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Thirty-six of 38 absentee ballots cast Nov. 8 were improperly rejected, defeated tax collector candidate Patty Mekus said Monday after she and fellow Republicans reviewed sealed absentee ballots. “I’m really disheartened by the things we found today,” Mekus said when reached at the end of the all-day session — a sign of Mekus’ advocacy in the wake of a 56-vote loss to incumbent Tax Collector Antonia Flaggs-Jones. Also, she said, 66 affidavits reviewed with the Warren County Election Commission were rejected for the same reasons others were accepted. “I would encourage anyone who voted affidavit and receiving a letter as to why their ballot was rejected, to file a public records request to see rejected and accepted ballots from their precinct and see for themselves if

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Patty Mekus, second from right, looks over absentee and affidavit ballots Monday morning with, from left, David Gibson, Karoline Finch and Bob Croisdale at the Warren County Circuit Clerk’s Office. theirs was rejected for the same reason another may have been accepted,” Mekus said. Notes and photos “will be processed and given to the secretary of state and the attorney general,” Mekus said this morning.

“We will use what we have documented to press for legislative changes.” Mekus had asked the Warren County Circuit Clerk’s Office to examine all votes cast in the general election. Mekus indicated the

committee focused on 38 absentee ballot envelopes, the 66 affidavits and five precincts’ worth of accepted affidavits. She said none of the 38 enveSee Mekus, Page A7.

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Bank robbery suspect gets 8 years in prison

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before his arrest, had been scheduled for trial today for armed robbery in Warren County Circuit Court. A Vicksburg man who Instead, Johnson accepted admitted robbing a branch District of TrustAttormark Bank ney Ricky in 2010 Smith’s was senoffer to tenced to plead guilty eight years to the lesser in prison charge of Monday for robbery and bank robthe agreed bery and a revocation. violation of Johnson the terms confessed of his proto the Sept. bation for 24, 2010, a previrobbery at ous armed 1020 Misrobbery sion 66, in conviction. which a dye Christopack placed pher Marcel in the conJohnson, 27, who Christopher Johnson leaves tainer with gave his Warren County Circuit Court the money exploded address as Monday. after he left 1919 Martin the bank Luther King and ran to his car, which Jr. Blvd., but was believed he had parked nearby on to have stayed in various Grove Street. city motels in the month

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By Danny Barrett Jr. dbarrett@vicksburgpost.com A local developer has emerged as the preferred choice of the Warren County Port Commission to take the place of threeterm member Oren Bailess, who is declining another appointment to the five-member board. Robert Robert MorMorrison III rison III, 56, was the recommended replacement in a letter to Warren County supervisors from executive director Wayne Mansfield last week. Morrison, one of the planners of Eastvillage subdivision off Lee Road, was the pick due to ties to the local business community and willingness to attend meetings, Board President Richard George told supervisors

WASHINGTON — Republicans are girding to push a bill through the House that would continue a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers, but has drawn White House and Democratic objections because it would also force work on a controversial oil pipeline. The GOP-run House was expected to approve the roughly $180 billion legislation today in a battle that each party thinks gives it a chance to win over voters as the 2012 election year approaches. Republicans characterize the overall measure as one that would help create jobs, while Democrats say it is too stingy. This version of the bill seems destined to go no further, since President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have objected to a provision giving the administration 60 days to approve a permit for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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Kathy Sills, a volunteer from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division, gives a test run to a bicycle assembled by The Salvation Army Angel Tree volunteers Monday. About 50 people from AmeriCorps, the Mississippi Valley Division and Vicksburg District of the Army Corps of Engineers and The Salvation Army’s

Women’s Auxiliary helped match toys with recipients from the Angel Tree drive. Phyllis Renfro of The Salvation Army’s Women Auxillary said 782 children and 138 senior citizens were adopted this year. Forty angels who were not adopted will be supplied through Salvation Army funds.

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WEATHER Tonight: mostly cloudy, lows in the upper 40s Wednesday: partly sunny, highs in the lower 70s Mississippi River: 37.8 feet Rose: 0.3 foot Flood stage: 43 feet

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TODAY IN HISTORY 1862: Union forces suffer a major defeat to the Confederates in the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg. 1918: President Woodrow Wilson arrives in France, becoming the first chief executive to visit Europe while in office. 1928: George Gershwin’s “An American

in Paris” has its premiere at Carnegie Hall in New York. 1961: American artist Grandma Moses dies in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., at 101. 1978: The Philadelphia Mint begins stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which went into circulation in July 1979. 1981: Authorities in Poland impose martial law in a crackdown on the Solidarity labor movement. (Martial law formally ended in 1983.)

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From staff reports A former Warren County man has been sentenced to probation in Rankin County after pleading guilty to one count of sexual battery. Justin White, 26, of Flowood, was sentenced Nov. 28 by Judge William Chapman, a spokesman with the Rankin County District Attorney’s Office said. He was given a 10-year suspended prison sentence, ordered to serve five years of supervised probation and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, said Jacque Purnell, assistant district attorney. If convicted by a jury, White would have faced up to 30 years in prison. The plea offer was made at the request of the victim and his family, who did

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Man gets 10 years in DUI injury case BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. — A Bay St. Louis driver was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a drunken driving accident that left a bicyclist unable to walk. Mississippi Circuit Judge Roger Clark sentenced 43-year-old Robin Lee Vo Monday. She had pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and causing serious injuries. Clark ordered a 20-year prison term and suspended 10 years, leaving 10 to serve. The judge also ordered Vo to make restitution of $400,000 to help pay the victim’s medical bills. Witnesses to the crash on Aug. 5, 2010, told Hancock County investigators they saw Vo driving erratically before her car crossed the center line and struck a 47-year-old man riding a bicycle.

Conviction, sentence of La. ex-mayor upheld MONROE, La. — A state appeal court has upheld the conviction and sentence of

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS former Richwood Mayor Ed Harris. Harris was convicted in 2010 of malfeasance in office after illegally writing more than $90,000 in checks to himself and other employees during the last hours of his administration. Harris left office in 2008 after losing an election to Steve Hunter. Hunter was sentenced to five years in prison at hard labor, but 4th Judicial District Judge Wilson Rambo suspended Harris’ jail sentence in favor of five years of supervised probation and restitution to the town of Richwood of $65,360.

2 shooting deaths probed in Baton Rouge BATON ROUGE — Police in Baton Rouge are investigating two shooting deaths. Police said 22-year-old Jarret Lacey was found shot several times Monday afternoon in the front yard of a home. Winesses in the area

reported seeing a man running from the scene shortly after several gunshots were heard, police Sgt. Don Kelly said. Early today, police responded to a shooting and found one injured man who died later at a local hospital. No arrests have been reported in either case.

Predecessors invited to Jindal inauguration BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal is inviting all four of his living predecessors to his Jan. 9 inauguration. That includes Edwin Edwards, who was released from prison earlier this year and remains on probation for a federal corruption conviction. Jindal spokesman Frank Collins says invitations will be sent to former Govs. Kathleen Blanco, Mike Foster, Buddy Roemer and Edwards for the swearing-in ceremony at the Old State Capitol. Collins says the invitations will go out later this week.

A Vicksburg man was in the Warren County Jail this morning on a third offense domestic violence charge, police Lt. Sandra Williams said. Jerome Turner, 24, 8348 Halls Ferry Road, was arrested Friday night on an unrelated misdemeanor charge, Williams said. Turner was charged with the felony Monday after a records check showed that a warrant was outstanding following the domestic incident in March 2010. The victim did not require medical attention, Williams said.Turner was being held pending the posting of a $1,000 bond.

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from staff reports jailed Monday for felony child support violations filed by the Mississippi Attorney General’s office, jail records showed. Patrick Rader, 38, 200 Belva Drive, was being held without bond in the Warren County Jail.

Vicksburg woman held for drug court A Vicksburg woman was in the Warren County Jail Thursday night on a drug court sanction, jail records showed. Dorothy Touchberry, 25, 603 Elton Drive, was being held without bond.

A Vicksburg man was

Yazoo County teen, 18, dies in one-vehicle crash YAZOO CITY (AP) — A Yazoo County High School senior was killed in a fiery crash after his pickup left the road. Yazoo County Coroner Ricky Shivers identified the victim in Monday’s accident as 18-yearold David Edwards. The accident happened around 9 a.m.

Shivers said the pickup left Fletchers Chapel Road, hit a tree and ended up in a pasture. The truck caught fire and burned in the accident. Edwards was pronounced dead at the scene. Police officers and teachers said Edwards was an honors student at Yazoo County High.

Bay St. Louis man sentenced to 25 years for sexual battery BAY ST. LOUIS (AP) — A south Mississippi man with a history of sex offenses has been sentenced to 25 years for sexual battery against an adult woman with the mental capacity of a second-grader. Terrence Joseph Schwartz pleaded guilty to the charge Monday in Hancock County Circuit Court. The 52-year-old Schwartz was already a registered sex offender for 1994 convictions for raping a child younger

than 14 and sexual battery. Schwartz stood shackled before Hancock County Circuit Judge Roger Clark and admitted he assaulted the woman in her sleep. Clark said Schwartz must serve the sentence day for day with no chance of early release. Schwartz could have faced 30 years. Prosecutors say the plea agreement kept the victim and her family from reliving the trauma at trial.

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not want to testify at a trial, said Purnell. White was arrested Dec. 22 along with William Crisler, 26, of Boston and formerly of Clinton, and accused of statutory rape and sexual battery involving a 15-year-old boy with whom initial contact was made through the Internet, Flowood police said. White was released on $200,000 bond and Crisler was released on $202,000 bond, both the next day, according to records at the Rankin County Jail. White was eventually indicted on two counts of sexual battery and not statutory rape, Purnell said. Crisler’s case is still active. He is scheduled for trial March 12.

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CLUBs Vicksburg Kiwanis — Christmas party, 6 tonight; Osburn home, 1900 Freetown Road; bring spouse, present for Haven House; no noon meeting. Vicksburg-Warren Chapter JSU Alumni Association — 6 tonight, regular meeting; Jackson Street Center. Vicksburg Toastmasters

Club No. 2052 — Noon Thursday; Christmas party and gift exchange; IT Lab, Porters Chapel Road; Derek Wilson, 601-634-4174. Hester Flowers Garden — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jordan Amborn home; 601-631-6944. Vicksburg-Warren ASU Alumni Chapter Meeting — 6 p.m. Friday; potluck; Walter Sheriff, president; 601-6346349; Vicksburg ASU branch, Cherry Street. MXO Pearls Girls Club — 10:30 a.m. Saturday; Vicksburg ASU branch, Cherry Street.

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ages 6-14; co-sponsored by the Baha’is of Vicksburg; Jeanine Hensley, 601-415-3253; Alma Smith, 601-636-8628; Christ Episcopal, Sunday School Building two doors down from church at 1115 Main St. NJROTC Booster Meeting — 6 tonight, ROTC building; Darnisha Ramsey-James, 601618-0385. Senior Center — Wednesday: 10 a.m., exercises; 1 p.m., bingo and knitting class; 2, card games; 6-9 chess. Serenity Overeaters Anonymous — 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Bowmar Baptist Church room 102C; for those wanting to stop binge eating; 601-6380011.

Share a Prayer — 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; bring favorite prayer, spiritual reading or meditation; sponsored by the Baha’is of Vicksburg; Alma Smith, 601-636-8628. Buck’s Country Playhouse — Feed in the Chicken Coop with potluck Christmas supper at 6:30 p.m. Friday; music by Wild Bunch; donations accepted; 601-638-3193. William’s Winter Soup Workshop — 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 17; William Furlong, presenter; $30 members, $35 nonmembers; all supplies included; SCHF, 601-631-2997.

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ty, 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 335 Oak Ridge Road. Mount Givens — Choir practice, 6:30 p.m. Friday; 210 Kirkland Road. Shiloh Baptist — Ladies Auxiliary meeting, noon Saturday; 920 Meadow St.

HOLIDAY EVENTS Holiday Skate Party — 7-11 p.m. Friday; $10; 601-6340145; Big Wheelie Skating Rink, 1729 N. Frontage Road. “1940s Radio Hour” — 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-22 and 27-29 at Strand Theatre on Clay Street; $12 for adults, $8 for those younger than 12; Westside Theatre Guild, 601-636-8313 or 601-618-9349.


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Plant in immigration flap under fire again, for safety By Jeff Amy The Associated Press JACKSON — Federal work place safety officials said Monday that they are again citing a Mississippi electrical and lighting-maker for unsafe practices. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration accused Laurel-based Howard Industries of eight rules violations, which could carry a fine of up to $59,000. The privately held company,

which also makes computer and other equipment, has more than 3,000 employees at plants in and around Laurel. It also has plants in Mendenhall and in Weirton, W.Va. The latest violations are for Howard’s plant in Laurel that makes radiators for electrical transformers. OSHA officials cited Howard for repeat violations on two issues — allowing employees to work on machines that were not safely disabled, and using electrical equipment that wasn’t fully

grounded. OSHA cited six other violations, including failing to make sure workers are protected when using chemicals. Clyde Payne, the head of OSHA’s Jackson office, said the citations arose from an inspection six months ago. He said OSHA visited the plant because of its rates of injury and work-related illness. According to federal records, the Howard plant had five times as many recorded workrelated illnesses and injuries

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Hidalgo County, Texas, sheriff’s deputies and Edinburg police officers direct parents at Harwell Middle School Monday. tioned had in their possession, he said. “It’s undetermined if it was intentional, someone was reckless, or a plain old accident,” Trevino said. “We just don’t know yet. We’re going to continue to see what the three people have got to say for themselves, see if we can piece that together.” Two students, ages 13 and 14, were wounded in the Monday afternoon shootings outside Harwell Middle School near

Edinburg. One was in critical condition with a gunshot wound in the back and a bullet embedded in an organ, while the other was in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the armpit, Trevino said. Even if accidental, investigators will want to know how close the shooters were to the school when they opened fire. Two hunting pastures are within 600 yards of the school.

Judge: Copter-maker doesn’t owe damages NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal magistrate has refused to order Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to pay damages to another company for allegedly hiding an internal report about a deadly helicopter crash in Louisiana. PHI Inc. owned a Sikorskymanufactured helicopter that crashed near Morgan City in 2009, killing eight people. It claimed the Stratford, Conn.based company withheld a report by one of its engineers because his analysis concluded faulty design caused the crash. U.S. Magistrate Karen Wells Roby ordered Sikorsky last week to pay for some of PHI’s attorneys’ fees and costs. But she refused to order the company to pay for damages

total of more than $500,000. Despite the company’s record, Payne said that OSHA believes safety is improving at Howard’s plants. “We are making progress with them,” he said. “From where we have been, they have turned a corner and are moving forward.” Less optimistic were officials with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents employees at some of Howard’s plants, though not the one cited

Monday. “This appears to be yet another example of Howard Industries’ failing to comply with federal rules,” said Roger Doolittle, Local 1317 lawyer. Howard has also run afoul of federal authorities for employing illegal immigrants. After agents detained nearly 600 illegal immigrants in 2008 the largest such raid in U.S. history, Howard pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate immigration laws and was fined $2.5 million.

Man sentenced to 6 years in bondage sex killing

Hunters questioned in student shootings EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Three deer hunters suspected of possibly firing the shots that wounded two South Texas middle school students were taken in for questioning, but investigators hadn’t determined early today whether the shootings were accidental, reckless or intentional, a sheriff said. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino told The Associated Press that authorities have theorized that the students were hit by “errant or stray bullets” fired from hunting pastures near the middle school, which was hosting outdoor tryouts for the basketball team. Three hunters were taken in for questioning Monday night but were not immediately arrested, he said. Authorities planned to search today for rifle casings to see if they match the barrel markings on the guns the hunters ques-

in 2009 as the national average for factories. Howard did not respond Monday to requests for comment. The company has been accused of more than 130 rules violations in the last five years, according to OSHA records. OSHA often reduces fines below the original amount as part of a settlement with an employer. Howard, for example, has paid or agreed to pay more than $300,000 in fines to the agency in the five-year period, down from an initial

related to PHI’s argument that it wouldn’t have paid as much to settle plaintiffs’ claims last year if it had seen Wonsub Kim’s report beforehand. PHI had asked Roby for a court order requiring Sikorsky to reimburse PHI for 80 percent of its settlement payments to plaintiffs. Roby said Sikorsky hadn’t finished responding to PHI’s requests for documents related to the crash when PHI reached the settlements. “Thus, the court is not persuaded that PHI’s decision to settle the case for ‘a larger amount’ was due to Sikorsky’s actions, but rather PHI’s decision was likely due to the normal risks that are attendant in cases of this magnitude,” she wrote.

Investigators concluded a bird struck the Sikorsky S-76 before it crashed about 100 miles southwest of New Orleans, killing both pilots and six of seven passengers. The copter had been carrying workers to a Shell Oil Co. platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Thomas Ballenger, of Eufaula, Ala., and Vyarl Martin, of Hurst, Texas, were the two pilots killed in the crash. Passengers killed were: Andrew Mauricio, of Morgan City, La.; Allen Boudreaux Jr., of Amelia, La.; Jorey A. Rivero, of Bridge City, La.; Randy Tarpley, of Jonesville, La.; Charles W. Nelson, of Pensacola, Fla.; and Ezequiel Cantu, of Morgan City. Steven Yelton, of Floresville, Texas lived, but suffered a serious brain injury.

BAY ST. LOUIS — A truck driver claims his prostitute fiancee suffocated as they celebrated their engagement with a meth and bondage sex party. Then he drove from California to Mississippi with the corpse in the cab of his 18-wheeler and set fire to the truck — with himself and the body inside. Mark Andrew Rice pleaded guilty to arson and desecrating a corpse and was sentenced Monday to six years in prison for burning the truck and the body of Natasha Carpenter. Two years of the sentence were suspended for time served. Rice, 49, was a long-haul truck driver when he met Carpenter at a truck stop in Texas. He fell in love after several encounters along his route

Mark Andrew Rice, 49, was a long-haul truck driver when he met Natasha Carpenter at a truck stop in Texas. He fell in love after several encounters along his route and bought her an engagement ring, popping the question Sept. 15, 2009. and bought her an engagement ring, popping the question Sept. 15, 2009. As part of their celebration in Barstow, Calif., Carpenter agreed to let him bind her arms and legs and put a gag in her mouth as he acted out a fantasy, Rice told police. When he found her dead,

Rice panicked and bought “all the meth his dealer had” and drove to Kiln, Miss., the body in the truck’s cab under a tarp, he told police. “I had been up for days. I was not thinking clearly,” Rice said Monday at the plea hearing as his ex-wife covered her face and their three children leaned forward in their seats. When he made it to Mississippi, Rice planned to kill himself. His family took a gun away from him so he climbed into the rig and set it ablaze. Deputies pulled him from the burning truck. Carpenter’s family is from Amarillo, Texas, and weren’t present for the hearing. Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker said they wanted him to tell the court only that “she was loved.” Rice was ordered to pay Carpenter’s family $4,100 for the cost of her funeral.

Indianola bluesman joins trail of markers INDIANOLA (AP) — The late guitarist and singer Albert King will be part of the Mississippi Blues Trail. A marker was dedicated today in Indianola. King gave his year of birth sometimes as 1923 and sometimes as 1924, said the Mississippi Development Authority. Applying for a Social Security card in 1942, he listed his name as Albert Nelson. When

he recorded his first record in 1953, he went by Albert King. He claimed to be a halfbrother of blues legend B.B. King, but B.B. King has said they were friends, not relatives. Albert King’s most famous recordings were the album “Live Wire/Blues Power,” and the singles “Born Under a Bad Sign,” “Cross Cut Saw,” “The Hunter” and “I’ll Play the

Blues for You.” Five sites in Vicksburg are part of the Mississippi Blues Trail — Highway 61, Marcus Bottom, the Red Tops, Willie Dixon and The Blue Room.


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JACK VIX SAYS: Courthouse findings “disheartening.”

OLD POST FILES 120 YEARS AGO: 1891 J.P. Gully dies at Skipwith, Miss. • Henry Goodman passes away. • The Volunteer Southrons and military band will meet on Christmas for the annual punch from their challenge bowl.

110 YEARS AGO: 1901 Barney Allen suffers a partial paralytic stroke. • William Thomas Rose of Greenville is in the city. • Charles McManus is here for the holidays. • Richard O’Leary leaves soon to make his home in New Orleans. • E.M. Durham Jr. is here from Birmingham, Ala., visiting his parents.

100 YEARS AGO: 1911 Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hibou and daughters are at Oaklawn for the holidays. • A marriage license is issued to John Henry Fisher and Beatrice Fuller.

90 YEARS AGO: 1921 Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Harr are enjoying a family reunion. • H.L. Pugh chats about Christmas weather. • George Guider is here from St. Louis. • Hugh Johnston is here from Mississippi College. • J.G. Brunini arrives here from New York.

80 YEARS AGO: 1931 More than 475 Christmas baskets are distributed by the Goodfellows. • A marriage license is issued to James Watt and Virginia Fenimore.

70 YEARS AGO: 1941 “Churchill Addresses Congress” reads a big headline in the Vicksburg Evening Post. He predicts Allied victory over the Axis powers. • George Sudduth Jr. is here from New York City. • P.K. Whitney is ill at his home on Monroe Street.

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60 YEARS AGO: 1951 Otto Besse is a patient at the Lutheran Hospital. • Aurelia and Bernie Curran are spending the holidays in Baton Rouge.

50 YEARS AGO: 1961 Mr. and Mrs. John LeMay announce the birth of a daughter, Nancy, on Dec. 20. • Susan Hayward stars in “Ada” at the Rivoli Drive-In Theatre.

Positive news on economic front

The U.S. economy is looking to the figurative skies for Santa Claus to swoop down and bestow copious presents. But we don’t know yet whether the jolly old fellow judges us to be naughty or nice. Recently, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the economy grew at a 2 percent annual rate for the third quarter of 2011, July to September. That’s down from earlier estimates of 2.5 percent. “in a way, that’s not very alarming,” said Esmael Adibi, the director of the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at a leading West Coast university. “The reason is that inventory dropped in the third quarter. Businesses do not have a very rosy picture of the Christmas holiday. They’re being cautious. They don’t want a huge inventory on hand.” On the positive side, he said, “We think Christmas will be better than other economic forecasts. Growth will be higher, about 3 percent to 3.5 percent, in the fourth quarter,” Oct. to Dec. 2011.

But even though growth could rise a little in the fourth quarter, it’s still anemic. “An economy should grow 5, 6, 7 percent coming out of a recession,” Adibi said. For example, in 1983, the third year of President Ronald Reagan’s administration, the economy zoomed upward at a 7 percent rate, and nearly as much for the rest of the 1980s. The difference, of course, is that President Barack Obama has pretty much followed the opposite policies of Reagan. The Gipper cut taxes sharply, cut spending (although not enough to end deficit spending), and worked with then-Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker to stabilize the dollar’s value and promote investment with temporarily higher interest rates. By contrast, although Obama agreed to a temporary extension of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts, now he is seeking tax increases. Obama’s annual budget deficits of up to $1.5 trillion are 10 times the $150 billion deficits of the last Reagan years. And Obama has done nothing to prevent current Federal Reserve

40 YEARS AGO: 1971

Board Chairman Ben Bernanke from keeping interest rates close to zero, making it hard for ordinary people to accumulate the capital needed to start the small businesses that are the engines of jobs creation. Adibi also said that in this uncertain climate, consumers are “deleveraging” — reducing their debt. They, or their family and friends, have been burned by real estate crashes and stock market volatility. Debt is no longer seen as the way to prosperity; paying off debt is. And businesses are “hesitant to hire workers,” he said. That reduces the “multiplier effect” by which people hired for new jobs spend money in turn for houses, cars, food and other things, thus promoting general prosperity. It’s probably going to take a change of administrations — and a switch from Obamanomics to a revived Reaganomics — to get the economy moving again. We hope the Christmas shopping surge was strong for retailers. But Santa still is going to leave behind too many lumps of coal.

Purchase of property to be demolished to make room for public investments in the Vicksburg urban renewal project begins. • Warren County Tax Collector Marguerite Stegall is sworn into office by Chancery Clerk J.L. “Pee Wee” Hudgins.

30 YEARS AGO: 1981 Services are scheduled for Shirley Jean Vance. • Mrs. Lillian Walker and three children, Willie, 17, Jubreda, 8, and Wilson, 7, lose their home in a fire.

20 YEARS AGO: 1991 Investigators say that a blaze that damaged an entire city block and leveled a Grove Street building was arson. • Lavern Grayson dies.

10 YEARS AGO: 2001 Several funnel clouds are reported by storm spotters as a cell moves through the area. • Colton Ryan Jamison celebrates his second birthday.

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Too many secrets at all levels of the federal government Last month, I noted that Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Jim Webb of Virginia had written to national archivist David S. Ferriero on Nov. 7, asking him to open the records of the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, which Ferriero has summarily sealed for 20 years. Guess what? Webb’s office tells me it still hasn’t received a reply. Where’s WikiLeaks when you need it? It’s been about a year since the furor crescendoed over WikiLeaks. Actually, “furor” is too mild a term. This was baying for blood. (Charles Krauthammer and Mike Huckabee talked about “execution,” while Sarah Palin practically called in a drone strike herself.) Then and now, I consider the revelations of lying, incompetence and betrayal of foundational principle, as revealed by the WikiLeaks organization’s massive dumps of classified documents, to be a public service. We heard an awful lot about “blood” being on WikiLeaks’ hands, but it all seemed to come down to egg on officials’ faces. The fact is, a government of the people, by the people and for the people — whose officials, as information security

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We heard an awful lot about ‘blood’ being on WikiLeaks’ hands, but it all seemed to come down to egg on officials’ faces.

WEST experts Elizabeth Goitein and William Leonard recently wrote in The New York Times, “made 77 million decisions to classify information” in 2010 alone — should have the shutters yanked off so the sun can shine in. Unfortunately, we just get more shutters. For example, the Obama administration just sealed the court records on the murder of federal agent Brian Terry, whose killers, Mexican drug smugglers, used weapons from a failed federal program to smuggle arms into Mexico. As Judicial Watch noted: “No one will know the reason for the confiscation of public court records in this case because the judge’s decision to seal it was also sealed.”

That’s about as secret as it gets. What WikiLeaks was dealing with was classified information that the 4.2 million Americans with security clearances already could read. Yes, you read that number right, but I’ll write it again to make sure it sticks. In its first public count ever, the intelligence community reported to Congress in September that 4.2 million Americans have security clearances, with nearly 1.2 million of those being “Top Secret.” Suddenly, the charges against Bradley Manning, the Army private who allegedly leaked tens of thousands of classified documents and whose pretrial hearings begin next week, fall into a new and quite sprawling context.

Manning faces life in prison for charges related to divulging national secrets. But literally millions of Americans have access to the same “secrets” that Manning is alleged to have downloaded from a government server known as SIPRNet and passed to WikiLeaks for publication on the Internet. And his civilian defense attorney, David E. Coombs, is arguing that the news those documents contained was not harmful to national security. Maybe most of the documents shouldn’t have been classified in the first place. Maybe most of the information they contained shouldn’t have been denied to Us the People by our elected leaders. Coombs also claims that the government is denying his client access to exculpatory evidence proving the leaks did no national harm, evidence to which Manning is entitled by law in order to mount his defense. So far, the government is — you guessed it — keeping that evidence a secret. In a request filed in court last month (released in partly redacted form), Coombs asked for copies of several internal reviews of the WikiLeaks material that he said were conducted by the White

House, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the State Department. All of them, Coombs claims, conclude the leaks weren’t harmful to the nation because they conveyed dated information, low-level opinions or previously disclosed information. Quoting a published report, Coombs continued: “A congressional official briefed on the reviews stated that the administration felt compelled to say publicly that the revelations had seriously damaged American interests in order to bolster legal efforts to shut down the WikiLeaks website and bring charges against the leakers.” More lies? More hypocrisy? The government must release its reviews so we can begin to find out. Come to think of it, lies and hypocrisy, along with incompetence, were the major revelations of WikiLeaks. Which tells us the real dangers to U.S. national security are our own foreign policymakers who shield themselves from public scrutiny with too much secrecy. And no one should go to jail for life for telling us that. •

Diana West can be contacted at dianawest@ verizon.net


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LOCAL STOCKS The following quotes on local companies are provided as a service by Smith Barney Citi Group, 112-B Monument Place, 601-636-6914. Archer-Daniels (ADM)............ 28.34 American Fin. (AFG)..................35.98 Ameristar (ASCA)........................17.62 Auto Zone (AZO)..................... 330.89 Bally Technologies (BYI)...........38.17 BancorpSouth (BXS)..................10.33 Britton Koontz (BKBK)................ 5.90 Bunge Ltd. (BG)...........................60.98 Cracker Barrel (CBRL)................49.89 Champion Ent. (CHB).....................20 Com. Health Svcs. (CYH)...............17.43 Computer Sci. Corp. (CSC)...........25.24 Cooper Industries (CBE)..........53.37 CBL and Associates (CBL)................15.09 CSX Corp. (CSX)...........................20.90 East Group Prprties (EGP)............41.06 El Paso Corp. (EP).......................24.71 Entergy Corp. (ETR)...................70.82

Fastenal (FAST)............................41.03 Family Dollar (FDO)...................57.57 Fred’s (FRED).................................14.04 Int’l Paper (IP)..............................27.80 Janus Capital Group (JNS)..............6.37 J.C. Penney (JCP)........................33.18 Kroger Stores (KR)......................23.92 Kan. City So. (KSU).....................65.45 Legg Mason (LM)..................... 25.23 Parkway Properties (PKY)................9.73 PepsiCo Inc. (PEP)......................64.66 Regions Financial (RF).................4.00 Rowan (RDC)................................ 31.52 Saks Inc. (SKS).................................9.42 Sears Holdings (SHLD)............. 56.61 Simpson-DuraVent (SSD).............33.93 Sunoco (SUN)............................... 38.41 Trustmark (TRMK)...................... 22.66 Tyco Intn’l (TYC).......................... 46.10 Tyson Foods (TSN)..................... 20.10 Viacom (VIA)................................. 47.74 Walgreens (WAG)....................... 33.89 Wal-Mart (WMT)......................... 58.09

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smart money Q: Concerning your recent advice that “credit is a tool and it must be used properly,” I am curious about your opinion about living debt-free. There is currently a very popular radio host who advocates paying off all debt as quickly as possible. I agree that credit-card debt should definitely be paid off, but what about a mortgage and loans taken responsibly for cars or home repairs? — T.P., via e-mail A: I know the guy you’re talking BRUCE about, and I certainly have respect for him, but I do not share his point of view with regard to debt. There is good debt and bad debt. Going out and borrowing money that you will have a difficult time paying back for frivolous activities, cars, trips, etc., that you can’t afford is a bad idea. On the other hand, how many people would ever own a home if they couldn’t

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pay it off in the form of a mortgage? How many people could afford an automobile without debt? If you’re going to enter the business world, it’s almost impossible to run a small to medium-size business without access to capital. I think he and I would agree that it’s irresponsible to take on some debt, like your credit card example. One reason debit cards are rapidly gaining popularity is that it is essentially hiring a mechanical mom to hold the wooden spoon over your head. If you don’t have the money, you can’t spend it. On the other hand, a credit card, as long as you are disciplined and know what you can pay back in full every month, can be a wonderful tool. As a practical matter, you’re getting the use of somebody else’s money without any cost as long as you pay it before the interest kicks in. If you happen to have a card in which the interest starts immediately, get a new card. •

Bruce Williams writes for Newspaper Enterprise Association. E-mail him at bruce@brucewilliams.com.

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is making it easier for people who express suicidal thoughts on the social networking site to get help. A program launching today enables users to instantly connect with a crisis counselor through Facebook’s “chat” messaging system. The service is the latest tool from Facebook aimed at improving safety on its site, which has more than 800 million users. Earlier this year, Facebook announced changes to how users report

Online Facebook: www.facebook. com The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org bullying, offensive content and fake profiles. “One of the big goals here is to get the person in distress into the right help as soon as possible,” Fred Wolens, public policy manager at Facebook, told The Associated Press.

Google and Yahoo have long provided the phone number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as the first result when someone searches for “suicide” using their sites. Through e-mail, Facebook also directed users to the hotline or encouraged friends to call law enforcement if they perceived someone was about to do harm. The new service goes a step further by enabling an instant chat session that experts say can make all the difference with someone seeking help.

“The science shows that people experience reductions in suicidal thinking when there is quick intervention,” said Lidia Bernik, associate project director of Lifeline. How the service works is if a friend spots a suicidal thought on someone’s page, he can report it to Facebook by clicking a link next to the comment. Facebook then sends an e-mail to the person who posted the suicidal comment encouraging him or her to call the hotline or click on a link to begin a confidential chat.

Stocks mixed as calm returns to markets NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes were mixed in morning trading today after the previous day’s big declines. Strong participation from buyers at a bond sale backing Europe’s bailout fund and at an auction of Spanish government debt helped reassure investors. Spain was able to sell shortterm debt at much lower interest rates compared with a month ago, a signal that markets are becoming less fearful about the government’s ability to repay its debt. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 20 points, or 0.2 percent to 12,040 as of 10 a.m. The Dow sank 162 points the day before after Moody’s and Fitch said the fiscal agreement reached last week among European leaders fell far short of what was needed to contain that region’s debt crisis.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 20 points, or 0.2 percent to 12,040 as of 10 a.m. The Dow sank 162 points the day before after Moody’s and Fitch said the fiscal agreement reached last week among European leaders fell far short of what was needed to contain that region’s debt crisis. Energy and materials stocks led the market higher. Chevron Corp. rose 1.5 percent. Airplane maker Boeing Co. rose 1.6 percent, the most of the 30 Dow stocks. The Commerce Department reported that retail sales rose for the sixth straight month in November. Sales increased just 0.2 percent, below what analysts had expected. But the government also revised the previous month’s slightly higher. That was the encouraging part, said Tim Hoyle, director of research at Hav-

erford Investments. “It reassures you that the economy is going in the right direction,” Hoyle said. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 3 points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,240. Energy companies made the largest gains in early trading as crude oil rose back above $100. The Nasdaq composite lost less than 1 point to 2,611. The Vix, a measure of stock market volatility, fell to 23 and has now dropped 14 percent in December. The index remained above 30 from early

August until last week. Hoyle said a sustained fall in the Vix usually is followed by a rise in stock prices. The recent trend “sets us up for a little Santa Claus rally between now and the end of the year.” Urban Outfitters jumped 5 percent, the most in the S&P 500 index, after the retailer said its sales were rising faster than analysts were expecting. The Philadelphia-based company owns Urban Outfitters stores, Anthropologie and Free People. Electronics retailer Best Buy plunged 12 percent. The company said its third-quarter income sank 29 percent as it cut prices on tablets and TVs to drive sales and traffic during the busy holiday season. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.04 percent from 2.02 percent.

Sprint, C Spire, AT&T to postpone suits over T-Mobile acquisition WASHINGTON (AP) — AT&T Inc. and two of its rivals have agreed to postpone their lawsuits over AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA now that the $39 billion deal is in jeopardy. A federal judge quickly approved motions filed jointly Tuesday morning by AT&T and Sprint Nextel Corp., the nation’s third-largest cell phone company, and a smaller phone company, C Spire Wireless, to cancel proceedings in

their suits to stop the T-Mobile deal. Monday, AT&T and the Justice Department agreed to cancel the anti-trust trial scheduled for February while the wireless carriers determine the fate of their proposed merger, which has come under increasing government criticism that it would reduce competition and raise consumer prices. Dallas-based AT&T says it is considering along with

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Two dead, dozens hurt in Belgium grenade attack LIEGE, Belgium (AP) — A man armed with hand grenades and guns opened fire in the crowded center of a Belgian city today, killing two people and wounding 64, an official said. It was not immediately clear what motivated the attack in Liege city, but Interior Ministry official Peter Mertens said it did not involve terrorism. He said the assailant died, but did not say how that had happened. The daily La Meuse newspaper said the unidentified attacker killed himself. Earlier media reports had said as many as three men had launched the midday attack, which left blood splattered across the cobblestone streets of a central square in Liege where people were doing Christmas shopping. Footage from the scene showed people, including a large group of children, fleeing down the streets of the city center — some still carrying shopping bags. Ambu-

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Ambulances and emergency workers crowd the streets of Liege, Belgium, today. lances and police vehicles descended on the area in eastern Belgium. As police helicopters and ambulances raced to the scene, the Belgian public broadcaster VRT reported that residents were ordered stay in their homes or seek

shelter in shops or public buildings. Another broadcaster, Radio Television Belge Francophone, said all buses had been asked to leave the city center and all shops in the area were closed, some with many customers stranded inside.

A medical post was set up in the courtyard of the palace of the Prince Bishops court house at the site. Emergency medical teams were called in from as far away as the Netherlands, Mertens said. VRT Radio spoke with Herve Taveirne from the courthouse

into which he had fled to escape the gunfire. “We were in the courthouse building and were just leaving when we saw someone toss a grenade,” Taveirne said. “I grabbed a little boy ... and took him back into the courthouse. Outside the building I heard shooting ... Our lives were in danger. This man was shooting in any direction. We ran for our lives at that point.” The television channel La Une said the attack included the assailant opening fire with a Kalashnikov automatic weapon on a bus in the areas. New reports said the attack began when the man lobbed several grenades at the bus shelter in Place Saint-Lambert, a busy downtown square. The reports said witnesses reported four explosions and gun fire. An unidentified man who was wounded in the attack told Belgium’s VRT television network that “someone threw grenades and fired shots.”

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consisted of local campaign reps David Gibson, Bob Croisdale and Karoline Finch, and Jeppie Barbour, the brother of Gov. Haley Barbour. Absentee ballots are processed post-election in Mississippi, with poll managers tasked with throwing out absentee forms from anyone found to have voted in person. Then, they are taken back

to the courthouse along with the poll votes cast. In Warren County, votes are cast on electronic cards inserted into a touch-screen machine. Reasons for rejecting an absentee ballot include failure of the voter and an attesting witness to sign the flap of the envelope, if the applicant is found to have voted in person, if the ballot envelope contains more than one

ballot of any kind, if an affidavit is required and found to be insufficient,or if officials find the absentee voter is otherwise disqualified to vote. Anyone who claims registration in a county or district but isn’t found in poll books may cast an affidavit ballot at the polls. Flaggs-Jones was certified the winner Nov. 18 with 7,630 votes to Mekus’ 7,574. Mekus

closed a 101-vote gap on election night by winning a slight majority of 833 absentee and affidavit ballots mostly handcounted. A second batch of absentee forms mailed to several circuit clerks in October after language on three constitutional initiatives was added contained no scannable codes, which prompted the manual tally.

decades. The bill prevents extra benefits for the longterm unemployed from expiring on Jan. 1, but would gradually wind down maximum coverage to 59 weeks, well below the current 99-week ceiling. “This is one of the most punishing bills I’ve ever seen,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y. “We’re basically saying to people who are unemployed, ‘How dare you lose your job.”’ The measure would make other changes in the unemployment program, including giving states the right to administer drug tests to applicants for benefits. The bill would retain this year’s 4.2 percent Social Security payroll tax rate paid

by workers in 2012, preventing it from popping back up to its normal 6.2 percent on Jan. 1 if Congress doesn’t act. Obama got Congress to reduce the tax a year ago in an effort to leave more money in peoples’ wallets and prod the limp economy, and GOP leaders pushing to renew the tax break next year have had to overcome objections from some Republicans who say it has done little to revive the economy. The legislation would also prevent an automatic 27 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements for doctors in January, a reduction that could force some to stop treating Medicare patients. Instead, their reimbursements would rise by 1 per-

cent each of the next two years. The measure includes a range of other provisions, including language blocking a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule curbing industrial pollution; preventing illegal immigrants and others who lack Social Security numbers from collecting the children’s tax credit; and stopping welfare recipients from using their electronic benefit cards to pay at casinos and strip clubs. Republicans largely would finance their bill by extending the pay freeze on federal workers for another year through 2013, and forcing them to contribute more to their retirement plans; rais-

ing the fees the governmentrun Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge lenders to back their mortgages; gradually charging higher-income seniors more for their Medicare premiums; and selling portions of the broadcast spectrum. Obama and congressional Democrats proposed a deeper payroll tax cut for workers next year and sought to trim the payroll levies that employers pay as well. In another major difference with Republicans, they would pay for their legislation by raising taxes on people earning over $1 million a year.

Continued from Page A1. Obama said last month he was delaying a decision on the 1,700-mile pipeline, slated to run from Alberta, Canada, to Texas, until after next November’s presidential and congressional elections, sidestepping a dispute that has pitted business and labor unions against environmentalists. “The American people want jobs,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters Monday. “This is as close to a shovel-ready project as you’re ever going to see.” Democrats oppose the GOP pipeline language and complain that the bill does not do enough for unemployed people coping with one of the worst U.S. economies in

Continued from Page A1. served would be proper,” Smith said. “Along with his previous convictions, it means that if Johnson is ever convicted again he would face life in prison as a habitual offender.” Presiding Judge M. James Chaney sentenced Johnson to the DA-recommended 10 years in prison with five years suspended, followed by three years of probation. He will pay $3,959 in restitution to Trustmark and $322.50 in court fees. If convicted of armed rob-

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Mostly cloudy Wednesday night, chance of rain, lows in the upper 50s; rain likely Thursday, highs in the lower to mid-70s

bery, Johnson could have been given a life sentence, said Smith. Johnson’s probation was from a 2004 conviction for armed robbery. For violating its terms, Circuit Judge Isadore Patrick sentenced Johnson to serve three years in prison consecutive to the robbery sentence, Smith said.

Johnson has been in the Warren County Jail since Sept. 25, 2010, the day after the Trustmark robbery, when police arrested him after spotting a car matching his. Police also had been alerted that currency stained from the dye pack had been recovered from a cash/change machine at Ameristar Casino

TONIGHT Mostly cloudy, lows in the upper 40s Wednesday-Thursday

Mostly cloudy Wednesday night, chance of rain, lows in the upper 50s; rain likely Thursday, highs in the lower to mid-70s

Almanac Highs and Lows High/past 24 hours............. 58º Low/past 24 hours............... 27º Average temperature......... 43º Normal this date................... 50º Record low.................9º in 1962 Record high............79º in 1933 Rainfall Recorded at the Vicksburg Water Plant Past 24 hours.................0.0 inch This month..............1.47 inches Total/year.............. 38.44 inches Normal/month......2.41 inches Normal/year........ 48.83 inches Solunar table Most active times for fish and wildlife Wednesday: A.M. Active............................ 7:47 A.M. Most active................. 1:35 P.M. Active............................. 8:12 P.M. Most active.................. 1:59 Sunrise/sunset Sunset today........................ 4:58 Sunset tomorrow............... 4:58 Sunrise tomorrow.............. 6:56

and traced back to Johnson, Smith said. “Through surveillance tapes we were able to trace him all the way back to his car,” he said. Ameristar then notified other casinos in the city, and similarly dyed bills were recovered at DiamondJacks and Rainbow casinos, the DA said.

Stages Mississippi River at Vicksburg Current: 37.8 | Change: +0.3 Flood: 43 feet Yazoo River at Greenwood Current: 22.2 | Change: NC Flood: 35 feet Yazoo River at Yazoo City Current: 21.8 | Change: +0.2 Flood: 29 feet Yazoo River at Belzoni Current: 21.1 | Change: +0.1 Flood: 34 feet Big Black River at West Current: 3.3 | Change: -0.1 Flood: 12 feet Big Black River at Bovina Current: 7.0 | Change: -0.1 Flood: 28 feet StEELE BAYOU Land....................................85.4 River....................................85.2

Continued from Page A1. during an informal session Monday. The commission also favored appointing chairman Johnny Moss, 68, for a fourth term on the commission. Supervisors, who appoint two of the board’s five members, expect to vote on both recommendations at a formal meeting Monday. Terms run concurrently with county supervisors’. Bailess, 82, who was chancery clerk for 12 years in the 1980s and 1990s, indicated formally this month he didn’t wish to serve on the commission, Mansfield said. No changes are expected for two seats appointed by city of

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Johnson Smith said the deal was offered because a key witness, whom police said identified a vehicle matching Johnson’s leaving the area immediately after the robbery, could not be found to testify at the trial. In addition, the investigator who interrogated Johnson after his arrest is no longer with the police department, Smith said. “Rather than taking a chance at getting a not guilty verdict at a trial, we felt that a conviction with some time

BY CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BARBIE BASSSETT

STATE FORECAST

Continued from Page A1. lopes had been opened. Two of the 38 absentees were listed rejected with a reason, as is required by state law, she said. The rest were labeled by hand “rejected” and had no reason listed, she said. Also, Mekus said, three names from absentee voter lists posted at Tingleville precinct are missing from the batch of ballots. Her committee on Monday

PRECISION FORECAST

Vicksburg, currently held by Rusty Hawkins, 65, and John Ferguson, 70, “I’ve put in a request for them to be reappointed,” Mansfield said. The jointly appointed panel manages and oversees industrial development at the Port of Vicksburg and at Ceres Research and Industrial Interplex. Its fifth seat, held by Mike Cappaert, is appointed by the governor and may not be filled until after Gov.-elect Phil Bryant takes office in January. Cappaert was first appointed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove in January 2004.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER Forecast Cairo, Ill. Wednesday........................... 42.8 Thursday................................ 42.5 Friday....................................... 42.0 Memphis Wednesday........................... 26.9 Thursday................................ 27.0 Friday....................................... 26.9 Greenville Wednesday........................... 43.1 Thursday................................ 43.2 Friday....................................... 43.3 Vicksburg Wednesday........................... 37.9 Thursday................................ 38.0 Friday....................................... 38.1


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‘We have asked for it back’

Study: Too soon to use Obama wants Iran to return spy plane brain science in court WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has delivered a formal request to Iran for the return of a U.S. surveillance drone captured by Iranian armed forces, but said it is not hopeful that Iran will comply. President Barack Obama said the U.S. wants the topsecret aircraft back. “We have asked for it back. We’ll see how the Iranians respond,” Obama said during a White House news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Monday. In an interview broadcast live Monday night on Ven- President Barack Obama ezuelan state television, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said nothing to suggest his country would grant the U.S. request. “The Americans have perhaps decided to give us this spy plane,” Ahmadinejad said. “We now have control of this plane.” Speaking through an interpreter, Ahmadinejad said: “There are people here who have been able to control this spy plane, who can surely analyze this plane’s system also. ... In any case, now we have this spy plane.” He added, “Very soon, they’re going to learn more about the abilities and possibilities of our country.” Today, a semi-official Iranian news agency said authorities have shrugged off the U.S. request. Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said the United States should apologize for invading Iranian air space

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The downed U.S. drone being held by Iran

‘There are people here who have been able to control this spy plane, who can surely analyze this plane’s system also. ... In any case, now we have this spy plane. Very soon, they’re going to learn more about the abilities and possibilities of our country.’ Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Iranian president

instead of asking for the return of the unmanned aircraft. Obama wouldn’t comment on what the Iranians might learn from studying the downed aircraft. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said it’s difficult to know “just frankly how much they’re going to be able to get from having obtained those parts.” Former Vice President Dick Cheney today called the downing of the drone “a significant

Researchers on edge of new subatomic data GENEVA (AP) — Scientists involved with the world’s largest atom smasher prepared today to unveil the latest data in their hunt for a subatomic particle believed to be a basic building block of the universe — information that could narrow the region the elusive particle can be found. The data about the socalled Higgs boson has generated much buzz among researchers, who believe it could help explain many scientific mysteries. The particle was named for British physicist Peter Higgs, who theorized its existence more than 40 years ago to explain the puzzle of how atoms — and everything else in the universe — have weight. Although it would be an enormous scientific break-

through for the physics world if the Higgs boson was found, officials at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research near Geneva, have ruled out making any such announcement this year. However, CERN scientists have told The Associated Press that the latest information from the $10-billion Large Hadron Collider under the Swiss-French border helps narrow the region of the search for the particle. The physicists said the data would exclude some of the higher energy ranges where the Higgs might be found and show some intriguing “events” — hints, glimpses, or possible sightings — at the lower energy ranges that remain unconfirmed.

intelligence loss.” “For us to go in and take out the drone that crashed, I think, would have been a fairly simple operation,” he said on CBS’ “The Early Show.” But Cheney said the administration “basically limited itself to saying please give it back.” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Panetta said they’re not optimistic about getting the drone back because of recent Iranian

behavior that Clinton said indicated “that the path that Iran seems to be going down is a dangerous one for themselves and the region.” “We submitted a formal request for the return of our lost equipment as we would in any situation to any government around the world,” Clinton told reporters at a State Department news conference with British Foreign Secretary William Hague. “Given Iran’s behavior to date we do not expect them to comply but we are dealing with all of these provocations and concerning actions taken by Iran in close concert with our closest allies and partners,” she said. Panetta said the request to return the drone was appropriate. “I don’t expect that that will happen,” he said. “But I think it’s important to make that request.”

LONDON (AP) — Criminal concluded it’s too soon for behavior can’t be blamed on the law to be swayed by scihow someone’s brain is wired, entists’ understanding of the at least not yet, says a report brain. Still, brain scans have from British experts who been cited in an increasing examined how neuroscience number of cases in the U.S. is being used in some court The authors of the report said they could cases. ‘Having a psychotic brain one day prove “Having a psychotic is not a general defense u s e f u l fo r matters like brain is not a gen- against a criminal charge. parole heareral defense There’s no such thing as a ings when trying to preagainst a crimgene for violence.’ dict whether inal charge,” said Nicho- Nicholas Mackintosh someone will commit las MackinStudy leader another tosh, emericrime. tus professor The sciof experimental psychology at the Univer- entists said that while some sity of Cambridge, who led criminals, such as psychothe group that produced the paths, have different brain report. “There’s no such thing structures from most people, these differences aren’t as a gene for violence.” The report was done by the enough to release them from Royal Society, the world’s being legally responsible for oldest scientific academy. The their actions. Some experts said it was too document is part of the group’s ongoing investigation of the simplistic to think brain scans effects of recent advances in could explain human actions. “When we see a brain image, neuroscience on various parts of society, including education we want to assume a blob corand the law. Another report relates to a complex behavearly next year will look at ior,” said Carl Senior, a neuthe potential implications of roscience expert at Aston neuroscience on military and University in Birmingham and a spokesman for the British security issues. After examining the state of Psychological Society. Senior neuroscience and how it might was not connected with the apply to the legal system in Royal Society report. the U.K., the Royal Society


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Steve Wilson, sports editor | E-mail: sports@vicksburgpost.com | Tel: 601.636.4545 ext 142

prep football

mlb

Braves release Moylan

You’re fired

By The Associated Press

The Chiefs and Dolphins can their coaches. Story/B3

Schedule PREP BASKETBALL

VHS hosts Crystal Springs Today, 6 p.m.

PREP SOCCER WC at Brandon Today, 5:30 p.m.

On TV 6 p.m. ESPN - Two titans of women’s basketball meet in the Garden State as sixth-ranked Tennessee travels to 11thranked Rutgers.

Who’s hot TAYLOR HANES Warren Central soccer player signed with Meridian Community College on Monday.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The day began with the Los Angeles Clippers rejecting a proposed deal by the New Orleans Hornets for Chris Paul and it ended with them claiming five-time All-Star guard Chauncey Billups off waivers and re-signing center DeAndre Jordan. General manager Neil Olshey said Monday the team felt “the cost was just too high” in what it would have to give up to acquire Paul. Olshey declined to identify whom the Clippers had offered in exchange for Paul but their package reportedly included center Chris Kaman, reserve guard Eric Bledsoe, forward AlFarouq Aminu and their No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft. Reports suggested the Hornets also wanted guard Eric Gordon included. “There wasn’t one piece or another piece that killed this deal,” Olshey said. “The aggregate compensation that we were going to have to convey to them was just too much and it was going to hamstring our franchise in the long term.” It’s the second time in five days that a deal moving Paul to Los Angeles fell apart. Last week, NBA Commissioner David Stern nixed a three-team trade by the leagueowned Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets.

LOTTERY La. Pick 3: 5-7-6 La. Pick 4: 1-4-7-5 Weekly results: B2

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Hinds AHS linebacker Jacorey Thomas tackles St. Aloysius running back Carlton Campbell last season. Campbell was

named to the Mississippi Association of Coaches Class 1A all-state team.

Seven make all-state team By Ernest Bowker ebowker@vicksburgpost.com It was a down year for most of the football teams in the Vicksburg area. For the players, however, it was a remarkable one. Four players from the city — Vicksburg High receiver A.J. Stamps, Warren Central punter Devon Bell and St. Aloysius’ Carlton Campbell and Sage Lewis — were selected first-team all-state by the Mississippi Association of Coaches on Monday. Vicksburg offensive tackle Norman Price was selected second-team All-Class 6A. Joining them are two players from the surrounding area, Port Gibson defensive lineman Isaiah Anderson

Ledarion Robinson

A.J. Stamps

and Hinds AHS defensive back Ledarion Robinson. Central Hinds kicker Pate DeMuth and quarterback Jordan Currie were named to the All-MAIS team that was released last week. Stamps and Bell both followed up their appearances in last weekend’s Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game with the all-state nod. Stamps led the state in

Devon Bell

Isaiah Anderson

receiving for much of the season, and finished with 77 receptions for 1,289 yards and 19 touchdowns. All three totals were Warren County records. He also started at safety for the Gators and led the team with 104 tackles and three interceptions. Bell, who committed to Mississippi State over the summer, earned a well-

Sage Lewis

Norman Price

deserved reputation as one of the top punters and kickers in the state. He averaged 41.8 yards per punt, put 24 of his 28 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks and kicked 18 PATs and four field goals. Bell’s 55-yard field goal against Jim Hill was a Warren County record. Campbell and Lewis both See All-state, Page B3.

NEW YORK — Former AllStar pitchers Joe Saunders and Hong-Chih Kuo, and Baltimore outfielder Luke Scott became free agents Tuesday after their teams declined to offer 2012 contracts. Atlanta reliever Peter Moylan and St. Louis infielder Ryan Theriot also were among the 30 players set free Peter when their Moylan teams failed to offer deals before the 11 p.m. deadline. Skip Schumaker was let go in a technicality, then agreed to a two-year contract with the Cardinals. An All-Star for the Los Angeles Angels in 2008, Saunders was 12-13 with a 3.69 ERA last season for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kuo had 12 saves for the Dodgers in 2010 and made the All-Star team, then slumped to a 1-2 record with a 9.00 ERA this year. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow Friday to remove a loose body and scar tissue. The 33-year-old Scott was acquired by Baltimore in the December 2007 trade that sent Miguel Tejada to the Houston Astros. Scott was voted the Orioles’ most valuable player in 2010, but he was hindered by a torn right labrum this year and batted only .220 with nine home runs and 22 RBIs.

nfl

Seahawks roll over Rams

Saints focus on battle for second playoff seed By The Associated Press

By The Associated Press SEATTLE — What impresses Marshawn Lynch isn’t his streak of nine straight games with a touchdown or yet another 100-yard performance. It’s that the Seattle Seahawks’ offensive line hasn’t missed a beat despite seasonending injuries to three starters over the last month. “I see those guys come in every week and they strain, they put it upon themselves to make sure they know what they’ve got going on and what they need to be doing,” Lynch said after running for 115 yards and a 16-yard touchdown in the closing minutes of the Seahawks’ 30-13 win over St. Louis on Monday night. Lynch topped 100 yards rushing for the fifth time in the last six games and Seattle (6-7) kept its slim playoff hopes alive by winning for the 13th time in its last 14 against the struggling Rams (2-11). With Russell Okung lost to a torn pectoral muscle after a Thursday night victory over Philadelphia last week, the depth of the offensive line was again put to the test against the Rams. Paul McQuistan moved from right guard to left tackle and Lemuel Jeanpierre stepped

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin jumps over teammate Ben Obomanu, bottom left, and St. Louis Rams cornerback Roderick Hood on Monday. in at right guard. Yet all Seattle did was post its sixth straight game with 100-plus yards rushing as a team. It’s the first time since 1996 that Seattle has posted six straight 100-yard efforts — a stretch that’s included Chris Warren, Ricky Watters and Shaun Alexander in the Seahawks’ backfield. The Seahawks have stretched their line depth to the limit. They’ve been able to fill holes so far with players that have been with Seat-

tle all season long, working the same system day in and day out. The luxury of that depth is now gone and the team is counting on the line to continue its production despite the attrition. “We got new guys coming in and that’s not really an excuse,” center Max Unger said. “You’ve got to have the same guys step up that have been together for a while now. It’s coming together.” See Seahawks, Page B3.

METAIRIE, La. — The Saints are scoreboard watching. Maybe not so much during the games, but definitely afterward. New Orleans is battling San Francisco for the No. 2 playoff seed in the NFC. So after the Saint’s 22-17 win over Tennessee Sunday, players turned their focus to the 49ers’ game against Arizona, which the Cardinals won 22-19. Right tackle Zach Strief couldn’t wait for the chartered flight home from Nashville, Tenn., to land Sunday night. “I know we were waiting for cell service to come back flying home to see if Arizona held on,” Strief said. “There’s some (scoreboard watching) because that two-seed would be important. Having been in that position before we know how valuable it is.” Both New Orleans and San Francisco are 10-3 and, with three games to go, the Saints would be the second seed if they finish with a better overall record than the 49ers. So Saints coach Sean Payton and his players will keep an eye on what happens with San Francisco during this home stretch of the season. “I could tell you we don’t pay any attention to it, and that wouldn’t be true,”

Payton said. “But it doesn’t really begin to take place until December. “ New Orleans has already clinched its third-straight playoff berth for only the second time in franchise history. And under Payton’s leadership, the Saints will make their fourth postseason appearance in the past six seasons for only the second time in club history. And for the first time in franchise history, the Saints will have at least 10 wins in three straight seasons. But the latest bit of history isn’t necessarily something Strief said the team needs to celebrate. The Saints are focused on bigger goals. “Unfortunately, you look into the history of this team and there’s maybe not the most-storied past,” Strief said. “So I don’t think necessarily doing things that have never happened here before are cause for immediate celebration. “I think that winning a second Super Bowl would be something that would be cause for celebration. Those types of things are ahead of us and still kind of lie in front of us. We’ll save the big celebrations for the end of the season.” The Saints finish the season at Minnesota before hosting Atlanta and Carolina. See Saints, Page B3.


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on tv

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN2 - Boston U. at Villanova 6 p.m. ESPNU - Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Michigan 8 p.m. ESPN - Cent. Michigan at Minnesota WOMEN’S BASKETBALL 6 p.m. ESPN - Tennessee at Rutgers 6:30 p.m. Big Ten - Southern at Ohio State NHL 7 p.m. FSN - Calgary at Nashville 8 p.m. Versus - San Jose at Colorado

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from staff & AP reports

college football Ex-coach Sandusky will face accusers BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky opted against forcing his accusers to make their claims of child sex abuse in a packed courtroom today but then took his case to the courthouse steps as his lawyer assailed the credibility of the alleged victims and witnesses. “There will be no plea negotiations,” defense lawyer Joseph Amendola said. “This is a fight to the death.” Waiving such a preliminary hearing is not unusual but it was unexpected in this case: Amendola repeatedly had said his client was looking forward to facing his accusers. Afterward, he called the cancellation a “tactical decision” to prevent the men from reiterating the same claims they made to the grand jury. Lawyers for the alleged victims said some were relieved they would not have to make their claims in public before a trial, but others said they had steeled themselves to face Sandusky and were left disappointed. “It would have been apparent from watching those boys and their demeanor that they were telling the truth,” said Howard Janet, a lawyer for a boy whose mother contacted police in 1998 after her son allegedly showered with Sandusky.

college Basketball Cincinnati, Xavier players could face assault charges CINCINNATI — An Ohio prosecutor said Monday he will consider criminal charges in the aftermath of a players brawl at the end of the Cincinnati-Xavier men’s basketball game, as stunned fans and university officials pondered the tarnishing blow delivered to one of the city’s most eagerly anticipated annual events. Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said in a statement that his office would determine whether any criminal charges were appropriate. Deters, a University of Cincinnati alumnus, didn’t specify what charges would be considered, but possible charges could include assault and battery or disorderly conduct. A spokeswoman said he hadn’t set a timetable for a decision.

flashback

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Dec. 13 1983 — Detroit beats Denver 186184 in triple overtime in the highestscoring game in NBA history. Isiah Thomas scores 47 and John Long adds 41 for the Pistons. Denver’s Kiki Vandeweghe has 51 points. 1997 — Michigan’s Charles Woodson is named the first predominately defensive player to receive the Heisman Trophy in the 63 years of the award. Woodson and the Wolverines go on to defeat Washington State in the 1998 Rose Bowl, claiming a perfect 12-0 season and a share of the National Championship. 2009 — New Orleans and Indianapolis remain undefeated, joining five other NFL teams to reach 13-0. The Colts beat Denver 28-16, breaking NFL records for most consecutive regular-season wins (22) and most wins in a decade (114). Indy’s 114th victory of the decade breaks a tie with the 1990s San Francisco 49ers. Denver’s Brandon Marshall sets the NFL record with 21 catches, surpassing the mark San Francisco’s Terrell Owens set on Dec. 17, 2000. Marshall finishes with 200 yards and two touchdowns. 2010 — Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre, 41, is sidelined by a throwing shoulder too damaged for even him to overcome. The injury ends of one of the greatest individual streaks in all of sports. Favre had made 297 consecutive starts over 19 seasons.

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scoreboard NAIA playoffs

nfl AMERICAN CONFERENCE W New England...... 10 N.Y. Jets............. 8 Buffalo................ 5 Miami.................. 4 W y-Houston........... 10 Tennessee.......... 7 Jacksonville........ 4 Indianapolis........ 0 W Baltimore............ 10 Pittsburgh........... 10 Cincinnati............ 7 Cleveland............ 4 W Denver................ 8 Oakland.............. 7 San Diego.......... 6 Kansas City........ 5

East

L 3 5 8 9

T 0 0 0 0

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T 0 0 0 0

North L 3 3 6 9

T 0 0 0 0

West L 5 6 7 8

T 0 0 0 0

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PF 396 327 288 256

PA 274 270 341 246

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PF 330 266 193 184

PA 208 251 252 382

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PF 320 282 285 178

PA 202 198 270 254

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PF 269 290 324 173

PA 302 354 299 305

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PF 324 317 297 229

PA 349 281 292 290

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PF 415 300 313 232

PA 286 267 355 370

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PF 466 367 301 274

PA 278 305 255 364

PF 307 246 253 153

PA 182 259 288 326

NATIONAL CONFERENCE W N.Y. Giants......... 7 Dallas.................. 7 Philadelphia........ 5 Washington......... 4 W x-New Orleans... 10 Atlanta................ 8 Carolina.............. 4 Tampa Bay......... 4 W y-Green Bay....... 13 Detroit................. 8 Chicago.............. 7 Minnesota........... 2

East

L 6 6 8 9

T 0 0 0 0

South L 3 5 9 9

T 0 0 0 0

North L 0 5 6 11

T 0 0 0 0

West

W L T Pct y-San Francisco.10 3 0 .769 Seattle................ 6 7 0 .462 Arizona............... 6 7 0 .462 St. Louis............. 2 11 0 .154 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division ——— Dec. 8 Pittsburgh 14, Cleveland 3 Dec. 11 New Orleans 22, Tennessee 17 Baltimore 24, Indianapolis 10 N.Y. Jets 37, Kansas City 10 Detroit 34, Minnesota 28 Houston 20, Cincinnati 19 Jacksonville 41, Tampa Bay 14 Atlanta 31, Carolina 23 Philadelphia 26, Miami 10 New England 34, Washington 27 Arizona 21, San Francisco 19 Denver 13, Chicago 10, OT San Diego 37, Buffalo 10 Green Bay 46, Oakland 16 N.Y. Giants 37, Dallas 34 Monday’s Game Seattle 30, St. Louis 13 Thursday’s Game Jacksonville at Atlanta, 7:20 p.m. Saturday’s Game Dallas at Tampa Bay, 7:20 p.m. Sunday’s Games New Orleans at Minnesota, noon Seattle at Chicago, noon Cincinnati at St. Louis, noon Carolina at Houston, noon Green Bay at Kansas City, noon Tennessee at Indianapolis, noon Miami at Buffalo, noon Washington at N.Y. Giants, noon Detroit at Oakland, 3:05 p.m. New England at Denver, 3:15 p.m. Cleveland at Arizona, 3:15 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia, 3:15 p.m. Baltimore at San Diego, 7:20 p.m. Dec. 19 Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis Seattle

SEAHAWKS 30, RAMS 13

0 3 3 7 — 13 10 0 10 10 — 30 First Quarter Sea—Robinson 17 blocked punt return (Hauschka kick), 9:57. Sea—FG Hauschka 42, 1:35. Second Quarter StL—FG Jo.Brown 46, 11:04. Third Quarter Sea—FG Hauschka 23, 12:03. StL—FG Jo.Brown 29, 1:49. Sea—Baldwin 29 pass from Jackson (Hauschka kick), :06. Fourth Quarter Sea—FG Hauschka 48, 8:27. StL—S.Jackson 1 run (Jo.Brown kick), 4:39. Sea—Lynch 16 run (Hauschka kick), 2:57. A—66,577. ——— StL Sea First downs................................19........................21 Total Net Yards.......................281......................359 Rushes-yards.....................31-114.................32-145 Passing....................................167......................214 Punt Returns............................1-1.....................1-17 Kickoff Returns.....................6-170...................3-114 Interceptions Ret......................0-0.......................1-0 Comp-Att-Int..................... 12-29-1............... 21-34-0 Sacked-Yards Lost.................3-26.....................2-10 Punts...................................5-36.2..................3-37.7 Fumbles-Lost............................0-0.......................2-1 Penalties-Yards......................5-30.....................9-61 Time of Possession.............28:31...................31:29 ——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—St. Louis, S.Jackson 20-63, Williams 8-49, Norwood 1-3, Bradford 2-(minus 1). Seattle, Lynch 23-115, Tate 1-14, Forsett 1-8, Jackson 5-4, Washington 1-3, Morrah 1-1. PASSING—St. Louis, Bradford 12-29-1-193. Seattle, Jackson 21-32-0-224, Lynch 0-2-0-0. RECEIVING—St. Louis, Lloyd 5-82, S.Jackson 3-60, Kendricks 1-26, Alexander 1-12, Pettis 1-7, B.Gibson 1-6. Seattle, Baldwin 7-93, Tate 3-39, Forsett 2-14, Miller 2-13, Williams 2-13, Lynch 2-8, A.McCoy 1-23, Obomanu 1-13, Butler 1-8. MISSED FIELD GOALS—Seattle, Hauschka 38 (WR).

college football FCS playoffs

Semifinals Friday Montana vs. Sam Houston St., 7 p.m. Saturday Georgia Southern vs. North Dakota St., 1:30 p.m. Championship Jan. 7 At Frisco, Texas Semifinal winners, Noon ———

NCAA Division II playoffs

Championship Saturday At Florence, Ala. Pittsburg St. vs. Wayne St. (Mich.), 10 a.m. ———

NCAA Division III playoffs

Championship Friday At Salem, Va. Mount Union vs. Wisc.-Whitewater, 6 p.m. ———

Championship Saturday At Rome, Ga. St. Xavier (Ill.) vs. Carroll (Mont.), 3:30 p.m.

college basketball Top 25 Schedule

Monday’s Games No games scheduled Today’s Games No. 14 Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. No. 17 Mississippi St. vs. Fla. Atlantic, 8 p.m. No. 20 Michigan vs. Ark.-Pine Bluff, 6 p.m. Wednesday’s Games No. 2 Ohio St. vs. S.C.-UpState, 6:30 p.m. No. 6 Baylor vs. Bethune-Cookman, 7 p.m. Thursday’s Games No. 10 Missouri vs. Kennesaw St., 7 p.m. No. 14 Wisconsin vs. Savannah St., 7 p.m. No. 24 Murray St. vs. Lipscomb, 7 p.m. ———

Mississippi college schedule

Monday’s Games No games scheduled Today’s Games Xavier-N.O. at William Carey, 7 p.m. Jackson St. at St. Mary’s, Calif., 7 p.m. Point University at Alcorn St., 7 p.m. Mississippi St. vs. Fla. Atlantic, 8 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Louisiana-Lafayette at Ole Miss, 6 p.m. Concordia College at Tougaloo, 7:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Jackson St. at SMU, 7:30 p.m. Mississippi College at Mary Hardin-Baylor, 7:30 p.m. Millsaps at Covenant College, 7:30 p.m. ———

SEC schedule

Monday’s Games No games scheduled Today’s Games Fla. Atlantic at Mississippi St., 8 p.m. Presbyterian at South Carolina, 6 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Louisiana-Lafayette at Ole Miss, 6 p.m. Tennessee at Charleston, 8 p.m. South Florida at Auburn, 8:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games UC Irvine at LSU, 7 p.m. ———

C-USA schedule

Monday’s Games No games scheduled Today’s Game North Carolina A&T at Central Florida, 6 p.m. Wednesday’s Game Louisiana College at Rice, 7 p.m. UTEP at UNLV, 9 p.m. Thursday’s Game Jackson St. at SMU, 7:30 p.m. ———

SWAC schedule

Monday’s Game Southern at SE Louisiana, 7 p.m. Today’s Games Ark.-Pine Bluff at Michigan, 6 p.m. Point University at Alcorn St., 7 p.m. Jackson St. at Saint Mary’s (Calif.), 9 p.m. Wednesday’s Games No games scheduled Thursday’s Games Ark.-Pine Bluff at Akron, 6 p.m. Texas Southern at Northwesterm, 7 p.m. Jackson St. at SMU, 7:30 p.m.

——— The AP Top 25

By The Associated Press The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 11, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. Syracuse (51)........................10-0 1,607 3 2. Ohio St. (7).............................8-1 1,478 2 3. Kentucky (4)............................8-1 1,468 1 4. Louisville (2)............................9-0 1,374 5 5. North Carolina (1)...................8-2 1,373 4 6. Baylor......................................7-0 1,284 6 7. Duke........................................9-1 1,273 7 8. Xavier......................................8-0 1,122 8 9. UConn.....................................8-1 1,087 9 10. Missouri.................................9-0 1,030 10 11. Marquette..............................9-0 988 11 12. Kansas..................................7-2 945 13 13. Florida...................................7-2 891 12 14. Wisconsin..............................8-2 728 14 15. Pittsburgh..............................9-1 696 15 16. Georgetown...........................8-1 602 18 17. Mississippi St......................9-1 574 17 18. Indiana..................................9-0 462 — 19. Illinois...................................10-0 375 24 20. Michigan................................7-2 354 20 21. Michigan St...........................8-2 310 — 22. Texas A&M...........................8-1 270 22 23. Alabama................................8-2 204 16 24. Murray St.............................10-0 93 — 25. Creighton...............................7-1 88 19 25. Vanderbilt..............................6-3 88 — Others receiving votes: Harvard 73, San Diego St. 59, Virginia 57, UNLV 41, Stanford 39, Saint Louis 26, Gonzaga 25, Memphis 13, Cleveland St. 7, N. Iowa 7, Arizona 5, California 3, Long Beach St. 3, Northwestern 2, Wichita St. 1. Ballots Online: http://tinyurl.com/43u6jr6

USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll The top 25 teams in the USA Today-ESPN men’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 11, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Syracuse (28)........................10-0 746 3 2. Ohio St. (2).............................8-1 671 2 3. Kentucky.................................8-1 665 1 4. Louisville.................................9-0 658 4 5. Duke........................................9-1 618 5 6. North Carolina.........................8-2 608 6 7. Baylor......................................7-0 539 7 8. Missouri...................................9-0 512 10 9. Xavier......................................8-0 503 8 10. Connecticut...........................8-1 485 9 11. Marquette..............................9-0 466 11 12. Kansas..................................7-2 441 13 13. Florida...................................7-2 418 12 14. Pittsburgh..............................9-1 356 14 15. Wisconsin..............................8-2 317 16 16. Mississippi St......................9-1 251 18 17. Georgetown...........................8-1 246 21 18. Michigan................................7-2 185 19 19. Illinois...................................10-0 182 22 20. Indiana..................................9-0 171 — 21. Alabama................................8-2 143 15 22. Texas A&M...........................8-1 108 25

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2011-12 Bowl schedule Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl Wyoming (8-4) vs. Temple (8-4)....................1:30 p.m. ESPN Dec. 17 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Utah St. (7-5) vs. Ohio (9-4).......................4:30 p.m. ESPN Dec. 17 New Orleans Bowl La.-Lafayette (8-4) vs. San Diego St. (8-4).................8 p.m. ESPN Dec. 20 Beef ’O’Brady’s Bowl

Marshall (6-6) vs. FIU (8-4)...............................7 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 21 Poinsettia Bowl

TCU (10-2) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4)........................7 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl

Boise St. (11-1) vs. Arizona St. (6-6).....................7 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl

Nevada (7-5) vs. Southern Miss (11-2).................... 7 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 26 Independence Bowl

North Carolina (7-5) vs. Missouri (7-5)....................3 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 27 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Western Michigan (7-5) vs. Purdue (6-6)...........3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Dec. 27 Belk Bowl North Carolina St. (7-5) vs. Louisville (7-5).................7 p.m. ESPN Dec. 28 Military Bowl Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl

Air Force (7-5) vs. Toledo (8-4).....................3:30 p.m. ESPN Texas (7-5) vs. California (7-5)..........................7 p.m. ESPN

Dec. 29 Champs Sports Bowl Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec.

30 30 30 30

Armed Forces Bowl Pinstripe Bowl Music City Bowl Insight Bowl

Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec. Dec.

31 31 31 31 31

Meinke Car Care Bowl Sun Bowl Liberty Bowl Fight Hunger Bowl Chick-fil-A Bowl

Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan. Jan.

2 2 2 2 2 2

Florida St. (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (8-4)................4:30 p.m. ESPN Baylor (9-3) vs. Washington (7-5)........................8 p.m. ESPN Tulsa (8-4) vs. BYU (9-3).............................11 Rutgers (8-4) vs. Iowa St. (6-6).....................2:30 Mississippi St. (6-6) vs. Wake Forest (6-6)........... 5:40 Oklahoma (9-3) vs. Iowa (7-5)...........................9

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Texas A&M (6-6) vs. Northwestern (6-6).................11 a.m. ESPN Georgia Tech (8-4) vs. Utah (7-5).......................... 1 p.m. CBS Vanderbilt (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3)..................2:30 p.m. ESPN UCLA (6-7) vs. Illinois (6-6)........................2:30 p.m. ESPN Virginia (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5)......................6:30 p.m. ESPN

TicketCity Bowl Capital One Bowl Outback Bowl Gator Bowl Rose Bowl Fiesta Bowl

Penn St. (9-3) vs. Houston (12-1)................... 11 a.m. ESPNU Nebraska (9-3) vs. South Carolina (10-2)....................Noon ESPN Georgia (10-3) vs. Michigan St. (10-3)........................ Noon ABC Florida (6-6) vs. Ohio St. (6-6)...........................Noon ESPN2 Oregon (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (11-2).......................4 p.m. ESPN Stanford (11-1) vs. Oklahoma St. (11-1)..............7:30 p.m. ESPN

Jan. 3 Sugar Bowl

Michigan (10-2) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2)...................7 p.m. ESPN

Jan. 4 Orange Bowl

West Virginia (9-3) vs. Clemson (10-3)....................7 p.m. ESPN

Jan. 6 Cotton Bowl

Kansas St. (10-2) vs. Arkansas (10-2)....................7 p.m. Fox

Jan. 7 BBVA Compass Bowl Jan. 8 GoDaddy.com Bowl

Pittsburgh (6-6) vs. SMU (7-5).........................11 a.m. ESPN Arkansas St. (10-2) vs. Northern Illinois (10-3)..............8 p.m. ESPN

Jan. 9 BCS National Championship

LSU (13-0) vs. Alabama (11-1).....................7:30 p.m. ESPN

23. Michigan St...........................8-2 107 — 24. Creighton...............................7-1 54 17 25. Vanderbilt..............................6-3 51 — Others receiving votes: Harvard 43, Murray St. 42, California 29, Memphis 27, San Diego St. 26, Purdue 14, Gonzaga 13, Virginia 12, Saint Louis 9, UNLV 9, Saint Mary’s 5, Saint Joseph’s 5, Stanford 5, Oklahoma 4, Northern Iowa 3, Northwestern 3.

women’s basketball Monday’s Games No games scheduled Today’s Games No. 6 Tennessee at No. 11 Rutgers, 6 p.m. No. 12 Ohio St. vs. Southern U., 6:30 p.m. No. 23 DePaul at Princeton, 6 p.m. Wednesday’s Games No. 14 Louisville at Cincinnati, 6 p.m. No. 24 Texas vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 11 a.m. Thursday’s Games No games scheduled

——— The Women’s AP Top 25

By The Associated Press The top 25 teams in the The Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 11, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record Pts Prv 1. Baylor (39).............................10-0 975 1 2. UConn.....................................9-0 930 2 3. Notre Dame............................9-1 896 3 4. Stanford...................................6-1 852 4 5. Maryland................................11-0 803 5 6. Tennessee..............................5-2 773 7 7. Miami.......................................8-1 723 9 8. Kentucky................................10-0 717 10 9. Duke........................................7-2 637 6 10. Texas A&M...........................7-2 575 8 11. Rutgers..................................9-1 560 11 12. Ohio St..................................8-0 547 13 13. Georgia.................................8-1 480 14 14. Louisville...............................8-2 457 15 15. Texas Tech...........................8-0 451 16 16. Penn St.................................8-2 364 17 17. Georgetown...........................9-2 316 19 18. North Carolina.......................7-1 313 18 19. Green Bay.............................8-0 241 21 20. Vanderbilt.............................10-0 220 23 21. Delaware...............................8-0 209 22 22. Purdue...................................7-3 206 12 23. DePaul..................................8-2 166 20 24. Texas....................................6-2 130 25 25. Nebraska...............................9-1 54 — Others receiving votes: California 21, Virginia 11, LSU 8, Oklahoma 8, Southern Cal 7, Arizona St. 4, Arkansas 4, Georgia Tech 3, Northwestern 3, Tulane 3, BYU 2, Gonzaga 2, Michigan 2, Florida St. 1, Kansas 1. Ballots Online: http://tinyurl.com/43tz39t

nhl EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W 18 17 17 15 9

L 7 6 9 13 12

OT 3 4 4 1 6

Pts 39 38 38 31 24

Northeast Division

GP Boston.............28 Toronto............29 Buffalo.............29 Montreal...........30 Ottawa.............30

W 18 15 15 12 13

L 9 11 12 11 13

OT 1 3 2 7 4

Pts 37 33 32 31 30

Southeast Division

GP Florida..............30 Washington......28 Winnipeg..........29 Tampa Bay......30 Carolina...........31

W 16 15 13 12 9

L 9 12 12 16 18

OT 5 1 4 2 4

Pts 37 31 30 26 22

GF 101 83 94 76 62

GA 81 60 75 84 88

GF GA 94 59 91 94 79 79 74 77 91 105 GF GA 82 77 88 89 82 92 79 101 79 108

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division

GP W L Chicago...........30 18 8

18 17 14 8

9 9 11 17

1 3 4 4

37 37 32 20

Northwest Division

GP Minnesota........30 Vancouver.......29 Edmonton........30 Calgary............29 Colorado..........30

W 20 18 14 14 13

L 7 10 13 13 16

OT 3 1 3 2 1

Pts 43 37 31 30 27

89 71 77 71

62 62 79 99

GF GA 79 64 97 71 83 80 73 80 78 91

Pacific Division

Women’s Top 25 Schedule

GP Philadelphia.....28 N.Y. Rangers...27 Pittsburgh........30 New Jersey.....29 N.Y. Islanders..27

Detroit..............28 St. Louis..........29 Nashville..........29 Columbus........29

OT Pts GF GA 4 40 99 92

GP W L OT Pts GF GA Dallas...............28 16 11 1 33 73 78 Phoenix............29 15 11 3 33 77 76 San Jose.........27 15 10 2 32 75 64 Los Angeles....29 13 12 4 30 65 67 Anaheim..........29 8 16 5 21 67 95 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday’s Games New Jersey 5, Tampa Bay 4 Today’s Games Los Angeles at Boston, 6 p.m. Ottawa at Buffalo, 6 p.m. Carolina at Toronto, 6 p.m. Dallas at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m. Detroit at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington, 6 p.m. Vancouver at Columbus, 6 p.m. New Jersey at Florida, 6:30 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Montreal, 6:30 p.m. Calgary at Nashville, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Winnipeg, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at Colorado, 8 p.m. Wednesday’s Games Boston at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. Chicago at Minnesota, 6:30 p.m. Phoenix at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

Transactions BASEBALL

American League

BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Declined to tender contracts to OF Luke Scott, RHP Willie Eyre and LHP Jo-Jo Reyes. BOSTON RED SOX—Agreed to terms with RHP Matt Albers on a one-year contract. Declined to tender a contract to LHP Rich Hill. DETROIT TIGERS—Declined to tender a contract to 2B Will Rhymes. KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Declined to tender a contract to LHP Aaron Laffey.

LOTTERY Sunday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 7-9-5 La. Pick 4: 7-3-0-9 Monday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-7-6 La. Pick 4: 1-4-7-5 Tuesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 6-5-3 La. Pick 4: 4-2-6-2 Wednesday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-2-7 La. Pick 4: 3-1-0-2 Easy 5: 4-5-9-18-30 La. Lotto: 16-21-31-32-37-40 Powerball: 3-14-20-39-40 Powerball: 37; Power play: 2 Thursday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 1-2-1 La. Pick 4: 0-3-8-0 Friday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 5-8-7 La. Pick 4: 8-6-0-3 Saturday’s drawing La. Pick 3: 0-8-8 La. Pick 4: 8-4-0-5 Easy 5: 10-14-20-21-22 La. Lotto: 7-8-9-26-33-37 Powerball: 5-18-33-43-45 Powerball: 8; Power play: 3


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All-state Continued from Page B1. made the Class 1A first team for their special teams work — Campbell as a punter and Lewis as a long snapper — but could just as easily have earned the honor at several other positions. Campbell averaged 39.8 yards on 28 punts. He was also the Flashes’ leading rusher, with 1,267 yards and nine touchdowns; led the team with 15 receptions for 163 yards; made 88 tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back; and averaged 20.3 yards on 22 kick returns.

Lewis rarely left the field, playing on St. Al’s offensive line and as a linebacker and long snapper. The junior led the Flashes with 106 tackles. Port Gibson’s Anderson was selected first-team AllClass 4A as a defensive lineman. The 6-foot-1, 260-pound tackle had 54 solo and 64½ total tackles, along with 17 sacks. Robinson missed two games with a knee injury, but still rushed for 797 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Seahawks Continued from Page B1. Lynch didn’t get the spotlight all to himself. Undrafted rookie Doug Baldwin had the best game of his young career with seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown, and three huge special teams plays in the first five minutes. Baldwin’s influence on the game was evident from the start, when he took a pitch from Leon Washington on a kickoff reverse and returned it beyond the 40. Seattle was later forced to punt, but it was Baldwin racing from the outside to down the ball at the Rams 6. Coming almost entirely untouched off the right end, Baldwin blocked a punt off the foot of Donnie Jones. The bounding ball hopped up into the arms of Michael Robinson, who went 17 yards to give the Seahawks an early 7-0 lead. “As far as my expectations go, I expected to be successful. I didn’t know how successful, but I expected to be able to come in here and win a job in some capacity, because if you don’t have that confidence in yourself you’re not going to win a job,” Baldwin said. “To be where I am now, no I didn’t expect this. But at the same

time I’m not satisfied.” As a receiver, Baldwin disappeared until the third quarter when he snagged a 22-yard reception across the middle to convert a thirdand-11 near midfield. On the next play, Baldwin faked going inside and broke to the sideline, losing Darian Stewart in coverage. Tarvaris Jackson found Baldwin and he got just inside the pylon to give the Seahawks a 14-point lead. Baldwin had six of his seven catches in the second half. “He just continues to do stuff. Every chance you give him, he does something,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s just such a battler. He’s a great competitor and I’ve said it before, he’s got a chip on his shoulder that drives him to be a tough guy and a playmaker.” Jackson wasn’t splashy, but completed 21 of 32 passes for 224 yards and his TD toss to Baldwin. And he was far better than St. Louis starter Sam Bradford. Despite a high left ankle sprain and very little practice time, Bradford started on Monday night and his rustiness showed.

Saints Continued from Page B1. The No. 2 seed comes with a first-round bye, something the Saints know from previous experience is important in the playoffs. That’s why safety Malcolm Jenkins said there won’t be don’t a letdown against Minnesota.

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“I think everybody is focused,” Jenkins said. “Our goals are right there in front of us. We need this win. I think it’s enough motivation for us to go out and handle business.”

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Dolphins, Chiefs fire struggling coaches KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Todd Haley took a floundering Kansas City Chiefs franchise to an AFC West title. Tony Sparano led the Miami Dolphins to the top of the AFC East under even more dire circumstances. Both became examples of the fleeting nature of NFL success on Monday. The Chiefs fired Haley less than a year removed from their division title, after a 5-8 start marked by devastating injuries and discouraging blowouts, while the Dolphins parted with Sparano amid a miserable 4-9 start that included a frustrating loss to Philadelphia on Sunday. “The results speak for themselves,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said at a hastily called news conference. “We’re looking to becoming a winning organization, and I thought this was the best time to make the change and let us go in a direction that will allow us to become that.”

Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano was fired on Monday. The same lines were delivered in Kansas City, where friction between Haley and general manager Scott Pioli finally reached the boiling point. The Chiefs were penalized 11 times for 128 yards in a 37-10 loss to the Jets on Sunday, with Haley getting a 15-yarder for unsportsmanlike conduct.

“Timing in these situations is always difficult. There never seems to be a right time,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said at a news conference. “We just felt the inconsistent play the team has experienced throughout the season, including yesterday, made today the right day to do it.” With Jacksonville having fired Jack Del Rio on Nov. 29, three franchises are now looking for a coach. Former coaches Jeff Fisher, Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher already have been connected to each of the openings, though decisions likely won’t be made until the end of the season. Until then, Todd Bowles will coach the Dolphins on an interim basis after serving as assistant head coach and secondary coach, while defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel will lead the Chiefs. “Romeo is going to do things the way Romeo knows how,” Pioli said. “I know Romeo is

very similar to Todd. Todd was very passionate about football, Todd was very passionate about this football team, these players, and he was very passionate about winning. Romeo has a lot of those very qualities.” Sparano and Haley both presided over impressive turnarounds. Sparano became the only NFL head coach to take a onewin team to the playoffs the following year, capping an 11-5 campaign in 2008 by reaching the franchise’s first playoff game since 2001. That wound up being the high-water mark for Sparano, who went 7-9 each of the past two years. Miami lost its first seven games this season before an inspired rally that started with a victory over Kansas City. But two straight losses left Sparano with a 29-32 record as the Dolphins coach.


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TONIGHT ON TV n MOVIE “The Witches of Eastwick” — Three witchy New England women innocently conjure up the perfect man, Jack Nicholson, who is much more than he seems./9 on TVGN n SPORTS Women’s basketball — Women’s basketball takes center stage tonight, with a top-25 matchup between Tennessee and Rutgers./6 on ESPN n PRIMETIME “Unforgettable” — Carrie and Al link the death of a ghost hunter to a discovery he made Jack Nicholson on a recent assignment./9 on CBS

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

MILESTONES n BIRTHDAYS Dick Van Dyke, actor-comedian, 86; Ted Nugent, rock singermusician, 63; Wendie Malick, actress, 61; Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, 61; Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, 58; John Anderson, country singer, 57; Steve Buscemi, actor, 54; Jamie Foxx, actor-comedian, 44; Amy Lee, rock singer, 30; Taylor Swift, country singer, 22.

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Lovato, Gomez to ring in MTV New Year Hey Justin Bieber — Selena Gomez already has plans for New Year’s Eve. Gomez will be ringing in the New Year in New York City’s Times Square with fellow teen star Demi Lovato for MTV’s live special. MTV said Monday that both Selena Demi Gomez Lovato are due to perform, along with singer Jason Derulo and rappers J Cole and Mac Miller. The night’s festivities will be hosted by Tyler Posey of MTV’s “Teen Wolf” and Lovato. The show will be shown from MTV’s Times Square studios. Fans can bid to be part of the audience. Proceeds will go to FWD, to help with the crisis in East Africa. The show will be shown live at 10 p.m.

‘Survivor’ star Hatch released from jail Reality television star Richard Hatch has been released from a Rhode Island prison after serving a nine-month sentence for failing to pay back taxes. A state prison official says the winner of the first season of the CBS reality show “Survivor” was released Monday. Hatch served six weeks at a state minimum-security facility as a transition after spending most Richard of his sentence in federal prison. The Newport Hatch resident had spent more than three years in prison for not paying taxes on his $1 million “Survivor” winnings. He was released in 2009 and ordered to refile his 2000 and 2001 taxes and pay what he owed. The 50-year-old went back to prison in March for violating the terms of his supervised release by failing to settle his tax bill. Hatch had claimed he was “financially destitute.”

Stolen guitar found; autographs gone Police in Vermont said a stolen 1972 Fender Telecaster electric guitar autographed by members of Pearl Jam for a teenager with a brain tumor has been recovered — but the signatures are gone. Two men have been jailed on charges of possession of stolen property. Police said the autographs were sanded off. Ben Hardy said his ailing brother Josh received the guitar autographed by members of Pearl Jam in 1991 in Seattle. It was arranged by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Josh died several months later at the family’s home in Durham, N.H. The guitar and other items were taken from Hardy’s home between Thanksgiving and Dec. 5 while he was away. Arrested were 25-year-old Jeffrey Leduc and 51-year-old Timothy Crews, both of Burlington.

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Tats offered for toys donated for kids A Memphis tattoo artist is offering body art in exchange for donated toys for children in need. Toys for Tattoos has become an annual event at Jay Guzman’s House of Ink. Guzman says it’s so busy that he doesn’t even count the number of people coming into his shop. In exchange for a new toy worth at least $25, the donor gets a tattoo or a piercing of equal value, according to The Commercial Appeal (http://bit. ly/u9G5qY). The toys go to Agape Child Jay Guzman, the owner of and Family Services. The char- House of Ink in Memphis ity distributes them to children in need. The Tattoos for Toys event is in its fourth year and runs Monday through Wednesday. Guzman said he’s a Christian who wants to give back.

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Forget the fruitcake: Give skydiving lessons NEW YORK (AP) — Forget the material things — reindeer sweaters, clunky toys, stocking stuffers that end up as, well, stuff. How about a skydiving lesson, a spa pampering or a night at a cozy bed and breakfast? This holiday season, a lasting memory is worth a thousand knickknacks. With less money to spend in the weak economy, and with daily-deal sites like Groupon growing in popularity, more Americans are giving experiences instead of glitzy gifts. Think comfort and joy, not five golden rings. Instead of sneakers or electronic gizmos, Denice Bailey and her husband are treating their two teenage boys to a Dallas Cowboys game, dinner at a steakhouse and a family night in a hotel. Because it’s sure to cost hundreds of dollars, the parents let the boys choose between the night on the town and storebought gifts. Bailey was surprised by their decision. “That said a lot to me, that they are wanting that memory, that experience,” says Bailey, from Abilene, Texas. “That family time is for me as a mom the most precious gift I can have.” There’s no reliable way to track how much shoppers are spending on experience gifts this year compared with last. Restaurants, spas and other businesses don’t always know if people are buying their services as gifts or for themselves. But shoppers are expected to spend $80 million to $100 million on deal sites over the holidays — as much as 10 times more than last year — according to an estimate for North America from Yipit, a site that collects daily deals from across the Web. “Deal sites get a lot of credit for bringing new and unusual experiences to the attention of people who might not have thought about them,” says Dan Hess, CEO of Dealradar.com, another site that aggregates deals. Groupon, the biggest deal site, sold 650,000 of its “Grouponicus” deals — the name is an apparent play on the secular “Seinfeld” holiday of Festivus — in the four days after

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Instead of sneakers or electronic gizmos, Denice Bailey and her husband are treating their two teenage boys to a Dallas Cowboys game, dinner at a steakhouse and a family night in a hotel. Thanksgiving, six times as many as last year. The company wouldn’t give dollar amounts. LivingSocial, the No. 2 deal site, sold more than 281,000 vouchers during the first three days of its “12 Days of Giving” promotion — about 1½ times what it sold last year. The number given as gifts has more than doubled. For those ready to take the plunge, there are as many options for experience-giving as Santa has elves. In New York, LivingSocial had a $100 deal for a winetasting and meatball-cooking class taught by the chef of Little Owl restaurant. It sold out in an hour. In Austin, Texas, Groupon offered a package of classes valued at $2,300 for $999. Included: a five-hour pyrotechnics workshop, a stunt driving course and hand-to-handcombat training. In Toronto, it offered dog-sledding lessons for two for $74, half off. While there’s no way to tell

Lohan says stubbornness led to her legal problems LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan said she should have listened to her advisers, but her stubbornness led to many of her welldocumented legal problems. Lohan made the comments in the January-February issue of Playboy magazine, wh i c h f e a Lindsay Lohan tures mostly nude photos and a brief story about the starlet. Pictures from the issue l e a ke d o n l i n e F r i d ay, prompting the magazine to release the issue early on its website. The story refers to Lohan’s infamous bad behavior — which includes two drunken driving arrests, five jail sentences and five rehab stints —

as youthful misadventures. Lohan returns to court Wednesday to update a judge on her compliance with strict new probation requirements that include working at a morgue.

how many of them were given as gifts, Sheri Bridges, a marketing professor at Wake Forest University, says experiences are the best gifts for the person who has everything. “Something time-starved people don’t have is quality time with people they love,” she says. Kevin O’Connor, 26, of Overland Park, Kan., found a spa massage on Groupon to give his girlfriend for Christmas. It normally goes for $132 but cost him $62. To add suspense, he plans to put the printed Groupon in a big box. “She saw it on there but didn’t want to buy it because it was some extra thing she didn’t want to spend money on,” he says. Kristen Vannice bought her boyfriend flying lessons on a glider, a small plane that runs without power using air currents. For $99 from the Soaring Society of America, she got him a lesson, instruction

materials and a few months’ membership to a glider training group. “He always talked about it kind of longingly, and I knew it was just the kind of thing he probably wouldn’t get around to taking the initiative to do himself,” says Vannice, 29, a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore. “We rarely pamper ourselves with nice or new experiences.” Still, as with any gift, givers of online daily deals have to proceed with caution. They come with expiration dates, and if your brother keeps hectoring you about whether you’ve taken that hot air balloon ride, it can get awkward. Plus, you can always take a necktie back, but returning a day of zip-lining is tricky without a time machine. And the deals are basically coupons, which can carry a stigma.


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Obese husband presents big issues for wife Dear Abby: I am 35 and my husband is 45. When we met, he weighed 375 pounds. He has now hit the 600-pound mark. I have five kids, a fulltime job and go to school two nights a week. He talks about losing weight, but it’s easier to talk about than actually do. He was in a car accident that left him with back problems, and on top of that he has bad knees from sports. The future doesn’t look promising. I know that one day he’ll be confined to bed — I predict in the very near future — and I will have to drop everything to take care of him. He is already dependent on me and the older kids to take care of him because he’s in pain all the time and can’t physically do anything. He doesn’t have insurance. If I didn’t have a family to take care of, it might not be as big of an issue. This is very depressing. I am thinking of seeing a counselor. He has already told me that he won’t go. Your input would be greatly appreciated. — Wife of a Big Man

DEAR ABBY ABIGAIL

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Dear Wife: Talk to a counselor right away. Unless you do something now, you will be unemployed and homebound with a sick husband and five dependent children. Who enabled your helpless husband to gain all the weight? His life depends upon him being on a strict, sensible nutrition regimen. Because he has no insurance, a self-help group could be a lifesaver. Overeaters Anonymous might be able to give you some guidance and offer him emotional support. There are chapters nationwide, as near as your phone book, or contact them online at www.oa.org. Dear Abby: My boyfriend, “Frank,” and I have been together for four months. I’m 21 and he’s 31. He was married before. This is my first serious

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BY BERNICE BEDE OSOL • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Keep faith in yourself and your ideas, even if others are not fully in accord. Chances are, it won’t be you who is off track, but your boorish associates. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — If you know you lack the necessary knowledge concerning a commercial involvement, don’t hesitate to rely on a trustworthy associate. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Thankfully, fairness and tact are your two greatest assets. Once others see that you are not trying to put anything over on them, they will treat you fairly in turn. Pisces (Feb. 20-March 20) — Conditions in general look to be extremely favorable where your work or career is concerned. Keep performing to the best of your abilities, because your efforts are being noticed. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Yield to your need to spend some relaxing time with good friends and fun companions. You don’t have to penalize your budget to do so — an inexpensive gettogether will suffice. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Allocate a reasonable amount of time to tending to the needs of those you love. If you do so purely from your heart’s desire, it’ll be extremely fulfilling for everyone. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — There are a couple of dynamic forces at work within you that could yield you much success. One is the abundance of bright ideas you’ll get, and the other is how you implement them. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — It is admirable how generous you are with your resources. You’ll not only spend them on things you want, but also put them toward supplying pleasure for others as well. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) — Because your showmanship qualities will be very much in evidence, everything you do will carry a flair for the dramatic and even attract an audience. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You’ll sense that in order to be effective, it will be best to keep a low profile. Thus, you will likely choose to operate in the background, planting your ideas in the minds of associates. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Maintain a positive attitude and a victor’s vision, and all the dealings you have with large groups or corporations will come off as well as you hoped they would. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — The itchy feeling dogging your heels that life has been conspiring against you will finally fade. Freed from the burden of your own spurious premonitions, you’ll begin to make slow but definite improvements.

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BY DR. ROBERT WALLACE • NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION Dr. Wallace: I’m 13 and starting to mature physically. It’s time that I learn about sex and sexual reproduction. Everything that I have learned so far has come from my friends, and I’m not sure all of it is true. I’ve asked my mother at least a dozen times to answer my questions about sex, but she always makes excuses why she can’t do it “just yet.” Sometimes she says that she is “too tired” to think or she is too busy “right now” or “wait until my headache goes away.” Dr. Wallace, it’s time for me to know all the true facts about sex. One girl told me that her best friend got pregnant just by kissing a guy. I know that isn’t true, but those are the types of rumors that float around our school. My best friend told me that her mother answered all of her questions regarding sex and would be glad to answer all of mine, too. Should I have my friend’s mother tell me about “the birds and the bees” or should I continue pressing my mother to do what she is supposed to do — tell her daughter the truth about sex? If you tell me to continue pressing my mother for answers, what can I do to get her to tell me the facts and answer my questions? Of course, I’m not planning to have sex, but still, I’d like to be informed. — Nameless, Michigan City, Ind. Nameless: Your mom is missing the boat. As soon as a young person wants answers about sex, the time is right to begin talking about it to him or her. Some parents find doing so extremely uncomfortable, but they still need to make that effort anyway. Tell Mom it’s crucial that you have accurate information about sex and reproduction. If you haven’t done so already, tell her about the rumors and misinformation floating around your school. If her “headache” doesn’t go away and she still refuses to have a serious talk with you about sex, then let her know that your friend’s mother will. Chances are this will encourage Mom to fulfill her responsibility. But if she gives you permission to learn from your friend’s mother instead, do it. • Dr. Robert Wallace writes for Copley News Service. E-mail him at rwallace@Copley News Service.

relationship. Sometimes we get into heated arguments because he’s ready to “plan for the future” while I just want to go with the flow. He thinks I don’t take our relationship seriously because I’m not ready to move in with him, get married or start a family yet. When I explain that I would love for all of that to happen — eventually — Frank says it seems more like a friendship than a relationship. That really hurts me, because I’m trying. These arguments over my lack of “seriousness” are killing me. They started two months into the relationship. I feel pressured. If the pressure continues, I’m feeling like we might not be able to be together. I need your advice, please. — Doing the Best I Can in Boston Dear Doing the Best You Can: You are a smart young woman with excellent instincts. Trust them. You feel pressured because you ARE being pressured. In fact, you’re being given the fullcourt press.

Pushing for a quick involvement/commitment is one of the warning signs of an abuser. Ask yourself, What’s the rush? Find out the reasons why his marriage failed. Stand your ground and don’t allow yourself to be pushed into anything you are not completely comfortable with. And if it persists, end the relationship. Dear Abby: I’m seeing a counselor for my anxiety, and it bothers me that he yawns throughout each consultation. He sometimes apologizes for it, though. Is this inappropriate behavior for a therapist? — Miffed in New Jersey Dear Miffed: Unless your counselor is starved for oxygen or burning the candle at both ends, yes, it is. And because it is distracting to you during your sessions, tell him if it doesn’t stop, you will have to find another counselor.

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

Carpal tunnel syndrome doesn’t always need surgery Dear Doctor K: I have carpal tunnel syndrome. My doctor wants me to consider surgery, but I’d like to learn about other treatment options first. Dear Reader: In carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve that leads from your neck down your arm to your hand becomes trapped, or pinched, in your wrist. The nerve passes through a little tunnel (the carpal tunnel) in the wrist. The tunnel is made of very tough tissue. Usually it is wide enough to allow the nerve to pass through it easily. But sometimes the tunnel gets narrowed and the nerve gets pinched. The classic symptoms are pain, weakness and tingling in the fingers. Often these symptoms occur at night and awaken you from sleep. As the condition progresses, you might start to feel tingling during the day, and the pain might radiate up your arm. It might become difficult to make a tight fist or grasp small objects. Carpal tunnel syndrome is more likely to occur in people who are overweight, during pregnancy and in people who work with their hands. People with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) are at higher risk for getting carpal tunnel syndrome. There are several nonsurgical treatments you can try to relieve your symptoms. Most people improve with one or more of them: • Self-help. Rest the affected hand for at least two weeks, avoiding any activities that make your symptoms worse. In particular, avoid prolonged periods of gripping and pinching. • Wear a splint to keep your wrist straight. If it is impractical for you to wear one during the day, wear one at night for sure. People can sleep in the strangest positions, and some positions flex the wrist and pinch the nerve harder. You can find splints at most pharmacies. • Hand exercises might help. Consult a hand therapist for specific exercise recommendations. • Despite what you might have heard, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen are not effective for treating carpal tunnel syndrome. • Corticosteroid injections relieve symptoms in some people. They can reduce swelling and inflammation inside the carpal tunnel that might be pressing on and irritating the nerve. • Yoga can reduce pain and improve grip strength. If you try this option, find a well-qualified instructor who understands anatomy and can help you adjust the poses as

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needed. • Acupuncture might be helpful, either in addition to or instead of other therapies. Acupuncture can be costly, but it might be worth a try if you’d prefer to avoid surgery.

• Write to Dr. Komaroff in care of United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th fl., New York, NY 10016, or send questions to his website, www.AskDoctorK.com.

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01. Legals SUBSTITUTED TRUSTEE'S NOTICE OF SALE WHEREAS, on August 6, 1997, Demetris M. Davis, a single person executed a certain deed of trust to William F. Jones, Trustee for the benefit of Magnolia Federal Bank for Savings which deed of trust is of record in the office of the Chancery Clerk of Warren County, State of Mississippi in Book 1097 at Page 280; and WHEREAS, said Deed of Trust was subsequently assigned to EverBank by instrument dated November 29, 2011 and recorded in Book 1530 at Page 305 of the aforesaid Chancery Clerk's office; and WHEREAS, EverBank has heretofore substituted J. Gary Massey as Trustee by instrument dated November 30, 2011 and recorded in the aforesaid Chancery Clerk's Office in Book 1530 at Page 306; and WHEREAS, default having been made in the terms and conditions of said deed of trust and the entire debt secured thereby having been declared to be due and payable in accordance with the terms of said deed of trust, EverBank, the legal holder of said indebtedness, having requested the undersigned Substituted Trustee to execute the trust and sell said land and property in accordance with the terms of said deed of trust and for the purpose of raising the sums due thereunder, together with attorney's fees, trustee's fees and expense of sale. NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Gary Massey, Substituted Trustee in said deed of trust, will on January 10, 2012 offer for sale at public outcry and sell within legal hours (being between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.), at the West Door of the County Courthouse of Warren County, located at Vicksburg, Mississippi, to the highest and best bidder for cash the following described property situated in Warren County, State of Mississippi, to-wit: Part of the Southwest Quarter of Section 10, Township 15 North, Range 4 East, Warren County, Mississippi, described as beginning at a point on the East line of the Baldwin-Ferry Road being the Northwest Corner of the Eugene Hall property and recorded in Deed Book 716 at Page 685 of the Land Records of Warren County, Mississippi; thence run N 0 degrees - 05' W along the East side of the BaldwinFerry Road for 110 feet; thence run N 88 degrees 40' E for 309.7 feet; thence run S 11 degrees - 39' W for 49.6 feet; thence run S 46 degrees -01' W for 91.0 feet; thence run S 88 degrees 40' W for 234.03 feet to the East side of the BaldwinFerry Road and the point of beginning, containing 0.72 acres, more or less. I WILL CONVEY only such title as vested in me as Substituted Trustee. WITNESS MY SIGNATURE on this 8th day of December, 2011. J. Gary Massey SUBSTITUTED TRUSTEE## Shapiro & Massey, L.L.C. 1910 Lakeland Drive Suite B Jackson, MS 39216 (601)981-9299 1760 China Grove Rd. Vicksburg, MS 39180 08-101752JC Publish: 12/13, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3(4t) SUBSTITUTED TRUSTEE'S NOTICE OF SALE WHEREAS, on April 18, 2007, Avery L. Harris and Glory S. Harris, Husband and Wife, executed a certain deed of trust to Dyke, Henry, Goldsholl and Winzerling, Trustee for the benefit of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., which deed of trust is of record in the office of the Chancery Clerk of Warren County, State of Mississippi in Book 1651 at Page 534; and WHEREAS, said Deed of Trust was subsequently assigned to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for the Registered Holders of Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. Trust 2007-HE7 Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates,

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Series 2007-HE7 by instrument dated December 14, 2010 and recorded in Book 1518 at Page 156 of the aforesaid Chancery Clerk's office; and WHEREAS, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for the Registered Holders of Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. Trust 2007-HE7 Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-HE7 has heretofore substituted J. Gary Massey as Trustee by instrument dated October 24, 2011 and recorded in the aforesaid Chancery Clerk's Office in Book 1528 at Page 740; and WHEREAS, default having been made in the terms and conditions of said deed of trust and the entire debt secured thereby having been declared to be due and payable in accordance with the terms of said deed of trust, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for the Registered Holders of Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. Trust 2007-HE7 Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-HE7, the legal holder of said indebtedness, having requested the undersigned Substituted Trustee to execute the trust and sell said land and property in accordance with the terms of said deed of trust and for the purpose of raising the sums due thereunder, together with attorney's fees, trustee's fees and expense of sale. NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Gary Massey, Substituted Trustee in said deed of trust, will on December 20, 2011 offer for sale at public outcry and sell within legal hours (being between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.), at the West Door of the County Courthouse of Warren County, located at Vicksburg, Mississippi, to the highest and best bidder for cash the following described property situated in Warren County, State of Mississippi, to-wit: Parcel One: Lot 99 of Openwood Plantation Subdivision, Part III, as shown by plat of record in Plat Book 2 at Pages 32-33 of the Warren County Land Records. Parcel Two: Begin at the Northwest corner of Lot 100, Part Three, Openwood Plantation Subdivision; thence leave Beauregard Drive and run North 89 degrees 07 minutes 35 seconds East 273.82 feet to the East line of Lot 100; thence run along the East line of Lot 100, North 00 degrees 05 minutes 27 seconds West, 5.74 feet to the Northeast corner of said Lot 100; thence run along the dividing line between Lots 99 and 100; South 87 degrees 55 minutes 33 seconds

West, 273.96 feet to the Point of Beginning, containing 0.02 acres and being part of Lot 100 Openwood Plantation Subdivision, Part 3, as per plat recorded in Plat Book 2 at Page 32-33 of the Warren County Land Records. I WILL CONVEY only such title as vested in me as Substituted Trustee. WITNESS MY SIGNATURE on this 22nd day of November, 2011. J. Gary Massey SUBSTITUTED TRUSTEE Shapiro & Massey, L.L.C. 1910 Lakeland Drive - Suite B Jackson, MS 39216 (601)981-9299 4 Beauregard Drive Vicksburg, MS 39183 11-003543DT Publish: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13 (3t)

PUBLIC NOTICE- Warren County. Mabrie Gilmor will be applying for a full pardon 30 days from posting for the crime of vehicular manslaughter committed 6/1990 charged in this county and has lived a law abiding life since, forgiveness is sought. If there are objections to granting of this pardon, please contact the Parole Board by phone at (601) 576-3520 or fax (601) 5763528. Publish: 12/8, 12/9, 12/10, 12/11, 12/12, 12/13, 12/14, 12/15, 12/16, 12/17, 12/18, 12/19, 12/20, 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, 12/24, 12/25/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 12/30, 12/31, 1/1, 1/ 2, 1/3, 1/ 4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/7, 1/8(30t)

read aloud by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vicksburg in an Adjourned Board Meeting at 10:00 o'clock a.m., Thursday, December 22, 2011. 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: 12/8, 12/13(2t)

FREE PUPPIES TO good homes. Yellow Labrador, males and females, 7 weeks old, ready to go! 601-529-3719.

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Public Notice County of Sharkey Johnny Earl McCool, II will be applying for a full pardon 30 days from this posting for the crime of possession of precursor chemicals committed on April 13, 2003, charged in this county and has lived a law abiding life since the crimes, forgiveness is sought. If there are objections to the granting of this pardon, please contact the Governor's Office by phone at (601)359-3150. Publish: 11/15, 11/16, 11/17, 11/18, 11/19, 11/20, 11/21, 11/22, 11/23, 11/24, 11/25, 11/26, 11/27, 11/28, 11/29, 11/30, 12/1, 12/2, 12/3, 12/4, 12/5, 12/6, 12/7, 12/8, 12/9, 12/10, 12/11, 12/12, 12/13, 12/14(30t)

IN THE CHANCERY COURT OF WARREN COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI IN RE: ESTATE OF HUGH PATRICK SOUTHERLAND, JR., DECEASED NO. 2011-094 PR NOTICE TO CREDITORS Letters of Administration upon the Estate of Hugh Patrick Southerland, Jr., deceased, having been granted to the undersigned, on the 30 day of November, 2011, by the Chancery Court of Warren County, Mississippi, notice is hereby given to all persons having claims against said Estate to present the same of the Clerk of said Court for probate and registration, according to law, within three (3) months from the first publication of this notice or they will be forever barred. This the 1 day of December, 2011. /s/ Lee Ann Southerland Stuart LEE ANN SOUTHERLAND STUART ADMINISTRATRIX OF THE ESTATE OF HUGH PATRICK SOUTHERLAND, JR., DECEASED OF COUNSEL: MICHAEL R. BONNER Attorney at Law 914 Grove Street Vicksburg, MS 39183 MSB No. 9331 Telephone No. (601) 636-4191. Facsimile No. (601) 638-1643 Publish: 12/6, 12/13, 12/20 (3t)

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SEALED BIDS for furnishing Towing; Pest Control; Liquid Chlorine Bleach will be received in the office of the City Clerk of the City of Vicksburg, Mississippi until 9:00 o'clock a.m., Thursday, December 22, 2011. They will be publicly opened and

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DROP OFF ANY new or almost new children's coat to the collection site at George Carr, on South Frontage Road, before December 16th to help keep a child warm this winter. ENDING HOMELESSNESS. WOMEN with children or without are you in need of shelter? Mountain of Faith Ministries/ Women's Restoration Shelter. Certain restrictions apply, 601-661-8990. Life coaching available by appointment. HEY! NEED CASH NOW? We buy junk cars, vans, SUVs, heavy equipment and more! Call today, we'll come pick them up with money in hand! 1-800826-8104.

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14. Pets & Livestock COCKER SPANIEL. 1 year old female. $150, negotiable. 601-218-6584.

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

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THE PET SHOP “Vicksburg’s Pet Boutique� 3508 South Washington Street Pond fish, Gold fish, Koi, fish food aquarium needs, bird food, designer collars, harnesses & leads, loads of pet supplies! Bring your Baby in for a fitting today!

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

D & D TREE CUTTING •Trimming • Lawn Care • Dirt Hauled • Insured For FREE Estimates Call “Big Jamesâ€? 601-218-7782 DIRT AND GRAVEL hauled. 8 yard truck. 601638-6740.

FREE ESTIMATES TREY GORDON ROOFING & RESTORATION •Roof & Home Repair (all types!) •30 yrs exp •1,000’s of ref Licensed • Insured 601-618-0367 • 601-456-4133 I CLEAN HOMES! Over 35 years experience. Excellent references. 601-6312482, 601-831-6052. I-PHONE REPAIR. Buy, sell and repair. Arcue Sanchez - 601-618-9916. PLUMBING SERVICES24 hour emergency- broken water lines- hot water heaters- toilets- faucetssinks. Pressure Washingsidewalk- house- mobile homes- vinyl siding- brick homes. 601-618-8466. River City Lawn Care You grow it - we mow it! Affordable and professional. Lawn and landscape maintenance. Cut, bag, trim, edge. 601-529-6168.

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

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HARVARD FOOSBALL TABLES and air hockey game table, perfect condition. Great Christmas gifts! Must see, make offer! 601638-8925.

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ELDERLY ASSISTANCE AVAILBLE. Clean, cook and errands. Call Frances 601868-0009 or 601-456-4413. NEED A SITTER? Call 601-400-1290, 601-4975144. Over 25 years of experience.

24. Business Services A CHIMNEY SWEEP. Inspect/ clean, best price in town! Licensed/ insured. 601-218-0253 Jeff- Agape.

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

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PROCESS MEDICAL CLAIMS from home! Use your own computer! Find out how to spot a medical billing scam from The Federal Trade Commission. 1-877-FTC-HELP. A message from The Vicksburg Post and The FTC.

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Ask us how to “Post Size� your ad with some great clip art! Call the Classified Ladies at 601-636-Sell (7355). HEY! NEED CASH NOW? We buy junk cars, vans, SUVs, heavy equipment and more! Call today, we'll come pick them up with money in hand! 1-800826-8104. What's going on in Vicksburg this weekend? Read The Vicksburg Post! For convenient home delivery call 601-636-4545, ask for circulation.

20. Hunting

Call our Circulation Department for CONVENIENT Home Delivery and/ or our On-line Subscription. Monday- Friday, 8am-5pm, 601-636-4545.

29. Unfurnished Apartments 2 BEDROOM Duplex, $400. 4 bedroom duplex, $500. With stove and refrigerator. $200 deposit. 601-634-8290.

BEAUTIFUL LAKESIDE LIVING

• Lake Surrounds Community

• Pool • Fireplace • Spacious Floor Plans 601-629-6300 501 Fairways Drive Vicksburg

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

601-638-2231 DOWNTOWN, BRICK, MARIE Apartments. Total electric, central air/ heat, stove, refrigerator. $520, water furnished. 601-636-7107, trip@msubulldogs.org SAVE! SAVE! SAVE! Ask about our Holiday Special- 2 and 3 bedrooms. We aim to please. Call 601-686-0635.

30. Houses For Rent 2 BEDROOM, 1 bath, with washer/ dryer hook-up, refrigerator, stove and fenced yard. $450 month, $250 security deposit. 601638-0133.

31. Mobile Homes For Rent 16X60 2 BEDROOM, 2 Bath, 12x60 porch. No pets. $200 deposit, $650 monthly. 601-631-1942.

RICHARD M. CALDWELL BROKER SPECIALIZING IN RENTALS

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

THE COVE Stop looking, Start living!

Paid cable, water and trash. Washer, Dryer and built-in microwave furnished. 601-638-5587 1-601-686-0635

32. Mobile Homes For Sale 5 BEDROOMS, 3 Baths. Buy double wide with land. No credit check/ owner finance. Must have $5000 deposit. 601-9412952. KEEP UP WITH ALL THE LOCAL NEWS AND SALES... SUBSCRIBE TO THE VICKSBURG POST TODAY! CALL 601-636-4545, ASK FOR CIRCULATION. VERY NICE 5 bedroom, 3 bath. New hardwood floors on ½ acre lot. Asking $65,000. 601-618-8612.

33. Commercial Property

21. Boats, Fishing Supplies

COMMERCIAL BUILDING or Turn- Key restaurant with 2 lots for sale at Eagle Lake. Call 850-683-1085.

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

FOR LEASE- COMMERCIAL property. Car lot with new office, 2720 Clay Street. 601-218-3252.

34. Houses For Sale

CLOSET PHOBIA? Clear out the skeletons in yours with an ad in the classifieds.

601-636-SELL 29. Unfurnished Apartments

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

Vans • Cars • Trucks •Insurance Claims Welcome•

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

ROSS

CONSTRUCTION

New Homes

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

Jon Ross 601-638-7932

Simmons Lawn Service

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

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

NEED AN APARTMENT?

UTILITIES PAID! 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments Studios & Efficiencies 801 Clay Street 601-630-2921 www.the-vicksburg.com

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

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

FREE Rides for Children 4 & Under

ROCKET TAXICAB 601-636-0491

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

601-661-0765 • 601-415-3333

PATRIOTIC

• Business Cards • Letterhead • Envelopes • Invoices • Work Orders • Invitations

• FLAGS

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

S HAMROCK A PA RT M E N T S SUPERIOR QUALITY, CUSTOM CABINETS, EXTRA LARGE MASTER BDRM, & WASHER / DRYER HOOKUPS. SAFE!! SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT

SPEEDIPRINT & OFFICE SUPPLY

• BANNERS • BUMPER STICKERS • YARD SIGNS

Show Your Colors!

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

601-634-8928 2170 S. I-20 Frontage Rd. www.ColdwellBanker.com www.homesofvicksburg.net

Enjoy the convenience of downtown living at

The Vicksburg Apartments

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

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

FOR SALE BY owner $70,000. 3 bedroom 2 bath. Port Gibson. Large backyard, All new heating cooling. 601437-0654, 601-870-5548.

Licensed in MS and LA

Jones & Upchurch Real Estate Agency 1803 Clay Street www.jonesandupchurch.com

www.thelandingsvicksburg.com

26. For Rent Or Lease

29. Unfurnished Apartments

CARY, MS. 3 bed, 2 bath home, 4.5 lots. Shown by appointment only. Asking $115,000. 601-824-0270.

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

DOUBLE WIDE. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, off Highway 80. $700 monthly, water included deposit/ references. 769-203-0379.

(INCLUDING CORPORATE APARTMENTS) CALL 601-618-5180 caldwell@vicksburg.com

34. Houses For Sale

Jill WaringUpchurch....601-906-5012 Carla Watson...............601-415-4179 Mary D. Barnes .........601-966-1665 Stacie Bowers-Griffin...601-218-9134 Andrea Upchurch.......601-831-6490 Broker, GRI

601-636-6490 Kay Odom..........601-638-2443 Kay Hobson.......601-638-8512 Jake Strait...........601-218-1258 Alex Monsour.....601-415-7274 Jay Hobson..........601-456-1318 Daryl Hollingsworth..601-415-5549

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

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REAL ESTATE, INC

JIM HOBSON

REALTORŽ•BUILDER•APPRAISER

601-636-0502 When you need help in finding that perfect home in Eagle Lake, call me! Whether you’re looking for a lakefront home, waterfront lots, foreclosures, reduced housing or just good deals!!!

Bette Paul Warner, 601-218-1800, McMillin Real Estate.

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

1-800-826-8104

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

40. Cars & Trucks DECEMBER DEAL!

2002 Ford Escape $850 Down $163 Bi -Weekly Gary’s Cars 601-883-9995 Garyscfl.com 2002 CAMRY XLE. Black, asking $7500. 1997 Honda Accord, Silver, asking $3000. 601-630-5091.

AUTO WORLD'S ROCK-BOTTOM CHRISTMAS SALE! George Carr Rental building. 601-831-2000 after 3pm.

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

1-800-826-8104 Finding the car you want in the Classifieds is easy, but now it’s practically automatic, since we’ve put our listings online.

29. Unfurnished Apartments

MUTUAL CREDIT UNION has for sale: 2007 GMC Yukon, 93,000 miles. $16,500. Please call 601636-7523, extension 258.

Call 601-636-SELL to sell your Car or Truck!

29. Unfurnished Apartments

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

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


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