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Serving West Point & Clay County Since 1867 WEDNESDAY, January 1, 2014
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Wire leaves city dark
City, county figures look ahead to 2014
—Donna Harris/Daily Times Leader
City electric crews work to restore power Tuesday morning along Brame Avenue in West Point. Just after 8 a.m., a short in the main line caused a surge which downed a transformer and left most of the south end of the city in the dark.
Loose connection leaves south end without electricity
BY JUSTIN MINYARD City crews worked diligently Tuesday to restore power to a fairly sizable portion of West Point after a vast power outage left city residents in the darkness of their business, workplace or dwelling. City Water and Electric Superintendent Dwight Prisock said the power outage occurred at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. Upon further inspection of the event, Prisock said the situation was of an uncommon brand. One 16,000 volt electric wire, according to Prisock, was thought to have had a “loose connection” that overheated the outer coating of the active wires. The heat reached such extraordinary levels that the cable in its entirety melted, which then produced two separate cables. Prisock went on to say that once the split cable hit the ground, the substation it belonged to, thanks to the substation’s safety equipment, recorded a “ground fault” and proceeded to shut the entire substation down. This, according to Prisock, resulted in a vast portion of the city to be without power. Prisock said “everything south of Broad Street” was without power until crews repaired the substation and cable to a “new condition” at about 11:45 a.m. “In my three years of working here, this is the first time we’ve had an outage like this,” said Prisock. “It’s unusual to have that, but it can happen. ... If it overheats a little bit, a little bitty problem becomes a big problem. “Normally we don’t have an outage like that,” Prisock added. “Typically we would have one circuit go down, but the wire went into the ground and caused the safety equipment in the substation to trip.” A more common reason for a power outage, Prisock said, was a blown fuse in
It’s a new year, and some key figures in West Point and Clay County have been thinking over the best ways to close out the old and get on with the new, both in their personal and professional lives. And while not everyone chooses to make New Year’s resolutions, some of the area’s finest have taken the fresh eyes, fresh approach to all aspects of their lives, including the job. West Point City Clerk Delores Doss said while she doesn’t typically make set New Year’s resolutions so much as a general mind set to make each year better than the year before. However, this year, Doss has elected to embrace some definitive goals. “I want to better myself spiritually, financially and in my physical health,” Doss said. “Spiritually, I want to give more of my time to God, spend more time in the church and set a better example as a parent and wife. I want to encourage my children to give time to God and see the importance of God in our lives.” Similarly, Doss said she wanted to stress making better financial decisions, as well as working toward better overall physical health. With three children and one grandchild, Doss said she hoped to be an example in addition to improving her quality of life. “This year I did a lot of eating sweets and snacking, and I feel like I leaned a little more toward the unhealthy than the healthy,” Doss said. “I’m really going to work on eating better and exercising more. ... I’m getting older, and I’m taking life a little more seriously. I’ve got to start taking care of my body now. I want to be around for my kids.” Doss said one of her most important ambitions is to continue growth in her position as City Clerk, however. Having been appointed the position in July, Doss said she intended to make a concerted effort to become more actively involved in the community, and to bring her family in on that involvement. She said she was looking forward to the changes coming to West Point, as well. “We’re looking ahead,” Doss said. “We’re headed in the right direction now, especially with the addition of Yokohama. That’s going to pave the way for our children, and I’m excited about what it means.” Looking to build on that partnership with Yokohama is West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson. Robinson said he learned “a long time ago not to make New Year’s resolutions,” however he did have a plan for city business he’d like to begin laying the groundwork on. Robinson said in addition to further cultivating the relation-
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Law enforcement Wounded Tupelo officer released from hospital keeping eyes out during New Year’s
Associated Press BY JUSTIN MINYARD City and county law enforcement agencies don’t generally expect a great deal of mischief to occur on New Years day. Instead, the West Point Police Department and the Clay County Sheriff’s Department focuses heavily on suppressing illicit activity the night before: New Years eve. West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the more common problems that occur during New Year’s eve are individuals discharging firearms and setting off fireworks within city limits. And it’s a persistent problem, said Brinkley. Individuals have taken it upon themselves to commemorate the new year with more rural traditions. It’s not entirely uncommon, either. When the clock strikes midnight, individuals are likely to point their respective celebratory medium (fireworks and firearms, that is) to the sky and let nature handle the rest. Having the appearance of harmlessness, of course, does not equate to a hardened fact. “We caution people that it’s illegal to discharge a firearm in the city limits,” said Brinkley. “Even whey they shoot their firearms in the air, those projectiles go up, but they also come down.” TUPELO — Tupelo officer Joseph Maher who was shot while trying to stop a bank robber last week, has been released from the hospital. Police Chief Bart Aguirre says Maher was released Tuesday morning. Aguirre said Maher slipped out quietly. He says in a news release that Maher's family has requested privacy in the coming weeks as Maher continues to heal. Maher suffered injuries to the head and face on Dec. 23 after responding to a bank robbery. His partner, Sgt. Gale Stauffer, was shot and killed. Aguirre says Maher faces several surgeries. The man believed to be responsible for the bank robbery and subsequent shooting was shot and killed Saturday after robbing a bank in Phoenix. Authorities also believe he was responsible for an attempted bank robbery in Atlanta Dec. 23.
— Associated Press
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Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre speaks to the people gathered for a candlelight vigil Wednesday,, held in honor of Tupelo policeman Kevin Gale Stauffer, who was shot and killed earlier in the week after responding to a bank robbery, in Tupelo. The vigil also honored officer Joseph Maher, who was wounded in the shootout with suspected bank robbers. Maher was released from the hospital Tuesday.
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Prentiss Eugene Bramlett Sr.
NMMC staff donate to foster children
Prentiss Eugene Bramlett, Sr. 82, passed away, Dec. 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born Feb. 7, 1931, in Tupelo, the son of the late Maize Lee Davis and Virgil Preston Bramlett. He was a self employed master carpenter for 20 years and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was a Korean War Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He married Marion Eugene Velcek Bramlett Dec. 24, 1955, in West Point. Funeral services are Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at 2 p.m. from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Dr. James Towery officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include his wife, Marion V. Bramlett of West Point; one daughter, Mary Ann Kershaw (Bill) of Braden, Tenn.; two sons, Randy W. Bramlett (Terri) of West Point, and Larry Bond of El Paso, Texas; six grandchildren: Robin Guillot, Juanita Baker, Jermiah Bond, Amber Bond, Heather Brown, and Nicole Weston; ten great- grandchildren: Brandon Baker Jr., William Baker, Gabrielle Guillot, Christopher Guillot, Theodore Guillot, Donnie Getz, Holden Getz, Kalib Getz, Colton Brown, and Conner Brown; one sister, Barbara Jean Pitts of Tupelo; One Brother, Stanley Bramlett (Liz) of West Point; He was predeceased by two sons: Prentiss Eugene Bramlett Jr. and Paul Bramlett and by three brothers: Preston Bramlett, Paul Bramlett, and James Bramlett. Pallbearers are Charles McComic, Lonnie Bramlett, Brandon Baker, Mike Bramlett, Mike Garnett, Daniel Clardy, and Charlie Foster. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. Visitation is today, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, from 5 - 8 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home. Friends may leave an online condolence at
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John Warren ‘J.W.’ Henry Jr.
John Warren “J.W.” Henry, Jr. 57, passed away, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at his home in Pheba. He was born Feb. 16, 1956, in West Point, to Elizabeth Arlene Andrews and John Warren Henry Sr. He owned and operated Henry Trucking. Graveside services are Friday, January 3, 2014, at 10 a.m. from the Graveside at Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery with Rev. Todd Chesser officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include his son, Jack Henry and Jack’’s mother Lesia of Pheba; three sisters: Lydia Henry of Clinton, Dianne Watson (John) of West Point, and Sarah Beth Harden of Pheba. He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or to Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 800 Avery Boulevard, Suite 100, Ridgeland, MS 39157-5225. Friends may leave an online condolence at
Michele Rowe (left) and Anne Comer (right) of North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point deliver the last shipment of gifts the week before Christmas to Shawna Pittman and Andrea McCulley of the Clay County Department of Human Services. NMMC-West Point employees purchased Christmas presents for 22 local foster children. For the second year in a row, DHS provided a list of children’s needs, and various hospital departments either purchased gifts or donated money for gifts. Participating departments were Nursing (Emergency Department, Women’s Pavilion, Intensive Care Unit, Medical-Surgical and Nursing Administration), Endoscopy, Pharmacy, Surgery, Business Office, ER Admissions, Case Management, Medical Staff Coordinator, Administration, Clinical Quality, Auxiliary, Human Resources, Community Outreach, Dietitian, Environmental Services and Facility Operations.
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5:30 p.m. at the Henry Clay Retirement Center. All members and those interested in AARP are urged to attend. For more information call Ella Seay 494-8323 or Dorothy Landon 494-3577. u Lodge Breakfast — West Point Masonic Lodge No. 40, sponsors a breakfast the first Saturday of each month from 5:30 – 8:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.
Center, if offering free GED classes at EMCC West Point Center, Monday thru Thursday, from 8 am – 1:30 p.m. These classes are sponsored by the Adult Basic Education depar tment of East MS Community College. Please contact Cynthia McCrary or Jessica Flynt at 4928857 for additional information.
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u Basic Skills Class — Free Basic Skills class at the EMCC West Point Center, Hwy. 45 North, Monday thru Thursday each week, 11:30-1:30 p.m. The Basic Skills class will prepare you to take the WorkKeys test and receive a Career Readiness Certificate. WorkKeys® is a job skills assessment that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. These classes are sponsored by EMCC Workforce Services. Please call Mitzi Thompson at 243-2647, to register for free classes. u Lodge Meeting — West Point Masonic Lodge No. 40, will have its regularly stated communication the third Monday of each month. All Master Masons are urged to attend. u Welding and Carpentry Classes — EMCC Workforce Services is offering Welding and Carpentry classes two nights a week from 5 – 9 p.m. Please contact Mitzi Thompson at 243-2647. u Grief Support Group — Christ United Methodist Church is providing support for grieving families with a Grief Support Group who will meet Mondays at 6:30 p.m. u GED Classes — EMCC West Point
u Civitan meetings — The West Point Civitan Club meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon in the Training Room of NMMC-West Point. All interested persons are cordially invited to attend. u West Point Alumni Chapter Meetings — The West Point Alumni Chapter Meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Northside School building on Fifth St. at noon. All members and interested persons are invited to attend. u City Board Meetings — The City Board of West Point holds its meetings the second Tuesday of each month at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. Work Sessions are held every Thursday prior to the board meeting at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. u American Legion Meeting — American Legion Post 212 will meet every third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. at their headquarters on Morrow St. All members are urged to attend. u AARP Meeting — The Clay County AARP will meet every third Thursday, at
u C2C Info — Need work skills to get a job? EMCC Workforce offers the Counseling 2 Career program to assist in gaining work experience. C2C classes are available for residents of Clay, Lowndes, and Noxubee counties, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you are 18-21, please contact Sha’Carla Petty at 662-243-1930 or Chrystal Newman at 662-243-1941 for more information.
u Feed the Hungry — Holy Temple Holiness Church Women’s Ministries deliver meals to Feed the Hungry the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. If you or someone you know is elderly or shut-in, and could benefit from this free delivery service, call 494-3322 before 8 a.m. the morning of the deliveries. u Town Creek Bible Study — Minister Lester Moore will be holding Bible Study at Town Creek Apartments in the Laundry Room each Tuesday night from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. The current 13-week less is titled “How to be a Christian.” u Noonday Prayer Service — Strong Hill M.B. Church is having a prayer service from noon – 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Inviting everyone seeking the power of prayer. Ministers, evangelists and pastors are welcome. u Computer Classes — Pilgrim Grove M.B. Church is offering free computer classes for senior citizens age 60 and over from 6 – 7 p.m. each Tuesday. Classes will teach basic beginner computer skills. Don’t let technology pass you by.
u Animal shelter help — The West Point Clay County Animal shelter needs foster families for several puppies who have been selected to go on the next Homeward Bound rescue. You would need to keep the pup for two weeks, until the day of transport. If you are interested, please call the shelter at 524-4430.
u Ladies Auxiliary — The American Legion Post 212 Ladies Auxiliary meet the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.
u MLK Pre-Holiday Black Tie Banquet — The West Point Alumni Chapter will sponsor the annual MLK Black Tie Banquet at 6:30 p. m. at the UFCW Local Union Hall. The speaker for the event will be Dr. Loucrecia W. Collins, professor at the University of Alabama - Birmingham. For more information contact Bettye Swift at 494-2647 or any member of the West Point Alumni Chapter.
u New Years Service — Progress Street Church of God is holding a New Years night service at 7 p.m. Guest speaker is Prophet Montez Sorrell of Cincinnati, Ohio. Everyone is invited to attend. u New Years Mass — Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is holding New Years Day Mass at 10 a.m.
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ship with Yokohama, he hoped to see the city continue lending whatever assistance Clay County government needs to further its relationship with the plant as well. “We’re really just a few months away from the doors opening on this project,” Robinson said. “2015 will be here before we know it, and we want to give (the county) our assistance in any way we can to help fulfill those infrastructure needs.” Robinson said in addition to working with the plant, he hoped to further work on a proposed dog park to the city, as well as begin the foundation for developing another general use park. “I’d also like to work with the school systems in meeting some of their critical needs,” he said. “I’d like to work with Mr. (Burnell) McDonald to address the drop out rate and career readiness.” Robinson said another primary goal for 2014 was to continue revitalizing the downtown area, particularly as it related to beautification. “A little paint and a little cleaning goes a long way,” Robinson said. Like Robinson, Clay County District 4 Supervisor and president of the board Shelton Deanes said he generally avoided making New Year’s resolutions. However, Deanes is looking forward to developments as they relate to Yokohama and other industrial prospects. “I’d love to see Clay County land another Yokohama — something of that magnitude,” Deanes said. “I’d love to see our county as a whole bring in more industry. ... It can happen. Prayer is something I believe in, and God will answer prayer. I can’t say just how, but I somehow I believe something’s going to happen in 2014.” Clay County Chancery Clerk Amy Berry said she, too, was excited about the prospects awaiting the county with the development of Yokohama, and she had some goals of her own. Berry said she planned to bring a little more transparency to the Chancery Court by bringing the county’s land records fully electronic. It’s a process that could take as long as a full year, but will ultimately allow residents access to records online, as well as streamline the inner workings of the Chancery Court. “It just opens up the opportunity for further public
u Pastor Installation — Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is welcoming Rev. Channappa Reddy Basani as their pastor at the 5 p.m. Mass. A reception in his honor will follow in the parish hall.
u Pastor Anniversary — The Church House of Refuge Family Worship Center will have their Pastors Michael and Sharon Cannon 11th anniversary at 3 p.m.The guest speaker is Evangelist Gloria Jamison of Maranatha Faith Center in Columbus.
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service,” Berry said. “Things will be much more accessible. ... This will give us the capability to scan in a deed at the point of filing. It’ll (eventually) make things much more efficient.” It’s part of the yearly personal and professional improvement she strives for, she said. Berry makes it a point to make New Year’s resolutions each year. “It’s one of those things where I always have a goal I try to achieve,” Berry said. “Want to be realistic, but I always just try to do better. This year, I want to be better as a wife and mother — serving my family. I just want everyone to be safe and healthy. And I want to do better at serving the public, too. I love my job, I love serving the public, but there’s always room for improvement. I believe that with anybody.”
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Today's Weather
Local 5-Day Forecast
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 57F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Sunrise: 6:59 AM Sunset: 4:59 PM
A few morning showers. Highs in the mid 40s and lows in the low 20s. Sunrise: 7:00 AM Sunset: 4:59 PM
Sunshine. Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the low 20s.
Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 30s. Sunrise: 7:00 AM Sunset: 5:01 PM
Cloudy, periods of rain. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the low 30s. Sunrise: 7:00 AM Sunset: 5:02 PM
Sunrise: 7:00 AM Sunset: 5:00 PM
Mississippi At A Glance
Tupelo 54/39
Greenville 56/47
Starkville 57/42 Meridian 57/47
— Donna Summerall/Daily Times Leader
Hannah McVey and store manager Penny Pearson let everyone know they have all different kinds of collegiate gear for every sports fan.
Jackson 59/47
Outdoor Gear offers deals
BY DoNNA SummErALL Outdoor Gear in the Mossy Oak Outlet center, is continuing its 12 days of Christmas sale a little longer. It has great prices on North Face, Columbia, Mountain Hardware, Kavu, North River, Uggs, Eagles Nest Outfitters Hammocks, Bogs rain boots and Yeti coolers. “We still have our clearance room special going on where everyone can buy four clearance items and get 25 percent off,” said store manager Penny Pearson. “We mark down our North Face inventory as soon as we unpack it. It's never full price. I think we're the only store that does that. We try very hard to offer our customers competitive prices on the brands we carry.” Outdoor Gear has everything for the collegiate sports fan, said Pearson. The store offers Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama and even some Auburn, LSU and Southern Miss merchandise. She said to check with Outdoor Gear for backpacks, Tervis Tumblers, stadium chairs, tailgate tables, T-shirts and bags to show support for a favorite college team. Outdoor Gear has a huge collection of Kavu handbags in every color and size. Pearson said the Yeti Coolers are a must – have for trips to the beach or the river this summer. Camping gear is still available, as well. “I can't say how much I love the North Face Denali jackets,” said Outdoor Gear clerk, Hannah McVey. “They are my favorite item we sell. We still have great mark – downs right now to make merchandise more affordable. I never feel like I'm coming to work, I love helping our customers find what they need and telling them about sales or new product lines.” The staff wants to invite everyone to like Outdoor Gear on Facebook.
Area Cities
Biloxi 60/55
Lo Cond. 52 rain 55 rain 44 cloudy 51 rain 42 mst sunny 42 mst sunny 37 mst sunny 47 mst sunny 39 mst sunny 55 rain 50 rain 47 rain 49 rain 37 mst sunny 51 rain City Hi Memphis, TN 53 Meridian 57 Mobile, AL 58 Montgomery, AL 58 Natchez 61 New Albany 56 New Orleans, LA 62 Oxford 54 Philadelphia 57 Senatobia 53 Starkville 57 Tunica 52 Tupelo 54 Vicksburg 54 Yazoo City 58 Lo Cond. 37 mst sunny 47 rain 52 rain 48 cloudy 51 rain 38 mst sunny 56 rain 37 sunny 44 cloudy 36 mst sunny 42 pt sunny 37 mst sunny 39 mst sunny 39 mst sunny 46 rain
Silicon metal production plant for Burnsville
Associated Press BURNSVILLE — Mississippi Silicon will locate a new silicon metal production facility in Burnsville in Tishomingo County. The announcement was made Tuesday by Gov. Phil Bryant and local officials. Mississippi Silicon said in a new release that it is investing $200 million in the project, which will create 200 jobs. The facility will produce silicon metal for a broad range of industries in the United States including the aluminum, automotive and chemical industries. Mississippi Silicon is a partnership between Rima Holdings USA Inc., and domestic investor group Clean Tech I LLC. "Rima is proud to be joining forces with a high-profile group of investors, and we look forward to supporting our global network of silicon metal customers and especially our United Statesbased customers with this new facility," said Rima Industrial CEO and President Ricardo Vicintin. "Rima considered many locations around the world for the new facility, and we greatly appreciate the support and enthusiasm shown by the citizens and government leaders in Mississippi." The Mississippi Development Authority provided a total of $21.1 million for building construction and workforce training, as well as a $3.5 million loan to Tishomingo County for infrastructure needs. These were provided through the Mississippi Industry Incentive Financing Fund. Tishomingo County and Tennessee Valley Authority also provided assistance for the project. "I congratulate the team at Mississippi Silicon for becoming the state's newest corporate partner and for choosing Tishomingo County," Bryant said. "Mississippi is strongly positioned for growth in advanced manufacturing, and I am pleased to see another company placing its faith in our worldclass workforce." Rima Holdings USA, Inc. is owned by the Vicintin family, who also owns Rima Industrial S/A in Brazil, which currently employs more than 4,000 people in diecasting, magnesium, silicon metal, and ferroalloys.
City Hi Baton Rouge, LA 62 Biloxi 60 Birmingham, AL 58 Brookhavem 59 Cleveland 56 Columbus 58 Corinth 55 Greenville 56 Grenada 57 Gulfport 60 Hattiesburg 60 Jackson 59 Laurel 60 Little Rock, AR 55 Mc Comb 61
National Cities
City Atlanta Boston Chicago Dallas Denver Houston Los Angeles Miami Hi 55 28 24 64 41 63 75 78
Lo Cond. 42 cloudy 17 mst sunny 15 sn shower 31 mst sunny 24 pt sunny 47 rain 50 sunny 72 pt sunny
City Minneapolis New York Phoenix San Francisco Seattle St. Louis Washington, DC
Hi 1 34 70 67 45 42 48
Lo Cond. -12 flurries 31 pt sunny 46 sunny 45 mst sunny 41 cloudy 19 sn shower 34 mst sunny
Moon Phases
Dec 25
UV Index
3 Moderate
2 Low
3 Moderate
3 Moderate
2 Low
Holiday Garbage Collection for New Years Holiday
Wednesday Garbage pick-up will run on Thursday, January 2nd Thursday Garbage pick-up will run on Friday, January 3rd
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I was recently reading the Quinn Colson series by Oxford based writer Ace Atkins, stories about an Army Ranger who comes home to the fictional Jericho, Mississippi in Tibbehah County and fights corrupt politicians, drug dealers, gun runners and all sorts of shady dealings as sheriff.  I recommend the Colson books (three published) and Atkins’ other work has widespread praise as well.  But it was at Atkins’ blog I discovered a posting about former federal prosecutor John Hailman’s “From Midnight to Guntown: True Crime Stories from a Federal Prosecutor in Mississippi.” Hailman was a federal prosecutor for three decades in North Mississippi.  In addition to his passion for investigating and prosecuting crimes, Hailman served a columnist for the Washington Post writing about wine, food and travel and authored the biography, “Thomas Jefferson On Wine.” In his decanter of the legal vineyards of his career, he finds a land ripe with literary characters and outlandish crimes fermented in North Mississippi.  He writes in his introduction, “North Mississippi is still a unique place where one regularly encounters a diverse universe of colorful and disturbing characters, not just bungling bank robbers and psychopathic killers but humorous informants, thoughtful judges, traumatized victims, scheming bureaucrats, brilliant investigators, eloquent witnesses with second-grade educations, outraged citizens, and sleeping jurors.  People here like to give each other funky nicknames like ‘Cat Daddy’ and ‘Hard Time.’ The cast of characters is easily as varied as the nineteenth-century London of Charles Dickens.” Hailman’s begins his book as a young lawyer who, after clerking for federal judge William Keady, took a legal fellowship in Washington DC where his first “big city” defense victory was for a client sponsored by then Washington DC Mayor Marion Berry, also a Mississippi native. Hailman writes that Berry told him he had helped the judge get appointed so not to worry too much about the case. Hailman soon took a position as legal counsel to U.S. Sen. John Stennis where he worked on impeachment procedures (for Vice President Spiro Agnew) and monitored the Watergate Hearings for Stennis. He was also serving with Stennis when the Senator was shot in a robbery, requiring experimental surgery with at least two wounds considered “fatal” by the surgery team which trained on gunshot wounds in Vietnam. The lead doctor had conducted over 10,000 similar surgeries from 1967 to 1970 and said it would be a miracle if Stennis lived.  The 72-year-old Senator’s body resisted infection and he survived and he wanted revenge.  Hailman writes, “It was deep and primordial, almost Shake-
Crimes from Midnight to Guntown
·Reasonably Right ·
spearean.  I don’t believe I’d ever seen anyone so furious or determined to get someone.  Perhaps it was the secret of his success in politics.  He played hard, and he played for keeps.  To this day, after over thirty years as a prosecutor, I have yet to see any victim quite as angry as the senator was.” The investigation and trial against the three robbers involved witness protection, a garbage collector who broke the case by attempting to stop domestic abuse, jury tampering, a Scientology linked alibi and an all black jury in a case where the victim was a Southern segregationist. One of the attorneys later prosecuted would-be Reagan assassin John Hinckley, Jr. and one of the prosecution witnesses had served as an expert for the Warren Commission’s investigation of Lee Harvey Oswald in the Kennedy Assassination. In the end, it took a calculated plea deal to measure out a portion of justice, but Hailman presents an entertaining and historic read of the trial. Hailman’s chapters detail the stories and characters from “Bank Robbers I’ve Known,” “Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs,” and “Faraway Places with Strange Sounding Names: The Age of Terror” – with international cases including an “honorable” terrorist financing Hamas through an Oxford bank. Hailman discusses “Operation Pretense,” the FBI sting charging 410 Mississippi supervisors from twenty-six counties with corruption and notes they had requested a second sting operation – to set up a lobbying firm as a front to accept bribe requests from legislators.  That second sting operation, which would have worked like the ABSCAM sting against members of Congress earlier, was not approved. He writes about that day when Judge Henry Lackey came by and after a discussion of blackberry wine shared that Tim Balducci had attempted to influence him, a conversation which led to a series of events and a bribe bringing about the downfall of Dickie Scruggs, the lead attorney against Big Tobacco and Mississippi’s “King of Torts.” And he tells the behind the scenes discussions and mercy involving the corruption prosecution of DeSoto County Supervisor John Grisham Sr. — father of the famed Mississippi novelist.  Hailman preserves the integrity of prosecutors while sharing their human side. For those interested in true Mississippi crime, with a dash of politics, pick up “From Midnight to Guntown.”
Medicaid will remain live political grenade in 2014
The absolute nightmare that has been the Obama administration’s rollout of the Affordable Care Act has provided additional ammunition – both from a political and policy standpoint – to Mississippi Republicans opposed to Medicaid expansion in Mississippi through the ACA or “Obamacare.” And while the Democratic minority in the Mississippi Legislature will continue to try to force the state to “opt-in” to ACA’s Medicaid expansion, they have neither the votes nor the clout to move the needle on that issue at this time. The Web site intended to empower President Barack Obama’s signature legislation - developed at a cost of more than $634 million – simply didn’t work, but that wasn’t the worst of it. When the web site was eventually accessed, it gave inaccurate, misleading information to the people the program was purported to be helping. The web site glitch alone isn’t the only problem with the ACA rollout and it’s a gross over-simplification to suggest that it is. But the confusion generated by that glitch was enough to make Southern governors like Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant feel justified in their decision to reject Medicaid expansion. The promise of the ACA is almost intoxicating. Reduce
· Syndicated Columnist ·
the shameful number of uninsured with the federal government paying the freight for the lion’s share of the public health care coverage. But the fiscal reality is more complicated. First, the more the Medicaid program expands, the larger the total state appropriation necessary to fund the state’s portion of the expanded Medicaid program. Second, the nation’s fiscal house isn’t in order to take on yet another open-ended entitlement program for which no dedicated funding mechanism has been put in place. Finally, there’s the uniquely Mississippi quandary over Medicaid: What to we do 15 years down the road if Congress changes their mind about the ACA’s funding formula and we’ve expanded Medicaid in Mississippi by another 300,000 patients? State lawmakers know from hard experience the political consequences of changing the Medicaid program. And from those experiences, they see the
political impossibilities of taking expanded Medicaid coverage away a decade or two down the road if Congress increases the required state match to a level that’s unsustainable in Mississippi. The fact is that 1 in 7 or some 476,000 Mississippians don’t have health insurance. Expanding Medicaid as provided for in the ACA could put between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 Mississippians on Medicaid. At the current match rates in ACA, the state looks foolish to forego Medicaid expansion. Yet if Congress changes those Medicaid match rates in the future, the view changes. Mississippi Republicans will hold sway on the Medicaid issue for the foreseeable future. Another card in the hands of the GOP leadership in state government is a slowly improving economy. State tax revenues are improving and beating the revenue estimate most months – and some months the surplus has been impressive. But all of those positives for the GOP on the Medicaid expansion issue don’t trump that fact that Mississippi remains the poorest state in the union. Public budgeting in Mississippi for decades has centered on financing public education and public health care first, then every other function of state
government with what’s left. Political rhetoric to the contrary aside, Mississippi’s dependence on federal funds isn’t likely to change dramatically in the near term. More than half the state’s total budget comes from the federal government. As the Democrats did while they ran the show and as the GOP has done since they wrested control of Mississippi’s government away from the Dems, Mississippi will continue to accept federal Medicaid dollars not directly related to the ACA. What Democrats will do at every opportunity for the next few years is repeat to all who will listen among the state’s uninsured or underinsured that it was a state government decision to deny expansion of the Medicaid program in Mississippi and that the GOP now runs state government. The GOP won’t dispute that. But the numbers to watch in the Medicaid expansion debate from the long view in Mississippi is that of the rising cost of uncompensated care – which taxpayers and health insurance ratepayers also subsidize. In the final analysis, only that number will determine whether or not the state expands Medicaid under ACA. 
Sid Salter is a syndicated columnist. Contact him at 601-5078004 or
No negatives spoken here
I had a huge epiphany as I watched the bowl games on television this week, and it was downright disconcerting. Who was that person judging and openly criticizing everyone and everything from the football players’ hair dos and tattoos to the tasteless TV commercials? Oh, my gosh. It was all coming out of my mouth between scoops of black eyed pea dip and cabbage au gratin going in. I sounded to myself like Dolly Parton on helium. Here I was doing everything I could to ensure good fortune in 2014 while tearing down the rest of the world.  This will never do, I said to myself.  Missy, you’d better take care of this shortcoming before you lose all your friends. If there was a pageant for Miss Negative America, I would win hands down. What better time is there to turn over a new leaf and stop
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judging others in a futile attempt to feel superior? (I wish I could attribute this negativity to teenage rebellion, but that train left the station a half century ago.) Outwardly, I used to be a pretty nice gal — helpful, polite, never jay walked or parked in handicapped spaces. I had plenty of friends who liked spending time with me. Now, I’m wondering why anyone wants to listen to my constant stream of negatory remarks. All this criti-
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cism reminds me of a puppy chasing his tail. It’s a lot of work for not much reward. I’m thinking about having a yard sign printed up that says “No Negatives Spoken Here” and planting it in front of my house to hold myself accountable. That way, I’ll be too embarrassed to express a negative thought about someone, knowing I’ll get busted publicly.    I researched how to change this behavior and learned a simple trick to try if you have a similar problem. When you hear yourself criticizing someone, stop and take a moment to come up with one thing you like about that person. Then praise them — out loud. So next time I see a football player sporting long dangling locks and covered with tattoos, I will say something like “I wish I had that much hair in my head” or “He must have a very high
threshold for pain to endure a hot pen carving all those bloody snake dragons onto his skin.” Of course, if the tattoo says “I Love Mom,” it’s totally OK. I read somewhere that how we judge others is a reflection of how we judge ourselves. I must be about six inches tall by now after the flogging I’ve endured over the years. Come to think of it, I complain about my hair on a regular basis. Ergo, I look for bad hair on others and get pretty delighted to find someone shares my plight. No more. I have a challenge for you in 2014. Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but stop judging others if it kills you.   Emily Jones is a retired journalist who edits a blog for bouncing baby boomers facing retirement.  She invites you to drop by
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Daily Times Leader | Wednesday, January 1, 2014
City of Clinton creates Alabama paper mill closure four police precincts could impact N Mississippi
BY RUTH INGRAM Associated Press CLINTON — Many Clinton residents would agree the city's 50-member police force is highly visible and gives quick response in neighborhoods and along main arteries. It's about to be amplified and from the city's north, south, east and west gateways that border Jackson and rural Hinds County. Mayor Phil Fisher, Chief Mike Warren and aldermen are creating four police precincts that will complement the city's main station in Olde Towne. It's not just to foster a better comfort level for residents and the business community, Fisher said. "It's for the bad guys," said Fisher, a former Hinds County supervisor who became mayor July 1. "If they want to come into town and do something bad, they can take discomfort in knowing they'll be seen. They will be driving right past these precincts." Clinton aldermen approved the precincts to be located at the city's north, south, east and west gateways. "The driving force is visibility," Fisher said. "I want police patrol units close to the neighborhoods and the commercial district." It will be done at little to no cost and as a boon to the business community in more ways than one. Fisher is in the final steps of working out a building swap with local businessman Tim Parkman, giving the city Parkman's office complex on U.S. Highway 80 and in turn giving Parkman the side-by-side buildings in Olde Towne that house Community Development and Main Street Clinton. Parkman in turn can open retail or business operations in that prime Olde Towne location, enhancing economic development and further turning Olde Towne into a shopping and pedestrian destination. Patrolman Bo Davidson will patrol his beat a designated neighborhood of Clinton from Precinct 22 at the new fire station. Passers-by will see his cruiser and others frequently parked in front of the station or at area businesses and churches. "It's a centralized location for me," said Davidson. It also gives him the opportunity to work more closely with firefighters located at the new station, he said. Clinton may be setting the trend for the metro area's suburban cities. Madison and Ridgeland don't have precincts. Neither does the city of Pearl, but Chief Ben Schuler has established a new presence at The Outlets of Mississippi, visible from Interstate 20 in Pearl. Two officers daily complete reports and other paperwork from an office at the mall rather than coming to the main headquarters, Schuler said. He's specifically stationed them there to protect the mall, which opened in November, and its crush of customers. "When you pull up, you see a patrol car outside the mall," he said. "Any time there's visibility, it's a crime deterrent." Clinton's precinct system is an example of "passive policing" in which officers increase visibility in a city that has little criminal activity, Fisher said. Although home and auto burglaries stand at 23 as of Dec. 3 in 2013, significantly down from 86 this same time in 2012, strong visibility is needed to keep the stats on a downward trend, Fisher said. Clinton leaders in June took action to make it harder for the criminal element in Jackson to do business in Clinton by erecting a barrier at the intersection of Easthaven Drive, in the Easthaven subdivision on the city's east side, and Shaw Road, a north-south artery that divides Clinton and Jackson. The barrier was inspired in part by a spate of car and home burglaries in the subdivision. Cars can't go over or around the barricade, which blocks one of several entrances from Shaw Road. At the U.S. 80 precinct and city Department of Public Works on Springridge Road, Fisher said, residents will be able to visit a kiosk to pay fines or tickets. The city's Community Development department will move into the U.S. 80 precinct, offering those wanting to obtain business or building permits a more convenient location. A fifth precinct is planned at Clinton's northernmost border at another fire station to be built in that area to meet fire bureau requirements of the city's annexation of land about a decade ago. Fisher said the city's officers to number 60 two years from now know their beats well, and that makes precincts even more feasible. "They'll notice if the wrong color car is parked in a driveway," he said. Fisher said those arrested in the city by officers stationed at the precincts will be taken to the downtown jail and never to the precincts. BY ERROL CASTENS Associated Press TUPELO — Memphis-based International Paper Co.'s plan to shut its Courtland, Ala., paper mill next year may impact landowners and businesses across Northeast Mississippi. Logging jobs may be lost or moved, and timber owners in some counties may find it difficult to market pulpwood at all. Plans for the closure were announced on Sept. 11, and the process was expected to be completed sometime in the first three months of 2014. Two of the mill's four processors were shut down in November. "The business group is still determining a schedule for final shutdown," said IP spokeswoman Laura Gibson. Among the considerations will be fulfilling existing customer orders. The Courtland plant produces mostly uncoated papers used in business forms, envelopes, labels, copiers, printers along with coated magazine papers. "This decision to permanently close capacity is primarily being driven by demand decline for uncoated free-sheet paper products in the United States," said IP Chairman and CEO John Faraci. That segment of the paper market began declining in 1999 as online publications and electronic billing and filing replace many paper purposes. James Henderson, associate extension professor at Mississippi State University specializing in forestry management, said the impact on pulpwood markets in this area will be substantial. "I've heard that pulpwood prices are already down because of it," he said. Pulpwood is most often small-diameter poles harvested when pine plantations are thinned so the remaining trees can grow faster. Lesser quantities roughly one-sixth of Mississippi's production come from small hardwood trees and tops. Pulpwood and residues from sawmilling and other timber processes serve as the fiber basis of most paper. The Courtland IP plant, with an annual production capacity of 950,000 tons, has historically competed to buy Northeast Mississippi pulpwood with the Packaging Corporation of America plant in Counce, Tenn., which
produced 1.056 million tons in 2012. "Given the capacity of the IP mill, demand in part of north Mississippi will be cut by at least half," Henderson said. "Also, the PCA mill in west Tennessee will tighten its procurement radius, as it no longer has to compete with IP for wood fiber in northeast Alabama." T.R. Watson Jr., a registered forester with Oxford-based Shiloh Creek Land, Timber and Wildlife Services said his company, which specializes in pine plantation thinnings, hauls its pulpwood to Counce. He hopes Lafayette County timber owners will still be within PCA's buying radius, even though their buying has already slowed. "They're getting more wood from north Alabama, and it's stopping the mill up," he said. "I think Lafayette County is going to be about as far west as you're going to be able to go and still buy wood; I don't know if that 150or 160-mile drive is still going to be available. It may make us move farther north with our operations. There will be people going out of business over this." David Jones, an MSU associate extension professor whose specialty is forest products, said the Weyerhaeuser pulp mill at Columbus and the Resolute newsprint mill at Grenada, along with Norbord's oriented strand board plant at Guntown are much smaller facilities and can take up only a small part of the surplus from the Courtland closing. "Pulp paper mills are a huge industry within an area," he said. "They're regionally located because you can't support multiple paper mills if they're too close together, because they draw so much material in to do what they do." Registered Forester Jaysen Hogue is owner of New Albany-based MercyTree Forestry Services, which recently added small-scale logging to its offering of consulting services. Hogue said the loss of a pulpwood market would be a financial setback for timber owners but that an even bigger financial risk is neglecting to thin trees in a timely manner. "That hurts your production of sawtimber in the future," he said. "If you can't sell the thinnings, about all you can do is to cut them and let them rot away so your remaining trees can grow on up to sawtimber-quality and size." Some good news may be on the horizon. Jones said a depressed pulpwood market would make Northeast Mississippi a desirable
State auditors looking into gasoline purchases for Hattiesburg employees
Associated Press HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree says an investigator with the state auditor's office has met with city employees to gather information about the use of city-issued credit cards used for gasoline purchases. DuPree tells the Hattiesburg American (http:// ) that the investigator also met with the cards' issuer, Pine Belt Oil. "We are in the process of tightening up the security measures we have," DuPree said about use of the cards. Auditor's office spokesman Brett Kittredge says the office received an inquiry and was looking into it. He declined to elaborate. The issue came up at a city council work session on Dec. 16. Councilman Carter Carroll asked about November charges of more than $10,000 from two cards issued to the Department of Water and Sewer that were on claims docket. DuPree acknowledged his office had been aware of potential problems dating back six months. He said the police department had been investigating. DuPree said questionable expenses over that period could run as high as $16,000. Gasoline cards from Pine Belt Oil are assigned to every city vehicle, with each having their own PIN numbers printed on the back.
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a transformer caused by a wandering squirrel, raccoon or a stray limb. “This typically only affects a few homes,” said Prisock. City Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said there was very little impact resulting from the outage. Jones said school being out of session and decent, tolerable weather assisted in reducing the burden of such a widespread power outage. “Most of it was residential,” said Jones. “We had a few business areas on Eshman Avenue and Churchill Road (that were affected). I don’t know that we had a huge impact on the business side.” Jones said one of the more predominant problems was that West Point Fire Department Station 1 was in fact consumed by the area-ofimpact bubble. However, the only problem in that regard was the inability to contact the department by landline, which was inherently remedied by other forms of communication, namely cellphones and walkie-talkies. Jones said all of the city’s “critical infrastructure” is on backup generators, and the outage posed no threat to city operations.
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Brinkley said he generally expects a surplus of intoxicated motorists zig-zagging the streets the night before New Years day, as well. “If motorists are on the road, they can expect to ... come across a roadblock,” said Brinkley. Interestingly enough, the first day of the new year is apparently pretty quiet, according to Brinkley. Individuals will more than likely sleep late or sleep in following a late night’s celebration. “Usually New Year’s day is not a very busy day for police agencies,” said Brinkley. “It’s pretty much a normal day.” But visibility plays the biggest role for the CCSD on New Years eve. Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said if motorists and party-goers are aware of the increased police presence, it might deter them from attempting to traverse the highways. “We want everybody to enjoy themselves and have a good New Years and at the same time have everybody be responsible,” said Scott. “People knowing that we’re going to be out there ... will help deter (mischief). If they know we’re out there, they’re going to find a (designated driver) or stay inside. ... There’s a lot of families on the road. One drunk driver in the mix can create a lot of havoc.” Scott said New Year’s eve church activity has been on the rise, however. Individuals have taken an increased liking to attending church services and festivities to ring in the new year as opposed to staying out at late-night soirees. “In the past few years our churches have done a lot in the county,” said Scott. “It’s a good feeling to see cars at the churches instead of the clubs.”
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n New Years
Greens, black-eyed peas and cornbread
1. Cook bacon in a 10-qt. stock pot over medium heat 10 to 12 minutes or until almost crisp. Add onion, and sauté 8 minutes; add ham and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in broth and remaining ingredients. Cook 2 hours or to desired degree of tenderness.
2 to 3 teaspoons bacon drippings or vegetable oil 2 cups buttermilk 1 large egg 1 3/4 cups white cornmeal 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt Butter BY DONNA SUMMERALL These three Southern classics all but guarantee a prosperous year. Some say the greens represent dollar bills and the peas, coins, ensuring wealth and luck. Cornbread, which some say symbolizes gold, completes the Southern New Year’s triad. Native Americans were the first to bake a cornmeal mixture, and Southerners made it daily when wheat was a rarity in the region. For authentic Southern flavor, choose a recipe that uses little, if any, sugar and flour. Don’t forget the cracklings, crispy morsels produced during the rendering of lard. According to folklore, this auspicious New Year’s Day tradition dates back to the Civil War, when Union troops pillaged the land, leaving behind only black-eyed peas and greens as animal fodder. Rich in nutrients, these were the humble foods that enabled Southerners to survive. Details of stories differ, but each celebrates a communion of family and friends bound by grateful hearts and renewed hope for good things yet to come. 3 cups water 2 large beef bouillon cubes 1 medium onion, chopped 8 ounces of bacon, ham, or hog jowls 1. Bring first 4 ingredients and pork to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat; simmer 40 minutes or until tender. Serve with Sweet Onion Relish. 2. 1 (16-ounce) package frozen black-eyed peas may be substituted. Reduce cooking time to 30 minutes or until tender. 1. Coat bottom and sides of a 10-inch castiron skillet with bacon drippings; heat in a 450° oven for 10 minutes. 2. Whisk together buttermilk and egg. Add cornmeal, stirring well. 3. Stir in baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour batter into hot skillet. 4. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Serve with butter.
large skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until golden. Stir in rice and black-eyed peas; cook, stirring gently, 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Hoppin’ John
This Carolina low country dish pairs blackeyed peas with rice. The rice and beans are cooked slowly with bacon, fatback, or ham hock along with onion and salt. “Skippin’ Jenny,” as the leftovers are known the day after New Year’s, shows one’s frugality; eating it increases your chances of prosperity.
For those a little less superstitious a nice black eyed pea salad may be the perfect beginning for 2014.
Southern Style Collard Greens
12 hickory-smoked bacon slices, finely chopped 2 medium-size sweet onions, finely chopped 3/4 pound smoked ham, chopped 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped 3 (32-oz.) containers chicken broth 3 (1-lb.) packages fresh collard greens, washed and trimmed 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon pepper
Black eyed peas
2 1/2 pounds fresh black-eyed or pink-eyed peas, shelled (3 cups)*
1 cup diced sweet onion 2 tablespoons bacon drippings 1 (8.5-oz.) package ready-to-serve jasmine rice 2 cups cooked and drained black-eyed peas Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 to 2 pounds black eyed peas cooked 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 4 – ounce jar diced pimentos (drained) 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper Hot pepper sauce to taste (optional)
1. Sauté diced onion in bacon drippings in a
Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl mix well Cover and refrigerate at least 12 hours or overnight
A New Year’s resolution: Eating healthy in 2014
I’ve alluded in the past that I’m “on a diet,” which is completely true. I’ve been on the Weight Watchers program for a year and a half and (when I’m doing my part), the program works for me. Of course, when I’m in the middle of 12 Days of Christmas Baking on my blog, you can pretty much bet that I’m not following the program. But I started my New Year’s resolution of getting back on track on Sunday, because three more days of eating like a fool probably wasn’t going to do me any good. Because being accountable to other people helps me stay on track with me goals, I also resolve that I will write at least 12 columns (one per month) that focus on healthy/ diet friendly foods in 2014. And I’m going to start today. When I think of eating healthy, my mind immediately goes to two things — vegetables and chicken. Unless you’re frying them, you can hardly go wrong with either. Last night for dinner, we had two of our family standbys: Paint chicken and roasted vegetables. Paint Chicken is something that my grandmother (Dorothy Guyton) used to cook for my dad’s family. And as I think about sharing the recipe with you all, I realize that it sounds nuts. It’s called paint chicken because before and during cooking, as well as at the table, there’s a mug of stuff to “paint” onto your chicken and a paintbrush with which to do it. Plus, that sounds a little better than vinegar chicken, which is what it really is. All the recipe calls for doing is mixing some white vinegar together with a little bit of oil, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Then, painting that mixture onto chicken breasts and grilling them. Paint on more of the vinegar sauce while it is grilling,
· Food Columnist ·
then make a fresh batch to serve with it at the table. Growing up, I wouldn’t hesitate to sop “paint” onto everything on my plate. It’s really no wonder I’ve got acid reflux. Roasted vegetables are something that I cook so often, I feel like other people get really tired of eating them. But they are so good and so easy to make. Start with whatever kinds of vegetables you like. Some of my favorites to use are carrots, potatoes, bell pepper and onion. We’ve also used a lot of cauliflower, mushrooms and brussel sprouts in the past. I’ve also roasted broccoli before, but I usually do it on it’s own, rather than mixed with other veggies. Cut the vegetables into manageable pieces and put in a large bowl. Then, season them however you want. Last night we used enough olive oil to coat, then added salt, pepper and garlic powder. Often, I will get a bottle of low fat Italian salad dressing and use it in place of the oil. Pour the vegetables into a single layer on a baking sheet and roast at 350 - 400 degrees for about an hour. (If you’re not using hard vegetables like potatoes and carrots that take longer to cook, you could shorten the cook time.) Just poke a veggie with a fork every once in a while and when they’re to the texture that you want them to be, they are done. These are two super flavorful and super easy recipes that can help you start your new year off on the right foot.
— Connor Guyton/Special to Daily Times Leader
Paint Chicken and Roasted Vegetables make an easy, healthy meal to start the new year on a path to a healthier lifestyle.
Paint Chicken
Chicken Breast (one per person) White Vinegar Vegetable Oil Hot Sauce Salt Pepper
raw chicken on it) for serving.
Roasted Vegetables
Vegetables of your choice Vegetable Oil Salt Pepper Garlic Powder
Mix in a small bowl or mug 3/4 cup of white vinegar, 2Tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tsp hot sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Coat chicken breasts with the mixture and place over direct heat on grill. Continue to brush with vinegar sauce during cooking. Grill until the internet temperature reaches 165 degrees. Make a clean batch of the vinegar sauce (that doesn’t have juice from
Cut vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Place in large bowl and add enough oil to coat the vegetables.Add salt, pepper and garlic (or seasonings of your choosing) and mix to coat. Pour vegetables onto a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 350 - 400 degrees for an hour, or until all vegetables have reached the desired texture.
Daily Times Leader | Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Mississippi College names Bland new head football coach
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Avery Woodson (33), Devonta Pollard (24) and Jacolby Mobley (1) break from a timeout during a game with Tallahassee Community College (Fla.) in the Best Western Holiday Classic Monday night in Tallahassee, Fla.
Lions win in Holiday Classic
For Daily Times Leader TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Sophomore guards Jacolby Mobley and Avery Woodson combined for 44 points to help propel the East Mississippi Community College men’s basketball team to a quality 79-70 road win over host Tallahassee Community College during Monday’s opening-day action of the Best Western Holiday Classic played at TCC’s Bill Hebrock Eagledome. Shaking off the early effects of nearly a three-week hiatus from competition, head coach Mark White’s EMCC Lions outscored the home-standing TCC Eagles, 27-7, over the final 11 minutes of the opening half to take a 41-27 advantage going into the intermission. The visitors’ run was ignited by seven made 3-pointers in 14 attempts during the opening 20 minutes of play – three by Woodson and two treys each by Mobley and Louisiana-Monroe signee Mack Foster. Tallahassee opened the second half with six unanswered points to cut the margin to eight points. The EMCC lead was later trimmed to five points on a couple of occasions, before the Lions reassumed control of the contest midway through the closing period en route to the key nine-point road triumph. With his second 20-point effort of the campaign, Mobley connected on 6-of-12 shots from the field, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc, to lead all scorers. The Starkville native and Tennessee-Chattanooga signee also hit 10-of-12 charity tosses on the night. Woodson, a University of Memphis signee, was 8-of-17 overall from the floor, including 4-of-8 accuracy from three-point range. Falling to 10-5 on the year, Tallahassee received 18 points apiece from Earvin Morris and Cameron Naylor. Ranked fourth in the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA), the Eagles had their five-game winning streak snapped by EMCC.
CLINTON –– John Bland has been named the 14th head football coach in Mississippi College history, it was announced by athletic director Mike Jones on Thursday (Dec. 26). The head coach at the University of the Cumberlands for the past eight seasons, Bland led the Patriots to the NAIA playoffs six times, including a 13-1 season and a trip to the national championship game in 2013. "We are very excited to have John Bland be the head coach of our football program as we head into this new era with our institution moving to Division II and the Gulf South Conference," said Mike Jones. "We went into this process looking for someone that would meet the mission of Mississippi College and have a track record of winning. John Bland exemplifies everything we were searching for." "I'd like to start by saying that we have just spent eight incredible years with the University of the Cumberlands, who will always hold a special place in our hearts," said Bland. "We are now excited to begin this new era in Mississippi College football. I feel like this is a great opportunity, and we are excited as a family to begin this new journey in our lives." A press conference will be held on Thursday, Jan. 2 on MC's campus at a time and location to be announced. This will be an opportunity for the community and the media to come out and meet Coach Bland. Bland will take over the program immediately. He was selected out of a pool of more than 40 candidates for the position after it opened in November. "Coach Bland will be a fine fit for Mississippi College," said Dr. Lee Royce, MC President. "His experience and credentials are excellent. I appreciate the great work of the search committee and Mike Jones in bringing John Bland to MC." Bland joins the Choctaws after eight seasons as the head coach of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. UC earned the #1 ranking in the country for two weeks and spent most of the season as one of the top two teams in the nation. Overall, he posted a 70-21 mark and won the MidSouth Conference championship five times. Bland was named MSC Coach of the Year five times and 103 Patriots earned allconference honors in his tenure. In 2013, the Patriots led the nation with 4,978 rushing
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Age, not courses, makes Ole Miss beats Georgia Tech at Music City this big year for Woods
BY TERESA M. WALKER Associated Press BY DOUG FERGUSON Associated Press KAPALUA, Hawaii — Four years later, the words of Jack Nicklaus resonate even louder. "If Tiger is going to pass my record, this is a big year for him in that regard," Nicklaus said at the start of 2010. Nicklaus was referring to his record 18 majors, and the major championship venues that favored Woods — Augusta National, Pebble Beach and St. Andrews, all courses where he had won before. Woods never had a serious chance on the back nine of any major that year. His tally remains at 14. And that makes 2014 even bigger. Woods is facing another favorable menu of major championship sites. He already has won majors at Augusta, Royal Liverpool (British Open) and Valhalla (PGA Championship). The U.S. Open is at Pinehurst No. 2, were Woods was third in 1999 and runnerup in 2005. "I'm trending in the right way," Woods said recently. "I've finished third, second ... you get the picture, right? OK." A new year begins Friday at the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, and while Woods is among PGA Tour winners who chose to sit this one out, his performance in the majors this year figures to be a major topic of conversation over the next eight months. "I always think that the Masters signals a lot with Tiger," NBC analyst Johnny Miller said during a conference call. "If he doesn't win the Masters, I think it gives a great, big 'Uh-oh,' because that course is so perfect for his game. I'll leave it at that. But if he wants to get off on the right foot, I think he needs to get off at the Masters." There's a big difference with Woods the last time he faced such a tantalizing rotation of majors. Nicklaus spoke of a "big year" when Woods was more of a mystery than ever. No one had seen Woods in more than a month going into 2010 and didn't even know where he was. His personal life at home, his mystique in golf and his appeal in the corporate world were crumbling in spectacular fashion. Now, he is No. 1 in the world. He won five times last year against some of the strongest fields. He won the Vardon Trophy for the ninth time, the PGA Tour money title for the 10th time and was voted PGA Tour player of the year for the 11th time. Still, there remains an uncertainty about Woods, mainly because he hasn't won a major since 2008 and he hasn't broken 70 on the weekend of any major since the 2011 Masters. That's a startling statistic for a guy who has built a reputation as golf's greatest closer. "It's getting much harder for Tiger because guys are not wilting on him," Miller said. "So he's got a double whammy in that he's not able to close as well as he used to, and then the guys are more heroic against him like they never were before. ... Guys are saying, 'Yeah, you're Tiger Woods and you're the greatest ever, but now at your age, I can beat you.' He needs to do it in the majors." Will familiar venues help? Not necessarily. Woods forever is linked with Augusta National because of his record score (270) and margin of victory (12 shots) in the 1997 Masters, his back-to-back wins (2001-02) and that magic moment with his chip on the 16th hole that led to his playoff win in 2005. But he has not added to his wardrobe of green jackets in eight years, his longest drought in any major. Who saw that coming? And while he is trending in the right direction at Pinehurst No. 2, the Donald Ross design has gone through a restoration project that elimiNASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze spent 13 years coaching high school football in Tennessee so he feels very comfortable in the Volunteer State. And his Rebels made sure he started and finished this season with victories in Music City. Bo Wallace ran for two touchdowns and threw for another score, and Ole Miss beat Georgia Tech 25-17 Monday in the Music City Bowl. The Rebels opened the season edging Vanderbilt 39-35 a couple miles away, and they'll be back here in September to play the Commodores again. "It feels like it's kind of a second home to me also," Freeze said. "Anytime we can be in this area we enjoy it." Freeze said he also needs to get into Tennessee for some more recruiting. Wallace already is a native of Pulaski, Tenn., and Ole Miss' top rusher this season I'Tavius Mathers is from Murfreesboro, Tenn. Wallace made up for his three turnovers in the Egg Bowl overtime loss by throwing for 256 yards and running for 86 more, giving him the school record for total yards in a season and most completions in a season, topping Eli Manning for both. "I knew I needed to have a good game," said Wallace, also chosen the bowl's MVP. "At the same time, I thought all day sometimes I try to make too many plays. I think all day I was thinking, 'Don't try to make too many plays. Just make the plays that are there.' That's what I did." Ole Miss (8-5) now has won six straight bowls and 10 of the last 11 in making up for the lone loss in that stretch in the 2000 Music City Bowl. The Rebels came in tied with Auburn and Florida State, who play Jan. 6 for the BCS national championship, for the longest bowl winning streak. "I didn't want to screw that up today," Freeze said. "So I'm glad to win two bowl games in our first two years. With what we inherited, I think says we're heading in the right
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Mississippi defensive back Ontario Berry (35) lifts up the winners’ trophy after beating Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl on Monday in Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi won 25-17. direction for sure. It is a very positive step." Georgia Tech (7-6) has lost eight of nine bowls. The Yellow Jackets scored 10 points in the fourth quarter as they tried to rally before a safety with 4:22 left ended their last chance. "We didn't play well enough in any facet to win the game," Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. "We were fortunate that we had a chance at the end to come back and win." Yellow Jackets lineman Adam Gotsis, who also blocked an extra point, knocked down a 32-yard field goal attempt by Andrew Ritter giving Georgia Tech the ball at their own 20 with 4:36 left trailing 23-17. But Georgia Tech lost 5 yards on the first play, then Vad Lee flipped the ball to Corey Dennis on a reverse with the receiver apparently looking to throw when he fumbled under pressure. Right tackle Ray Beno covered up
the ball in the end zone for the safety. Freeze said he thought it might have been a touchdown but was glad to get some points. Johnson wishes his player had just tried to run for what he could get. "It's disappointing," Johnson said. Ole Miss finally punted back to Georgia Tech with 37 seconds left. Senquez Golson intercepted Lee on the next play to seal the victory for the
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Neal has 3 goals, Spielman on QBs: ‘I haven’t got it right yet’ 2 assists as Pens defeat CBJ, 5-3
BY DAVE CAMPBELL Associated Press
BY RUSTY MILLER Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio — James Neal scored three times and had two assists, and Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal and set up two other tallies to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 on Sunday night. Chris Kunitz added his 21st goal and two assists, and Jeff Zatkoff made 25 saves for the Penguins, who have won all four meetings with Columbus this season. Crosby's shot, which broke a 2-2 tie midway through the third period, was initially stopped by Curtis McElhinney. But Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin plowed into McElhinney, and the puck ended up over the goal line. Neal scored twice on the power play, including his third goal of the night and 14th of the season with 2:27 left — giving him a career-high five points. Brandon Dubinsky, Corey Tropp and Nikita Nikitin scored for the Blue Jackets before their biggest home crowd of the season, 18,871. Nikitin also had an assist. The Penguins took the lead for good when Crosby scored his 22nd goal of the season off a feed from Kunitz on a 2-on-2 rush. Moments later, Crosby sent a cross-ice pass to Kunitz for a one-timed shot that pushed Pittsburgh's lead to two. Neal's final goal sealed the win. The Blue Jackets got on the board first with Dubinsky's seventh goal.
Just 28 seconds after Corey Tropp went to the box for tripping, the NHL’s secondbest power-play unit got the Penguins even.
Dubinsky backhanded a shot past Zatkoff, who got the start over No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The Blue Jackets were shut out by Fleury on Nov. 2. Just 28 seconds after Corey Tropp went to the box for tripping, the NHL's second-best power-play unit got the Penguins even. Matt Niskanen flipped a pass to Neal in the high slot for a rising shot that eluded McElhinney, who was being hit by Kunitz, at 4:55. The Penguins took the lead after Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson's pass was kept in the zone by Neal, who jumped high to get a glove on the puck. Crosby sent a pass to Neal for a hard wrist shot from the slot. The Blue Jackets countered at 13:42 when Tropp took a pass from Boone Jenner in the high slot. Tropp deked and slid the puck between the skates of defenseman Olli Maatta and swooped in alone on Zatkoff. Tropp faked the backhand and put a forehand under Zatkoff's pad for his second goal.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Fair or not to now-fired coach Leslie Frazier, the Minnesota Vikings have had a glaring void at quarterback since he was hired. General manager Rick Spielman said he's confident he will solve the problem, but he also acknowledged Monday his prior lack of success at doing so. "I haven't got it right yet," Spielman said. "We've worked as hard as we could to try to get that right." Spielman has had full charge of the roster for the last two seasons and been a chief decision-maker on the draft with the Vikings for seven years. He said he takes full responsibility for the personnel decisions, which include taking Christian Ponder with 12th overall pick in 2011, that shaped the roster Frazier was given. Ponder was one of seven quarterbacks to start at least one game in Frazier's three-plus seasons. Spielman also had an underwhelming record in Miami, where in his time running the personnel department he also failed to deliver a trustworthy starter at the sport's most critical position. His most-maligned move was to trade a second-round draft pick and and invest a three-year contract in A.J. Feeley, who struggled in 2004 for the Dolphins. First, Spielman has to hire Frazier's replacement. Then he must turn his focus toward the market and the draft, with the importance of procuring at least a solid long-term starter as pressing as ever. The Vikings finished 5-101, and Matt Cassel either started or finished all five of the victories. Twice, he relieved an injured Ponder. Ponder has one year left on his contract, as does Cassel, who can opt out of his early to become a free agent. Josh Freeman, signed in October for an awkward midseason tryout, almost certainly won't return after taking one turn on the carousel and producing the worst passing performance of the year for a team that has had many bad ones. Ponder said he wasn't sure whether the Vikings would keep him, trade him or cut him. He said he thought Cassel would probably be named the starter this spring, assuming both he and the team want him back. Ponder also said he wouldn't be surprised if the Vikings draft a quarterback. They'll have the eighth pick in the first round. Spielman said the new coaching staff
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel sits on the bench late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday in Cincinnati. Cincinnati won 4214. will be heavily involved in this process. "I think I would expect that once a decision is made, it will be probably to stick with that guy and not have what happened this year," Ponder said. Ah, this year. From Ponder to Cassel to Freeman to Ponder again to finally Cassel, that carousel kept spinning. "I would never want to say, 'Hey, you have to play that guy or you have to play this guy.' That's not my role," Spielman said, denying he forced Frazier to start Freeman two weeks after he was signed or go back to Ponder for more evaluation after that. In the end, the influence on and blame for another lackluster season throwing the ball by the Vikings is irrelevant. "Every team is always going to be looking for that franchise quarterback until you actually get one," Spielman said. "And you're going to continually grind away until you finally hit on one."
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Rebels in the bowl, sponsored by Franklin American Mortgage Company. With a month to prepare, Ole Miss shut down the nation's fourth-best rushing offense. Georgia Tech came in averaging 311.7 yards per game, and the Rebels smothered the Yellow Jackets, holding them to just 151 yards on the ground. Ole Miss held the ball for nearly 33 minutes and had a 477-298 edge in total offense. "That's why it's so difficult to play them probably in a short amount of time," Freeze said. "You're going to be forced to play some of your base stuff. We were able to get some different stuff in."
Ole Miss had a 23-7 lead when the Yellow Jackets scored 10 straight points. Harrison Butker capped a 64-yard drive with a 38-yard field goal in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter, then D.J. White intercepted a Wallace pass intended for Donte Moncrief. On the next play, Lee found Darren Waller for a 72-yard catchand-run for a TD with 13:25 left. Wallace scored on runs of 17 and 10 yards. He also connected with Moncrief on a 28-yard TD catch where the receiver went down the right sideline and then held the ball out at the pylon for the score in the second quarter.
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— Associated Press
Jack Nicklaus (left) talks with Tiger Woods after Woods won the Memorial golf tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Having won 14 majors in his career, 2014 is an important year for Woods, as he nears Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors won.
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nated rough and replaced it with sandy dunes, pine straw and wire grass. Woods won the 2006 British Open at Royal Liverpool when it was firm and fiery, a links that was more yellow than green because of a dry summer. Woods hit only one driver the entire week. It might not be the same course if England gets a wet summer — and yes, it does rain in England — and players see Hoylake green, lush and longer. Valhalla is where Woods made what he considers the biggest putt of his career, a 6-footer on the final hole for birdie to force a playoff that he won over Bob May in the PGA Championship. It gave Woods his third straight major in that amazing summer of 2000. If that seems like a long time ago, it was. Woods will not have seen Valhalla in 14 years when he returns this summer. The best gauge of Woods and his pursuit of Nicklaus is more about him than the course he is playing. More than St. Andrews or Pebble Beach, more than Hoylake or Valhalla, it's best to consider Southern Hills. That's the course that supposedly gave Woods fits because of its tight, bending, tree-lined fairways. Woods won the 2007 PGA Championship that year, proof that when he's on his game and in the right frame of mind, he can win any major on any course. More significant than where the majors are played in 2014 is the fact Woods turned 38 on Monday. By age alone, Woods has been ahead of Nicklaus' pace in the majors since winning his seventh major in 2002 Masters at age 26. They are tied now. Nicklaus also had 14 majors when he turned 38, and then he added his 15th major that summer in the British Open. That's what makes this a big year for Woods.
yards, averaging 355.6 per game, a mark that also led the country. Cumberlands averaged 44.0 points per game, ranking 5th in all of NAIA. The defense was also stout, ranking 15th in the nation in rushing defense (128.6 ypg) and 16th in scoring defense (20.7 ppg). Prior to his time at Cumberlands, Bland spent five seasons (2001-05) as the quarterbacks coach at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He spent seven seasons at Southern Arkansas University (1994-2000), earning the head coaching position in 2000. Bland also served as an assistant coach at Central High School in Columbia, Tenn. He worked as a graduate assistant under Pat Dye at Auburn University and was a student assistant at the University of Arkansas while he finished his undergraduate degree. Bland spent his collegiate playing days at the University of Arkansas where he was a four-year letterman as a quarterback. While in Fayetteville, Bland helped the Razorbacks to four consecutive bowl appearances in the Holiday, Liberty, Orange, and Cotton Bowls. He was named a team captain for the 1988 Southwest Conference Championship squad that competed in the Cotton Bowl. Coach Bland holds a master's degree in Kinesiology from Auburn University and a bachelor's degree, also in Kinesiology, from the University of Arkansas. Originally from Knoxville, Tenn., Bland is a graduate of Farragut High School where he was an All-State recipient playing at the quarterback and defensive back positions. Coach Bland and his wife, Candis, have three children, Shreve, Jade and Bo.
Evacuation urged near ND derailment Retirement becomes
BY DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press CASSELTON, N.D. — Authorities urged residents to evacuate a small North Dakota community Monday night after a mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed outside of town, shaking residents with a series of explosions that sent flames and black smoke skyward. The Cass County Sheriff's Office said it was "strongly recommending" that people in the town of Casselton and anyone living five miles to the south and east evacuate. A shelter has been set up in Fargo, about 25 miles away. Casselton has about 2,400 residents. The sheriff's office said the National Weather Service was forecasting a shift in the weather that could increase the risk of potential health hazards. "That's going to put the plume right over the top of Casselton," Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney said at a news briefing. Investigators couldn't get close to the blaze about a mile outside of Casselton and official estimates of how many train cars caught fire varied. BNSF Railway Co. said it believes about 20 cars caught fire after its oil train left the tracks about 2:10 p.m. Monday. The sheriff's office said it thinks 10 cars were on fire. No one was hurt. The cars were still burning as darkness fell, and authorities said they would be allowed to burn out. Authorities hadn't yet been able to untangle exactly how the derailment happened, but a second train carrying grain was involved. BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth said the train carrying grain derailed first, then knocked several cars of the oil train off adjoining tracks. BNSF said both trains had more than 100 cars each. The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday night it has launched a "go-team" to investigate the accident. Ryan Toop, who lives about a half-mile away, said he heard explosions and drove as close as about two city blocks to the fire, which erupted on a day when temperatures were below zero. "I rolled down the window, and you could literally keep your hands warm," Toop said. The derailment happened amid heightened concerns about the United States' increased reliance on rail to carry crude oil. Fears of catastrophic derailments were particularly stoked after last summer's crash in Quebec of a train carrying crude from North Dakota's Bakken oil patch. Forty-seven people died in the ensuing fire. The tracks that the train was on Monday pass through the middle of Casselton, and Cass County Sheriff's Sgt. Tara Morris said it was "a blessing it didn't happen within the city." Morris said it could take up to 12 hours before authorities could get close to the fire. About 80 of the cars were moved from the site. Jeff Zent, a spokesman for Gov. Jack Dalrymple, said the National Guard was on alert if needed. Temperatures were forecast to drop to minus 20 in Cass County overnight. "Of course, Mother Nature, being North Dakota, it has to be one of the coldest nights of the year. It's deadly cold out there tonight," Laney said. Mayor Ed McConnell said he didn't want any residents sleeping in their vehicles. "All the experts say it can be a hazardous situation to their health," McConnell said. "We're going to try to get everybody out of the town." In the initial hours, authorities told residents to stay indoors to avoid the smoke. Hannah Linnard, 13, said she was in the bedroom of her friend's house about half a mile from the derailment, wrapping late Christmas presents. "I looked out the window and all of a sudden the train car tipped over and the whole thing was engulfed in flames and it just exploded. The oil
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unlikely for some blue-collar Americans
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A fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment Monday in Casselton, N.D.The train carrying crude oil derailed near Casselton Monday afternoon. Several explosions were reported as some cars on the mile-long train caught fire. car tipped over onto the grain car," she said. Hannah said she could feel the warmth even inside the house. Terry Johnson, the manager of a grain dealer less than a mile from the derailment, said he heard at least six explosions in the two hours following the incident. "It shook our building and there was a huge fireball," he said. North Dakota is the No. 2 oil-producing state in the U.S., trailing only Texas, and a growing amount of that is being shipped by rail. The state's top oil regulator said earlier this month that he expected as much as 90 percent of North Dakota's oil would be carried by train in 2014, up from the current 60 percent. The number of crude oil carloads hauled by U.S. railroads surged from 10,840 in 2009 to a projected 400,000 this year. Despite the increase, the rate of accidents has stayed relatively steady. Railroads say 99.997 percent of hazardous materials shipments reach destinations safely.
Tom Edwards grew up in a family that’s been cutting trees and hauling timber in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century. The Spanaway, Wash., resident says he has worked as a logger since he was a kid — it’s just what an able-bodied youngster was expected to do. Now, at 53, with business in a slump and little money in savings, he’s pessimistic about his chances of retiring. “It’s never going to happen. By the time I reach retirement age, there won’t be Social Security. There’s not going to be any money,” Edwards said. “I’ll do like my father did: I’ll work ‘til I die.” Across the U.S., such concerns are common among blue-collar baby boomers — the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964. Many have jobs that provide paltry pensions or none at all, as many companies have been moving toward less generous retirement packages in the past decade. Many boomers expect to work the rest of their lives because they have little cash put away for their old age and they worry Social Security won’t cover their bills. Some hope to move to jobs that are less physically demanding. The share of U.S. workers who are 55 and older is expected to continue growing, according to the “The Oxford Handbook of Retirement 2013.” The group comprised 12.4 percent of the workforce in 1998. The share jumped to 18.1 percent in 2008 and is expected to be almost 25 percent by 2018. The book is edited by Mo Wang, co-director of the Human Resource Research Center at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration. In an interview, Wang said it’s a misconception that lower-wage workers are slackers in preparing for retirement. “People don’t have adequate earnings,” Wang told The Associated Press. “It’s not because they don’t want to save. It’s because they just can’t.” Many people don’t save enough for their own retirement because they lack financial literacy skills, Wang said. Also, he said it can be incorrect to assume that people with lower incomes have more financial concerns than people with higher incomes. Psychologically, the important thing is the ratio of life earnings to wealth — how much money a person earns in a life span, compared to how much of it she gets to keep. “Whether they have the 401(k) is not the decisive factor in influencing how well they live,” Wang said. “Whether they have their own house is a big factor.” For homeowners, about 50 percent of wealth is typically tied up in the house and other investments, while a pension accounts for about 25 percent and Social Security accounts for about 25 percent, Wang said. For people who don’t own their homes, particularly those who’ve worked low-income jobs, “Social Security is super important,” he said. “Social Security is one way to pull them
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NYC mayor inherits counterterror force
BY COLLEEN LONG and TOM HAYS Associated Press NEW YORK — At a recent briefing in lower Manhattan, the New York Police Department gave an auditorium full of private security executives plenty to worry about. One of the NYPD’s intelligence analysts warned that New Yorkers have gone to fight in the Syrian civil war and could come back radicalized against the West. A high-ranking officer described drills testing the NYPD’s ability to respond to a dirty bomb attack. And a detective offered a detailed analysis of the deadly siege at a shopping mall in Nairobi, brashly challenging the Kenyan government’s claim that the gunmen were dead. The presentations demonstrated the nation’s largest police department’s determination to stay at the forefront of counterterrorism, even as the man who spearheaded the effort — Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly — is headed out the door. Kelly, whose 12-year tenure ends this month without a major successful terror attack on his watch, repeatedly has suggested that anyone considering remaking one of the defining initiatives of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration should proceed with caution. New York “remains squarely in the crosshairs of terrorists,” Kelly said in his final appearance at the recurring briefings. “We must do everything in our power to defend it.” Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his designated police commissioner, William Bratton, plan to take a hard look at a counterterrorism operation that grew to lengths never imagined before the Sept. 11 attacks. With the staunch support of Bloomberg, Kelly reassigned about 1,000 of the city’s roughly 35,000 officers to counterterrorism duty, posted detectives overseas to report on how other cities deal with terrorism and spent tens of millions of dollars each year to outfit the department with the latest technology, including a network of security cameras and command centers, to track suspicious activity. Kelly also put the NYPD’s Intelligence Division under the direction of a former CIA official and directed it to analyze and detect overseas and homegrown threats. The mission has become so institutionalized at the NYPD that it “would be very difficult to dismantle it” — nor should anyone want to, said Richard Falkenrath, who led the NYPD counterterrorism unit for four years before joining The Chertoff Group security firm. “It’s an extraordinary achievement.” Bloomberg has heaped praise on Kelly and the NYPD, mostly for overseeing dramatic declines in homicides and other conventional crimes during their tenure together. Both men have credited the controversial stop-andfrisk strategy for deterring crime by discouraging criminals from carrying illegal guns. The mayor has spoken less frequently about the counterterrorism effort. But he has defended claims by the NYPD that it had helped uncover more than a dozen terrorism plots against the city, including what was considered the most serious attempt on the city since 9/11: a failed conspiracy by Najibullah Zazi and two former high school classmates from Queens to bomb the city’s subway system in 2008. “I could make as cogent an argument there’s double or triple the number that were stopped, we just don’t know about it,” Bloomberg said late last year. Would-be terrorists, he reasoned, might look at the city’s beefed-up security “and say, ‘I don’t want to run that risk.’ We’ll never know.” The campaign to protect the city has had some unintended costs: The NYPD’s Intelligence Division has been accused of interfering with federal investigations, bringing weak cases against suspected homegrown terrorists and being careless with confidential information. The division also came under fire for its surveillance of Muslims, including the secret infiltration of mosques and other tactics detailed in a series of stories by The Associated Press. Some say it’s time to rethink the scale of the programs — and the reasons behind them. “The philosophy that appears to be driving the surveillance programs predicated on the erroneous assumption that all Muslims are terrorists has resulted in a bloated program,” said Donna Lieberman, head of the New York Civil Liberties Union. De Blasio has said he wants Bratton to conduct a review of the department’s intelligencegathering operations, and he must also decide how to fill the top counterterrorism and intelligence positions that will be vacated at the end of the year. Still, the police headquarters briefing this month made the argument that, under any administration, the city must keep devoting resources to counter a threat that isn’t going away. As proof, police officials cited a sting last year that snared a man plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve in lower Manhattan, the arrest earlier this year of two men accused of plotting with alQaida to derail a train running from New York City to Toronto, and revelations in April that the Boston Marathon bombers had talked about detonating explosives in Times Square.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19) The New Moon christens the New Year. This specific New Moon carries responsibilities and a serious tone with it. This event is merely a passage. Make time for what you enjoy, whether you watch a football game or visit with friends. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You might not appreciate the insight you gain, yet you still know how to look at the big picture. Do not make more of a situation than is necessary. Catch up on your friends’ and family’s news. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Make it your pleasure to share your resolutions with a loved one. You might find that a child or a new heartthrob could aggravate you and be a source of irritation. A change of plans could take some pressure off you. CANCER (June 21-July 22) The New Moon affects you more than it affects any other sign. Partners, friends and loved ones could feel a bit out of sync. They could be acting out or making strange requests. You understand moodiness. Let this roll off your back like water. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You could be playing it unusually low-key, perhaps because your mind is on taking care of another person. Someone actually might try to engage you in a fight, just to see some of your spark come out. Deal with this person directly. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today’s New Moon might affect your mood toward a loved one, or if you’re single, it could ignite a new romance. Children could be very touchy or serious. Use your imagination to help others perk up. Your resourcefulness emerges. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You could be more irritable than you have been in a while. Whatever symbolism this particular day holds for you might need evaluation. In any case, you have a very serious and touchy overtone to whatever you do. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Speak your mind with a little diplomacy, and you will get positive results. Others could be unusually sensitive and reactive. If you find that you are getting angry, try to detach rather than judge the situation. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) A loved one might need to kick up his or her heels. Avoid a discussion, at least for today. Don’t make any financial commitments at present; otherwise, there could be a problem. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You might want to revise your New Year’s resolutions after some thought. Do it today, while the symbolism of the New Year still exists. Some of you could be overserious and decide not to follow through on a resolution. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) You will sense that a partner or loved one is off or depressed. You might choose to express your sensitive side when interacting with this person. Hold off on making any judgments. News from a distance could be irritating at best.
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The Watergate scandal spilled into 1974 today with hints new indictments may be returned within 60 days and that the Senate investigation may have to go beyond its scheduled Feb. 28 deadline. Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski, in a report wrapping up the progress made on the complex case since the special prosecution force was established last June, indicated the continuing probe may soon result in many new charges. Thus far, 17 persons have pleaded guilty and one “no contest” to Watergate-related crimes; two others have been convicted; six are awaiting trial. “Although investigations in various areas within the Special Prosecutor’s jurisdiction are continuing, including the review of White House files,” Jaworski said, “the presentation of evidence to the grand juries has progressed to the point that in January and February these bodies will be prepared to consider the matter of returning indictments in a substantial number of major involvements.” Jaworski, who succeeded the fired Archibald Cox in November, did not elaborate. Meanwhile, Fred Thompson, minority counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee, said he feels the panel may have to ask the Senate to extend the Feb. 29 deadline for finishing its investigation. “I don’t see any way in the world we can finish the thing by Feb. 28,” Thompson said at his home in Nashville, Tenn. “I feel like they will have to go back to the Senate and ask for an extension of time.” Thompson said the committee must decide the “relative significance” of matters the staff is pursing now - including hefty Nixon campaign contributions from dairy interests and a $100,000 gift from billionaire recluse Howard Hughes, now under federal indictment. From his home in Morganton, N.C., Committee Chairman Sam J. Ervin Jr. told UPI he wants to weigh staff progress before deciding whether to recommend that the committee resume its public hearings. They are tentatively set to begin again next month. Ervin said he would call a committee meeting “pretty soon” after returning to Washington Jan. 23. Congress is in recess until Jan. 21. Ervin also said he has “no objection” to reconsideration of the committee’s subpoena of nearly 500 tapes and several hundred documents from the White House - a demand the White House has termed “incredible.”
1. Each row and column must contain the numbers 1 through 4 without repeating. 2. The numbers within the heavily outlined set of squares, called cages, must combine (in any order) to produce the target number in the top corner of the cage using the mathematical operation indicated. 3. Cages with just one box should be filled in with the target number in the top corner. A number can be repeated within a cage as long as it is not in the same row or column.
Here’s How It Works:
To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) The New Moon could give power to an important resolution or decision on your part. This notion might stem from an extended period of deep thought and evaluation. Let go of seriousness for now, and head over to a get-together of loved ones.
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Egypt orders seizure of Muslim Brotherhood, Islamist leaders' assets
BY MAGGIE MICHAEL Associated Press CAIRO — Egypt's interim government has ordered the assets of more than 500 Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist leaders seized - including those of the country's ousted president — as part of an ever-tightening crackdown on the group, senior judicial and security officials said Tuesday. The escalation came as the military vowed to confront "the forces of terrorism and darkness" and protect the upcoming Jan. 14-15 vote on Egypt's draft constitution. Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi called on Egyptians to head to the polls as their "top national duty," saying that a "heavy turnout" is the only guarantee of a successful vote. Abdel-Azim el-Ashri, a Justice Ministry spokesman, said that a ministerial inventory committee ordered the "movable and immovable properties" of 572 Muslim Brotherhood leaders seized. Another Justice Ministry official said leaders on the list included toppled President Mohammed Morsi and his family, as well as provincial Brotherhood leaders and members of its General Guidance Bureau, which is the group's executive body. A security official said the list also included female Muslim Brotherhood members like Azza el-Garf and wife of leader Khairat el-Shater and his daughter. He said other Islamist leaders include Assem Abdel-Maged, the leader of Gamaa Islamiyah, which waged an anti-government insurgency in 1990s against autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The two officials said that the list includes those indicted in cases of inciting violence and those are under investigation or those who could be investigated. The order is part of a wider state crackdown on the Brotherhood, first banned by a court order in September and declared a "terrorist" organization by the military-backed interim government last week. The court order allowed the government to form the committee that inventoried of the group's finances and ordered its confiscation. Hundreds of Brotherhood members have been arrested during protests and the Brotherhood's daily newspaper, Freedom and Justice, also was suspended after security forces confiscated Thursday's edition. The government made the "terrorist" designation by linking the Brotherhood to a wave of recent militant attacks targeting security forces without publicly presenting any evidence backing its claim. The move signaled a new era of zero tolerance of the group and ended any reconciliation efforts. In the latest arrest, Egypt's official news agency said former Morsi spokesman Yasser Ali was arrested in an apartment in Cairo late hours Tuesday. Its not clear what accusations Ali faces as he was not known to be involved in decision-making before he was removed from his post as a spokesman while Morsi was still in power. He was appointed as head of information center affiliated to the Cabinet. The group denies being involved in the attacks and continues to hold near-daily protests demanding the reinstatement of Morsi, toppled in a July 3 military coup after millions rallied against him. Islamic militant groups have claimed responsibility for the bombings and shootings. During his year-long presidency, Morsi allied with hard-line Islamists and held talks with militants in the Sinai Peninsula to negotiate a
— Associated Press
Russian soldiers patrol the Battle of Stalingrad memorial in Volgograd, Russia Tuesday. Russian authorities ordered police to beef up security at train stations and other facilities across the country after a suicide bomber killed 14 people on a bus Monday in the southern city of Volgograd. It was the second deadly attack in two days on the city that lies just 400 miles (650 kilometers) from the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Volgograd under watch of police, troops
BY GARY PEACH Associated Press VOLGOGRAD, Russia — Eerily empty buses lumbered through the streets, police weighed down with body armor warily watched pedestrians near a fast-food restaurant, and members of Cossack units stood guard at bus stops. Volgograd was an ominous and jittery city on Tuesday, after two suicide bombings in two days that killed 34 people. "People are afraid it will happen again; they're trying not to go outside if they don't have to," said 20-year-old Yulia Kuzmina, a student. "We get a feeling that a war has started." That is a worry that extends far beyond Volgograd. Although there has been no claim of responsibility for the bombing of the city's main railway station and a trolleybus, suspicion falls strongly on Islamist insurgents, whose leader ordered his adherents this summer to do all they could to derail the Winter Olympics, which start Feb. 7 in the Russian resort city of Sochi. Games organizers have introduced some of the most extensive identity checks and security measures ever seen at an international sporting event. But even if security at the Games is tight, many analysts suggest that the Volgograd bombings show how public transit in Sochi and sites away from the sports venues are vulnerable. Police reinforcements and Interior Ministry troops have been sent into Volgograd, regional police official Andrei Pilipchuk was quoted as telling the Interfax news agency. He said more than 5,200 security forces are deployed in the city of 1 million, but did not say how much of an increase that was from normal levels. Officers and security guards carefully searched the purses of young women entering a shopping center and waved metal detectors over both males and females. The Cossacks guarding some bus stops added an unsettling note. Although these units are officially authorized volunteer patrols, they are descendants of the fierce horsemen who protected the czars and launched raids on Muslims in the Russian Caucasus, where the Islamist insurgency is now centered. Volgograd authorities have canceled mass events for New Year's Eve, one of Russia's most popular holidays, and asked residents not to set off fireworks. In addi-
tion, all movie theaters have been closed until Thursday. In Moscow, festivities were to go ahead, but authorities said security would be increased. President Vladimir Putin, in his New Year's Eve address to the nation, vowed that the fight against terrorists will continue "until their destruction is complete," Russian news agencies reported. "What blasphemy. They did it right before the holiday," said Arkady Chernyavsky, a 73-year-old retiree. He also bristled at how the attacks stained the image of a city that prides itself for the tragic valor of the World War II Battle of Stalingrad, as the city then was called. "This is supposed to be the city of heroes and things like this are taking place," Chernyavsky said. Suicide bombings have rocked Russia for years, but the insurgents seeking to create an Islamic state have largely confined their attacks to the North Caucasus region in recent years. The blasts in Volgograd signaled that militants want to show their reach outside their native region. Volgograd is about 300 kilometers (200 miles) north of the Caucasus and about 690 kilometers (430 miles) northeast of Sochi.
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out of poverty.” People can receive full retirement benefits from Social Security between 65 and 67, depending on when they were born, and Medicare coverage at 65. Farmers, loggers and other agriculture workers often have their wealth tied up in their homes or work property. Business consultant Mike Salisbury of American Falls, Idaho, has spent more than three decades helping farmers plan their financial futures. He said the biggest concern for most is succession — whether any children want the farm once a farmer retires. “Now, statistics pretty well show that about two-thirds of farm families do not have successors interested in coming back into the business,” Salisbury said. Without someone to take over the family business, farmers look for an exit strategy, he said. “There are some really complex tax ramifications for when a farmer decides to stop farming.” He said farmers approaching retirement want to know how to convert the equity in their land, fixtures, buildings and machinery into cash without having to pay the upper tax rates or having to pay taxes in a lump sum the day assets are sold. “We like to think of our farmers as just barely getting by and dirt poor,” Salisbury said. “For the vast majority of farmers today, the ones that survived the economic crash of the ‘80s, they’re probably in pretty good shape.” People who’ve worked lowwage jobs for decades, such as 46-year-old Catherine Bacon of Durant, Miss., say they have a tough time envisioning an affordable retirement, even if that goal is decades away. Bacon worked 21 years in a catfish processing plant, cutting filets and hoisting bags of fish to make sure they weighed 15 pounds, never earning more than $16,000 a year. To supplement her income for nine of those years, she also worked weekends as a convenience store cashier. The seven-days-a-week routine meant she rarely saw her two oldest daughters when they were young. The kind of retirement many Americans envision — travel, hobbies, leisure time without financial stress — is just a wistful fantasy for her. Bacon is a single mother with two grown children and two younger children still living at home. Sitting at the kitchen counter of the double-wide trailer she rents from one of her sisters, she sighed.
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