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Mississippian picked as River Region CEO By Pamela Hitchins Doug Sills, who grew up less than 40 miles from Vicksburg, has been chosen as the new chief executive officer for River Region Health System, the company announced this morning. Sills, 56, replaces Vance Reynolds who left for a similar job in his hometown of Sherman, Texas, after two years at the helm of River Region Medical Center, Vicksburg’s only hospital. “We are very pleased to have found someone of

Doug’s caliber and credentials to lead River Region, and we feel his long and deep roots in Mississippi will be of speDoug cial benefit,” Sills said Howell Gage, Chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees. “He is the perfect person for this position and will help build on River Region’s many successes.” Sills, 56, is a native of Belzoni who grew up in south

Jackson. He has nearly 30 years of health care management experience and has received numerous awards and honors for professional achievement. He will begin his new position on Jan. 3. “River Region has outstanding physicians, excellent technology and a terrific staff,” said Sills. “I am truly excited about the opportunity to return home to Mississippi and be a part of such a great organization.” Sills currently is CEO of Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, La., where

in three years he recruited about 40 physicians, opened a level II neonatal intensive care unit and added a new catherization laboratory. “He has high energy and good foresight,” said Diane Gawronski, RRMC’s vice president for marketing and business development. “He is very interested in continuing to move River Region forward into areas we have not yet reached. We are all looking forward to him starting with us.” Sills is also credited with See CEO, Page A8.

NRoute audits ‘clean,’ director tells board By Manivanh Chanprasith A preliminary report of independent audits conducted on the NRoute bus system returned a longawaited positive opinion, officials said Tuesday. Jackson accounting firm Banks, Finley, White & Co., which had been hired by the City of Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen in October, issued an “unqualified opinion,” or clean audits, for NRoute’s books

in 2008 and 2009, the years for which the city sought reviews before releasing any of this fiscal year’s $135,000 allocation for the system. “The books are clean,” Executive Director Evelyn Bumpers told NRoute’s five-member Transportation Commission Tuesday. “This is the best audit that an agency can get. There were no financial issues or misuse of funds. There’s See NRoute, Page A9.

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David Jackson•The Vicksburg Post

Cars drive Tuesday along the completed first phase of the new detour road connecting Washington Street around the demolished bridge over Kansas City Railway tracks at Clark Street. This phase opens the new temporary city street between the DiamondJacks Casino intersection with Washington Street and the area near the entrance to Ergon. The second phase, expected to be complete in about three weeks, will finish the connection from the Ergon area to Lee Street and back to

Washington Street. The detour provides a shorter way around the bridge construction than the city-routed detour that runs east around the site through City Park. The Washington Street bridge was closed in January 2009 and demolished in August 2010. It served as the main north-south corridor connecting downtown with Interstate 20. Completion of the road-topped tunnel is expected in April. Tractor-trailer rigs are required to detour onto U.S. 61 North.

State welcome center reopens after 2 months By Danny Barrett Jr. The traveling public returned to the Mississippi Welcome Center this morning, as offices at the rest stop at Washington Street and the Mississippi River bridges reopened after two months of landscaping. New crepe myrtle trees, Indian hawthorn bushes and groundcover grass are now in green spaces around the building now outfitted with a timed irrigation system. A row of benches was installed facing the bridges to encourage visitors to take a load off as they view the horizon. “The barriers are down,” center


supervisor Elmerree Bradley said. “We have a lot of different benches around here now, and some shrubs.” Operating hours have returned to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. , Bradley said. Workers at the rest area along the Mississippi/Louisiana border had worked out of the Mississippi Development Authority’s offices in Jackson since Oct. 1 when the greenery was uprooted and tourists seeking information were rerouted to the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, all funded by federal stimulus money awarded to the Mississippi Department of See Center, Page A8.



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The Mississippi Welcome Center on Washington Street reopened its doors today with new benches, irrigation system and landscaping.

LORMAN — After spending Tuesday meeting with community and school leaders, faculty, students and staff, Dr. Christopher Brown said he was hopeful about the future of Alcorn State University and happy and humbled to have been named its new Dr. Christopher Brown speaks Tuesday at president. “I am thank- the Alcorn campus in ful and blessed Lorman. to be here,” Brown said at a late-afternoon press conference on the ASU campus. “On last night’s drive to the hotel, and this morning, it was raining, the winds were blowing and there were tornadoes up and down the corridor. But this morning, when it looked like the sun wasn’t going to shine any more, God put a rainbow — a purple and gold rainbow — in the sky.” Brown earned laughter and a round of applause for his reference to Alcorn’s colors. Brown was the unanimous choice of the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning and will begin serving in January. At 38, he will become the youngest public university president in Mississippi. Among the first challenges he will face is managing a possible 15 percent drop in state funding next year. He replaces Dr. Norris Edney, who agreed to serve as Alcorn’s interim president when George Ross stepped down in February to become president of Central Michigan University. Ross, 58, a Utica native, had been in office 13 months after succeeding Clinton Bristow, who died on the campus after suffering an apparent heart attack. Almost 50 applications were reviewed for the job by the search committee. Brown was the committee’s unanimous choice. See Alcorn, Page A8.





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State of emergency declared after state storm By Danny Barrett Jr. Power was restored to Warren County residents Tuesday afternoon as the county was included in an emergency declaration for Monday night’s storms that spawned tornadoes and injured 32 people across the state. A downed tree on Culkin Road had cut power to 1,100 Entergy customers early Tuesday. Service was back countywide by the afternoon, spokesman Don Arnold said. Sporadic power outages and trees down was the extent of the damage in Warren County, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency’s most updated weather damage report from county-level emergency officials. Damage to homes and businesses was also reported Attala, Lee, Leake, Lowndes, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Smith, Tallahatchie and Yazoo counties. The National Weather Service said two EF-2 tornadoes moved through

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Family and friends help the owners of Grace Hardware in Yazoo City clear out merchandise Tuesday. Yazoo County, the flashpoint of storms April 24 that devastated the county and destroyed 200 homes in Yazoo City. Monday night’s storms damaged much of the city’s downtown business and gov-

A Vicksburg man was in critical condition this morning after he and his family were injured in a fire that erupted in their Drummond Street home Tuesday night. Scott Hosemann, 40, 2902 Drummond, was in the intensive care unit of River Region Medical Center this morning. A hospital spokesman said Hosemann was critical. His wife, Tammy, 39, and children, Robert, 14, Ezekiel, 12, and Sarah, 2, were treated for smoke inhalation and released from the hospital, Vicksburg fire investigator

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Leslie Decareaux said. The fire was caused by a space heater in one of the children’s bedrooms and caused heavy damage to the interior of the house, Decareaux said. “I cannot stress enough the importance of using extreme caution when dealing with space heaters,” Decareaux said.

Two burglaries were reported in the city Tuesday, Vicksburg police Lt. Bobby Stewart said. Two Vibe amplifiers valued at $200 and a 19-inch TV valued at $500 were reported missing at 8:45 a.m., from a 1999 Ford Expedition parked in the 1300 block of Spring Street. A Compaq laptop computer valued at $848 was reported missing just before 10 a.m., from a home in the 700 block

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OXFORD, Miss. — A federal judge in Oxford has dismissed a wrongful imprisonment lawsuit filed by Tyler Edmonds. U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers Jr. on Tuesday ruled that law enforcement officers did nothing unconstitutional in the handling of Edmonds’ confession in 2003. Edmonds and his mother, Sharon Clay, sued Oktibbeha County in 2009, saying Edmonds was wrongfully convicted of murder “based on an alleged coerced confession taken by law enforcement officers.” Edmonds, who was 14 at

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Wreck on Dana sends man to hospital A single-car wreck on Dana Road just after 6 p.m. Monday sent a Vicksburg man to the hospital. Joshua Johnson, 21, 902 Blossom Lane, was taken to River Region Medical Center and then transferred to an undisclosed facility, a River Region spokesman said. His location and condition could not be confirmed this morning.

the time, was arrested May 12, 2003, and accused in the death of Joey Fulgham, who was married to Edmonds’ half-sister, Kristi Fulgham. Kristi Fulgham is serving a life sentence for her role in the killing.

Sentencing date reset in cigarette case

Ex-teacher sentenced in La. child porn case

GREENVILLE, Miss. — Sentencing for a Tupelo man who took part in a multistate cigarette smuggling operation has been rescheduled

LAFAYETTE, La. — After receiving a 14-year prison

sentence on a child pornography charge, Larry Caillier II told a federal judge that he was innocent and that his attorneys had persuaded him to accept a plea deal. Caillier, a former Opelousas High teacher, is accused of receiving a sexually explicit picture of a 15-year-old girl student on his cell phone after the two had exchanged texts. Caillier pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child porn in July. He was charged with production and possession of child porn, and attempting to coerce a minor to engage in criminal sex acts.

affected by the storms. Wind-driven rain and severe thunderstorms also stretched across central Louisiana, producing a tornado in rural Winn Parish, though no injuries were reported. High winds also closed the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway near New Orleans for a brief time. About 1,300 customers lost power in the city’s central business district, but was restored by this morning. Alabama emergency management officials said a possible tornado toppled trees and power lines in Lamar County near the Mississippi line Tuesday morning, and winds estimated at near 70 mph blew a vehicle off the road near Cordova in Walker County. The same line of storms moved up the East Coast later in the day Tuesday, as possible tornadoes and flooding were reported in spots from Georgia to Washington, D.C. Snow was expected to form as the system moved farther northeast. •

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Two charged in Yazoo City cop shooting YAZOO CITY (AP) — Two brothers from Humphreys County have been arrested in the shooting of an off-duty Yazoo City police officer. Police said 32-year-old Johnny Holmes is charged with aggravated assault for shooting 24-year-old patrol officer Patrick Jaco Sunday outside House Doctor Lounge in Yazoo City. Holmes’ brother, 30-year-old Laudial Holmes, is charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. Yazoo City Police Chief Eric Snow said Laudial Holmes was arrested Monday; Johnny Holmes, on Tuesday. Jaco was listed in fair condition on Tuesday.

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One found guilty One conviction for driving under the influence was reported during the week ending Tuesday. In Vicksburg Municipal Court, Donna Hall Taylor, 43, 3400 Mississippi 80, Lot 8, was fined $773. No convictions were reported in Warren County Justice Court.

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for Dec. 22 in U.S. District Court in Greenville. Federal court records show Jerry Burke pleaded guilty in November 2009 to defrauding the federal government and states’ governments out of millions of dollars in taxes and fees because of the cigarette smuggling. Burke was accused of operating the business out of two Tupelo warehouses, which were raided in 2009.


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Scenic Drive. Mount Givens M.B. — Business meeting, 1 p.m. Saturday, 210 Kirkland Road; the Rev. Terry L. Moore, pastor.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS Serenity Overeaters Anonymous — 6-7 tonight, Bowmar Baptist Church, Room 102C; 601-638-0011. Vicksburg Al-Anon — 8 tonight; family, friends of alcoholics and addicts; 502 Dabney Ave.; 601-636-1134. SBA Loan Conference — 5 p.m. Thursday; designed for small businesses and those who want to start a business; Hinds Community College, Vicksburg Campus, Multi-Purpose Building. Sisters by Choice — Cancer support group, 6 p.m. Thursday; Porters Chapel United

CHURCHES Triumphant Baptist — Food distribution, 9-11 a.m. Saturday; picture identification, Social Security card for each family member and proof of income; 601-638-8135; 74 ■

Methodist Church, 200 Porters Chapel Road; Christmas party and making scarves for Look Good, Feel Better; all cancer patients, survivors, caretakers, interested parties invited. Brain Injury Support Group — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, River Region West Campus; 601-415-4520 or 601-9811021. Crossroads Christmas Marketplace — 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; Santa, noon-2 p.m.; art classes with Jeanette Jarmon: Friday, 9 and 11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; 507 Market St., Port Gibson. Buck’s Country Playhouse — Christmas party, 6:30 p.m. Friday; potluck supper, music by the Wild Bunch, door prizes. ■

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Revenue better than expected; Barbour still urges restraint JACKSON (AP) — Mississippi revenue collections exceeded estimates in November — the fourth time that has occurred since the fiscal year began July 1. Preliminary numbers released Tuesday show collections for November were $609,339, or 0.19 percent, above the estimate. That amount could improve as additional

numbers are obtained in the coming days for November. Figures reported Tuesday represent taxes Gov. Haley collected Barbour by the state Department of Revenue, such

as the sales tax, income tax and casino gambling tax. Collections for the first five months of the fiscal year probably will be between 1.5 percent and 2 percent above the estimate. The estimate is important because it is the amount of money the Legislature appropriated during the 2010 session for the general fund, which includes

education, Medicaid, economic development and various other aspects of state government. In recent years, as state tax collections have come in below the estimate during the economic downturn, Gov. Haley Barbour has made cuts to most state agencies. Even without the “other than” category, state tax col-

lections for the current fiscal year are $37.4 million above the amount collected during the same time period one year ago. Despite the improved financial outlook, Barbour said the state still faces a crunch. “While I’m pleased to report that we surpassed the estimate, the need to prepare our state for another difficult

fiscal year still exists,” he said in a statement. “The economy still is not strong, and the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal stimulus funds dictates that we prepare a fiscal year 2012 budget recognizing that Mississippians expect their government to prioritize state spending rather than reach deeper into their pockets.”

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One of the two New Orleans police officers charged with burning a police shooting victim’s body after Hurricane Katrina testified Tuesday that he was shocked when his colleague set the fire. “There was no discussion whatsoever. Not even a hint of it. It was a shock,” Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann said of Officer Gregory McRae’s setting fire to a car with the body of

‘There was no discussion whatsoever. Not even a hint of it. It was a shock,’ Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann said of Officer Gregory McRae’s setting fire to a car with the body of 31-year-old Henry Glover in the back seat. 31-year-old Henry Glover in the back seat. But Scheuermann said it might have slipped his mind to tell his commanding officer, Capt. Jeffrey Winn, that McRae set the fire.

four years after the fact. “I knew the car and the body had been burned, but I didn’t know who did it,” Winn testified Tuesday during a trial for five current or former officers charged with various offenses in Glover’s death. Scheuermann said he thought he told Winn shortly after the incident but might have made an “honest mistake” and didn’t tell him until 2009.

Winn, who commanded the department’s SWAT team, which included Scheuermann and McRae, said he didn’t know one of his officers burned Glover’s body until Scheuermann told him in 2009, more than

Oak Grove residents flee after natural gas line break OAK GROVE, La. (AP) — A natural gas pipeline broke between Louisiana 1 and 3191, northwest of Natchitoches, Tuesday, causing residents to evacuate. A spokesman for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. said there was no fire and no one was hurt. Nearly 2 1/2 miles of Louisiana 3191 and all side roads along it were evacuated, said the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office’s website, and the Martin Luther King Center was set up as an evacuation point. Much of the Oak Grove community was affected and about 150 homes were evacuated after the 24-inch, high-

pressure line ruptured, sheriff’s officials said. State police spokesman Trooper Scott Moreau said the incident was under control less than 2 1/2 hours after the first report, and evacuated residents were being allowed back into their homes. Tennessee Gas spokesman Richard Wheatley, based in Houston, said he had been told that no evacuation would be needed, “but we defer to local people in all cases.” He said the affected section of pipeline was isolated and was being emptied into the air. Gas was routed through other pipelines in the area, and no customers were affected, he said.

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Founded by John G. Cashman in 1883 Louis P. Cashman III, Editor & Publisher • Issued by Vicksburg Printing & Publishing Inc., Louis P. Cashman III, President Karen Gamble, managing editor | E-mail: | Tel: 601.636.4545 ext 123 | Letters to the editor: or The Vicksburg Post, P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182

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OLD POST FILES 120 YEARS AGO: 1890 G.W. Ferguson is foreman of the grand jury. • “Under the Gaslight” is presented at the opera house.

110 YEARS AGO: 1900 Frank Steel dies. • A big dredge arrives for work on the Yazoo Canal.

100 YEARS AGO: 1910 Albert Biedenharn and Addie M. Tucker are married. • Chancellor E.N. Thomas restrains the Vicksburg near-beer places from operating.

90 YEARS AGO: 1920 The Princess Theatre advertises J. Warren Kerrigan in “The White Man’s Chance.” • Ethel Clayton and Jack Holt star in “Crooked Streets” at the Alamo Theatre. • Ike Haas accepts a position with The Valley.

80 YEARS AGO: 1930 A dental compound is invented by Dr. Lawrence Gilbert. • The Chamber of Commerce directors ask Congressman J.W. Collier to secure $100,000 for the military park. • The Holy Trinity Bazaar opens in the Bonelli building.

70 YEARS AGO: 1940 Company B, 106th Engineers, leaves for a year’s military training. • A son is born to Mr. and Mrs. J.J. McLeskey.

60 YEARS AGO: 1950 An architect’s drawing of the new Post and Herald building to be erected at South and Cherry streets appears on page one of the Vicksburg Evening Post. • Charles Bradford Seay dies.



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Death may be the great equalizer, but it’s no escape from the debt collector. The explosion of consumer borrowing — not to mention the skyrocketing cost of health care, which many consumers finance at least partly on high-interest credit cards — means Americans are taking more debt with them when they die. That has created a fast-growing new niche: debt collectors who specialize in squeezing the estates of the dearly departed or their unwary relatives. Existing federal law makes collecting those debts difficult. In most cases, for example, it prohibits collectors from calling family and friends of debtors. Unless a debt was incurred by both the deceased and a survivor — in the case of a joint credit card account, for example — relatives usually are under no obligation to make good on the debt from their own funds. But a newly unveiled draft policy from the Federal Trade Commission could erode those protections. The policy broadens the number of people debt collectors can contact to find out who’s in charge of paying off debts

incurred by the deceased. Ironically, the new policy comes as state and federal agencies, including the FTC, have begun cracking down on overly aggressive debt collectors and debt-settlement companies. At least five national firms focus on collecting debts from the dead. Their business has exploded in recent years, in part because the economic downturn has made it more difficult to collect from the living. Debt collectors, who often buy unpaid debts for pennies on the dollar, always have been able to file legitimate claims with a probate court. But a recent investigation by the Minneapolis Star Tribune found that some collectors are reaching out to relatives of the dead. Many use tactics developed to persuade grief-stricken relatives to pay debts they have no legal obligation to honor. The elderly are particularly vulnerable. Those tactics include sympathy cards, offers of grief counseling and scripted appeals. They also can include appeals based on the “moral obligation” to pay and misleading questions that can lead some grieving

The St. Aloysius High School band presents its annual Christmas concert. • The Vicksburg Little Theatre presents “Look Homeward Angel” at the playhouse. • Mrs. Mamie O’Sullivan, Lake Providence resident, dies. • John Wayne stars in “North to Alaska” at the Joy Theatre.

family members to conclude they must come up with the money on their own. A Minneapolis newspaper cited a lawsuit filed last year by a widow who was contacted 15 times over six weeks about an unpaid loan taken out by her late husband. One collector told her she was “now responsible for all of her late husband’s debts,” the suit alleged, even though that wasn’t true. Another threatened to take her home, while a third told her to immediately write a $9,000 check. Clearly, there is a need to honor legitimate claims for debts incurred by the deceased, and states have resolution procedures for that purpose. But there must be adequate consumer protections as well. It’s bad enough when the debtor is alive and able to dispute the charges. But relatives of deceased debtors may have no way to know if the charges are inflated or downright fraudulent. The FTC should be strengthening protections for the families and friends of deceased debtors. Instead, its new policy would open the door for fresh abuses.

Services are held for Mrs. Pauline Crayton. • Mr. and Mrs. Gene Barham and family return to their home in Florida after visiting in Lake Providence. • Mr. and Mrs. Frank Price announce the birth of a daughter on Nov. 24.

30 YEARS AGO: 1980 Mr. and Mrs. James Cagle Jr. of Utica announce the birth of a daughter, Natalie Renee, on Dec. 3. • Staff Sgt. Ronald T. Barnes is decorated with the second award of the Air Force Commendation Medal at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., for demonstrating outstanding achievement and meritorious service.

20 YEARS AGO: 1990 An extension on a bid to start building a regional airport near Mound, La., is rejected. • Warren County Citizens for Riverfront Development sponsor several parties. • Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Joseph McNamara Jr. announce the birth of a son, Patrick Joseph III, on Dec. 2. • Vicksburg High School boys and girls basketball teams claim district wins.

10 YEARS AGO: 2000 Ralyn Lynch celebrates her second birthday. • Citing a downturn in the manufactured housing market, Polyvulc USA Inc. lays off about half its 43 employees. • Pelican Express Cleaners opens on Cherry Street.

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Black farmers who had lost their land get delayed justice WASHINGTON — I am a descendent of good country people who turned the soil, planted seeds, watered roots and nurtured tender shoots that sprang from the earth. They did it when they had to. And they did it when they didn’t. They did it because the land was theirs, and that has made all the difference. I’m lucky. I was born to parents who both came from property-owning families, tough rural folk who toiled from “can see to cain’t,” who labored under a scorching Alabama sun, who battled drought and bugs and bankers to keep the land for their children and their children’s children. Not all farmers managed to keep that inheritance. Some lost their land to the vicissitudes of nature — drought and flood, frost and plagues. Others simply gave up and sold for what little they could get. Farming has never been an easy way of life. But black farmers were dogged by an additional difficulty: the racism of the U.S. Department of Agri-


Still, even the Senate’s extraordinary action cannot restore the economic prospects that black farmers lost to a long season of injustice.

tucker culture. Local bureaucrats denied them loans, delayed their payments, refused them information and, in some cases, even disputed their deeds. That blatant discrimination contributed to the stunning loss of black-owned agricultural land over the 20th century. In 1910, black Americans held title to at least 16 million acres. By the end of the century, black ownership had dwindled to about 2.4 million acres, according to researchers. Recognizing a pattern of gross racism, the USDA settled a classaction lawsuit — initiated by a

black North Carolina farmer named Tim Pigford — in 1999. Since then, the government has paid out around $1 billion to settle claims. But the initial fund wasn’t large enough to provide recompense to all the farmers who were injured, and their representatives have struggled for the last decade to persuade presidents and lawmakers to provide them some measure of justice. On Nov. 19, finally, the U.S. Senate agreed to set aside an additional $1.15 billion for black farmers. (The Senate also set aside $3.4 billion to repay native Americans for federal

mishandling of a land trust managed by the Department of Interior.) In a sign of the seriousness of the claims, the payments were approved with no objections. Still, controversy lingers over the black farmers’ settlement. The House, which has already approved the funds, will have to take another vote; some House Republicans have vowed opposition to what they see as a vast scam. Tea Party firebrand Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has even pledged to hold hearings and “investigate every single claim before it goes out.” Bachmann and her ilk are just playing to the preconceptions of a noisy claque. Any member of Congress ought to know that the settlement already provides a system for ferreting out fraud among those seeking compensation. Many fraudulent claims have already been denied. But there was also plenty of real racism. Just ask Shirley Sherrod. (Yes, she’s also the former USDA employee who was the victim, ironically, of a set-up accusing her of dis-

criminating against a white farmer.) She and her husband were among the members of a South Georgia farming collective who received $13 million in compensation for the contempt and hostility they suffered at the hands of local USDA officials. Still, even the Senate’s extraordinary action cannot restore the economic prospects that black farmers lost to a long season of injustice. As I know so well, family property confers benefits over generations. My fortunes were boosted by a toehold in the propertied class purchased with the sweat and tears of longdead ancestors. Conversely, the heirs of black farmers who lost that toehold may never have enjoyed quite the same opportunities. They did not have access to the equity that might have secured college educations or entrepreneurship. That’s a harvest forever lost.

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Volunteers search for 9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton in Morenci, Mich., Tuesday.

Michigan father charged in case of missing boys; search resumes Nation

MORENCI, Mich. — The key to finding three young Michigan brothers who have been missing for nearly a week ultimately may lie with what their father tells police. For the fifth day in a row, an army of volunteers were set to trudge across harvested fields, woodlands and dirt back roads in search of 9-yearold Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton, who have not been seen since Thanksgiving. So far, police say, the boys’ father, 39-year-old John Skelton, hasn’t told authorities much that they can use as the search for the boys evolves from rescue to recovery. Skelton, an unemployed long-haul truck driver, was arrested Tuesday on three counts of parental kidnapping. He was being held in Lucas County Jail in Ohio and was likely to face a hearing today to extradite him back to Michigan to face the charges in Lenawee County.

apparent hate crime after a teen who occasionally worshipped there was accused of planning mass killings in Portland. Hundreds of residents of this small college town came out for the vigil at the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center. Mohamed Osman Mohamud Authorities have said the blaze was the result of arson and they’re investigating whether it was a hate crime, set because Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, sometimes worshipped at the center. Mohamud was arrested Friday in an FBI sting on charges he tried to set off a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland, authorities said.

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — Steady rain Tuesday didn’t stop people from attending a candlelight vigil in support of an Islamic center targeted by an

HICKORY, N.C. — A 10-year-old disabled girl who was dismembered after she died may have been raped by two men and hit in the head,


according to search warrants based on fourth-hand information and unsealed Tuesday. The warrants also Zahra describe Baker what might have happened to the body of Zahra Baker, who was reported missing Oct. 9. The warrants still did not reveal how the girl died.

House nears vote on Rangel censure WASHINGTON — The House is close to deciding whether one of its most senior veterans, Charles Rangel of New York, should have to stand in front of his colleagues and be censured for ethical Rep. Charles misconduct. Rangel Rangel, D-N.Y., will argue for a lesser reprimand, and some of the congressmen he served with over the past 40 years will support him.

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Fastenal (FAST).......................53.52 Family Dollar (FDO).............50.20 Fred’s (FRED)............................12.79 Int’l Paper (IP)..........................24.97 Janus Capital Group (JNS).10.44 J.C. Penney (JCP)...................33.27 Kroger Stores (KR)................23.55 Kan. City So. (KSU)...............47.34 Legg Mason (LM)................ 32.62 Parkway Properties (PKY).15.89 PepsiCo Inc. (PEP).................64.63 Regions Financial (RF)......... 5.38 Rowan (RDC)...........................30.15 Saks Inc. (SKS).........................11.14 Sears Holdings (SHLD)......65.50 Simpson-DuraVent (SSD).25.87 Sunoco (SUN)..........................40.14 Trustmark (TRMK)................21.34 Tyco Intn’l (TYC).....................37.89 Tyson Foods (TSN)...............15.83 Viacom (VIA)............................43.91 Walgreens (WAG).................34.85 Wal-Mart (WMT)...................54.09


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smart money Q: I have bought Ford Stock at Computershare. I don’t know anything about the stock market or investing. I have a contribution of $50 a month t o my BRUCE account. Is this wise? I just know I wanted Ford stock and I don’t know what to do after this. — A.M., via e-mail A: The telling line in your message is that “you don’t know anything about the stock market or investing.” If so, then you shouldn’t be messing around with the stock market. The very small amount of money that you’re investing in all likelihood is not going to be a lifestyle changer. I am



fascinated by your line, “I just know I wanted Ford stock” — why? I’d continue to invest your $50 bucks a month, but I would also start reading the financial section in your local newspaper. Pick up a copy of the Wall Street Journal from time to time — I assure you that it will not bite. Magazines such as Forbes, etc., are also good introductions. If time permits and there is a community college in your area, see if they offer courses on investing. All knowledge is costly. Going to high school and colleges are expensive endeavors. There are no shortcuts that I know of to acquire knowledge of investing. You will be surprised in six months to a year of how much will rub off. •

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisions remain within President Barack Obama’s deficit commission on politically explosive budget cuts and slashes in Social Security benefits, even as the panel’s co-chairmen go public with a revised plan to tame the runaway national debt. The new plan by co-chairmen Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, to be unveiled today, faces an uphill slog. Resistance is certain, not only because of the idea of raising the Social Security retirement age, but also because of proposed cuts to Medicare, curtailment of tax breaks and a doubling of the federal tax on a gallon of gasoline. Though the plan appears unlikely to win enough bipartisan support from the panel to be approved for a vote in Congress this year or next, Bowles has already declared victory, saying he and Simpson have at least succeeded

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Erskine Bowles, left, watches former Wyoming Sen. Alan Simpson on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 10. in initiating an “adult conversation” in the country about the pain it will take to cut the deficit. The plan faces opposition from many commission members. House Republicans appear uniformly against tax increases, while liberal Democrats like Jan Schakowsky of Illinois appear unlikely to be

able to accept big cuts in federal programs for seniors. Obama named the commission in hopes of bringing a deficit-fighting plan up for a vote in Congress this year, but it appears to be falling well short of the 14-vote bipartisan supermajority needed.

Senate passes bill to boost food safety WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed legislation Tuesday to make food safer in the wake of deadly E. coli and salmonella outbreaks, potentially giving the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facil-

ities and force companies to recall tainted food. The $1.4 billion bill, which would also place stricter standards on imported foods, passed the Senate 73-25. Supporters say passage is critical after widespread outbreaks in peanuts, eggs and

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Stocks rise sharply on signs of job growth NEW YORK (AP) —A jump in hiring by small businesses and reports of global expansion in the manufacturing industry sent U.S. stocks sharply higher today and pushed bond prices down. Fears that the European financial crisis would spread also eased after European Central Bank President JeanClaude Trichet suggested that the bank could buy bonds by struggling countries within the European Union. That, along with a better-thanexpected bond auction by Portugal, helped send the euro and European stock indexes sharply higher.

The euro rose 0.8 percent after the auction. The Euro Stoxx 50 index, which tracks blue chip companies in countries that use the euro, rose 1.8 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average gained almost 200 points in morning trading. All 30 stocks in the index rose. Home Depot Inc. and United Technologies Corp. each rose more than 3 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 198.37, or 1.8 percent, to 11,204.14 in morning trading. The S&P 500 rose 19.59, or 1.7 percent, to 1,200.14. The Nasdaq composite rose 48.61, or 2.0 percent, to 2,546.84.




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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans are working to reach a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts that expire at the end of the year, but neither side is budging as negotiations begin in earnest. Even as they talk, House leaders are planning to hold a politically charged vote Thursday to extend middle-class tax cuts while letting taxes for the wealthy expire. The bill, even if it passes the House, stands no chance in the Senate. Nevertheless, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he is considering holding a similar vote. President Barack Obama met with congressional leaders from both parties Tuesday at the White House to discuss taxes and other issues. Republicans and Democrats said it was a cordial, productive meeting. But both emerged with the same stances on tax cuts, a pending nuclear treaty with Russia and other matters.

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CEO Continued from Page A1. recruiting two interventional cardiologists and one vascular surgeon, greatly improving patient care and employee and physician satisfaction, a press release from Gawronski said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dougâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to excellence in hospital operations and patient outcomes will be well received by the medical staff here at River Region,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Briggs Hopson, Jr., vice president of medical affairs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our medical community is looking forward to working with him to continue moving our organization forward.â&#x20AC;? In addition to his profes-

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Members of the search committee look on as Dr. Christopher Brown speaks during a press conference at Alcorn Tuesday. From left are: Brown; Tasheena Galmore, vice president of the Student Government Association;

Stephen McDaniel, ASU vice president for Development and Marketing; Dr. Alpha Morris, professor of sociology; and Zelmarine Murphy of Vicksburg, an alumna.

Alcorn Continued from Page A1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They spent a lot of time thinking about what Alcorn needs in its future president,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Hank Bounds, IHL commissioner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the first things we need is some stability. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had some movement around here. We also need someone who understands rural Mississippi. We need someone who can wrap their arms around the ASU family and bring them together, particularly in times of fiscal stress.â&#x20AC;? He said Brown not only has the right educational background and professional experience to lead Alcorn, but connected with virtually every group on campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really is a marriage, so there has to be a good fit,â&#x20AC;? Bounds said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m most excited about is that it was apparent to me that there was a real fit here today.â&#x20AC;? Committee chairman C.D. Smith said Brown rose to the top when rated by campus groups on such attributes as enthusiasm, interests, leadership qualities, academic credentials, financial management, diversity, commitment and vision for ASU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When all was said and done, Chris Brown emerged as the person to be the next president of Alcorn State University,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. Brown currently is executive vice president and provost of Fisk University in Nashville, and previously was dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and also held a number of other faculty and research appointments at universities and institutes. He said few details and tasks need to be wrapped up in his final

weeks on the job. He has a doctorate in higher education from Penn State University and earned bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degrees at South Carolina State University and the University of Kentucky, respectively. Brown has written or edited 15 books and monographs and authored or coauthored more than 100 journal articles. Brown said he met Monday with Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield and visited the Vicksburg campus of Alcorn, which offers a variety of courses in conjunction with Hinds Community Collge. Some ASU programs, such as nursing, are offered at another satellite campus in Natchez. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alcorn is a university of three campuses and our intention is to continue to serve all three with vigor,â&#x20AC;? said Brown. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to look at what the plans have been and continue to try to support them, and make the appropriate judgments at the proper time. Hopefully weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll


continue to spend the appropriate and right amount of time to understand Vicksburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs and the ways we can serve the population.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;He seems to have a plan, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very knowledgeable about HBCUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, specifically land-grant, which Alcorn is,â&#x20AC;? said Zelmarine Murphy, a member of the search committee who is also president of the Vicksburg Warren School District Board of Trustees. Founded in 1871, Alcorn was the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first statesupported institution for the higher education of African Americans. It is one of three historically black colleges and universities in Mississippi, along with Jackson State University and Mississippi Valley University. JSU has also been searching for a new president and Nov. 23, the same day Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name was put forward, IHL trustees announced a preferred candidate, Carolyn W. Meyers, a past president of Norfolk State University in Virginia, to lead that school.

sional duties, Sills has also been involved in organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Kiwanis Club and United Way. He attended Forest Hill High School and graduated with a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in pre-med from Mississippi College. Sills and his wife, Rebecca, have two adult children. Reynolds, who announced his resignation Nov. 10, had replaced Phillip Clendenin in December 2008. Both Northern Louisiana and River Region are subsidiaries of Community Health Systems of Franklin, Tenn.

The company operates 126 for-profit general acute-care hospitals nationwide as well as home health care agencies, primarily in areas near its hospitals. CHS also provides management and consulting services to nonaffiliated facilities. River Region was created in 1998 from the merger of ParkView Regional Medical Center, formerly Mercy Regional Medical Center, and Vicksburg Medical Center. The current hospital opened in 2002 and is staffed by 1,600 employees. It has 372 licensed beds and 119 active physicians.

should remain open as long as the roots hold. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were true to our word to close it at the latest possible time and reopen at the earliest possible time,â&#x20AC;? MDOT Central District Engineer Kevin Magee said. MDOT owns the buildings housing the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 14 wel-

come centers, but the MDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Division of Tourism operates them and employs people to distribute information on area tourist attractions. Vicksburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s welcome center opened in 1980 and was last renovated in 2005.

Center Continued from Page A1. Transportation. Grenada-based Mayrant & Associates performed the $74,534 job that allowed them to work through March. MDOT officials, who planned from the outset to minimize how long the offices and restrooms were closed to the public, have said the center


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No new oil drilling 8 dead, transit halted in Europe in Fla., official says Winter freeze

GENEVA (AP) — Heavy snow and subzero temperatures swept across Europe, killing at least eight homeless people in Poland, closing major airports in Britain and Switzerland, and causing delays to rail and road traffic across the continent. In addition to Gatwick, one of Britain’s busiest airports, and Geneva, Switzerland’s second biggest one, Edinburgh airport in Scotland and LyonBron airport in southeastern France were shuttered today as staff struggled to clear the runways of snow. In Poland, police said eight men died Tuesday night after a bitter cold front hit the country, with temperatures falling to around -4 Fahrenheit. Police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski said the men had all been drinking. Sokolowski said the men died in different parts of Poland, where many people freeze to death each winter, mostly homeless people and drunks. The coldest temperature registered Tuesday night was in the eastern Polish city of Bialystok, where it was -15 Fahrenheit. Officials at Gatwick said the airport would remain closed

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Snow-covered planes are parked at Gatwick airport in Horley, England, today. until early Thursday morning, stranding about 600 flights that were to depart today. The airport has added extra staff on the ground working “around the clock” to clear the runways. Passengers were advised not to travel to the airport but to check with their airline or visit Gatwick’s website for updates. The Geneva airport will be closed until this afternoon, said spokesman Bertrand Staempfli. Zurich, Switzerland’s biggest airport, reported delays and cancelations on the day

many VIPs, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, were traveling to FIFA’s headquarters to push their countries’ bids to host the 2018 and 2022 football World Cups. Airport spokeswoman Sonja Zoechling said officials anticipate heavy snowfall there, but expected to keep flights going. The European air traffic control authority Eurocontrol also reported severe delays at Berlin’s Tegel airport and in northern Spain.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration won’t allow any new oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for at least the next seven years because of the BP oil spill, a senior administration official told The Associated Press today. The area that includes the waters off Florida’s coast had been considered for drilling as part of the management plan for the Outer Continental Shelf. Just a month before the April spill, the Obama administration had announced plans to allow drilling in the eastern Gulf. “In light of the BP spill, we’ve learned a lot and understand the need to elevate the safety and environmental standards,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision hadn’t been announced yet. “We took a second look at the announced plan and modified it to remove the Eastern Gulf of Mexico from leasing consideration.” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was to discuss the decision this afternoon. The eastern Gulf of Mexico — an area stretching from

125 to 300 miles off Florida’s coast — was singled out for protection by Congress in 2006 as part of a deal with Florida lawmakers that made available 8.3 million acres to oil and gas development in the eastcentral Gulf. The protected region is to remain off limits to energy development until 2022. But the administration had entertained the idea of expanded drilling, until the BP spill that spewed an estimated 172 million gallons of oil into the Gulf. Florida has long banned drilling in its state-controlled waters — those immediately off its shores, before federal jurisdiction takes over farther out — because of fears that a spill would damage its beaches, the state’s biggest tourism draw. But even state lawmakers, including Gov. Charlie Crist, were considering opening those waters to drilling before the spill. Officials for the major oil drillers and firms that service the industry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

seven routes and a Saturday run would save the cash-strapped agency about $90,000. Ridership decreased from 3,470 in October to 2,748 in November, thus decreasing fare revenue. In other business, NRoute’s $50,000 purchase service agreement with Warren-Yazoo Mental Health to transport members of the Milestone Club House to and from the Wisconsin Avenue facility was delayed about a month because of a lack of qualified bus drivers. Bumpers said two applicants declined job offers because of offers from other employers. Currently, the system is seeking drivers for the route for four days a week. WYMH had obtained a $40,000 grant by the Mississippi Department of Trans-

portation with a $10,000 match by the agency to use for transporting clients. The $50,000 flat-fee that was being paid to NRoute in the original agreement was changed to a cost-per-person fare of $4.50 per person. Also on Tuesday, the transportation commission voted to decline the offer of two trolleys through MDOT as part of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act stimulus program. The trolleys were to be used as charter vehicles, which would result in a revenue stream for NRoute, but the commission decided against that because of tough state charter regulations. NRoute began operations in June 2006 as a department of the city, but became an independent utility in February 2007.

Vicksburg; one brother, Kamerrion Savell of Vicksburg; his maternal grandmother, Katherine Savell of Vicksburg; his paternal grandfather, Jessie Lumpkin Jr. of Vicksburg; and his maternal great-grandmother, Janet Savell of Vicksburg. Williams Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and We Care Community Services of Vicksburg. She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Barbara A. Brooks and Ora D. Brooks. Survivors include her husband, Freddie Smith of Vicksburg; a sister, Cynthis Brooks of Houston; and a brother, Rickey Brooks of Jackson. Robbins Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

NRoute Continued from Page A1. nothing going on that shouldn’t have been going on.” Initially, city officials said they would hold the $135,000 allocation until the audits were complete. But on Oct. 28, while the audits were under way, the City Board voted 2-1 to disburse the allocation in 12 monthly installments of $11,250 so NRoute could meet its monthly payroll expenses. On Tuesday night, South Ward Alderman Sid Beauman, who voted against the monthly allocation, said he had not seen the audit report. However, he said, “I’m not surprised a bit. I never thought anything illegal was going on.” Bumpers said the accounting firm listed in the report “minor managerial suggestions” that NRoute would

need to address before an official report is released. Suggestions include stamping an invoice after it has been paid and signing meeting minutes following a commission meeting, among other similar proposals, she said. An official report will be released in about two weeks, after Bumpers makes a written address to the accounting firm. Mayor Paul Winfield also said he would like to review an official report by the auditing agency. “I’m committed to public transit,” he said. “The city will also have recommendations to the agency in addition to the auditor’s recommendations.” The board, in the absence of Beauman, voted Sept. 30 to pay for the audits, which cost about $5,700 each, because

NRoute said it did not have the funds to do so. The city’s funding of NRoute had decreased from $225,000 in fiscal year 2008-09 to about $160,000 last fiscal year. City funding now accounts for about 17 percent of NRoute’s $781,000 annual budget and about two-thirds of that comes from federal and state allocations. Fares account for 7.5 percent and about 5 percent comes from the Warren County Board of Supervisors. The transit system was operating $96,000 in the red at the end of last fiscal year, but two months into the new fiscal year with three service cuts the system is operating in the black, Bumpers said. The system’s current net income is $836.26. Bumpers has said before service cuts of two of the

deaths The Vicksburg Post prints obituaries in news form for area residents, their family members and for former residents at no charge. Families wishing to publish additional information or to use specific wording have the option of a paid obituary.

R.W. Boydstun R.W. Boydstun died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at Vicksburg Convalescent Home. He was 91. Mr. Boydstun was a lawyer and a member of First Baptist Church of Louisville. He served in the Army in World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Coleen Swearingen Boydstun. He is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Boydstun White of Vicksburg; three grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville with Dr. Brett Golson officiating. Burial will follow at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Kemper County. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 tonight at the funeral home. A guestbook may be signed at

Lanny Roy McCann Lanny Roy McCann died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at his home. He was 68. Mr. McCann was born in Manila, Ark., and had lived in Vicksburg since 1967. He retired from International Paper Co. as a safety director. He was an active member of Oakland Baptist Church where he served as music

director for many years, church treasurer, Sunday school teacher and an active deacon. He also served on the school board of The Learning Garden Preschool. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father and brother. He loved to play music, fish, golf and watch baseball and football with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Annah and Pauline McCann; and his sisters, Alice Hinesley, Reba Dame and Ann Mullins. Survivors include his wife, Grace L. McCann of Vicksburg; two sons, Scott D. McCann and wife Kay of Madison and Mark McCann of Vicksburg; a daughter, Tanya Anderson and husband Bill of Vicksburg; a brother, Aubrey Hyatt McCann of Torrington, Wyo.; a sister, Marilyn Yvonne Beard of Longview, Texas; and six grandchildren, Amanda Correro, Nikki McCann, Austin McCann, Jessyca Bryan, Anna Anderson and Sara Anderson. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oakland Baptist Church with the Rev. Justin Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery, formerly Green Acres Cemetery. Visitation will be tonight from 5 until 8 at Glenwood Funeral Home and Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until the service. Pallbearers will be Kenny Warner, Ray Sanderson, Dick Muirhead, T.D. Easterling, Bob Bernard and Austin McCann. Honorary pallbearers will

be Caleb Bryan, Martin Pace, Phillip Correro, Mark Holdiness, Joe Johnson, Robert Sibley, Louie Miller, Charles Watson, Dennis Knight, deacons of Oakland Baptist Church, senior golf group at Bovina and friends and musicians of Levi’s.

Sha’Colby Savell Sha’Colby Savell died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, in Little Rock, Ark. He was 3. Sha’Colby was preceded in death by his father, Justin Harris. He is survived by his mother, Amber Savell of


• Vicksburg • Mr. Lanny R. McCann

Service 11 a.m. Thursday, December 2, 2010 Oakland Baptist Church Interment Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery Visitation 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at Glenwood Funeral Home • 10 a.m. Thursday until the hour of service at the church Memorials Learning Gardens Preschool or Oakland Baptist Church Building Fund 2959 Oak Ridge Road Vicksburg, Mississippi 39183 • Lifeword Media Ministries P. O. Box 6 Conway, Arkansas 72033

Curtisene Brooks Smith Curtisene Brooks Smith died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at her home. She was 55. Mrs. Smith was a former


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Clear tonight, lows in the 20s; clear and sunny Thursday, highs in the 60s

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

LOCAL FORECAST thursday-friday Clear and sunny lows in the 20s, highs in the 60s

STATE FORECAST TONIGHT Clear, lows in the 20s thursday-friday Clear and sunny lows in the 20s, highs in the 60s

Almanac Highs and Lows High/past 24 hours............. 52º Low/past 24 hours............... 33º Average temperature......... 43º Normal this date................... 52º Record low....22º before 1885 Record high............79º in 1982 Rainfall Recorded at the Vicksburg Water Plant Past 24 hours.................0.0 inch This month................ 0.0 inches Total/year.............. 44.21 inches Normal/month......0.17 inches Normal/year........ 46.29 inches Solunar table Most active times for fish and wildlife Thursday: A.M. Active............................ 1:20 A.M. Most active................. 7:33 P.M. Active............................. 1:47 P.M. Most active.................. 8:00 Sunrise/sunset Sunset today........................ 4:57 Sunset tomorrow............... 4:57 Sunrise tomorrow.............. 6:47

RIVER DATA Stages Mississippi River at Vicksburg Current: 13.0 | Change: +1.5 Flood: 43 feet Yazoo River at Greenwood Current: 16.0 | Change: +0.1 Flood: 35 feet Yazoo River at Yazoo City Current: 13.6 | Change: +0.4 Flood: 29 feet Yazoo River at Belzoni Current: 16.0 | Change: +0.1 Flood: 34 feet Big Black River at West Current: NA | Change: NA Flood: 12 feet Big Black River at Bovina Current: 9.6 | Change: +0.3 Flood: 28 feet StEELE BAYOU Land....................................69.6 River....................................60.2

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Cairo, Ill. Thursday................................ 26.4 Friday....................................... 27.0 Saturday................................. 27.5 Memphis Thursday................................ 10.0 Friday....................................... 10.2 Saturday................................. 10.7 Greenville Thursday................................ 22.6 Friday....................................... 23.8 Saturday................................. 23.9 Vicksburg Thursday................................ 14.3 Friday....................................... 15.8 Saturday................................. 16.9






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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Vicksburg Post

House clears WikiLeaks won’t hurt U.S. diplomacy, Clinton says way for farmer Site’s founder, Julian Assange, sought on rape, molestation suspicions settlements WASHINGTON (AP) — American Indian landowners and black farmers who for years have waited for Washington to address their claims of government mistreatment won a hard-fought victory Tuesday as Congress cleared legislation to pay the groups $4.6 billion to settle a pair of historic class-action lawsuits. The measure passed the House in a 256-152 vote and now goes to President Barack Obama, who promised during his campaign to work toward resolving the long-standing disputes and others involving the government’s past discrimination against minorities. In a statement, Obama applauded the bill’s passage and said he would continue working to resolve other lingering complaints of historic discrimination, including from women and Hispanic farmers. Elouise Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Tribe from Browning, Mont., and lead plaintiff in the Indian case, called it a “historic day in Indian country as well as in America’s history.” “A monumental step has been taken to remove a stain on our national honor and create a better future for Indians as our government begins to make some amends for grave past injustices,” she said. The package would award some $3.4 billion to American Indians over claims they were cheated out of royalties overseen by the Interior Department for resources like oil, gas and timber. Another $1.2 billion would go to African-Americans who claim they were unfairly denied loans and other assistance from the Agriculture Department.

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — The leak of thousands of sensitive U.S. embassy cables will not hurt American diplomacy, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declared today at a security summit. Clinton said she has disc us s e d t h e revelations published on the WikiLeaks website with her colleagues at the summit Julian Assange i n Ast a n a , the capital of Kazakhstan. The event is the first major international meeting of leaders and top diplomats since the memos began appearing on the website and in international publications this week. The secret memos published by WikiLeaks contain frank details on several leaders attending the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe meeting. One note allegedly written by a U.S. diplomat in Kazakhstan details scenes of hard-drinking hedonism by several senior Kazakh ministers. The same report describes Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev as

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reads a document as she sits next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of the OSCE Summit today in Astana, Kazakhstan. horse-obsessed and given to taking refuge from the oftenfrigid capital at a holiday home in the United Arab Emirates. Other prospective conference delegates described less than flatteringly in the leaked cables include Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. “I have certainly raised the issue of the leaks in order to assure our colleagues that it will not in any way interfere

with American diplomacy or our commitment to continuing important work that is ongoing,” Clinton said. “I have not had any concerns expressed about whether any nation will not continue to work with and discuss matters of importance to us both going forward.” Several officials at the summit echoed her comments. British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who met today with Clinton, released a statement saying the “recent

Wikileaks disclosures would not affect our uniquely strong relationship.” Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev also said “this will have no bearing on our strategic relationship.” The Obama administration has criticized the leaking of the cables, saying the details could put lives at risk. “I anticipate that there will be a lot of questions that people have every right and reason to ask, and we stand

ready to discuss them at any time with our counterparts,” Clinton added. Meanwhile, Swedish officials on Tuesday issued an international alert for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange, 39, of Australia, is wanted on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. The exact nature of the accusations aren’t completely clear — formal charges have yet to be tabled — but Sweden’s rape laws are broader than in many other European countries. Assange has not made himself available for a meeting with prosecutors, Swedish officals said. But Assange’s lawyer, Mark Stephens, said those officials have turned down repeated offers to speak with Assange. Stephens also complained that Assange has yet to receive formal notice of the allegations he faces — a legal requirement under European law. Back in Kazakhstan, Clinton and her Belarussian counterpart, Sergei Martynov, announced that the former Soviet republic of Belarus will give up its stockpile of material used to make nuclear weapons by 2012.

North Korean soldier at border wishes for peace

North Korean Lt. Choe Song Il answers questions during an interview today.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As the U.S. and South Korea ended war maneuvers following North Korea’s deadly bombardment of a front-line island, a North Korean soldier at the heavily armed border said today he hoped for peace. The soldier, interviewed in the Panmunjom village inside the Demilitarized Zone, told the TV news agency APTN that he hoped tensions between the sides would be eased “as soon as possible,

in a peaceful way.” The artillery barrage killed four South Korean marines and two civilians on Nov. 23. “I know that there were casualties on the South side,” said Lt. Choe Song Il, the soldier assigned to escort the APTN crew to the Demilitarized Zone. “I hope that such military conflict between North and South should never happen again.” It was unclear whether his comments were spontaneous

or staged, and whether they merely reflected one North Korean soldier’s opinion or gave some window into the military’s stance as a whole. North Korea has an authoritarian government that closely monitors its society. They were striking words at a time of heightened tensions between the Koreas and a departure from the bellicose rhetoric of North Korea’s staterun news agency, which has threatened “full-scale war”

as recently as Tuesday if the country’s territory is violated by any military maneuvers. Even the North’s official media has offered some conciliatory language about the attack. It said Saturday that it was “regrettable, if it is true, that civilian casualties occurred,” though it blamed South Korea for creating a “human shield.” South Korean intelligence chief Won Sei-hoon said North Korea is likely to strike again.

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SCHOOL & YOUTH WE DN E SDAY, December 1, 2010 • SEC TI O N B w w w.4kids B2 | COMICS B4 Karen Gamble, managing editor | E-mail: | Tel: 601.636.4545 ext 137

Santa letters The Vicksburg Post is accepting letters to Santa, to be published in the combined Christmas Eve-Christmas Day edition. The deadline is 5 p.m. Dec. 13.

BULLETIN BOARD We welcome items for Bulletin Board. Submit items by e-mail (, postal service (P.O. Box 821668, Vicksburg, MS 39182), fax (6340897), or delivered in person to 1601-F N. Frontage Road by Monday for publication Wednesday. Be sure to include your name and phone number.

Achievements • Sara Jean Turner has been selected as vice president of recruitment personnel on the Panhellenic Executive Board at Louisiana State University. A junior Sara Jean at LSU, Turner she is a petroleum engineering major. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, Volunteer LSU and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Allen Turner of Vicksburg. • Alcorn State University’s School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences has received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a comprehensive plan for the establishment and operation of a Policy Institute for Rural Communities and Small Farmers and Ranchers.

Vicksburg High School National Honor Society Each year highachieving high school students are inducted into the National Honor Society. Nineteen at Vicksburg High have been named members of the group. The society, formed in 1921, is for students who show strides in scholarship, leadership, service and character.

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Juniors, from left, are Genea Bradford, the daughter of Oscar Denton and Margaret Bradford; Jazmyne Smith, the daughter of Carl and Bridget Harris and James Smith; Genevieve

Juniors, from left, are Courtney Barnes, the daughter of Alfred and Carolyn Barnes; Zalak Patel, the daughter of Makesh Patel; Raven Lawrence, the daughter of

Dario and Barbara Lawrence; Daniel Kees, the son of Janice Kees and the late Dr. Stewart Kees; and Haley Ray, the daughter of Mary Ray and the late David Ray.

Walker, the daughter of Milton Walker and Linda Walker; Brittany Dotson, the daughter of Linda Sims; and Rebeca Velazquez, the daughter of Gerardo and Vivian Velazquez.

Juniors, from left, are Kiara Wilson, the daughter of Willie and Rosia Wilson; Jessica Friley, the daughter of Randy and Rennae Friley; Matthew Price, the son of


Richard and Cindy Price; Dianna Kariuki, the daughter of Benson and Cheryl Kariuki; and Kelly Gatewood, the daughter of Bill and Valerie Gatewood. Senior Bryton Hixson, from left, the son of Jerry and Vickie Hixson; stands with juniors Brennen Coomes, the son of John and Kim Coomes; Gunnar Daquilla, the son of Steve Daquilla and Nicole Bland; and Daniel Sluis, the son of Dr. Gordon and Jennifer Sluis.

• Dominique Simone Williams has received a $1,000 academic scholarship to Jackson State University, where she will study civil engineering. A senior at Warren Central High School, she is the daughter of Charmi Major and Dwayne Williams. She is the Dominique grandSimone Williams daughter of Adolph and Dorothy Williams of Vicksburg and the late Jacob and Lucille Major.

Recitals • Piano students Will Farthing, Tyler Smith, Matthew Copes, Jacob Waisner, Jacob Runnels, Will Gatewood, Vincent Liu, Jackson Oaks, Raymond Young, Joshua Wright, Philip and Patrick Beasley, Jacob Lloyd, Duncan Wright, Dustin Runnels, Stephen Wagner, Stephen Hensley and Chance Ragsdale participated and performed in the Vicksburg Music Teachers Association’s annual boys’ recital, Mystery Musicale. VMTA members are Judith Allen, Linda Carnes, Jeanne Evans, Susan Gambrell, Dixie Henry, Sheila Hess, Denise Ragsdale, Kim Steen and Barbara Tracy.

VAA aiming for mentoring, scholarship programs By Ben Mackin The Vicksburg Art Association is gearing up for its annual holiday gala on Friday, but this year there will be some business mixed in with the fun-filled evening. The party is primarily to raise funds for the upkeep of the VAA’s headquarters, the Firehouse Gallery at Main and Openwood streets. But this year members are looking to provide learning opportunities for young artists and eventually a scholarship program. “I would like to see us

If you go The VAA’s annual Christmas gala will begin at 8 p.m. Friday at the Firehouse Gallery at Main and Openwood streets. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and cover food and, until 10 p.m., an open bar. Raffle tickets for the H.C. Porter piece are $25. Call 601-638-9221 or 601-634-8928. develop a structured program where four to five artists of all ages can be exposed to different types of art programs, and have assistance, whether it is in materials or mentoring, to put together a portfolio that meets a specific art program’s criteria, so that they

can apply,” event chairman Jere Jabour said. “I would love to get a scholarship where we can help someone go to college, but I think the first step, the way we can touch the most people, is through a mentorship to help artists apply for scholarships and get accepted to

programs.” The goal this year is $10,000 — to get the program off the ground. Last year’s gala raised $5,000. “We want this to be an extraordinary year,” VAA president Glenn Gregory said. “We are really wanting the community to become involved in helping young artists.” The evening will feature a raffle of a piece by local artist and gallery owner H.C. Porter called “Peaches Restaurant.” Tickets are $25 each for the piece which depicts bluesman Jesse Robinson playing a set at the

Jackson restaurant. The gala will also offer a silent and live auction featuring local artwork, merchandise from designer Vera Bradley, gift certificates and more. Presence is not required to participate in the auctions or raffle. The items will be on display this week and the night of the gala at the Firehouse, and at Bids, in a sealed envelope, may be dropped off at the Attic Gallery on Washington Street or at the Coldwell Banker See VAA, Page B2.


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school by school Bowmar • Parents donated markers and construction paper for Marla Bonelli’s art class. Parent helpers were Pam Parman, Theresa Delgado, Dottie Wade and Frances Archer. • Magen Westcott’s secondgraders made Indian sand jars and dressed as Indians. Students of Diane Liddell and Florene Njiti made placemats, along with Pilgrim and Indian headbands and hats. Guests who read to Liddell’s first-graders as part of the Real People Read program were Mary Sullivan, Karen Davis, Natalie Boland, Ruth Wilkerson, Marisol Byrd, Shelley Tingle and Judge Jim Chaney. • Students who read to the principal were Mary Katherine Archer, Madison Jones, Adam Byrd, Hartley Sullivan, Alex Tingle and Taylor Halloran. • Pledge captains were Audrey Jennings, Da’Swayla Powers, Alexis Kistler, Jessie Hallberg and Devin Thigpen. • Top Accelerated Readers were as follows: kindergarten — Charli Van Norman, Sha’Kyria Allen and Audrey Jennings; first grade — Brandon Gilliam, Katie Tanner, Jamison Pendleton, Mary Katherine Archer, Hartley Sullivan and Natalie McMillian; second grade — Michael DeJesus, Madison Banks and Sam Dixon; third grade — Christopher Wilkerson, Abby Claire Fuller and Joshua Hallberg; fourth grade — Lee Fortner, Anna Callender, Keanna Abraham, Drew Jackson, Skyler Anderson, Machia Lumpkin, P.J. Mims, Tameya Bonner, Stu Outlaw, Katie Fox, Wesley Ricks and Greyson Parman; sixth grade — Sara Fordice, Sarah Chipley, Vera Ann Fedell, Alex Velazquez, Virgie Demby, Mason Boyd, Holly Hayes, Cameron Robbins and Annabeth Breeden.

Dana Road • Mid-South Lumber and Supply Company and its owner, James Burnett, has “adopted” the school in a business partnership. • First-grade classes of Tricia Bradley, Marquita Harris, Cassie Key and Stephanie Brooks celebrated Thanksgiving with creative writing and craft activities. Hilda Etheridge was a parent

volunteer. Kindergarten classes of Valerie McKay and Marquita Smothers dressed in Indian costumes and created instruments. Chloe Hollowell was named Student of the Week in the kindergarten class of Rachel Dean and Jennifer Funches. • Classroom winners of yearbook ice cream parties were those of Valerie McKay, Brenda Gross, Cassie Key, Morgan Yates and Juanita Roberts. Yearbook incentive for December will be a sock hop in the gym. Pre-kindergarten classes of Uretka Callon and Amanda Dunn won a pizza party for ordering the most yearbooks. • Assistant Trayce Prewitt shared a scrapbook with Terry Guynn’s GATES students as part of a Veterans Day activity. Prewitt and Rhonda Snow served as coaches for Laura Briggs’ special education students, who participated in Special Olympics at Paradise Lanes in Jackson. Parent volunteer Rosebud Erwin assisted with the trip. • Parent volunteers who assisted as float committee members were Thomas Parker, Carl Harris, R.G. Etheridge, Michael Lush, Brindia Ross and David Kirkley. Orders for Science Fair backboards must be placed by Dec. 8.

Redwood • Students are encouraged to donate loose change until Dec. 13 for the Penny Harvest contest (boys vs. girls) to benefit the Children’s Shelter. • Students may pay $1 to wear blue jeans with their uniform shirts Thursday in honor of Luster Williams’ retirement.

Sherman Avenue • Guests who visited as part of the Real People Read program were Rebecca Curtis and Stacy Shiers, Warren County sheriff’s investigator. • Dr. Jean Feldman, children’s songwriter, held a concert for grades K-3. Kindergarten students of Claire Peck and Kim Sanders created their own version of the book, “An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie.” • Rebecca Lancaster’s students are exploring forms by working with clay. • Pre-kindergarten students

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of Mary Katherine Ellis and Frankie Knox made Indian headbands and necklaces, cornucopias and edible Oreo turkeys, then played Indian drums. • Third-grade honor choir members performed carols at the Vicksburg District Corps of Engineers for the annual Christmas kickoff.

Vicksburg Junior High • A joint band and choir Christmas concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. • Eighth-grade band members and cheerleaders will perform at the Christmas parade Saturday. • Yearbooks, on sale for $30, may be purchased in room 314. • Assisting with the “Are You Smarter Than an Eighth-Grader” robotics team competition were Kensall Batty, April Green and Charlotte Jackson, set up; Desi Goodson and Emerald Singers, entertainment; and Ashley Moore, KeAndrea Ringold, Bill Cohen and Angelo Hernandez, student helpers. Contestants were Monica Davis, Louis Smothers, Kimberly Carson and Louis Smothers.

Warren Central High • Students caught doing something good were Aundreal Hall, Lindsay Reed, Laurielle Ross, Marcus James, Jessica Jones, Alena Guzman, Terrell Hutchinson, Sofia Gutierrez, Jahmiya Sisney, Brittany Trulove, Johnathan Bedford, Allison Thomas, Samantha Grant, Dominique Heffner, Britney Johnson, Taylee Thompson and Jay Prewitt. • Staff members of the week are Master Chief Robert Hodges and T.J. McCalpin. • The Choral Department will host its annual fall concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church. • Big Blue Band will march in Vicksburg’s annual Christmas parade at 5 p.m. Saturday. • Madrigal Choral Group and Total Sound Show Choir are participating in a Christmas caroling contest at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

Warrenton • Katie Emfinger, fifth-grade teacher, received her National Board certification.

Elementary Schools Breakfast Monday: Corn Smokie, Fruit Juice, Milk Tuesday: Cereal w/ Toast & Jelly, Fruit Juice, Milk Wednesday: Breakfast Burrito, Fruit Juice, Milk Thursday: Cinnamon Roll, Fruit Juice, Milk Friday: Biscuit w/ Ham, Fruit Juice, Milk

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VAA Continued from Page B1. All Stars office at 2170 S. Frontage Road. The online auction and the raffle will end Dec. 19. This year’s theme is A Blue Christmas,

and will feature a blue carpet on which party-goers may have their pictures taken by “paparazzi” as they make their entrance.

Attendees are encouraged to wear blue. The Vicksburg Art Association, established more than 40 years ago, promotes local art.

bulletin board Competitions • Chance Ragsdale, a senior at Warren Central High School, won alternate/second place in the Mississippi Music Teachers Association state competition at Delta State University. McKenzie Pollock, a WCHS junior, won honorable mention. Each prepared four solo songs in four languages — English, Italian, German and French. Jeanne Evans serves as vocal instructor for both students.

Upcoming events • St. Aloysius Senior Class Luminarias Service — Today; luminarias, $10, may be purchased at St. Al office in honor or memory of someone. • Warren Central Choral Department — Fall Bake Sale, 6 p.m. Thursday; Christmas concert to follow at 7; First Baptist Church, 1607 Cherry St.; donations taken at door, proceeds go toward Spring Competition trip to Atlanta; Nancy Robertson, 601-5297171, for more information. • Christmas Fest — 5-8 p.m. Dec. 9-11, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science at LeFleur’s Bluff State

Potato, Seasoned Cabbage, Tossed Salad, Chilled Peach Slices, Fresh Fruit Bowl, Mandarin Fruit Cup, Central Mississippi Cornbread, Rice Krispie Treat, Milk, Fruit Juice Friday: Egg Roll, Fried Rice, Ham & Cheese Wrap, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Fruit & Yogurt Plate, Green Beans, Oven Fries, Broccoli & Cauliflower Polonaise, Hot Cinnamon Apples, Calico Fruit, Fresh Fruit Bowl, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Milk, Fruit Juice

Park in Jackson; admission is $1 per person or $5 max per family; carols, parade of trees, photos with Santa Claus, Christmas stories, goodies, more; 601-366-0901 or for more information. • Vicksburg High Madrigal Dinner — 7 p.m. Dec. 10-11, Southern Cultural Heritage Center; tickets, $25; Tracey Gardner, 601-831-1807, for more information. • Dana Road Kindergarten Program — “Six Little Snowflakes Looking for Christmas,” 6 p.m. Dec. 13. • Mississippi State Extension Service Computer Classes — 8:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. once per month, JanuaryNovember; Warren County Extension Office, 1100-C Grove St.; classes, $20 each, will include Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Photoshop, digital management, more; 601-636-5442 to check class availability. • River Kids After-School Art Program — 3:45-5 p.m. Thursdays for 13 weeks beginning Jan. 27, Southern Cultural Heritage Center; free, open to grades 1-6, enrollment limited to 60 students; Karen Biedenharn and McKenzie Coulter, instructors; 601631-2997 or e-mail to register.

Greens, Field Peas, Rosey Applesauce, Bananas, Apple & Orange Wedges, Central Mississippi Cornbread, Assorted Sherbert, Fruit Juice, Milk Tuesday: Chicken Flatbread Sandwich, Burrito & Chili Topping, Cheeseburger, Grilled Chicken Salad, Oven-Baked Potato Wedges, San Antonio Beans, Carrot Sticks w/ Dip, Mandarin Elementary Schools Lunch Fruit Cup, Calico Fruit, Kiwi Wedges, Cherry Monday: Beef Taco w/ Crispy Shell, Chicken & Apple Frozen Juice Bar, Milk, Fruit Juice Dumplings, Corn On The Cob, Seasoned Wednesday: Chili Con Carne w/ Beans, Grilled Cabbage, Field Peas, Fresh Grapes, Orange Chicken Sandwich, Tater Tots, Apple Delicious, Halves, Chilled Peach Slices, Central Mississippi Secondary Schools Breakfast Cornbread, Milk, Fruit Juice Monday:Breakfast Pizza, FruitJuice, Milk Fresh Orange Smiles, Central Mississippi Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Salad, Spaghetti w/ Tuesday: Biscuit w/ Sausage Patty, Fruit Juice, Milk Cornbread, Chocolate Pudding, Milk, Fruit Juice Meat Sauce, Tossed Salad, California Mixed Wednesday: Breakfast Chicken Patty w/ Biscuit, Thursday: BBQ Chicken, Hamburger, Cheesy Veggies, Corn, Chilled Pear Slices, Tropical Fruit FruitJuice, Milk Broccoli, Vegetable Sticks, Chilled Peach Slices, Mix, Mozzarella Bread Sticks, Milk, Fruit Juice Thursday: Scramble Egg, Grits, Toast w/ Jelly, Fruit Juice, Fresh Fruit Bowl, Whole Wheat Roll, Milk, Wednesday: Taco Salad, Chicken Tetrazzini, Milk Fruit Juice Hamburger, Chef Salad, Oven-Baked Potato Friday: Cereal w/ Cinnamon Toast, Fruit Juice, Milk Friday: Steak Fingers, Vegetable Soup & Wedges, California Veggies, Yam Patty, Sandwich, Oven-Baked Potato Wedges, Applesauce, Kiwi Wedges, Fresh Fruit Bowl, Secondary Schools Lunch Seasoned Green Beans, Pineapple Tidbits, Fresh Yeast Roll, Assorted Sherbert, Fruit Juice, Milk Monday: Chicken & Dumplings, Biscuits, Thursday: Chicken Nuggets, Cheeseburger, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Philly Steak on Texas Orange Smiles, Whole Wheat Roll, Milk, Fruit Juice Vegetable Soup & Sandwich, Chef Salad, Baked Toast, Chef Salad, Baked Potato, Southern

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Bored students turn to texting to pass the time WIL K E S - BA R R E , Pa . (AP) — When his professors drone, Dan Kautz whips out his phone. Kautz, a senior at Wilkes University, might send a text message to someone across the room — “I can’t wait to get out of here” — or make plans with his roommates. He’s become so adept at texting during class that he can tap out a message without even looking at the screen, making it appear as if he’s paying attention to the instructor when he’s really chatting with his girlfriend. “Every single person I know texts in class at least occasionally,” said Kautz, a communications studies major from Pelham, N.Y. It’s no surprise that high school and college students are obsessive texters. What alarms Wilkes psychology professors Deborah Tindell and Robert Bohlander is how rampant the practice has become during class: Their recent study shows that texting at the school has surpassed doodling, daydreaming and note-passing to become the top classroom distraction. The anonymous survey of 269 Wilkes students found that nine in 10 admit to sending text messages during class — and nearly half say it’s easy to do so undetected. Even more troubling, 10 percent say that they have sent or received texts during exams, and that 3 percent admit to using their phones to cheat. The phenomenon is part of a broader revolution in the way young adults communicate. Most prefer texting to e-mail and certainly to talking on the phone, Tindell said. Indeed, most view texting as their right. Almost all the students surveyed by Tindell and Bohlander said they should be allowed to have their phones in class. And a clear majority — 62 percent — said they should be allowed to text in class as long as they’re not disturbing those around them. About one in four said

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Wilkes University senior Tom Markley, 21, holds his cell phone while sitting in a classroom at the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., school. texting creates a distraction. “Students these days are so used to multitasking ... they believe they are able to process information just as effectively when they are texting as when they are not,” Tindell said. Tom Markley, 21, of Lehighton, Pa., is constantly trading texts with his friends and his girlfriend during class. “If it’s a really boring class, texting is a nice alternative to having to sit there and focus,” said Markley, a senior computer science major at Wilkes. But, he conceded, “There are definitely times when it takes away from your concentration. Suddenly you’ll be at the end of the period and say, ‘What did we do today?”’ Tindell instituted a no-texting policy as a result of the study, which has been presented at a pair of academic

conferences. She tells students that if she even sees a cell phone during a test, its owner gets an automatic zero. One Syracuse University professor has taken an even harsher stand. Laurence Thomas, a popular philosophy professor whose courses have waiting lists, walked out on his class of nearly 400 students last week when he caught a couple of students fiddling with their phones instead of paying attention to him. It wasn’t the first time Thomas has cut a class short because a student broke his no-texting rule. To Thomas, texting saps the class of its intellectual energy. “My job is to engage the class, to give them stuff to think about,” he said. “They need to respect that.” While Thomas keeps his

Food keeps teens involved in holiday By Jim Romanoff The Associated Press These days, it takes a lot more than a rousing game of spinning the dreidel or some gold foil covered chocolate coins to keep kids interested in Hanukkah. Even more to get the attention of seemingly eternally bored teenagers. After all, an eons-old story of a day’s worth of lamp oil lasting for over a week is no match for iPhones and Xboxes. But cookbook author and mother of four (including two teenagers) Susie Fishbein has a secret weapon — food. Kids love to eat as much as they love to “schmooze” and socialize, says Fishbein, and Hanukkah, which begins Thursday, is very much about its symbolic foods and traditions of hospitality. She suggests getting your teenagers involved in choosing and preparing traditional foods. This might not only get them excited about the holiday, but also will create an opportunity to talk. And she speaks from experience. While developing recipes for her new cookbook, “Kosher by Design: Teens and 20-somethings” (Artscroll/Shaar Press, 2010), Fishbein relied on her own teens and their friends to help test the recipes.

Veggie Corn Fritters Start to finish: 40 minutes Makes 10 fritters 1 small zucchini, with skin, cut into 1/4-inch chunks 1 cup broccoli florets 1 cup cauliflower florets 1 large egg 1 cup milk or plain unsweet-

eyes peeled for illicit texters, Tindell said most professors are likely as clueless as she used to be about the ubiquity of in-class cell phone use. Many of the surveyed students said their professors would be shocked if they knew about their texting habits. Kautz said most of his professors either don’t notice or don’t care if students text during class time. He doesn’t believe a blanket prohibition is the right way to go. “There are people who can text and still be focused on class,” he said. “If my room-

mate is short on quarters for laundry and wants to borrow some, of course I’m going to want to text him back right away and not hold him back for 40 minutes.” But he acknowledged that some students text excessively. “I know some people will sit there for the entire class just typing away,” he said. “I don’t even know why they bother coming.” Chelsea Uselding, 20, a Wilkes junior from Chicago, sends an average of 150 texts a day. But she’s the rare student who doesn’t text during

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On C2 More Hanukkah recipes ened soy milk 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 teaspoon fine sea salt 2 cups (10 ounces) dry cornbread mix 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour Canola oil, for frying Jarred marinara sauce, warmed, for dipping Place the zucchini into a 2-cup measuring cup. Break the broccoli and cauliflower florets into tiny florets, cutting away any thick stems. Add enough of the tiny broccoli and cauliflower florets to the zucchini to make 2 cups. Transfer to a microwave-safe bowl. Add enough water to cover, then microwave on high until the vegetables are soft, about 4 minutes. Drain and

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set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, tablespoon of canola oil and salt. With a silicone spatula, stir in the cornbread mix until a smooth batter forms. Sprinkle the flour over the drained cooked vegetables. Mix floured vegetables into the batter, using the spatula to distribute them evenly. In a large skillet over medium, heat 1 inch of canola oil until a tiny amount of batter dropped into the pan sizzles. If it sizzles too vigorously, turn the heat down. Add the batter to the oil 1/4 cup at a time. Use a metal spatula to gently flatten each fritter. Work in batches of 3 or 4 fritters at a time; do not crowd the pan. Fry, turning once, until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. When flipping the fritters, flip away from your body to prevent splattering yourself with hot oil.

class — viewing that hour or two as a “nice break” from the phone and its unceasing demands on her time and attention. There’s also a practical reason why Uselding, a dual major in psychology and international studies, idles her thumbs. “I’m paying all this money to listen to the person speak, and I figure it’s a waste of my time if I’m not going to be listening,” she said. Some high school and college teachers have sought to adapt text messaging to classroom use, texting assignments; asking questions of the class and having students respond via text, with the results shown on a large screen; and allowing students to text questions or comments during class. “Our experience has shown that positive results can be achieved by encouraging students to bring their mobile phones out in the open and to use them to contribute to the class, and to their own learning — that is, by joining them instead of trying to beat them,” New Zealand scholars wrote in a 2009 paper published in the journal Communications of the ACM. Tindell and Bohlander advise professors to have clear, written policies on texting, to circulate around the classroom and make frequent eye contact, and to avoid focusing all their attention on their lecture notes or PowerPoint presentations. Tindell does allow students to text before class starts — and almost all of them do. “If they are going to go through withdrawal,” she quipped, “they might as well get their fix.”

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VHS sets dinner, show for holidays The Vicksburg High Madrigal Dinner is set for next weekend. The event will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 10-11 at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. Cost is $25 per person, and reservations are required. Call Tracey Gardner at 601-831-1807.

Also on the calendar: • Warren Central High School concert and bake sale — 6 p.m. Thursday, concert at 7; First Baptist Church on Cherry Street; 601-529-7171.

this week’s recipe

Paula Deen’s Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies The Food Network is offering holiday cookie ideas. A sample from chef Paula Deen:

• Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

1 (8-ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature 1 stick butter, at room temperature 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 (18-ounce) box moist chocolate cake mix Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls. Paula Roll the Deen chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner’s sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and “gooey.” Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

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Colin McAneny, right, and Larry Gawronski rehearse a scene from “tuesdays with Morrie.”

‘Emotionally satisfying’ story headed to local stage By Pamela Hitchins “tuesdays with Morrie” tells the true story of a sportswriter who reconnects, 16 years after graduation, with his favorite college professor, 78-year-old Morrie Schwartz. The drama depicts a number of weekly visits Mitch Albom pays after learning that Morrie is dying from a neurological disorder. Each week Morrie gets a little weaker and, as he approaches death, he teaches Mitch profound truths about life. A one-act play based on Albom’s best-selling 1997 book opens Friday at the Vicksburg Theater Guild’s Parkside Playhouse, with Larry Gawronski and Colin McAneny in the lead roles. “It’s got a lot of meat in it,” said McAneny, who plays Morrie. “It’s definitely not superficial, but it does have a few chuckles in it.” “When he was in college, Mitch took every course

that Morrie taught,” said Gawronski. “It was like he was addicted to him. Mitch got a degree in sociology, but what he really Mitch majored in Album was Morrie.” Mitch promised to stay in touch after graduation, but didn’t. Years went by. Mitch wrote his way into prominence as a sports reporter and one night, flipping TV channels, heard “Nightline” host Ted Koppel talking about Morrie, a popular Brandeis University professor who’d been diagnosed with ALS — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch called his former professor, and the two began to meet weekly. McAneny said the play shows that Morrie has come to terms and is at peace with what’s happening to him, but wants Mitch to look beyond the striving and ambition

If you go The Vicksburg Theatre Guild will present “tuesdays with Morrie” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 10-11, and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 12. Shows will be at Parkside Playhouse, at Iowa and North Frontage. Tickets are $5, and will be available an hour before curtain time. Copies of the book will be sold for $13.50 Friday and Saturday nights. Visit, or call 601-636-0471.

About ALS • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Degenerating motor neurons no longer send impulses to muscles. Gradual weakening, paralysis and death results. • Most people who develop ALS are between the that have dominated his life. “Mitch is a go-getter, but Morrie gets under his skin with his questions,” McAneny said. “He want

Mitch to make sure he is being as fully human as he can be.” As they have rehearsed,

ages of 40 and 70, with the peak age being 55. • About 5,600 people are diagnosed with ALS each year. Most will survive two to five years following diagnosis. • ALS affects men and women equally. • The annual cost of caring for a patient with ALS is $250,000. Source: ALS Association, LouisianaMississippi Chapter

the lead actors have had to practice opposite director Ian See Tuesdays, Page C3.


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Help yourself to a happy Hanukkah

Whip up one latke, but serve with many toppings By Jim Romanoff The Associated Press The golden, crispy potato latke is so unmistakably tied to Hanukkah you could easily think potatoes have some special symbolism during the Jewish festival of lights. They don’t, of course. That honor goes to the crispy fried part, which commemorates the miraculous story of a single day’s worth of sacred oil that kept the eternal flame at the temple in Jerusalem burning for eight days. In fact, many fried foods are prepared and eaten during Hanukkah — which begins Thursday — including raised jelly doughnuts called sufganiyot and crispy golden puffs of pastry called bumuelos, which originated with the Jews of Greece and Turkey. If you are going to stick with the classic potato latke, there are a few tips you can follow to ensure they come out golden. Laura Frankel, executive chef at Spertus, a Chicago-based high-end kosher catering company and author of “Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes,” recommends using baking potatoes such as russets. They tend to have less liquid in them, so your latke will come out lighter and fluffier. Additionally, the higher starch but lower sugar content of these potatoes, says Frankel, helps to hold the latke together and allows it to crisp without burning first. Onions are mixed with the potatoes in most latke variations, which Frankel feels helps to cut the greasiness and balance the neutrality of the potato. Plus, she adds, the smell of cooking onion brings with it the fond kitchen memory that most people associate with making latkes. Make sure any extra moisture gets wrung out of the potato mixture using a clean dishtowel or piece of cheesecloth. This step helps the latkes brown better, even when using less oil. It also keeps them from turning soggy and falling apart in the pan. For binding her latke batter together Frankel uses a little flour and egg whites. “I like really crispy latkes that are flat and only slightly

Laura Frankel’s Latkes Start to finish: 45 minutes Yield: 24 latkes 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled 1 large yellow onion, peeled and grated 3 egg whites, whisked until frothy 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/3 to 1/2 cup all-purpose flour Canola oil, for frying

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Laura Frankel’s Latkes surrounded by a variety of toppings creamy inside,” says Frankel. “So I don’t use yolks, which tend to make doughs and batters tender. Egg whites hold the ingredients together but don’t make them soft or cakey.” For the frying she uses canola oil, which has a neutral flavor and can take the high heat without smoking. Of course, no latkes are complete without the toppings, the most traditional of which are sour cream or applesauce. But a plain potato latke makes a great base for so many kinds of toppings. Consider serving a basic latke and a wide variety of toppings, many of which could be made ahead of time. Some toppings:

Smoked salmon Combine 4 ounces of minced smoked salmon, 2 tablespoons of minced red onion, 1 tablespoon of rinsed, minced capers and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Place a spoonful on top of each latke and sprinkle with chopped fresh dill.

Creamy smoked trout Combine 4 ounces of crumbled smoked trout, 2 ounces of softened cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of sour cream and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Season with salt and ground black pepper.

South of the border Mash together a ripe avocado, 2 tablespoons of jarred tomatillo salsa and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Spoon onto latkes and top with seeded, finely diced tomato and a small dab of sour cream.

Spiked sour cream Whisk together equal parts sour cream, applesauce and horseradish. Spoon onto latkes and top with a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley.

Wasabi roe Whisk together 1/4 cup of mayonnaise with prepared wasabi, to taste. Place a dab of the wasabi mixture on top

of each latke, then top with flying fish roe or red salmon caviar and finely julienned pickled ginger.

then drizzle with balsamic vinegar.


Coarsely chop the meat and skin from 1 duck confit leg and cook in a skillet until crispy and browned. Set aside. In the same skillet, using the duck fat and a bit of extra-virgin olive oil, sauté 1/2 of a thinly sliced sweet onion until soft and caramelized. Return the duck to the pan and heat until warm. Season with salt and ground black pepper.

Top each latke with a teaspoon of warmed sauerkraut, a small heap of shredded, warmed pastrami and a drizzle of bottled Russian or Thousand Island dressing.

Shallot mushroom Sauté finely diced mixed mushrooms and chopped shallots in extra-virgin olive oil until softened and well browned. Top each latke with some of the mushroom mixture, then sprinkle with shredded Gruyere cheese. Broil briefly to melt the cheese.

Antipasto Combine 4 ounces of chopped roasted red peppers with 1/4 cup of chopped, pitted green olives and 1/4 cup of sliced and coarsely chopped kosher beef salami. Spoon onto the latkes,

Duck confit

Tzatziki Combine 1 cup of Greek-style plain yogurt, 1/4 cup grated seedless cucumber, 1 to 2 cloves minced garlic and fresh lemon juice, to taste. Spoon a dollop onto each latke, then sprinkle with chopped dill.

Sweet and savory Spoon jarred fig jam onto each latke, then top with chopped, toasted walnuts and crumbled blue cheese.

Using a box grater, shred the potatoes. As you work, place the grated potatoes in a large bowl of ice water (this keeps them from browning). When all of the potatoes have been shredded, drain them and transfer to a large clean kitchen towel. Squeeze out all of the moisture. Make sure the potatoes are completely dry. In a large bowl, combine the onion, egg whites, salt, pepper and 1/3 cup of the flour. Add the potatoes and mix to combine thoroughly. Add more flour, as necessary, to make a batter that is loose, but holds together well. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat about 1/2 inch of oil until a shred of potato dropped into it sizzles immediately. Working in batches, drop latke batter (2 tablespoons per latke) into the oil. Flatten the latkes slightly with the back of a spoon. Fry the latkes, turning once, until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a platter lined with paper towels. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve immediately. Latkes also can be reheated on a baking sheet in a 400-degree oven.

Cut the fat, not the flavor, with chicken as the centerpiece By Jim Romanoff The Associated Press Hanukkah is called the festival of lights, but it often isn’t a festival of light foods. Many food traditions for this Jewish holiday center around oil and fried foods, which are symbolic of the temple lamp oil that should have lasted just one day, but instead burned for eight. But once you get the fried potato latkes or jelly doughnuts out of the way, almost any festive autumn or winter dish can work as the centerpiece for a Hanukkah dinner. Beef pot roasts, such as brisket, are a common — but fatty — choice. Even a traditional roast chicken can be surprisingly fatty. If you remove the skin from the chicken, you cut the fat by up to 75 percent. Of course, with it goes much of the flavor and moisture. This recipe for roasted chicken and fall vegetables makes a beautiful seasonal presentation, and is prepared skinless using a technique that keeps it juicy and tasty. To boost the flavors, the chicken pieces are rubbed with a paste made with fresh rosemary, salty capers and healthful olive oil. Next, the chicken pieces are roasted on a bed of vegetables for a dual effect. The vegetables give off steam, which helps to keep the meat from drying out while the savory juices from the chicken baste the vegetables. The roasted pieces of chicken are served on a single platter with the vegetables and topped with soft golden cloves of roasted garlic.

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 3 heads garlic 1/2 lemon 3 medium artichokes (1 1/2 pounds) 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary 3 3/4 pounds bone-in chicken pieces, skin removed 1 to 1 1/4 cups reducedsodium chicken broth

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Roasted Chicken and Fall Vegetables

Roasted Chicken and Fall Vegetables Start to finish: 1 hour 40 minutes (25 minutes active)

Servings: 8 2 fennel bulbs (1 1/2 pounds) 2 pounds small red potatoes 1 pound carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise and cut into 2-inch pieces

2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided

Heat oven to 425. Trim off and discard the tops of the fennel where they meet the bulb. Trim a thin slice off the bottom of each bulb then pull off any outer layers that are discolored. Cut the bulbs lengthwise in half, then into thin wedges. Transfer the fennel to a large, shallow roasting pan and add the potatoes, carrots and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper. Toss to combine. Peel away as much of the papery skins from the garlic heads as possible; slice off and discard the top third of each head. Place the garlic, cut-sides down, among the vegetables. Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Juice the lemon into the pot, then add the lemon half to the water. With a knife, cut off about 1 inch from the top of each artichoke and trim the end of each stem. Using scissors, cut off the spiky tops of the outer leaves. Cut each artichoke into six wedges. Using a paring knife, scrape out the feathery choke in the center of each wedge. Drop the wedges into the boiling water. Partially

cover the pan and cook until just tender, about 12 minutes. Drain and set aside. On a cutting board, mince the capers and rosemary until they form a paste. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Remove the vegetables from the oven, discarding the foil. Spread the caper mixture on the chicken pieces and then arrange them on top of the vegetables. Pour the chicken broth into the pan and roast, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Tuck the cooked artichokes into the vegetables in the roasting pan. Baste the chicken with some of the liquid from the bottom of the pan (add more broth if necessary) and continue roasting for another 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked all the way through. Transfer the chicken and vegetables to a serving platter, removing the garlic heads. Cover with foil to keep warm. When the garlic heads are cool enough to handle, about 5 minutes, squeeze the roasted cloves out of their skins and scatter them over the vegetables and chicken. Serve immediately. Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 458 calories; 128 calories from fat (28 percent of total calories); 14 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 170 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrate; 48 g protein; 8 g fiber; 609 mg sodium.

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When bad things happen to good parties, remember to stay cool By The Associated Press Tanya Zumach isn’t afraid of fire. She got engaged at Burning Man, an annual desert gathering in Nevada that culminates in a huge ceremonial fire, and her frequent parties sometimes include fire spinning, a sort of dancing performance art with flaming objects. But simple candles, placed too close to the curtains, turned on her one night. The curtains caught fire during a huge holiday party she and husband Matthew McCune were giving in their Portland, Ore., home. Luckily, guests managed to quickly douse the flames. A party disaster can happen just that quickly — something breaks, falls, catches on fire. Or it can happen more slowly, like not allowing enough time to thaw the turkey. Either way, the party doesn’t have to be ruined. This holiday season, hosts should remem-

Helping you keep your cool Tips for hosts and guests on turning a bumpy evening into a memorable one:


• Make a plan. And a Plan B. Identify tasks you can do ahead of time, and spell out contingencies when something doesn’t go as expected. • Budget properly. Don’t guess at costs. Visit venues ahead of time, and calculate the amount of food and liquor you will need, with some cushion in case guests have big appetites. • Practice, practice, practice. Whether it’s test-driving a new recipe a few days before or simply hosting enough parties to become comfortable, practice makes perfect — or at least it makes ber two essentials for handling the inevitable glitch: alternate plans and a good attitude. As Beth Wareham, editor of the latest “Joy of Cooking” (Scribner, 2006), quotes that book’s co-author, Irma Rombauer, as saying:

you more at ease with imperfect. • Let guests help resurrect the party and contribute solutions. • Maintain your sense of humor. • Consider hiring a professional. An event planner, caterer, bartender, disc jockey or florist will have experience coping with the unexpected.


• Don’t minimize the disaster. “The host doesn’t want to hear, ’Oh, don’t worry, no one noticed that the chicken was still frozen in the center,”’ said Michael Fazio, principal of Abigail Michaels Concierge in New York. “The best thing to do is to acknowledge the disaster and become part of a collaborative solution.”

“A host is like a general: It takes a mishap to reveal his genius.” Or take it from Zumach, who has fond memories of her holiday emergency. “After that, the party had a whole different energy,” she said. “It was,

• Reassure your host that you aren’t perfect either. For example, note that your toilet overflows, too, or comment calmly on how you’re glad to know other families besides yours squabble during the holidays. • Offer to help. If the turkey is still frozen, offer to help pull together another main dish. • Remember that relationships are top priority. “The reason people are coming is to be with friends and family. They won’t care that you don’t have monogrammed ribbons on each bottle of wine or that they had to park on the lawn,” said Kia Martinson-Wenzel, a party and wedding planner in Storrs, Conn.

‘We just saved the house. Let’s party!”’ When party disaster threatens, first, have a plan. And a backup plan. “Murphy’s Law does exist,” said Greg Jenkins, an event planner for Bravo Produc-

tions in Long Beach, Calif. “To minimize damage control, the party-giver should think of every possible scenario. That might include having the emergency number of a plumber and electrician handy, as opposed to thumb-

ing through the yellow pages making a plethora of calls.” Even with a Plan B, hosts should expect something to go wrong and not let it upset them, says Diane Gottsman, owner of The Protocol School of Texas, which teaches etiquette in San Antonio. “It would be a miracle to host a party and have the entire event go off smoothly without even a minor accident. If someone spills wine on your favorite chair, take care of it immediately and assure your guest that it is no big deal. Even if it is a huge deal,” she said. “You don’t want your guest to feel bad or put other guests in an uncomfortable situation while you sulk.” Have realistic expectations about your culinary abilities in particular, said Ted Allen, host of “Chopped” on the Food Network. “The holidays are the one time a year when people who don’t cook any other time of the year suddenly cook for 27 people,” he said.

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Colin McAneny, right, and Larry Gawronski rehearse a scene.


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Continued from Page C1. Tubman rather than each other, as first Gawronski and then McAneny traveled out of town. This week, preparing for opening night, marked their first joint rehearsals in several weeks. The separation has allowed each man to get deeper into his own character, and then come back together a little bit changed, just as the real-life friends did, said Gawronski. “Life imitates art,” Gawronski said. “Rehearsing separately has been very good. I’ve been getting to know ‘Mitch’ a lot better in ‘Morrie’s’ absence.” Published in 1997, “tuesdays with Morrie” sold more than 14 million copies in 50-plus editions. It’s considered the best-selling memoir of all time, written “as a modest labor of love to help pay some of Schwartz’s medical bills,” Albom’s website says. Besides topping best-seller

lists for more than fourteen years, “tuesdays with Morrie” has been required reading for many high school students and was made into a TV movie starring Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria. The script for the oneact play was co-written by Albom with Jeffrey Hatcher and was first produced offBroadway in November 2002. Gawronski and McAneny had not met before being cast. “The relationship is evolving — the Mitch-Morrie relationship,” Gawronski said. “We’re having to invade each other’s space as people as the characters move through the progression of Morrie’s disease, from full-of-life, to walking with a walker, to a wheelchair or recliner and finally, by the last scene, confined to bed.” VTG will stage the play over the next two weekends, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Members of the Louisi-

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TONIGHT ON TV n MOVIE â&#x20AC;&#x153;Practical Magicâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Raised by their aunts, two sisters, Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, use different means to avoid a family legacy of witchcraft./7 on Oxygen n SPORTS College basketball â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an early season clash of titans when No. 6 Michigan State invades Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on top-ranked Duke./8:30 on ESPN n PRIMETIME â&#x20AC;&#x153;Undercoversâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Samantha, Steven and Hoyt travel to Mex- Sandra Bullock ico to prove Leoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s innocence after he wakes up next to a dead woman./7 on NBC

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MILESTONES n BIRTHDAYS Billy Paul, singer, 76; Woody Allen, actor-director, 75; David Salzman, television producer, 67; John Densmore, rock musician, 66; Bette Midler, actress-singer, 65; Treat Williams, actor, 59; Charlene Tilton, actress, 52; Carol Alt, actress-model, 50; Sarah Silverman, actress-comedian, 40; Ashley Monique Clark, actress, 22. n DEATHS John Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Agostino â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The man whose work in comic books ranged from Archie and Jughead to the Incredible Hulk and G.I. Joe, among others has died. Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Agostino, 81, died Sunday of bone cancer in Ansonia, Conn., publisher Archie Comics said Tuesday. Born in Italy in 1929, Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Agostino emigrated to the United States and got his first job as head colorist at New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Timely Comics, the forerunner of Marvel. Jesse Bankston â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The longtime Louisiana Democratic Party official who gained fame in the 1950s when he was fired for refusing to spring Gov. Earl Long from a mental hospital, has died at age 103. Bankston died on Thanksgiving Day, according to The Advocate newspaper. Party officials and a Baton Rouge funeral home confirmed the death and said funeral services are set for Friday in Baton Rouge. Long hired Bankston in 1956 to run the state Department of Hospitals. Three years later, Long tried to get Bankston to discharge him from a mental hospital. Alfred â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alâ&#x20AC;? Masini â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Hollywood producer who created â&#x20AC;&#x153;Entertainment Tonight,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Search,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x153;Solid Gold,â&#x20AC;? and numerous other TV shows has died in Honolulu. Alfred â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alâ&#x20AC;? Masini was 80. His publicist, Kristin Jackson, said Masini died Monday in the Hawaii city, where he has lived for years.


â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gleeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; star to be honored by Billboard Even though Lea Michele stars on a television show, her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gleeâ&#x20AC;? role has had such an impact on music this year that Billboard is honoring her with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;triple threatâ&#x20AC;? award. Michele is due to receive the honor Thursday at Billboardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women in Musicâ&#x20AC;? luncheon in New York City honoring the Black Eyed Peasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fergie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We worked so hard over here at â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gleeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and we Lea Michele put together these mini-movies every week that is filled with dancing and singing,â&#x20AC;? said Michele in a phone interview Tuesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels like such a nice sort of wonderful recognition.â&#x20AC;? But even though sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being honored by a music publication, Michele has no plans to put out a record like her co-star Matthew Morrison, who started working on an album this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really am taking my time with making an album. ... It will be somewhere in my future but right now we are so busy over here,â&#x20AC;? said Michele during a break in her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gleeâ&#x20AC;? schedule. The show airs on Fox. She also noted the success of numerous â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gleeâ&#x20AC;? soundtracks on the charts this year: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve already sort of made albums.â&#x20AC;?

Stern wants Smith conviction dismissed Howard K. Stern has asked a judge to dismiss his conviction for obtaining prescription drugs under a false name for his former lover, the late Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith. If dismissal is refused, Stern sought a new trial or reduction of his two convictions to misdemeanors. He was acquitted of seven charges and the judge dismissed two others. Stern maintains that using false names on Howard prescriptions to protect a celebrityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s privacy is a K. Stern common practice in Los Angeles. His lawyer J. Christopher Smith said in a motion filed Tuesday that Stern believed it was legal for Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, a co-defendant, to prescribe medication to Smith using Sternâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name. Stern and Eroshevich are scheduled for sentencing Jan. 6. Smith died of a drug overdose in 2007 but the defendants were not charged in her death.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close to Mark Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Holbrook performs on authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 175th birthday ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; After more than half a century playing Mark Twain, Hal Holbrook feels qualified to declare the absence of a true successor to the great author and humorist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there is anybody you can compare him to,â&#x20AC;? Holbrook said Tuesday night after his latest, but not last performance of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mark Twain Tonight!â&#x20AC;?, a one-man show Holbrook has been giving since he was barely 30 and still enjoys at age 85, 11 years older than Twain was at the time of his death. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close to Mark Twain. (Stephen) Colbert and that other fellow (Jon Stewart), they make some interesting comments, but they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have depth. Mark Twain has depth.â&#x20AC;? Holbrook has often performed at Elmira, where Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grave is located, and he returned Tuesday to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth. A sellout crowd at the 1,600-seat Clemens Center sang â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Birthdayâ&#x20AC;? before the lights went down, then laughed along with Holbrook, for many the nearest incarnation of Twain. The actor once again put on his white suit and makeup and reminisced, wisecracked, smoked and scolded in the latest, and not the last, stage re-enactment of Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worldfamous speaking engagements, the templates for modern standup comedy. Relying as ever on a simple set of lectern, high-backed chair and adjacent table, Holbrook assumed Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gravelly drawl and for nearly two hours rasped the masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everrelevant wisdom on some favorite targets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; politicians, religion and human nature itself. He slouched against the lectern as if it were an old pal; sat open-legged and defiant in the chair; shuffled on and off stage in profile, cigar sticking out of his mouth like a drawbridge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wonder,â&#x20AC;? Holbrook said as Twain, â&#x20AC;&#x153;if God invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey.â&#x20AC;? Considering the general atrocities of the world, he stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is inexplicable that God would endure all this, with lightning so cheap.â&#x20AC;? Another shot: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Man was made at the end of a weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work, when God was tired.â&#x20AC;? And one for the immigration debate: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are

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Actor Hal Holbrook dressed as Mark Twain

The actor once again put on his white suit and makeup and reminisced, wisecracked, smoked and scolded in the latest, and not the last, stage re-enactment of Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world famous speaking engagements, the templates for modern standup comedy. patriots who cannot love God because he is a foreigner.â&#x20AC;? At a reception after the show, still in costume, Holbrook noted that audiences would laugh at jokes without realizing they were part of the problem. He remembered performing in the South in the 1950s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s and quoting some of Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sharper opinions on lynching and slavery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I had been without the white suit and wig, I would have been shot,â&#x20AC;? Holbrook said. He debuted as Twain in 1954 at Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lock Haven State Teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College, a show that was noticed by Ed Sullivan and led to an appearance on Sullivanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s star-making variety show. Holbrook remembered being terrified at Lock Haven. He had tried out some of Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stories on his friends, only to be stared at and

Jackson wrongful death case refiled by singerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father LOS ANGELES (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Michael Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father refiled a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday in state court against the doctor charged in his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death and added a Las Vegas pharmacy as a defendant. Joseph Jackson originally filed the suit in federal court, but a judge declined to hear the case and said it should be handled in Los Angeles Superior Court. The case accuses Dr. Conrad Murray of negligence in administering the anesthetic propofol to Jackson. It also names Applied Phar-

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asked when the punchline was coming. But once on stage, the audience laughed, during the story and after. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They just took to this old man,â&#x20AC;? Holbrook said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will never forget it.â&#x20AC;? Holbrook not only plays Twain, he studies him. He keeps up with the latest releases, like the first of three planned volumes of Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unexpurgated autobiography, a surprise bestseller. He attends academic conferences, including a gathering in Elmira during which he joined a group of scholars on a picnic at Quarry Farm, where Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s study once was located. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He told stories under the moonlight. It was magical,â&#x20AC;? said Barbara Snedecor, director of Elmira Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Mark Twain Studies. The actor has been coming to Elmira for decades, includ-

ing an emotional show in April upon the centennial of Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. Holbrookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife, actress Dixie Carter, had recently died and Holbrook made a point of including material about Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adored wife, Olivia, who grew up in Elmira and is buried alongside her husband. Holbrook also has a close connection to the Clemens Center, a tribute to Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real name, Samuel Clemens. Tom Weidemann, the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director, said that when the theater was just getting started Holbrook made suggestions about lighting and stage design which remain in use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is a very special part of our history,â&#x20AC;? Weidemann said. During the show, Holbrook recited a long passage from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnâ&#x20AC;? and dabbed his eyes as Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hero lied to authority on behalf of the runaway slave Jim. He quoted from Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memories of his courtship of Olivia, â&#x20AC;&#x153;just 22â&#x20AC;? when they met and â&#x20AC;&#x153;she was beautiful.â&#x20AC;? Olivia Langdon came from a wealthy and respectable family that had doubts about the unpolished author and requested letters of recommendation. Even his friends turned on him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They not only spoke of me with disapproval,â&#x20AC;? Holbrook/ Twain said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;they were enthusiastic about it.â&#x20AC;? No side of the barn was broader than our system of government. We not only have freedom of speech and freedom of worship, but the will to ignore them both. Congress, Holbrook cracked, is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;best that money can buyâ&#x20AC;? and sworn to â&#x20AC;&#x153;distribute the graft.â&#x20AC;? In a quote that might have come from the staff of Stewart, Holbrook/Twain observed: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you could work a multiplication table into a political platform, Republicans would vote it down.â&#x20AC;? The genius was in the words. And the timing. Holbrook recalled Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s belief that politicians never reformed. Well, there was one politician who reformed. Pause. On election eve. Pause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He died.â&#x20AC;? Pause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was reformed by his friend who took him boating on the East River.â&#x20AC;?

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By David Bauder AP television writer NEW YORK — CBS News abruptly gave “The Early Show” a complete makeover Tuesday, replacing co-hosts Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez and installing its current Saturday anchor team of Chris Wragge and Erica Hill. The network is also replacing weather forecaster Dave Price with Marysol Castro, formerly of ABC’s “Good MornHarry ing AmerSmith ica” weekend edition, and adding Jeff Glor as the regular news reader. The new team will start Jan. 3. There had Maggie b e e n l i tt l e Rodriguez inkling that change was afoot, although the show had changed its executive producer within the past year. That execuErica tive, David Hill Friedman, said he believed the new team had the right energy and chemistry to embark on another effort at lifting the show out of Chris third place in Wragge the network morning news ratings. “It’s less about what we weren’t getting and less about a generational change or a different direction,” Friedman said. “We just literally think this is the right team going forward.” “The Early Show” has consistently ranked behind the morning champ, NBC’s “Today” show, and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The week before Thanksgiving was typical: “Today” averaged 5.6 million viewers each day, “GMA” had 4.6 million and “The Early Show” had 2.9 million, the Nielsen Co. said. CBS News President Sean McManus said he won’t be expecting any immediate ratings changes in a time period where “Today” hasn’t lost a single week in nearly 15 years. But he said he believed the new team will help the show grow. “This group, I think, will work very well together,” McManus said. “I think the chemistry will be very good.” “We just felt the timing was right to start planning for the future,” he said. Smith had the longest tenure on “The Early Show.” He was the sole survivor from 2002 when CBS installed a fouranchor team that included Smith, Hannah Storm, Julie Chen and Rene Syler. Chen still contributes occasional reports to the show; the others have left CBS News.

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Parents’ home is full of love, and sometimes it can be loud Dear Abby: My 1-year-old son and I spent the weekend at my parents’ house. We had a wonderful time. Mom and Dad showered us with love and attention. It was like being at a resort even though their house is small. The size didn’t matter until, at 4:30 a.m. through paper-thin walls, I was awakened by my parents making love. Unfortunately, this was a familiar sound from my childhood. I didn’t know how to handle it when I was growing up, and it appears, at 34, I still don’t know what to say. I’m glad my parents still enjoy each other. My mother is sweet but becomes very defensive when confronted, and my dad is painfully shy. Should I talk to them about this, or just make arrange-



ments to stay elsewhere the next time I visit? — I Can Hear You in Michigan Dear I Can Hear You: The next time you plan to visit, make reservations at a nearby hotel. If you are asked why, just say that you are all adults and you all need your privacy. It’s a tactful way to deliver the message without being “confrontational.” Dear Abby: Back in 1961 some neighborhood kids were showing off their “battle scars.” The three children


BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Faced with a situation involving several friends and a much-needed major reorganization, step forward with your suggestions. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — It is vital that you not leave anything financially important hanging while you’re on a lucky roll. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Take control of your own destiny, and matters that are of extreme personal importance can be advanced to your satisfaction. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — Unexpected happenings could produce extremely good conditions for advancing your material wherewithal. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Your greatest enjoyment is likely to come through activities that benefit others. Now is the time to volunteer to help those who can’t do for themselves. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Several people might have some very nice things to say about you, especially about how interested you are in other people’s troubles and in helping them in any way that you can. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Dame Fortune will gladly favor you with your latest interest, because it is likely to concern you doing something nice for others. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — When you believe the stakes are worthwhile, you’ll do all you can to reach your goal. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Your judgment is exceptionally keen, so there is no need to hesitate when a difficult decision rears its head. Your thinking will be extremely accurate and spot on. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If you decide to do something nice for another, don’t attach any strings to your good deed. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Because you could be Dan Cupid’s special assignment, he is likely to do things for you that you couldn’t do on your own, such as arranging a meeting with a very charming person. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Your creative juices are flowing, which makes it an especially good day to think about beautifying your surroundings.

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BY DR. ROBERT WALLACE • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Dr. Wallace: I’m writing in regard to the advice you offered a boy. (You advised him to defend himself from a bully who was using him as a punching bag.) I was disheartened that you suggested he fight back. I am a prevention coordinator in California and work with this issue. There are many other solutions this boy could choose from to resolve the problem rather than stoop to the same level of mentality as the bully. The United States is the most violent country on earth. It leads the world in assaults, rapes and homicides, with at least three killings every hour. This is equal to more than 25,000 homicides a year, or half the number of U.S. deaths in the entire Vietnam War. Is this how we want our world to continue to be for our children? Please reconsider your response to him. He needs to know he can walk away, and while doing so, remind himself of his positive qualities. Another option is to have his friends stick up for him in front of the bully. He can laugh along with the bully. It takes the fun out of teasing when the person being teased doesn’t seem bothered. If he needed further help or ideas, he could go to his school counselor or another counselor for advice. He needs to know he doesn’t have to fight with this bully. It can be very frightening and intimidating to have to confront the bully. The boy also said that he does not believe in violence. Please do not encourage him to do something he doesn’t believe in. Please do not encourage youth to resort to violence as a way to solve their problems. We need to work together to end violence, not encourage it. — Jennifer, Oakland, Calif. Jennifer: My first teaching position was at Hiawatha High School in Kirkland, Ill., many years ago, and I have been involved with teens ever since. I, too, deplore violence in any form. In this instance, you fail to recognize that the boy had been the victim of daily violence at the hands of the bully. He wrote that he has huge bruises on his arms and shoulders. The bully continued to punch him, even though he followed his grandmother’s advice to “turn the other cheek.” The bully’s mother was contacted, but she said that this boy deserved what he was getting because, so her son said, he had sworn at him. The boy denies this, and his last sentence was, “Do you think the time has come to defend myself?” Indeed, I thought that time had come. One punch to the jaw by him can end all the violence he had been subjected to. Since the boys in question went to different schools, a school counselor would be limited to the degree the school could offer assistance. The bully’s mother was contacted and she was worse than useless. I felt the best solution was plain old self-defense. I agree that fighting back is not always the best way to stop bullying and that alternative methods are often more efficient, but I hardly would place this boy in the same category as a violent criminal. In his case, his actions were going to prevent violence that had been happening for quite some time. • Dr. Robert Wallace writes for Copley News Service. E-mail him at rwallace@Copley News Service.

(who lived across the street) were certain they deserved a beating, but were clueless about why. It kept happening. The practice of keeping secrets was common back then, but I knew the beatings were wrong. Decades later, I was visiting the now-grown daughter and her mother when the subject turned to child abuse. The mom turned to her daughter and commented, “You probably don’t remember because you were only 6, but your dad used to get drunk and beat up you and your younger brothers. A neighbor found out, so your dad stopped drinking.” Abby, I was that neighbor. I was only 7 at the time, but I had read the Dear Abby column, which appeared on the comics page. My solution

was to hang on that family’s front door your mom’s column saying that child abuse required the law’s intervention. To the father’s credit, the anonymous threat of losing his toddlers got him to stop. That column was a lifesaver, and I thought you’d like to know. — Fran in Honoka’a, Hawaii Dear Fran: You may have been young, but you certainly were precocious and proactive. I hope you realize that what you did not only saved the family, but also may have saved some lives. P.S. And I’m sure the daughter DID remember. Dear Abby: My boyfriend and I disagree about giving alcohol as a holiday gift at a company party. He says it’s always an acceptable gift,

Bad-breath problem solved with removal of tonsils Dear Dr. Gott: For many years, I suffered with horrible breath, despite having had only one cavity in 40-plus years and brushing/flossing/tongue scraping/gargling constantly. I read every article I could find on bad breath but not one ever mentioned cryptic tonsils. I finally ended up with a doctor who figured out what those occasional smelly lumps were and had my tonsils removed. End of problem. Please inform your readers who might be wearing out the enamel on their teeth, like me, trying to get rid of their bad breath that there may be another reason for it. Dear Reader: Thank you for mentioning involvement of the tonsils, whose role is to filter out germs and bacteria that enter the body through the mouth and nose. Healthy tonsils are areas of pinkish tissue located in the back of the throat. When infected, they turn yellow or white. When the folds in the tonsils trap food and dead bacteria, stones can form. If this occurs often, chronic cryptic tonsils may result. This can cause bad breath because of the debris collected. There is also a possibility of a sore throat. The important thing to remember, as your doctor may have pointed out, is that bad breath (halitosis) cannot be remedied through traditional oral-cleaning processes. Some mild cases may not require any treatment at all. Others may respond to antibiotics or occasional removal of the stones and debris along with saltwater gargles. Severe cases, such as the one you had, might even require tonsillectomy. This is because once the tonsils are removed, there is no place for debris to collect. People with the condition should follow the advice of an ear-nose-and-throat specialist to determine which course of action is appropriate. Dear Dr. Gott: I’m confused as to why some consumers should no longer use products that are petroleum based or contain parabens. Is it unsafe to use Vaseline, petroleum jelly or Bag Balm on dry, cracked feet? Dear Reader: Because petroleum jelly is derived from oil, it must be refined. Some refining and production methods are said to have been shown to contain toxic, hazardous or carcinogenic components. Perhaps what you are referring to is the people that use Vaseline for different reasons, such as putting it inside the nose to keep the nostrils moistened. The product can run down the back of the nose and be swallowed, leading to lipoid pneumonia, especially if used over an extended period of time. When it comes to rubbing Bag Balm on cracked feet and heels, I suppose it is possible for some of the product to enter the body and bloodstream. However, I can’t imagine it would be sufficient enough to be of concern. Parabens are widely used as preservatives in cosmetic products (including deodor-



ants), foods and pharmaceutical products. They are absorbed through the skin, blood and GI tract. Concentrations large enough to be measured from several different parabens have been identified in samples obtained for biopsy from breast tumors; however, as of May 2009, the Food and Drug Administration did not believe there should be any cause for concern by consumers using products that contain parabens.

• Write to Dr. Peter Gott in care of United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th fl., New York, NY 10016.

because even if people don’t drink they can share it with future guests. I think many people would be dismayed to receive alcohol. What do you think? — Susan in Southern Oregon Dear Susan: I agree with your boyfriend. The only time that alcohol would be an inappropriate gift is when

the giver knows the recipient doesn’t use it. If the person is “dismayed,” it can always be regifted.

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

relief demanded in the Petition. You are required to mail or hand-deliver a written response to the Complaint C8 filed against you in this action to Lucius B. Dabney, Jr., (DABNEY & DABNEY), Attorney for the Plaintiff(s), whose post office address is The Clean you expect P. O. Box 947, Vicksburg, The service you deserve MS 39181-0947, and whose street address is 1515 Don’t let gettingWalnut readyStreet, for Vicksburg, the MS 39180-3535. YOUR RESPONSE holidays get you down. Call us forMUST an BE MAILED OR DELIVestimate on your home or office!! ERED NOT LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE 1ST DAY OF DECEMBER • Carpet/Oriental/ • Ceramic &DATE 2010, WHICH Tile IS THE OFGrout THE FIRST PUBLICAArea Rug Cleaning Cleaning TION OF THIS SUMMONS. • Furniture/Drapery • YOUR HouseRESPONSE CleaningIS IF NOT SO MAILED AND DE• Carpet & Fabric • Clean & Wax LIVERED, A JUDGMENT Protection Wood & Vinyl Floors BY DEFAULT WILL BE ENTERED AGAINST YO FOR THE RELIEF DEMANDED IN THE COMPLAINT. You must also file the original of your Response with the Clerk of this Court (located on the second floor of the Warren County Court House) in Vicksburg, Mississippi within a reasonable time afterward. Issued under my hand and the seal of said Court, this the First day of December, 2010. SHELLY ASHLEYSHORTER'S TOWING PALMERTREE SERVICES WARREN COUNTY P.O. BOX 821504 CIRCUIT CLERK Vicksburg, MS 39180 P. O. BOX 351, VICKSThe following vehicles are BURG, MS 39181 considered abandoned and By: /s/ Chasity Lee will be sold for towing and Publish: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, storage 12/22(4t) 1986 Ford F250 VIN: 1FTEF25Y9GLA79529 1975 Buick SEALED BIDS for furnishing VIN: 4P67J5Y108027 Furnishing Liquid Chlorine 2002 Chevy Ventura and (2) Storage Tanks will VIN: 1GNDU03E82D177525 Date of sale: be received in the office of December 3, 2010 the City Clerk of the City of Time of sale: 10:00 AM Vicksburg, Mississippi until Place of sale: 9:00 o'clock a.m., Monday, Shorter's Towing December 20, 2010. They 65 Short Jack Drive will be publicly opened and Vicksburg, MS 39180 Contact person: read aloud by the Mayor and Edith Washington Shorter Aldermen of the City of 601-415-0093 Vicksburg in a Regular 601-631-3910 Board Meeting at 10:00 Publish: 11/17, 11/24, 12/1 o'clock a.m., Monday, (3t)

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SEALED BIDS for furnishing Paint (2) Hangars at the Vicksburg Airport will be received in the office of the City Clerk of the City of Vicksburg, Mississippi until 9:00 o'clock a.m., Monday, December 20, 2010. They will be publicly opened and read aloud by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vicksburg in a Regular Board Meeting at 10:00 o'clock a.m., Monday, December 20, 2010. Bidders are cautioned that the City Clerk does not receive the daily U.S. Mail on or before 9:00 a.m. Bids will be time-stamped upon receipt according to City Clerk's time clock. Specifications and instructions for bidding are on file in the office of the City Clerk, second floor, City Hall, 1401 Walnut Street, corner Crawford and Walnut Streets, Vicksburg, Mississippi. Cash, Cashier's Check, Certified Check or Bidder's Bond in the amount of 5% of bid must accompany same. (No Business or Personal Checks) The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vicksburg reserve the right to reject any and all bids and to waive informalities. /s/ Walter W. Osborne, Jr. Walter W. Osborne, Jr., City Clerk Publish: 12/1, 12/8(2t) IN THE COUNTY COURT OF WARREN COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI IN RE: ESTATE OF GLADYS G. BARNETTE, DECEASED CAUSE # 10,1928-CO SUMMONS (By Publication) THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI TO: THE KNOWN AND UNKNOWN HEIRS-AT-LAW OF GLADYS G. BARNETTE, DECEASED, You have been made Defendants in the suit filed in this Court by heirs-at-law of Gladys G. Barnette, being Bettye B. Oakes, her daughter, and Carolyn B. Wilkerson, her daughter, joined in by Milford Durell Barnette, her son; Billy Daniel Barnette, her son; Kerry Edwin Barnette, her grandson, the descendant (blood child) of Bobby Edwin Barnette, her son (deceased); William Douglas Barnette, her son; Janice Lee Barnette Parker, her daughter; Robert Dudley Barnette, her son; Onnie Patricia Barnette Ross, her daughter; Clyde Terry Barnette, her son; and James David Barnette, her son, seeking to declare that they are the sole heirs-at-law of Gladys G. Barnette, Deceased, and her Estate, in which the above mentioned parties have or may have an interest. There are no Defendants named in this action, they being unknown. You are summoned to appear, answer and defend against the Petition (filed against you in this action) on the 6th day of January 2011 at 9:00 AM, before the Honorable John S. Price Jr., County Judge, to be held at the Youth Court Building, 1100-B Grove Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183, in the Youth Court Room of Warren County, Mississippi, and in case of your failure to appear and defend, an Order will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition. You are required to mail or hand-deliver a written response to the Complaint filed against you in this action to Lucius B. Dabney, Jr., (DABNEY & DABNEY), Attorney for the Plaintiff(s), whose post office address is P. O. Box 947, Vicksburg, MS 39181-0947, and whose street address is 1515 Walnut Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180-3535. YOUR RESPONSE MUST BE MAILED OR DELIVERED NOT LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE 1ST DAY OF DECEMBER 2010, WHICH IS THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS SUMMONS. IF YOUR RESPONSE IS NOT SO MAILED AND DELIVERED, A JUDGMENT BY DEFAULT WILL BE ENTERED AGAINST YO FOR THE RELIEF DEMANDED IN THE COMPLAINT. You must also file the original of your Response with the Clerk of this Court (located on the second floor of the Warren County Court House) in Vicksburg, Mississippi within a reasonable time afterward. Issued under my hand and the seal of said Court, this the First day of December, 2010. SHELLY ASHLEYPALMERTREE WARREN COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERK P. O. BOX 351, VICKS-

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December 20, 2010. Bidders are cautioned that the City Clerk does not receive the daily U.S. Mail on or before 9:00 a.m. Bids will be time-stamped upon receipt according to City Clerk's time clock. Specifications and instructions for bidding are on file in the office of the City Clerk, second floor, City Hall, 1401 Walnut Street, corner Crawford and Walnut Streets, Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vicksburg reserve the right to reject any and all bids and to waive informalities. /s/ Walter W. Osborne, Jr. Walter W. Osborne, Jr., City Clerk Publish: 12/1, 12/8(2t)

STATE OF MISSISSIPPI COUNTY OF WARREN SUBSTITUTED TRUSTEE'S NOTICE OF SALE WHEREAS, on or about the 29th of November, 2006, Krystal Cochran, an unmarried woman, executed a Deed of Trust to Emmett James House or Bill R. McLaughlin, Trustee, on behalf of REGIONS BANK DBA REGIONS MORTGAGE, beneficiaries, which Deed of Trust is filed for record in Book 1625 at page 814 et seq. in the land records in the office of the Chancery Clerk of Warren County, Vicksburg, Mississippi; and, WHEREAS, on October 20, 2010, REGIONS BANK DBA REGIONS MORTGAGE, the beneficiary of the above referenced Deed of Trust substituted Jeanna D. Chappell as trustee in place of the original trustee as authorized by said Deed of Trust. Said Substitution of Trustee is recorded in Instrument No. 283044, Book 1514 at page 820 in the Office of the Chancery Clerk of Warren County, Vicksburg, Mississippi. WHEREAS, default having been made in the terms and conditions of said Deed of Trust and default having been made on the promissory note secured thereby, and the entire indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust having been declared to be due and payable pursuant to the terms of said Deed of Trust, and , REGIONS BANK DBA REGIONS MORTGAGE, as the holders of the Promissory Note and Deed of Trust have requested the undersigned Substituted Trustee so to do, I will, on the 14th of December, 2010 offer for sale at public outcry between the legal hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., at the West door of the County Courthouse of Warren County, Vicksburg, Mississippi, and being more particularly described as follows, to-wit: Part of Section 12, Township 16 North, Range 4 East, Warren County, Mississippi, also being part of the Freetown Survey as same is described in plat recorded in Plat Book 66 at Page 567 of the Land of Records of Warren County, Mississippi, more particularly described as follows, to wit: Commencing at a point where an old East-West, fence line intersects with the West line of a 30 foot road easement as described below, said point also being the Southeast corner of that certain 5.24 acre tract conveyed to Freddie L. Hebron by deed from Dr. Albirda Stewart Clay, said deed being dated November stay-at-home Teachers, 14, 1978, and recorded in college students, parents, Deed Book 602 at Page 148 of nurses. the aforesaid Land all . . they’re Records and subsequently deliveringin Deed the newspaper re-recorded Book 762 at Page 289 of said in their spareruntime records; thence alongand the West line of extra said road earning income! easement North 11 degrees easy East, - and125.0 it’s afeet great 17It’s minutes to way the point of beginning of to earn extra cash. the parcel herein conveyed; thence leave said road and run North 87 degrees 48 minutes West, 174.0 feet; thence run North 11 degrees To join 17 minutes East, 125.0 feet; thence runVicksburg South 87 degrees The Post 48 minutes East, 174.0 feet team to the newspaper West line of said road easement; thence along you must be the West line of said road easehave ment dependable, South 11 degrees 17 minutes West, 125.0 feet to insurance, reliable the point of beginning containing 0.5 acres more or transportation, and less. Together with a perpetbe available to deliver ual non-exclusive easement or right of way forMonday ingress afternoons and egress, said easement Friday early being 30 feet inand width, 15 feet either said ofSaturday a mornings centerline described as and follows, to wit: Sunday. Commence at the Southeast corner of the Freddie L. Hebron 5.24 acre tract as described above; thence run South 87 degrees 48 minutes East, 15.0 feet to said centerline and the point of beginning of said 30 foot

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REGIONS MORTGAGE, the beneficiary of the above referenced Deed of Trust substituted Jeanna D. Chappell as trustee in place of the original trustee as authorized by said Deed of Trust. Said Substitution of Trustee is recorded in Instrument No. 283044, Book 1514 at page 820 in the Office of the Chancery Clerk of Warren County, Vicksburg, Mississippi. WHEREAS, default having been made in the terms and conditions of said Deed of Trust and default having been made on the promissory note secured thereby, and the entire indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust having been declared to be due and payable pursuant to the terms of said Deed of Trust, and , REGIONS BANK DBA REGIONS MORTGAGE, as the holders of the Promissory Note and Deed of Trust have requested the undersigned Substituted Trustee so to do, I will, on the 14th of December, 2010 offer for sale at public outcry between the legal hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., at the West door of the County Courthouse of Warren County, Vicksburg, Mississippi, and being more particularly described as follows, to-wit: Part of Section 12, Township 16 North, Range 4 East, Warren County, Mississippi, also being part of the Freetown Survey as same is described in plat recorded in Plat Book 66 at Page 567 of the Land of Records of Warren County, Mississippi, more particularly described as follows, to wit: Commencing at a point where an old East-West, fence line intersects with the West line of a 30 foot road easement as described below, said point also being the Southeast corner of that certain 5.24 acre tract conveyed to Freddie L. Hebron by deed from Dr. Albirda Stewart Clay, said deed being dated November 14, 1978, and recorded in Deed Book 602 at Page 148 of the aforesaid Land Records and subsequently re-recorded in Deed Book 762 at Page 289 of said records; thence run along the West line of said road easement North 11 degrees 17 minutes East, 125.0 feet to the point of beginning of the parcel herein conveyed; thence leave said road and run North 87 degrees 48 minutes West, 174.0 feet; thence run North 11 degrees 17 minutes East, 125.0 feet; thence run South 87 degrees 48 minutes East, 174.0 feet to the West line of said road easement; thence along the West line of said road easement South 11 degrees 17 minutes West, 125.0 feet to the point of beginning containing 0.5 acres more or less. Together with a perpetual non-exclusive easement or right of way for ingress and egress, said easement being 30 feet in width, 15 feet either said of a centerline described as follows, to wit: Commence at the Southeast corner of the Freddie L. Hebron 5.24 acre tract as described above; thence run South 87 degrees 48 minutes East, 15.0 feet to said centerline and the point of beginning of said 30 foot road easement; thence run along the centerline of said easement as follows: North 11 degrees 17 minutes East, 295.0 feet; thence run North 02 degrees 12 minutes West, 250.0 feet to the South line of a public (gravel) road known as Heather Drive and the end of said 30 foot road easement. I will convey only such title as is vested in me as Substituted Trustee. WITNESS MY SIGNATURE, this the 9th day of November, 2010. /s/ Jeanna D. Chappell Jeanna D. Chappell Substituted Trustee Pierce Ledyard, P.C. P.O. Box 161389 Mobile, Alabama 36616 (251) 338-1300 Publish: 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8(4t)

envelope containing his bid; will be time-stamped upon thence run North 11 degrees his current Certificate of Rereceipt according to City 17 minutes East, 125.0 feet; sponsibility number and expithence run South 87 degrees Clerk's time clock. ration date, or if applicable, a The work in this project con48 minutes East, 174.0 feet statement certifying that the sists generally of furnishing to the West line of said road Wednesday, December 1, 2010 bid enclosed does not exand installing a 1,635kW easement; thence along the ceed $50,000.00 for a public Gas site Great West line of said road ease#1Powered PointGenerator, Pleasant Lake Estates project or $100,000 for a priwork, electrical work and ment South 11 degrees 17 minutes West, 125.0 feet to vate project; his name; and other related items at the the point of beginning the name of the Contract for Vicksburg Water Treatment containing 0.5 acres more or which the bid is submitted. Plant. less. Together with a perpet- All documents required for Failure to show these items ual non-exclusive easement on the outside of the envebidding purposes, including plans and specifications, or right of way for ingress lope containing the bid will may be obtained from Allen and egress, said easement result in the bid being returned to the Bidder & Hoshall, Engineers being 30 feet in width, 15 unopened. Public funds are Architects Planners, 713 feet either said of a involved in this project. South Pear Orchard Road, centerline described as No Bidder may withdraw his Suite 100, Ridgeland, follows, to wit: Commence at bid for a period of sixty (60) Mississippi 39157 for a the Southeast corner of the 3 BR, 2.5 BA home square sitsofon 1.6 acre days afterfoot date actual bid deposit of $75.00 perwith set,3400 plus Freddie L. Hebron 5.24 acre lot. Beautiful and brickopening, floors downstairs with large without Owner's none of which hardwood is refundable. tract as described above; consent. copy of the plans and thence run South 87 degrees A breakfast area, custom cabinetry in kitchen and office/sewing Cityarea. of Vicksburg, specifications may be adjacent to The 48 minutes East, 15.0 feet to room laundry reserves right examined at: theroom Officehas of a woodMississippi said centerline and the point Oversized living burning fireplace withthe insert. to reject any or all bids the Architect/Engineer, 713 of beginning of said 30 foot is carpeted and bonusreceived, room features a wetany bar. to waive SouthUpstairs Pear Orchard Road, road easement; thence run Recreational Fishing Privileges informalities for Great Lake orhomeowners. irregularities Suite 100, Ridgeland, along the centerline of said in the bids received, and to Mississippi; City Hall, easement as follows: North accept any bid which is Vicksburg, Mississippi; 11 degrees 17 minutes East, CALL SUE L. RICHARDSON deemed most favorable to Associated General 295.0 feet; thence run North the City. Contractors Plan Room in 02 degrees 12 minutes 601-415-0957 West, 250.0 feet to the South Jackson, Mississippi; Associ- Funding for the project is 103 Pear Orchard Drivethe Community line of a public (gravel) road through ated Builders and ContracVicksburg,Development MS known as Heather Drive and Block Grant tors Plan Room in Jackson, the end of said 30 foot road 601-636-3116 Program. All bidders shall Mississippi. easement. conform to the CDBG, HUD, Each bid shall be accompanied by a Certified Check on I will convey only such title and other federal and state a solvent bank or a Bidder's as is vested in me as requirements stipulated for this program. Bond issued by a Surety Substituted Trustee. THE MAYOR AND Company licensed to operWITNESS MY SIGNATURE, ALDERMEN OF ate in the State of Mississipthis the 9th day of NovemTHE CITY OF VICKSBURG, pi, in the amount of five perber, 2010. MISSISSIPPI cent (5%) of the total bid /s/ Jeanna D. Chappell By: Walter W. Osborne, Jr., price, as a guarantee that if Jeanna D. Chappell City Clerk the bid is accepted, the BidSubstituted Trustee Publish: 12/1, 12/8(2t) der will enter into a contract Pierce Ledyard, P.C. and execute the PerforP.O. Box 161389 mance and Payment Bonds Mobile, Alabama 36616 in the form and within the (251) 338-1300 time specified. Publish: 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, The successful Bidder will be 12/8(4t) required to execute a PerforKEEP UP WITH all the lomance Bond and a Payment cal news and sales...SubNOTICE TO BIDDERS Bond, each in the amount of scribe to The Vicksburg SEALED PROPOSALS 100 percent of the Contract, Post TODAY!! Call 601The Mayor and Alderman of issued by a Surety Company 636-4545, Circulation. the City of Vicksburg, licensed to operate in the Mississippi, will receive State of Mississippi. sealed proposals for Water Each Bidder shall have a Treatment Plant Generator Certificate of Responsibility for the Vicksburg Water to bid on contracts for public Treatment Plant until 9:00 projects in which the bid o'clock a.m. local time on “Credit problems? price exceeds $50,000.00 Monday, January 10, 2011, No problem!” and for private projects in at the office of the City Clerk, No way. The Federal which the bid price exceeds City Hall, 1401 Walnut Trade Commission says $100,000.00 as required by Street, Post Office Drawer no company can legally the laws of the State of Mis150, Vicksburg, Mississippi remove accurate and timely sissippi. Each Bidder shall 39180. All proposals will be information from your credit show on the outside of the publicly opened and read report. Learn about managenvelope containing his bid; aloud by the Mayor ing credit and debt at his current Certificate of Reand Aldermen of the City of sponsibility number and expiVicksburg in Board meeting A message from ration date, or if applicable, a at 10:00 o'clock a.m. on The Vicksburg Post statement certifying that the Monday, January 10, 2011. and the FTC. bid enclosed does not exBidders are cautioned that ceed $50,000.00 for a public the City Clerk does not ATTEND COLLEGE ONproject or $100,000 for a prireceive the Daily U.S. Mail LINE from home. *Medical, vate project; his name; and on or before 9:00 a.m. Bids *Business, *Paralegal, *Althe name of the Contract for will be time-stamped upon lied Health. Job placement which the bid is submitted. receipt according to City assistance. Computer availFailure to show these items Clerk's time clock. able. Financial aid if qualion the outside of the enveThe work in this project confied. SCHEV certified. Call lope containing the bid will sists generally of furnishing 888-210-5162. result in the bid being and installing a 1,635kW returned to the Bidder Gas Powered Generator, site unopened. Public funds are work, electrical work and involved in this project. other related items at the No Bidder may withdraw his Vicksburg Water Treatment bid for a period of sixty (60) Plant. days after date of actual bid All documents required for opening, without Owner's bidding purposes, including consent. plans and specifications, The City of Vicksburg, may be obtained from Allen Mississippi reserves the right & Hoshall, Engineers to reject any or all bids Architects Planners, 713 received, to waive any South Pear Orchard Road, informalities or irregularities Suite 100, Ridgeland, in the bids received, and to Mississippi 39157 for a accept any bid which is deposit of $75.00 per set, deemed most favorable to none of which is refundable. the City. A copy of the plans and Funding for the project is specifications may be through the Community examined at: the Office of Development Block Grant the Architect/Engineer, 713 Program. All bidders shall South Pear Orchard Road, conform to the CDBG, HUD, Suite 100, Ridgeland, and other federal and state Mississippi; City Hall, requirements stipulated for Vicksburg, Mississippi; this program. Associated General THE MAYOR AND Contractors Plan Room in ALDERMEN OF Jackson, Mississippi; AssociTHE CITY OF VICKSBURG, ated Builders and ContracMISSISSIPPI tors Plan Room in Jackson, By: Walter W. Osborne, Jr., Mississippi. City Clerk Each bid shall be accompaPublish: 12/1, 12/8(2t) nied by a Certified Check on a solvent bank or a Bidder's Bond issued by a Surety Company licensed to operate in the State of Mississippi, in the amount of five percent (5%) of the total bid price, as a guarantee that if the bid is accepted, the Bidder will enter into a contract and execute the Performance and Payment Bonds in the form and within the time specified. The successful Bidder will be required to execute a Perfor• Glass • Construction mance Bond and a Payment Bond, each in the amount of 100 percent of the Contract, issued by a Surety Company licensed to operate in the CONSTRUCTION State of Mississippi. Quality Service at Competitive Prices New Homes Each Bidder shall have a #1 Windshield Repair & Replacement Framing, Remodeling, Certificate of Responsibility Vans • Cars • Trucks to bid on contracts for public Cabinets, Flooring, •Insurance Claims Welcome• projects in which the bid Roofing & Vinyl Siding price exceeds $50,000.00 State Licensed & Bonded AUTO • HOME • BUSINESS and for private projects in Jason Barnes • 601-661-0900 Jon Ross 601-638-7932 which the bid price exceeds $100,000.00 as required by • Bulldozer & the laws of the State of Mis• Mobile Lawn Care Home sissippi. Each Bidder shall Construction Services show on the outside of the envelope containing his bid; Magnolia Mobile Home Parts his current Certificate of ReCONSTRUCTION CO., INC. 601-634-6579 sponsibility number and expi601-636-4813 ration date, or if applicable, a • Skirting • Set up Supplies statement certifying that the State Board of Contractors • Tubs, Faucets • Vinyl Siding bid enclosed does not exApproved & Bonded • Carpet, Tile • Roof Sealant ceed $50,000.00 for a public • Air Conditioners project or $100,000 for a priHaul Clay, Gravel, Dirt, • Doors & Windows vate project; his name; and Rock & Sand “If we don’t have it, we’ll get it.” the name of the Contract for All Types of Dozer Work which the bid is submitted. • Demolition Land Clearing Failure to show these items Site Development • Dirt Works on the outside of the enve& Preparation Excavation lope containing the bid will Crane Rental • Mud Jacking result in the bid being CLARK’S CONSTRUCTION returned to the Bidder State board of contractors unopened. Public funds are • HandyMan Lawn Care approved and bonded. involved in this project. Services 601-638-9233. Fill dirt for erosion No Bidder may withdraw his purposes, clay gravel, 610, back bid for a period of sixty (60) sand. FREE estimates on IVER ITY ANDYMAN fill days after date of actual bid demolition, driveway work, opening, without Owner's Joe Rangel - Owner replacement of old broken driveconsent. 601.636.7843 • 601.529.5400 way and add- ons. Lot clearing, The City of Vicksburg, dozer track hoe work. We’re not satisfied until You Mississippi reserves the right are. Call today for your to reject any or all bids Free Estimate! CLASSIFIEDS received, to waive any 601-636-SELL (7355) informalities or irregularities in the bids received, and to accept any bid which is deemed most favorable to the City. Funding for the project is through the Community Development Block Grant Program. All bidders shall conform to the CDBG, HUD, and other federal and state requirements stipulated for this program. THE MAYOR AND ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI By: Walter W. Osborne, Jr., City Clerk Publish: 12/1, 12/8(2t)

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LOST! 2 CHIHUAHUAS. 1 momma dog and puppy. Puppy looks like Beagle. Last seen Redbone Road. Call 601618-3125.

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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.

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19. Garage & Yard Sales 511 TIFFENTOWN ROAD, Bovina. Saturday 8am-12pm. Wicker furniture, household items, clothing, miscellaneous. NEW LADIES, MEN and children's jeans; shirts, belts and boots with tags far below wholesale. Work boots and steel toe, jackets and fleece ½ off. Tack and Supplies. Trailer will be parked at Fantastic Finds on Culkin Road Friday and Saturday. What's going on in Vicksburg this weekend? Read The Vicksburg Post! For convenient home delivery call 601-636-4545, ask for circulation.

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SPORTS We dn e sday, De ce mbe r 1, 2010 • SEC TI O N d

Steve Wilson, sports editor | E-mail: | Tel: 601.636.4545 ext 142

On D3 Ole Miss, Mississippi State fall on the hardwood.

college football

White takes Conerly Trophy By Jeff Byrd

On D4 Auburn preps for trip to Atlanta and the SEC Championship Game.

Schedule PREP BASKETBALL Vicksburg hosts McComb Friday, 6 p.m. Warren Central at Quitman Friday, 6 p.m.

JACKSON — Making tackles in the Southeastern Conference proved to have more sway with voters than a talented field of quarterbacks as Mississippi State linebacker Chris White of Vancleave claimed the Conerly Trophy Tuesday at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. White, who is fourth in the SEC in tackles with 105, thanked family, coaches and teammates after winning the award. White beat out fellow finalists Casey Therriault of Jackson State and Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis. “This is something I’m going to cherish the rest of my life,” White said about the award, given to Mississippi’s top college football player. “I’d like to thank my high school coach at Van-

cleave, Jim Bloomfield, and coach Steve Campbell at Mississippi Gulf Coast. Coach Campbell let me have two great years. I have to thank Coach Dan Mullen for letting me extend my career two more years at Mississippi State and for making us champions. I also have to thank (defensive coordinator) Manny Diaz for putting me in a defense that allowed me to make plays and my teammates, for without them, I wouldn’t be here.” Mississippi State finished its regular season at 8-4 and awaits a bowl bid following Saturday’s SEC championship game in Atlanta. Atlanta is the likely destination for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl but Mullen said that’s not final yet. Mullen also shot down several internet rumors that he is being courted by the University of Miami for its head coaching vacancy

after the dismissal of Randy Shannon. “The perception is that any job that comes open, my name surfaces, but I’m very happy at Mississippi State,” Mullen said. Mullen was also happy for White. “He was a kid that was already coming to Mississippi State before I got there,” Mullen told the Conerly Trophy audience. “I did go down to Vancleave to see him and he showed me the buck he had killed that day. I met his pretty girlfriend, who was a cheerleader at Gulf Coast and who also was coming to Mississippi State. Then, she showed me the buck that she had killed. That was quite a shock for someone from New England.” Mullen said it took White See Conerly, Page D4.

rogelio solis•The associated press

Mississippi State linebacker Chris White hoists the Conerly Trophy, awarded to the state’s best college football player, on Tuesday.

PCA at Veritas Saturday, 4 p.m.

prep basketball

PREP SOCCER St. Aloysius hosts Philadelphia Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Missy Gators fall just short

On TV 6:15 p.m. ESPN2 - The ACC-Big Ten Challenge continues, as N.C. State takes on Wisconsin in the opener on ESPN2 and Maryland faces Penn State in the nightcap. On ESPN, Purdue battles Virginia Tech in the first game and perennial power Michigan State gets a dose of the Cameron Crazies at Duke in the marquee matchup of the night at 8:30.

Who’s hot SHANIQUA BUTLER Vicksburg basketball player scored 18 points in a 5150 loss to Jim Hill on Tuesday.

sidelines Smith said arrest was ‘misunderstanding’

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith says his weekend arrest on a domestic abuse charge was the result of “an unfortunate misunderstanding.” Police say Smith and his wife, Racquel, had gotten into an argument just after 2 a.m. Saturday while leaving a nightclub. Cpl. Paul Mouton says in a news release that officers on patrol saw the argument escalate and then saw Smith grab the woman’s hair. Mouton says the woman’s injuries were minor. Smith was booked with domestic abuse and simple battery. He’s free on $1,000 bond.

LOTTERY La. Pick 3: 5-3-4 La. Pick 4: 2-2-2-0 Weekly results: D2

Willie Gibbs ignites romp over Forest Hill By Ernest Bowker At the end of a night filled with bumbles and missteps, it was only appropriate that Vicksburg High got right the one thing it needed to do wrong. Vicksburg’s Shaniqua Butler missed the first of two potential tying free throws with 2.5 seconds remaining against Forest Hill. She bricked the second in an attempt to miss and try for the rebound, but it hit nothing but net and Forest Hill was able to run out the clock on a 51-50 victory Tuesday. It was the last piece of a forgettable night for the Missy Gators. They committed 27 turnovers, shot just 32 percent from the field and wasted an opportunity to knock off a Forest Hill squad that struggled just as much. The Lady Patriots had 20 turnovers and shot 39.6 percent. “We missed too many shots under the basket. After we scored, we didn’t get back on defense and they were attacking,” Vicksburg coach Barbara Hartzog said, rattling off a list of mistakes made by her team. “A couple times we had five or six shots under the basket and couldn’t put it back in. I’d rather lose by 30 than by one. There’s a lot of things you can think back at that could’ve been different — free throws, missed layups.” Butler led Vicksburg (3-3) with 18 points, while Donyeah Mayfield had 14 points, 17 rebounds and five steals. Tamisha Hobson had 14 points for Forest Hill (5-1), and Claressa Banks had eight points and eight rebounds. For all its struggles, Vicksburg still had a chance to win. It led by as many as seven points in the first half, when Forest Hill went 10-for-31 from the field, and stormed back from a 12-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to tie it at 49 with 1:39 left. All of the missed opportunities eventually caught up to the Missy Gators, though. Banks hit a baseline jumper

Southern Miss head coach Larry Fedora talks to his players against Central Florida on Nov. 13.

Golden Eagles land bowl bid By The Associated Press

David Jackson•The Vicksburg Post

Vicksburg’s Josh Gaskin hits a layup during Tuesday’s game against Forest Hill. with 14 seconds left to put Forest Hill ahead 51-49. On the other end, Butler was fouled with 2.5 seconds to go and went to the line with a chance to tie it again. Her first free throw bounced high off the back of the rim and fell harmlessly to the floor. Needing to intentionally miss the second to give the Missy Gators a chance at the tying basket, she fired a line drive toward the hoop. It zipped

perfectly through the net, cutting the deficit to one point. Vicksburg, which only committed three fouls in the second half, couldn’t force a turnover on the inbounds pass and didn’t have enough time to force the Lady Patriots to the foul line. “We should’ve won that game. It shouldn’t have been close,” Hartzog said. “It wasn’t anything Forest Hill did. We did it to ourselves.”

(B) Vicksburg 77, Forest Hill 51 Vicksburg dominated from the opening tip, starting the game with a 16-0 run that set the stage for a rout of Forest Hill (1-5). Willie Gibbs hit seven 3-pointers in the game and scored 17 of his team-high 23 points in the first half for VHS (5-2). Avery Grays See Gators, Page D4.

HATTIESBURG — Southern Miss has accepted an invitation to play in the third annual Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Dec. 21. “It is a great area with great weather and we have the opportunity to play a quality opponent from the Big East,” Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora said in a statement released by the school. “We are thrilled about being able to play another game.” The Golden Eagles will face an opponent from the Big East conference game at Tropicana Field, which is home to Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays. The game will be broadcast by ESPN at 7 p.m. The game will be the ninth consecutive bowl appearance for the Golden Eagles and 13th in the past 14 years. The Eagles last appeared in a bowl game in Florida in 1981, when they played Missouri in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando. Southern Miss has an 8-4 record and finished 5-3 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles lost their three conference games by a combined eight points.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

on tv

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. FSN - Florida vs. UCF 6:15 p.m. ESPN2 - N.C. State at Wisconsin 6:30 p.m. ESPN - Purdue at Va. Tech 8:15 p.m. ESPN2 - Maryland at Penn State 8:30 p.m. ESPN - Michigan State at Duke


from staff & AP reports

MLB Tulowitzki signs contract extension NEW YORK — Troy Tulowitzki and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a new contract that guarantees the All-Star shortstop an additional $132 million over seven seasons through 2020. Tulowitzki already had been guaranteed $25.75 million through 2013 under the $31 million, six-year contract he agreed to in January 2008. With the new contract, which includes a club option for 2021, Tulowitzki is guaranteed $157.75 million over 10 seasons, according to contract information obtained by The Associated Press.

Dodgers sign Juan Uribe LOS ANGELES — Infielder Juan Uribe and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized a $21 million, threeyear contract. The 31-year-old hit .248 with 24 homers and 85 RBIs in 2010 while playing in 148 games, including 103 at shortstop. He homered and drove in five runs during the World Series for the Giants, who won in five games against the Texas Rangers, and had nine RBIs in all during the postseason.

Giants sign Miguel Tejada SAN FRANCISCO — The World Series champion San Francisco Giants have found their new shortstop, agreeing to terms with free agent Miguel Tejada on a $6.5 million, one-year contract. The deal is pending a physical. The Giants didn’t expect to make a formal announcement until later this week at the earliest, depending on how soon Tejada could get to town for a physical. Tejada told The Associated Press in the Dominican Republic that he had agreed to the deal worth $6.5 million.

NFL Harrison fined again for another late hit PITTSBURGH — Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been fined $25,000 for his hit on Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Harrison now has four fines this season totaling $125,000. Harrison drew a roughing-thepasser penalty for hitting Fitzpatrick helmet-first in the back during Pittsburgh’s 19-16 overtime victory Sunday.

Roethlisberger expected to play on Sunday PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is wearing a protective boot on his sprained right foot but is expected to play Sunday when Pittsburgh and Baltimore face off for first place in the AFC North. Roethlisberger re-injured the foot during a 19-16 overtime victory in Buffalo last Sunday. He did not leave the game and had an 18-yard run while scrambling after getting hurt.


BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Dec. 1 1951 — Arnold “Showboat” Boykin of Ole Miss scores seven touchdowns in a 49-7 rout of Mississippi State. 1959 — Louisiana State halfback Billy Cannon is named the Heisman Trophy winner. 1990 — Ty Detmer of Brigham Young wins the Heisman Trophy. Detmer, who had set or tied 25 NCAA passing and total offense records, becomes the first BYU winner and third consecutive junior winner. 2003 — Sylvester Croom becomes the Southeastern Conference’s first black head football coach, accepting an offer to take over troubled Mississippi State.

The Vicksburg Post

scoreboard nfl AMERICAN CONFERENCE W New England...... 9 N.Y. Jets............. 9 Miami.................. 6 Buffalo................ 2 W Indianapolis........ 6 Jacksonville........ 6 Houston.............. 5 Tennessee.......... 5 W Baltimore............ 8 Pittsburgh........... 8 Cleveland............ 4 Cincinnati............ 2 W Kansas City........ 7 San Diego.......... 6 Oakland.............. 5 Denver................ 3


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Class 2A - Calhoun City vs. Lumberton, 3 p.m. Class 6A - South Panola vs. Meridian, 7 p.m. Saturday’s Games Class 3A - Aberdeen vs. Forest, 11 a.m. Class 4A - Lafayette Co. vs. North Pike, 3 p.m. Class 5A - West Point vs. Brookhaven, 7 p.m. ———

LHSAA Playoffs Semifinals

All games Friday at 7 p.m. Class 5A West Monroe vs. Westgate St. Thomas More vs. Acadiana Class 4A Edna Karr vs. Teurlings Catholic Franklinton vs. O.P. Walker Class 3A Notre Dame vs. Parkview Baptist Patterson vs. West Feliciana Class 2A John Curtis vs. East Feliciana Evangel Christian vs. St. Charles Class 1A South Plaquemines vs. Ouachita Christian Oberlin vs. White Castle


NATIONAL CONFERENCE W N.Y. Giants......... 7 Philadelphia........ 7 Washington......... 5 Dallas.................. 3


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college football Top 25 Schedule

Friday’s Game No. 24 Northern Illinois at Miami (Ohio), 6 p.m. Saturday’s Games No. 1 Oregon at Oregon St., 2:30 p.m. No. 2 Auburn vs. S. Carolina, at Atlanta, 3 p.m. No. 9 Boise St. vs. Utah St., 2 p.m. No. 10 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Nebraska, at Arlington, Texas, 7 p.m. No. 12 Virginia Tech vs. No. 20 Florida St., at Charlotte, N.C., 6:45 p.m. No. 14 Nevada at Louisiana Tech, 2 p.m. No. 23 West Virginia vs. Rutgers, 11 a.m. No. 25 Hawaii vs. UNLV, 9:30 p.m.

FCS Playoffs

Second Round Saturday Western Illinois at Appalachian St., 11 a.m. Wofford at Jacksonville St., 11 a.m. Lehigh at Delaware, 11 a.m. New Hampshire at Bethune-Cookman, Noon Georgia Southern at William & Mary, 12:30 p.m. North Dakota St. at Montana St., 1 p.m. Villanova at Stephen F. Austin, 2:30 p.m. Southeast Missouri St. at E. Washington, 3 p.m.

Division II Playoffs

Quarterfinals Saturday Delta St. at Albany St., 11 a.m. Augustana, S.D. at Minnesota-Duluth, Noon Shepherd at Mercyhurst, Noon Central Missouri at Northwest Missouri St., 1 p.m.

Division III Playoffs

Quarterfinals Saturday Mary Hardin-Baylor at Wesley, 11 a.m. Alfred at Mount Union, 11 a.m. Wisconsin-Whitewater at North Central, Noon Bethel, Minn. , St. Thomas, Minn., Noon


Conference All Games W L W L South Carolina..............5 3 9 3 Florida............................4 4 7 5 Georgia..........................3 5 6 6 Tennessee.....................3 5 6 6 Kentucky........................2 6 6 6 Vanderbilt......................1 7 2 10


Conference All Games W L W L Auburn...........................8 0 12 0 Arkansas........................6 2 10 2 LSU................................6 2 10 2 Alabama........................5 3 9 3 Mississippi St..............4 4 8 4 Ole Miss.......................1 7 4 8 Saturday’s Game Auburn vs. South Carolina, at Atlanta, 3 p.m.


Conference All Games W L W L UCF...............................7 1 9 3 Southern Miss.............5 3 8 4 East Carolina.................5 3 6 6 Marshall.........................4 4 5 7 UAB...............................3 5 4 8 Memphis........................0 8 1 11

West Division

Conference All Games W L W L Tulsa..............................6 2 9 3 SMU...............................6 2 7 5 Houston.........................4 4 5 7 UTEP.............................3 5 6 6 Rice...............................3 5 4 8 Tulane............................2 6 4 8 Saturday’s Game SMU at Central Florida, 11 a.m.

prep football MHSAA Playoffs

Championship games

At Jackson Friday’s Games Class 1A - Durant vs. Mount Olive, 11 a.m.

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W Orlando..........................13 Atlanta...........................11 Miami.............................10 Charlotte........................6 Washington....................5

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Central Division

W Chicago.........................9 Indiana...........................9 Cleveland.......................7 Milwaukee......................6 Detroit............................6

L 6 7 10 11 12

GB — 4 7 7 1/2 8 1/2

Pct .765 .611 .556 .353 .313

GB — 2 1/2 3 1/2 7 7 1/2

Pct .600 .563 .412 .353 .333

GB — 1/2 3 4 4 1/2


W San Antonio...................15 Dallas.............................13 New Orleans.................12 Memphis........................8 Houston.........................5

L 2 4 5 10 12

Pct .882 .765 .706 .444 .294

Northwest Division

W Utah...............................14 Oklahoma City...............12 Denver...........................10 Portland.........................8 Minnesota......................4

L 5 6 6 9 13

Pacific Division

W L.A. Lakers....................13 Phoenix..........................8 Golden State.................8 Sacramento...................4 L.A. Clippers..................3

L 5 9 10 12 15

GB — 2 3 7 1/2 10

Pct .737 .667 .625 .471 .235

GB — 1 1/2 2 1/2 5 9

Pct .722 .471 .444 .250 .167

GB — 4 1/2 5 8 10

Tuesday’s Games Boston 106, Cleveland 87 Orlando 90, Detroit 79 Philadelphia 88, Portland 79 New York 111, New Jersey 100 Memphis 98, L.A. Lakers 96 Indiana 107, Sacramento 98 San Antonio 118, Golden State 98 Today’s Games Memphis at Atlanta, 6 p.m. Oklahoma City at New Jersey, 6 p.m. Washington at Toronto, 6 p.m. Portland at Boston, 6:30 p.m. Detroit at Miami, 6:30 p.m. Orlando at Chicago, 7 p.m. Charlotte at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Houston, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Denver, 8 p.m. Indiana at Utah, 8 p.m. San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Miami at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.

college basketball Top 25 Schedule

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Tuesday’s Games 2 Ohio St. 58, Florida St. 44 7 Connecticut 62, New Hampshire 55 8 Syracuse 78, Cornell 58 16 Georgetown 111, No. 9 Missouri 102, OT 10 Kentucky 91, Boston U. 57 13 Tennessee vs. Middle Tennessee 20 Illinois 79, North Carolina 67 23 Washington 102, Long Beach St. 75 25 Notre Dame 81, Indiana St. 72 Today’s Games 1 Duke vs. No. 6 Michigan St., 8:30 p.m. 3 Pittsburgh vs. Duquesne, 8 p.m. 14 Memphis vs. Arkansas St., 7 p.m. 18 Florida at UCF, 6 p.m. 19 Texas vs. Lamar, 7 p.m. 21 BYU at Creighton, 7:05 p.m. 22 Purdue at Virginia Tech, 6:30 p.m. 24 UNLV at Illinois St., 7:05 p.m. Thursday’s Games 4 Kansas vs. UCLA, 8 p.m. 9 Missouri at Oregon, 10 p.m. 11 Baylor vs. Arizona State, 6 p.m.

Mississippi Schedule

Tuesday’s Games Belhaven 88, Pensacola Christian 71 Miami 86, Ole Miss 73 Florida Atlantic 61, Mississippi St. 59 Today’s Games Alcorn St. at Southern Miss, 7 p.m. Jackson St. at Nebraska, 7 p.m. Thursday’s Games Delta St. at West Alabama, 7:30 p.m. Mississippi College at Sul Ross St., 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s Scores

EAST Canisius 55, Binghamton 45 Connecticut 62, New Hampshire 55 Penn 71, UMBC 59 Princeton 82, Lafayette 64 Syracuse 78, Cornell 58 Yale 81, Hartford 76 SOUTH Auburn 78, Ga. Southwestern 50 Charleston Southern 120, Toccoa Falls 43 Coppin St. 70, Lincoln, Pa. 57

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Southeast Division

Florida Atlantic 61, Mississippi St. 59 Hampton 60, Georgia St. 56, OT Iona 73, Norfolk St. 64 Kentucky 91, Boston U. 57 LSU 73, Houston 57 Miami 86, Mississippi 73 Michigan 69, Clemson 61 Northwestern St. 82, Centenary 55 Ohio St. 58, Florida St. 44 S. Carolina St. 68, Allen 56 Stetson 69, Savannah St. 64 Tennessee 86, Middle Tennessee 56 Tulane 84, Alabama St. 69 W. Carolina 66, Bradley 65 Wake Forest 76, Iowa 73 MIDWEST Georgetown 111, Missouri 102, OT Illinois 79, North Carolina 67 Northwestern 91, Georgia Tech 71 Notre Dame 81, Indiana St. 72 S. Dakota St. 82, Nevada 65 SOUTHWEST North Texas 87, Texas-Arlington 83 Texas Tech 86, Oral Roberts 82 UTSA 72, San Jose St. 63 FAR WEST Colorado 83, Texas-Pan American 64 Gonzaga 86, E. Washington 57 Montana 75, Cal St.-Fullerton 67 N. Arizona 81, CS Bakersfield 77 Portland 69, Saint Louis 60 UTEP 74, New Mexico St. 72 Utah 76, Fresno St. 63 Washington 102, Long Beach St. 75 Washington St. 84, Sacramento St. 36

GP Washington......25 Tampa Bay......25 Atlanta.............25 Carolina...........24 Florida..............22

W 17 14 13 10 10

L 6 8 9 11 12

OT 2 3 3 3 0

Pts 36 31 29 23 20


GP Detroit..............22 Chicago...........27 Columbus........22 St. Louis..........23 Nashville..........23

W 16 14 14 12 10

L 4 11 8 8 8

OT 2 2 0 3 5

Pts 34 30 28 27 25

Northwest Division

GP Colorado..........24 Vancouver.......22 Minnesota........23 Calgary............24 Edmonton........23

W 13 12 11 10 7

L 9 7 10 12 12

OT 2 3 2 2 4

Pts 28 27 24 22 18



FLORIDA ATLANTIC (4-4) Royster 5-7 2-2 12, White 7-14 3-4 18, Tucker 0-3 0-1 0, Mavin 0-1 1-2 1, Gantt 4-12 3-4 12, Richardson 3-4 2-2 9, Taylor 3-9 1-2 7, McCoy 1-2 0-1 2, Bertone 0-2 0-0 0, Davis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 12-18 61. MISSISSIPPI ST. (4-1) Augustus 5-9 3-4 13, Bailey 4-6 3-3 11, Johnson 6-16 3-4 18, Beckham 3-7 0-0 6, Benock 2-4 0-0 4, Steele 0-3 0-0 0, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Bryant 2-6 2-5 6, Lewis 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 22-53 12-18 59. Halftime—Mississippi St. 35-29. 3-Point Goals— Florida Atlantic 3-11 (White 1-1, Richardson 1-1, Gantt 1-4, Tucker 0-1, Taylor 0-4), Mississippi St. 3-16 (Johnson 3-9, Bryant 0-1, Augustus 0-1, Benock 0-2, Steele 0-3). Fouled Out—Royster. Rebounds—Florida Atlantic 35 (Royster 9), Mississippi St. 35 (Augustus 10). Assists—Florida Atlantic 7 (Taylor, Tucker 2), Mississippi St. 7 (Benock 3). Total Fouls—Florida Atlantic 19, Mississippi St. 17. A—4,204. A—4,204.

prep basketball Girls FOREST HILL 51, VICKSBURG 50

Forest Hill 9 14 18 10 — 51 Vicksburg 11 13 11 15 — 50 Forest Hill (51) Tamisha Hobson 14, Latoya Collina 11, Banks 8, Clincy 6, Baker 5, Jackson 4, Darby 2, Anderson 1. Vicksburg (50) Shaniqua Butler 18, Donyeah Mayfield 14, Hill 5, S. Farris 4, A. Mayfield 4, Smith 3, Williams 2.


Forest Hill 6 10 12 23 — 51 Vicksburg 18 23 17 19 — 77 Forest Hill (51) Chris Bilbo 17, Quintarious Porter 13, Bradley 6, Moore 4, Johnson 4, Madeibo 3, Tangle 2, Armstrong 1, Coleman 1. Vicksburg (77) Willie Gibbs 23, Avery Grays 15, Josh Gaskins 13, Kienta Ross 10, Ammons 8, Gaines 4, Carter 2, Ferguson 2.

women’s basketball

W L 14 8 11 7 12 11 13 10 11 8 for a win,

OT 1 5 3 0 4 one

Tuesday’s Games No. 4 Xavier 85, Mississippi Valley St. 40 No. 5 Duke 75, James Madison 58 No. 24 Nebraska 65, UNLV 41 Today’s Games No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 16 Notre Dame, 7 p.m. No. 9 Tennessee vs. Lamar, 6 p.m. No. 11 Oklahoma vs. Sam Houston St., 7 p.m. No. 12 Georgetown vs. Richmond, 6 p.m. No. 15 Florida St. vs. No. 25 Michigan St., 6 p.m. No. 21 Georgia vs. Southern Miss, 6 p.m. No. 23 Vanderbilt at Bowling Green, 6 p.m. Thursday’s Games No. 1 Connecticut at South Florida, 6 p.m. No. 4 Xavier vs. Southern Cal, 6 p.m. No. 5 Duke at Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m. No. 6 Ohio St. vs. Virginia, 6 p.m. No. 10 West Virginia vs. Elon, 6 p.m. No. 14 North Carolina vs. No. 18 Iowa, 6 p.m. No. 22 Maryland at Purdue, 5:30 p.m.

nhl EASTERN CONFERENCE W 15 16 14 8 5

L 6 8 11 14 12

OT 4 2 1 2 5

Pts 34 34 29 18 15

Northeast Division

GP Montreal...........24 Boston.............22 Ottawa.............25 Buffalo.............25 Toronto............23

W 15 12 11 9 8

L 8 8 13 13 11

OT 1 2 1 3 4

Pts 31 26 23 21 20

GF GA 85 74 68 59 56 65 67 69 59 89

Pts GF GA 29 68 62 27 66 68 27 66 77 26 63 57 26 68 68 point for over-

Tuesday’s Games Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 3, OT Nashville 3, Phoenix 0 Chicago 7, St. Louis 5 Atlanta 3, Colorado 2, OT Detroit 5, San Jose 3 Today’s Games Edmonton at Montreal, 6 p.m. Boston at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Nashville at Columbus, 6 p.m. Washington at St. Louis, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Calgary, 8:30 p.m. Florida at Anaheim, 9 p.m. Thursday’s Games Tampa Bay at Boston, 6 p.m. Edmonton at Toronto, 6 p.m. Montreal at New Jersey, 6 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m. Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. San Jose at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. Washington at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Florida at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.

transactions BASEBALL

American League

BOSTON RED SOX—Announced 3B Adrian Beltre and INF Felipe Lopez have declined salary arbitration. TEXAS RANGERS—Agreed to terms with RHP Yoshinori Tateyama on a one-year contract. Announced RHP Frank Francisco accepted salary arbitration. TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Announced RHP Jason Frasor accepted salary arbitration. Named Marty Brown manager of Las Vegas (PCL), Mike Redmond manager of Lansing (MWL), Sal Fasano manager of New Hampshire (EL), Omar Malave manager of the Blue Jays (GCL), John Schneider manager and Jim Czajkowski pitching coach of Vancouver (NWL), Dennis Holmberg manager of Bluefield (Appalachian) and Rick Langford pitching rehab coordinator.

National League

COLORADO ROCKIES—Agreed to terms with SS Troy Tulowitzki on a 10-year contract. HOUSTON ASTROS—Agreed to terms with C Humberto Quintero on a one-year contract. LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Agreed to terms with INF Juan Uribe on a three-year contract. NEW YORK METS—Re-signed LHP Mike O’Connor to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS—Acquired INF Ryan Theriot from the Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Blake Hawksworth. Agreed to terms with LHP Brian Tallet on a one-year contract.


NBA—Suspended Charlotte G-F Stephen Jackson one game for verbal abuse of a game official and for failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection during Saturday’s game at Milwaukee. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS—Assigned F Craig Brackins to Springfield (NBADL).


NFL—Fined Pittsburgh LB James Harrison $25,000 for his hit on Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in a Nov. 28 game. BALTIMORE RAVENS—Waived S Ken Hamlin. Signed FB Jason McKie. BUFFALO BILLS—Signed G Marc Dile and DB Trae Williams.

Women’s Top 25 Schedule

Atlantic Division

GF GA 78 59 86 79 62 53 62 64 54 60

Pacific Division

GP Dallas...............23 Phoenix............23 Anaheim..........26 Los Angeles....23 San Jose.........23 NOTE: Two points time loss.

Ole Miss (3-2) Henry 4-6 0-0 8, Buckner 2-4 0-2 4, Warren 8-17 2-2 23, N. Williams 2-8 0-0 6, Gaskins 4-7 0-0 9, Nelson 0-4 2-3 2, Short 1-4 0-0 2, Graham 6-12 6-7 19, Cox 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-63 10-14 73. MIAMI (5-2)  Gamble 2-2 0-1 4, Johnson 8-14 1-3 17, Scott 7-11 12-13 27, Grant 2-13 1-2 5, Adams 1-2 3-4 6, Brown 1-4 0-0 3, Kirk 0-1 1-2 1, Thomas 6-9 0-0 17, Jones 3-4 0-2 6. Totals 30-60 18-27 86. Halftime—Miami 57-27. 3-Point Goals—Ole Miss 9-24 (Warren 5-12, N. Williams 2-3, Graham 1-3, Gaskins 1-3, Nelson 0-3), Miami 8-19 (Thomas 5-8, Brown 1-1, Adams 1-2, Scott 1-3, Kirk 0-1, Grant 0-4). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds— Ole Miss 30 (Henry 5), Miami 41 (Johnson 10). Assists—Ole Miss 12 (Nelson, Warren 3), Miami 17 (Scott 6). Total Fouls—Ole Miss 20, Miami 12. Technical—Short. A—4,432.

GP Philadelphia.....25 Pittsburgh........26 N.Y. Rangers...26 New Jersey.....24 N.Y. Islanders..22

GF GA 86 68 77 81 80 74 71 78 57 57

GF GA 87 61 79 62 74 69 45 69 46 72 GF GA 60 47 59 46 58 75 62 73 51 65

LOTTERY Sunday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 7-3-3 La. Pick 4: 6-7-4-9 Monday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 3-9-3 La. Pick 4: 6-2-5-7 Tuesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-3-4 La. Pick 4: 2-2-2-0 Wednesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-2-7 La. Pick 4: 5-9-7-4 Easy 5: 2-6-12-16-28 La. Lotto: 8-13-15-18-23-36 Powerball: 8-20-21-32-37 Powerball: 4; Power play: 3 Thursday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 3-0-1 La. Pick 4: 8-0-9-1 Friday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 9-5-9 La. Pick 4: 2-9-6-4 Saturday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 0-8-7 La. Pick 4: 0-1-8-7 Easy 5: 3-8-15-19-35 La. Lotto: 2-3-10-19-32-38 Powerball: 10-30-37-47-54 Powerball: 39; Power play: 5

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Vicksburg Post



Florida Atlantic slips past Mississippi State Lakers drop third straight to Grizzlies By The Associated Press

By The Associated Press STARKVILLE — Kore White scored 18 points to lead Florida Atlantic to a 61-59 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night. The Owls (4-4) hit 23 of 54 shots from the floor and earned seven points off Bulldogs turnovers. Mississippi State (4-1) hit a season-low three 3-pointers and missed several crucial free throws late in the game to finish 12-of-18 from the line. Florida Atlantic only turned the ball over four times and got 18 points off its bench in its first win over a Southeastern Conference team. “Give Florida Atlantic credit,” Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. “They lost a (13-point) decision at Florida. So we knew they would not come in here and be intimidated. They made plays down the stretch to be able to pull out the win.” White was 7-of-14 from the field with eight rebounds. Brett Royster and Greg Gantt added 12 points each for the Owls. The Bulldogs opened the game on a 13-3 run and led 35-29 at the half. Florida Atlantic used a 10-0 run to take a 48-45 lead midway through the second half, but the two teams exchanged the lead several times in the final 3 minutes. “I thought we came out

College basketball with good energy and focus,” Stansbury said. “Other than two mistakes there in the final minute, it was our best defensive half of the season. However, the margin for error with this team is so small. We can’t have critical mistakes like that. The points there at the end of the half were huge.” Mississippi State, playing without projected starters Dee Bost and Renardo Sydney due to NCAA suspensions, had several chances to tie or take the lead late. After converting a contested shot in the lane, Kodi Augustus missed a potential game-tying free throw with 31 seconds left and the Bulldogs trailing 60-59. After a defensive stop, guard Brian Bryant missed the front end of a one-and-one with 9.4 seconds remaining and two more free throws in the game’s final moments. Mississippi State again had the ball with .3 seconds remaining, but Augustus failed to convert a tip-in as time expired. Ravern Johnson scored 18 points to pace Mississippi State while Augustus added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Elgin Bailey chipped in 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 23 points with 12 assists to lead the Boston Celtics to their fourth straight win, 106-87 on Tuesday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who can now start concentrating on LeBron James’ upcoming visit. Rondo missed his first three shots before hitting 11 of his next 14 to help the Celtics build a 20-point lead in the fourth. Glen Davis added 17 points, Marquis Daniels 16 and Kevin Garnett 10 rebounds as Boston avenged an early-season loss to Cleveland. Anderson Varejao and Daniel Gibson scored 16 apiece for the Cavs. On Thursday, James will make his first trip into Cleveland since announcing this summer he would sign with Miami.

Spurs 118, Warriors 98 Tim Duncan had his first triple double in nearly two years with 15 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists, Manu Ginobli added 27 points and the Spurs beat the Warriors. Duncan, who recently moved past David Robinson to become the Spurs’ career scoring leader, shot just 6 of 15 from the field but matched his career-high for assists and matched his season-high for rebounds. San Antonio, which won its ninth straight against Golden State, improved its NBA-best record to 15-2. Stephen Curry scored 32 points and David Lee added 18 points and seven rebounds for Golden State (8-10). The Warriors have lost eight of their last 10.

Grizzlies 98, Lakers 96 Mike Conley scored 10 of his season-high 28 points in the fourth quarter, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Lakers, sending the defending champs to their third straight loss. It’s just the second threegame skid for the Lakers since they traded with Memphis for Pau Gasol to team him up with Kobe Bryant and first since March. The Grizzlies now have won four straight at home and four of five overall. The Lakers had a chance to at least tie the game or win at the end. Conley lost the ball when he drove the lane and crashed into Pau Gasol.

The associated press

Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo and center Marc Gasol, right,put the squeeze on Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in the second half Tuesday. The Grizzlies beat the Lakers 98-96. Kobe Bryant passed to Ron Artest for a 3-pointer for the win, but Rudy Gay blocked the shot as the Grizzlies held on for their second win in four games against the defending champions. Bryant finished with a gamehigh 29 points but was 9-of-25 from the floor, including 1-of-6 outside the arc. Gasol had 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Knicks 111, Nets 100 Amare Stoudemire scored 35 points and the New York Knicks broke open a close game right after New Jersey lost point guard Devin Harris to injury, beating the Nets. Wilson Chandler added 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to 10-9, the latest in a season they’ve been above .500 since they were 16-15 on Jan. 4, 2005. Raymond Felton finished with 21 points, 10 assists

and seven rebounds. Harris limped to the back with a left knee injury after he was hurt on Chandler’s basket that snapped a 65-all tie midway through the third quarter. That was part of a 14-2 spurt that gave the Knicks a 10-point lead, and they were never really challenged from there. Brook Lopez scored a season-high 36 points for the Nets and Jordan Farmar had 17, trying to pick up the load after Harris was lost.

76ers 88, Blazers 79

Magic 90, Pistons 79

Pacers 107, Kings 98

Mickael Pietrus scored 13 points, J.J. Redick had 10 points and the two reserves combined to help the Magic pull away from the Pistons. Rashard Lewis had 20 points, and Vince Carter added 13 in a win against a Detroit franchise that has caused Orlando headaches for years.

Danny Granger scored a season-high 37 points for the Pacers, who used a strong third quarter to pull away from the Kings. The victory was the fourth in five games for the Pacers, who began their four-game road trip by beating the Lakers on Sunday night.

Elton Brand scored 18 points while Jrue Holiday and Andres Nocioni added 11 each to help the 76ers beat the Trail Blazers. Philadelphia trailed 72-70 midway through the fourth, before going on a 15-4 run that put the game away with 1:50 left. Andre Iguodala, who entered the game averaging 14.8 points, was held to seven — although four came in the fourth quarter.


Losing team will likely win NFC West The associated press

Miami’s Reggie Johnson goes to the basket against the Ole Miss defense Tuesday. Ole Miss fell 86-73.

Hurricanes wallop visiting Ole Miss CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Durand Scott scored 27 points to lead Miami to an 86-73 victory over Ole Miss on Tuesday night. Miami (5-2) nearly wasted a 30-point halftime lead as the Rebels outscored the Hurricanes 26-6 during a late second-half run. Chris Warren hit consecutive 3-pointers, reducing the Miami lead to 79-70 with 4:10 remaining. Scott converted four three throws in the next 1:25 to secure the Hurricanes’ victory. The game was the first between Miami and Ole Miss since a two-game set won by the Hurricanes in 1949. Reggie Johnson and Adrian Thomas each scored 17 points for Miami. Johnson also grabbed 10 rebounds. Warren paced the Rebels (3-2) with 23 points, 18 in the second half. Miami led 57-27 at halftime and increased its advantage to 69-38 on Thomas’ 3-pointer

with 15:11 remaining in the second half. The Hurricanes shot 61 percent on 23-of-38 shooting from the field in the first half and 7 of 13 behind the arc. Scott’s jumper with 56 seconds left in the first half gave the Hurricanes their first 30-point lead, 55-25. Thomas hit two 3-pointers as Miami built a 20-6 lead in the first 7:26. Johnson’s putback basket with 12:34 remaining in the half capped the run. The Hurricanes ran off nine unanswered points later in the half and increased their lead to 32-11 on Scott’s basket with 8:45 left. Miami kept Warren scoreless until his 3-pointer with 3:29 remaining in the first half. Warren, the Rebels’ leading scorer, entered the game with a 16.8 points-per-game average.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Well, somebody has to win the NFC West, where mediocrity would be an improvement. There is an increasingly strong possibility that the champion will have a losing record. Not only that, a 7-9 St. Louis or Seattle or San Francisco team could wind up hosting a first-round playoff game against a team that has won 10 or 11 games, maybe more. That potentially embarrassing scenario results from an NFL rule that guarantees each division champion a home playoff game. With five weeks to go, Seattle and St. Louis are tied for first at 5-6, with San Francisco 4-7 and Arizona 3-8. As Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck put it, “Yeah, it’s weird.” In games outside their division, NFC West teams are 10-20. Only St. Louis is respectable at 4-4. The division has played a big role in Kansas City’s revival. The AFC Westleading Chiefs have beaten San Francisco 31-10, Arizona 31-13 and Seattle 42-24. The coaches of the four NFC West teams don’t like to talk about the sorry state of their division. They’re understandably consumed by trying to right their respective ships. “I don’t know. It’s hard for me

to speculate on that,” Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said on Tuesday when asked if he thought the division winner would have a losing record. Whisenhunt’s Cardinals, winners of the NFC West the past two seasons, are mired in a six-game losing streak and were embarrassed on national television in a 27-6 home loss to San Francisco on Monday night. “My focus right now is really worrying about what we do. As a Cardinal answer to a nonCardinal question, I’m really worried about what we’re going to do,” Whisenhunt said. “I’m not worried about that right now. We have played all the three teams in our division and to me they have all been good football teams.” To him maybe. Here is a look at the “contenders” and what they face to try to finish at least at .500. • The Rams: St. Louis could have the best shot. After going 6-42 the past three seasons and 1-15 last year, the Rams are on the rise under second-year coach Steve Spagnuolo and rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. They play three of their last five against NFC West opponents. A sweep there and St. Louis could lose to Kansas City and New Orleans and still finish 8-8. It could come down to the regular-season finale at Seattle on Jan 2.

• The Seahawks: Seattle has allowed 76 points in its last two games, losses at New Orleans and at home against Kansas City. On the positive side, the Seahawks have a home game against the Carolina Panthers, whose only win this season was against, of course, an NFC West foe — 23-20 over San Francisco. But the Seahawks have Atlanta at home and are at Tampa Bay. Seattle might have to sweep San Francisco and St. Louis to climb to .500. • The 49ers: San Francisco was the preseason favorite but started 0-5. The 49ers have won three of four since Troy Smith became starting quarterback but have lost star running back Frank Gore for the season with a hip injury. They would have to finish 4-1 to get to 8-8. That would require a victory at Green Bay or San Diego, along with a sweep of Seattle, St. Louis and Arizona. • The Cardinals: Forget about it. If the playoffs were to start this weekend, St. Louis — with a tie-breaking win over Seattle — would open at home against the reigning Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, who are 8-3. Two years ago, a 9-7 Arizona team played at home against 11-5 Atlanta and barely won 30-24, with a big assist from a boisterous crowd, in the first

step to an unlikely run to the Super Bowl. St. Louis or Seattle would have to finish 4-1, San Francisco 5-0, to equal Arizona’s 9-7 record that year. “We’re trying to get our ball right,” Seahawks firstyear coach Pete Carroll said. “It happens that we’re still in this race. ... I think teams have to learn what it takes to be a champion team, what it takes to be on top, and what it takes to be in the lead position before you can expect to move on and take on bigger fish to fry.” While others may ridicule the division, it’s no laughing matter for the coaches involved. San Francisco’s Mike Singletary has wept after almost every loss, and that’s a lot of crying. He and several of his players even cried during the team’s overpowering win over the punchless Cardinals on Monday night. “The most important thing is what you do after you wipe the tears away,” Singletary said. “It’s not the fact that someone cries. It’s extremely important what they do after that, after the disappointment. That’s the thing that separates when you continue to move on and get better or stay where you are and listen to the circumstances around you.”


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

college football

State officials to talk to MSU’s Rogers By David Brandt The Associated Press Former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers is scheduled to meet with officials from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office Dec. 9 to discuss the recruitment of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. Rogers, who has worked with a sports agent, has said Newton’s father, Cecil, asked two Mississippi State coaches for up to $180,000 at a hotel in Starkville, Miss., to secure his son’s commitment to the Bulldogs. Rogers says the coaches declined the request, and MSU

has said all of its employees acted properly. Cecil Newton has denied any wrongdoing. Rogers’ attorney, Doug Zeit, said his client will meet with officials from the secretary’s office and has been interviewed by the NCAA. Secretary of State spokeswoman Pamela Weaver said Tuesday the office would not comment on “current, pending or potential investigations.” The Secretary of State’s office enforces regulations under the Uniform Athlete Agent Act, which governs sports agents in Mississippi. Violators can be sentenced to

a maximum of two years in prison and pay up to a $10,000 fine along with additional civil penalties. Rogers has a company called Elite Football Preparation, which holds camps in Alabama, Chicago and Mississippi, and matches football prospects with colleges. Rogers has also come under scrutiny from the NFL Players Association. The NFLPA issued a disciplinary complaint earlier this month against contract adviser Ian Greengross, and spokesman George Atallah said the union would be looking into Rogers’ involvement

with players as well. THE NFLPA identified Rogers as a recruiter for Greengross. Greengross was cited for “violating numerous provisions of the NFLPA’s agent regulations while recruiting and representing players,” and, according to the union, is responsible for the actions of his recruiters, employees and associates. Cam Newton remains eligible at Auburn. The Heisman candidate and second-ranked Tigers will play No. 18 South Carolina in the SEC championship game on Saturday.

Chizik leads Auburn to SEC title game AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Gene Chizik has been here before. That’s a good thing because his players have not. Chizik has the secondranked Tigers in the thick of the national championship race, just two years after his criticized hiring. He doesn’t hesitate to share with players lessons from his experience as defensive coordinator for national champion Texas in 2005 or with unbeaten, though uncrowned, Auburn the previous season. “Quite often, too,” offensive tackle Lee Ziemba said Tuesday. “None of us have been in this situation before and he has a few times. He does a good job of making sure our focus is in the right place, making sure we’re not looking ahead to different things and we’re focusing on the task at hand. “He checks us frequently each week,” Ziemba said. “That really brings us to the place we’re supposed to be.” Chizik has kept the Tigers (12-0) rolling throughout a season that began with modest expectations and threatened to veer off-track when much-publicized allegations surfaced involving the recruitment of star quarterback Cam Newton that so far haven’t implicated Auburn. He will be the straight-laced, cautious-speaking and less famed counterpart to No. 18 South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier in Saturday’s Southeastern Conference championship game. Chizik’s resume — including a rough two-year stint as Iowa State’s head coach before Auburn brought him back — hardly compares to Spurrier’s six SEC titles with Florida. He doesn’t offer folksy, clever digs at rivals and carefully toes a line with any public comments. Plus, he’s an old defensive coach not an offensive trendsetter, whose philosophies ranged more along the lines of Run ’N Stun than Spurrier’s old Fun ’N Gun. Chizik has experienced plenty of success, though this is his first foray into national title territory as a head coach. “Coach Chiz has been there a lot,” cornerback Demond Washington said. “He’s used to these (situations) and some of

Junior High, JV basketball roundup Vicksburg Junior 34, Warren Central 30 - Tyler Smith scored 10 points, and Shaquille Bracey added six as Vicksburg Junior High (3-3) beat Warren Central.

YMCA basketball referee clinic The Vicksburg YMCA will host a basketball referee clinic tonight at 6:30 at the

Conerly Continued from Page D1. a season to get adjusted to moving from junior college to the SEC. “He needed to get adjusted to the speed of the SEC,” Mullen said. “Then when Manny (Diaz) brought in his system. he just thrived in it.” White said that Diaz’s system, which moved him to inside linebacker, allowed him to make plays. “It was just a good fit for me,” White said of Diaz’s scheme, in which White had 151⁄2 tackles for loss. “He wants you to make plays.” One of the treats for the 10 honored invitees were video messages from four former Conerly winners. From the New York Giants, there was Eli Manning and Michael Bole and from the San Francisco 49ers, there was Anthony Dixon and Patrick Willis. White is the first defensive player to win the award since Willis won after his senior year at Ole Miss. White is also the fourth Mississippi State product to win and the second in a row following Dixon, who led the SEC in rushing last year. “Hopefully, I can get my chance to play at that level,” White said. Besides the Bulldogs’ bowl game. White will play in the Texas vs. the Nation College All-Star game. Therriault was the nation’s leading passer in the Football Championship SubDivision through 10 games. After spending nearly six months in prison after a inci-

dent resulting in a man’s death in a bar fight, Jackson State was one of a few schools in the nation to give him a chance. He turned that opportunity into 3,392 passing yards and 31 touchdowns before suffering a broken collarbone in Jackson State’s last game against Alcorn State. “Obviously, I’m going to be very appreciative of the chance Jackson State gave me,” Therriault said. “To see Eli (Manning) up there, that’s my generation. Hopefully, I can join them one day. Just to be considered for this award after the struggles I had, there are no words to describe it.” Southern Miss quarterback Davis led the Golden Eagles to an 8-4 record and a berth in the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Golden Eagles will play a team from the Big East, “Austin Davis is a big reason why we’re making a third straight bowl game,” Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora said. “He overcame a season-ending injury last year to come back and have an excellent season for us.” Davis, a Meridian native, said being a finalist for the Conerly was a reflection of the USM’s success this season. “We went 8-4 and we were in every game, but one. We had two close losses by a single play. It shows the work we did throughout the year,” Davis said.

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Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton dunks coach Gene Chizik following a 49-31 win over Georgia this season. us guys are not. He keeps our heads level. He tells us he’s been here before and don’t get distracted by the polls. Just keep going forward. Just keep fighting, clawing, and hopefully we’ll win it all.” Chizik was part of 29 consecutive wins as a coordinator starting with Auburn in 2003. The Tigers went 13-0 the following season and finished No. 2 with the nation’s top scoring defense and earned him the Frank Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant. Then he left to become the Longhorns’ assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator. They went undefeated and won the title in his first season behind Vince Young, a quarterback cut out of a similar mold as Newton. Chizik said being able to draw from those experiences has helped during the current perfect run. “There’s different challenges at different points in the year

Newton’s silence could cost Auburn AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference could fine Auburn if quarterback Cam Newton isn’t available for postgame interviews following the league championship game. The SEC requires all coaches and student athletes to be made available to reporters after the title game. League spokesman Charles Bloom said Tuesday Commissioner Mike Slive can fine a school for violating that you can pull from,” he said. “As we all know it’s extremely difficult to do. Just being blessed to have gone through it two other times, there’s things that I’m able to pull from to help our coaches and team understand at that

that policy, but has never had to do so. Bloom said the amount is at the commissioner’s discretion. The second-ranked Tigers meet No. 18 South Carolina Saturday. Newton hasn’t spoken to the media since Nov. 9. The NCAA is investigating his recruitment after allegations that Newton’s father wanted $180,000 to sign with Mississippi State. Coach Gene Chizik declined to answer Tuesday when asked if Auburn would abide by SEC rules.

point in time what in my opinion are the important things to keep you undefeated.” But that Auburn team featured four first-round NFL draft picks the following spring.

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Purks branch. The free clinic is for men and women ages 17 and over that are interested in officiating YMCA basketball. For more information, call Dustin Blount at 601-638-1071.

Flag football Super Bowl Sunday The Vicksburg-Warren Flag Football League will hold its annual league championship game Sunday at Vicksburg Junior High. The day will include a game between teams from the Vicksburg police and fire departments at 1 p.m., and an alumni game at 2 p.m. The Super Bowl between the Takers (10-2) and the Fayette Tigers (10-1) will begin at 3:20 p.m. Vicksburg mayor Paul

Gibbs hit a pair of 3-pointers during the opening 16-0 run, and added three more before halftime. Gaskin and Ammons each threw down a dunk as the Gators took a 41-16 lead into the break, then cruised home in the second half. “It’s just being in a zone. When I hit one, it’s hard for me to miss,” Gibbs said. “Pretty much after we started dunking and shooting, everybody was going.”

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Cost is $125 per team, with an additional charge of $5 for each county resident. A mandatory coaches’ meeting will be held Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Parks and Rec offices. For information, call 601-6344514.

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The Vicksburg Parks and Recreation Depratment is taking registration for its adult women’s and men’s basketball leagues. Registration forms can be picked up at the Parks and Rec offices on 100 Army-Navy Drive, or at the Jackson Street Community Center. Registration ends Dec. 24. The league is for players ages 18 and older.

added 15 points off the bench, while Josh Gaskins scored 13 points. Mychal Ammons had eight points and 11 rebounds, and Kienta Ross totaled a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Bilbo led Forest Hill with 17 points and Quintarious Porter had 13 points and eight rebounds. The Patriots didn’t score until Bilbo hit a 3-pointer with 1:20 left in the first quarter. By then, Vicksburg was putting on a show.

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