 passes to give the Golden Eagles (10-2) their first Conference USA Eastern Division title since 2006 and their first 10-win season since 1988. Southern Miss will play at No. 8-ranked Houston in the conference championship game next Saturday. A week after falling from all three major polls with a 34-31 loss to UAB, Southern Miss came out firing, outgaining Memphis 540 yards
DSU rolls to victory in playoffs
Up next Conference USA Championship Game Southern Miss at Houston Saturday, 11 a.m. TV: ABC Radio: 105.1 FM
Inside • Bama slams Auburn/B3 • Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, win division titles/B4 to 181 and racking up 25 first downs. “It’s a completely different feeling (from last week),” Davis said. “We went from as See USM, Page B3.
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Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis prepares to throw a pass Saturday against Memphis. USM won, 44-7, to clinch the Conference USA East Division championship.
Delta State’s first encounter with North Alabama was an overtime classic. The rematch was a rout. Micah Davis threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and Delta State scored 35 unanswered points after falling behind early to crush North Alabama 42-14 in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland. Delta State (10-2), which lost in last year’s national championship game, advanced to the quarterfinals. It will host North Greenville (11-2) next Saturday at 1 p.m. North Greenville beat Mars Hill 58-32 in another second-round game on Saturday. In the first Micah meeting Davis this season between Delta State and North Alabama (9-3), on Oct. 13, DSU scored 10 points in the last five minutes of regulation before winning 30-24 in overtime. This time, it didn’t need any last-minute heroics. The Statesmen amassed 466 yards of total offense and rallied after North Alabama took a 14-7 lead on an 84-yard touchdown pass from Lee Chapple to Jason Smith with 39 seconds left in the first quarter. Davis capped an 11-play drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to tie it up with just over six minutes left in the second quarter, then put Delta State ahead for good with a 3-yard TD pass to Jacob Sesma with 21⁄2 minutes to go. Davis struck again midway through the third quarter, tossing a 20-yard TD pass to Avery Horn for a 28-14 lead. A 4-yard TD run by Richard Freelon and a 19-yard run by Brant Botill in the fourth quarter sealed the win. Davis completed 17 of 24 passes for 214 yards, and ran for 47 yards on eight carries. No one cracked the 100yard rushing mark for Delta State, but four players carried the ball at least eight times apiece. As a team, the Statesmen rushed for 252 yards. Delta State’s last drive of the game was a 16-play march that only covered 49 yards and didn’t result in any points but did bleed 91⁄2 minutes off the clock. Chapple was 20-of-38 passing for 238 yards and a touchdown for North Alabama, but was sacked three times and lost a fumble. North Alabama scored on two of its first three possessions, then didn’t get inside the DSU 20-yard line again until the fourth quarter. That last trip into the red zone ended when Chapple was sacked twice and threw an incompletion on fourthand-21 from the DSU 30.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUTO RACING 9:30 a.m. Speed - Formula One, Brazilian Grand Prix GOLF 8 a.m. TGC - European PGA Tour, South African Open (tape) 11 a.m. TGC - Australian PGA Championship (tape) TENNIS 11:30 a.m. ESPN2 - ATP World Tour, Finals, championship match COLLEGE BASKETBALL 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 - Indiana St. vs. Fairfield 6 p.m. ESPN2 - Minnesota vs. Dayton 8 p.m. ESPN2 - Saint Louis vs. Oklahoma WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 1 p.m. ESPN - Baylor at Tennessee NFL Noon Fox - Minnesota at Atlanta Noon CBS - Buffalo at New York Jets 4:15 p.m. CBS - New England at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m. NBC - Pittsburgh at Kansas City
from staff & AP reports
college basketball No. 1 north Carolina falls to unranked UNLV LAS VEGAS — Chace Stanback had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Mike moser added 16 points and 18 rebounds, and unranked UNLV stunned No. 1 North Carolina 90-80 on Saturday night in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational. UNLV outrebounded the Tar Heels (5-1) 46-37 and wenty 15-for18 from the free throw line. The Runnin’ Rebels started the second half with a 12-0 run to take the lead for good. North Carolina got as close as four points, 65-61, with 9:33 to go, but UNLV responded with an 8-1 run to put the game away. North Carolina went 20-for-33 from the foul line. Harrison Barnes scored 15 points for the Heels, and Dexter Strickland added 12.
NFL Suh calls actions ‘unacceptable’ DETROIT — For the first seasonand-a-half of his young career, Ndamukong Suh could almost brush off talk about his penalties and fines, saying he would keep doing what was needed to help his Detroit Lions. After hurting the team with a penalty and ejection on Thanksgiving, Suh now says he has learned his lesson. “My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable,” the star defensive tackle said in a statement on his Facebook page. “I made a mistake, and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at hand — by winning.” The statement appeared on Suh’s page around the same time he was publically chastised by the Lions, one night after being ejected Thursday in a loss to Green Bay for stomping at an opposing player. It could be several days before Suh finds out the true cost of his third-quarter stomp in Detroit’s 27-15 loss to the Packers on Thursday. An NFL spokesman said Friday that plays from Week 12 looked at for potential discipline won’t be reviewed until all games are completed.
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Nov. 27 1949 — Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles becomes the second NFL player, the first in 16 years, to rush for more than 200 yards with a 205-yard performance in a 34-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. 1966 — The Washington Redskins set an NFL regular-season record for most points scored, in a 72-41 victory over the New York Giants. Both teams also set records with 16 TDs and 113 total points. 1980 — Dave Williams returns Eddie Murray’s opening kickoff in overtime 95 yards to give the Chicago Bears a 23-17 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. The Bears tied the game with no time remaining in regulation. 1998 — Texas’ Ricky Williams becomes the leading rusher in Division I-A history, breaking Tony Dorsett’s record set 22 years earlier.
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Saturday’s Games 2 Alabama 42, Auburn 14 4 Stanford 28, No. 22 Notre Dame 14 6 Virginia Tech 38, No. 24 Virginia 0 7 Boise St. 36, Wyoming 14 9 Oregon 49, Oregon St. 21 10 Southern Cal vs. UCLA, (n) 11 Michigan St. 31, Northwestern 17 12 Oklahoma 26, Iowa St. 6 13 Georgia 31, No. 25 Georgia Tech 17 14 South Carolina 34, No. 18 Clemson 13 15 Wisconsin 45, No. 20 Penn St. 7 17 Michigan 40, Ohio St. 34 21 Baylor 66, Texas Tech 42 ———
SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE East
Conference W L x-Georgia.......................7 1 South Carolina..............6 2 Florida............................3 5 Vanderbilt......................2 6 Kentucky........................2 6 Tennessee.....................1 7
All Games W L 10 2 10 2 6 6 6 6 5 7 5 7
Conference Games W L x-LSU.............................8 0 Alabama........................7 1 Arkansas........................6 2 Auburn...........................4 4 Mississippi St..............2 6 Ole Miss.......................0 8 x-clinched division title Nov. 25 LSU 41, Arkansas 17 Saturday’s Games Georgia 31, Georgia Tech 17 Kentucky 10, Tennessee 7 Alabama 42, Auburn 14 Vanderbilt 41, Wake Forest 7 Mississippi St. 31, Ole Miss 3 Florida St. 21, Florida 7 South Carolina 34, Clemson 13 Saturday, Dec. 3 Georgia vs. LSU, at Atlanta, 4 p.m. ———
All W 12 11 10 7 6 2
L 0 1 2 5 6 10
All Games W L 10 2 6 6 5 7 5 7 3 9 2 10
Conference All Games W L W L x-Houston......................8 0 12 0 Tulsa..............................7 1 8 4 SMU...............................5 3 7 5 Rice...............................3 5 4 8 UTEP.............................2 6 5 7 Tulane............................1 7 2 10 x-clinched division title Nov. 25 Houston 48, Tulsa 16 Central Florida 31, UTEP 14 Saturday’s Games SMU 27, Rice 24 Marshall 34, East Carolina 27, OT FAU 38, UAB 35 Southern Miss 44, Memphis 7 Tulane at Hawaii, (n). Saturday, Dec. 3 Southern Miss at Houston, 11 a.m. ———
Conference W L x-Alabama A&M............7 2 Jackson St...................7 2 Alabama St....................7 2 Alcorn St......................1 8 MVSU............................1 8
All Games W L 8 3 9 2 8 3 2 8 1 10
Conference All Games W L W L x-Grambling...................6 3 7 4 Ark-Pine Bluff................5 4 6 5 Prairie View...................5 4 5 6 Southern U....................4 5 4 7 Texas Southern.............2 7 4 7 x-clinched division title Saturday’s Games Grambling St. 36, Southern U. 12 Dec. 10 Grambling vs. Alabama A&M, at Birmingham, Noon
MISSISSIPPI ST. 31, OLE MISS 3
Ole Miss Mississippi St.
0 0 3 0 — 3 14 7 7 3 — 31 First Quarter MSSt—Ballard 18 pass from Relf (DePasquale kick), 9:35. MSSt—Perkins 36 run (DePasquale kick), 1:22. Second Quarter MSSt—Perkins 20 pass from Relf (DePasquale kick), 6:51. Third Quarter MSSt—Ballard 25 run (DePasquale kick), 13:38. Miss—FG Rose 28, 4:59. Fourth Quarter MSSt—FG DePasquale 35, 12:03. A—55,270. ——— Miss MSSt First downs................................10........................17 Rushes-yards.......................42-92.................48-247 Passing....................................110........................70 Comp-Att-Int..................... 12-22-0................. 8-13-1 Return Yards........................... (-5)........................28 Punts-Avg............................6-47.8..................6-45.5 Fumbles-Lost............................6-2.......................0-0 Penalties-Yards......................4-45.....................8-80 Time of Possession.............30:27...................29:33 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Ole Miss, Davis 12-32, Brunetti 14-23, Bolden 6-15, Brassell 3-11, Singleton 4-11, Thomas 2-7, Team 1-(minus 7). Mississippi St., Ballard 23-144, Perkins 7-64, Relf 10-49, Griffin 2-3, Elliott 3-(minus 3), Lewis 2-(minus 4), Bumphis 1-(minus 6). PASSING—Ole Miss, Brunetti 12-22-0-110. Mississippi St., Relf 8-13-1-70. RECEIVING—Ole Miss, Moncrief 4-20, Sanders 3-21, C.Moore 2-15, Bolden 2-(minus 7), Mosley 1-61. Mississippi St., Perkins 3-27, Ballard 2-25, R.Sanders 1-15, Heavens 1-3, Bumphis 1-0.
SOUTHERN MISS 44, MEMPHIS 7
Memphis Southern Miss
NFL AMERICAN CONFERENCE East
W New England...... 7 N.Y. Jets............. 5 Buffalo................ 5 Miami.................. 3 W Houston.............. 7 Tennessee.......... 5 Jacksonville........ 3 Indianapolis........ 0 W Baltimore............ 8 Pittsburgh........... 7 Cincinnati............ 6 Cleveland............ 4
CONFERENCE USA East Division
Conference W L x-Southern Miss..........6 2 Marshall.........................5 3 East Carolina.................4 4 UCF...............................3 5 UAB...............................3 5 Memphis........................1 7
——— Mem USM First downs 14 25 Rushes-yards 22-7 47-255 Passing 174 285 Comp-Att-Int 21-45-2 15-28-1 Return Yards 7 226 Punts-Avg. 11-42.8 3-39.7 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-2 Penalties-Yards 3-25 6-65 Time of Possession 29:19 30:41 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Memphis, Gibson 10-17, Summerlin 2-5, Foster 3-2, Price 7-(minus 17). Southern Miss, D.Johnson 11-103, Lampley 7-44, Hunt 4-32, Davis 8-26, Favor 6-24, Hester 2-13, Woodyard 9-13. PASSING—Memphis, Summerlin 21-45-2-174. Southern Miss, Davis 14-26-1-277, Favor 1-2-0-8. RECEIVING—Memphis, Rehrer 7-53, Travis 4-33, Baker 2-33, C.Johnson 2-24, Wright 2-19, Rucker 2-15, Henderson 1-2, Foster 1-(minus 5). Southern Miss, Lampley 5-116, Woodyard 5-47, D.Johnson 2-57, Balentine 1-41, Triplett 1-16, Sullivan 1-8.
0 0 0 7 — 7 10 24 10 0 — 44 First Quarter USM—Balentine 41 pass from Davis (Hrapmann kick), 8:30. USM—FG Hrapmann 23, 1:47. Second Quarter USM—FG Hrapmann 35, 12:54. USM—Lampley 49 pass from Davis (Hrapmann kick), 11:44. USM—Davis 18 run (Hrapmann kick), 4:56. USM—D.Wilson 35 interception return (Hrapmann kick), 1:18. Third Quarter USM—FG Hrapmann 27, 7:09. USM—Presley 100 interception return (Hrapmann kick), 1:17. Fourth Quarter Mem—Huelsing recovered fumble in end zone (Henriques kick), 6:54. A—26,347.
W Oakland.............. 6 Denver................ 5 San Diego.......... 4 Kansas City........ 4
L 3 5 5 8
T 0 0 0 0
South L 3 5 7 10
T 0 0 0 0
North L 3 3 4 6
T 0 0 0 0
West L 4 5 6 6
T 0 0 0 0
Pct .700 .500 .500 .273
PF 293 228 237 212
PA 203 217 253 206
Pct .700 .500 .300 .000
PF 273 203 125 131
PA 166 195 180 300
Pct .727 .700 .600 .400
PF 272 220 236 145
PA 182 179 195 193
Pct .600 .500 .400 .400
PF 235 205 236 144
PA 254 247 259 252
NATIONAL CONFERENCE East
W Dallas.................. 7 N.Y. Giants......... 6 Philadelphia........ 4 Washington......... 3
Pct .636 .600 .400 .300
PF 270 228 237 160
PA 225 228 213 205
Pct .700 .600 .400 .200
PF 313 235 182 225
PA 228 213 268 286
Pct 1.000 .700 .636 .200
PF 382 268 316 200
PA 227 207 246 271
L T Pct 2 0 .818 6 0 .400 7 0 .300 8 0 .200 ——— Nov. 24 Green Bay 27, Detroit 15 Dallas 20, Miami 19 Baltimore 16, San Francisco 6 Today’s Games Arizona at St. Louis, Noon Tampa Bay at Tennessee, Noon Cleveland at Cincinnati, Noon Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, Noon Houston at Jacksonville, Noon Carolina at Indianapolis, Noon Minnesota at Atlanta, Noon Chicago at Oakland, 3:05 p.m. Washington at Seattle, 3:05 p.m. Denver at San Diego, 3:15 p.m. New England at Philadelphia, 3:15 p.m. Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 7:20 p.m. Monday’s Game N.Y. Giants at New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.
PF 262 168 190 120
PA 161 209 236 247
W New Orleans...... 7 Atlanta................ 6 Tampa Bay......... 4 Carolina.............. 2 W Green Bay.......... 11 Chicago.............. 7 Detroit................. 7 Minnesota........... 2 W San Francisco.... 9 Seattle................ 4 Arizona............... 3 St. Louis............. 2
L 4 4 6 7
T 0 0 0 0
South L 3 4 6 8
T 0 0 0 0
North L 0 3 4 8
T 0 0 0 0
PREp FOOTBALL MHSAA Championship schedule
All games at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, Jackson Friday Class 1A - Noxapater vs. Shaw, 11 a.m. Class 2A - West Bolivar vs. East Marion, 3 p.m. Class 6A - Olive Branch vs. Petal, 7 p.m. Saturday Class 3A - Charleston vs. East Side, 11 a.m. Class 4A - Lafayette vs. Amory, 3 p.m. Class 5A - Starkville vs. Picayune, 7 p.m.
College Basketball Top 25 Schedule
Saturday’s Games UNLV 90, No. 1 North Carolina 80 No. 2 Kentucky 87, Portland 63 No. 4 Connecticut 78, No. 22 Florida St. 76, OT No. 11 Wisconsin 73, BYU 56 No. 19 Gonzaga 78, Western Michigan 58 No. 20 California 80, Denver 59 No. 25 Texas A&M 56, Texas A&M-C.C. 43 Sunday’s Games No. 13 Alabama vs. VCU, 8:30 p.m. No. 17 Pittsburgh vs. Robert Morris, 4 p.m. No. 21 Missouri vs. Binghamton, 2 p.m. No. 24 Mississippi St. vs. North Texas, 1:30 p.m. Monday’s Games No. 7 Louisville vs. Long Beach St., 6 p.m. No. 8 Memphis vs. Jackson St., 7 p.m. No. 10 Florida vs. Stetson, 6 p.m. No. 12 Xavier at No. 18 Vanderbilt, 6 p.m. No. 16 Marquette vs. Jacksonville, 7 p.m. No. 20 California vs. McNeese St., 9:30 p.m. ———
Mississippi college schedule
Friday’s Late Game Southern Miss 80, New Mexico St. 72 Saturday’s Games Texas Lutheran 79, Mississippi College 63 Cal Poly 72, Mississippi Valley St. 55 San Diego 66, Alcorn St. 65 Delta St. 65, Ouachita Baptist 62 Tougaloo 74, Union University 63 Murray St. vs. Southern Miss, (n) Today’s Games North Texas at Mississippi St., 1:30 p.m. Huntingdon at Millsaps, 3 p.m. Alcorn St. vs. New Orleans, 7 p.m. Southern Miss vs. TBA, at Anchorage, Alaska, TBA Monday’s Games Mississippi College at Schreiner, 5:30 p.m. Henderson St. at Delta St., 7 p.m. Jackson St. at Memphis, 7 p.m. ———
Saturday’s Games Kentucky 87, Portland 63 Southern Cal 63, South Carolina 60 Arkansas 86, Grambling 44 Today’s Games North Texas at Mississippi St., 1:30 p.m. VCU at Alabama, 8:30 p.m. Monday’s Games Stetson at Florida, 6 p.m. Xavier at Vanderbilt, 6 p.m. Ark.-Pine Bluff at Auburn, 7 p.m. Georgia at Colorado, 7:30 p.m. Tennessee at Oakland, 8 p.m.
Friday’s Late Game Southern Miss 80, New Mexico St. 72 Saturday’s Games East Carolina 78, Chowan 62 Harvard 59, Central Florida 49 Iowa St. 90, Rice 63 Tulane 72, New Orleans 53 TCU 81, Houston 80 Missouri St. 69, Tulsa 64, OT Stephen F. Austin 53, UTEP 35 Murray St. vs. Southern Miss, (n) Sunday’s Games Georgia Southern at SMU, 2 p.m. UT-Martin at UAB, 3 p.m. San Diego at Tulane, 6 p.m. Monday’s Games Jackson St. at Memphis, 7 p.m. ———
Saturday’s Games San Diego 66, Alcorn St. 65 Northern Colorado 77, Southern 57 Cal Poly 72, Mississippi Valley St. 55 Wofford 56, Prairie View 49 IUPUI 74, Texas Southern 55 Arkansas 86, Grambling 44 Today’s Games Alcorn St. vs. New Orleans, 2 p.m. Monday’s Games Jackson St. at Memphis, 7 p.m. Akr.-Pine Bluff at Auburn, 7 p.m. ———
Saturday’s scores EAST Boston U. 70, Rhode Island 64 Bucknell 87, West Alabama 50 CCSU 92, Hartford 58 Columbia 59, Manhattan 41 Delaware 81, Lafayette 78 Duquesne 84, Louisiana-Lafayette 65 Hofstra 63, Cleveland St. 53 James Madison 60, Penn 58 La Salle 82, Rider 70 Marist 81, Colgate 73 Morehead St. 68, Princeton 56 Northeastern 78, St. John’s 64 Oregon St. 66, Towson 46 Saint Joseph’s 65, Penn St. 47 Seton Hall 63, St. Peter’s 54 St. Francis (NY) 79, NJIT 60 Vermont 64, Siena 62 Wagner 85, Delaware St. 62 Yale 84, Army 75 Youngstown St. 60, St. Francis (Pa.) 59
SOUTH Appalachian St. 81, Milligan 58 Davidson 70, UNC Wilmington 67 East Carolina 78, Chowan 62 FIU 64, Coastal Carolina 62 Georgia St. 72, Liberty 50 Harding 71, Louisiana-Monroe 68 High Point 80, The Citadel 72, OT Howard 67, William & Mary 58 Kentucky 87, Portland 63 Middle Tennessee 90, Austin Peay 70 NC Central 104, Barber-Scotia 55 SC State 104, Kennesaw St. 98, 2OT San Diego 66, Alcorn St. 65 Savannah St. 72, Gardner-Webb 66 South Florida 68, FAU 55 Tulane 72, New Orleans 53 W. Kentucky 72, SE Louisiana 67 Winthrop 107, Cent. Pennsylvania 68
MIDWEST Akron 81, Detroit 63 Charlotte 70, Wright St. 66 Drake 73, CS Northridge 49 IUPUI 74, Texas Southern 55 Iowa 82, IPFW 72 Loyola of Chicago 64, Fordham 50 Missouri St. 69, Tulsa 64, OT N. Dakota St. 78, Fresno St. 65 Nebraska 76, S. Dakota St. 64 Nevada 64, Bradley 59 Purdue 78, Coppin St. 57 SE Missouri 64, Miami (Ohio) 57 Toledo 82, Ill.-Chicago 67 UMKC 93, Longwood 53 W. Illinois 65, North Dakota 62 Wisconsin 73, BYU 56 Wofford 56, Prairie View 49
FAR WEST Boise St. 71, N. Illinois 57 CS Bakersfield 73, Cal St.-Fullerton 66 Cal Poly 72, Mississippi Valley St. 55 California 80, Denver 59 Gonzaga 78, W. Michigan 58 McNeese St. 68, Sacramento St. 63 Montana 73, Long Beach St. 71 Portland St. 66, Louisiana Tech 48 Southern Cal 63, South Carolina 60 Tennessee St. 69, Morgan St. 64 Troy 80, S. Utah 76 Utah St. 75, Idaho St. 62 Wyoming 73, Md.-Eastern Shore 43
Battle 4 Atlantis UConn 78, Florida St. 76, OT Coll. of Charleston 85, UMass 61 UNC Asheville 87, Utah 65 Harvard 59, UCF 49 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout New Mexico St. 81, San Francisco 71 Cent. Michigan 65, Dartmouth 48 Alaska-Anchorage 77, UC Irvine 63
CAL POLY 72, MISS. VALLEY ST. 55
CAL POLY (4-2) Hanson 4-8 2-4 13, Taylor 2-6 2-2 6, U’u 5-6 0-0 13, Fermin 5-7 0-1 12, Love 0-2 0-0 0, Lewis 0-1 0-0 0, Titchenal 0-0 0-0 0, Royer 6-8 1-2 18, Johnson 1-1 3-4 6, Eversley 1-4 0-0 2, Odister 0-0 0-0 0, Donahue 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 25-46 8-13 72. MISSISSIPPI VALLEY ST. (1-5) Joyner 2-5 3-4 8, Studivant 3-8 1-2 7, Jones 2-4 0-0 5, Burwell 3-6 0-0 9, Crosby 7-16 6-7 23, Pajkovic 0-0 0-0 0, Arrington 1-4 1-2 3, Cox 0-1 0-2 0, Ralling 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-44 11-17 55. Halftime—Cal Poly 32-26. 3-Point Goals—Cal Poly 14-25 (Royer 5-7, U’u 3-4, Hanson 3-7, Fermin 2-2, Johnson 1-1, Lewis 0-1, Eversley 0-3), MVSU 8-16 (Burwell 3-4, Crosby 3-6, Jones 1-1, Joyner 1-3, Arrington 0-1, Cox 0-1). Fouled Out—Jones. Rebounds—Cal Poly 34 (Eversley 7), MVSU 19 (Crosby 6). Assists—Cal Poly 18 (Fermin 8), MVSU 9 (Burwell 3). Total Fouls—Cal Poly 16, MVSU 14. A—500.
SAN DIEGO 66, ALCORN ST. 65
ALCORN ST. (0-4) Brand 7-12 0-0 16, Francis 5-6 2-4 12, McDonald 0-2 0-0 0, Oakley 4-10 2-2 11, Moore 3-4 0-0 8, Hawkins 4-11 2-2 12, Sanders 0-1 0-0 0, Rimmer 0-0 0-0 0, Starks 0-1 0-0 0, Sullivan 2-6 2-3 6. Totals 25-53 8-11 65. SAN DIEGO (4-1) Rancifer 1-6 3-4 5, Manresa 5-11 0-0 10, Kramer 3-7 0-0 8, Dee 6-13 4-4 18, Norris 6-8 1-2 15, Anderson 2-2 0-0 4, Kerr 0-1 0-0 0, Miles 0-1 0-0 0, Fajemisin 2-3 2-2 6, Sinis 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-54 10-12 66. Halftime—San Diego 38-29. 3-Point Goals—Alcorn St. 7-16 (Moore 2-2, Hawkins 2-4, Brand 2-4, Oakley 1-5, McDonald 0-1), San Diego 6-17 (Norris 2-3, Kramer 2-3, Dee 2-5, Kerr 0-1, Miles 0-1, Rancifer 0-2, Sinis 0-2). Fouled Out—Moore. Rebounds—Alcorn St. 26 (Brand 6), San Diego 31 (Manresa 9). Assists—Alcorn St. 16 (Francis, Moore 5), San Diego 14 (Dee, Norris 3). Total Fouls—Alcorn St. 13, San Diego 12. A—NA.
Women’s Basketball Women’s Top 25 Fared
Saturday 1. Baylor (5-0) did not play. Next: at No. 6 Tennessee, today. 2. UConn (5-0) beat Buffalo 90-34. Next: vs. Dayton, today.
3. Stanford (4-1) did not play. Next: vs. UC Davis, Wednesday. 4. Notre Dame (5-1) beat No. 7 Duke 56-54. Next: vs. Pennsylvania, Friday. 5. Texas A&M (6-0) beat Iowa 74-58. Next: at No. 15 Purdue, Dec. 4. 6. Tennessee (2-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 1 Baylor, today. 7. Duke (4-1) lost to No. 4 Notre Dame 56-54. Next: vs. No. 15 Purdue, Thursday. 8. Maryland (7-0) beat Cal St. Bakersfield 114-83. Next: vs. Michigan, Wednesday. 9. Miami (4-1) did not play. Next: vs. Longwood, today. 10. Georgia (4-1) lost to No. 21 Georgetown 64-56. Next: vs. Northeastern, today. 11. Louisville (6-1) beat Florida A&M 86-66. Next: vs. Murray St., Tuesday. 12. Oklahoma (3-1) lost to Vanderbilt 78-66. Next: vs. No. 18 Ohio St., Dec. 4. 13. Rutgers (6-0) beat Arizona St. 59-52. Next: vs. Florida, Friday. 14. Kentucky (6-0) did not play. Next: vs. Mississippi Valley St., today. 15. Purdue (6-0) did not play. Next: at No. 7 Duke, Thursday. 16. North Carolina (4-0) did not play. Next: vs. Kennesaw St., today. 17. Penn St. (4-1) vs. Nevada. Next: vs. No. 16 North Carolina, Wednesday. 18. Ohio St. (4-0) did not play. Next: vs. No. 20 LSU, today. 19. Texas Tech (4-0) beat Central Arkansas 76-43. Next: vs. Louisiana-Monroe, today. 20. LSU (3-2) did not play. Next: at No. 18 Ohio St., today. 21. Georgetown (4-2) beat No. 10 Georgia 64-56. Next: vs. UNLV, today. 22. Virginia (5-1) beat Hawaii 60-43. Next: vs. California, today. 23. DePaul (4-1) did not play. Next: at Northwestern, today. 24. Texas (4-1) beat California 61-60. Next: at Hawaii, today. 25. UCLA (3-2) beat Colgate 68-48. Next: vs. San Diego St., Wednesday.
Saturday’s scores EAST American U. 49, San Jose St. 46 Boston U. 71, Rhode Island 44 Connecticut 90, Buffalo 34 Drexel 71, Pittsburgh 50 George Washington 83, Radford 59 Iona 78, Long Beach St. 73 LIU 69, La Salle 53 Mississippi 72, UMass 67 Mount St. Mary’s 52, Navy 45 Providence 63, Dartmouth 48 Robert Morris 69, Elon 65 Rutgers 59, Arizona St. 52 Saint Joseph’s 63, Sacred Heart 54 Syracuse 90, Binghamton 57 TCU 48, Fordham 47 Villanova 77, Sciences (Pa.) 44
SOUTH Alabama 67, Louisiana Tech 59 Appalachian St. 82, Georgia St. 58 Campbell 64, E. Kentucky 52 East Carolina 54, Delaware St. 47 Florida 82, Charlotte 73 Hartford 55, UCF 46 Louisville 86, Florida A&M 66 Maryland 114, CS Bakersfield 83 Middle Tennessee 78, ETSU 63 Mississippi St. 56, Savannah St. 42 SC State 68, Charleston Southern 65 SE Louisiana 54, Mobile 45 Samford 63, SE Missouri 58 Seton Hall 60, Old Dominion 49 South Alabama 61, Utah 53 Stephen F. Austin 66, Southern Miss 65 UAB 58, W. Kentucky 36 UNC-Greensboro 70, NC Central 53 W. Carolina 61, Tennessee Tech 58
MIDWEST Dayton 84, Fairleigh Dickinson 48 Hampton 79, IPFW 62 Illinois St. 81, N. Illinois 62 Iowa St. 64, Butler 44 Kansas 71, IUPUI 50 Michigan 71, Marquette 51 Milwaukee 79, W. Illinois 66 Minnesota 65, Virginia Tech 64 Missouri 92, Wright St. 62 N. Dakota St. 85, Valley City St. 64 Ohio 65, Chicago St. 37 Saint Louis 59, Murray St. 49 UMKC 76, Louisiana-Monroe 70, OT
SOUTHWEST Lamar 66, FAU 61 McNeese St. 72, Houston 59 Missouri St. 85, Oral Roberts 79 Oklahoma St. 59, Coppin St. 35 Texas A&M-CC 65, Houston Baptist 45 Texas Tech 76, Cent. Arkansas 43 UALR 67, Rice 47 UTEP 80, Denver 49 UTSA 59, Detroit 55 Vermont 72, Texas Southern 60 Washington St. 90, Prairie View 52 Yale 59, Texas-Pan American 57
FAR WEST BYU 77, E. Washington 58 Cal Poly 79, Austin Peay 69 N. Arizona 72, Kent St. 56 North Dakota 63, New Mexico St. 46 Pacific 78, SIU-Edwardsville 68 Sacramento St. 89, E. Illinois 85 San Diego St. 63, Washington 51 Texas 61, California 60 Virginia 60, Hawaii 43
Hoops for the Cure Fresno St. 88, SMU 67 Tennessee St. 61, Cal St.-Fullerton 48 Lady Eagles Thanksgiving Classic Stephen F. Austin 66, Southern Miss 65 Georgia Southern 72, Jacksonville St. 49 Nugget Classic Penn St. 103, Nevada 65
LOTTERY Sunday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 9-2-9 La. Pick 4: 5-6-5-3 Monday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 9-9-8 La. Pick 4: 0-8-7-2 Tuesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 6-3-4 La. Pick 4: 1-3-1-4 Wednesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 0-8-9 La. Pick 4: 3-4-2-9 Easy 5: 8-25-30-34-37 La. Lotto: 3-9-21-23-34-37 Powerball: 4-30-35-57-59 Powerball: 25; Power play: 2 Thursday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 1-9-0 La. Pick 4: 0-0-2-9 Friday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 6-8-1 La. Pick 4: 3-8-3-0 Saturday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 9-8-2 La. Pick 4: 1-5-8-9 Easy 5: 1-12-13-14-25 La. Lotto: 1-9-14-19-21-39 Powerball: 20-37-39-45-55 Powerball: 28; Power play: 2
Sunday, November 27, 2011
The Vicksburg Post
Alabama pummels Auburn in Iron Bowl
By The Associated Press
Trent Richardson and No. 2 Alabama have convinced Nick Saban that they’re worthy of competing for college football’s top prize. They’ll have to wait a while before for the final decision is rendered. Richardson rushed for a career-high 203 yards and AJ McCarron threw three firsthalf touchdown passes to lift Alabama to a 42-14 victory over rival Auburn on Saturday in what amounted to a statement game. Let the lobbying begin. Saban said he thinks the Tide is one of the nation’s best two teams, Richardson’s the top player and ‘Bama deserves a second shot at LSU. “This team lost one game in overtime to a very, very good team who’s No. 1 right now,” the Tide coach said. “And we lost in overtime. Everybody’s got to make their choices and decisions about that. “But I think we’ve got a great football team and a great bunch of young men who have done a wonderful job and played some really dominant football on both sides of the ball. I think they deserve an opportunity, the best opportunity that’s out there for them.” The Tide (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) has a week before finding out if its resume is good enough to secure a shot at a second national title in three years. No. 5 Oklahoma State, fourth in the BCS standings, and No. 1 LSU have big games remaining against No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 13 Georgia, respectively. The Tide will get a slight edge by not having to play again, but must also sweat it out while other teams bolster their cases. “That’s out of our hands but I think we’ve proven we should be there without a doubt,” said Alabama tight end Brad Smelley, who had six catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. Richardson ran 27 times and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in his final chance to impress Heisman voters. He had runs of 35 and 57 yards to set up second-half scores. “To me, Trent’s the best football player in the country,” Saban said.
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Alabama running back Trent Richardson carries the ball against Auburn on Saturday. Richardson rushed for 203 yards and caught a touchdown pass as the second-ranked Crimson Tide reclaimed the Iron Bowl trophy with a 42-14 victory.
Kentucky 10, Tennessee 7 CoShik Williams ran for a touchdown and senior wide receiver Matt Roark filled in at quarterback with 124 yards on 24 carries as Kentucky snapped a 26-game losing streak to Tennessee. The win capped a disappointing season for the Wildcats (5-7, 2-6 SEC) and kept Tennessee (5-7, 1-7) from reaching bowl eligibility with representatives from the Liberty Bowl on hand.
Georgia 31, Ga. Tech 17 Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes and No. 13 Georgia extended its domination over No. 25 Georgia Tech. Georgia (10-2) beat its instate rival for the 10th time in 11 years and will take a 10-game winning streak into next Saturday’s SEC championship game against topranked LSU. Georgia Tech rushed for 243 yards, but just 79 after halftime. Tevin Washington threw a pair of interceptions.
FSU 21, Florida 7 Devonta Freeman had two short touchdown runs following turnovers, and Florida State beat rival Florida despite only totaling 95 yards of offense. The Seminoles (8-4) were inept most of the night, but they took advantage of John Brantley’s first-half mistakes and later knocked the senior quarterback out for good. Florida State sealed its second consecutive win in the once-revered series when Terrance Parks intercepted a pass by Jacoby Brissett in the fourth quarter and returned it 29 yards for a score, which sent many of the 90,798 on hand scrambling for the exits. The Gators (6-6) avoided their first shutout since 1988 when Brissett found Quinton Dunbar for a 6-yard score with 4:16 remaining. Brantley ended the worst game of his career in the locker room. He was sandwiched between two defenders as he released a pass late in the second quarter and sustained an apparent concussion. He stayed on the ground,
slipped off his helmet and eventually walked off the field with help from trainers. He was seemingly on the receiving end of helmet-to-helmet contact, which also caused bleeding to his left cheek. Brissett replaced Brantley and did little to rally the Gators (6-6) from a 14-point deficit. Brantley completed 9 of 15 passes for 104 yards, with three interceptions. Brissett was 4-of-13 for 27 yards.
South Carolina 34, Clemson 13 Connor Shaw threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead No. 14 South Carolina to a 10-win season for the first time in 27 years and its third straight victory over No. 18 Clemson. The Gamecocks (10-2) choked off Clemson’s oncehigh scoring offense, holding the Tigers (9-3) to 153 yards and Atlantic Coast Conference passing leader Tajh Boyd to 83 yards through the air. Clemson was part of the BCS title talk a month ago when it opened 8-0 and rose to No. 6
in the country. But it heads to the ACC championship game against Virginia Tech next week a shaky team after losing three of its past four. South Carolina’s only other 10-win season in 118 years of football came in 1984. Shaw played like a polished leader instead of raw sophomore making his seventh start. Shaw’s 15-yard touchdown run just before halftime put Carolina ahead for good, 17-10. He increased the margin in the third quarter on a 2-yard TD pass to Rory Anderson. Shaw was 14-of-20 passing for 210 yards and rushed for 107 yards.
Vanderbilt 41, Wake Forest 7 Zac Stacy ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns and Vanderbilt became bowl-eligible by beating sluggish Wake Forest (6-6). Quarterback Jordan Rodgers had 229 total yards for the Commodores (6-6). Rodgers threw for 139 yards and one touchdown and ran for 90 more yards.
USM Continued from Page B1. ugly as it gets to as good as it gets.” The Tigers (2-10) have now won five games in the past three seasons combined. Southern Miss running back Desmond Johnson rushed for 103 yards on 11 carries. Tracy Lampley added 44 yards on seven carries and caught five passes for 116 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown from Davis on a flea-flicker. Southern Miss kicker Danny Hrapmann was 3-of-3 on field goal attempts and 5-of-5 on extra points. The Golden Eagles defense forced three turnovers and returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns. The first came with just over a minute left in the first half on a 35-yard return by Deron Wilson. The second was a 100-yard return by Kendrick Presley with 1:17 left in the third quarter. That helped pick up the slack for the offense, which put up big numbers everywhere but the red zone. In six trips inside the Memphis 20-yard line, the Golden Eagles turned the ball over twice and settled for a pair of field goals. Memphis reached the red zone once and turned it over on Presley’s interception return. “That was a good win tonight,” Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora said. “I like the way our defense played the entire game. They got after it. Offensively, we didn’t finish enough drives in the red zone. We still haven’t reached our potential as a football team. That’s the exciting thing.” Memphis managed just 21 rushing yards on 23 attempts. The Tigers narrowly avoided a shutout with a late defensive score when Mitch Huelsing recovered a Southern Miss fumble in the end zone with 6:54 left. Tigers quarterback Andy Summerlin completed 21 of his 45 attempts for 174 yards. “(Southern Miss) is known for getting off to a fast start,” Memphis coach Larry Porter said. “I thought initially we withstood the surge, and then defensively we got a little undisciplined. Bottom line is our offensive line just got dominated today.”
Egg Bowl Continued from Page B1. “It was all about execution,” Relf said. “We had a good week of practice and the offensive line blocked real well.” Ballard had a big game as well. He caught an 18-yard TD pass from Relf for State’s first touchdown, then scored on a 25-yard run early in the third quarter to make it 28-0. LaDarius Perkins added 64 yards and a touchdown on only seven carries for the Bulldogs, and he also caught a touchdown pass. “We felt if we set the tone early, they would lay down,” Ballard said of State’s plan. “Chris was ready. He always does his best job in the Egg Bowl.” The loss was a bitter one for Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, whose team finished 2-10 and 0-8 in SEC play. The Egg Bowl was his last game at Ole Miss. He was told after a 30-13 loss to Kentucky that he would not be retained for a fifth season. “We have a fragile team, and when things go bad, they go bad,” Nutt said. “We needed to have something go good for us early, but that didn’t happen because we fumbled our first kickoff. This is not the way I wanted to go out.” Relf made sure it would be another long night for Nutt and his team. The senior opened the game with two first down runs on State’s initial drive. The 11-play, 68-yard march was capped when Relf tossed an 18-yard TD pass on a screen to Vick
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Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins (27) skips into the end zone at the end of a 20-yard touchdown reception during Saturday’s Egg Bowl. Giving chase is Ole Miss defensive back Cliff Coleman. Ballard just five minutes into the game. Relf then directed an eightplay, 98-yard drive that made it 14-0 late in the first quarter. A 15-yard facemask penalty after a short run by Relf on third down set in motion the march. Ballard followed the flag with a 21-yard run to midfield. Three plays later, Perkins busted an option read for a 36-yard TD run with 1:22 left in the first quarter. Ole Miss had a brief chance to get back in it after Relf was intercepted at the Bull-
dogs 40 by Cody Prewitt. The Rebels advanced just five yards before being stopped on fourth down. Even when Ole Miss appeared to get a break when Ballard’s 50-yard TD run got wiped out by a holding penalty, it didn’t last. State came back with a 20-yard TD pass to Perkins, who broke loose from a feeble tackle attempt for the score that made it 21-0 after DePasquale’s kick. An Ole Miss fumble on its second play of the second half set up State’s fourth
touchdown. Ballard got it on his 25-yard run to make it 28-0 with 13:38 to go in the third quarter. A pair of field goals finished the scoring. Ole Miss got on the board on Bryson Rose’s 28-yard kick and DePasquale hit a 36-yarder in the fourth quarter to make it 31-3. Ole Miss had a 61-yard pass play in the final minute, but finished with just 202 yards. Mississippi State’s second team kept quarterback Barry Brunetti from scoring on the game’s final play.
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Wisconsin, Va. Tech, Oregon win divisions By The Associated Press Montee Ball scored four more touchdowns in his pursuit of an NCAA record, powering No. 15 Wisconsin to a 45-7 rout of No. 20 Penn State and a spot in next week’s Big Ten championship game. Ball has scored 34 touchdowns this season for the Badgers (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten), the second-most in a single season in NCAA history. Barry Sanders holds the record, scoring 39 for Oklahoma State in 11 games in the 1988 season. With the win, Wisconsin will play Big Ten Legends division winner Michigan State in Indianapolis next Saturday. The Nittany Lions (9-3, 6-2) came into the game hoping to salvage something from a season dwarfed by scandal. They took an early 7-0 lead but quickly unraveled, falling behind 28-7 by halftime.
Oklahoma 26, Iowa State 6 Landry Jones threw for 256 yards, Blake Bell punched in two short touchdown runs and No. 12 Oklahoma set up a Bedlam showdown for the Big 12 championship by beating Iowa State (6-5, 3-5 Big 12). Trey Franks finished with 88 yards rushing on two long reverses to set up scores for the Sooners (9-2, 6-2), and Michael Hunnicutt matched his career high with four field goals. Oklahoma will visit No. 4 Oklahoma State next week with the winner earning the Big 12 title.
Va. Tech 38, Virginia 0 Logan Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for one, and David Wilson scored on
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On Dec. 3-4, The Vicksburg Packers and the Premier Youth Sports Association will put on the River City Super Bowl youth football tournament. The tournament will feature 30 teams from around the state. Games will start at 9 a.m. at Memorial Stadium, Warren Central High School and Vicksburg Junior High. For information,
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Parks and Rec adult basketball The Vicksburg Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for its adult basketball league through Dec. 24. Registration forms can be picked up at the Parks and Rec offices at 100 Army-Navy Drive, or the Jackson Street Community Center at 923 Walnut Street. The league is for players 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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Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson looks to pass during the first half of Saturday’s game against Penn State. Wilson threw two touchdown passes as Wisconsin won, 45-7, to clinch the Big Ten Leaders Division championship. two long runs in the second half as No. 6 Virginia Tech shut out No. 24 Virginia (8-4, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Hokies (11-1, 7-1) earned the ACC’s Coastal Division title and a rematch with No. 18 Clemson in next weekend’s league championship game in Charlotte. It was the Hokies’ eighth consecutive victory in the series, and 12th in 13 games. They will be playing for the ACC title for the fifth time and seeking their fourth championship in five years.
Oregon 49, Oregon State 21 LaMichael James ran for 142 yards before leaving with what appeared to be a left elbow injury, and No. 9 Oregon beat Oregon State to clinch the Pac-12 North and a spot in the conference’s first championship game. The Ducks (10-2, 8-1 Pac12) will host UCLA on Friday night with a chance to win their third straight conference title and a spot in the Rose Bowl. The Beavers (3-9, 3-6) aren’t going to a bowl game for the second straight season.
Grambling 36, Southern 12 D.J. Williams threw three touchdowns to Mario Louis to lead Grambling State over Southern University in the 38th annual Bayou Classic. The victory gave the Tigers (7-4, 6-3) the West Division title in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Grambling will play against East Division winner Alabama A&M (8-3, 7-2) in the championship game Dec. 10 in Birmingham, Ala. Grambling, which is riding a six-game winning streak, has won four straight Bayou Classics.
Boise State 36, Wyoming 14 Kellen Moore tossed three touchdown passes, including a 46-yarder on the final play of the first half, to lead No. 7 Boise State past Wyoming. After getting off to a sluggish start, Moore and the Broncos (10-1, 5-1) rattled off 36 straight points to put the game away and secure a second-place finish in their first year as a member of the Mountain West Conference. Moore was 24-of-36 for 279
yards and he threw touchdowns of 17 and 10 yards in the second half. But it was his last-ditch touchdown toss on the final play of the first half that gave his team the spark it needed. After being flushed from the pocket, Moore rolled left then heaved a pass that was deflected by a Wyoming defender near the goal line and dropped into the hands of Matt Miller to give the Broncos a 13-7 lead. Wyoming (7-4, 4-2) was held to 191 total yards and 78 yards passing.
Stanford 28, Notre Dame 14 Andrew Luck set the school record for the most career touchdown passes and eclipsed his own single-season mark, throwing for 233 yards and four scores to lead fourth-ranked Stanford past No. 22 Notre Dame (8-4) in his home finale. Luck topped John Elway’s record of 77 touchdown passes and helped the Cardinal (11-1) build a 21-0 halftime lead. He has thrown for 80 touchdowns in three years and 35 this season.
Bills, Jets trying to stop slumps EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A sense of urgency is driving the struggling Buffalo Bills and New York Jets these days. Mounting losses. Injuries. Fading playoff chances. They’ve all combined to turn a pair of promising teams that once appeared poised to dethrone New England in the AFC East into scuffling squads desperate for a victory. “It’s a must-win game for us,” Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes said. “We know what’s at stake right now. We have to come out firing just like we did against these guys the last game we played them.” The Jets (5-5) host the Bills (5-5) at MetLife Stadium today in a game New York coach Rex Ryan said marks the start of his team’s playoff push. It was only three weeks ago that the Jets won their third straight game by dominating the Bills 27-11. Neither team has won since. Two bad losses by New York; three straight for Buffalo. “They’ve been in a little slump as well as we have,” Holmes said. “We know it’s another game on the schedule and they get paid just as well as we do, so they’re going to be ready to come out and
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Michigan 40, Ohio State 34 Denard Robinson accounted for five touchdowns, helping No. 17 Michigan beat Ohio State and snap a schoolrecord, seven-game losing streak in the rivalry. The Wolverines (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten) were forced to settle for a six-point lead with 1:59 left on Brendan Gibbons’ career-long 43-yard field goal after two apparent TDs were negated by a video review and then penalties. The Buckeyes (6-6, 3-5) had a chance to win the game on their final drive, but freshman Braxton Miller sailed a pass over Deviser Posey’s head on what could’ve been a 76-yard TD and threw a losssealing interception to Courtney Avery.
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put a real good stamp into our playoff chances right now. So we have to be on high alert right now.” That’s for sure. But, so do the Bills. As far as both teams are concerned, their playoff chances depend on it. “I think especially the last (few) weeks have been hard on us,” Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. “The biggest thing for us is we’ve really fallen down early, fallen behind and taken big deficits. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to come back from those.” Fitzpatrick’s play has been one reason. Since signing a six-year, $59 million contract extension on Oct. 28, he has mostly struggled with four touchdowns and eight interceptions in four games following a terrific start. In Buffalo’s last three losses, the Bills have been outscored 106-26 — including a 35-8 thrashing at Miami last Sunday. “Well we’re not playing the way we were playing earlier in the season and it’s not necessarily (Fitzpatrick), even though I think he believes he can play a little bit better than he has been playing,” Bills coach Chan Gailey said. “But we can all do better, every one
of us can, me included. I watch him play and it seems like we’ve had a different offensive line in there each week for the last three or four weeks and it seems like we’ve had different receivers going out there each week, so it’s been hard on him.” There will be some more lineup shuffling this week for the Bills. Running back Fred Jackson, their biggest offensive star, was placed on injured reserve with a broken bone in his lower left leg. Starting cornerback Terrence McGee and wide receiver Donald Jones were placed on injured reserve because of injuries, and starting safety George Wilson, wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt and kicker Rian Lindell are sidelined for the game against the Jets. “We’ve had a good amount of guys go down, but to be honest, the way that this team is structured a lot of the guys that have gotten the chance to play and to prove themselves had to do it by waiting their turn in line,” Fitzpatrick said, trying to put a positive spin on things. “A lot of young guys that are hungry and ready to get out there are really looking forward to the opportunity.”
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About two weeks ago as I write this, I slit open an envelope one morning and took out a check, from the University of Washington, for $1,850.15. Glory! They had obviously adopted my newest book for their writers’ program, although the attached stub didn’t specify what the check was for. In the book business, it’s not uncommon for a check to come in before the order invoice gets here, so I stuck the envelope on the dashboard to await the accompanying order. Two days later, I still hadn’t gotten the order, but was going by the bank anyway, so I took that envelope in to deposit. I handed it to the head teller and asked her to verify it, and Dean immediately declared, “There’s no return address!” That is apparently a tip-off for scams, to those who know the ropes. She called the Bank of America, whose check it was. They verified that it was a real account, but she strongly urged caution on depositing it, so I didn’t. Then down in the envelope, I found an inch-wide slip of paper saying for me to contact Lisa at centurytask@ yahoo.com for further details on earning the check. I had missed seeing that when I slit the envelope and saw the check the first time. Well, durn! Apparently the University of Washington was not naming me as their paid writer-in-residence for 2012. Then it occurred to me: if the scammers have a real check on a real University of Washington bank account, surely they are scamming more folks than one li’l ole Mississippi farm boy. What if a few dozen folks across the country actually deposited these checks without checking first? So, since I had to consult with Lisa online anyway (she came immediately back with my instructions to deposit the check, keep $300 for myself, then wire $1,550.15 to a fellow “Feedback Specialist” by Western Union, so as to check on “anonymous customer complaints” that WU wasn’t doing folks right, the details of their service I was supposed to take notes on to e-mail her immediately), I went to the Washington website and clicked on “Controller.” She answered in person. I
told her about the check and thanked her, but suggested she ask an English professor for confirmation on what I still hoped was a big book order. She was a nice lady, but she knew the writers’ program had not ordered $1,850 worth of Robert Hitt Neill books. However, she asked me to fax her a copy of the check, while she contacted Bank of America to watch out for similar checks trying to come through. I did that, and was thanked enthusiastically by her and the B of A guy. For the next week, “Lisa” e-mailed me several times a day wanting to know if I had “accomplished my duties.” I taxed my writer’s mind to come up with excuses, so as to keep them on the hook while the fraud squad began tracing. Each day I forwarded Lisa’s messages and my replies to the Washington lady, who was sending them on to the B of A guy. Lisa was impatient, because some of her messages were being sent at 3 a.m. After nearly two weeks of our four-way correspondence, I finally got a call one morning from the Bank of America guy, who once again told me how much he and the Washington lady appreciated me keeping the scammers online, but I might as well end it. Since I had never cashed the check, no one was actually out any money, therefore the law had not yet been broken. They had been able to forestall any other checks coming through on that account, so no harm was done. No harm done. What about pulling the rug out from under an author whose heart was beating faster because of an unexpected big book order? Easy come, easy go. You haven’t gotten a big check in the mail from Washington without a return address, have you? Better go slow spending it.
• Robert Hitt Neill is an outdoors writer. He lives in Leland, Miss.
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Portland’s Nemanja Mitrovic (33) pulls down a rebound next to Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the first half Saturday. Kentucky won the game, 87-63.
Players, owners agree on deal to end lockout NEW YORK (AP) — With a Christmas Day tripleheader on everyone’s wish list and a tentative labor agreement in place, NBA owners and union officials went back to work Saturday, relaying details of the deal with hopes of cementing it quickly. After a 149-day lockout that ultimately will cost the league approximately a half-billion dollars in losses, a marathon bargaining session produced a handshake agreement earlier in the day — actually, just a few hours before daybreak. Commissioner David Stern still must sell his owners on an agreement that could change the way they do business. And the players, looking beat and beaten, face a tougher healing process in approving a pact that significantly limits their earnings. But considering everything owners sought when these negotiations opened with a contentious meeting at the All-Star break in February 2010, perhaps they will feel relieved they got as much as they did. Players’ association executives Derek Fisher and Maurice Evans hardly looked enthused about the agreement as they sat next to executive director Billy Hunter on the same side of a conference table with Stern, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver and Spurs owner Peter Holt, the chairman of the league’s labor relations committee. But at least they weren’t sitting in a courtroom, where they appeared headed less than two weeks earlier. Just 12 days after talks broke down, Stern and Hunter appeared together after 3 a.m. Saturday to announce the 10-year deal, with either side able to opt out after the sixth year. It leaves the NBA with its second shortened season (the first was the 50-game 1998-99 season), with the hope of getting in 66 games instead of a full 82-game schedule. Stern said he expects the labor committee to endorse the deal and recommend it to the full board for approval. The players’ side has revealed little of its feelings about the deal, noting the pending antitrust litigation in its desire to keep details quiet. But players always preferred to be on the court, rather than in it, and now they finally have the chance — starting Christmas Day. For the season openers, it would be Boston at New York, Miami at Dallas and Chicago
at the Lakers. Now, the regular season would end one week later and push back the NBA Finals a week, potentially setting up a Game 7 on June 28, 2012. The deal also calls for no hard salary cap, no rollbacks of existing salaries and contracts can still be fully guaranteed. Owners had called for all of that, seeking a route to profitability after saying they lost $300 million last season. But players’ annual raises were trimmed from 10.5 percent for those re-signing with their own teams and 8 percent for those leaving to 7.5 percent and 4.5 percent respectively. Rules implemented to curb spending by teams over the luxury tax will limit some of their options in free agency. Owners relented slightly on their previous insistence that players receive no more than 50 percent of basketball-related income after they were guaranteed 57 percent in the old CBA. The target is still a 50-50 split, but with a band from 49 percent to 51 percent that gives the players a better chance of reaching the highest limit than previously proposed. “I appreciate what Billy and Derek and the players have compromised on because it will allow us, as a small market, to be competitive and create more parity across all 30 teams,” Holt said. “We are really excited. We are excited for the fans. We’re excited to start playing basketball for the players and for everybody involved.” Details were provided to owners Saturday afternoon in what would be described as a largely congratulatory teleconference. A person with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press that some owners said they wished certain issues — usually ones specific to smaller markets — were addressed, but many were simply relieved the process was nearing an end. “The way the deal shakes out, particularly the system issues, there’s something in there for every owner to hate,” the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the pact still needs to be ratified. “A number of the small market owners may feel bad that they were not protected the way they thought they were going to be protected. Having said that, virtually all of them say it’s better to play than not to play or lose the season.”
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San Diego edges Alcorn State, 66-65 By The Associated Press
Cal Poly 72, MVSU 55
Johnny Dee scored 18 points and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to help San Diego hold on and beat Alcorn State 66-65 on Saturday. Darian Norris scored 15 points for the Toreros, going 6-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point range. Chris Manresa had 10 points and nine rebounds for San Diego (4-1). Ian Francis and JaMichael Hawkins both scored 12 points for Alcorn (1-4). The Braves shot 47.2 percent from the field and went 7-of-16 from 3-point range, but missed three key free throws in the second half. After being outscored 38-29 in the first half, the Braves outscored the Toreros 36-28 in the second but fell just short of a comeback win.
Dylan Royer hit five 3-pointers and scored 18 points to lead Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo to a victory over Mississippi Valley State in the Las Vegas Invitational. Drake U’u and David Hanson each added 13 points for Cal Poly (4-2), which finished 3-1 in the tournament. Amaurys Fermin added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Mustangs, who hit 14 of 25 3-pointers. Paul Crosby led the Delta Devils (1-5) with 23 points and six rebounds. Valley went 1-3 in the invitational. After Cal Poly led 32-26 at halftime, Mississippi Valley State took two brief one-point leads. But the Mustangs pulled away, building two 21-point advantages.
Texas Lutheran 79, Mississippi College 63
Isaac Williams scored 24 points, Justin Lindsey added 19, and Texas Lutheran (1-2) beat Mississippi College (0-1) in the American Southwest Conference opener for both teams. Brandon Blake led MC with 13 points, but the Choctaws went 1-for-17 from 3-point range in the game. They shot 56.3 percent (18-for-32) from inside the arc.
Kentucky 87, Portland 63 Terrence Jones and Darius Miller scored 19 points apiece, Anthony Davis had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 2 Kentucky routed Portland
in the Wildcats’ final tuneup before playing St. John’s and No. 1 North Carolina next week. Kentucky (6-0) has won every game by double digits, but Portland gave the Wildcats plenty to work on after the Pilots (2-4) challenged them with sharp outside shooting and won the rebounding battle, 39-38. Kentucky used an 18-3 firsthalf run to take a double-digit lead.
UConn 78, FSU 76 Shabazz Napier hit a big 3-pointer with a minute left in overtime and finished with 26 points, leading No. 4 Connecticut (6-1) past 22nd-ranked Florida State in the consolation game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
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TONIGHT ON TV n MOVIE “The Wedding Date” — A desperate woman, Debra Messing, pays a male escort, Dermot Mulroney, $6,000 to accompany her to London for her sister’s wedding./7 on TBS n SPORTS NFL — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots head south on I-95 to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles./3:15 on CBS n PRIMETIME “Once Upon a Time” — Sheriff Graham makes Emma a deputy; a sinkhole appears at the edge of town; in fairytale world, Jiminy wants to leave the family business./7 on ABC
Daughter’s rejection adds to terminally ill man’s pain Dear Abby: My husband has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and might not have long to live. Ever since I met “John” he has searched for his daughter who was given up for adoption years ago. We recently found her. She rejected him. “Patty” met her birth mother a few years ago and decided to have contact only with her. This has caused John so much pain that I sometimes cry myself to sleep at night. Our daughters were raised knowing they have
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MILESTONES n BIRTHDAYS Kathryn Bigelow, movie director, 60; Caroline Kennedy, 54; Mike Bordin, rock musician, 49; Fisher Stevens, actor, 48; Robin Givens, actress, 47; Kirk Acevedo, actor, 40; Twista, rapper, 39; Jaleel White, actor, 35; Alison Pill, actress, 26.
Stockard Channing shrugs off pain Stockard Channing has made a speedy — some might say miraculous — return to Broadway. The 67-year-old Tony Award-winner performed in “Other Desert Cities” this weekend and plans to continue in the show despite undergoing arthroscopic surgery on her right knee a week ago. Channing felt her knee collapse backstage afStockard Channing ter the Nov. 18 show and missed seven performances. She was to perform in today’s matinee. An understudy performed Saturday’s matinee and will do Wednesday’s matinee. The play, about a dysfunctional family wrestling with a deep secret, opened Nov. 3. “This is may be stupid. I don’t know. But if it doesn’t blow up or get painful, I’m doing the right thing,” Channing said. Channing played Rizzo in the 1978 hit movie “Grease.”
YouTube series celebrates regular dad A new online video series about a stereotypical Pittsburgh father is attracting tens of thousands of viewers. “Pittsburgh Dad” celebrates and makes fun of the unique speech of the working-class city, where yinz means you all, nebby means nosy and redd up means clean up. The series is available on YouTube. It’s so successful that creator and director Chris Preksta plans more than a dozen new episodes, starring his actor friend Curt Wootton as the dad. Preksta is known for the SyFy channel series “The Mercury Men.” He’s filming “Pittsburgh Dad” on an iPhone.
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Penn. turkey meets a death most fowl A wild turkey smashed through a plate glass window at an empty western Pennsylvania restaurant and ended up where millions of its fellow gobblers did on Thanksgiving: a dining room. Penn Hills police Officer Bernard Sestili said the feathered fowl didn’t survive impact when it barreled into the dining room of the Eat’n Park on Thursday afternoon. The restaurant was closed at the time.
BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Before launching any new projects, make sure you have finished to your satisfaction everything else on your drawing board. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Your chances for achieving a critical objective are minimal at best, because once you attain it, you might not know how to keep it going. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Strive to control any impulsive inclinations you might have. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — If there is a lack of harmony regarding ultimate aims, joint ventures aren’t likely to work out too well for you. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Conditions are ripe for establishing a friendship with someone who up until now has always opposed you. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Use your resources wisely, be they people or things, and you’ll be effective in your efforts to be successful. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Things could get a bit awkward for you when a friend unwittingly brings along someone whom you intensely dislike. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Be sure you have the approval of the entire clan if you’re contemplating making a change that would affect everybody. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don’t pretend to know what you’re doing if you are placed in a position where it’s up to you to approve or disapprove certain procedures. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Although your financial possibilities look good, your spending habits might negate anything extra you make. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — When you’re free to operate as you choose, success is likely, but if you feel hampered, it could be another story. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — There’s a chance that you could be inclined to talk about things that should be kept confidential. If misquoted and taken out of context, it could cause trouble.
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an older sister. They also know we found Patty and she doesn’t want to get to know us. I don’t know how to explain what’s happening without them thinking they’re not good enough.
I don’t know what I can do to ease the sadness or make his daughter see that she might not have another chance. Abby, please help. — Blindsided in Bend, Ore. Dear Blindsided: I’ll try. Write Patty a letter and tell her that her father loves her and searched for her for many years before he was able to locate her. Tell her that he is now terminally ill and would like to see her before he dies — and that it could be healing for
both of them. Explain to your daughters that Patty’s reason for not wanting to meet them might be that her birth mother has poisoned her against the paternal branch of the family, and not to take it personally.
• 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 Abby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
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Celebrities tell stories of adversity, comebacks The Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library reports on new books regularly. • “Black and Blue: The Redd Foxx Story” by Michael Seth Starr tells the story of a pop culture i c o n . Fox x was a veteran comedian and “overnight sensation” at the age of 49 whose early life was defined by adversity — and post “Sanford and Son” years by a blur of women, cocaine, endless lawsuits, financial chaos and a losing battle with the IRS. But through it all, a remarkable talent and drive kept him afloat. In his career of more than 40 years, he made a major impact on stand-up comedy, and television. Foxx’s frank, trailblazing style as the “King of Party Records” opened the door for generations of African-American comedians, including Dick Gregory, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock. • “All My Life” is Susan Lucci’s memoir. When Lucci and “All My Children” were introduced to the world in 1971, American television changed forever. Lucci’s character, the beautiful, spirited and mercurial Erica Kane, was an original — the first vixen viewers loved to hate. But while millions have enjoyed getting to know Erica’s many sides — and have been awed at how this character has continually remade herself — the woman who plays her has remained a mystery. In her long-awaited memoir, this very private actress, wife, mother, daughter and entrepreneur pulls back the curtain to reveal her story. • “Bossypants” by Tina Fey is her story. Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Fey was just a young girl with a dream: A recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middleschool gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on “Saturday Night Live,” from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor, from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: You’re no one until someone calls you bossy. • “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was)” by Bill Cosby is a new collection of observations. Cosby brings us more of his wonderful and wacky insights into the human condition that are sure to become
classics. In the tradition of Fat Albert, Cosby introduces a host of new characters, includ-
ing Peanut Armhouse and Old Mother Harold. The doctor of comedy holds forth on everything from a game show contestant’s confusing origins, to a grandchild with a Godzilla infatuation, to his first love Bernadette and many more delightful digressions. • “Robert Downey, Jr.: the
Fall and Rise of the Comeback Kid” by Ben Falk is a detailed and authoritative account
of one of modernday Hollywood’s greatest performers. Starting his career with child performances in his father’s independent films, Downey’s chaotic home life saw him travel coast to coast struggling to fit in until he found his calling in front of the camera. His turbulent 20s saw him portray a young addict in “Less than Zero,” become an Academy Awardnominated leading man in “Chaplin,” and get married for the first time. And despite intermittent tussles with the law, he still managed to create indelible characters in movies as varied as “Natural Born Killers,” “Zodiac,” and “Wonder Boys.” But his self-
new on the shelves proclaimed “lizard brain” also drove him to drink copiously, as well as use drugs. These issues led to him becoming a regular on “Court TV” and an inmate at two of California’s toughest prisons, before finally turning his life around. • “Dancing Lessons” by Cheryl Burke tells how she found passion and potential on the dance floor. On Feb. 26, 2006, professional dancer Burke and pop singer Drew Lachey were declared the winners of Dancing with the Stars on Cheryl’s first season with the show. As the media parade began, it was a unique moment of validation and transformation for Cheryl that marked the start of an exhilarating new stage in her life and her career. How did this once shy girl, a girl who l ov e d t o dance but g ave u p ballet because she didn’t h ave a “ballet body,” overcome numerous insecurities to realize her dream of a successful dance career and become a champion — twice — on one of the most popular shows on television? •“Evel: the High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel” by Leigh Montville tells the story of this American showman, daredevil and legend. He was a cultural icon who defined an American era — a real-life action hero whose dare-devil thrills and disastrous crashes dominated the talk in schoolyards, workshops and water coolers. But beneath the red, white, and blue cape, who was the man? This riveting new biography explores the triumphs and catastrophes, the outward charisma and the hidden dark side, of the volatile man known to millions as Evel Knievel. • “Jeannie Out of the Bottle” by Barbara Eden takes us behind the scenes of “I Dream of Jeannie” as well as Barbara’s dozens of other stage, movie, television and live concert performances. We follow her from the hungry years when she was a struggling studio contract player at 20th Century Fox through difficult weeks trying to survive as a chorus
girl at Ciro’s Sunset Strip Supper Club, from a stint as Johnny Carson’s sidekick on live TV to tangling onscreen and off with some of Hollywood’s most desirable leading men, including Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman and Warren Beatty. From the ups and downs of her relationship with her “Jeannie” co-star Larry Hagman to a touching meeting with an exquisite and vulnerable Marilyn Monroe at the twilight of her career, readers join Barbara on a thrilling journey through her five decades in Hollywood. • “My Lucky Life in and out of Show Business” by Dick Van Dyke is his memoir. Indisputably one of the greats of the golden age of television, Van Dyke is admired and beloved by audiences the world over for his beaming smile, his physical dexterity, his impeccable comic timing, his ridic-
ulous stunts and his unforgettable screen roles. His trailblazing television program, “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” was one of the most popu- lar sitcoms of the 1960s and introduced another major television star, Mary Tyler Moore. But Van Dyke was also an enormously engaging movie star whose films, including “Mary Poppins” and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” have been discovered by a new generation of fans
and are as beloved today as they were when they first appeared. This is a lively, heartwarming memoir of a performer who still thinks of himself as a “simple songand-dance man,” but who is, in every sense of the word, a
• 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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Jameson offers holiday discount The Jameson Inn in Vicksburg is participating in the hotel chain’s 20th annual Holiday Hospitality program, which offers families visiting loved ones in the Vicksburg area between now and Dec. 30 the company’s discounted employee room rate. “This is our way of giving back to our community,” said Jameson Inn manager Glenda Calbert. Residents with guests who may wish to take advantage of the holiday hospitality offer can contact the Jameson Inn, 3975 S. Frontage Road, at 601-619-7799.
Alcorn set to offer hog-trapping course The Alcorn State University Extension Program and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will sponsor a feral hog-trapping workshop at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Extension and Research Complex in the Ray Johnson Assembly Center on the Lorman campus. The workshop is designed to better educate landowners on the most effective practices of trapping feral, or wild, hogs. For registration information, call 601-877-6558 or 877-427-9536.
Dairy seminar set for January in Ga. Southern dairy producers will meet in Atlanta from Jan. 24 to 25 to address issues facing the industry, according to Mississippi State University. The conference is sponsored by the Southern Extension and Research Activity 15 regional committee. Mississippi State is one of the 12 land-grant universities planning the conference. Stephanie Hill Ward, assistant professor of animal and dairy science at Mississippi State, will lead the Southern Dairy Conference planning committee. The conference will be at the Embassy Suites near the Atlanta airport. Lodging reservations must be made directly with the hotel by calling 800- 362-2779 or 404-7671988. The Southern Dairy Conference rate is $120 per night. Registration before Jan. 11 is $125 for students and $200 for others. Late registration is $250. Online registration is available at www.areg.caes.uga.edu. For more information go to www.southerndairyconference.com.
Navy Blue Angels fly into era of budget questions By The Associated Press PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. — The Navy’s Blue Angels have been thrilling audiences for more than six decades with their acrobatic flying in fighter planes, but a new era of federal budget worries and proposed deficit cutting has some inside and outside the military raising questions about the millions it costs to produce their shows. Some want the popular shows grounded and some readers of the Air Force Times newspaper — most of them active or retired service members — recently listed eliminating the Blue Angels and similar programs as one way to cut defense spending. The Pentagon spends $37 million for the Blue Angels, whose mission is to enhance recruiting for the Navy and Marines and to be their public goodwill ambassador. That’s a fraction of the Pentagon’s $926 billion annual budget, but that’s not the point, critics say. They argue that lots of smaller programs will have to be eliminated to meet required spending reductions. Automatic cuts triggered by the collapse of the debt supercommittee in Washington this week combined with spending reductions previously hammered out by President Barack Obama and Congress mean that the Pentagon would be looking
‘We still live in a country that has an all-volunteer force. Everyone that signs up to join the military does so because they were motivated and inspired; maybe it was an aunt or an uncle, maybe it was a teacher or maybe it was the Blue Angels, you never know.’
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at nearly $1 trillion in cuts to projected spending over 10 years. The Air Force’s Thunderbirds and the Army’s Golden Knights paratroopers also perform big public shows. “It goes to show the scale of the Department of the Defense budget — the defense department always goes big,” said Laura Peterson, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based group Taxpayers for Common Sense. She said the money could be better spent on other programs. “The point is to look at all federal spending. We can no longer afford the wants; we have to look at the needs.” But Capt. Greg McWherter, the Blue Angels’ commander, said his team fills a vital national security role by
improving morale, helping with recruiting and presenting The Blue a public face for the Angels practice nation’s 500,000 sailin San Francisco. ors and Marines. The Navy says about 11 million people see the inspired by a persquadron’s F/A-18 fighter jets formance.” But, he scream and twist overhead said, it helps ensure during each year’s show “that the Navy and the season, from March through Marine Corps is strong 10 November. to 15 years from now.” “We still live in a counLoren Thompson, a military try that has an all-volunteer analyst with the conservative force. Everyone that signs up think tank Lexington Instito join the military does so tute in Washington’s Virbecause they were motivated ginia suburbs, said it is very and inspired; maybe it was unlikely anyone in Congress an aunt or an uncle, maybe would specifically target the it was a teacher or maybe Blue Angels because the it was the Blue Angels, you team is so popular. never know,” he said. “I think any legislator who “It is difficult to put a price called for eliminating the on that and on the number Blue Angels would be digof young men and women ging and digging through
emails filled with outrage,” he said. But he said it is possible spending for the Blue Angels, Air Force Thunderbirds and other military promotional programs could be curtailed under a larger umbrella bill as Congress and the administration look for ways to cut federal spending. “No provision specifically aimed at cutting the Blue Angels will ever pass, but that doesn’t mean the Blue Angels are safe from budget cuts,” he said. e Th
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‘Your ad here:’ Cash-strapped cities say yes to ‘visual crimes’ By The Associated Press CHICAGO — Seven vinyl banners draped this month along one of Chicago’s most iconic bridges, advertisements some have dubbed “a visual crime” and “commercial graffiti,” are reviving a debate about how governments raise money in tough economic times. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, a public school district in Colorado is selling ads on report cards and Utah has a new law allowing ads on school buses. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration, straining to fill a $600 million budget hole, is looking to raise $25 million from ads on city property — including bridges, electrical storage boxes and garbage cans. The effort kicked off this month with Bank of America ads on the 81-year-old Wabash Avenue Bridge, which crosses the Chicago River and has appeared in movies including “About Last Night” and “The Dark Knight.” “I think it’s disgusting,” Chicago resident Linda Rosenthal said recently, shaking her head as she surveyed the signs. “The architecture in Chicago is stunning. To see this awful advertisement angers me.” The white ads with blue lettering and Bank of America’s logo are posted on limestone bridge tender houses, which
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A pedestrian walks across a bridge along the Chicago River in downtown Chicago past a house with a Bank of America advertising banner. hold the equipment used to raise the bridge when tall boats pass beneath. Bank of America paid $4,500 to put seven signs on the bridge for about a month, said city spokeswoman Kathleen Strand. Strand promised the city’s new campaign will have “policies to protect the integrity of Chicago’s facade” and likened the initiative to the Chicago Transit Authority bringing in about $20 million annually from abundant ads on buses and elevated trains that don’t seem to anger anybody. “The municipal marketing
strategy is really about pursuing innovative opportunities to avoid having to cut city services or increase the tax burden on Chicagoans,” Strand said. Still, some ask where the line will be drawn. Could the city’s historic Water Tower be next? Or Grant Park’s famed Buckingham Fountain? The city’s two major daily newspapers have faced off with opposing views. Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin called the bridge ads “a visual crime” and “a grotesque cheapening of the public realm.” A Chicago
Sun-Times editorial said the ads, while unappealing, “beat going bust.” Bank of America spokeswoman Diane Wagner said the company said yes when Chicago officials asked if the bank wanted to advertise on the bridge because it’s a major employer and philanthropic supporter in the city. “We agreed to be the first company to display on the bridge because we want to help the city explore new revenue sources and we think this is an innovative way to generate new revenue,” Wagner said. Chicago advertising profes-
sionals doubt it was a smart move for either side. “I have made my living in advertising, but there has to be better ways to raise money,” said Tim Terchek, executive creative director of the Drucker Group ad firm. What’s more, the bridge ads could backfire if public disgust sticks to the bank, he said. Leo Burnett Company’s chief strategy officer Stephen Hahn-Griffiths, whose office overlooks the bridge ads, said they are a blight. “It’s like commercial graffiti,” Hahn-Griffiths said. “It makes no sense from a marketing perspective and I question the intent of doing this because it does not seem like a smart decision.” Former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist, president and CEO of the Chicago-based Congress for the New Urbanism, suggested the city could instead rent out spaces like the City Hall lobby or library and cultural center theaters for weddings and other events. “Placing advertising on a city’s architectural assets takes away from the public realm,” Norquist said. Some officials across the country, and the world, are turning to private money for public projects. In Rome, an Italian shoe company founder has pledged to foot $34 million See Ads, Page B10.
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Republican Congressman Jeff Miller, who represents the Pensacola base and serves on the House Armed Services Committee, said it’s the popularity of the Blue Angels that will keep the program alive. “You can ask the hundreds of thousands of people who come out each weekend and see them fly and know they aren’t going anywhere,” he said. It’s already been a tough 65th year for the Blue Angels, who are based at Pensacola Naval Air Station on the Florida Panhandle. McWherter, who commanded the team from November 2008 through 2010, returned in May when his replacement, Cmdr. Dave Koss, resigned after flying below minimum altitude at a Virginia air show. Koss realized the mistake and pulled out of the maneuver but the error, which could have caused a crash, prompted an internal investigation and a monthlong safety stand-down, which forced the Blue Angels to cancel their traditional flyover at the Naval Academy’s graduation in Annapolis, Md. Koss resigned from the team, saying he had not met “the airborne standard that makes the Blue Angels the exceptional organization that it is.” The Blue Angels
The Navy demonstration team began after World War II when Adm. Chester W. Nimitz wanted to continue support for naval aviation during peacetime and spotlight the Navy and Marines for potential recruits who live far from Navy bases. last had a fatal accident in 2007 when a pilot lost control of his F/A-18 and crashed outside a Marine base in Beaufort, S.C. A September crash of a civilian plane at a Nevada air race killed 11 spectators and the pilot, raising the public’s awareness of what can go wrong when airplanes and spectators mix. McWherter said that safety has to be the team’s primary goal. The air shows in which the Blue Angels perform are different from air races like the one in Nevada, he said. Blue Angels follow strict FAA guidelines for each show and maintain a standard safety zone from crowds, he said. The Blue Angels performances are designed to appear dangerous and exciting for those watching from the ground, but the shows are carefully choreographed and performed by experts. The Navy demonstration team began after World War II when Adm. Chester W. Nimitz wanted to continue support for naval aviation during peacetime and spotlight the Navy and Marines
PORTFOLIO Academy signs off on sleep clinic Physician’s Sleep Diagnostics in Vicksburg has received accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the academy has announced. To receive the five-year accreditation, a sleep center
must meet or exceed AASM standards. The process also includes an inspection of the center and an evaluation of test procedures, patient contacts and physician training. Physician’s Sleep Diagnostic, 114 Monument Place, Suite C, is directed by Dr. David M. Halinski.
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 No commercial land transfers were recorded in the
Chancery Clerk’s Office for the week ending Nov. 25, 2011.
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:
October 2011 City...................................$508,226 County............................$263,588 Schools..............................$67,114
Fiscal year 2011-12 to date City..................................$508, 226 County............................$263,588 Schools..............................$67,114
Fiscal year 2010-11 to date City...................................$461,732 County............................$188,269 Schools..............................$51,485
October 2010 City...................................$461,732 County............................$188,269
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for potential recruits who live far from Navy bases. The 2011 budget funded 70 performances at 35 cities around the United States, including Great Falls, Mont., Millington, Tenn., and Ypsilanti, Mich. The blue and gold jets twist, turn, drop from the sky and roar into the clouds in perfect formation for 45 minutes. More than 100,000 people attended the Blue Angels end-of-season performance on Nov. 11 and 12 at Pensacola Naval Air Station. U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said the Blue Angels are important because they show the incredible skill level of U.S. military. He said he thinks of the Blue Angels as “ambassa-
dors for not just the Navy but for the entire American military across this country and around the world.” “We get way more than our money’s worth for what they do,” he said. Fans who watched the team perform this summer at the team’s annual Pensacola Beach show agreed. Bryan Johnson and his family from Lubbock, Texas, watched from beneath a beach umbrella as the team streaked over the Gulf of Mexico. “I think (The Blue Angels) are a good way to get guys to want to join the military, especially those with college education who want to go in and fly the planes,” Bryan Johnson said. The only proof of the Blue Angels appeal and success that Lori Johnson needed was the crowd on the beach. “This airshow is more popular today than it was 20 years ago. Everyone is here to support the military in some fashion,” she said.
to restore the Colosseum — the ancient arena blackened by pollution — and its founder has said the gesture could launch more private sponsorship for public benefit in Italy. In Venice, Mayor Giorgio Orsoni defended the use of publicity on restoration of such projects as the famed Doges Palace, saying sponsors’ contribution allowed the work to be accelerated. But Venice also has strict rules on the use of advertisements. Only 10 percent of an exposed facade can be covered, and ads for cigarettes, alcohol and those featuring nudity are banned. Back in the U.S., a suburban Salt Lake City school district plans to be Utah’s first to plaster its buses with advertisements in an effort to generate additional revenue without raising taxes. While the ad revenue is expected to supplement the Jordan School District’s budget, officials said it won’t be enough to make up for the recent budget cuts.
It’s a similar story in Golden, Colo., where Jefferson County Public Schools’ report cards now feature ads for the CollegeInvest college savings program. The ads raise $30,000 a year. “Parents understand where we are at with the funding issues and most of the reaction has been positive,” said school district spokeswoman Lorie Gillis. Retiree Jim Phillips, who leads free tours of Chicago’s bridges, challenged the city to channel public curiosity about the structures into money-making ventures, such as charging tourists to see the bridge houses’ inner workings. “If it gets to the point advertisements go on more of these historic structures, I don’t think there’s any way to stop them on others,” Phillips said. “What if you put a NASCAR suit on the Picasso? What if you slapped a Google sign on one of the lions at the Art Institute?”
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Port Gibson man is horse champ A Port Gibson man has won world championship titles at the Texas-American Paint Horse Association competition. David Headley won honors at the Tuesday’s event at Fort Worth, Texas. He competed in the amateur stake race and open stake race with Slide A Way Sally, a 1992 mare owned by his son Shelton Headley. Amateurs are competitors age 19 and older. They are required to show their own or a family-owned horse. The Texas-American Paint Horse Association hosts two competitions per year.
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Louisiana kicks off statehood events The kickoff event for the Louisiana statehood bicentennial celebration will be Tuesday. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Kent Plantation House in Alexandria, the festivities will include the unveiling of the commemorative U.S. stamp, designed by Louisiana artist C.C. Lockwood, live entertainment by Roscoe, Lee and Abadie, and food. For more information on Louisiana’s statehood bicentennial celebration, call 318-442-9546.
New Stage sets December shows The New Stage Theatre will present plays during the month of December. • “Annie,” based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 8-10 and 15-17, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $22 for students and seniors, $18 for those 12 and younger and $75 for a family package that includes tickets for two adults and two for children. Group discounts are available. • “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a live radio performance, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-14, at 10 p.m. Dec. 15-16 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students. Call 601-948-3531 or visit www.newstagetheatare. com for more information. Shows will be performed at the Jane Reid-Petty Theatre Center, 1100 Carlisle St., Jackson.
Professional pianist to perform at USM A Grammy-nominated pianist will perform Tuesday in a free concert at the University of Southern Mississippi. Petronel Malan, a native of South Africa who has won five gold medals at piano competitions throughout the United States, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus. She will play on a Shigeru EX concert piano, one of four in the U.S. For more information, call Southern Miss at 601266-5543.
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A hostess gives the kitchen sink a quick cleaning before guests arrive.
Company coming? Make the house look good — fast By Beth J. Harpaz The Associated Press NEW YORK — A thorough housecleaning can take all day — maybe all weekend. And as satisfying as that can be, sometimes you just don’t have the time or the motivation. But with Christmas just around the corner, we all want our homes to look good for parties, drop-in visitors and relatives. We want our guests to have that “Wow, this place looks nice!” feeling that comes with entering a house where
the beds are made, sofa pillows are plumped, clutter is gone, and sinks and stovetop are • Gifts for kids shiny. Here’s some advice • Downloadable giftson cleaning high-profile spaces in a hurry.
Prioritize “Concentrate on the public areas: the living/family room, dining room and bathrooms. Prioritize what has to be done — replenishing toilet paper in the bathroom — versus what would be nice to do — dusting the picture frames,”
said Deanne Marie, creator of “Smart Solutions for Busy People” books and blog. Marie suggests taking a timer with you from room to room (use the one on your cell phone if you don’t have a kitchen timer) and setting it for 15 minutes in each room as a way of forcing yourself to “focus on the necessities.”
Hide clutter Marie calls it the “Hail Mary” pass of housecleaning: Cover up the mess when you can’t get rid of it!
Advice is just a ring, click away By The Associated Press Faced with a holiday cooking conundrum? There’s undoubtedly an app for that. But if you’re a little more old school, there still are numerous hot lines you can call when a kitchen crisis hits. Or do damage control before it reaches that stage. Most companies now offer tons of tips, advice and how-to videos on their websites and via Facebook and Twitter • Crisco Pie Hotline — 877-
The Maids, a national cleaning franchise, advises simply piling your miscellaneous countertop clutter in a laundry basket and sticking it in the closet. No time to do the dishes before company arrives? The Maids’ solution is to stack them on a cookie sheet for temporary storage in the oven (cold, of course). Another tip: Shut the doors to rooms and closets your guests need not see.
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Guest management makes parties easier By Beth J. Harpaz The Associated Press
367-7438 • Butterball Turkey TalkLine — 800-BUTTERBALL, www. butterball.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Empire Kosher poultry customer hot line — 717-436-7055 or www. empirekosher.com. See Hotlines, Page C5.
NEW YORK — It would be so easy to give holiday parties if it weren’t for the guests. Guests who fail to RSVP, then show up with friends. Guests who arrive late and stay past your bedtime. Guests who clean out your shrimp cocktail but won’t touch your pasta salad. Guests who knock over drinks and nearly set their sleeves on fire reaching over your candles. But you can outsmart them all and host a party as carefree for you as it is fun for them. Here are some tips for Party Management 101, from the invite to the
Timing Send the invitation for a holiday party too early and people forget. Wait too long and everyone’s booked. Kaity Eagle, a marketing specialist with InvitationConsultants.com, recommends sending invitations “no later than one month before the party. November and December are busy months.” Sunday evenings are a good alternative to busy Friday and Saturday nights. Yes, everyone has to go to work or school the next day, but if you schedule your party for late Sunday See Parties, Page C5.
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Grant workshops offered statewide for the arts The Mississippi Arts Commission will host a series of free grant-writing workshops for artists and arts organizations. The workshops will include an overview of grant programs and discussions on how to prepare applications. For more information, call 601-359-6030 or e-mail email@example.com. The schedule: • 5:30 p.m. Dec.6 — The Depot, Philadelphia. • 6 p.m. Jan.9 — The Ellis Theatre, Cleveland. • 6 p.m. Jan.10 — Hancock County Library, Bay St. Louis. • 6 p.m. Jan. 17 — Quisenberry Library, Clinton.
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Rainbow Angel, a Christmas-themed piece by Louisiana artist Brenda McDaniel that will be on display in December at the Ouachita River Art Gallery in Monroe
Art display is made of LEGO toys The Arts Center of Mississippi will host an opening
from staff reports reception for Scott Crawford’s LEGO Jackson display. The reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8, and the exhibit will run through Jan.15. The display features the Jackson sights and City Hall, all made from LEGOs, a child’s toy. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. It is located at 201 E. Pascagoula St. in downtown Jackson. For more information, call 601-960-1557.
Woodville is site of new visitors center A new welcome center has opened at Woodville, off U.S. 62. The Woodville Hospital-
ity Station is the state’s 13th welcome center. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with restrooms open 24 hours a day. For more information, visit www.VisitMississippi.org.
Gallery in Monroe geared up for season The Ouachita River Art Guild’s December display will feature seasonal items. The ORAG gallery in Monroe will display Christmas gifts including paintings, pottery, photographs, woodwork, glass and jewelry from various artists. The gallery is at 308 Trenton St. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 322-2380.
local events & ENTERTAINMENT In town 15th annual Old Fashioned Christmas Open House 1-5 p.m. today along Washington Street; starts extended downtown shopping hours; Santa at The Valley for photos from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Dillard’s satellite store at 1311 Washington St. from 1 to 5; Vicksburg Main Street, 601-634-4527 or kimh@vicksburg. org.
Seventh annual V105.5 Caroling Contest Preliminaries: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday and 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; Finals: 7:30-10:30 Saturday; tickets for each night: $5 for adults and free for younger than 12; 601-630-2929.
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Vicksburg Theatre Guild Performances: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 9-10; 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 11; “Forever Plaid,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, 21, 27, 28 and 2 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29; 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 www.vicksburgtheatreguild.com.
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 www.fitzonegym.com.
Jackson Zoo Safari Slumber Sleepover 7 p.m.-9 a.m. Feb. 24-25; $25 members, $30 nonmembers, registration required; 2918 W. Capitol St.; 601-352-2580, www.jacksonzoo.org; $9 for adults, $6 for ages 2-12, $8.10 for over 65, free for younger than 2.
25th annual Riverfest
Mississippi School for the Arts Applications accepted through Feb. 1; 355 W. Monticello St., Brookhaven; 601-823-1300,www.msa.k12.ms.us.
Pick up children’s names through Dec. 10 at First Presbyterian Church, Bowmar Baptist Church, Bass Shoe Outlet and Outlets of Vicksburg; 601-636-2706.
7-10 p.m. April 21-22 downtown; gates open at 6 p.m; $15 per night, $25 weekend pass until 4 p.m. April 15; Paper Plus, Trustmark Main Branch, Toot’s and Guaranty Bank’s Cherry and Halls Ferry branches; tickets at the gate, $20 per night, $35 per weekend pass; www.riverfestms.com.
St. Aloysius Luminaria Prayer Service
Riverfest Arts & Crafts Show
7 p.m. Wednesday Balzli Stadium/Farrell Field; $10 for luminaries; Call 601-636-4824 or visit www.vicksburgcatholic.org.
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22; free; www.riverfestms.com.
‘The Forgotten Carols’
Arts Center of Mississippi photo exhibit
The Salvation Army Angel Tree
7 p.m. Friday at Vicksburg Auditorium; 601-638-8562 or nwbailess@aol; $14 for adults, $10 for students; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
Vicksburg Art Association Gala From 8-11 p.m. Friday; Firehouse Gallery, Main and Openwood streets; $30; Attic Gallery, on Washington Street, 601-631-1792.
Downtown Vicksburg Parade of Lights 5 p.m. Saturday; T-shirts for sale; Vicksburg Main Street: 601-6344527, firstname.lastname@example.org.
10th annual Breakfast with Santa 8-10 a.m. Saturday; Vicksburg Convention Center; tickets: $7 at ticketmasater.com, 800-745-3000 or convention center box office; 601-630-2929.
Southern Cultural Heritage Center Holly Days Arts and Crafts show: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday; $1; Gold leaf workshop: 8:30-noon Jan. 14; Teri Taylor Roddy, instructor; $90 members, $95 nonmembers; Winter soup workshop: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 17; William Furlong, instructor; $30 members, $35 nonmembers; Intro to Spanish for Kids: 4:155:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan.31-March 6; Olivia Foshee, instructor; $70 members, $75 nonmembers; Contact: 601-631-2997, info@ southernculture.org, www.southernculture.org, also on Facebook.
Miss Mississippi Trunk Show 2-3 p.m. Dec. 4 at Vicksburg Convention Center; Miss Mississippi Mary Margaret Roark will model wardrobe for 2012 Miss America Pageant.
14th annual Jammin’ for the Kids 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at Jacques’ Cafe; admission: $5 or new toy.
Warren Central Madrigals Singe Feaste dinner theatre 7 p.m. Dec. 8-10 ; Southern Cultural Heritage Center; $25; Call 601-631-2916.
Confederate Christmas Ball and dance lessons From 7:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10; Old Court House Museum, Cherry Street; $25; 6 p.m. Dec. 8-9 dance lessons; free; 601-0741.
Westside Theatre Guild “1940’s Radio Hour” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-22 and Dec. 27-29, Strand Theatre, on Clay Street; $12 for adults, $8 for younger than 12; 601-636-8313, 601-618-9349.
Book-signings 2 this afternoon: Neil White, “Mississippi’s 100 Greatest Football Players of All Time” and “Mississippians”; 2-4 p.m. Dec. 8: Sid Salter, “Jack Cristil: Voice of the MSU Bulldogs”; Lorelei Books, 1103 Washington St.; 601-634-8624, www.loreleibooks.com,
Out of Town Through Friday; “Baghdad Beyond the Wire: Faces from the Fair Garden”; 201 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson; 601-960-1557, ext. 224, email@example.com.
Mississippi College Festival of Lights 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at Provine Chapel on Clinton campus; $15 general admission, $10 MC faculty and staff, $5 students with ID; 601-925-3440.
‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 4; Swor Aditorium, 200 S. Capital St., Jackson; $7 general admission, $5 for students and $3 for groups of 20 or more; Mississippi College, 601-925-3935.
Christmas at Melrose 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 4; Melrose Plantation, 1 Melrose-Montebello Parkway, Natchez; free; 601446-5790.
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, www.msmuseumart.org.
Monroe holiday events Tree Lighting: 6 p.m. Saturday at Monroe Civic Center Plaza, 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway; Masur Museum children workshops: 9 a.m.-noon for ages 5-8 and 2-5 p.m. for ages 9-12 Dec. 28; $20 members, $30 for nonmembers; 1400 S. Grand St.; firstname.lastname@example.org, 318-329-2237.
22nd annual Port Gibson Christmas parade 10 a.m. Saturday downtown; theme, Through a Child’s Eyes; 601-437-4500.
Eighth annual Rolling Fork Christmas parade 4 p.m. Dec. 7; through downtown to South Delta High School; 662-873-6261.
For Foodies Holiday appetizer workshop 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Southern Cultural Heritage Center; William Furlong, instructor; $30 members, $35 nonmembers; 601631-2997, email@example.com, www.southernculture.org, also on Facebook.
For kids Mississippi Children’s Museum birthday 9 a.m.-noon Saturday; 2145 Highland Drive, Jackson; $8; 601981-5469, www.mississippichildrensmuseum.com,
FitZone Elite Cheer Fall Schedule Through Dec. 20; Mondays: 4:15-5:15 p.m. for ages 4-8; 5:15-
Nightlife Vicksburg Convention Center 1600 Mulberry St., 601-630-2929 • Ron White Moral Compass Tour — 7 p.m. Jan. 28; tickets: $40.75, $52.75, $184.75 for VIP pass with meet and greet; ticketmaster.com, 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.: • Snazz — Friday-Saturday. • Ratchett — Dec. 10. • Crossin Dixon — Dec. 17. • Slap Happy — Dec. 31.
Ameristar Casino, 4116 Washington St. 601-638-1000, www.ameristar.com Free at Bottleneck Blues Bar: • Mike Zito — Variety/classic rock; Friday-Saturday. • Savannah Jack — Country rock; Dec. 9-10. • The Ugli Stick — Variety; Dec. 16-17. • King of Hearts — Variety; Dec. 23-24. • Dr. Zarr’s Funkmonster — Variety/funk; Dec. 30-31. Free at Cabaret Lounge: • Ben Shaw — Variety; Friday-Saturday. • Broxton — Variety; Dec. 9-10. • Area Code — Variety; Dec. 16-17. • Sinamon Leaf — Variety; Dec. 23-24. • Groove Inc. — Variety; Dec. 30-31.
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.
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forms proviDed through the vicksburg post Matthew G. and Janalyn Hennessee Dement announce the birth of a 7-pound, 8-ounce son, Matthew Gregory Jr., on Aug. 29, 2011, at Madison River Oaks in Canton. Maternal grandparents are Joanna Majoria and Jeff Hennessee. Paternal grandparents are Shirley Rust and the late Cecil Dement. • Harry L. “Trey” III and Christie Robinson Martin announce the birth of a 6-pound, 14-ounce son, Hayes Lauren, on Oct. 14, 2011, at River Oaks Baby Suites. Grandparents are Larry and Lois Martin of Redwood, Margaret Robinson of Jackson and Jerrell and Donna Robinson of Brandon. • D’Antonio and Gwendolyn Royal announce the birth of an 8-pound, 2-ounce daughter, Zari Jean, on Oct. 21, 2011, at
River Region Medical Center. Grandparents are Thelma Corrothers, Andrea Royal and the late Pinky Jean Benard. • Mel and Josie Burgess of Clinton announce the birth of a son, Reece Everett, on Oct. 27, 2011, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Maternal grandparents are Jerry and Teresita Golden of Collinsville. Paternal grandparents are Melvin and Sherry Burgess of Vicksburg. • Brad and Andrea Williford of Canton announce the birth of an 8-pound, 7-ounce daughter, Sarah Spencer, on Nov. 3, 2011, at Women’s Hospital. Maternal grandparents are Thomas and Sarah Flanagan of Vicksburg and John and Marleen Cain of West Chester, Pa. Paternal grandparents are Bob Williford and the late Nancy Williford of Columbus.
released by armed services Air Force Airman Sean P. Gentry has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The eight-week program included training in military discipline and studies, core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles. He also earned four credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force. A 2011 graduate of Warren Central High School, he is the son of Debra Tucker and Tommy Gentry.
Army Pfc. Barry M. Thompson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. During the nine weeks of training, he studied the Army mission and received instruction in drill and ceremonies, core values and traditions, military courtesy, physical fitness, first aid, weapons use, map reading, combat and field maneuvers and tactics. A 2010 graduate of Port Gibson High School, he is the son of Shirlene Thompson of Hermanville.
Ditto, Rohrs exchange vows in Nashville Allen Ditto and Jenna Rohrs were married at 4 p.m. Oct. 9, 2011, at the beautiful ScarrittBennett Chapel in downtown Nashville, Tenn., surrounded by family and friends. The Rev. Peter Marcis of Napoleon, Ohio, officiated at the doublering ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Jim and Deb Rohrs of Napoleon. The groom is the son of Jim and Paula Ditto of Hernando, formerly of Vicksburg. Given in marriage by her parents, the bride was escorted by her father as the “Bridal March” was played on the 100-year-old pipe organ by organist Jennie Smith of Nashville. The bride wore a white taffeta, side-draped gown with beaded lace featuring a corset back and chapel-length train completed by a fingertip tulle veil. She carried a gardengathered bouquet of white lilies, lapis calla lilies, lavender field flowers and decorative grass. Maid of honor was Amy Hammitt of Woodville, Ohio. Matron of honor was Christine Espinoza of Weston, Ohio. Bridesmaids were Dr. Jessica Ditto, sister of the groom, of Nashville; Allanna Donovan of San Diego, Calif.; and Stephie Lough of Murfreesboro, Tenn. The attendants wore lapis chiffon gowns in three complementary styles with sterling initialed necklaces, gifts from the bride. They carried nosegays of orange tiger lilies; white, cognac and lapis lilies; and decorative grass.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ditto The bride is the former Jenna Rohrs Flower girls were Madelyn Franz of Napoleon and Ava McBride of Nashville. Their white taffeta dresses featured spaghetti straps and tiered ballroom ruffled skirts with sashes of lapis and cognac. They wore white floral halos and carried natural baskets with cognac rose petals. The groom’s father and John
McBride of Nashville served as best men. Groomsmen were Robert Bull of Castalian Springs, Tenn.; Michael Kosciolek of Gallatin, Tenn.; and Jeremy Rohrs, brother of the bride, of Boston, Mass. Ushers were Mallory Graham of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Joel Nelson of Austin, Minn.; and Kimble Slaton of Vicksburg.
The bride’s mother wore a black, floor-length sheath with a fabric rosette at the shoulder. The groom’s mother wore a dress ensemble of lightlybeaded topaz peau-de-soie with a matching jacket. Jenna and Allen lit the unity candle as country music star Martina McBride sang “Let It Be Me,” accompanied by pianist Jim Medlin. The congregation recited “The Lord’s Prayer” to complete the ceremony. The couple and wedding party exited to “The Rejoicing.” En route to the reception at the Hilton Garden Inn ballroom, the wedding party toured downtown Nashville at dusk on a trolley provided by the groom. The reception was fashioned in a backstage-party theme. Delaney McBride and Emma McBride distributed “backstage” lanyards. After a honeymoon in Jamaica, the couple will reside in Nashville. The bride is a lighting technician at Bandit Lite and is presently on her third tour with country music artist Jason Aldean. The groom, former executive producer of the Miss Mississippi Pageant, is an audio engineer at John and Martina McBride’s Blackbird Studios and accompanies Martina on tours as an audio engineer and set crew member. Rehearsal dinner On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse in downtown Nashville.
Owners turning to GPS devices to track their pets pets
By Sue Manning The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Houdini the dog lived up to his name. The lab-shepherd mix, known as a crafty escape artist, was placed in a foster home by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Despite his new owner’s best efforts to keep him close, the dog pushed an air conditioner out of a window and made his getaway. Fortunately the staff at Best Friends anticipated Houdini’s wandering ways and had outfitted his collar with a GPS tracking device. The device worked as promised, and Best Friends adoption manager Kristi Littrell found the errant dog in an overgrown lot in Kanab. About half of the pets that enter animal shelters each year are strays or lost animals, but the growing use of GPS technology may offer owners a new option for trying to track down roaming cats, missing dogs and other runaway pets. Several GPS devices are now being marketed that attach to collars and can be monitored by handsets, cell phones or computers with relative ease. Kristi Littrell, adoption manager at Best Friends, said Houdini was “the same color as the weeds” in the lot where she found him. “I would never have found him without the GPS device on his collar,” she added. Best Friends is still hoping to find a home for Houdini, and plans to give the GPS device to the
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Mike Arms, president of the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., holds 5-month-old dog Anchovy, who is wearing a Tagg GPS pet tracking collar. new owners to help make sure that if he ever does get out again, he’ll be easily tracked down. “It’s great these devices are available to us now,” Littrell said. “They will undoubtedly help in a lot of cases where pets would otherwise not be found and returned home.” Best Friends uses a device called Loc8tor to keep track of Houdini. A handset picks
up a signal from a tag attached to the pet’s collar and indicates which way to go to locate the tag. It’s designed to work within a range of 400 feet, though obstacles like walls and floors can reduce the range. Another GPS tracking device designed for pets is Tagg The Pet Tracker. Its fans include Jessica Vogelsang, a San Diego veterinarian who
received a free Tagg for review on her blog, Dr. V at Pawcurious.com. “I’ve tried out a few GPS trackers but the Tagg is the only one I liked enough to recommend,” she said. “I’ve been testing it for about a month now and I’ve been getting accurate locations with it consistently. What I find really innovative about it, however, is how well they’ve integrated
mobile technology so you can track your pet in real time not only on the site but with your phone, using the app or even text messaging.” To use Tagg, you need a home computer and a cell phone. You program your pet’s safety zone — it can be as small as your house or as big as your neighborhood. If he leaves that space, you will get an email or text (your
choice) telling you he’s gone and where he is. If he’s on the move, you can track his movements until you find him and take him home. “I never would have dreamed in my lifetime that there would come a day when I would get a text message for help from my pet,” said Mike Arms, president of the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., who uses Tagg with his puppy Anchovy. GPS devices could theoretically help people locate missing pets in all kinds of situations where animals are vulnerable to getting lost, such as when pets are shipped by plane or after natural disasters, assuming that owners have access to the electronics they need to track signals and that the devices remain charged. There are several GPS tracking devices on the market, and while many consumers rave about the technology, complaints tend to fall into several categories. Some say batteries in the devices do not always hold a charge for as long as promised; that digital maps associated with the devices are not always easy to read or use; and that the devices do not always cover the range of distance that pet owners expected. The Tagg Master Kit costs $100 and comes with a battery charger and a month of wireless service; service is $8 a month after that. A basic Loc8tor Pet kit costs $100.
Mute movie ‘The Artist,’ a tribute to silent films, sings By Jake Coyle AP entertainment writer NEW YORK — The best validation for the nostalgia of “The Artist” is the film, itself. A silent movie in tribute to silent movies, “The Artist” puts its money where its mouth is, so to speak. Or not to, rather. Michel Hazanavicius’ blackand-white, near-wordless film is a loving, irresistibly charming ode to a long-ago movie era that not only summons the dormant conventions of silent moviemaking, but makes them dance again. The film opens with old-style titles and the first bursts of Ludovic Bource’s spirited,
On screen “The Artist,” a Weinstein Company release, is rated PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture. Running time: 100 minutes. Three stars out of four. nimble score, which (as in most silents) plays a starring role throughout. The camera pulls back on a man being electrocuted by captors. “I won’t talk,” he says — or so reads a title card. “I won’t say a word.” It’s the first of many puns, but it’s also Hazanavicius’ promise, too. To make a silent
film nowadays, he’s suggesting, is to subject oneself to torment. But the French filmmaker’s boldness has already been much rewarded: The film was feted at the Cannes Film Festival, snapped up by Harvey Weinstein and is now considered a favorite horse in the Oscar race. The opening scene is merely a fiction within “The Artist.” The man is silent film star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) — a kind of Douglas Fairbanks, swashbuckling matinee idol — and this is the premiere of his latest hit: “A Russian Affair.” The year is 1927, and the packed auditorium greets the movie with a standing ovation and raucous cheers that
we can only infer. The grinning, mustachioed Valentin glides across the stage in a tuxedo, basking in the adulation. A born entertainer, he casually and eagerly keeps the audience in his thrall, pantomiming tricks with his faithful sidekick, on screen and off, his Jack Russell terrier. The dog (Uggie) deserves credit here. Obviously raised on “The Awful Truth” and “The Thin Man,” he puts shame to the digital Snowy of the upcoming “The Adventures of Tintin.” But the good times are soon to end: The Talkies are coming. When sound movies arrive, Valentin finds himself
squeezed out of the business that so recently championed him. (The particular reason for Valentin’s inadaptability is revealed later.) Kinograph Studios head Al Zimmer (John Goodman, robbed of his booming voice but not of his character-filled face) is quickly transitioning to talkies and a new bevy of stars. Among them is Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), an upstart whose rise Valentin aided. Valentin’s fall is greased not just by irrelevancy but by the stock market crash and ego, (he self-finances an extravagant, belated silent film). Nearly destitute, he has little left besides his dog
and his loyal chauffer (James Cromwell). Miller, always quietly enamored with Valentin, ascends to stardom. Her “Beauty Spot,” released on the same day as Valentin’s “Tears of Love,” draws lines around the block. That their paths will finally align is of little surprise in Hazanavicius’ smart if predictable script. Naturally, the image is the supreme element in a silent film (and a talkie, too, but that’s another story). But “The Artist” is disappointing staid visually. Though it’s remarkably true in style and production (design by Laurence Bennett), it doesn’t bear the visual flare that perhaps it should.
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Keep it simple when it comes to buying for children NEW YORK (AP) — To the uninitiated, buying gifts for kids can feel like a treasure hunt without a map through store aisles and websites packed for the holidays. But searching out clues might not be as difficult as it looks. Has the young recipient ever offered you one of his homemade cupcakes? Have you seen her tear around on a little ride-on bike? Is the living room often strewn with building bricks or stacking blocks? Casual buyers looking for presents for children they don’t know well need only focus on general interests. Mom and Dad will likely take on the “it” gift of the season, or farm it out to grandma, leaving lots of room for other shoppers, whether the giftee is a builder, baker or bookish. If that sounds too complicated, reach for the classics — in books, apparel or toys, said Rachel Jarrett, general manager of the children’s department for the sale site Gilt Groupe. A sweater with room for size variation, or mittens or hats, for example. Try toys in wood, including ecofriendly bamboo. “We do incredibly well with wooden toys,” Jarrett said. Anne Keane, fashion director for Lucky magazine, suggests keeping it simple. “Generally, staying with moderately classic, small gifts is the easiest route to take for all age groups,” she said. “Especially if you don’t know the kids that well.” The handcraft site Etsy.com has unique felt toys, Keane said. And Plan Toys makes a fun wood-and-canvas shopping cart on three wheels for toddlers. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, Jarrett urged. Wall decor may not feel terribly gifty, but Wallcandyarts. com has chalkboard decals in the shapes of elephants, apples and circles that would please lots of kids. Room organizers that play into a favorite theme can also be fun. And there’s nothing wrong with asking your giftee’s parents for a suggestion. “I think parents do appreciate it when you ask what might make a nice gift,” Jarrett said. “They want to make sure you’re not getting something that maybe somebody else is also getting. It’s a lot to return a toy.” A few suggestions:
Harry Potter kids • Wands — What might the young fan not already have? A beautiful, nearly $40 replica of his favorite character’s wand, perhaps. The HP area of the Warner Bros. site, Wbshop.com, has a nice selection of collectible wands complete with fancy boxes straight from the Ollivanders shop. Warning: While fun to hold, they’re true collectibles and could break if treated roughly. • “Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7” — For Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS and Games for Windows PC. Continues the saga of “Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4.” Recommended for ages 10 and up as the HP world turns darker. • T-shirts — Chances of you buying a different one than your young HP fanatic already has are in your favor. Look around for quality and sales. A call to Mom or Dad for the child’s favorite house at Hogwarts will help you drill down to just the right crest, robe or scarf, and lead to more token HP-by-house gifts like key chains, magnets and writing journals.
Lego kids • Lego lunch set — Licensed Lego lunch box in the shape of a brick, with two miniboxes also made to look like the real thing, along with a drinking bottle topped by an iconic yellow Lego head
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for the cap. Giant Lego brick for room storage: Also licensed, storage boxes with lids that stack, wastebaskets with yellow-headed lids included. Heads also come as storage in two sizes. • Lego Life of George — For use with iPhone and iPod Touch. A new, 122piece building game in a box featuring a little dude named George that’s interactive with the two devices. One or two players build models based on challenges received on phone or Touch using a building base included. Various difficulty levels. Works with iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs and iPod Touch fourth generation. Marked for ages 14 and up due to social media tie-ins, the game would be good for kids as young as 8. • Lego calendar for 2012 — 28 pages, wall-size, features constructions from top Lego designers, including a space shuttle, the White House and an entire city block.
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E-books You can still buy bestsellers for loved ones who have swapped their paperbacks for an e-reader such as Amazon.com’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Sony’s Reader. Of the three, Amazon is the only one that lets you choose a specific Kindle e-book to give as a gift. Barnes & Noble and Sony direct you to purchase a physical gift card or send an electronic one via e-mail, either to yourself to print and present, or directly to the recipient. To buy a book for a Kindle owner, head to the Kindle e-book store on Amazon’s website. Click on any book title, and you’ll see an option to “give as a gift.” Amazon will send an e-mail to the recipient once you finish checking out. When the recipient gets the notification by e-mail, she can click on a link to accept the gift and send the title to her Kindle device. This works the same way for people who use Amazon’s Kindle software to read books on smartphones and computers, too.
Earthy kids • Tegu — Magnetic blocks made from sustainable hardwood harvested in Honduras. Buyers can send a child in Honduras to school for a day or plant a tree there to replenish rainforest with every purchase. Candy-colored sets finished with nontoxic, water-based colorings. Good for a range of ages. • Eco-kids — Art supplies from a Portland, Mainebased mom-and-pop company with nontoxic, natural ingredients and environmentally friendly packaging. Handmade molding doughs, finger paints, crayons and paste. Kids will love the packaging — a set of doughs comes in a cardboard tower and the crayons in rocklike shapes in little tins. • Rock Paper Notebooks — Spiral-bound sketchbooks with slick, strong paper made from chunks of limestone ground to dust (80 percent of content) bound with a nontoxic resin (the other 20 percent). No trees chopped, no water used in the manufacturing process, no bleach, no post-production waste.
Foodie kids • Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven — Sure, cooking on the real thing is great, but this version of the classic is spaceagey in purple and doesn’t require a light bulb. The baking pan is bigger and it also comes with a cupcake pan. Two mixes included. • Nest kitchenware — Go with real tools that kids and parents can both enjoy. These sets from Joseph Joseph of six or eight pieces include durable measuring cups and mixing bowls in bright, child-friendly colors. • Go Anywhere Grill — Parents looking to keep their 3-year-olds away from the hot backyard grill will appreciate this 33-piece wooden hibachi-like play grill set with charcoal bits and two play shish-kabobs. Add on the My Backyard BBQ Fix-ins Starter Set with condiments, also wood. • Kid cookbooks — Many exist. Find one with stepby-step instructions and color photos of the finished dish. Have a kid-size apron personalized or wrap up a
Over the last few years, gift cards have become a popular alternative, and now as we become increasingly connected to our smartphones, laptops and e-readers, gifts are going digital, too. Here’s what you need to know to navigate a holiday shopping season without gift wrap.
iPads and iPhones
“Goodnight iPad” by Ann Droyd play food set. Melissa and Doug make a great selection in wood, but more reallooking play food is widely available.
Bookish kids • “The Hunger Games” — A cloth-cover collector’s edition of the runaway bestseller by Suzanne Collins in a gifty slipcase. Ages 12 and up. • “My Name is Mina” — David Almond’s prequel to his “Skellig” from 1998. The new book focuses on the girl who lives next to Michael, the narrator of “Skellig” who finds a mysterious man in his garage. Ages 10 and up. • “Dork Diaries Box Set” — First three books in the heavily illustrated Rachel Renee Russell series chronicling the not-so-fabulous life of middle-schooler Nikki Maxwell. Good for reluctant readers or more enthusiastic ones just growing into the age range. Ages 9-12. • “The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories” — Collection of seven original stories written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss. Originally published in magazines in 1950-51 but never in book form. Looking to impress the parents, much? Ages 6-9. • “The Betsy-Tacy Treasury” — The first four books of the Maud Hart Lovelace classic series in highly portable trade paperback. Bonus material at end includes photos of the real people on which the series is based, and details on the life of author and illustrator Lois Lenski. Ages 4-8. • “Steampunk!” — Beautiful new anthology from 14 writers in the quirky sci-
ence fiction-fantasy and very ’80s genre of steampunk. Edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant. These are, as the book’s subtitle notes, “fantastically rich and strange stories.” Young adult. • “Bumble-Ardy” — A new one from Maurice Sendak featuring a pig and a belated birthday bash. It’s the first book in 30 years both written and illustrated by the 83-year-old Sendak, though he first created it in the ’70s. Ages 4-8. • “Goodnight iPad” — Yes, a board book parody in the style of the Margaret Wise Brown classic “Goodnight Moon.” The little bunny characters are techcrazed and the old lady in the rocking chair is overwhelmed by the “bings, bongs and beeps of e-mails and tweets.” By Ann Droyd, a cheeky pseudonym for David Milgrim. All ages. • “T is for Titanic” — In time for the 100th anniversary next year of the sinking of the luxury liner. Co-authored and wellresearched by husbandand-wife team Debbie and Michael Shoulders. Ages 6-10.
For the uninitiated: Apple’s iPad tablet computer and iPhone smartphones can be loaded with music, movies, games, books and useful (or frivolous) programs called “apps” through Apple’s iTunes store. You can buy a plastic iTunes gift card where gift cards are sold, but you can also send most all of those media as gifts. You’ve got to download the iTunes software and create an account if you haven’t already. Then, in the iTunes store section, browse for the album, TV series or game of your choice. Next to the button prompting you to “buy this album,” there should be a little arrow. Click it and
pick the option to give as a gift instead. There is one major exception: Apple doesn’t yet allow you to give e-books as gifts via iTunes. And as with giving Kindle e-books, gifts from iTunes are delivered when you pay for them, making advance holiday shopping a challenge. Details are at support.apple. com/kb/HT2736.
Groupon, LivingSocial Some of the most-talkedabout startups are groupbuying sites, and Groupon is king of the heap. These companies send e-mails to their members every day advertising a special deal at a local shop, restaurant, spa or other business, usually something along the lines of, “$10 for $20 worth of donuts.” Once you buy a deal, it’s stored in your account. When you’re ready to use it, you can either print out the voucher and turn it in, or you can pull it up using a smartphone app once you’re in the store. The number of Grouponesque sites is growing by the day; if you’re interested but don’t know where to start, you can sign up with a deal aggregator like Yipit, which collects all the deals in your area in a single e-mail. If you see a deal that will make a perfect gift, Groupon and LivingSocial make it pretty easy. Both show “give as a gift” options right on the main deal page. When you click to purchase a Groupon, an e-mail goes to the recipient. If you would rather make it a surprise, you can send it to yourself, then print and hand it over later. Groupons are almost all transferable, even though the name of the buyer will remain on the voucher. Just be sure to look over the fine print to confirm. If one of your recipients is all about Groupons, but you don’t see a deal you know she’ll like, the company also sells gift cards. With LivingSocial, once you buy a deal, you can also go into your account later and opt to give something as a gift. This site lets you set a date for delivery, making it easier to surprise your recipient.
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Salzburg, Austria, is alive with ‘The Sound of Music’ Show makes upbeat debut in home city SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Move over, Mozart. Toes in Salzburg are tapping to a new beat as residents finally embrace the Hollywood musical that put them on the map nearly half a century ago. Playing for the first time in this haughty town of opera lovers, “The Sound of Music,” has been met with surprisingly positive reactions in what is commonly considered a last bulwark of resistance to the iconic show. “A wonderful performance,” enthused Johann Fink as he waited at the coat check at the end of a recent performance at the ornate Salzburg State Theater. Such a reception in Salzburg is hardly a given despite the global popularity of the musical that was based on a true story and immortalized by the 1965 multiple Academy Award winning movie. Fans around the world may know every word of every song performed by Julie Andrews as the governess of seven children who charms — then weds — their widowed father Baron von Trapp, before the singing family flees the Nazis. But this city resonates to another sound of music — the music of Mozart, Beethoven,
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Wietske van Tongeren, left, as Maria, and the Von Trapp children perform “The Sound of Music” in Salzburg. Brahms. And it has a different concept of culture. While residents earn millions each year from the tourists who come for sing-along tours of sites featured in the film, they traditionally view the visitors with benign disdain — and occasionally as pests. Residents of the upscale Salzburg neighborhood where the von Trapp home is located tried — and failed — to block attempts to turn the edifice into a hotel, fearing tourists would tie up traffic and make a nuisance of themselves. A museum dedicated to the film is still looking for a home
after more than 600 residents in another neighborhood signed a petition three years ago against it, telling the city council they feared that local streets would be jammed with tour buses. Resistance persists even though the city would literally be poorer without the musical’s magnet effect. Peter Proetzner, who guides daily bus-fulls of tourists on pilgrimages of the sites immortalized by the film, cites a poll showing “The Sound of Music” as the city’s second biggest draw — right after the dozens of classical music events that resonate through its cobblestoned alleys.
“‘The Sound of Music’ is better known than Mozart worldwide,” he asserts. South Koreans learn the songs as part of their English lessons. Some foreigners think “Edelweiss” — composed for the musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein — is Austria’s national anthem. And Austrian tourism surveys show that three out of four American visitors to Salzburg come because of the musical. Australian Dianne Cole says she knows “absolutely nothing” about Austria — and will probably go home still ignorant of the country’s cultural, scenic and culinary delights.
few who never RSVP. Some have no intention of coming; others may show up unannounced with uninvited friends. And a few will pledge their attendance, then never show, or cancel lastminute. How’s a hostess to cope? Jennifer Gullins of the Boston-based Saphire Event Group suggests pinning down commitments from a few BFFs. “It’s OK to take a pulse on your core group of invitees well in advance. ... This will ensure that you already know a good handful will be attending even before sending out the official invite.” Should you make followup calls to those who don’t respond? Debi Lilly, entertaining expert for the supermarket chain Safeway, says a gracious call or e-mail to sincerely say, “I wanted to make sure you got my invitation,” is always appropriate. Another way to go is to send out a single e-mail reminder a week before the event to everyone you haven’t heard from. If that, too, is ignored, they’re prob-
ably not coming. I’ve had luck over the years getting RSVPs to my annual Hanukkah party by including a special plea on the grounds that I want to have enough homemade latkes for everyone. Threatening that a tantalizing treat might disappear if you don’t have a reliable head count might be enough to shake the RSVPs out. Patricia Mendez, who offers tips at ezentertaining.net and wrote a book called “Easy Entertaining for Beginners,” says it’s prudent to assume that a few surprise guests will show up. “If you have 12 that RSVP, then plan for a few more just in case — 16,” she said. She also suggests inviting a third more people than your space fits: “If your space will fit 12 to 16 people, send invitations to 20 to 24.”
specialty stores; you might be surprised by the selection and quality of cold party platters and easy-to-bake frozen hors d’oeuvres. Safeway’s Lilly says it’s easy to dress up frozen puffs with fresh herbs, fruit slivers, a drizzle of balsamic cream or shaved parmesan. “The trick,” she said, “is to elevate them.” And remember that variety is a virtue. I used to offer pasta salad as a side dish for potato pancakes until someone pointed out that it was just too many carbs. Fruit platters with berries, toothpicked pineapple chunks and melon balls, on the other hand, proved much more popular, as did chicken wings. Many people have dietary issues these days, so consider offering something for the vegetarian and for the low-salt, low-fat crowd, along with holiday treats that may be high-calorie or high-sugar. Lilly also advocates a self-serve drink area with a couple of fun choices in labeled pitchers so you’re not stuck making cocktails all night. Keep a few dishtow-
“This is why I came to Austria,” she said recently, as her Sound of Music tour bus set out for its first stop — Leopoldskron Lake (where Maria and the children capsized their boat). “The sole reason is to do this tour.” In contrast, most Salzburgers don’t even know the musical. In a city that traditionally raps American culture as trashy, residents prefer to be associated with Mozart, Salzburg’s favorite son, instead of a film many write off as Hollywood kitsch. And then there is the troubling Nazi component of The Sound of Music — a reminder, reinforced by the Swastika flag and storm troopers on stage, that not only Mozart, but Hitler, too, was Austrian. Austria has long shed its self-fabricated myth that it was a victim of Nazi atrocities instead of one of its most fervent supporters. Restitution panels have returned homes and precious artworks. Millions of dollars have been doled out to Holocaust victims and their descendants, and schoolbooks now deal in depth with this nation’s complicity in the crimes of the Nazi dictator, born just 30 miles north of Salzburg. “I think that this is truly the right moment in time, when Austrians are actually ready to deal with their past,” says Andreas Gergen, who directed the German-language production. Still, anti-Semitic sentiment remains. A survey of 1,070
Austrians conducted earlier this year showed that 12 percent want their country “free of Jews.” Backed by the country’s neo-Nazi fringe, the country’s rightist FPO party is the second-strongest in the country — although it now exploits Islamophobia instead of antiJewish sentiment. And the sight of Nazis on stage may remind some older audience members of uncomfortable historical facts. Over 99 percent of Austrians voted in favor of their country becoming part of the Third Reich in 1938; proportionally more Austrians than Germans were Nazi party members, and many of Hitler’s closest henchmen were Austrians. Like the Salzburg version, the first full Austrian showing in Vienna in 2005 featured actors dressed as Nazi storm troopers standing guard at exits and a theater box filled with mock Nazi dignitaries — clearly too painful for some. Back then, some elderly audience members who last witnessed brown-shirted men wearing swastika arm bands as children were so troubled they hastily left the theater without watching the performance. Six years later, reactions to the Nazi theme are mixed. “Of course it’s not so pleasant for us Salzburgers to be confronted with it,” said Judith Herbst. But the smartly dressed woman in her mid-60s said that as far as she was concerned the role of Austria in Hitler’s crimes was no longer debatable.
els or rolls of paper towels in easy reach for the inevitable spills. Lilly’s suggestions for easy, inexpensive decor include covering the table with wrapping paper instead of a tablecloth. Or decorate the table in classic holiday colors by layering evergreen boughs across the edge and scattering red rose petals over the rest. She also fills large glass vases with layers of dried beans and nuts for a chic, organic look, then plops a candle inside.
and cookies, a window of a couple of hours also makes it easy to keep food fresh. Exact times also are “helpful for guests that might be double booked that day and may want to try to make both parties,” said Gullins, of the Saphire Event Group. To manage lingerers, Gullins recommends planting someone among the guests to help. “This friend could make casual comments to the crowd such as, ‘Wow, I can’t believe how late it is already,’ or ‘I really should get going soon, I know you have an early day at work tomorrow’ or ‘Let me help you get this place cleaned up a bit.’ These type of comments make others take notice and follow suit without you looking like a lame party host.” Eagle, of InvitationConsultants.com, suggests preparing take-home favors. “Passing out these favors — perhaps small bags of cookies or candy — at the end of the night is a subtle and sweet way to say goodnight,” she said.
Parties Continued from Page C1. afternoon or early evening, you could end up with a crowd. Friends might welcome a way to relax after a busy weekend of shopping and chores, especially if you offer a dinner buffet and save them the trouble of preparing a meal.
Invites and RSVPs Paper, electronic or phone invitations? So many options, and yet so few result in RSVPs. The paper invite makes an impression, but it’s more work for you. It also may suggest an unintended formality or level of fuss for your party. On the other end of the spectrum is the phone or text invite. That may be a little too casual and easy to lose track of, especially if you’re sending them several weeks out. Electronic invitations — Evite, e-mail, Paperless Post, Facebook and other sites — have become the default for many people, and may yield the most responses in our noRSVP culture simply because responding requires just one click. But there are always a
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Look around Cheryl Najafi of CherylStyle.com, a home entertaining expert, recommends trying to see your house the way your guests will, to make sure you haven’t overlooked anything. Take the “sit test,” Najafi says: “If you’re hosting a party in the formal living room, make sure you sit down and survey the room. You’ll see things from a different vantage point. Like those dust bunnies in the corner!” She also advises taking a look as you walk in the door. What will your guests see as they stand there waiting for the door to open? Broken umbrella? Garden clogs? Spider webs? Junk mail? Deal with it.
Bathroom If there’s one room where bad housekeeping can really gross your guests out, it’s the bathroom. Fortunately, the
must-dos are relatively easy to accomplish, and may even be best left to last-minute so nobody in your family can make a mess before guests arrive. Giving the toilet bowl a scrub with a brush, as unpleasant as it is, must be tops on your list. You’re also going to have to wipe down the seat and rim. (Disposable Clorox wipes are great for this purpose.) And while you can always shut the shower door or curtains to hide tub scum, there really is something nice about a gleaming sink and countertop. As with other rooms, clearing bathroom clutter goes a long way to making the place look like something out of a hotel room instead of something out of a bus station. Other quick fixes with a big payoff: Wipe mirrors with glass cleaner, break out a new bottle of liquid soap, stockpile the extra toilet paper in an obvious place and empty the trash.
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Arrivals, departures Some folks will come early; some will stay late. Minimize stress by having everything ready a half-hour before your start time, and deputize someone else to answer the door and take coats. Set the tone by listing a clear start and end time on the invitation. Open house is nice and informal, but it also means some folks will drop by just when you were hoping everyone would leave. If you’re planning on serving real food and not just chips
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Finding the pet you want in the Classifieds is easy, but now it’s practically automatic, since we’ve put our listings online.
Turn your trash into cash with “The Classified Factory”. To place your ad in the Classifieds call 601-636-SELL!
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17. Wanted To Buy
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 BUY ESTATES. Households and quality goods. Best prices. You call, we haul! 601-415-3121, 601-661-6074. www.msauctionservice.com
WANTED: ANYTHING OLD-Money, coins, war relics, books, photos, documents, etcetera. 601-618-2727.
No matter what type of item you’re seeking, the Classifieds can help you find it!
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S HAMROCK A PA RT M E N T S SUPERIOR QUALITY,
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.
Find a Honey of a Deal in the Classifieds...Zero in on that most wanted or hard to find item.
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MAGNOLIA MANOR APARTMENTS Elderly & Disabled 3515 Manor Drive Vicksburg, Ms. 601-636-3625 Equal Housing Opportunity
CUSTOM CABINETS, EXTRA LARGE MASTER BDRM, & WASHER / DRYER HOOKUPS. SAFE!! SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT
601-661-0765 • 601-415-3333
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Bradford Ridge Apartments
Great Staff Great Location, Hard-Working Staff
601-638-7831• •201 201Berryman Berryman Rd 601-638-7831 Rd.
Live in a Quality Built Apartment for LESS! All brick, concrete floors and double walls provide excellent soundproofing, security, and safety. 601-638-1102 • 601-415-3333
Home for Sale? Show it to the world at www.vicksburgrealestate.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
18. Miscellaneous For Sale
18. Miscellaneous For Sale 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.
Quality Service at Competitive Prices #1 Windshield Repair & Replacement
Vans • Cars • Trucks •Insurance Claims Welcome•
AUTO • HOME • BUSINESS Jason Barnes • 601-661-0900
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
Framing, Remodeling, Cabinets, Flooring, Roofing & Vinyl Siding State Licensed & Bonded
Jon Ross 601-638-7932
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
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
PATRIOTIC • FLAGS
• BANNERS • BUMPER STICKERS • YARD SIGNS
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.
Large backyard with a cottage facing in-ground pool provides for ultimate entertainment. Cottage contains large front porch, bedroom/ recreational, kitchen, bath, & wired work shop. All this with 2, 141 sq. ft. home that features 4 bdrms, 2 bths, family rm, living rm, dining room, eat-in kitchen, & sprinkler system in front yard.
Jimmy Ball REALTOR®
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. MATCHING CHOCOLATE LOVE seat and couch, coffee table, 2 end tables. Set $350 Full size headboard with frame, twin size mattress, coffee table, DVD player. 601636-8984, 901-896-4586. CALL 601-636-SELL AND
YOUR CLASSIFIED AD TODAY.
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18. Miscellaneous For Sale 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.
MOVING SALE FURNITURE, refrigerator, miscellaneous yard equipment, 4-wheeler. Much more! Too much to list. Call601-618-7585 Becky or 601618-8597 Stacy.
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.
PECANS - 3 POUNDS/ $21, 5 pounds/ $25, OR "U Pick U Pay" $2.50/ pound. Several varieties. Call 601-630-5439.
19. Garage & Yard Sales
THE PET SHOP “Vicksburg’s Pet Boutique”
3508 South Washington Street Pond fish, Gold fish, Koi, fish food aquarium needs, bird food, designer collars, harnesses & leads, loads of pet supplies! Bring your Baby in for a fitting today!
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NEED AN APARTMENT? Enjoy the convenience of downtown living at
The Vicksburg Apartments
UTILITIES PAID! 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments Studios & Efficiencies 801 Clay Street 601-630-2921 www.the-vicksburg.com
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.
21. Boats, Fishing Supplies
A CHIMNEY SWEEP. Inspect/ clean, best price in town! Licensed/ insured. 601-218-0253 Jeff- Agape. ALPHA CLEANS WINDOWS, gutters. Interior, exterior painting, repairs. 601-636-5883.
Call our Circulation Department for CONVENIENT Home Delivery and/ or our On-line Subscription. Monday- Friday, 8am-5pm, 601-636-4545.
24. Business Services
• CABLE FURNISHED • HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS AVAILABLE • NUMEROUS LAVISH AMENITIES • SPARKLING SWIMMING POOL • BASKETBALL COURT • VOLLEYBALL COURT
• 2160 S. Frontage Rd.
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
FREE ESTIMATES Ask us how to “Post Size” your ad with some great clip art! Call the Classified Ladies at 601-636-Sell (7355).
What's going on in Vicksburg? Read The Vicksburg Post! For convenient home delivery, call 601-636-4545, ask for circulation.
Spacious 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartment homes!
24. Business Services
DIRT AND GRAVEL hauled. 8 yard truck. 601638-6740.
Simmons Lawn Service
602 NEWIT VICK DRIVE
INTO THE GOOD LIFE!
Debra Grayson 601-831-1386
Marianne May Jones
Call Andrea at
Beautiful tree shaded lot. 5 BR, 3 BA on 2800+ sq ft. Recently remodeled kitchen. 3 BR down stairs & 2 BR upstairs. Great room has natural stone fireplace.
Hidden treasure in Brookwood. Beautiful 3bdrm/2bath w/ study, large family room, formal dining room, & sunroom. Large master suite opens to private back patio. Arched doorways, custom molding & cabinetry, stained glass window over jacuzzi tub. Wooded lot w/ 2.45 acres. Reduced to $245,000.
Fireplace, security system, and handicap shower in the master bath are just some of the amenities this home has to offer.
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Bienville Apartments The Park Residences at Bienville 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms and townhomes available immediately.
VICKSBURGS NEWEST, AND A WELL MAINTAINED FAVORITE. EACH WITH SPACIOUS FLOOR PLANS AND SOPHISTICATED AMENITIES. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY
FOR LEASING INFO, CALL 601-636-1752
www.parkresidences.com • www.bienvilleapartments.com
ROOFING & RESTORATION •Roof & Home Repair (all types!) •30 yrs exp •1,000’s of ref Licensed • Insured 601-618-0367 • 601-456-4133 HOLIDAY CLEANING GOT you down? We can help! Home/ Office, efficient/ reasonable/ dependable.1-601-826-7001 (local). I-PHONE REPAIR. Buy, sell and repair. Arcue Sanchez - 601-618-9916. PLUMBING SERVICES24 hour emergency- broken water lines- hot water heaters- toilets- faucetssinks. Pressure Washingsidewalk- house- mobile homes- vinyl siding- brick homes. 601-618-8466. River City Lawn Care You grow it - we mow it! Affordable and professional. Lawn and landscape maintenance. Cut, bag, trim, edge. 601-529-6168.
STEELE PAINTING SERVICE LLC Specialize in painting/ sheet rock. All home improvements Free Estimates 601-634-0948. Chris Steele/ Owner
26. For Rent Or Lease RICHARD M. CALDWELL BROKER SPECIALIZING IN RENTALS (INCLUDING CORPORATE APARTMENTS) CALL 601-618-5180 email@example.com
MULTI PURPOSE OFFICE/ Warehouse building. 4000 square feet. 5537 Fisher Ferry Road. $800 monthly. 601-638-3211 or 601-831-1921.
28. Furnished Apartments SINGLE OCCUPANCY. Corporate Apartments. $700 to $900 Utilities/ Cable/ Laundry. Weekly cleaning. On-Site Manager. 610-661-9747.
29. Unfurnished Apartments 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT with fireplace and washer/ dryer connections. Available now. Call Cannongate Apartments, 601-6348422.
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Stop looking, Start living! $0 deposit for November
1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms
Paid cable, water and trash. Washer, Dryer and built-in microwave furnished.
605 Cain Ridge Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39180
601-638-5587 1-601-686-0635 BEAUTIFUL LAKESIDE LIVING
601-634-8928 2170 I-20 S. Frontage Rd Vicksburg, MS 39810 www.homesofvicksburg.com
READ THE CLASSIFIEDS DAILY!
• 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Apts. • Beautifully Landscaped • Lake Surrounds Community
• Pool • Fireplace • Spacious Floor Plans 601-629-6300
501 Fairways Drive Vicksburg
601-638-2231 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
Classified Ad Rates
Classified Classified Line Line Das Ads: Starting Startingatat1-4 1-4Lines, Lines, 11 Day Day for for $8.32 $8.28 Classified line ads are charged according to the number of lines. For complete pricing information contact a Classified Sales Representative today at 601-636-SELL. Ads cancelled before expiration date ordered are charged at prevailing rate only for days actually run, 44line lineminimum minimumcharge charge.$8.32 $8.28minimum minimumcharge. charge.
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In the event of errors, please call the very first day your ad appears. The Vicksburg Post will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion.
No ad will be deliberately mis-classified. The Vicksburg Post classified department is the sole judge of the proper classification for each ad.
30. Houses For Rent
30. Houses For Rent
34. Houses For Sale
2 BEDROOM. ALL electric includes water $450. With stove and refrigerator. $200 deposit. 1 BEDROOM $425 monthly, $200 deposit. 601-634-8290.
1455 PARKSIDE, $1350 monthly, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, or sell $150,000. 2606 Oak Street, 2 bedrooms, computer room, $750. 732768-5743.
61 NORTH AREA. Country living near town. Large upscale 3-4 bedroom home on acreage. $1800 monthly. Call 601-415-4615.
2 AND 3 bedroom. $650 to $1000 month plus deposit. Carla, Jones & Upchurch, 601-415-4179.
31. Mobile Homes For Rent
Kay Odom..........601-638-2443 Kay Hobson.......601-638-8512 Jake Strait...........601-218-1258 Alex Monsour.....601-415-7274 Jay Hobson..........601-456-1318
3 BEDROOM 2 bath house. 313 Blake Drive. Big back yard with play house. $750 monthly, $600 deposit. 601-218-4292.
2 BEDROOM, 1 bath, Grange Hall Road. Application, deposit required. Call 601-831-4833.
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.
DOWNTOWN, BRICK, MARIE Apartments. Total electric, central air/ heat, stove, refrigerator. $520, water furnished. 601-636-7107, firstname.lastname@example.org SPACIOUS 2 BEDROOM apartment. 61 South area. Meadowbrook Properties, 601-619-9789.
30. Houses For Rent 137 WOODSTONE DRIVE. Excellent condition/ neighborhood. 1-3 year lease. Available December 16th. 601-529-0720, 601-5295001, 601-638-0317. email@example.com
FOR LEASE: MADISON Parish. Approximately 2,900 square feet, On Bayou. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath. $900 monthly. 1 year lease, security deposit required. 318-574-0618.
40. Cars & Trucks
40. Cars & Trucks
OK C ARS
A CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER!
Place your classified line ad at
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YOU ARE APPROVED! START REBUILDING YOUR CREDIT HERE!
Baby’s First Christmas
2 BEDROOM, 1 bath. Washer/ Dryer. All electric, No pets, $450 month, $200 deposit. 601-638-6239.
32. Mobile Homes For Sale KEEP UP WITH ALL THE LOCAL NEWS AND SALES... SUBSCRIBE TO THE VICKSBURG POST TODAY! CALL 601-636-4545, ASK FOR CIRCULATION. NEWLY REMODELED DOUBLE wide. 3.3 acres. $50,000 or best offer. 601630-3366.
34. Houses For Sale 812 POLK STREET. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, living room, family room office, extra lot. Ward Real Estate 601-634-6898.
S ALES/ R ENTALS Get a Late Model Car With a Low Down Payment IF B.K. W WH E D O REPO WE AT Y N’T O H CA DIVORCE N G U WA AVE N LOST JOB ET IT! T, ! MEDICAL YOU ARE STILL OK!!! NO CREDIT APP REFUSED!!! 24 Month Warranties Available
601-636-3147 2970 Hwy 61 North • Vicksburg Monday - Saturday 8am-7pm www.okcarsandtrucks.webs.com The Classified Marketplace... Where buyers and sellers meet.
Open Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm
601-634-8928 2170 S. I-20 Frontage Rd. www.ColdwellBanker.com www.homesofvicksburg.net
Licensed in MS and LA
Jones & Upchurch Real Estate Agency
1803 Clay Street www.jonesandupchurch.com Jill WaringUpchurch....601-906-5012 Carla Watson...............601-415-4179 Mary D. Barnes .........601-966-1665 Stacie Bowers-Griffin...601-218-9134 Andrea Upchurch.......601-831-6490 Broker, GRI
601-636-6490 40. Cars & Trucks
Sybil Caraway....601-218-2869 Catherine Roy....601-831-5790 Mincer Minor.....601-529-0893 Jim Hobson.........601-415-0211
REAL ESTATE, INC
38. Farm Implements/ Heavy Equipment 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!
39. Motorcycles, Bicycles 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.
40. Cars & Trucks 1997 TOYOTA CAMRY, $1600. 1995 Lincoln Towncar, $2395. 1992 Cadillac Sedan Deville, $2295. 601-831-2000: 3pm 2000 TOYOTA SIENNA XLE. Stock #6P4629B. $6995. Ask for Kevin Smith, 1-877-776-4770. Dealer. 2002 MERCURY SABLE. Great car! Stock #61032A. $7995. Ask for Kevin Smith, 1-877-776-4770. Dealer. 2003 TOYOTA CAMRY LE. Only 98,000 miles. Stock #610315A. $9995. Ask for Keith Hilderbrand, 1-877-776-4770. Dealer. 2004 Toyota Camry XLE. Only 31,000 miles. Stock #610050TB. $14,995 Ask for Kevin Smith, 1-877-7764770. Dealer. 2005 Ford Ranger. Great truck! Stock #620001A. Ask for Decorey Knight, 1877-776-4770. Dealer. 2006 JEEP WRANGLER Golden Eagle edition. Only 41,000 miles. Stock #6P4697C. $16,995. Ask for Kevin Smith, 1-877-7764770. Dealer. 2007 KIA SEDONA EX. Stock #6P4622, $10,995. Ask for Keith Hilderbrand, 1-877-776-4770. Dealer. 2008 FORD RANGER SUPERCAB. Stock #6P4641, great truck! $15,995. Ask for Keith Hilderbrand, 1-877-7764770. Dealer. 2008 Toyota Prius. Great gas mileage, Stock #610287B. $18,995. Ask for Decorey Knight, 1-877-7764770. Dealer. 2009 TOYOTA VENZA. Like new, only 24,000 miles. Stock #620010A. Ask for Decorey Knight, 1-877776-4770. Dealer.
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!
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